Dusseldorf to stage Grand Depart in 2017

Dusseldorf's Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel (SPD) on a road bike accompanied by Andre Greipel.

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The German city of Dusseldorf will stage the 2017 Tour De France's Grand Depart, the Amaury Sport Organisation have announced.

Thirty years after the Tour last started in what was then West Germany, cyclists will return to the country for the beginning of the 104th edition of the race.

Cologne, Frankfurt and West Berlin have all been venues for the peloton's departure since the Tour's start was first taken out of France in 1954, with the 2017 race the 22nd to begin outside of French borders.

This year's race started in the Dutch city of Utrecht, 12 months after thousands of fans flocked to Leeds to see Chris Froome and company off, while the 2016 Grand Depart is in Mont-Saint-Michel in north-west France.

Cavendish pens three-year deal with MTN-Qhubeka

Cavendish has agreed a three-year deal with MTN-Qhubeka.

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Mark Cavendish has signed for African squad MTN-Qhubeka, their parent company Ryder Cycling has announced.

The 26-time Tour de France stage winner and 2011 world champion has agreed a three-year deal, his CVNDSH brand said.

Cavendish's current deal with Belgian squad Etixx-QuickStep expires at the end of the season and his move to MTN-Qhubeka has long been mooted.

MTN-Qhubeka will be known as Team Dimensions Data from 2016.

Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel, both long-term allies of Cavendish, have also joined the squad.

Chris Froome confirms he will ride 2015 Vuelta a España

Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in this year's La Vuelta less than a month after clinching another arduous Tour de France victory.

The Team Sky rider rode into Paris wearing yellow at the end of July, and had been advised by Sir Dave Brailsford to enjoy the rest of his summer.

But the 30 year-old, who finished second behind Alberto Contador in last year's Vuelta, has decided to try and pull off an incredible double Grand Tour success this summer.

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