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Sep 28, 2015

Analysis – Armstrong cloud lingers over world championships

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – International Cycling Union chief Brian Cookson would not say his name but Lance Armstrong and a rogues’ gallery of disgraced cyclists remained on the lips of many at the cycling world championships.

Back on U.S. roads for the first time since 1986, the week-long event attracted nearly a half million flag-waving, cowbell clanging spectators and helped pour $128 million into the local economy by the time it ended on Sunday.

Sep 28, 2015

Armstrong cloud lingers over world championships

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – International Cycling Union chief Brian Cookson would not say his name but Lance Armstrong and a rogues’ gallery of disgraced cyclists remained on the lips of many at the cycling world championships.

Back on U.S. roads for the first time since 1986, the week-long event attracted nearly a half million flag-waving, cowbell clanging spectators and helped pour $128 million into the local economy by the time it ended on Sunday.

Sep 27, 2015

Sagan lives in the moment but thinks about the future

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – After shedding the cloak of cycling’s nearly man and slipping into the rainbow jersey as road cycling’s new world champion on Sunday, Peter Sagan declared himself an athlete who lives in the moment.

But from the second the 25-year-old Slovakian showman jumped off his bike, playfully flung it down the road and punched his fists into the air in triumph as he celebrated a long-awaited victory, he was looking towards the future.

Sep 27, 2015

Sagan powers to world championship title

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Slovakia’s Peter Sagan emerged from the pack in the final climb up the cobbles and then powered his way to a spectacular victory at the road cycling world championships on Sunday.

Long hailed as cycling’s next big thing, Sagan hid in the bunch for most of the punishing 261.4km race, then lived up to his promise as he pulled away and held on for a three-second win over Australian Michael Matthews.

Sep 26, 2015

No raining on Armitstead’s party

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – It was overcast and rainy for the women’s road cycling world championships race on Saturday, the perfect day for Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead to claim a coveted rainbow jersey.

Using her patience and a furious sprint finish, Armitstead shot through the drizzle to beat Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen to the line and add the jersey to a growing collection that includes a 2012 Olympic silver medal and Commonwealth Games gold.

Sep 26, 2015

Armitstead wins women’s road race in late sprint

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Lizzie Armitstead of Britain won a drag race to the finish with Anna van der Breggen to claim a breath-taking victory at the road cycling world championships on Saturday.

The pre-race favorite, Armitstead spent much of the 129.8km race back in the pack but, with just a kilometer left, powered to the front and then timed her move perfectly as she added the rainbow jersey to her overall World Cup title.

Sep 25, 2015

UCI head says reforms will bring peace to troubled sport

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – The head of the International Cycling Union hailed a new era of peace within the sport on Friday after the organization approved a sweeping series of reforms for men’s road cycling.

With the Tour de France organizer threatening to pull races from the UCI calendar over a lack of progress in the reform program and teams seeking a bigger say, the sport’s governing body was under pressure to get a deal done.

Sep 25, 2015

Wind, not heat, will be big concern at Doha worlds

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Combating unpredictable winds rather than heat will be the major concern for riders, say organizers of next year’s Doha cycling world championships that will be staged in the Middle East for the first time.

While the searing desert temperatures sparked controversy and forced organizers to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from its traditional summer dates to November-December, Doha cycling officials dismissed any concern, saying heat during the Oct. 16-18 championships will be no worse than Europe in the summer.

Sep 25, 2015

Aerobatic plane racer keeps ‘pushing the envelope’

ELOY, Arizona (Reuters) – Hanging on the wall of Kirby Chambliss’s sterile hangar is a laminated Sports Illustrated article with the attention grabbing headline “One Mistake and You’re Dead.”

Below is a picture of Chambliss in an aerobatic plane flying upside down about 60 feet above the tarmac. If you look closely you can see him smiling.

Sep 23, 2015

Kiryienka takes time trial gold as Martin’s run ends

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Nearly man Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus powered his way to

victory in the road cycling world championship time trail on Wednesday as Tony Martin’s run of six consecutive podium finishes ended.