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Jul 19, 2012

Brazil teams look big favorites

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian flair and togetherness, coupled with an extraordinary amount of experience, make their men’s and women’s volleyball teams the big favorites for glory at the London Olympics.

In the men’s arena, world champions Brazil will be gunning for a third Games title and look a better bet than current Olympic champions the United States, who will still hope for a podium spot.

Jul 19, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Brazil teams look big favourites

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian flair and
togetherness, coupled with an extraordinary amount of
experience, make their men’s and women’s volleyball teams the
big favourites for glory at the London Olympics.

In the men’s arena, world champions Brazil will be gunning
for a third Games title and look a better bet than current
Olympic champions the United States, who will still hope for a
podium spot.

Jul 10, 2012

Wiggins procession at Tour de France by no means certain

BESANCON, France (Reuters) – Bradley Wiggins is too worldly-wise to think he has the Tour de France title in the bag, especially after being chewed up and spat out by the cycling gods in last year’s race.

The favourite has lived up to his pre-Tour billing and leads by one minute 53 seconds on Tuesday’s first rest day but the flurry of crashes seen in the first week show that even a commanding advantage can be lost in a tangle of mangled metal.

Jul 10, 2012

Wiggins procession by no means certain

BESANCON, France (Reuters) – Bradley Wiggins is too worldly-wise to think he has the Tour de France title in the bag, especially after being chewed up and spat out by the cycling gods in last year’s race.

The favourite has lived up to his pre-Tour billing and leads by one minute 53 seconds on Tuesday’s first rest day but the flurry of crashes seen in the first week show that even a commanding advantage can be lost in a tangle of mangled metal.

Jul 9, 2012

Martin’s bad luck reaches new heights

BESANCON, France (Reuters) – Tony Martin has encountered more bad luck this year than he is likely to in the rest of his career but the German still finished 12th on the ninth stage time trial at the Tour de France on Monday.

The world time trial champion suffered a puncture on the 41.5 km route from Arc et Senans to Besancon, just like he did in the opening time trial in the Tour prologue when he was again expected to shine.

Jul 9, 2012
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Other sports can learn from chilled out Tour de France

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This has been my first Tour de France and it has been like going back in time.

Sport has become big business and egos have exploded too, while security restrictions have made visiting many stadiums something of a chore.

But not on the Tour. To say the French approach is laissez faire is an understatement. As a journalist you can practically go wherever you want with hardly any checks, even standing just behind the stage finish line. Yes you might get your toes clipped as the rider speeds past but the access to the cyclists is remarkable.

Jul 8, 2012

Nibali emerges as clear third man

BELFORT, France (Reuters) – All the talk before the Tour de France was about the battle between favourite Bradley Wiggins and defending champion Cadel Evans, with neutrals hoping for a “third man” to appear from the pack and make the race more interesting.

That man is likely to be Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, who rose to third in the overall standings on Saturday after keeping pace with new leader Wiggins and Evans on the race’s first ascent up to the Les Planche des Belles Filles on stage seven.

Jul 7, 2012

Froome comes out of Wiggins’ shadow

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France (Reuters) – Having the Tour de France favorite and the world champion in your team leaves little room for others to shine but Sky’s Chris Froome carved his own name into British cycling folklore on Saturday.

His victory on the seventh stage, which helped Bradley Wiggins take the yellow jersey and took the pressure off Mark Cavendish after a crash-hit Friday, was a supreme display of power and control on a famous French mountain.

Jul 7, 2012

Tour-Hesjedal joins list of injury withdrawals

TOMBLAINE, France (Reuters) – Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal was among a string of injured riders to quit the Tour de France on Saturday following a series of nasty crashes.

In total 17 riders have so far withdrawn after a brutal first week at the world’s greatest race, with FDJ-Big Mat team boss Marc Madiot telling Reuters: “It has not been cycling, it has been Rollerball.”

Jul 6, 2012

Garmin and Hesjedal savaged by latest crash

METZ, France (Reuters) – Tour de France hopeful Ryder Hesjedal was literally knocked out of contention by another violent crash on Friday, the latest bloody multi-rider pileup to blight the world’s greatest race.

The Garmin-Sharp team was left in tatters, with shirts and skin layers ripped to shreds, as Giro d’Italia champion Hesjedal lost more than 13 minutes in a smash described by team mate David Millar as the worst he had been involved in.