That moment when you first learn to balance on a bike has to be similar to how a bird feels learning to fly. When you're four or five years old and the training wheels come off, fear has been replaced by possibility.
Germany's Andre Greipel sprinted to his third stage win of this year's Tour de France Saturday as Bradley Wiggins kept hold of the race leader's yellow jersey for the sixth day.
New allegations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency could spell trouble for Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion.
A French cyclist taking part in the prestigious Tour de France race has been arrested, a national police official said Tuesday, leading his team to suspend him while claims of doping are investigated.
Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan made it a hat-trick of stage wins on his debut in the Tour de France as he sprinted to victory in Metz Friday.
Germany's Andre Greipel powered to his first stage victory of this year's Tour de France Wednesday after his arch-rival Mark Cavendish was caught up in a crash near the finish in Rouen.
Peter Sagan of Slovakia marked his debut in the Tour de France by winning the first stage of this year's race in Seraing Sunday.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland claimed the first yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the Tour de France with a commanding victory in the opening prologue in Liege Saturday.
Whisper it quietly in France but a trio of English speaking riders is set to dominate the 99th edition of their most famous sports event, a bike race that represents the Gallic nation's very essence.
Luxembourg's Andy Schleck has been forced to pull out of this year's Tour de France due to injuries he suffered in a warm-up race, he confirmed Wednesday.
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 title and retroactively banned from cycling for two years following Monday's ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Tour de France winner 2011, Cadel Evans, reacts to Alberto Contador's ban from cycling for two years.
Cyclist Mark Cavendish tells CNN about his chances of clinching gold at next year's London Olympics.
HTC-Highroad, the cycling team that top Tour de France sprinter Mark Cavendish races for, is to fold at the end of the season.
After two runner-up finishes, cyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.
Australian Cadel Evans became his country's first ever Tour de France winner after the 21st and final stage of the historic race culminated on the streets of Paris on Sunday.
Cadel Evans secured Australia's first ever Tour de France victory after the 21st and final stage of the historic race culminated on the streets of Paris.
Cadel Evans will make history tomorrow as the first Australian winner of the Tour de France after a brilliant performance in Saturday's individual time trial left him with a commanding lead over his nearest rivals.
Andy Schleck is confident he can hold on to the Tour de France's coveted yellow jersey after Saturday's decisive time trial and win cycling's biggest race for the first time.
British cyclist Mark Cavendish extended his lead in the Tour de France's sprint standings with victory in Sunday's stage 15, while Thomas Voeckler retained his overall advantage.
World champion Thor Hushovd continued his superb Tour de France by powering to victory in Friday's 152.5km 13th stage of the race from Pau to Lourdes.
Britain's Mark Cavendish put his previous day's disappointment behind him to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France in commanding fashion Wednesday.
Young Portuguese rider Alberto Rui Costa was rewarded for his bravery in taking part in a long breakaway as he won the eighth stage of the Tour de France in Super-Besse Saturday.
Team Sky are considering taking legal action following the accident which saw their rider Juan Antonio Flecha hit by a car during Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour de France.
British rider Mark Cavendish won the fifth stage of this year's Tour de France after a mass sprint saw him narrowly beat Belgium's Philippe Gilbert and Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas.
American cyclist Tyler Farrar celebrated his country's Independence Day by winning the third stage of the Tour de France, as teammate Thor Hushovd retained the leader's yellow jersey.
Alberto Contador wrapped up his second Giro d'Italia victory -- and sixth grand tour success -- after the 21st and final stage time-trial in Milan, won by Briton David Millar.
Alberto Contador has been banned for one-year by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol on his way to winning last year's Tour de France.
Tour de France legend Laurent Fignon has died from cancer in a Paris hospital aged just 50.
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will race for the former team of this year's main rival Andy Schleck for the next two seasons.
Alberto Contador will ride for a new team when he seeks his fourth Tour de France title next year, after deciding not to renew his contract with Astana.
The start of the final stage of the Tour de France was delayed Sunday when race officials asked Lance Armstrong and his team to remove their commemorative jerseys for cancer survivors.
Alberto Contador was crowned Tour de France champion for the third time on Sunday as Mark Cavendish won the final stage of cycling's premier event, which was delayed after seven-time winner Lance Armstrong's team were ordered to change their jerseys.
Alberto Contador will take a 39-second lead into the final stage of the Tour de France after fighting off a determined challenge from Andy Schleck in Saturday's deciding time trial stage.
