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  • Kristoff wins stage, Nibali keeps Tour de France lead Jul 20, 2014 6:21 PM
    Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming — their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way. A bunch of sprinters leading the pack came speeding like a runaway train and plowed past the huffing breakaway duo in the final milliseconds. Stage 15 belonged to Norwegian speedster Alexander Kristoff, his second stage victory in this Tour.

  • Tour de France leaves Alps: Pole wins day, Italian well in lead Jul 19, 2014 6:04 PM
    Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday. The two stages were expected to shake up the standings, but Vincenzo Nibali was not only still wearing the yellow jersey, he was farther out front.

  • Cyclists race along Waukegan streets in first criterium event Jul 18, 2014 4:30 PM
    The streets of downtown Waukegan were transformed into a Tour de France-type raceway as the inaugural Vista Health System Waukegan Criterium took place Friday. “The City of Waukegan was ready to embrace this race,” race co-coordinator Tom Schuler said.

  • In Alps, Nibali again dominates Tour de France Jul 18, 2014 5:07 PM
    If Vincenzo Nibali was looking happier Friday after the Tour de France rode into the Alps, here’s why: His top rival fell out of contention, he gained nearly a minute on his next-biggest challenger and oh, he won Stage 13 to boot. On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cycling’s greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders.

  • Nibali defends yellow jersey on 12th stage of Tour Jul 17, 2014 10:41 AM
    BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France — Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali has a firm grip on the yellow jersey as the 12th stage of the Tour de France gets underway. Nibali holds a lead of 2 minutes, 23 seconds over Australian rider Richie Porte and 2:47 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde heading into Thursday’s 185.5-kilometer (115.5-mile) trek from Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Etienne in southeastern France — a mostly flat route which favors sprinters. American rider Andrew Talansky did not take the start line Thursday after pulling out in the morning. He rode for several hours with excruciating back pain in Wednesday’s 11th stage, where he finished in last place. Nibali is looking to become the first Italian rider to win the showcase race since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.

  • Kadri wins 8th stage of Tour Jul 12, 2014 5:03 PM
    In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday. Meanwhile, Vincent Nibali extended his lead over his biggest rivals except an important one: two-time champion Alberto Contador, who sped ahead thinking he might win the stage and trying to test the response of the Italian in the yellow jersey.

  • Italy’s Trentin wins 7th Tour leg in photo finish Jul 11, 2014 5:46 PM
    Matteo Trentin of Italy won Friday’s seventh stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish, after two top American hopefuls went down in the latest spills of a crash-marred edition this year.

  • Sensing rivals, calm Nibali defends Tour lead Jul 10, 2014 5:45 PM
    Vincenzo Nibali is growing comfortable in his yellow jersey. He’s not taking the Tour de France lead for granted, though. Despite the stunning departure of reigning champion Chris Froome in a crash the day before, the Italian says he’s “afraid” of two-time champ Alberto Contador, and senses other contenders are looking for opportunities to strip him of cycling’s most coveted jersey.

  • Kittel wins 1st stage of Tour de France Jul 5, 2014 3:37 PM
    Marcel Kittel of Germany won the first stage of the Tour de France for a second straight year after a late crash brought down British rival Mark Cavendish in the presence of royals on Saturday. Kittel, who earned four Tour stages last year, won the 118-mile run in mainly bucolic Yorkshire countryside from Leeds to Harrogate.

  • Tour de France gears up for UK start Jul 4, 2014 4:54 PM
    So your national team is out of the World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon doesn’t seem the same without Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal and your baseball team is slumping. This weekend, fans of many stripes could join die-hard cycling buffs and tune in to the start of the 101st Tour de France for that much needed sports fix.

  • 5 things to know about doping at the Tour de France Jul 4, 2014 4:21 PM
    Doping has been an unfortunate part of the Tour de France since its inception in 1903. Instead of today’s high-tech performance enhancers like blood-booster EPO, riders juiced up on wine and cocaine, even strychnine, to get a lift in the race. As the sport went prime-time and grew more competitive and lucrative, the crackdown on doping cheats also intensified. Here are five things to know about doping before the race starts on Saturday.

  • 5 key stages on the Tour de France Jul 3, 2014 4:38 PM
    With more mountain stages, only one time trial, and cobblestones on the menu, there’s an exciting smorgasbord of routes in store on the Tour de France. The three-week race, which starts on Saturday in Leeds, features only 33.5 miles of time-trialing. This could disadvantage defending champion Chris Froome, who beat his main rival, Alberto Contador, in both of last year’s individual time trials.

  • Froome senses pressures as Tour repeat bid looms Jul 3, 2014 4:37 PM
    Defending champion Chris Froome says he’s feeling the pressure on the eve of the Tour de France. Ahead of Saturday’s race start, the Kenyan-born Briton says his main rivals “have upped their game” and two-time Tour champ Alberto Contador is looking more competitive than a year ago.

  • Wounded Warrior Project veterans ride cycles through Rosemont, Des Planies Jun 27, 2014 6:06 PM
    Veterans. some riding hand cycles, trikes and bicycles retrofitted to accommodate injuries, are taking to the streets this weekend on a veterans support organization’s annual bicycle “soldier ride” showing camaraderie and mutual support. “Wounded Warrior has saved my life,” one veteran said.

  • New Elgin BMX track operators hope to revitalize, attract riders Jun 22, 2014 4:14 PM
    Husband and wife team Jim and Jenna Barton of Belvidere have been trying to revitalize Elgin’s BMX track since they took over as operators in the fall. Scoring the upcoming appearance of Donny Robinson, the 2008 BMX Olympic bronze medalist,should help.

  • Suburban cyclists bike across nation to fight cancer Jun 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    Twenty University of Illinois students are biking 4,000 miles this summer to support a variety of cancer-fighting causes. “It sounded like something new, something pretty crazy and just like an epic journey,” said 19-year-old Grace Deetjen of Naperville. Other riders on the trip are from Algonquin, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, St. Charles and Wheeling.

  • Froome to defend title at Criterium du Dauphine Jun 3, 2014 6:26 PM
    Team Sky bitter rivals Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins will warm up for the Tour de France in different races. Froome, the defending Tour champion, will put the finishing touches to his preparation by competing at the Criterium du Dauphine from June 8-15, while Wiggins, the first British rider to win cycling’s showpiece event two years ago, will use the Tour de Suisse as a tuneup.

  • Ride of Silence honors memory of Elk Grove cyclist May 28, 2014 3:14 PM
    Elk Grove Village cyclists road silently along local bike trails and streets last week to honor the memory of a cyclist struck and killed by a vehicle last year on Higgins Road.

  • Fox River Grove hosts bike races Sunday May 16, 2014 12:58 PM
    Cyclists from throughout the region will peddle along scenic routes in Fox River Grove Sunday for the PSIMET Fox River Grove Criterium. The USA Cycling-sanctioned series of bike races will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

  • Wiggins leads Tour of California May 12, 2014 11:08 PM
    Bradley Wiggins of Britain, the 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic time trial gold medalist, powered to a 44-second victory Monday in the Stage 2 individual time trial and moved into the race lead at the Tour of California.

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