The Five Top GC Riders To Watch At 2015 Tour de France

Utrecht, Netherlands, June 27, 2015 - Five riders expected to challenge for overall victory at the Tour de France, which begins in Utrecht, Netherlands on July 4. Vincenzo Nibali The reigning champion does not have the same approach to the Tour build-up as some of his rivals. As was the case 12 months ago, Nibali has seemed slightly behind in his preparation compared to some of the … [Read more...]

The Five Most Decisive 2015 Tour de France Stages

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, June 29, 2015 - With the Tour de France set to begin on Saturday, July 4, looks at five key stages where the overall contenders will be looking to make a difference: Stage 4, July 7: Seraing-Cambrai, 223.5km After the drama and excitement of 2014's cobbled stage, organisers decided they could not do without them this year. Although … [Read more...]

Nibali Ready For Tour de France, Despite Achilles Injury

Milan, June 29, 2015 (AFP) - Embattled Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has revealed an Achilles tendon injury curtailed his winter schedule but said he is ready to face his yellow jersey rivals when the race begins next week. "I had a problem that I've never spoken about. This winter I had an Achilles problem, which I have now thankfully gotten over," Nibali said Sunday in an … [Read more...]

Tour de France Winners Over The Last 25 Years, Kind Of

Paris, June 27, 2015 - A list of the Tour de France winners over the last 25 years, ahead of the start of the 2015 edition in Utrecht, Netherlands, on July 4: 2014 - Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 2013 - Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 2012 - Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 2011 - Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC 2010 - *** Andy Schleck (LUX) Saxo Bank 2009 - Alberto Contador (ESP) … [Read more...]

The List Of The 21 Tour de France 2015 Stages

Paris, June 27, 2015 - A list of the 21 stages in the 3,360km Tour de France 2015, which begins in Utrecht, Netherlands, on July 4: Stage 1: Saturday July 4 - Utrecht, 13.8km individual time trial 2: Sunday July 5 - Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km 3: Monday July 6 - Antwerp to Huy, 159.5km 4: Tuesday July 7 - Seraing to Cambrai, 223.5km 5: Wednesday July 8 - Arras to Amiens, … [Read more...]

Sprinter Nacer Bouhanni Leads Cofidis charge At Tour de France

Paris, June 26, 2015 (AFP) - Cofidis have built their Tour de France ambitions almost entirely around the great French sprint hope Nacer Bouhanni. Bouhanni won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana and three on the Giro d'Italia last year and now Cofidis have recruited the 24-year-old and are banking on his irresistible rise. His lead-out man is Geoffrey Soupe and much of the team will … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Reveals He Missed A Doping Test

London, June 25, 2015 (AFP) - British cycling star Chris Froome revealed Thursday he had missed a drugs test earlier this year but said it was his own fault. The 30-year-old's missed test came while he was on holiday in Italy with wife Michelle. Staff at the hotel where they were staying refused to let anti-doping officials disturb the couple. During the Tour de France, … [Read more...]

German Sprinter Marcel Kittel Out Of Tour de France

Berlin, June 25, 2015 (AFP) - German sprint star Marcel Kittel will miss this year's Tour de France as he struggles to recover from a virus, his Giant team announced on Thursday. The 27-year-old has won eight stages in the last two years on the Tour and twice worn the yellow jersey but has been left out by Giant, who feel he is not yet fit enough to compete in the event. The Giant … [Read more...]

Dutch Police Plan On Being A Nuisance At Tour de France

The Hague, June 24, 2015 - Dutch police are planning protests to disrupt the first two stages of the Tour de France in the Netherlands on July 4 and 5, their union, which is demanding better pay, said on Wednesday. Police will carry out a protest bike ride in Utrecht shortly before the start of the race on July 4 and briefly stop competitors on a bridge in Rotterdam the following day, … [Read more...]

IAM Looking For Sucess With Frank And Chavanel At Tour de France

Paris, June 24, 2015 (AFP) - Swiss team IAM send French maverick Sylvain Chavanel to this year's Tour de France with a free role and will try and place homegrown talent Mathias Frank in the top 10. "We're going with an opportunist team wanting at least one stage win and which will protect one rider in the overall," said team manager Rik Verbrugghen as he unveiled his nine man line-up on … [Read more...]