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- News stories from the 2017 Tour de France

News: Everything to play for in the 2017 Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Tightly packed general classification means no clear pattern yet emerging.

News: Aru loses Tour de France lead after 'being too far back' in stage 14 finale. (Cyclingnews) - 'We've lost a battle, but not the war,' says Astana team management.

News: Landa will fight for Tour de France podium but not at Froome's expense. (Cyclingnews) - Sky rider fifth overall after strong Pyrenean attack.

News: Team Sky get tactical as Tour de France brims with intrigue. (Cyclingnews) - .

News: Matthews wins in Rodez as Froome moves into yellow. (Cyclingnews) - Aru slips out of maillot jaune.

News: Quintana's Tour de France hopes rise from the ashes in Foix. (Cyclingnews) - Movistar rider slashes his deficit in half with attack.

- Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) following Stage 10, which saw his fourth stage victory of the race: "It’s incredible to win four stages at a single edition of the Tour de France and it means a lot for me to achieve this fantastic feat. When I began my career, I was dreaming about becoming a professional, but I never expected something like this. I never race for records, but I must admit that having 13 Tour de France stages to my name is really special. I never felt better, I’m in good condition and all these things give me confidence, and that confidence, together with the team’s hard work and dedication, carried me again to victory."

- Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Team Dimension Data) after Stage 10: "This was actually a very easy day with just two guys at the front. However, the final was very hectic and the wind didn’t make it any easier. All the teams were fighting to take the front. Unfortunately, we lost each other a little bit with two kilometers to go. After that, we tried to move back to the front but it just wasn’t possible anymore."

News: Fuglsang abandons Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Pain from fractures too much for Astana rider.

News: Barguil victorious in short, chaotic stage to Foix. (Cyclingnews) - Aru responds to all attacks as Landa moves to fifth overall.

News: Bardet wins stage 12 as Froome loses yellow to Aru. (Cyclingnews) - Quintana and Contador lose further ground.

News: Contador: This Tour de France is pushing me to the limit. (Cyclingnews) - 'Whoever thinks I'm going to throw in the towel doesn't know me at all,' says Spaniard after stage 11 crashes.

News: Pyrenees present new showdown for Tour de France contenders - Preview. (Cyclingnews) - Thursday is a long grind to Peyragudes, followed by a short, punchy stage to Foix.

News: Unstoppable Kittel wins again in Pau. (Cyclingnews) - Contador, Bardet, Fuglsang banged up in spills before Pyrenees.

News: Porte: I'm lucky to have come away from Tour de France crash with the injuries I have. (Cyclingnews) - Australian hopes to return before end of season.

News: Froome survives chaos of Chambery stage but rues loss of Thomas. (Cyclingnews) - Race leader 'didn't see' Aru's controversial attack, Brailsford refuses to talk.

News: Fabio Aru: 'We have to be pleased' with Tour de France so far. (Cyclingnews) - Italian champion just 18 seconds behind Froome ahead of week two.

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing) talks about his crash and injuries from his hospital bed: "Obviously, I've felt much better than what I do right now. I'm in a fair bit of pain and it's a big disappointment to be honest. I think I was in great form and the team were really strong around me too, so it's disappointing but I think after seeing the crash I'm lucky that I have come away with the injuries I have.  I remember I came into a corner and it wasn't like we were going too fast or anything like that, but I just remember I locked the back wheel up and that was it really. Next thing I was heading for the grass verge on the corner. I stayed conscious the whole time. I remember the whole thing but I must say thank you to the medical staff on the race and the hospital. They have been absolutely fantastic."

News: Bardet: I want to make the most of this situation. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman 'never so strong' in opening week of Tour de France.

News: Kittel still sprint king in Bergerac. (Cyclingnews) - Froome keeps his grip on maillot jaune.

News: Geraint Thomas crashes out of Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Froome loses vital teammate.

News: Porte suffers broken collarbone and pelvis in Tour de France crash. (Cyclingnews) - BMC Racing believe Australian could be racing again in August.