Briton Mark Cavendish again showed he is the fastest man in the peloton with a convincing sprint victory in the 198km 18th stage of the Tour de France from Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux -- his fourth win of this year's race.
"Lance Armstrong is over in four or five days," the seven-time champion said Wednesday as he reflected on a gallant failure to crown his Tour de France career with a consolation victory.
Now that those awful soccer horns have finally stopped blowing, could we please maybe all quiet down and perhaps just have some nice, subdued games? Good grief, has sports ever endured such a summer of excess? Everything has been overdone, over-long, over-emphasized, over the top. And, of course, most of it has been foisted on us, relentlessly, by the television network of which sports is now a wholly-owned subsidiary: ESPN ... or, more accurately: ExcessPN.
Lance Armstrong's bid for an eighth win in the Tour de France came to a sorry end on a dramatic eighth stage of the Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.
Sylvain Chavanel reclaimed the leader's yellow jersey at the Tour de France after a bold attack in Saturday's seventh stage gave him his second victory in this year's 97th edition of cycling's premier race.
Mark Cavendish claimed his second successive victory with another power-packed sprint at the end of the 227.5km sixth stage of the Tour de France from Montargis to Gueugnon.
Italian veteran Alessandro Petacchi won his second stage of the 2010 Tour de France on Wednesday as cycling's premier event returned to less testing terrain after two days of crash-marred racing.
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong reflected ruefully on Monday's incident-packed second stage of the Tour de France, which saw Sylvain Chavanel claim the first yellow jersey of his career following a spate of crashes.
Italy's Alessandro Petacchi took the first stage of the Tour de France after a series of crashes marred the finish in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Sunday.
World time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara has won the opening yellow jersey of the Tour de France for the third time in six years as cycling's premier event began with a prologue in the Netherlands on Saturday.
Lance Armstrong's official Twitter account says this year's Tour de France will be the cyclist's last.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- One of the most egregious televised sports interruptions since the Jets and Raiders gave way to a pigtailed Swiss girl four decades ago, occurred on Tuesday.
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, has suffered a setback in his preparations for this year's race after a stomach virus forced him to withdraw from the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Tour de France champion Alberto Contador looks set to stay with Astana next year after reaching a preliminary agreement with the Kazakh-based squad.
Reigning world road race champion Cadel Evans has signed for the American-based BMC Racing Team for next season.
Tour de France stage winner Mikel Astarloza has been suspended for doping, cycling's world governing body announced on Friday.
Two-month-old Max Armstrong snoozes through Tour de France trophy ceremony
What we learned from the 96th Tour de France:
Mark Cavendish claimed his fifth stage victory on this year's Tour de France as he again proved himself the fastest man in a bunch sprint after the 178 kilometers from Bourgoin-Jallieu to Aubenas.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has announced that he will race for a new U.S.-based team next year.
Aging athletes don't have the agility they had in their youth. Minor injuries accumulate and become major ones. And by the time they hit their mid-30s and 40s, they're considered geriatric -- that's the conventional wisdom.
Aging athletes stay competitive despite losing some of their vigor. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Astana cyclist Levi Leipheimer talks to CNN about his chances of winning Tour de France before he crashes out.
The death of a spectator overshadowed an intriguing 14th stage of the Tour de France which saw Rinaldo Nocentini desperately cling on to the leader's yellow jersey in cycling's premier event.
Denmark's Nicki Sorensen won the 12th stage of the Tour de France as the Rinaldo Nocentini kept the yellow jersey ahead of Astana teammates Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong.
The pumping sound system is getting louder, indicating I am getting closer to my destination.
Cycling at the Tour de France has taken a techie turn.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has admitted that tension has increased between himself and Astana teammate Alberto Contador, as both riders battle for the yellow jersey in the 2009 Tour de France.
Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo has won the ninth stage of the Tour de France from Saint-Gaudens to Tarbes, outsprinting Italian Franco Pellizotti after the pair had broken away from their fellow escapees as the race left the Pyrenees.
Thor Hushovd led a mass sprint finish win the sixth stage of the Tour de France in wet conditions on Thursday, while overall leader Fabian Cancellara remained a second ahead of comeback king Lance Armstrong.
Alberto Contador is a 26-year-old professional bike racer from Spain who in two seasons has won the Tours of France, Italy and his homeland. It's a feat matched by only four other riders in history, and by last fall Contador's performances had depleted the European press of its supply of superlatives. Then, in March, wearing the yellow leader's jersey one week into the Paris-Nice stage race, he did what even the finest racers are occasionally known to do, but Contador since his rise to prominence had not yet done. During a mountain stage, he cracked.
