Federal case vs. Lance Armstrong nears ruling(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today) — The long legal war between Lance Armstrong and the federal government is about to reach its most critical stage yet.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper will make the call:
Should the government’s $100 million lawsuit against the disgraced cyclist proceed to trial? Or should it be thrown out at Armstrong’s request?
TOUR DE FRANCE: 5 key stages to look out forFive stages to watch in the 21-leg Tour de France, which starts on Saturday at Mont-Saint-Michel and ends on July 24 in Paris:
STAGE 1, July 2, 188 kilometers (117 miles) from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach (Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) in the Normandy region:
The Mont-Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the Normandy coast, will ...
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016: A look at the overall contenders(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at the top contenders for overall victory in the 103rd Tour de France, which starts Saturday at Mont-Saint-Michel and concludes July 24th in Paris:
The overwhelming favorite after his victories in 2013 and 2015, Chris Froome is aiming to join an elite club of just seven riders who ...
Sports: Lance Armstrong testimony revealed in federal case(PhatzRadio / AP) —- Under seven hours of questioning by the federal government, Lance Armstrong testified last month about a wide range of topics, including his former sponsorships, his speaking engagements and the first time he doped in cycling.
He also testified he’s writing a book about his life.
“I’m not,” Armstrong said under oath. “I ...
Cycling: Dutch rider wins La Course by Le Tour de FrancePARIS (AP) — The Latest from the Tour de France (all times local):
Despite crashes and a “hectic” atmosphere, Anna van der Breggen made it two straight Dutch victories in La Course by Le Tour de France women’s race on the Champs-Elysees, held on the same day as the Tour de France finishes.
The 25-year-old rider, ...
Cycling: Chris Froome, shaken but not stirred, all but locks up Tour de France ALPE D’HUEZ, France (AP) — Chris Froome grimly hung on against a flying final attack Saturday from his Tour de France rival Nairo Quintana on the last Alpine climb of this year’s race to all but lock up the British rider’s second Tour victory in the space of three years.
Quintana was outstanding on the final ...
Cycling: Tour’s 3rd day in Alps underwaySAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) — The Latest from the Tour de France (all times local):
Tour de France riders are off on the third of four days in the Alps, with Chris Froome hoping to cling on to the yellow jersey until the race ends in Paris in two days.
The 138-kilometer ride takes the pack over ...
Cycling: Riders dropping out of Stage 17 at TourBARCELONNETTE, France (AP) — Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 of the Tour de France in the Alps on Wednesday with a brave solo ride, while former champion Alberto Contador fell during a terrifying high-speed descent.
Race leader Chris Froome staved off multiple attacks to get through the first ...
Cycling: Froome’s Sky team releases data at Tour de FranceSISTERON, France (AP) — The team of Tour de France leader Chris Froome has released new information about his riding power, pedaling rhythm and maximum heart rate, hoping to dispel what his coach calls “wildly wrong” figures floated on French television.
The release comes in the wake of comments on French TV raising questions about Froome’s ...
Cycling: Baby before bike for Tour’s Greg van AvermaetGAP, France (AP) — The Latest from Stage 16 of the Tour de France (all times local):
It’s baby before bike for Greg van Avermaet.
The BMC team rider has left the Tour early after his pregnant wife called him back.
The Belgian did not start Stage 16 on Monday.
He says his wife was “a little bit ...
Cycling: Greipel wins Tour de France Stage 15
VALENCE, France (AP) — The latest from Stage 15 of the Tour de France (all times local):
Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Soudal team won Sunday’s Stage 15 after a sprint for the line between four riders.
Giant-Alpecin’s John Degenkolb was second, with Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff third and Peter Sagan of Tinkoff-Saxo finishing fourth.
Team Sky’s Chris Froome of ...
Cycling: Cummings takes Stage 14 win at TourMENDE, France (AP) — The Latest from Stage 14 of the Tour de France (all times local):
British rider Stephen Cummings of the MTN-Qhubeka team has won Stage 14 of the Tour de France by ambushing French riders Romain Bardet and Thibaut Pinot on a short flat section after the steep final climb.
Bardet and Pinot summited ...
Cycling: Froome rides for rhinos as TourRODEZ, France (AP) — The latest from the Tour de France (all times local):
Tour de France leader Chris Froome is using his bike to make a statement against animal poaching.
A rhino baring its teeth has been painted onto the frame of the bike he’s riding on Friday’s Stage 13.
