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  • No more 'cut-throat' grand tours, says Wiggins

    Bradley Wiggins is turning his back on "cut-throat" road racing and has ruled out competing in any more grand tours, the 2012 Tour de France champion said on Thursday. Wiggins, who won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, will instead focus on the track where he…

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  • The un-Armstrong? Tour 'boss' Nibali wins Stage 18

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the "boss" of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong.

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  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France classification after stage 18

    July 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Tour de France after Stage 18 on Thursday 1. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) 80:45:45" 2. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ.fr) +7:10" 3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +7:23" 4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +7:25" 5. Romain Bardet…

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  • Old geezer Mura types Tour de France legend in modern era

    By Julien Pretot ARGELES GAZOST France (Reuters) - Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32. Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is the iconic figure in the race press room. Its…

    Reuters
  • Wolff breaks bones in cycling smash

    Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff plans to attend this weekend's Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix despite breaking multiple bones in a cycling accident while out riding with team engineers in Vienna. Paddy Lowe, who jointly runs the sport's dominant team with Wolff, was cycling in the group and…

    Reuters
  • Broken shin rules Contador out of Spanish Vuelta

    Two-time winner Alberto Contador says he will miss the Spanish Vuelta next month because he will not be fit in time. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was still dealing with the right shin he broke in a crash which ended his Tour de France on Stage 10. In a tweet on Wednesday, Contador said ''Adios'' to the…

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  • Tour leader Nibali says rumours of his demise much exaggerated

    Saint-Gaudens (France) (AFP) - Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali played down suggestions he had finally cracked ahead of Wednesday's fearsome 17th stage in the Pyrenees. The day before Nibali had been slightly distanced by young French climber Thibaut Pinot as the leaders crested the Port de…

    AFP
  • Nibali stamps authority with win atop mythic Hautacam

    The 29-year-old Italian had admitted on Wednesday that he was riding within himself but on the 144.5km 18th stage from Pau to Hautacam, he decided to put on a demonstration. It was really important for me to win this prestigious stage on the Hautacam.

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  • Luke Durbridge crashes into opposing team helper, gives him a shove

    It's not always fans that get in the road as cyclists roar by. This time an opposing team helper was standing directly in the path of Luke Durbridge that causes the rider to take a spill.

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  • Playful Pole wins Tour stage, as Nibali marches on

    PLA D'ADET, France (AP) — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle's antenna.

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  • Wiggins, Aussies target cycling gold at Commonwealth Games

    Cycling gets under way at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday with a large number of world class riders spread across track, road, mountain bike and the new games discipline of para-cycling. Track cycling will be one of the highest standard competitions held at Glasgow with world championship level…

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  • Grand Tour quest over as Wiggins focuses on track

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It wasn't a golden return to track cycling after a six-year absence, and the top Commonwealth Games prize continues to elude Bradley Wiggins.

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  • 5 things to know about Tour de France Stage 18

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) -- The Tour de France's final day in the mountains saw both of France's podium hopefuls rise in the overall standings, while Vincenzo Nibali won atop the punishing Hautacam climb to leave the peloton even further in his slipstream. The 145.5-kilometer (90-mile) Stage 18…

    The Associated Press
  • Nibali relieved after nervous stage in the Pyrenees

    By Julien Pretot ST LARY PLAT D'ADET France (Reuters) - Although he started the day with a comfortable lead on Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali knew that Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France was potentially the most treacherous. Nibali, who finished third behind Pole Rafal Majka and…

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  • Scottish police stop Sri Lankan motorway cyclists

    Police on Wednesday pulled over four cyclists from Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team after spotting them riding on one of Scotland's busiest motorways, the M74. The Press Association reported that Police Scotland confirmed they had been called to a "report of four cyclists on the M74 at Junction…

    AFP
  • Czech convicts fix bikes for kids in Africa

    In a jumble of bicycle frames, six burly men in drab grey overalls tinker with blue, purple and pink children's bikes, checking brakes and gears to make sure all will be in order for their future owners in Africa. These inmates at the Hermanice prison in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava have…

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  • Wiggins inspires England to team pursuit final

    Bradley Wiggins returned to track cycling for the first time since 2008 at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday and helped inspire England to the final of the men's 4000m team pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. England will battle it out with fierce rivals Australia, who set the…

    AFP
  • After abysmal Stage 16, American Tejay van Garderen 'hoping I can bounce back'

    American rider Tejay van Garderen was the biggest loser among the Top 10 yellow jersey contenders, blowing up on the first "beyond category" Pyreneen climb and most likely losing his chance of becoming the first American to score a Tour de France podium finish since Greg Lemond 24 years ago.

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  • 5 Things to know about the Tour de France Stage 17

    PLA D'ADET, France (AP) -- Four massive Pyrenean mountains featured in Wednesday's Stage 17 of the Tour de France, won by Poland's Rafal Majka. Here are five things to know about the Tour de France's 17th stage Wednesday: VERY SUPERSTITIOUS: One of cycling's enduring superstitions is the so-called…

    The Associated Press
  • Australian Gerrans pulls out of Tour de France

    Australian champion Simon Gerrans has pulled out of the Tour de France, withdrawing before the start the 17th stage on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Orica GreenEDGE rider had been suffering since crashing on the first stage more than two weeks ago. "Obviously it's disappointing not to complete the…

    AFP
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