Performance Sports Articles by Date

July 2011

  • Defending the Title: World No. 1 Women’s Golfer Yani Tseng Claims British Open Crown, Becomes Youngest Golfer in History to Claim Five Majors

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    Posted almost 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    We said it before, we’ll say it again. Move over Tiger. Oakley’s World No. 1 Ranked Women’s Golfer Yani Tseng shot her way into the record books as the youngest professional golfer in history to claim five career major titles. The 22 year old successfully and boldly defended her Women’s British Open Title, passing Caroline Masson in the final round for the triumph. Trailing Masson by two strokes as the final day set in, Yani made her charge, birdying on the third hole to bring the two to a tie at 13-under-par. But she wasn’t done. Her birdie on the sixth gave Yani her commanding lead.

  • 2011 Tour de France: A Week in Photos

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The 2011 Tour de France was undoubtedly one of the most exciting Tours of the last 20 years; complete with devastating crashes, exciting sprint finishes and an emotional overall victory that has been years in the making. Oakley is proud to congratulate Cadel Evans on his much-deserved victory as well as the rest of the Oakley team who collectively rode one of the most successful Tours in recent Oakley history.

  • Glory in France: Cadel Evans Emerges as Tour de France Champion, Seals Yellow Jersey in Stage 20

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The dying words of his late coach were more than likely at the top of his mind. Oakley star cyclist Cadel Evans fulfilled the dream of his coach Aldo Sassi this weekend – claiming the Yellow Jersey in Stage 20 on his way to an overall Tour de France Championship triumph. The Aussie standout, the first of his country to claim the ultra-prestigious honor, closed out what had been one of the most intensely dramatic races in years by trampling a 57-second deficit to fellow Oakley star Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek).

  • Lucky No. 7: Ai Miyazato Claims a Seventh LPGA Victory at the Evian Masters

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Oakley

    Oakley golfer Ai Miyazato’s recent victory at the Evian Masters may have been her 7th LPGA win, but this particular triumph represents much more than just a career stat for the 26 year-old. After the massive 9.0 earthquake which triggered a devastating tsunami in Japan this past March, Miyazato has turned her attention to helping her country through this daunting recovery period.

  • Finally: Andy Schleck Arrives With Stage 18 Tour de France Victory, Powers to Second Overall

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The 2009/2010 runner up has officially arrived. Oakley Star Cyclist Andy Schleck of Leopard Trek – edged out last year by defending Champ Alberto Contador for the Yellow Jersey – finally clinched a stage victory (18) after steadily stepping up over the course of the race. The 26-year-old phenom stepped up the attack in stunning fashion to triumph atop the Col du Galibier. Reminiscent of past battles with his primary rival, Andy broke clear with a charge on the Col d’Izoard – leaving Contador flailing in the peloton.

  • Attack on 17: Cycling Star Edvald Boasson Hagen Claims Second Stage Victory at Tour de France – Six of Top 10 Remain Oakley

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    He may have been edged by fellow O star Thor Hushovd in the 16th stage. But this time, Edvald Boasson Hagen took it to the house. Oakley’s Norwegian standout powered his way into a 14-man escape group on the 179km route as the race raged into Italy – then executed a decisive attack on the day’s final ascent with 11km left. Edvald sailed past Sylvan Chavanel and pulled away from the pack for a glorious Stage 17 victory.

  • Take 2: Thor Hushovd Grabs Tour de France Stage 16 Triumph, Oakley Holds Six of Top 10

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Make that two for Thor Hushovd. Oakley’s Norwegian World Champ blazed his way to his second stage win at the 2011 Tour de France with an impressive sprint finish in Gap. Coming out of the gates on fire for the last six days of racing, he displayed top form during the 162.5km 16th stage – spanning from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateax to Gap. There were 10 men to break away from the pack after the 90km mark – and Thor powered to the front with Ryder Hesjedal and fellow Oakley Rider Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky). The Norwegian standout, with some help from Hesjedal, engaged in a head to head sprint with Boasson Hagen all the way to the line – where Thor clutched the victory.

  • 2011 Tour de France: A Week in Photos

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Over the last week Oakley cyclists faced the first of the intense climbing stages in the 2011 Tour de France. Although, a hard battle was fought a clear frontrunner among the GC rivals has yet to break away; leaving the coveted Yellow jersey within the reach of whichever rider finds his legs heading into the final week of the Tour. Check out some of the more memorable moments from Stages 10-15 caught on film.

