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Fedrigo wins Stage 16 Tour de France

fedrigo wins stage 16 tour de france 1 300x225   Fedrigo wins Stage 16 Tour de FrancePierrick Fedrigo of Bbox Bouyges Telecom spoils Lance Armstrong and the rest of the breakaway’s chance on winning Stage 16 of the Tour de France. Sandy Casar of Francaise des Jeux came in at second place while third place went to Ruben Plaza of Caisse de Espargne.

The 199km stage from Bagnères-de-Luchon to Pau began with a lead of ten riders: Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner, Sandy Casar, Ignatas Konovalovas, Carlos Barredo, Jurgen Van de Walle, Pierrick Fedrigo, Christophe Moreau, Ruben Plaza Molina and Damiano Cunego.

The breakaway which came together at the beginning of the stage encountered little change until the finish. Fedrigo won the stage with a sprint finish after an attack from Carlos Barredo of Quick Step.

At the final stretch, the peloton arrived led by Thor Hushovd who won the sprint at 10th place. This allowed him to take back the green jersey from Alessandro Petacchi.

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Andy Schleck Chain Pops Off Video

During Stage 15 of the Tour de France, Andy Schleck’s chain popped off, which has been the talk of the Tour as of late. As you can see in the video, Alberto Contador passes right by Schleck, with minimal hesitation. After the Stage, Contador is wearing the yellow jersey, and Schleck is knocked to second place. What many are debating, should Contador have waited for Schleck? Leave a comment on your opinion.

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Voeckler wins Stage 15, Contador wears yellow

voeckler wins stage 15 contador wears yellow 300x293   Voeckler wins Stage 15, Contador wears yellowIn Bagneres du Luchon this afternoon, stage 15 of the Tour de France was solely won by Bbox Bouygues Telecom rider, Thomas Voeckler. The relentless drama between Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) on its boiling point never bothered the Frenchman a bit as he cherished his stage 15 win of the Tour de France, his second year in a row.

Voeckler admitted that he nearly abandoned the Tour, “I worked hard for this stage win. It has been a really difficult race for me and, if there had been crosswinds on (the stage during) July 14 instead of a headwind, I would almost certainly have pulled out. In the past three days I’ve been feeling much better.”

Voeckler, nicknamed, “le chouchou” or “France’s darling” was in no doubt to be the strongest among the breakaway group of 10 riders halfway through the 187 km…

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Riblon Wins Stage 14 Tour de France 2010

riblons maiden victory stage 14 tour de france 300x175   Riblon Wins Stage 14 Tour de France 2010AG2R-La Mondiale rider Christope Riblon manhandled the challenging Tour de France as he rode to win Stage 14 of the race. Riblon shares how he found the strength to persevere.

“I remembered last year when I wondered how Brice Feillu had done what he did to win the stage to Andorra Arcalis. We were behind, and I do not understand how we failed to reel him in – how could he have stayed ahead when there were riders chasing him down. Now I realize why he could do it. When you’re alone in front, with a few kilometres to the finish, the support of the public helps to carry you and it encourage you, it transforms you and gives you strength. I gave everything and I felt I could not lose,” said the Frenchman.

However, tailing behind him was a toe to toe match between the defending…

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Vinokourov Wins Stage 13 Tour de France 2010, Cavendish 2nd

vinokourov wins stage 13 tour de france 2010 cavendish 2nd   Vinokourov Wins Stage 13 Tour de France 2010, Cavendish 2nd

Stage 13 of the Tour de France 2010 is a course for sprinters, and HTC Columbia’s Mark Cavendish fell shortly behind Alexandre Vinokourov, who won the stage. Although Cavendish placed 2nd, his strong performance was without his leadout man Mark Renshaw, who was ejected for head butting.

Taking 2nd place is hard to swallow, but Cavendish was content on his achievement.

“That was pretty incredible when he went on the climb; we were riding full gas,” Cavendish said. “I had to use my whole team the whole day so I didn’t have anyone. Maybe if some of the other sprinters’ teams decided to ride we could have brought him back, but that was a very impressive ride to get that win. I’m satisfied.”

Cavendish is now in third place overall, and is in the run for the…

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Rodriguez Wins Stage 12 Tour de France 2010, Contador Moves Up

rodriguez wins stage 12 tour de france 2010 contador moves up   Rodriguez Wins Stage 12 Tour de France 2010, Contador Moves UpFriday launched Stage 12 of the Tour de France, and Alberto Contador moved up to 2nd place in overall standings, while Joaquin Rodriguez won the stage, a 131.5 mile race. As you may know, Contador was last years Tour de France winner, who is known for his vicious uphill accelerations, pushing him towards the number 1 spot.

On the overall standings, Contador is in 2nd place, only 10 seconds behind Andy Schleck, both are crowd favorites for the year. Schleck’s team Saxo Bank had to play some serious defense, but it was not enough.

Bjarne Riis, Saxo Bank team manager said “We never declared that Andy would run away with this race,”.

Even with the heat in the 90 degree range, all cyclists showed a tremendous amount of dedication. “This is the hottest tour I’ve ever been a part of,” said Lance Armstrong about the 2010…

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Cavendish wins Stage 11 Tour de France

cavendish wins stage 11 tour de france 300x188   Cavendish wins Stage 11 Tour de FranceHTC-Columbia rider Mark Cavendish won his third sprint on the Tour de France this year after taking Stage 11 in Bourg-les-Valence this afternoon, while Mark Renshaw was officially disqualified out of the race due to his head butting malpractice during 5km closing run.

Julian Dean was paving the way for Tyler Farrar’s first win of the Tour to no avail. Farrar was still nursing a broken hand sustained at Stage 3 and has to settle for third. Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese Vini placed second.

Cavendish put himself back as a contender for the points competition as Petacchi wears the green jersey. Thor Hushovd of Cervelo TestTeam took the seventh place.

Mark Cavendish took his 13th win of the Tour de France when he won Stage 11 and is now 29 points behind Petacchi. He is going to force his luck in the remaining race in Revel on Friday and…

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