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Cycling: Froome fires up over Wada's flawed testing
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Controversial British cycling star Chris Froome has said it would be "scandalous" if it emerged Wada had sat on unpublished data proving its salbutamol tests were not fit for purpose, although he stopped short of saying he would sue... More...
Gaviria rekindles Colombian glory at Tour de France debut
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France (AP) " Colombia, the land of climbers, finally has a cyclist back in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.And it took a sprinter to do it.Fernando Gaviria won the opening stage on his debut on Saturday,... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: White beans and chocolate Napoleons
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
What do savory white beans and chocolate treats in the shape of Napoleon's head have in common besides melting in your mouth?They can both be enjoyed on Sunday when the Tour de France swings away from the salt water and wind-swept... More...
Tour de France Stages
July 07, 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)July 9 "... More...
Froome flies off the road into a ditch in opening Tour stage
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France (AP) " Down in a ditch, Chris Froome had to hoist himself and his bike back up to the road.It was a startling scene when the Team Sky rider tumbled into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana struggle in opening Tour de France stage
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Down in a ditch, Chris Froome had to hoist himself and his bike back up to the road.It was a startling scene when the Team Sky rider tumbled into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, immediately... More...
Froome starts pursuit of 5th Tour de France title
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France (AP) " Chris Froome's pursuit of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title has begun amid big crowds under sunny skies on an island off the Atlantic coast.The full peloton of 176 riders split between... More...
Cycling: Kiwi quartet line up for 'month of pain' at Tour de France
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Four Kiwis will be lining up as the 105th edition of the Tour de France gets underway tonight. Jack Bauer, Patrick Bevin and Dion Smith all return to the Tour after competing last year, while Tom Scully makes his debut.Radio Sport's... More...
Chris Froome suffers traumatic start to Tour de France 2018 after late crash leaves him in a ditch
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Opening stage was won by Fernando Gaviria, who out-gunned world champion Peter Sagan to weat the Yellow Jersey for the first time More...
Fernando Gaviria wins thrilling Tour de France first stage after Chris Froome comes off bike
July 07, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Britain's Froome finished around 48 seconds down after coming off his bike during the stage and landing in a ditch More...
Tour de France director calls for 'serenity' with Froome
July 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) " Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme urges fans to "keep both feet on the ground" when four-time champion Chris Froome rides by.Freshly cleared of doping, the Team Sky rider was booed at... More...
Movistar launches 3-man attack to end Froome's Tour reign
July 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHOLET, France (AP) " Movistar is launching a three-man attack to foil Chris Froome's quest to win a fifth Tour de France.While most teams appoint one leader to fight for the title, Movistar says Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde,... More...
Julian Dean: Big task ahead for Kiwi quartet at Tour de France
July 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For the second consecutive year there will be a solid collection of our top Kiwi riders, spread across various teams, lining up at the start of the 2018 Tour de France. It is no coincidence that three of the four Kiwis taking part... More...
Chris Froome to have a BODYGUARD during Tour de France in case crowds turn ugly over doping probe
July 06, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Four-time champion Brit was finally cleared after a nine-month investigation but must still face the public's wrath More...
Van Garderen embraces No. 2 role for team at Tour de France
July 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) " For years, Tejay van Garderen has been the United States' best hope of winning the Tour de France.But for this edition of the world's biggest cycling race, Van Garderen is tasked with doing all he... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pricey potatoes and sailing in the Vendee
July 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) " The normally clear-defined lines between land and sea will blend together during Saturday's opening stage of the 105th Tour de France.Crosswinds will likely be a factor, too.The race begins in the... More...
Chris Froome insists he's been damaged by doping saga despite getting cleared in time for Tour de France
July 05, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Britain's four-time winner was under a cloud for months and only got the good news five days before Saturday's first stage More...
Froome calls on skeptical fans to let him ride Tour in peace
July 04, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SAINT-MARS-LA-REORTHE, France (AP) " Chris Froome has asked Tour de France fans to let him race in peace, even if they doubt the recent ruling that cleared him of doping allegations.The British cyclist has been targeted by spectators... More...
Team Sky fields impressive Tour lineup in support of Froome
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After being cleared of doping, Chris Froome is ready "to make history" in France.Froome will be on the starting line of the Tour de France on Saturday in the western region of Vendee, aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx,... More...
TOUR 2018: Route highlights of the Tour de France
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Twenty-one stages, 26 tough climbs across six mountain ranges, three mountain-top finishes and two time trials will test the limits of 176 riders' endurance and skill in the Tour de France, which begins Saturday in the... More...
TOUR 2018: Tour de France moments from AP PHOTOS
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The Tour de France begins Saturday with 176 riders competing in the 105th edition. Here are 10 moments, incidents or highlights that stand out from the long history of cycling's greatest race, accompanied by Associated... More...
TOUR 2018: A look at the main Tour de France contenders
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
TOUR 2018: A look at the main contenders for the Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in the Vendee region:CHRIS FROOMEAge: 33Froome is the undisputed favorite to triumph for a record-tying fifth time after being cleared... More...
