Category: Other Cycling Personalities

Basso wins 2nd Giro d' Italia stage as he eyes Tour de France

Despite a disastrous illness in the Dolomites a week ago, CSC's Ivan Basso has made it worth his while to hang around.
The Italian has won back-to-back stages in the Giro d' Italia, winning the 21-mile individual time trail from Chieri to Torino on Friday.
Once a favorite to win the Giro, Basso is now using it to test his …

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Basso saves face at Giro d' Italia

Any chance that Ivan Basso could win the Giro d' Italia slipped away last weekend as he suffered intestinal ills on the difficult climbs in the Dolomites.

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He gave up the overall leader's jersey to Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team's Paolo Savoldelli, but the Italian CSC bicycle rider didn't give up. He hoped to salvage the Giro with a stage …

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Giro d'Italia mania starts Saturday

The Giro d'Italia is a great warm-up for the Tour de France, if not for the cyclists, then for the bicycling fans.
The first of the three-week-long, real-life soap operas on wheels in Europe — the other two are the Tour and the Vuelta d'Espana — features heart-stopping pack sprints through historic Italian cities and gut-wrenching climbs in the Appenines, …

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Ekimov can't help Armstrong win his last Tour de France

If Lance Armstrong is going to win a record-enhancing seventh Tour de France this year, he'll have to do it without Discovery Channel Pro Cycling teammate Viatcheslav Ekimov — a competitor and compatriot for many years.

The Russian bicycle racer fell during a training ride with Armstrong over the weekend. He broke his collarbone and seriously injured his spine; doctors told him he wouldn't be well enough to ride in time for the Tour de France in July. …

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The man behind Tour of California bicycle race

(Updated April 27) What kind of a chance for success does the Tour of California bicycle race have next year?
Considering the popularity of the Tour de Georgia, I certainly gave it a spot on the podium. That is until Monday, when the potentially biggest draw for the race, Lance Armstrong, announced he was retiring from pro bicycle racing after this year's Tour …

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Will the next Lance Armstrong please stand up?

(Updated April 24) When six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong announced on Monday that his pro career would end with this year's Tour, many asked: “Who's next?”

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That's a good question, considering the leading contender to take Armstrong's position at the top of the Tour de France podium has been Tyler Hamilton. Unfortunately, Hamilton was banned from professional cycling for two years …

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Tyler Hamilton suspended from pro cycling for two years

(Updated April 19) US cycling took a one-two punch on Monday. First Lance Armstrong announced he would retire after this year's Tour de France, then US cyclist Tyler Hamilton, left, was banned from competitive cycling for two years after testing positive for blood doping.

The US Anti-Doping Agency made the announcement on Monday. Hamilton said he would appeal the ruling by the arbitration board that heard his case and ruled in a 2-1 split.

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Bicycle Quote: Bobby Julich

“All I'm saying is, don't put a fork in me yet. I don't want to stick around too long. That's always a mistake. John Elway is my sports hero, and he did it exactly right, quitting on top. But I'm not going to take myself out of anything this year. My legs feel strong.” Bobby …

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American cyclists: Julich #1 in France and Hincapie #6 in Belgium

Americans Bobby Julich and George Hincapie had strong showings on Sunday; Julich winning the Criterium Internationale held in France and Hincapie finishing sixth — just behind the winner — in the Brabantse Pijl bike race in Belgium.

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Tour of California — Cycling's next big race?

Organizers of the Tour of California want it to become the next Tour de France, not the Tour de Trump. Plans for an eight-stage cycling race, with $35 million in backing from the organizers, to take place next February were announced Friday.

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