Contador Admits Tour de France Podium A Long Shot

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador admitted on Thursday that his hopes of a podium finish are slim at the Tour de France after enduring what he called one of the toughest days of his career. The 32-year-old Spaniard is fifth overall, 6min 40sec behind race leader Chris Froome, but crucially also 2min … [Read more...]

Bardet Brings French Something To Cheer At Tour de France Stage 18

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Romain Bardet helped salvage some host pride with victory on the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. The 24-year-old took off on his own with just under 40km remaining of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint Jean de Maurienne to take victory -- his first on the Tour -- 33sec … [Read more...]

Van Garderen Withdrawals The Tour de France On Stage 17

Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 - Tejay Van Garderen pulled out of the Tour de France during Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. The 26-year-old American had been sitting third in the overall standings at 3min 32sec back from race leader Chris Froome. But only 60km into the first Alpine stage of the race, Van Garderen started to struggle and lost touch … [Read more...]

Quintana Pressures Froome, As Geschke Wins Tour de France Stage 17

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Pra-Loup, France, July 22, 2015 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana repeatedly tested Tour de France leader Chris Froome as German Simon Geschke won Wednesday's 161km 17th stage from Digne-les-Bains to Pra Loup. Quintana first accelerated inside the opening 50km, again on the imposing Col d'Allos and then had two more goes on the final 6.2km climb to … [Read more...]

Froome’s Team Sky Releases “Billion Points Of Data” Power Reports

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Sisteron, France, July 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome's Sky team said on Tuesday they have shared a "billion points of data" with the UK Anti-Doping Agency in a bid to quash speculation their team leader is cheating. Sky held a press conference during the second and final Tour de France rest day in Sisteron, near Gap in the … [Read more...]

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...]