Tour de France Not Over Insists Contador At 3min 10sec Back

Gap, France, July 21, 2015 - Two-time former winner Alberto Contador insisted on Tuesday's rest day that the Tour de France is not over. Chris Froome, the 2013 champion, has dominated so far and has a 3min 10sec lead over second-placed Nairo Quintana. Contador, the 2007 and 2009 winner, is back in fifth at 4min 23sec, but he insists he hasn't given up hopes of a Tour hat-trick. … [Read more...]

Unlucky Stage 13 For Contador As Aru Takes Giro D’Italia Lead

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Jesolo, Italy, May 22, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Astana rider Fabio Aru took over as leader of the Giro d'Italia from crash victim Alberto Contador on Friday after the rain-hit 13th stage was won by Sacha Modolo. Italian Modolo hung on in a sprint finish on his home stage to edge compatriots Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani at Jesolo, near Venice. A mass crash less than 5km from the line … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans In Pink After Orica-GreenEdge Giro TTT Win

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San Remo, Italy, May 9, 2015 (AFP) - Australian Simon Gerrans put his injury woes behind him as he pulled on the leader's pink jersey Saturday when his Orica outfit won the first stage team time-trial at the Giro d'Italia. The 34-year-old from Melbourne missed this season's classics after breaking his collarbone and arm in separate falls. But he crossed the line first ahead of … [Read more...]

Tony Martin To Target Tour de France Yellow Jersey On Day One

Berlin, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - German time-trial specialist Tony Martin said on Wednesday one of his top priorities for the 2015 season is to pull on the fabled yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France. The 29-year-old, three time world champion in the race against the clock, made his intentions clear at the unveiling of his Belgian team Etixx-QuickStep in Calpe, Spain. "This … [Read more...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs … [Read more...]

Get 2014 Tour de France Jersey Favorites Here

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 03, 2014 (AFP) - Ahead of the Tour de France start in Leeds on Saturday, AFP lists the favourites for each of the jerseys on offer. Yellow Jersey -- overall champion Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky Alberto Contador (ESP) Tinkoff-Saxo Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana Green Jersey -- top sprinter Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale Mark Cavendish … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Climbs Into The Pink Jersey

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MILAN, May 27, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian climber Nairo Quintana completed an epic day of racing on the Giro d'Italia by claiming victory on a controversy-hit 16th stage and the race leader's jersey from compatriot Rigoberto Uran. Quintana's hopes of competing for the overall title this year suffered a blow when he tumbled down the standings to 3min 29sec behind Uran after the first two … [Read more...]

UCI Presidency Duel To Cast Shadow Over The Rainbow Jersey

by Justin Davis FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 23, 2013 (AFP) - The battle for cycling's prestigious rainbow jersey could be overshadowed at the world road championships this week by a duel between the men bidding to lead the sport into a new, doping-free era. A little over a year after the Lance Armstrong affair left cycling in tatters, incumbent International Cycling Union … [Read more...]

Chris Horner Seeing Red For The Second Time

A slight time gap at the finish on stage 4 saw Chris Horner’s red jersey slip away, but not for long. The HC climb of Alto Hazallanas became the proving ground for the 41-year old American who took advantage of his strong legs and the super steep pitch to launch an attack at 4.6km to go. His effort resulted in a solo win and the regaining of the race lead in the 2013 Vuelta a España. Chris … [Read more...]

Cycling “logic”… The Ultimate List by System Six

When we say "clipless" shoes, we of course mean ones that have clips The derailleur keeps the chain from derailing Not only can you get dropped from a no-drop ride, but when you do the pack will wait up ahead so you can get dropped over and over again Hills are like the weather, everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it The laziest person in the pack is often the best … [Read more...]