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Ji Cheng wants to be a role model for Chinese cycling, but so far he's relatively unknown at home, where cycling is not a popular sport.
Briton Chris Froome won the 100th edition of the Tour de France, a now globalized race that has its roots in the French love of cycling.
The century-old cycling race remains popular in France, even after the Lance Armstrong era.
Peter Ford, who covered Lance Armstrong's winning streak at the Tour de France for the Monitor, writes that Armstrong's doping has 'tainted some of my happiest memories of reporting in France.'
In the post-Lance Armstrong era, Team Garmin-Cervélo is proving it's possible to win clean. Since the squad pioneered a rigorous internal drug-testing system in 2007, not a single rider has tested positive.
Alberto Contador, coming off two consecutive wins, is the clear favorite. But he's stuck in a legal battle over allegations of doping that could nullify any titles he wins this year.
Spain's cycling federation cleared Alberto Contador of doping charges, but international officials seek a fresh review. At issue are Contador's intent and Spain's impartiality.
Alberto Contador was cleared of doping allegations by the Spanish cycling federation just weeks after it had proposed a one-year suspension for the three-time Tour champion.
'I'm innocent,' cyclist Alberto Contador said at a press conference today, vowing to fight a proposal to suspend him and strip his 2010 Tour de France title.
Spain's cycling federation made a preliminary decision to strip Alberto Contador of his 2010 Tour de France title and suspend him from cycling for one year.
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