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Speaking to NBC Sports from Santa Barbara, California, 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome struck an optimistic tone, looking ahead to his recovery and the Vuelta a España.
“Spirits are high,” Froome said. “I’m looking forward to getting back into some racing. Trying at least to get something out of this season.”
Team Sky’s captain withdrew from stage 5 of the Tour de France, suffering a broken left wrist and another fracture on his right hand.
Looking back at how the Tour unfolded after his exit, Froome said, “It really would have been a different race had Alberto and I been there in the mountains. It’s been difficult for me to watch from afar actually, watching how Nibali in the mountains has been relatively unchallenged. He hasn’t had people attacking him, it hasn’t been a sort of mano-a-mano fight for the yellow jersey. That’s sad for a race like the Tour de France. I would have loved to been there to actually have that race up in the mountains with him.”
But Froome was quick to say, “Nibali definitely does deserve to win this year. He’s ridden a really good race.”
He was cautious not to set expectations too high for his run at the Vuelta a España. “I’m riding around with a splint still,” said the Briton. “For now I just want to get to the race. Try to get fit enough so I can race the Vuelta a España. There’s gonna be a lot of tough competition there.”
Froome is enjoying a stint of training in California, heading up to Napa to ride. “I look forward to spending a few hours in the saddle and maybe catching up with Andrew Talansky [in Napa],” he said.
Based on Froome’s state of mind, it’s unlikely that the two battered Tour leaders will do much commiserating. They’ll probably be looking ahead to their late-summer trip to Spain.
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Editor’s Note: Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) won the inaugural La Course by the Tour de France on Sunday. Rabo-Liv provided this on-board footage from the final kilometer of racing on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
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PARIS (AFP) — When the 2014 Tour de France started in Britain, with a British reigning champion riding for a British team, there was the feeling, in some quarters, that a piece of French heritage was being dragged across the channel.
To make things even worse, Dave Brailsford, the British manager of the defending champion’s team, Sky, had almost condescendingly said that his next challenge might be to try to win the Tour with a Frenchman.
The insinuation was that it had been easier to win the Tour with a rider from a country with almost no cycling culture than it would be to do so with a cyclist from the sport’s spiritual home.
For the previous two years, Britain had been the epicenter of the Tour de France as Team Sky won the 2012 and 2013 editions with Bradley Wiggins and then Chris Froome.
On top of that, the best sprinter over the last few years was another Briton, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).
French viewers and commentators could only stand back in awe, too, at the reception the Tour got, first in Yorkshire where the first two stages took place, and then along the route from Cambridge to London.
German sprinter Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) described the crowds as “amazing” while two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) said he had been “speechless” at the reception.
Garmin-Sharp’s American manager Jonathan Vaughters said he’d only ever seen hoards that big on Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps.
Some were asking whether Britain was launching some sort of Trojan Horse takeover of the Grand Boucle.
But already, by the time the Tour left London to reconvene on the shores of its true home, the cracks in British domination were starting to show.
Cavendish crashed out of the race on the first stage, leaving only three Brits in the race.
It took only two more stages for Froome to crash out and leave Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) to dominate the race. Without Froome, Sky capitulated as Australian Richie Porte proved to be a poor substitute leader, finishing the race 23rd overall, more than an hour behind Nibali, and actually behind two of his domestiques.
By the end of the race, Welshman Geraint Thomas was the only Briton left, finishing 22nd overall, almost an hour in arrears.
In the meantime, the French were bristling.
Veteran Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R La Mondiale) proved his 37 years were no barrier to success, gradually improving as the race progressed to climb all the way up to a second place finish.
Behind him, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) secured third place, ensuring France had two riders on the podium for the first time since Laurent Fignon bested legend Bernard Hinault in 1984 for his second Tour win.
French team AG2R La Mondiale won the team competition, helped in no small measure by Péraud but also 23-year-old Romain Bardet’s sixth-place finish and Blel Kadri’s stage 8 win from Tomblaine to Gérardmer La Mauselaine.
In Pinot, 24, and Bardet, the future looks bright for French cycling. They finished first and second in the young riders’ white jersey competition and both held their own with the best in both the mountains and time trial.
As well as those two, France has a whole host of talented, young up-and-coming riders.
Sprinters Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr), 22, and teammate Nacer Bouhanni, 24, were French national road race champions in 2014 and 2012 respectively, with the latter also winning the sprinter’s jersey at May’s Giro d’Italia.
Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol), 26, won the Tour’s 11th stage and wore the yellow jersey on Bastille Day. He’s a puncheur who many believe could become an overall challenger.
But the most brilliant of the lot is perhaps climber Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano), who won the Tour de l’Avenir — the Tour de France for young riders — in 2012 and claimed two stages in last year’s Vuelta a Espana.
In Paris, Brailsford’s tone was a bit humbled, though he seemed confident in Sky and Britain’s future.
“We won this race twice and that was fantastic,” he said. “When you win you have to win with dignity, and when you lose you have to lose with dignity. We had the pleasure of winning this great race twice, so chapeau to all the riders who rode well, especially to Nibali and also the French who have done well this year. This year wasn’t our year but we’ll try again next year.
“It’s good for everyone,” the Sky boss added. “It’s good for the French because it is, after all, the Tour de France. It’s good for all of French cycling and we’re happy for that.”
The future of the Tour appears to be bleu, blanc, and rouge — coincidentally the same colors found on the Union Jack.
PARIS (AFP) — Sprint ace Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) said he will target the green points jersey in the future after winning on the Champs-Élysées for the second year in a row.
The burly German exactly matched his achievement from last year, winning both the opening and final stages among four in total, and he wore the yellow jersey for a day.
And although he hadn’t tried to win the sprinters’ green jersey this year, the 26-year-old said he would challenge for it one day. Peter Sagan (Cannondale) claimed that honor for a third year in a row despite not winning a single stage.
“To think now already about the future is for me personally too much. I would like to enjoy this moment,” said the Giant-Shimano rider. “My goals won’t change regarding my future, especially in the Tour de France. I’d like to go for stage wins. I’m not focusing on records.
“Also, I said many times before the green jersey can be an option for me in the future.”
What the present brought, though, was one record as Kittel’s fourth stage win took the total won by German riders in this Tour to a new high of seven.
Tony Martin added two, including Saturday’s time trial, and Andre Greipel also won a sprint finish on stage 6.
Kittel said that those results sent a message to German public television, which pulled out of live coverage of the 2007 Tour due to doping scandals — including that of 1997 German Tour winner Jan Ullrich — and have not changed their stance since.
“I think that’s a big signal to all fans at home in Germany and a big signal to the media, without going into too many details,” said Kittel.
“Everyone can be proud of it, it’s great to see so many German riders here. You can talk about the seven victories, but don’t forget the two second places of John Degenkolb. With seven plus two that’s half the Tour in which Germans were in front. It shows German cycling is part of the top of the cycling world and that’s awesome.”