Chris Froome Back To Challenge Quintana In Spain


by Kieran CANNING MADRID, Aug 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will go head-to-head with in-form Colombian rider Nairo Quintana when the final Grand Tour of the season, the Tour of Spain, gets underway in Jerez on Saturday. Froome's defence of the Tour de France was ended by hand injuries after a series of nasty falls just five stages into the race last month, but he has recovered … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Lead Team Sky at Vuelta


MADRID, Aug 18, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Spain after overcoming the hand and wrist injuries which forced him to abandon his defence of the Tour de France last month. The 21-stage Tour gets under way on Saturday with a team time trial through Jerez de la Frontera. Froome was forced to retire from the Tour de France after just five stages following … [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...]

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...]

Chris Froome Video Talking About His Withdrawal

Chris Froome talking about his hand and his two crashes today, and how he could not control his bike. But look closely at the video and at 53 seconds Froomey walks out, shakes one person's hand and the next person gives him something which he then stashes in his Rapha jacket pocket and hops in the team Jag. Tour de France 2014 - Etape 5 - Chris Froome : "C'est une immense déception" by … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Was Co-Leader Already For Tour

Porte by Barnaby CHESTERMAN by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT, France, July 09, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome's abandonment at the Tour de France Wednesday may have been a blow for Team Sky but they were almost expecting it, according to Geraint Thomas. The Welsh rider said number two Richie Porte had started the day as co-leader before Froome even pulled … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Crashes Out, Vincenzo Nibali Dominates Tour de France


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ARENBERG DU PORTE HAINAUT, France, July 09, 2014 (AFP) - Defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday as Vincenzo Nibali took control of the race. Dutchman Lars Boom brilliantly won Wednesday's wet and cobbled 152.5km stage from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg du Porte Hainaut, but the big winner was Nibali. Expertly … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Out Of The Tour de France After Cobble Crash


ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT, France, July 09, 2014 (AFP) - Defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday after falling twice on a wet and treacherous stage five. The second time, the 29-year-old was visibly injured and was seen shaking his head and holding his right arm before climbing into a Sky team car. That signalled the end of his attempt to … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Is Unstoppable At Tour de France Stage 4


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LILLE, France, July 08, 2014 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel continued his incredible domination of the sprint finishes by claiming his third stage out of four at the Tour de France on Tuesday. But there was a scare for defending champion Chris Froome who crashed early on and injured his left wrist. There were no such worries for Vincenzo Nibali, though, who … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Undergo X-Ray After Crash At TDF


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LE TOUQUET, France, July 08, 2014 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will undergo an X-ray on Tuesday evening after crashing on the fourth stage, his Sky team manager Dave Brailsford said. The 29-year-old Briton was knocked over early into the 163.5km stage from Le Touquet to Lille after two riders touched in the peloton and one … [Read more...]