Andre Greipel Relieved After Tour de France Win

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN REIMS, France, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Andre Greipel admitted he was relieved after finally returning to sprint form to claim Thursday's sixth stage of the Tour de France in style. The German had been out of sorts in sprints so far during the Tour, managing one sixth-placed finish on Tuesday's fourth stage while compatriot Marcel Kittel dazzled, winning … [Read more...]

King Kenny Beats Bauge To Olympic Sprint Gold

LONDON, Aug 6, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Jason Kenny claimed his first individual gold medal Monday when he stunned Frenchman Gregory Bauge 2-0 to win track cycling's Olympic sprint title. Kenny, a 24-year-old from Bolton, was given the nod over defending champion Chris Hoy to defend Britain's chances of sprint gold at his home Games after the rules were changed to limit each nation to one … [Read more...]

Pendleton Wins Sixth World Sprint Crown

MELBOURNE, April 6, 2012 (AFP) - Britain's Victoria Pendleton claimed a sixth sprint title at the world track cycling championships Friday after a 2-0 defeat of Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania. A third leg was scheduled after Krupeckaite had levelled their match 1-1, however race officials relegated the Lithuanian for an infringement in the second match, a decision which handed the title … [Read more...]

French Team Sprint Trio Shows Olympic Ambitions

LONDON, Feb 17, 2012 (AFP) - Former champions France put their Olympic team sprint ambitions on display Friday by dominating qualifying to set up a World Cup final duel with Germany. Britain, the reigning Olympic champions, could only finish fourth fastest in this Olympic test event at the London velodrome, setting up a bronze medal match with third-placed Australia. France's team … [Read more...]

Sprinting For 19th Is A Hard Habit To Break

Pack Fodder In Full Sprint For 19th Place

So I am not known for my Cavendish like finishing sprint, in fact I am not known for much more than a pack finish. But this season I have changed all that. I know what you are thinking. It goes something like this – What The Hell!!!!! How can Mr. Pack Fodder be anything else? It all happened when a Mr. Chris Lotts (of CBR glory) decided to create the Master 40+ 4/5 race category. Not only … [Read more...]

Stage-Hungry Cavendish Happy To Be Back To The Flat

GAP, France - British sprint king Mark Cavendish has seen enough of his team-mates' calves on the recent mountain stages of the Tour de France to be able to draw a picture from memory. But the Isle of Man sprinter would arguably prefer to see the pain etched on his rivals' faces when he aims for a third stage win in the 97th edition when the race heads back to more familiar terrain on … [Read more...]

Cavendish Equals Tour Sprint Legends With His 12th Win

GUEUGNON, France - Mark Cavendish wrote a new page in British cycling history when he equaled the feats of three of the Tour de France's top sprint greats with his 12th career victory on Friday. Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the race leader's jersey after a long, 227.5km sixth stage from Montargis which, for the second day in a row, resulted in a bunch sprint after another futile … [Read more...]

Petacchi Strikes Again As The ‘Manx Express’ Is Delayed

REIMS, France - Italian Alessandro Petacchi rolled back the years for the second time on the Tour de France here Wednesday to claim his second stage win from a bunch sprint. Lampre rider Petacchi has not competed on the race since 2004, a year after claiming a hat-trick of sprint victories. But he showed that absence simply makes the heart grow fonder as he out sprinted a bunch of … [Read more...]

Farrar Angry, But Mondory Says “No Blame”

BRUSSELS - Frenchman Lloyd Mondory offered his apologies to sprint star Tyler Farrar Sunday after the American missed out on what could have been a first win on the Tour de France. However the AG2R rider said he was not to blame. Farrar, who is bidding to win his first stage on the race having already triumphed at the Tours of Spain and Italy, found himself in the perfect position for … [Read more...]

Tour de France Stage 1 Sprint Crash and Dog Caused Crash

Here is the video of the sprint line crash (both of them). … [Read more...]