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...]

No Positive Results At The 2014 Tour de France

PARIS, Sept 02, 2014 - There were no positive dope tests at this year's Tour de France, world cycling's governing body the UCI announced on Tuesday. "All the samples collected were systematically analysed to detect stimulants and erythropoiesis," said the UCI, the latter being the process which produces red blood cells. "Isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) was also analysed in … [Read more...]

Daryl Impey Cleared Of Doping Of Probenecid

PARIS, Aug 29, 2014 (AFP) - South African Daryl Impey has been cleared of doping and can return to competition, the ORICA-GreenEDGE rider and his Australian team confirmed on Friday. The South African, the first-ever African to wear the Tour de France's yellow jersey last year, tested positive in February for Probenecid. Impey said in a statement that he had been able to prove a … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Says The Lie Would Have Continued

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LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. "If this stuff hadn't taken place with the federal investigation, I'd probably still be saying 'no' with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up," Armstrong … [Read more...]

CAS Upholds Roman Kreuziger Doping Suspension

GENEVA, Aug 20, 2014 - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger on Wednesday failed in his effort to enter the Tour of Spain, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a provisional suspension amid a doping probe. The CAS said it had rejected Kreuziger's appeal, which he filed on August 5 in a last-ditch effort to join this year's edition of the Vuelta, which begins on Saturday. "In … [Read more...]

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Two-Year Doping Ban Upheld

LONDON, Aug 18, 2014 (AFP) - Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's two-year suspension for breaching doping regulations was upheld on Monday after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) rejected his appeal against the sanction. Tiernan-Locke's ban was announced by world governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) last month after he was found to have provided irregular blood samples in … [Read more...]

Roman Kreuziger Gets Handed A Provisional Doping Ban

PARIS, Aug 02, 2014 (AFP) - Czech rider Roman Kreuziger has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect for an anti-doping rule violation based on his biological passport, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Saturday. "The decision was taken following confirmation received on August 1st, 2014 that Roman Kreuziger intended to participate in the upcoming Tour of … [Read more...]

Italians Re-open Pantani Case Over Murder Suspicion

by Laure BRUMONT ROME, Aug 02, 2014 (AFP) - Public prosecutors in Italy have reopened the case into the death of former cycling champion Marco Pantani after new evidence emerged. The news led to several Italian media regurgitating the theory that 'Il Pirata' was murdered in 2004. "We have just received documents sent by those close to (Pantani) and we have opened an … [Read more...]

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...]