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Tour de France race news, results, commentary, and photos. The 106th edition of the Tour de France is one of cycling’s three grand tours.

A quitter last year, Cav’ eyes the green jersey in this year’s Tour

British rider Mark Cavendish wants to make amends for his premature exit from last year's Tour de France by claiming the green sprint jersey in Paris next month. Cavendish pulled out of the 2008 Tour after the 14th stage after four stage wins because of a combination of fatigue and his desire to concentrate on the Beijing Olympics. But the 24-year-old Columbia-Highroad sprinter regrets that decision and wants to become only the second cyclist from Great Britain to win a jersey in the Tour following the King of the Mountains title won by Scot Robert Millar in 1984.

McQuaid: Boonen could still ride Tour

Belgian rider Tom Boonen could still take part in the Tour de France despite his recent positive test for cocaine, according to UCI president Pat McQuaid. "There is no reason to ban Tom Boonen from the Tour. From the point of view of sporting regulations, nothing can stop Boonen. He has committed no fault in his capacity as a rider," McQuaid told Belgium’s De Standaard newspaper.

UCI: Boonen may be suspended

Embattled cycling star Tom Boonen could face a six-month ban from cycling after his second positive test for cocaine, according to the sport’s international governing body. Boonen, who recently claimed a third victory in the prestigious Paris-Roubaix one-day classic, tested positive for cocaine in April – less than a year after he tested positive for the drug for the first time, in May 2008.

The Tour de France announces its team selection for the ’09 race.

Twenty teams have been selected for the 2009 Tour de France, but Fuji-Servetto won’t be among them.

20 teams for 2009 Tour de France
France: Ag2r-La Mondiale, Agritubel, Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, FDJeux Belgium: Quick Step, Silence-Lotto Spain: Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi USA: Columbia-Highroad, Garmin-Slipstream Italy: Lampre, Liquigas

Schumacher ban made global

German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was on Friday banned from racing anywhere in the world by the sport's governing body, the UCI. Schumacher was suspended by French anti-doping agency AFLD from racing in France last month after failing an anti-doping test at the 2008 Tour de France. That penalty, however, has now been extended beyond France's borders. The 27-year-old, sacked from the now defunct Gerolsteiner team, tested positive for banned blood booster CERA, a modern variant of EPO once thought to be undetectable.

France bans Schumacher

The French Anti-doping Agency AFLD on Thursday handed German cyclist Stefan Schumacher a two-year ban from racing in France after failing a doping test at the 2008 Tour de France, his lawyer said. The decision issued by the AFLD applies only to events contested on French soil, said Schumacher's attorney Michael Lehner. That ruling, however, may be extended globally if the German cycling federation or the UCI pursue the case. Schumacher said he would fight the ban.

The Italian Olympic Committee slaps Leonardo Piepoli with a two-year ban.

The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Monday suspended cyclist Leonardo Piepoli from competition for two years for failing a dope test taken during last year's Tour de France, Ansa news agency reported. The 37-year-old Piepoli won the 10th stage of the race in the Pyrenees, but in October the French Anti-Doping Agency announced that the Italian had tested positive for CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator) — the new generation of EPO — in two re-tested samples from the Tour.

Sastre comfortable in new colors

It hasn’t been all that often in Carlos Sastre’s long and durable career that he was the absolute center of attention. The 33-year-old Spanish climber was typically floating just off center-stage, not quite in the hot glare of the spotlight that beamed down on former CSC captains such as Tyler Hamilton, Ivan Basso or the ascendant Schleck brothers. In Sunday’s team introduction at his new home at Cervélo Test Team, it was the smiling and humble Sastre who was introduced last as the centerpiece of an ambitious new squad.

Contador to debut in Portugal

Alberto Contador will follow a familiar path to the Tour de France and it won’t go through Italy.   The 2008 Giro d’Italia champ reconfirmed that the Tour will be his top priority this season and that he will not defend his Giro crown.   With Astana assured of a place in this year’s Tour, Contador said weeks ago he would not defend his Giro victory and instead focus on July.