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    The Critérium du Dauphiné

    Taking place in the Rhône-Alpes region, this is the last major event before the Tour de France itself ...



    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/cri...-2019/preview/

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    Chris Froome has broken his leg

    This rules him out of the Tour de France next month, where he would have been the defending champion.

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    It's now the Tour d'Occitanie in my favourite part of the world



    Just watched stage 1 on TV and there was some stunning scenery!

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    Lotto Soudal ride neutralised stage 4 of Tour de Pologne to commemorate Bjorg Lambrecht


    The Lotto Soudal team have announced that they will start stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne on Tuesday as a tribute to 22-year-old Bjorg Lambrecht, who died after a crash during stage 3.

    The six Lotto Soudal riders left in the race are in shock after the sudden loss of their teammate but will take part in the 133.7km neutralized stage between Jaworzno to Kocierz. The teams in the race are expected to lead the peloton for seven kilometres each, with Lotto Soudal then crossing the line first to commemorate their teammate.

    Lambrecht went off the road and crashed into a concrete culvert during stage 3 to Zabrze. He was resuscitated and taken to a hospital in critical condition. Michał Sieroń, spokesman for Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik confirmed to Sport.pl that Lambrecht died during emergency surgery. Lambrecht's death was later confirmed by the Lotto Soudal team.

    Lambrecht was considered a huge talent, having won the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and come second in the Tour de l’Avenir behind Egan Bernal, the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc, Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc and Ronde de l'Isard in 2017.

    He turned professional with Lotto Soudal in 2018.

    This season he finished fourth at La Flèche Wallonne and impressed at Amstel Gold Race and De Brabantse Pijl. He won the young rider classification in the Critérium du Dauphiné, finishing 12th overall.


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    La Vuelta (Tour of Spain) is now well underway and here are the highlights from yesterday, including the sprint finish ...



    Today's stage 4 also produced a thrilling climax ...


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    Coming towards the end now and there's not much between the main contenders.

    Several minutes can be made up in a single mountain stage (of which there are two remaining) so the top 5 all have a realistic chance of victory and none of the riders on the table below can be ruled out:

    1 Primož Roglic ................... 71h 16' 54''
    2 Alejandro Valverde ...........+2' 50''
    3 Nairo Quintana ................. +3' 31''
    4 Miguel Ángel López ...........+4' 17''
    5 Tadej Pogacar .................+4' 49''
    6 Rafal Majka ......................+7' 46''
    7 Wilco Kelderman ...............+9' 46''
    8 Carl Fredrik Hagen ............+11' 50''
    9 James Knox .....................+12' 44''

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    It could have been an exciting day today because the race leader went down in a crash.

    However, the other riders were ordered to wait for him (as per cycling etiquette) and they all honoured this 'gentlemen's agreement'.

    I, along with many others, disagree with this rule. I'm all for fair play but if you fall off your bike then tough! This is just part of the sport and why should those that stay upright be penalised for someone else's error??? More importantly, it ruins the spectacle when the race is effectively stopped and all the leader's rivals are cheated of their chance to benefit from his mishap.

    In all sports there are laws that require change and this is the most glaring example I can think of in professional cycling!

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