Evans Rides Into Lead At Giro del Trentino

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans finished fourth on Wednesday's mountain-top finish at the Giro del Trentino to assume the overall lead from teammate Daniel Oss. 'Pretty Hard Finish' Evans and a small group chased solo stage winner Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF), who broke away midway up the final climb of the 164.5-kilometer race that finished in a mix of rain and sleet. Evans arrived 19 seconds … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins His Second Fleche Wallonne

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride … [Read more...]

UCI Lifts Doping Ban On Australian Michael Rogers

HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday lifted its doping ban on Australian Michael Rogers, who last year tested positive for clenbuterol. Rogers was provisionally banned after testing for the banned stimulant, which increases aerobic capacity, in a urine sample at the Japan Cup last October. However, the 34-year-old has now been … [Read more...]

Team Sky Brings Change To Fleche Wallonne Roster

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome's Team Sky have rung the changes ahead of Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race after a miserable start to the Ardennes Classics. Sky enjoyed a largely successful showing in the two Cobbled Classics this month with three top 10 finishes but their Ardennes Classics got off to a terrible start at Sunday's Amstel Gold … [Read more...]

BRG Sports Reaches Agreement to Sell Easton Cycling

BRG Sports Reaches Agreement to Sell Easton Cycling to Cycling Industry Veteran Chris Tutton BRG Action Sports to continue to focus on growing core product in Giro, Bell & Blackburn brands SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. — April 21, 2014 — BRG Sports, Inc., a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories, today announced that … [Read more...]

Johan Bruyneel Gets Handed A 10-Year Doping Ban

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BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - The US Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday banned Lance Armstrong's former sports director Johan Bruyneel from all sport for 10 years over his role in drug-taking in cycling. A US sports arbitration panel found Bruyneel, former US Postal team doctor Pedro Celaya and team trainer Jose 'Pepe' Marti guilty of multiple doping violations, the agency … [Read more...]

Omega-Pharma Quick-Step Put Fleche Faith In Michal Kwiatkowski

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Omega-Pharma Quick-Step have put their faith in Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski for Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the 199.5km race last year and matched that position at Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. Having ended the Cobbled Classics on a high with Niki Terpstra's victory at Paris-Roubaix, Omega-Pharma have made … [Read more...]

Schleck and Rodriguez Fit For Fleche Wallonne Start

BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck and Ardennes specialist Joaquim Rodriguez have both recovered from knocks to take part in Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne. Schleck, 28, and Rodriguez, 34, both crashed 80km into Sunday's Amstel Gold Race and, having been forced to abandon, later cast doubts over their ability to participate in Wednesday's … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Wins Team Time Trial At Giro del Trentino

The BMC Racing Team powered its BMC timemachine TM01s to an average speed of 56.62 kilometers an hour on the way to winning the opening stage team time trial Tuesday at the Giro del Trentino. Oss In The Race Lead Daniel Oss was first to cross the finish line for the BMC Racing Team and pulled on the fuchsia jersey of race leader. Oss gave the cheering crowd at Arco a "hometown win," as he was … [Read more...]

Mean, Lean Philippe Gilbert Eyes Ardennes Three-Peat

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - A new, leaner Philippe Gilbert stormed to victory at the Amstel Gold Race and then set his sights on a second Ardennes treble. It was his third victory on the 251.8km course that began in Maastricht and ended in Valkenburg on Sunday with a demonstration of Gilbert's strength after he accelerated away from the … [Read more...]