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Contador Guilty of Doping During Tour de France Win

Alberto Contador to be banned from racing for 2 years: appeals court

(Newser) - Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been found guilty of doping during his 2010 victory, prompting a two-year ban on racing. The Spanish cyclist will also likely lose his title from that year—in addition, perhaps, to seeing all his racing wins in 2011 annulled. Contador tested positive... More »

On Crash-Filled Day, Voeckler Takes Tour Lead

Sanchez wins ninth stage, moves into second overall

(Newser) - Spain's Luis Leon Sanchez won the Tour de France’s ninth stage today, as France's Thomas Voeckler came in second, allowing him to take the lead overall. Sanchez, who moved into second place overall, said “it was really a hard stage today,” and the AP notes... More »

Fan's Elbow Crashes Tour de France Pack

Pile-up costs Alberto Contador precious minute

(Newser) - A woman standing too close to the roadway triggered a massive pile-up during stage 1 of the Tour de France, leaving dozens of bikes and bodies sprawled over the road after a rider hit her elbow and knocked over the rest of the pack like dominoes. The crash cost defending... More »

Contador Likely to Lose Tour de France Title

Spaniard has 10 days to appeal decision over drug test

(Newser) - Alberto Contador is expected to lose his title as the winner of the 2010 Tour de France and be banned from cycling for a full year, the Telegraph reports. The decision is not yet official, but the Spanish Cycling Federation has recommended the punishment, meaning that Contador has 10 days... More »

Tour de France Winner Fails Drug Test

Spain's Alberto Contador may lose title

(Newser) - Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has tested positive for a banned substance and may be stripped of his title. The cyclist tested positive for "a tiny amount" of the banned drug clenbuterol on the final day of the race, according to his spokesman, who blames the result on... More »

No Peeing, Please, and Other Tour Rules

Bicyclists in Tour de France are bound by etiquette

(Newser) - The Tour de France isn't all yellow shirts and glory. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at some of the rules—informal and otherwise—that guide the bicyclists.
  • Don't grab first place if the current leader is having mechanical trouble. (Alberto Contador broke this informal no-no in the current
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Lance Keeps Podium Spot; Contador All But Seals Win

(Newser) - Alberto Contador finished a respectable fourth in today’s stage of the Tour de France, giving him an all-but-certain lock on first place overall, Reuters reports. Only tomorrow's ride remains, and riders traditionally don't jockey for position on the final day. Lance Armstrong, meanwhile, rode well and will likely keep... More »

Sorry, Lance, This Doesn't Look Like Your Year

(Newser) - The Tour de France still has three days left, but nothing short of a two-wheeled miracle will give Lance Armstrong his eighth title, writes Diane Pucin in the Los Angeles Times. Armstrong is now in fourth place, and about the best he can do is push hard in the final... More »

Rivalry Grows Between Armstrong, Teammate

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong is in third place going into the 10th stage of the Tour de France today—eight seconds behind the leader, and just two seconds behind Astana teammate Alberto Contador. The two cyclists have faced endless questions about a rift, reports the BBC, and it's unclear who will lead... More »

Armstrong Plays Second Fiddle to Teammate

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong suffered a late setback today as a teammate made a last-minute push in the seventh stage of the Tour de France, the New York Times reports. Armstrong's Astana teammate Alfredo Contador didn't win the longest stage of the Tour—Brice Feillu did—and Rinaldo Nocentini still holds the... More »

Top Riders to Watch (Besides Lance)

(Newser) - The Tour de France got under way today, and the BBC runs down some of the cyclists to watch. It all starts with Lance Armstrong, of course, who, "for better or worse," will grab most of the attention. Others:
  • Alberto Contador: The 2007 winner is the favorite this
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Armstrong Keeps Low Profile on Eve of Tour

7-time champ the talk of the town as he prepares to try for an 8th

(Newser) - Fans and the press have barely seen Lance Armstrong ahead of the Tour de France launch tomorrow, but he’s still the talk of the town, the Melbourne Herald-Sun reports. The cycling champ is aiming to pull off one of the biggest comebacks in history by adding an eighth win... More »

Spanish Cyclist Races to Tour de France Victory

Alberto Contador takes home the yellow jersey

(Newser) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador donned the final yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées yesterday after winning the 94th tour de France. The 24-year-old underdog—who was not even captain of his team—was bolstered by his climbing skills on this year's particularly mountainous route.  More »

Time To Roll It Up, Tour Critics Charge

Even performance by new leader is called "suspicious"

(Newser) - The Tour de France limped along yesterday under a growing storm of criticism and calls that the event be halted. Three top riders were booted in 30 hours this week in a growing doping scandal. Even the performance by the race's new leader, Spain's Alberto Contador, was called "very... More »

Suspicion Dogs Tour Leader

Brit rider accuses Rasmussen of dodging anti-doping officials

(Newser) - Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen is "shrouded in suspicion" for failing to tell officials where he was during anti-doping tests, claims Brit cyclist David Millar. "It is unacceptable of a rider of his stature and responsibility," said Millar, who was himself once chastised for using performance... More »

Contador Surges to Lead Tour's 14th Stage

Young Spaniard bests race-leader Rasmussen in mountain sprint

(Newser) - Tour de France leader MIchael Rasmussen was bested in Stage 14 in the Pyrenees yesterday by 24-year old Alberto Contador of Spain. After a grueling 122.4-mile slog through the mountains, the two men emerged almost 2 minutes ahead of the field, with the Netherlands' Rasmussen, 33, still holding a... More »

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