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Jul 20, 2014

Bauer’s boyhood Tour dream ends 50m short and in tears

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.

Jul 20, 2014

Kristoff wins again as Bauer suffers heartbreak on stage 15

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.

Jul 19, 2014

Nibali tightens grip as Majka wins in the Alps

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.

Jul 18, 2014

Pinot shows guts and class to close in on podium bid

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.

Jul 18, 2014

Team Sky brought back down to earth after Porte cracks

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.

Jul 18, 2014

Nibali makes his mark as Porte cracks in Tour

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Frustrated Sagan ‘too strong’ to win on Tour de France

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Nibali defends choice to work with dope-tainted Vinokourov

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Kristoff too strong for Sagan on Tour stage 12

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.

Jul 17, 2014

Kristoff too strong for Sagan in Tour de France stage 12

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.

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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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