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Strict testing means cycling cleanest sport, says Froome

By Pauline Mevel PARIS (Reuters) - Stringent drug testing means cycling is now probably the cleanest sport, Tour de France champion Chris Froome said on Monday. Froome is the first rider to win the Tour since American Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for cheating and, perhaps unsurprisingly given cycling's drug-tainted past, the Briton found the finger of suspicion pointing at him during the race.

Cycling: O'Grady calls it a day after 17th Tour

Australian Stuart O'Grady called time on his cycling career on Monday, a day after completing a 17th Tour de France. The 39-year-old equalled American George Hincapie's record of 17 appearances in the Grande Boucle, the most prestigious cycling race in the world. "I've always wanted my career to end with something truly special and this year's Tour de France has given me that," the Orica-GreenEdge rider said in a press release.

Cycling: Froome can restore cycling's reputation - father

Chris Froome's father claims the newly-crowned Tour de France champion is the perfect personality to restore cycling's battered reputation. Froome, 28, became Britain's second successive winner of the prestigious race when he crossed the finishing line in Paris on Sunday, following Bradley Wiggins' success 12 months earlier. But with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal still fresh in the minds of many, Froome has had to fend off some awkward questions throughout the Tour on the subject of drug cheats, particularly after his victory on stage 15 on top of Mont Ventoux.

List of Tour de France winners

PARIS (Reuters) - Tour de France winners since the event was first staged in 1903 (no races during the World Wars): 2013 Chris Froome (Britain) 2012 Bradley Wiggins (Britain) 2011 Cadel Evans (Australia) 2010 Andy Schleck (Luxembourg) *** 2009 Alberto Contador 2008 Carlos Sastre (Spain) 2007 Contador 2006 Oscar Pereiro (Spain) ** 2005 * 2004 *

Cycling: Froome bound for glory on the Champs Elysees

Kenyan-born cyclist Chris Froome was Sunday poised to succeed Bradley Wiggins as the Tour de France champion to complete a remarkable double for Britain. Froome, who finished runner-up in 2012 on his way to helping Sky teammate Wiggins make history as the first ever British winner of the world's most famous bike race, headed into Sunday's final stage with a 5min 03sec lead on Colombian sensation Nairo Quintana.

Cycling: Critics wrong to accuse Froome of doping - Walsh

Chris Froome doesn't deserve to be accused of winning the Tour de France by doping, according to the journalist who helped expose Lance Armstrong as a drug cheat. Teak Sky rider Froome has almost guaranteed victory in the 100th Tour de France after finishing Saturday's stage 20 to Annecy-Semnoz with a lead of more than five minutes. With only Sunday's processional stage into Paris to go, Froome will be the second British winner in as many years following on from Team Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins's 2012 success.

Cycling: Quintana claims jersey double and runner-up spot

Nairo Quintana secured a stunning double haul of jerseys and a surprise runner-up place after claiming his maiden Tour de France win on the 20th and penultimate stage of the 100th edition on Saturday. Quintana, making his race debut with the Movistar team, attacked yellow jersey holder Chris Froome inside the final two kilometres of the 10.3km trek to the summit of Annecy-Semnoz to solo over the finish line in triumph.

Cycling: Bauer leaves hospital after Tour crash

New Zealand's Jack Bauer was released from hospital without fractures but still hurting after crashing out of the Tour de France during the hilly 19th stage on Friday. Bauer's crash on the Col de Glandon, one of five categorised climbs on the 204.5 km ride from Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, left him with cuts and grazes to his face. Amid fears he had fractured bones in his face, he was transported to hospital in Bourg-Saint-Maurice but after "undergoing scans which revealed no fractures" he was released.

Cycling: Costa at the double as Froome sights Tour triumph

Portugal's Rui Costa claimed his second win of the 100th Tour de France on Friday as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome looked ahead to tasting overall victory in Paris. Movistar rider Costa shot out of a chasing peloton on the fifth and final climb of the 204.5 km ride from Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand to catch stage leader Europcar's Pierre Rolland. The Portuguese, taking his second win and the third of his career following a victory in similar style on stage 16 to Gap, crossed the finish line 47secs ahead of German veteran Andreas Kloden (RadioShack).

Portugal's Costa wins Tour de France 19th stage

LE GRAND BORNAND, France (Reuters) - Rui Costa of Portugal won the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, a 204.5-km ride from Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand. Andreas Kloeden of Germany was second and Belgian Jan Bakelants was third. (Editing By Alison Wildey)
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