Matthews Completes Grand Tour 3 Peat At Tour de France Stage 10

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Revel, France, July 12, 2016 (AFP) - Michael Matthews completed the full set of Grand Tour stage victories with a "dream come true" success at the Tour de France 10th stage on Tuesday. Reigning champion Chris Froome retained the leader's yellow jersey, the Briton rolling over the line with a languid peloton almost 10 minutes behind Matthews. The … [Read more...]

Froome Feels Like A Kid After Tour de France Stage 8 Decent Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bagnères-de-Luchon, France, July 9, 2016 (AFP) - Chris Froome said he felt like a kid again as he broke clear on a speedy descent to win the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claim the yellow jersey. The defending champion surprised everyone not only with an attack on a descent 16km from the finish of the … [Read more...]

Thermal Camera Given First Surprise Tests At Tour de France

Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - A thermal camera was used for the first time without warning at the Tour de France on Friday in a bid to detect hidden motors in riders' bikes. Controls had been carried out previously on every Tour stage but this was the first time one was unannounced. "The control came up totally negative," French secretary of state for sports Thierry … [Read more...]

Cummings Powers To Tour de France Stage 7 Win As Arch Collapses

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - Stephen Cummings extended the Afro-British domination of the Tour de France by winning Friday's seventh stage in the Pyrenees, but there was a bloody finish when an inflatable arch collapsed. The 35-year-old's victory was a fourth in seven stages both for Brits and for the African team Dimension … [Read more...]

Cavendish Eyes Record Books With 29th Tour de France Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Montauban, France, July 7, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish took another giant step towards Tour de France greatness by claiming his 29th stage win on Thursday in a dramatic sprint finish in sweltering heat. The 31-year-old Briton now only has Belgian legend Eddy Merckx ahead of him on the all-time list of stage victories with a once-seemingly … [Read more...]

Greg Van Avermaet Takes “Best Jersey In World At Tour Stage 5

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Le Lioran, France, July 6, 2016 (AFP) - Greg Van Avermaet rode into the "best jersey in the world", the coveted race leader's yellow jersey as he won Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de France. It was a second stage win for the cobbled classics specialist who also won stage 13 last year. And it continued a great year for Van … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 4 Win A “Relief” For Marcel Kittel

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Limoges, France, July 5, 2016 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel said his Tour de France stage win on Tuesday was a relief following a nightmare 2015. The 28-year-old German was the dominant sprinter in the world through 2013 and 2014, winning four stages at the Tour in each year. But his 2015 season was wrecked by illness and he … [Read more...]

Cavendish Sets Mark With Narrow Stage 3 Tour de France Win

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Angers, France, July 4, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish moved up to joint second on the all-time Tour de France stage win list with victory on Monday's third stage by the tightest of margins. It was Cavendish's 28th Tour stage victory, and second of this edition in three days, to equal the mark of French hero Bernard Hinault. Only Belgian … [Read more...]

A Scathing Peter Sagan Blasts The Peloton As “Brainless”

Cherbourg, France, July 3, 2016 (AFP) - Peter Sagan launched a scathing attack on his fellow Tour de France riders after winning Sunday's second stage, branding them "stupid" and accusing them of a disregard for each other's lives. The 26-year-old world champion, who rode himself into the race leader's yellow jersey with his victory on the stage from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg, said the way his … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Wins Tour de France Stage 2 And Takes Yellow

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Cherbourg, France, July 3, 2016 (AFP) - World champion Peter Sagan took the race leader's yellow jersey after timing his attack to perfection to win the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. Belgian Jasper Stuyven had spent almost the entire 183km stage from Saint-Lo to Cherbourg in the lead but was agonizingly caught in the final … [Read more...]