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TASTE OF THE TOUR: Spit-roasted cake and spas in Pyrenees
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) " Tour de France riders won't have time to enjoy the delights of Bagneres-de-Luchon's thermal bath in the bucolic spa town which hosts the start of Wednesday's brutal sprint through the Pyrenees.The... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-124.9 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113.4) (Peter... More...
Tour de France chaos: farmers' protest, tear gas and crashes
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) " Tear gas in riders' eyes. A farmers' protest blocking the road. Two key crashes on dangerous descents.The only thing lacking from the wild 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday was a shakeup... More...
Tour de France riders sprayed with tear gas amid protest by farmers
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tear gas in riders' eyes. A farmers' protest blocking the road. Two key crashes on dangerous descents.The only thing lacking from the wild 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday was a shakeup in the overall standings.Frenchman... More...
Luis Leon Sanchez shows off gruesome elbow wounds after crash that ended his Tour de France
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Astana rider Luis Leon Sanchez has shown off the gruesome wounds on his elbow after a nasty crash during the second stage of the Tour de France, which caused him to withdraw from the competition.,The Spaniard fractured his elbow... More...
Team Sky boss claims spitting and booing aimed at riders is a 'French thing' and warns: 'respect us or riders won't return'
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford believes the spitting, booing and physical intimidation to which his riders have been subjected at this Tour de France is a phenomenon particular to "French culture", adding that unless French... More...
Tour de France seeking more action from innovative stages
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Tired of watching cycling races where nothing ever seems to happen?The Tour de France thinks it has some solutions to liven up the action: Shorter mountain stages, intermediate bonus sprints, and a Formula... More...
Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse of Sky
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford blames the French cycling culture for fans abusing his Tour de France leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.Spectators have been taunting four-time champion Froome... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Duck legs and red wine in Carcassonne
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " For the Tour de France riders having lost any hope of a good placing in Paris, or the legions of tourists not too obsessed with their diet following the peloton across France, the first stage entering the... More...
Tour de France Standings
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1. Geraint Thomas, Britain, Sky, 62:49:47.2. Chris Froome, Britain, Sky, 1:39.3. Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands, Sunweb, 1:50.4. Primoz Roglic, Slovenia, LottoNL-Jumbo, 2:38.5. Romain Bardet, France, AG2R La Mondiale, 3:21.6.... More...
Colombia's Egan Bernal is the Tour de France's budding star
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " The youngest rider at the Tour de France is showing all the signs of becoming cycling's next big star.Colombia's Egan Bernal proved his worth " and more " by working as a trailblazer for Sky teammates... More...
AP PHOTOS: Fans at the Tour de France show up in every color
July 23, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Superhero costumes, bunny outfits, shirtless.Tour de France spectators come in every color.Few major sports events allow fans to get as close to athletes as the Tour does and many spectators use the... More...
Sky rider Moscon expelled from Tour for hitting opponent
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CARCASSONNE, France (AP) " Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-124.9 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113.4) (Peter... More...
Tour de France fans continue to taunt Chris Froome
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Spectators continue to taunt Chris Froome along the roads of the Tour de France after the four-time champion was cleared of doping.Prior to the start of Stage 15 on Sunday in the southern town of Millau, one spectator leaned over... More...
Cycling: Ill Bevin withdraws from Tour
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Patrick Bevin, one of four Kiwis in the race, quit the Tour de France after struggling to keep pace with the peloton on the 14th stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende yesterday.Bevin, 27, was part of the BMC team that raced... More...
Thomas the Flank Engine could be taking lead role
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A few years ago, after Geraint Thomas had just buried himself once again for Chris Froome at the Tour de France, an enterprising Daily Mirror sub-editor coined the nickname Thomas the Flank Engine for the Welsh rider.It was the... More...
Tour de France: Cort Nielsen wins Stage 15, Thomas keeps Tour lead on Froome
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark sprinted away from two other challengers to win Stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while Geraint Thomas had no trouble holding the overall lead for a fourth consecutive dayThe Astana rider claimed... More...
