Tour De France

  • Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France 2014 July 28, 2014

    Paris: Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself "a flag-bearer...
  • Dominant Vincenzo Nibali set to be crowned in Paris July 27, 2014

    Having dominated on all terrains, Vincenzo Nibali is set to win the Tour de France after avoiding any late dramas on Saturday in the penultimate stage, a 54-km time trial from Bergerac won by Tony Martin. Italian Nibali finished fourth in the stage, nearly two minutes slower than the dominant German...
  • I won't be riding the Tour de France this year, says Bradley Wiggins June 6, 2014

    Bradley Wiggins has ruled himself out of participating in the Tour de France after the 2012 champion hinted that Team Sky are unlikely to select him in their squad, the Briton said on Friday. "Right now, I think I can tell you that I will not ride the Tour de France,"...
  • Lance Armstrong case 'done and dusted' says WADA chief November 12, 2013

    Johannesburg: Only American anti-doping authorities can lift Lance Armstrong's life ban from cycling and any review of his case would require powerful reasons, World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday, adding that he felt the issue was "done and dusted". "The only ones who can reopen (it),...
  • Lance Armstrong says will testify with 100 percent honesty November 11, 2013

    London: Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has said he will testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at any independent enquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly. The 42-year-old Texan told the BBC World Service on Monday that there had to be...
  • I was wrong to use cancer to boost image, says Armstrong November 7, 2013

    Disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has said he was wrong to use the story of his fight against cancer to boost his image as he tried to fend off the doping accusations that eventually led to his downfall. "I'd love to change it but I can't," the American, who...
  • Wiggins almost quit 2012 Tour de France after Froome attack September 12, 2013

    London: Bradley Wiggins threatened to quit the 2012 Tour de France because of the aggressive riding of team mate Chris Froome, according to Team Sky's former sports director Sean Yates. Froome, who finished second overall to Wiggins before going on to win this year's race, caused a storm when appearing...
  • Lance Armstrong reaches settlement with Sunday Times August 25, 2013

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached an agreement with the Sunday Times after it had sued the drugs-tainted American for around one million pounds, the British paper announced on Sunday. "It is the final episode in a long legal battle between this newspaper and the fallen icon..." the paper said. The newspaper...
  • No positive drug tests in 2013 Tour de France August 21, 2013

    London: The 2013 Tour de France had no positive drug test results, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) director Francesca Rossi said at a media Open Day in Aigle, Switzerland, on Tuesday. Britain's Chris Froome won this year's race, which came under extra scrutiny as it was the first edition being staged since...
  • Katusha suspend former cyclist Erik Zabel after doping admission July 30, 2013

    Berlin: Former sprint specialist Erik Zabel was suspended by Russian cycling team Katusha after he admitted to persistent doping during his cycling career. Zabel, widely regarded as one of the sport's finest sprinters, said he had consistently used banned substances and methods to enhance his performance, ending years of insisting he...
  • Armstrong says French findings on doping are no surprise July 25, 2013

    London: Lance Armstrong said he was not surprised by a French Senate inquiry's findings that the top two in the 1998 Tour de France took the banned blood booster EPO because virtually all riders at that time cheated and told lies. "I am not surprised," the disgraced Tour winner told Cyclingnews....
  • Fast learner Quintana makes immediate Tour impact July 22, 2013

    Paris: Watch and learn - that was the directive Nairo Quintana received when he was included in his Movistar team's Tour de France roster. The diminutive, swarthy-faced Colombian climber did more than just that on his Tour debut, surpassing expectations with a brilliant three-week display to secure second place overall. Quintana, 23,...
  • Spectre of Armstrong still hangs over Tour de France July 22, 2013

    Paris: Chris Froome can take immense satisfaction from securing his first Tour de France title but the spectre of disgraced Lance Armstrong and the sport's fight against doping still hangs over the race. The Briton, emulating compatriot Bradley Wiggins last year, smashed the field in awe-inspiring fashion - his two brutal...
  • Chris Froome rides to victory in 100th Tour de France July 22, 2013

    Paris: Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, having dominated rivals over three weeks on the road and adroitly dealt with doping suspicions off it. In two years, Britain has now had two different winners: Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then Froome, a cooler, calmer, more understated but...
  • Nairo Quintana hails anti-doping fight for Tour success July 21, 2013

    Annecy-Semnoz, France: Nairo Quintana says cycling's fight against doping has helped him excel at the Tour de France by allowing his high-altitude training to make a difference. Second to soon-to-be Tour winner Chris Froome, the 23-year-old Colombian emerged on Saturday as perhaps the biggest revelation at this 100th Tour. Quintana won the...
  • Chris Froome effectively wins Tour de France July 21, 2013

