Vincenzo Nibali Keeps A Cool Head In Hectic Tour


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris. The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal. From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Puts a Stranglehold On The Tour de France


PARIS, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at the 2014 Tour by finishing safely in the pack on Sunday's 21st and final stage from Evry to Paris, won by German Marcel Kittel. "It's the most important and the best moment, I never … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Secures Tour de France Victory


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PERIGUEUX, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali secured Tour de France victory on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin dominated the penultimate 20th stage time trial and the host nation celebrated podium success. Barring a final stage catastrophe on Sunday, Astana rider Nibali is assured of winning his first Tour title on the Champs … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Bids Farewell To Road For Track


by Alistair WATSON GLASGOW, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins has set his sights on claiming gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 after losing out to Australia in the final of the men's team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games. The Australian quartet of Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea set a new Commonwealth record on their way to beating England … [Read more...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs … [Read more...]

Fear Drove Ramunas Navardauskas To Historic Tour Victory


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - Ramunas Navardauskas said the fear of being caught like Garmin teammate Jack Bauer in the final metres was what drove him to his historic first Lithuanian victory at the Tour de France on Friday. The 26-year-old broke away from the peloton on a short 1.3km climb 13km from the finish of the 208.5km 19th stage from … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Stamps His Authority On The Tour de France


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HAUTACAM, France, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali emphasised his total domination of the 2014 Tour de France with a fourth stage victory on Thursday. The 29-year-old Italian had admitted on Wednesday that he was riding within himself but on the 144.5km 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam, he decided to put on a demonstration. And it was precisely … [Read more...]

KOM Jersey Tactics Help Rafal Majka At Tour de France


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Rafal Majka won his second stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Wednesday and also extended his lead in the King of the Mountains standings. And the 24-year-old Pole revealed that it was his team manager Bjarne Riis's tactical nous that helped him both win the tough 124.5km Pyrenean stage and hold onto the … [Read more...]

Michael Rogers Sees The Silver Lining In Tour Win


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Michael Rogers said he had learnt lessons when serving a temporary doping suspension that helped him win his first ever Tour de France stage. The 34-year-old Australian escaped from a five-man breakaway group to claim victory on the Tour's mammoth 237.5km 16th stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Eager To Get Back To Racing


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CARCASSONNE, France, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Sprint ace Mark Cavendish vowed Monday to return to action before the end of the season to repay the faith his OMQS team has shown in him. The 29-year-old crashed out of the opening stage of the Tour de France two weeks ago in his mother's home town of Harrogate, northern England, suffering a separated shoulder. … [Read more...]