29 June: Joy for Rous
Didier Rous won the French cycling road championship in Brittany for the second time.
Rous, the 2001 champion, broke away on his own 80km from
the finish of the 222.4km race.
He eventually won by 33 seconds from Richard Virenque with Patrice Halgand in third, 58 seconds behind.
Rous dedicated his victory to his teammate Fabrice Salanson, who died earlier this month of heart failure.
"I did it for Fabrice. I was burnt out but I resisted for him," said Rous, who pointed to the sky as he crossed the line.
27 June: Italian trio banned
Italian Vincenzo Di Falco, of Mercatone Uno, has been banned for a year by
the Italian cycling federation's disciplinary commission.
The 22-year-old tested positive for Nesp, a banned endurance-enhancer similar to EPO (erythropoetin) during a stage of
the Lombardy International week race on 10 May.
Giampaolo Caruso, of ONCE, was handed a six-month ban for testing positive for nandrolone during a race in Australia on 29 April.
And Lampre rider Alberto Loddo was banned for a month after a positive
test for caffeine on 13 April during a race in Portugal.
20 June: Tour de France doping tests increased
Doping tests at the Tour de France are set to
increase from last year, the French Cycling Federation said on Friday.
Cyclists will be subjected to a total of 148 tests - taken from urine samples - with between six to eight tests each day of the 5-27 July race, a spokeswoman said.
The decision was reached by the International Cycling Union, the French Cycling Federation and the French Sports Ministry, the spokeswoman said.
In 2002, when Lance Armstrong secured his fourth straight triumph in cycling's showcase event, 138 tests took place.
Of the 148 tests this year, between 80 and 90 will be carried out specifically to target traces of the banned performance-enchancer EPO.
9 June: Gonzalez injured
Spaniard Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano has fractured his collarbone in a crash in Sunday's time trial of the Tour of Germany.
Gonzalez de Galdeano, who also needed stitches on a cut above his left eye, should be able to resume training in a few days.
The ONCE rider, who won the Tour of Germany last year, was
fighting for the overall lead in Sunday's penultimate stage when he clipped the metal stand of a barrier lining the road near the end of the individual time trial and fell.
Gonzalez de Galdeano will miss this year's Tour de France starting on 5 July because of a six-month doping ban imposed on him by France's Council for Prevention and Fight against Doping (CPLD).
3 June: French cyclist dies
Fabrice Salanson, 23, died in his sleep on the eve of the Tour of Germany in Dresden.
Race director Roland Hofer said the Brioches La Boulangere rider was found in his hotel room and had died between 0230-0400 local time (0030-0200 GMT).
It is not yet known what caused his death and a post mortem would be carried out at the local hospital.
German rider Udo Bolts said: "I was in the same hotel and the other riders were in a state of complete shock."