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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:15 am

10 riders to watch at the Tour de France
This year's race starts Saturday in the Netherlands.

TRECHT, Netherlands – 10 riders to watch in the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in Utrecht, Netherlands.

CHRIS FROOME:
On his best days, the 2013 winner is untouchable on steep mountain climbs, where he’ll be looking again this year to open up decisive time gaps on his rivals. But before imposing himself in the Pyrenees and Alps, the Kenya-born Briton must survive the Tour’s opening nine-day swing from the Low Countries across northern France. That’s not a given: Battered in crashes, Froome dropped out five stages into last year’s Tour. The 30-year-old’s victory earlier this month in the Criterium du Dauphine, a warm-up race for the Tour, showed the rider for the ultra-professional Sky team is in fighting form for cycling’s showcase event. The lack of a long individual time-trial on this year’s Tour route takes away an opportunity for Froome to do some damage, because he excels in that discipline. Still, Froome will be the man to beat this year.

VINCENZO NIBALI:

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jul 04, 2015 5:15 am

Fewest American cyclists in two decades in Tour de France
The race, which begins Saturday, will have only three U.S. riders out of 198 participants

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

Andrew Talansky was a given, his best shot for an overall podium. But by the time Vaughters had finalized the rest of the U.S.-based team, Talansky was the only American on it.

One of just three in the entire 198-rider field.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:07 am

Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

HUY, Belgium — Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez on Monday. Katusha rider Rodriguez had the best kick up the punishing Mur de Huy, where the Fleche Wallonne classic …

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/06/s ... ird-stage/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:01 am

Froome retains his grip as Martin claims yellow in Tour de France

CAMBRAI, France — Chris Froome lost his yellow jersey but retained his grip on his rivals after surviving a day on the cobbles in the Tour de France on Tuesday. German Tony Martin won the fourth stage with a late attack and snatched the overall lead at the end of …

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:26 am

Greipel wins fifth stage, Martin still leads Tour de France

AMIENS, France — German Andre Greipel was again far too strong for the opposition as he claimed his second win in this year’s Tour de France with an impressive sprint in the fifth stage on Wednesday. German Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey. Lotto Soudal rider ...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:16 am

Martin crashes out, Froome takes race lead

LE HAVRE, France — Tour de France leader Tony Martin abandoned the race on Thursday after breaking his collarbone in a sixth stage crash that also sent 2014 winner Vincenzo Nibali and others tumbling in the final 500 metres. “He abandons,” an Etixx-Quick Step spokesman said of the German. Briton ...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:23 am

Froome enjoys quiet day, Majka wins 11th stage

CAUTERETS, France — Chris Froome enjoyed a safe day in the saddle on Wednesday, retaining the overall leader’s yellow jersey after his rivals failed to attack him on the 11th stage, a 188-km Pyrenean trek won by Poland’s Rafal Majka. Majka, who last year won the polka dot jersey …

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:54 am

Armstrong makes controversial return to France

Three years after being stripped of his Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong made a controversial return to France on Thursday to participate in a charity ride on the Tour route. Tour organizers had said he was being disrespectful by agreeing to join former soccer player Geoff Thomas’ One Day

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:40 am

Van Avermaet clinches rare victory in Tour de France 13th stage

RODEZ, France — Greg van Avermaet enjoyed a rare victory when he claimed the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Friday with a late burst of speed in an uphill finale. The Belgian BMC Racing rider powered away from a small group on a steep final straight to …

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/17/s ... 3th-stage/
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jul 20, 2015 4:58 am

‘Times have changed’ says Froome in face of doping questions

VALENCE, France — Top cycling performances should not systematically trigger doping suspicions, Tour de France overall leader Chris Froome said on Sunday. The Team Sky rider, whose impressive ride up La Pierre St Martin in the first mountain stage raised suspicions like his 2013 ride up the gruelling Mont Ventoux, …

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