Recent Road Cycling News
The 2012 Tour de France is off and running, and as expected, there’s been plenty of excitement so far. If you’ve paid any attention to the Tour de France in your life time, you’ve seen no shortage of Oakley cyclists topping the podium at the most prestigious road cycling race on the planet. You’ve seen innovative product that not only looks fast and sleek, but provides the world’s greatest cyclists with the best possible eye protection. The first week of this year’s Tour has been no different. Oakley has been all over the map this year in Belgium, France and Switzerland, the three countries the Tour has passed through already.
In the first summit finish of the 2012 Tour de France, things were lining up to be British Team Sky’s kind of day. With sprinters like early stage winners Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan expected to let the climbers have the glory on the day, the scene was set for the heavy contenders to compete for a stage victory. Enter Bradley Wiggins. Considered the rider who would give defending champion Cadel Evans a run for his money in this year’s Tour, Wiggins rode in the front of the peloton virtually the entire 199km of the stage from Tomblaine up to the Vosges mountains ski station of La Planche des Belles Filles. Protecting and pacing him during the grueling climb up the last 6km was his Kenyan-born, British teammate, Christopher Froome. Right behind them was Team BMC’s Cadel Evans. It was no surprise Wiggins and Evans were in the hunt right to the finish. However, Froome eventually captured the stage victory, as Wiggins and Evans seemingly ran out of gas coming up the final few m...
Acclaimed sprinter and reigning world champion Mark Cavendish prevailed in an all out sprint to the finish in the second stage of the Tour de France. The 207km second stage began in Vise and finished in Tournai, with the Isle of Man native crossing the line first. This was Cavendish’s 21st career Tour de France stage victory. The 27-year-old Team Sky rider beat out rival Andre Greipel of Germany at the finish.