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Cyclists crushed in India's rush for prosperity

Laws are virtually alien to India's anarchic roads, but there is a clear hierarchy, with men like Sushil Kumar who cycles to work each day near the bottom rung. While the rigid caste system still governs the social structure of most of India, out on the highways and by-lanes, size, and occasionally noise, defines everyone's place and expectations. Trucks and buses, often driven with arrogance bordering on hostility, top the pyramid, followed by cars and auto-rickshaws. Cyclists are above the widely ignored pedestrian, but below cows.

Hesjedal doped more than 10 years ago - 2012 Giro winner

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, became the latest rider to admit to a troubled past when he said on Wednesday he had doped "more than 10 years ago". "I have loved and lived this sport but more than a decade ago I chose the wrong path," said the Garmin-Sharp rider in a statement.

Cycling: Evans to ride in Australia's Tour Down Under

Cadel Evans will take part in Australia's Tour Down Under in Adelaide for the first time in four years in January, race organisers said on Saturday. It will be the first time Evans, 36, has competed in his home tour and UCI World Tour event since he won the Tour de France in 2011. Evans, who will race for the BMC Racing Team, said he has set his sights on next year's Giro d'Italia and is using the Tour Down Under as preparation. "With my focus on the Giro d'Italia, everything comes earlier in the year," Evans said in a statement.

Romanians saddle up for bike Renaissance

When Cristina Dumitru started cycling to work in Bucharest, her friends thought she was crazy. "The poor man's transport" is how biking was long known in Romania. Not any more. For the Bucharest in-crowd, cycling is now the way to roll, with fashionable bars like Origo and Bicicleta featuring bicycles as design objects and collective bike rides staged on a weekly basis, while bike shops and bicycle-related blogs have mushroomed.

Cycling: Contador eyes Tour, Vuelta double as Saxo ups backing

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is targeting victory in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2014 after investment firm Saxo Bank increased its commitment to sponsor the Danish team led by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis. Saxo Bank will become the sole name for the team formally known as Saxo-Tinkoff after Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov announced his intention to withdraw his funding of the team for 2014.

Cycling: Evans 'unlikely' to ride 2014 Tour de France

Former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans said he is unlikely to compete at the 2014 edition of the race as he concentrates on targetting a win in the Giro d'Italia. "It's unlikely that I'll start the Tour de France," Evans told AFP Monday following the presentation of the three-week Italian epic, which begins on May 9 in Belfast and ends on June 1 in the Trieste region of Italy. Evans, who was among the Tour de France's oldest champions when he won the fabled yellow jersey at the age of 34 in 2011, produced an impressive performance in this year's Giro d'Italia.

Cycling: Wiggins takes Tour of Britain title

Bradley Wiggins won his home Tour of Britain on Sunday as compatriot Mark Cavendish took his third stage victory of this year's race. Omega Pharma Quickstep sprint specialist Cavendish surged away from An Post Chain Reaction's Sam Bennett of Italy and Italian rider Elia Viviani of Cannondale to take victory in the closing stages of a race that culminated in Whitehall in central London. Wiggins, Britain's 2012 Olympic and Tour de France champion, finished in the chasing pack to secure overall victory and take the gold jersey. jdg/nr

Two cyclists killed in annual group bike ride in New Hampshire

By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - Two cyclists died in New Hampshire on Saturday when a car slammed into an annual group bike ride up the New England coast that draws up to 1,600 riders a year, police said. The 40th annual Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century Ride had been on the road for less than two hours when a car driven by 20-year-old Darrien Hess crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit a group of four, according to a statement by the Hampton Police Department in New Hampshire.

Cycling: Tour of Britain results

Leading results from the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain, a 137km ride from Sidmouth to Haytor on Friday: Stage

Cycling: Tour of Britain results

Leading results from the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain, a 177.1km ride from Machynlleth to Caerphilly on Thursday: Stage
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