Comeback King Cavendish Sprints Home For Tour de France Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Villars-les-Dombes, France, July 16, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish's revival was complete on Saturday as the Briton won his 30th Tour de France stage in a high-speed sprint finish. The 31-year-old Briton took the 14th stage from Montelimar to Parc des Oiseaux in a dominant performance for his fourth stage victory at this Tour alone. And … [Read more...]

Froome Attack Gains Time, Sagan Wins Stage 11 At Tour de France

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Montpellier, France, July 13, 2016 (AFP) - Overall leader Chris Froome produced another surprise attack to gain time on his Tour de France rivals as Peter Sagan won Wednesday's blustery 11th stage. "It was another spur-of-the-moment thing," said Froome, who performed a similar trick in the seventh stage. "The team did a massive job in keeping me … [Read more...]

Cavendish Eyes Record Books With 29th Tour de France Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Montauban, France, July 7, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish took another giant step towards Tour de France greatness by claiming his 29th stage win on Thursday in a dramatic sprint finish in sweltering heat. The 31-year-old Briton now only has Belgian legend Eddy Merckx ahead of him on the all-time list of stage victories with a once-seemingly … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 4 Win A “Relief” For Marcel Kittel

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Limoges, France, July 5, 2016 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel said his Tour de France stage win on Tuesday was a relief following a nightmare 2015. The 28-year-old German was the dominant sprinter in the world through 2013 and 2014, winning four stages at the Tour in each year. But his 2015 season was wrecked by illness and he … [Read more...]

Greipel Outsprints Kittel For German Road Championship Title

Berlin, June 26, 2016 (AFP) - Andre Greipel got one over his great sprint rival Marcel Kittel by winning the German Championships road race on Sunday. Just under a week from the start of the Tour de France, Greipel came out trumps in a battle between the two men to have dominated sprint finishes in the last three editions of the Tour. Greipel won the sprint to the line with 23-year-old … [Read more...]

Greipel Roars Loudly At Giro d’Italia Stage 5, Dumoulin Keeps Pink

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Benevento, Italy, May 11, 2016 (AFP) - Germany's Andre Greipel powered to victory on the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, a bunch sprint finish that left Dutchman Tom Dumoulin in the race leader's pink jersey. On the second day back in Italy following three opening stages in Holland, Lotto sprinter Greipel had been looking to redress the balance after seeing compatriot and … [Read more...]

Marcel Kittel Wins Giro d’Italia Stage Two, Dumoulin In Lead

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Nijmegen, Netherlands, May 7, 2016 (AFP) - Germany's Marcel Kittel, of the Etixx-QuickStep team, dominated a bunch sprint to win the second stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia on Saturday. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) held on to the race leader's pink jersey following his slim victory in the opening stage time trial on Friday, but has seen Kittel stake his claim by moving up to third at … [Read more...]

Viviani Wins Dubai Tour Stage 2, Takes Overall Lead

Dubai, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - Italy's Elia Viviani, riding for Team Sky, sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Tour of Dubai on Thursday and grabbed the leader's blue jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel. Viviani had benefitted from a crash in the final kilometre that appeared to affect opponents. "Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no team-mate with … [Read more...]

Kittel Edges Out Cavendish On Stage One of Dubai Tour

Dubai, Feb 3, 2016 (AFP) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the Tour of Dubai on Wednesday when he edged out last year's winner, Britain's Mark Cavendish, in a bunch sprint. After the 173km run from the Dubai Marine Club to Fujairah, Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo came in third with the top three picking up time bonuses of 10, six and four seconds, giving the three the lead in … [Read more...]

German Sprinter Marcel Kittel Leaves Giant For Etixx

Brussels, Oct 5, 2015 (AFP) - German sprint star Marcel Kittel has signed a two-year contract with the Etixx-QuickStep cycling team after parting ways with Giant-Alpecin, his new team announced on Monday. Kittel, 27, had one year left on his contract with Giant but relations with the team had soured after he was left out of this year's Tour de France. The German has been plagued by … [Read more...]