TOUR 2018: Divisions remain after Froome's drug case
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
This was supposed to be the year Chris Froome was warmly welcomed into cycling royalty with an expected record-tying fifth Tour de France title.Instead, the Team Sky rider finds himself only freshly cleared of doping after an asthma... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome cleared of doping by UCI ahead of Tour de France
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome was cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union on Monday in a decision that will allow him to pursue a record-tying fifth Tour de France title later this week.Froome had been racing under the cloud of a potential... More...
Cycling: Sky appeals Tour de France decision to ban former winner Chris Froome from starting the 2018 event on Saturday
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With less than a week to go until this year's Grand Depart, Chris Froome's Tour de France participation has been thrown into doubt with reports in France suggesting that ASO, the Tour's owners, have blocked the British rider's participation... More...
Graeme Simpson: MTB groups raise fund for concussion and suicide awareness
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Mental health issues and cancer have some striking similarities.From my own experience (including my brother's death from depression in 1999), they can both be stealthy, sneaking up on someone without any major symptoms, before... More...
Fewer kids are walking and biking to school - an AA survey tells us why
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Double and triple parking outside schools, a tumble on an uneven footpath that left one person with a "massive" two-week shiner, speeding motorists and frightening cycle journeys " Aucklanders have spoken out on the hazards families... More...
Weekend Warrior: Kit Panting
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
When doctors diagnosed Kit Panting with early-onset type two diabetes that would require a lifetime of medication and treatment, he begged for an alternative solution.It was suggested to Panting that if he lost a significant amount... More...
Martin Devlin: Cycling review - take a large pile of BS and wrap it all over in red tape
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Whatever happened to that Cycling Review?Remember all that kerfuffle about the coach Anthony Peden?And HPNZ gonna leave no stone unturned to get to the very bottom of every scandalous utterance and accusation?Let me tell you... More...
Cycling: Tom Scully latest to be named as four Kiwis will take the start at the 2018 Tour de France
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tom Scully is the latest Kiwi confirmed for the 2018 Tour de France, joining Patrick Bevin, Jack Bauer and Dion Smith on the startline next week.This equals last year's record number of Kiwi riders in the three-week race.All four... More...
Mountain biking: Final Rotorua Winter MTB Series inclusive as ever
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
For 17 years Rotorua's Winter MTB Series has adapted to be as inclusive as possible.It is therefore fitting that, in the final year in its current form, the series will include an E Bike race for the first time. The pedal-assisted... More...
Cycling Vietnam: One word, many meanings
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The intricacies of the Vietnamese language, in which tonal variations can change the meaning of a word, were brought home for Travel Editor Winston Aldworth last week while cycling in the south-east Asian country. In this video,... More...
German track cyclist Kristina Vogel badly injured in crash
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERLIN (AP) " German track cyclist Kristina Vogel has been seriously injured after crashing in training in the eastern city of Cottbus on Tuesday.The dpa news agency reports that the Olympic champion suffered a severe spinal injury... More...
Chris Froome profile: Why Tour de France favourite can cope with being spat at and soaked in urine
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Seldom, if ever, has Britain ever been represented by an athlete with a spaghetti western gunslinger's unflinching glint More...
Chris Froome cleared to ride in Tour de France as UCI confirm anti-doping proceedings against Brit have closed
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Froome is now free to chase a fifth Tour title, with the race due to start on Saturday More...
Chris Froome kicked off Tour de France 2018 over doping saga - but Team Sky will appeal
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
But Team Sky will appeal the ban with a decision set to made on Wednesday More...
Tour de France 2018: Guide to the top riders, route, key stages and favourites for the big race
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Britain’s Chris Froome is again the favourite for the yellow jersey aided loyally by his Team Sky teammates More...
Chris Froome makes Tour de France 2018 promise as Team Sky rider faces criticism over doping test
July 03, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
Le Tour legend Bernard Hinault says Froome should not be allowed to race until his nine-month salbutamol case has been resolved More...
Skujins wins Stage 3 of Tour of California out of breakaway
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) " Toms Skujins was in a breakaway at the Tour of California a year ago when he crashed heavily on the descent, then woozily tried to remount his bike despite what turned out to be a concussion.His breakaway... More...
Giro d'Italia Results
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A 244-kilometer (152-mile) leg from Penne to Gualdo Tadino in Umbria, the longest leg in the event:1. Matej Mohoric, Slovenia, Bahrain-Merida, 6:04:52.2. Nico Denz, Germany, AG2R La Mondiale, same time.3. Sam Bennett, Ireland,... More...
Giro leader Yates gains 3 seconds but his team struggles
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GUALDO TADINO, Italy (AP) " Overall leader Simon Yates gained three bonus seconds in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday but it was a difficult day for his Mitchelton-Scott team as Esteban Chaves dropped out of contention.Slovenian... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves up after drama on stage 10 of Giro d'Italia
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett's chances of a top five finish at the Giro d'Italia have been given an unexpected boost after a dramatic tenth stage.Esteban Chaves, who came into the day placed second overall, lost a flabbergasting 25 minutes, plummeting... More...
