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WATCH: Crash at Tour de France sidelines riders

A grizzly scene transpired during stage three of the Tour de France on Monday, and five riders were forced to drop out of the competition. With 37 miles left in the stage, French competitor William Bonnet touched wheels with a nearby rider, and all hell broke loose. Bonnet was propelled from his bike into an onslaught of incoming riders, which sparked a domino affect of unfortunate...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

No time loss for Contador despite damaging rim on Tour de France cobbles

The Tour de France stage over the cobbles from Seraing to Cambrai was a nervous day in the peloton, especially for the general classification riders. A poorly timed mechanical might cost them a lot of time in the GC and ruin their chances for a podium result. For Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), the cobbles stage turned out to be a good day, in which he lost no time on the other...
Via Cycling News
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tejay Van Garderen remains in third

After the conclusion of Stage 4 on Tuesday morning, Van Garderen continued in 3rd place, now 25 seconds off new race leader Tony Martin of Germany. Van Garderen still remains the top rider for BMC Racing through four stages. Stage 4 is renowned for being one of the most chaotic stages with severn different parts of the race course traversing over cobblestone. Additionally, this...
Via Mile High Sports
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Van Garderen in third after three days at Tour

Aspen’s Tejay Van Garderen has completed the first three stages of the 2015 Tour de France and currently sits in third place in the overall individual time classification, trailing 2013 Tour winner Chris Froome by 13 seconds. The race opened with individual time trials on July 4 in Utrecht, Netherlands and saw Van Garderen’s BMC teammate Rohan Dennis set a new Tour record with...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France : Thomas bounces back from crash to support Froome in crosswinds

Geraint Thomas bounced back from an early crash on stage 2 of the Tour de France to help Chris Froome survive in the front echelon and so improve his overall ambitions in the race. Stage 2 from Utrecht to Zelande was battered by severe crosswinds and rain and early in the stage, Thomas found himself on the deck – unhurt – but with a broken Pinarello frame after being hit from...
Via Cycling News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: 'I take my hat off to my teammates,' says Contador

There were plenty of handshakes and hugs at the Tinkoff-Saxo bus after team leader Alberto Contador managed to gain a significant amount of time on several of his rivals in an incident-packed stage to Zelande. After a sluggish performance in the stage 1 time trial, Contador rebounded with a tactically astute performance that saw him gain 1:28 on Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana: At least we limited the time we lost

Eusebio Unzue’s involvement with the Movistar set-up stretches back more than 30 years, through the eras of Reynolds and Banesto, the reigns of Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain, but if he ever tires of team management, then a second career as a spin doctor surely awaits. On the man-made island of Neeltje-Jans after stage 2 of the Tour de France, as a huddle of television crews...
Via Cycling News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France? More like Tour de-void of Americans

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Andrew Talansky was a given, his best shot for an overall podium. But by the time Vaughters had finalized the rest of the U.S.-based team...
Via AP on Fox
4 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...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Riis agrees with report about drugs on cycling team

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Former manager Bjarne Riis said Friday he agrees with a report by Denmark's anti-doping agency that concluded he deliberately ignored drug-taking by riders on the former Team CSC. ''The bottom line unfortunately is that the conclusion of the reports is correct. There is no doubt about that. I have not lived up to my responsibility,'' Riis said in a statement...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Schleck out of Tour de France with knee injury

PARIS (AP) Frank Schleck will not compete in the Tour de France because of a knee injury. Schleck, a top-five Tour finisher three times, has chronic inflammation in his right knee following a crash at Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April. Schleck, of Luxembourg, said in a statement released by his Trek Factory team: ''This is a big disappointment for me, of course, but it had been in the...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Anti-doping report: Riis knew about drugs on cycling team

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A report by Denmark's anti-doping agency says Bjarne Riis chose to ignore drug-taking by riders on the former Team CSC. Michael Ask, head of Anti-Doping Denmark, says Riis ''failed to intervene,'' and ''it is totally unacceptable.'' The 97-page report published on Tuesday was based on 50 interviews with present and former riders, aides, and officials, including...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Simon Spilak wins Tour de Suisse by 5 seconds over Geraint Thomas

  Simon Spilak of Slovenia won the Tour de Suisse by five seconds on Sunday, when Geraint Thomas tired late in the time-trial stage. Spilak was third overall going into the ninth and final day but was second-fastest in the 24-mile stage to take the title. Britain's Thomas wasted his chance in the last three miles, eventually placing fifth in the time-trial, 18 seconds behind Spilak...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Spilak wins Tour de Suisse, Thomas lets time-trial lead slip

