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McQuaid hits out at Tour organisers

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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Evans makes history

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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Contador claims his first Tour

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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Green jersey battle to continue on Champs Elysees

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 calls for resignation of UCI bosses

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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Leipheimer wins nail-biter

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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Tdf 19: Leipheimer wins nail-biter

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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Millar: Evans faces uphill battle

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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Wounded Casar triumphs

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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CONI lodge appeal against Petacchi's exoneration

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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TdF 16: The Chicken soars

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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Bennati takes first for Lampre

Italy's Daniele Bennati, of the Lampre team, won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, a 188.5km ride from Pau to Castelsarrasin.

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Cofidis exits Tour

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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ETA blasts hit TdF route

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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The chicken soars

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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Teams call for cull of cheats

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.

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Swiss give access to Ullrich's accounts

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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Vino, vidi vici

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.

The beauty of the Pyrenees

TdF 15: Vino, vidi vici

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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Evans shows victory credentials ahead of Pyrenees

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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Contador wins climbing duel

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

All eyes on Astana as Pyrenees loom

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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Vinokourov is back

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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TdF 13: Vino is back

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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