Tour de France Articles by Date

June 2012

  • Grand Opening: Fabian Cancellara Wins Fifth Tour de France Prologue

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The man they call “Spartacus,” Fabian Cancellara, opened the Tour de France in a way he has become accustomed to in recent years. Cancellara won the race-opening prologue for the fifth time in his career, following victories in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The reigning Olympic Time Trial Champion completed the 6.4km course in a day’s best 7 minutes 13.46 seconds, earning him the yellow jersey, at least for a day, if not longer. What makes Cancellara’s prologue victory even more impressive is the fact that he is coming off of a recent surgery to repair his broken collarbone, an injury he received during a crash in Flanders. The RadioShack-Nissan rider finished 7 seconds ahead of one of the overall Tour favorite’s and fellow Oakley rider, Bradley Wiggins (Sky). Reigning Tour de France Champion, Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) finished 13th on the day, 17 seconds behind Cancellara and 10 seconds behind Wiggins.

  • Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish Wins First General Classification Title

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish looks to carry over his current success into this year’s Tour de France. The young rider claimed the first general classification victory of his career earlier in June, winning the Ster ZLM Toer on Sunday by eight seconds over Lars Boom (Rabobank).

  • Cadel Evans Quietly Enters 2012 Tour de France As Serious Repeat Threat

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Australian Cadel Evans made history last year becoming the first man from his country to win the overall title at the Tour de France. Since his Tour victory, Evans has had a slightly mild season. The difference between his build up to this year’s Tour de France and last years is that the Olympics will quickly follow in 2012. Evan’s 2011 season concluded with the Tour de France victory, where this year he needs to also remain focused for the London Olympic race in August.

  • Bradley Wiggins Banks On String Of Major Victories Entering Tour de France

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    Oakley’s Bradley Wiggins is widely considered by most to be a favorite to win this year’s Tour de France, despite the dominance of Australia’s Cadel Evens in 2011. The British cyclist is on fire leading up to this year’s Tour and has already amassed a list of impressive wins this season.

  • Oakley Is Poised To Continue Massive Presence At 2012 Tour de France With Cycling Stars and Innovative Product

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    Posted about 2 years ago by John Ohail

    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. This year’s Tour will be no different.

  • Looking Back: The 2011 Tour de France

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    Posted about 2 years ago by Oakley

    In anticipation of the kilometers to be ridden, the cobblestones to be braved and the agonizing glory to be had by any one of the hundreds of cyclists who will ride in the 99th Tour de France, we’d like to take a moment to reflect back on the tales of the 2011 Tour and pay our final respects to their legendary performances for we know the weeks to come will be filled with stunning sprints, brave descents and the inevitable heart break.