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Tour de France: Movistar seek alliance with Astana to take on Froome

How to solve a problem like Chris Froome? The reigning Tour de France champion, and in particular the enviably strong team he has around him, has been causing quite a headache for Nairo Quintana and his Movistar team. On Tuesday’s rest-day, they struck upon a potential solution: an alliance with Astana. It has become clear that Froome will be well guarded in the three Alpine road...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cummings replaces Kennaugh on British Cycling's team for Olympic Games

British Cycling and the British Olympic Association announced Tuesday that Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) has replaced Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) on the team heading to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. According to a press release from the national governing body, Kennaugh withdrew himself from the men's road team. The press release noted that Kennaugh has volunteered...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen: Vos wins stage 5 in Greiz

Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) won her third stage at the Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, this tim winning the stage 5 sprint ahead of Elena Checchini (Canyon-Sram) and Annemiek Van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) in Greiz.ADVERTISEMENT   You can read more at Cyclingnews.com
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome: I’m on track to be at my best in the third week

There must have been a sense of déjà vu for Chris Froome as he sat down on the shores of Lake Thun in Switzerland for his press conference on the second rest-day of this Tour de France. It wasn’t the sparkling blue waters or snow-capped Alpine backdrop that rang a bell, but rather his status as leader of the Tour de France as it enters its denouement, with a commanding buffer...
Via Cycling News
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Now or never for Quintana at Tour de France

BERN, Switzerland (AP) As the Tour de France heads toward the Alps, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde have only a few opportunities left to try and derail Chris Froome's bid for a third title in four years. The remaining three high-mountain stages and uphill time trial should be the ideal playground for the Movistar teammates, who need to abandon their conservative approach...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

'It will be a big war': Mollema challenging Froome at Tour

BERN, Switzerland (AP) Bauke Mollema has been in this position before: Second in the Tour de France on the second and final rest day. The difference from three years ago, when Mollema faded over the final week due to illness, is experience. ''Now I know a little bit what to expect with all this kind of things,'' Mollema told a packed news conference on Tuesday. ''It's not only...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brailsford on Froome: People aren't asking the same questions as in the past

Chris Froome’s rest day press conferences at his Tour de France victories in 2013 and 2015 were often tense affairs, dominated by the thorny question of whether the yellow jersey would agree to release his power data to allay the suspicion that had greeted his performances. The atmosphere was a little less tempestuous when Froome met the Tour de France media in Hilterfingen on...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Mollema ready to exploit any weaknesses in Froome

When the Tour de France opened its gates in Mont Saint-Michel a little over two weeks ago, few had Bauke Mollema in the list of those who would pose the biggest threat to Chris Froome’s title defence. Now, the Trek-Segafredo rider on the verge of a career-best result, just four days away from a potential podium place in Paris. Sitting less than two minutes behind Froome, Mollema...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome has the Tour de France sewn up, says Sean Yates

The Tour de France is heading towards its final decisive stages in the Alps and has taken on a familiar guise in that Chris Froome is in the maillot jaune with a commanding lead and an even more commanding team around him. With Team Sky questioning the approach of other teams, Movistar cowering at the collective strength of their major rival and other riders seemingly focused on...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome: To say that I have already won the Tour de France is rubbish

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has refuted the notion that he doesn’t have any rivals going into the final five days of this year’s Tour de France. Froome has held the yellow jersey since his victory in Bagneres de Luchon on stage 8 and has never looked seriously under threat, aside from the incident on Mont Ventoux where the jury eventually decided to nullify the time gaps. Nairo...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Peter Sagan edges Alexander Kristoff in photo finish to win 16th stage of Tour de France

BERN, Switzerland – Peter Sagan showed off his world champion qualities, timing his sprint perfectly to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish as the race crossed into Switzerland on Monday. Sagan, a Slovakian with the Tinkoff...
Via The OC Register
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Cavendish's team films him climbing as evidence against 'holding onto car' accusations

Mark Cavendish’s Dimension Data directeur sportif Roger Hammond has been taking video footage of the sprinter on some of the climbs at this year’s Tour de France. Hammond hopes that, by capturing the footage, he can combat any accusations that Cavendish has been holding onto cars to help him make it through the mountains. Hammond has not been filming Cavendish on all climbs...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Despair for Kristoff as lack of bike throw sees him lose sprint he 'should have won'

As André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) can both attest, the margin between victory and defeat has had a tendency to be agonisingly slim at this Tour de France, and on stage 16 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was the latest to feel the despair of an unkind photo finish. "****, ****," he cried, bashing his handlebars as an announcer called out the name of...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cancellara bids goodbye to home crowd at Tour de France

