BLOW OFF THE SHOP RIDE — YOU’VE GOT PLANS THIS WEEKEND

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If you're not excited about how this Tour de France is setting up, you've topped your max heartrate one too many times.  May you rest in peace. On Saturday the Tour heads into the Alps and the real games begin.  Sunday continues in the Alps, then the riders get Monday to sit around and get stiff before the hardest day of all, on Tuesday's stage 9.  And you're not going to want to miss a … [Read more...]

Team Saxo Bank Tour de France Preview

On Saturday 3rd of July, the 97th edition of the Tour de France kicks off with an 8.9 kilometer long prologue in the streets of Rotterdam, Holland. But the first minor time trial will probably not be decisive for the outcome of the GC when the race ends in Paris, Sunday 25th of July. Before then, the 198 riders divided into 22 professional cycling teams will have been through six mountain … [Read more...]

Cooke Pulls Out of Giro d’Italia

PARIS, May 17, 2010 (AFP) - Australian sprinter Baden Cooke has pulled out of the Tour of Italy because of tendinitis in his knee, his Saxo Bank team announced Monday. A statement from team sports director Dan Frost said the support of Cooke, a former winner of the Tour de France green jersey for the points competition, will be missed by his teammates. "We sure could have benefited from … [Read more...]