Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Gets Two Year Doping Ban

SAINT-√čTIENNE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been hit with a two-year doping suspension, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has revealed. The Sky rider was caught out by his biological passport from 2012, before he joined the British World Tour squad. The 29-year-old has been banned until December 31, 2015 and stripped of his 2012 Tour … [Read more...]

UCI Vows To Close Potential Doping Loophole

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 04, 2014 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has vowed to close a potential doping loophole that could be exploited by would-be cheats. Tour de France winner Chris Froome caused a stir at the Tour de Romandie when he asked for and received an emergency TUE, or therapeutic use exemption, for a banned corticosteroid due to … [Read more...]

Orica-GreenEDGE Defends Team After Impey Positive Test

SYDNEY, July 03, 2014 - Orica-GreenEDGE boss defends team after positive test manager Shayne Bannan Thursday defended his team's anti-doping regime after cyclist Daryl Impey tested positive for a banned substance. The South African, the first-ever African to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey last year, tested positive in February for Probenecid, the Australian team announced … [Read more...]

Daryl Impey Tests Positive For A Banned Substance

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - History-making South African cyclist Daryl Impey has tested positive for a banned substance, his Australian Orica GreenEDGE team said Wednesday. Last year Impey, 29, was the first ever African to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey. Back in February he tested positive for Probenecid, a substance used to treat gout and hyperuricema … [Read more...]

Giro Stage Winner Diego Ulissi Fails Drug Test

PARIS, June 25, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Diego Ulissi, who won two stages of this year's Giro d'Italia, failed a drugs test during the race, his team Lampre confirmed on Wednesday. The 24-year-old returned a positive test for salbutamol, a drug used to treat asthma, during the 11th stage on May 21 at Savone. Lampre said that Ulissi had revealed to testers at the time that he had … [Read more...]

Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong To Proceed

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2014 (AFP) - A US federal judge on Thursday denied Lance Armstrong's request to dismiss the government's $100 million fraud lawsuit filed against the disgraced American cyclist. US District Judge Robert Wilkins said the American government can proceed with the case that alleges Armstrong defrauded the government by accepting sponsorship money from the US Postal … [Read more...]

UCI Accused Of Giving Chris Froome Unfair Advantage

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PARIS, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body has been accused of giving British rider Chris Froome an unfair advantage in the Tour of Romandie in April by allowing him to use a steroid-based drug. According to the French Sunday newspaper, Le Journal du Dimanche, Froome, who went on to win the race in Switzerland, was suffering from a chill and was granted permission to use … [Read more...]

Sergio Henao Cleared By Team Sky To Race

PARIS, June 11, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian rider Sergio Henao, sidelined by Team Sky after questions over his blood values, has been cleared to return to competition in the Tour of Switzerland starting on Saturday. The 26-year-old climber was born at altitude in Rionegro and still lives and trains in the region. He was withdrawn from the race programme in March as a precautionary … [Read more...]

Paolo Savoldelli Banned Six Months For Ferrari Link

MONTE GRAPPA, Italy, May 30, 2014 - The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Friday suspended now-retired two-time Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli for six months for having frequented Michele Ferrari, the doctor of disgraced drugs cheat Lance Armstrong. The 41-year-old Savoldelli, who won the Tour of Italy in 2002 and 2005 and retired in 2008, received a reduced retrospective sanction … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Blasts Anti-Doping Authorities

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PARIS, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has blasted anti-doping authorities for failing to test riders at altitude training in Tenerife. Froome, 28, is one of several Tour contenders who use Tenerife's Mount Teide to help prepare for the gruelling climbs in July's race. But the Team Sky rider said he was stunned not to have been tested there during a … [Read more...]