Recent Road Cycling News
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.
Stage 11: O Star Cyclist Sprints to Third Tour de France Stage Victory, Team Riders Hold Three of Top Five
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
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.