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the Tour de France organisers devised a route to discomfit Jacques Anquetil, who had just won the race for the third time. The time trial kilometrage was slashed and the mountain stages increased. It did not work: Anquetil took his fourth Tour in emphatic style. A similar process can be traced leading to Chris Froome’s fourth Tour win, sealed in Marseille in one of the most scenically beautiful and atmospheric stages the event has ever run. This Tour route looked tailored for the young French hopeful Romain Bardet, he of the nerveless descending skills, more downhill skier than cyclist, but the outcome was the same as in 1963: the man who, on paper, was least favoured by the route, ended up the winner, taking his fourth TourThere were two schools of thought going into this Tour. One held that the new format would result in a nervous, open race. The other that the race would be conservative and tense, with most of the contenders watching and waiting for the final two key stages: Thursday’s finish on the Izoard and Saturday’s time trial. These past three weeks have tended towards the latter, a few flurries from Daniel Nathan Gerbe Authentic Jersey Martin and Simon Yates apart. Froome lost time in the mountains, for the first time in his winning run, to Bardet and Rigoberto Urán. Thanks to their stage wins, they fared slightly better than Froome when it came to securing time bonus seconds. Most tellingly of all, on every mountain stage apart from Peyragudes, the trio finished within 10 seconds of each other. A Tour designed with a bare minimum of time trialling has been won in the time trial stages in Düsseldorf and Marseille. Froome’s rivals will reflect on missed opportunities: at Chambéry, where Froome had a mechanical issue, Fabio Aru attacked and Richie Porte made the opposition wait for the race leader. There was no particular reason for them to do so, other than a decidedly tenuous convention that, in certain circumstances, the maillot jaune should be given leeway. More conventionally, on the super-short mountain stage to Foix, none of the riders who had seen Froome’s weakness at first hand the previous day (at Peyragudes) made a real effort to test him. No one was quite certain what his issue had been and it would surely have been worth seeing what the after-effects were. Advertisement Most glaringly, however, when he suffered a broken spoke at the foot of the Col de Peyra Taillade en route to Le Puy-en-Velay, none of the leaders attempted to go clear of the main group on the climb. It was a perfect opportunity because – for perhaps the only time in the Tour – Team Sky were in disarray. It is hard to imagine Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx http://www.authentichurricanestore.com/noah-hanifin-jersey_c-446.html or Lance Armstrong letting such an opportunity slip away. Froome won in the style of Anquetil, managing his time gaps, marking his rivals. He owed an immense amount to his team. Among his daily rituals, one was never missed: massive heartfelt thanks to the other riders in white Sky jerseys. One rival team manager summed up the opposition’s frustration. “Sky have a world time-trial champion [Vasil Kiryienka] who can ride in the valleys. They have a former world road champion [Michal Kwiatkowski] who can bury himself on pretty much any climb. And they have a guy [Mikel Landa] who is capable of winning the Tour who can stay with Chris when the going gets tough. “There are people asking why the top guys on general classification don’t attack Chris – but they would need to be putting out a zillion watts to do that.” It is when you turn to Team Sky, however, that Froome’s triumph becomes complicated. Four wins is a massive achievement, the moment when a rider suddenly attains greatness. There should be huge excitement around a feat that places a rider in the same bracket as Hinault, Merckx, Miguel Indurain and Anquetil, but that was hard to detect hereOn Saturday, the Tour was relegated to page 12 of l’Equipe. There was little Froome love in evidence. A few boos en route to Mike Gartner Authentic Jersey Le Puy-en-Velay and some whistling on Saturday apart, there has been no antipathy either, unlike other years, but it seems that Froome is only slowly winning over the French. Advertisement “He’s the victim of Sky’s image to some extent,” says Jean Montois, who has covered 35 Tours for Agence France-Presse. “After Wiggins, everyone emphasised the dehumanised side of Team Sky but Froome has everything that should make him popular: he’s polite, he’s fair play, he makes an effort to talk French. “Like in all sports, the public doesn’t like a team that crushes everyone else. If he had lost one of his Tours by 15sec, he’d be very popular. I can sense small changes, however; last year was better than 2015 and this year that’s