Tour de France Articles by Date

July 2012

  • Sportsmanship At Its Finest: Bradley Wiggins Shows Class Amidst Chaos

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The fourteenth stage of the 2012 Tour de France was lined up to be an epic battle including all of this year’s big names, jockeying for position in the overall individual time classification. The 119-mile stage ranging from Limoux to Foix was a beauty, with two massive climbs towards the end of the day. On the single-lane road up the Mur de Peguere, all the top contenders in the Tour were side by side, jammed in between a thick field of spectators. There is no explaining the grit riders show climbing the massive grades of the Tour de France. Once at the top, most of them are slightly relieved with the downhill race that follows. Unfortunately, that relief was marred at the top of the 9.3 km climb of the Mur de Peguere.

  • FDJ-BigMat Rider Pierrick Fedrigo Wins Stage 15 In Two-Man Sprint

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    French rider Pierrick Fedrigo collected his fourth career Tour de France stage victory on Monday and his second in Pau. The 158.5km (99-mile) Stage 15 from Samatan to Pau was mostly flat, leading most race followers to believe that sprinters like Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Andre Greipel would be racing for the stage victory. This wasn’t the case however; as a lead group of six riders (not including the aforementioned sprinters) went out from the get go, ultimately leaving Fedrigo and Garmin-Sharp’s Christian Vande Velde to fight it out for the sprint finish. With 200-meters to go, Fedrigo took off and Vande Velde could not counter.

  • Scottish Rider David Millar Wins Stage 12 Of The 2012 Tour de France For Garmin-Sharp

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    As NBC’s Tour de France commentator, Phil Liggett said during Friday’s Stage 12, “About 99 times out of 100, the lead group gets caught by the peloton (before the finish line).” David Millar, of the Garmin-Sharp team, wanted Friday’s race to be that one time out of 100. The Scottish rider shot out with a group of four other men roughly 15km into the longest stage of the Tour. The fivesome lead the race for over 211km, a feat in itself. With less than 1km left in the race, Millar made his move. Only Jean-Christophe Peraud could counter, but in the end, Millar had the strength for the victory, edging Peraud at the finish line. Millar’s win was the 35th victory of his career, the fourth stage win of this year’s Tour for British riders and the American Garmin-Sharp team’s first of the 2012 Tour de France.

  • Despite Punishing Fall, Pierre Rolland Emerges Victorious At Stage 11 Of The Tour De France

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    The old adage goes: “If you fall, get up and try again.” French Europcar rider Pierre Rolland was a shining example of getting back up and trying again in Thursday’s Stage 11 of the Tour de France. The young cyclist was in the lead group of three riders on the final decent of the grueling Stage 11 when he misjudged a turn and went sliding to the ground. With his left hip torn open and blood spilling from his left elbow, Rolland exhibited the gutsiest performance of the day, pedaling himself back up to the lead. Rolland, sporting a custom pair of Oakley Radar Path sunglasses with True Digital prescription lenses, caught the two in front of him and shot out to a commanding 59-second lead, ultimately cruising to the victory. His win at La Toussuire, was his second Tour de France stage victory and marked back-to-back French/Team Europcar victories, as Thomas Voeckler won the 10th stage just a day before.

  • Tour de France – Week One Recap: Oakley Riders Exhibit Strong Showing During First Nine Stages

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    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.

  • Tour De France - Stage 7: Froome Wins Stage As Teammate Wiggins Takes Yellow Jersey

    Cycling : 99th Tour de France 2012 / Stage 7

    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    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...

  • Sprint To The Finish: Mark Cavendish Speeds To Tour de France Stage Two Victory

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    Posted almost 2 years ago by John Ohail

    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.