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  • TOUR DE FRANCE WATCH: Cavendish fuming against 'imbeciles'

    Ace sprinter Mark Cavendish's Etixx-Quickstep team was fighting for both the stage win and the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. The double failure had the Belgian team clearly frustrated, with Cavendish first blaming his lead-out man Mark Renshaw then calling his critics ''imbeciles''…

    The Associated Press
  • Cycling-Nibali must take chances early, Vinokourov says

    By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (Reuters) - Unfazed by the controversy that surrounded his team before the start of the Tour de France, Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov believes defending champion Vincenzo Nibali must take his chances early in the treacherous opening block of…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Nervous Brailsford still welcomes testing Tour start

    By Martyn Herman ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (Reuters) - Dave Brailsford admitted Sunday's incident-packed second stage of the Tour de France had been a nervy one for strategists but the Team Sky boss said it was great for the sport. Sky's Chris Froome, along with Spain's Tinkoff-Saxo leader…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France stage 2 results

    July 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Tour de France (Utrecht - Neeltje Jans, 166 km) on Sunday 1. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto) 3:29:03" 2. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Tinkoff - Saxo) ST 3. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Trek) 4. Mark Cavendish (Britain / Etixx - Quick-Step) 5. Daniel Oss…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France team classification after stage 1

    July 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Team Classification Tour de France after Stage 1 on Saturday 1. LottoNL(Netherlands) 46:06" 2. Trek(United States) +3" 3. BMC Racing(United States) +8" 4. Movistar(Spain) +10" 5. Etixx - Quick-Step(Belgium) +12" 6. Giant(Germany) +34" 7. IAM Cycling(Switzerland) +40" 8.…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Contador and Froome in control after hectic stage 2

    (Adds details) By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (Reuters) - - One year after crashing out of the race, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador were back in control of the Tour de France, hurting their main rivals in a hectic second stage won by German Andre Greipel on Sunday. Crosswinds and…

    Reuters
  • Heatwave grips Tour de France start city

    The Dutch city of Utrecht where the Tour de France starts on Saturday is officially in the grip of a sweltering heatwave, Dutch meteorologists said, urging spectators to take proper precautions. Temperatures for a fifth day soared past the 30 degree Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) mark, "making the…

    AFP
  • Stage winner Dennis a menace to Tour's top guns

    By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands, (Reuters) - Australian Rohan Dennis proved too hot to handle as the Tour de France began with a record-breaking 13.8-km individual time trial through the sweltering streets of Utrecht on Saturday. The 38th of the 198 competitors to roll down the start ramp,…

    Reuters
  • Clouds already hanging over Nibali after stormy day

    By Martyn Herman ZEELAND, Netherlands (Reuters) - By the time Vincenzo Nibali reached the sanctuary of his team coach, it was a beautiful summer’s evening, but a stormy second stage had already left a cloud over his hopes of following up last year’s Tour de France victory. The Italian lost a chunk…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht

    By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organisers of…

    Reuters
  • Eritrean commissioner hails historic day

    Eritrea's commissioner of culture and sports on Saturday hailed the historic participation of two riders from his country in the Tour de France. Daniel Teklehaimanot, 26, was first off at 1400 local time (1200 GMT) of all the 198 riders taking part in the Tour on the 13.8km opening stage timetrial…

    AFP
  • Golf-European Tour French Open scores

    July 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour French Open at the par-71 course on Sunday in Paris -13 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 68 72 66 65 -10 James Morrison (Britain) 71 68 68 67 -8 Jaco Van Zyl (South Africa) 68 71 64 73 -7 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 69 69 69 70 -5 Rafael…

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  • Dennis aiming to keep hold of yellow jersey

    Rohan Dennis vowed to keep hold of the yellow jersey for as long as possible after winning the Tour de France's opening stage. The 25-year-old Australian upset two former world timetrial champions in Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara to take victory in the 13.8km race against the clock in Utrecht…

    AFP
  • Team boss hits out at Cavendish after finale blip on Tour de France

    By Julien Pretot ZEELAND, Netherlands, (Reuters) - Etixx-Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere hit out at his sprint ace Mark Cavendish after the Briton’s decision not to hang on in the final meters of the second stage of the Tour de France cost the team the coveted yellow jersey on Sunday. Sensing…

    Reuters
  • Froome and Contador on the front foot in Tour de France

    In ferocious winds and thunderous rain, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador managed to use the conditions to their advantage on the second stage of the Tour de France. While it's too soon for anyone to gain a decisive advantage in the race, British rider Froome and the Spaniard Contador are certainly…

    The Associated Press
  • Greipel wins Tour de France stage as Nibali and Quintana lose time

    Andre Greipel won the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow favourite Nairo Quintana lost time. Greipel edged out Peter Sagan by a fraction of a wheel length at the end of the 166km stage from Utrecht to Zeeland in the Netherlands. Fabian…

    AFP
  • Tour de France 2nd stage at a glance

    NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) -- A brief look at the 2nd stage of the Tour de France on Sunday:

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