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Froome wins Tour but future bright for Dennis & Porte

27 July 2015

Stage 21

Chris Froome has won the 2015 Tour de France after the final stage sprung no surprises as the British rider cruised into Paris on Sunday. 

Andre Greipel won the final stage on the Champs Elysee, his fourth on this year's tour, after out-sprinting Bryan Coquard of France and Norway's Alexander Kristoff. 

Froome gained the yellow jersey at the end of stage six and built a health lead over his main rivals. 

Nairo Quintana, who finished second behind the Brit and claimed the young riders classification, reduced the gap over the final mountain stages but could only get within one minute and 12 seconds of Froome.

Michael Rogers was Australia's best placed finisher in the general classification after the three-time Olympian finished in 36th.

The most positive signs on the Tour for Australia came from London 2012 track silver medalist Rohan Dennis. The South Australian won the individual time trial on the opening day of the 2015 Tour and also won the team time trial with BMC.

Dennis will be well in contention to represent Australia and push for a medal in the road cycling events at the 2016 Games.  

Alongside him in the green in gold in Rio will likely be Richie Porte who was a major part of ensuring Froome stood on the winner's podium in Paris.

Porte is rumoured to be leaving Team Sky for BMC in 2016 as he looks to become a leader of his own team and goes in search of a major Tour win of his own. 

If he is one of the top riders at next year's Tour de France he will head to Rio as one of the medal favourites. 

Stage 20

Chris Froome has all but sealed his second Tour de France victory after finishing the penultimate stage with a lead of just over one minute.

Thibaut Pinot of France claimed the stage victory, beating home Colombia's Nairo Quintana by 18 seconds and Canada's Ryder Hesjedal by 41 seconds.   

After looking comfortable since claiming the yellow jersey, Quintana pushed Froome over the final mountain stages to continually cut into the Brit's lead. 

It all seems too little too late though as the Tour's run into Paris gives Quintana no real chance to reduce the lead any further. 

Richie Porte finished the stage in seventh just over two minutes back with Michael Rogers, 36th, Australia's highest placed rider in the general classification.

Stage 19

2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali won the 19th stage of the Tour de France after escaping from yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome in the Alps.

Nibali defeated Nairo Quintana by 44 seconds and Froome by one minute 14 seconds.

The result saw Nibali move into fourth overall, still six minutes and 44 seconds off Froome, while second-placed Quintana moved to within three minutes of the lead. 

Michael Rogers and Adam Hansen were the best placed Aussies on the stage, finshing 22 minutes off the pace. 

Rogers is Australia's best placed rider in the overall classification. He currently occupies 34th in the standings. 

Stage 18

Chris Froome lost no time on his main rivals to Tour glory on the 18th stage of the 2015 event as Romain Bardet claimed the stage victory in Saint Jean de Marienne.

Bardet beat fellow Frenchman Pierre Rolland by 33 seconds with the main general classification riders all coming in just over three minutes back.

The result saw Froome retain a commanding three minute lead on Colombia's Nairo Quintana. 

Australia's Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Michael Matthews finished together just under 19 minutes back. 

Stage 17

German Simon Geschke took out the 17th stage of the Tour de France after heading out on his own with 50km to go and never being caught.

USA's Andrew Talansky finished second 32 seconds off the pace with Colombia's Rigoberto Uran third just over a minute behind the German.

Tour leader Chris Froome repelled a series of attacks from closest challenger Nairo Quintana to retain his lea of just over three minutes. 

USA's Tejay van Garderen, who was third overall at the start of the stage, had to withdraw from the race with illness.

Froome's right-hand man Richie Porte was Australia's best placed finisher on the stage in 28th, while Michael Rogers is the best placed Aussie in the overall standings - 34th.

Stage 16

35-year-old Spanish rider Ruben Plaza Molina has earned his first ever Tour de France stage victory after escaping from the breakaway with just over 10 kilometres remaining.

Molina defeated green jersey wearer Peter Sagan by 30 seconds with Jarlinson Gomez a further six seconds in arears.

Adam Hansen was Australia's best rider on the day, finishing 18th just over four minutes back. 

Geraint Thomas's had the scariest moment on stage 16 when he and French rider Warren Barguil bumped coming down a high speed descent which saw the Brit veer off the road and into a telephone pole. There was plenty of concern for Thomas but he managed to get back on his bike and finish the stage.

The overall classification changed little with Britain's Chris Froome still leading Nairo Quintana by over three minutes. The USA's Tejay van Garderen continues his impressive Tour in third. 

Michael Rogers remains Australia's highest ranked rider in 32nd while dual stage winner Rohan Dennis is the 14th best placed young rider. 

Stage 15

Andre Greipel seems unstoppable in bunch sprints on the 2015 Tour.

