NIMES France (Reuters) – It all ended in tears for Garmin-Sharp domestique Jack Bauer after his chance of realizing a boyhood dream and winning a Tour de France stage was snatched away from him in the final 50 meters after a 222km breakaway.
With team leader Andrew Talansky injured and gone, the Garmin-Sharp domestiques have been given a free ride on the Tour and Bauer almost made the most of the opportunity on Sunday’s 15th stage.
NIMES (Reuters) – Norway’s Alexander Kristoff claimed his second Tour de France victory when he won a bunch sprint to take Sunday’s 15th stage after the peloton reined in the day’s breakaway in the final straight.
New Zealand’s Jack Bauer, who broke clear with Swiss Martin Elminger, was caught by the chasing pack less than 100 metres from the line.
RISOUL France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his stranglehold on the Tour de France when he gained further ground over his rivals in the second Alpine stage won by Poland’s Rafal Majka on Saturday.
Astana rider Nibali finished the 14th stage, a 177-km mountain trek from Grenoble, in second place but beat Alejandro Valverde by one minute as the battle for second overall looks set to go to the wire.
CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) – Early in the final ascent, Thibaut Pinot narrowed his eyes and circled around the yellow jersey group, as if weighing up the form of his rivals.
Then he upped the pace, demonstrating he would be a force to be reckoned with in the stage – and later, too, after showing guts and class on the bike in the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France.
CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) – After winning the last two editions of the Tour de France, Team Sky’s last hopes of a hat-trick melted on the first Alpine stage when Richie Porte cracked in the heat on Friday.
The Australian rider, promoted to team leader after Britain’s Chris Froome crashed out in the first week, gradually moved down the yellow jersey group before losing contact.
CHAMROUSSE France (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali put the hammer down on the Tour de France when the Italian snatched a solo win in the 13th stage in a mountaintop finish as Australian Richie Porte blew up in the heat on Friday.
Astana rider Nibali went on his own in the long climb to Chamrousse to open a 3:37 gap over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde in the overall standings.
ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) – Being too strong, and both feared and respected for it, can be a weakness on the Tour de France, Slovakian prodigy Peter Sagan has discovered.
He has managed eight top five finishes, including four second places, but after 12 stages he has yet to cross the finishing line first — thanks, he says, to his rivals’ defensive tactics.
ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) – A Tour de France yellow jersey holder will always be grilled about doping and Vincenzo Nibali was no exception on Thursday, having to defend his choice to work with former doper Alexandre Vinokourov.
Nibali joined Astana last year from Liquigas and fell under the guidance of Kazakh Vinokourov, who served a two-year ban after being found guilty of blood doping on the 2007 Tour de France.
ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) – Norway’s Alexander Kristoff claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he beat Peter Sagan in a sprint to prevail in dominant fashion on the 12th stage, a 185.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse on Thursday.
Katusha rider Kristoff timed his effort perfectly to win with a comfortable margin to leave Slovakian Sagan, who looks set to win the green jersey for points classification, still without a win on the Tour this year.
ST ETIENNE France (Reuters) – Norway’s Alexander Kristoff beat Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France, a 185.5-km ride from Bourg en Bresse on Thursday.
Katusha ride Kristoff timed his effort perfectly to win with a comfortable margin to leave Slovakian Sagan, who looks set to win the green jersey for points classification, still without a win on the Tour this year.