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Cycling: Former rower Hamish Bond named for time trial at world cycling champs
August 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two-time Olympic rowing champion Hamish Bond has completed his transformation to cycling, with selection for the New Zealand team to the UCI road championships in Norway.Bond has flirted with cycling as part of his cross-training... More...
Cycling: Greg Henderson announces retirement
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Greg Henderson has officially retired.The veteran cyclist has posted a heartfelt tribute on his website to all who have helped him pursue a professional career which included five Tours de France.Henderson also represented New... More...
Vandalism accusations in stoush between motorists and cyclists on Hutt Rd cycleway in Wellington
August 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"A few bad eggs" are causing strife between motorists and cyclists along the Hutt Road cycleway in Wellington, with car owners discovering their side mirrors broken off and words scribbled across their bonnets.Cyclists have been... More...
Tour de France rider breaks leg at brother's stag
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
British Tour de France rider Luke Rowe faces a lengthy break from cycling after breaking his leg at his brother's tag party.The Team Sky rider sustained fractures to his tibia and fibula following a rafting accident, according to... More...
2-time Tour winner Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will retire next month after riding in the Spanish Vuelta.Contador announced his plan to stop racing on a video posted Monday on Instagram. The Spanish rider said the... More...
Paterson finishes eighth at BMX World Champs in South Carolina
August 10, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
After fighting hard for a spot in the 15-year-old boys' division final at the BMX World Championships, Rotorua's Zach Paterson was unlucky to be caught up in a crash at the start of the race.He finished eighth overall at the event... More...
Prance Armstrong: Tiny horse dreams big, enters cycling race
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
It was the Tour de Prance!The Tour of Poland took an unexpected twist when an escaped pony entered the race 100km from the finish line.The group of riders were cruising along at a stable speed when the fluffy pony jumped from... More...
Kiwi claims world masters cycling title after drug scandal exposure
August 05, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Grant Chapman Six times, Colin Claxton has had to stand one step down on the medal podium and listen to the French national anthem played.Now he knows why.Claxton, 68, from Drury, has just become a masters world cycling champion,... More...
Could return to carless days solve Auckland motorway congestion
July 30, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
With congested motorways enraging motorists and regular appeals to take the bus or ride a bike to work, could a return to "carless days" induce calm on our roads?Today is the anniversary of former Prime Minister Robert Muldoon's... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome aims to make history, reign in Spain
July 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Tom Cary It was no great secret that he was planning to ride the Vuelta a Espana after winning his fourth Tour de France title but Chris Froome has now confirmed beyond all doubt he will seek to make history at the three-week... More...
Cycling: George Bennett ramping up for Vuelta a Espaa challenge
July 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
George Bennett is taking a long-term approach to his cycling future, but short-term success is still a distinct possibility.Bennett is ramping up for a crack at the Vuelta a Espaa in three weeks, after his promising Tour de France... More...
Bardet and Barguil give France hope of ending Tour drought
July 25, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Maybe the drought will be over soon for French riders at the Tour de France.It is 32 years since the Tour had a home winner, when Bernard Hinault won the last of his five titles back in 1985.He didn't know it then... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome sets sights on five more years
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
He nearly fluffed his speech, dropping his notes on the podium beneath the Arc de Triomphe and requiring runner-up Rigoberto Uran to rescue them before they blew away, but Chris Froome was otherwise sure-footed, firing out a warning... More...
Chris Froome rides yellow bike on his way to 4th Tour title
July 24, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MONTGERON, France (AP) " Riding a yellow bike to match his jersey, defending champion Chris Froome set off toward his fourth Tour de France title on the final stage of this year's race.The 32-year-old British rider started from... More...
Tour de France: Kiwi rookie Patrick Bevin completes journey with broken foot
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi cyclist Patrick Bevin has revealed just how tough you have to be to finish the Tour de France, completing the 3540km journey with a broken foot.In his first tour, Bevin finished 114th, three hours 23 minutes behind winning... More...
Cycling: Chris Froome wins 4th Tour de France title
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Riding a bright yellow bike to match his shiny leader's jersey, defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title this morning.The 32-year-old Kenyan-born British rider finished 54 seconds... More...
