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Otago cycle trails get $13.2m boost from Government
August 08, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Government will spend $13.2 million extending the Otago cycle trail network to link 30 communities.Around 122km of new trail will be built to connect the Clutha Gold Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge Trail and... More...
Cycling: Strong ride puts George Bennett on podium at Tour of Poland
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has passed his first real test with flying colours in his return to racing at the Tour of Poland. In his first stage race since finishing eighth at the Giro d'Italia in May, Bennett has earned a podium finish in Poland;... More...
Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans to retire
August 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SYDNEY (AP) " Simon Gerrans, who won two stages of the Tour de France and is the only Australian to have won two of cycling's one-day classics, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.Gerrans is one of only seven... More...
Cycling: George Bennett staying leader of the pack
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett insists his Tour de France aspirations remain undiminished despite the emergence of a world-class rider on his team.Bennett skipped the 2018 Tour to contest the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, and his LottoNL-Jumbo... More...
Police appeal for witnesses to fatal Maramarua road crash
August 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Police are appealing for witnesses of a fatal road crash south of Auckland to come forward.A 49-year-old man was hit by a truck around 7.20 last night on State Highway 2 at Maramarua. He died at the scene.The police said officers... More...
Nibali has 'successful' surgery on broken back
July 31, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali will return to training in a few days after undergoing back surgery following a crash in the Tour de France.Nibali broke his 10th vertebra on the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez on July 19 when a fan... More...
Welsh govt to give a parade to Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By becoming the first-ever Welsh to claim La Grande Boucle, Geraint Thomas is the new icon of a nation. After lighting the City Hall and the Welsh Assembly in yellow, the Cardiff City Council is now looking at organising a huge... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas antidote to Sky vitriol
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas ascended to the pinnacle of cycling yesterday, saying his historic Tour de France victory was proof of the power of "hard work" and insisting his triumph had not been aided by the use of drugs.Standing on the top... More...
Team Sky's dominance at Tour de France set to continue
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The Tour de France has a new champion, but the narrative remains the same at cycling's biggest race: Team Sky's domination has no limits.By placing Geraint Thomas on top of the podium on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday,... More...
Lawson Craddock's Tour de France miracle - last comes first in saving his hometown track
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
No one has tried harder to finish last than American cyclist Lawson Craddock, and no one has got more joy from it.The 26-year-old should never have finished this year's Tour de France, after fracturing his shoulder blade in a day... More...
Tour de France: Why the French hates Team Sky?
July 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The 2018 edition of the Tour de France has been imbued with an unusual and strong tension between the public and the peloton. Team Sky was particularly targeted. Ahead the third week of race, four-times Tour de France winner Chris... More...
Gracious in defeat, Froome set to aim again at Tour glory
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Sitting alone and unnoticed behind a giant board during the Tour de France winner's news conference, Chris Froome patiently listened to Geraint Thomas's answers.It was an unfamiliar position for Froome, who for the... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 29, 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...
Thomas: Olympic star, loyal teammate, and now Tour champion
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Five years ago when riding the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike on a Corsican road in the opening stage and broke his pelvis.Against all odds, Thomas soldiered on for 3,000... More...
Undeterred by skeptical fans, Thomas takes Tour title
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The spits and the jeers. The eggs thrown at team cars. The attempts to unbalance riders while riding up the most grueling climbs.Geraint Thomas never flinched at whatever fans " or his rivals " threw at him or Team... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas wins his first Tour de France title
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title on Sunday, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race.The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead of 1 minute,... More...
Tour de France Champions
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
1903_Maurice Garin (France)1904_Henri Cornet (France)1905_Louis Trousselier (France)1906_Rene Pottier (France)1907_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1908_Lucien Petit-Breton (France)1909_Francois Faber (Luxembourg)1910_Octave... More...
Cycling: Thomas defies the Tour doubters
July 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
This is a summer marked indelibly by the passing of the flame. No sooner had Lionel Messi's last realistic hope of World Cup glory been snuffed out by the jet heels of Kylian Mbappe than the yellow jersey had slipped from Chris Froome's... More...
Cycling: Geraint Thomas - Olympic star, loyal teammate, and now Tour de France champ
July 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Five years ago when riding the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike on a Corsican road in the opening stage and broke his pelvis.Against all odds, Thomas soldiered on for 3,000 kilometers and... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Paris delights saving the best for last
July 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ESPELETTE, France (AP) " The Tour de France's final stage brings the curtain down on three weeks of gastronomic delights with the best saved for last in the French capital.Sunday will be a day of indulgence.Riders will toast champagne... More...
Thomas: Olympic star, loyal teammate, and now Tour champ
July 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ESPELETTE, France (AP) " Five years ago when riding the Tour de France in support of Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas fell off his bike on a Corsican road in the opening stage and broke his pelvis.Against all odds, Thomas soldiered... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 28, 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...
Thomas effectively seals his first Tour de France title
July 28, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
ESPELETTE, France (AP) " No longer merely a support rider for Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas is going to Paris in the yellow jersey.The Welshman with Team Sky effectively sealed his first Tour de France title by protecting his lead... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pan-seared squid in the Basque Country
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LARUNS, France (AP) " The Tour de France's penultimate stage is a time trial in the Basque Country, where pan-seared squid with Espelette peppers washed down with deep red wines contribute to the locals' bonhomie.Artisan chocolates,... More...