News: Uran wins stage 9 in photo finish. (Cyclingnews) - Froome keeps yellow jersey as Porte and Thomas crash out.

- News: Early showdown for Tour de France in Jura mountains on Sunday. (Cyclingnews) - Major shake-up in general classification more than likely.

- News: Tires of the Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - A breakdown of the brands, the widths, the pressures and the stage wins.

- News: BMC show intent on stage 8, but Porte's destiny awaits. (Cyclingnews) - Team attack first stage in the Jura, but Sunday's stage to Chambery will be the true GC test.

- News: Quintana consolidates Tour de France climbing form as race hits high mountains. (Cyclingnews) - 'The important thing was not to lose time, to go well and feel good,' Colombian says of stage 8.

- News: Yates in control of white jersey as toughest mountains come. (Cyclingnews) - 'It will be a monster of a stage,' Orica-Scott rider says of Sunday's route to Chambery.

- News: Gesink falls just short in Station des Rousses. (Cyclingnews) - 'It was clear that we were both on our knees,' runner-up says of duel with stage 8 winner Calmejane.

- News: Calmejane wins stage 8. (Cyclingnews) - GC unchanged in blisteringly fast stage in the Jura mountains.

- Nairo Quintana (Movistar) spoke to the media on the Tour's first rest day: "So far it's been more about will than might. We're still up for the fight, though, and we'll try to keep improving. We have lost some time until yesterday, and to be honest, it was only due to lack of energy. However, there's still a long way to go in this Tour, and we're so determined to do great things in what's to come. I'm not going through my best moment as a pro, that's obvious, but I still hope to go through some 'brilliant' days in the remainder of the race. It's true that I've got many racing days on my shoulders, considering I completed the Giro. I don't know if I'll get better during the next two weeks or not. But I'm really hopeful about finding my best legs, even for one day, and I can just hope it's in an important stage."

- Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I have pain everywhere today, but I was lucky to have no fractures at all. I cannot explain exactly what happened when I crashed. I didn’t break or anything, but my front wheel slipped away. Also Risto, our mechanic, almost fell when he arrived with the spare bike. There must have been some oil or something similar on the road. However, after the crash I suffered a lot. I want to thank my whole BORA – hansgrohe team, everybody waited for me first, but we told Emanuel to go and save our chances in the GC, then Jay was with me and brought me up to the next bigger group. Also thanks to Michal Kwiatkowski who helped me in the end.  After this heavy crash, it does not make any sense to keep on fighting. I can hardly breath because of the pain. We had to take a wise decision, for my health, but also for the rest of the season. I’ll take some rest now, then I will start preparing myself for the rest of the season."

- Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors): "I was behind Thomas and when he crashed, I couldn't avoid it. I hit my right hip again and found it very difficult to pedal. Until the end of the stage, it was all about suffering, but I gave it my all. Unfortunately, I didn't arrive in time and it makes me very sad to leave the team."

- Emanuel Buchman (Bora-Hansgrohe) after Stage 9: "I wasn’t in my best form today. I was feeling tired and I think my effort yesterday took its tool. After Rafa crashed, I stopped by his side and waited to see what we would do for the rest of the race. Once I got back on my bike, the GC group had already built a considerable gap ahead, so I spent a lot of energy working my way back up to them. I was able to reach them from the bottom of the Grand Colombier, but at the Mont du Chat I felt I wouldn’t be able to keep with them and rode at my own pace. That resulted in a loss of time on the GC contenders and I’m now about nine minutes in arrears. With my GC chances over, I will now try in the big mountain stages when a big group goes away."

- Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) following Stage 9: "It was an extremely hard day.  I went super deep, as deep as possible and I finished empty. I gave it everything.  I was a bit worried on the final climb because I wasn’t feeling good but the other young guys were already dropped and also in difficulty so I just rode my maximum to the top and also to the finish. Now, I’m just looking forward to the rest day."

