Thomas Voeckler of Bougyues Telecom Suffers Broken Collarbone At Paris-Nice

MONTAGNE DE LURE, France, March 13, 2009 - French Bougyues Telecom rider Thomas Voeckler suffered a broken collarbone in a fall during the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Friday. Voeckler, who fell shortly after the start of the stage at Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux, was taken immediately to a hospital in Orange where he underwent surgery. The former yellow jersey holder on … [Read more...]

Jeremy Roy of Team FDJ Wins A Thrilling Stage 5 At Paris-Nice

VALLON PONT D'ARC, France, March 12, 2009 - Jeremy Roy, riding for FDJ, won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race here on Thursday, a 204.0km ride from Annonay to Vallon Pont d'Arc, crossing the line in 4hr 58min 47sec. Sylvain Chavanel of France, riding for Quickstep, retained the overall lead. "I really went for it. I gave it my all and it's a fantastic feeling," said Roy, who … [Read more...]

Christian Vande Velde Riding For Team Garmin Wins Paris-Nice Stage 4

SAINT ETIENNE, France, March 11, 2009 (AFP) - American Christian Vande Velde, riding for Garmin, won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race here on Wednesday, a 173.5km ride from Vichy to Saint Etienne. Sylvain Chavanel of France, riding for Quick Step, retained the overall lead. Vande Velde, who finished fifth in last year's Tour de France, broke away from the rest of the field to … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice Stage 3 & Overall Results

VICHY, France, March 10, 2009 - Results from Tuesday's third stage of the Paris-Nice, a 178km run from Orval to Vichy: 1. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/QST) 4hr 33min 12sec 2. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP/RAB) at 0:00. 3. Sébastian Langeveld (NED/RAB) 0:00. 4. Stéphane Augé (FRA/COF) … [Read more...]

Sylvain Chavanel of Quick Step Wins Paris-Nice 3rd Stage In The Rain

Sylvain Chavanel of France won the third stage of the Paris-Nice race here on Tuesday and also grabbed the overall lead from Spain's Alberto Contador. Chavanel, of Quick Step, saw off Spain's Juan Antonio Flecha and a tilt for glory from the Rabobank team which began with them upping the ante 45km to the line. Chavanel quickly moved to counter that move and managed to hold on as … [Read more...]

Heinrich Haussler of Team Cervelo Wins Paris-Nice 2nd Stage

LA CHAPELLE-SAINT-URSIN, France, March 9, 2009 (AFP) - Germany's Heinrich Haussler, riding for the Cervelo team, prevailed in a sprint for the second stage honors in the Paris-Nice here on Monday. Spanish rider Alberto Contador, winner of the opening day's time trial, held on to the leader's yellow jersey despite being held up when his path was blocked by a multiple pile-up less than two … [Read more...]

Contador Wins Paris-Nice Time Trial

AMILLY, France, March 8, 2009 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador, riding for the Astana team, won the opening stage in the Paris-Nice, a 9.3km time trial here on Sunday. British Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, with American outfit Garmin, came in second behind the 2007 winner, who clocked 11min 05sec, with another Spanish rider, Luis Leon Sanchez, third. Ironically for an event … [Read more...]

UCI and AFLD Reach AN Anti-Doping Collaboration

The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) reached an agreement on Friday over drug-testing measures in the Paris-Nice stage race, which starts on Sunday. This new agreement will strengthen the anti-doping stance that professional cycling has worked very hard to create. "There was a strong desire on both sides to work together," UCI president Pat McQuaid … [Read more...]

Excellent Chances for Team Saxo Bank at Paris-Nice

[03.03 08:11] Team Saxo Bank is embarking on this year's edition of ”The Race Against the Sun” with sky-high ambitions. The race begins with a nine-kilometer time trial in Amily next weekend and according to sports director Kim Andersen there's every reason for optimism. ”The way the route is this year we have every reason to turn up our level of ambition. Already during first stage, … [Read more...]