Andrew Talansky Quits Tour de France Despite Brave Ride

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - American Andrew Talansky quit the Tour de France before Thursday's 12th stage due to the cumulative effects of several crashes, his Garmin-Sharp team said. Talansky crashed heavily on Friday's seventh stage before also coming off his bike the next day. The 25-year-old had suffered badly on Monday's tough mountainous stage in which he … [Read more...]

Tony Gallopin Takes Tour de France Stage 11 From Break

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN OYONNAX, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Tony Gallopin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France Wednesday and then said it was even better than wearing the leader's yellow jersey. The 26-year-old Frenchman had not thought life could get any better than Sunday when he snared yellow for a day from Vincenzo Nibali, thus earning the honour of wearing it on … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Avoid Surgery On Broken Shinbone

BESANéON, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not undergo an operation to repair his broken shinbone, he said in a statement. Contador crashed badly on a descent during Monday's tough mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles and was forced to quit the Tour in tears and pain shortly afterwards. There had … [Read more...]

Nutritional Bar Proved To Be Alberto Contador’s Undoing

BESANéON, France, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador has revealed that he came a cropper at the Tour de France because he was trying to eat. The two-time former winner crashed on a fast descent on Monday's 10th stage and suffered a broken shinbone, forcing him to pull out of the Tour. The Spaniard is known as one of the better descenders in the peloton but it was the desire to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Will Not Start Tour de France Stage 11

Fabian Cancellara: “I will travel home now and take a little break. The season has been long for me, starting back in Dubai. I have done 59 days of competition this season so far and I have another big goal at the end of this season: the World Championships. It’s not a secret that I’d like to be in my best shape there, so it’s important that I take some rest.” Cancellara came to the … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Back In Yellow, As Contador Crashes Out

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali won Monday's Bastille Day 10th stage of the Tour de France to reclaim the leader's yellow jersey as two-time former winner Alberto Contador abandoned the race. Nibali overhauled lone escapee Joaquim Rodriguez in the final kilometre to win the stage by 15sec from Frenchman Thibaut … [Read more...]

A Tearful Alberto Contador Out Of Tour de France After Crash

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time winner Alberto Contador was in tears as he pulled out of the Tour de France on Monday after crashing badly on the tough 10th stage. The Spaniard's withdrawal was the second major abandonment of the 101st edition of the Grand Boucle following that of reigning champion Chris Froome last Wednesday. Contador … [Read more...]

The Tale of Two Martins At The Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MULHOUSE, France, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Tony Martin continued Germany's stunning sporting month by winning the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as Frenchman Tony Gallopin claimed the race leader's yellow jersey. Martin's stage success was the fifth by Germans already this Tour after sprinters Marcel Kittel, three, and Andre Greipel had … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Confirms A Double Fracture

NANCY, France, July 11, 2014 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome confirmed Friday he has fractures to his hand and wrist. Froome left the Tour de France during Wednesday's tough cobbled stage after crashing twice, adding to his fall the day before when he suffered his injuries. "MRIs done, confirmed fractures to the left wrist & right hand. Time for some R&R...," he … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 7 Crash Costly For BMC Racing Team

A crash with less than 20 kilometers to go Friday at the Tour de France cost BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen 63 seconds as well as the services of teammate Darwin Atapuma, who was too injured to continue. Meanwhile, two other teammates – Daniel Oss and Greg Van Avermaet – finished sixth and 10th, respectively, on the stage. 'It Is A Tough Blow' Van Garderen said he was not sure what … [Read more...]