Tour de France 2015

The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The defending champion from 2014 is Italian Vincenzo Nibali, with Britain's Chris Froome and Spain's Alberto Contador expected to provide strong challenges in 2015

World cycling chief warns of increase in Tour de France hooliganism

Tour spectators are allowed unprecedented access to the athletes, but that could change if behaviour doesn't improve. Photo: Reuters

World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" among Tour de France fans after winner Chris Froome was subjected to abuse during the event.

Thursday, 30 July, 2015, 10:05pm

Five things we learned from this year’s Tour de France

Winner Christopher Froome (C), second-placed  Nairo Quintana (2nd  L) and third-placed  Alejandro Valverde (3rd R) celebrate on the podium, on the Champs-Elysees. Photo: AFP

Following Chris Froome’s victory at the 2015 Tour de France on Sunday, here’s looks at five lessons learned from this year’s race:

27 Jul 2015 - 7:51pm

Spat on, covered in urine and called a cheat: why Tour de France win is even sweeter for Chris Froome

Chris Froome rides past the Eiffel Tower. Photo: AP

Chris Froome admitted he’d been “up against everything” at the Tour de France where he was accused of cheating, spat upon and had urine thrown at him

27 Jul 2015 - 9:46am

Chris Froome eyes more triumphs after sealing his second Tour de France

Britain's Chris Froome enjoys the traditional toast of champagne on the last stage of the Tour de France into Paris on Sunday. Photos: AP

As he was officially named Tour de France cycling champion for the second time on Sunday, Chris Froome was already planning his next success.

27 Jul 2015 - 1:02am

Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades

French police look for clues after a car drove through barriers set up for the final stage of the Tour de France in central Paris, France. Police opened fire on the car which drove through barriers. Photo: Reuters

French police opened fire Sunday at a car which smashed through a security barrier in central Paris close to the finishing line of cycling’s Tour de France.

27 Jul 2015 - 8:59am

Chris Froome all but assured of second Tour de France triumph

Chris Froome knows he has the Tour de France title in the bag after finishing fifth on the 20th stage on Saturday. Photos: EPA

Briton Chris Froome all but sewed up his second Tour de France victory after holding off a stirring fightback by Nairo Quintana on the challenging Alpe d'Huez on Saturday.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot salvaged something from his disappointing Tour with victory on the 20th stage but it was the battle between Froome and Quintana that really mattered.

26 Jul 2015 - 1:03am

Vincenzo Nibali’s stage-winning attack a cheap shot, Chris Froome fumes

Vincenzo Nibali is roared on as he goes it alone on the 19th stage. Photo: Reuters

Race leader Chris Froome hit out at defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali for launching his stage-winning attack just when the Briton suffered a mechanical problem on Friday.

The incident was reminiscent of that on the 2010 Tour when Alberto Contador attacked Andy Schleck as the Luxembourg rider, then wearing the yellow jersey, had problems with his chain.

25 Jul 2015 - 12:41pm 2 comments

‘Shark of Messina’ Vincenzo Nibali bites back on stage 19 of Tour de France

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy celebrates after winning the 19th stage of the Tour de France. Photo: Reuters

Nibali’s win allows Nairo Quintana to eat into Chris Froome’s overall lead 

25 Jul 2015 - 12:53am 1 comment

France's Romain Bardet wins stage 18 to lift home spirits as Chris Froome maintains overall lead

Stage winner Romain Bardet of France celebrates on the podium at the 18th stage of the Tour de France. Photo: AP

Englishman keeps three-minute-plus lead with just three stages remaining

24 Jul 2015 - 12:30am

Chris Froome still wary of Quintana and Valverde despite hefty Tour lead

Spain's Alejandro Valverde, right, Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Colombia's Nairo Quintana, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, ride during the seventeenth stage. Photo: AP

Tour de France leader Chris Froome admitted he is concerned about Movistar pair Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, his closest challengers

23 Jul 2015 - 9:51am

Germany's Simon Geschke wins tense opening Alpine section at Tour de France

Germany's Simon Geschke celebrates the biggest win of his career as he takes stage 17. Photo: AFP

Chris Froome maintains a healthy lead over his nearest rivals

23 Jul 2015 - 12:37am

Sky release Chris Froome’s riding data to try to fend off doping speculation

Chris Froome signs an autograph at his hotel. Photo: AFP

Team releases data about his riding power, heart rate and pedaling rhythm, hoping to quell speculation about doping ahead of an increasingly likely victory in Paris

22 Jul 2015 - 10:26am

Thrills and spills as Ruben Plaza wins 16th stage of Tour de France

Ruben Plaza of Spain celebrates winning stage 16 of the Tour de France. Photo: AP

Haring downhill at breakneck speeds, Ruben Plaza rode triumphantly into Gap as the solo winner of a treacherous stage 16 of the Tour de France on Monday that saw a teammate of race leader Chris Froome careen into a telephone pole and Peter Sagan finish second for a fifth time.

21 Jul 2015 - 12:51am

Times have changed, says Tour de France leader Chris Froome as drug whispers persist

Chris Froome faced another media grilling after Sunday's stage. Photo: Reuters

Top cycling performances should not systematically trigger doping suspicions, Tour de France overall leader Chris Froome said on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider, whose impressive ride up La Pierre St Martin in the first mountain stage raised suspicions like his 2013 ride up the gruelling Mont Ventoux, had urine thrown at him by a spectator during Saturday’s 14th stage.

20 Jul 2015 - 10:19am

Andre Greipel chalks up hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins

Lotto Soudal team rider Andre Greipel of Germany celebrates winning the Tour de France stage from Mende to Valence. Photo: EPA

Andre Greipel made it a hat-trick of Tour de France stage wins on Sunday as he won the 183km 15th stanza from Mende to Valence.

20 Jul 2015 - 12:55am