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Tears and Sweat at the Tour de France Warm-up race

Cycling is a sport that consolidates blood, sweat and tears. And things were not any different at the Tour de France warm-up race (the Criterium du Dauphine). Though blood was not evident, a sweat-drenched Andrew Talansky proved his mettle and won the Tour de France warm-up race ahead of Alberto Contador. It was tears before bedtime for Contador, who had snatched the race lead from Chris Froome on the penul ...

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Sagan Closing Gap on Dumoulin, Martin with another top-three finish in Switzerland

Cannondale rider Peter Sagan continued his solid performance at the Tour of Switzerland with another top-three finish in Wednesday’s fifth stage. The Slovakian has already used his powerful sprint to capture a stage victory on Monday, and is steadily closing the gap between himself and overall leaders Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin. Martin has so far held on to the six second lead he established in the race’s ...

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Wiggins Abandons Tour De Suisse Following Crash

Bradley Wiggins’ team doctor Steve Baynes announced on Wednesday that the 34 year old British rider would pull out of the Tour of Switzerland following a crash during Tuesday’s 4th stage. Wiggins had already been struggling during the tour, and had been slipping out of contention for a top spot going in to stage 4. At the time of the crash, Wiggins was not involved in any rough riding, but had been hanging ...

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Pippa Middleton’s Bottom joins race

If you have read the 'Red-Tops' this week you will be aware that Pippa Middleton's bottom is taking part in a three thousand mile relay race across America. If you managed to get as far as the third paragraph in most of the papers you will have realised that it is not as miraculous as it sounds as the rest of Pippa is accompanying the said bottom. The papers seemed to be more interested in her Lycra clad bu ...

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Soon, We’ll All Be Sipping Peri-Air

During a tube strike earlier this year, a doctor told me that he and some of his colleagues had a glimpse of hope in the heart of London. For a day or two, the city was walking and riding bikes en-masse. It was fantastic, he said, if only the city kept it up, London might be a healthy place to live. But, the only time this happens is at the convenience of a tube strike. It is interesting the watch all the r ...

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Sir Chris Hoy Calls Out Commonwealth Couple

When Laura Trott was named to represent Team England, she showed the exuberance of a child waking up on the morning of Christmas. She remarked at her being included to Team England. “I’m delighted to be representing England at the Commonwealth Games in August. Nothing beats putting on national kit and competing for your home nation. I’ll try my best to do everyone proud.” But, that exuberance changed to a k ...

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Taking apart the hub had been the easy bit…

Back in the olden days, when I was somewhere in that strange hinterland between ten and teen, when glue was still something you used to stick Airfix Spitfires together and Gameboys had not yet been invented (and televisions were black and white – can you imagine?), Dave and I used to pass many a happy hour taking our bikes apart and putting them back together again. It was not an entirely pointless occupati ...

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Delaying the Inevitable – Wiggins

We are a step closer to what we all expected. Sir Bradley Wiggins being officially omitted from Team Sky’s roster for the Tour de France. Fingers have been pointed and rumours have been spread, but a definitive answer could be much sooner because of this announcement. “Team England names Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins to represent them in Commonwealth Games.” This is all but the final shove out the door to m ...

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Va Va Froome Dominating the Dauphine, Thanks to Team and Fellow Riders

Tour de France favorite Chris Froome is dominating the Dauphine. He won the first two stages without major problems. But, as of today, it has not been that easy. He is still the overall leader, but he can thank Team Sky and his competition for that. His teammates have helped to secure his standing from rival Alberto Contador. In fact, it seems that during the fourth stage, Team Sky was looking to give up th ...

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Sagan, Sprints, and a “Sir” Stir up the Suisse

Someone has come out of hibernation. Peter Sagan has reappeared after his time off training in Colorado. And it looks like the time off from racing has paid off. Sagan is looking to defend his green jersey at the Tour de France and is quickly showing the world that he will be a force to reckon with. He recently won the third stage at the Tour de Suisse and battled to the very end of stage four against speed ...

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