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Follow the 2015 Tour de France with the Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app

It's free to download from iTunes or Google Play, and if you've already downloaded it for a previous Grand Tour, just pop back into the app and you'll find all the latest from the Tour de France. In 2015, a Pro upgrade of the app gives you gives you full coverage of all three Grand Tours - the Giro, Tour de France, and Vuelta a España - including live race commentary, real-time GPS tracking, live time-trial results, daily stage results and standings, stage recaps, photography and more.

The Tour Tracker app includes:

• Previews of every stage of each race
• Detailed interactive routes & maps of each stage
• Team & rider details including jerseys, equipment & biographies

Go PRO and get the following awesome features...

• Live text commentary from
• GPS tracking of the race on maps and profiles
• Live situation on the road (breaks, time gaps)
• Live splits and finish times for time trials
• Daily finish-line results and results for each KOM / Sprint
• Full race standings for every jersey category
• Stage recaps at the end of each stage
• Fantastic photography from the road
• Post-Race rider biometric / power-meter analysis
• Full race replay of commentary and GPS tracking
• Ranking of riders based on time in breakaways

And more!

Chris Froome expects rivals to attack

Chris Froome (Team Sky) expects his rival to mount challenges on stage 11 of the Tour de France after the British rider soloed to a devastating victory on stage 10. Froome leads his rivals by close to three minutes after just one day in the mountains, however he expects a fight back over the coming days.

“At this point I’m just hoping to hang onto my lead and rely on my teammates to get me through the next few days,” he told reporters at the start of stage 11.

“Yesterday was a pretty big effort and I can already feel that the legs are a bit sore. Hopefully we’ll just try and get through today as best that we can as we have another really tough day coming up tomorrow.”

Nairo Quintana appears the most likely to attack after he finished third, behind Froome and his Sky teammate Richie Porte on stage 10.

“I’d have to say any of the guys who lost time yesterday. Quintana, I’d expect him to be very aggressive. The Tourmalet suits him well. I definitely think he could go for it. I’m very grateful that I’m not in the position where I have to try and make up three minutes. We’re going to have to expect that my rivals are going to try and take the race on at any moment. I don’t think I’ll be alone today. The final climb is shorter and it’s only normal that I’ll be paying for my effort yesterday.”

“Tour des Geants” open-air museum unveiled in Pau

Pau's “Tour des Geants” open-air museum, dedicated to the Tour de France, was inaugurated yesterday (Monday) evening by the city’s mayor François Bayrou in front of a crowd of several thousands .

The monument, in a park near the railway station on the site of the city’s former velodrome, consists of 101 two metre high monuments for each Tour winner, forming a winding spiral around a central stone. Two further monuments are dedicated to the two World War periods, from 1914-18 and 1939-45.

Each of the monuments has a text for its respective Tour winner, outlining his achievements and place in the race’s history.

“A setting like this is very suitable for the Tour de France, an event which takes place in the open air, too,” observed Tour de France president Christian Prudhomme. “It’s an open-air museum.” Mr. Bayrou added.

Apart from hosting Wednesday’s stage start, historically Pau is arguably the city with the strongest links to the Tour outside Paris, with 67 starts or finishes.

Several ‘Big Names’ of the Tour were present for the hour long ceremony - complete with clouds of yellow confetti and an immense yellow curtain, that was finally unfurled to show the stones - including Bernard Hinault, Bernard Thevenet, Stephen Roche and Greg LeMond.

A 3-D film of the event and the open-air museum will soon be available on the Internet.

Tour de France podcast episode 12: The Froome-inator

Chris Froome and his Team Sky squad dismantled the competition on the first summit finish of the Tour de France, with Froome and teammate Richie Porte taking a commanding 1-2 at the line. Only Nairo Quintana (Movistar) could come close, losing over a minute, with the rest of the contenders well behind.

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) is still second overall at 2:52, with Quintana moving up into third.

Hear from Froome, Porte, and Geraint Thomas, all of whom finished top 10 on the stage, on their performance, as well as analysis and insights from the Cyclingnews crew Stephen Farrand, Zeb Woodpower and Barry Ryan, and Procycling editor Edward Pickering.

To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here (opens in new tab), and go here for our full Tour de France coverage.

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