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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:01 am

The Tour de France’s Human Scoreboard Never Stops Moving
Armed with a blackboard and chalk, Claire Pedrono rides ahead of the peloton for 2,088 miles, scribbling vital time information for the leaders

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Claire Pedrono has been leading the Tour de France for two uninterrupted weeks. Not a day goes by that she isn’t in yellow, the color of the iconic leader’s jersey.

She has flown up the mountain passes of the Pyrenees, chattered along the cobblestones of the North and skirted every crash in the peloton. When the race rolls into Paris on Sunday, she will cross the finish line ahead of every single favorite, just as she has done each year since 2010.

Which is all in a summer’s work for Pedrono, who has the strangest gig on the Tour. At the world’s most prestigious bicycle race, she is the ardoisière. The chalkboard lady.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:15 am

Froome in control at Tour de France as Contador drifts, Van Garderen out

PRA LOUP, France — Chris Froome emerged unscathed from a treacherous 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, retaining his lead while Alberto Contador lost a lot of ground and Tejay van Garderen abandoned the race. American Van Garderen, who was third overall at the start of the …

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:24 am

Brilliant Bardet earns France second Tour stage win

ST. JEAN DE MAURIENNE, France — Romain Bardet gave France a second win in this year’s Tour de France as he showed his composed descending skills to clinch the 18th stage on Thursday. The AG2r-La Mondiale rider, sixth overall in the Tour last year, timed his attack perfectly near the …

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:58 am

Froome has Tour de France lead cut by Quintana as Nibali wins

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Chris Froome has one more mountainous hurdle to overcome to claim a second Tour de France title after Friday’s 19th stage in which had 30 seconds chopped off his lead as Vincenzo Nibali claimed a controversial victory. Froome, who was spat at by a spectator, still …

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:31 am

Chris Froome Wins 2nd Tour De France

PARIS — All for one, one for all, and all bathed in yellow.

Arms over each other's shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over the finish line, soaking up the applause Sunday on the Champs-Elysees.

Three weeks of furious racing, of beating back both a tenacious Colombian, Nairo Quintana, and doping suspicions that are Lance Armstrong's poisonous legacy to cycling, were over.

Time for the winner's speech.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:05 pm

Froome’s rivals not good enough as Tour de France competition disappoints

PARIS — This year’s Tour de France had been advertised as an exciting battle royale between four great riders yet it panned out as an underwhelming contest as Chris Froome’s rivals failed to live up to expectations. Team Sky’s Froome beat Nairo Quintana, who won the white jersey for the …

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/27/s ... sappoints/
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Re: Tour de France begins 7/4..

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:52 am

Froome’s rivals not good enough as Tour de France competition disappoints

PARIS — This year’s Tour de France had been advertised as an exciting battle royale between four great riders yet it panned out as an underwhelming contest as Chris Froome’s rivals failed to live up to expectations. Team Sky’s Froome beat Nairo Quintana, who won the white jersey for the …

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