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The Rwandan cyclists bringing something special to Glasgow

Ruhengeri is gorilla country, 100 kilometres away from Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, where tourists flock each year to see the mountain apes in their natural habitat. It is a cycling country, home to an unlikely sporting fairy tale, which will weave its way to the Commonwealth Games in two weeks. Team Rwanda gets much support from the audience and are treated as heroes, though they will likely leave Glasgow wit ...

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Women set to rip up the Paris tarmac on last day of Le Tour

The final day of the Tour de France is being hailed as the biggest showcase for women's cycling outside of the Olympics. La Course will be shown in 157 countries and will see 120 women race for glory in Paris on 27 July. However, Chris Prudhomme, the tour director, remarked that it would be impractical to host a full women's stage race, like the men's three-week race, at the same time. As there are safety c ...

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Michal Kwiatkowski says ‘nice one lad’ to Tony Martin

Michal Kwiatkowski expressed his gratitude to his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mate, Tony Martin, for his selfless assistance at the Tour de France yesterday. Following his solo victory the day before, Martin did not contest the intermediate primes in the mountainous 161 km run to La Planche des Belles Filles but instead, protected Kwiatkowski. The Polish rider stayed glued second wheel in a break, which Ma ...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah, it’s Nibali

The Spaniard, Joaquim Rodríguez, was left devastated when Vincenzo Nibali razzed past him, thereby ending his dream to grab his second Tour de France stage victory. He also acknowledged that the Italian rider was faster than him and that it was not possible to overtake him. However, he was confident that more opportunities would come his way. Rodríguez, who moved into the lead of the mountains classificatio ...

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Porte to consume Le Tour like a big juicy steak

Richie Porte from Team Sky is now second overall in the Tour de France. The Australian is focused and determined to seize the opportunity that has come his way. Initially, Porte was part of Plan B of Team Sky , but owing Froome’s departure, he is the centre of attention at Team Sky. Porte also opined that the race would be fought tooth and nail and every rider would give their best to topple the current lea ...

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Andre Greipel’s breaks like the wind

The German Lotto-Belisol rider, Andre Greipel marched to victory in the sixth stage of the Tour de France in wet and windy conditions, beating Katusha's Alexander Kristoff and Samuel Dumoulin of AG2R. Astana's Vincenzo Nibali was the overall leader in the general classification, followed closely by Jakob Fuglsang and Peter Sagan. However, many riders struggled on the wet roads and Team Sky's Xabier Zandio q ...

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Lars Booms, Vicenzo Nibbles

At the end of the fifth stage of the Tour, the Italian rider, Vicenzo Nibali, took a lead over Alberto Contador. The fifth stage was defined by a number of crashes and horrible conditions. Jonathan Vaughters, the Garmin-Sharp team manager, acknowledged the brutal, wet, and slippery stage. The defending champion, Chris Froome suffered two spills. Though two sectors of the feared cobbles were removed before t ...

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Kittel in ‘not omnipotent’ shocker

The prolific German rider, Marcel Kittel insisted that he was not unbeatable in sprint finishes despite winning his third victory in four stages of the Tour de France. Facing stiff competition from Alexander Kristoff, he crossed his rival only in the final stages of the race. With the sixth and seventh stages being flat ones, he could have five stage victories by the end of the first week of the race. He ad ...

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Selfie stupidity

The downside to the huge crowd gathering for Tour De France is the craze for selfies among the spectators. People taking selfies, with their backs to the speeding peloton, creates safety problems for both the riders and the spectators. The problem is compounded by the spectator’s desire to stand on the roads. Owing to this, a lot of accidents have occurred. Tejay van Garderen from BMC Racing team could not ...

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