Preventive motorcycle project over Easter weekend in Vaud

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Two-wheelers can expect police checks LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Vaud are repeating what they say was a successful preventive project a year ago, to alert motorcyclists to dangers over the Easter weekend. Police teams will be visibly out in a number of areas to encourage motorcyclists to give their bikes safety checks and […]

Sports, skiing: Didier Cuche to retire after this season

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss ski star Didier Cuche, who was named Swiss Person of the Year earlier this week by thousands of television viewers, announced Thursday afternoon that he will retire from the sport at the end of this season. The 37-year-old’s decision came as no surprise. But Cuche is not just one of the […]

Geneva man takes world Motocross title in MX3

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julien Bill, 28, won the world MX3 Motocross world title Sunday in France, putting in a stellar performance that left the competition in the dust for the top of class. MX3 has replaced the older 500 cm3 and is the third league of Motocross, after the MX1 and MX2, home to the […]

Tour de France goes to Oz

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International sports, cycling PARIS, FRANCE – Australian Cadel Evans won the Tour de France, edging out the Schleck brothers in the time trial on the penultimate day. British rider Mark Cavendish won the final sprint along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées for the third time in a row and also became the first Briton to win […]

Police net 19 souped-up car autoroute racers

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Nineteen drivers were hauled in by Fribourg police and 14 of their souped-up cars were seized in an operation that came to light in part thanks to YouTube videos the young men made of their exploits. The drivers, aged 18 to 27, raced regularly on stretches of autoroute between Fribourg and […]

Swiss weekend snow and winter sports, 28-30 January 2011

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Weather: glorious. Snow: not bad, inching up to good. Competition: some good shows on for spectators. Topping the list this weekend, though, is surprisingly good snow reports from the Jura. It’s also the second and final weekend of the hot air balloon show in Chateau d’Oex (see our report last week) […]

Snowcross heats up Anzère on second leg of nat’l championship

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Sion, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The second leg of the Swiss snowcross (snowmobile racing on a short track) championship took place Saturday 22 January in Anzère, above Sion in canton Valais. This was the first Anzère Snowrace and the weather was just right, say the organizers: chilly but with clear skies, so the jumps, turns and […]

Lausanne Marathon to disrupt lakefront Sunday traffic

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Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The lake road between Lausanne and La Tour-de-Peilz will be closed to traffic (residents excepted) Sunday from 07:30 to approximately 17:00. More than 10,000 runners are registered for the Lausanne Marathon and the road will re-open depending on when the runners finish. The marathon itself is just one of several events […]

Lance Armstrong back for Tour de Suisse after 9 years

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Lance Armstrong will be back in the Tour de Suisse cycling race for the first time since he won it in 2001. The race promises to be a colourful one, with Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven times, gearing up for the big French race after crashing out of […]

And Cologna makes 3! Swiss lead Olympics in gold medals

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Vancouver, BC, Canada (GenevaLunch) – Dario Cologna captured a third gold medal for Switzerland, in the 1,500m men’s free in cross-country skiing, with a time of 33:36.3. Cologna’s wine makes Switzerland the country with the most gold medals in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer took silver, with a time of 34:00.9 […]