Tour de France Not Over Insists Contador At 3min 10sec Back

Gap, France, July 21, 2015 - Two-time former winner Alberto Contador insisted on Tuesday's rest day that the Tour de France is not over. Chris Froome, the 2013 champion, has dominated so far and has a 3min 10sec lead over second-placed Nairo Quintana. Contador, the 2007 and 2009 winner, is back in fifth at 4min 23sec, but he insists he hasn't given up hopes of a Tour hat-trick. … [Read more...]

Thomas Survives A Insane Crash, As Plaza Wins Tour de France Stage 16

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Gap, France, July 20, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Geraint Thomas survived a terrifying crash on a hair-raising descent as Ruben Plaza won Monday's 16th stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome finished in an elite group of favourites to maintain his 3min 10sec lead over Nairo Quintana but his teammate Thomas came close to disaster on the … [Read more...]

Greipel Secures Tour de France Stage 15 Triple

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Valence, France, July 19, 2015 (AFP) - Andre Greipel made it a hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins on Sunday as he won the 183km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence. Despite three stitches in his left knee from a crash on Saturday, the burly German fended off compatriot John Degenkolb, Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan in the sprint finish. Briton Chris Froome finished … [Read more...]

Froome Blasts “Irresponsible” Reporters After Urine Attack

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Mende, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome hit out at "irresponsible" reporting at the Tour de France after revealing he had urine thrown over him by a spectator during the 14th stage on Saturday. The 30-year-old Briton blamed journalists for setting the "tone" that led to the fan's actions by accusing him of … [Read more...]

Porte Reveals He Was “Punched” In Pyrenees Stage 10

Rodez, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Australian Richie Porte says he was punched by a spectator while helping Chris Froome to victory on Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France. Froome won the mountain stage that finished in the Pyrenees at La Pierre-Saint Martin, with Porte passing Nairo Quintana to take second place in a Team Sky 1-2. But the 30-year-old Australian, who will … [Read more...]

Cummings Takes Historic Tour de France Stage 14 Win

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Mende, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Stephen Cummings celebrated Nelson Mandela Day in style for his South African team MTN-Qhubeka by taking a historic first Tour de France stage victory on Saturday. Qhubeka became the first ever African team to take part in the Tour this year and Briton Cummings gave them a historic victory on the 178.5km 14th stage from Rodez to Mende -- and that on … [Read more...]

‘Epic’ Porte Set For ‘Massive’ Role In Alps Says Froome

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Rodez, France, July 18, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome has described Australian teammate Richie Porte as "epic" and said the Tasmanian will have a "massive" role to play before the Tour de France finishes. Porte, who will leave Team Sky at the end of the season to pursue his own team leadership aims, has spoken of his … [Read more...]

Sagan Denied Again As Van Avermaet Wins Tour de France Stage 13

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Rodez, France, July 17, 2015 (AFP) - Greg Van Avermaet won his first stage on the Tour de France on Friday as Peter Sagan finished second for the fourth time this year. Belgian Van Avermaet won the 198.5km 13th stage from Muret to Rodez at the end of a tough 600m climb to the finish. But it was yet more heartache for Sagan, who has not won a Tour stage in two years, taking 20 … [Read more...]

Froome Retains Lead, As Rodriguez Wins Tour de France Stage 12

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Plateau de Beille, France, July 16, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome controlled a series of tentative attacks from his rivals as Joaquim Rodriguez won his second stage of this year's Tour de France on Thursday. Rodriguez, 36, was part of an original 22-man breakaway that gradually split up over the 195km trek from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille … [Read more...]

Majka Wins Tour de France Stage 11, Froome Open To Extra Testing

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Cauterets, France, July 15, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome said he was open to undergoing independent physiological analysis to prove he's riding clean as Rafal Majka won stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Froome decimated his rivals on Tuesday's tough stage 10 finish at La Pierre-Saint Martin and both his remarkable … [Read more...]