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...]

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...]

Riders Union Calls For Life Time Bans For Technological Doping

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Paris, April 18, 2016 - International riders association (CPA) president Gianni Bugno has called for life bans for those caught with motorized bicycles. Bugno, a twice former world champion and two time Giro d'Italia winner during his racing career, was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera a day after the newspaper and French TV program Stade 2 claimed to have detected possible … [Read more...]

Luca Paolini Gets Hit With A 18-Month Doping Ban For Cocaine

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Lausanne, April 13, 2016 - Italian cyclist Luca Paolini was on Wednesday banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine at last year's Tour de France, cycling's ruling body the UCI announced. The suspension relates to the 39-year-old's failed dope test for the recreational drug on July 7 2015 which triggered his sacking by Katusha. The UCI said Paolini was "guilty of a … [Read more...]

New Claims Of “Mafia” Role In Marco Pantani Giro Exclusion

Milan, March 14, 2016 - Doubts over the expulsion of champion cyclist Marco Pantani from the 1999 Giro d'Italia resurfaced Monday after new claims of Mafia involvement in his downfall. Pantani died on February 14, 2004 from an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs. He was found in suspicious circumstances in a Rimini hotel room. His family has argued that a third party may have … [Read more...]

The UCI Is Considering In Road Race Bike Motor Testing

By Ian Whittell London, March 5, 2016 (AFP) - Cycling bosses are investigating the possibility of testing riders in the middle of road races as they continue to combat the threat of mechanical doping in the sport. Belgian teenager Femke Van den Driessche was discovered to have a motor inside the frame of her bike at the recent cyclo-cross World Championships, a revelation that … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Quits MPCC Over Fear Of Doping Ban

Paris, Feb 24, 2016 (AFP) - Katusha have joined Orica in quitting the anti-doping body the Movement for Credible Cycling so as to avoid suspension after two of its riders failed drug tests. The Russian cycling team were told by the International Cycling Union this month that they would not be banned despite Katusha duo Eduard Vorganov and Luca Paolini failing doping controls. But under … [Read more...]

Italian Star Racer Reda Banned For Eight Years For Doping

Rome, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Italian road race runner-up Francesco Reda has been suspended for eight years after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, Italian media reported Friday. Reda, who rides for Team Idea, produced the positive test at the end of the Italian championships where he came in second behind Vincenzo Nibali. Reda, 33, was barely back in the saddle after having … [Read more...]

UCI Checks 90 Bicycles For Concealed Engines At French Race

Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Ninety bikes from six teams taking part in a French race were subjected to unannounced checks for concealed engines on Friday as officials seek to clamp down on cheating, the International Cycling Union said. The checks were carried out on the Delko, Roubaix-Lille Métropole, Auber 93, Bardiani, Androni Giocattoli and Veranclassic teams taking … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Barely Avoids A Doping Suspension By UCI

Lausanne, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - Russian cycling team Katusha will not be suspended despite two riders failing drug tests within a 12 month period, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday. Last week, Katusha suspended Russian rider Eduard Vorganov after he tested positive for the Latvian-made anti-ischemia drug meldonium, which boosts oxygen supply to the blood and tissues in the … [Read more...]