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Astana ride on, but under close scrutiny

The Scottish legal system has an unusual alternative verdict to the familiar guilty or not guilty. The alternative is “not proven”, which has been interpreted before now as, “not guilty, but don’t do it again.” All this may or may not have something to do with today’s UCI decision not to remove the World Tour licence from Kazakh team Astana. There is, of course, nothing odd, nor funny, about a team that was ...

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Nibali nibbles nobbly cobbles

If you were totally new to the world of professional cycling then at this time of year you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone who rides, watches or has even a passing interest in road cycling is obsessed with cobbles.  And you'd be correct. Just days after the brutal Paris-Roubaix astonished spectators and punished riders, reports are filtering through that last year's Tour de France winner is studying som ...

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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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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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Brailsford says ‘Oi Porte – c’mon my saaaaarn!’

Sir Dave Brailsford opined that Team Sky in general and Richie Porte in particular, can be title contenders for Tour de France. Currently in eight position in the general classification, Richie Porte is 1:54 minutes behind leader Vincenzo Nibali. Meanwhile, the team lost Xabi Zandio due to a broken collarbone during the sixth stage. Regarding Bradley Wiggins’s non-selection following Chris Froome’s withdraw ...

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Sagan goes green but is beaten by yellow

Peter Sagan is a top contender for three colours in this year’s Tour: green, white, and yellow. He’s already got a target on his back for the green jersey, and his fellow competitors won’t be letting him get any of the jerseys with ease. He acknowledges he hasn’t completely sewn it up yet. "I know there are other good chances for me and I'll look for these. Stage 5 on the cobblestones is intriguing, as well ...

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