  • Powering On: Star Cyclist Mark Cavendish Claims Stage 15 at Tour de France, Oakley Riders Hold Three Of Four Overall Standings Spots

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    15 ultra intense stages are in the rear view mirror. And still, Oakley riders are displaying their top form. Mark Cavendish, as expected, is definitely one of the most impressive. Oakley’s star sprinter continued dominance of his craft by claiming the 15th Tour de France stage – his fourth stage win of the race and a move to tighten his grip on the overall points competition lead. The British speed demon blazed past the rest of the field at the tail end of the stage’s 192.5km stretch from Limoux to Montpellier – racking up his overall eighth win of the 2011 season. O’s prominent HTC Highroad rider now holds 70 wins: 29 Grand Tour Stage and 19 in the Tour de France – under his belt. More than impressive. And the Green Jersey definitely looks at home on him.

  • Rainbow: Star Cyclist Thor Hushovd Claims Stage 13 Triumph at Tour de France, Three of Top Four Overall Rocking O

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Thor Hushovd has already rocked the Yellow Jersey. And he’s in form to keep challenging – as evidenced by a solid Stage 13 triumph at the Tour de France. O’s Norwegian star blazed clear of the peloton after 57km as the overall leaders conserved some of their energy for what will be an ultra-intense Saturday stage in the mountains. Rival Jeremy Roy attempted to charge for the front of the pack at the final climb – a monster – Col d’Aubisque. A long downhill descent into a flat finish into Lourdes proved to be a factor as Thor channeled all his energy into catching Roy with just 2km left to claim the win by 10 seconds. The victory continues Thor’s stellar Tour record – with nine individual stages under his belt (with at least one victory in the last six Tours – as well as taking the green points jersey in 2005 and 2009.

  • High Mountain Triumph: O Cyclist Samuel Sanchez Claims Stage 12 at Tour de France

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Samuel Sanchez is no stranger to podiums. Oakley’s Spanish Olympic Road Race Champion claimed victory at the first high mountain stage (Stage 12) of the 2011 Tour de France – clipping Jelle Vanendert to the finish at Lux Ardiden. The two road chargers smashed their way together on the lower slopes of the Pyrenean ascent – but Samuel eventually powered away from the field with 300m left. But he wasn’t the only Oakley speedster to see success during the stage. Fellow O riders Frank and Andy Schleck gained an upper hand in the escalating battle for the yellow jersey.

  • Two In a Row! Star Skier Lindsey Vonn Claims ‘Best Female Athlete’ ESPY Award

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Make it two in a row for Lindsey Vonn. Oakley’s star skier and Olympic Gold Medalist claimed her second consecutive ‘Best Female Athlete’ award at the ESPN ESPY ceremony in Los Angeles – edging out amazing competition for the fan-driven honor. Sufficed to say, we’re stoked. (And yes, Lindsey has Bieber fever.) Check out the following release from USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association).

  • Stage 11: O Star Cyclist Sprints to Third Tour de France Stage Victory, Team Riders Hold Three of Top Five

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Oakley’s renowned sprinter is establishing his dominance this Tour in…well, sprinting. HTC-Highroad Star Mark Cavendish blazed to the 18th Tour de France stage victory of his career and the third of the 2011 race. The feat also powered him up to the lead of the points competition, slipping into the Green Jersey for his amazing performances thus far. The O Team speed demon was the fastest in stage eleven from Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur, out-sprinting André Greipel and Tyler Farrar to tally his seventh victory of the 2011 season.

  • First Wave: Star Cyclist Thor Hushovd Holds Tour de France Yellow Jersey For Eight Days, Oakley Claims Five Stages

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    They’re calling it ‘Tour de Crash.’ The first week of the prominent Tour de France has been more than insane – laced with dramatic crashes and intense action. From rider collisions with fans on the road, cyclists flying off into ditches to a media car clipping Juan Antonio Flecha and sending another rider into a barbed wire fence, this year’s race has been more than brutal. But one thing’s for certain…Oakley Cyclists are displaying their intentions to dominate. O’s Norwegian Star Thor Hushovd came out of the gates on fire – holding the coveted Yellow Jersey with the overall lead for a solid eight days. Stage nine saw him hand over the jersey on the slopes of the Massif Central. But up to that point, he did just enough to top the standings.

