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Veterans Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome to compete in star-studded Tour of Germany
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Veterans Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome to compete in star-studded Tour of Germany

Deceuninck Quick-Step rider Cavendish, 36, rolled back the years to win four stages on this year's Tour de France to take the green points jersey.

Tour de France 2021: Cycling's boy next door Tadej Pogacar is 'new Cannibal'
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Tour de France 2021: Cycling's boy next door Tadej Pogacar is 'new Cannibal'

On Friday, Pogacar was given the seal of approval from the man widely considered the greatest in the sport, the now 77-year-old Eddy Merckx, known as the 'Cannibal' because of his relentless hunger.

Tour de France 2021: Overall leader Tadej Pogacar wins second consecutive mountain stage
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Tour de France 2021: Overall leader Tadej Pogacar wins second consecutive mountain stage

On a short final mountain stage of 130km Pogacar out-ran his two closest rivals, Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz, just as he did on the previous day's mountaintop finale.

Tour de France 2021: Wout van Aert claims Ventoux stage; Tadej Pogacar keeps yellow jersey
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Tour de France 2021: Wout van Aert claims Ventoux stage; Tadej Pogacar keeps yellow jersey

At 26, Van Aert is a jack of all trades. He can sprint, climb and time trial, but did not fight for the general classification, working in support of Jumbo-Visma leader Primoz Roglic.

Tour de France: Four-time winner Chris Froome ready to continue after suffering injuries in opening stage crash
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Tour de France: Four-time winner Chris Froome ready to continue after suffering injuries in opening stage crash

Froome was caught in the second of the opening day's big crashes, on a downhill, less than eight kilometers from the finish of the first stage in Landerneau.

Tour de France 2021: Four-time winner Chris Froome escapes serious injury in crash
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Tour de France 2021: Four-time winner Chris Froome escapes serious injury in crash

Many others were also caught out in mass pile-ups in two falls – the first at 45km caused by a spectator in the road holding up a sign and the second within 8km of the finish where world champion Julian Alaphilippe claimed the stage victory.

Tour de France 2021: Tadej Pogacar is the man to beat in world's greatest bike race
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Tour de France 2021: Tadej Pogacar is the man to beat in world's greatest bike race

The Tour will climb iconic Mont Ventoux mountain, known as 'the Giant of Provence', twice in one day, offering a mythical setting for a showdown between Pogacar and his challengers to his title.

Tour of Catalonia 2021: Lotto-Soudal's Andreas Kron claims first senior win of career in opening stage
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Tour of Catalonia 2021: Lotto-Soudal's Andreas Kron claims first senior win of career in opening stage

The 22-year-old was part of a small group of riders who broke away from the peloton with around 10 kilometres to go in the 178.5km stage at Calella and manage to pip his rivals in the final sprint across the line.

Ex-Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman slams 'unbelievable' doping ruling
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Ex-Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman slams 'unbelievable' doping ruling

Richard Freeman said, "I'm still shocked at this verdict. I've made plenty of mistakes, but I'm not a doping doctor." He insisted that he'd ordered testosterone to treat former performance director Shane Sutton's erectile dysfunction.

UAE Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage four, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains leader's jersey
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UAE Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage four, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains leader's jersey

Bennett, riding for Deceuninck-Quick-Step, beat David Dekker, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani at the end of the 204-kilometre stage that started and ended at the tourist resort of Marjan Island.

'Age a state of mind': Chris Froome targets fifth Tour de France in new season with Israel Start Up Nation
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'Age a state of mind': Chris Froome targets fifth Tour de France in new season with Israel Start Up Nation

Froome has won four Tour de France races and switched from Ineos to ISN, backed by Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams, in his bid to join an elite clique led by Eddy Merckx who have won five.

Vuelta a Espana 2020: Richard Carapaz takes overall lead as Ion Izagirre wins Stage 6
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Vuelta a Espana 2020: Richard Carapaz takes overall lead as Ion Izagirre wins Stage 6

Ineos' Carapaz made the most of Roglic's tough day in the Pyrenees to take an 18-second lead as the Slovenian fell to 30 seconds behind in fifth.

Vuelta a Espana 2020: Defending champion Primoz Roglic wins opening stage; Chris Froome struggles
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Vuelta a Espana 2020: Defending champion Primoz Roglic wins opening stage; Chris Froome struggles

Roglic produced his trademark late kick in the final 500m to open a gap of just a few seconds for a comfortable win that puts him in the race leader's red jersey.

Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic's 57-second lead in time trial to take grip on title
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Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar crushes Primoz Roglic's 57-second lead in time trial to take grip on title

“Unbelievable, unbelievable,” 21-year-old Pogacar said after coming within touching distance of the title in only his first Tour de France. “My head will explode."

Public will have access to watch Tour de France, says race director Christian Prudhomme
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Public will have access to watch Tour de France, says race director Christian Prudhomme

The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with sporting events and current French government law limits gatherings to 5,000.

Tour de France: Former champions Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas left out of Team Ineos squad for upcoming edition
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Tour de France: Former champions Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas left out of Team Ineos squad for upcoming edition

Froome has been trying to get back to peak condition after he was involved in a high-speed crash at last year's Criterium du Dauphine which came close to ending his career.

Chris Froome returns to venue where he crashed in 2019 as he gears up for Criterium du Dauphine
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Chris Froome returns to venue where he crashed in 2019 as he gears up for Criterium du Dauphine

Froome broke a leg, ribs and an elbow on the race in June 2019, when he hit a wall at 60km/h after taking his hands off the handlebars to blow his nose.

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to leave INEOS after current season
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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome to leave INEOS after current season

Froome, who suffered a horrible accident last year and returned to racing in February, said he was focused on winning his fifth Tour title with the team.

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome unsure orgnanisers can prevent large crowd gatherings at 29 August race
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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome unsure orgnanisers can prevent large crowd gatherings at 29 August race

The Tour, scheduled to start on 27 June, was pushed back to 29 August due to the outbreak. Mass gatherings have been banned in France until September, with the country recording more than 168,000 coronavirus cases and over 24,000 deaths.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Formula 1 can save season with double-headers, says former racer Nico Rosberg
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Formula 1 can save season with double-headers, says former racer Nico Rosberg

Formula One needs at least 16 races for a proper championship this year but eight double-header weekends would do if the COVID-19 pandemic limits options, Nico Rosberg said.