UCI Cookson Warns Of Rise In Tour de France Hooligans


Kuala Lumpur, July 30, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults. After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of "tired" riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an … [Read more...]

Froome Wins His Second Tour de France In Dominate Fashion


Paris, July 26, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome won his second Tour de France title following Sunday's 21st and final stage to Paris. Germany's Andre Greipel won the stage, his fourth this year, ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. Briton Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Sky teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle crown following his 2013 … [Read more...]

Five Stages Where Chris Froome Won The Tour de France

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, July 26, 2015 (AFP) - Following Chris Froome's second Tour de France victory on Sunday, AFP Sport looks at the five key stages where the 30-year-old Briton made a difference: Stage 2 - Utrecht-Zeeland, 166km This was a pan-flat stage that on paper looked likely to end in a bunch sprint but, with … [Read more...]

Froome Blasts ‘Unsportsmanlike’ Attack By Nibali


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN La Toussuire, France, July 24, 2015 (AFP) - Tour de France leader Chris Froome accused reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali of unsporting behaviour after Friday's 19th stage. Nibali won the stage after attacking with under 60km to ride just as Froome suffered a mechanical problem. Italian Nibali had started the day … [Read more...]

“Shark” Attack Pays Dividends For Nibali On Tour de France Stage 19


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN La Toussuire, France, July 24, 2015 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali reminded everyone why he is the reigning champion by claiming victory on the Alpine 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday. The "Shark of Messina" attacked with just under 60km remaining in an act of pride and defiance following a difficult Tour defence … [Read more...]

Contador Admits Tour de France Podium A Long Shot

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador admitted on Thursday that his hopes of a podium finish are slim at the Tour de France after enduring what he called one of the toughest days of his career. The 32-year-old Spaniard is fifth overall, 6min 40sec behind race leader Chris Froome, but crucially also 2min … [Read more...]

Bardet Brings French Something To Cheer At Tour de France Stage 18


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Romain Bardet helped salvage some host pride with victory on the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. The 24-year-old took off on his own with just under 40km remaining of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint Jean de Maurienne to take victory -- his first on the Tour -- 33sec … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Withdrawals The Tour de France On Stage 17

Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 - Tejay Van Garderen pulled out of the Tour de France during Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. The 26-year-old American had been sitting third in the overall standings at 3min 32sec back from race leader Chris Froome. But only 60km into the first Alpine stage of the race, Van Garderen started to struggle and lost touch … [Read more...]

Quintana Pressures Froome, As Geschke Wins Tour de France Stage 17


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana repeatedly tested Tour de France leader Chris Froome as German Simon Geschke won Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. Quintana first accelerated inside the opening 50km, again on the imposing Col d'Allos and then had two more goes on the final 6.2km climb to … [Read more...]

Froome’s Team Sky Releases “Billion Points Of Data” Power Reports


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Sisteron, France, July 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome's Sky team said on Tuesday they have shared a "billion points of data" with the UK Anti-Doping Agency in a bid to quash speculation their team leader is cheating. Sky held a press conference during the second and final Tour de France rest day in Sisteron, near Gap in the … [Read more...]