Froome Extends Lead Despite Crash, Bardet Wins Tour Stage 19

Tour de France stage 19

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Gervais, France, July 22, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome crashed on a slippery descent but showed grit and determination to fight on and retain his race leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Friday. Romain Bardet earned the first stage victory for a Frenchman this year and moved up to second overall after taking advantage of the … [Read more...]

Sagan Revels In “Lucky” Photo Finish Win At Tour de France Stage 16

Tour de France stage 16

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bern, Switzerland, July 18, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan said he was lucky to pip Alexander Kristoff in a photo finish to the Tour de France 16th stage on Monday -- and admitted he initially thought he had come second. At first glance Norway's Kristoff seemed to have won, but a close inspection showed the world champion Sagan … [Read more...]

Who’s Saying What At The 2016 Tour de France Today

Mont Ventoux, France, July 14, 2016 (AFP) - Who's saying what after Chris Froome retained the Tour de France yellow jersey despite crashing into a motorbike on Thursday: "What a finish. Ventoux is full of surprises." - A relieved Froome after being presented with the yellow jersey he initially thought he'd lost. "I don't want to take it (the yellow jersey) like that, I want … [Read more...]

Running Man Froome Keeps Yellow Jersey Despite Bike Crash Drama

Tour de France stage 12

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

Tour de France stage 11

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...]

Matthews Completes Grand Tour 3 Peat At Tour de France Stage 10

Tour de France stage 10

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Revel, France, July 12, 2016 (AFP) - Michael Matthews completed the full set of Grand Tour stage victories with a "dream come true" success at the Tour de France 10th stage on Tuesday. Reigning champion Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey, the Briton rolling over the line with a languid peloton almost 10 minutes behind Matthews. The … [Read more...]

Froome Feels Like A Kid After Tour de France Stage 8 Decent Win

Tour de France stage 8

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bagnères-de-Luchon, France, July 9, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome said he felt like a kid again as he broke clear on a speedy descent to win the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claim the yellow jersey. The defending champion surprised everyone not only with an attack on a descent 16km from the finish of the … [Read more...]

Thermal Camera Given First Surprise Tests At Tour de France

Tour de France stage 7

Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - A thermal camera was used for the first time without warning at the Tour de France on Friday in a bid to detect hidden motors in riders' bikes. Controls had been carried out previously on every Tour stage but this was the first time one was unannounced. "The control came up totally negative," French secretary of state for sports Thierry … [Read more...]

Cummings Powers To Tour de France Stage 7 Win As Arch Collapses

Tour de France stage 7

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - Stephen Cummings extended the Afro-British domination of the Tour de France by winning Friday's seventh stage in the Pyrenees, but there was a bloody finish when an inflatable arch collapsed. The 35-year-old's victory was a fourth in seven stages both for Brits and for the African team Dimension … [Read more...]

Cavendish Eyes Record Books With 29th Tour de France Win

Tour de France stage 6

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...]