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Jul 17 '13 04:02

During the exciting finale of stage 16, Alberto Contador fell during the descent almost causing Chris Froome to fall too.

Stage 16 from Vaison-La-Romaine to Gap started immediately with attacks. No attacks from the contenders of the general classifications but from riders who desperately want to earn some money. The first break out was of a group of 20 riders where later on 11 more cyclists joined. This group didn’t make it and was caught after just 29km.

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Jul 16 '13 05:19

The riders had a well deserved rest on Monday but they don’t think about resigning to the overwhelming power of Christopher Froome.

Alberto Contador admits that Froome is in good shape and that it will be difficult to beat him on the climbs. The cunning Spaniard however, thinks that there are always tactical possibilities and he is still in the race for the first spot. “Position number two as well as position number ten don’t count, I go for number one.”

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Jul 15 '13 05:13

While on Friday his main competitors won time on Froome, he put everything back to order on Sunday when he won the stage to Mount Ventoux.

Stage 13

Friday was a very surprising stage. Stage 13, which was supposed to be a ‘boring’ one, became a thriller instead. It was well-known that the riders would encounter hard winds during the flat stage. Only a few teams saw the advantage of these hard winds.

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Jul 12 '13 06:31

Marcel Kittel won stage 12 in a man-to-man fight with Mark Cavendish. It’s the third sprint victory of the German rider from the Dutch team Argos-Shimano.

As expected stage 12 from Fougères to Tours ended in a mass sprint. What was not expected was that Marcel Kittel took the win. The final kilometer was a difficult one, with two 90 degrees curves, and most people bet their chances on Mark Cavendish.

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Jul 11 '13 03:21

Stage 11, an individual TT over 33km from Avranches to Mont Saint-Michel, was powerfully won by the German rider Tony Martin of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

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Jul 10 '13 04:32

The Tour de France is a tough sports event where cyclist can be injured badly. Stage 10 showed again the dangers of a mass sprint. Mark Cavendish and Tom Veelers touched each other and Veelers went down at 65 km/hr.

This years’ Tour is not different than previous Tours. Every year riders get injured. Broken ribs, wrists, arms, concussions and scrapes happen almost every day. With high speed the riders hit the asphalt and it is sometimes amazing that they are still alive.

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Jul 9 '13 07:47

On the resting day the Tour is not at rest at all. The cyclists don’t have to ride a stage but, the place is like a bee hive.

Press conferences, latest news from the team doctors, hardware repair, back ground information and previews of the days to come, keep riders, team officials, journalists and tour organisation as busy as on a ‘normal’ day.

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Jul 8 '13 04:05

After two exciting days in the Pyrenees, the riders of the Tour de France deserve on Monday a resting day.

Froome Leads

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Jul 5 '13 04:50

André Greipel of the Lotto-Belisol team has won the mass sprint in Montpellier before Sagan, Kittel and Cavendish.

The team mates of Greipel led the German champion in such a good way that he was able, at 150 meter before the finish, the pull around his last helper and muscled towards the finish line.

Peter Sagan the Slovak super sprinter, leading the race for the green jersey, again had to take the second place. Marcel Kittel showed his good shape of this year and ended third.

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Jun 24 '13 04:31

Johnny Hoogerland became on Sunday in Kerkrade (Limburg) the Dutch cycling champion. The Vacansoleil rider from Zeeland arrived after more than 228 kilometers alone at the finish. He may now wear the red-white-blue champion's jersey in the Tour de France.

Tom Dumoulin (Argos-Shimano) finished second, just before Sebastian Langeveld of Orica-Green Edge.

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Jun 19 '13 09:04

“Michael Boogerd won in 2002 in a monumental manner the Tour stage to La Plagne. It was one of the highlights in his cycling career. He, however, did not obtain the victory on his own. Before the start of the stage, the Rabobank rider underwent a blood transfusion. Blood ran from the arm of brother Rini directly to his own arm.” Boogerd fights this anecdote in a book about cycling.

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Jun 11 '13 10:08

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown is scheduled to visit the Netherlands to get an idea on how to adapt an appropriate biking strategy in their country, according to transport news site www.trl.co.uk.

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Apr 22 '13 18:00

Prime Minister Mark Rutte helped a victim of a traffic accident in The Hague on Monday afternoon. The woman, who was cycling when she was hit by a truck, died later.

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