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TV motorcycle collides with Van Avermaet at Clásica San Sebastián

Greg Van Avermaet’s bid for a victory at the Clásica San Sebastián came to an abrupt end when a TV motorcycle collided into him from behind, knocking him to the ground and breaking his bike, on the final climb over the steep Bordako Tontorra on Saturday. Van Avermaet attacked on the climb, which summited just seven kilometres from the finish line, and was off the front of the...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aru ready to share leadership with Nibali at the Vuelta a Espana

Fabio Aru has played down any suggestions of tension and rivalry with Vincenzo Nibali after the Astana team confirmed that both Italians will target the Vuelta a Espana. The third and final Grand Tour of the 2015 season had always been Aru’s major goal after the Giro d’Italia but he will now line-up alongside Nibali, who announced he will ride in Spain via Twitter on Friday...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Quintana undecided on Vuelta a Espana participation

Nairo Quintana and his Movistar team are still to decide whether or not the Colombian will ride the Vuelta a España next month. At the end of last season Quintana indicated his intentions to ride the Vuelta, along with teammate Alejandro Valverde, but following a tough Tour de France his participation is not certain. “We are deciding if it if possible to do the Vuelta or not...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde and Rodriguez to face off at Clásica San Sebastián

The WorldTour one-day races will resume at the Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián on Saturday where Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde will line up as the top ranked rider in the series and the defending champion, with a goal of winning his third title. It won’t be an easy feat, however, as the race will showcase a strong field of competitors including his compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez...
Via Cycling News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bahamontes: Valverde should try to win the Tour de France in 2016

Federico Martín Bahamontes has urged Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to try to improve on his third place in the 2015 Tour de France and go for the overall win next July. Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE, Bahamontes predicted Valverde "will go for another Tour, because if he's finished third, then it's his obligation to go for second or first." Bahamontes was particularly impressed...
Via Cycling News
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gallery: A look back at the 2015 Tour de France

The 2015 Tour de France was an amazing three-week thrill ride, from the crosswinds and cobbles of the first week, to the Pyrenees in the second and the Alps in the third. Chris Froome and Team Sky grabbed the race reins on stage 10 and never relinquished them. Despite valiant attempts from the Movistar duo of Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, Froome held onto his slim margin...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Movistar's willingness to risk comes too late for Tour de France glory

In Modane for the start of the Tour de France’s penultimate stage of 2015, Movistar sat in the enviable position of having two riders on the podium and leading the best young rider and team classifications. Half way up the Col de la Croix de Fer, it appeared the team would be taking a conservative approach on the road to the Alpe d’Huez finish to preserve the bounty awaiting...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France podcast episode 24: Froome wins overall as Greipel storms Paris

The Cyclingnews Tour de France podcast sponsored by British Eurosport. In today’s episode, Stephen Farrand, Zeb Woodpower and Sadhbh O’Shea discuss the final stage 21 of the three-week race that started in Sèvres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest and finished in Paris along the Champs-Élysées. The stage saw André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) take his fourth stage victory, beating Frenchman...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome cruises into Paris to win his second Tour de France

PARIS -- Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on Sunday, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing. Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain's third triumph in the 112-year-old race, Froome emotionally promised in his winner's...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France stage 21 quotes: Sagan revels in fourth green-jersey victory

Stage 21 at the Tour de France saw André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) take his fourth stage victory on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, to close out the three-week race. The German sprinter beat Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Norway's Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). Chris Froome (Team Sky) won his second overall title at the Tour de France upon entering the circuits, as...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Froome wins 2nd Tour de France

PARIS (AP) Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on Sunday, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing that culminated with a thrilling late fight-back by the British rider's toughest rival, Colombian Nairo Quintana. Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome declared Tour de France winner on entry to Champs-Élysées

The race organisation of the Tour de France put an end to the fight for the overall classification early on stage 21, calling for a neutralisation of the riders' time for GC at the entry to the finishing circuits with 70 kilometers to go due to wet weather and slippery pavement. They needed only finish the 109.5km stage for Chris Froome of Team Sky to claim his second career Tour...
Via Cycling News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

UCI test Froome, Contador and Pinot bikes on Alpe d'Huez for mechanical doping

The UCI carried out bike checks on Alpe d’Huez at the Tour de France in their bid to monitor for motorized doping, with stage winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) among those who had their quota of race bikes checked by commissars at the finish. In total five riders had their bikes checked atop the climb, including the stage winner, maillot jaune...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana: I lost the Tour de France in the first week