The Kenya-born Briton says on his ...
Cycling: Armstrong admits to ‘hard feelings’ about himLANNEMEZAN, France (AP) — The latest from the 12th stage of the Tour de France (all times local):
Lance Armstrong says he understands there are “hard feelings” toward him in the cycling world that will go on for a long while.
The Texan, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, spoke ...
Cycling: Froome in yellow as 11th stage of Tour beginsCAUTERETS, France (AP) — The Latest from the 11th Stage of the Tour de France (all times local):
After crushing his top opponents a day earlier, Chris Froome is wearing the Tour de France leader’s yellow jersey and the pack has set off for a tough 11th stage over six mountain climbs.
More Pyrenean punishment looms ...
Cycling: Feds get limited OK to question Lance Armstrong about sex life(PhatzRadio / AP) — The federal government has received the green light to ask additional questions about Lance Armstrong’s sex life – but only on a limited basis, according to a new ruling by a federal judge.
That means Armstrong likely will be asked to confirm or clarify the nature of his personal relationship with former ...
Cycling: Tour leader Froome confident heading to Pyrenees mountainsPLUMELEC, France (AP) — Race leader Chris Froome heads to the first mountain stages of the Tour de France in confident mood — and with an unexpected main rival.
The British rider, seeking his second Tour win after his dominant victory in 2013, safely kept the yellow jersey after his Team SKY finished one second behind ...
Cycling: Astana sets new fastest time in team time trialPLUMELEC, France (AP) — The Latest from the ninth stage of the Tour de France (all times local):
Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team has set a new fastest time of 32 minutes and 50 seconds over the 28-kilometer (17.4-mile) hilly trek through Brittany.
Twelve of the 22 Tour de France teams have reached the finish at the ...
Cycling: Riders start 7th stage of Tour de FranceFOUGERES, France (AP) — The latest from the seventh stage of the Tour de France (all times local)
The lead of the five breakaway riders is decreasing quickly as sprinters teams Etixx-Quick Step and Lotto-Soudal have launched the chase.
With 70 kilometers left before the finish in the small Britany town of Fougeres, Kristjian Durasek, Luis ...
Cycling: Martin defends yellow on 6th stage of TourLE HAVRE, France (AP) — The latest from the sixth stage of the Tour de France (all times local):
Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot has scored his first points in the battle for the King of the Mountains crown.
Teklehaimanot won the sprint at the top of the Cote de Pourville-sur-Mer after securing his first point at ...
Cycling: Crashes pile up on rainy day at Tour de FranceAMIENS, France (AP) — The latest from the Tour de France fifth stage (all times local).
After three consecutive days of frenetic racing on dangerous roads, Wednesday’s flat stage was meant to bring some relaxation to the Tour de France riders.
Bad weather decided otherwise.
Rain has been incessant since the start in Arras and FDJ rider ...
Cycling – Tour de France: Quintana’s manager worried by cobbles stageCAMBRAI, France (AP) — The latest from the fourth stage of the Tour de France (all times local):
With its seven cobbles sectors, the fourth stage of the Tour de France looks very much like the Paris-Roubaix classic.
At 223.5-kilometer, it’s also the longest of the race this year and comes after two days of frenetic ...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong fighting government questions about sex lifeThe titanic legal battle between Lance Armstrong and the federal government has entered a sensitive new frontier – Armstrong’s sex life.
The government wants to know: Did a key witness in the Armstrong doping scandal have an intimate relationship with him?
The issue came up June 9 during a pretrial deposition involving Stephanie McIlvain, a former representative ...
Cycling: All ingredients in place for mouthwatering Tour de FrancePARIS (AP) — The Tour de France is like a good bouillabaisse, the traditional Mediterranean seafood stew. Take out one ingredient, and it does not taste the same.
The Tour starting on Saturday has all the ingredients in place:
—A nervy first week on treacherous roads.
—Towering mountains passes to climb.
—The grandest of finales up 21 hairpin bends ...
Cycling: Feds explain why they want to question Lance Armstrong’s girlfriend
(PhatzRadio / AP) — The U.S. government wants to question Lance Armstrong’s girlfriend about his history of lying, including a recent attempt to cover up his role in a car accident in Aspen, according to court documents the government filed Monday.
The government is suing Armstrong for civil fraud and recently issued a subpoena to Armstrong’s ...