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Jul 2, 2014

Preview – Contador ready to take on Froome for Tour crown

PARIS (Reuters) – If last year’s Tour de France often resembled a triumphant Chris Froome march to Paris, the road to the Champs Elysees may be more unpredictable this time especially with Alberto Contador likely to be back in the hunt.

The Briton took control in the eighth stage in 2013 before trouncing his rivals in the mountains and the time trials as Spaniard Contador struggled to find the form that helped him win the race in 2007 and 2009.

Jul 2, 2014

Contador ready to take on Froome for Tour crown

PARIS (Reuters) – If last year’s Tour de France often resembled a triumphant Chris Froome march to Paris, the road to the Champs Elysees may be more unpredictable this time especially with Alberto Contador likely to be back in the hunt.

The Briton took control in the eighth stage in 2013 before trouncing his rivals in the mountains and the time trials as Spaniard Contador struggled to find the form that helped him win the race in 2007 and 2009.

Jun 29, 2014

Kreuziger out of Tour over biological passport issues

PARIS (Reuters) – Alberto Contador lost a key team mate in his Tour de France challenge when Czech Roman Kreuziger was sidelined by Tinkoff-Saxo after possible irregularities emerged from his biological passport.

Tinkoff-Saxo said that the International Cycling Union (UCI) “is likely due to instigate disciplinary proceedings against (Kreuziger) arising from an alleged violation of its anti-doping rules due to abnormalities detected in his biological passport in 2011 and 2012.”

Jun 26, 2014

France complete transformation under meticulous Deschamps

PARIS (Reuters) – Seven months after they stood on the precipice of yet another failure following a painful defeat to Ukraine, France are now World Cup contenders thanks to a brilliant transformation engineered by coach Didier Deschamps.

The man who captained France to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles took over from Laurent Blanc two years ago and after a lacklustre start, Deschamps has built a harmonious squad focused on matters on the pitch and not drama off of it.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-France complete transformation under meticulous Deschamps

PARIS, June 26 (Reuters) – Seven months after they stood on the precipice of yet another failure following a painful defeat to Ukraine, France are now World Cup contenders thanks to a brilliant transformation engineered by coach Didier Deschamps.

The man who captained France to their 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 titles took over from Laurent Blanc two years ago and after a lacklustre start, Deschamps has built a harmonious squad focused on matters on the pitch and not drama off of it.

Jun 8, 2014

Djokovic fails again at mission impossible in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Beating Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros is not impossible but it requires sustaining a furious pace over five sets which, as Novak Djokovic experienced in Sunday’s French Open final, is easier said than done.

Djokovic made a brilliant start to win the first set but suffered a lapse in form by the end of the second that carried through most of the third and eventually lost 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 as Spain’s world number one claimed a record-extending ninth title.

Jun 8, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic fails again at mission impossible in Paris

PARIS, June 8 (Reuters) – Beating Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros is not impossible but it requires sustaining a furious pace over five sets which, as Novak Djokovic experienced in Sunday’s French Open final, is easier said than done.

Djokovic made a brilliant start to win the first set but suffered a lapse in form by the end of the second that carried through most of the third and eventually lost 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 as Spain’s world number one claimed a record-extending ninth title.

Jun 8, 2014

Claycourt machine Nadal reaches cloud nine in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal held off another challenge from great rival Novak Djokovic to claim a record extending ninth French Open title with a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory on Sunday.

The world number one from Spain became the first man to win five successive titles at Roland Garros to take his overall grand slam tally to 14 – three short of Roger Federer’s record.

Jun 8, 2014

Tennis-Claycourt machine Nadal reaches cloud nine in Paris

PARIS, June 8 (Reuters) – Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal held off another challenge from great rival Novak Djokovic to claim a record extending ninth French Open title with a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory on Sunday.

The world number one from Spain became the first man to win five successive titles at Roland Garros to take his overall grand slam tally to 14 – three short of Roger Federer’s record.

Jun 7, 2014

Nervous Halep admits losing her cool after umpire’s call

PARIS (Reuters) – Small details can be cruelly decisive in big matches as Simona Halep discovered after losing her composure following an umpire’s call in Saturday’s French Open final against Maria Sharapova.

The fourth seed from Romania was serving at 4-4 in the deciding set when umpire Kader Nouni awarded the first point to Sharapova after overruling a linesperson.

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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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