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Tour de France: Marcel Kittel strikes again, as peleton braces for Pyrenees
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of this year's race. The Quick-Step Floors rider, who now has 14 stages to his name... More...
Kittel wins Tour stage 10, Froome keeps race lead
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year's Tour de France.The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease on Tuesday, while Chris Froome stayed safely... More...
The French Connection helps Auckland move greener
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
How can Auckland make its transport network greener? In the third part of the Herald 's French Connection series, Jamie Morton looks at our public transport potential - and some odd ideas from Paris. Imagine being able to dream... More...
Cycling: Marcel Kittel stamps sprinting class on Tour de France
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year's Tour de France.The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease this morning, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to... More...
Kiwi Jack Bauer punched by fellow rider during Tour de France
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi Jack Bauer was punched by a fellow rider late into stage 10 of the Tour de France.The Quick Step rider was struck by Nacer Bouhanni of Team Cofidis, with the incident captured by a overhead camera. Bauer was working to set... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Sweet white wine and a big nose star
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " After a well-deserved rest day, the Tour de France peloton gets back to work on Tuesday through the colorful landscapes of the Perigord region.Here's a gastronomic, sporting and cultural glance at the 178-kilometer... More...
Tour de France: Kittel wins stage 10, Froome retains yellow
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
German rider Marcel Kittel won the 10th stage of the TourdeFrance in a sprint finish today, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader's yellow jersey.A sprint specialist, Kittel perfectly timed... More...
Froome denies barging into Tour rival Aru
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " Race leader Chris Froome has described suggestions that he deliberately barged into rival Fabio Aru during a grueling Tour de France stage as "crazy."Froome, who leads Aru by 18 seconds after nine stages,... More...
Cyclist Eltje Malzbender fighting her way to fitness after crash
July 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Te Awamutu Sports cyclist Eltje Malzbender says she has to consider herself lucky to have a second chance to reconstruct her life after a serious crash.Her unwavering determination and work ethic have been critical to her ongoing... More...
Froome retains lead on ultra-tough Stage 9, Porte out
July 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHAMBERY, France (AP) " Chris Froome fiercely defended " and even extended " the overall lead in the Tour de France on an ultra-tough day of high drama and punishing climbs in eastern France's Jura mountains on Sunday, seeing both... More...
Watch NZH Local Focus: Crankworx cranking Rotorua economy
July 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The first financial results of the Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival have been announced, with the event racking up a surplus of $4.5 million dollars."Crankworx Rotorua 2017 is really the start of a new era for us, as we move into... More...
Kiwi Tour de France star George Bennett frightened by crashes as he cracks the top 10
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett, who is riding into Kiwi sports lore in the Tour de France, says life flashed before his eyes on a day of horror crashes in the famous race.Bennett, who lies 10th on general classification after finishing seventh... More...
Tour de France: Richie Porte crashes out on final descent of stage nine
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Richie Porte's Tour de France dreams have been shattered after the Australian was involved in one of the worst crashes in the race's history.Porte was part of an elite group screaming down the treacherous Mont du Chat descent in... More...
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett in Top 10 on Tour de France
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett has shot into the top 10 on the Tour de France's general classification after stage nine.The Tour of California champion has finished seventh on the brutal 181.5 kilometre stage from Nantua to Chambery.Bennett... More...
Cycling: Froome faces up to the monster
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After 1400km in eight days of racing, the suffer-fest called the Tour de France turned the pain dial up a notch or five overnight (NZT). How does scaling half the height of Mt Everest in one day sound?That was the monstrous challenge... More...
Adopted Mana Williams-Eade cycles the country for Voyce and vulnerable children
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A young man who was put into state care as a baby is cycling the length of the North Island to raise money for vulnerable children.Mana Williams-Eade, 19, will cycle 1100km from Wellington to Kaitaia over seven days starting from... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pike cakes and wildcats in the Alps
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The climbs, high-speed descents and hairpin turns on tap for Stage 9 of the Tour de France will be enough to make even spectators watching at home dizzy.Fortunately, the culinary offerings available as the race enters the Alps on... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 1 " Stage One: Duesseldorf, Germany, individual time trial (14km-9 miles) (stage: Geraint Thomas, Britain; Yellow Jersey: Thomas)July 2 " Stage Two: Duesseldorf to Liege, Belgium, flat (203.5-126) (Marcel Kittel, Germany; Thomas)July... More...