Fans continue to taunt Chris Froome at the Tour de France
July 22, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILLAU, France (AP) " Spectators continue to taunt Chris Froome along the roads of the Tour de France after the four-time champion was cleared of doping.Prior to the start of Stage 15 on Sunday in the southern town of Millau, one... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Sheep stomachs and Roquefort in Millau
July 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MENDE, France (AP) " The Tour de France travels through a region where the gastronomy is heavily influenced by sheep on Sunday, with stuffed sheeps' stomachs and Roquefort cheese just two of the local specialties.Cheese is so popular... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-125 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113) (Peter Sagan,... More...
Cycling: With Thomas and Froome 1-2, Sky controls the Tour de France
July 21, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France.The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central,... More...
Mike van Niekerk: Tour reduced to a Team Sky procession
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
COMMENT: It's tempting to describe the bike race going on in France as the Tour de Boring, if not for the carnage ripping the field apart - and the question of who will lead Team Sky into Paris.The sight of Team Sky motoring up... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Nutty pastry fingers in Mende
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VALENCE, France (AP) " After a brief respite, the Tour de France heads for the heights again on Saturday when almond and hazelnut pastry fingers point the way for surviving riders through terrain featuring ancient artworks and fanciful... More...
Fans getting out of control on Tour de France climbs
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURG D'OISANS, France (AP) " A spectator threw a smoke bomb into the Tour de France peloton as it passed by on Friday.Nobody came to any harm. Unlike on Thursday, when a fan's camera strap appeared to snag Vincenzo Nibali's handlebars... More...
Cycling: Peter Sagan takes third win at Tour de France, Thomas keeps lead on Stage 13
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After most of the other top sprinters at the Tour de France succumbed in the Alps, Peter Sagan was in prime position to dominate Friday's flat finish.Cycling's world champion did not disappoint, timing his move to reach maximum... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas pleads for 'decency' as fan punches Chris Froome mid-race and Team Sky riders are spat on
July 20, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas pleaded for calm and "a bit of decency" from roadside fans at the Tour de France after ugly scenes marred his historic victory on Alpe d'Huez. One fan was arrested for throwing a punch at four-time Tour champion Chris... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-124.9 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113.4) (Peter... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Truffle treasures in the Drome region
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) " As the Tour de France's weary cyclists get some respite after three days scaling mountains, the race enters the terrain of a truffle that is so highly prized it's nicknamed the "black diamond."Stage 13... More...
Cycling: Marcel Kittel and Mark Cavendish out of Tour for being too slow
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Record-chasing Mark Cavendish and Germany's Marcel Kittel are out of the Tour de France.Cavendish and Kittel, two of cycling's top sprinters, were disqualified from the Tour yesterday after proving too slow on its gruelling Stage... More...
Peter Sagan announces separation from wife in middle of Tour de France
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
World champion Peter Sagan has announced in the middle of the Tour de France that he and his wife, Katarina Smolkova, are separating.Sagan, who hopes to win a record-equaling sixth green jersey for best sprinter this year in the... More...
3 more top sprinters and Uran out of Tour de France
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) " Three more of the Tour de France's top sprinters have succumbed in the Alps.Fernando Gaviria of Colombia, Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands, and Andrew Greipel of Germany all withdrew during Stage 12... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas wins in yellow on Alpe d'Huez and distances Froome
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas sprinted away from Sky teammate Chris Froome to win the legendary climb up Alpe d'Huez while wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.With questions over which rider Sky is backing for victory, it was a bold... More...
Rigoberto Uran withdraws from Tour de France
July 19, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BOURG-SAINT-MAURICE, France (AP) " Still battered and bruised from a crash on the cobblestones, Colombian rider Rigoberto Uran has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of Thursday's big mountain stage in the Alps.Uran, who finished... More...
Expert names the world's best cities for cycling - and Auckland makes the list
July 18, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The best way to see a city is from a bicycle, writes Paul Steely White, who names his top bike-friendly cities. To get to know a city, you have to travel through it and feel its friction. Walking is a bit slow for my taste, and... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-124.9 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113.4) (Peter... More...
