Degenkolb Targets Tour de France Return After Serious crash

Berlin, March 15, 2016 (AFP) - Horror crash victim Germany's John Degenkolb said Tuesday that he hopes to race in this year's Tour de France as he continues his recovery from a January collision with a car. "The first big goal of the season, the Spring Classics, is forgotten, said Degenkolb, who won two of them last season the Milan-San Remo and the Paris-Roubaix. "I'm focused on the … [Read more...]

No Surprises In Team List For The 2016 Tour de France

Paris, March 2, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome will go up against familiar faces when he attempts to win a third Tour de France title in July, after the same 22 teams from last summer were named by race organizers on Wednesday. The route seems perfect for Briton Froome, with individual time trials set to play a much bigger part in deciding the winner of the general classification than in previous … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Mulls Starting Pro Team In 2017 Season


Madrid, Feb 15, 2016 (AFP) - Current Tinkoff lead rider Alberto Contador said Monday he was mulling over an idea to launch his own professional team in 2017, not ruling out himself out as a potential team member. Barring injury or accident, this season was widely expected to be the 33-year-old Contador's last, the Madrid-born racer targeting the Tour de France and Rio Olympics as a perfect … [Read more...]

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


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


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


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


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...]