For the first time, Tony Martin has won a different stage than a time trial at the Tour de France but it looked like a time trial as he used the mid mountains stage in the Vosges to ride away with Alessandro De Marchi for 90 kilometres and solo for 59 kilometres! It was an enormous exploit by the German world champion for time trial but not the only amazing achievement of this eventful day as Frenchman Tony Gallopin took over from Vincenzo Nibali in the overall lead.read more
Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov said Vincenzo Nibali and his team-mates had not really fought to keep the yell jersey on the eve of a crucial 10th stage in the Vosges.read more
Involved in the break of the day with four Europcar team-mates, Frenchman Pierre Rolland made it back to 8th overall, 4:07 behind Tony Gallopin, but 2:33 behind Vincenzo Nibali and in front of Alberto Contador before the key stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.read more
Stage winner, most aggressive rider of the day, king of the mountains.read more
The most moved on the finish line of stage 9 in Mulhouse was not the new yellow jersey holder, Tony Gallopin, but his uncle, Alain, the Trek factory team director and the closest adviser of his nephew.
"Generally, you come to me when Fabian Cancellara wins a stage, not when he finishes second. But now, it's a huge emotion. French yellow jerseys, there aren't that many. And a yellow jersey in the Gallopin family it's even more extraordinary," said Alain, the brother of two other former...
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Off the bus quotes13.07.2014
Andrew Talansky has been the unluckiest of the favorites in the last couple of days, crashing twice in spectacular fashion in the finale in Nancy and again in Gerardmer on Saturday.read more
The of the town13.07.2014
The question at the Village Depart this morning was to know whether Vincenzo Nibali, who lost three seconds to Alberto Contador in the last stretch of stage 8 in La Mauselaine, had shown his first sign of weakness in this Tour de France.read more
The second of the three stages in the Vosges only offers twenty kilometers of flat terrain – the last twenty! As soon as they'll leave Gérardmer and put the beautiful lake behind, the riders will have to climb. Col de la Schlucht is the first of six categorized hills with the most difficult being the Markstein, prolonged by the Grand Ballon, 46km before the finish in Mulhouse. This is a typical stage for attackers, similar to stage 13 of the 2009 Tour de France won by Heinrich Haussler in...read more
Team Cofidis were not spared by injuries and are now forced to change their plan on the Tour de France according to the condition of their best riders.read more
How was the first time ?12.07.2014
In the Tour to help Peter Sagan in the sprints, Elia Viviani is waiting for his time to come.read more
Riders, don't be surprised by kilometre 120 of today's stage.read more
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Will Peter Sagan complete the 2014 Tour de France without winning a single stage?
- Yes, the pure sprinters will beat him72.36%
- No, he'll win stage 19 in Bergerac18.23%
- No, he'll win in Bergerac and in Paris9.4%