continued.” The questions regarding Team Sky remain. They do not touch Froome directly, but are bound to detract from his moment of triumph. Having announced during the Tour that he will ride a further two years at Sky, he and the squad are bound together. The issues unveiled in the past nine months, at the centre of UK Anti-Doping’s inquiry into allegations of possible wrongdoing, make a grim list, starting with 55 doses of the performance-enhancing corticosteroid triamcinolone acquired between 2010 and 2013, with no clear explanation of what it was all used for; Froome, however, has told the Guardian he did not use any of the triamcinolone and was not offered any. Add in the delivery of testosterone patches to the then team doctor Richard Freeman, claimed to have been a mistake; allegations of widespread use of the painkiller tramadol; curiously timed Therapeutic Brandon Roy Authentic Jersey Use Exemptions for Wiggins, coinciding with major target events. All this on top of the hiring of a doctor, Geert Leinders, who is now banned for life for misdeeds connected with his previous team, Rabobank. This relates to a period between five and six years ago, but the issues remain unresolved, with the Ukad inquiry yet to be completed. Here is the conundrum of Froome 4.0. Being expected to celebrate a clinically taken victory, forged with the help of one of the most complete team performances the Tour has seen, is one thing. Being expected to do so against Sky’s background is like being asked to dance at a wedding when the groom’s previous wife disappeared in unexplained circumstances. Like it or not, want it or not, however much one might admire Froome’s management of the race, relishing this success is somehow hard to do
over the polished Graham Knott Jersey cobblestones of the Champs élysées on Sunday afternoonlater today, the cyclist will surely enter the pantheon of British sporting greats. After finishing the penultimate stage of the Tour de France 54 seconds ahead of his closest rival on Saturday, the 32-year-old is a certainty, barring accidents, to win the brutal race for a fourth time, something only four other men have ever done. Froome’s domination of the event since his first victory in 2013 has been unrelenting. A series of crashes put him out of the 2014 Tour, but ever since he has crushed all opposition in his pursuit of the maillot jaune, the famous yellow jersey that signifies the overall race leader. Yet for a British champion who has little left to prove in his chosen field, Froome is yet to be fully embraced by the British public. He is not praised for his achievements in the way that athletes such as Daley Thompson, Steve Redgrave or Paula Radcliffe have been, or sportsmen such as Ian Botham, Bobby Moore or Andy MurrayHe’s now closing in on five-times Tour winner Eddy Merckx, who is popularly regarded as the greatest ever road racer,” Ellis Cashmore, professor of sociology at Aston University, Birmingham, and author of Sports Culture, said. “The problem for Froome is that cycling is a tainted sport. Lance Armstrong changed everything. It will be years before cycling purges itself of its close association with doping.” Advertisement The shadow of performance-enhancing drugs has obscured every cycling achievement since Armstrong was exposed in 2012 and stripped of his seven titles. Froome’s success arrived a year later, under the regime of Team Sky and its general manager, Sir Dave Brailsford. Every Darron Lee Authentic Jersey turn of Froome’s pedals and his every heartbeat are measured, scrutinised and debated by fans, pundits and other riders looking for any hint that he is not quite as good as he looks. In 2013 he won the 15th stage of the Tour de France from Givors to Mont Ventoux, a particularly vicious climb that sometimes leaves competitors gasping into an oxygen mask. Froome’s victory provoked veiled allegations from some who could not understand how his heart rate had not leapt when he overtook his rivals in a fury of pedalling. Froome later underwent a physiological examination that showed an extraordinary ability to generate power. His rake-thin frame is undoubtedly an asset. Froome’s Tour race weight is a mere 67kg, stretched over 6ft 1in. He cycles hunched over his handlebars, elbows splayed, staring down rather than out at the backdrop of the Alps, the Pyrenees or the Massif Central during his odyssey around France. Perhaps the other reason why Froome has not yet cemented a place in British hearts is his upbringing in Africa. Born in Nairobi to Jane and Clive Froome, the latter of which represented England’s under-19s at hockey, Froome lived in Kenya until he was 13, then went to secondary school in Bloemfontein in South Africa and afterwards the University of Johannesburg. He retains a South African tinge to his accent, like Kevin Pietersen, another unfeted British sportsman, and