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Jul 9, 2015

Cycling-French FDJ team angered by late night dope tests

LE HAVRE, France, July 9 (Reuters) – Cycling should be treated the same as other sports when it comes to doping, members of the elite French team FDJ said on Thursday after three of their riders were subjected to late night blood tests.

FDJ coach Julien Pinot, whose brother Thibaut finished third in last year’s Tour de France, and team doctor Gerard Guillaume were fuming after the anti-doping control carried out at 11pm on Wednesday.

Jul 9, 2015

Leader Martin and 2014 winner Nibali hit tarmac

LE HAVRE, France (Reuters) – There is never a dull moment on the Tour de France and Thursday’s sixth stage was no exception as race leader Tony Martin crashed, sending 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali and other riders tumbling to the tarmac.

After a few days of crashes and nervous racing, the peloton took it relatively easy on the Normandy coastline until the last kilometer when Garman Martin lost his balance and, almost like dominos, other leading contenders followed suit.

Jul 8, 2015

Tour de France back on German TV with a bang

AMIENS, France (Reuters) – After a three-year hiatus live coverage of the Tour de France is again being broadcast on public television in Germany and is enjoying increased attention buoyed by the success of their riders.

German TV has had a troubled relationship with the Tour, pulling out of covering the event in 2007 after Patrik Sinkewitz failed a doping test ahead of the race.

Jul 8, 2015

Cycling-Tour de France back on German TV with a bang

AMIENS, France, July 8 (Reuters) – After a three-year hiatus live coverage of the Tour de France is again being broadcast on public television in Germany and is enjoying increased attention buoyed by the success of their riders.

German TV has had a troubled relationship with the Tour, pulling out of covering the event in 2007 after Patrik Sinkewitz failed a doping test ahead of the race.

Jul 8, 2015

Greipel wins fifth stage, Martin still leads Tour

AMIENS, France (Reuters) – German Andre Greipel was again far too strong for the opposition as he claimed his second win in this year’s Tour de France with an impressive sprint in the fifth stage on Wednesday.

German Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Jul 8, 2015

Barguil and Bardet take over French charge on the Tour

ARRAS, France (Reuters) – With Thibaut Pinot having dropped out of contention, local hopes of celebrating a first home Tour de France champion in 30 years now lie on the shoulders of Romain Bardet and Warren Barguil.

Pinot, third overall last year, was tipped as a potential podium finisher but he lost considerable time in the opening block of racing.

Jul 7, 2015

Froome and Sky in perfect place after tricky Tour stages

CAMBRAI, France (Reuters) – Team Sky were expected to be shaken by their rivals on the cobbles in the Tour de France, yet their leading rider Chris Froome emerged as the huge favourite after the opening block of racing on Tuesday.

After a below-par time trial in the first stage, Froome was ahead of his main opponents in the second stage, where Nairo Quintana and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali were trapped behind a bunch split on Sunday.

Jul 7, 2015

Froome retains his grip as Martin claims yellow

CAMBRAI, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome lost his yellow jersey but retained his grip on his rivals after surviving a day on the cobbles in the Tour de France on Tuesday.

German Tony Martin won the fourth stage with a late attack and snatched the overall lead at the end of a body-punishing 223.5-km ride from Seraing, Belgium.

Jul 6, 2015

Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

HUY, Belgium (Reuters) – Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday.

Katusha rider Rodriguez had the best kick up the punishing Mur de Huy, where the Fleche Wallonne classic ends, beating Team Sky’s Froome by a narrow margin while France’s Alexis Vuillermoz ended up third, four seconds back.

Jul 6, 2015

Froome in charge after Tour de France third stage

HUY, Belgium (Reuters) – Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday.

Katusha rider Rodriguez had the best kick up the punishing Mur de Huy, where the Fleche Wallonne classic ends, beating Team Sky’s Froome by a narrow margin while France’s Alexis Vuillermoz ended up third, four seconds back.

    • 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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