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  • TOUR DE FRANCE: Froome worried about pure climbers

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) — Featuring two individual time trials and a lot of mountains, the Tour de France route suits titleholder Chris Froome very well. The British allrounder, however, believes pure climbing specialists will excel in the heat of the French summer.

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  • Van Garderen leads 5-man US contingent at Tour de France

    Tejay van Garderen was third overall in the Tour de France a year ago, just a handful of stages between him and a podium place in Paris, when he pulled to the side of the road and climbed into his team car. It was a bitter disappointment for van Garderen, who has twice finished fifth in cycling's…

    The Associated Press
  • Cycling-List of Tour de France winners

    MONT ST MICHEL, France, June 30 (Reuters) - List of Tour de France champions since the event was first staged in 1903 (No races during the World Wars): 2015 Chris Froome (Britain) 2014 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) 2013 Froome 2012 Bradley Wiggins (Britain) 2011 Cadel Evans (Australia) 2010 Andy Schleck…

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  • Tech fraud takes over from doping as Tour de France scourge

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - For the past decade doping has been a hot topic at the Tour de France but this year it will be taking a back seat to another form of cheating: technological fraud. EPO, CERA and blood doping were the villainous watchwords at the Tour over the last 10 years but now it is…

    AFP
  • Cavendish laments diminished chances for sprinters at Tour

    SAINT-LO, France (AP) -- Not too long ago, a successful Tour de France for Mark Cavendish meant coming away with a handful of victories. ''The sprint opportunities are less,'' Cavendish said on Thursday, lamenting how Tour organizers have created more challenging routes in recent years with more…

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    Froome in 'great shape' ahead of race start

    Team Sky's Chris Froome has said he is in great shape heading into this year's Tour de France, with the defending champion aiming to secure a third triumph in cycling's most famous race.

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE: Astana aims to add yellow to pink

    ROME (AP) — When the team directors at Astana sat down to plan this season, the outline went something like this: A pink jersey for Vincenzo Nibali, a yellow jersey for Fabio Aru, and a gold medal for Nibali.

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  • Varnish won't appeal Olympic snub, criticizes British Cycling

    British track sprinter Jess Varnish will not appeal against her non-selection for the Rio Olympics but launched a fierce criticism of British Cycling on Wednesday. Varnish's contract with British Cycling was not renewed in March, shortly after she and Kelly Marchant failed to seal an Olympic spot…

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  • Froome wary of climbing challenges at this year's Tour de France

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - Reigning champion Chris Froome says this year's Tour de France is made for the specialist climbers. Although there are two individual time-trials totalling 54km, it is the mountainous terrain that appears most foreboding along the 3,500km route starting in Normandy and…

    AFP
  • TOUR DE FRANCE 2016: A look at the overall contenders

    The overwhelming favorite after his victories in 2013 and 2015, Chris Froome is aiming to join an elite club of just seven riders who have won cycling's biggest event at least three times. Born in Kenya and representing Britain, the 31-year-old Froome will be supported by a Sky squad that is…

    The Associated Press
  • TOUR DE FRANCE: 5 key stages to look out for

    The Mont-Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the Normandy coast, will provide a picture-postcard start for the race as the Grand Depart returns to home roads after visits to Britain and the Netherlands in the last two years. Germany's Marcel Kittel and Britain's…

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  • Tour de France getting harder for sprinters, says Cavendish

    Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - Every year the Tour de France gets tougher for sprinters, British speed king Mark Cavendish claimed ahead of a distinctly mountainous 2016 edition. The 31-year-old Manxman is third in the all-time list of Tour stages wins with 26 behind only legends Eddie Merckx (34) of…

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  • TOUR DE FRANCE 2016: Froome on the cusp of greatness

    Chris Froome realizes he's on the cusp of greatness. The British rider already has two Tour de France victories and a third win in cycling's biggest event - which starts Saturday - would make him the most dominant rider of his generation. Another yellow jersey would also put Froome into an elite…

    The Associated Press
  • Back on her bike, Carr targets Olympic medal for Thailand

    Amanda Carr didn't let the disappointment of missing selection for the 2012 Olympics hold her back for long. Carr will be representing Thailand in Rio, having switched allegiance after missing a spot on the U.S. team for London four years ago. A dual U.S.-Thai citizen from Punta Gorda, Florida,…

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    Froome ready for 'toughest challenge'

    Two-time and defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome is ready for the 'toughest challenge' of his career to date, as the 31-year-old bids to win cycling's most famous race for a third time.

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