Our teacher Joshua helps you to improve your listening skills with Avance Deportivo in English. Today, he talks about cycling.
Hello, I’m Joshua I’m an English teacher at Nep English School in Malaga and this is Avance Deportivo in English. Britain’s Chris Froome confirmed he is in good form ahead of the Tour de France as he won Sunday’s final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in France to take the overall race victory.
Team Sky’s Froome was in second place after the seventh stage but made up his 18-second deficit on Tejay van Garderen with a late attack on the final climb. Froome also won in 2013 race before going on to win the Tour de France that year. After Sunday’s win Froome said: “The Tour de France is the big objective”.
The 30-year-old Kenya-born rider is aiming to win his second Tour title after crashing out on the fifth stage last year. Froome is one of four favourites for the Tour De France title this year.
Froome’s season kicked off strongly, with a stage win and overall title at the Ruta del Sol in southern Spain, but illness then intervened and he was forced to miss the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in March.
This year’s Tour De France starts on 4th July and the 2013 champion added: “I think the team is ready and I think I’m almost ready. I’m really excited.”
BMC rider Van Garderen finished second overall in the Criterium with the Lampre team ‘s Rui Costa third, while Briton Simon Yates won the best young rider’s jersey in fifth overall. Yates who is 22 finished second on Sunday’s stage, with Costa third and Van Garderen fourth.
Vincenzo Nibali, who won the Tour de France last year and is seen as one of Froome’s main rivals for this year’s race, suffered on Saturday’s seventh stage and finished 12th, having taken the lead himself on Friday.
Meanwhile, in the Tour de Suisse, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas finished fifth in stage two to move up to second in the overall standings.
Now I’m going to explain some vocabulary;
– Climb: In cyclying a climb is a part of the race that usually involves cyclying uphill.
– Crashing out: Crashing out of a competition means to be eliminated very quickly.
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