Janez Brajkovic Joins Tour de France Casualty List

MONTPELLIER, France, July 04, 2013 - Slovenian champion Janez Brajkovic was forced out of the Tour de France after suffering several injuries during a crash on a hectic sixth stage on Thursday. Brajkovic hit the ground hard, alongside several riders from Cofidis around 11 km from the finish line of the 176.5 km ride from Aix-en-Provence as the peloton raced towards an eventual sprint … [Read more...]

Froome and Van den Broeck To Race the Vuelta

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PARIS, July 23, 2012 (AFP) - Two of the first four finishers in the Tour de France, Britain's Chris Froome (Sky) and Belgium's Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto), are to ride in the forthcoming Tour of Spain. Froome, second behind his compatriot Bradley Wiggins on Sunday, and Van den Broeck, fourth in the final overall classification, will be up against the Tour's major absentee, Spain's … [Read more...]

Rivals Must Attack Wiggins, Says Van den Broeck

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BELLEGARDE-SUR-VALSERINE, France, July 11, 2012 (AFP) - Jurgen Van den Broeck snatched 32 seconds off Tour de France leader Bradley Wiggins on Wednesday, and is counting on the race's mountainous 11th stage to reduce his gap further. On the first day in the Alps Wiggins retained the yellow jersey as his formidable Sky team showed once again they will be hard to beat on the few … [Read more...]

Van den Broeck Heads up Lotto’s Tour Team

PARIS, June 19, 2012 (AFP) - Belgian Jurgen Van den Broeck will head up the Lotto team for teh June 30-July 22 Tour de France. Van den Broeck, who was bumped up to fourth in the 2010 Tour after the declassement of Alberto Contador for doping offenses, will be accompanied by German sprinter Andre Greipel, who won a stage while debuting on last year's Tour. Also making the roster … [Read more...]

Tour de Crash Fest, More Yellow Jersey Men Crash Out

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saint-flour, France, July 10, 2011 (AFP) - Belgian yellow jersey contender Jurgen van den Broeck crashed out of the Tour de France Sunday due to injuries suffered in a mass pile-up during the ninth stage. Omega-Pharma all-rounder Van den Broeck had been hoping for a podium place or better after a promising fifth place finish last year. However despite trying to get back on his bike the … [Read more...]

The Tour de France Yellow Jersey Favorites in 2011

The favorites for the yellow jersey for the 98th edition of the Tour de France, to be held July 2-24: Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank-Sungard Possessing a rare mix of climbing and time trialling skills, Spain's three-time winner is widely regarded as the best stage racer in the world and is regarded as the man to beat. It remains to be seen whether the energy Contador used in … [Read more...]

VDB’ and Gilbert Spearhead Omega’s Tour Challenge

Classics king Philippe Gilbert and yellow jersey hopeful Jurgen van den Broeck will spearhead Omega-Pharma's bid for success at the 2011 Tour de France. Both riders were among the nine-man squad announced Thursday by the Belgian outfit, which goes into the July 2-24 race aiming for stage wins and at least a top five finish from all-rounder van den Broeck. Van den Broeck finished fifth … [Read more...]

Wiggins Becomes Third Briton To Win Criterium du Dauphine

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LA TOUSSUIRE, France, June 12, 2011 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins became the third Briton to win the Criterium du Dauphine after Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez took the final 117.5km stage between Pontcharra and La Toussuire on Sunday. The Team Sky rider, who is a triple Olympic gold medalist and came fourth in the Tour de France two years ago, finished 1min 26sec ahead of the Australian Cadel Evans … [Read more...]

Vinokourov in Dauphine Lead as ‘VDB’ Breaks Duck

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SAINT-PIERRE-DE-CHARTREUSE, France, June 6, 2011 (AFP) - Veteran Alexandre Vinokourov took the leader's jersey in the Criterium du Dauphine here Monday but was quick to pay tribute to surprise stage winner Jurgen van den Broeck of Belgium. Astana leader Vinokourov, 37, who served a two year doping suspension for blood doping from 2007-09, came in fourth seven seconds adrift of van den … [Read more...]

Boom Starts His Dauphine With A Bang

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SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France, June 5, 2011 (AFP) - Flying Dutchman Lars Boom powered to the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine stage race after dominating his rivals in the opening prologue held over 5.4 km here Sunday. Former cyclo-cross champion Boom, who rides for Rabobank, completed the race against the clock in a time of 6min 18sec to keep Astana veteran Alexandre Vinokourov of … [Read more...]