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Jul 26, 2014

Nibali poised for Tour triumph, Martin takes 20th stage

PERIGUEUX France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali was poised to win the Tour de France after avoiding any late dramas in the penultimate stage on Saturday – a 54km time trial from Bergerac won by Germany’s Tony Martin.

The Italian finished fourth on the day, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant Martin who set a provisional time of one hour six minutes 21 seconds, and will roll into Paris on Sunday with a seven minute 52 lead.

Jul 25, 2014

Podium places to be decided in final time trial

BERGERAC France (Reuters) – After almost three weeks of action-packed racing the minor podium places in the Tour de France are likely to be decided in Saturday’s final time trial.

The 54-km solo effort against the clock between Bergerac and Perigueux should be won by German Tony Martin, triple world champion in the discipline, but most eyes will be on a couple of Frenchmen and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.

Jul 25, 2014

Navardauskas wins Tour 19th stage, Nibali in yellow

BERGERAC France (Reuters) – Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas won the 19th stage of the Tour de France, a 208.5-km ride from Maubourguet on Friday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

Garmin-Sharp rider Navardauskas attacked in a short climb close to the finish and never looked back as German John Degenkolb took second place.

Jul 24, 2014

Shark Nibali goes in for the kill in final mountain stage

HAUTACAM France (Reuters) – Nicknamed the ‘Shark of Messina’, Vincenzo Nibali once again showed his teeth to stamp his authority on the Tour de France and is now cruising towards his maiden title in the race.

The Italian became the first rider since the great Eddy Merckx in 1974 to win four stages (time trials excluded) in the same Tour by claiming the 18th stage at the top of the iconic Hautacam, draped in eerie fog.

Jul 24, 2014

Peerless Nibali all but seals Tour victory with stage win

HAUTACAM France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali proved once again he has no serious rivals in the Tour de France when he powered to victory in the final mountain stage on Thursday, all but securing his maiden title in impressive fashion.

The Italian, looking to become the sixth man to win all three grand tours, snatched his fourth stage win by easing away from the group of favorites early in the final ascent to Hautacam, a 13.6-km climb at an average gradient of 7.8 per cent.

Jul 24, 2014

Old geezer Mura types Tour de France legend in modern era

ARGELES GAZOST France (Reuters) – Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32.

Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is the iconic figure in the race press room. Its memory, too.

Jul 23, 2014

Late bloomer Peraud has a podium finish in sight

ADET France (Reuters) – With the focus on the podium battle between youngsters Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot in the Tour de France, another Frenchman, veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud, blossomed late in the race on Wednesday.

Peraud, 37, who has only been a road race professional for five years, is Bardet’s team mate at AG2R-La Mondiale.

Jul 23, 2014

Nibali relieved after nervous stage in the Pyrenees

ADET France (Reuters) – Although he started the day with a comfortable lead on Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali knew that Wednesday’s 17th stage of the Tour de France was potentially the most treacherous.

Instead, the Italian rider further extended his advantage with an acceleration midway through the final ascent to the Plat d’Adet after his Astana team had nursed him through the first three climbs.

Jul 23, 2014

Cycling-Majka closes in on polka dot jersey as Nibali gains more ground

ADET France (Reuters) – Poland’s Rafal Majka took a big step toward winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey when he took a solo route to the stage victory on Wednesday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the overall race.

Majka was the best climber on the 17th stage, a brutal 124.5-km trek from St Gaudens featuring four tough ascents, and extended his lead over Nibali and Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in the mountain classification.

Jul 23, 2014

Majka closes in on polka dot jersey as Nibali gains more ground

ADET France (Reuters) – Poland’s Rafal Majka took a big step towards winning the Tour de France polka dot jersey when he took a solo route to the stage victory on Wednesday as Italian Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the overall race.

Majka was the best climber on the 17th stage, a brutal 124.5-km trek from St Gaudens featuring four tough ascents, and extended his lead over Nibali and Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in the mountain classification.

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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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