Armstrong's Tour de France insights make compelling listening
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"Man, I have seen this movie," drawls a familiar voice. "The ending is s***. [Dave] Brailsford needs to put the shovel down and stop digging."This has been an interesting Tour de France in many ways. The battle for the yellow jersey... More...
The Latest: Bardet trying to emulate LeMond in Tour TT
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MARSEILLE, France (AP) " The Latest on the Tour de France time trial in Marseille (all times local):___4:00 p.m.An interesting stat provided by Tour organizers.Over the past 30 years, the yellow jersey has changed four times... More...
Jack Tame: Watching Tour de France for the freak show
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The veins stretch up his legs like the knotted roots of a tree. It looks sci-fi, un-human even, like veins on the hands of someone very old, except these covered Pawel Poljanski's entire limbs, from his thighs to his ankles.The... More...
Cycling: Froome closes in on fourth Tour victory
July 21, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
On the highest mountain-top finish of the 104th Tour de France, in a rocky moonscape where the air thins, only the hardiest organisms survive. A few pine trees, tough old grasses, some stubborn flowers and, now joining that rare breed,... More...
Grant Chapman: The Tour de France is an inhumane event, so dope away
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Grant Chapman The longer this particular edition of the Tour de France drags on, the more inclined I am to cut Lance Armstrong some slack.Just a little, though.Because if there's one sporting event where you absolutely should... More...
'That can't be healthy': Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski's photo reveals the ravages of Tour de France
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A picture is often described as worth a thousand words and that idiom has never been truer than the image shared by Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski.A thesis could be written on the rigours of the Tour de France, but Poljanski's photo,... More...
Cycling: George Bennett draws sympathy from veteran Tour de France cyclists
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A pair of New Zealand Tour de France veterans have lauded George Bennett's performance in this year's event, and sympathised with the Team Lotto NL-Jumbo rider's decision to withdraw due to illness on stage 16.Tino Tabak competed... More...
Tour de France: Lance Armstrong saddened by Bennett withdrawal, but still a believer
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett may be gone from the Tour de France, but he still has a big fan in seven-time winner Lance Armstrong.After several days of illness, Bennett dropped out of the French classic early on today's Stage 16, unable... More...
Tour of Spain to ditch podium girls
July 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The Vuelta a Espana will become the first of cycling's grand tours to do away with podium girls.Organisers have said they will be making some changes for this year's three week stage race, following debate about the presence of... More...
The legs of a Tour de France rider - Pawel Poljanski shares photo after race
July 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
These are the legs of a Tour de France rider after suffering through 16 stages of the race.Poland's Pawel Poljanski posted a photo on his Instagram account after completed the latest stage from Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isre... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Chestnuts and Rhone Valley delights
July 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) " After 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) of racing, the Tour de France has saved some of its best gastronomic and cultural treats for last. Oh, and let's not forget the race: Deliciously poised for the final... More...
Brailsford: Landa 'very supportive' of Froome in Tour
July 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) " Mikel Landa has been so strong over the last two weeks that there is no doubt he could be a team leader at the Tour de France.Despite riding in support of Chris Froome, Landa has been impressive in... More...
Bike problem nearly derails Froome on Stage 15
July 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) " Chris Froome fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader's yellow jersey on the tricky Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won Sunday with a courageous solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema... More...
Tour de France: Kiwi George Bennett tweets frustration at drafting riders
July 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Tour de France cycling hero George Bennett has found the energy to take a shot at race officials for allowing riders to slipstream off TV motorbikes.The Kiwi slipped a spot to 12th overall in the general classification overnight,... More...
Bike problem nearly derails Froome on Stage 15
July 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader's yellow jersey on the tricky Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won today with a courageous solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands.The back wheel... More...
Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru
July 16, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
RODEZ, France (AP) " Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final... More...
Tour de France: Froome takes back yellow jersey from Aru
July 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final short, sharp ascent... More...
Cycling: This time it's a trial but Hamish Bond is awesome
July 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Ambition, resilience and doubt have fought for tenancy in Hamish Bond's mind as he advances his time-trialist cycling dream in Europe.The double Olympic rowing champion has been on a mission to perfect his technique since heading... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Intestines for breakfast, black paintings
July 15, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
FOIX, France (AP) " After two hard days of intense racing in the Pyrenees, Tour de France riders who needed a break will be disappointed.The stage on Saturday does not take place in altitude but features a difficult finale hard... More...
