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Bicycle celebrates little-known 200th anniversary

PARIS: For the next month the eyes of the sporting world will be on the Tour de France, yet few people know what a significant year this is for the bicycle. Much to the chagrin of amateur historian Claude Reynaud, the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle is likely to pass by with little pomp or fanfare as millions of pairs of eyes gaze at television screens or from the roadside to watch Chris Froome and his rivals battle for yellow jersey glory. And yet, the 104th edition of the world's most prestigious…

Armstrong says he will testify with 100 percent honesty

LONDON: Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has said he will testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at any independent enquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly. The 42-year-old Texan told a British on Monday that there had to be consistency from those probing the extent of doping in the sport. "If everyone gets the death penalty, then I'll take the death penalty," he said. "If everyone gets a free pass, I'm happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six…