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) had Chris Froome worried - and perhaps a few members of the press who had already written their copy - when he darted up the Alpe d’Huez with less than 10 kilometres remaining. The Colombian looked as strong as he’s been throughout this whole Tour, dancing on the pedals as he distanced Froome. Quintana’s advantage built slowly at first but as it passed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: We tried but it wasn't enough, says Quintana

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) has been threatening all week to do something serious in the final two mountain stages of this year’s Tour de France. He was finally able to put some distance between himself and Chris Froome (Team Sky) during stage 19 but it, perhaps, wasn’t what we had all hoped. A huge cheer ripped through the Colombian contingent of the press corps when Quintana...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nibali: I’ve never seen Valverde so strong

Vincenzo Nibali has endured a frustrating couple of days in the Alps in the Tour de France; he’s full of attacking intent but finds himself a marked man, despite being over eight minutes down on general classification. The Sicilan attacked on the Col d’Allos on stage 17 and tried to wriggle free on the Col du Glandon and on the Lacets de Montvernier the following day, but he...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Whole team is riding strong, great morale, Thomas says

Team Sky has a firm grip on the yellow jersey at the Tour de France with Chris Froome, and only a couple of days remaining before Paris. Attacks promised from Movistar came and went without much change. While the race is not completely over, time is running out for Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. A big part of Team Sky’s success, besides Froome himself, has been Geraint...
Via Cycling News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Battle for top 10 heats up

The battle for the yellow jersey is down to just two people at best with Chris Froome (Team Sky) seemingly in control with just two more days in the mountains remaining, while Nairo Quintana (Movistar) does his level best to knock him from the top spot. Behind the duelling pair Alejandro Valverde is sitting comfortably in the final podium spot, despite suffering on Thursday, but...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome stays vigilant at Tour de France as mountain stages tick down

Chris Froome (Team Sky) carefully controlled his nearest rivals at the Tour de France during stage 18 on the road to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. He still leads Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by more than three minutes and is ticking off the mountain stages, knowing his grip on the race leader’s yellow jersey is tightening and that the chances for his rivals reduce day by day. Main rivals...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France stage 18 quotes: France goes 1-2 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

Stage 18 of the Tour de France saw Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) take a solo victory in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne on Thursday. He finished 33 seconds ahead of compatriot Pierre Rolland (Europcar), making it a 1-2-finish for France, and 59 seconds ahead of Winner Anacona (Movistar). There were no changes to the top three of the overall classification, Froome continues to lead...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Horner: Tour's wildest days could lie ahead

After competing seven times in the Tour de France over the past 10 years, finishing eighth in 2010 and 17th last year when he rode for Lampre-Merida, Chris Horner is at home in America this July as the Grand Bouclé winds toward its eventual finish in Paris on Sunday. The winner of the 2013 Vuelta a Espaňa is competing this week with his Airgas-Safeway Continental team at the...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Van Garderen: Looking my teammates in the eyes killed me

Twenty-four hours after abandoning the Tour de France, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) addressed the media at the start of stage 18. The American pulled out of the race on the road to Pra Loup, with a respiratory infection the main cause. He had been sitting third overall coming into the stage but lost contact on the first climb and despite a brief rally was forced to call it quits...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Valverde third on GC after unexpected twists

The first day in the Alps brought unexpected twists that moved Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) into third overall at the Tour de France. The change was due to the abandonment of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) who had fallen ill, unable to continue racing. “It was awful to see van Garderen leaving the race,” Valverde said at the finish. “I want to send him all my support. I...
Via Cycling News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: We weakened Team Sky, says Quintana

Despite not being able to shake Chris Froome with several attacks on the penultimate and final climbs of the day, Nairo Quintana believes that he and his Movistar teammates finally cracked the seemingly unbreakable Team Sky. Froome became isolated for a rare occasion during this year’s Tour when Wout Poels and Geraint Thomas were both distanced on the ascent of the Col d’Allos...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome keeps his Tour de France rivals in check in the Alps

Chris Froome (Team Sky) was happy to complete the first of four decisive Alpine stages at the Tour de France to Pra-Loup, satisfied that he controlled his overall rivals on the testing descent of the Col d’Allos and neutralised several attacks by Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Froome was genuinely sorry to see Tejay van Garderen (BMC) abandon the Tour de France but fought back about...
Via Cycling News
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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