Thomas Voeckler won the fifth stage of the Tour de France as Lance Armstrong remained in second place in the overall standings behind Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara.
Since the first American cyclist made his way to the European pro circuit in the mid-'70s, enough gaffes, misunderstandings and flashpoints have taken place to keep a U.N. peacekeeping force busy -- from Greg LeMond's spending the Tour de France rest day playing golf, to the conversion of La Taverne Zimmer, the Montmartre bar in which the Tour was hatched at the turn of the century, into a TGI Friday's. Among the lowlights:
"Overall I'm happy with my ride," says the cyclist after finishing the first stage of the grueling race
Belgian Tom Boonen has been granted a shock late reprieve to compete in the Tour de France, which begins in Monaco on Saturday.
Mark Cavendish, the fastest sprinter in cycling, has exclusively told CNN that he is not concerned about claiming the sprinter's green jersey at the Tour de France.
Lance Armstrong and 2007 champion Alberto Contador will head a strong Astana team for next month's Tour de France.
Spain's Alejandro Valverde remains 16 seconds clear of Australian Cadel Evans following the gruelling 106km sixth stage of the Dauphine Libere from Gap to Briancon.
Little Max Armstrong announces his own birth on dad's Twitter page with a "Wassup, world?"
Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has announced he is now the proud father of a newborn baby son called Max.
Mark Cavendish became the first British rider to wear the Giro d'Italia leader's pink jersey when his Columbia team claimed victory in Saturday's opening team time trial.
What was supposed to be a Tour de France warm-up became a nightmare for Lance Armstrong. Al Goodman reports.
Lance Armstrong has undergone successful surgery on the broken collarbone he suffered in a racing accident on Monday.
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is back in competitive action after breaking his collarbone in a race in Spain last month.
Lance Armstrong's Tour de France hopes have not been affected by the fractured collarbone he sustained in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon on Monday, according to Astana team manager Johan Bruyneel.
Broken collarbone won't keep the champ from either French or Italian races
Lance Armstrong flew home for surgery on his broken collarbone on Tuesday as Astana teammate and fellow American Levi Leipheimer won the second stage of the Tour of Castilla y Leon.
The champion cyclist crashes when he's caught in a pile-up of riders
Tour de France organizers have confirmed that 20 teams, 180 riders in total, will compete in this year's race, with the Spanish Fuji team the biggest omission from the starting list.
Just because he's lean and ripped and far more fit than he's ever been at this time of year, Lance Armstrong won't necessarily regain the form that won him seven Tours de France. Just because those questions about his past have faded from the foreground, they haven't necessarily gone away. And while none of them care to be quoted, there are plenty of cycling people who wish he'd leave and not come back. He is a magnet for attention that might otherwise redound to more deserving riders -- guys like his Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer, who on Sunday clinched his third straight victory in the Amgen Tour of California, but whose next mention in this story is more than a thousand words away. But give Armstrong this: Three-and-a-half years after his retirement, two races into his comeback, he has plunged an IV full of Red Bull into the arm of a sport sorely in need of a pick-me-up. By his mere presence in the peloton, the 37-year-old Texan makes pro cycling an infinitely more interesting
On the one hand, there was J.P. Hayes, plumb-bobbing a putt on page B13 of yesterday's New York Times. Last November, upon realizing that he'd inadvertently played a prototype ball not yet approved by the USGA, the journeyman from Appleton, Wisc., phoned officials from his hotel room between rounds at Qualifying school to turn himself in. He was disqualified, dashing his chances of earning his Tour card this year.
Belgian cyclist Frederiek Nolf was found dead in his hotel room in Doha hours before he was scheduled to compete in Thursday's fifth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar.
Lance Armstrong finished tucked in the main bunch again as Australian Allan Davis all but wrapped up overall victory in the Tour Down Under with victory on the fifth stage.
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong -- a survivor of testicular cancer -- and girlfriend Anna Hansen are expecting a baby, CNN learned on Tuesday through his charitable organization.
The 2010 Tour de France will return to the Netherlands for the first time in 14 years with the award of the opening stage to the port-city of Rotterdam.
Alberto Contador will not defend his Giro d'Italia crown and instead focus on winning the Tour de France for the second time, the Spaniard revealed on Tuesday.
Organizers have scrapped next year's Tour of Germany on the same day that German broadcasters pulled the plug on covering the 2009 Tour de France.
A probe clears China's gold medal squad after an investigation into their ages.
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