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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome ‘should’ claim fourth title – Rob Hayles

Chris Froome retained the yellow jersey with a fourth-place finish on Col d’Izoard on Thursday’s stage 18 Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Chris Froome should win his fourth Tour de France title this weekend – but the race is “not over yet”, says ex-British road race champion Rob Hayles. Briton Froome, 32, finished fourth on Thursday’s tough stage 18 and has a…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome in control, Warren Barguil wins stage 18

Commentary: Barguil wins Tour stage 18 Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Britain’s Chris Froome took a big step towards winning a fourth Tour de France – and third in succession – as French rider Warren Barguil won stage 18. Froome reached the Col d’Izoard summit in fourth, just behind Romain Bardet, who is now 23 seconds adrift of the Team Sky man…

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La Course 2017: GB’s Lizzie Deignan second as Annemiek van Vleuten wins first stage

Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates victory on the Col d’Izoard Britain’s Lizzie Deignan finished second as Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten won stage one of the two-day La Course by the Tour de France. Orica-Scott’s Van Vleuten, 34, attacked the lead group in the final 5km to take victory on the Col d’Izoard summit. Boels-Doemans rider Deignan, 28, was 43 seconds behind, with Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini a further 40 seconds back in third. The race ends on Saturday with a 22.5km ‘chase’ in Marseille. The top riders will set off…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome extends lead, Primoz Roglic wins stage

Former ski jumper Roglic held his form brilliantly during a lengthy descent into the finish at Serre-Chevalier Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead in the Tour de France to 27 seconds at the end of a brilliant stage 17 won by Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic. Froome was third in a thrilling mountain stage during which Fabio Aru slipped…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome retains lead as Michael Matthews takes second win

Matthews held off Edvald Boasson Hagen (r) to win his second stage of this year’s Tour Michael Matthews won his second stage of the Tour de France with victory on stage 16, as Britain’s Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey. The 165km stage came alive at the end as crosswinds split the peloton before Matthews held off Edvald Boasson Hagen. Froome leads by 18 seconds over Italy’s Fabio Aru and 23 seconds over France’s Romain Bardet with five stages to go. Marcel Kittel was dropped early on a bad…

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Spain’s La Vuelta cycle race changes ‘sexist’ hostess role

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Spanish cyclist David de la Cruz poses with two beauties” is the agency’s photo caption for this picture from La Vuelta last year The organisers of Spanish cycling race La Vuelta say they will change the role of women on the winners’ podium, after calls of sexism. The current tradition sees each stage’s winner take the stage, surrounded by attractive women. Unipublic, which organises the annual event, says recent debate in the press and on social media has led it to reconsider its protocol….

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Tour de France: Chris Froome feared he would not retain yellow jersey

I thought it was game over – Froome Britain’s Chris Froome thought it was “game over” in his bid to win a fourth Tour de France title when his bike had a mechanical issue on stage 15. The Team Sky rider lost almost a minute to his rivals after he was forced to swap his rear wheel with Polish team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski on Sunday. However Froome, 32, recovered to rejoin the group of favourites and retain the leader’s yellow jersey going into the final week of the Tour. “That was…

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Tour de France 2017: Romain Bardet wants more ‘respect’ for Chris Froome

Bardet (right) is in third and 23 seconds behind Froome (left) in this year’s Tour de France Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage French rider Romain Bardet wants his country’s fans to show Tour de France rival Chris Froome more respect. Bardet received passionate support on Sunday when the 15th stage passed through his local Auvergne region. However, British race leader Froome suffered…

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Tour de France 2017: Froome retains yellow jersey as Mollema wins stage 15

Froome finished 28th in an eventful 15th stage on Sunday Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage. Britain’s Chris Froome brilliantly recovered from a puncture to defend his slender Tour de France lead from a blistering attack on stage 15. Froome took roughly 30 seconds to swap a back wheel shortly after Romain Bardet’s AG2R La Mondiale team had put the defending champion in…

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