Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Stage 10Tarbes / La Pierre-Saint-Martin

Start 12h35 (Local time)

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Nguvu kama simba*

Chris Froome is as strong as a lion (nguwu kama samba in Swahili, the language he learnt in his native Kenya). He stormed to victory at La Pierre-Saint-Martin, the first summit of the Tour de France. Not only did he claim his fifth stage victory at the Tour de France but his lieutenant Richie Porte made the double for Team Sky, allowing the duo to start the second Pyrenean stage with the yellow and the polka dot jersey respectively. Froome has literally outclassed Nairo Quintana, Tejay van...

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The outcome and my feelings are good but not excellent. We want to raise the tempo at the bottom of the climb to evaluate the level of our rivals. Froome's superiority is implacable. He's stronger than all of us. His rhythm uphill was too high for my abilities of the day. The last climb was hard with a hell of a heat. I'll have to see how my legs and my body will recover from that. I want to keep my position [third overall] and try and build a strategy to make up for the time lost. My...

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What a stage! Through yesterday's rest day, we were very focused on today's stage. We didn't necessarily want to ride aggressively. We were happy to let a breakaway go, let other teams chase and be more defensive than usual. But when I heard the big names were struggling and getting dropped, I told Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas: “let's push”. I could feel our rivals were in trouble after the rest day so my team-mates set up the finale for me. I attacked when it was steep before the...

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We came to the Tour to work for Nacer Bouhanni but since he crashed and went home, we don't have to prepare for sprints anymore so we use the terrain as much as we can. To get the most aggressive price is a nice honor. We would have needed fifteen minutes lead at the bottom of the last climb to hope for more.

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It's nice to get the green jersey for another day. It's my first time going on stage for the ceremony in the mountains! The difference between myself and Peter Sagan wasn't so big so I tried to go for the jersey again. It wasn't too hard to get more points because not many guys were sprinting. I'm happy.

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Third in the Tour de France a year ago, Thibaut Pinot was dropped in the first two kilometres of the final climb and admitted feeling unwell.

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Tour de France defending champion Vincenzo Nibali confessed after losing 4:25 more over Chris Froome that he was not in the same shape as he was a year ago.

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Trailing Chris Froome by 2 :50 at the top of La Pierre St Martin, Alberto Contador confessed having had a "complicated day".

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After a disappointing Giro d'Italia (14th overall one year after he finished second to Nairo Quintana), Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step) lies in sixth position ahead of the mountain stages. “The truth is that everything has gone better than I expected so far”, said the Colombian climber before the first Pyrenean stage. “The team and myself have had a fantastic first week except for Tony Martin's accident. My feelings are great. Everything that will come now will be a bonus. I feel...

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Tinkoff-Saxo team director Steven De Jongh said the loss of Ivan Basso, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer and left the Tour de France, was a blow for the team but was also a great motivation for his team-mates.
“It's a handicap, but we'll try to turn it into motivation. Yesterday was a tough day for the team. Now we must turn the page and focus on the race. To take Alberto in the yellow jersey in Paris for Ivan is a big motivation,” he told letour.com.
With the first...

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Sporting stakes13.07.2015

Pyrenees, here we are!

The second chapter of the 2015 Tour de France starts with the Pyrenees. All the favorites named as such at the Grand Départ in Utrecht are still in contention but instead of the “fabulous four”, a tag that Tejay van Garderen has commented as “irritating”, the race is now about the “Big Five”, like Africa's greatest animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Chris Froome who was expected by many to be in trouble in the crosswinds, on the cobblestones and in the lead...

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