Froome remains in control heading into last two stages

Jul 22, 2017

Froome remains in control heading into last two stages

Edvald Boasson Hagen showed that brawn and speed don’t guarantee victory at the Tour de France. Winners do their homework, too.Going right around a roundabout while others took the left and longer route proved to be the key that enabled the Norwegian to finally ...

Barguil takes stage as Froome holds lead

Jul 21, 2017

Barguil takes stage as Froome holds lead

French rider Warren Barguil triumphed on the barren slopes of the fearsome Col d’Izoard climb in the Alps, winning his second stage of the 104th Tour de France while Chris Froome successfully defended his overall race lead on Thursday, putting him within touching distance ...

Aru falters, Froome soars in Alps

Jul 20, 2017

Aru falters, Froome soars in Alps

One series of giant Tour de France mountains out of the way. One more to come. And one less rival for race leader Chris Froome to watch quite so closely.By sticking like flypaper to the enterprising Romain Bardet, despite the French rider’s efforts to ...

Froome faces stiff competition in final week

Jul 18, 2017

Froome faces stiff competition in final week

The battle for victory will go down to the wire at the Tour de France.With just six stages left before the three-week race reaches the Champs-Elysees, only 29 seconds separate the top four riders in the general classification. Defending champion and three-time winner Chris ...

Barguil wins Bastille Day stage

Jul 15, 2017

Barguil wins Bastille Day stage

Warren Barguil waited for Bastille Day to claim his first stage victory at the Tour de France, but it was worth the delay.The 25-year-old French climber, who also cemented his lead in the king of the mountains competition, played a canny game alongside breakaway ...

Aru takes lead from Froome

Jul 14, 2017

Aru takes lead from Froome

Chris Froome cracked during a grueling climb to the finish and lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Fabio Aru on Thursday after a demanding stage won by Romain Bardet.Froome’s Sky teammates had perfectly controlled the race until the final kilometer ...

Strong finish carries Kittel to win in 11th stage

Jul 13, 2017

Strong finish carries Kittel to win in 11th stage

German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of the race.Ahead of two hard days in the Pyrenees mountains, Chris Froome finished in ...

Sprinter Kittel wins Tour stage 10

Jul 12, 2017

Sprinter Kittel wins Tour stage 10

Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year’s Tour de France.The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease on Tuesday, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader’s ...

Brutal stage takes toll at Tour

Jul 10, 2017

Brutal stage takes toll at Tour

Chris Froome emerged from the debris of the Tour de France’s “devastating” ninth stage with his yellow jersey intact, but the race is over for Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas.Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran won the dramatic, mountainous 181.5-km stage from Nantua to Chambery, but spectacular ...

Calmejane guts out win in Stage 8 despite cramps

Jul 9, 2017

Calmejane guts out win in Stage 8 despite cramps

Speeding away on a small mountain road more suited to goats than riders, Lilian Calmejane won Stage 8 to the Rousses ski station in the Jura Massif on Saturday, for his first victory in his first Tour de France.Calmejane, riding for French team Direct ...

Kittel cruises to win in sixth stage

Jul 7, 2017

Kittel cruises to win in sixth stage

Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race.Chris Froome held on to the leader’s yellow jersey after a sultry but ...