KOM Jersey Tactics Help Rafal Majka At Tour de France

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

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...]

Tejay Van Garderen Targets Tour Victory Some Day

CARCASSONNE, France, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - American Tejay Van Garderen believes he can win the Tour de France but admits he will have to wait at least another year. The BMC leader sits fifth in the standings in a thrilling five-man battle for the minor podium places. Although he is 5min 49sec behind runaway leader Vincenzo Nibali, he is one of five men from second to sixth … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Surprised By 2nd Tour de France Win

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN NIMES, France, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - Norwegian Alexander Kristoff admitted he was surprised to win Sunday's 15th stage of the Tour de France over 222km from Tallard to Nimes. The 27-year-old said he had expected German pair Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel to beat him but they came home 11th and fourth respectively in a wet sprint finish. Kristoff, who … [Read more...]

Rafal Majka Gives Tinkoff Cheer As Nibali Gains More Time

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN RISOUL, France, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Rafal Majka made up for the disappointment of finishing second on Friday by winning Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali continued to distance his rivals. Pole Majka broke away from an 11-strong escape group on the final first category climb to Risoul and managed to hold off a charging Nibali … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali A Tough Rival For Chris Froome

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali won his third stage and extended his lead, while Sky's Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day … [Read more...]

The Vincenzo Nibali Show Continues At Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali continued to stamp his mark on the 2014 Tour de France with his third stage victory on Friday to increase his overall lead to more than three minutes. The Italian champion proved too strong once again for his rivals as he rode away from the field on the final climb to Chamrousse on the 197.5km … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan The Bridesmaid Again At Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAINT-√čTIENNE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Peter Sagan finished second for the fourth time at this Tour de France as Alexander Kristoff won Thursday's 12th stage. Sagan now has seven top four finishes and has come home in the top 10 nine times out of 12 stages but has yet to win one this year. Once again the 24-year-old was just pipped in a … [Read more...]