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Old 13th July 2016, 22:06   #46
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Stage 11 : 13-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Carcassonne, France

End City/Location: Montpellier, France

Local start time: 1:50 pm (5:35 pm IST)

Total Distance: 162.5 kms

Type of stage: Flat

Mountain passes
  • At Km 38.0 - Côte de Minerve - 2.4 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 4
  • At Km 57.0 - Côte de Villespassans - 2.3 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% - category 4

TV Schedule for India: 7:00 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

This is going to be sprinters paradise today. Watch out for Cavendish, Kittle, Greipel, Sagan fightining at the finish line. Greipel must be itching to get a stage victory this year.
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What a stage. I am still catching my breath.
Total entertainment and "paisa vasul".

Hero of today's stage,
1. Chris Froome
2. Peter Sagan
3. Cross winds

Throughout the stage it was all about cross winds, changing directions, peloton splits and further splits. In the last 12 kms, when everyone was fighting the cross winds, Sagan attacked and to the surprise, Froome also joined. Everyone was caught off guard including the gc favorites. Both Sagan and Froome had one team member, Bodnar and Geraint Thomas. I have never seen anything like this. Green and Yellow Jersey working together and attacking the peloton. Their pace was so fast that the sprinters could not catch them. Amazing.
Sagan won the stage and Froome in second. No one has ever thought Froome would finish seconds on the stage for sprinters. He gained valuable seconds over his competitors. Hats off to Froome and Sagan.

Thoroughly enjoyed
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Stage 11 Results

Peter Sagan and Chris Froome, a duo of true champions

Montpellier's finale was promised to the sprinters but Peter Sagan stormed to victory as he rode away from the pack with 12km to go after the echelons kept the race alive all the way. It was absolutely spectacular as race leader Chris Froome responded to Sagan's attack. They both took a team-mate with them and rode to the finish where the Slovakian took his second stage win and significantly consolidated his green jersey. Froome gained twelve seconds over his rivals on GC on the eve of the much expected ascent to Mont Ventoux.

192 riders started stage 11 at Carcassonne. French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) was the first rider in action at km 3. Leigh Howard (IAM Cycling) accompanied him as they managed to go away at km 6. It was a roller coaster beginning of a stage for the French team as polka dot jersey holder Thibaut Pinot crashed at km 25 but with no consequence. Wilco Kelderman and George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), Jurgen Vandenbroeck (Katusha), Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ) were among the riders forced to chase to make it back to the pack. The strong favourable side wind made the peloton very nervous. GC teams like Team Sky, Tinkoff, Katusha and BMC stayed up front. The advantage of Vichot and Howard went up to 4.53 at km 62 but echelons shortened their adventure. Successively, Tinkoff, Astana and Trek-Segafredo put the hammer down and created echelons. Vichot and Howard were reeled in with 60km to go.

Pinot was caught in an echelon but his team-mates Anthony Roux and Jérémy Roy brought his 81-man strong group back to the pack. Pinot's direct rival for the polka dot jersey Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) also crashed. After a fierce battle in the crosswinds, it looked like a standard bunch sprint coming up until Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) attacked with 12km to go. His team-mate Maciej Bodnar went with him, as well as Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas (Sky)! Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) had a mechanical with 8km to go. The advantage of the leading quartet went up to 22 seconds. They maintained a six seconds advantage over the peloton and Froome gained another six seconds in time bonus as he crossed the line in second position behind Sagan. What an unexpected show!

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Stage 12 : 14-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Montpellier, France

End City/Location: Mont Ventoux, France

Local start time: 12:15 pm (4:05 pm IST)

Total Distance: 184 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes
  • At Km 131.5 - Côte de Gordes - 3.3 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 4
  • At Km 135.5 - Col des Trois Termes - 2.5 kilometre-long climb at 7.5% - category 3
  • At Km 184.0 - MONT VENTOUX (1 912 m) - 15.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.8% - category H

TV Schedule for India: 7:00 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

Due to the weather conditions forecasted by Météo France atop the Mont Ventoux with gusts of wind likely to exceed 100km/h, Tour de France organizers have decided to modify the finale of stage 12 in order to guarantee optimal safety conditions. Therefore, the stage finish will be located at Chalet-Reynard, 6 kilometres before the initially planned finishing line. But it doesn't mean there'll be less racing. It might even be a more decisive stage since the head wind towards the end of the Mont Ventoux has sometimes forced the GC contenders to climb on a conservative mode. Race leader Chris Froome expects an even more intense battle uphill but also another crazy in the valley where the wind is expected to blow strongly. It's another day for echelons to be formed way before having the giant of Provence in sight. Top favourites might not give it all though as they'll keep the demanding time trial of the day after at the back of their mind. The arrival at Chalet-Reynard remains a HC climb with the points being doubled up, so it'll be crucial for the King of the Mountains competition. It's Bastille Day, France expects polka dot jersey holder Thibaut Pinot to shine at the front.

