March 24, 2015 The German flight that crashed early today in the French Alps went down in or near Digne-les-Bains, the soon to be site of stage 17 of the Tour de France this July. Germanwings Flight 9525 operated by a subsidiary of…
“We would appreciate it if there were in the United States a new race. Madison or Americaine started in 1899. It is a part of US sports history. Let the dream come through … but also one day or more day races are welcome.”
Fans all over the world have watched with amazement, and incredulity as the Italian Vincenzo Nibali has pushed past all his competitors to assert his dominance. The “Shark of Messina’s” last minute surge to the top of the Hautacam was just too much for some.
Nibali showed the world that he really is the best overall rider in the Tour, surviving the cobblestones, the sprints, the climbs and now fourth overall in the time trial. Stage winner Tony Martin, German time trial champion won the course easily, with Tom Dumoulin, 2014 Dutch champion coming in second and Jan Barta third.
The last flat stage of the Tour before the penultimate time trial offered up the best that the Tour has to offer today– a lovely surprise ending where the sprinters just could not get to the finish line in time to grab the victory from a plucky breakaway rider from Garmin Sharp named Ramunas Navardauskas.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali put an indelible stamp on the climb up the highest reaches of the Hautacam in the Pyrenees today, stealing the win from all of his competitors and establishing a practically unbeatable advantage of 7 minutes and 10 seconds over the second runner up.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD – STAGE 17- 124.5km- Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet For the second time in a row, Polish rider Rafal Majka won a punishing series of climbs and then the final mother of them al the Pla D’Adet to be…
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.
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.
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