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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Vincenzo Nibali insisted his dominance at this year’s Tour de France could be easily explained as the Italian closed in on overall victory.

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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.

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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.

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Perhaps the most cruel by-product of cycling’s ongoing battle with doping is the growing number of social media sceptics.

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Australian cyclist Luke Durbridge has apologised for shoving a helper from a rival team during stage 17 of the Tour de France.

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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.

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If you go to the front page of the FIFA website, world football’s governing body, you’ll see a link called social responsibility.

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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.

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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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Michael Rogers finally won a Tour de France stage after 10 years of trying, and with it came redemption for the Australian cyclist.

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Australian champion Simon Gerrans did not start the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

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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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As we approach the final stages of the 2014 Tour de France, I thought it would be interesting to share what a standard day on a Grand Tour is like for the riders.

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Michael Rogers is as good a cycling tactician as you’ll find, but his sudden ability to win three Grand Tour stages in just two months can’t just be put down to talent.

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Jean-Christophe Peraud admitted he had not even ridden the three tough Pyrenean stages at the Tour de France in advance because he didn’t expect to be competing for a podium.

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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.

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