The Tour de France is considered the pinnacle of any cyclist’s career. Years of preparation and intense strength and conditioning training are required to participate in the prestigious 2,200-mile race.
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Germany’s Jens Voigt won the rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge with a long solo effort Thursday, and American Tejay Van Garderen regained his tiebreaker edge for the overall lead. Voigt, at 40 the oldest rider in the race, completed the 97.2-mile road race from Aspen in 3 hours, 54 minutes to win by nearly 3 minutes. The RadioShack-Nissan rider has 88th career pro victories.
MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — Tejay van Garderen emerged at the front in last few hundred uphill yards, captured the Stage 2 and assumed the race lead at the USA Pro Challenge on Tuesday. Van Garderen, who rides for BMC, completed the 99.2-mile Montrose to Mt. Crested Butte road race in 3 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds.
The track slate is considered the most glamorous part of cycling at the Olympics, and Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and the rest of the powerhouse British team are sure to draw plenty of attention during the competition on home soil. Only this time, there may be even more drama surrounding the road race.
PARIS — After making history in Paris, Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins is heading home to London in the hopes he can cap off his tremendous run of success with an Olympic gold medal. The first Briton to win cycling’s showcase event will start the Olympic time trial Aug. 1 as a big favorite for the gold medal, after dominating the event twice during the Tour de France.
BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France — Bradley Wiggins moved closer to a Tour de France victory, keeping the yellow jersey on a day teammate and British countryman Mark Cavendish won the 18th stage. Wiggins and Cavendish exchanged a long hug after today’s finish.
PAU, France — Pierrick Fedrigo of France won the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Monday while Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead by staying with his rivals in the main pack far behind. The 99-mile route from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat. But, with fatigue kicking in, the teams with strong sprinters didn’t try to chase down Fedrigo and Christian Vande Velde of the U.S. in the final breakaway.
LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Pierre Rolland of France won the hardest Alpine stage in the Tour de France today, and Bradley Wiggins dusted defending champion Cadel Evans in the final climb to extend his overall lead. Rolland gave the Europcar team its second straight stage win after the 92-mile ride in the Alps from Albertville ended with a grueling ascent to the ski resort of La Toussuire.
SAINT-QUENTIN, France — Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar, a sprinter for he U.S. team, finished the fifth stage of the Tour de France bloodied and angry, and had to be pulled away from the rider he blamed for causing his third crash in as many days. Before stunned onlookers, Farrar dropped his bicycle and stormed into the Argos-Shimano team bus of rival sprinter Tom Veelers, shouting “you don’t do that to someone.”
BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France — Pumping his arms in victory, Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the crash-marred third stage of the Tour de France today as cycling’s showcase race returned to its home country. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland remained the overall leader for a fourth straight day. The cyclists, following a stretch in Belgium, completed a 122-mile ride from Orchies that featured five small climbs to an uphill finish in the fishing port of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
PARIS — With Spanish superstar Alberto Contador suspended for doping, the Tour de France looks wide open. Australian veteran Cadel Evans will defend his title, and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins hopes to give Britain its first victory at cycling’s biggest event — just days before the London Games.
The news came tearing through the peloton on that awful spring day, in whispers passed from rider to rider following Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia. When the news finally reached Tyler Farrar, he nearly collapsed in anguish. “What happened in the Giro was pretty horrible,” he recalls. “There’s no denying that.”
AL KHOR, Qatar — Tyler Farrar finished 14th in the fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar Thursday won by sprinting rival Mark Cavendish. The Wenatchee native, riding for Garmin-Barracuda, was in the final pack in a sprint for the line.
PARIS — Less than 30 minutes after the finish of the final stage of the Tour de France, Tyler Farrar emerged beer in hand from Garmin-Cervelo team bus parked on the Champs Elysees. He kissed his girlfriend, finished his beer and then looked for his bike. The Wenatchee rider wasn’t able to find his way to the front and finished fourth in the 21st and concluding stage. He again lost to Mark Cavendish, the British rider who claimed his fifth stage of the race’s 98th edition and the 20th stage ...
Tyler Farrar pedaled around Grenoble for about an hour Saturday morning with only two things on his mind. The rider from Wenatchee wanted to safely complete the 20th stage individual time trial of the Tour de France and then focus on Sunday's race finale and the last sprinters' stage.
ALPE D’HUEZ, France — Andy Schleck of Luxembourg became the fourth leader of Tour de France, while Tyler Farrar endured a final day in the Alps today and is now about 85 miles from completing the Tour de France for the second time. Pierre Rolland (Europcar) of France rode to a 12-second solo win in the 68-mile 19th stage that finished with the famous 21 switchbacks to favorite French ski resort, in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 25 seconds.
GALIBIER SERRE-CHEVALIER, France — Andy Schleck of Luxembourg pedaled to a solo victory in the highest stage in race history while surprising Frenchman Thomas Voeckler kept the race lead for the 10th day today at the Tour de France. While Schleck (Leopard-Trek) claimed the 124.5-mile trek from Pinerolo, Italy, to Galibier Serre-Chevalier, France in 6 hours, 7 minutes and 56 seconds to move within 15 seconds of the race lead, Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee endured another day in the Alps near the back of the pack.
PINEROLO, France — The 98th edition of the Tour de France in some ways begins today with the two-day centennial of a climb to a mountain pass, the ascent of which was once considered madness. The race will twice visit the Col du Galibier, the summit in the Alps, first negotiated in 1911 when Frenchman Emile Georget was the first rider to pass the summit in the ninth Tour de France. Until then, the difficult route was only used by drug smugglers.