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Oct 9, 2014

Injury forces Andy Schleck to retire at 29

PARIS (Reuters) – Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck called time on his short cycling career on Thursday, forced to retire at 29 by a knee injury sustained in the Tour de France this year.

“I’m obviously disappointed to end my career like this,” Schleck said in a statement released by his Trek team.

Oct 8, 2014

Astana face UCI review after doping cases

PARIS (Reuters) – The Astana team face a thorough investigation after two of their riders failed dope tests recently, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday.

Kazakh brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy failed a test for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO) in August shortly after Astana, managed by former doper Alexandre Vinokourov, won the Tour de France through Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

Oct 7, 2014

France uncorks new generation of wine experts

PARIS (Reuters) – Not everything related to wine gets better with age, as a young generation of French wine experts can attest.

Take Benoit Perrot and brothers Matthieu and Antoine Mondesert, all in their early thirties, who last November founded Demain les Vins (Tomorrow’s Wines).

Oct 2, 2014

Astana could miss Tour of Beijing after Iglinskiy test

PARIS (Reuters) – Astana face the prospect of suspending themselves from racing on Thursday after their rider Maxim Iglinskiy failed a test for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).

The Kazakh-funded team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali provisionally suspended Iglinskiy after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ruled late on Wednesday that the Kazakh had failed an EPO test on Aug. 1.

Oct 2, 2014

Thailand off course on Tour hosting plans – ASO

BANGKOK/PARIS (Reuters) – Thailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organizers of the world’s greatest cycle race who said they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand said they had been buoyed by fruitful talks with Jean-Etienne Amaury, Chairman of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) who organize the Tour de France, last month in Paris and were working on how much of the great race they would stage.

Oct 1, 2014

PSG bask in glory of season-defining win over Barca

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain may have been unbeaten in nine games and were fully expected to advance but their Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday was already billed as an early season make-or-break encounter.

The French champions had been accused of lacking a cutting edge after drawing six of their first nine matches in all competitions and a Group F defeat against Barca at the Parc des Princes would have piled the pressure on coach Laurent Blanc.

Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-PSG bask in glory of season-defining win over Barca

PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Paris St Germain may have been unbeaten in nine games and were fully expected to advance but their Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday was already billed as an early season make-or-break encounter.

The French champions had been accused of lacking a cutting edge after drawing six of their first nine matches in all competitions and a Group F defeat against Barca at the Parc des Princes would have piled the pressure on coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

We knew Barca were fragile at the back, says Blanc

PARIS (Reuters) – Barcelona had not conceded a goal this season but Paris St Germain were convinced the Spanish side, who lost 3-2 in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, were vulnerable at the back.

Barca, who kept clean sheets in their first seven games in all competitions, looked fragile at the back, especially on the flanks, but that was no surprise for PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

Soccer-We knew Barca were fragile at the back, says Blanc

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Barcelona had not conceded a goal this season but Paris St Germain were convinced the Spanish side, who lost 3-2 in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, were vulnerable at the back.

Barca, who kept clean sheets in their first seven games in all competitions, looked fragile at the back, especially on the flanks, but that was no surprise for PSG coach Laurent Blanc.

Sep 30, 2014

No Ibra? No problem for PSG as they topple Barca

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday.

Barca had not conceded a goal this season but David Luiz, Marco Verrati and Blaise Matuidi all punctured their defence to give the French champions three points.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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