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  • US hopefuls down but not out at Tour's 7th stage

    Two promising American riders with an outside shot at victory in the Tour de France this year hit the asphalt in crashes in Friday's seventh stage, but picked themselves up to resume the chase of overall leader Vincenzo Nibali. The 234.5-kilometer (146-mile) ride from Epernay in Champagne country…

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  • Tour de France stage set for a breakaway to Mulhouse

    Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Tour de France leader Vincenzo Nibali is expecting a quieter day in the saddle Sunday as the ninth stage takes the peloton over 170km from Gerardmer to Mulhouse. Saturday's entry into the Vosges kicked off the hostilities as Alberto Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team cranked up…

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  • UCI: 2-year ban for ex-Giro winner Menchov

    GERARDMER, France (AP) — Retired Russian rider Denis Menchov — who won the Spanish Vuelta twice and the 2009 Giro d'Italia — has been given a two-year ban and stripped of his results in three Tour de France races for anti-doping rule violations, a spokesman for the International Cycling Union…

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  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France stage 9 results

    July 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Tour de France (Gerardmer - Mulhouse, 170 km) on Sunday 1. Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 4:09:34" 2. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Trek) +2:45" 3. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) 4. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) 5.…

  • Contador promises to keep attacking through Vosges

    Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Alberto Contador has vowed to continue attacking and Vincenzo Nibali believes him as the Tour de France rivals light up the hilly Vosges region. Saturday's 161km eighth stage from Tomblaine to Gerardmer gave a taste of what is to come as Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team…

  • Nibali defends lead on Tour de France 9th stage

    GERARDMER, France (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali of Italy defends his yellow jersey as riders begin the hilly ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

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  • Kadri wins 8th Tour stage in entree to Vosges

    In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday. Meanwhile, Vincent Nibali extended his lead over his biggest rivals except an important one: Two-time champion Alberto Contador, who sped ahead thinking he…

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  • 5 things about the Tour de France 7th stage

    Friday's Stage 7 at the Tour de France was a day for the Italians. Matteo Trentin won by little more than a hair's breadth in a sprint at the end of the stage, and Vincenzo Nibali kept the race leader's yellow jersey. He's worn it every day since taking it from German sprinter Marcel Kittel in the…

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  • Kadri first French stage winner in Tour de France

    Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Frenchman Blel Kadri became the first home winner of a Tour de France stage this year as he claimed victory at Gerardmer on Saturday. Alberto Contador took second on the 161km eighth stage from Tomblaine to snatch back a handful of seconds on Vincenzo Nibali, who retained…

  • Porte has mentality to lead Team Sky, says Brailsford

    Richie Porte has the mentality to step up to his new role as Sky team leader and succeed, his manager Dave Brailsford believes. The 29-year-old Australian has suddenly been thrust forward from chief back-up to principal player in Team Sky after reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome pulled…

  • Tour de France at a glance

    NANCY, France (AP) -- A brief look at the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday:

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  • Cycling-Road-Tour de France mountain classification after stage 8

    July 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Mountain Classification Tour de France after Stage 8 on Saturday 1. Blel Kadri (France / AG2R) 17 2. Cyril Lemoine (France / Cofidis) 6 3. Sylvain Chavanel (France / IAM Cycling) 6 4. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica) 5 5. Jens Voigt (Germany / Trek) 4 6. Nicolas Edet…

  • Italy's Trentin wins 7th Tour leg in photo finish

    NANCY, France (AP) — Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.

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  • Retired Menchov banned for doping

    Gérardmer (France) (AFP) - Former Giro d'Italia and Vuelta Espana winner Denis Menchov is serving a drugs ban, the International Cycling Union (UCI) revealed on Saturday. Officially, Menchov retired last year but the Russian's name figured on a list released by the UCI Saturday, claiming he was…

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  • Cycling-Kadri gives France first win, Contador stings Nibali

    (Makes clear Porte is third, not Pinot) By Julien Pretot GERARDMER, France, July 12 (Reuters) - Blel Kadri earned France its first Tour de France win this year on stage eight, a 161-km trek from Tomblaine, as race leader Vincenzo Nibali showed a first glimpse of weakness on Saturday. Nibali…

  • Trentin heaps more misery on Sagan with Tour stage win

    For the third time already at this Tour de France, Peter Sagan was pipped at the line as Italy's Matteo Trentin won the seventh stage on Friday. It was so close that Trentin even congratulated his Slovak rival after the line.