now lives in Monaco with his wife MichelleYet his older brothers came to England for their schooling, and he has always maintained strong ties here. “He has held a British passport since birth, his grandparents are http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-32-bill-walton-jersey.html British, and he registered as a British national and started racing under a British licence in 2008,” Nigel Wynn, the former deputy editor of Cycling Weekly, wrote. “He identifies himself as British. Has post-Brexit Britain become so inward-looking that we discount Froome as British? It seems unlikely, and more importantly, unjustifiable under scrutiny.” Advertisement When Froome failed to gain a nomination for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award last year, after his third Tour de France win, the Olympic triathlete Jonny Brownlee spoke out against the decision. “People struggle to warm to Froome’s personality, but I really respect him,” Brownlee said. “He says: ‘I’ll just train really hard and do what I need to win’. He should have been nominated.” Although road cycling can seem arcane to the casual viewer, Froome’s tactics and courage have been hallmarks of his career. The 2015 race turned when Froome attacked Nairo Quintana on the mountain stage to La Pierre St Martin, landing a psychological blow. In 2016 Froome was forced to run uphill after a collision with a motorbike damaged his bike and he had to get a replacement from his team. For this year’s Tour, Froome has dominated without winning a stage before Amos Youth Jersey the 22km time trial around Marseille. His riding has been less spectacular for fans, yet there have been moments of high drama: a 25-man pile up in Aachen involving Froome, a broken spoke beside the river Allier, and losing, then regaining, the yellow jersey from his rival Fabio Aru. “The more time I’ve spent chasing the yellow jersey, the more I’ve come to appreciate the likes of Merckx, the guys who have won it five times, and just how hard that is,” Froome said. It has been, he said, his “toughest challenge yet”. Until next year
Chris Froome, with his fourth Tour de France in the bag thanks to one of the Marcus Johansson Authentic Jersey strongest final weeks he can remember putting in, is now likely to move on to the Tour of Spain, depending on his form. Tour de France 2017: final stage – as it happened Dylan Groenewegen wins the final stage of the race but Chris Froome is the hero of the day, winning his third straight Tour and fourth overall Read more “I’ll have to see how I recover from this and how I back up in training going into the Vuelta,” Froome said. “It’s always been the plan to go on and do the Vuelta but I’ll have to see how I shape up over the next 10 days and when I get back into training.” In the longer term Froome expects to continue riding for the next five years, although he is not sure how long his Tour winning sequence will last. “I’d still like to keep racing into my late thirties and keep competing for the yellow jersey. I’d like to be here for the next five years, trying to win it, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier. This year was the closest it’s ever been for me and it’s only going to be harder next year. I’m definitely getting older. “Each year I’m learning more, developing as a rider, becoming a more complete http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com/Matt_Niskanen_Jerseyrider. I’ve worked on my descending, my positioning in the bunch, but tactically I’ve got more to learn. I hope I can still improve. Every year we’ll have to try and adapt to whatever the Tour throws at us.” Looking back at this year’s Tour, Froome said he felt the conservative racing among the overall contenders was largely down to the course. “It made it a much more cagey race between the main favourites once we hit the climbs because there were so few summit finishes. We basically ended up following each other and, between us, we were afraid to lay it all on the line in case things didn’t go well and there wasn’t a back-up or an opportunity to rectify it. This year was certainly the hardest for me personally, given the lack of mountain-top finishes and time trial kilometres compared to other years. Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France after Champs élysées procession Read more “The goal was to be strong in the third week of the Tour and, especially http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-8-alfarouq-aminu-jersey.html after a couple of hard days in the Alps, it’s worked out really well. Tim Kerrison has been a major part of that and I have him to thank for the planning, coming into the Tour the way I did. I wasn’t quite at my best in the Dauphiné but I’ve never felt this good in the third week of a Grand Tour. Even though I was pushing to the limits, I always felt as if I was in control.” Froome remains adamant that the ongoing issues around Team Sky – principally the Ukad inquiry into allegations of possible wrongdoing at the team, which are denied by the squad – should have no bearing on his fourth victory, that in no sense should they detract from it. “No. They don’t concern me,” he said. “It’s really something that really doesn’t concern me and I’m not going to waste energy getting myself caught up in it when it doesn’t involve me.” Some might argue this is bordering on myopia but cutting oneself off from the world and compartmentalising surrounding issues is probably part of being a successful Tour rider. Asked about Sir Dave Brailsford’s run-in with a journalist from cyclingnews.com, which made the news on the rest day, Froome gave a similar reply: “When you have a three?week bike race, especially one that’s been this close for the Amos Youth Jersey yellow jersey, it’s not something that’s on your radar. It’s just noise in the background. It’s the same as a Frenchman going ‘Boo’ at the roadside – you hear it but it doesn’t stop you pedalling or going in the direction you need to go
Chris Froome, with his fourth Tour de France in the bag thanks to one of the Marcus Johansson Authentic Jersey strongest final weeks he can remember putting in, is now likely to move on to the Tour of Spain, depending on his form. Tour de France 2017: final stage – as it happened Dylan Groenewegen wins the final stage of the race but Chris Froome is the hero of the day, winning his third straight Tour and fourth overall Read more “I’ll have to see how I recover from this and how I back up in training going into the Vuelta,” Froome said. “It’s always been the plan to go on and do the Vuelta but I’ll have to see how I shape up over the next 10 days and when I get back into training.” In the longer term Froome expects to continue riding for the next five years, although he is not sure how long his Tour winning sequence will last. “I’d still like to keep racing into my late thirties and keep competing for the yellow jersey. I’d like to be here for the next five years, trying to win it, but it certainly doesn’t get any easier. This year was the closest it’s ever been for me and it’s only going to be harder next year. I’m definitely getting older. “Each year I’m learning more, developing as a rider, becoming a more complete http://www.officialcapitalsauthentic.com/Matt_Niskanen_Jerseyrider. I’ve worked on my descending, my positioning in the bunch, but tactically I’ve got more to learn. I hope I can still improve. Every year we’ll have to try and adapt to whatever the Tour throws at us.” Looking back at this year’s Tour, Froome said he felt the conservative racing among the overall contenders was largely down to the course. “It made it a much more cagey race between the main favourites once we hit the climbs because there were so few summit finishes. We basically ended up following each other and, between us, we were afraid to lay it all on the line in case things didn’t go well and there wasn’t a back-up or an opportunity to rectify it. This year was certainly the hardest for me personally, given the lack of mountain-top finishes and time trial kilometres compared to other years. Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France after Champs élysées procession Read more “The goal was to be strong in the third week of the Tour and, especially http://www.officialblazershop.com/authentic-8-alfarouq-aminu-jersey.html after a couple of hard days in the Alps, it’s worked out really well. Tim Kerrison has been a major part of that and I have him to thank for the planning, coming into the Tour the way I did. I wasn’t quite at my best in the Dauphiné but I’ve never felt this good in the third week of a Grand Tour. Even though I was pushing to the limits, I always felt as if I was in control.” Froome remains adamant that the ongoing issues around Team Sky – principally the Ukad inquiry into allegations of possible wrongdoing at the team, which are denied by the squad – should have no bearing on his fourth victory, that in no sense should they detract from it. “No. They don’t concern me,” he said. “It’s really something that really doesn’t concern me and I’m not going to waste energy getting myself caught up in it when it doesn’t involve me.” Some might argue this is bordering on myopia but cutting oneself off from the world and compartmentalising surrounding issues is probably part of being a successful Tour rider. Asked about Sir Dave Brailsford’s run-in with a journalist from cyclingnews.com, which made the news on the rest day, Froome gave a similar reply: “When you have a three?week bike race, especially one that’s been this close for the Amos Youth Jersey yellow jersey, it’s not something that’s on your radar. It’s just noise in the background. It’s the same as a Frenchman going ‘Boo’ at the roadside – you hear it but it doesn’t stop you pedalling or going in the direction you need to go
