Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

2014-07-11 21:47 AFRICA NEWS

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

  • UN Security Council calls for Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire

    Read more

  • Holland beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third in World Cup

    Read more

  • Afghan presidential candidates agree to full vote audit, Kerry says

    Read more

  • France’s Kadri wins eighth stage at Tour de France

    Read more

  • Legal challenge to French mayor’s ban of Muslim hijab on beach

    Read more

  • Last of the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, dies aged 62

    Read more

  • Video: Outrage in wake of deadly Casablanca buildings collapse

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces ‘executed prisoners in reprisal’ for ISIS killings

    Read more

  • Ukraine promises retaliation after rebel assault

    Read more

  • Putin revives old Cuban flame and eyes Latin American minerals

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • Cleveland's NBA fans hail 'return of king' LeBron James

    Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

Sport

Simon Gerrans takes yellow jersey after team time trial

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-07-03

Simon Gerrans of the Orica-GreenEdge team took the yellow jersey on Tuesday after the Australian outfit won the team time trial by a razor thin margin as the Tour de France hit the Mediterranean city of Nice.

Orica-GreenEdge's remarkable start to the Tour de France continued when Simon Gerrans snatched the yellow jersey after the Australian outfit won the team time trial on Tuesday.

The man the Australian had to particularly thank was not one of his team mates but the man who handed him his first bike - Phil Anderson, the first Australian to wear the famous jersey.

"He was my first coach, it's thanks to him," Gerrans told a news conference. "So it's pretty special to follow in his footsteps."

Gerrans started cycling after his neighbour Anderson, the first non-European to wear the yellow jersey in 1981, advised him to ride a bike to help him recover from a knee injury suffered in a motorbike crash.

Gerrans took the jersey 24 hours after he won an individual stage.

His Orica-GreenEdge team crossed the line in Nice with a time of 25 minutes 56 seconds after the 25 kms, making it the fastest stage in the Tour's history although the previous record was set on a much longer course.

They finished one second ahead of Belgian world champions Omega Pharma-Quick-Step with Britain's Team Sky a further two seconds behind in third after the fourth stage.

Gerrans is the sixth Australian to don the leader's jersey after Anderson, Stuart O'Grady, Bradley McGee, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans.

"It has been a dream start for us," Orica-GreenEdge sporting director Matt White said in a finish-line interview. "We knew we would be competitive but to win (the time trial), we are very surprised."

Overall, Team Sky's Chris Froome is the best placed of the top contenders in seventh, three seconds behind Gerrans and in the same time as his lieutenant, eighth-placed Richie Porte of Australia.

Spain's Alberto Contador is 12th, six seconds further back, after his Team Saxo-Tinkoff limited the damage by finishing the stage fourth, nine seconds off Orica-GreenEdge's pace.

The Australian team were in the limelight for the wrong reasons on Saturday's opening stage when their bus got stuck under the overhead banner at the finish line as the speeding peloton was approaching.

Omega Pharma-Quick-Step were hampered by problems for German individual time-trial world champion Tony Martin, who suffered concussion and an elbow wound in a crash in the opening stage, and Briton Mark Cavendish, who has had bronchitis.

Martin, however, was still the strongest on the bike on Tuesday, pulling his team mate in impressive fashion.

"He's so strange. How could you smile with that kind of injury?" the team's sports director Rolf Aldag asked reporters. "He was so focused; he wanted to be the engine of the team.

"When you see people struggling at the back (of the team), you know it's Tony pulling at the front."

Team Sky had their own woes with team pursuit Olympic champion Geraint Thomas of Wales riding despite a small pelvis fracture though he kept up with his team mates until the finishing stretch.

Cadel Evans, the 2011 champion, was the biggest loser when his BMC team finished only seventh, 26 seconds off the pace

(REUTERS)


 

Date created : 2013-07-03

  • TOUR DE FRANCE

    ‘Froome is the easy favourite of Tour de France’

    Read more

  • TOUR DE FRANCE

    Belgium's Bakelants claims yellow jersey in second stage

    Read more

  • TOUR DE FRANCE

    Beauty of Corsica the setting for 100th Tour de France

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)