Talking to Silence-Lotto director Roberto Damiani
UCI President adds fuel to the fire of cycling's woes
Those of us initially surprised by Michael Rasmussen's 11th place in yesterday's 54km time trial should stop being such cynics.
"A cross between Armstrong and Pantani"
Two mountain stages down, four to go, not to mention two long time trials. In Tignes, Michael Rasmussen is in pole position and, I reckon, well in contention to win in Paris on July 29.
When, at precisely 12.54 on Friday afternoon, race radio crackled with the news that Bradley Wiggins was alone off the front of the Tour peloton, the name Tom Simpson came quickly to British lips.
In a story of two lead-out men, as Thor Hushovd tonight hailed Julian Dean's contribution to his first win of the 2007 season, the Norwegian's green jersey rival Tom Boonen was left cursing a Gert Steegmans mistake on the run-in to Joigny.
Tour de France leader Fabian Cancellara admitted on Tuesday night that he was looking forward to cracking open "a big bottle of champagne" to toast his second Tour stage win in four days. The Swiss added that he now intends to keep his jersey for as long possible, apparently regardless of how hard his team have to work to defend his 33-second lead on general classification.
The Tour is always fertile ground for conspiracy theories, but today's start village in Villers-Cotterets was especially fruitful. It seems that an average speed of under 40kph is all it takes these days to spawn enough speculation to fill a UFO symposium.
How many times have we heard that the Tour de France would be a better, more interesting race if riders weren't doping? How many times have we heard that, EPO-free, the Grande Boucle would be awash with attacks, collapses and general, high octane drama?
Procycling's Dan Friebe gives his impressions of day 1 of the Tour de France
A quick flick through the record books tells us that Fabian Cancellara's victory margin yesterday was the third biggest in the Tour's history. Only Freddy Maertens in 1967 and Chris Boardman in 1994 opened up more daylight between themselves and the rest of the field in a Tour prologue.
Fabian Cancellara tonight breathed a sigh of relief after CSC's team doctors gave the Tour leader the all clear after his crash inside the final three kilometres of stage two to Ghent.
Handbags at dawn for the Giro peloton
Brit looking for answers after the race of truth
Bernard Hinault, move over
Alexandre Vinokourov's Tour de France dream looked to have ended in tears tonight, with the Kazakh breaking down in front of TV cameras as he reflected on another heavy loss in the Alps on stage 9 of the Tour from Val d'Isère to Briançon.
The top men have their say
Examining the winning team's performance in Stuttgart
The switch from Discovery to T-Mobile