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Tour de France::

PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:18 am
by Tom Nolette
Tour de France contenders face first big test
Defending champion Chris Froome holds the overall lead heading into two hard mountain stages.

...The race heads into the mountains this weekend and yellow-jersey holder Chris Froome is looking forward to taking measure of his challengers.

“This weekend, we will see exactly where everyone’s at,” Froome said, explaining that the top 10 riders are still too close together for him to clearly identify one sole rival.

Stage 8 from Dole on Saturday finishes at the Rousses ski station in the Jura Range, close to the border with Switzerland. Three climbs on the 116-mile route will serve as a warm-up for the extremely tough Stage 9 in the Alps on Sunday, which has seven climbs, including three with the “hors categorie” or beyond rating.

The last climb on Saturday “could shake things up a bit,” Froome said. ... -big-test/

Re: Tour de France contenders face first big test

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:46 am
by Tom Nolette
Chris Froome excels in rugged mountain climbs to extend Tour de France lead

Chris Froome fiercely defended — and even extended — the overall lead in the Tour de France on an ultra-tough day of high drama and punishing climbs in eastern France's Jura mountains on Sunday, seeing both his top teammate and one of his top rivals crash out and surviving daredevil descents at speeds exceeding 45 miles per hour.

Getting through Sunday's Stage 9 unscathed, arguably the toughest of this Tour's 21 stages, marked a crucial step in the three-time champion's campaign for a fourth win. The last descent of the day with seven climbs saw a terrifying high-speed crash involving Richie Porte, who had been fifth overall but is now out of the race.

Porte missed a left-hand bend, cartwheeled across the road and bowled over another rider, Dan Martin, before slamming into a stony, vine-covered bank. The Australian was first treated by medics as he lay on the tarmac and then taken away in an ambulance to the hospital for checks. ... story.html

Re: Tour de France contenders face first big test

PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:22 am
by Tom Nolette
Tour De France 2017: Live-Stream Schedule, TV Info, Route for Tuesday's Stage 10

The peloton will start Stage 10 of the 2017 Tour de France with somewhat fresh legs after Monday's first rest day, and event organisers have been kind to the riders, as the ride toward Bergerac shouldn't be too challenging.

The Dordogne region is known as a holiday destination and for its wine―if the weather cooperates, the riders should be in for a more gentle day in one of France's finest provinces, ending in a bunch sprint.

Said sprint could throw up one or two surprises, with several top riders already bowing out of La Grande Boucle. Here's a look at the full route and stage profile, via CyclingnewsTV: ... s-stage-10

Re: Tour de France:: Time, TV schedule, and route for Stage

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:19 am
by Tom Nolette
Tour de France 2017 live stream: Time, TV schedule, and route for Stage 17

The first of back-to-back Queen Stage candidates will take place Wednesday, serving up the two hardest climbs of the 2017 Tour

After Stages 17 and 18 on Wednesday and Thursday, we will likely know who will win the 2017 Tour de France. Beyond those two days lie two sprint stages and what will probably be a predictable time trial if Chris Froome is still in the yellow jersey. The forthcoming Alpine climbs are truly unpredictable, however, especially with Froome seemingly on less-than form for the steepest gradients this year.

Stage 17 features the two hardest climbs of this year’s Tour, according to Podium Café. The first is Col de la Croix de Fer, a stunning 24-kilometer climb that goes well above 10 percent gradients on its early slopes. The second is Col du Galibier, which is *technically* 17.7 kilometers to the highest point of this year’s race at 2,642 meters. ... e-stage-17

Re: Tour de France:: Time, TV schedule, and route for Stage

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:41 am
by Tom Nolette
Iconic Izoard climb to stage decisive battle for yellow

SERRE-CHEVALIER, France — The Col de l’Izoard, where the decisive battle in this year’s Tour de France will be waged on Thursday could, in the words of race founder Henri Desgrange, “make a mule whimper”.

The devilishly steep 16km ribbon of tarmac snaking up to 2,360 metres in the French Alps awaits the peloton on stage 18 and represents the last major obstacle for leader Chris Froome.

If the yellow-jersey wearer is the man leading them across the lunar-like Casse Deserte, with the summit finish in sight, those burning up their legs behind him will know the last chance for him to crack has probably vanished. ... or-yellow/

Re: Tour de France:: Time, TV schedule, and route for Stage

PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:52 am
by Tom Nolette
on TV:: Friday, July 21

8 a.m. Tour de France (stage 19) NBCSN

Re: Tour de France::

PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:08 am
by Tom Nolette
Nearing Another Tour de France Title, Chris Froome Has to Hurry

...But Froome? Not far from the finish, he took off as if his bike had rocket boosters, leaving most of the peloton — including his own teammates — to drag invisible anchors up the mountain. Afterward, he said he was happy that he had made it through the Alps without a major problem because he “normally finds the Alps more difficult.”

Don’t be deceived. This Tour has been difficult for Froome, 32, perhaps his most difficult yet. Nothing has been normal in France this summer. And that unpredictability has made it one of the best Tours ever.

Going into the three-week Tour’s final weekend, the top three riders are within 30 seconds of one another. Considering that riders have been on their bikes for more than 80 hours now, the slim time difference is remarkable. It’s not exactly the Greg LeMond-Laurent Fignon battle in 1989, which ended with an eight-second difference — the closest finish ever — but it has been the closest Tour in the last decade. ... hurry.html

Re: Tour de France::

PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:09 am
by Tom Nolette
Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome secures yellow jersey in Marseille time trial

Marseille: As Tour de France leader Chris Froome caught his nearest rival, Romain Bardet in his sights through the thickening haze of a steamy summer afternoon in Marseille in the closing metres of Saturday's penultimate stage time trial, he knew overall victory was all but signed and sealed.

Asked after the 22.5km stage 20 time trial that began and finished in the Stade Velodrome football ground for one standout moment in the Tour that started in Düsseldorf on July 1, Froome paused, then said: "I'd probably have to pick today, coming into the stadium with Romain Bardet just ahead of me, and if I navigated the corners correctly, [knowing] that would be it for this Tour de France battle ... xgqmh.html

Re: Tour de France::

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:14 am
by Tom Nolette
Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France title

...“I was just standing there on the side of the road with my teammate Michal Kwiatkowski,” Froome said. “I thought it was potentially game over.”

Riding with unchained fury, Kwiatkowski and Froome bridged the gap — and saved his Tour.

Fast forward to Saturday's penultimate stage in Marseille and a time trial — one of his strongest disciplines. Froome was right back in the ascendency and closing in on win No. 4.

Yet the future champion was jeered by fans at the Stade Velodrome football stadium as he began his ride, and more jeers followed along the route. ... story.html