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Roche eager to help Froome win second Tour

Roche has joined Team Sky from Tinkoff-Saxo. Credit: PA

Team Sky's new signing Nicolas Roche says it would be a dream come true to help Chris Froome win the Tour de France this year.

Roche, who has raced 13 Grand Tours already in his career, was one of five new riders to join Sky in September and is expected to play a major role in Froome's bid for glory in July.

The Irishman's move also weakens Froome's main rival in Paris, Alberto Contador, who previously enjoyed Roche's support at Tinkoff-Saxo.

It has always been my dream to ride down the Champs Elysees with the yellow jersey in the team, that would be a brilliant success.

My priority is to be at the top of the Tour and give my maximum to support to Chris.

That's something I agreed on when I joined, it's something I wanted and I'm very happy to do that.

– Nicolas Roche speaking to Press Association

First African team to compete in Tour de France

Team MTN-Qhubeka competed the 2014 Vuelta. Credit: PA

Team MTN-Qhubeka will become the first African cycling team to compete in the Tour de France.

Africa's first UCI Pro Continental Cycling Team confirmed on their official Twitter feed this morning they have received a wildcard for the 2015 tour.

The interest in our team has been going to incredible heights. In South Africa the Tour de France is everything and once we get there, race it and do well, and show the potential and the talent, I think that it will open doors for other riders.

For me, that is the most important thing. We don’t want to be the only African Pro Continental team. We want to pioneer change. Could you imagine and Ethiopian team or an Algerian team or an Eritrean just to show what the potential is? We hope that the Tour de France and our involvement in that will grow and get more people into cycling

– MTN-Qhubeka team boss Doug Ryder speaking to


Froome makes 2015 Tour de France his priority

How will Froome get on in 2015? Credit: PA

Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in next year's Tour de France, ending speculation that the 2013 winner would instead focus on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

A statement released on Froome's official website today explains he "is motivated ahead of 2015 with the Tour de France again set to be the Team Sky rider's main focus."

Froome will be hoping to win the world's toughest cycling race for a second time after crashing out while defending his title this year.

"The Tour will remain my main focus for 2015,” he added. “The concept of doing all three Grand Tours in a season has got appeal but having said that, I know how hard it is to do two Grand Tours while targeting the overall win. At this point in my career I feel that the Tour takes priority."

2015 Tour de France route announced

Vincenzo Nibali will be defending his 2013 crown Credit: PA

The decisive moments of the 2015 Tour de France will take place at Alpe d'Huez after the route of the 102nd edition of the race was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday.

The Tour, which begins in Utrecht on July 4, promises to be thrilling, with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali, 2013 winner Chris Froome, two-time winner Alberto Contador and Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana all chasing the yellow jersey.

The race concludes in Paris on July 26, after travelling through Holland and Belgium, continuing to commemorate World War One in northern France and then travelling to north western France.

There is a long transfer to the Pyrenees, but the decisive moments will take place in the Alps.

The penultimate stage will conclude with the ascent to Alpe d'Huez, with its fabled 21 hairpin bends, before the ceremonial finish in Paris.

Oleg Tinkov offers €1m to winner of 2015 Grand Tour showdown

Tinkov (right) wants the best riders to be involved in every Grand Tour. Credit: PA

The Russian businessman who owns one of cycling's largest professional teams has offered €1m to four riders if they compete in all three Grand Tours next year.

Oleg Tinkov bought Team Saxo-Tinkoff in 2013, and has offered the prize to Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana in a bid to get all four to take part in Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España in 2015.

The €1m fee would either be split among all riders or handed out to whoever performs best across the three events.

Speaking to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said:

“It comes from my desire to see all the great champions in the three biggest races of the year.

“We spoke about it in August and then at the Vuelta a España we were able to take our idea to David Brailsford of Sky, Alexandre Vinokourov of Astana, for Froome and Nibali. Now, we need to talk to Movistar for Quintana.”


Vincenzo Nibali crowned Tour de France champion

Italian Vincenzo Nibali has won the 2014 Tour de France after enjoying a safe passage to Paris in the ceremonial final stage.

Germany's Marcel Kittel won the sprint finish on the Champs Elysees to take the race's 21st stage while Nibali came home safely with the main body of riders to complete his overall victory.

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali has inherited Chris Froome's Tour de France title after the British rider crashed out of the race in its first week. Credit: Sirotti/PA Images

Cyclist shows effects of gruelling Tour de France

These pictures posted by Polish Tour de France competitor Bartosz Huzarski after the 18th stage show just how gruelling the competition is.

Bartosz Huzarski posted this picture of his legs after the 18th stage. Credit: Facebook

The photograph on his Facebook page sparked shocked reactions on social media claiming his legs were "unhealthy" and "unnatural."

But the 33-year-old wrote on his Facebook page it was normal for him and joked he "would never have legs like a Victoria's Secret model."

He said: "I did not expect that picture of my legs would cause the confusion it did.

Bartosz Huzarski during the Tour de France. Credit: PA

“For me it’s totally not a revelation, because I can see this view - maybe not everyday – but still often, especially after a hard race at high temperature.

“People write and think different things, “that is impossible”, “that is not normal”, “it is unhealthy”, refer to doping, etc.

"Of course I will not have legs like models Victoria's Secret, or Ms.Mary from a nearby vegetable shop, or anyone who spending in the office half a day and 3 times a week will do 10 km bike or goes to an hour run."

Chris Froome: 'Time for R & R' after double fracture

Cyclist Chris Froome has tweeted that it is "time for some R & R" after an MRI scan revealed he had fractured both his left wrist and his right hand.

Last year's Tour de France winner sustained the injury when he fell during this year's race.

He decided to withdraw from this year's Tour after falling on three separate occasions.

Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France

Britain's summer of sport has suffered another big set back as former Tour de France champion Chris Froome crashed out of the competition.

Froome pulled out of the competition his third crash in two days on stage five of the race.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports from northern France:

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