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Jul 16, 2014

Pitbull Talansky rides through the tears for sake of team

OYONNAX France (Reuters) – After a long talk with Garmin-Sharp sports director Robbie Hunter, Andrew Talansky remounted his bike and wiped tears off his face, a bleak mask of pain.

The American rider, suffering from lower-back pain after two crashes earlier in the Tour de France, had stopped some 100km into the 11th stage to sit on a crash barrier by the side of a sun-drenched road.

Jul 16, 2014

Cycling-Attacking Gallopin claims Tour de France 11th stage

OYONNAX France (Reuters) – Two days after wearing the yellow jersey, France’s Tony Gallopin claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France thanks to late attacks in a nervous finale on Wednesday.

German John Degenkolb was second and Italian Matteo Trentin took third place at the end of a 187.5km ride from Besancon.

Jul 16, 2014

Attacking Gallopin claims Tour de France 11th stage

OYONNAX France (Reuters) – Two days after wearing the yellow jersey, France’s Tony Gallopin claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France thanks to late attacks in a nervous finale on Wednesday.

German John Degenkolb was second and Italian Matteo Trentin took third place at the end of a 187.5km ride from Besancon.

Jul 16, 2014

French riders have future Tour success in their sights

OYONNAX France (Reuters) – After years of competing for stage wins and the occasional spell in yellow, the door is now ajar for a Frenchman to win the Tour de France.

It should not be this year, as Italian Vincenzo Nibali is still a cut above, but veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud and youngsters Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot lie in wait.

Jul 15, 2014

Nibali has tragic Pantani in mind as he eyes Tour title

BESANCON France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali already has a decent set of Tour de France leader’s yellow jerseys, but he has one put one aside for Marco Pantani’s mother.

Should he prevail on the French roads, Nibali would become the first Italian rider to win the race since the late Pantani, the 1998 winner who died of a cocaine overdose 10 years ago.

Jul 15, 2014

UCI boss Cookson comes under fire amid more wrangling

BESANCON France (Reuters) – Less than a year after taking over from Pat McQuaid in farcical circumstances, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson is facing a barrage of criticism over his handling of the governing body.

Members of the sport’s Ethics Commission have been replaced in controversial fashion, a high profile doping case was not disclosed to the media and last month, 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome was granted a therapeutical use exemption (TUE) in disputable manner.

Jul 9, 2014

Porte ready to lead in Froome’s absence – Brailsford

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Australian Richie Porte was promoted from ‘spare wheel’ to Team Sky’s new leader after defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

“In Richie Porte, we have a very capable, viable leader,” team manager Dave Brailsford told reporters after a rain-sodden fifth stage saw Sky lose their leader early on for the second time in four years.

Jul 9, 2014

Porte can lead Sky in Froome’s absence, says Brailsford

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Australian Richie Porte was promoted from ‘spare wheel’ to Team Sky’s new leader after defending champion Chris Froome crashed out of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

“In Richie Porte, we have a very capable, viable leader,” team manager Dave Brailsford told reporters after a rain-sodden fifth stage saw Sky lose their leader early on for the second time in four years.

Jul 9, 2014

Nibali keeps a cool head after shining on cobbles

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali smashed his rivals on the cobbles on Wednesday, but the Italian climber knows the Tour de France is still full of traps.

After five eventful stages, the Astana rider has a lead of more than two minutes on his Spanish rival Alberto Contador while defending champion Chris Froome of Britain crashed out of the race after suffering a third fall in two days.

Jul 9, 2014

Froome out as Boom wins Tour de France fifth stage

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom won an incident-packed fifth stage of the Tour de France on the cobbles of northern France and Belgium on Wednesday as Vincenzo Nibali seized control overall in the wake of Chris Froome crashing out.

After Britain’s defending champion Froome abandoned, Nibali finished third on a rain-hit stage to build a gap of more than two minutes over main rival Alberto Contador.

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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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