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The Tour de France Is Wide Open

Crashes, mechanicals, mental lapses, positioning gaffes-the opportunities to lose time are legion in the Tour de France, and this first week has been full of all of them. The team moved to the front, lifted the pace and, in a matter of moments, the pac…

Froome loses big on tough day for Tour top guns

By Julien Pretot FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France (Reuters) – It was supposed to be a relatively quiet day for the overall contenders on the Tour de France, but defending champion Chris Froome and other big guns lost significant ground in a nervy finale to Saturday’s opening stage. The Team Sky rider escaped unhurt from a fall but he is already in a chasing position as his main rival, France’s Romain Bardet, ended the 201-kilometre ride from Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile safe in the main bunch. Froome went over a safety rail and onto the grass with five kilometers to go and even though he quickly got back on his bike, he could not make it back to the peloton and finished 51 seconds off the pace.

Tour de France formally block Chris Froome from riding: report

Tour de France organisers have formally blocked four-time champion Chris Froome from competing in this year’s race, Le Monde reported Sunday, but his team promptly vowed he would be at the start line. Cyclingnews.com quoted Team Sky as responding to Sunday’s report that they are “confident that Chris will be riding the Tour as we know he has done nothing wrong. The Team Sky star has been under a cloud since he was found to have twice the permissible amount of asthma drug Salbutamol in his system during September’s Vuelta a Espana, which he won.

Indurain: I Think Maybe It’s Time

History is potentially in the offing at the Tour de France as Chris Froome, Giro in his legs notwithstanding, aims for a fifth career Tour victory. That would put him in an elite group of riders including only Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hin…

Below par Pinot will miss the Tour de France

French cycling hope Thibaut Pinot told AFP on Friday that he would miss the Tour de France next month. Pinot was forced to quit the Giro d’Italia in late May on the eve of the last stage fevered and weakened by pneumonia. “I resumed riding yesterday just to get on the bike and think of something else,” he said in his home in Lure, eastern France, on Friday.

Froome prepares Tour de France defence as lawyers battle to save Giro crown

Chris Froome’s stunning Giro d’Italia victory should put him among the pantheon of cycling greats but the British rider’s results are likely to remain contentious for a long time, perhaps beyond the Tour de France in which he intends to defend his title. Ironically, Froome was congratulated on Sunday by former rival Alberto Contador as he stood on the top of the podium in Rome. The 33-year-old Froome was competing in the gruelling three-week race through Italy despite an ongoing investigation after returning an adverse analytical finding during his Vuelta a Espana win last year.