Tag: Tour de France

UCI upholds sanctions against Lance Armstrong

[Postscript: Oct. 23, 2012 — Lance Armstrong removed “7-time Tour de France winner” from his Twitter bio.]

Officials for the governing body of cycling say they agree that Lance Armstrong cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs during his career and they won’t challenge the sanctions against him.

The Union Cycliste Internationale came to the conclusion after …

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Sky-high finish at the Tour de France

The sight of yellow jersey wearer Bradley Wiggins helping set up the lead-out train for Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France finale indicates the teamwork that made Sky Procycling such a success this year.
Sky’s sprinter Cavendish rode away from the peloton for the stage win on the Champs Elysees on Sunday, marking his 4th career victory in Paris and his 23rd career victory in the Tour.

Asked after the race about the victory, a joyous Cavendish clicked of the team’s half-dozen stage victories at the race and said, “The win today put the cherry on top.” …

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This Tour de France was over in the first week

Looking back, this Tour de France pretty much ended the day Bradley Wiggins slipped into the yellow jersey way back on Stage 7.

He had sat quietly in 2nd place all week, 7 seconds behind the overall leader Fabian Cancellara who won the prologue, while the sprinters crashed and battled for stage wins. Then on …

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Bad day for defending Tour champ as teammate improves

It looks like it’s all over for defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, as he struggled on three mountain passes in Stage 16 on Wednesday and dropped from 4th to 7th in the overall battle for 1st place.

Evans’ teammate Tejay Van Garderen (a native of Tacoma, Washington) also lost some time on the leaders, but did well enough that he moved up one place into 6th overall.

While Evans’ BMC teammates rallied around their suffering leader in an attempt to help him to the finish, Van Garderen was allowed to ride ahead to solidify his lead in the white jersey competition for best young rider.

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Tacks on road at Tour de France spell disaster

George Hincapie: “I’ve never seen anything like it”

Some nitwit prankster must have thought it would be comical to create chaos in the peloton by spreading tacks along a section of  Sunday’s Tour de France route from Limoux – Foix.

Not so funny.

The tacks — described as nails by some — caused dozens of …

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Wiggins proves dominance at Tour; Van Garderen back in white

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins won the individual time trial at the Tour de France on Monday, widening his margin over defending champion Cadel Evans by more than a minute and proving why he’s the favorite to win the bike race.

Meanwhile, American Tejay Van Garderen moved back into the best young rider’s white jersey with the …

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More bad news for Garmin; Danielson out, Hesjedal loses time at Tour de France

An arrow-straight, level stretch of French road spelled doom for Garmin-Sharp’s chances at the Tour de France as a huge crash splintered the peloton about 15 miles from the finish of Stage 6 on Friday.

Garmin’s Tom Danielson (USA) went down hard for the second time in this year’s Tour. Already suffering from a separated …

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Garmin cyclists take a beating at the Tour de France; Danielson starts Stage 4

Garmin-Sharp cyclists put some skin in the game on Stage 3 of the Tour de France on Tuesday, as in skinned elbows and skinned knees.

Taking the hardest fall was US cyclist Tom Danielson, who suffered a separated shoulder in a crash but finished the race none-the-less. Although in obvious pain when he finished the …

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Tour de France sprint finish — just like old times

A familiar face emerged from the dogfight approaching the finish of Stage 2 at the Tour de France on Monday.

Mark Cavendish swung out from behind the leading cyclist, former teammate Andre Greipel, then beat him to the finish line in Tournai.

In spite of the effort, he flashed a wide smile to celebrate his …

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Leading contenders for 2012 Tour de France championship

Well, sports fans, we got a big race coming up. The Tour de France rolls out of Liege, Belgium, on Saturday, June 30, for its finish in Paris on July 22. Who are the favorites to win?

For starters, we know who to eliminate. Alberto Contador is sitting out for cheating and Andy Schleck is …

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