Sylvain Chavanel: "it was a very beautiful career"

A month before the end of his career, Sylvain Chavanel describes his experiences in the peloton, his goodbye plans and his final Tour de France.

He recalled his first racing through the prism of immaturity and a lack of physical predisposition to compete in initial competitions. His story is thus not a fairy tale, one beginning with a victory in a local event, not long after his debut. "Chava"'s journey is rather one of persistence and perseverance, traits which he kept as a professional.

"A combative sportsman, who never gives up" - that is how current fans will remember the 39-year old Frenchman from Châtellerault, who - during his whole career - participated in breakaways and attacked even when it seemed that he has no chance to suceed. A Tour de France without "Chava"'s attempts was abnormal. Three stage wins, each obtained from a successful breakaway and a dynamic charge prove his courage.

Chavanel's palmarès undoubtedly proves his all-ro…

Neilson Powless: "I want to keep developing and having fun"

In his first season at WorldTour level, 22-year-old Neilson Powless is fully benefitting from the conditions created for him by LottoNL-Jumbo.

Another representative of the young generation and another American rider entered the top division this year and is succeeding in obtaining quality results. The young rider, brought up by the Axeon Hagens Berman team, led by Axel Merckx is gaining experience in the Dutch LottoNL-Jumbo team. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean Powless is deemed to be a huge talent, he's aiming high andwants to prove that he gained trust of one of the world's elite teams for a reason.

Without a doubt it can be said that the US native has sport in his genes. As a teenager, upon influence from his parents, frequent triathlon participants he practised the discipline himself, and also developed in mountain biking, slowly becoming one of the best juniors in the country.

In 2014, he started focusing on road cycling and began his next season in the youth Axe…

Geraint Thomas. Mission complete

Geraint Thomas ends the magical season during which he won the Tour de France and, not affected by random events, he presented his potential. 

It's been six weeks since the end of the Tour de France, and the world is still learning to accept that the three-year reign of Chris Froome has come to an end and the Tour de France ended with a different result than usual. A result that surprised, although one that was plausible from the very beginning. A rider who gradually entered the world's elite and managed to complete his first race as leader of sir Dave Brailsford's team took his chance, having earned his victory and now finally being able to enjoy it.

The Welshman received his first chance from Team Sky management last year, when in May he shared the role of team leader with Mikel Landa at the Giro d'Italia. However, he suffered losses during the ninth stage, where, as a result of an accident with a motorcycle, he suffered arm and knee injuries. Whilst he coped with th…

Tour of Britain 2018. Alaphilippe already thinking about Innsbruck

By winning at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain Julian Alaphilippe sent a clear message to his rivals three weeks before the World Championships. 

When he is in shape, there is no competition for the 26-year-old Frenchman. His successes this year in La Flèche Wallonne, Clásica San Sebastián and the sections of Vuelta al Pais Vasco proved his potential on hilly sections, while stage victories at the Tour de France in turn demonstrate his abilities in the mountains.

In the UK, the Quick-Step Floors cyclist proved to be the strongest on the stage ending in Bristol and he took the lead on Friday, thanks to a second place on the stage finishing on the Whinlatter Pass. He received the green jersey, which he held for the next two days and in London he could enjoy his success.
It's always nice to win a race, especially the general classification. I just want to enjoy it and thank you again all my colleagues who have been doing a great job all week long until the last stage, up to the finish …

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2018. Paweł "the brave" Cieślik

Paweł Cieślik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) animated proceedings during the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route. On Sunday, the Pole did not finish very successfully, but in difficult conditions he demonstrated a good disposition in a difficult and dynamic race.

Already prior to the start from London's Horse Guards Parade the CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was optimistic and smiling. In the first kilometers of the Sunday race he attacked and managed to get into the day's breakaway. Six riders initially rode at the front together with him, and the group cooperated, building an advantage over the peloton.
We knew that there are strong sprinters, such as Cavendish and Viviani. We suspected that a group with sprinters would come to the finish line, be it a large or a small group. I wanted to try my legs because I just came back from a training camp in Livigno. At the beginning I was struggling, but then everything changed of the better  - Cieślik explained at the finish line.

Tour de Pologne 2018. What do we know so far?

More and more information is being revealed about the route and specifics of the 75th Tour de Pologne. The peloton will face short, dynamic stages and a one day visit abroad.

Four months remain until the beginning of the largest cycling race in Poland, but not much information has yet been confirmed about the exact shape of its route, with the exception of a few details. Thanks to local media, however, we can add extra information, which clarify where and when the world's elite cyclists will pass.

Everything seems to suggest that there will be three flat, one medium-mountain and three hilly stages on the parcours. There is no evidence that an individual time trial is to make its return.

The 75th Tour of Poland will begin in the capital of the Lesser Poland region - Kraków. Last year, Peter Sagan won there, beating Caleb Ewan in the sprint near the Błonia Park and thus became the first holder of the yellow jersey. The route provided little challenge, hence a nearly complete pelot…

Jeremy Whittle: "We need greater consistency"

Jeremy Whittle, a journalist who has follows the Tour de France for years talks about the influence of doping on the popularity and development of the largest race in the world. 

It's not a secret that the history of cycling since the very beginning is stained with difficult to clean doping affairs and scandals which show the popular use of banned substances. These stains are visible especially since the end of the last century. In sight of further confessions and the public release of evidence a common belief is that there is no point of disqualifying individual riders - the results of the entire peloton would have to be wiped out, or the race repeated. For example, from the top ten of the 1998 Tour de France only two riders were neither accused of drug use nor failed an antidoping test. These two competitors were Jean-Cyril Robin and Danielle Nardello, who finished the race in sixth and eight.

It's obvious that not all information from this time period will ever be publicly …