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For the fifth consecutive year we had a new face atop the podium in Paris – and this time, Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by that recent rarity in pro cycling: two Frenchmen at contrasting poles of their careers.
The 2015 Giro d’Italia will start with a team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo along a cycle path down the Ligurian coast.
Eurosport’s coverage of the 2014 Tour de France had a section at the end of each stage that was entitled ‘LeMond on Tour’.
Well, we survived. The sleep deprivation will wear off, coffee consumption can return to safe levels, and Twitter’s ceaseless hunt for the best/worst Sherliggettisms of all time can finally be set aside.
Since 1975, the final stage of the Tour de France has been held on the Champs Élysées. As the climax to a three-week orgy of cycling, it’s a location that can’t be topped.
Sir Bradley Wiggins shouldn’t even be at this year’s Commonwealth Games, but his unlikely inclusion adds another element of interest into one of the Games’ blue-riband cycling events.
On a day when France enjoyed its best Tour performance since 1997, Vincenzo Nibali quietly went about making another statement to underline his total domination of the 2014 edition.
Cyclist Luke Durbridge has joined fellow Australian Simon Gerrans in committing to ORICA-GreenEDGE, signing a new two-year deal that will see the 23-year-old ride with the team until the end of 2016.
Vincenzo Nibali insisted his dominance at this year’s Tour de France could be easily explained as the Italian closed in on overall victory.
Alejandro Valverde says he needs to recover quickly if he is to reclaim a place on the podium before the Tour de France ends in Paris on Sunday.
Perhaps the most cruel by-product of cycling’s ongoing battle with doping is the growing number of social media sceptics.
Australian cyclist Luke Durbridge has apologised for shoving a helper from a rival team during stage 17 of the Tour de France.
What do these absurd names mean? Three different ways of sending a track bike around a velodrome at ludicrous speeds.
If you go to the front page of the FIFA website, world football’s governing body, you’ll see a link called social responsibility.
After a first week that tore up every script and binned some of the best-laid plans, followed by a second week that tipped the rubbish bin full of torn-up scripts and plans upside down and set them on fire, the Tour’s third week has settled to a steady pile of glowing embers.
Precision and power are the goals for the team pursuit, and there are few things as hypnotic as watching a well-drilled line of pursuiters gliding around the velodrome. It looks graceful and easy, but it couldn’t be more painful if they gave the crowd tasers and offered a reward for each hit.
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With their heavyweight general classification contenders growing another year older, is Spanish cycling soon to experience a period of drought?
Watching the Tour de France on television is a great spectacle, with exciting finishes and incredible scenery. Seeing a bunched peloton or a strung-out line of riders is a magnificent sight.
Vincenzo Nibali has proven a worthy winner of the 2014 Tour de France. He was clearly the best rider over the three weeks. No one was able to stick with him, either on the cobbles or over the mountains.
The legitimacy of Tour de France winners has taken a battering the last 20 years, but on Sunday Vincenzo Nibali stood atop the dais in Paris as the undisputed winner of the 2014 Tour.
On Sunday evening Vincenzo Nibali will ride into Paris as the first Italian champion of the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998. It’s a result that, although not too surprising, few had predicted before the race.
This year’s Tour de France has certainly been eventful, but Vincenzo Nibali will hope that the final ride into Paris and on to the Champs Elysees will be a quieter affair so he can savour his final day in yellow. Join The Roar from 10:30pm (AEST) for live commentary and updates.
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The Tour de France enters its final piece, with Stage 20 seeing at 54km time trial for the riders. Join us for live updates from 10pm AEST.
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Stage 19 of the 2014 the Tour de France is a typical transition day between the Pyrenees and the time trial tomorrow, a stage often targeted by opportunists with good legs after the mountains. Join us on The Roar for all the action from 10:00pm AEST.
Stage 18 of the 2014 Tour de France sees the peloton facing two hors categorie climbs on the final day in the Pyrenees. Join us on The Roar from 10pm AEST for all the action.
If we don’t know the winner of this year’s Tour de France already, we will after tonight’s short but sharp 125 kilometre stage from Saint Gaudens to Saint Lary Pla d’Adet. Join The Roar from 9:30pm (AEST) for all the action.
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Welcome to the Pyrenees as Stage 16 sees the Tour de France field tackle the final sets of mountains in this year’s Grand Tour. Join The Roar for live commentary and a blog from 10:00pm AEST.
One of the more bizarre stories of the past few days is that 12 former Tour de France winners — just under half of the 25 still living — think Lance Armstrong should get his seven ‘titles’ back.
It took two days in the Alps to crush Richie Porte’s ambitions at this year’s Tour de France, slipping from second to 16th and over 16 minutes adrift from race leader Vincenzo Nibali.
The Tour de France leaves the Alps behind and in a long, 222 kilometre transition stage. Join me from 10:00pm AEST for tonight’s live blog.
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I don’t think many Australians understand just how difficult completing the Tour of France actually is. As the tour undertakes its first serious mountain stage, allow me to let you in on what that means.
The German public has had a frosty relationship with professional cycling since the numerous doping scandals of the early 2000s.
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