Voeckler Takes Yellow Jersey As Sanchez Wins A Smash Up Derby

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) SAINT-Flour, France, July 10, 2011- Frenchman Thomas Voeckler pulled on the Tour de France yellow jersey after a dramatic ninth stage won by Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez and marred by nearly a dozen crashes Sunday. Voeckler, of Europcar, had been part of an early breakaway that made it to the finish line of the 208 km ride from Issoire unchallenged after a … [Read more...]

Contador Loses More Time To Yellow Jersey Rivals

by Justin Davis (AFP) LES ESSARTS, France, July 3, 2011 - Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's disappointing start to the defense of his yellow jersey continued Sunday when the Spaniard lost more time to key rivals. A day after losing 1min 14sec to Luxembourg's Andy Schleck and 1:17 to Australian Cadel Evans when he got caught up in a crash 9km from the stage finish, … [Read more...]

Hushovd Thunders Into Yellow As Garmin Win Team Time Trial

Vaughters All Smiles As Hushovd Gets Yellow Jersey

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) LES ESSARTS, France, July 3, 2011- World champion Thor Hushovd took over the Tour de France yellow jersey from Belgian Philippe Gilbert as Garmin-Cervelo triumphed for the first time on the race's second stage on Sunday. Hushovd's Garmin team, one of the favorites for the 23km team time trial, set a winning time of 24min 48sec for the punishing event to … [Read more...]

The Jerseys of the Tour de France, And How They Are Won

A look of the Tour de France jerseys, and how they will be won on the July 2-24, 2011 race: Yellow jersey For most, the race's fabled yellow jersey stands above all else, rewarding the rider who completes the race in the lowest overall time. Contenders must possess a combination of skills in climbing and time trialling, but also be strong enough to hold the pace of the peloton when … [Read more...]

Hushovd, Goss, Gilbert the Yellow Jersey Favorites Day one

Written by Justin Davis (AFP) LES HERBIERS, France, July 1, 2011 - Norwegian Thor Hushovd and Matt Goss of Australia are among the favorites to take possession of the Tour de France yellow jersey Saturday when the first of 21 stages opens the race. Dispensing with the opening prologue which, in recent years, has opened the Tour and handed the lead to a time trial specialist, … [Read more...]

Team Sky Names Wiggins To Lead Tour Bid

LONDON, England, June 23, 2011 (AFP) - British yellow jersey hope Bradley Wiggins will be supported by a "strong and balanced" team for the July 2-24 Tour de France, Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford said upon announcing the nine-man squad on Thursday. Wiggins finished fourth in the race two years ago while racing with Garmin, and while he finished well off the podium in 2010 the Olympic pursuit … [Read more...]

Schleck Warns Of Seven-Way Battle For Yellow Jersey

by Justin Davis TOBEL-TAGERSCHEN, Switzerland, June 15, 2011 (AFP) - Yellow jersey contender Andy Schleck of Luxembourg believes he will have more than Spain's Alberto Contador to worry about in this year's Tour de France. But one thing the Leopard-Trek team climbing specialist wants to avoid is a third consecutive runner-up place. "I'm going there to win the Tour. I've been … [Read more...]

Andy Schleck Ready To Take Yellow Jersey If Given

PARIS - Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, second in the 2010 Tour de France, said he was ready to receive the yellow jersey if it is proved that Spaniard Alberto Contador, who tested positive, did not follow the rules. "On the road, Contador was stronger than me and stronger than everyone, "the younger Schleck noted in an interview published Friday by the daily Sports Italian La Gazzetta dello … [Read more...]

Vinokourov Determined to Retire In Yellow

MONACO - Veteran cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov announced on Friday that 2011 will be his last season as a professional rider, but he is determined to wear the yellow jersey again at some stage in the summer. "It's my last season in cycling and I'd like to wear the yellow jersey for a few days. It's a dream that I can achieve even if each year it gets harder," said the 37-year-old as his Astana … [Read more...]

Justice Will Be Done, Says Upbeat Contador

MADRID - Triple Tour de France winner Alberto Contador issued an optimistic Christmas Day message on Saturday declaring he would be cleared over a doping charge and that 2011 would be an historic year for him. The 27-year-old Spaniard was provisionally suspended in September after trace amounts of clenbuterol, a banned weight loss/muscle-building drug that is also used to fatten cattle, … [Read more...]