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Will Egan Bernal really make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’?

Tour de France: Egan Bernal can make Colombia ‘one of the greatest cycling nations’

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Egan Bernal is the toast of his country after becoming the first man from a Latin American nation to win the Tour de France, and his team boss Dave Brailsford of the British Ineos monopoly is promoting that the young cyclist’s success could start something big in Colombia.

The 22-year-old ensured that victory would be his by riding stronger than his closest rivals on the Alpine stages, before safely negotiating the 21st stage into Paris on Sunday July 28 and finishing more than a minute ahead of team-mate Geraint Thomas.

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Cycling embraces risk, reward and the super tuck

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time?

The super tuck in 2017. It adds risk. But does it really save time? | Lionel Bonaventure/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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ARREAU, France (July 23) — In this tiny commune in the Pyrenees, granite massifs and blue-green forests rise sheer, and we stand, myself and a crowd of several hundred, munching baguettes and sipping wine. We hear a great shout and then glance up the steep road to our east, where hurtling around the corner is …

… an aquamarine-clad human projectile. Continue reading

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israeli apartheid

Despite Italian media’s partaking in Israel’s ‘sport-washing’, hundreds of Italians protested at various stages of the race. Israel paid $12 million to RCS Sport for the Giro promotion. | RAMZY BAROUD* 

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem’s Old City before the beginning of Stage 1. | Reuters

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4.

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An affront to history: Giro d’Italia’s ‘sport-washing’ of Israel

A rider practises opposite to the David Tower of Jerusalem's Old City before the beginning of Stage 1.

‘Was the 12 million dollars received by the organizers from Israel and its supporters a worthy price to ignore the suffering of Palestinians and to help normalize Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people?’

For the first time since its inception in 1909, the legendary Italian cycling race, Giro d’Italia kicked off outside Europe and, strangely enough, from the city of Jerusalem on May 4. Continue reading

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Sighting. Sport and nature: a perfect combination

Enjoy some of the moments of the Titan Tropic Cuba …

Sport and nature: a perfect combination (+ photos)
Cyclists pedaling for stage four-Viñales Viñales (73 km), in Pinar del Rio, the first edition of the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES of Mountain Bike. (Calixto Llanes / Juventud Rebelde)

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Sudden death in sports

The death of five athletes in one week stirred debate around a problem that affects the world of sports, Sudden Death Syndrome, writes RAIKO MARTÍN, sports columnist with Juventud Rebelde.

(24 September 2007) – IT WAS a typical August night when thousands of spectators in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain, along with millions of viewers across the country, fell silent when they saw soccer player Antonio Puerta collapse on the field. Continue reading

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Is sportsmanship another un-American activity?

Part II of two articles on the Tour de France and the cynicism of the sports media*

 “Chute lance Armstrong”**

cynic a. & n. …. one who sarcastically doubts or despises human sincerity and merit; hence ~ISM

(2) n. (f. L f. Gk kunikos (kuon kunos dog, nickname for Cynic…)

By TONY SEED

(11 June 2006) – A FIXED TARGET of the cynicism of the corporate sports media are the ideals and norms of amateur sport, specifically, sportsmanship and co-operation.

For this writer, one of the more refreshing moments in commercial professional sport unfolded on the morning of 21 July 2003 in the French Pyrénées mountains along the border with Spain in the Tour de France. The centennial race itself was thrilling to follow. The scenery is stunning.

The west side of Col du Tourmalet viewed from the top — the highest paved road in the French Pyrénées at 2115m (6939’)

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