Five Stages Where Chris Froome Won The Tour de France

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, July 26, 2015 (AFP) - Following Chris Froome's second Tour de France victory on Sunday, AFP Sport looks at the five key stages where the 30-year-old Briton made a difference: Stage 2 - Utrecht-Zeeland, 166km This was a pan-flat stage that on paper looked likely to end in a bunch sprint but, with … [Read more...]

Froome Blasts ‘Unsportsmanlike’ Attack By Nibali

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN La Toussuire, France, July 24, 2015 (AFP) - Tour de France leader Chris Froome accused reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali of unsporting behaviour after Friday's 19th stage. Nibali won the stage after attacking with under 60km to ride just as Froome suffered a mechanical problem. Italian Nibali had started the day … [Read more...]

Contador Admits Tour de France Podium A Long Shot

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador admitted on Thursday that his hopes of a podium finish are slim at the Tour de France after enduring what he called one of the toughest days of his career. The 32-year-old Spaniard is fifth overall, 6min 40sec behind race leader Chris Froome, but crucially also 2min … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Withdrawals The Tour de France On Stage 17

Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 - Tejay Van Garderen pulled out of the Tour de France during Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. The 26-year-old American had been sitting third in the overall standings at 3min 32sec back from race leader Chris Froome. But only 60km into the first Alpine stage of the race, Van Garderen started to struggle and lost touch … [Read more...]

Tour de France Not Over Insists Contador At 3min 10sec Back

Gap, France, July 21, 2015 - Two-time former winner Alberto Contador insisted on Tuesday's rest day that the Tour de France is not over. Chris Froome, the 2013 champion, has dominated so far and has a 3min 10sec lead over second-placed Nairo Quintana. Contador, the 2007 and 2009 winner, is back in fifth at 4min 23sec, but he insists he hasn't given up hopes of a Tour hat-trick. … [Read more...]

Froome Blasts “Irresponsible” Reporters After Urine Attack

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Mende, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome hit out at "irresponsible" reporting at the Tour de France after revealing he had urine thrown over him by a spectator during the 14th stage on Saturday. The 30-year-old Briton blamed journalists for setting the "tone" that led to the fan's actions by accusing him of … [Read more...]

Porte Reveals He Was “Punched” In Pyrenees Stage 10

Rodez, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Australian Richie Porte says he was punched by a spectator while helping Chris Froome to victory on Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France. Froome won the mountain stage that finished in the Pyrenees at La Pierre-Saint Martin, with Porte passing Nairo Quintana to take second place in a Team Sky 1-2. But the 30-year-old Australian, who will … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong On The Tour de France Route For Charity

By Julian Carrere Toulouse, France, July 15, 2015 (AFP) - American cyclist Lance Armstrong will be back on the Tour de France roads for a controversial charity ride Thursday, his first appearance since being stripped of his seven titles. He will cycle two stages of the Tour for a leukaemia charity -- from Muret to Rodez on Thursday and from … [Read more...]

Consistency Remains The Key For BMC’s Tejay Van Garderen

Pau, France, July 13, 2015 (AFP) - Tejay Van Garderen said consistency will be the key for him to maintain his surprising challenge for the Tour de France yellow jersey. After nine stages, the 26-year-old American has found himself second overall at just 12sec from race leader Chris Froome, the 2013 champion. And while Van Garderen maintains he has a modest aim to finish on … [Read more...]

Team Sky’s Spectacular Week Leaves Froome In A Dream

Pau, France, July 13, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome said he's living a dream after describing his Sky team's start to the Tour de France as "spectacular". The 30-year-old Briton admitted he had expected to lose time to some of his main rivals during the tricky first week of the 2015 Tour but instead he reached Monday's first rest day wearing the leader's yellow jersey. And with the … [Read more...]