Despite saying he could win the race if he were not on Team Sky, Froome says his job is to keep the boss in yellow
Alejandro Valverde uses brains, legs and powers of persuasion to win stage 17 of the 2012 Tour de France
Before he could ride for the win, the Movistar rider had to persuade danger-man Vincenzo Nibali to drop out of a break
Once rival Vincenzo Nibali cracked, said the race leader, "I knew it was pretty much over"
PENA CABARGA, Spain (VN) — Movistar lost three riders Wednesday as a stomach flu wiped out the team; meanwhile injury derailed Purito Rodrîguez in the final week of the Vuelta a España.
- 1. Christopher FROOME, (GBR) Team Sky, in 4:52:38
- 2. Juan Jose COBO ACEBO, (ESP) Geox-Tmc, at 1
- 3. Bauke MOLLEMA, (NED) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 21
- 4. Daniel MARTIN, (IRL) Garmin-Cervelo, at 24
- 1. Juan Jose COBO ACEBO, (Spain) Geox-Tmc, in 69:31:41
- 2. Christopher FROOME, (Great Britain) Team Sky, at 13
- 3. Bradley WIGGINS, (Great Britain) Team Sky, at 1:41
- 4. Bauke MOLLEMA, (Netherlands) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 2:05
- 5. Denis MENCHOV, (Russia) Geox-Tmc, at 3:48
Andy Schleck says stage 17 finish descent 'not really necessary'
Andrew Hood and Brian Holcombe take apart stage 17
PINEROLO, Italy (VN) — Jens Voigt strongly defended Leopard-Trek's tactic of riding for both Schleck brothers throughout the Tour de France rather than rally behind one of the brothers as a single leader.
PINEROLO, Italy (VN) — Pedro Delgado says Cadel Evans is in the driver's seat to become the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
PINEROLO, Italy (VN) - Two-time defending champion Alberto Contador has lit a fire at the front of the Tour de France in the final week ahead of the three biggest days in this year’s race. Contador’s Saxo Bank-Sungard manager Bjarne Riis said the Spaniard is recovered from the knee injury that hampered him in the Pyrénées and that he must attack every rider in the race on the road to the Col du Galibier Thursday.
Brian Holcombe checks in with HTC's Bernhard Eisel
Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen won his second stage of the 2011 Tour de France on Wednesday, improving on his second place of the day before and giving Norway two stage wins in a row and its fourth stage of this Tour.
- 1. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky Procycling, in 4h 18' 00"
- 2. Bauke Mollema, Rabobank Cycling Team, at 00:40
- 3. Sandy Casar, Fdj, at 00:50
- 4. Julien El Fares, Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne, at 00:50
- 5. Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step Cycling Team, at 00:50
- 1. Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, in 73h 23' 49"
- 2. Cadel Evans, BMC Racing Team, at 1:18
- 3. Frank Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 01:22
- 4. Andy Schleck, Team Leopard-Trek, at 02:36
- 5. Samuel Sanchez, Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 02:59