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Tour de France winner Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Berlin - Germany's Tour de de France champion Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday after his brief detention for allegedly assaulting a prostitute.

Tour de France winner Ullrich held over 'escort' assault

Frankfurt Am Main - Tour de France-winning cyclist Jan Ullrich was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt, police said, just a week after the German national was briefly detained in Spain.

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Bejing - A Belgian cyclist rode 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles) from the French city of Lyon to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in just 49 days to win an inaugural solar-powered electric bike race aimed at promoting renewable energy.

Porte plots place on Tour de France podium

La Roche-sur-yon - Australia's Richie Porte knows the clock is ticking down on his cycling career but is confident he and his BMC team can deliver at least one podium spot on the 2018 Tour de France.

Security blanket for riders including Froome at Tour de France

La Roche-sur-yon - Over 30,000 security agents will be deployed to protect riders during the Tour de France, organisers said Wednesday after the head of world cycling called for a safe environment for British rider Chris Froome.

Tour de France formally block Chris Froome from riding: report

Paris - Tour de France organisers have formally blocked four-time champion Chris Froome from competing in this year's race, Le Monde reported Sunday, but he is expected to fight the move.

Olympic champion Vogel undergoes spinal surgery after crash

Berlin - Olympic sprint champion Kristina Vogel underwent an operation on her spine on Wednesday after an accident in training the day before left her seriously injured.

Beirut's dapper barber-on-a-bike offers curbside cuts

Beirut - Dressed in an old straw hat and navy suspenders, Abo Tawila pedals around a southern district of Beirut. A rare sight in modern-day Lebanon, the young barber-on-a-bike is looking for his next customer.

Israel hopes for revelation by hosting start of Giro cycling race

Jerusalem - Often in the news as the epicentre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem will later this week become the backdrop of the start of one of cycling's biggest races, the Giro d'Italia.

Belgian cyclist Goolaerts dies in Paris-Roubaix race

Roubaix - Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts died in hospital on Sunday at the age of 23, hours after suffering heart failure during the gruelling Paris-Roubaix one-day classic race in France.

Cycling: World champ Sagan presents Pope with bicycle

Vatican City - Three-time world cycling champion Peter Sagan presented Pope Francis with a bicycle in the yellow and white papal colours during a visit to the Vatican on Wednesday.

Cyclists furious over Paris bike hire chaos

Paris - Paris authorities threatened sanctions Wednesday against the new operator of the city's Velib bike hire system over a chaotic rollout that has left cyclists seething.

'Kung fu nuns' on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

Kathmandu - About 200 "Kung fu nuns" kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality.

British cyclist set to beat Phileas Fogg's round the world dash

Paris - British adventurer Mark Beaumont is set Monday to better the fictional exploits of Phileas Fogg -- by going around the world in under 80 days on a bicycle.

Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

Addis Ababa - After representing Eritrea in cycling tournaments across Africa, Daniel Teklay took a journey of a different sort last year when he escaped across his country's militarised border to a new life as a refugee.

China scrambles to tame bike chaos

Bejing - A booming rental bike business has flooded China's streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc.

Vintage cycling toasted in Italian wine country

Montalcino - The worlds of vintage wine and vintage cycling gently collided on Sunday as thousands of amateur enthusiasts took to the country lanes of southern Tuscany for the Eroica Montalcino cycling festival.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash

Rome - Veteran Italian Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, plunging the cycling world into mourning.

Want to live longer? Then cycle to work

Glasgow - Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? Lowe the chance of heart disease? The answer is to cycle to work, according to a new health study.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Italy's Scarponi killed in road accident: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Cyclists in Toronto need parking, and they need it now

Have you ever rolled through the lustrous core of downtown Toronto, cycling with more freedom of movement than a lot of the gridlock-laden traffic, and many times faster than the pedestrians?

Bush fire threatens Rio mountain bike venue

Rio De Janeiro - The Olympic Games mountain bike competition will go ahead as planned, officials said on Tuesday, despite a nearby bushfire threatening the venue.

Security stepped up at Tour de France

Bourg-saint-and - Tour de France security measures have been stepped up for Friday's 13th stage following the killing of at least 84 people in a terror attack in Nice on Thursday night.

Spain doping case decision threatens to expose more sportstars

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday reversed a decision to destroy blood bags seized as part of the Operation Puerto doping scandal, which may allow authorities to identify more sport stars implicated in the high-profile case.

France extends post-attacks state of emergency to cover Euro 2016

Paris - France's parliament approved Thursday a two-month extension of the state of emergency, in place since November's jihadist attacks, to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

France extends state of emergency for Euro 2016, Tour de France

Paris - France's parliament voted on Tuesday to extend a state of emergency in place since November's jihadist attacks to the end of July to cover the Euro 2016 football tournament and Tour de France.

France to extend emergency for Euro 2016, Tour de France: PM

Paris - France plans to extend a state of emergency declared after the Paris terror attacks to cover the period of the Euro 2016 football tournament and the Tour de France cycle race, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday.

Electric bike revolution spinning profits for Dutch firms

Dieren - On the busy assembly line at Gazelle, one of the top Dutch bike manufacturers, a quiet revolution is taking place: mixed with wheels, brakes and saddles are now batteries and engines.

Walrus Talks: What should the future of transportation look like? Special

Toronto - Getting people moving is a critical issue for virtually anyone living in a big city. For its latest Walrus Talks event, the magazine had plenty of transportation experts on hand, but a food security expert and even a futurist spoke too.
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Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to  move for clean air  on the last day of the European Mobility Week...
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to "move for clean air" on the last day of the European Mobility Week.
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to  move for clean air  - the writer s counterpart from Fuengirola TV...
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to "move for clean air" - the writer's counterpart from Fuengirola TV was there with his tiny camera. :)
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to  move for clean air  on the last day of the European Mobility Week...
Fuengirola held a bicycle ride to "move for clean air" on the last day of the European Mobility Week - a family affair.
The Mall in London  the finishing straight for stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 in the UK.
The Mall in London, the finishing straight for stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 in the UK.
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SkyRide - cycling for all ages.
SkyRide - cycling for all ages.
Ted Echols  Daltin Spears (left and center) expect to see about  five seconds  of their friend  Larr...
Ted Echols, Daltin Spears (left and center) expect to see about "five seconds" of their friend, Larry Thompson on Saturday's ride, as he conditions for upcoming triathlon events.
A cyclist in the Yorkshire Dales - courtesy Tour de France publicity
A cyclist in the Yorkshire Dales - courtesy Tour de France publicity
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Tour de France  Peloton  9 July 2005  ascending the Cote de Bad Herrenalb
Tour de France, Peloton, 9 July 2005, ascending the Cote de Bad Herrenalb
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Ellis Briggs  traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
Ellis Briggs, traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
Ellis Briggs  traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
Ellis Briggs, traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
File photo: Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète  taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi...
File photo: Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi Libre 2002.
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Ellis Briggs  traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
Ellis Briggs, traditional hand built bicycle frames made in the same way since 1936.
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Chris Hoy pictured at London parade of Olympic winners following Team GB's cycling successes at Beijing 2008
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With the roads closed to motor vehicles  everyone can join in the fun.
With the roads closed to motor vehicles, everyone can join in the fun.
The attention to detail of an Ellis Briggs bike is particularly obvious in the lug-work.
The attention to detail of an Ellis Briggs bike is particularly obvious in the lug-work.
Cyclists mingle on Saturday morning at the check-in before the start of Hell Week in the Texas hill ...
Cyclists mingle on Saturday morning at the check-in before the start of Hell Week in the Texas hill country.