Acquarone: “Someone forged my signature. RCS controls should have spotted it”

Former Giro d’Italia chief Michele Acquarone has strongly challenged RCS Sport’s claims that he authorised the payments of millions of euros, accusing persons unknown of forging his signature and saying that the payments should have been picked up by the company’s internal controls. On Tuesday an unfair dismissal case he took over his firing by […]


Team Belkin’s future guaranteed after letter of intent signed with Lotto and BrandLoyalty

Concerns were raised prior to the Tour de France when the Belkin electronics company stated that it would not continue as backer beyond the end of this season, but the future of the current Belkin Procycling squad looks secure after an important announcement on Wednesday. The Dutch national lottery De Lotto and the BrandLoyalty company […]


Audio: Full Nibali press conference – Italian on Tour success and more

Vincenzo Nibali will today end a 16 year drought for Italy in the very top echelon of the sport, netting what will be the tenth Tour de France victory in history from that country. Nibali will join Ottavio Bottecchia (1924 & 1925), Gino Bartali (1938 & 1948), Fausto Coppi (1949 & 1952), Gastone Nencini (1960), […]


Tony Martin: ‘Today it would have been hard for anybody to fight me’

Dominant in the stage 20 time trial in beating his nearest rival Tom Dumoulin (Giant Shimano) by 1 minute 39 seconds, Tony Martin was in a confident mood after netting his second stage victory in the Tour. The German rider acknowledged that several key names were missing but said he felt that his ride was […]


Van Garderen: I have ten more years to try to win the Tour

Fifth in 2012 and looking set for fifth again this time round, Tejay van Garderen has said he believes he is a much stronger rider than two years ago and that he feels overall victory in the Tour de France is a realistic target to aim for during his career. “I feel like I have […]


Ji Cheng poised to make history as first Chinese finisher of Tour de France

On the cusp of history. He’s already the first Chinese rider to start the Tour de France; in one day’s time, Ji Cheng is set to be the first to finish the world-famous race. The Giant Shimano competitor has battled through the high mountains, fending off a leg injury which has sapped his power and […]


Video – Kittel clear on goal of second Paris stage win: “It’s a dream”

Does lightning strike twice? Twelve months after he took the unofficial sprinters’ world championships on the Champs Élysées, Marcel Kittel is hoping to thunder to a second consecutive victory in Paris on Sunday. The German showed he was the top sprinter in world cycling in last year’s Tour when he won four stages, including that […]


Stage 20 TT: riders behind Nibali set to battle for podium in Paris

Barring accident, first place in the Tour de France has already been settled prior to the stage 20 time trial. Vincenzo Nibali has more than seven minutes over his rivals and looks certain to become the first Italian victor in 16 years in Paris. He took an early advantage on stage two and has stomped […]


Renshaw: ‘I dream about the Champs Elysees…it would be magical if I could win there’

Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw has been banging on the door of a strong sprint results thus far in the Tour de France. He’s stepped up following the stage one crash of team leader Mark Cavendish, replacing the injured Briton as the protected rider and enjoying the support of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. While he’s […]


Former world number one Mottet optimistic about chances of French Tour win

Former top French professional Charly Mottet has hailed the strong performances of his compatriots in this year’s race, saying that he hopes France can take its first overall Tour win within the next few years. The 2014 edition has seen a number of strong performances by home riders. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Jean Christophe Peraud and […]