“On a stage like this, I knew I had to give it my all. There were narrow roads with plenty of twists and turns. It seems a bit like what I know the Tour of Flanders to be like. In the final kilometers it was very dangerous, and it was necessary for the whole team to work hard to keep me in the best position. "
The third stage of the 99th Tour de France was the first one contested on French soil after the Grand Départ in Belgium. It was a 197km race from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer that featured six categorized climbs, including four in the closing 16km.
Colnago bikes notched up yet another professional victory at the Tour of Austria, with Italy’s Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 – Sanofi) winning the uphill sprint to the line in Innsbruck after an excellent lead out from his teammate Georg Preidler, who finished fourth and also pulled on the best young rider’s white jersey.
After a successful debut, the second edition of the Tour of Beijing will feature a more mountainous parcours, more of the countryside surrounding Beijing and will dispense with the time trial that featured as the opening stage last year.
That's 21 stage wins in six years for the reigning world champion and, like he did in 2009, he got the Tour off to the perfect start
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Tuesday's 197 km race will be more difficult than Stage 1, when a steep climb near the end whittled the peloton down to just a leading trio.
Fabian Cancellara has on Saturday triumphed in the 6.4 kilometer long Tour de France prologue through the Belgian city of Liège. The 31-year Suisse of RadioShack-Nissan is the first owner of this year’s yellow jersey.
He can win on a whim on all sorts of terrain and today Peter Sagan proved that he's not at all daunted by the pressure of the Tour de France. In his second day in the race, he's won a stage.
It has been a long time in coming, but Bradley Wiggins says he is revved up to start what he believes is a credible bid to be crowned Britain's first Tour de France champion.
Mark Cavendish might be the world's fastest man on a bicycle. It's just hard to see him pedaling to a second consecutive green jersey when the Tour de France ends on the Champs-Elysees.