The French capital was in lockdown on Sunday, with extra rings of security around the Champs élysées, which had been turned into a vast sterile zone as a foretaste of what awaits the French capital when the Olympics arrive in either 2024 or 2028. In an understandable attempt to put Paris on display as never before, the race was routed through the Grand Palais with the riders racing under the famous glass roof, originally erected in 1897 for the universal exposition of the turn of the century. For Chris Froome it was but a novel diversion en route to confirmation of his fourth Tour de France victory. The Team Sky rider crossed the line in the bunch behind the stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen, to win the yellow jersey by 54 seconds from Rigoberto Urán. 广告 Five reasons why Chris Froome and Team Sky dominated the Tour de France Read more Bike races have been sent through buildings before – there is a legendary kermis in Belgium which went through a bar full of drinkers and cyclo-cross races are sometimes sent through beer tents – but this was about more than merely upping the returns in adjacent brasseries. Coming as it did the day after the start and finish in Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome – albeit far from full due to the fact that few ticket holders wanted to stay in the stands all day – the Grand Palais detour was further evidence that the Tour is constantly looking for new ways to reinvent itself, and a reminder that it increasingly sees itself as a way of showing this multifaceted country to the world. Lockdown could serve as a metaphor for the Tour as a whole, given the way the overall battle had panned out since the race left Düsseldorf 22 days ago. In four of the five previous Tours, Team Sky had brought their cycling version of catenaccio to bear on the race, but they had never done so to the extent they managed this year, with the yellow jersey only eluding them for two days once Geraint Thomas had won the opening time trial. For kilometre after kilometre the white train ground out the pace on the front, up hill and down dale, at times lining out the entire race when on paper it was not strictly necessary. As Froome’s fourth win loomed large, it was inevitable that at least one French newspaper – Le Figaro, as it turned out – would describe the Tour winner using Antoine Blondin’s sublime pun, “gérant de la route” – a wordplay on the verb gérer, meaning to manage or regulate, and the hoary French cliche for the Tour riders, les géants de la route. An English translation might be accountancy on wheels. Or to paraphrase Geoff Nicholson, hoarding seconds like supermarket discount coupons. Advertisement Froome himself said that this was his and Team Sky’s chosen approach. “We knew in Düsseldorf that it would be tight. It was always the tactic to ride this as a three-week race, not to go out on one day to blow it up, smash it for the stage win … just chipping away every stage to make sure there were no massive losses. That’s normal when on a bad day in the mountains you can lose minutes. It’s been about doing Hugh Thornton Jersey it in the most conservative and efficient manner. That’s what Grand Tour racing is.” Compare and contrast with Dan Martin, who treats the key days like individual one-day classics, but – before you veer too strongly towards espousing Martin’s philosophy – bear in mind who actually won. Fourth Tour wins are the penultimate step to cycling greatness, but often do little to warm the soul at the time. This could certainly be said of the three that I can personally recall: Lance Armstrong in 2002 (with the usual proviso that it has been struck off), Miguel Indurain in 1994 and Bernard Hinault in 1982. They seem to be ones for the record books rather than the heart, but they can be turned by an individual’s approach. Hinault, in 1982, faced the same issue that confronted Froome as he approached Paris on Sunday: a Tour without a stage win, and the consequent carps about a lack of panache. Sky’s the limiting factor for Chris Froome in Tour de France popularity stakes Read more The Badger’s response was to win the bunch sprint on the Champs élysées, but http://www.atlantafalconsauthorizedstore.com/hugh-thornton-jersey-elite this is not one from the Froome copybook. Having said that, Froome’s great strength over his four victories is his ability to adapt to whatever the Tour organisers present to him, and whatever fate decrees. 