US cyclist Danielson tests positive for synthetic testosterone

PARIS -- American cyclist Tom Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test last month and was immediately suspended by his team on Monday. Danielson, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, said on Twitter that he did not take any banned substance. "I would never ever take anything like this especially after everything I have gone through the last...
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Tom Danielson tests positive for synthetic testosterone

PARIS (AP) American cyclist Tom Danielson says he tested positive for synthetic testosterone in an out-of-competition test performed last month. Danielson, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, said on Twitter that he did not take any banned substance. Danielson, who rides for the Cannondale Garmin team, added that he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that a sample collected...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Tour de France is most-watched on NBCSN since 2010

Cycling is a sport that’s suffered hits due to Lance Armstrong and doping. But with a scandal-free season going into this year’s Tour de France, NBCSN saw its numbers rise for the month-long event that concluded last weekend. Sports Media Watch notes that the 2015 Tour saw its best viewership in five years dating  back to Lance Armstrong’s last time in the event. Throughout...
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Jets fans fly "Cheaters Look Up" banner over Patriots practice

New England Patriots fans in attendance for the team’s first day of practice — and there’s a lot of them — might want to keep an eye on the sky. According to Metro, an ambitious group of New York Jets fans plan to send an airplane with a banner over the Patriots’ practice facilities at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. The report says the banner reads “Cheaters Look Up!”...
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Tour de France Most-Watched on NBCSN Since 2010

As had been the case throughout the event, the Tour de France ended with its highest average since 2010. Live coverage of the Tour de France averaged 365,000 viewers on NBCSN, up 27% from last year (288K), up 27% from 2013 (287K), and the highest average for the event since Lance Armstrong’s last appearance in [...]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome cruises into Paris to win his second Tour de France

PARIS -- Resplendent in yellow and riding a canary yellow bike, Chris Froome won his second Tour de France in three years on Sunday, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spectacular three-week slog of furious racing. Cheered on the Champs-Elysees under suitably rainy skies for Britain's third triumph in the 112-year-old race, Froome emotionally promised in his winner's...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Column: Important not to let Armstrong ruin Tour again

LES BLAYES, France (AP) In his biography, Chris Froome recounts how his two elder brothers used to amuse themselves by locking him in a dog kennel with an angry, scratching turkey. ''Only when I was in absolute floods of tears would they open the cage up and let me out,'' the Tour de France race leader recounts. Thick skins are built on such experiences. Froome has needed that armor...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fifth near win for Sagan at Tour de France

Oleg Tinkov, owner of the Tinkoff-Saxo squad, has called Peter Sagan the "strongest rider in the Tour de France" after the green-jersey leader finished second for the fifth time in this year's event, and 16th time during his career. An attack on the descent of the Col de Manse in pursuit of Ruben Plaza (Lampre-Merida) proved futile in the search for stage 16 victory but the aggressive...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Armstrong return for charity casts shadow on Tour de France

RODEZ, France (AP) The Tour de France is on in southern France. So is the Tour de Lance. That long-used play on words doesn't mean what it used to, though it still applies, because Lance Armstrong rode the Tour de France route on Thursday and France, a day ahead of the race, for charity. With the Tour still trying to emerge from the shadow of his doping-rife era, when he won seven...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong returns to Tour de France route for charity event

  Like an unwanted ghost, Lance Armstrong has returned to the fringes of the Tour de France on a money-raising ride ahead of the showcase race he once ruled. The Texan, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, set off early Thursday morning with former footballer Geoff Thomas to help raise funds to fight blood cancer. Armstrong is riding the Tour route one...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong back riding on French roads

It was like old times this morning outside Lance Armstrong’s team bus on stage 13 of the Tour de France, albeit a day ahead of the race proper, and more so for the assembled journalists and photographers than Armstrong himself. Rather tentatively, Armstrong walked down the steps of the Le Tour One Day Ahead coach and into the sunlight at eight o’ clock sharp. A sometimes unruly...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Latest: Armstrong returns to fringe of Tour de France

LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) - The latest from the 12th stage of the Tour de France (all times local). --- 9.30 a.m. Like an unwanted ghost, Lance Armstrong has returned to the fringes of the Tour de France on a money-raising ride ahead of the showcase race he once ruled. The American, stripped of his seven Tour victories for doping, set off early Thursday morning...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Team Sky faces scrutiny for employing former US Postal soigneur

Team Sky came under further scrutiny today at the Tour de France after The Telegraph reported a former US Postal Service soigneur is currently on their staff. Peter Verbeken, who worked with Sky as a “carer” for two seasons and now manages the team’s service course in Belgium, worked with Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team for at least six months in 1999, according...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France podcast episode 13: The race reaches the halfway point

In today’s episode of the Cyclingnews Tour de France Podcast sponsored by British Eurosport, the Cyclingnews team discuss stage 11 to Cauterets and Sky’s response to the innuendo concerning Chris Froome. We also hear from Geraint Thomas and discuss Lance Armstrong’s arrival in France. To subscribe to the Tour de France podcast on iTunes, click here, and go here for our full...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong: Tour de France doping questions about Froome are ‘my fault’

Lance Armstrong took some of the blame for the doping accusations levelled recently against Tour de France winner Chris Froome, saying in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ that he can empathise with riders having to answer questions about doping during the middle of the Tour. "I know what that is like for a guy like Chris to be in the middle of the Tour, to deal with the constant...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome dismisses Lance Armstrong’s return to France for charity ride, Thomas more critical

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has dismissed Lance Armstrong’s presence in France to ride stages of the Tour de France a day before the race as a “non-event”, with his teammate Geraint Thomas even more critical, suggesting that the riders in the current peloton are paying the price for the damage Armstrong did to the sport in the past. Armstrong will team up with cancer survivor...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France Off to Best Start in Five Years

The Tour de France has gotten off to its best start in a half-decade. Live coverage of the Tour de France averaged 311,000 viewers on NBCSN through Friday, up 16% from the comparable point last year (267K) and the highest average for the first week of the event since Lance Armstrong last participated in 2010. [...]
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong, Markel Irizar and others react to Basso cancer news

Ivan Basso hasn't been short of well wishers since he announced that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in a rest-day press conference at the Tour de France on Monday. The 37-year-old had felt a pain in his left testicle ever since a minor crash on stage 5 and after examination from the Tinkoff-Saxo medical staff and x-rays in the Tour’s mobile radiology unit, hospital...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony. Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also ruled that former teammate Floyd Landis must turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case. The decisions come in a case that...
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July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in ‘The Program’ trailer

During the past few years, three movies about Lance Armstrong have gone into development. The first to hit theaters will be The Program, starring Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as Armstrong and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) also stars in the film as David Walsh, the Irish journalist for The British Times determined to uncover Armstrong’s doping...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong calls himself Lord Voldemort, says people want to pretend he never lived

In July, cycling pariah Lance Armstrong will participate in the charity event "One Day Ahead," returning to the scene of his seven Tour de France victories. But if a competitor has had his title (or seven) stripped, did the win ever occur? That's the quandary facing Armstrong, who lamented in a group interview recently that the cycling community, media and world at large pretends...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong say Postal contract worth more to government

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong's legal team is laying out some of the details in a key part of his defense against the federal government's fraud lawsuit: that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor U.S. Postal Service than they were to him. Armstrong's lawyers filed documents in federal court Tuesday, noting that the Postal Service's reviews of its contracts...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are ''owed an apology,'' but noted the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet with him back in 2013. David Howman, director general of WADA, said this week he was disappointed Armstrong has not apologized for costly lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

WADA director general disappointed at lack of Lance Armstrong apology

  The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview at The Associated Press on Tuesday, David Howman said NFL and NHL players need to change their attitude toward drug testing, the NCAA and amateur...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

WADA: Armstrong's attempt at reduced ban 'almost too late'

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) WADA director general David Howman says Lance Armstrong has not done enough to get his life ban reduced and that his latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of a WADA symposium, Howman said the American cyclist did not seize the opportunities he had to come forward with the details of his...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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