Froome Storms To Tour de France Overall Victory With TT Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Megève, France, July 21, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome's inexorable march towards a third Tour de France title continued apace on Thursday as he won the 18th stage uphill time-trial. For more than an hour and a half, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin sat in the hot seat as his time of 31min 04sec remained unbeaten. But, starting last of 179 riders, … [Read more...]

Froome Tightens Grip On Yellow Jersey At Tour de France Stage 17

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland, July 20, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome took a big step towards winning a third Tour de France as Nairo Quintana's challenge wilted on Wednesday's first Alpine stage. Russia's Ilnur Zakarin won the 184.5km 17th stage from Bern to Finhaut-Emosson in Switzerland ahead of Sunday's stage 15 winner Jarlinson Pantano of … [Read more...]

Director Evokes ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ For Froome Decision

Mont Ventoux, France, July 14, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme explained that "exceptional circumstances" were behind the decision to reinstate Chris Froome with the race leader's yellow jersey. The 31-year-old Briton was sensationally held up in the final kilometer of Thursday's 12th stage on Mont Ventoux following a crash with a motorbike that broke his … [Read more...]

Running Man Froome Keeps Yellow Jersey Despite Bike Crash Drama

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Mont Ventoux, France, July 14, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome kept hold of the Tour de France race leader's yellow jersey despite a crash with a motorcycle on Thursday that threatened to wreck his race hopes. Froome initially seemed to have lost the race lead after his bicycle was broken by the crash leaving him at one point running desperately … [Read more...]

Froome’s Rivals Diminsh As Dumoulin Wins Tour de France Stage 9

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Andorra Arcalis, Andorra, July 10, 2016 (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Froome saw his rivals start to whittle away as Tom Dumoulin won the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. A stage that began under a blistering sun and temperatures reaching 41 Celsius in Spain ended in Dantesque conditions with driving rain and even hail in … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Excited By Team Leader Role For BMC Pro Cycling

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - Tasmanian Richie Porte says he is excited to finally have the chance to be a team leader at the Tour de France. The 31-year-old will be riding his sixth Tour de France when he takes to the start line on Saturday in the picturesque Mont Saint-Michel, but for the first time he will be riding for himself. Having helped … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Turns To Hand Spray For Tour de France

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - Tejay Van Garderen has a secret weapon in his bid for Tour de France glory this year: anti-bacterial hand spray. The 27-year-old was lying third on the Tour last year when he was forced to abandon on the 17th stage after falling ill. So this year, he is taking no chances. "I don't shake hands (anymore), I fist-pump. I take that," he said, … [Read more...]

Porte And Van Garderen Get Equal Billing At Tour de France

Paris, June 22, 2016 - Australia's Richie Porte and American teammate Tejay Van Garderen will be given equal billing when the US-backed BMC team launch their assault on the Tour de France. "Richie and Tejay will receive equal support from the team during the race," said team chief Jim Ochowicz who did however confirm the Australian as "road captain". Porte, 31, was recruited by BMC … [Read more...]

Ewan Wins Sun Tour Stage 2, Sky Protect Overall Lead

Melbourne, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Caleb Ewan won a tough second stage of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia on Friday, but Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome did enough to stay on top in the overall standings. Rising Australian sprinter Ewan, who won two stages of the Tour Down Under last month, completed the 144.2-kilometre stage in three hours, 29 minutes and six seconds. The … [Read more...]

Porte Wins Tour Down Under Stage 5 On Willunga Hill

Adelaide, Australia, Jan 23, 2016 (AFP) - Richie Porte powered his way to win the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under on Willunga Hill Saturday as fellow Australian Simon Gerrans consolidated his hold on first place overall. With one day left in the season-opening UCI World Tour race, Orica GreenEdge rider Gerrans leads Porte (BMC Racing) by nine seconds with Colombia's Sergio Henao (Sky) a … [Read more...]