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Jul 5, 2015

Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France

ZEELAND, Netherlands, (Reuters) – Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Briton’s decision not to hang on in the final meters of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday.

Sensing that he would not win the stage, a 166-km ride from Utrecht, Cavendish eased up before the line and in so doing allowed Fabian Cancellara to claim third place and the four seconds of time bonus that go with it.

Jul 5, 2015

Contador and Froome in control after hectic stage 2

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – – One year after crashing out of the race, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were back in control of the Tour de France, hurting their main rivals in a hectic second stage won by German Andre Greipel on Sunday.

Crosswinds and crashes caused several splits as the peloton made its way through heavy rain on a 166-kilometre ride from Utrecht, with Froome and Contador ending up in a small leading group that also included American Tejay van Garderen as they finished one minute 27 seconds ahead of the main pack.

Jul 5, 2015

Nibali must take chances early, Vinokourov says

ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) – Unfazed by the controversy that surrounded his team before the start of the Tour de France, Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes defending champion Vincenzo Nibali must take his chances early in the treacherous opening block of racing.

Cobbles, potentially bunch-splitting winds and short, punchy climbs lie on the road to the team time trial on stage nine. On those terrains, Nibali has what it takes to shine unlike other pure climbers who are waiting for the mountain stages ahead. The Italian did just that last year, snatching the yellow jersey in Sheffield before putting the hammer down on the cobbles in the finale of the fifth stage to stamp his authority on the race.

Jul 4, 2015

Cycling – Pinot makes early impression on Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Often cited by defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as a rider to watch on the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot made an early impact by beating all the pre-race favourites in the opening time trial on Saturday.

The French climber, who has dramatically improved with his efforts against the clock in recent years, finished the 13.8-km course in 18th place, 41 seconds behind stage winner Rohan Dennis of Australia.

Jul 4, 2015

Pinot makes early impression on Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Often cited by defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as a rider to watch on the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot made an early impact by beating all the pre-race favorites in the opening time trial on Saturday.

The French climber, who has dramatically improved with his efforts against the clock in recent years, finished the 13.8-km course in 18th place, 41 seconds behind stage winner Rohan Dennis of Australia.

Jul 4, 2015

Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday’s first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 4, 2015

Cycling-Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday’s first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 3, 2015

Astana plunged into controversy again over Boom

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The Astana team were plunged into controversy again when Dutch rider Lars Boom faced being thrown out of the Tour de France because of low Cortisol levels on the eve of the start.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 3, 2015

Cycling – New gadgets, but legs and sweat still key to Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The 102nd Tour de France has some new high-tech toys this year as the famous old race reaches out to younger fans but those old staples, legs and courage, remain the recipe for victory.

Tour organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), GoPro and the teams struck a deal to have on-bike camera footage during the Tour and the Vuelta.

Jul 3, 2015

Nibali in fine shape to defend Tour title

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali has had a stressful season, but the Italian champion believes he is in fine shape to defend his Tour de France title.

His Astana team faced the possibility of being stripped of their World Tour license following positive dope tests, learning they had retained their elite status only in late April.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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