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

    NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) — 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. It ended empty-handed.

    Associated Press
  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France team classification after stage 2

    July 5 (Infostrada Sports) - Team Classification Tour de France after Stage 2 on Sunday 1. BMC Racing (United States) 11:13:27" 2. Etixx - Quick-Step (Belgium) +4" 3. Team Sky (Britain) +51" 4. Tinkoff - Saxo (Russia) +1:04" 5. Giant (Germany) +1:50" 6. Lotto (Belgium) +1:57" 7. Movistar (Spain)…

    Reuters
  • Cycling-Clouds already hanging over Nibali after stormy day

    By Martyn Herman ZEELAND, Netherlands, July 5 (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…

    Reuters
  • Losing cycling yellow jersey a 'hard pill' for Dennis

    Rohan Dennis said it was a "hard pill to swallow" making the decision to give up the yellow jersey after just one day at the Tour de France. Van Garderen is hoping to challenge the 'fantastic four' of Nibali, Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana for overall victory and currently sits…

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Astana creates new controversy at Tour de France

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — On the very first day of the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team found itself at the heart of another controversy after allowing one of its riders to start the race despite questions raised over his testing results.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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