The sprint specialists all lined up to take the German down on stage 15 but again Greipel defeated all challengers to take out his third stage of this year's Tour.  

John Degenkolb had the best chance to claim the win but he could not get past Greipel, as Alexander Kristoff and Peter Sagan finished third and fourth. Australia's Michael Matthews was eighth.

Chris Froome finished safely with his lead of three minutes and ten seconds over Nairo Quintana with Tejay Van Garderen another 22 seconds back. .

Michael Rogers sits in 31st as Australia's highest ranked rider.  

Stage 13

Greg van Avermaet has won the 13th stage of the 2015 Tour de France after out-sprinting green jersey wearer Peter Sagan.

Chris Froome retained his almost three miute lead over Tejay van Garderen after they both finished just seven seconds behind van Avermaet.

Michael Matthews was Australia's best placed finisher on the stage after claiming 17th, also seven seconds back. 

Michael Rogers is Australia's top ranked rider in the general classification currently sitting in 30th while Richie Porte sits in fourth place in the race for the King of the Mountains title. 

 

Stage 12

Joaquin Rodriguez won the 12th stage of the Tour de France by over a minute as crazy weather condition hit the Pyrenees.

Chris Froome maintained his lead of almost three minutes on the overall standings after the day started with scorching heat before a storm brought rai, hail and much cooler conditions.

The main threats to Froome's second Tour win Tejay van Garderen, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Italian Vincenzo Nibali took turns in attacking the race leader over the final kilometres but the Brit managed to stay in touch and maintain his healthy lead.

Froome's teammate Richie Porte was Australia's best placed rider on the stage after he finished 29th over 12 minutes back. The result saw Porte slip to fourth in the race for the King of the Moutains title.

Four-time Olympian Michael Rogers is Australia's best placed rider in the overall classification. He currently sits in 25th, just under 35 minutes off the lead. 

Stage 11

Chris Froome held onto his lead of almost three minutes after finishing alongside his general classifcation rivals on Stage 11 of the Tour de France.

Poland's Rafal Majka finished one minute ahead of Ireland's Daniel Martin to claim his first stage victory on the 2015 Tour.

Last year's King of the Mountains winner sped away up the final climb to again highlight his solo climbing credentials.

Michael Rogers finished the stage as the best Australian rider just under eight minutes off Majka. Rogers is also the best placed Australian in the overall standings, currently sitting in 23rd.

Aussie Richie Porte remains second in this year's King of the Mountains race behind Tour leader Froome.

Stage 10

Aussie Richie Porte has finished second on stage ten of the Tour de France after helping British teammate Chris Froome to stage victory and a commanding overall lead. 

As the Tour hit the Pyrenees for the first time, Porte worked his team leader into a strong position before Froome rode off to what is likely to be a crucial stage win with six kilometres to go. 

After Nairo Quintana's response to Froome failed, Porte sped away from the Colombian with a couple of hundred metres remaining to make it a Sky one-two.

The result saw Froome open up nearly 2'52" on USA's Tejay van Garderen and 3'09" on Quintana. 

Michael Rogers is Australia's highest ranked rider, currently in 32nd just over 22 minutes in arrears. Rohan Dennis sits in 14th on the young riders classification. 

Stage 9

Aussie Rohan Dennis's BMC Racing claimed an enthralling one second team time trial victory over Team Sky on the ninth stage of the Tour as Chris Froome retained the race lead.

BMC were hoping to gap their opponents on the stage to give USA's Tejay Van Garderen the race lead but were unable to win by the thirteen seconds that would have ensured a new race leader as the Tour went into its first rest day.

Among those keeping Froome in yellow was Aussie Richie Porte. The Tasmanian later confirmed that he would leaving the team next year with it strongly rumoured for Porte to be joining Team BMC as he searches for a chance to lead a team to a Grand Tour victory. 

Michael Rogers remains Australia's best placed rider, currently sitting in 40th just under 16 minutes off the pace. Rohan Dennis is 13th in the young riders classification.  

Stage 8

It was a tough day on the Tour for the Aussies as Frenchman Alexis Vuillermoz earned the stage win as the field travelled from Rennes to Mur de Bretagne.

Vuillermoz attacked some of his more fancied rivals with under a kilometre to go to claim the surprise stage win, the first for a French rider in this year's Tour.

Race favourite and current leader Chris Froome was amongst a group of riders ten seconds back that included Peter Sagan and Tejay Van Garderen who currently sit just 11 and 13 seconds back from Froome.

A trio of Aussies finished over three minutes behind the leaders with Luke Durbridge, Adam Hansen and Richie Porte losing more time in the overall general classification.

