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Tour de France: Froome Scores His Second Victory

Jul 27, 2015
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Froome won his second Tour de France title (ASO/letour.com)

Though the 2015 Tour de France produced a relatively tight finish, the last stage was comfortable for Chris Froome.

The overall classification was decided when the pack crossed the finish line at the end of the first lap. The man wearing the yellow jersey came first, becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France twice. He also became the first rider to win both the overall race and the mountain classification since Eddy Merckx in 1970.

After claiming his second Tour de France title, Froome completed the remaining laps together with his teammates. Though he was accused of cheating, he was abused and a fan even threw a cup of urine at him, he did not lost his momentum during the Tour. With the help of his team, he was able to won the competition again, two years after his first victory in 2013.

The Guardian: Chris Froome joins legends of Tour de France with second win

 
British rider Chris Froome completed his second Tour de France victory on Sunday, gambling news report. After the last stage saw him topping the general classification for the second time, the 30-year-old entered the Pantheon of cycling, joining Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Alberto Contador and co.

Tour de France 2015 podium

Froome joins an elite club by winning the Tour de France twice (ASO/letour.com)

There are officially 21 riders, who won the Tour more than once, as many of those, who follow sports scores might know. Plus there is Lance Armstrong of course, who came first a record seven times before he was stripped from his achievements due to his doping scandal.

Team Sky was wearing a special jersey for the last stage that was unveiled when the rain stopped and the riders got rid of their rain coats. As Froome already wrapped up the overall victory by the first lap, he was able to approach the finish line at a comfy pace, hand-in-hand with his teammates.

TheLocal.fr: Froome defies abuse to win Tour de France

 
Chris Froome had to surmount a lot of things to claim his second Tour de France victory, as many, who follow live sports results might remember. He was charged with doping by the media, urine was thrown at him and he was spit and abused on the way. However, it was an incredible feeling for him to win the competition for the second time.

Tour de France 2015 Team Sky

A fan agitated by French tv speculation even threw urine in Froome’s face (Reuters)

After crossing the finish line hand-in-hand with his teammates, he spoke about his feelings. He said, “This is such a great race, what can I say? I feel a lot of emotion. Of course it was a very, very difficult Tour, both on the bike and off it. I’m so happy to be here in yellow. There were a few difficulties, a few extra stresses outside of the race but that’s cycling in 2015.”

He was first accused of cheating two years ago. This time it happened again, and on stage 14, a fan even threw a cup of urine at him, shouting “dope”. The image of cycling was heavily damaged by the Lance Armstrong doping scandal that saw the seven-time winner being stripped of his achievements. However, Froome always insisted that he was a “clean” rider.

BBC.com: Chris Froome: Tour de France winner won’t ‘dishonour’ jersey

 
Chris Froome is the first British rider to win the Tour de France twice. Stunning many experts of gambling facts, he became the first man to top both the overall competition and the mountain rankings in the same year since Eddy Merckx’s outstanding achievement in 1970. Froome’s performance was described as “abnormal” by a French physiologist and the French television was also suspicious of him.

Froome dedicates Tour de France victory to wife

Froome dedicates this victory to his wife (Getty Images)

However, Team Sky released the performance data of the 30-year-old, to counter the charges. Froome himself also stated several times that he was clean. After claiming his overall victory, he commented the accusations once again. He said, “The yellow jersey is very special. I will always respect it and never dishonour it. Someone needs to speak up for the cyclists. I’m happy to do that. Someone has to make a stand, the time is now.”

He added, “I want to thank my team-mates, without you I would not be standing here. I give you my utmost respect and gratitude. This is your yellow jersey as much as it is mine. Thank you to the support team at Team Sky – your support has got me through the tough times. Thank you to my wife Michelle – your love and support are my motivation.”

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Respect Yellow Jersey! – UCI Asks Tour Fans

Jul 26, 2015
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Respect the yellow jersey (Photo: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

Chris Froome has been dominated the 2015 edition of the Tour de France so far. However, it seems that not all the crowd acknowledges his performance.

After doping charges appeared in the media in reaction to his outstanding climbing performance, a fan threw a cup full of urine at him. This might have seemed to be funny for the probably (or hopefully) drunk fan, but this was a disgusting act that shouldn’t be happen at such a prestigious event. International cycling’s governing body and Tour organizers, Amaury Sport Organisation – not so quickly, but finally – acted, releasing a statement that asks fans to respect yellow jersey.

