Bernard Hinault Wants Justice For The Tour de France

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by Frédéric HAPPE CALORGUEN, France, Nov 12, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong has become a stain on the glorious cycling memories of French legend Bernard Hinault who says he would refuse to speak to the shamed American rider. Cycling has an unfair reputation over drug-taking, according to the five-time Tour de France winner who marks his 60th birthday on Friday as one of the … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Reconsiders Stance On Tour de France Participation

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LONDON, Nov 11, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted on Tuesday that he may elect to compete in next year's race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour de France does not favour Froome, who won the race in 2013, and he said last month that he could decide to skip it and focus instead on the Giro … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Has Ambitious Giro-Tour Double In Mind

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PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Double Tour de France champion Alberto Contador expressed delight as a mountainous 2015 route was revealed on Wednesday, as the Spaniard confirmed his plans for an ambitious Giro-Tour double. Sky's 2013 Champion Chris Froome suggested however that he may skip the 2015 Tour as it didn't suit his style, saying he may concentrate on the Italian challenge. … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Considering Skipping The 2015 Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him. Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers. … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2015 Offers Famous Alpe d’Huez Finale

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PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - For the first time in Tour de France history the legendary Alpe d'Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 edition before the final procession in Paris. That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme. After this … [Read more...]

Spain’s Team Movistar Is Top Of The 2014 WorldTour Rankings

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PARIS, Oct 14, 2014 (AFP) - Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw the Spanish cycling outfit Movistar end the WorldTour season as the top ranked team for 2014. The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar's 34-year-old team leader Valverde, who topped the UCI Pro Tour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008. The team's … [Read more...]

Tinkoff-Saxo’s “Three Grand Tours” Proposal With €1 million Bonus

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Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. What if the world's best riders battled it out against each other in all three Grand Tours in 2015? What … [Read more...]

Anti-doping Chief Travis Tygart Hopes Lance Armstrong Reveals All

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LONDON, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - United States Anti-doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called on Lance Armstrong to spill the secrets of his doping shame under oath for the good of cycling. Tygart led the USADA investigation which found Armstrong's United States Postal Service team had carried out "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme … [Read more...]

Pink Jersey Battle May Pave Way For Rare Giro-Tour Double

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by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Oct 06, 2014 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia organisers on Monday admitted they had one eye on seeing a rare Giro-Tour de France double achieved next summer when they unveiled a balanced route for the 2015 edition on Monday. The 2014 edition, won by Colombian Nairo Quintana of Movistar, featured a total of six days in the high mountains. The 98th edition, … [Read more...]