Stage summary07.07.2013 in 16:36Dan Martin victorious on a day Froome is isolated...
The first 80km of the ninth stage reminded everyone that although Sky is strong, it is fallible. In his first hours of racing in the yellow jersey, Chris Froome found himself under attack from the Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff teams who relished the fact that the race leader was isolated without help from his right-hand man, Richie Porte. Generally the action from the general classification candidates comes at the end of a mountain stage but today it happened right from the start. Garmin-Sharp...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 18:23Movistar superstars
During the ninth stage, Movistar regained the image of a group that is truly interested in the team standings. On 7 July, the day of the ‘running of the bulls' the armada from Pamplona, the staff wore the red scarf of San Fermin and the riders enacted an impressive series of attacks and seized every chance they could to disrupt the dominance of Chris Froome, the rider in the yellow jersey. The presence of Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde and Rui Costa in the group of 19 who arrived in...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 17:47Nairo Quintana: "We are able to upset things..."
Movistar was in an attacking mood in stage nine and their antics proved a point: it is possible to split the Sky riders up and isolate the leader. The best young rider explains...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 17:42Pierre Rolland: I'm out of the general classification...
The leader of the climbing classification added a few points to his tally in stage nine but it was a testing day for Pierre Rolland...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 17:37Peter Sagan: I abandoned the idea to chase points
The Slovakian champion still leads the green jersey by a significant margin. He had planned to chase a few more points but gave up on that idea on a day when he finished over 23 minutes behind the winner...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 17:30Chris Froome: "One of the hardest days that I've ever had on a bike..."
On his first day as leader of the Tour de France the leader of Sky, Chris Froome, was under attack. He found himself isolated without any team-mates but he managed to mark his rivals and keep the yellow jersey...read more
interview07.07.2013 in 17:14Dan Martin: "The scale of the event wasn't on my mind..."
From the first kilometre of stage nine there were attacks and the Garmin-Sharp team was one of the key protagnists. There was a plan being hatched on what was a remarkable final day in the Pyrenees for the 2013 Tour de France. Dan Martin was nominated by his team beforehand as the winner and he duly went out and finished off the job...read more
Sporting stakes06.07.2013 in 18:27Still in the mountains but a different race entirely...
The two stages of the 2013 Tour de France that are contested in the Pyrenees are both tough but for different reasons. Stage eight had the highest climb of the 100th edition followed shortly after by the tough ascent to Ax-3-Domaines and that provided the launch pad for Froome to demonstrate that he's the best climber in the race. And that his team-mate, room-mate and good mate, Richie Porte is the second best. This pair was first and second on day one in the high mountains and they are the...read more
Jersey wearers after the stage 14
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Will Chris Froome lose some of the advantage he holds over his GC rivals in stage 14?