London Says No To Hosting 2017 Tour de France Grand Depart

London, Sept 28, 2015 (AFP) - London has rejected the chance to host the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2017, Transport for London revealed on Monday. The English capital was asked to host part of the world's most prestigious cycling race again after previous successful visits in the 2007 and 2014 editions. London hosted the 2007 Grand Depart and hosted the finish for the … [Read more...]

UCI Not Expecting More Olympic Doping Drama

LONDON, July 26, 2012 - World cycling chief Pat McQuaid is convinced there will be no repeat of the aftermath of the 2008 Olympics when Italian Davide Rebellin tested positive after winning the silver medal. Rebellin finished second in the men's road race in Beijing behind Spain's Samuel Sanchez, only to be stripped of his medal when a sample taken from him at the Games later tested … [Read more...]

Olympics ‘Too Early’ For A Recovering Andy Schleck

LA TOUSSUIRE, France, July 12, 2012 (AFP) - RadioShack cycling team said their former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck would likely miss the Olympics because of a slow recovery from a fractured pelvis. Schleck, awarded the 2010 yellow jersey after the disqualification of Spain's Alberto Contador, failed to make this year's Tour after suffering the injury when he was blown off his … [Read more...]

Injured Sanchez Determined To Make Olympics

MADRID, July 9, 2012 (AFP) - Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain said Monday he will "do everything possible" to defend his title in London after crashing out of the Tour de France on Sunday. "We will do everything we can to make London, but we will see what happens," said Sanchez after tests in Bilbao confirmed he suffered a fractured bone in his right hand and a … [Read more...]

Olympic Dream Fades As Longo Loses French Crown

SAINT-Amand-les-Eaux, France, June 21, 2012 (AFP) - Veteran French cyclist Jeannie Longo's dream of competing in the London Olympics faded on Thursday as she lost her national women's time-trial title to Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. The 53-year-old Longo finished fifth after the 26.8-km race some 1min 05sec behind winner Ferrand-Prevot. Isabelle Gautheron of the French Cycling Federation … [Read more...]

Thousands Protest in London, Rome For Cycling Safety

LONDON, April 28, 2012 (AFP) - Thousands of cyclists staged protests in London, Edinburgh and Rome on Saturday to draw attention to poor road safety and a lack of provisions for bike lovers in the key European cities. Some 10,000 cyclists braved pouring rain in London and 3,000 turned out in Edinburgh, according to organizers, who said they were England's and Scotland's biggest ever … [Read more...]

Olympic Goal Unchanged, Vows Injured Cancellara

BASEL, Switzerland, April 3, 2012 (AFP) - Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara said Tuesday that his build-up to the London Olympics would continue unchanged despite having undergone surgery for a four-part fracture of his right collarbone. The Olympic time-trial champion sustained the injury in a fall during last weekend's Tour of Flanders classic, which was won by Belgium's Tom Boonen … [Read more...]

Australia-Britain Rivalry Set To Ignite London Velodrome

by Justin Davis LONDON, Feb 21, 2012 (AFP) - Racing in their home velodrome and backed by a lively partisan crowd of 6000, Great Britain's expectations of Olympic track cycling glory this summer are understandably high. But home hopes of another gold frenzy, four years after dominating their rivals in Beijing, could be over-exaggerated. With new rules meaning only one … [Read more...]

First Test on Olympic Track For Team Pursuiters

by Justin Davis LONDON, Feb 16, 2012 (AFP) - World team pursuit champions Australia are hoping to strike an early psychological blow in the battle for Olympic gold by qualifying fastest in the final World Cup event of the season Thursday. Qualifying for the men's and women's team pursuit finals takes place Thursday evening at the London velodrome, marking the first of four … [Read more...]

Evans Wants Olympic Time Trial Spot

by Justin Davis ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 21, 2012 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Cadel Evans on Wednesday gave Australian Olympic selectors an early season reminder of his ambitions for 2012: to win time trial gold in London. Evans has twice made history for Australia in recent years, claiming gold at the world road race championships in 2009 and becoming the first … [Read more...]