Italian Star Racer Reda Banned For Eight Years For Doping

Rome, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Italian road race runner-up Francesco Reda has been suspended for eight years after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, Italian media reported Friday. Reda, who rides for Team Idea, produced the positive test at the end of the Italian championships where he came in second behind Vincenzo Nibali. Reda, 33, was barely back in the saddle after having … [Read more...]

UCI Checks 90 Bicycles For Concealed Engines At French Race

Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Ninety bikes from six teams taking part in a French race were subjected to unannounced checks for concealed engines on Friday as officials seek to clamp down on cheating, the International Cycling Union said. The checks were carried out on the Delko, Roubaix-Lille M├ętropole, Auber 93, Bardiani, Androni Giocattoli and Veranclassic teams taking … [Read more...]

UCI Considers Testing All Bicycles For Hidden Motors

Doha, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson said on Tuesday his organisation will leave no stone unturned in the bid to rid the sport of cheats. Speaking during a visit to Doha where the Tour of Qatar is ongoing, Briton Cookson said the UCI would even consider expanding the tests for motorised bicycles if need be. "If we need to go to a situation where … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Barely Avoids A Doping Suspension By UCI

Lausanne, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - Russian cycling team Katusha will not be suspended despite two riders failing drug tests within a 12 month period, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday. Last week, Katusha suspended Russian rider Eduard Vorganov after he tested positive for the Latvian-made anti-ischemia drug meldonium, which boosts oxygen supply to the blood and tissues in the … [Read more...]

Tejay van Garderen Of BMC Racing Team To Open 2016 Season In Spain

Tejay van Garderen will have the chance to test his legs for the first time in 2016 at the upcoming Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia and Clasica de Almeria races. It is the first time that BMC Racing Team will take a team to the two one-day races on February 13 and 14, BMC Racing Team Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said. "They're great races to start the season with. We're sending a … [Read more...]

No ‘Problems Of Any Kind’ Despite Doping Cases Says Russia

Moscow, Feb 8, 2016 (AFP) - Russia's sports minister on Monday denied there were "problems of any kind" in Russian cycling despite several doping cases in recent days. "I fully trust the athletes and trainers," sports minister Vitaly Mutko told state news agency TASS, referring to the national cycling team. "I don't see problems of any kind here." Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA … [Read more...]

Lobato Nails Hill Win, Nizzolo Takes Dubai Lead On Stage 3

Dubai, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Juan Jose Lobato clinched a summit finish victory in the key stage three of the Tour of Dubai on Friday as Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo seized the overall leader's blue jersey. Finishing the race at the steep Hatta Dam way after a 172km ride through the city and the desert, the Movistar man also seized second place in the overall standings from Germany's … [Read more...]

Ewan Wins Sun Tour Stage 2, Sky Protect Overall Lead

Melbourne, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Caleb Ewan won a tough second stage of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia on Friday, but Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome did enough to stay on top in the overall standings. Rising Australian sprinter Ewan, who won two stages of the Tour Down Under last month, completed the 144.2-kilometre stage in three hours, 29 minutes and six seconds. The … [Read more...]

Viviani Wins Dubai Tour Stage 2, Takes Overall Lead

Dubai, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - Italy's Elia Viviani, riding for Team Sky, sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Tour of Dubai on Thursday and grabbed the leader's blue jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel. Viviani had benefitted from a crash in the final kilometre that appeared to affect opponents. "Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no team-mate with … [Read more...]

Froome Shows Early Class As Team Sky Take Over At Sun Tour

Melbourne, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - British national champion Peter Kennaugh stormed through the first stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Thursday with Chris Froome at his side as Team Sky took charge. The pair broke away after 97 kilometres (60.3 miles) of the 126.1-kilometre stage through Victoria's Yarra Valley and could not be caught. The Sky leaders shared the winning time of three hours, … [Read more...]