BBC.com: Tour de France chiefs call for fans to respect yellow jersey

Tour the France fans were asked to respect yellow jersey by competition organizers and UCI, international cycling’s governing body, gambling news report. It comes after Chris Froome and his Sky teammates were involved in several humiliating episodes.

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Some people cheer and some spit on the athletes (Photo: DailyMail)

Froome complained that urine was thrown at him while he was doing stage 14, after doping charges emerged in the media against him. Another Team Sky member, Richie Porte reported that he was punched in stage 10. The doping accusations appeared as Sky doing an excellent job at the 2015 Tour, as followers of live sports results might know. 30-year-old British rider, Froome led the competition by more than three minutes after stage 18.
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organizer of the Tour de France released a joint statement. It said, “UCI President Brian Cookson and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme ask crowds along the roadside to respect every rider, and the integrity of the riders and in particular the yellow jersey.”

SkySports.com: Tour de France: UCI calls for fans to respect riders on Alpine stages

UCI, the International Cycling Union released a statement together with the organizers of Tour de France, asking fans to respect yellow jersey and all the other riders in the remaining part of the competition. Chris Froome, Team Sky’s 30-year-old rider led Nairo Quintana by 3 minutes and 10 seconds when the statement was issued, as many of those who follow sports scores might have known.
Froome was accused with doping by the media, and a fan thrown a cup of urine at him at stage 14. It was reported shortly after his teammate, Richie Porte claimed that he was punched by a fan on stage 10. Apart from asking fans to respect yellow jersey rider Froome, the UCI and Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) joint statement also emphasizes that they regretted the incident the British rider was involved in.
It said, “The UCI and ASO publicly regretted the aggressions suffered by the leader of the overall classification from some spectators during the 14th stage between Rodez and Mende, while at the same time thanking the large majority of the public which respects the athletes.”

The Guardian: UCI pleads for fans to ‘respect yellow jersey’ after Chris Froome abuse

UCI, world’s cycling governing body had to release a statement, asking fans to respect yellow jersey and stop insulting drivers on the Tour. What triggered the statement is that a cup of urine was thrown at Chris Froome while racing. Online mobile news reported that his teammate, Sky’s Australian rider Richie Porte was allegedly spat on and punched by fans.
The statement that was a joint issue with the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), Tour’s organizers said, “The peloton of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France enters a decisive phase of the race as it enters the Alps, where the riders require optimal conditions in order to perform to their best before arriving in Paris on Sunday.”
It continued, “UCI president Brian Cookson and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme ask crowds along the roadside to respect every rider, and the integrity of the riders and in particular the yellow jersey.”

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Tour de France: Ivan Basso Quits Due to Cancer

Jul 14, 2015
Tour de France 2015 Ivan Basso

That’s a terrible way to be ruled out of the competition (Photo: YouTube)

Two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso announced on the first rest day of the Tour de France that he has to retire from the competition.

On stage five he was involved in a small crash. The saddle caught his left testicle. After the incident, he felt pain for days. The medical checks revealed that he has a small cancer in his left testicle. The 37-year-old will have an operation in Italy as soon as possible. He trained mostly together with his Tinkoff Saxo Bank teammate Alberto Contador this year. The Italian climber would have been an important lieutenant of the Spaniard in the mountains.

BBC.com: Tour de France 2015: Ivan Basso withdraws with cancer

Italian cyclist Ivan Basso was forced to retire from the Tour de France 2015 after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, gambling news report. He revealed his problem immediately after the decision was made. He said, “We discovered this two hours ago. I have to stop.”

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Tour de France Etape 5: Hopefully not the last race of Basso’s career (Photo: ASO)

Gambling blogs predicted before the Tour that the 37-year-old climber would have been one of the most important assistants of Alberto Contador in the mountains. Basso was involved in a crash on stage five. The cancer was found on the competition’s first day off. His teammate, Contador was listening Basso’s press conference in tears.

Basso will have a surgery in Italy soon. He was one of Lance Armstrong’s challengers. It was expected that he would be the American’s successor after his retirement. However a doping scandal compromised the popular Italian’s career. Armstrong was also diagnosed with testicular cancer during his career, though he was able to recover and came back stronger.

The Guardian: Ivan Basso withdraws from Tour de France due to testicular cancer

Ivan Basso, the former rival of Lance Armstrong had to quit the Tour de France. The Italian revealed that he had cancer in his left testicle. He was in pain after a day five crash, and the medical tests discovered the tumor. Basso announced his withdrawal in a press conference, shocking many of those, who follow live sports results.

