Kirchen To Keep Racing Despite Heart Attack

PARIS - Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen has drawn criticism from his manager at Team Katusha after stubbornly refusing to give up bike racing in spite of knocking on death's door three months ago. Kirchen, a former national champion and winner of the Fleche Wallonne semi-classic, suffered a heart attack at the Tour of Switzerland in June, calling a halt to his career. The shock incident … [Read more...]

Kirchen Comes Out Of Coma

PARIS, June 22, 2010 - Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen, who has been in hospital in Zurich since Friday, has emerged from a coma, his team Katusha announced on Tuesday. In a statement on its website, the Russian team said that the signs were encouraging and that Kirchen, 31, had immediately recognized his wife and his father. "He asked what had happened because he doesn't remember anything," … [Read more...]

Gesink Closes In On Title As da Costa Bags Stage Win

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LIESTAL, Switzerland, June 19, 2010 - Dutch rider Robert Gesink closed in on the Tour of Switzerland title Saturday as he held the leader's yellow jersey after the eighth stage won by Portugal's Rui Faria da Costa. Caisse d'Epargne rider da Costa, 23, finished 15sec ahead of teammate Jose Gil Rojas with Belgian Maxime Monfort of HTC Columbia 19sec off the pace after the 172km ride between … [Read more...]

Kirchen Hospitalised After Another Heart Scare

WETZIKON, Switzerland, June 19, 2010 - Former Luxembourg national champion Kim Kirchen is in a stable condition after being placed in an artificial coma following a heart attack, his Katusha team said on Saturday. Kirchen, who finished seventh overall in the 2007 Tour de France, had been competing in the Tour of Switzerland when he felt unwell and was hospitalised overnight Friday in … [Read more...]

The Return Of Kirchen – Fleche Wallonne

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CHARLEROI (Belgium), April 20, 2010 (AFP) - Luxembourgeois Kim Kirchen, absent from racing since late March, makes his comeback Wednesday with the entry in the Fl├Ęche Wallonne, officials said Tuesday reported by his team Katusha. Kirchen, who has not raced since the GP E3, was treated for a cyst in the perineum. The Luxembourg has since suffered from respiratory problems and had to … [Read more...]

Team Columbia Take Aim At More Stage Success in Spain

Team Columbia believe powerful German sprinter Andre Greipel can help continue their impressive 2009 season once the Tour of Spain clicks into gear this Saturday. Mark Cavendish's stunning haul of six stage wins from this year's Tour de France took his tally to 10 from the last two participation -- and was the highlight of a hugely successful season for the American outfit so far. With … [Read more...]

Kirchen Wins Stage, Valjavec Eyes Victory

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VALLORBE, Switzerland, June 19, 2009 (AFP) - Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen was the winner of the seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland here on Friday, as Tadej Valjavec (AG2R) held onto the overall lead, two days before the finish. Last year's winner, Czech rider Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was second over the line with Slovakia's Peter Velits of the MRM team in third. The stage victory … [Read more...]

Luxemburgers Bid To End 56-year Summer Olympic Medal Famine

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 7, 2008 (AFP) - They are normally fierce competitors in the tough world of elite road cycling. But on Saturday Luxemburgers Andy and Frank Schleck will be expected to put their differences with compatriot Kim Kirchen aside in a bid to claim a rare Olympic medal for the landlocked Duchy. The last time Luxembourg stood on the podium of a summer … [Read more...]

Riccardo Ricco Rocks The Favorites As Evans Falls To A Crash

by Justin Davis BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France, July 13, 2008 (AFP) - Italian Riccardo Ricco recovered from a heavy crash on the race's eighth stage to win the Tour de France ninth stage in spectacular fashion here on Sunday. Luxembourg's Kim Kirchen overcame a difficult first day in the Pyrenees to keep the yellow jersey and his six-second lead on Australia's Cadel Evans, who, … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 8 Finish Video by Versus

This Bicycle.net video is supplied by our friends at Versus.com The Isle of Man By Paul Sherwen Fifty years after the first British rider won a stage in the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish from the Isle of Man has just won two. His team did a phenomenal job getting him into an ideal position to win the stage and he didn't let them down. His acceleration over the last 50 meters is … [Read more...]