Richie Porte Was Co-Leader Already For Tour

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Chris Froome Crashes Out, Vincenzo Nibali Dominates Tour de France

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Chris Froome Has Tour de France Crash But Continues

LE TOUQUET, France, July 08, 2014 - Reigning champion Chris Froome suffered an early crash on Thursday's fourth stage of the Tour de France but was able to carry on. The 29-year-old Briton was knocked over after two riders touched in the peloton and one swerved into him. Television pictures then showed the Team Sky leader with ripped shorts, grazes on his elbow and leg down the … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Rides The Complete Channel Tunnel

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Folkestone, 7 July 2014: Tour de France 2013 winner Chris Froome is the first person to cycle from the United Kingdom to France under the sea. As the world’s leading professional cyclists leave the UK after three days of enthralling Tour de France action, a short film titled “Team Sky – Cycling Under The Sea,” is now available which documents the Team Sky leader riding from the … [Read more...]

Froome Feeling ‘Positive Pressure’ As Defending Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 03, 2014 (AFP) - Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome is feeling the pressure ahead of the start of the biggest cycle race on the planet on Saturday in Leeds. Froome was peerless last year in winning his first Grand Tour ahead of Colombian debutant Nairo Quintana, who will not race the Grand Boucle this year. But … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Tour de France Contenders For The GC

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - The 101st edition of the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday with Chris Froome as the reigning champion. Here AFP looks at the top five pretenders to the throne: Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky The Kenyan-born Briton and reigning champion remains the overall Tour favourite but not to the same degree as … [Read more...]

The Curse Of The Former Tour de France Champions

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - There could have been five former Tour de France winners lining up at the start in Leeds on Saturday but instead there will be three, and one is unlikely to even finish in the top 20. It is a measure of how the fortunes of those who have reached cycling's summit can change so quickly. The official record … [Read more...]