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Tour de France stages 20-21: Martin wins TT, Kittel conquers final stage as Nibali secures Tour win
Stage 21 - Marcel Kittel wins smlJuly 28th, ’14.  Tony Martin took his second stage win of this year’s Tour in dominant fashion in the race’s only individual time trial this year.  In the final stage Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Tour de France while Marcel Kittel took victory on the Champs-Elysees for the second consecutive time.
 
Tour de France stage 19: Navardauskas surprises the sprinters
Stage 19 - Ramunas Navardauskas smlJuly 26th, ’14.  After the difficulties Garmin-Sharp have experienced in the Tour this year they have finally taken a stage win courtesy of Lithuania’s Ramunas Navardauskas.  It is the first time a Lithuanian has won a stage of the Tour de France and was perfectly timed as Navardauskas finished seven seconds ahead of John Degenkolb of GIANT-Shimano, Alexander Kristoff of Katusha and Mark Renshaw of Omega Pharma-Quick Step.
 
Tour de France stage 18: Nibali seals victory
Stage 13 - Vincenzo Nibali wins smlJuly 25th, ’14.  Assuming he stays away from crashes or major mechanical issues Vincenzo Nibali has sealed the win in the Tour de France.  The Italian Astana rider produced a sublime performance to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France in destructive fashion to extend his overall advantage to more than 7 minutes over the new second placed rider in the race; Thibaut Pinot.

 
Tour de France stage 17: Majka does the double
Stage 17 - Rafal Majka smlJuly 24th, ’14.  The Tinkoff-Saxo team continued to demonstrate their strength today with Rafal Majka taking his second stage win of the Tour de France; and the team’s third in four stages.  Majka finished 29 seconds ahead of Giovanni Visconti of Movistar with Vincenzo Nibali in third; maintaining the yellow jersey.

 
Tour de France stage 16: Rogers wins longest stage
Stage 16 - Michael Rogers wins smlJuly 23rd, ’14.  Tinkoff-Saxo’s Michael Rogers has made it two wins in three stages for his team, taking a solo victory and his first Tour de France stage at 35-years old.  The Australian took a bow after finishing brilliantly ahead of Thomas Voeckler of Europcar and Vasil Kiryienka of Team Sky.  Overall there was no change for Vincenzo Nibali who still leads Alejandro Valverde on the eve of the first summit finish in the Pyrenees.

 
Tour de France stages 14-15: Majka climbs to win as Bauer denied on the line

Stage 15 - Jack Bauer sml July 21st, ’14. Rafal Majka won the final day’s racing in the Alps; but the big news for New Zealand came today. Jack Bauer came within metres of winning his first stage of the Tour de France; being denied on the line by the sprinters who were led home by Alexander Kristoff of Katusha. He and Martin Elmiger performed brilliantly throughout the day and it was a tragedy to see their lead swept up within seconds of the finish line.

 
Tour de France stage 13: Nibali puts the hammer down

Stage 13 - Vincenzo Nibali wins smlJuly 19th, ’14.  Is Vincenzo Nibali completely unstoppable?  That will be the question burning in many minds right now after the Italian won his third stage win of the Tour in emphatic fashion ahead of Tinkoff-Saxo’s Rafal Majka and NetApp-Endura’s Leopold Konig.  More importantly he put nearly a minute into his new closest challenger, Alejandro Valverde; on a day where the rider previously in second place - Richie Porte of Team Sky - lost 8 mins and his place in the top 10.

 
Tour de France stage 12: Kristoff for Katusha
Stage 12 - Alexander Kristoff finish smlJuly 18th, ’14.  Once again Cannondale’s Peter Sagan was forced to settle for second in the Tour de France as Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff outsprinted him and the rest of the field to take victory in stage 12 of the race.   French champion Arnaud Demare came home third on the stage.  There was no change in the overall standings as Vincenzo Nibali continues to lead Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde; although Tony Gallopin did drop out of the top five overall.

 
Tour de France stage 11: Gallopin gallops to victory
 
Stage 11 - Tony Gallopin smlJuly 17th, ’14.  The party for France continued today when Lotto Belisol’s great Tour discovery - Tony Gallopin - stood on the podium for the second time this Tour de France; as winner of the 11th stage of the race.  A fragmented peloton behind him were led home by John Degenkolb of GIANT-Shimano, Matteo Trentin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Tinkoff-Saxo’s Daniele Bennati.  There was no change overall as Vincenzo Nibali maintained his hold on the yellow jersey.
 
Tour de France: who’s looking strong?
Stage 2 - Vincenzo Nibali wins smlJuly 16th, ’14.  So let’s assess the situation just briefly shall we?  Cavendish was gone after stage one.  Andy Schleck didn’t start stage 4.  Greg Henderson didn’t finish stage 4.  Chris Froome was gone by stage 5.  Mathias Frank pulled out before the start of stage 8.  And of course we all know about Alberto Contador.  So with a rest day to ponder things, we thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the new top 3 and how they’re faring.

