Spain's Alejandro Valverde continued his comeback from a two-year doping suspension with a victory on Tuesday on stage three of the Paris-Nice road race. Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins finished the stage in 20th position but maintained a six-second lead in general classification ahead of American riders Levi Leipheimer and Tejay van Garden. Andy Schleck, the 2011 Tour de France runner up, withdrew from the race on Tuesday morning with a stomach illness. Valverde returned to professional cycli... Read More
The U.S. Forest Service announced last week that access to most national forest land will become free following a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On February 9, the court ruled that "everyone is entitled to enter national forests without paying a cent," but did not clarify whether charging for the use of maintained facilities would make access fees acceptable. In a statement issued Thursday, the agency said it would continue to charge user fees to 26 sites that offer ammeniti... Read More
A massive, slow-moving avalanche destroyed a chair lift carrying 70 people at a ski resort in the French Alps on Sunday. Ski patrollers at St Francois-Longchamps were able to evacuate all of the skiers and riders from the lift without injury. The lift operator said she stopped the lift when she saw the avalanche approaching. Several skiers captured video footage of the slide, which measured 26 feet deep in places.
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The 40th Iditarod began on Sunday in Willow, Alaska with 66 teams competing for more than $500,000 in prize money at sled-dog racing's most prestigious race. Wasilla, Alaska's Ray Redington Jr. holds an early lead over Hugh Neff and four-time champion Lance Mackey through the Rainy Pass checkpoint. The fastest teams are expected to finish in eight or nine days after covering nearly 1,050 miles on the way to Nome, Alaska.
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The association representing pro cycling's biggest teams on Friday recorded a vote of "no confidence" in the leadership of the International Cycling Union. The Association International des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels, or AIGCP, is upset at UCI President Pat McQuaid's reluctance to share revenue from television broadcasts or negotiate over a rule that bans riders from wearing radios during races. In a statement, AIGCP said it "respects the hard work of the UCI" but "does not have confidenc... Read More