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Scotland Bids for 2017 Tour de France Stage

scotland bids for 2017 tour de france stage   Scotland Bids for 2017 Tour de France Stage

Scotland is bidding to host the 2017 Tour de France opening time trial.

Event Scotland, the national events agency of Scotland, reveals that hosting the time-trial stage of cycling’s most prestigious competition would cost approximately £5 million ($7.8 million US), but could generate £100 million to the Scottish economy. Paul Bush, chief executive of Event Scotland, said that they already had three meetings with the race organizers about a possible bid. Christian Prudhomme, the Tour director, is also considering bids from Japan, the United States and the Middle East.

Bush said that to bring the Grand Depart Tour de France to Scotland, which is one of the greatest sporting events every year, in 2017 would be a huge coup. Possible locations for the Grand Depart, the first part of the race, could take place on roads between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In 2014, Glasgow will be hosting the Commonwealth Games…

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Stage 21 2010 Tour de France – 97th Tour Recap

97th tour de france recap 300x200   Stage 21 2010 Tour de France   97th Tour RecapThe final stage for the Tour de France saw the glory of its riders in Paris. There’s much to look forward to for 2011’s Tour de France and despite the scandals and controversies, it remains the most exciting race of the year.

The 97th Tour de France saw Alberto Contador of Astana taking the crown without a stage win. Amidst all the controversy, Contador raised the bar after winning for the third time. Contador shares, “It was a Tour where I had a lot of pressure, especially physically as I was not at my best form. It took a lot of confidence to face difficult situations…The three victories were very different. The first, in 2007, was special, because that was the first; last year, the situation was difficult and this made it difficult. And this year I had difficult moments; but I could count on a strong team. I realize…

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Lance Armstrong & Team RadioShack Forced to Remove Black Livesrong 28 Jerseys

lance armstrong team radioshack forced remove black livestrong 28 jerseys   Lance Armstrong & Team RadioShack Forced to Remove Black Livesrong 28 Jerseys

On stage 20 of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong and the rest of Team RadioShack wore black Livestrong jerseys with the number 28, this represents the 28 million people in the world with Cancer.

Officials at the 2010 Tour de France demanded Team Radioshack take off the black Livestrong 28 jerseys and put back on the regular red and grey jerseys, and the cyclists had to add their assigned number. This resulted in a delay in the Tour.

Team RadioShack was upset at the situation, including director Johan Bruyneel, who expressed his anger on Twitter writing: Ok people! Now it’s official!” he tweeted. “To be a race commisar (sic), you don’t need brains but only know the rules! Their motto: “c’est le reglement!”

As you can expect, the UCI is unhappy on Bruyneel’s statement. Acting in somewhat good faith, the UCI said any fines from the incident will be…

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Fifth Stage Win for Cavendish-Stage 20 TdF

fifth stage win for cavendish stage 20 tdf 300x198   Fifth Stage Win for Cavendish Stage 20 TdFMark Cavendish of HTC-Columbia adds Stage 20 of Tour de France to his name as he bested Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese and Julian Dean of Garmin-Transitions at the 102.5km ride from Longjumeau to Paris. Alberto Contador remains at the top overall, winning his third Tour de France in four years.

The stage began about half an hour later due to a media circus when leading team classification Radioshack has its riders Lance Armstrong and the rest, wearing black jerseys with the number 28. This was a tribute to the 28 million cancer patients worldwide, however UCI forbade them to ride in it and ordered them to get back into team jerseys or get disqualified. After some media exposure, team RadioShack team complied.

The stage began with a breakaway of 12 riders at 35km, including Lance Armstrong. They maintained a 20 second lead but sprinters began to dominate and…

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Cancellara Wins Stage 19 Tour de France 2010, Contador Still Wears Yellow Jersey

cancellara wins stage 19 tour de france 2010 contador still wears yellow jersey   Cancellara Wins Stage 19 Tour de France 2010, Contador Still Wears Yellow Jersey

Stage 19 of the 2010 Tour de France was one to remember. At the start of Stage 19, Alberto Contador had a 8 second lead on Andy Schleck, but Schleck had promised to give his all in the time trial, and going after the yellow jersey.

Other then climbs, Contador is known for his time trial ability, and was favored to win the stage. With winds picking up which affected Schleck, Contador kept riding.

Winning stage 19 was Fabian Cancellara. Contador came in 45th place, finishing 4 minutes, 52 seconds behind, and Schleck finished in 41st, 5 minutes 9 seconds behind Cancellara. Dennis Menchov of Rabobank pushed Samuel Sanchez out of third place.

From the start of the time trial, a rumored spread that he had a 4 second lead over Schleck. Throughout the stage, Contador continued to extended that lead, and now is…

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Cavendish wins Stage 18 Tour de France

cavendish wins stage 18 tour de france 300x194   Cavendish wins Stage 18 Tour de FranceHTC Columbia’s Mark Cavendish wins Stage 18 of Tour de France, beating Julian Dean of Garmin-Transitions and Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre-Farnese Vini in a bunch sprint. Fourth place went to Robbie McEwen of Team Katusha and crossing the finish line at fifth was Oscar Freire of RaboBank.

Thor Hushovd of Cervelo Test Team failed to hold on to the green jersey by coming in at 14th place, leaving Petacchi now the bearer of the maillot vert and with a ten-point advantage over Hushovd. Cavendish is now at third place for the race of the green jersey.

There’s no change on the overall standings after the 198km stage. Alberto Contador of Astana still wears the yellow jersey and Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank trails 8 seconds behind the Spaniard.

Stage 18 Top 5 Results:
1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Columbia
2. Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin-Transitions
3. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
4. Robbie…

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Schleck wins Stage 17, Contador keeps Yellow Jersey

schleck wins stage 17 contador keeps yellow jersey 300x215   Schleck wins Stage 17, Contador keeps Yellow JerseyAndy Schleck (Saxo Bank) vowed that he would put Alberto Contador (Astana) off his back on the Col du Tourmalet, Schleck kept his word by winning stage 17 of the 2010 Tour de France.

Despite the hazy dump weather conditions, the two titans were seen clashing their way down on one of the Tour’s notorious mountains. Schleck and Contador were just 8 seconds apart in the general classification and to the delight of the excited crowd, the Luxemborg rider challenged Contador who followed him throughout the race. The defending champion Astana rider denied Schleck a glorious win by crossing the line tailing him at half a bike length to keep the yellow jersey.

Schleck did what he could to get Contador off his back to no avail. Both riders staged an attack against each other resulting to an exchange of riding expertise and maneuvers. The Luxembourg…

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