- Note: Gesink abandoned the Tour early in Stage 9.  Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) after Stage 8:  "There are many more opportunities to come. This was only the first. I do not like the Jura Mountains that much, because it’s hilly all the time. Tomorrow, I will try to get some rest -- if that is even possible in a stage like tomorrow. After that, there are new chances and we are going to play the game again."

- Matt White (Orica-Scott directeur sportif): "Daryl, Jens and Michael Albasini had the option to try to make today’s breakaway because we knew there was a good chance of it surviving.  To have two in there with the group being so big was a good situation for us but with the pace as high as it was, it was only a couple of talented climbers from that group that survived."

- More Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) as he talks about Sunday's big mountain Stage 9: "“I think a lot of guys are wary for tomorrow.  If you went super deep today you can really pay for it. You might take a few seconds today, but that might mean you lose a lot tomorrow.  The descent tomorrow is really technical but it’s not just the descent, it’s a monster stage before we even get to that point."

- Fabio Baldato (Sports Director, BMC Racing): "We tried for the stage with the move from Greg Van Avermaet. You saw from the beginning, on the flat, it became a really hard race even between the GC riders. It will be a really hard stage tomorrow, especially after a day like today where everyone gave everything, even the guys behind to get to the finish. I think there will be a lot of guys who will pay for today, tomorrow. It will be interesting for sure."

- Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing): "I think the final climb was pretty hard for me. I gave it everything to be in the breakaway and make the race hard. It was hard for me to go on a finish like this and it broke my morale a little bit when the main group was only at 1'20". It was really hard to stay in front so from this moment I took it easy to try and save the legs a little bit, because I went all in today."

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing) following Stage 8: "It was a hard day and I think in the final it kind of evened out. I think tomorrow, we'll feel that one in the legs for sure. It was always the plan to have Greg Van Avermaet and Nicolas Roche up front so it was good to see it happen. They chased pretty hard behind and it didn't quite work out. We're going to have to go all in tomorrow. It's such a hard day and everyone had a pretty solid day today so I think there will be some tired legs out there. It was a pretty wild stage. I think we averaged 46km for the first hour so it was pretty solid racing with the climbs we had today."

- Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing) after Stage 8: "The plan was to try and get Greg Van Avermaet in the breakaway hoping that it would be less of a climbers' group and he could play his card in the finish. The race went bananas and there was a group of 45 riders so we had to have numbers there as we didn't want to get caught like we did in the Dauphine. We learned there that it is easier to have riders drop back than try and bridge across. So we tried to ride aggressively and keep the race going. I rode as aggressively as I could. I had to say, I had to stop thinking that I was in the Tour and there are still two weeks to go. I was saying 'alright, whatever happens today, happens and think about tomorrow, tonight'. I went really deep. Once I was up in that group there was two possibilities; one, I really wanted to make it to the top in case Richie was isolated from the chasing group and two; in the case that we arrive, I would give it a go. I really gave it everything."

- Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) following Stage 8: "It was on straight from the gun.  I think guys know there’s not many chances for the break so today was a good day for them to give it a go.  The pace was on from the beginning, it never really eased up at all.  In the final there it wasn’t super hard. We just needed to stick with the GC guys as it’s a long way to Paris.  These days you need a good result on the general classification to win the white jersey so this is the approach we’re taking.  I kept an eye on Latour there in the final because he is a good rider and we don’t need him taking any seconds but otherwise it was business as usual."

- News: Matthews: Third feels like a victory. (Cyclingnews) - Sunweb rider picks stage 14 as best chance for Tour de France win.

- News: Bardet expects Sunday's Jura marathon to decide the Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - 'Tactics and endurance come into play,' says AG2R-La Mondiale leader.

- News: Kittel takes third Tour de France stage by 6mm margin. (Cyclingnews) - German equals Erik Zabel's record.

- News: Greipel appeals for respect after being hit by spectators. (Cyclingnews) - German gets sprint wrong in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

- News: Clarke predicts war with breakaway artist set to shine. (Cyclingnews) - Cannondale-Drapac with options for Station des Rousses.

- News: Porte unsure what to expect of Station des Rousses and Chambery finishes. (Cyclingnews) - .

