Richie Porte Takes Stage 5, Dennis Retains Tour Down Under Lead

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 24, 2015 (AFP) - Tasmanian Richie Porte blew the Tour Down Under field wide open on Willunga Hill Saturday but just failed to overhaul Rohan Dennis as overall leader of the UCI season-opening race. Just as he had in 2014, Porte launched a stunning attack on the second and final climb up the notorious Willunga Hill to win the 151.5-kilometre stage in 3hr 37min … [Read more...]

Tour of California 10th Edition Most Competitive In Race History

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May 10-17 Professional Cycling Race Will Feature 18 of the World’s Top International and Domestic Teams LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2015) – A fitting tribute for the tenth annual Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race will feature an unprecedented lineup of the world’s top cycling teams for 2015. Race presenter AEG has increased the … [Read more...]

Von Hoff Shows His Mettle To Win Tour Down Under Stage 4

Adelaide, Australia, Jan 23, 2015 (AFP) - Australia's Steele Von Hoff timed his sprint to perfection to win the fourth stage of the UCI Tour Down Under in the South Australian town of Mount Barker on Friday. Von Hoff, riding for the local UniSA team, over-powered his rivals to win by a clear bike length from South African Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEDGE) and Dutchman Wouter Wippert … [Read more...]

Team Start List For The 2015 Tour de France

Paris, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - The 22 teams, named on Wednesday, to take part in next year's Tour de France which starts in Utrecht on July 4 (top cyclists in brackets): France (5) AG2R La Mondiale: Péraud (FRA), Bardet (FRA) Bretagne-Séché: B. Feillu (FRA), Sepulveda (ARG) Cofidis: Bouhanni (FRA), Navarro (ESP) Europcar: Voeckler (FRA), Rolland (FRA) FDJ.fr: Pinot … [Read more...]

First African Team To Race In The Tour de France

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By Jean MONTOIS Paris, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - An African team will take part for the first time in the Tour de France when it starts in Utrecht next July, organisers announced Wednesday. The team will be the MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa. In all 22 teams, each with nine cyclists, will compete in the 102nd edition of one of the most gruelling events in world sport. … [Read more...]

Tony Martin To Target Tour de France Yellow Jersey On Day One

Berlin, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - German time-trial specialist Tony Martin said on Wednesday one of his top priorities for the 2015 season is to pull on the fabled yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France. The 29-year-old, three time world champion in the race against the clock, made his intentions clear at the unveiling of his Belgian team Etixx-QuickStep in Calpe, Spain. "This … [Read more...]

The 70th Tour of Spain Returns For A Madrid Finish

Madrid, Jan 13, 2015 - The 70th edition of the Tour of Spain will see the race return to Madrid on its 80th anniversary after a break from tradition to finish in Santiago de Compostela in 2014. One of cycling's three grand tours, the gruelling 21-stage race will start with a 7.4 kilometre team time-trial in Marbella on Saturday, August 22 and finish with a parade around the centre of … [Read more...]

The 2015 Tour of Spain List Of The 21 Stages

Madrid, Jan 10, 2015 - A list of the stages for the 70th Tour of Spain to be held between August 22 and September 13, 2015: Stage 1: Saturday August 22 - Puerto Banus to Marbella 7.4km team time-trial Stage 2: Sunday August 23 - Alhaurin de la Torre to Caminito del Rey, 165km Stage 3: Monday August 24 - Mijas to Malaga, 164.6km Stage 4: Tuesday August 25 - Estepona to Vejer … [Read more...]

Spain’s Movistar Team To Ride At Australia Tour Down Under

SYDNEY, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - Spain's Movistar Team will return to the Australia's Tour Down Under next month with an experienced squad, organisers said on Thursday. Among their lineup is sprinter Juanjo Lobato, whose victories this year include the Tour de Wallonie and the Vuelta a Burgos, plus a fourth place finish in the Milan-San Remo. The Tour Down Under is the first UCI World … [Read more...]

Team Astana Retains Their UCI World Tour Licence For 2015

PARIS, Dec 10, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana, whose leading rider is this year's Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, were on Wednesday granted a World Tour licence for the 2015 season by the International Cycling Union. However, the UCI said that, while the licence had been granted, Astana would have to agree to conditions, including being audited by the Institute … [Read more...]