Calmejane Takes Stage, Atapuma Takes Vuelta Stage 4

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-4

San Andres de Teixido, Spain, Aug 23, 2016 (AFP) - Frenchman Lilian Calmejane claimed his first ever professional stage win by breaking clear on a steep category two climb at the end the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday. Calmejane finished the 163.5km ride from Betanzos to San Andres de Teixido in a time of 4hr 05min 19sec, ahead of Colombia's Darwin Atapuma who takes over the … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Wins Vuelta Stage 2 In Bunch Sprint

Vuelta Espana 2016 - stage-2

Baiona, Spain, Aug 21, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's Gianni Meersman claimed victory in a bunch sprint on the second stage of the Vuelta on Sunday.Meersman, of the Etixx-Quick Step team, edged Britain's Scott Thwaites and Denmark's Magnus Cort-Nielsen to the line on the 160.8km stage from Ourense to Baiona in a time of four hours, 16 minutes and 39 seconds. Poland's Sky rider Michal Kwiatkowski … [Read more...]

World Champion Peter Sagan Signs With BORA For 2017

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Berlin, Aug 1, 2016 (AFP) - Slovakia's road race world champion Peter Sagan has signed for German team BORA-Hansgrohe on a three-year deal, starting in 2017, from Russian outfit Tinkoff, his new employers announced on Monday. The 26-year-old, who won the world title in Richmond, Virginia, in 2015 and the green jersey on this year's Tour de France, has signed along with Tinkoff teammates … [Read more...]

Froome Wins Third Tour de France, Greipel Gets Stage 21

Tour de France stage 21

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, July 24, 2016 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome won his third Tour de France on Sunday to confirm his status as one of the all-time greats on the world's most gruelling race. Froome finished with a 4min 05sec advantage over Frenchman Romain Bardet with Nairo Quintana, the runner-up in 2013 and 2015, third. "It's an absolutely … [Read more...]

Froome Extends Lead Despite Crash, Bardet Wins Tour Stage 19

Tour de France stage 19

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Gervais, France, July 22, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome crashed on a slippery descent but showed grit and determination to fight on and retain his race leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Friday. Romain Bardet earned the first stage victory for a Frenchman this year and moved up to second overall after taking advantage of the … [Read more...]

Froome Storms To Tour de France Overall Victory With TT Win

Tour de France stage 18 ITT

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Megève, France, July 21, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome's inexorable march towards a third Tour de France title continued apace on Thursday as he won the 18th stage uphill time-trial. For more than an hour and a half, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin sat in the hot seat as his time of 31min 04sec remained unbeaten. But, starting last of 179 riders, … [Read more...]

Froome Tightens Grip On Yellow Jersey At Tour de France Stage 17

Tour de France stage 17

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, July 20, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome took a big step towards winning a third Tour de France as Nairo Quintana's challenge wilted on Wednesday's first Alpine stage. Russia's Ilnur Zakarin won the 184.5km 17th stage from Bern to Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland ahead of Sunday's stage 15 winner Jarlinson Pantano of … [Read more...]

Sagan Revels In “Lucky” Photo Finish Win At Tour de France Stage 16

Tour de France stage 16

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bern, Switzerland, July 18, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan said he was lucky to pip Alexander Kristoff in a photo finish to the Tour de France 16th stage on Monday -- and admitted he initially thought he had come second. At first glance Norway's Kristoff seemed to have won, but a close inspection showed the world champion Sagan … [Read more...]

Pantano Gives Colombia Joy With Tour de France Stage 15th Win

Tour de France stage 15

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Culoz, France, July 17, 2016 (AFP) - Jarlinson Pantano finally provided some joy for Colombia at the Tour de France by winning Sunday's 15th stage. The country's top rider Nairo Quintana has been strangely out of sorts over the Tour's first two weeks, and sits fourth overall at 2min 59sec behind race leader Chris Froome. But there was … [Read more...]

Comeback King Cavendish Sprints Home For Tour de France Win

Tour de France stage 14

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Villars-les-Dombes, France, July 16, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish's revival was complete on Saturday as the Briton won his 30th Tour de France stage in a high-speed sprint finish. The 31-year-old Briton took the 14th stage from Montelimar to Parc des Oiseaux in a dominant performance for his fourth stage victory at this Tour alone. And … [Read more...]