Category: Tour de France
The director of the Tour de France says that doping was so rampant during the Lance Armstrong era that probably no one would be awarded those 7 championships.
“When you read the USADA report, you can’t be indifferent. .. It depicts an era and a system which are forever soiled. The best solution is to …
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The sight of yellow jersey wearer Bradley Wiggins helping set up the lead-out train for Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France finale indicates the teamwork that made Sky Procycling such a success this year.
Sky’s sprinter Cavendish rode away from the peloton for the stage win on the Champs Elysees on Sunday, marking his 4th career victory in Paris and his 23rd career victory in the Tour.
Asked after the race about the victory, a joyous Cavendish clicked of the team’s half-dozen stage victories at the race and said, “The win today put the cherry on top.” …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/22/sky-high-finis-at-the-tour-de-france/
Looking back, this Tour de France pretty much ended the day Bradley Wiggins slipped into the yellow jersey way back on Stage 7.
He had sat quietly in 2nd place all week, 7 seconds behind the overall leader Fabian Cancellara who won the prologue, while the sprinters crashed and battled for stage wins. Then on …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/21/this-tour-de-france-was-over-in-the-first-week/
It looks like it’s all over for defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, as he struggled on three mountain passes in Stage 16 on Wednesday and dropped from 4th to 7th in the overall battle for 1st place.
Evans’ teammate Tejay Van Garderen (a native of Tacoma, Washington) also lost some time on the leaders, but did well enough that he moved up one place into 6th overall.
While Evans’ BMC teammates rallied around their suffering leader in an attempt to help him to the finish, Van Garderen was allowed to ride ahead to solidify his lead in the white jersey competition for best young rider.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/18/bad-day-for-defending-tour-champ-as-teammate-improves/
Just a few days after his teammate won Stage 12 of the Tour de France, American Christian Vande Velde finished second to Pierrick Fedrigo in a sprint finish for Stage 15 in the town of Pau.
Garmin-Sharp’s Vande Velde joined a six-man breakaway that formed about half-way through the 98-mile bike race that started in …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/17/american-vande-velde-makes-bid-for-tour-de-france-win/
George Hincapie: “I’ve never seen anything like it”
Some nitwit prankster must have thought it would be comical to create chaos in the peloton by spreading tacks along a section of Sunday’s Tour de France route from Limoux – Foix.
Not so funny.
The tacks — described as nails by some — caused dozens of …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/15/tacks-on-road-at-tour-de-france-spell-disaster/
Britain’s Bradley Wiggins won the individual time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, widening his margin over defending champion Cadel Evans by more than a minute and proving why he’s the favorite to win the bike race.
Meanwhile, American Tejay Van Garderen moved back into the best young rider’s white jersey with the …
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The peloton hit the mountain at the Tour de France on Saturday, changing the entire complexion of the bike race and showing us who’s in contention to win in Paris.
Team SKY proved they are the dominant team by ripping apart the peloton on La Plance des Belles, the 4-mile climb that concluded a 123-mile …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/07/07/team-sky-has-no-limit-on-steep-climb-at-tour-de-france/
An arrow-straight, level stretch of French road spelled doom for Garmin-Sharp’s chances at the Tour de France as a huge crash splintered the peloton about 15 miles from the finish of Stage 6 on Friday.
Garmin’s Tom Danielson (USA) went down hard for the second time in this year’s Tour. Already suffering from a separated …
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If you watched the finish of Stage 5 of the Tour de France today, you might have caught yourself shouting, “Don’t turn around… just go!”
That’s what I yelled as the four-man breakaway — Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ Big Mat), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis) and Julien Simon (Saur Sojasun) — kept checking behind them …
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