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

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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...]

Tour de France To Start With Time-Trial In 2015

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Nov 28, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) revealed Thursday that the opening stage of the Tour de France in 2015 will be an individual time-trial. It had already been announced three weeks ago that the 2015 Tour would begin in Utrecht in the Netherlands. And Tour Director Christian Prudhomme announced at a … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

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NAIROBI, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has welcomed the introduction of tougher penalties for doping, and admitted that he had been personally "hit hard" by accusations he had cheated. Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, the country of his birth and where he first fell in love with the sport, Froome said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than … [Read more...]