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Jul 1, 2015

Tour set for Battle Royale on treacherous course

PARIS (Reuters) – Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four’s battle royale at the Tour de France — the most highly anticipated race in decades.

The Spaniard is looking to achieve the Giro d’Italia/Tour double for the first time since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 but the competition has never been fiercer for the seven-time grand tour champion who will retire at the end of next year.

Jul 1, 2015

Morabito polishes French diamond ahead of Tour

PARIS (Reuters) – Steve Morabito rode in the service of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, and helped Cadel Evans in the Australian’s successful Tour de France challenge in 2011.

The Swiss is now Thibaut Pinot’s right-hand man in his quest to become the first Frenchman to win the Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1985.

Jul 1, 2015

Quintana takes the high road en route to Tour

PARIS (Reuters) – Nairo Quintana has flown under the radar in the build-up to the Tour de France and although his team manager has cautioned against his inexperience, the Movistar rider could become the first Colombian to win the Grande Boucle.

The 25-year-old spent about six weeks in his home country training at altitude while other big guns were checking out Tour stages and racing in the Tour de Suisse or the Criterium du Dauphine week long races.

Jun 30, 2015

Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France challenge

PARIS (Reuters) – Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title although micro managers Team Sky will struggle to control the race like they usually do.

Froome, who claimed the 2013 Tour having won almost every race he entered in the build-up to the three-week extravaganza, took a rockier road this year before taking overall victory in the Criterium du Dauphine, the prestigious warm-up for the Tour.

Jun 30, 2015

Pinot hunting Tour de France glory

PARIS (Reuters) – Thibaut Pinot owns a pet lamb but on his bike the French climber is more of the predator type and he is looking to administer some hurt to his rivals in this month’s Tour de France.

The FDJ rider, third overall last year after having won a stage on his debut in the race in 2012, has what it takes to become the first home cyclist to win the Grande Boucle since Bernard Hinault in 1985.

Jun 30, 2015

Barguil, Yates share common path towards the Tour

PARIS (Reuters) – Hot prospects Warren Barguil and Simon Yates have been tipped to win the Tour de France one day, yet neither is riding for a team from their home country as they learn the ropes abroad.

France’s Barguil, 23, is with Dutch team Giant-Alpecin while Briton Yates, 22, rides for Australian outfit Orica-GreenEDGE.

Jun 19, 2015

Tour de France could withdraw from 2016 UCI calendar

PARIS (Reuters) – Tour de France organizers ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) have threatened to pull their races from the International Cycling Union calendar because of a lack of progress in the UCI’s reform program, Reuters has learned.

A source close to the UCI management committee told Reuters that ASO sent a letter to the UCI saying they would withdraw from the 2016 calendar if the reform does not go forward, with their main concern centred on ensuring major race dates do not clash.

Jun 14, 2015

Froome sends Tour warning with Dauphine win

MODANE VALFREJUS, France (Reuters) – Although not yet at his peak, Chris Froome sent a deafening warning to his Tour de France rivals by winning the Criterium du Dauphine with a trademark late attack to claim the final stage on Sunday.

The 2013 Tour champion, who will feature among the top favourites for the July 4-26 race, made his move 2.5 kilometres from the finish in the final climb to Valfrejus and never looked back.

Jun 14, 2015

Froome not getting carried away after Dauphine win

MODANE VALFREJUS, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome was impressive at the Criterium du Dauphine, which he won on Sunday after claiming the last two stages, but the Briton refuses to be considered as the main favourite for the Tour de France.

The Team Sky rider was a cut above American Tejay van Garderen, second overall, as well as Tour defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and world number one Alejandro Valverde.

Jun 14, 2015

Cycling: Froome sends Tour warning with Dauphine win

MODANE VALFREJUS, France (Reuters) – Although not yet at his peak, Chris Froome sent a deafening warning to his Tour de France rivals by winning the Criterium du Dauphine with a trademark late attack to claim the final stage on Sunday.

The 2013 Tour champion, who will feature among the top favourites for the July 4-26 race, made his move 2.5 km from the finish in the final climb to Valfrejus and never looked back.

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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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