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Britain's David Millar believes his return to cycling's top echelons after serving a career-threatening doping ban can serve as an example to the embattled sport of cycling.

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Spaniard Alberto Contador now has two things in common with Lance Armstrong, but the exploit of winning the Tour de France's yellow jersey is what he wants to remember most.

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International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid has called for Tour de France bosses to reflect on the consequences of trying to end all collaboration with the sport's ruling body.

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Australia discovered the full scope of Cadel Evans' yellow jersey potential in Angouleme on Saturday, and despite an anticipated runner-up place on the Tour de France he is already looking to the future. Evans will go into Sunday's 20th and final stage of the race with a 23-sec deficit to Spain's Alberto Contador.

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Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour de France on Sunday when he held on to his 23sec lead overnight lead on Australia's Cadel Evans to secure the race's fabled yellow jersey.

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Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov on Saturday contested the validity of the positive dope test results which saw him thrown out of the Tour de France.

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Former German cycling champion Andreas Klöden admitted on Saturday he is considering retiring after the recent wave of doping scandals have left him in fear he may end up in jail one day.

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The battle for the Tour de France's green jersey will dominate the 20th and final stage of the race on Sunday. And that could spell a duel between Belgian star Tom Boonen and South African Robert Hunter as the 146km race makes its way from Marcoussis to the world famous Champs Elysees.

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Tour de France organisers on Saturday called for the resignation of International Cycling Union (UCI) bosses who they feel are to blame for the Michael Rasmussen controversy which has sullied the race.

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France's Sandy Casar, riding for the Francaise des Jeux team, won the 211km 18th stage of the Tour de France from Cahors to Angouleme on Friday.

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Australian Cadel Evans will find it hard overcoming his deficit to Tour de France race leader Alberto Contador in the race's final time trial in Angoulême on Saturday, said Britain's David Millar.

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Tour de France organisers said they were in possession of no new information concerning riders who have been implicated in the Operation Puerto doping affair in Spain.

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Spain's Alberto Contador hung on to his yellow jersey in Saturday's penultimate stage time trial, won by American Levi Leipheimer, to virtually ensure overall victory in the Tour de France.

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Spain's Alberto Contador hung on to his yellow jersey in Saturday's penultimate stage time trial, won by American Levi Leipheimer, to virtually ensure overall victory in the Tour de France.

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Michael Rasmussen has reacted angrily to being kicked out of the Tour de France and sacked by his team after allegedly lying over a missed random dope test.

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France's Sandy Casar, riding for the Française des Jeux team, picked himself up after crashing into a stray dog to win the 211km 18th stage of the Tour de France from Cahors to Angoulême on Friday.

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The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Thursday lodged an appeal against the decision to clear Alessandro Petacchi of doping by Italy's Cycling Federation (FCI). Italian sprinter Petacchi escaped punishment from the FCI on Tuesday despite being charged with doping by CONI on July 4.

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Australia's Cadel Evans suggested Thursday he has always harboured doubts over the sporadic performances of Denmark's Michael Rasmussen, who was thrown out of the Tour de France by his Rabobank team on Wednesday.

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Danish rider Michael Rasmussen won the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, a 218.5 kilometres ride from Orthez to the Col de l'Aubisque.

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France's top cycling team Cofidis will exit the Tour de France following confirmation of a positive doping test for their Italian rider Cristian Moreni, according to Tour organisers on Wednesday.

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Two small bombs claimed by the Basque separatist outfit ETA exploded Wednesday along a Spanish section of the Tour de France, in the group's first attack since ending a 15-month ceasefire in June.

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Danish rider Michael Rasmussen won the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, a 218.5 kilometres ride from Orthez to the Col de l'Aubisque.

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Several Tour de France teams and cyclists reacted with anger and indignation at the start of the 16th stage in Orthez on Wednesday - but for some the latest doping revelation is a good sign.

French gendarmes leave the Palmerai Hotel in Pau  24 July 2007  after it was revealed that Kazakhsta

French police officers departed the hotel of the disgraced Astana team in Pau, France late on Tuesday carrying a number of bags and cases, but refused to make any comment.

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Contador attacked the yellow jersey four times Monday, who admitted his Spanish rival had him on the ropes: "I was really on the verge of giving up."

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"We have not ruled out Rasmussen, and the Danish Cycling Federation (DCU) were too quick to say he will not participate at the 2008 Beijing Games," Niels Nygaard told AFP.

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Switzerland's supreme court on Monday gave authorities the green light to hand over details of cyclist Jan Ullrich's Swiss bank accounts to German magistrates examining doping-related offences.

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Spaniard Alberto Contador won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, the first of three days in the Pyrenees, after a 197km race from Mazamet to Plateau-de-Beille on Sunday.

The beauty of the Pyrenees

Kazakhstani rider Alexandre Vinokourov overcame the disappointment of losing any chance of winning the Tour de France by winning the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the second of three days in the Pyrenees, after a 196km ride from Foix to Loudenvielle Le Louron on Monday.

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Kazakhstani rider Alexandre Vinokourov overcame the disappointment of losing any chance of winning the Tour de France by winning the 15th stage of the Tour de France, the second of three days in the Pyrenees, after a 196km ride from Foix to Loudenvielle Le Louron on Monday.

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Frenchman Christophe Moreau's bid for a place on the Tour de France podium hit the skids on Saturday as the race's first time trial sorted out the contenders from the pretenders.

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Cadel Evans closed in on his ambition of becoming the first Australian to win the Tour de France on Saturday. But the 30-year-old knows that ahead of three tough days of climbing, a conspicuous lack of teammates accompanying him on the tough Pyrenean slopes could be a significant handicap.

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Denmark's Michael Rasmussen reinforced his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after finishing second in a drama-filled 14th stage won by Spaniard Alberto Contador on Sunday.

Can Kloeden do it in the mountains

The yellow jersey should take on a significantly more sporting hue on Sunday when the Tour de France peloton tackles the first of three stages in the feared Pyrenees mountains.

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Alexandre Vinokourov has moved himself back into contention in the Tour de France, winning the stage 13 time trial in Albi with a stunning time of 1:06:35. He beat Australian Cadel Evans by 1'14, with Andréas Klöden third in 1'39. Michael Rasmussen defended his yellow jersey after finishing 11th. He now leads Evans by a minute on the general classification.

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Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov of Astana dominated the first major time-trial of the Tour de France on Saturday, winning the 13th stage, a 54km race in wet conditions around Albi.

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