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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.

Jun 29, 2014

Kreuziger out of Tour over biological passport issues

PARIS (Reuters) – Alberto Contador lost a key team mate in his Tour de France challenge when Czech Roman Kreuziger was sidelined by Tinkoff-Saxo after possible irregularities emerged from his biological passport.

Tinkoff-Saxo said that the International Cycling Union (UCI) “is likely due to instigate disciplinary proceedings against (Kreuziger) arising from an alleged violation of its anti-doping rules due to abnormalities detected in his biological passport in 2011 and 2012.”

Jun 26, 2014

France complete transformation under meticulous Deschamps

PARIS (Reuters) – Seven months after they stood on the precipice of yet another failure following a painful defeat to Ukraine, France are now World Cup contenders thanks to a brilliant transformation engineered by coach Didier Deschamps.

The man who captained France to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles took over from Laurent Blanc two years ago and after a lacklustre start, Deschamps has built a harmonious squad focused on matters on the pitch and not drama off of it.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-France complete transformation under meticulous Deschamps

PARIS, June 26 (Reuters) – Seven months after they stood on the precipice of yet another failure following a painful defeat to Ukraine, France are now World Cup contenders thanks to a brilliant transformation engineered by coach Didier Deschamps.

The man who captained France to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles took over from Laurent Blanc two years ago and after a lacklustre start, Deschamps has built a harmonious squad focused on matters on the pitch and not drama off of it.

    • About Julien

      "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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