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France Explains Why It Put Only Male Cyclists in Business Class

The lower-ranked females were booked economy seats

(Newser) - The French Cycling Federation flew its riders to the Cycling World Championships in Australia and booked two classes of tickets to do so. The BBC reports the 9-member men's team flew in business class, while the 7-person women's team flew in coach, as did all junior riders and...

Greg LeMond: Cancer Diagnosis Brings 'Great Relief'

US cycling legend had been feeling lousy for weeks

(Newser) - Two-time world cycling champion and three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has been diagnosed with a form of leukaemia, which he says is treatable. "No one ever wants to hear the word cancer but, admittedly, there is great relief, now, to know why I was feeling poorly,"...

Celebratory Cork Knocks Cyclist Out of Race

Biniam Girmay resumed the festivities after a trip to the hospital

(Newser) - An Eritrean cyclist who was celebrating a victory at the Giro d'Italia cycling competition was struck in the eye by a cork popped from a bottle of Italian sparkling wine and forced to withdraw Wednesday from the race. Biniam Girmay had just become the first Black African to win...

Cyclist's Podium Celebration Ends in Freak Prosecco Mishap

Biniam Girmay was forced to pull out of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday as a result

(Newser) - An accident with a prosecco cork while celebrating his historic stage victory at the Giro d’Italia forced Biniam Girmay to pull out of the race on Wednesday. The Eritrean rider became the first Black African to win a stage at a grand tour when he beat Mathieu van der...

It Was a 'Stupidly Hard Ride.' That Was Before the Bull

3 cyclists attacked on course Saturday in California

(Newser) - "The world famous Bianchi Rock Cobbler is a stupidly hard ride bordering on a race ... conceived by drunken madmen," explains the website for the ride . But while those "drunken madmen" designed a roughly 80-mile California off-road course with as much as 6,500 feet of elevation gain,...

Cycling Official Sent Home for Using Racial Slur

German coach called riders from Algeria, Eritrea, 'camel drivers'

(Newser) - Germany's cycling director has been sent home from the Olympics in disgrace for using a racial slur during the men's time trial. Patrick Moster, sports director for the German Cycling Federation, was heard repeatedly yelling "Get the camel drivers!" at German rider Nikias Arndt as he...

She Broke Away at Start of Race, Figured She'd Be Caught—but Wasn't

Anna Kiesenhofer stuns Olympic cycling with her gold medal win

(Newser) - As Dutch champion cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the finish line of the Olympic women's road race Sunday, she raised her arms in the air, assuming she'd come in first. Not so: Anna Kiesenhofer, an Austrian cyclist who wasn't on any pre-race list of contenders, had crossed...

Cops Search for Woman Who Caused Tour de France Pileup

Specators will face lawsuit, criminal charge

(Newser) - Police in France want to talk to the fan who caused a massive crash at the Tour de France Saturday—but she may have already fled the country. The woman was looking at the camera, not the cyclists, when she stepped out into their path and held out a large...

'Everybody Is Super Upset and Distraught'

5 dead cyclists were all seasoned riders. How could this have happened?

(Newser) - The five cyclists who died in a horrific Nevada crash this week were no novices—far from it, in fact. The Las Vegas Review-Journal describes them as "seasoned bicyclists and dedicated athletes" who were key to Southern Nevada's cycling community. "All of them were in the top...

He Was Cycling From NY to LA, Never Made It Past SC

Sangyoon Jeon, South Korea 27-year-old, killed in crash

(Newser) - Sangyoon Jeon's cross-country cycling trip turned tragic Monday afternoon when the 27-year-old from South Korea was hit and killed by a van in South Carolina. Jeon set out Oct. 15 from New York City with the goal of making it to Los Angeles by Jan. 5; on Monday, he...

Tour de Poland Cyclist Dead in Crash on 'Completely Flat' Road

Bjorg Lambrecht, 22, was a promising young rider

(Newser) - The Tour de Poland turned tragic Monday when Belgian cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht crashed during the third stage of the race, dying at a local hospital. It was the 22-year-old's second time in the seven-day race, which, along with other races including the Tour de France, is part of the...

His Tour de France Win Raises Question: How Many More?

Egan Bernal is just 22

(Newser) - Egan Bernal's crowning Sunday as the Tour de France's youngest post-World War II champion, and its first from South America, heralded the birth of a new supernova in the cycling universe. Winning a Tour for the ages at the unusually young age of 22 immediately prompted a question,...

Bike Safety Advocate Fatally Struck While Cycling

'Possibly the most cruel irony there is'

(Newser) - Dave Salovesh was a longtime advocate for bike safety—and in what his best friend calls "possibly the most cruel irony there is," he was killed while cycling in Washington, DC, Friday morning. Police say a man driving a stolen van lost control of the vehicle and crashed...

Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'
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Suicide: 'If I Am 
Not an Athlete, 
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Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'

Kelly Catlin was 'obsessed with success': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A Stanford graduate student with an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Kelly Catlin was bound for "something great." Or so her mother thought. Poised for a shot at gold with the US women's cycling team at the 2020 Olympics, Catlin felt differently. In a January email—...

US Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23
US Olympic Cyclist
Dies by Suicide

US Olympic Cyclist Dies by Suicide

Kelly Catlin was 23

(Newser) - USA Cycling says it has suffered a "devastating loss" with the death of Kelly Catlin, a track cyclist who helped the women's pursuit team win silver at the 2016 Rio Games. Relatives say the 23-year-old died by suicide at her Stanford University campus residence Friday night, Reuters reports....

Lead Female Cyclist Nearly Catches Men, Forcing Race to Pause

But after race was restarted, she ended up in 74th place

(Newser) - A women's cycling race in Belgium started 10 minutes after the men's race, but apparently there should have been an even bigger gap: As Swiss cyclist Nicole Hanselmann of the Bigla Pro team nearly caught up with the men, event organizers decided to pause the women's race...

Cyclist Calls Loss to Transgender Rival 'Not Fair'

Canadian competitor Rachel McKinnon became the first trans woman world champion

(Newser) - An American woman has cried foul after losing out in the Masters Track Cycling World Championships to a transgender rival from Canada. The controversy began after Rachel McKinnon won gold this month, edging out competitors including bronze finisher Jennifer Wagner. When a conservative media UK media personality expressed outrage over...

Lance Armstrong Settles $100M Lawsuit for Far Less

He also has to pay legal costs of Floyd Landis

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has put his last legal action behind him, settling the federal government's $100 million lawsuit for $5 million. The government had been seeking damages under the False Claims Act because the disgraced cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs while his team was sponsored by the US Postal Service, CNN...

23-Year-Old Elite Cyclist Crashes, Dies of Cardiac Arrest

Belgian Michael Goolaerts crashed just before the mid-way point of the Paris-Roubaix race

(Newser) - By NPR's count, Sunday brought the fifth death of an elite cyclist, the oldest of whom was just 25, since 2016. Belgian Michael Goolaerts crashed just before the midway point of the Paris-Roubaix race and died Sunday night of cardiac arrest, said his team, Veranda's Willems-Crelan. He was...

Why This Man's Legs Are Freaking Folks Out on Instagram

Pawel Poljanski shows what the grueling Tour de France can do

(Newser) - Just how onerous is it to cycle 2,200 miles in 23 days with just two days off? A "freaky" photo leaves no doubt, per Mashable . Sixteen stages into the Tour de France, 27-year-old Polish rider Pawel Poljanski posted a photo to Instagram showing what he says are his...

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