Greipel Wins Tour de France Stage 2, Nibali and Quintana Lose Time

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Zeeland, Netherlands, July 5, 2015 (AFP) - Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow favourite Nairo Quintana lost time. Greipel edged out Peter Sagan by a fraction of a wheel length at the end of the 166km stage from Utrecht to Zeeland in the Netherlands. … [Read more...]

Record-Breaking Dennis Takes Tour de France Opening Stage

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 4, 2015 (AFP) - Australian Rohan Dennis set a new record for the highest average speed in a Tour de France timetrial as he won the opening stage of the 2015 edition on Saturday. The 25-year-old scorched around the 13.8km course in just 14min 56sec despite Utrecht being suffocated by a … [Read more...]

Cavendish Admits That Kittel Absence Helps Chances

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 3, 2015 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish reluctantly admitted on Friday that the absence of Marcel Kittel improves his chances of winning stages at the Tour de France this year. The 30-year-old Manxman has won 25 Tour stages but was upstaged by new sprint king Kittel over the last two years. While the burly German won four stages in … [Read more...]

Nacer Bouhanni Confirms That He Will Start Tour de France

Utrecht, Netherlands, July 3, 2015 (AFP) - French sprint ace Nacer Bouhanni confirmed on Friday he would be starting the Tour de France in Utrecht on Saturday. A week ago, the 24-year-old crashed in the sprint finish at the French Championships and later that day took to Twitter to claim he was almost certainly out of the Tour. The Cofidis rider believed he'd broken a rib but in … [Read more...]

Nibali Hoping To Turn His Cool Spring Into Hot Summer

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 3, 2015 (AFP) - Reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali admitted Friday that he has been unhappy with his season so far, but insisted he is still on course to retain the Tour de France title. On the eve of the Grand Depart in Utrecht with Saturday's 13.8km timetrial, Nibali pulled no punches about the tough start he's had to the … [Read more...]

A Tour de France For Every Rider in 2015

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - In recent years a lot of focus on cycling and in particular the Tour de France has been about how things have changed in a new cleaner era. While no-one believes doping has been completely eradicated, so to a large extent it has at least been reduced and what remains is perhaps less effective. The worry now is … [Read more...]

The Double, Not The Tour, Motivator For Contador

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador said it is the prospect of completing a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double which is motivating him rather than simply winning a third Grand Boucle. The 32-year-old Spaniard won Italy's premier road race back in May and will begin his quest for the double when the Tour begins on Saturday with a … [Read more...]

A Diplomatic Sagan Happy To Help Contador

Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - Peter Sagan may have won the green jersey the last three years but the Slovak insists he is happy to play a support role for Alberto Contador at the Tour de France this year. Sagan, 25, left Cannondale at the end of last season as they merged with Garmin to join Tinkoff-Saxo, where Contador was already the well-established team leader. And … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Focused Completely On Tour de France GC

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, July 1, 2015 (AFP) - Quiet and unassuming he may be, but for many people the explosive Nairo Quintana will be the man to beat at the Tour de France this year. The 25-year-old Colombian has been keeping himself out of the limelight during the Tour build-up, training back home in Tunja and avoiding the traditional Tour warm-up events. Yet although … [Read more...]

Team Giant-Alpecin Play Down Kittel Departure Fears

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 1, 2015 (AFP) - German team Giant-Alpecin insist star sprinter Marcel Kittel will still be with them next year despite his disappointment at missing the Tour de France. Kittel, 27, has not hidden his feelings since being overlooked for the Giant Tour squad as his season has been affected by illness. Having won four stages in … [Read more...]