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-ËTIENNE, 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...]

Andrew Talansky Quits Tour de France Despite Brave Ride

BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - American Andrew Talansky quit the Tour de France before Thursday's 12th stage due to the cumulative effects of several crashes, his Garmin-Sharp team said. Talansky crashed heavily on Friday's seventh stage before also coming off his bike the next day. The 25-year-old had suffered badly on Monday's tough mountainous stage in which he … [Read more...]

Tony Gallopin Takes Tour de France Stage 11 From Break

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN OYONNAX, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Tony Gallopin won the 11th stage of the Tour de France Wednesday and then said it was even better than wearing the leader's yellow jersey. The 26-year-old Frenchman had not thought life could get any better than Sunday when he snared yellow for a day from Vincenzo Nibali, thus earning the honour of wearing it on … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Avoid Surgery On Broken Shinbone

BESANéON, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not undergo an operation to repair his broken shinbone, he said in a statement. Contador crashed badly on a descent during Monday's tough mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles and was forced to quit the Tour in tears and pain shortly afterwards. There had … [Read more...]

Nutritional Bar Proved To Be Alberto Contador’s Undoing

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BESANéON, France, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador has revealed that he came a cropper at the Tour de France because he was trying to eat. The two-time former winner crashed on a fast descent on Monday's 10th stage and suffered a broken shinbone, forcing him to pull out of the Tour. The Spaniard is known as one of the better descenders in the peloton but it was the desire to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Will Not Start Tour de France Stage 11

Fabian Cancellara: “I will travel home now and take a little break. The season has been long for me, starting back in Dubai. I have done 59 days of competition this season so far and I have another big goal at the end of this season: the World Championships. It’s not a secret that I’d like to be in my best shape there, so it’s important that I take some rest.” Cancellara came to the … [Read more...]

A Tearful Alberto Contador Out Of Tour de France After Crash

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LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time winner Alberto Contador was in tears as he pulled out of the Tour de France on Monday after crashing badly on the tough 10th stage. The Spaniard's withdrawal was the second major abandonment of the 101st edition of the Grand Boucle following that of reigning champion Chris Froome last Wednesday. Contador … [Read more...]