Kazakhstan Wants To Host The Tour de France

PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday. Rejoicing after Vincenzo Nibali of the government-backed Astana team clinched victory on Sunday, Kairat Kelimbetov, president of Kazakh Cycling, told AFP his country wants to host the start of the race like England did this year. … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Keeps A Cool Head In Hectic Tour

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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

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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...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Simon Gerrans Pulls Out Of Tour de France

SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Australian champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Orica GreenEDGE rider had been suffering since crashing on the first stage more than two weeks ago. "Obviously it's disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris," said the winner of April's … [Read more...]

Thibaut Pinot Puts On The White Jersey

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Thibaut Pinot struck the first significant blow to his best young rider rival Romain Bardet as the Tour de France reached the Pyrenees on Tuesday. Bardet had started the day in third place in the overall standings and wearing the white jersey of the Tour's best young rider. But by the end of the longest … [Read more...]

Michael Rogers Sees The Silver Lining In Tour Win

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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...]