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Yesterday's incident was ridiculous. The crowds have to be controlled otherwise more riders will suffer. It would have been terrible to see Froome lose the yellow jersey if he did in that fashion. Thankfully, common sense prevailed.
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It was the most bizarre incidence seen in the history of the Tour.
I just could not believe my eyes.
The stage was reduced by 6 kms which resulted into massive crowd gathering in small area. The roads were jam packed with hardly any space for bikes and riders.
Froome was on course to gain more time on key competitors. Quintana could not keep up the pace when Froome attacked and what an attack it was.
The group (Froome, Porte, Mollema) of yellow jersey going down in such a way was really bizarre. And the worst part was the bike following the group hit Froome bike real hard making his cycle useless. Mollema could retrieve his cycle quickly and started riding. Porte was also able to ride again after few seconds.
In the tension and mayhem, Froome in yellow jersey started running. He ran for almost 100 meters frantically talking over his radio. Have never seen anything like this. That's when the neutral service car arrived and handed him a baby bike. His shoe clips could not fit into the pedals. He tried hard but eventually gave up. His team mate caught him on the baby bike but he was not sure what's happening and he innocently tried to pace him. After few seconds Team Sky's car arrived and gave Froome his replacement bike. Froome finished almost 1.30 minutes after the group of Quintana. He was on course to finish 40 seconds ahead of the group. The provisional general classification shown Adam Yates in yellow and Froome in sixth place
Later on the jury took almost 30 minutes to decide the final result. And they did the good thing by reverting the provisional classification. Froome was given the same time a Mollema thus retaining the yellow. He has gained more time on Quintana.

Looking at Quintana, I guess all the hype created around this man and how strongly he will come in 2016 tour has proven wrong (I guess). Yesterday, Quintana was supposed to attack on Mount Ventoux and Froome trying to protect. It was exactly opposite, initially Quintana tried couple of attacks but Team sky brought him back. Quintana had no answer to Froome's violent acceleration.

Watch the last one kilometer drama in this video.


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Looking at Quintana, I guess all the hype created around this man and how strongly he will come in 2016 tour has proven wrong (I guess). Yesterday, Quintana was supposed to attack on Mount Ventoux and Froome trying to protect. It was exactly opposite, initially Quintana tried couple of attacks but Team sky brought him back. Quintana had no answer to Froome's violent acceleration.
Yes, it must have been a psychological blow for Quintana. Getting dropped, for someone who's supposed to be a great climber is not a good sign & that too it is just 2nd week. Sky train was too strong for any attack & Froome will gain more time in TT too. Quintana is supposed to strong when gradient is upwards of 8%, let's see if he has got any trick up his sleeve.
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Stage 12 Results

De Gendt wins Ventoux stage, Froome has a big fright

Thomas De Gendt and Serge Pauwels made another 1-2 for Belgium at Mont Ventoux after Greg Van Avermaet and De Gendt did it at Le Lioran on stage 5. They fought for stage victory from a breakaway group but Chris Froome was victim of a mechanical in the finale after he and Richie Porte had dropped Nairo Quintana before the finish at Chalet-Reynard. He crossed the line one and half minute after his main rivals on GC but he was reinstated in the yellow jersey by a jury decision.

Simon Gerrans and Team Sky crash with 35km to go

Etixx-Quick Step put the hammer down after half way into the race. It split the bunch. Most of the GC contenders stayed in the first part but not Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin). Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange) was leading the chase when he crashed 39km before the end while the deficit was down to 7.50. Three riders from Team Sky also crashed behind him. Chris Froome asked the whole group to slow down. Therefore, the dropped riders managed to come across and the peloton was regrouped but Sagan and Pinot were dropped again and the breakaway riders could race for the stage victory.

