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...]

2015 Tour de France To Start In Dutch City of Utrecht

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THE HAGUE, Nov 08, 2013 (AFP) - The 2015 Tour de France will start in the historic Dutch city of Utrecht, the city and race organizers ASO announced on Friday. "The 2015 Tour de France will start in Utrecht, the Tour's organizers made known today (Friday)," the central Dutch city said in a press release. "More details for 2015 are to be revealed on November 28 in Paris and … [Read more...]

Japan Embraces Prestige Of Colourful Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SAITAMA, Japan, Oct 26, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France organizers ASO took a bold leap into a new market by holding the first event outside France to carry its prestigious name in Saitama on Saturday. The Criterium de Saitama, a publicity event aimed at attracting Japanese investment to the Tour while boosting the profile of road cycling in the Asian country, … [Read more...]

Froome Backs New UCI Chief To Usher In New Dawn

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN TOKYO, Oct 25, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has backed new International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson to rid the sport of its doping culture and usher in a new dawn. Froome had to field a number of questions and suspicions related to his performances during his masterful victory at the Grand Boucle in July as some … [Read more...]

A Confident Chris Froome Looks For Tour de France Repeat

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, France, Oct 24, 2013 (AFP) - When the route for the 2014 Tour de France was revealed in Paris, it almost looked like the organizers had deliberately attempted to reduce reigning champion Chris Froome's chances. Kenyan-born Briton Froome was dominant in the 2013 edition of the greatest cycling race in the world, winning by more than four minutes from … [Read more...]

The Tour de France 21 Stages For 2014

PARIS, Oct 23, 2013 - Here is the list of the 21 stages of the 2014 Tour de France, as revealed by race organizers on Wednesday: Stage 1: Saturday, July 5 - Leeds, England, to Harrogate, England, 191 kilometres (119 miles) Stage 2: Sunday, July 6 - York, England, to Sheffield, England, 198km Stage 3: Monday, July 7 - Cambridge, England, to London, 159km Stage 4: Tuesday, … [Read more...]

WWI Tribute For The Tour de France 2014

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2013 (AFP) - The Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route likely to challenge champion Chris Froome. One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling's most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed … [Read more...]

Tour Record-Holder Albert Bourlon Dies At 96

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BOURGES, France, Oct 17, 2013 - Albert Bourlon, who holds the record for the longest ever breakaway in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 96, his family announced on Thursday. Born on November 23, 1916, he lined up in his first Tour in 1938. After the race resumed following World War II Bourlon created Tour history with a 253 kilometer stage-winning break between … [Read more...]

Cadel Evans ‘Unlikely’ To Ride 2014 Tour de France

MILAN, Oct 07, 2013 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans said he is unlikely to compete at the 2014 edition of the race as he concentrates on targeting a win in the Giro d'Italia. "It's unlikely that I'll start the Tour de France," Evans told AFP Monday following the presentation of the three-week Italian epic, which begins on May 9 in Belfast and ends on June 1 in the … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins ‘Almost Quit 2012 Tour’, Claims Yates

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LONDON, Sept 12, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France 2012 champion Bradley Wiggins almost withdrew from the race in a row over team-mate Chris Froome, former Team Sky general manager Sean Yates said in extracts from his new book published on Thursday. Wiggins was Sky's team leader during the race but Yates claims that an unplanned attack from Froome during stage 11 in the Alps made him … [Read more...]