Wiggins Vows To Earn Team Sky Tour De France Spot

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. Wiggins put in an impressive showing at Sunday's 'Hell of the North' by coming home in a 10-strong group 20 seconds behind winner Niki … [Read more...]

Niki Terpstra Takes A Suprise Paris-Roubaix Victory

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 13, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Niki Terpstra attacked just over 6km from home to stun a host of favourites and win Paris-Roubaix at the end of 257km of racing on Sunday. The race had seemed set for a sprint finish among 11 riders but Terpstra took advantage of the marking of favourites Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara The Man To Beat At Paris-Roubaix

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - A week ago the pre-Tour of Flanders talk was about how open the race would be but ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix that has turned to questions about how to stop Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss 33-year-old won his third Flanders crown last Sunday in a sprint finish, upsetting the hopes of a trio of Belgians on their home soil. … [Read more...]

Chris Horner In Hospital After Serious Crash With A Car

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PARIS, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Spain champion Chris Horner has been taken to hospital following a training crash with a car around Lake Como, Italy, his Lampre team said Friday. The 42-year-old American, who was born in Japan and is the oldest ever winner of a Grand Tour, suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs in the accident. "The American cyclist Chris Horner had an … [Read more...]

The Lance Armstrong Probe Findings Due In A Year

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GENEVA, April 09, 2014 (AFP) - An inquiry team probing the role of cycling's leaders in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will deliver its report by next year, the head of the sport's global governing body UCI said on Wednesday. Brian Cookson, who won an ugly UCI leadership contest in September 2013 vowing to right past wrongs, said the three-member independent commission of inquiry … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Vows To Learn From Flanders Disappointment

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OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. The Slovak twice winner of the Tour de France green jersey was one of the top three favourites coming into the De Ronde Sunday. But after he failed to match eventual winner Fabian Cancellara's … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Grabs Tour of Flanders Record With Third Win

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a … [Read more...]

Spring Classics Set To Explode Into Life In Flanders

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 04, 2014 (AFP) - Some of the greatest cyclists in the world will begin the battle for the main Spring Classics when the Tour of Flanders gets underway on Sunday. The likes of Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen and Peter Sagan will be among the favourites in some of the oldest and most prestigious races on the professional cycling calendar. … [Read more...]

Wiggins And Cancellara To Race Tour of Flanders, Gilbert Out

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PARIS, April 03, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins will race the Tour of Flanders on Sunday for the first time since 2005, his Sky team have confirmed. The 33-year-old, who became the first British rider to win the fabled Tour de France in 2012 will also use the race to prepare for the Paris-Roubaix, the following weekend, one of his principle early … [Read more...]

Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez Wins Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

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Despite the rain and wet roads on the final day of racing in Catalunya, the leading Russian team Katusha let nothing deter them from the purpose of the day: to deliver Joaquim Rodriguez to the finish line as the winner of the 94th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Mission accomplished. A happy Joaquim Rodriguez was content with this victory, saying, ‚ÄúThis victory is important to me. It was a big … [Read more...]