 
Tour de France stage 10: glory for Nibali, tragedy for Contador
Stage 10 - Vincenzo Nibali smlJuly 15th, ’14.  Vincenzo Nibali had reason to be all smiles at the end of stage 10 as he won his second stage of the Tour de France in emphatic fashion; and in so doing also regained the yellow jersey he had leased to Tony Gallopin of Lotto Belisol the day before.  But his victory was tainted not by anything he had done, but by the withdrawal of Alberto Contador who has dropped out from the Tour de France with a broken tibia.

 
Tour de France: week 1 with Jack Bauer
Jack Bauer smlJuly 14th,'14.  It feels like no sooner has the Tour started than we are in France on the eve of the first rest day.  We caught up with Garmin-Sharp's Jack Bauer who gave us his input into how racing has been going in what has been a rather notoriously difficult 2014 Tour de France.
 
Tour de France stages 8-9: glory for France as lead changes hands
Stage 9 - Tony Gallopin smlJuly 14th, ’14.  France have tasted glory in three forms forms over the past two stages courtesy of Blel Kadri of AG2R La Mondiale and Lotto Belisol’s Tony Gallopin .  Kadri won alone on stage 8 and in so doing also took the polka dot jersey; all be it just for one day.  Today though France went one better, with Tony Gallopin taking over the race lead from Vincenzo Nibali as Tony Martin of Omega Pharma-Quick Step took his first non-time trial stage win of the Tour de France.

 
Tour de France stage 7: Trentin topples Sagan in Nancy
Stage 7 - Matteo Trentin wins smlJuly 12th, ’14.  Once again Peter Sagan was forced to play second fiddle in the sprint, taking his third second place in the Tour de France this year to Matteo Trentin in this year’s closest sprint finish yet.  Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Trentin was given a brilliant lead out by his teammates and took the win out of a group of 27 riders, on a day where crashes were once again a dominant factor in the Tour’s longest stage so far.
 
 
Tour de France stage 6: Andre Greipel seizes the day
Stage 6 - Andre Greipel wins sml
July 11th, ’14.  Crashes were once again a feature in the sixth stage of the Tour de France but Andre Greipel rose above all the obstacles to take his first stage victory of this year’s race.  The Lotto Belisol rider outpaced  Alexander Kristoff of Katusha and Samuel Dumoulin of AG2R La Mondiale in the sprint to take his first win after a shaky start to the Tour.  New Zealand’s Jack Bauer of Garmin-Sharp came home inside the top 20.
 
Tour de France stage 5: Brilliant Boom, Froome falls and standings shake
Stage 5 - Lars Boom smlJuly 10th, ’14.  As was expected the fifth stage of the Tour de France blew the race apart; but not in the way that anyone could have anticipated.  Lars Boom of Belkin Pro Cycling won the stage alone by 19 seconds ahead of Jakob Fuglsang of Astana.  Fuglsang’s teammate and yellow jersey wearer Vincenzo Nibali arrived home next to him; arguably the ride of the day.  
 
Tour de France stage 4: Greg Henderson crashes out of the Tour
Stage 4 - Marcel Kittel wins smlJuly 9th, ’14.  In the closest finish of the Tour de France this year so far Marcel Kittel once again crossed the finish line in first place; squeezing through the gaps to pip Alexander Kristoff of Katusha and Arnaud Demare of FDJ.fr to the line.  Disaster struck though for New Zealand’s Greg Henderson who was forced out of the race after crashing while leading the bunch during the stage.
 
Experiencing le Tour: with Richard Rollinson
Stage 2 - RR - road closed smlJuly 8th, '14.  Richard Rollinson of CPT cycilng enjoyed a unique vantage point of the Tour de France for the second stage of the race in Yorkshire.  In this different take on the race he gives a personal account of events he witnessed as an on Tour spectator for the world's premier bike race.
 
Tour de France stage 3: Kittel crowns final England stage with victory
Stage 3 - Marcel Kittel wins smlJuly 8th, ’14.  GIANT-Shimano’s Marcel Kittel has well and truly laid down the gauntlet, daring anyone to challenge him or dispute the fact that he is the in-form sprinter of the Tour de France.  The German powered to his second win in three days ahead of Peter Sagan of Cannondale and Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Mark Renshaw.  Vincenzo Nibali maintained his lead overall on the final stage in England.

 
Tour de France stage 2: Nibali breaks clear
 
Stage 2 - Vincenzo Nibali wins smlJuly 7th, ’14.  Vincenzo Nibali is the new leader of the Tour de France.  The Astana rider took the yellow jersey and the stage victory after breaking clear inside the final 2km.  A splintered group attempted to peg the Italian National Champion back but to no avail.  Hugging the left hand side of the road, Nibali had just enough power left to fend off Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing and Michal Kwiatkowski of Omega Pharma-Quick Step; gaining two seconds on his closest competition.

 
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