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Jul 4, 2015

Pinot makes early impression on Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Often cited by defending champion Vincenzo Nibali as a rider to watch on the Tour de France, Thibaut Pinot made an early impact by beating all the pre-race favorites in the opening time trial on Saturday.

The French climber, who has dramatically improved with his efforts against the clock in recent years, finished the 13.8-km course in 18th place, 41 seconds behind stage winner Rohan Dennis of Australia.

Jul 4, 2015

Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday’s first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 4, 2015

Cycling-Boom to start Tour despite low cortisol levels

UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 4 (Reuters) – Dutchman Lars Boom will start Saturday’s first stage of the Tour de France despite showing low levels of cortisol in a test on the eve of the race, his Astana team manager said.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 3, 2015

Astana plunged into controversy again over Boom

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The Astana team were plunged into controversy again when Dutch rider Lars Boom faced being thrown out of the Tour de France because of low Cortisol levels on the eve of the start.

Low levels of the hormone can be explained by the use of corticoids, anti-inflammatory drugs that are allowed out of competition but forbidden while racing unless a rider is granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

Jul 3, 2015

Cycling – New gadgets, but legs and sweat still key to Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The 102nd Tour de France has some new high-tech toys this year as the famous old race reaches out to younger fans but those old staples, legs and courage, remain the recipe for victory.

Tour organisers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), GoPro and the teams struck a deal to have on-bike camera footage during the Tour and the Vuelta.

Jul 3, 2015

Nibali in fine shape to defend Tour title

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Vincenzo Nibali has had a stressful season, but the Italian champion believes he is in fine shape to defend his Tour de France title.

His Astana team faced the possibility of being stripped of their World Tour license following positive dope tests, learning they had retained their elite status only in late April.

Jul 3, 2015

New gadgets, but legs and sweat still key to Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The 102nd Tour de France has some new high-tech toys this year as the famous old race reaches out to younger fans but those old staples, legs and courage, remain the recipe for victory.

Tour organizers Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), GoPro and the teams struck a deal to have on-bike camera footage during the Tour and the Vuelta.

Jul 2, 2015

Contador has the crucial edge: Yates

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Sean Yates knows a thing or two about leading a rider to the Tour de France title and the Briton feels his protege Alberto Contador has the required experience to prevail in a demanding race this year.

Yates, who guided Bradley Wiggins to his Tour triumph in 2012, left the sport that year but he is now Contador’s sports director at Tinkoff-Saxo.

Jul 2, 2015

Giro/Tour double career-changing: Contador

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The Giro/Tour de France double would be a career-changing achievement, Alberto Contador said on Thursday as he embarks on a the world’s greatest cycling race less than two months after winning in Italy.

The Spaniard, who has won seven grand tours since his maiden Tour title in 2007, is one of four pre-race favorites along with Britain’s Chris Froome, Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Nairo Quintana.

Jul 1, 2015

Cycling – Tour set for Battle Royale on treacherous course

PARIS (Reuters) – Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four’s battle royale at the Tour de France — the most highly anticipated race in decades.

The Spaniard is looking to achieve the Giro d’Italia/Tour double for the first time since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 but the competition has never been fiercer for the seven-time grand tour champion who will retire at the end of next year.

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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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