2013 had a wealth of time trialling and an immensely tough finale in the Alps; in 2015 there were cobbles and a team time trial but barely any individual time trials, while in 2016 there was more time trialling and a downhill finale into Morzine, in teeming rain, not to mention the run up Mont Ventoux. He is a champion who has versatility and grit, if not charisma or popularity. His approach to the latter is summed up by his answer to the question of why he felt he did not need to give press conferences on the rest days. “Rest days are meant to be rest days and a big press conference is not good for recovery. I felt it helped me being able to switch off.” If Froome chooses to pursue a “marginal gain” by hiding from a 15-minute discussion with the people whose job it is to present his personality to the world, he can hardly complain if his personality is not understood or appreciated for what it is. This is the Team Sky approach of winning at all costs; in this case the cost has to be borne by him. For the neutral there was much unbridled bike racing by individuals of character and panache to be savoured through the 2017 Tour, with the unfortunate proviso that very little of it actually involved the battle for the overall title. Some days will live in the memory: the moyenne montagne stage to Les Rousses won by Lilian Calmejane, Steve Cummings’s attempt to take the stage to Peyragudes, Sunweb’s battle with Quick-Step on the road to Romans-sur-Isère on behalf of their sprinters Mike Matthews and Marcel Kittel, Alberto Contador’s raging against the dying of the light en route to Foix and Serre-Chevalier, and Edvald http://www.greenbaypackersauthorizedstore.com/jamaal-williams-jersey-elite Boasson Hagen’s cunning on Friday at Salon-de-Provence. Two stages can be seen as key episodes in the picaresque three-week soap opera: the Düsseldorf time trial, because of the time gained by Froome, and the message it sent about the probable outcome in Marseille three weeks later, and Chambéry, with the crash that eliminated Richie Porte – whose BMC team looked second strongest to Sky – and which put Daniel Martin physically and temporally on the back foot for the rest of the race. Tour de France 2017 – in pictures View gallery What of the opposition? They fell upon a Froome who was probably not as strong as in the past, but who had the nous, the sangfroid and the team to get him cycling’s greatest prize. “At the moment we’re not ready to beat Chris Froome. Most teams aren’t,” said Orica-Scott’s director sportive Matt White, who placed a Yates brother in the top 10 and the white jersey of best under-25 for the second year running. “We’ll be coming back with a leader next year to try to beat Chris. Everyone is beatable. The model that Sky run and how they race makes it difficult. I’ve no idea what it’s a sign of but this year in general we haven’t seen him at the level of the past. That level was still good enough to win the Tour de France, and that shows the class of the man
If weight of national expectation and volume of media hype counted for anything, Romain Bardet would have dislodged Chris Froome here and won Adidas Danny Gare Womens Jersey the Tour de France. Instead he finished exhausted, close behind the stage winner, Warren Barguil, after pushing himself rather than Froome to the limit and snatching a second place which is provisional before the time trial on Saturday. Froome is now within an ace of winning a fourth Tour de France. As Bardet attempted to find breath to explain how hard he had tried and what it promised for the future, Froome mounted the finish podium perched on the Col d’Izoard – a panorama of Alpine peaks all around in the crystal clear air – with the look of a man who knew the worst was behind him. 广告 inRead invented by Teads 广告 inRead invented by Teads Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course stage one with Lizzie Deignan second Read more The stage to Marseille on Friday is far from flat but not threatening, given that the wind is not expected to be strong. As for Saturday’s time trial, on paper Froome is stronger at the discipline than either Bardet, who has to close a 23sec gap, or Rigoberto Urán, who is now 29sec behind. The big threat to the race leader’s fourth Tour is a puncture or a crash on Saturday. Behind Urán in third the gaps stretch away as the initial verdict of Wednesday’s stage over the Galibier was largely repeated. Simon Yates hung Adidas Mikhail Grigorenko Youth Jersey on to seventh and the white jersey but Fabio Aru’s challenge for the podium came to an end; the Italian slipped to fifth at 1min 55sec and even fourth place looks beyond him. Mikel Landa was disconcertingly if impassively strong, and he may well move from fourth overall on to the podium on Saturday. The 2,360m-high Izoard, wrote the Tour organiser Jacques Goddet, is a “terrible challenge which establishes the margin between the difficult and the terrifying”. The challenge for Bardet’s AG2R team was to set a pace that would eliminate Froome’s team-mates, which would at least put their leader in a position to see what the race leader had in him. Froome has certainly not been terrifying in this Tour – there have been none of the extreme accelerations on mountain tops seen in other years – but he has been a difficult nut to crack, apart from his costly 200m at Peyragudes. Advertisement AG2R began making the pace on the Col de Vars, 50km out, and by the time they were worn out 40km later the group around Froome and Bardet was reduced to about 15. However, once again, Landa was where he needed to be, and the Basque rider drifted off the front of the Froome and Bardet group shortly after Barguil had sprung away in search of points to seal his victory in the King of the Mountains contest. Sky’s plan was partly http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-mikko-rantanen-jersey to put Urán and Bardet under pressure but also for Froome to join Landa. However, when the yellow jersey made his move – immediately after Bardet had put in an attack at three kilometres to go – he was marked by Urán and the Frenchman as he tackled the brief downhill through the Casse Déserte, past the plaques to Fausto Coppi and Louison Bobet. “I wanted to move before that descent, I don’t know if that was the right time,” Froome said. “If Rigoberto had not reacted as fast as he did, I might have got away with it.” Bardet tried again inside the final kilometre and persisted to the line with the time bonuses in his mind, just holding off Froome to take a four-second time bonus and finish two seconds ahead of Urán. However, in terms of the bigger picture and his hopes for overall victory, it was too little, too late. Bardet has proved a mild anticlimax – far from a disappointment – but Barguil has finally come into his own in the past 10 days. A fellow member of the http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-nick-bjugstad-jersey new French generation, Barguil should now join his fellow Bretons Bernard Hinault and Louison Bobet as a winner of the polka dot jersey. He has sealed that position with possibly the two most prestigious mountain stage wins of the race, victory here coming after the Bastille Day triumph in Foix. When he sprang out of Froome and Bardet’s little group, the last remnants of a classic mountain escape were still between him and the stage win. The breakaways had numbered 54, a third of the field, including most of the UAE and Direct Energie teams – Thomas Voeckler’s presence was inevitable. They gained eight minutes at one stage, and UAE’s Colombian Darwin Atapuma was hanging on to a 1min 15sec lead at five kilometres to go. The Tour is the most Darwinian of sports events, however, and the race’s law of natural selection was as implacable as usual. Atapuma was mopped up with one kilometre remaining, surviving to take second and the most aggressive rider prize. In the bad old Armstrong era when the French were often the whipping boys of the Tour, the red race number awarded to the combatif du jour was one of the few consolation prizes available to the home riders. Thanks to Bardet and Barguil, and the others who have contributed to a French Adidas Reilly Smith Youth Jersey tally of five stage wins, those days are a mere memory, even if, as Bardet will probably have to accept, the overall title remains as elusive as ever
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Chris Froome wins fourth Tour de France after Champs élysées procession Read more Matthews’ victory provides a compelling lesson in the virtues of perseverance. On stage 10, when Kittel won his fourth sprint finish of the Tour and “Bling” finished a disappointing 13th, it seemed the battle for green was over. Matthews was inconsolable but he continued to battle for every point, finishing ahead of Kittel in the intermediate sprints on stages 11, 12 and 13. He then took line honours in Rodez, a stage he had targeted since the announcement of this year’s route, before winning again three days later. In barely a week, Matthews had reduced Kittel’s green jersey lead by over 100 points. When another intermediate victory narrowed the gap to single digits, it momentarily seemed that the Tour’s 104th edition was heading for an epic sprint battle in Paris. Then, suddenly, Matthews found himself in green. “I had mixed feelings when I heard over the team radio that Marcel had withdrawn,” he says. “At first I thought my sports director was joking.” While Kittel’s injury-induced abandonment deprived spectators of an exciting denouement, it has not dampened Matthews’ elation. “I did everything possible to win this jersey,” says the 26-year-old, refuting a suggestion that his triumph might be undervalued. “I was fighting every single day from stage one. It is not who has the most points on a particular day – you have to be consistent through to Paris. In the end, I deserve the jersey.” Five http://www.footballpanthershop.com/Charles_Johnson_Jersey_Cheapreasons why Chris Froome and Team Sky dominated the Tour de France Read more A key