Kiwi streaker takes on Tour de France climb
July 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand cyclist George Bennett isn't the only Kiwi turning heads at this year's edition of the Tour de France.Triathlete Josh Harris made a notable television appearance during Stage 13 overnight (NZT) when he ran alongside... More...
Tour de France: George Bennett slips out of top 10
July 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi rider George Bennett has slipped out of the top 10 in the Tour de France's general classification after stage 13.The Lotto NL-Jumbo rider crossed the line in 22nd place, four minutes and eight seconds behind stage winner Frenchman... More...
Tour de France: Cycling legend Julian Dean heralds Bennett as 'NZ top athlete'
July 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Could Tour de France cycling star George Bennett be New Zealand's best athlete?That's a huge can of worms to open up, but Kiwi cycling legend Julian Dean has taken to social media with his views, after Bennett climbed another spot... More...
George Bennett slams penalty for accepting water from fan
July 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi rider George Bennett remains in the Tour de France top 10 despite being handed a 20-second penalty for accepting water from a fan, which he has labelled 'bulls**t'.Bennett finished eighth in the 214km 12th stage and moves to... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: James Bond, ancient stew and rare grapes
July 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PAU, France (AP) " It's a shame that Tour de France riders will be too busy pedaling for a restaurant stop on Thursday.Because in the Pyrenees, as they scale mountain climbs steep enough to make all of them hungry, they'll be racing... More...
Chris Froome loses Tour de France lead
July 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Chris Froome cracked during a grueling climb to the finish and lost the overall lead in the Tour de France to Fabio Aru today after a demanding stage won by Romain Bardet.Froome's Sky teammates had perfectly controlled the race... More...
Tour de France: Lance Armstrong tips Kiwi George Bennett as future winner
July 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
And in the category of damning with faint praise ... fallen Tour de France hero Lance Armstrong has tipped Kiwi George Bennett as a future winner of the great cycle race.After his 10th-place finish at last year's Vuelta a Espaa... More...
Tour de France: Marcel Kittel strikes again, as peleton braces for Pyrenees
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of this year's race. The Quick-Step Floors rider, who now has 14 stages to his name... More...
Kittel wins Tour stage 10, Froome keeps race lead
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year's Tour de France.The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease on Tuesday, while Chris Froome stayed safely... More...
The French Connection helps Auckland move greener
July 12, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
How can Auckland make its transport network greener? In the third part of the Herald 's French Connection series, Jamie Morton looks at our public transport potential - and some odd ideas from Paris. Imagine being able to dream... More...
Cycling: Marcel Kittel stamps sprinting class on Tour de France
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Marcel Kittel has no serious challenger for the King of the Sprint title at this year's Tour de France.The German sprinter won the 10th stage with remarkable ease this morning, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to... More...
Kiwi Jack Bauer punched by fellow rider during Tour de France
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi Jack Bauer was punched by a fellow rider late into stage 10 of the Tour de France.The Quick Step rider was struck by Nacer Bouhanni of Team Cofidis, with the incident captured by a overhead camera. Bauer was working to set... More...
TASTE OF THE TOUR: Sweet white wine and a big nose star
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " After a well-deserved rest day, the Tour de France peloton gets back to work on Tuesday through the colorful landscapes of the Perigord region.Here's a gastronomic, sporting and cultural glance at the 178-kilometer... More...
Tour de France: Kittel wins stage 10, Froome retains yellow
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
German rider Marcel Kittel won the 10th stage of the TourdeFrance in a sprint finish today, while Chris Froome stayed safely in the main pack to retain the race leader's yellow jersey.A sprint specialist, Kittel perfectly timed... More...
Froome denies barging into Tour rival Aru
July 11, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
BERGERAC, France (AP) " Race leader Chris Froome has described suggestions that he deliberately barged into rival Fabio Aru during a grueling Tour de France stage as "crazy."Froome, who leads Aru by 18 seconds after nine stages,... More...

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