    Annecy-Semnoz, France: Chris Froome retained his big race lead on Saturday to all but ensure he will become Britain's second consecutive Tour de France champion. Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour, a year after...
  • Reality of defeat means Contador team priorities change July 19, 2013

    France: The brutal reality of defeat became clear to twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff team on Thursday night after the Spaniard again lost time to race leader Chris Froome. "We had a meeting all together yesterday after the stage and we had to admit that there...
  • Froome survives in yellow as Contador accepts defeat July 19, 2013

    France: Chris Froome had his maiden Tour de France title within reach on Friday after the Briton survived the 204.5-km 19th stage and Alberto Contador's camp conceded defeat. Team Sky rider Froome leads Spaniard Contador by five minutes 11 seconds with two stages left, one being Sunday's parade to the Champs-Elysées. "It...
  • Chris Froome extends lead in Tour de France July 18, 2013

    L'Alpe d'Huez, France: Christophe Riblon became the first Frenchman to win a Tour de France stage this year and Chris Froome boosted his overall lead despite a late struggle on Thursday's 18th stage. Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen with about a mile left on the second ride up L'Alpe d'Huez,...
  • Chris Froome wins Stage 17 of Tour de France July 17, 2013

    Chorges, France: Chris Froome narrowly beat Alberto Contador to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France in a rainy time-trial and extend his overall lead on Wednesday. The British rider was slower than Contador on the first part of the undulating 32-kilometer (20-mile) course, from Embrun to Chorges in...
  • Alberto Contador risks all to attack Chris Froome on downhill July 17, 2013

    France: Alberto Contador showed he was prepared to risk everything to win the Tour de France on Tuesday, crashing on the final descent as he tried to attack overall leader Chris Froome. Team Sky rider Froome, who was on Contador's wheel, had to move round the Spaniard and briefly went off...
  • Contador will fight until the end of the Tour July 15, 2013

    Avignon, France: Alberto Contador has already won the Tour de France twice and the Spaniard is not ready to settle for second this time even though he enters the final week of the race trailing overall leader Chris Froome by more than four minutes. Contador, who won the Tour in 2007...
  • Team Sky would give WADA data to prove team are clean July 15, 2013

    France: Facing yet another barrage of doping questions after Chris Froome's awe-inspiring victory up Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said he was ready to give the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) all their team training data. This year's race has been under extra scrutiny as...
  • Froome strikes back with a bang on Mont Ventoux July 14, 2013

    Mont Ventoux: Chris Froome moved closer to a maiden Tour de France title with an awe-inspiring victory on top of the intimidating Mont Ventoux, pulling away from his rivals in brutal fashion seven kilometres from the finish on Sunday. The British rider stayed rooted to his saddle as he left Alberto...
  • Italian Trentin wins Tour de France stage 14 July 13, 2013

    Lyon: Italian Matteo Trentin won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, a 191-km undulating ride from Saint Pourcain sur Sioule on Saturday. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider beat breakaway companions Michael Albasini of Switzerland and American Andrew Talansky who finished second and third. ....
  • Marcel Kittel pips Mark Cavendish again to take Tour stage 12 July 11, 2013

    France: German Marcel Kittel claimed his third victory on this year's Tour de France when he pipped Mark Cavendish on the line to take the 12th stage on Thursday. Kittel, who won the first and 10th stages, stayed behind the Briton's wheel in the final straight and went past Cavendish at...
  • Marcel Kittel takes second Tour stage win in sprint finish July 9, 2013

    France: Marcel Kittel won his second stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Tuesday, beating fellow German Andre Greipel in a sprint to the finish line. Briton Mark Cavendish came in third after bumping shoulders with Kittel's Argos-Shimano team mate Tom Veelers of the Netherlands, sending him crashing to the...
  • Five things to know about Tour de France July 9, 2013

    Saint-Nazaire, France: Five things to know as the Tour de France enters its 10th stage on Tuesday. ZZZZZZZZZ: After nine torrid days of riding, on the 10th day they rested. In hotels in and near Saint-Nazaire on France's western coast, the 182 riders who survived the Tour's bruising first week were...
  • Chris Froome still alive and well after Pyrenees ambush July 8, 2013

    La Baule: Rivals have been bragging that they dismantled Team Sky with a brutal onslaught in Sunday's second mountain stage, yet Chris Froome is still in yellow and on the path to a maiden Tour de France title. "It should have been the death blow. I would have seized the opportunity,"...
  • Garmin-Sharp deliver as Martin wins Tour stage July 8, 2013

    Garmin-Sharp promised to cause chaos in the Tour de France and they duly delivered on Sunday as they showed that Team Sky were not the only team with a plan. American Tom Danielson, Briton David Millar, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal and Irishman Dan Martin, who went on to win the ninth...