UCI Cookson Warns Of Rise In Tour de France Hooligans

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Kuala Lumpur, July 30, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults. After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of "tired" riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an … [Read more...]

Froome Wins His Second Tour de France In Dominate Fashion

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Paris, July 26, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title following Sunday's 21st and final stage to Paris. Germany's Andre Greipel won the stage, his fourth this year, ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. Briton Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Sky teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle crown following his 2013 … [Read more...]

“Shark” Attack Pays Dividends For Nibali On Tour de France Stage 19

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN La Toussuire, France, July 24, 2015 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali reminded everyone why he is the reigning champion by claiming victory on the Alpine 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday. The "Shark of Messina" attacked with just under 60km remaining in an act of pride and defiance following a difficult Tour defence … [Read more...]

Bardet Brings French Something To Cheer At Tour de France Stage 18

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Romain Bardet helped salvage some host pride with victory on the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. The 24-year-old took off on his own with just under 40km remaining of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint Jean de Maurienne to take victory -- his first on the Tour -- 33sec … [Read more...]

Quintana Pressures Froome, As Geschke Wins Tour de France Stage 17

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana repeatedly tested Tour de France leader Chris Froome as German Simon Geschke won Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. Quintana first accelerated inside the opening 50km, again on the imposing Col d'Allos and then had two more goes on the final 6.2km climb to … [Read more...]

Froome’s Team Sky Releases “Billion Points Of Data” Power Reports

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Sisteron, France, July 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome's Sky team said on Tuesday they have shared a "billion points of data" with the UK Anti-Doping Agency in a bid to quash speculation their team leader is cheating. Sky held a press conference during the second and final Tour de France rest day in Sisteron, near Gap in the … [Read more...]

Thomas Survives A Insane Crash, As Plaza Wins Tour de France Stage 16

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Gap, France, July 20, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Geraint Thomas survived a terrifying crash on a hair-raising descent as Ruben Plaza won Monday's 16th stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome finished in an elite group of favourites to maintain his 3min 10sec lead over Nairo Quintana but his teammate Thomas came close to disaster on the … [Read more...]

Greipel Secures Tour de France Stage 15 Triple

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Valence, France, July 19, 2015 (AFP) - Andre Greipel made it a hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins on Sunday as he won the 183km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence. Despite three stitches in his left knee from a crash on Saturday, the burly German fended off compatriot John Degenkolb, Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan in the sprint finish. Briton Chris Froome finished … [Read more...]

Cummings Takes Historic Tour de France Stage 14 Win

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Mende, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Stephen Cummings celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in style for his South African team MTN-Qhubeka by taking a historic first Tour de France stage victory on Saturday. Qhubeka became the first ever African team to take part in the Tour this year and Briton Cummings gave them a historic victory on the 178.5km 14th stage from Rodez to Mende -- and that on … [Read more...]

‘Epic’ Porte Set For ‘Massive’ Role In Alps Says Froome

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Rodez, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome has described Australian teammate Richie Porte as "epic" and said the Tasmanian will have a "massive" role to play before the Tour de France finishes. Porte, who will leave Team Sky at the end of the season to pursue his own team leadership aims, has spoken of his … [Read more...]