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2011-08-02 08:00:00

DENVER, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Pro Cycling Challenge today announced that all three Tour de France podium placers are set to be at the starting line for the inaugural race, August 22-28. In a move that is unprecedented in US cycling history, this stellar line-up, fresh off the Tour de France, will compete against each other next here on American soil. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110405/LA77300LOGO) In addition, the top American finisher, Tom Danielson is...

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2009-05-08 19:05:17

U.S. cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says a recent injury will likely keep him from victory at the upcoming Giro d'Italia in Italy. Armstrong, 37, broke his collarbone March 23 during a Spanish warm-up race, He said he hopes to win at least one stage of the Italian race, which begins May 31, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Friday. I'm not in great shape because of the accident in Spain, he said. But I'm better than I thought I would be and I hope to win at...

2006-07-23 23:12:18

By Jean-Paul Couret PARIS (Reuters) - Floyd Landis's thrilling Tour de France victory did much to dispel the air of gloom hanging over cycling's showpiece event after it began engulfed by another doping controversy. "Our only favorite is named suspense," said outgoing Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc, dreaming of a wide-open race after the retirement of Lance Armstrong who held the Tour in his grip for seven years. His wish was granted as the race remained unpredictable until the...

2006-07-18 08:53:36

L'ALPE D'HUEZ (Reuters) - Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong believes cycling needs the support of its fans following the doping scandal that prevented this year's favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso competing. "Quite honestly, I wasn't coming to the Tour de France. The only reason I came is because of what happened," Armstrong told reporters on Tuesday. "I think that now is the time that fans of cycling have to stand up and say, 'I'm a fan'. "I want to come and I...

2006-07-17 12:19:10

GAP, France (Reuters) - Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich says he is innocent of any doping allegations made against him, until proven guilty. "As in any country subject to the rule of law, the until proven guilty standard applies not only to me, but to every other person, too," the German said in a statement on Monday. Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997, was suspended by T-Mobile along with team mate Oscar Sevilla and sporting director Rudy Pevenage on the eve of this year's...

2006-07-07 21:13:48

By Jean-Paul Couret VITRE, France (Reuters) - The favorites for the Tour de France will face their first real test in Saturday's seventh stage, a 52-km individual time trial. On straight, wide roads, the course from Saint-Gregoire to Rennes will suit the powerful riders and, after six road stages, the yellow jersey should leave the shoulders of Belgian world champion Tom Boonen. Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, are missing from the race after being implicated in a Spanish doping probe,...

2006-07-05 11:53:14

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Wednesday it had been assured that no tennis players were part of a Spanish investigation into doping. A report in a French newspaper earlier this week said leading tennis and soccer players were part of an investigation named Operation Puerto. "Following reports in the media, the ITF was immediately in touch with the Spanish authorities to request information about allegations that tennis players...

2006-07-05 04:01:32

By Simon Baskett MADRID (Reuters) - The doctor at the center of the Spanish doping investigation has said he treated footballers, athletes and tennis players as well as cyclists. However, Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who was held for questioning by police in May, denied that his methods could be classed as doping. Fuentes's declarations come in stark contrast to a statement released by the Spanish government on Tuesday that said no footballers or tennis players were implicated in the...

2006-07-04 16:07:14

By Chrystel Boulet-Euchin PARIS (Reuters) - A war of words between the French government and the International Cycling Union (UCI) heated up on Tuesday, with the two sides accusing each other of not doing enough to fight the scourge of doping. An ongoing doping scandal in Spain has rocked the cycling world, forcing top riders out of the Tour de France and raising yet more questions about how clean the sport is. French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour said at the weekend that the...

2006-07-02 05:04:39

LONDON (Reuters) - Cycling must take action over doping in the sport or risk losing future competitors, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Sunday. "The image of your sport and right now your flagship event (the Tour de France) is in the toilet and you've got to do something about it or the risk is that your sport will be ignored by everybody, marginalized by others and it won't be sport any more," WADA chairman Dick Pound said on BBC Radio. "Under these...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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