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  • British cyclist Froome's strength of character in question

    Although not arriving with the kind of overwhelming favourite status he's been saddled with before, Chris Froome may find himself under more scrutiny than ever at the Tour de France. Froome will take to the start line as one of the fantastic four favourites but with a question mark over his mental…

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  • New Ford e-Bike Gives City Commuters a Reason to Cheer

    For fans of advanced alternative transportation, Ford is quickly becoming the company to watch. In press conference last week, Ford announced its new Peer-2-Peer car sharing pilot program along side a new electric bike prototype. That stunning e-bike is the Ford MoDe:Flex.  It’s the third in the…

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  • Consistent Contador continues to build legacy

    But for a two-year doping ban for taking clenbuterol, Alberto Contador would surely have already cemented his name in the annals of cycling's greats. Had it not been for that ban, which was back-dated to cover 18 months during which he continued to race as various appeals and counter-appeals were…

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  • Froome buckled up for rocky Tour de France challenge

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Chris Froome struggled for form, then crashed but the Briton looks ready just in time to compete for a second Tour de France title although micro managers Team Sky will struggle to control the race like they usually do. Froome, who claimed the 2013 Tour having won…

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  • Pinot hunting Tour de France glory

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Thibaut Pinot owns a pet lamb but on his bike the French climber is more of the predator type and he is looking to administer some hurt to his rivals in this month's Tour de France. The FDJ rider, third overall last year after having won a stage on his debut in…

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  • Cycling-Tour de France route

    PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) - Route for the July 4-26 Tour de France: July 4 - Stage 1 - Utrecht (Netherlands) to Utrecht, 13.8km (individual time trial) - Fabian Cancellara looking to triumph for the sixth time on a Tour de France opener July 5 - Stage 2 - Utrecht to Zelande (Netherlands), 166km -…

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  • Barguil, Yates share common path towards the Tour

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Hot prospects Warren Barguil and Simon Yates have been tipped to win the Tour de France one day, yet neither is riding for a team from their home country as they learn the ropes abroad. France's Barguil, 23, is with Dutch team Giant-Alpecin while Briton Yates, 22,…

    Reuters
  • Fit-again Porte selected by Team Sky for Tour de France

    LONDON (AP) — Australian cyclist Richie Porte has been selected by Team Sky for the Tour de France after recovering from hip and knee injuries that led to his withdrawal from the Giro d'Italia last month.

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  • Cycling-Dutch government seeks to prevent police protest during Tour

    The Dutch government on Monday sought a court injunction to prevent police officers from blocking the route of the Tour de France to draw attention to a wage dispute. The race starts in the Dutch university town of Utrecht on Saturday and will conclude in Paris after 21 days and 3,360 kilometres…

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  • Kittel's absence opens door for Cavendish to shine

    Marcel Kittel being forced out of the Tour de France due to a lack of fitness will have had several sprinters and their teams quietly grinning with delight. The last two years, Kittel has been in a class of his own at the Grand Boucle, winning four stages in each, including both the first and last…

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  • Young French talents boost home Tour de France hopes

    It is 30 years since a Frenchman won the Tour de France but in Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet, home hopes are steadily growing. It was 1985 when Bernard Hinault won his fifth Tour title as Frenchmen claimed nine out of 11 Tours since Belgian great Eddy Merckx stormed to the last of his five crowns…

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  • ADVISORY-Cycling-Tour de France preview package

    PARIS, June 29 (Reuters) - Reuters will move a preview package looking ahead to the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday from Utrecht, Netherlands. On Tuesday 0200 GMT we will move a profile on France's Thibaut Pinot, stories on Briton Chris Froome and prospects Warren Barguil and Simon Yates,…

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  • Cycling-No motorhomes for riders? We'll use them for staff, say Sky

    Motorhomes may be banned for riders on the Tour de France as the International Cycling Union (UCI) looks to preserve the fairness between the teams, Team Sky have the intention on taking them to the race for their staff. "We'll allow the staff in the motorhomes," team manager Dave Brailsford said…

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  • Tronet takes shock victory as Bouhanni crashes

    Rank outsider Steven Tronet took a sensational victory at the French road race championships on Sunday as sprint favourite Nacer Bouhanni crashed at the finish. Tronet has never raced for a World Tour team nor taken part in the Tour de France but he stunned more illustrious opposition to snatch a…

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  • Froome fired up by 2014 Tour crash

    Chris Froome hopes to gain extra motivation for this year's Tour de France from his experience of crashing out as defending champion 12 months ago, the British cyclist said Monday. As expected, the 30-year-old was confirmed in a Team Sky line-up on Monday for the Tour, which remains the cycling's…

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  • Cycling-Team Sky bends towards mountains for Tour

    Team Sky named a climbers' team to help Chris Froome win the Tour de France for the second time, with Richie Porte being included despite uncertainty following his Giro d'Italia withdrawal. Briton Froome won the race in 2013 but crashed out of the Tour in the fifth stage last year. Australian…

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