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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.

Jul 9, 2014

Champion Froome out of Tour de France after crash

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Chris Froome’s attempt to win a second successive Tour de France ended in bitter disappointment after less than a week of the race on Wednesday when he crashed out on stage five.

On a miserable, rain-sodden day in northern France, the Briton appeared in great pain after falling for the second time, some 70 kilometres from the finish.

Jul 9, 2014

Defending champion Froome abandons Tour after crash

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France (Reuters) – Chris Froome’s attempt to win a second successive Tour de France ended in bitter disappointment after less than a week of the race on Wednesday when he crashed out on stage five.

On a miserable, rain-sodden day in northern France, the Briton appeared in great pain after falling for the second time, some 70 kilometres from the finish.

Jul 8, 2014

Froome to carry on despite stage four crash

LILLE France (Reuters) – Defending champion Chris Froome has been cleared to continue riding in the Tour de France despite injuring his wrist in a heavy fall in Tuesday’s fourth stage.

“I took a bit of a knock but I’m happy to make it through the day and get to the finish line without losing any time to my main competitors,” said the Briton who had an X-ray after the stage.

Jul 8, 2014

Froome to have X-ray on wrist after Tour crash

LILLE France (Reuters) – Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome will have his wrist X-rayed after crashing heavily during Tuesday’s fourth stage, Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said.

“He felt well in the finale but we are taking him for an X-ray just to check his wrist,” Brailsford told reporters, adding that updates would be posted on the team website.

Jul 8, 2014

Kittel too strong again as German takes Tour stage

LILLE France (Reuters) – German Marcel Kittel won his third stage on this year’s Tour de France when he prevailed in a bunch sprint on Tuesday after defending champion Chris Froome suffered a fall.

Kittel, who won the first and third stages, now has seven Tour stages to his name after beating Norwegian Alexander Kristoff and France’s Arnaud Demare.

Jul 2, 2014

Preview – Contador ready to take on Froome for Tour crown

PARIS (Reuters) – If last year’s Tour de France often resembled a triumphant Chris Froome march to Paris, the road to the Champs Elysees may be more unpredictable this time especially with Alberto Contador likely to be back in the hunt.

The Briton took control in the eighth stage in 2013 before trouncing his rivals in the mountains and the time trials as Spaniard Contador struggled to find the form that helped him win the race in 2007 and 2009.

Jul 2, 2014

Contador ready to take on Froome for Tour crown

PARIS (Reuters) – If last year’s Tour de France often resembled a triumphant Chris Froome march to Paris, the road to the Champs Elysees may be more unpredictable this time especially with Alberto Contador likely to be back in the hunt.

The Briton took control in the eighth stage in 2013 before trouncing his rivals in the mountains and the time trials as Spaniard Contador struggled to find the form that helped him win the race in 2007 and 2009.

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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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