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Quintana: 2018 was not a good year

Nairo Quintana has admitted he failed to hit the heights expected of himself in 2018 after disappointing performances at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Quintana was backed to challenge for a third grand tour victory this year after focusing hi…

Tour de France 2018 prize money: How much will riders and teams earn in cash and WorldTour points?

The Tour de France may be one of the toughest endurance events an athlete can take part in, but when it comes to collecting their prize money after three weeks in the saddle riders are reminded of just how tough the sport really is. While some footballers regularly earn enough in a month to fund entire cycling teams – those at UCI Continental level, at least – for a year, riders at the highest level in cycling remain relatively poorly rewarded. When Roger Federer won the men’s singles at Wimbledon last summer, the Swiss pocketed £2.2 million for just 11 hours 37 minutes, or around £189,383 an hour. By contrast, the winner at this year’s Tour will earn €500,000 in prize money, or around £440,626, for cycling 3,351 kilometres (2,082 miles) over a gruelling three-week period.

Dumoulin furious as motorbike ‘paces’ rival to Tour stage win

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin lashed out at Tour de France rival Primoz Roglic on Friday, claiming the Slovenian’s stage 19 victory came thanks to some timely pacing by a motorbike on the race. “I am super disappointed,” said Dumoulin, who finished the stage in sixth place at 19secs behind Roglic to see his deficit on yellow jersey holder Geraint Thomas grow by six seconds to 2min 05sec. After cresting the summit of the Col d’Aubisque just behind Poland’s Rafal Majka, Roglic pulled away from a small group of frontrunners in a bid to take time from defending champion Chris Froome, who he is fighting for a podium place in Paris on Sunday, on the 20 km descent to the finish.