- News: Froome primed for important block in Tour de France mountains. (Cyclingnews) - Stages 8 and 9 set to create further time gaps.

- News: BMC's quick-release back-up plan for the Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Custom dropper post so Wyss' bike can quickly fit his team leader Porte.

- News: Groenewegen wants more from Tour de France sprints. (Cyclingnews) - Dutchman sixth in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

- News: Eisel blames heat, long stages for lack of aggression so far. (Cyclingnews) - Dimension Data veteran praises courage of breakaway riders.

- News: Boasson Hagen settles for second in close stage 7 sprint. (Cyclingnews) - Norwegian rider gains confidence despite narrow loss.

- News: Kittel makes it three in Nuits-Saint-Georges. (Cyclingnews) - Photo finish with Boasson Hagen as Froome remains atop unchanged GC.

- News: Valverde heads home to Spain after successful surgery. (Cyclingnews) - 37-year-old on road to recovery after crash in opening stage of Tour de France.

- News: Cummings set to sign two-year extension with Dimension Data. (Cyclingnews) - British champion eyes first Tour de France opportunity on stage 8.

- News: Dimension Data hope Cavendish can race again this season. (Cyclingnews) - African team still confident they can find stage wins at Tour de France.

- News: Contador clings to weekend mountain stages at Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard not giving up despite early time losses to rivals.

- News: Team Sky could let yellow go as they save their powder for final week. (Cyclingnews) - British team happy to play off other teams and wait for the mountains.

- News: Tempers continue to flare in Tour de France sprints. (Cyclingnews) - Polemics rage on as sprinters bump and grind for stage wins.

- News: Michael Matthews: I'm not risking my life for a top five. (Cyclingnews) - Team Sunweb rider says he's been starting sprints from too far back.

- News: Kristoff: Kittel needs to mess up for others to win. (Cyclingnews) - Katusha-Alpecin rider remains confident he can take a stage victory.

- News: Lefevere anticipating more Tour de France stage wins for Kittel. (Cyclingnews) - Quick-Step manager mum on sponsorship for next year.

- News: Geraint Thomas explains why he stayed at Team Sky. (Cyclingnews) - 'Back to the day job' for former maillot Jaune.

- News: Chris Froome: Team Sky will be fresh for final week. (Cyclingnews) - Race leader enjoys relaxed day behind sprinters' teams.

- News: CAS reject Bora-Hansgrohe appeal to return Sagan to Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - No reason given as world champion remains disqualified.

- News: Demare unable to match 'blue bullet' in Tour de France sprint. (Cyclingnews) - 'I thought I was winning when I overtook Andre Greipel,' says French champion.

- News: Kittel wins sprint in Troyes. (Cyclingnews) - Froome sails through stage in maillot jaune.

- News: Peter Sagan appeals his disqualification from Tour de France. (The Washington Post) - Team ask for unprecedented reinstatement of its star rider.

- News: Bora-Hansgrohe appeal to CAS to reverse Sagan's Tour de France expulsion. (Cyclingnews) - Team ask for unprecedented reinstatement of its star rider.

- News: Aru credits nose surgery as factor in Tour de France form. (Cyclingnews) - Italian champion underwent operation in January.

- News: Tour de France birthday breakaway for Philippe Gilbert. (Cyclingnews) - Quick-Step Floors rider earns most aggressive prize on stage 5.

- News: Bora-Hansgrohe limit losses on La Planche des Belles Filles. (Cyclingnews) - Majka and Buchmann take up the mantle following Sagan's disqualification.

- News: Cavendish, Sagan final words on crash. (Cyclingnews) - Sagan thanks fans, Cavendish hits back at social media abuse.

- News: Froome races into Tour de France lead as Aru rises to third. (Cyclingnews) - Sky aiming to keep maillot jaune to Paris.

- News: Simon Yates moves into white jersey at Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - Orica-Scott rider makes his move on La Planche des Belles Filles.

- News: Porte hoped for more on La Planche des Belles Filles. (Cyclingnews) - Australian says pressure is on for Aru and Sky.

