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Froome cements his status as a Tour de France status

Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title on Sunday after a three-week rocky ride.

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Can Chris Froome become the greatest Tour de France rider of all?

Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, Team Sky leader Chris Froome will coast into Paris tonight and claim his third Tour de France title. In doing so he will join a select elite of multiple winners and establish himself as one of the race’s finest performers.

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Tour de France: All Froome as third Tour title assured

Chris Froome has virtually secured his third Tour de France title, holding on to his overall lead in the last competitive stage, won by Spain’s Ion Izagirre.

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Chris Froome took another big step towards a third Tour de France title but Australia’s Richie Porte is also emerging as a potential podium finisher in Paris.

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Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano won the brutal 15th stage of the Tour de France through the Jura mountains after a long breakaway on Sunday.

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Chris Froome turned the screw on his Tour de France rivals when he took second place in Friday’s individual time trial behind Tom Dumoulin amidst heightened security following the deadly Nice terror attack.

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Tour de Farce: Froome forced to RUN to the finish line in complete debacle

Last night’s stage on the daunting slopes of Mont Ventoux should have provided the Tour de France with its most spectacular highlights. Instead we got a ridiculous farce.

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Le Tour: Impey sets up Matthews and sets the example for Orica-BikeExchange

The selflessness displayed by Orica-BikeExchange’s Daryl Impey on Stage 10 of the 2016 Tour de France epitomises what an ultimate team player he is.

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Michael Matthews has turned the page on years of bad luck in the Tour de France to complete his set of grand tour victories when he won the 10th stage after a royal breakaway on Tuesday.

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Rest day ramblings: The good, the bad and the ugly of the 2016 Tour de France

Here is the summary of everything good, bad and ugly about the 2016 Tour de France.

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Contador pulls out of le Tour with fever

Diminished by a fever and still reeling from crashes on the opening two days of the race, two-time champion Alberto Contador has pulled out of the Tour de France during the toughest Pyrenean stage.

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The seventh stage of the Tour de France ended in farcical fashion on Friday when an inflatable arch deflated and slowed down several riders and sending Briton Adam Yates crashing to the ground.

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Mark Cavendish cemented his status as the Tour de France’s greatest sprinter when he claimed his 29th stage victory in the race in Thursday’s sixth leg.

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Belgian Greg van Avermaet has claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey after winning the fifth stage of the Tour de France at the end of a long breakaway as Alberto Contador appeared to suffer from crash-related injuries.

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Is the 2016 Tour de France a race between two?

Are we down to just two genuine contenders for the 2016 Tour de France already?

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Mark Cavendish has joined France great Bernard Hinault in second place of the all-time list of Tour de France stage winners after pipping Andre Greipel for his second victory in this year’s race.

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Richie Porte riding old willunga hill

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Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) holds the red jersey for Orica-GreenEdge

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Tour de France race leaders leave York

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Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the yellow jersey

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Australian Cameron Meyer of team Orica GreenEDGE

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Team Sky rider Chris Froome carved out a dominant lead in the GC on Stage 8 of the 2013 Tour de France (Image: Team Sky).

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Caleb Ewan of team OricaÐGreenEDGE celebrates winning

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Attack, and you may beat the Sky train…

By Brendon Vella, 29 Jul 2016
Attack, and you may beat the Sky train…

In part two of my blog, I will look into Team Sky’s dominance of the Tour in recent times, and question some of the key contender’s motives.

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Is ‘boring Tour’ a throwaway line, or does it have substance?

Since the 2016 Tour de France ended, I have seen numerous comments proclaiming that this year’s race for the Maillot Jaune was boring.

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Urgent reform needed to remove Team Sky’s dominance

On Sunday, Chris Froome rode into Paris to win his third Tour de France (Tour de France) and provide Team Sky’s fourth win in the last five years.

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Tour de France 2016: Stage 21 Live race updates and blog

The 103rd edition of the Tour de France comes to an end tonight with the traditional sprint along the Champs-Elysees.

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2016 Tour de France: Jon Izaguirre wins Stage 20, Froome poised to take overall victory

Stage Results: Jon Izaguirre (Movistar) has handed Spain their first stage win of the 2016 Tour de France, with a brilliant recovery effort on the final climb while Chris Froome (Sky) held the yellow jersey in convincing fashion before the ride to Paris tomorrow.

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2016 Tour De France: Stage 20 Preview

By Brendon Vella, 23 Jul 2016
2016 Tour De France: Stage 20 Preview

The penultimate stage of the 2016 Tour De France will see the riders complete their four day battle in the Alps.

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The Tour de France – a guide for significant others

For almost every Tour de France fan, there’s a Tour de France partner left in their wake. Here’s some handy hints for the partners and spouses whose loved ones have been consumed by the Tour.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 19 live race updates, blog

Stage Results In a rain and crash affected Stage 19 of the 2016 Tour de France, it was Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) who took out the win after a commanding attack.

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2016 Tour De France: Stage 19 Preview

By Brendon Vella, 22 Jul 2016
2016 Tour De France: Stage 19 Preview

The penultimate stage in the Alps sees the riders head back into France for Stage 19 of the 2016 Tour de France.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 18 live race updates, blog

With a gruelling 17 days already under the belt, the peloton will be hit with the first mountain individual time trial since 2004 at the Tour de France, in what could be a deciding day. Join The Roar from 10pm (AEST) for live coverage of Stage 18.

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2016 Tour De France: Stage 18 Preview

By Brendon Vella, 21 Jul 2016
2016 Tour De France: Stage 18 Preview

Stage 18 of the Tour sees the riders battle it out once again in the ‘race of truth’. After a difficult but fairly unselective day yesterday, the general classification contenders will not be able to follow the wheels of their fellow contenders, something which the majority have done all Tour long.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 17 results, blog

By Scott Pryde, 20 Jul 2016
2016 Tour de France: Stage 17 results, blog

Stage Results Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) has become the first Russian to win a stage of the Tour de France since 2009, taking out Stage 17 with a dominant attack out of the breakaway, while Chris Froome once again completed a commanding hold of the yellow jersey.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 17 preview

By Brendon Vella, 20 Jul 2016
2016 Tour de France: Stage 17 preview

Stage 17 of the 2016 Tour de France marks the start of a final difficult week of the race, with the riders facing the task of getting over the Alps before they finish off on Sunday in Paris.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 16 Results & Commentary

Stage Results: Peter Sagan took his third win of the 2016 Tour de France with a photo finish victory over Alexander Kristoff for Stage 16 Moirans En-Montagne to Berne.

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2016 Tour de France: Stage 16 preview

By Brendon Vella, 18 Jul 2016
2016 Tour de France: Stage 16 preview

A total of 209 kilometres separate the riders from the final rest day of the Tour, as Stage 16 of the race travels from Moirans-en-Montagne to the Swiss city of Berne.

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Form shows Richie Porte should be BMC’s leader

Stage 15 of the Tour de France, and another chance in the mountains saw Chris Froome and Team Sky once again dominate – but the only real storyline to come from the stage was that Richie Porte once again showed why he must be the outright BMC leader.

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Nairo Quintana wearing the maglia rosa

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Andre Greipel at the back of the peloton

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Sander Armee (Lotto-Soudal)

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Tony Martin during his heroic solo breakaway effort on Stage 6 of the 2013 Vuelta (Image: Team Sky).

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Stage 12 of the Tour de France ended in bizarre circumstances. (Image: SBS)

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Richie Porte should dominate in the coming stages. (Photo: Team Sky)

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Nairo Quintana of team Movistar

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Chris Froome

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close-up of Marcel Kittel

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