Team Astana To Face Licence Review After Third Positive Test

PARIS, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday it has asked its licence commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana team after a third case involving one of its riders. The Kazakhstan-based team of 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has already been granted a licence for 2015. But it could … [Read more...]

Marco Pantani Was ‘Scared’ To Win 1999 Giro, Mother Claims

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Oct 18, 2014 (AFP) - The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was 'scared' of winning the Giro d'Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. "I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written, 'I'm scared of winning'," Tonina Pantani said in … [Read more...]

Spain’s Team Movistar Is Top Of The 2014 WorldTour Rankings

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PARIS, Oct 14, 2014 (AFP) - Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw the Spanish cycling outfit Movistar end the WorldTour season as the top ranked team for 2014. The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar's 34-year-old team leader Valverde, who topped the UCI Pro Tour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008. The team's … [Read more...]

The Last Tour of Beijing Stage Ends With A New Winner

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has been crowned as the third and final champion of the Tour of Beijing, the Belgian joining two-time winner Tony Martin and Benat Intxausti as the winner of Asia’s only WorldTour event. Gilbert confirmed his overall victory following today’s 117km race finale in which Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took out a bunch sprint at the Bird’s Nest Piazza ahead of Greg … [Read more...]

Mountain Magic For Dan Martin, At Tour of Beijing

It was the closest of finishes but Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has managed to hold onto the overall lead at the 2014 Tour of Beijing with Dan Martin reigning supreme on the mountain-top finish for the 157km Queen stage of the final WorldTour event of the season. Martin crossed the finish line at Mentougou Miaofeng in a time of 4:12:14, just two seconds ahead of a charging trio of Esteban Chaves … [Read more...]

Tinkoff-Saxo’s “Three Grand Tours” Proposal With €1 million Bonus

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Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. What if the world's best riders battled it out against each other in all three Grand Tours in 2015? What … [Read more...]

Tinkoff-Saxo and Tinkoff Sport Members To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The full 2015 roster of Tinkoff-Saxo and Tinkoff Sport will embark on a six-day team-building trip at the end of October. The 80-strong group will take the challenge and climb to the top of Africa's highest mountain, which at 5,895 meters is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Less than two weeks after the conclusion of the 2014 racing season, the entire staff of Tinkoff-Saxo … [Read more...]

Belgian Jelle Wallays A Surprise Winner Of Historic Paris-Tours

TOURS, France, Oct 12, 2014 (AFP) - Belgian Jelle Wallays was a surprise winner of the historic Paris-Tours one-day classic on Sunday ahead of escape companion Thomas Voeckler. The 25-year-old pipped the former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer in a two-up sprint finish to add to his victory in the junior version of this event back in 2010. Belgian champion Jens Debusschere won a … [Read more...]

Tyler Farrar Wins Tour of Beijing Stage 3 As Smog Lifts

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) broke a 372-day winless drought on Sunday, sprinting to victory to claim Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour of Beijing after 4:15:46 and 176km. Having finished third on the opening stage, American Farrar timed his run to perfection, with Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) in second place followed by Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) in a peloton numbering 79 riders in the … [Read more...]

Philipe Gilbert Wins In Beijing Stage 2, Takes The Lead

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert timed his sprint to perfection Saturday, coming around Janse Van Rensburg (Team Giant-Shimano) on the final curve of a shortened Stage 2 of the Tour of Beijing to take the win and move into the overall lead. 'Did Not Want To Go First' Inside of 100 meters to go, Van Rensburg took the lead. But Gilbert and his BMC teammachine SLR01 overtook him with 25 meters … [Read more...]