- News: Bardet encouraged by first mountain test. (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman inches up the rankings.

- News: Contador fights to limit his losses. (Cyclingnews) - 'Today the important thing was to save the Tour,' says Spaniard after a tough stage 5.

- News: Dan Martin uses 'La Fleche Wallonne technique' to build on Tour de France challenge. (Cyclingnews) - Irishman moves into fourth overall.

- News: Riders past and present shocked by Peter Sagan's disqualification. (Cyclingnews) - Andre Greipel was initially upset with Sagan but changed his mind after watching videos.

- News: Aru wins on La Planche des Belles Filles. (Cyclingnews) - Froome gains overall lead as Thomas fades in finale.

- Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) thanked his teammates after his Stage 7 win: "First of all, I want to thank the guys, they were fantastic today. Julien spent close to 1000 kilometers in the wind since the start of the race, which is incredible, while the rest of the team protected me throughout the day and made sure I was right up there when it became serious. Having such a team around me makes me very proud."

- Kittel continued: "It was the closest sprint of my career. Reminds me of last year’s stage in Limoges, but not even that one was so tight. I’m not surprised to see Edvald up there, he’s in good shape and very strong, which we could already notice in Troyes. Seeing that only six millimeters made the difference between joy and disappointment today makes me happy and grateful for having the long arms which helped me get that decisive bike-throw."

- Patxi Vila, Bora-Hansgrohe sport director, following Stage 7: "It was a very hot day, with a lot of crosswinds, so it was hard for everyone out there. Everybody worked well and protected Rafa – that was again our main goal. I’ve got huge respect for Rüdi’s effort – to fight on his own out there against the big teams is so hard, and it’s incredible how he manages to be up there where he needs to be. With his seventh place, we’re really happy today."

- Movistar and team leader Nairo Quintana will be holding a press conference on the Tour's first rest day, Monday, July 10, at 1:15pm at the Hotel l'Ecluse in Périgord.  General manager Eusebio Unzué will also be present.

- Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) retained the Best Young Rider jersey following Stage 7: "The beginning of the day was nice and relaxed, just how I like it, but it didn’t last long.  There was a small chance there was going to be crosswinds and it was going to split so it was a stressful day trying to stay in good position all of the time.  The team did a good job for me today, I was just following the wheels.  We didn’t want to take any chances there when we came into the final stretch and the best place to be is in front. We did that the best we could until a few kilometres to go and then for me it’s OK with the safety of the three-kilometre rule."

- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data) narrowly missed out on a stage win on Friday: "The team did so well today. They took me all the way to the line with a perfect leadout. It’s a pity I couldn’t finish it off. However, I’m happy with this second place even though I would have liked to take the win. I’m not a pure sprinter, so to be able to be up there on these flat stages gives me a lot of confidence for the remaining part of the Tour."

- Simon Yates (Orica-Scott): "It’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow (Saturday).  I’m not sure if the break will go or if with the time bonuses there, maybe it could be a really hard day.  The day after is a monster of a stage so maybe there will be some guys trying to save themselves for that. It’s hard to judge, we will have to see."

- Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) talks about the green jersey: "It’s still a long way to Paris. We’re just seven stages into the race, so maybe we can talk more about this on the second rest day. Until then, I’m enjoying every moment and every victory I get at the Tour."

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing) after Stage 7: "There was a bit of wind there and everyone wanted to be at the front. It was an absolute nightmare all day so it's just nice to get that one done. Tomorrow is a bit of an unknown to be honest. It's kind of a finish that we don't normally do in the Tour de France, a 12km climb and then a bit of a plateau to the finish so I'm not sure what's going to happen there so it should be interesting."

- Following Stage 7, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) said it was a difficult stage.  He went all out in the finale and couldn't have given any more.  He added that he was on the right wheel briefly, that of Marcel Kittel, but other riders succeeded in taking Kittel's wheel.  He doesn't particularly like finishes like on Stage 7.

- Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo) climbed to a second place finish on Stage 8: "It was a tough day.  It took a while before we were able to break away. On the last climb, I tried to close the gap at once. My legs were good and I overtook Pauwels and Roche. I just could not close the gap to Calmejane. Then I exploded a bit. I tried to recover, but I came in second.  I was not that fresh anymore myself. I had loads of energy, but by that time it was all gone.  I rode a very good race today. The plan was to ride my own tempo, accelerate and close the gap at once. That plan unfortunately did not work today."

- Rüdi Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe): "I felt better today. I had some stomach problems the last couple of days and didn’t feel I had much power in my legs – now I’m getting better again. At 1,500m to go, I had to brake behind Greipel and lost all my speed, but managed to get on the front again. Like yesterday though, when Kittel started his sprint, I’d almost spent all my energy. I ran out of gears in the end – my 54x11 felt a bit light – but I’m happy to be feeling better and am pleased with my seventh place today."

- Richie Porte (BMC Racing) after Stage 6: "It was nice to get that one out of the way. Today was such a long day. We probably could have had the same result with half the distance so it's just nice to get it done. As we say, there is nothing to gain but so much to lose. It was quite a hectic finish but the guys were once again absolutely incredible. Tomorrow will be another long day."

- More Marcel Kittel quotes: "It’s true that I notched up some important points today, but it’s still a long way to go. In a week we will see how things stand in the classification and will reassess the situation. For the time being, I’m happy and proud to have won 11 stages at the Tour de France."

- Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), additional comments following Stage 6: "In the sprint, I tried to follow Arnaud Demare, but then I found an opening and could start my sprint one second ahead of the rest, which gave me the chance to pass them on the left side. You know, despite two of the main sprinters being out of the race, it still was very hectic and tense today. A victory doesn’t come easy and I don’t take anything for granted, so to win again gives me a special feeling."

- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data): "The team put me in a great position in the last kilometers. Maybe, I could have waited a bit launching my sprint but then I might have been blocked by the other sprinters. It didn’t work out today but the team did really well so I’m happy with that. I will try again next time."

- Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who crashed out of the race on Stage 1, has returned to Spain: "Everything's going on the right track.  The most important thing at this point is to take slow but safe steps. It's going to be a long process, and we must remain calm and confident. The doctors, though, seem really satisfied about how everything has evolved so far - and that makes me happy.  I really miss (my teammates) a lot, and try to stay in touch with them every day. I'm sure every single one of our members will do a great race, and I'm confident Nairo will be up there with the top contenders."

- News: Bouhanni: Demare cut me up in Tour de France sprint. (Cyclingnews) - Cofidis rider had to brake to avoid crashing, ending his chances in home region.

- News: Peter Sagan, Bora-Hansgrohe protest decision to disqualify rider from Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - 'He came into me and he went into the fence,' world champion says of Cavendish.

- News: Dan Martin: This year's Tour is all about who has the worst bad day. (Cyclingnews) - Irishman expects an aggressive finale at La Planche des Belles Filles.

- News: Cavendish: No hard feelings toward Sagan after Tour de France crash. (Cyclingnews) - Manxman commends jury for decision.

- News: Pinot on home turf but downplaying Planche des Belles Filles chances. (Cyclingnews) - FDJ rider loses time in order to chase stages, but later in the Tour.

- News: Fight for yellow swings back into view at La Planche des Belles Filles. (Cyclingnews) - A preview of the first mountain-top finish of the 2017 race.

- News: Peter Sagan accepts Tour de France disqualification but denies wrongdoing. (Cyclingnews) - World champion speaks at team hotel before heading home.

- News: Should Peter Sagan have been disqualified from the Tour de France? Hell, no…. (Cyclingnews) - Opinion on a race now poorer for its missing sprint stars.

- News: Mark Cavendish pulls out after stage 4 crash. (Cyclingnews) - 'I feel I was in a good position to win,' says Cavendish, who fractured his scapula in crash.

- News: Demare in pole position for green jersey. (Cyclingnews) - Is the first French stage winner since Casper a possible successor to Jalabert?.

