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Doping and the Future of Cycling

Paul Kimmage writing in the Times produces some devastating statistics about doping in the peloton, collected by the journalist Ballester: “Would you believe that 85% of the winners since 1968 have, at one point or other, contravened the antidoping rules? Would you believe that 72.5% of those who stood on the podium have cheated? What […]

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Video – Victoria Pendleton in Keirin.

The Keirin is a type of track race made popular in Japan and integrated into the Cycling World Championships in 1980. A typical race involves 6 to 9 riders who set off, initially behind a motorised rider in front. With 2 laps to go, the motorbike peels off the track leaving the riders alone on […]

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Paris Nice 2008 – The Race to the Sun?

Paris Nice is supposed to be the traditional start of the professional cycling season. In theory, it should offer grounds for optimism as symbolically riders race away from the cold north towards the mediteranean sun. However, this year there appears to be little in the way of optimism and good cheer as professional cycling faces […]

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Tour de France may Return to London

After the relative success of the Tour de France visiting London, the Tour boss suggested that the Tour may return to London before, the Olympic games. In this interview, Christian Prudhomme, suggested that the Tour may return to London quite soon. Despite, the difficulties of the Tour in recent years, the Tour is receiving requests […]

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Should Astana and Contador Ride the Tour De France?

Professional cycling has more than its fair share of disputes and debates within its own ranks. The current big issue is between the UCI and the organisers of other big races like the Tour de France. ASO (Amaury Sports Organisation) who organise races like the Tour de France and Paris-Nice, want to be able to […]

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Greg LeMond Optimistic about Cycling’s Future

I recently read this article about Greg LeMond and his hopes for the future of procycling “Cycling is falling apart at the seams,” LeMond said. “It could take years to revive. I think it can, but only through drastic changes.” I thought it was a fair assessment. True, cycling has been through some very turbulent  […]

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The Origins of the Tour de France

One of the earliest French cycle races was Paris-Rouen, first started in 1869. However, cycling was still a relatively new sport when the Tour began in 1903. In 1891, 3 Newspaper men, Richard Lesclide, Maurice Martin and Pierre Giffard started 2 important races, Paris-Brest-Paris and Paris-Bordeaux. There was a certain idealism attached to cycling. The […]

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Tour of Flanders – ‘De Ronde’

The Tour of Flanders or ‘The Ronde’ as it is known in Belgium is the most prestigious one day classic in Belgium. It is particularly important for the Flemish speaking population, who are proud of their separate identity, language and culture. Route of the Tour of Flanders The Race starts in the medieval town of […]

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List of Cycling World Cup Winners

The World Cup has been held in many different guises since the turn of the century. Officially introduced in 1989, it is a way of rewarding the most consistent one day classic winners. 1989 Sean Kelly (Irl) 1990 Gianni Bugno (Ita) 1991 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) 1992 Olaf Ludwig (Ger) 1993 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) 1994 Gianluca […]

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UCI Rankings 1984 – 2007

1984 Seán Kelly 1985 Seán Kelly 1986 Seán Kelly 1987 Seán Kelly 1988 Seán Kelly 1989 Laurent Fignon System U 1990 Gianni Bugno Chateau D’Ax 1991 Gianni Bugno Gatorade 1992 Miguel Indurain Banesto 1993 Miguel Indurain Banesto 1994 Tony Rominger Mapei

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