Calmejane grits teeth to win Stage 8 of Tour
July 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
STATION DES ROUSSES, France (AP) " Speeding away on a small mountain road more suited to goats than riders, Lilian Calmejane won Stage 8 to the Rousses ski station in the Jura Massif on Saturday, for his first victory in his first... More...
Cycling: Lillian Calmejane beats cramp to win Tour de France stage
July 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Frenchman Lilian Calmejane has fought off a bout of cramp to claim a dramatic solo win in the eighth stage of the Tour de France, snatching the polka-dot jersey as mountains leader. The race's overall favourites remained quiet... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Cheese in a box and Brel's favored wine.
July 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The guys on the bicycles can count themselves lucky; at least they get to burn off the calories on the moving feast also known as the Tour de France.For those who follow the peloton in cars, however, this first week has been testing... More...
Cycling: Kittel smiles after photo finish
July 08, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Another day, another victory for Marcel Kittel in the Tour de France. But this time, the German made his move nearly too late and edged Edvald Boasson Hagen, of Norway, only in a photo finish to win his third stage - and second in... More...
Without Sagan and Cavendish, Kittel eases to Tour stage win
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TROYES, France (AP) " Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish Thursday with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race.Chris Froome held on to the leader's... More...
Court rejects Sagan appeal to be allowed back into Tour
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TROYES, France (AP) " Sport's highest court has rejected Peter Sagan's appeal to be allowed back into the Tour de France.The world champion was sent home from the race for elbowing British rival Mark Cavendish during Stage 4 on... More...
Tour de France: Marcel Kittel eases to stage win
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Marcel Kittel had little trouble winning the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint finish today, with Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish both no longer in the race.Chris Froome held on to the leader's yellow jersey after... More...
Tour de France: Cavendish lashes out at social media
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Mark Cavendish has appealed to social media users to stop sending "vile and threatening" comments to him and to his family after the horror smash on Tuesday which forced him to pull out of the Tour de France and led to the hugely... More...
Cycling: Froome gets Fabio message
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After losing two of its biggest stars in one horror crash, the Tour de France needed a pick-me-up.Italy's Fabio Aru answered the call.On the first mountain climb of this 104th Tour, after the lower altitudes where Mark Cavendish... More...
Cavendish recalls 'puddle of blood' after horrific crash
July 07, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VITTEL, France (AP) " British rider Mark Cavendish commended the "courage" of Tour de France jurors for disqualifying world champion Peter Sagan for a horrific crash that took both of them out of the race on Tuesday.Speaking Wednesday,... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Mushrooms on menu as race hits mountains
July 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After the flat terrain and wooded valleys of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Tour de France goes up in altitude on Wednesday, climbing into the dense pine forests of the Vosges Massif in eastern France " one of five mountain... More...
Tour de France: Kiwis escape race carnage
July 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Nelson's George Bennett continues to lead the Kiwi contingent through four days of the Tour de France, with all seemingly escaping the fourth stage carnage relatively unscathed.Bennett, Jack Bauer, and rookies Patrick Begin and... More...
Tour de France: Froome beaten but gets yellow jersey
July 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Italy's Fabio Aru accelerated away from three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and other top contenders for the yellow jersey in an impressive show of strength on the first mountain climb of this year's race, winning Stage... More...
Cavendish withdraws, Sagan disqualified after Tour crash
July 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
VITTEL, France (AP) " Mark Cavendish has been forced out of the Tour de France after suffering a fractured shoulder blade in a serious crash caused by world champion Peter Sagan, who was disqualified from cycling's showcase event.Hours... More...
Cycling: Peter Sagan disqualified from Tour de France for causing serious crash
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team has announced they have officially lodged a protest against the Slovakian's expulsion from the Tour de France. Race officials expelled Sagan following today's crash involving Mark Cavendish, which... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
July 1 " Stage One: Duesseldorf, Germany, individual time trial (14km-8.7 miles) (stage: Geraint Thomas, Britain; Yellow Jersey: Thomas)July 2 " Stage Two: Duesseldorf to Liege, Belgium, flat (203.5-126) (Marcel Kittel, Germany;... More...