- News: Cavendish's Tour de France in doubt after crash in bunch sprint. (Cyclingnews) - Sagan disqualified from race for his part in incident on stage 4.

- News: Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France. (Cyclingnews) - World champion sent home after causing crash in stage 4 sprint.

- News: Contador close to signing new Trek-Segafredo deal. (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard signing would bring an end to interest in Aru.

- Cofidis team roster for the Tour: Nacer Bouhanni (FRA, third Tour), Dimitri Claeys (BEL, first TDF), Christophe Laporte (FRA, third Tour), Cyril Lemoine (FRA, 6th Tour), Luis Angel Maté (ESP, 6th, TDF), Daniel Navarro (ESP, 8th Tour), Florian Sénéchal (FRA, second Tour), Julien Simon (FRA, 5th TDF), Nicolas Edet (replaces Geoffrey Soupe).

- Team Sky is holding a pre-race press conference on Wednesday, June 28 at 6pm at the Press Centre, Messe / Hall n°3, Rotterdamer Strasse, D-40474 Düsseldorf.

- News stories from the 2016 Tour de France

- News:  Dimension Data hunting for more success after dominant first week.  (Cyclingnews) - Team says they've had no serious talks with potential new riders

- News:  Time trial the biggest unknown for Dan Martin's ambitions.  (Cyclingnews) - Irishman says gluten-free diet, move to Andorra, weight loss helped his chances

- News:  Why an American team at the Tour de France bought its leader 21 of the world's fastest bicycle chains.  (Business Insider) -

- News:  Christian Prudhomme asks fans to show more respect to riders.  (Cyclingnews) - Race director happy with close racing in first week

- News:  van Garderen confident he can make up for lost time in the Alps.  (Cyclingnews) - BMC rider says he and Porte will continue to ride their own races

- News:  Quintana's shadow looms over Froome on first rest day.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I was always waiting for him to attack,' says yellow jersey

- News:  Adam Yates urged to prioritise Tour de France podium spot over stage wins.  (The Guardian) - Sir Dave Brailsford lauds ‘terrific talent’ of 23-year-old Orica-BikeExchange rider

- News:  Froome survives hailstorm of attacks to keep Tour de France lead.  (Cyclingnews) - Nairo Quintana sticks to race leader's wheel as Dan Martin and Porte attack

- News:  Chris Froome Maintains Lead at Tour de France During a Brutal Ninth Stage.  (New York Times)

- News:  Tinkoff focuses on new goals after losing Contador.  (Cyclingnews) - 'We knew that Alberto had been suffering for days and it took its toll,' says DS Yates

- News:  Alberto Contador withdraws from the Tour de France.  (The Guardian) - Spaniard abandons the race during the ninth stage in the Pyrenees

- News:  Aru stays upbeat despite losing a minute.  (Cycling News) - Nibali helps teammate limit his losses on the climb to Arcalis

- News:  Yet another spectator incident raises fears over the safety and security of riders.  (The Telegraph)

- News:  Dumoulin wins stage 9 at Andorre Arcalis.  (Cycling News) - Froome holds yellow going into first rest day

- News:  Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) has abandoned the Tour de France due to a fever.  More here.

- News: Rolland to fight on despite major road rash.  (Cycling News) - "I'm not done yet," says Cannondale-Drapac leader

- News: Cavendish struggles through the Pyrenees.  (Cycling News) - Dimension Data rider suffers in the heat, races time cut

- News: Froome attacks descent to win stage to Luchon.  (Cycling News) - Defending champion returns to yellow jersey

- News: Kelderman's crash due to melting tubular glue.  (Cycling News) - LottoNl-Jumbo rider loses 1:45 in incident on descent

- News: Chris Froome lashes out at spectator in yellow wig during Tour de France win.  (The Guardian)

- News: Chris Froome Grabs Tour de France Lead With a Wobbly, High-Speed Descent.  (New York Times)

- News: Chris Froome claims stage win and lead after stage eight.  (BBC News)

