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.
Marco Pantani, the last cyclist to win the Giro d`Italia and the Tour de France in the same year in 1998, may have been murdered, according to evidence presented by his family which led prosecutors to reopen the case after he died 10 years ago due to a massive ingestion of cocaine.