AEG, ASO, and NBC Sports Group Extend Partnership

AEG, ASO AND NBC SPORTS GROUP EXTEND PARTNERSHIP TO PRODUCE AND BROADCAST THE 2014 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA LIVE TO FANS WORLDWIDE Fans Can Tune in to the Live Broadcast or Watch for Free Online and on Mobile Devices with Award-Winning Tour Tracker LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2014) – AEG, presenter of the Amgen Tour of California, has extended its agreements with NBC Sports Group and A.S.O., … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice In Turmoil From Champion Richie Porte’s Withdrawal

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, March 08, 2014 (AFP) - The Paris-Nice week-long stage race begins on Sunday in turmoil following the last-gasp withdrawal of reigning champion Richie Porte. The Tasmanian was shifted at the last moment to the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy next week after his Sky teammate, Tour de France champion Chris Froome was forced out of that with a back … [Read more...]

Tour de France To Start With Time-Trial In 2015

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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...]

Japan Embraces Prestige Of Colourful Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAITAMA, Japan, Oct 26, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers ASO took a bold leap into a new market by holding the first event outside France to carry its prestigious name in Saitama on Saturday. The Criterium de Saitama, a publicity event aimed at attracting Japanese investment to the Tour while boosting the profile of road cycling in the Asian country, … [Read more...]

Tour de France Organizers Make Route Slip-Up

PARIS, Oct 10, 2011 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers inadvertently published next year's route on their official website according to several specialist cycling websites on Monday. Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) refused to comment when contacted by AFP about the embarrassing slip-up over the race which gets underway in the Belgian town of Liege on June 30. The page is no longer … [Read more...]

UCI Confirm World’s Top 18 Teams For Beijing Event

PARIS, Sept 3, 2011 (AFP) - World cycling chiefs confirmed Saturday the 18 WorldTour leading teams will compete at the inaugural Tour of Beijing in October after a "truce" had been called amid threat of a boycott. Some teams had threatened to boycott the event, the latest to join the International Cycling Union's WorldTour calendar, because they are against UCI proposals to phase out the … [Read more...]

Qatar Airways To Transport Tour de France Peloton

PARIS, June 24, 2011 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers on Friday announced an agreement with Qatar Airways to transport the race peloton to Paris for the final stage of this year's race. Race organizers ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) announced the agreement Friday, only days after the Qatari company was voted the world's number one airline. It means that this year the peloton, which in … [Read more...]

Tour de France Has Agreement Until 2015 With EBU and ASO

The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) have reached an agreement over the next four years running until 2015, it includes the Tour and other cycling events organized by ASO, the organizer said Tuesday to the French media. The agreement concerns the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, La Fleche Wallonne, Paris-Tours, Paris-Nice, Criterium … [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...]

No Fleche Wallonne or Liege for Europcar

PARIS, March 4, 2011 (AFP) - French cycling team Europcar were on Friday snubbed by race organizers ASO (Amaury Sports Organization) for two key spring classics, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Europcar were formerly known as Bbox-Bouygues and count stage victories in the Tour de France on their victories list. However like many teams they have dropped out of the 18-strong … [Read more...]