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...]

Tour de France Prize Money For 2016 Upped To 500,000 Euros

Saint-Lô, France, June 29, 2016 - This year's Tour de France winner will receive 500,000 euros ($555,000), an increase of 11 percent from last year, organizer ASO said on Wednesday. Last year the Tour yellow jersey winner earned 450,000 euros. The winners of the other main jerseys have also seen their prize money increased. All riders reaching Paris will earn a minimum of 1,000 … [Read more...]

Tour de France Getting Harder For Sprinters Says Cavendish

Saint-Lô, France, June 30, 2016 (AFP) - Every year the Tour de France gets tougher for sprinters, British speed king Mark Cavendish claimed ahead of a distinctly mountainous 2016 edition. The 31-year-old Manxman is third in the all-time list of Tour stages wins with 26 behind only legends Eddie Merckx (34) of Belgium and France's Bernard Hinault (28). But having won 20 Tour stages in … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Wary Of The 2016 “Climbers” Tour de France

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Froome says this year's Tour de France is made for the specialist climbers. Although there are two individual time-trials totaling 54km, it is the mountainous terrain that appears most foreboding along the 3,500km route starting in Normandy and finishing in … [Read more...]

The Details On The 21 Stages Of The 2016 Tour de France

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 - A list of the 21 Tour de France stages starting in Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday and finishing on July 24 on the Champs Elysees in Paris: 1st stage Mont-Saint-Michel - Utah Beach, 188km ** There will likely be a bunch sprint for this opening stage culminating at one of the sites of the D-Day landings where the Allies crossed the Channel during WWII. … [Read more...]

Tour de France Will Aggressively Check For Hidden Motors

Paris, June 26, 2016 (AFP) - A wide reaching series of checks for hidden motors in bicycles is to be employed at the 2016 Tour de France, Sunday's French weekly le Journal du Dimanche has reported. Three systems will be used for the checks; an already existing magnetic resonance method screening the start and finish lines, a motorbike mounted thermal detector and a third system provided by … [Read more...]

Froome Has Powerful Team For Tour de France Defense

London, June 22, 2016 (AFP) - Defending champion Chris Froome will make his challenge for a third Tour de France title in four years with the support of a strong, climb minded Team Sky line-up. Froome will be joined on the starting line at Mont St-Michel on July 2 by British riders Luke Rowe, Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard, Team Sky confirmed on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Froome won … [Read more...]

Porte And Van Garderen Get Equal Billing At Tour de France

Paris, June 22, 2016 - Australia's Richie Porte and American teammate Tejay Van Garderen will be given equal billing when the US-backed BMC team launch their assault on the Tour de France. "Richie and Tejay will receive equal support from the team during the race," said team chief Jim Ochowicz who did however confirm the Australian as "road captain". Porte, 31, was recruited by BMC … [Read more...]