BERN, Switzerland (AP) This is why Fabian Cancellara is retiring. His mind was willing but his 35-year-old legs couldn't deliver. For his last Tour de France, the classics specialist and time trial expert earmarked Monday's 16th stage for a special, emotional finish on the medieval streets of Bern, just four kilometers from his house. Cancellara has been in the background, working...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

'People are scared of him': Sagan wins any way he chooses

BERN, Switzerland (AP) Peter Sagan can win practically any way he chooses: Breakaways, sprints, fearless downhill attacks, and now a bike throw at the line. The world champion from Slovakia showed off his all-around qualities by perfectly timing a sprint to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish on Monday. Sagan edged Alexander Kristoff of Norway at the line...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan edges Kristoff in photo finish to win 16th stage

BERN, Switzerland (AP) World champion Peter Sagan won the 16th stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish as the race crossed into Switzerland on Monday. Sagan, a Slovakian with the Tinkoff team, edged Alexander Kristoff of Norway at the line. Kristoff thought he won and pumped his fist in celebration, only to learn seconds later he hadn't. Chris Froome held on to the yellow...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde to lead Spain in Rio Olympics

Alejandro Valverde will lead Spain in the road race at the Rio Olympic Games next month. It will be the fourth Olympic appearance for Valverde (Movistar). Alberto Contador, recovering from injuries suffered in the Tour de France, was not nominated, but has returned to training. Valverde will be joined by Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Ion Izaguirre (Movistar...
Via Cycling News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Serge Pauwels resumes aggressive approach to Tour de France on road to Culoz

With Mark Cavendish cleaning up in the sprints for Dimension Data, Serge Pauwels and Steve Cummings have alternated as the Tour de France mountain attackers for the South African team. While Cummings enjoyed a second career stage win in Lac de Payolle, Pauwels had to settle for second on Mont Ventoux with compatriot Thomas De Gendt taking the honours after a day in the breakaway...
Via Cycling News
7 days ago  |  Discuss

'Hola presidente': Pantano's win celebrated in Colombia

CULOZ, France (AP) Jarlinson Pantano had just gotten off the podium after his stage victory award in the Tour de France on Sunday when he was handed an audio connection to Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos. ''Hola presidente,'' Pantano said. It was a day filled with dramatic moments for the rider for the small IAM team, which announced in May that it will fold at the end...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome singles out Mollema as main threat at Tour de France

VILLARS-LES-DOMBES, France (AP) As the Tour de France enters the Alps on Sunday, many would expect Chris Froome to be worried of pure climber Nairo Quintana. The diminutive Colombian rider, who twice finished runner-up to Froome on the Tour, managed to gain time on the British champion in the closing stages last year, and will have plenty of opportunities in the mountains in the...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome keeps yellow jersey amid 'mayhem' in Tour de France

MONT VENTOUX, France (AP) Chris Froome was allowed to keep the yellow jersey after the Tour de France race jury ruled he lost his bike in unfair circumstances during a wacky conclusion to the 12th stage on Thursday. ''Ventoux is full of surprises. ... I'm very happy with the jury's decision,'' Froome said. In a complete embarrassment for race organizers on Bastille Day, Richie...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sagan wins stage ahead of Froome in breakaway

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Peter Sagan won the windy 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday after getting in a late four-man breakaway that also included overall leader Chris Froome. With 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) remaining in the 162.5-kilometer (101-mile) leg from the medieval city of Carcassonne to Montpellier near the Mediterranean coast, Froome and his Sky teammate Geraint...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Feds: Lance Armstrong is ‘a doper, dealer and liar’

The federal government is not pulling any punches on Lance Armstrong. In a 59-page report filed Monday, the U.S. Justice Department called Lance Armstrong “a doper, dealer and liar” and announced it is seeking $100 million in damages from the former cyclist, according to USA Today. The government’s basic premise is that because Armstrong was lying about competing clean throughout...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Through hail and heat, Froome stays in control of Tour

ARCALIS, Andorra (AP) Through hail, heat and constant pressure from some of his main rivals, Chris Froome rode strong during the toughest stage in the Pyrenees of the Tour de France on Sunday. The British rider's furious pedaling in an uphill finish padded his lead over several opponents and put him in control with the yellow jersey entering the race's first rest day. ''That...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tour de France arch falls onto riders mid-race

While you may have forgotten about the existence of the Tour de France, in light of another major international sporting event in the country that has stolen the spotlight as well as the busy sports summer on this side of the pond, this summer’s Tour has seen its fair share of wacky and bizarre occurrences. Llamas have a decent chance of invading the course tomorrow, a horse did...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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