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Tour de France 2010 Fight Between Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa

Stage 6 of the 2010 Tour de France ended with a fight! Yes that is correct, Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa, both rivals ended stage 6 throwing blows at each other until officials broke it up. Witnesses have said that Barredo went after Costa as they crossed the finish line.

Although altercations like this normally do not happen, officials responded quickly to the fight between Carlos Barredo and Rui Costa. Neither parties are disqualified from the race, but each were issued a fine of 400 Swiss Francs, which is about $380 USD. The behavior of the two was labeled by Tour de France officials as “Insults, threats, and incorrect behavior. Here you can see a clip of the short altercation.

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Cavendish wins Stage 5 Tour de France

cavendish wins stage 5 tour de france 300x199   Cavendish wins Stage 5 Tour de FranceHTC-Columbia’s Mark Cavendish proved critics wrong by winning stage 5 of the 97th Tour de France. Through the efforts of teammate Mark Renshaw and the rest of the HTC-Columbia team, Cavendish did not disappoint and finished first on the 187.5km flat tour de France stage.

Second place went to Gerald Ciolek of Team Milram and third place went to Edvald Boasson Hagen of Sky Professional Cycling Team. This was the 11th stage win for young Brit throughout his entire cycling career.

The stage 5 race began at Epernay and ended in Montargis. An early breakaway was instigated by of José Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne), Jurgen van de Walle (Quick Step) and Julian El Fares (Cofidis). With four kilometers left before the finish line, Guiterrez  made an effort for a solo lead but the HTC-Columbia team were on top of the peloton as it entered the town. Other teams…

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Stage 4 Tour de France owned by Petacchi

stage 4 tour de france owned by petacchi 300x198   Stage 4 Tour de France owned by PetacchiAlessandro Petacchi (Lampre) remains true to his namesake “Ale Jet” by winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France. He bested Julian Dean (Garmin), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Robbie McEwen (Katusha) and Robert Hunter (Garmin) for the first place.

The 36-year old sprinter was propelled to the front with the help of his teammate Francesco Gavazzi and the rest of the Lampre team. They fought off HTC/Columbia and Garmin-Transitions riders during the final kilometer.

Petacchi was also pleased to bring truth to words he said on his first victory during stage 1 since Mark Cavendish (HTC/Columbia) came up only at 12th place despite a perfect lead set up by his team.

The green jersey was kept by Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) as Petacchi was ten points away from Hushovd’s point count.

Astana’s bet Alberto Contador came 32nd, George Hincapie for BMC Racing Team came in at 34th while seven-time Tour…

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Hushovd takes Stage 3 Tour de France 2010

hushovd takes stage 3 tour de france 2010 300x215   Hushovd takes Stage 3 Tour de France 2010Thor Hushovd of Norway (Cervelo Test Team) claimed the green jersey after a gruesome and cruel race from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg at the third stage of the Tour de France. It was a bittersweet victory since the treacherous stage claimed fellow cyclist, Frank Schleck of Saxo Bank.

The leading support cyclists for Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) was his brother Frank. However, Frank failed to deliver his defensive talents when he crashed and was badly injured on one of the cobblestone sectors in the race for the yellow jersey. Teammate Jens Voigt expressed his thoughts on the stage 3 race.

“Because of this reckless and dangerous game the organizers have played with the riders’ health, I lost one of my best friends in bike racing due to a broken collarbone.”

Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), the Paris-Roubaix champion maneuvered the cobblestones and sprinted away from Lance Armstrong (RadioShack), Alberto…

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Stage 2 Tour de France Goes to Chavanel

stage 2 tour de france goes to chavanel 300x180   Stage 2 Tour de France Goes to ChavanelStage 2 was set for another day of crashes on Tour de France 2010 but Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) emerged victorious among the rest, winning the stage and ranking first overall.

Chavanel led the break as early as the 10k mark. It consisted of Chavanel and seven other riders. Maintaining control of the lead, he was able to avoid the crash behind him and win the stage.

Chavanel explains, “I didn’t know what was going on behind me, although I did hear there’d been a crash. All I know is that I gave it everything I had. But whether the stage ended up being neutralized or not, it doesn’t take anything away from my win.”

Several crashes took place on the descent of the Col du Stockeu which involved Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, Fränk and Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans, Bradley Wiggins and Christian Vande Velde. Aside from the…

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Petacchi Wins Stage 1 Tour de France 2010

petacchi wins stage 1 tour de france 2010 300x218   Petacchi Wins Stage 1 Tour de France 2010The Tour de France 2010 Stage 1 was won by Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese) with an amazing sprint at the finish line. He stealthily avoided the crashes which dominated the first stage of the Tour de France. With his win, Petacchi holds the green jersey.

Petacchi said, “I am here to sprint and win, so it is not a surprise that I won. I had good legs and my team delivered me well to the line. Crashing is part of sprinting and I avoided the crashes. Even if Cavendish had not crashed, who is to say I would not have won? I think I made a good sprint and would have won anyway.”

There were three major crashes late into the stage. The first crash was caused by someone’s dog that got loose right in the middle of the peloton. The second crash involved Mark Cavendish, Jeremy Hunt and Oscar Freire while the…

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Fuji Golden Road Bike Debuts at Tour de France

fuji golden road bike debuts tour de france   Fuji Golden Road Bike Debuts at Tour de France

Fuji Bikes will roll out a new Golden road bike for the 2010 Tour de France for their pro team Footon-Servetto-Fuji. Celebrating 111 years of cycling, Fuji Bikes is ready for the golden bike which was first shown for a dramatic movie short at Footon-Servetto-Fuji team presentation. After a great response and Manuel Cardoso rode at the Tour Down Under, Fuji decided to add some changes for the Tour de France.

The Fuji Golden Road Bike is nicknamed by Fuji as the “Fu-sion X”, while the brand clashed a blend of paint and metal, but avoided the traditional metallic paint flecking look. The process Fuji took was ground down the aluminum making a gleaming finish, and adds paint. While the bike is on the Fuji SST platform, the frameset is made with C-7 carbon, aero shaped RIB (Reinforced I-Beam) tubing, tapered head tube, BB-86…

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