The Five Most Decisive 2015 Tour de France Stages

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, June 29, 2015 - With the Tour de France set to begin on Saturday, July 4, Bicycle.net looks at five key stages where the overall contenders will be looking to make a difference: Stage 4, July 7: Seraing-Cambrai, 223.5km After the drama and excitement of 2014's cobbled stage, organisers decided they could not do without them this year. Although … [Read more...]

Nibali Ready For Tour de France, Despite Achilles Injury

Milan, June 29, 2015 (AFP) - Embattled Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has revealed an Achilles tendon injury curtailed his winter schedule but said he is ready to face his yellow jersey rivals when the race begins next week. "I had a problem that I've never spoken about. This winter I had an Achilles problem, which I have now thankfully gotten over," Nibali said Sunday in an … [Read more...]

Kittel’s Absence Opens Door For Cavendish To Shine

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Paris, June 29, 2015 (AFP) - Marcel Kittel being forced out of the Tour de France due to a lack of fitness will have had several sprinters and their teams quietly grinning with delight. The last two years, Kittel has been in a class of his own at the Grand Boucle, winning four stages in each, including both the first and last on each occasion. He also got to wear the coveted yellow … [Read more...]

Fantastic Four Hype Providing Tour de France Excitement

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, June 27, 2015 (AFP) - The prospect of the fantastic four lining up to contest what could be the most exciting Tour de France in years has whet the appetite of cycling fans since Vincenzo Nibali's dominant victory last year. That too was supposed to produce a battle royale between three strong pretenders. But Nibali's tour de force on the cobbles … [Read more...]

German Sprinter Marcel Kittel Out Of Tour de France

Berlin, June 25, 2015 (AFP) - German sprint star Marcel Kittel will miss this year's Tour de France as he struggles to recover from a virus, his Giant team announced on Thursday. The 27-year-old has won eight stages in the last two years on the Tour and twice worn the yellow jersey but has been left out by Giant, who feel he is not yet fit enough to compete in the event. The Giant … [Read more...]

Dutch Police Plan On Being A Nuisance At Tour de France

The Hague, June 24, 2015 - Dutch police are planning protests to disrupt the first two stages of the Tour de France in the Netherlands on July 4 and 5, their union, which is demanding better pay, said on Wednesday. Police will carry out a protest bike ride in Utrecht shortly before the start of the race on July 4 and briefly stop competitors on a bridge in Rotterdam the following day, … [Read more...]

IAM Looking For Sucess With Frank And Chavanel At Tour de France

Paris, June 24, 2015 (AFP) - Swiss team IAM send French maverick Sylvain Chavanel to this year's Tour de France with a free role and will try and place homegrown talent Mathias Frank in the top 10. "We're going with an opportunist team wanting at least one stage win and which will protect one rider in the overall," said team manager Rik Verbrugghen as he unveiled his nine man line-up on … [Read more...]

Team Lotto Going All In At Tour de France With Greipel

Paris, June 24, 2015 - Belgian cycling outfits are known for their sprinters so when Lotto unveiled their Tour de France line-up with the focus on speedster Andre Greipel it was no surprise. The giant German has six stage wins from bunch sprints on the Tour and has won at least one in each of the last four editions. For the 2015 sprint finishes the 32-year-old will have a lead-out … [Read more...]

Caruso Alongside Van Garderen For BMC Team At Tour de France

Paris, June 24, 2015 - Italian rider Damiano Caruso has been included in the American team BMC's line-up, headed by Tejay van Garderen, for next month's Tour de France. Carsuo, 27, will make his debut in the Grand Boucle after finishing eighth in the Giro d'Italia in May. Van Garderen, who came fifth in the Tour last year and in 2012, finished second in the recent Criterium du … [Read more...]

Clean Cycling Still A Pipe Dream Says John Degenkolb

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Berlin, June 18, 2015 (AFP) - Top cyclist John Degenkolb, winner of the Milan-San Remo and the Paris-Roubaix races this season, said two weeks ahead of the Tour de France that dope cheats were still thriving in cycling. "We should not expect to see cycling liberated forever from these cheats," said the 26-year-old. "And the same goes for other sports too," he insisted. "Sport 100 per … [Read more...]