BERN, Switzerland (AP) Simon Spilak of Slovenia won the Tour de Suisse by just five seconds on Sunday, when Geraint Thomas tired late in the time-trial stage. Spilak was third overall going into the ninth and final day but was second-fastest in the 38-kilometer (24-mile) stage to take the title. Britain's Thomas wasted his chance in the last five kilometers (three miles), eventually...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Lutsenko wins Tour de Suisse stage, Thomas cuts Pinot's lead

BERN, Switzerland (AP) Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan powered to victory in the Tour de Suisse eighth stage on Saturday, and Thibaut Pinot's overall lead was cut again. Frenchman Pinot is only 34 seconds clear of Geraint Thomas before Sunday's decisive 38-kilometer (24-mile) time trial. Thomas, a British rider for the Sky team, seized three seconds from the overall leader as the...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Former world champ Philippe Gilbert out of Tour de France with leg injury

  Former world champion Philippe Gilbert won't ride in the Tour de France next month because of a right leg injury. Gilbert withdrew from the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday because of the injury ''that will keep him from being considered for the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France roster,'' his team said. Gilbert is still suffering from a ''non-displaced fracture'' after crashing at the...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Philippe Gilbert out of Tour de France with leg injury

PARIS (AP) Former world champion Philippe Gilbert won't ride in the Tour de France next month because of a right leg injury. Gilbert withdrew from the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday because of the injury ''that will keep him from being considered for the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France roster,'' his team said. Gilbert is still suffering from a ''non-displaced fracture'' after crashing...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic champs Vos, Meares elected to UCI athletes group

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Olympic gold medalists Marianne Vos and Anna Meares have been elected to the revived International Cycling Union athletes' commission. The UCI says the athlete panel's leader will join its policy-making management committee. The 13-member athletes group, elected by all disciplines, will appoint a president when it first meets in about three months. UCI President...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  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...
Via Awful Announcing
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador clinches 2nd Giro title, Keisse wins final stage

MILAN (AP) Alberto Contador clinched his second Giro d'Italia title on Sunday, remaining on course to become the first cyclist since 1998 to win the Italian classic and the Tour de France in the same year. The Spaniard had all but secured the win after Saturday's 20th stage, when he saw his lead cut in half but nevertheless headed into the final day - and a mainly processional stage...
Via AP on Fox
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador suffers but remains on course for Giro win

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador had his overall lead sliced in half on the penultimate day of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, although the Spaniard remained on course for the title after the 20th stage. Contador was dropped on the grueling climb up a dirt road on Colle delle Finestre as rivals Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa sped clear. Aru, who moved back into second place overall...
Via AP on Fox
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador has 38 seconds sliced off Giro lead; Aru wins stage

CERVINIA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador had 38 seconds sliced off his overall lead in the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday, although the Spaniard remained well on course for the title. Italian rival Fabio Aru won the grueling mountain stage with a late breakaway and moved back into second place overall, 4 minutes, 37 seconds behind Contador. Aru's Astana teammate Mikel Landa...
Via AP on Fox
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador shows off climbing skills on Mortirolo

APRICA, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador put on a demonstration of his climbing skills on the Mortirolo pass and extended his lead in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Mikel Landa posted his second consecutive stage victory after getting clearance from the Astana team to leave behind captain Fabio Aru, who again struggled. Landa required just over 5 hours over the 174-kilometer...
Via AP on Fox
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador extends overall Giro lead; Landa wins 15th stage

MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador extended his overall lead of the Giro d'Italia by seven seconds on Sunday after finishing third behind winner Mikel Landa on a mountainous 15th stage. Landa attacked on the final steep section of the climb up to the Madonna Di Campiglio ski resort to claim his first Grand Tour stage victory, two seconds ahead of Yuri Trofimov. Contador...
Via AP on Fox
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador gains time on Porte in 10th stage of Giro

FORLI, Italy (AP) Alberto Contador held on to the overall lead and gained time on rival Richie Porte in the almost entirely flat 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Italian rider Nicola Boem won the stage after getting into an early breakaway that reached the finish. Porte had to change a punctured tire and dropped behind the main pack in the final kilometers, losing 47...
Via AP on Fox
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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