The lack of an Olympics or a soccer World Cup deprives 2015 of a single global focus for sports fans but a rich calendar of international events has more than enough world class action to satiate even the most refined palate.
Reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali insisted he will not quit the embattled cycling team Astana following the doping positives of two teammates and three from the suspended Astana Continental outfit.
Kenya`s athletics bosses came in for fierce criticism on Saturday after it emerged Rita Jeptoo, currently the world`s leading female marathon runner, tested positive in an out-of-competition anti-doping test.
Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of gruelling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial -- Tour de France organisers have designed one of the most exciting courses for the 2015 race, which will heavily favour the climbers.
Five-time Tour de France rider Reimund Dietzen first came to India in 2006. The love for the country's "beauty and abundant sunshine" has grown over time and the fit 55-year-old is back to rekindle his passion for cycling and compete in the MTB Himalaya mountain biking race.
Belgian rider Jurgen Van den Broeck's chance to participate in next year's Tour de France cycle race could be in danger after his withdrawal from the Vuelta a Espana compounding his disappointing performance in this year's Tour.