Five Key Stages That Will Factor In The 2015 Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Following the announcement of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris on Wednesday, Bicycle.net looks at five key stages where the race will be won or lost: Stage 2: Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km This is one of two stages where the weather could play a crucial and decisive role in determining the outcome not just of the stage … [Read more...]

2015 Tour de France 21 Stages Featuring Alpe d’Huez

PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - A list of the 21 stages of the 3,344km 2015 edition of the Tour de France announced in Paris on Wednesday: Stage 1: Saturday July 4 - Utrecht, 14km individual timetrial 2: Sunday July 5 - Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km 3: Monday July 6 - Antwerp to Huy, 154km 4: Tuesday July 7 - Seraing to Cambrai, 221km 5: Wednesday July 8 - Arras to Amiens, 189km … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2015 Offers Famous Alpe d’Huez Finale

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PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - For the first time in Tour de France history the legendary Alpe d'Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 edition before the final procession in Paris. That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme. After this … [Read more...]

No Positive Results At The 2014 Tour de France

PARIS, Sept 02, 2014 - There were no positive dope tests at this year's Tour de France, world cycling's governing body the UCI announced on Tuesday. "All the samples collected were systematically analysed to detect stimulants and erythropoiesis," said the UCI, the latter being the process which produces red blood cells. "Isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) was also analysed in … [Read more...]

Kazakhstan Wants To Host The Tour de France

PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday. Rejoicing after Vincenzo Nibali of the government-backed Astana team clinched victory on Sunday, Kairat Kelimbetov, president of Kazakh Cycling, told AFP his country wants to host the start of the race like England did this year. … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Keeps A Cool Head In Hectic Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali didn't just have to beat his opposition at the Tour de France, he also had to overcome the elements and general chaos before being crowned in Paris. The 2014 edition of the Grand Boucle had it all, except, thankfully, a doping scandal. From the crashes, dire weather, extreme heat, surprises, upsets and … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Puts a Stranglehold On The Tour de France

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PARIS, July 27, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali fought back tears as he stood on the Tour de France winner's podium and described the moment as better than he ever expected. Nibali completed his victory at the 2014 Tour by finishing safely in the pack on Sunday's 21st and final stage from Evry to Paris, won by German Marcel Kittel. "It's the most important and the best moment, I never … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Secures Tour de France Victory

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PERIGUEUX, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali secured Tour de France victory on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin dominated the penultimate 20th stage time trial and the host nation celebrated podium success. Barring a final stage catastrophe on Sunday, Astana rider Nibali is assured of winning his first Tour title on the Champs … [Read more...]

Superstitious Vincenzo Nibali Does Change His Jersey

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali admitted he was superstitious but said not to the point of wearing the same jersey throughout a three-week Tour. The Italian has been favouring certain lucky jerseys during his domination of the Tour de France -- in which he has been in yellow for all but two days -- but he said social customs … [Read more...]

Fear Drove Ramunas Navardauskas To Historic Tour Victory

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BERGERAC, France, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - Ramunas Navardauskas said the fear of being caught like Garmin teammate Jack Bauer in the final metres was what drove him to his historic first Lithuanian victory at the Tour de France on Friday. The 26-year-old broke away from the peloton on a short 1.3km climb 13km from the finish of the 208.5km 19th stage from … [Read more...]