Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

Landis probe could last for years, claims anti-doping body

THE investigation into allegations made by disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis is "significant" and of "great importance" but could take years, the World Anti-Doping Agency have said.

Hagen pulls away in Tour

TEAM Sky-bound Edvald Boasson Hagen continued his searing progress with a third successive stage victory of the Tour of Britain yesterday to claim the leader's yellow jersey.

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Hagen wins Tour sprint into Gretna Green

EDVALD Boasson Hagen of Norway won stage three of the Tour of Britain yesterday, taking the line at the head of a bunch sprint into Gretna Green.

French king of the Castle

THE Tour of Britain yesterday paid a fleeting visit to Scotland with a 95-mile stage from Glasgow to Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire that all but confirmed the Frenchman Geoffrey Lequatre as the overall winner. Today's final stage is a flattish 68.5 miles from Blackpool to Liverpool, which is unlikely to provoke a reshuffle, and means that, barring an accident, Lequatre will become the second successive French winner after his team-mate Romain Feillu last year.

Cycling: Boassen Hagen cuts a dash for fifth-stage win

TEAM Columbia's Edvald Boassen Hagen produced a stunning dash for the line for the second successive day to take the fifth stage of the Tour of Britain in Dalby Forest.

Cycling: Boasson Hagen does enough to secure win

NORWAY'S Edvald Boasson Hagen overcame a last-gasp mistake to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain in a dramatic finish in Stoke.

Oliphant just glad 'savage' race is over

WICK'S Evan Oliphant finished the Tour of Britain this weekend as the leading British rider, but admitted the Scottish stage from Dumfries to Glasgow had been "savage".

Oliphant worn out after Tour shambles

SCOTLAND cyclist Evan Oliphant insists he faces a huge battle to take the Tour of Britain yellow jersey after a disjointed fourth stage left him more than a minute behind the lead yesterday.

Oliphant flying high and still in the hunt

SCOTLAND'S Evan Oliphant insists he is surpassing all expectations on this year's Tour of Britain.

Evan proves best of British in Tour slog

IT was left to Scotland's Evan Oliphant to lift the home crowd yesterday after a storming finish to the second stage of the Tour of Britain.

McCallum left to rue Tour of Britain nightmare

EDINBURGH cyclist James McCallum insists his Tour of Britain couldn't have gone any worse after his disastrous start continued yesterday.

McCallum vows to bounce back in British Tour

EDINBURGH'S James McCallum admitted his Tour of Britain couldn't have got off to a worse start after finishing last in the prologue yesterday.

Duo ready for Tour of Britain

CAPITAL cyclists Evan Oliphant and James McCallum carry Scottish hopes in the Tour of Britain, which gets underway at Crystal Palace in London with a 2.5 kilometre prologue on Sunday.

Crash, protests and bitterness mar Tour climax

THE Tour of Britain arrived in London yesterday, bringing with it persisting concerns about the capital's ability to host the Tour de France as well as ill feeling between the British riders and their European counterparts.

Strike threat mars Tour

THE threat of strike action hung heavy over the peloton as yesterday's Tour of Britain nearly came a cropper to a nasty bout of rider power.

Cycling prospect Cavendish pipped at post in Tour of Britain

MARK Cavendish, on the verge of a move to the biggest team in cycling, was narrowly beaten to a stage victory in the Tour of Britain in a controversial finish in Birmingham.

Gritty Winn king of the hill

JULIAN Winn ensured the Tour of Britain's King of the Mountains title stayed in British hands after securing the polka-dot jersey with two stages to go.

Paolini thwarts Downing in Sheffield to win stage three

LUCA Paolini won stage three of the Tour of Britain in Sheffield yesterday but only after holding off a brave challenge from Russel Downing in his home town.

Hammond wins as UK riders stage a recovery

ROGER Hammond won a nerve-shreddingly close chase to the finish on Blackpool Promenade to claim victory on stage two of cycling's Tour of Britain on a day when the home riders redeemed themselves.

Coutts cuts his way through the red tape

LOTHIANS cycling star Alex Coutts was today reflecting on a mature performance in yesterday's opening stage of the Tour of Britain that has left him as the sole Scottish challenger for overall honours.

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