Posted July 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Bradley Wiggins
France's Thomas Voeckler has won the 16th stage of the Tour de France over four huge climbs in the Pyrenees. Bradley Wiggins, trailing several minutes behind, was keeping pace Wednesday with his main rivals and appeared set to retain the yellow jersey for a 10th straight day. The Tour was riding under a new doping cloud after RadioShack team leader Frank Schleck left the race Tuesday after testing positive for a banned diuretic. Schleck missed the 122.4-mile mountainous ride Wednesday from Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees. He was informed by cycling authorities of a positive doping test conducted after Saturday's stage. RadioShack said Schleck would be suspended if the backup sample comes back positive.

Indurain sends good-luck present to Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins can count on the support of his childhood idol, five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain. Wiggins said Tuesday that Indurain sent him a neckerchief aficionados are wearing in the bullrings of Pamplona, Spain. Wiggins adds that the scarf was Indurain's and came with a video message wishing him luck. Wiggins says he and Indurain are ''very similar...

Frank Schleck pulled from Tour de France for positive doping test

One of the biggest names in pro cycling ,Frank Schleck of Luxembourg has been pulled out of the Tour de France by his team RadioShack Nissan Trek after he failed a doping test. Schleck, 32, tested positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide in an anti-doping test taken from him on July 14.   Schleck had been in 12th place overall going into the second rest day on Tuesday.  He was...

Valverde wins 17th stage of Tour

Alejandro Valverde of Spain won the 17th stage of the Tour de France, while Bradley Wiggins mastered a last big test in the mountains to retain the yellow jersey on Thursday. The 89-mile ride from Bagneres-de-Luchon to the ski station of Peyragudes featured three hard climbs and an uphill finish. Valverde, the Movistar team leader who once served a doping ban, won his third Tour...

Cavendish wins 18th stage of Tour

Mark Cavendish of Britain has won the 18th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey. Friday's ride along four small hills took the pack along 138 miles from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde. Wiggins appears likely to win when the three-week race finishes in Paris on Sunday. A large black dog that crossed the road in front of riders...

Tour de France affects Australian sleep patterns

Forget about the competitors - the head of the Australian Medical Association says the Tour de France is tiring for Australia's work force because of the late-night and early-morning television coverage Down Under. The race is broadcast live in Australia from 10 p.m. to about 1.30 a.m. on the east coast. The event, featuring defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia and this...
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