  • Tally Two: Oakley Cycling Star Mark Cavendish Claims Stage 7 Tour de France Victory, Six of Top Seven Riders Rocking O

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Make that two for Mark Cavendish. Oakley’s Star HTC Highroad Cyclist blazed his way to his second Tour de France stage victory and his overall 17th win in Chateauroux – where he claimed his first-ever Tour stage in 2008. “It’s a special stage for me,” Mark said in his Oakley performance eyewear. “I won my first Tour stage here in Chateauroux and it’s very sentimental. It’s what I fell in love with.”

  • Stage 6: Oakley Cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen Claims Tour de France Stage Win for Team Sky’s First

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Oakley-sponsored Team Sky has never taken a stage win. Until now. Our Norwegian Cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen powered his way to a Stage 6 victory during the longest of the contest’s stages. The 226.5km stretch, from Dinan to Lisieux, had Edvald edge fellow O rider Matt Goss on the uphill drag to the finish – with O’s Thor Hushovd rounding out the podium. Thor, who has been rocking that Yellow Jersey to this point, did just enough to hold onto the coveted shirt by a mere second in front of Oakley’s Cadel Evans – with O’s Frank Schleck four seconds behind the third spot. With that, Oakley domination of the overall Top 10 continued – holding nine of 10 spots.

  • Stage 5: Oakley Cycling Star Mark Cavendish Claims Stage Victory at Tour de France, O Riders Dominate Top 10

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Mark Cavendish just signaled his Tour de France arrival. Oakley’s star cyclist tallied his first stage win and his 16th overall career victory after slaying Stage 5 today in commanding fashion. Mark emerged from a hotly contested bunch sprint at the tail end of the stage – from Carhaix to Cap Frehel. “I’m just passionate about my sport, I love to win and the team gave it everything today to make sure I could get to the line first,” Mark said, rocking his Oakley performance eyewear. “There are a lot of difficult finishes this year and not so many bunch sprints, so I had to make sure I got this one, I had to be resilient.”

  • New World Record! Triathlete Marino Vanhoenacker Smashes 14-Year-Old Ironman Record In Austria

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Ironman, say hello to a new World Record. Oakley Triathlete Marino Vanhoenacker smashed the 14-year-old Ironman World Record on the lightly extended course at Ironman Austria after narrowly missing the feat last year by a mere 98 seconds. Under intense pressure to nab his sixth Ironman Austria race, Marino powered through to victory and history with media fanfare hyping the record. And it was definitely a resounding performance. He charged out of the water with the first group, took the lead on the bike and extended his monster lead as the event raged on. When it was all said and done at 7:45:58 hours, he clipped Van Lierde’s standing record set in Roth in 1997 by 4:29 minutes.

  • Stage Triumph: Cadel Evans Claims Fourth Stage Victory, Thor Hushovd Keeps Yellow Jersey

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    O riders are continuing their charge. Star Cyclist Cadel Evans held off defending champion Alberto Contador in a photo finish to emerge with a Stage 4 Tour de France triumph on Tuesday. Fellow Oakley rider Thor Hushovd, the Stage 2 victor, finished sixth with the same time as the stage winner and will retain the coveted yellow jersey as the overall leader for the third straight day. Evans finished the 172.5-km jaunt from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne in four hours, 11 minutes and 39 seconds, edging the three-time Tour champion by a fraction of a tire length for his first career Tour stage win.

  • The Tour: #gOleopardtrek Andy Schleck Twitter Mania Launches

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Team Leopard Trek is poised to take it to its rivals at Tour de France. And Andy Schleck is at the tip of the spear. Oakley’s Star Cyclist – the overall runner-up finisher at the 2010 Tour – is still one of the most formidable forces amongst the World’s best riders this year in France. So get pumped for Andy and Team Leopard Trek by sharing your stoke via the #gOleopardtrek Andy Schleck Twitter Mania Contest! Just follow these instructions to enter for a chance to win exclusive Oakley Leopard Trek Team Eyewear and a Leopard Trek jersey signed by the team!

  • Lucky 13: Star Team Cyclist Thor Hushovd Claims Stage 2 at Tour de France, Oakley Riders Dominate Top 13 Spots

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Who ever said 13 was unlucky? We sure don’t think so. Oakley Star Cyclist Thor Hushovd, who claimed the Stage 2 victory at Tour de France over the weekend, was one of the overall Top 13 riders…all of which rock Oakley performance eyewear. This marks the first time in history that the top 13 riders in the overall G.C. are sporting the Big O. Claiming the second stage – a 23km time trial with the start and finish line in Les Essarts – gave Thor’s team, Garmin-Cervelo, its first win of the Tour de France. The team finished the time trial in 24 minutes, 48 seconds.