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Nicolas Roche finishes Tour de France 15th in GC
Nicolas Roche achieved his goal of a top 15 finish in this year’s Tour de France when the race came to a close on the Champs Elysees where Mark Cavendish won the stage and Alberto Contador claimed his third win overall.
Nicolas Roche holds 15th place in GC in Tour de France time trial to Pauillac
Nicolas Roche is virtually assured of finishing his second Tour de France 15th overall having seen off the challenge to his GC position from Alexandre Vinokourov in the Bordeaux to Pauillac time trial.
Nicolas Roche 18th in Bordeaux as Mark Cavendish wins fourth Tour stage
The tradition of sprinters winning in Bordeaux was preserved by Mark Cavendish who picked up his fourth stage win in this year’s Tour as Nicolas Roche finished 18th to maintain his GC position.
Nicolas Roche 12th on the Col du Tourmalet and back to 15th in Tour GC
Nicolas Roche has fought his way back into the top fifteen in the Tour de France having placed 12th on the Col du Tourmalet where stage winner Andy Schleck failed to deliver the killer blow to derail Alberto Contador from a third Tour victory.
Nicolas Roche fights to regain contact with Alberto Contador on the Col d'Aspin
Nicolas Roche had a day of mixed fortunes on a classic Tour de France stage through the Pyrenees where he fought his way back from being dropped out of a decisive early break to finish 13th in Pau.
Nicolas Roche descends the Col de Bales in stage 15 of the Tour de France
A front wheel puncture on the ascent of the hors category Port de Bales and a fiasco in team tactics cost Nicolas Roche almost eight minutes and a drop to 17th in the GC on stage fifteen to Bagneres-de-Luchon.
Puncture leaves Roche deflated
A front wheel puncture on the ascent of the hors category Port de Bales and a fiasco in team tactics cost Nicolas Roche almost eight minutes and a drop to 17th in the GC on stage fifteen to Bagneres-de-Luchon.
Nicolas Roche limits losses to 1:19 in Tour de France GC
Nicolas Roche had real reason to be satisfied with his first day in the Pyrenees having limited his losses in the GC to just over one minute while teammate Christophe Riblon won the stage at the summit of Ax-3-Domaines.
Nicloas Roche's Tour stage bid foiled as luck shines on Vinokourov
Nicolas Roche put up a fight to claim a stage win in Revel only to find that there was no stopping Alexandre Vinokourov whose persistence finally paid off with a return to Tour glory.
Nicolas Roche 20th in Tour stage to Mende and 14th in GC
Nicolas Roche dug deep to finish within 31 seconds of stage winner Joaquin Rodriguez in Mende only to find that his sterling performance was not enough to save him from dropping one place to 14th in the GC.
Mark Cavendish headed for green jersey as Nicolas Roche places 17th in Valence
Mark Cavendish claimed his thirteenth Tour de France stage win and put himself right back into contention for the green jersey after a bunch sprint in Valence that also saw Nicolas Roche place 17th.
Nicolas Roche 7th in Gap as GC deficit narrows to 13th
Nicolas Roche has clawed his way back up to 13th in the GC after a late solo attack earned him his first top ten placing in this year’s Tour where he now lies 6:23 off race leader Andy Schleck.
Nicolas Roche and Geraint Thomas corner in the Tour de France
Nicolas Roche produced another gritty performance to cement his position in the GC after the Col de La Madeleine sorted the men from the boys on another epic stage of the Tour de France.
Nicolas Roche hangs tough at Tour de France to finish 16th in GC
Nicolas Roche’s fighting spirit preserved his GC ambitions on the mountain top finish of Morzine-Avoriaz where he limited his losses to 2:18 on a day when the torch finally passed to a new generation of Tour riders.
Nicolas Roche moves up to 8th in Tour de France GC
Nicolas Roche has broken into the top ten in the Tour de France having finished 11th on the first mountain stage won by Sylvain Chavanel whose victory returned him to the race leader’s yellow jersey.
Nicolas Roche well placed as Tour de France heads into the Alps
Nicolas Roche has achieved his objective of not losing any more time before the Tour moves to the Alps with Mark Cavendish hitting the winning groove to close out the transitional stages with a second win in Gueugnon.
Roche 14th in Montargis as Mark Cavendish wins first stage of 2010 Tour
Mark Cavendish silenced his critics with an emotional first stage win in this year’s Tour into Montargis where Nicolas Roche was not shy in mixing it with the sprinters to finish 14th.
Alessandro Petacchi wins in Reims as Nicolas Roche holds steady at 11th in GC
Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi claimed a second Tour stage win in the champagne city of Reims where Nicolas Roche preserved his GC position having come home safely in 35th place.
Nicolas Roche masters cobbles to move up to 11th in Tour GC
Nicolas Roche has emerged as a real contender in this year’s Tour de France having moved to within less than two minutes of the yellow jersey after a spectacularly gutsy performance on one of the most feared stages of this year’s race.
Tour de France descends into farce in Spa
The second stage of the Tour de France ended in farce with the peloton organising a bizzare truce which overshadowed a remarkable victory by Quick Step rider and new race leader Sylvain Chavanel.
Nicolas Roche survives carnage at Tour de France stage finish in Brussels
Nicolas Roche survived two crashes and a dramatic pile up in the finishing straight of stage one to Brussels to move up two places to 45th in the Tour’s GC while Alessandro Petacchi triumphed amid the carnage.
Nicolas Roche in full flight during the Tour de France prologue time trial
Nicolas Roche is off to a flying start at the Tour de France having finished the prologue time trial faster than all but three of the big race favourites who were no match for predictable winner Fabian Cancellara.
Nicolas Roche all set for Tour de France prologue
Nicolas Roche is ready to lay claim to the yellow jersey in Saturday’s Tour de France prologue having adopted a new trial position for the 8.9 kilometre circuit in Rotterdam.
Nicolas Roche declares Tour de France GC ambitions
Nicolas Roche believes that he has arrived at the Tour de France in much better shape than last year with the AG2R La Mondiale rider declaring that his early ambitions are focused on contesting the general classification.

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