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Italy's Nibali Wins Tour de France

29-year-old is self-designated 'flag-bearer of anti-doping'

(Newser) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has won the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race in 16 years by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself "... More »

UK's Froome Wins Tour de France

2nd win in two years for UK

(Newser) - British cyclist Chris Froome has won the 100th Tour de France, the second consecutive title for a Briton, with Bradley Wiggins winning in 2012. Froome rode into Paris in style—in the yellow race leader's jersey he took on Stage 8 and never relinquished. In its final stage, riders... More »

Ewww: Fan Tosses Urine on Tour Rider

Britain's Mark Cavendish gets sprayed

(Newser) - British bicyclist Mark Cavendish suffered some seriously unsportsmanlike conduct during the 11th stage of the Tour de France today when a spectator sprayed him with urine. The most unfortunate sentence of all, courtesy of the BBC : "The liquid was thrown from a bottle with the 28-year-old Cavendish initially thinking... More »

Armstrong: 'Impossible' to Win Tour Without Doping

He says on eve of new race

(Newser) - With the 100th Tour de France set to begin, Lance Armstrong as good as called every previous winner a cheater. "It's impossible to win the Tour de France without doping because the tour is an endurance event where oxygen is decisive," he told France's La Monde,... More »

2009 Tour Rider: Lance's Dope-Free Comeback a Lie

Bradley Wiggins has choice words for Armstrong

(Newser) - The latest Tour de France winner has some choice words about a cyclist who once inspired him. Watching Lance Armstrong claim to Oprah that he hadn't doped in 2009 and 2010 , "I thought, 'You lying bastard,'" Bradley Wiggins tells the Telegraph . "I can still... More »

Armstrong Admits Doping

Sources say he will now testify against cycling officials

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has finally come clean and admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. The cyclist confessed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped yesterday afternoon, sources tell the AP and the New York Times . Insiders say Armstrong is now planning to testify against officials from the... More »

How I Made Armstrong a God—and Denied His Doping

Outside editor Hal Espen admits he looked the other way

(Newser) - Now that Lance Armstrong has resigned from Livestrong and lost his Tour de France titles , someone is feeling guilty: the editor of Outside magazine. Hal Espen lionized Armstrong in the sports mag for years, shrugging off doping accusations and dismissing evidence that drugs had corrupted the sport. "In its... More »

Lance Armstrong Will Be Burned in Effigy

He gets annual honor from English town

(Newser) - Poor Lance Armstrong. He lost his Tour de France titles , and now an English town is going to burn him in effigy in a big way. Edenbridge has chosen Armstrong as the celeb to go up in flames in its annual Bonfire Night celebrations on Nov. 5, reports NBC's... More »

Cycling's LeMond: Fire 'Corrupt' Honchos

Tour de France champ calls for presidents of International Cycling Union to resign

(Newser) - Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond called for the resignation of two prominent leaders of the International Cycling Union in a fiery open letter posted on his Facebook page last night, reports al-Jazeera . UCI is the sport's governing body, and the very group that stripped Lance Armstrong of... More »

Wiped from Armstrong's Twitter Profile: 7 Tour Titles

Move follows cycling body's decision over doping

(Newser) - Now it's really official—Lance Armstrong is no longer a Tour de France champion . The proof: He removed his titles from his Twitter profile, which has 3.8 million followers, CBS News reports. His profile had proclaimed that he was a "father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour... More »

Insurance Firm to Lance: We Want Our $7.5M

Armstrong got the money for winning six straight titles

(Newser) - Not only has Lance Armstrong lost his Tour de France titles , but he may owe $7.5 million. The company that insured a bonus for his run of consecutive Tour victories now wants its money back, saying Armstrong's alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs annuls their contract, ESPN reports. "... More »

Lance Armstrong Is Still a Hero

USADA's effort was a 'slam job': Buzz Bissinger

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong may have been stripped of his Tour de France titles , but he hasn't lost his legacy. This is a man who inspired us by overcoming life-threatening cancer to achieve the seemingly impossible. The cyclist "is a hero, one of the few we have left in a... More »

Nike: We're Sticking With Lance

Armstrong hasn't lost any major sponsors ... yet

(Newser) - Nike says it will not drop Lance Armstrong as a spokesman despite his latest doping trouble . "Lance has stated his innocence and has been unwavering on this position," said the company, his major sponsor. "Nike plans to continue to support Lance and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a... More »

Armstrong's Tragic Flaw: His Ego

He shouldn't have attempted 2009 comeback: Dan Levy

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his titles and banned for life from pro cycling. But don't blame performance-enhancing drugs for Armstrong's downfall—blame his ego instead, writes Dan Levy at Bleacher Report . After winning his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong attempted a 2009 comeback. "If... More »

Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles

USADA yanks all 7 titles, bans him from sport for life

(Newser) - The US Anti-Doping Agency has officially stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life for doping, after saying it would do so last night. That announcement came after Armstrong dropped further challenges to USADA accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs... More »

UK's Wiggins Wins Tour de France

Becomes first Briton to win the storied race

(Newser) - Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win the Tour de France by safely protecting the yellow jersey during today's final processional ride into Paris—and even helping Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees. Wiggins secured his win with a dominating... More »

Tour de France Rider: I May Have Been Poisoned

Team RadioShack pulls Fränk Schleck out of competition

(Newser) - Team RadioShack pulled Fränk Schleck out of the Tour de France yesterday, after the Luxembourg cyclist tested positive for a banned substance. But Schleck insists he's innocent, and is using a fairly novel defense. "I have no explanation for the test result and therefore insist that the... More »

Mystery Tacks Deflate Tour de France Tires

Champ Cadel Evans among the riders with spiked tires

(Newser) - Why doesn't this happen more often? The Tour de France was humming along happily yesterday when scattered tacks on the road punctured the tires of several riders—including defending champ Cadel Evans, Sky News reports. Tour leader Bradley Wiggins called for the pack to slow down, so they all... More »

Lance Armstrong Officially Hit With Doping Charges

Armstrong denies allegations, has 10 days to respond

(Newser) - Two weeks after announcing doping charges were coming , the US Anti-Doping Agency formally filed charges against Lance Armstrong yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal . Armstrong has 10 days to decide whether he'll contest the accusations; doing so would mean his case would be argued in front of a three-person... More »

Doping Probe Got Earful From Lance's Ex-Teammates

Officials point to lengthy team 'doping conspiracy'

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong could lose his Tour de France titles—thanks in part to his own former teammates. "More than 10 cyclists," as well as other team employees, spoke "face-to-face" with the US Anti-Doping Agency regarding Armstrong's alleged doping . The agency says it has uncovered a years-long... More »

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