Michael Rogers is Australia's best placed rider in 47th just over 15 minutes off the pace  

Stage 7

Mark Cavendish has claimed stage seven victory at the Tour de France after Aussie lead-out man Mark Renshaw set up the win for his teammate.

It was Cavendish's first win of the 2015 Tour after missing out on earlier sprint finishes to the likes of Andre Greipel, who finished second on stage seven, and Peter Sagan (third).

Chris Froome retained the leaders jersey after all the general classification big guns came in at the same time on the sprint friendly stage.

Froome leads fellow contenders Tejay Van Garderen and Alberto Contador by 13 and 36 seconds respectively.

Michaell Rogers is Australia's best placed rider retaining his 36th position, just under nine minutes off the yellow jersey.
 

Stage 6

Another day and another withdrawal of a Tour race leader after Tony Martin crashed out of the race after breaking his collarbone with less than a kilometre remaining. 

Zdnek Stybar of the Czeck Republic claimed his first stage victory after escaping from the pack with 200 metres to go to earn the victory.

With the crash coming within three kilometres of the finish line the riders that were in the lead pack all receive the same finishing time meaning Aussies Luke Durbridge, Michael Rogers, Zakkari Dempster and Mark Renshaw came in just two seconds behind Stybar. 

Rogers remains Australia's best placed rider just under nine minutes behind Chris Froome, who will take over the yellow jersey after Martin's withdrawal.

Opening stage winner Rohan Dennis is 13th in the young riders classification.  

Stage 5

Andre Greipel got the best of the Tour's elite sprinters to claim his second stage win of the Tour de France.

Greipel beat off Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, who was set up by Aussie lead-out man Mark Renshaw, in a bunch sprint that saw the German hold onto the green jersey. 

Tony Martin held onto the leaders yellow jersey as Zakkari Dempster was Australia's highest placed finisher on the fifth stage after finishing in 12th. 

Riche Porte again lost significant time and is now over 37 minutes off Martin in the lead. Michael Rogers leads the Aussie charge in 37th, nine minutes off the pace. 

Fellow Aussie Michael Matthews has been recognised as the most combative rider to date in the Tour. 

Stage 4

Tony Martin claimed the yellow leader's jersey from race favourite Chris Froome after cliaming the fourth stage of the Tour de France.

After a chaotic opening to the Tour had seen multiple withdrawals, all of the major contenders for the general classification were able to get through what was expected to be a tricky stage on Tuesday.

Australia's leading riders Michael Rogers and Richie Porte both lost significant time on the stage. Rogers came in over three minutes behind while it was an unhappy in the saddle for Porte who lost over 16 minutes to Martin.

Rogers remains the leading Aussie rider a little under eight minutes behind Martin with stage one winner Rohan Dennis the next best over 14 minutes off the pace.  

Stage 3

Aussie Simon Gerrans has been forced to pull out of the Tour De France after a horrific crash 55km from the end of the third stage from Antwerp to Huy in Belgium.

The crash also knocked out yellow jersey wearer Fabian Cancellara, young star Tom Dumoulin, William Bonnet and Daryl Impey.

The race was halted by organisers for ten minutes due to safety issues following the crash before the riders were allowed to continue. 

Joaquim Rodriguez went on to win the stage while 2013 winner and one of the favourites for this year's overall honours Chris Froome claimed the yellow jersey.

Michael Rogers is Australia's highest ranked rider, currently sitting in 41st just over four minutes behind Froome while Richie Porte (46th) is just under six minutes down. 

Stage 2 

Andre Greipel claimed the second stage of the Tour de France in wet and wild conditions in the Netherlands. 

Aussie Rohan Dennis relinquished the yellow jersey after the adverse weather conditions saw the South Australian split from the lead group.

Greipel pulled off Mark Cavendish's wheel and eventually out-sprinted Peter Sagan to get the win.

Fabian Cancellara finished third and claimed the Maillot Jaune while Mark Renshaw was Australia's best placed rider on the day, crossing the line four seconds back in 18th.

Stage 1

South Australia's Dennis won Saturday's opening stage of the Tour de France in a record speed in the individual time trial.

Dennis powered along the 14-kilometre flat and windy urban circuit through the Dutch town of Utrecht in 14mins 56secs.

“I didn’t expect to go that fast,” Dennis said. “I was just thinking ‘16 minutes, 16 minutes’ from what I did in training, and in the end I got a bonus.”

Through the streets of Utrecht, Dennis clocked an average speed of 55.446 kmh, a new record for pace in a Tour de France time trial.

Dennis, 25, is a former holder of the one-hour record and a a rider who honed his skills in the team pursuit on the track. “I trained especially for this,

The last rider from BMC Racing to wear yellow was fellow Australian Cadel Evans who rode to victory on the Champs-Elysées in 2011.

Matt Bartolo
Olympics.com.au

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