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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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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—... More »

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.... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Cyclist Tried Poop Doping, and It May Have Worked

Biologist says transplant boosted race times

(Newser) - It probably won't ever become the focus of a hit sports movie—not even if they call it Poosiers—but "poop doping" is a real thing and could possibly give competitive cyclists an edge. That's according to microbiologist and mountain biker Lauren Petersen, who tells Bicycling magazine... More »

'Impatient' Driver Hits Tour de France Champ

Chris Froome uninjured in Tuesday crash

(Newser) - Chris Froome will be aiming for his fourth Tour de France victory—and his third in a row —when the famous race kicks off in July. But he was almost pushed to the sidelines. The British cyclist, currently one of the best in the world, says a motorist deliberately... More »

Cycling Champ Hit by Van, Killed

Michele Scarponi won the Giro d'Italia in 2011

(Newser) - Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, Italy when he was hit by a van at a crossroads, Team Astana said. According to... More »

Cyclist Born in 1911 Sets World Record

105-year-old Robert Marchand is an old hand at records, says he 'could have done better'

(Newser) - A French cyclist has set a new record for riding 14 miles in one hour. If that doesn't sound so remarkable—the world record is 33.8 miles—consider the category in which Robert Marchand was competing: over 105. The retired firefighter did it the first time riding in... More »

Iranian Cyclist Killed in Paralympics Crash

Bahman Golbarnezhad believed to be first athlete killed in Paralympics

(Newser) - An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday. Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital where he died, reports the AP . "This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and... More »

Froome Toasts 3rd Tour Win With Beer, Then Bubbly

Briton wins cycling's elite race again

(Newser) - Sharing beer and Champagne with teammates, Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France title in four years on Sunday, reports the AP . The Kenyan-born British rider finished safely at the back of the main pack during the final stage, arm-in-arm with his teammates during the mostly ceremonial final stage... More »

Cyclist Turns Into Runner After Tour de France Crash

'I just started running,' says Tour leader Chris Froome

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see everyday: the reigning Tour de France winner ditching his bike and attempting to continue the race on foot. The Guardian reports Chris Froome's bicycle was damaged in a crash on Mount Ventoux Thursday, forcing him to hoof it up the hill until... More »

Struggling Contador Quits Tour de France

Spaniard drops out of race that made him famous, citing fever

(Newser) - Diminished by a fever and still reeling from crashes on the opening two days of the race, two-time champion Alberto Contador pulled out of the Tour de France during the toughest Pyrenean stage on Sunday, reports the AP . Slightly more than 60 miles from the end of Stage 9 from... More »

Zika Fears Sideline US Cyclist With Pregnant Wife

Tejay van Garderen won't compete at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - American cyclist Tejay van Garderen has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Rio Olympics amid concerns that he may contract the Zika virus and pass it along to his pregnant wife, reports the AP . He is believed to be the first athlete to back out of the Summer Olympics... More »

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