Italy Deserves To Host Tour de France Start

by Jean MONTOIS PARIS, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - The Tour de France will continue to spread its wings, race director Christian Prudhomme has said, with cycling powerhouse Italy being high on the list of contenders to host the start in the next few years. Cycling's greatest challenge has visited several countries in recent years to get the race underway including, Ireland, Britain, … [Read more...]

Tour de France In Favour Of Independent Dope Testing

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VERSAILLES, France, Feb 7, 2013 - Tour de France organisers are in favour of an independent body to deal with anti-doping issues in professional cycling across the board, race director Christian Prudhomme said on Thursday. Prudhomme said that for this year's edition of Paris-Nice, which starts on March 3, they were keen to secure the services of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) as … [Read more...]

Tour de France Against Re-Distributing Armstrong Wins

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PARIS, Oct 12, 2012 - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Friday he was against re-distributing disgraced US rider Lance Armstrong's seven victories in the world's most prestigious cycling race. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) this week said Armstrong was at the centre of the biggest doping programme in sporting history, as it produced more than 1,000 pages of testimony … [Read more...]

Tour Chief Prudhomme Salutes Schleck Departure

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by Justin Davis PAU, France, July 18, 2012 (AFP) - Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme applauded a decision by the RadioShack team to take Frank Schleck off the race Wednesday after he tested positive for a banned diuretic. Schleck, who finished third overall in 2011, was expected to return to his native Luxembourg on Wednesday following questioning by police after … [Read more...]

Tour Chief Salutes “History-Maker’ Evans

by Justin Davis PARIS, July 25, 2011 (AFP) - Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme paid tribute to Cadel Evans Sunday as he prepared to be crowned Australia's first winner of the world's premier cycling event. Evans dispossessed Luxembourg's Andy Schleck of the yellow jersey after a stunning ride in Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage time trial. While Evans will ride into … [Read more...]

Prudhomme “delighted” at Anti-Doping Efforts

AURILLAC, France, July 12, 2011 (AFP) - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme applauded the race's anti-doping efforts Tuesday hours after Russian cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev quit the race in disgrace. Kolobnev became the first rider to be forced out of the July 2-24 event after an 'A' sample from the Katusha rider tested positive for a banned substance. A statement from … [Read more...]

Tour chief Prudhomme Applauds Fight To Beat The Cheats

by Justin Davis (AFP) LES HERBIERS, France, June 30, 2011- Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme has applauded efforts to weed out the cheats, even if it means unsavory doping revelations leave a black mark on the race. Even before this year's Tour de France gets underway Saturday, the controversy of Alberto Contador's positive test for clenbuterol last year is still hanging over the … [Read more...]

Tour Boss Grins And Bears The Presence Of Contador

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) PARIS, June 29, 2011 - Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme said he will shake the hand of reigning champion Alberto Contador despite a controversy which has left the race in an unprecedented quandary. However Prudhomme admitted he would prefer the world's premier cycling event to start this Saturday without the shadow of an ongoing doping case from … [Read more...]

Prudhomme wants Fast Decison On Contador Verdict

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 10, 2011 - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Thursday he hopes a swift verdict will be reached in the case of reigning champion Alberto Contador, who failed a drugs test during the race last year. Last month the Spanish cycling federation proposed the 28-year-old rider get a one-year ban for his positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol on … [Read more...]

Interview With Christian Prudhomme About The 2011 Tour de France

Interview was translated from French. So please forgive our poor grammar, etc.... Q: You made the route beautiful for the climbers ... A: "To win the Tour de France, you must be good climber. But it's not just the mountain. It is a Tour de France complete with a very dense first week, where they will play with steep slopes that exist in Britain and with the wind, then a passage in the … [Read more...]