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Five European bike rides for amateursupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 17:30:00

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 When you're four or five years old and the training wheels come off, fear has been replaced by possibility.

Greipel holds off Sagan for third stage win as Wiggins keeps yellowupdated: Sat Jul 14 2012 12:10:00

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.

Lance Armstrong faces new doping claimsupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 13:14:00

New allegations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency could spell trouble for Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion.

French Tour de France cyclist arrested amid doping claimsupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 12:11:00

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.

Sagan completes hat-trick of wins after "scary" pile-up causes Tour chaosupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 16:59:00

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.

Greipel takes full advantage after sprint rival Cavendish caught in Tour crash updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 13:48:00

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.

Newcomer Sagan makes immediate mark with first Tour de France winupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 12:58:00

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.

Cancellara upstages favorite Wiggins to win first yellow jersey of 2012 Tour updated: Sat Jun 30 2012 17:10:00

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.

Sacre Bleu ! The globalization of the Tour de Franceupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 08:26:00

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.

2010 champion Andy Schleck out of this year's Tour de Franceupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 14:55:00

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.

Contador loses Tour de France title as court overturns drug acquittalupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 04:40:00

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 champ: Drug tests workingupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 04:40:00

Tour de France winner 2011, Cadel Evans, reacts to Alberto Contador's ban from cycling for two years.

Cavendish eyes gold in 2012updated: Wed Dec 07 2011 04:58:00

Cyclist Mark Cavendish tells CNN about his chances of clinching gold at next year's London Olympics.

HTC-Highroad cycling team to foldupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 16:29:00

HTC-Highroad, the cycling team that top Tour de France sprinter Mark Cavendish races for, is to fold at the end of the season.

Cadel Evans wins Tour de Franceupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 21:51:00

After two runner-up finishes, cyclist Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

Cadel Evans: From the outback to Tour de France fameupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 21:51:00

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.

Evans claims historic Tour de France winupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 05:26:00

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.

Evans set to make history as first Australian Tour de France winnerupdated: Sat Jul 23 2011 18:36:00

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.

Schleck sets up Tour de France title showdownupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 15:05:00

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.

Cavendish sprints to stage win as Voeckler keeps Tour leadupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 15:27:00

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.

Hushovd powers to Tour stage victoryupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 12:44:00

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.

Cavendish sprints to third win of this year's Tour de Franceupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 12:17:00

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.

Rui Costa holds on for Tour de France winupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 13:42:00

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 ponder legal action after Flecha Tour accidentupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 15:18:00

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.

Cavendish sprints to Le Tour victory in brutal fifth stageupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 14:25:00

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.

Farrar celebrates July 4 with first Tour de France stage victoryupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 16:31:00

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.

Dominant Contador wraps up Giro victoryupdated: Sun May 29 2011 14:31:00

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.

Contador receives one-year ban from Spanish federationupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 11:10:00

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 Fignon dies at 50updated: Tue Aug 31 2010 16:15:00

Tour de France legend Laurent Fignon has died from cancer in a Paris hospital aged just 50.

Tour champion Contador chooses Saxo Bank; U.S. firm new co-sponsorupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 15:20:00

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.

Tour de France champion Contador quits Astana teamupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 11:39:00

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.

Armstrong team removes special jerseys for cancer survivorsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 10:29:00

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.

Contador claims third Tour de France title as Cavendish wins finaleupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 14:23:00

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.

Contador extends lead in Tour de France after time trialupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 15:58:00

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.

Cavendish claims fourth stage victoryupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 13:40:00

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.

'I wasn't fast enough' admits Armstrongupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 09:47:00

"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.

SI.com: Frank Deford: Usually quiet, this summer's sports events go over the topupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 14:38:00

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.

Armstrong Tour bid 'over' after disastrous day in the Alpsupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 13:08:00

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.

Chavanel 'floating on cloud' after reclaiming Tour de France leadupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 15:33:00

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.

Cavendish claims second successive winupdated: Fri Jul 09 2010 13:43:00

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.

Petacchi sprints to second stage win as Cavendish faltersupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 13:25:00

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.

Armstrong caught in crashes as Chavanel claims Tour de France leadupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 13:29:00

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.

Petacchi claims first stage after finish chaos in Brusselsupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 15:00:00

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.

Cancellara wins Tour de France prologue as Armstrong claims fourthupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 14:59:00

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 says 2010 Tour de France will be his lastupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 20:12:00

Lance Armstrong's official Twitter account says this year's Tour de France will be the cyclist's last.

SI.com: Ann Killion: Armstrong slams Versus over cycling slapupdated: Wed May 19 2010 17:35:00

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.

Armstrong's Tour de France preparations hit by illnessupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 12:56:00

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.

Contador sticks with Astana in 2010updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 08:42:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador looks set to stay with Astana next year after reaching a preliminary agreement with the Kazakh-based squad.

Cycling: World champ Evans joins BMCupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 12:10:00

Reigning world road race champion Cadel Evans has signed for the American-based BMC Racing Team for next season.

