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...]

Dumoulin Wins Stage 13, Froome Extends Lead At Sad Tour de France

Tour de France stage 13 ITT

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France, July 15, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome extended his Tour de France lead in finishing second to Tom Dumoulin on Friday's mournful 13th stage individual time-trial. Festivities at the Tour were suspended and security ramped up for the 37.5km time-trial from Bourg Saint Andeol to La Caverne du Pont … [Read more...]

Director Evokes ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ For Froome Decision

Mont Ventoux, France, July 14, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme explained that "exceptional circumstances" were behind the decision to reinstate Chris Froome with the race leader's yellow jersey. The 31-year-old Briton was sensationally held up in the final kilometer of Thursday's 12th stage on Mont Ventoux following a crash with a motorbike that broke his … [Read more...]

Who’s Saying What At The 2016 Tour de France Today

Mont Ventoux, France, July 14, 2016 (AFP) - Who's saying what after Chris Froome retained the Tour de France yellow jersey despite crashing into a motorbike on Thursday: "What a finish. Ventoux is full of surprises." - A relieved Froome after being presented with the yellow jersey he initially thought he'd lost. "I don't want to take it (the yellow jersey) like that, I want … [Read more...]