Nario Quintana Wins Stage 20; Froome Set To Ride Into Paris The Winner

By Julien Pretot SEMNOZ, France (Reuters) – As he was fighting gravity in the final climb of the Tour de France, Chris Froome lost focus and that was the moment the Briton realised he had his maiden grand Tour title virtually sewn up. Colombia’s Nairo Quintana was about to ride away to victory in the […]

Rui Costa Wins; Chris Froome Closes In On Overall Title

By Julien Pretot LE GRAND BORNAND, France (Reuters) – Chris Froome had his maiden Tour de France title within reach on Friday after the Briton survived the 204.5-km 19th stage and Alberto Contador’s camp conceded defeat. Team Sky rider Froome leads Spaniard Contador by five minutes 11 seconds with two stages left, one being Sunday’s […]

Frenchman Christophe Riblon Wins Stage 18; Froome Breaks Down And Still Increases Lead

L’ALPE D’HUEZ, France (Reuters) – Britain’s Chris Froome again left rival Alberto Contador in his wake despite cracking on Thursday’s 18th stage of the Tour de France that was won by Frenchman Christophe Riblon. Froome, in a group of three chasing the leading riders, was clearly in trouble in the final five kilometers as he […]

Froome Wins Time Trial And Inches Closer To The Overall Title

CHORGES, France (Reuters) – Overall race leader Chris Froome produced a late burst of speed to win Wednesday’s individual time trial, securing his third victory of this year’s Tour de France. Froome had been trailing rival Alberto Contador by 11 seconds at 20 km of the 32-km course which included two climbs, but, with his […]

Chris Froome Inches Closer To Victory Winning Stage 15 And Increasing Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot Sun Jul 14, 2013 MONT VENTOUX, France, July 14 – Chris Froome moved closer to a maiden Tour de France title with an awe-inspiring victory on top of the intimidating Mont Ventoux, pulling away from his rivals in brutal fashion seven kilometres from the finish on Sunday. The British rider stayed rooted […]

Matteo Trentin Wins First Professional Stage; Chris Froome Retains The Yellow Jersey

By Julien Pretot LYON, France (Reuters) – Italy’s Matteo Trentin snatched his first professional victory and gave the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team their fourth Tour de France win this year when he claimed the 14th stage at the end of a long-range breakaway on Saturday. Trentin outsprinted breakaway companions Michael Albasini of Switzerland and American […]

Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 12 Of Tour de France; Chris Froome Retains Yellow Jersey

By Julien Pretot TOURS, France | Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:22pm BST (Reuters) – German Marcel Kittel claimed his third victory on this year’s Tour de France when he pipped Mark Cavendish on the line to take the 12th stage on Thursday. Kittel, who won the first and 10th stages, stayed behind the Briton’s wheel […]

World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin Wins Stage 11 Time Trial

(Reuters) – Britain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 11 time trial behind hot favorite Tony Martin. German world time trial champion Martin, who suffered concussion in a mass crash on the race’s first stage, blasted round the flat 33-km course in 36 minutes […]

Chris Froome Survives Bad Day; Irishman Daniel Martin Wins Stage Nine

By Julien Pretot BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France | Sun Jul 7, 2013 2:09pm EDT (Reuters) – Chris Froome survived a brutal early onslaught from his Tour de France rivals to retain the yellow jersey after an epic ninth stage won by Ireland’s Dan Martin on Sunday. Having destroyed the field to snatch the overall lead in Saturday’s […]

Chris Froome Blows Past Rivals To Wins Stage 8 Takes Overall Lead

By Julien Pretot AX-3-DOMAINES, France | Sat Jul 6, 2013 1:16pm EDT (Reuters) – After only the first mountain stage of the Tour de France, Team Sky’s rivals could already be aiming for second place. They may well even end up racing for third after Chris Froome and Richie Porte looked in another league with […]