Bikegate: Contador’s Broken Specialized Bicycle

Contador after his crash and before returning to Spain.

The incident called “Bikegate,” has become the subject of conspiracy theorists who used reconstructed photos of video and other photos they found on the Internet to prove or disprove the idea that either Contador’s bike snapped when it hit a rock, or snapped when he crashed–or neither. A quick search for the top bicycle and parts manufacturers on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall site, shows that almost all major brands have had some safety recall in the past two years.

Australian Rogers Rides Solo into Bagneres de Luchon

An early break of 12 riders, reformulated to 21 riders after 70 km of racing. Five made it together towards the finish in Bagneres de Luchon, but Michael Rogers broke off the front and won. France Presse/ Prevost.

After roughing it out over three big climbs in the Pyrenees, Michael Rogers rode ahead of a small break group into Bagneres de Luchon, capturing the stage win. It was his first ever stage win in the Tour de France, and in the 10 Tours he has ridden.

It was perhaps one more check off for the Australian and his Tinkoff-Saxo team who lost their leader Alberto Contador after a crash that forced him to abandon the Tour with a broken tibia.

Norwegian Smashes New Zealander’s Dream

Jack Bauer (Garmin) and Martin Elmiger (IAM) were ahead of the peloton at km 26  with a 7'35'' gap. ASO:B.Bade

If only he had sprinted a little harder. If only the duo had worked together a little harder in the last 100 meters. The Garmin Sharp rider sat on the ground crestfallen, exhausted after a day ahead of the peloton, 10 meters too short. But truly, he was the hero of the day, and in our eyes the real winner.

Young Polish Man Wins Alps Stage in Tour de France

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Polish rider Rafal Majka won his first ever stage in his first ever Tour de France today, at the ripe age of 24. With the top GC contenders out of the Tour this year, all kinds of changes in the top winners have taken place, and the increasing importance of Polish and French riders has been one of them