Mark Cavendish Releases His Upcoming Race Calendar

14-Apr-2015: Etixx - Quick-Step has released the race calendars of Mark Cavendish for the upcoming months. Mark Cavendish will open the next part of his season with the same program of 2014 prior to Le Tour de France. He will race the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, a race in which he won four stages and the points classification the previous year. He will then participate in AMGEN Tour of … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong’s Tour Ride Called ‘Disrespectful’ By Cookson

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London, March 17, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson on Tuesday hit out at drugs cheat Lance Armstrong's plans to ride this year's Tour de France route for charity, branding them "completely disrespectful". Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping offences, has signed up to take part in the event, organised by former England football player Geoff Thomas. … [Read more...]

Tour of Oman Provides Ideal Test In Nibali TDF Build-Up

Al Mussanah, Oman, Feb 16, 2015 (AFP) - Ten days after his season opening race in Dubai, Italy's Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, returns to the peloton on Tuesday and a tougher test in the Tour of Oman. The 30-year-old Sicilian, who finished seventh in Oman last year, is looking forward to a race more suited to his climbing skills unlike Dubai which was predominantly a sprinters … [Read more...]

Champion Vincenzo Nibali Outlines Tour de France Preparation

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Paris, Jan 13, 2015 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali will warm up for his defence of the world's greatest bike race with the punishing Criterium de Dauphine in June, his coach Paolo Slongo revealed on Tuesday. The Astana rider, 30, will begin his season's work at the Tour of Dubai (Feb 4-7), the Tour of Oman (Feb 17-22) before the Italian races in March featuring … [Read more...]

Tour de France To Start At Mont Saint-Michel In 2016

PARIS, Dec 09, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France organisers revealed on Tuesday that the 2016 edition of the Grand Boucle will start at the UNESCO world heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel. Two weeks ago, Tour organisers ASO revealed the 2016 edition would start in the Manche department in Normandy, so named after the French term for the English Channel that separates the country from … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Target The Win At 2015 Tour de France

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LONDON, Dec 02, 2014 - Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome scotched doubts about his commitment to the 2015 race on Tuesday by declaring that it will be the "main focus" of his season. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour does not favour Froome, the 2013 champion, and he hinted in October that he could elect to skip it and focus instead on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a … [Read more...]

Bernard Hinault Wants Justice For The Tour de France

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by Frédéric HAPPE CALORGUEN, France, Nov 12, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong has become a stain on the glorious cycling memories of French legend Bernard Hinault who says he would refuse to speak to the shamed American rider. Cycling has an unfair reputation over drug-taking, according to the five-time Tour de France winner who marks his 60th birthday on Friday as one of the … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Reconsiders Stance On Tour de France Participation

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LONDON, Nov 11, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome hinted on Tuesday that he may elect to compete in next year's race after previously suggesting he was considering sitting it out. The mountainous route for the 2015 Tour de France does not favour Froome, who won the race in 2013, and he said last month that he could decide to skip it and focus instead on the Giro … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Five Key Stages That Will Factor In The 2015 Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Following the announcement of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris on Wednesday, Bicycle.net looks at five key stages where the race will be won or lost: Stage 2: Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km This is one of two stages where the weather could play a crucial and decisive role in determining the outcome not just of the stage … [Read more...]