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Dorel to end bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the U.S.

MONTREAL - Dorel is closing the bicycle industry's last assembly operations in the United States and shifting the work from Pennsylvania to third-party suppliers in Asia. The Montreal-based company said the change, which will affect about 100 employees, is part of a restructuring at its recreational and leisure division to be completed this year that will "enhance its competitiveness." "We were the only bicycle factory left in America and you just can't be as competitive as the Far East," chief financial officer Jeffrey Schwartz said in an interview Thursday.

Cycling: Cadel Evans staying on the road at 37

Tour de France winner Cadel Evans turns 37 on February 14 but he says retirement is not on his mind. The man billed as Australia's greatest cyclist intends to wait until after this year's Giro d'Italia before considering the next step in his career. "I'm trying not to (think about retirement) -- I'd like to do a good Giro and then use that as an indicator for the future," Evans said Monday on the eve of the start to the Tour Down Under. "My main thing is to get back to my top level, whether that's 2011 level or even one or two percent less.

Cycling: Evans heads home challenge at Tour Down Under

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans will headline a strong home challenge at the season-opening Tour Down Under, which begins in South Australia's Barossa Valley on Tuesday. Evans, 36, has not raced the UCI World Tour event since 2010 but a change to his calendar means the BMC rider will take to the roads surrounding Adelaide this year. Evans is one of several Australians with realistic chances of winning in 2014. Orica GreenEdge's Simon Gerrans, who won in 2012, and Richie Porte from Team Sky join Evans as leading local challengers.

Cycling: France's Voeckler hurt in crash Down Under

French star Thomas Voeckler has been taken for X-rays after crashing into a vehicle during training for the Tour Down Under, race organisers said Wednesday. The 34-year-old injured his right shoulder in the accident, which happened on a ride near the Adelaide beach-side suburb of Glenelg. "It's understood Voeckler accidentally collided with a stationary vehicle during a ride with his Europcar team shortly after arriving in Adelaide," organisers said in a statement. "The team has advised that he will have X-rays on his right shoulder."

Cycling: Frenchman Voeckler to debut in Tour Down Under

French star Thomas Voeckler will race the Tour Down Under for the first time when his Europcar team debuts in Australia's leading cycling event in January. Race director Mike Turtur said Voeckler's climbing abilities make him well suited to the 2014 route in and around Adelaide. "Having worn the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on two occcasions and finishing fourth in 2011, Voeckler is an icon of the sport," Turtur said.

U.S. bicycle giant apologizes to war veteran; bike shop name to remain

CALGARY - The founder of a U.S. bicycle giant has apologized to a Canadian war veteran and dropped a demand that he change the name of his bicycle shop. Dan Richter, 43, opened his Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio in Cochrane, Alta., just west of Calgary, a year ago. He named the shop after a region in France where a famous bicycle race — the Paris-Roubaix — is held each year.

David and Goliath: war veteran fights for bike shop name in trademark dispute

CALGARY - The power of social media may have forced peace talks between a veteran from the war in Afghanistan and a U.S. bicycle giant in a battle over trademarks. Dan Richter, 43, opened his Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio in Cochrane, Alta., just west of Calgary, a year ago. He named the shop after a region in France where a famous bicycle race — the Paris-Roubaix — is held each year.

Southern Europe joins north in bike revolution

Pedals versus horsepower, two wheels against four: cycling has the upper hand in Europe with bike sales now outpedalling car sales across the Old Continent, from Rome to Copenhagen. More bicycles were sold than cars last year in 26 of the European Union's 28 members, the exceptions being Belgium and Luxembourg, according to data from the cycle industry body Coliped and the auto industry association ACEA.

Outcry over cyclists killed in 'death trap' London

When a cyclist is killed on London's roads, a flower-laden white bicycle is sometimes placed at the scene -- both as a tribute to a lost friend and a warning to others. More of these poignant "ghost bikes" may appear for the six cyclists dragged under lorries and buses in two weeks -- a sudden spate of deaths that has shocked Londoners and raised tough questions for authorities. Mayor Boris Johnson loudly trumpets the benefits of cycling -- it's cheap, good for the environment and helps people get fit -- but critics say he could do more to keep them safe.

Cycling: 2015 Tour de France to start in Dutch city of Utrecht

The 2015 Tour de France will start in the historic Dutch city of Utrecht, the city and race organisers ASO announced on Friday. "The 2015 Tour de France will start in Utrecht, the Tour's organisers made known today (Friday)," the central Dutch city said in a press release. "More details for 2015 are to be revealed on November 28 in Paris and Utrecht," the statement added. It is the sixth time the Tour will start in the Netherlands, the last time being in 2010 when it kicked off in Europe's largest port of Rotterdam.
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