Nairo Quintana “Dreaming” Of A Tour de France Overall Win

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By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Jan 27, 2016 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana has set his sights on going one better at the Tour de France this year to depose British rider Chris Froome of cycling's greatest prize. Quintana finished runner-up to Froome in 2013 and last year having skipped the gruelling three-week slog around France in 2014 to … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Going To Publish His Testing Data In Esquire UK

London, Nov 7, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome has said data from physiological tests that he underwent earlier this year will be published on December 3 by men's magazine Esquire UK. Froome made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday after studying the proposed courses for next year's Olympic Games in Rio. "As promised, I will be making the results and … [Read more...]

Tour de France Harder For Froome Than Rivals Says Brailsford

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome will always find it harder to win the Tour de France than his rivals because of the doping suspicions that follow him, his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford believes. Speaking after the 2016 Tour route announcement in Paris on Tuesday, Brailsford said the negative publicity his … [Read more...]

The 21 Stages Of The Upcoming 2016 Tour de France

Paris, Oct 20, 2015 - The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519km starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2 and finishing in Paris three weeks later. Here are the 21 stages revealed by organisers ASO on Tuesday: Stage 1: July 2, Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188km Stage 2: July 3, Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-Octeville, 182km Stage 3: July 4, … [Read more...]

Mont Blanc To Be The Star In 2016 Tour de France

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 20, 2015 (AFP) - The highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc will take a starring role in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France, whose complete route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. Next July, Briton Chris Froome will spend three days staring at the Alpine behemoth, which rises to more than 4,800 … [Read more...]

UCI Cookson Warns Of Rise In Tour de France Hooligans

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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

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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

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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

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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...]