Greg Van Avermaet Wins The 2014 GP de Wallonie

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet notched his second victory of the season Wednesday by attacking out of a small group to win Grand Prix de Wallonie. 'Everything Went Perfectly' Van Avermaet and three others – defending champion Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto Belisol) – shook free of the peloton in the final 20 … [Read more...]

Hospitalised John Degenkolb Confident For Road World Championships

BERLIN, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - German sprinter John Degenkolb, who recently won the green jersey as points leader on the Tour of Spain, has been hospitalised in Frankfurt with a fever, his manager Jorg Werner revealed on Wednesday. "An injury to his right leg after a crash has become infected. For his own safety, John must stay a few days in hospital," Werner told German daily Bild. … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Spearheads Spain Road World Championships Squad

MADRID, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - Fresh from finishing third at the Vuelta a Espana, Alejandro Valverde will lead Spain's quest for glory on home soil at the world cycling championships in Ponferrada. The 34-year-old, who penned a new three-year deal with Movistar on Tuesday, will line up alongside Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez, who finished fourth in the Vuelta, for the road race on … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Leads British Assault On Road World Championships

LONDON, Sept 17, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France champions Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins were named in the Great Britain team for the Road World Championships in Spain that was announced on Wednesday. But while Froome, who recently came second in the Tour of Spain behind Alberto Contador, will spearhead a nine-man team in the men's road race, Wiggins will only feature in the … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Signs With Movistar Team Through 2017

September 16, 2014 | Madrid Current UCI WorldTour's No. 2 renews contract with Eusebio Unzué's structure through 2017 after one of his most brilliant seasons as pro Alejandro Valverde signed a new contract with the Movistar Team and will stay together with Eusebio Unzué, with whom he has raced for nine of his twelve pro seasons since 2005 and achieved a legendary palmarès including more … [Read more...]

Contador’s Vuelta Victory Sets Up Thrilling 2015 Tour

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's Vuelta a Espana victory was not just significant for this season but also helps to set up a potentially thrilling 2015 Tour de France. As long as no-one suffers any debilitating injuries, next season's Tour de France could see the three reigning Grand Tour winners lining up alongside … [Read more...]

Australia Team For 2014 Road World Championships

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SYDNEY, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - The Australia team announced Monday for the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, from September 21-28: Australia - Men: Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE), Rohan Dennis (BMC), Cadel Evans (BMC), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), Matt Hayman (Orica-GreenEDGE), Michael Matthews … [Read more...]

British Cycling Guru Dave Brailsford Urges Scottish ‘No’ Vote

LONDON, Sept 15, 2014 (AFP) - Dave Brailsford, the man behind British cycling success at recent Olympic Games, has urged Scotland to vote against independence in Thursday's referendum poll. Brailsford guided the British team to eight gold medals at both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, which included victories for Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy. The former British … [Read more...]

From Broken Leg To Triumph, Contador’s Vuelta Comeback

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Sept 14, 2014 (AFP) - When Alberto Contador climbed off his bicycle in floods of tears on the 10th stage of July's Tour de France, his season seemed to be over. The popular Spaniard had built his entire campaign around aiming to dethrone Chris Froome at the Grand Boucle and win the world's greatest cycle race for a third … [Read more...]

Matteo Rabottini Has Positive Test For EPO, Out of World Championships

MILAN, Sept 13, 2014 (AFP) - Italian Matteo Rabottini has been excluded from his national squad for the upcoming world cycling championships following a positive test for a banned blood booster, the Italian cycling federation (FCI) said. Cycling's world ruling body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), provisionally suspended Rabottini on Friday following his positive test for … [Read more...]