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Jul 4, 2015

Dutch heatwave no sweat for flying Dennis

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – A heatwave was no sweat for Tour de France stage one winner Rohan Dennis on Saturday as the Australian blasted round the 13.8-kilometre individual time trial like greased lightning.

The BMC Racing Team rider outclassed some of the pre-stage favorites to claim the yellow jersey, clocking an astonishing 55.446 kph average speed — a new Tour record.

Jul 4, 2015

Historic moment for Africa as Teklehaimanot starts Tour

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – The sweltering conditions would have been familiar to Daniel Teklehaimanot as he rolled down the start ramp on Saturday but not the wall of noise that hit him seconds later.

The first black African to ride the Tour de France was given the honour of being the first of the 198 riders to set off in the medieval Dutch city of Utrecht where crowds estimated at 700,000 gathered to watch a 14-kilometre individual time trial.

Jul 4, 2015

Dennis seals Tour first stage in record speed

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Australian Rohan Dennis proved too hot to handle as the Tour de France began with a 13.8-kilometre individual time trial through the sweltering streets of Utrecht on Saturday.

One of the early starters in the 198-strong field, the BMC Racing Team rider averaged 55.446 kmh to stop the clock in 14 minutes 56 seconds to take the yellow jersey.

Jul 4, 2015

Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht.

Not the cacophony of growling engines and tooting car horns common in most sizeable European cities, instead the ting-ting of hundreds of bells and the gentle whirring of chains.

Jul 3, 2015

Froome says GC battle will commence from day one

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Chris Froome reckons there will be no phoney war when the Tour de France begins with a 14km individual time trial through the streets of the picturesque Dutch city Utrecht on Saturday.

The pancake flat loop will see the 198 riders put the hammer down in temperatures expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius and significant time advantages are up for grabs, according to the British rider who won the Tour in 2013 but abandoned last year after several crashes in the early stages.

Jul 3, 2015

Sky boss Brailsford would support night doping tests

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford says he would back night-time dope tests for riders but fears cycling’s biggest races may be decided by “sleep deprivation” rather than form should the measure be applied.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) unveiled a series of recommendations earlier this year as part of its anti-doping program in the wake of the Independent Reform Commission’s (CIRC) report into the sport’s checkered past.

Jul 3, 2015

Cavendish ready to bulk up with more stage wins

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – Mark Cavendish’s daughter thinks he looks skinny but the Manx Missile will be hoping to bulk up on Tour de France stage wins when the 102nd edition of the race begins on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Etixx-QuickStep rider is third on the all-time list for stage wins on the Tour with 25, three behind Bernard Hinault and nine shy of the great Eddy Merckx.

Jul 3, 2015

Africans ready to embellish Tour landscape

UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) – When five African cyclists stood on a podium in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch this week Douglas Ryder probably pinched himself.

Former Olympic cyclist Ryder is the man who a decade ago took on a small continental African team and dreamed of turning it into one capable of competing in the world’s greatest races.

Jul 1, 2015

Raonic cranks up power to beat veteran Haas

LONDON (Reuters) – Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse moved into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, boomed down one delivery at 145mph, just short of the 148mph missile American Taylor Dent produced five years ago.

Jul 1, 2015

Tennis-Raonic cranks up power to beat veteran Haas

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Milos Raonic almost matched the Wimbledon serving speed record against German veteran Tommy Haas as the Canadian powerhouse moved into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.

Seventh seed Raonic, a semi-finalist last year on the west London lawns, boomed down one delivery at 145mph, just short of the 148mph missile American Taylor Dent produced five years ago.