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...]

Rafal Majka Gives Tinkoff Cheer As Nibali Gains More Time

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN RISOUL, France, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Rafal Majka made up for the disappointment of finishing second on Friday by winning Saturday's 14th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali continued to distance his rivals. Pole Majka broke away from an 11-strong escape group on the final first category climb to Risoul and managed to hold off a charging Nibali … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali A Tough Rival For Chris Froome

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said Friday that even if reigning champion Chris Froome had still been in the Tour de France, he would have struggled to beat Vincenzo Nibali. Italian Nibali won his third stage and extended his lead, while Sky's Richie Porte dropped from second overall to 16th after a disastrous day … [Read more...]

The Vincenzo Nibali Show Continues At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN CHAMROUSSE, France, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali continued to stamp his mark on the 2014 Tour de France with his third stage victory on Friday to increase his overall lead to more than three minutes. The Italian champion proved too strong once again for his rivals as he rode away from the field on the final climb to Chamrousse on the 197.5km … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan The Bridesmaid Again At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAINT-√čTIENNE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Peter Sagan finished second for the fourth time at this Tour de France as Alexander Kristoff won Thursday's 12th stage. Sagan now has seven top four finishes and has come home in the top 10 nine times out of 12 stages but has yet to win one this year. Once again the 24-year-old was just pipped in a … [Read more...]

Richie Porte Deserves Tour de France Rewards

MELBOURNE, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Richie Porte's years as a loyal Tour de France underling are paying off as he fights to become only the second Australian to win the race, Cadel Evans said Thursday. Evans, the 2011 champion, is missing the tour for the first time in 10 years as countryman Porte maintained his overall second placing, 2 min 23sec behind Italy's Vincenzo Nibali after … [Read more...]