No ‘Problems Of Any Kind’ Despite Doping Cases Says Russia

Moscow, Feb 8, 2016 (AFP) - Russia's sports minister on Monday denied there were "problems of any kind" in Russian cycling despite several doping cases in recent days. "I fully trust the athletes and trainers," sports minister Vitaly Mutko told state news agency TASS, referring to the national cycling team. "I don't see problems of any kind here." Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA … [Read more...]

Russia’s Brezhniva Banned For Doping By RUSADA

Moscow, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - Russian track cyclist Yelena Brezhniva, a two-time European champion in the team sprint, has received a four-year suspension for doping, the country's anti-doping agency said Thursday. Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA -- which has been found non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for "routinely" violating international testing standards -- said … [Read more...]

Froome Calls For More Checks Against Tech Fraud

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Melbourne, Feb 2, 2016 (AFP) - Double Tour de France champion Chris Froome has urged cycling authorities to treat technology fraud seriously and to step up checks. Ahead of Wednesday's Herald Sun Tour race in Australia, Froome took up the issue of concealed motors after the first clear case rocked the cycling world. A bike being used by a Belgian cyclist at the world cyclo-cross … [Read more...]

Spanish State To Pay Heras 720,000 Euros Compensation

Madrid, Feb 1, 2016 (AFP) - The Spanish state has been ordered to pay over 720,000 euros in damages to former cyclist Roberto Heras for his reversed suspension for doping between 2006 and 2008, according to a court decision obtained by AFP. Spain's national court in Madrid, which specializes in financial affairs, said in its decision that the amount of 724,904.86 euros corresponded to what … [Read more...]

Ex-French Pro Robert Sassone Dies At Age 37

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Noumea, Jan 22, 2016 (AFP) - Former French professional rider Robert Sassone, the world track champion in 2001, has died at the age of 37 years, the president of the New Caledonia cycling committee told local radio RRB on Friday. Born in Noumea, Sassone, who had battled cancer for several years, took his own life, according to cycling sources in the French Overseas Territory in the south … [Read more...]

Klemencic Receives Provisional Ban For 2012 EPO Positive

Richmond, United States, Sept 19, 2015 (AFP) - Slovenian mountain bike specialist Blaza Klemencic, a two-time Olympian, has received a provisional suspension from the International Cycling Union (UCI) three years after giving a positive doping sample for EPO. The UCI revealed on Saturday in a website posting that the sample in the case, given on March 27, 2012, had tested positive when … [Read more...]

Italian Rider Luca Paolini Tests Positive For Cocaine

Fougères, France, July 10, 2015 (AFP) - Italian rider Luca Paolini has failed a doping test at the Tour de France, his Katusha team said Friday. The 38-year-old tested positive for cocaine, which is not banned out of competition but is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of doping substances in competition. Katusha spokesman Philippe Maertens told AFP the team had found out … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Reveals He Missed A Doping Test

London, June 25, 2015 (AFP) - British cycling star Chris Froome revealed Thursday he had missed a drugs test earlier this year but said it was his own fault. The 30-year-old's missed test came while he was on holiday in Italy with wife Michelle. Staff at the hotel where they were staying refused to let anti-doping officials disturb the couple. During the Tour de France, … [Read more...]

Clean Cycling Still A Pipe Dream Says John Degenkolb

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Berlin, June 18, 2015 (AFP) - Top cyclist John Degenkolb, winner of the Milan-San Remo and the Paris-Roubaix races this season, said two weeks ahead of the Tour de France that dope cheats were still thriving in cycling. "We should not expect to see cycling liberated forever from these cheats," said the 26-year-old. "And the same goes for other sports too," he insisted. "Sport 100 per … [Read more...]

Denmark’s Nicki Sorensen Admits To Doping For Years

Copenhagen, June 22, 2015 (AFP) - Danish former professional road cyclist Nicki Sorensen on Monday admitted to doping, one day before the release of a major report by Denmark's anti-doping agency. "I have doped, I have fully admitted that. I'm sorry for that and I wish I had done differently," he told Danish tabloid BT. Sorensen, who won four Danish National Road Race Championships … [Read more...]