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Jul 15, 2015

Froome open to physiological tests to counter doping suspicion

CAUTERETS, France (Reuters) – Tour de France leader Chris Froome has said he is willing to undergo physiological tests after this year’s race to put to rest any suspicion of doping.

The Briton astonished rivals and pundits on Tuesday’s 10th stage with a brutal attack in the final climb that left him nearly three minutes clear of his closest rival in the overall classification.

Jul 15, 2015

Armstrong on Tour de France route a non-event, says Froome

CAUTERETS, France (Reuters) – Lance Armstrong’s controversial presence on the route of the Tour de France as part of a charity ride is a non-event, yellow jersey holder Chris Froome said on Wednesday.

Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles after admitting to doping following years of denial and bullying of those who confronted him, is taking part in Geoff Thomas’s ‘One Day Ahead’ operation.

Jul 14, 2015

Froome’s rivals crushed by dominant Sky

LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France (Reuters) – One by one, with the exception of Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome’s rivals were dropped from a thinning group of challengers up the gruelling final climb of Tuesday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France.

The amazing pace set by Froome’s team mates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas was too hot to handle for seasoned grand tour riders like Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde.

Jul 14, 2015

Froome expecting rivals to get creative against him

LA PIERRE St MARTIN, France (Reuters) – Having left the opposition floundering after the first big climb of the Tour de France, Chris Froome now expects his rivals to get creative to prevent him from securing a second title.

The Briton crushed the other favourites to win the 10th stage and extend his lead over American Tejay van Garderen to two minutes 52 seconds with Colombian Nairo Quintana third, 3:09 off the pace.

Jul 14, 2015

Froome demolishes rivals on first Tour mountain test

LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France (Reuters) – Overall leader Chris Froome put the hammer down on the Tour de France when the Briton humiliated his rivals in the first mountain test, winning the 10th stage in awe-inspiring fashion on Tuesday.

The 2013 champion produced a brutal acceleration with just over six kilometres left in the final ascent after his Team Sky lieutenants had prevented attacks by setting a devilish pace in the first part of 15.3-km climb.

Jul 14, 2015

French coach wants power passport for riders

LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France (Reuters) – After launching the biological passport to fight against doping, cycling should create a power profile for every rider, French coach Frederic Grappe said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Reuters before the start of the 10th stage of the Tour de France, Grappe, the FDJ team performance director, explained that the riders’ power data should be stored, protected and analysed by experts in order to detect suspicious variations.

Jul 14, 2015

French cycling coach wants power passport for riders

LA PIERRE ST MARTIN, France (Reuters) – After launching the biological passport to fight against doping, cycling should create a power profile for every rider, French coach Frederic Grappe said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Reuters before the start of the 10th stage of the Tour de France, Grappe, the FDJ team performance director, explained that the riders’ power data should be stored, protected and analysed by experts in order to detect suspicious variations.

Jul 13, 2015

Stronger, fresher Froome in charge as Pyrenees loom

PAU, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome is fresher, better prepared and stronger than he was when he won the Tour de France in 2013.

The Briton enters the mountainous part of this year’s race with the overall leader’s yellow jersey on his back after avoiding the pitfalls of a treacherous first week.

Jul 13, 2015

Italian Basso quits Tour due to testicular cancer

PAU, France (Reuters) – Former Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday after revealing he has testicular cancer. “We discover this two hours ago, I have to stop,” the 37-year-old Italian told a news conference on the first rest day of this year’s Tour.

“I crashed in the fifth stage and I felt pain in my left testicle and I went for checks,” said Basso, who was addressing the media ahead of his Tinkoff-Saxo team leader Alberto Contador.

Jul 12, 2015

Van Garderen remains cautious after near-perfect first week

PLUMELEC, France (Reuters) – Tejay van Garderen emerged as a credible Tour de France contender after a treacherous first week, yet the American refused to get carried away ahead of two grueling weeks in the mountains.

Van Garderen is second overall and trails overall leader Chris Froome by 12 seconds after his BMC Racing team beat the Briton’s Sky team by one second in the ninth stage, a 28-km time trial on Sunday.

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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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