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...]

Vincenzo Nibali Stamps His Authority On The Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HAUTACAM, France, July 24, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali emphasised his total domination of the 2014 Tour de France with a fourth stage victory on Thursday. The 29-year-old Italian had admitted on Wednesday that he was riding within himself but on the 144.5km 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam, he decided to put on a demonstration. And it was precisely … [Read more...]

KOM Jersey Tactics Help Rafal Majka At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Rafal Majka won his second stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Wednesday and also extended his lead in the King of the Mountains standings. And the 24-year-old Pole revealed that it was his team manager Bjarne Riis's tactical nous that helped him both win the tough 124.5km Pyrenean stage and hold onto the … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Pulls Out Of Tour de France

SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Australian champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Orica GreenEDGE rider had been suffering since crashing on the first stage more than two weeks ago. "Obviously it's disappointing not to complete the Tour de France and make it to Paris," said the winner of April's … [Read more...]

Thibaut Pinot Puts On The White Jersey

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Thibaut Pinot struck the first significant blow to his best young rider rival Romain Bardet as the Tour de France reached the Pyrenees on Tuesday. Bardet had started the day in third place in the overall standings and wearing the white jersey of the Tour's best young rider. But by the end of the longest … [Read more...]

Michael Rogers Sees The Silver Lining In Tour Win

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Michael Rogers said he had learnt lessons when serving a temporary doping suspension that helped him win his first ever Tour de France stage. The 34-year-old Australian escaped from a five-man breakaway group to claim victory on the Tour's mammoth 237.5km 16th stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon on … [Read more...]

World Champion Rui Costa Withdraws From Tour de France

CARCASSONNE, France, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - World champion Rui Costa of Portugal withdrew from the Tour de France on Tuesday due to pneumonia, his Lampre-Merida team said in a statement. Costa had been 13th in the standings at almost 13 minutes behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali. His team said he'd been struggling with bronchitis in the Alps before Monday's rest day. Lampre … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Eager To Get Back To Racing

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CARCASSONNE, France, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Sprint ace Mark Cavendish vowed Monday to return to action before the end of the season to repay the faith his OMQS team has shown in him. The 29-year-old crashed out of the opening stage of the Tour de France two weeks ago in his mother's home town of Harrogate, northern England, suffering a separated shoulder. … [Read more...]

Tejay Van Garderen Targets Tour Victory Some Day

CARCASSONNE, France, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - American Tejay Van Garderen believes he can win the Tour de France but admits he will have to wait at least another year. The BMC leader sits fifth in the standings in a thrilling five-man battle for the minor podium places. Although he is 5min 49sec behind runaway leader Vincenzo Nibali, he is one of five men from second to sixth … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Surprised By 2nd Tour de France Win

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN NIMES, France, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - Norwegian Alexander Kristoff admitted he was surprised to win Sunday's 15th stage of the Tour de France over 222km from Tallard to Nimes. The 27-year-old said he had expected German pair Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel to beat him but they came home 11th and fourth respectively in a wet sprint finish. Kristoff, who … [Read more...]