Tour de France To Start With Time-Trial In 2015


by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Nov 28, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) revealed Thursday that the opening stage of the Tour de France in 2015 will be an individual time-trial. It had already been announced three weeks ago that the 2015 Tour would begin in Utrecht in the Netherlands. And Tour Director Christian Prudhomme announced at a … [Read more...]

Japanese City To Host Tour de France Event

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TOKYO, Jan 4, 2013 (AFP) - A Japanese city is to host a special event under the Tour de France banner in October to mark the 100th edition of cycling's most prestigious race, a report said Friday. Saitama City, north of Tokyo, and tour organizers Amaury Sports Organisation will soon reach a formal agreement and then announce the project, said the mass circulation Yomiuri Shimbun … [Read more...]

Cavendish Gets Green Jersey Good News

PARIS, March 4, 2011 - Britain's Mark Cavendish has been given a potential boost by organizers of the Tour de France after they announcedchanges Friday to the rules concerning the race's points competition, whose prize is the green jersey. Potential 'Kings of the Mountains' meanwhile might find the path to polka dot jersey glory tougher this year after the rules were toughened up. Isle … [Read more...]

Armstrong Dismisses Tour Takeover Talk

ADELAIDE - Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong on Saturday played down reports he had been preparing a takeover of Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which owns the Tour de France. Armstrong will wind down his cycling career at the Tour Down Under this week after 20 years that saw him beat cancer before winning a record seven yellow jerseys in succession. The 39-year-old said he was … [Read more...]

Teams request changes to Paris-Nice contract

PARIS, Feb 29, 2008 (AFP) - Cyclists due to compete in the Paris-Nice stage race have asked organisers to make amendments to a proposed teams' contract, which in midweek prompted anger from the sport's world ruling body. The first major European stage race of the season will be held under a cloud after organisers controversially opted to hold it under the aegis of the French federation, and not … [Read more...]

UCI boss slams colluding ASO and French sports ministry

PARIS, March 7, 2008 (AFP) - World cycling chief Pat McQuaid on Friday stoked the feud with race organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), accusing them of colluding to form a private league with the backing of the French sports ministry. International Cycling Union (UCI) president McQuaid made his accusations in a column in French daily Le Monde just two days before the start of … [Read more...]