Statement Regarding Simon Yates’ Adverse Analytical Finding

On April 22, the team was notified that Simon Yates has an adverse analytical finding from a test conducted at Paris-Nice, stage 6 on March 12, 2016. The positive result is for the substance Terbutaline. The substance was given to Simon Yates in the form an asthma inhaler and accordingly, this was noted by the team doctor on the Doping Control Form, signed at the time of the test. The … [Read more...]

Shane Sutton Quits British Cycling After Sexism Allegations

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By Julian GUYER London, April 27, 2016 (AFP) - Shane Sutton resigned as technical director of British Cycling on Wednesday following allegations he had used sexist and discriminatory language towards team riders. "I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling for me to step down from my position as technical director," the 58-year-old Australian said in a statement … [Read more...]

Bicycle Motor Cheater Banned For Six Years By UCI

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Lausanne, April 26, 2016 - The UCI global cycling governing body on Tuesday banned Femke Van den Driessche of Belgium for six years for the first recorded case of using hidden motors in racing. The organisation hailed a new scanner which detected the electric motor as a major breakthrough in the war against the sport's latest cheats. The motor was found in a bike used by the under-23 … [Read more...]

Heart Condition Forces Michael Rogers To Retire From Racing

Paris, April 25, 2016 (AFP) - Former time-trial world champion Michael Rogers announced his retirement from professional cycling due to a heart condition on Monday. The 36-year-old Australian had not raced since pulling out of the Dubai Tour in February. "I'm grateful for my time as a professional cyclist. It's time to announce my retirement. Thank you cycling!" wrote Rogers on his … [Read more...]

Wout Poels Claims His First Monument Race For Team Sky

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Ans, Belgium, April 24, 2016 (AFP) - Wout Poels handed Team Sky their first ever Monument success by winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. While Sky had established themselves as perhaps the dominant Grand Tour outfit since their creation in 2010, winning the Tour de France three times in four years with Bradley Wiggins … [Read more...]

Valverde Looking Forward To Success At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Liege, Belgium, April 23, 2016 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde will be looking to take another step towards Ardennes Classics immortality when he lines up for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. The 35-year-old Spaniard will be the man to beat in Belgium during 'La Doyenne' (the oldest) having claimed a record fourth victory in the midweek Fleche Wallonne, the second of … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Fleche Wallonne For A Record Fourth Time

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By Jean MONTOIS Huy, Belgium, April 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde timed his finish to perfection to claim the Fleche Wallonne for a record fourth time on Wednesday. The near 200km midweek Ardennes Classic came down to a dramatic shoot-out up the 1.3km long final ascent of the Mur de Huy, with Valverde seeing off Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe. … [Read more...]

Mikel Landa Takes Giro del Trentino Lead As Nibali Struggles

Rome, April 20, 2016 (AFP) - Spaniard Mikel Landa took command of the Giro del Trentino on Wednesday as he won the epic 220km second stage from Arco to Anras in Austria. Favorite for overall victory Vincenzo Nibali, a twice former winner of the event, surprisingly struggled on the final ascent and only managed to finish the day 21st, more than 30-seconds back. His Astana team-mate … [Read more...]

Team Sky To Withdraw Sergio Henao Over Altitude Concerns

Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium, April 20, 2016 - Sky have withdrawn Sergio Henao for a three months precautionary period after internal tests, but the British cycling team insisted Wednesday the Colombian rider had not failed a drug test. Henao, second in the recent Tour of the Basque Country, was one of the favorites to win Wednesday's Fleche Wallone, a race in which he came second in … [Read more...]

Nibali’s Astana Team Takes Opening Giro del Trentino Stage

Rome, April 19, 2016 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team got off to the perfect start at the Giro del Trentino on Tuesday by winning the opening stage team time-trial. Astana beat Team Sky, whose Spanish rider Mikel Landa is one of the favorites for overall victory, by 14sec on the 12.1km time-trial overlooking Lake Garda. French team AG2R took third … [Read more...]