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Jul 4, 2014

Grizzly bear to help Sagan fight for green jersey

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Green jersey hopeful Peter Sagan will have a grizzly bear watching his back in the Tour de France this year.

The Slovakian, expected to battle Britain’s Mark Cavendish for the opening stage win in Harrogate on Saturday, and his eight Cannondale team mates have had their bikes custom-painted with animal motifs or super-heroes.

Jul 4, 2014

Resurgent Contador gunning for Froome

LEEDS England (Reuters) – By his own admission Alberto Contador was not in the same race as Chris Froome on last year’s Tour de France, but the rejuvenated Spaniard will be gunning for the Briton’s yellow jersey when the 2014 race begins on Saturday.

El Pistolero (gunslinger) still managed fourth in the general classification in 2013, but after scoring a psychological victory over the Briton in the recent Criterium du Dauphine he is relishing a fight all the way to Paris.

Jul 3, 2014

Local favorite Cavendish plays down yellow jersey fever

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Sprint king Mark Cavendish has warned that nothing is guaranteed in cycling after being installed as hot favorite to claim the yellow jersey after the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, third on the all-time list for stage wins in the Tour de France, has never worn the leader’s jersey despite enjoying 25 victories that have helped make him a household name.

Jul 3, 2014

Froome says troubles are behind him as Tour start looms

LEEDS England (Reuters) – Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome says the problems that have blighted his season are behind him and he is ready to use the energy of a home Grand Depart as the launch pad to retaining his title.

The Team Sky rider, who became Britain’s second Tour champion last year when he succeeded team mate Bradley Wiggins, has suffered a far from ideal build-up, withdrawing from the Tirreno-Adriatico in March with a lower back injury.

Jul 3, 2014

American Van Garderen emerges from Evans’s shadow

LEEDS England (Reuters) – There will be no hiding place for young American rider Tejay van Garderen when the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday.

The 25-year-old will lead the BMC team in the absence of 2011 winner Cadel Evans as they look to improve on a disappointing showing last year.

Jul 2, 2014

Wild things ready to start re-arranging the furniture

LONDON (Reuters) – The problem with allowing a bunch of rowdy gate crashers into the party is they will repay you by re-arranging your furniture.

It must feel a little bit like that for the established names at this year’s Wimbledon.

Jul 2, 2014

Tennis-Wild things ready to start re-arranging the furniture

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The problem with allowing a bunch of rowdy gate crashers into the party is they will repay you by re-arranging your furniture.

It must feel a little bit like that for the established names at this year’s Wimbledon.

Jul 2, 2014

Murray dethroned as youthful uprising continues

LONDON (Reuters) – The mayhem created by an Australian firecracker the previous evening was continued in brutal fashion by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as he annihilated defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

With 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios’s third-round demolition of world No.1 Rafael Nadal still the talk of the town, Dimitrov caused the second seismic shock on Center Court in the space of 24 hours by outclassing Murray 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2.

Jul 2, 2014

Tennis-Murray dethroned as youthful uprising continues

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The mayhem created by an Australian firecracker the previous evening was continued in brutal fashion by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as he annihilated defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

With 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios’s third-round demolition of world No.1 Rafael Nadal still the talk of the town, Dimitrov caused the second seismic shock on Centre Court in the space of 24 hours by outclassing Murray 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2.

Jul 2, 2014

Bouchard overpowers Kerber to reach Wimbledon semis

LONDON (Reuters) – Eugenie Bouchard struck another blow for the new kids on the block when she overpowered Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday.

Already seen as the golden girl of tennis, the 20-year-old Canadian looked like a grand slam champion in waiting with another irresistible barrage of attacking strokes.