Cycling: The Tour de France's male-only past time is under the microscope
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Tour de France has been called out again as yet another staging of the famous event races by without any meaningful action towards a female event running hand in hand.Former cyclist Kathryn Bertine has put the Tour under a blowtorch... More...
Watch: How racing her bicycle on the Tour de France course made Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig cry tears of joy
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Is this one of the most inspiring stories in sport this morning?Women's bike racing is in the shadows of the professional men - low on sponsors, crowds and coverage.When one woman got to compete on the biggest stage in the world,... More...
Kittel and Cavendish out of Tour after missing time cut
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA ROSIERE, France (AP) " Record-chasing Mark Cavendish and Germany's Marcel Kittel are out of the Tour de France.Cavendish and Kittel, two of cycling's top sprinters, were disqualified from the Tour on Wednesday after proving too... More...
Tour de France: More domination from Team Sky
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
If the idea behind a short but almost entirely mountainous stage in the Tour de France was to create constant action, Stage 11 on Wednesday went according to plan.The end result, however, was the same as most recent Tours " domination... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Donkey ears on daunting Alpe d'Huez
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA ROSIERE, France (AP) " Lasagna named after a donkey's ears and a nip of Chartreuse liqueur await the cyclists of the Tour de France on their way up one of the race's famous summits.For the last of three days in the Alps, the... More...
Constant action but same result at Tour: Sky domination
July 18, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA ROSIERE, France (AP) " If the idea behind a short but almost entirely mountainous stage in the Tour de France was to create constant action, Stage 11 on Wednesday went according to plan.The end result, however, was the same as... More...
Julian Dean's Tour de France diary: cyclists breath a sigh of relief now the helter skelter first stages are over
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With the first 9 stages now behind us, I can tell you that there many teams and riders breathing sighs of relief.The first 10 days of the Tour de France are notorious for having everything to lose and nothing to gain for the general... More...
Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) " France has a new cycling star.Two days after the country's soccer players won the World Cup, Julian Alaphilippe became the first French winner of a stage at this year's Tour de France on Tuesday.Fueled... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Salut to genepi, an herbal Alpine cure
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (AP) " On the second day of racing in the Alps, Tour de France riders take on a relatively short stage but their legs will still strain to overcome several peaks before an unforgiving 18-kilometer climb to... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 7 " Stage 1: Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile_Fontenay-le-Comte, flat (201km-125 miles) (Stage: Fernando Gaviria, Colombia; Yellow Jersey: Gaviria)July 8 " Stage 2: Mouilleron-Saint-Germain_La Roche-sur-Yon, flat (182.5-113) (Peter Sagan,... More...
Cycling: Julian Alaphilippe wins Stage 10 of Tour de France, Van Avermaet keeps Tour lead
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Julian Alaphilippe claimed the first mountain leg of this Tour de France today, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a seventh consecutive day.Alaphilippe, a French rider for Quick-Step, won the 158.5-kilometer (98.5-mile)... More...
Cycling: George Bennett re-signs with Lotto NL-Jumbo on three-year deal
July 17, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand's leading road cyclist is staying put, with George Bennett re-signing with LottoNL-Jumbo.Bennett, who has been riding for the Dutch squad since 2015, will extend his stay until 2021 after inking a three-year deal.Such... More...
Nelson cyclist dies after crashing into the Maitai River
July 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A cyclist has died after he crashed into the Maitai River in Nelson this morning.A police spokesperson said emergency services were called to the river at the end of Clouston Terrace around 9.45am."Initial reports suggest the... More...
Cycling: Kiwi cyclist Dion Smith is set to continue riding in the Tour de France with broken thumb
July 16, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Dion Smith is set to continue racing in the Tour de France after a chaotic ninth stage crash left the Kiwi cyclist in doubt.The 25-year-old was caught in a chain-reaction accident yesterday during a stage that featured treacherous... More...

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