Ride London 2018: Ex-pro Yanto Barker's top tips on how to cycle your first century
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
This summer will see thousands ride one of the world's biggest cycling events – are you ready to take on your first 100 miles? More...
Chris Froome 'feeling better' after tough Giro d'Italia stage
May 15, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The scars and grazes on his right knee from two Giro d'Italia crashes remained clearly visible as Chris Froome warmed down after stage 10. But the Briton came through a fraught stage of racing unscathed and feeling "better" than he had done earlier in the Giro d'Italia. Froome was watched by an unusually large crowd of tifosi and an unusually small number of journalists as he did his usual post-stage warm down, with the unfolding story of Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) plummet down the GC rankings attracting the bulk of the Giro media's attention.ADVERTISEMENT After his tough first nine stages, Froome felt that the Giro's longest day had gone well for him, despite the intensity of the racing. "Better, better," he said in Italian as he dismounted from his warm-down and headed for the team bus. Speaking briefly to reporters beforehand, Froome said: "It was a very hard stage, everybody was feeling fresh and there was a lot of action at the start of the day. "But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]. It was a tough day, and that's racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Team Sky's Bernal wins first GC test in Tour of California
May 14, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) " Egan Bernal tasted glory at the Tour of California when he rode solo to the top of Gibraltar Road.Sebastian Henao and Tao Geoghegan Hart were just as heroic Monday.After powerful Team Sky worked to... More...
Gaviria wins sprint to take Tour of California opening stage
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) " Fernando Gaviria missed the spring classics after the Quick-Step Floors cyclist broke his hand in a crash at Tireno-Adriatico, interrupting what had already been a successful start to the season.The Colombian... More...
Yates wins 9th stage to cement Giro lead, Froome loses time
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GRAN SASSO, Italy (AP) " Simon Yates cemented his position as overall leader of the Giro d'Italia by winning the ninth stage on Sunday but it was a bad day for British compatriot Chris Froome, who lost more than a minute in the general... More...
Cycling: George Bennett moves into seventh at Giro d'Italia as Chris Froome flops
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett has hung tough as other contenders completely cracked on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia.The Kiwi climber has crossed the line in seventh place on the mountain-top finish, 12 seconds behind Simon Yates, who won the... More...
Aru: What can I say, I'm only human
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The verdict was already being written up in the sala stampa as Fabio Aru descended from the summit of Gran Sasso d'Italia in a cable car, where he was doubtless hoping to avoid the crew from RAI television who had secured passage in the same cabin. "Aru, the excuses are over: Think about the Tour," read the banner headline in Tuttobici on Sunday evening, summing up the general feeling that the Italian champion's Giro d'Italia may already be run even before the race has truly begun. There had been mitigating factors behind much of the time lost by general classification contenders in the opening week of racing in Israel and Sicily, but on the sparse and exposed slopes of Gran Sasso d'Italia, there was no longer any hiding place.ADVERTISEMENT The pace-making of Aru's former squad Astana and the Mitchelton-Scott team of maglia rosa Simon Yates had already whittled down the leading group by the time the race hit the snow-banked upper reaches of the climb, and Aru was already flagging even before he lost contact with the group with a little over two kilometres to race. It will be of scant consolation that Chris Froome was distanced at more or less the same point and conceded more or less the same kind of time: for now, at least, the Sky rider is not the Briton to follow on this Giro. Aru crested the summit in 24th place on the stage, some 1:14 down on the stage winner Yates. In the overall standings, he is now 2:36 off the pace in 15th place. "It didn't go very well," Aru said with considerable understatement after his cable car had reached its terminus in the village of Assergi at the base of the climb. "Today was obviously a negative day for me. My legs weren't turning over well, otherwise, I wouldn't have been dropped. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Giro d'Italia: Pinot continues strong showing in first week
May 13, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) could well be forgiven for any uncertainty over whether his glass is half full or half empty as the Giro d'Italia reaches its second rest day. After a solid but unremarkable opening time trial performance, the French champion has ridden a very strong first week, and as a result, he remains fourth overall on GC, 45 seconds down. But as Pinot pointed out after finishing second on the Gran Sasso, beaten in an uphill sprint by Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): "That's my third podium stage finish this week without winning, and I'd love a stage win. But it was very windy and finally, it came down to a sprint." Third on Mount Etna, second on the Mercogliano climb and second again on the Gran Sasso, Pinot has been within sight of a repeat of his 2017 Giro stage win in Asiago ever since the race returned to Italy last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT "My aim of the podium remains intact, and that's great," Pinot told reporters after another frustrating near miss as he stood at the end of the fenced-off finishing area, a scarf already tucked into his jersey to keep him warm in the icy wind. "Froome? I'm more worried about myself. But it's evidently better to be ahead of him than behind. And the legs are there, and I can take encouragement from that." As the stage to Gran Sasso reached the decisive last two kilometres, Pinot moved into the leading position on the small group of favourites. Then when Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) launched a blistering attack in the last 600 metres, the Frenchman was there alongside Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Yates and Esteban Chaves. In the last dash for the line, he ran Yates the closest, but the Briton was unstoppable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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