Europe

All about cycling in Europe

Plane Crashes Along 2015 Tour de France Route

March 24, 2015 The German flight that crashed early today in the French Alps went down in or near Digne-les-Bains, the soon to be site of stage 17 of the Tour de France this July. Germanwings Flight 9525 operated by a subsidiary of…

Catching up with New UIV President Peter Rengel

Peter Rengel become president of the Union Internationale de Velodromes, here with outgoing president (right) Henrik Elmgreen.

“We would appreciate it if there were in the United States a new race. Madison or Americaine started in 1899. It is a part of US sports history. Let the dream come through … but also one day or more day races are welcome.”

Lance Armstrong Says He’ll Tell All

Armstrong in 2010 Tour de France (C) Benepe

The previous seven-time Tour de France champion told BBC News that he is speaking openly and candidly with the U.S. based cycling organization, and he’s not going to protect anyone anymore.

Nibali, Too Good To Be True?

Astana rider Vincenzo Nibali was still in Yellow at the end of stage 3 into London.

Fans all over the world have watched with amazement, and incredulity as the Italian Vincenzo Nibali has pushed past all his competitors to assert his dominance. The “Shark of Messina’s” last minute surge to the top of the Hautacam was just too much for some.

Martin Wins Time Trial: Peraud Takes Second Overall in Tour

Tony Martin, German time trial champion, easily won the stage 20 time trial in the Tour de France 2014. ASO/ Prevost.

Nibali showed the world that he really is the best overall rider in the Tour, surviving the cobblestones, the sprints, the climbs and now fourth overall in the time trial. Stage winner Tony Martin, German time trial champion won the course easily, with Tom Dumoulin, 2014 Dutch champion coming in second and Jan Barta third.

Navardauskas Wins Plucky Solo into Bergerac

Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS

The last flat stage of the Tour before the penultimate time trial offered up the best that the Tour has to offer today– a lovely surprise ending where the sprinters just could not get to the finish line in time to grab the victory from a plucky breakaway rider from Garmin Sharp named Ramunas Navardauskas.

Nibali Nails Hautacam, Frenchmen Edge out Valverde

Vincenzo NIbali nailed the Hautacam and now leads the Tour de France 2014 by more than 7 minutes.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali put an indelible stamp on the climb up the highest reaches of the Hautacam in the Pyrenees today, stealing the win from all of his competitors and establishing a practically unbeatable advantage of 7 minutes and 10 seconds over the second runner up.

Bikegate: Contador’s Broken Specialized Bicycle

Contador after his crash and before returning to Spain.

The incident called “Bikegate,” has become the subject of conspiracy theorists who used reconstructed photos of video and other photos they found on the Internet to prove or disprove the idea that either Contador’s bike snapped when it hit a rock, or snapped when he crashed–or neither. A quick search for the top bicycle and parts manufacturers on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recall site, shows that almost all major brands have had some safety recall in the past two years.

Australian Rogers Rides Solo into Bagneres de Luchon

An early break of 12 riders, reformulated to 21 riders after 70 km of racing. Five made it together towards the finish in Bagneres de Luchon, but Michael Rogers broke off the front and won. France Presse/ Prevost.

After roughing it out over three big climbs in the Pyrenees, Michael Rogers rode ahead of a small break group into Bagneres de Luchon, capturing the stage win. It was his first ever stage win in the Tour de France, and in the 10 Tours he has ridden.

It was perhaps one more check off for the Australian and his Tinkoff-Saxo team who lost their leader Alberto Contador after a crash that forced him to abandon the Tour with a broken tibia.

Young Polish Man Wins Alps Stage in Tour de France

at the col du lauturet copy

Polish rider Rafal Majka won his first ever stage in his first ever Tour de France today, at the ripe age of 24. With the top GC contenders out of the Tour this year, all kinds of changes in the top winners have taken place, and the increasing importance of Polish and French riders has been one of them

Nibali Nails Stage 13, French in top Six

nibali stage 12 papon copy

Vincenzo Nibali showed the Tour who was boss today by meeting a challenge mounted by Alejandro Valverde, and taking more time in his overall lead as he crested the out of category mountain, the Chamrousse ahead of his attackers.