Porte, Mollema and Froome on the ground

Greipel attacked at the front with 14km remaining. 8.5km before the end, Lindeman, Navarro, De Gendt and Pauwels formed the reduced leading group. Chavanel briefly joined them but surrendered together with Lindeman. De Gendt attacked with 4km to go. Pauwels reacted. It took much longer to Navarro to make it back. The trio was reunited in the last kilometer. De Gendt outsprinted Pauwels and Navarro in that order for the stage win at Chalet-Reynard.

In the yellow jersey group, Froome accelerated with 3.5km to go. Only Richie Porte managed to follow him. Nairo Quintana didn't but Bauke Mollema made it across. Porte, Mollema and Froome hit a motorbike. Mollema managed to go back on his bike quickly but Porte and Froome couldn't. Froome started running to the finish line, got a spare bike and a second spare bike to complete the course with a deficit of one and half minute over his main rivals. Eventually the classification was reviewed so nobody was penalized by the incident.

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Let me add a different perspective. Seeing them ride round bends in the Alpine stages makes one wonder whether they have a single nerve in their bodies. Makes one bite ones lips the way they go careering down the slopes. Here a slip may be a 500m drop down the valley.
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Stage 13 : 15-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Bourg Saint Andeol, France

End City/Location: La caverne Du Pontd'Arc, France

Local start time: NA

Total Distance: 37 kms

Type of stage: Individual Time Trial

TV Schedule for India: 7:00 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

Froome is expeceted to gain more time on rivels. We are expected to see a re-shuffle at the top 10 in General Classification.



Stage 13 Results

It's always an awesome feeling to see the riders in tight suites and wearing the aero-dynamic helmets. They use special time trial bikes which has the rear tyre with disk to provide additional aero-dynamic.

Tom Dumoulin scores again, Froome gains more time

Successes weren't celebrated at the end of stage 13 as a tribute was paid to the victims of the tragedy in Nice but Tom Dumoulin added a second stage win to his record after he claimed the queen stage of the Pyrenees at Andorra-Arcalis. He outclassed the other time trial specialists Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and Rohan Dennis on a difficult terrain where the wind played a key role while Chris Froome, second on the stage, increased his lead in the overall ranking.

Tom Dumoulin succeeded to the Portuguese champion on the hot as he reached an average speed of 44.7km/h on the 37.5km course. Then a new race started to know whether or not one of the GC contenders could deny the Dutchman a second stage victory after he claimed the queen stage of the Pyrenees at Arcalis. At the top of the côte de Bourg-Saint-Andéol (km 7), Froome was the seventh fastest with a deficit of 17 seconds and it kept growing: 48 seconds at km 28 and 1.03 on the finishing line where Froome bettered all his rivals. The defending champion increased his lead in the overall ranking. He has now an advantage of 1.47 over new runner up Bauke Mollema, 2.45 over Adam Yates, 2.59 over Nairo Quintana.


1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin in 50-15.14
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 1-03
3. Nelson Oliveria (Por) Movistar at 1-31
4. Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling at 1-35
5. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing at 1-41
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo at 1-54
7. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky at 2-00
8. Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Movistar at 2-02
9. Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep at 2-05
10. Steve Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data at 2-14

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Stage 14 : 17-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Montelimar, France

End City/Location: Villars les Dombes Parc Des Oiseaux, France

Local start time: NA

Total Distance: 208.5 kms

Type of stage: Flat

TV Schedule for India: 7:00 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

Another chance for Sprinters to get the glory before the humengous moutains starts tomorrow.
Expect to see Cavendish, Kittle, Sagan, Greipel fightining it together at the finish line. Peloton will take it easily today to save as much energy as possible.
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Stage 14 Results

Mark Cavendish takes his fourth stage win

Mark Cavendish followed the right wheels to win his fourth stage of this year's Tour de France, on an otherwise unexciting stage

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) took the win on stage 14 after an otherwise quiet day at the 2016 Tour de France, beating his main rivals in the bunch sprint to take his fourth win this year and the 30th of his career.

Following the wheel of Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step), Cavendish came round with approximately 170 metres left to race and powered his way to the line. Kittel appeared to be raising objections as he crossed the line, but it didn’t look like there were any infringements.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) had been coming up fast but poor positioning ended his chances of taking his first stage win of this Tour de France, and he had to settle for second on the day.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) kept up his consistency with thrid on the line, but a stand out result was John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in fourth.

