From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
A four-way tussle for the yellow jersey, a revamped green jersey competition to favour stage winners and a course designed to crescendo not peter out. On the surface you’d have to give this Tour a B- for delivering on this manifesto.
There’ll be lots of reflective words written on the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, which for me is the best we’ve seen since 2011.
Anyone who can’t get their head around the concept of cycling being a team sport should just watch a rerun of Saturday’s epic stage to Alpe d’Huez.
Chris Froome says he feels “incredible” after winning his second Tour de France title following Sunday’s 21st and final stage to Paris.
Chris Froome has all but won the 2015 Tour de France but the rider sneaking the column inches away from him today is Nairo Quintana.
As the sun sets on yet another Tour de France, only one question remains unanswered. Who will win the final stage on the Champs-Elysees?
Chris Froome has all but sewed up his second Tour de France after holding off a stirring fightback by Nairo Quintana on Alpe d’Huez.
How thrilling was it watching Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Velverde and Vinenzo Nibali hurtle down that treacherous Col d’Allos descent towards the end of Stage 17 of this year’s Tour de France?
Could Stage 17 have gone any better for Chris Froome?
After the rest day, there’s plenty to talk about. Stage 17 of le Tour de France happened last night, and the biggest shock was…
German Simon Geschke has won the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France this year on the 17th stage as Chris Froome maintained his overall lead.
Even the most ardent critic of French table wine would be hard pressed convincing even the most ignorant of oenophiles that Chris Froome was doused in a glass of warm Chardonnay rather than the end product of a session on the sauce last week.
I wouldn’t wish it on anyone really but, if pushed, I could think of several other candidates from the world of cycling better qualified to get a cup of piss thrown over them at the Tour de France than Sky’s Chris Froome.
Rest days do funny things to riders’ legs.
A lot of sports are pretty easy to figure out from the moment you start watching, even if you’re a complete novice.
Andre Greipel has made it a hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins as he crossed the line first in the 183km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence.
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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, or hate the sport of cycling, or are a full-time worker and can’t afford to stay up to ungodly hours, you may not have noticed that Kenyan-born Brit Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the second time on Sunday.
Race Result: Germany’s Andre Griepel won the final stage of the Tour de France but the honour was all Chris Froome’s as he claimed his second Tour de France title.
Stage 19 added fuel to the fire when Chris Froome was caught out by a mechanical issue going up the Col du Croix de Fer.
It is one of the most recognised landmarks on the sporting calendar. The Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower are again the host of the finale for the Tour de France.
What might have been if Quintana had not been on the wrong side of the split in the crosswinds of Stage 2?
Stage Results: Easily one of the best stages in any Grand Tour in recent memory has seen Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) take out the victory on top of the Alpe d’Huez. Meanwhile Chris Froome (Sky) survived a scare to take out the yellow jersey ahead of tomorrow’s final stage into Paris.
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Stage Results: Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has bounced back from a horror 2015 Tour de France so far to take Stage 19 on top of La Toussuire.
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Stage 19 is the second last chance for the general classification favourites to stake their claim for overall victory, podium or top 10 finishes.
STAGE RESULT Young Frenchman Romain Bardet has taken a courageous solo victory on Stage 18 of the Tour de France and yet again no one could shake race leader Chris Froome in the overall standings.
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The second day in the Alps, and another stage packed with classified climbs. A strong breakaway vying for the both the stage win, and the King of the Mountains jersey will be expected today.
Richie Porte is perhaps Australia’s second most recognisable cyclist behind Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.
Stage Result: An emotional Simon Geschke broke Giant – Alpecin’s duck at the 2015 Tour de France with an amazing solo victory on Stage 17 to the ski resort of Pra Loup.
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As we saw on Stage 10, the stage after the rest day can often coincide with many riders struggling to get back into racing. For the general classification favourites, they will be hoping they have no such problems today, as we have reached the Alps.
The final general classification fight is on the home stretch as the riders get a rest day after a tough stage 16, finishing in the town of Gap. Let’s now review the past seven days of racing, and look ahead to the final battle in the Alps.
Stage Result: An attack on the climb of the Col de Manse saw Lampre – Merida’s Ruben Plaza win Stage 16 of the 2015 Tour de France ahead of Peter Sagan, who once again finished in second.
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