Category Archive: Tour de France

Garmin cyclists take a beating at the Tour de France; Danielson starts Stage 4

Garmin-Sharp cyclists put some skin in the game on Stage 3 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, as in skinned elbows and skinned knees.

Taking the hardest fall was US cyclist Tom Danielson, who suffered a separated shoulder in a crash but finished the race none-the-less. Although in obvious pain when he finished the …

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Tour de France sprint finish — just like old times

Mark Cavendish

A familiar face emerged from the dogfight approaching the finish of Stage 2 at the Tour de France on Monday.

Mark Cavendish swung out from behind the leading cyclist, former teammate Andre Greipel, then beat him to the finish line in Tournai.

In spite of the effort, he flashed a wide smile to celebrate his …

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Sagan’s winning ways in his first Tour de France

Peter Sagan

Fans of the Amgen Tour of California should be familiar with the name Peter Sagan. The 22-year-old Slovak cyclist won two stages there in 2010, one in 2011 and five stages in 2012.

He also won four stages at the Tour de Suisse last month.

Now he’s setting the 2012 Tour de France on fire, …

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2012 Tour de France is here; where to follow the bike race

2012 Tour de France

Pop the cork to celebrate and break off a chunk of baguette for extra carbs. The 99th edition of the Tour de France rolls out of Liege, Belgium, on Saturday for its three-week sufferfest that ends  in Paris on July 22.

Most pundits are calling this a two-man bike race — Britain’s Bradley Wiggins (SKY) …

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Leading contenders for 2012 Tour de France championship

Bradley Wiggins

Well, sports fans, we got a big race coming up. The Tour de France rolls out of Liege, Belgium, on Saturday, June 30, for its finish in Paris on July 22. Who are the favorites to win?

For starters, we know who to eliminate. Alberto Contador is sitting out for cheating and Andy Schleck is …

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Two choices for citizen cyclists at 2012 l'Etape du Tour

Although the 2012 Tour de France includes a prologue and two individual time trials, the 10,000 cycling enthusiasts who take to the l'Etape du Tour will be challenged by two standard road routes.

The two bicycle rides will let citizen cyclists test themselves against the pros on actual routes from that year's Tour de France, albeit on different days.

Tour de France organizers historically chose the mountainous “queen stage” for each year's l'Etape. Last year, they broadened the participation base by announcing a second, less debilitating route.

Unfortunately, the Tour didn't produce route profiles ….

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2012 Tour de France route; aka Tour de Time Trial

In the immediate slipstream of the 2012 Tour de France route announcement came speculation that the route favors Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador.

Why? They're good all around cyclists who excel in the time trial events, and the 2012 Tour just happens to have three such races-against-the-clock events.

The Tour de France, which rolls out from June 30 to July 22, will open with a prologue and tack on an individual time trial for Stage 9 and another on Stage 19, the penultimate stage. That's 96.1km of time trials, about double …

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Cavendish and Evans celebrate Tour de France in Paris

Mark Cavendish rocketed to the front of the peloton on Champs-Élysées in Paris to win his fifth stage of the 2011 Tour de France on Sunday.

Somewhere behind him, Cadel Evans was mobbed by his teammates as he crossed the finish line to become the first Australian ever to win the Tour.

He'd been protected throughout the 95km (58.9 mile) stage by his BMC Racing teammates to ensure he retained the yellow jersey after winning it in the individual time trial on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cavendish became the first Briton to win the green points jersey at the Tour. His Paris win marked his 5th in this Tour and 20th in his career. ….

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New bloke emerges as Tour de France leader in rip snorter

Cadel Evans finally achieved success in his seven-year battle to win the Tour de France on Saturday as his main rivals fell off his pace in the individual time trial in Grenoble.

The 34-year-old BMC Racing cyclist overcame a 57-second deficit to pass the Brothers Schleck – Andy and Frank – to become the first Australian to win the Tour.

Although there is still the race into Paris on the Champs Elysees on Sunday, that's mainly ceremonial for the top riders. The sprinters take control in the final circuits …

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Yellow jersey changes hands on Tour de France's last Alpine stage

After 19 stages of the Tour de France, Andy Schleck finally grabbed the yellow jersey from Thomas Voeckler in the bike race's final day in the Alps on Friday.

The big question now is whether the cyclist from Luxembourg can hold the lead for more than a day. Accomplished time trialist Cadel Evans (BMC), trailing by 57 seconds, must be licking his chops for the chance to overtake him in the penultimate stage in Grenoble on Saturday.

Asked about his chances against Evans in the time trial, Schleck (Leopard-Trek) said:

“Many riders say the yellow jersey gives you wings, and I hope that's the case tomorrow.”

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