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Quintana cares and shares at Vuelta a España

A seeming shoo-in for winning the Tour de France, Nairo Quintana focused his efforts on Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. The last time a rider has won both was Alberta Contador in 2008. Last year, Quintana finished the Tour second overall, as well as achieving the king of the mountains title and a mountaintop stage win. He decided to skip the Tour after winning the Giro. He admits that “The route of t ...

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Froome crunches horribly out of Le Tour

That's it, it's all over, time to go home boyo.  Nobody likes to see anyone leave Le Tour this way, especially not when it's our very own Chris Froome. After suffering a suspected fracture earned by going down mid-peleton Froome visited the race doctor for some x-rays, and despite leaving the medical van with a cautious smile (and an even more cautious thumbs up) things were not looking good.  The doctor ca ...

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Froome fights on

Being a defending champion does not grant immunity from misfortune. Chris Froome found out first-hand how quickly luck can change. Doubts are swirling around regarding Team Sky’s Chris Froome following his quick yet potentially title threatening crash on the roads between Le Touquet to Lille. Up towards the front, a slight shift in position between Stef Clement and Jens Keukeleire caused contact with Froome ...

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Keukeleire says a naughty, and apologises to Froome

If it isn’t tough enough just making the grade to even compete in the Tour de France, imagine how tough it will be to continue after causing the defending champion to crash in your debut race. That’s just what Jens Keukeleire of team Orica-GreenEdge did to last year’s winner Chris Froome. However, the calm and dapper Foome held no grudges and even went as far as to absolve the young Belgian of any wrong doi ...

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Contador expects rumble in Roubaix

Always a game-changer, the vicious cobblestone streets Paris-Roubaix promise to be a pivotal point in the Tour de France. With the help of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, rider Alberto Contador hopes for solace in the expected brutal conditions. And with projected weather forecasts including harsh rain and high winds, every rider will be looking for any edge-up they can get. Rewind four years back to 2010 and the wo ...

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Lotto-Belisol luck-leak

Dark times are upon team Lotto-Belisol following the fourth stage of the Tour de France. Andre Greipel doesn’t seem to be performing as hoped as their dedicated sprinter and three of their riders crashed on Tuesday. Rider Greg Henderson was forced to withdraw from the race due to the sustained injuries. Stitches were required to fix the leg wound Henderson received by verdict of team doctor Jan Mathieu. "Gr ...

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Andy Schlek smashes out

The Trek Factory Racing team has lost Andy Schlek in stage four of the Tour de France. Injuries sustained in a crash have proved too much for the racer. The crash occurred inside the final 30km, and cost him over a minute in time. His team issued a statement via Twitter: “We are sad to announce that Andy Schleck cannot take the start in Le Tour today. The ligaments and meniscus in the right knee are too sev ...

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Marcel plays down ‘Kittel Trilogy’

Marcel Kittel has won three of four stages in this year’s Tour. And with stages six and seven being flat ones, he has the potential for five victories by the end of week one. Kittel admitted the race is hard on him. “It was really exhausting,” Kittel said. “In the last 30km it was always 60kph or more and when it’s so fast it’s hard to stay with your team. The boys delivered me to the end and I sat on Mark ...

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Sagan goes green but is beaten by yellow

Peter Sagan is a top contender for three colours in this year’s Tour: green, white, and yellow. He’s already got a target on his back for the green jersey, and his fellow competitors won’t be letting him get any of the jerseys with ease. He acknowledges he hasn’t completely sewn it up yet. "I know there are other good chances for me and I'll look for these. Stage 5 on the cobblestones is intriguing, as well ...

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Cav to miss the Commonwealth games – nation gutted

Mark Cavendish riding out of the Isle of Man, is set to miss 6 weeks of competition due to injuries sustained from a crash in stage one of the Tour. The injuries, while non-life threatening, are serious enough to put him out of commission for longer than he would like. "It's worse than I was hoping," opined the injured Manxman. Following an x-ray, it is apparent that Cavendish has injured every ligament sur ...

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