People on Bikes to take viewers on ride of their lives
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Want to get fit, help the environment and enjoy some fresh air while sampling the beauty of New Zealand? Then get on your bike!Each week, new TVNZ 1 show People on Bikes will take viewers on an armchair ride along one of New Zealand's... More...
Thomas can taste Tour title with 1 big stage to go
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LARUNS, France (AP) " Having worn the leader's yellow jersey over the Alps and through the Pyrenees, only one more challenging stage stands in the way of Geraint Thomas winning his first Tour de France.Thomas takes an advantage... More...
Ladies first: 13 female cyclists completing Tour de France
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LOURDES, France (AP) " They ride every stage of the Tour de France before the men do.Over the same mountains on the same 3,351-kilometer (2,082-mile) route.Except there won't be a podium or prize money waiting for them on the... More...
Cycling: Cyclists' incredible toughness in Tour de France revealed
July 27, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
One of the scarier sights in this year's Tour de France was on Tuesday seeing top Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert mistime his high-speed descent into a tight corner in the Pyrenees and go flying over a steep edge.Gilbert climbed... More...
Running: For a new challenge he ran every stage of the 2018 Tour de France
July 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The man who last year ran 44 marathons in 44 countries in 44 days wanted a new challenge - so he ran every stage of this year's Tour de France.Because the average speed of the winner in each stage of the Tour is more than 40kph,... More...
Dumoulin down to his last chance in Tour de France
July 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PAU, France (AP) " The Tour de France is Geraint Thomas' race to lose with only one rider seemingly left with a slim hope of catching the Welshman.The last stage in the Pyrenees on Friday - the Tour's so-called "queen stage" for... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 26, 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: Legendary mountains, miracles at Lourdes
July 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) " In Lourdes, where villager Bernadette Soubirous said she had visions of Mary while gathering stones back in the 19th century, Chris Froome will need a miracle heading into the Pyrenees' final stage... More...
Tour de France: Geraint Thomas looks to cement Tour lead in final mountain leg
July 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Arnaud Demare was rewarded today for hauling his muscular frame over the Alps and through the Pyrenees.Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, is preparing to cement his hold on the yellow jersey in Friday's final mountain test of the Tour de... More...
Tour de France glossary: Fries, water heaters and lanterns
July 26, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PAU, France (AP) " Geraint Thomas is having "la frite" at this Tour de France. He's the race's new "patron."Meanwhile, four-time champion Chris Froome "went through the window" in the Pyrenees and has been relegated to a "super... More...
Nibali to have surgery on broken back
July 26, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MILAN (AP) " Vincenzo Nibali will undergo surgery next week on the back he injured during a crash in the Tour de France as the Bahrain Merida cyclist aims to be back to ride in the Spanish Vuelta.Nibali broke the 10th vertebrae... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome tackled off bike in Tour De France after policeman mistakes him for rogue fan
July 26, 2018 (08:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome has crashed following the brutally difficult 17th stage of the Tour de France after police mistook him for a fan on the way down the mountain.Team Sky tells The Associated Press there was a misunderstanding and when... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Henri IV, Poule au Pot and pressed cheese
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) " A new start and a royal finish. After two grueling days in the mountains, exhausted Tour de France riders will discover a new place on the race map in the small town of Trie-sur-Baise, which for centuries... More...
Froome crashes after police mistake him for fan
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) " Chris Froome has crashed following the brutally difficult 17th stage of the Tour de France after police mistook him for a fan on the way down the mountain.Team Sky tells The Associated Press there... More...
Cycling: Tour de France rider finished stage despite broken kneecap
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert has revealed he finished stage 16 of the Tour de France with a broken kneecap - and he even has the pictures to prove it.Gilbert was leading yesterday's stage when he hit the wall - literally.He... More...
Quintana wins "pure climber" Tour de France stage
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) " The Tour de France title will continue to elude Nairo Quintana this year, but the Colombian climber at least salvaged some pride by ending a long victory drought in spectacular fashion on Wednesday.Five... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome cracks in the Pyrenees as Thomas solidifies Tour de France lead
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Four-time champion Chris Froome cracked in the feared 17th stage of the Tour de France through the Pyrenees on Wednesday, solidifying Sky teammate Geraint Thomas' hold on the yellow jersey.Colombian climber Nairo Quintana won the... More...
Cycling: Rolling the dice on an attempt to win stages in the last week of the Tour de France
July 25, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The second rest day sliced through the Tour and marked two weeks down with one week to go.Our Let'sGo"Scott team spent this much-needed marker in the Aude region of South Central France. Our hotel for the two-night stay, although... More...
Watch: Tour de France rider Philippe Gilbert survives scary crash into wall
July 24, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert was leading the Tour de France's stage 16 when he hit the wall - literally.He crashed earlier in the stage while descending from the Col de Portet-d'Aspet, hitting a wall and flipping off his bike... More...
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...

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