Livingstone increases his cycling street cred with Tour de France bid

According to a report in this morning's Guardian newspaper, London's mayor wants to attract the 2006 Tour de France to London. Two years is a woefully short space of time to organise such a mammoth undertaking but Ken Livingstone, responsible for pushing through the £5 congestion charge thereby making cycling in London much easier, is getting more and more pro cycling by the day. Livingstone will be able to plead his case in September when he gives a talk at Velo-City, this year held in Paris

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Frenchman rebuffs American

No, not Chirac and Bush, they're best of friends again, Leblanc and Sinyard. Despite the founder of Specialized pleading the case for a Tour de France wildcard inclusion for world champion sprinter Mario Cipollini, the Tour organiser has definitively ruled out the Italian (but allowed the entry of a German and his new Italian team, and a bunch of no-hoper French teams)

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