Bernal & Froome Keep Pace As Colbrelli Wins Occitanie Second Stage

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Italian sprinter Sonny Colbrelli of the Bahrain-McLaren team won a bunch sprint on stage two of the four-day French Route d'Occitanie race on Sunday after a 174.5km run from Carcassonne to Cap Decouverte.

Britain's Chris Froome and Colombian Tour de France champion Egan Bernal are warming up on the race for the upcoming Tour which embarks from nearby Nice on August 29.

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After embarking from the fortified city of Carcassonne with its medieval citadel the pair finished with the main pack being cheered on by a scattering of masked locals at the finish line at an adventure park.

Saturday's stage winner, French sprinter Bryan Coquard, came home second and keeps hold of the overall lead until Monday's mountain stage.

The run out is Bernal's first race in Europe since the Tour of Lombardy last October and he and the others face a real test on Monday's third stage which culminates with a long, tough climb.

Ineos sports director Gabriel Rasch said the first two days had been about protecting Bernal.

"Tomorrow is a GC (general classification) day, so for us it is a big day and we're going to ride the race how we want," he said.

"We can dictate the pace and make it 'our race'," he told the Ineos website.

Bernal is 12th overall with fellow Tour de France winner Froome down in 85th spot.

Rasch has taken over the role of affable Frenchman Nicolas Portal, who died from heart failure in March.

Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford said that for the Tour, a new arrangement would be found.

"We're going to take more of our directors than usual to the Tour. For now, Gabba (Rasch) has taken on the lead role," said Brailsford, who added Portal was keenly missed by the team.

Some sections of Monday's summit finish on the Col de Beyrede are at a staggeringly tough 17 percent incline, with one 1km section with an average of 12.

An early fall Sunday saw French hope Romain Bardet nursing a badly grazed left elbow and shoulder.

A 24-hour traffic ban has already been imposed on the tough summit finish on Monday where spectators can climb on foot or by bike in an attempt to avoid the kind of pop up motorhome villages that straddle summit finishes on the Tour de France.

Binckbank Tour Sees Dutch Stages Scrapped Over Virus Rules

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Organizers of the 2020 BinckBank Tour have called off all Dutch stages of the international road cycling race following new measures taken by the Dutch government to fight Covid-19.

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Every Key Stage Of The 2020 Giro d'Italia

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The 2020 Giro d’Italia was originally intended to be an appealing parcours for riders who were targeting the Tokyo Olympics at the end of the season. A lot changed since the route was originally penned out, but the stages have remained largely the same.

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Four Dark Horses Who Might Upset The Giro d'Italia Favorites

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The 2020 Giro d’Italia is days away from beginning the second half of this jam-packed, exceptional racing season. Riders are facing the unknown, with very little recovery time, and isolation from family and friends in order to race. Limited access to the riders, empty finish lines, and scarce fans on roadsides have already made this season a historic one.

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Five Big Favorites for the 2020 Giro d'Italia

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The 103rd Giro d’Italia is set to launch this Saturday, October 3rd from its new departure location in Sicily. Organizer RCS Sport announced the revised route in July, a couple of months after the race was forced to postpone from its traditional dates in May due to Covid-19.

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Men's Worlds: Nail-biting Ride For Victory In Imola

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France's Julian Alaphilippe claimed his first world title in the men's road race on Sunday to fulfil his "career dream" of wearing the rainbow jersey.

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Favorites And Underdogs - Men's 2020 World Championships Road Race

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The men’s 2020 World Championship road race will close the four days of elite competition in Imola, Italy. For some, it will be their first major competition since lockdown, while others will be arriving straight from France after a dramatic finish to the Tour de France. Who will have the advantage in Imola?

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Favorites And Underdogs - Women's 2020 World Championships Road Race

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The women’s 2020 racing season had only just begun before Covid-19 hit. Many of the riders had yet to race before being forced into quarantine with the rest of the pro peloton and the world. Now, after racing a short schedule -- Strade Bianche, La Course at the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa -- they face the Worlds road race.

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Van der Breggen Wins World Time-Trial Gold As Dygert Crashes

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Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen finally struck gold after four consecutive silver medals in the women's individual time-trial as defending champion Chloe Dygert crashed out at the Road World Championships in Imola on Thursday.

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'Nothing To Hide': Tour de France Team Leader Quintana Denies Doping

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The lead rider of a Tour de France team caught up in a doping investigation said he had "nothing to hide" after two unnamed members of the French outfit were briefly detained before being released.

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How To Watch The 2020 Giro d'Italia Live

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Kicking off with a 15.1 km time trial in Monreale on October 3rd, the 2020 Giro d'Italia is finally set to begin after a delay due to COVID-19. Notable riders that will participate in the race include Peter Sagan, 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Simon Yates, 2-time Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali, and many more. The 21-stage race will begin in Sicily before moving to the mainland and concluding in Milan on October 25th, 2020.