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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.

With Contador Out Nibali Ponders Winning Tour

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“This was the hardest stage I’ve ever done in a Grand Tour, with seven climbs and so many crashes,” said Nibali who blamed rain and fog for making a hard race harder…”Shall I win the Tour, it’ll be difficult to say I win because Chris Froome and Contador have crashed. I already had a good lead and I was ready to fight in a big duel with Alberto. Crashes are part of the sport. I’ve crashed myself many times in the past as well. It’s a pity that the Tour has lost two major protagonists. I hope it’s not too bad for Alberto. I wish him the best.”

Nibali Regains Yellow on Belles Filles: Contador Out

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“Before pulling out, he told us that he was in an awful pain and he couldn’t go any further on his bike. It’s a pity because everything had gone well since the beginning of the Tour,” said Phillipe Mauduit, Tinkoff-Saxo director sportif. “We had a plan and today’s race was unfolding exactly as we wanted. In a fraction of a second, it all fell apart, so we’re immensely sad.”

News Flash: Contador Crashes, Abandons Tour

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News Flash — Tour de France– Stage 10 – The Vosges–Mulhouse to Planche des Belles Filles Alberto Contador, one of the top contenders for the overall Tour win crashed and lost 4 minutes this afternoon in the Vosges mountains. Kilometers…

Talansky Dethrones Contador, Froome in Final Critérium du Dauphiné

Final podium at the Criterium du Dauphine today.

It was an epic day for Andrew Talansky who came almost out of left field to capture the title at Critérium du Dauphiné in its final stage, defeating Alberto Contador and Chris Froome, the Tour de France giants. It was a bad day for Chris Froome who had led the Dauphine for 5 days until he crashed on day 6, and was upset by Alberto Contador who surged ahead of the Kenyan and his entire Sky Team in the ultimate kilometers of the race. Mikel Nieves almost made up for it by winning the stage for Team Sky.

Bike Sales Outstrip Car Sales in Spain

For the first time on record, bicycles have outsold cars in Spain. “Last year, 780,000 bicycles were sold in the country — compared to 700,000 cars. That’s due to a 4 percent jump in bike sales, and a 30 percent…

TDF 2013: Stage 17: After Time Trial, Contador No. 2

Prunieres, France–July 17, 2013–By Jen Benepe, (c) All photos, Jen Benepe copyright, all rights reserved. Spanish rider Alberto Contador who lost so much time on Mont Ventoux last Sunday has taken second position in the Tour after besting Bauke Mollema…

TDF 2013 Preview and Predictions

June 29, 2013, By Jen Benepe Oh what a year it’s been! While we haven’t seen any of the top contenders for this year’s 100th Tour de France embroiled in scandal, this year has been a roller coaster of drug accusations,…

UCI Professional Race Tour Schedule

Below is the schedule for all the big European professional bike races this year, all of them held under the auspices of the International Cycling Union (UCI). Tourists and fans are allowed to travel to parts of these races and…

Doping in Cycling Since the 1800′s

By Jen Benepe You might not see your favorite rider on this list, but that’s probably because they were never caught doping. Here are some other names: Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx,  Jacques Anquetil, Marco Pantani, Levi Leipheimer, Bjarne Riis, Alberto…

Lemond in Bid for Top UCI Post

Greg Lemond, the man who was the first American to win multiple Tour de France races says he is vying for the top post at the International Cycling Union. In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde about whether he was prepared to…

Tour de France 2012 Predictions

By Jen Benepe, June 30, 2012 This year’s Tour de France starts today, and the biggest buzz surrounds predictions about who will win. With favorites Andy Schleck out with a broken pelvis and planning for competition in the Olympics, and…