Tour de France Ivan Basso

He was understandably shaken at the press conference (Photo: YouTube)

He said, “Unfortunately I have a bad announcement. I have a small cancer in my left testicle, so you can understand that I have to go back to Italy. We discovered this just two hours ago.” Basso will have further checks in Italy. He will be operated as soon as possible.

Basso’s withdrawal will hurt the Tinkoff Saxo Bank team badly. Teammate Alberto Contador said it was hard for him. The two completed 60 percent of their training programme together this year. Contador said that his teammate’s illness will give him an extra motivation. He said, “You can be sure that we will fight for the yellow [jersey] to bring him the yellow in Paris.”

The Telegraph: Tour de France 2015: Ivan Basso reveals he has testicular cancer and quits race for surgery

Ivan Basso announced that he had to quit the Tour the France. He was involved in a crash on day five. His saddle hit his left testicle and he felt pain after that, online mobile news report. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Italian climber will have surgery in Italy very soon. The 37-year-old would have been one of Alberto Contador’s key assistants in the mountains.

Tour de France 2015 Basso Contador

Contador loses team support, hurting his chances badly. Probably the least of his worries now (Photo: GI)

Basso learned that he had this condition just hours before the press conference of the competition’s first day off. He said, “On stage five, I had a small crash but in the crash I touched my testicle on the saddle and for a few days, I felt a small pain. Yesterday we spoke with the doctor of the Tour de France and we decided to go to make a special analysis in the hospital and the ­examination gave me bad news. I have a small cancer in the left testicle.”

He added, “It’s easy to understand that I have to stop and go back to Italy. Our doctor is in contact with the specialist in Italy to fix the ­operation for as soon as possible. Of course I can’t say more details because we discovered this just two hours ago, but I have to leave.”

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Lance Armstrong Accused of Doping by Former Teammate Floyd Landis

May 21, 2010
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In a series of emails sent out to top cycling officials, American rider Floyd Landis admitted to systematically using blood doping and drugs to enhance his performance throughout his career. The emails also accused other cyclists of doing the same – including Lance Armstrong. Armstrong denied all accusations during an impromptu press conference he held earlier this week.

The Wall Street Journal: Cyclist Armstrong Denies Doping

Cyclist Lance Armstrong has denied allegations of participating in performance-enhancing measures. The allegations came from former teammate Floyd Landis, who recently admitted to using drugs and other practices.

Landis, whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after he tested positive in a doping test, recently admitted through a series of emails to cycling officials that he systematically used blood transfusions and performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. The emails also claim that other riders participated in the practices, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

After Landis’s accusations, Armstrong held a press conference at the Tour of California during which he denied all allegations. “If you said, ‘Give me one word to sum this all up:’ credibility,” said Armstrong. “Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago.”

“I’d remind everybody that this is a man that’s been under oath several times and had a very different version,” said Armstrong, alluding to Landis’ constant denials of doping accusations in the past. “This is somebody that took, some would say, close to $1 million from innocent people for his defense under a different premise. Now when it’s all run out the story changes.”

Armstrong has faced doping accusations several times during his career, but has never been sanctioned.

Boston Globe: Wheels spin on doping

Lance Armstrong faced accusations yesterday that he used performance-enhancing drugs. They came from American cyclist Floyd Landis, who lost his 2006 Tour de France victory when he tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

“It’s our word against his word,” said Armstrong. “I like our word. We like our credibility.”

Landis recently admitted to top cycling officials that he had used performance-enhancing measures in the past, including steroid patches, blood doping, and HGH. He also accused several other high-profile American cyclists of doping, including Armstrong.

In an impromptu press conference, Armstrong said, “We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to run from.”

“It’s very sad,’’ said Armstrong. “At one point or another, all of us implicated have cared about Floyd. That’s one thing we all shared in common.

“We all gave ladders to Floyd at some point in his life when he dug himself a hole. People aren’t throwing him ladders anymore.’’

Sport.co.uk: Armstrong dismisses Landis claims

Lance Armstrong says he has nothing to hide in the face of recent allegations of performance-enhancing drug use made by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis.

Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Earlier this week he admitted to systematic drug use thorough his career.

More shocking than this admission of guilt was a series of allegations that implicated Armstrong and his team boss Johan Bruyneel were also involved in performance-enhancing activities.

Landis says that Armstrong and Bruyneel struck a deal with authorities to cover a positive drug test during the 2002 Tour of Switzerland.

The UCI, cycling’s governing body, is on Armstrong’s side. As it turns out, he did not even compete in that event.

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