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