What's buzzing:

Chris Froome wins 2nd successive stage of Dauphine

AP - Sports

COL DU BEAL, France (AP) -- British rider Chris Froome showed he is in dominant form ahead of the Tour de France, beating main rival Alberto Contador to win the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Monday.

Froome accelerated with 800 meters (yards) remaining and managed to hold off two-time Tour de France champion Contador on the 158.5-kilometer (98.5 mile) leg from Tarare to Col du Beal.

Wilco Kelderman was third, four seconds behind the lead duo.

''I gave everything today,'' Froome said. ''In such a climb, it became a great battle with Alberto Contador. We rode flat out. It was really tough between the two of us. I've tried to attack him a couple of times but he was very strong.

''Everyone here is almost at the same level as at the Tour de France. Today it was our first duel with the two of us in form. I'm delighted to win in these circumstances.''

It was Froome's second successive victory in the eight-stage race, following his win in the opening time trial. He has a 12-second advantage over Contador and is 21 seconds ahead of Kelderman.

Froome won the Dauphine last year and went on to capture the Tour de France title a few weeks later.

Froome's Sky team set the pace at the head of the peloton for most of the route over the five categorized climbs and it caught the break up the final ascent on the Col du Beal, which is HC or ''Hors Categorie,'' meaning it's considered too hard to classify.

Froome attacked twice with 5 kilometers (3.11 miles) remaining, splitting the bunch, with a six-man lead group making its way to the finish. The 29-year-old then made another move inside the final kilometer and this time only Contador could stay with him.

Another Tour de France contender, Vincenzo Nibali, struggled in the final kilometers and finished sixth, 27 seconds behind Froome.

Tuesday's third stage is a 194-kilometer (120.55-mile) leg from Ambert to La Teil.

View Comments (4)
  • Cycling-Froome in charge after crash-marred Tour de France third stage

    (Adds Contador quotes, update on Bonnet) By Julien Pretot HUY, Belgium, July 6 (Reuters) - Chris Froome seized early control of the Tour de France, the 2013 champion snatching the yellow jersey after a crash-marred third stage won by Spain's … More »

    Reuters - 3 minutes 12 seconds ago
  • AP source: Giants aware of Pierre-Paul's fireworks injury

    A person with knowledge of the incident tells The Associated Press that the Giants are aware of an incident involving Jason Pierre-Paul and fireworks, but the team is unsure about the severity of any injuries to the star defensive end. The team … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 minutes 37 seconds ago
  • Canada's Pospisil beats Troicki to advance to Wimbledon quarter-finals

    Canada's Pospisil beats Troicki to advance to Wimbledon quarter-finals

    Unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil rallied for a five-set victory over Viktor Troicki on Monday to reach the Wimbledon singles quarter-finals for the first time in his career. Pospisil needed two hours 39 minutes to complete the 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, … More »

    The Canadian Press - 6 minutes ago
  • Reports: Raptors sign Canadian guard Cory Joseph to four-year deal

    Canadian guard Cory Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Toronto Raptors. Deals can't become official until Thursday, when the NBA's free agency moratorium ends. "#WeTheNorth here I come!!!!!" Joseph posted on his verified Twitter account. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 7 minutes ago
  • Tour stage neutralised after huge crash

    Tour stage neutralised after huge crash

    By Julien Pretot HUY, Belgium (Reuters) - The third stage of the Tour de France was neutralised for about 10 minutes on Monday when yellow jersey holder Fabian Cancellara was involved in a massive crash that took down a couple of dozen riders. FDJ … More »

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago