I’m Still A Seven Time Tour de France Winner

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong, in a rare interview, says he still considers himself a Tour de France champion despite his spectacular fall from grace for using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong -- stripped of his record seven Tour titles -- told Outside magazine he thinks his fellow competitors would agree he genuinely won cycling's greatest event. "Yes, I … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish’s Race Calendar Is Determined

18-Apr-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the program of Mark Cavendish for the coming weeks. As previously communicated, the British Champion will ride the Tour of Turkey at the end of April. He will then ride the AMGEN Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse prior to the Tour de France. "As everybody knows, my big goal this year is the Tour de France," Cavendish … [Read more...]

Wiggins Vows To Earn Team Sky Tour De France Spot

A Sufferring Bradley Wiggins

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. Wiggins put in an impressive showing at Sunday's 'Hell of the North' by coming home in a 10-strong group 20 seconds behind winner Niki … [Read more...]

Richie Porte To Miss Giro d’Italia for Tour de France

PARIS, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Richie Porte will skip the Giro d'Italia in favour of helping his teammate Chris Froome successfully defend his Tour de France title, Team Sky announced on Monday. Team Sky head of performance support Tim Kerrison said: "Richie was always going to ride the Tour de France this year. "But this now means that he can fully focus on being in the best … [Read more...]

2014 Tour de France Distance Revealed At 3,662km

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PARIS, March 07, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) on Friday revealed the exact finalized route for July's race of 3,662km. The world's biggest and most popular cycling stage race is usually limited at 3,500km but the lack of an opening stage short-distance prologue, replaced by a full stage, has accounted for the slightly longer profile. "The … [Read more...]

Team NetApp-Endura Gets Invite To Tour de France

Team NetApp

Livingston, Scotland, January 29th 2014 – Headline Sponsors Endura would like to congratulate Team NetApp-Endura on their invite to the take part in the world’s largest cycle race, the Tour De France. The Scottish based cycle clothing brand has supported the team since UK based Endura racing merged with German Team, NetApp in 2012. This wildcard entry means there will be two teams wearing … [Read more...]

Tour de France Confirms Teams For 2014

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PARIS, Jan 28, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers announced on Tuesday the final four teams invited to compete in this year's 101st edition of the race which begins on July 5 at Leeds in England. French second division teams Bretagne-Seche (Brittany-Seche) and regular participants Cofidis were included along with Swiss formation IAM and German team Netapp, organizers confirmed. … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans Not Thinking About Retirement At 37

ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan 20, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Cadel Evans turns 37 on February 14 but he says retirement is not on his mind. The man billed as Australia's greatest cyclist intends to wait until after this year's Giro d'Italia before considering the next step in his career. "I'm trying not to (think about retirement) -- I'd like to do a good Giro and then use that … [Read more...]

Tour de France Grand Depart Trophy Arrives In Leeds

LEEDS, United Kingdom, Jan 09, 2014 (AFP) - Leeds, the northern English venue for the start of this year's Tour de France, took delivery of the Grand Depart trophy on Thursday. The eyes of the cycling world will be on Leeds in some six months' time when the 2014 Tour starts on July 5, with Britain's Chris Froome set to defend the title he won last year. In all there will be three … [Read more...]

Grand Boucle To Tour Arc de Triomphe In 2014

PARIS, Dec 03, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers on Tuesday revealed they have obtained permission from the Paris police chief to round the Arc de Triomphe in 2014. The world's greatest cycling race has finished on the Champs Elysees every year since 1975 but back in July, for the first time, the route extended along the entire length of the most famous road in Paris to include a … [Read more...]