Nibali questioned by French police for three hours about Tour de France crash

Vincenzo Nibali gave evidence to French police for three hours on Saturday as investigations continued into the cause of and responsibility for his Tour de France crash.  Related Articles Nibali’s chances of winning the Tour ended on the slopes of L’Alpe d’Huez on stage 12 when a spectator’s camera strap seemingly caught his handlebars, causing him to crash on his back. Nibali got up to finish the stage but was later diagnosed with a fractured vertebra. He underwent vertebroplasty surgery to stabilise the fracture and ease the pain but, despite…

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Andy Murray: Britain’s former number one to play Open Sud de France in Montpellier

Andy Murray has not played since reaching the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals in September Andy Murray will play at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in February. The ATP 250 event takes place between 3 and 10 February, one week after the Australian Open. Britain’s former world number one ended his 2018 season early in September, having only played 12 matches after returning from hip surgery in June. He said he wanted to get “in the best shape possible for the beginning of the 2019 season” and “get back competing…

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Nibali: I could target Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, or perhaps even both

Vincenzo Nibali ended his 2018 season at the Saitama Tour de France criterium in Japan on Sunday, but has yet to think about his goals and ambitions for 2019 and his team for 2020 and beyond, preferring to enjoy his end of season without worrying about the future.   Related Articles Nibali travelled to Japan with his wife and agent and spent Monday visiting Tokyo before flying home via London for other meetings and events. He is due to be questioned by French police at the weekend as both he…

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Viviani torn between Giro d’Italia and Tour de France sprints in 2019

Elia Viviani left the 2019 Giro d’Italia route presentation torn between the desire to ride his home Grand Tour in the Italian national champion’s tricolore jersey and reach his home town of Verona on the final stage, or accept the challenge of being Quick-Step Floors‘ number one sprinter and so target the sprints at the Tour de France. Related Articles Viviani ended his contract with Team Sky a year early to transfer to Quick-Step Floors in 2018. He was hired as an alternative to Fernando Gaviria, but as the season unfolded he…

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Geraint Thomas admits frustration at status on Team Sky during Tour de France

Geraint Thomas has admitted to frustration at how Team Sky had designated Chris Froome as their lone protected rider at the Tour de France despite the Welshman’s victory at Critérium du Dauphiné in the lead-up to the race. Related Articles In an interview with the Guardian, Thomas discussed how he was informed that the team would not wait for him if he punctured or crashed in the stage 3 team time trial at the Tour, by which point he already had a buffer of 52 seconds over Froome. “I was…

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Sir Bradley Wiggins says Lance Armstrong was ‘perfect’ Tour de France winner in new book

Lance Armstrong was the “perfect” Tour de France winner, says Sir Bradley Wiggins in his new book. The first ever British Tour winner Wiggins says that disgraced American Armstrong was “precisely the sort of winner” the race founder had pictured, the Sunday Times reports. Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France victories and has publicly admitted to doping to win each of those races. >>> Floyd Landis says cycling is not clean in post-Armstrong era In his new book Icons, Wiggins writes: “Legend has it that…

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Bradley Wiggins: Lance Armstrong was ‘perfect’ Tour de France winner

Bradley Wiggins has described Lance Armstrong as the “perfect” winner of the Tour de France in a book to be published this week and expressed pride at being part of the “group of nutters” who have won La Grande Boucle. Related Articles Wiggins won the Tour de France in 2012, though the achievement was called into question in 2016 when Russian cyber-hacking group Fancy Bears revealed that the Briton had availed of a therapeutic use exemption for triamcinolone ahead of the race. He has always defended his use of triamcinolone,…

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Sastre's Tour de France win commemorated on 10th anniversary

Carlos Sastre was honoured on the 10th anniversary of his Tour de France victory with a ceremony in his home town of El Barraco, where the local sports facilities were renamed ‘The Carlos Sastre Sports Complex’.  The Spaniard won the Tour in 2008, beating Cadel Evans and Bernard Kohl to the top step of the podium. It was the crowning achievement of his career.  This year marks 10 years since the victory, and celebrations were held on Saturday in the small town of El Barraco, in the province of Avila,…

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Pinot to target Tour de France in 2019 and likes the route

Thibaut Pinot is set to make the Tour de France his number one priority next year, and the Frenchman has reacted positively to the route for the 2019 edition, which was unveiled in Paris on Thursday.  Pinot finished third at the Tour in 2014 but struggled in the subsequent two editions and for the past two seasons he has made the Giro d’Italia his target Grand Tour. In 2017 he rode the Tour but without a GC focus, while this year he was absent entirely in order to fully recover…

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Landa eyes Giro d’Italia – Tour de France double for 2019

To call Mikel Landa’s first year at Movistar a tricky one would be an understatement – or, as the Basque says rather wryly about 2018, “it’s had pretty much everything in it”. Related Articles A solid start to the season, with a summit finish stage win at Tirreno-Adriatico and second place overall in the Vuelta al País Vasco were followed by two bad crashes in the summer, the first on the cobbles at the Tour de France in July and the second much closer to home in the Clásica San…

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