Froome Feeling ‘Positive Pressure’ As Defending Champion

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

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

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...]

Alberto Contador To Test Froome At Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 01, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's return to top form this year has sparked hopes that the Tour de France yellow jersey battle against Chris Froome will go down to the wire. The last two years have seen Team Sky dominate the race with their leader securing a comfortable victory that almost never looked in doubt. In 2012 it was Bradley … [Read more...]

UCI Accused Of Giving Chris Froome Unfair Advantage

PARIS, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body has been accused of giving British rider Chris Froome an unfair advantage in the Tour of Romandie in April by allowing him to use a steroid-based drug. According to the French Sunday newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, Froome, who went on to win the race in Switzerland, was suffering from a chill and was granted permission to use … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Grabs Dauphine Lead For Froome

FINHAUT EMOSSON, Switzerland, June 14, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador grabbed the lead in the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday with a desperate attack on the final climb of stage seven that leaves Britain's Chris Froome trailing by eight seconds. The double Tour de France winner, laid down a psychological marker for this year's race, as he attacked Froome with 2km to run on a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Suffers Nasty Crash At Dauphine

POISY, France, June 13, 2014 (AFP) - Belgian Jan Bakelants, riding for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Friday while overall leader Chris Froome recovered from a nasty crash to keep the yellow jersey. Froome, the defending Tour de France champion, came home with his jersey and shorts shredded after crashing with 7.5km to race. He lost … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Defends Inhaler Use At Dauphine

LE TEIL, France, June 10, 2014 (AFP) - Race leader Chris Froome defended his use of an inhaler as Germany's Nikias Arndt won a sprint finish to claim the third stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday. Giant team rider Arndt, 22, crossed ahead of Belgian Kris Boeckmans and South African teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg after the 194km run under the sun. Team Sky rider … [Read more...]

Froome Battles Alberto Contador At Criterium du Dauphine

COL DU BEAL, France, June 09, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won Monday's second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Spanish arch-rival Alberto Contador. After victory in Sunday's opening time-trial stage, Froome ensured himself of the race leader's yellow jersey on the 156km second stage that ended with … [Read more...]

I’m In Charge Says David Brailsford

LONDON, June 08, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief David Brailsford on Sunday insisted he has yet to decide on his Tour de France squad despite claims from former champion Bradley Wiggins that he will not be selected. Wiggins won the Tour in 2012 but doesn't expect to ride alongside team-mate and defending champion Chris Froome when the race gets underway in Yorkshire on July 5. The … [Read more...]