Another notch in Marcel Kittel's belt. The best sprinter in the world claimed his third win in four stages at this year's Tour de France, but his triumph opposite Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille was much more difficult than the previous ones. The Giant-Shimano colossus failed to anticipate Alexander Kristoff's burst of raw power and had to squeeze every ounce of power he had to overtake the Norwegian, taking a Northern-flavoured stage which saw Chris Froome take a tumble at the very beginning....read more
Involved in a long break with Spaniard Luis Mate then on his own, Thomas Voeckler again shone on a Tour de France. And above all, he enjoyed himself.read more
Thomas Voeckler again stepped into the limelight of the Tour de France, this time with a long breakaway first with Spain's Luis Maté and then solo. But, most importantly, he had lots of fun.read more
"It was not a long stage but it was fast and very nervous. We struggled to stay in the front. I tried to take Kristoff's wheel but it was hard. All the time I was only thinking about the line. I could see the finish line and I really gave everything I had today, but it was very difficult. We did not underestimate Kristoff, we always knew he was a very dangerous guy as he showed today. Today we saw that we were not unbeatable. We must still focus on our race and our preparation. It was tough...read more
The Tour de France is back on its home turf after an English adventure which provided a first glimpse of the state of affairs, especially in the sprinter department. The stage to Lille-Métropole should see the fast men of the peloton go head-to-head on the finishing straight in front of Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Marcel Kittel's dominance in the first two mass sprints, in Harrogate and London, was such that derailing the German juggernaut seems almost impossible. After his crash course in racing at...read more
The of the town08.07.2014
They were a concern long before the Grand Depart, but on the eve of stage 5, the cobbles between Ypres and Arenberg were again the talk of the Village Depart on Tuesday...read more
How was the first time ?08.07.2014
A three-times Czech time-trial champion, Jan Barta rode one of his longest efforts in the third stage of the Tour de France between Cambridge and London...read more
The English detour of the Tour is over. The riders are back on French soil for stage 4 from Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Lille Métropole. It's a flattish stage, dedicated to the sprinters who will have another scenic location for speeding. After rushing on The Mall, they'll try to score a goal in front of the recently built Pierre-Mauroy stadium. Marcel Kittel is a natural favorite for a third victory but the locals will mostly cheer for Arnaud Démare. The young French champion hails from the...read more
Focus on a team07.07.2014
Giant Shimano could not dream of a better start to their Tour de France...read more
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