SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) – Drifting out to the right on devilishly steep Jenkin Road, Chris Froome briefly left his rivals standing near the finale of second stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.
After two days of keeping his head down, the reigning champion decided that it was time to have a blast.
SHEFFIELD England (Reuters) – Italian Vincenzo Nibali claimed the overall lead on the Tour de France after a late attack earned him victory in the second stage on Sunday.
The Astana rider powered away about two kilometers from the finish and held off the peloton, with Belgian Greg van Avermaet and Pole Michal Kwiatkowski finishing second and third respectively.
YORK England (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France came to a brutal end after the British sprint specialist failed to recover from a horror crash at the end of the first stage and pulled out of the race on Sunday morning.
“It’s devastating,” Cavendish, who will have an MRI scan on a dislocated shoulder and torn (shoulder) ligaments, told reporters outside his Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQS) bus before the second stage, a tough 201-km ride to Sheffield.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – For German veteran Jens Voigt the best form of defence was attack like crazy as he snatched the polka dot jersey in the rolling hills of Yorkshire on Saturday.
The 42-year-old may be the oldest of the 198 starters, and riding in a record 17th Tour de France, but he showed there was plenty of life in the old legs with a courageous solo effort on the 190.5-km first stage from Leeds to Harrogate.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – Massive crowds greeted the cream of world cycling in the Yorkshire countryside on Saturday as the Tour de France began in style but some riders said their enthusiasm was dangerous.
The 190.5-km stage from Leeds to Harrogate was hailed a huge success by race director Christian Prudhomme as an estimated two million people took to the hills and lanes.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish was supposed to blast to victory on the first stage of the Tour de France in his mother’s home town but a horror crash put him in hospital and left German Marcel Kittel celebrating on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Briton slammed into the tarmac within sight of the finish and, although he limped over the line, a medical bulletin said he had dislocated his right shoulder, putting his further participation in the race in doubt.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – Germany’s Marcel Kittel is making a habit of finishing the first day of the Tour de France wearing the leader’s yellow jersey after he again sprinted to victory on Saturday.
The Giant-Shimano team catapulted him to the front in the final 50 metres of the 190.5-km stage and he outpaced Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a burst to the line.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – German Marcel Kittel powered to victory in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday while Britain’s Mark Cavendish crashed heavily in the final straight.
Kittel, who also won the first stage last year, took the overall leader’s yellow jersey after easily outsprinting Slovakian Peter Sagan and Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas.
HARROGATE England (Reuters) – The 101st Tour de France rolled out of Leeds for the start of the first stage on Saturday with hundreds of thousands of fans lining the route across the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.
With Tour fever gripping Yorkshire and the sun out for the 190.5-km opener, Team Sky’s defending champion Chris Froome was roared off as the cream of world cycling left Leeds city center before making their way to the official start at Harewood House.
LEEDS England (Reuters) – “So Good It’s Coming Twice” boasts the sign on the road into Addingham, a village just a few kilometers of pedaling from Leeds.
This year’s Tour de France, which begins on Saturday morning before spending two days traversing the hills and valleys of the county of Yorkshire, will pass through Addingham, as the sign points out, not once, but twice.