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“This is the greatest success of my career” – Rigoberto Uran

This year's Tour de France was the most successful yet for the Cannondale-Drapac team which saw them win a stage through Rigoberto Uran who also finished second overall. In addition, there were numerous other highlights for the American team. On stage two, Taylor Phinney nearly held off the peloton in the finale. Caught in the final kilometre following five...

100 years since 1910 Tour de France winner Octave Lapize was killed in action

One hundred years ago this month, the winner of the 1910 Tour de France Octave Lapize, was killed in action in the First World War. Not only did Lapize win the Tour, he also won Paris-Roubaix on three consecutive occasions, in addition to Paris-Brussels and Paris-Tours amongst other races. When war broke out in 1914 Lapize signed up to fight within...

Bas Tietema on the benefits of core training and training at altitude

Young Dutch rider Bas Tietema was one of the new recruits for the An Post Chain Reaction team at the start of the 2017 season and since lining up with the Irish team, the 22 year-old has been making steady progress which has seen him take bronze in the U23 Dutch TT Championships last month. Since then, Tietema has been...

Team Sunweb secure both green and polka dot jerseys at the Tour de France

Team Sunweb have upped their Grand Tour classification triumphs to three in as many months, as Warren Barguil and Michael Matthews brought home two of the Tour de France's prestigious jerseys for the German team. With four stage wins, eleven top tens, two jerseys and the race's most combative rider, it was an incredibly successful race for Team Sunweb. Both...

“I’m leaving France with many beautiful memories” – Dan Martin

Stage 21 of the Tour de France, which rolled out from Montgeron – the location of the first ever start of a Tour de France stage, 114 years ago – marked the end of Dan Martin’s most successful Grand Tour campaign, one which saw the 30-year-old Quick-Step Floors rider finish in sixth place, after three hard weeks of fighting...

Cyril Gautier proposes to girlfriend during final stage of Tour de France (VIDEO)

Cyril Gautier (AG2R La Mondiale) had a day to remember on the final stage of this year's Tour de France. En route to Paris, the French rider unfurled a piece of paper showing the route profile live on TV with a message which translated as: "Caroline - will you marry me? I love you." Gautier showed the paper to the motorbike...

Dan Martin achieves career-best Tour de France result

Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) has achieved his best overall result at the Tour de France, finishing in sixth place, 4'42" behind overall winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) and just 2'22" off a podium place. The result marks a big improvement for the Irish rider whose previous best finish at La Grand Boucle was 9th place last year when he...

Nicolas Roche breaks Sean Kelly’s record for most Grand Tours completed by an Irish rider

By finishing the Tour de France today, Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team) has beaten the long-standing record set by Sean Kelly of the most Grand Tours completed by an Irish rider. Roche has completed seventeen Grand Tours in total, having finished the Giro d'Italia three times, the Tour de France eight times and the Vuelta a Espana six times. What...

Maciej Bodnar wins his first Tour de France stage as Chris Froome increases overall lead

Maciej Bodnar today took his first Tour de France stage victory in the Marseille time-trial and BORA-hansgrohe’s second of the race as yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome (Team Sky) increased his overall lead over Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) to 54". The penultimate stage of the 2017 Tour de France was 22.5km long on a challenging course with its long straight...

Fernando Gaviria delays return to racing after suffering training injury

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) will return to racing later than scheduled after injuring his calf muscle during a training rider. The Colombian – winner of eight races this season – had been scheduled to take part in RideLondon Classic, which would have marked his return to action following a break which he took after completing his maiden Grand Tour, the...

Edvald Boasson Hagen attacks late to win stage 19 of the Tour de France

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) finally grabbed a stage win in the Tour de France after four podium finishes on earlier stages. The Norwegian soloed to victory in Salon-de-Provence after a late attack on stage 19. Today’s stage was the last chance for many riders to take a stage win in the race, and it was no surprise to...

Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course by Le Tour on the Col d’Izoard (VIDEO)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) put in a solo attack to claim La Course by Le Tour at the top of the Col d'Izoard (2,360 m) today. A number of riders tried to go clear early on including French champion Charlotte Bravard who attacked from the start and also Rozanne Silk and Linda Villumsen. However, the Boels Dolmans team controlled...

Warren Barguil takes second stage win as Chris Froome retains yellow jersey

Warren Barguil took his second stage win and the fourth for Team Sunweb at this year's Tour de France today, as he soloed to the stage 18 victory atop the Col d'Izoard. Chris Froome (Team Sky) retained the yellow jersey with just three stages remaining. Alexei Lutsenko (Astana) started the summit finish to the Izoard alone but 6.5 kilometres before...

“I don’t know how to describe my feelings at the moment” – Marcel Kittel

Green jersey wearer Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors) withdrew from the Tour de France on yesterday's seventeenth stage after being caught up in a crash which saw him hit the ground 20 kilometres into the stage. Winner of five stages, a remarkable performance which only a few riders have achieved in the entire history of the Tour de France,...

Dan Martin moves up to sixth overall after attacking ride on the Col du Galibier

Dan Martin went on the attack on the Col du Galibier on today's seventeenth stage of the Tour de France and despite being reeled back in and distanced on the descent, moved up one place on GC to sixth. The Irishman surged clear seven kilometres from the top of the Galibier and managed to put pressure on the yellow jersey...

Alejandro Valverde confirms that he will not return to racing this season

Just over two weeks after the crash that took him out of the 2017 Tour de France during the opening time trial in Düsseldorf, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) spoke to the media at a press conference in the Hospital de Molina, near his home in Murcia. The Spaniard crashed on a slippy corner in the time-trial and was later...

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