figure in Matthews’ French success has been another Australian, Team Sunweb’s sports director Luke Roberts. The Olympic gold medallist, who himself twice rode the Tour de France, has masterfully orchestrated a strategy to help Matthews compete – and ultimately overcome – faster sprinters. After directing Tom Dumoulin to the Giro d’Italia pink jersey in May, Roberts has now added the Tour de France green jersey, king of the mountain polka dot jersey and overall combativity award to Sunweb’s tally, the latter two earned by Matthews’ room-mate Warren Barguil. “Warren and I had a chat with Luke on Friday night and it became quite emotional,” says Matthews. “Our wins have been mainly because of him – he was so relaxed and provided such detailed race strategies.” Another mentor to Matthews during his short career has been Orica-Scott’s Matt White, who guided the former Under-23 world champion to a host of victories during his four years with the Australian-registered team. 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Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team Read more “To ride general classification, you also have to be focused all the time,” Matthews continues. “While at this Tour I have improved in that aspect, I am not sure if I have the capability to climb, time trial and sprint while staying focused every single day.” Roberts offers a similar appraisal. “Michael’s physiology won’t allow him to target a yellow jersey in the Tour de France,” the sports director notes. “But in the shorter stage races he could definitely be a tough competitor to beat.” Whatever the future holds, Matthews has assured himself a place in the annals Buster Skrine Youth Jersey of Australian cycling. By being anointed sprint classification inner in Paris, he joins heroes Robbie McEwen and Baden Cooke as the only Australians to secure the hallowed green jersey. But a decade on from the golden era of Australian sprinting, Matthews is keen to write his own history. Asked how he felt about following in the footsteps of McEwen and Cooke, who provided guidance prior to the Tour, he signals his considerable ambition. “Nah, I think I’ll start my own [tradition]
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When Spieth is making a short putt, he keeps his eyes fixed on the hole as he swings. He has such trust in his stroke that he breaks the oldest rule in sport, which is that you have always got to watch the ball. But it failed him here. There was a three-putt on the 3rd, another on the 4th, a third on the 9th, this last from just five feet. The ball rolled up, caught the back of the cup, ran around and spat back towards him. He hung his head. “Three over through nine,” Spieth muttered to his caddie Michael Greller, through gritted teeth. It meant he and Matt Kuchar were now level. Spieth’s game was starting to creak. Lurking in the back of his mind, and everyone else’s, memories of his infamous round at the Masters in 2016 when he took a five-shot lead into the second nine on the Sunday, made back?to?back bogeys at the 10th and 11th, and then shot a seven at the 12th. “If I don’t win tomorrow, it has nothing to do with that,” Spieth said on Saturday, “and if I win tomorrow it has nothing to do with that, either.” He sounded very much like a man who has spent a lot of time trying to convince himself of the truth of his words, as if he was still working to persuade himself that the wound was healed. Watching Spieth play around that front nine for the final time at Royal Birkdale, you could almost see it tear open again. As if there was a little demon whispering “here we go, Jordan, it’s happening all over again” in his ear while he struggled around the course, trying hard to hold his game together. His swings were wayward, his putting stroke hesitant. 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Jordan Spieth wins the Open 2017: final round, as it happened Jordan Spieth won the Open at Birkdale – his third major title – after a heroic performance along the closing stretch. Scott Murray was watching Read more On the 12th at Augusta, it was not the mistake Spieth made off the tee that did for him, but the way he took a drop and chopped his third shot back into the creek. Spieth always seems like a man who knows all the angles. This Sunday he spent an interminable amount of time trying to find the right one in to the green. In the end he clipped his shot over the hill and into a rough dell by a bunker. He was furious with himself. The dropped shot meant Kuchar, who had been Amos Youth Jersey waiting all the while, had the lead. And it was then that Spieth showed just how tough, and how good, a golfer he really is. He reached down into the depths of himself, and summoned up the very best he had inside him. Kuchar’s lead lasted less than a single hole. 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