This is his best finish since the horror crash he was involved in on a training ride earlier this year.

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data in 5-43-49
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff
4. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Alpecin
5. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-QuickStep
6. André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Soudal
7. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
8. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
9. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
10. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r

The General classification remains same after Stage 14.

Early breakaway for four riders

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Stage 15 : 18-July-2016

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Start City/Location: Bourg en Bresse, France

End City/Location: Culoz, France

Local start time: NA

Total Distance: 160 kms

Type of stage: Mountain

Mountain passes
  • At Km 23.0 - Col du Berthiand (780 m) - 6 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% - category 1
  • At Km 52.0 - Col du Sappel (794 m) - 8.8 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category 2
  • At Km 63.5 - Col de Pisseloup - 4.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.8% - category 3
  • At Km 79.0 - Col de la Rochette - 5.1 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 3
  • At Km 113.0 - Grand Colombier (1 501 m) - 12.8 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category H
  • At Km 146.0 - Lacets du Grand Colombier (891 m) - 8.4 kilometre-long climb at 7.6% - category 1

Local start time: 1:05 pm

TV Schedule for India: 7:00 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

Just look at this massive climbing stage. This must be most difficult stage so far in this year's tour.
Expect lot of attacks, counter attacks. So far, Froome looks to be in perfect shape and very difficult to beat.
He also has one of the best team around. It's going to be very interesting show down.
Can Quintana show his mettle?


The riders set out from Bourg-en-Bresse, and the stage is a succession of passes through the Jura mountain range. They head east first over the first climb, then they descend into the Gorge de l’Ain, cross the river and face some fearsome uphill sections to climb out of the gorge.
They then head south to Cerdon, where the roads become really narrow as the race heads south-east to Hauteville-Lompnes. After that, a couple of climbs and a long descent leads to Lochieu and the foot of a mountain called the Grand Colombier.

Chris Froome (Sky) goes into the stage as overall leader, and will be hoping for better luck than the previous mountain stage to Mont Ventoux when he was forced to get off and run after breaking his bike.
It could be a chance for Froome’s rivals to try and out-climb him. However, after Froome’s solo attack on stage eight and blistering descent to claim the win and overall lead, they’ll be just as wary of the downhill to the finish.
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) goes into the day as King of the Mountains leader – will he make today’s break to try and increase his lead in the polka-dot jersey?
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Stage 15 Results

The mountain stage lived up to its expectations. We saw great break aways and achievements yesterday. No major changes in the General classification yesterday. No one was able to attack Froome. Astana and Aru tried but could not create any damage. Team Sky was as usual very strong. At the front, Majka got the well deserved polka dot jersey. He must be very angry for not winning this prestigious stage.

Jarlinson Pantano wins stage 15 of the Tour de France

Froome didn’t find himself under much duress on the mountainous stage, apart from a spirited attack by Fabio Aru (Astana) and maintained his 1-47 lead over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

The stage looked to be Rafal Majka’s (Tinkoff) to lose, leading on his own on the final climb, but a great descent saw Pantano get back into contention and win it on the line.

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Start City/Location: Moirans En Montagne, France

End City/Location: Berne, Switzerland

Local start time: NA

Total Distance: 209 kms

Type of stage: Flat

Local start time: 12:55 pm

TV Schedule for India: 7:30 pm Live on Ten1 and Ten1 HD.

Stage Summary

Starting in the small village of Moirans-en-Montagne in Jura, stage 16 will mark the first visit of the Tour de France to the capital of Switzerland. Bern is also the home of outgoing champion Fabian Cancellara, a native of Wohlen-bei-Bern who will call it a career soon, and BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs who has built the velodrome Suisse to develop the future champions of his country. Previously a sponsor in cycling with Phonak, one of his companies, Rihs is a true benefactor of the sport. After he took the yellow jersey in stage 5, Greg Van Avermaet said he had another mission besides helping his leaders Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen: trying to win stage 16 for Rihs. There's a short cobbled climb before the finish in Bern to make his wish a reality. Mark Cavendish expects a difficult sprint but a sprint. It's the last opportunity for the sprinters before the grand finale in Paris.
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