- News: Spectator accidentally caused inflatable banner to collapse.  (Cycling News) - Organisers up security after fan unwittingly causes flamme rouge to deflate

- News: Thermal cameras to detect mechanical doping spotted mid-stage - Tour de France Shorts.  (Cyclingnews)

- News: Contador to sign for Trek-Segafredo on Tour de France rest day.  (Cyclingnews) - Spaniard to put pen to paper on Monday

- News: Porte expects Movistar and Sky to set the tempo.  (Cyclingnews) - BMC teammate van Garderen expecting fireworks

- News: Contador shows signs of recovery as race enters Pyrenees.  (Cyclingnews) - 'The race starts for me again in the Pyrenees,' says Tinkoff rider

- News: How Racing the Tour de France Changes Cyclists' Bodies.  (Bicycling)

- News: Farce at the Tour de France as inflatable arch collapses on Briton Adam Yates.  (The Telegraph)

- News: Degenkolb confirms he is leaving Giant-Alpecin.  (Cyclingnews) - German to announce new team next month

- News: Cummings solos to victory over Col d'Aspin.  (Cyclingnews) - Van Avermaet goes into breakaway to protect yellow jersey

- News: Van Garderen predicts fireworks in the Pyrenees.  (Cyclingnews) - 'We just have to be prepared for anything'

- News: Quintana ready to go with Froome in the Pyrenees.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I’ve trained specifically to respond to his attacks'

- News: Pyrenees host first fight for the yellow jersey - Preview.  (Cyclingnews) - Overall contenders face three important days in the mountains

- News: Contador says Friday is an important test.  (Cyclingnews) - 'The Tour is very long, and we can do some good things here'

- News: Froome primed for Pyrenean showdown.  (Cyclingnews) - 'I couldn’t ask for a better start going into the mountains'

- News: Mark Cavendish astounding even Tour de France teammates.  (ESPN)

- News: Mark Cavendish powers to third stage win of Tour de France 2016.  (The Guardian) - Cavendish moves second in all-time list of stage wins with 29

- News: We're about to see which Tour de France riders 'have it' - and who doesn't.  (ESPN) -

- News: Nibali's bad day confirms Aru as Astana team leader.  (Cyclingnews) - "I was on a bad day and didn't have the legs" says Sicilian

- News: Bardet tests his legs on Col du Perthus.  (Cyclingnews) - Frenchman regrets stage victory wasn't an option

- News: Dream come true for Lotto Soudal's De Gendt.  (Cyclingnews) - Belgian takes KOM lead but misses stage win in Le Lioran

- News: Van Garderen coasts in with GC favourites.  (Cyclingnews) - Porte: They smelt Contador’s blood and went for him

- News: Greg Van Avermaet becomes new Tour de France leader following breakaway victory while Alberto Contador loses further time.  (The Telegraph)

- News: Belgian Takes Hilly Stage 5 and the Tour de France Overall Lead.  (New York Times)

- News: Leg problems and lack of support leave Contador floundering.  (Cyclingnews) - 'It's becoming a different kind of Tour for me'

- News: Greg van Avermaet takes five minute lead after stage five.  (BBC News)

- News: Star Tour de France sprinter is a would-be 'computer nerd' who now earns $1.7 million racing bikes.  (Business Insider)

- News: The forgotten story of ... Marianne Martin and the Tour de France Féminin.  (The Guardian) - The US cyclist earned victory in a race many thought women would not be able to complete

- News: Will the Massif Central shake up the Tour de France?.  (Cyclingnews) - A preview of the first mountain stage to Le Lioran

- News: Aru flies under Tour de France radar before first mountain stage.  (Cyclingnews) - 'We'll be ready and will try not to lose any time'

- News: Nairo Quintana: Wednesday's Tour de France stage is the first big test for all of us.  (Cyclingnews) - Unzue expects a small group of GC contenders at the finish

- News: Barguil and Dumoulin in luxury position as Tour de France hits the mountains.  (Cyclingnews) - Giant-Alpecin pair well place after early exchanges