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Froome to Race in Japanese Tour

Sept. 22, 2014 Team Sky’s Chris Froome  will be participating in the Saitama Criterium in Japan this October 25. The race is sponsored by the same group that puts on the Tour de France, the Amaury Sports Organization, who call the event formally Le tour…

Seattle Civil Rights Lawyer Killed on Bicycle

Sher Kung, 31, was killed by a driver who turned left in front of her.

The Seattle Times reported that John Pucher, the Rutgers University cycling expert who had previously visited a Seattle conference, called the Second Avenue bikeway where Ms. Kung died, “death-defying” and said he nearly got hit five or six times on just one trip downtown.

Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham August 8 – 10

Women's Elite downhill racing will be featured at Windham next weekend (in addition to men's.)

July 31, 2014 – Windham, NY A mere 100 miles from New York City, the  2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup starts in Windham, NY next Thursday, August 7. Racing will continue through Sunday August 10, for both men and women elite riders…

Global Sports Agency Protests Increased Restrictions, Fees

AIPS will petition the European Parliament this October about increasing attempts by sports organizers to charge journalists for access.

“Races, organizers and marketing agencies increasingly see the press as willing cash cows,” said the AIPS, who will be submitting a formal petition to the European Parliament in October in an attempt to safeguard journalists’ freedom of access to sports events worldwide.

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.

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

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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

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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.