Cycling




Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the gentleman Chris Froome wins the 2017 Tour de France !!! - his fourth Tour victory !!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Froome’s great strength over his victories is his ability, to adapt to whatever the Tour organisers present to him - and whatever fate decrees"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to win the cycling’s greatest prize four times !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Fromme: "the Champs Elysees never disappoints, when you’ve spent three weeks thinking about it at this moment  ! - amazing  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Frenchman Warren Barguil wins the polka-dot jersey ! - for the best climber in the mountains"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and Michael Matthews wins the green jacket ! - the points jersey which rewards consistently high finishes on each stage"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour de France 2016: predictable and thrilling - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "you cannot help but feel for Christian Prudhomme"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in his 10 years at the head of the Tour de France the amiable Frenchman has set himself the mission of livening up the event, making it less predictable and processional"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and, as far as possible, ensuring suspense is maintained to the end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Prudhomme cannot, however, have reckoned with Chris Froome"

 

 

 

 

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  • "those stages in the Alps and Jura, carefully plotted, included new climbs, steep climbs, short climbs, long climbs, magnificent backdrops and insanely spectacular hairpins"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but the same spectacle: the climbers chugging up and down the slopes with Froome sitting pretty in yellow in their wake"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this was not a boring Tour, but a predictable Tour"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the excitement came from events the organisers could not control"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the crash on Mont Ventoux provided the most memorable image of the race, Froome on foot running up the mountain"

 

 

 

 

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  • "but it stemmed from a failure of organisation: not enough barriers to contain a crowd that had doubled after the stage had been truncated due to high winds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the most exciting route can be devised, every opportunity provided, but the outcome can still be utterly predictable"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the flattest stage in one of the most mountainous Tours of recent years, the road to Montpellier, provided 10 minutes of the most compelling racing that could be imagined"

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the green jersey (Sagan) and yellow jersey in a four-rider escape fighting out the finish seconds ahead of the bunch"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more dramatic by far was Froome’s attack on the wide, mainly straight plunge off the Peyresourde to Bagnères de Luchon"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the seconds Froome gained were worth minutes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is a sport of the open road and there is only a certain extent to which it can be stage-managed and "made for television""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that a predictable Tour discovered excitement where it was least expected is the eternal joy of the world’s greatest bike race"

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour de France: an Incident on the Mont Ventoux - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the leading Porte, Froome and Mollema, crashed into a TV motorbike that was held up by the crowd on the road"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "1.2km to go, the motorbike slammed on its brakes - the road was blocked in front - the three just ran into the motorbike"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Froome’s bike was broken, but at the end of the day he got to keep his leader’s yellow jersey"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the race jury ruled that this was an exceptional situation"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and he would be credited with the same time as the two riders he was with when the pile-up occurred"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the crash on stage 12 was caused by a large part of the crowd encroaching on to the course at the point just below where the barriers began"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the sheer volume of fans on the road made it impossible for one of the television camera motorbikes to pass, and Porte collided with the stationary machine first"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Froome went to the left of the motorbike, after which a second motorbike ran over the yellow jersey’s bike, breaking his frame"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ironically the accident came after the organisers moved the finish lower down the mountain for safety reasons due to high winds"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "earlier in the race Froome had asked the Tour crowds to show restraint, a call echoed by the race organisers and other riders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with his team car stuck behind a group lower down the mountain, and no spare bike in sight, Froome gave his redundant machine to a photographer and was forced to take to his two feet, plodding awkwardly in his stiff shoes and plates for some 45 seconds"

 

 

 

 

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  • "eventually Froome received a spare machine from the neutral service car; but it was visibly too small for him and had the wrong kind of pedals so he was barely able to move"

 

 

 

 

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  • "some 400 metres from the line his team car did arrive to give him a spare"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the race jury ruled that these were exceptional circumstances"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that Froome and Porte are credited with the same time as Mollema"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "one estimate put the numbers at the finish at 400,000. It seemed that the decision to cut the stage short made the roads particularly congested as the fans had to move down the mountain"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Richie Porte: "the crowd were all over the road. The motorbike just stopped riding and we had nowhere to go"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I agree that you come to the race, you have a good time"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but you don’t need to be running beside the riders, you don’t need to be hitting riders, pushing riders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we love the fans and 99 per cent of them are brilliant, but why do some of them need to take their selfies and run along beside us ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there’s passion and there’s stupidity and it’s not such a fine line between them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "most time there were friendly and pleasant French people - who visibly enjoyed the very thrilling race"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but at this part of the stage there was a narrow street with foreign flags - and fans that just wanted to be seen in TV"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a Directeur Sportif must understand how much the Riders are suffering - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "after Froome’s Tour de France victory Team Sky’s Nicolas Portal explains how his job is"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to understand the physical and mental state of his riders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a directeur sportif you use the feelings you had when you were a rider"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you can feel how much they are suffering"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you have to take decisions for them but it’s important to have a dialogue with them, to take account of everyone’s opinion"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when a rider is under the cosh, with everything that is going on, it’s impossible to take in more than four or five important bits of information"

 

 

 

 

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  • "my job is to think ahead on their behalf"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "anyone can give a clear opinion, that’s easy"

 

 

 

 

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  • “but the most important thing is to understand the physical and mental state of your riders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you need clear decision-making but you need to talk everything through"

 

 

 

 

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  • "many directeurs sportifs make decisions but don’t explain why. That is the worst thing you can do because the riders feel frustrated and don’t understand it"

 

 

 

 

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  • "if the riders are frustrated it’s impossible to move forward as a group"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you need to have a really good interaction between both parties. It’s not necessarily a matter of explaining before"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but afterwards putting things on the table and saying:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "OK, I made this decision for this reason or that reason - or, that was a rubbish call and now I understand why"

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015: Nibali's unsportsmanlike overtaking Move - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Froome was involved in an angry encounter with Nibali after the finish and bitterly criticised the Italian"

 

 

 

 

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  • "who had made his stage-winning move on the Col du Croix de Fer just as he made the briefest of halts at the roadside to unblock a piece of stone from his back wheel brake callipers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "my mechanical provoked his attack"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Froome described Nibali’s action as very unsportsmanlike"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and not what the Tour de France is all about"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Nibali had all the climb to attack, and chose the moment when I had a blocked back wheel"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I told him just what I thought of him"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Italian was no threat overall - but his move provoked others to react"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Armstrong to be sued by Justice Department to recover Funds
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the US Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in adding its name to the lawsuit, the Department of Justice said"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that US$ 31m of taxpayers money was handed over"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on a contractual promise to play fair and abide by the rules"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but team riders including Armstrong "knowingly" violated the agreement with the US Postal Service (USPS)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by taking banned substances"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lance Armstrong admits Doping - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Lance Armstrong has admitted for the first time that he doped"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to win all seven of his Tour de France titles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "turning his back on years of denials and confessing that his storied career at the top of competitive cycling"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "was fuelled by drugs, lies and bullying"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Armstrong said it would not have been possible to win the titles without cheating"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "such was the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport at the time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Armstrong's Victims unmoved by Doping Confession - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Tyler Hamilton, a former team-mate who testified against Armstrong, said"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the disgraced cyclist was not 100% sorry"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he's in the process of learning how many lives he kind of ruined, or stepped on"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's a sad sight to see him in that condition. He's a broken man"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but take a positive out of it, he's finally admitted the truth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which was he doped to win all seven Tours"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he's finally told the truth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ROAD BICYCLE RACING - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ ROAD BICYCLE RACING

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  • "the earliest road bicycle races are Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour de France"

 

 

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  • "Milan-San Remo, the Giro di Lombardia, the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Flanders"
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