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

Tour de France stage 7

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

Tour de France stage 6

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

Tour de France 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

Tour de France stage 4

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

Tour de France stage 3

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

Tour de France stage 2

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...]

Cavendish Has D-Day On Mind As He Gets The Yellow Jersey

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utah Beach, France, July 2, 2016 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish will wear the coveted yellow jersey for the first time on the Tour de France on Sunday after winning Saturday's opening stage at Utah Beach. The Manx Missile also closed in on the all-time stage wins record following a bunch sprint in which he timed his run perfectly to … [Read more...]

The Six Most Important Tour de France Stages For 2016

Saint-Lô, France, July 2, 2016 (AFP) - Six key stages in the 2016 Tour de France, starting on Saturday: July 5 -- 4th stage Saumur-Limoges, 237.5km The longest stage at 237.5km is almost as arduous as a one-day classic. It's sheer length is what makes it so tough, and dangerous. The pace could be high and splits in the peloton are a real risk. When that happens, it can be fatal to … [Read more...]

Tour de France Lab Able To Detect Micro Doping Levels

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - A French laboratory testing doping samples at the Tour de France is now able to detect micro doses of EPO, French sports newspaper l'Equipe said on Friday, as cycling battles to mend its damaged reputation. Many cyclists, such as disgraced American Lance Armstrong, have been banned for using the blood-booster EPO, but there were fears that riders had … [Read more...]