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Cav rejoins The Tour de France

Showing what can only be described as a remarkable amount of bounce-back following the operation on his shoulder less than two weeks ago Mark Cavendish made his way to France to support his Omega Pharma Quickstep team mates. During an impromptu interview with Ned Boulting during the ITV4 coverage of The Tour de France Cav was keen to show Ned the scar on his shoulder, in fact he kind of insisted on it!  And ...

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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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Cancellara naffs off from Le Tour

Fabian Cancellara is the latest in a remarkably long line of riders to leave this year's Tour de France.  Unlike many of those who have gone before him Cancellara has left of his own accord, and without injury. Cancellara has said that he wants to focus on the World Championships, and so has decided to leave this year's tour.  It's not like he was near the bottom of the field and decided to cut his loses an ...

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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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Geraint Thomas talks about his pelvis on his day off

Geraint Thomas is fast becoming one of our favourite pro-riders.  His apparently unshakable joie de vivre was in full force during the brutal Paris-Roubaix stage, and in his latest blog post for the BBC he refers to the fractured pelvis he earned in last year's Tour de France and the crashing out of many of the top riders this year as 'just one of those things'.  He probably shrugged and gave a cheeky littl ...

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Contador crash – Van Den Broeck ses ‘I was there man!’

Following Alberto Contador's exit from this year's Tour de France there have been questions asked about what exactly happened that caused him to crash.  Whenever a rider crashes out there is a mix of sympathy and commiseration from riders who have been in the same situation themselves before.  With Contador's sudden crash-related retirement yesterday his peers appear to be neither surprised nor sympathetic. ...

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Contador crashes, cracks and leaves Le Tour

Alberto Contador is the latest victim of what is turning out to be one of the most brutal Tour de France years we've known for a while.  We were horrified to hear that Mark Cavendish had borked his shoulder, we sighed with sad disappointment when Chris Froome was forced to bailout before the cobblestone sections of the Paris-Roubaix stage.  Now we're feeling bad for yet another fella what could have won Le ...

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Quintana cares and shares at Vuelta a España

A seeming shoo-in for winning the Tour de France, Nairo Quintana focused his efforts on Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. The last time a rider has won both was Alberta Contador in 2008. Last year, Quintana finished the Tour second overall, as well as achieving the king of the mountains title and a mountaintop stage win. He decided to skip the Tour after winning the Giro. He admits that “The route of t ...

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