Sagan wins Tour de France Stage 3
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONGWY, France (AP) " Peter Sagan has sprinted to his eighth career Tour de France stage victory, and Geraint Thomas preserved the overall race lead.On the final short, sharp climb to the Stage 3 finish in Longwy, Sagan was cruising... More...
Letters: Cycleway around Lake Rotorua a great idea
July 04, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Ray McCully's suggestion ( Letters , July 4) is brilliant and it could be such a bonus for not only cyclists . . . like in the USA where everyone enjoys these walkways. Eventually constructing it right around Lake Rotorua would... More...
Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage three
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Shaking off an equipment glitch in the furious finishing sprint, Peter Sagan bagged his eighth career Tour de France stage victory today with an impressive display of power and quick-thinking on a short, sharp final uphill dash.Geraint... More...
Kittel's Tour win contrasts with cycling's dirty past
July 03, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) " The thriving current state of German cycling stood out in sharp contrast to the sport's dirty past during the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.As Marcel Kittel rode toward a commanding sprint victory... More...
Tour de France: Marcel Kittel wins stage two, Froome in crash
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Germany's Marcel Kittel met expectations and won the second stage of the Tour de France with a commanding sprint finish Sunday while three-time champion Chris Froome didn't lose any time despite falling to the pavement amid a mass... More...
Froome's most loyal support rider wins Tour de France opener
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) " Chris Froome's most loyal support rider finally got some glory of his own.Geraint Thomas won the wet and slippery opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claimed the yellow jersey.It was... More...
Valverde crashes out of Tour de France
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) " Alejandro Valverde, a podium finisher in 2015, has crashed out of the Tour de France in the opening time trial on rain-slickened roads, dealing a blow to his teammate Nairo Quintana's hopes of winning the... More...
Cycling: Belgian Bakelants slapped for 'inappropriate' quips about Tour de France hostess
July 02, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Belgian rider Jan Bakelants has been forced into a humble apology, after making "inappropriate" and sexual remarks about Tour de France hostesses.The 31-year-old, who won a stage of the Tour in 2013, got himself into hot water,... More...
America's Cup: Cyclist van Velthooven lured to sailing full-time
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cycling has probably seen the last of Olympic medallist Simon van Velthooven - he's been well and truly bitten by the sailing bug.Van Velthooven, who took keirin bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, became one of the secret weapons... More...
Cycling: Kiwis come a cropper in treacherous opening stage of Tour de France
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclists George Bennett and Patrick Bevin made intimate acquaintance with the roads of Dusseldorf, but it could have been far worse, as the Tour de France claimed its first victims on the opening time-trial stage.Spaniard Alejandro... More...
Cycling: Guess what, Lance the drugs didn t work
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission that for years he took... More...
Eltje Malzbender's road to recovery through cycling an inspiration
July 01, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Eltje Malzbender has come back from the brink of death after a cycling crash to be on the cusp of representing New Zealand.The Cambridge physiotherapist almost lost her life after crashing off her bike while cycling on an isolated... More...
Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's fans plan spectacle at Tour de France
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The devil will have some Kiwi competition on the roadside at the Tour de France this year.A few of outstanding Kiwi cyclist George Bennett's former schoolmates will be supporting him from the roadside at the tour which starts in... More...
By George! How a 'slow' rider became a Tour de France contender
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
At last, New Zealand has the type of cyclist who might one day win the Tour de France. On the eve of the start of the 104th edition, George Bennett talks about fear, food and ambition.To contend for the yellow jersey in the world's... More...
Tributes pour in after New Zealand cyclist dies in Corsica riding accident
June 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A Christchurch man has died in a cycling accident on the French island of Corsica.He was 50-year-old Darryl Queen of Christchurch.Queen was cycling near the city of Calvi, in the northern part of Corsica called Haute-Corse, when... More...
Drug injected by Lance Armstrong 'does not boost performance'
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Henry Bodkin in LondonWhen in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission... More...

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