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Spanish cyclist Galvez dies after crash

GHENT, Belgium, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Spanish world champion cyclist Isaac Galvez died Sunday after he crashed into a railing during an indoor race in Belgium, race organizers said.

Prokopcuka, Dos Santos win NYC marathon

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia took first place for women in Sunday's New York Marathon, while Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil took the men's title.

Lance Armstrong in fight with neighbors

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's neighbors in Dripping Springs, Texas, say he fouled their joint swimming hole with an illegal dam.

Landis vows to ride again, clear name

MURIETA, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Floyd Landis, the controversial winner of this year's Tour de France, vows to ride again and clear his name of doping allegations.

Landis' lawyer blames lab for doping test

CHATENAY-MALABRY, France, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A lawyer for 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis has blamed testosterone/epitestosterone abnormalities in his client's urine on a French testing lab. Attorney Howard Jacobs attributed the ratio abnormalities to a "gross error" resulting from "sloppy

Former Armstrong teammates admit doping

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Two former teammates of cyclist Lance Armstrong at the 1999 Tour de France have admitted to using endurance-boosting drugs, The New York Times reports. The teammates, retired captain Frankie Andreu and one other man who spoke on condition of anonymity, to

Literal 'iron man' finishes Euro bike trip

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Briton who says he has more metal in his head than anyone in Europe -- 24 titanium plates and 131 screws -- has completed a grueling 1,000-mile bike trip.

Outdoor Life Network changing its name

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Outdoor Life Network is officially changing its name later this month to Versus.

Cyclist Landis' father-in-law found dead

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- David Witt, the father-in-law of contested Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car in San Diego. Witt, 57, was found at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday.

Phonak cycle team to disband after season

ZURICH, Switzerland, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The owner of Switzerland's Phonak bicycle racing team announced Tuesday in Zurich he will disband the team at the end of the season.

'Today' allegedly breaks Landis embargo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- "Today" allegedly agreed to air a taped interview with cyclist Floyd Landis after "Good Morning America's" live Los Angeles interview, but "Today's" ran first.

Landis denies doping

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Fired by his cycling team and threatened with the loss of his Tour de France title, Floyd Landis said Monday that he took no banned substances.

Landis fails backup drug test

PARIS, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Tour de France champ Floyd Landis has failed a backup drug test, bicycle racing's governing body said Saturday.

Landis awaits second doping results

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis is keeping a low profile this week as he awaits second results on urine testing that could strip him of his Tour de France title.

Landis' doctor disagrees with test

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. physician of Floyd Landis disputes tests showing the Tour de France winner had elevated testosterone levels during the race.
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Spaniard Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium after winning this year's Tour de France in Paris on July 25, 2010. Contador won his third Tour de France title in the last four years. UPI/David Silpa
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The Tour de France (French pronunciation: ) is an annual bicycle race held in France and nearby countries. First staged in 1903, the race covers more than 3,600 kilometres (2,200 mi) and lasts three weeks. As the best known and most prestigious of cycling's three "Grand Tours", the Tour de France attracts riders and teams from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year, but the race has always finished in Paris. Since 1975, the climax of the final stage has been along the Champs-Élysées.

The tour typically has 21 days of racing and covers 3,200 kilometres (2,000 mi). The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 kilometres (1,500 mi), the longest in 1926 at 5,745 kilometres (3,570 mi). The three weeks usually include two rest days, sometimes used to transport riders from a finish in one town to the start in another. The race alternates between clockwise and anticlockwise circuits of France. The first anticlockwise circuit was in 1913. The New York Times said the "Tour de France is arguably the most physiologically demanding of athletic events." The effort was compared to "running a marathon several days a week for nearly three weeks", while the total elevation of the climbs was compared to "climbing three Everests."

The number of teams usually varies between 20 and 22, with nine riders in each. Entry is by invitation to teams chosen by the race organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Team members help each other and are followed by managers and mechanics in cars.

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