Cycling: Roche earns extended deal
Nicolas Roche has been rewarded for his impressive 15th place in the Tour de France with an extended contract with Ag2r that keeps him at the French team until the end of 2012.
There had been speculation that Team Sky were hoping to sign the Irishman but Ag2r have moved quickly to guarantee the services of their Tour de France team-leader.
His strong display during the race has also seen Roche break into the top 50 in the UCI World Rankings, where he is now in 49th place.
Meanwhile, the International Cycling Union is opening disciplinary proceedings against Lance Armstrong's RadioShack team after the start of the final stage of the Tour de France was delayed for 20 minutes because its riders were wearing non-sanctioned jerseys.
The cyclists tried to wear black jerseys on Sunday with "28" on the back to honor the 28 million people fighting cancer, one of the themes of Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
The UCI announced yesterday that RadioShack would be investigated "for breaching the regulations governing riders' clothing".