Tour stage winner Astarloza tests positiveupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 15:20:00

Tour de France stage winner Mikel Astarloza has been suspended for doping, cycling's world governing body announced on Friday.

People.com: PHOTO: Meet Lance Armstrong's Babyupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 19:50:00

Two-month-old Max Armstrong snoozes through Tour de France trophy ceremony

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Contador a threat to Lance's record; more Tour lessonsupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 11:03:00

What we learned from the 96th Tour de France:

Cavendish claims fifth Tour stage victoryupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 11:31:00

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.

Armstrong to form new U.S.-based team for 2010updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 14:02:00

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has announced that he will race for a new U.S.-based team next year.

Elite athletes: They're quick, competitive and nearly 40updated: Mon Jul 20 2009 12:32:00

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.

Secrets of middle-age athletesupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 12:32:00

Aging athletes stay competitive despite losing some of their vigor. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Levi Leipheimer speaks to CNNupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 12:19:00

Astana cyclist Levi Leipheimer talks to CNN about his chances of winning Tour de France before he crashes out.

Spectator killed in cycling's Tour de Franceupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 13:47:00

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.

Cycling: Sorensen wins 12th stage of Tourupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 14:35:00

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.

Tour takes center stage amid French festivitiesupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 13:46:00

The pumping sound system is getting louder, indicating I am getting closer to my destination.

Robot chalks tweets on Tour de France routeupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 12:05:00

Cycling at the Tour de France has taken a techie turn.

Armstrong admits 'tension' in Astana teamupdated: Mon Jul 13 2009 07:57:00

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.

Fedrigo wins stage as Nocentini keeps yellowupdated: Sun Jul 12 2009 11:40:00

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.

Hushovd snatches sixth stage in Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 20:38:00

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.

SI.com: The Bonus: Tour de France, cycling a clash of cultures for Americans, Europeansupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 11:49:00

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.

Voeckler wins as Armstrong stays secondupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 13:22:00

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.

SI.com: A long history of awkward Tour de France encounters: U.S. vs. Europeupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 12:31:00

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:

People.com: Lance Armstrong Starts Strong in Tour de France Comebackupdated: Sun Jul 05 2009 17:46:00

"Overall I'm happy with my ride," says the cyclist after finishing the first stage of the grueling race

Belgian Boonen given Tour de France reprieveupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 15:04:00

Belgian Tom Boonen has been granted a shock late reprieve to compete in the Tour de France, which begins in Monaco on Saturday.

Cavendish: I want stage wins not green jerseyupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 14:42:00

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.

Armstrong heads Astana Tour de France teamupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 13:28:00

Lance Armstrong and 2007 champion Alberto Contador will head a strong Astana team for next month's Tour de France.

Valverde retains slender Dauphine advantageupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 12:07:00

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.

People.com: Lance Armstrong Becomes a Father Againupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 15:47:00

Little Max Armstrong announces his own birth on dad's Twitter page with a "Wassup, world?"

Tour legend Armstrong becomes a fatherupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 12:20:00

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has announced he is now the proud father of a newborn baby son called Max.

Cavendish leads Giro after team triumphupdated: Sat May 09 2009 13:17:00

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.

Armstrong crashesupdated: Fri May 01 2009 15:29:00

What was supposed to be a Tour de France warm-up became a nightmare for Lance Armstrong. Al Goodman reports.

Armstrong has successful collarbone surgeryupdated: Fri May 01 2009 15:29:00

Lance Armstrong has undergone successful surgery on the broken collarbone he suffered in a racing accident on Monday.

Armstrong returns to action after injuryupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 13:37:00

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is back in competitive action after breaking his collarbone in a race in Spain last month.

Armstrong will be OK for Tour says Bruyneelupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 10:18:00

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.

People.com: Lance Armstrong Will Ride Tour de Franceupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 16:27:00

Broken collarbone won't keep the champ from either French or Italian races

Leipheimer lifts Astana after Armstrong exitupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 13:59:00

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.

People.com: Lance Armstrong Breaks Collarbone During Race in Spainupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 20:19:00

The champion cyclist crashes when he's caught in a pile-up of riders

Fuji team not invited to Tour de Franceupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 17:12:00

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.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Lance Armstrong's comeback is on trackupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 15:47:00

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

SI.com: Austin Murphy: A lesson cyclists have yet to graspupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 15:14:00

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.

Tour of Qatar rider Nolf found deadupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 10:24:00

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.

Davis extends lead in Tour Down Underupdated: Sat Jan 24 2009 13:42:00

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.

Lance Armstrong, girlfriend expecting baby in Juneupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 07:47:00

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.

Rotterdam start for 2010 Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 10:29:00

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.

Contador to concentrate on Tour de Franceupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 17:51:00

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.

Tour of Germany axed after drug scandalsupdated: Thu Oct 16 2008 14:38:00

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.

Chinese gymnasts old enoughupdated: Wed Oct 08 2008 22:12:00

A probe clears China's gold medal squad after an investigation into their ages.

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