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Andre Greipel’s breaks like the wind

The German Lotto-Belisol rider, Andre Greipel marched to victory in the sixth stage of the Tour de France in wet and windy conditions, beating Katusha's Alexander Kristoff and Samuel Dumoulin of AG2R. Astana's Vincenzo Nibali was the overall leader in the general classification, followed closely by Jakob Fuglsang and Peter Sagan. However, many riders struggled on the wet roads and Team Sky's Xabier Zandio q ...

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Lars Booms, Vicenzo Nibbles

At the end of the fifth stage of the Tour, the Italian rider, Vicenzo Nibali, took a lead over Alberto Contador. The fifth stage was defined by a number of crashes and horrible conditions. Jonathan Vaughters, the Garmin-Sharp team manager, acknowledged the brutal, wet, and slippery stage. The defending champion, Chris Froome suffered two spills. Though two sectors of the feared cobbles were removed before t ...

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Talansky licks tarmac, Gerrans says ‘buh?’

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) denied inflicting the crash that sent Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) tumbling during the sprint for the finish in the town-center of Nancy at the very end of another feverish stage at the Tour de France on Fri. Talansky unashamedly blamed the Australian national champion for the accident, yet Gerrans demanded that he didn't malignantly cause the spill and recommended Talansky ...

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Brailsford says ‘Oi Porte – c’mon my saaaaarn!’

Sir Dave Brailsford opined that Team Sky in general and Richie Porte in particular, can be title contenders for Tour de France. Currently in eight position in the general classification, Richie Porte is 1:54 minutes behind leader Vincenzo Nibali. Meanwhile, the team lost Xabi Zandio due to a broken collarbone during the sixth stage. Regarding Bradley Wiggins’s non-selection following Chris Froome’s withdraw ...

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Kittel in ‘not omnipotent’ shocker

The prolific German rider, Marcel Kittel insisted that he was not unbeatable in sprint finishes despite winning his third victory in four stages of the Tour de France. Facing stiff competition from Alexander Kristoff, he crossed his rival only in the final stages of the race. With the sixth and seventh stages being flat ones, he could have five stage victories by the end of the first week of the race. He ad ...

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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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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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