Lance Armstrong Must Pay $10M After Arbitration Loss

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

Dallas, Feb 16, 2015 (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of seven Tour de France titles for doping, must pay $10 million (8.8 million euros) after losing an arbitration dispute with SCA Promotions. The Texas firm announced Monday in a statement that the arbitration panel punished Armstrong for "an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and … [Read more...]

USADA Chief Tygart Rejects Lance Armstrong ‘Witch-Hunt’ Claim

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

By Bhavan JAIPRAGAS Singapore, Feb 11, 2015 (AFP) - The US anti-doping chief Wednesday dismissed accusations of a "witch hunt" against Lance Armstrong and said he was delighted with reforms aimed at cleaning up cycling. Travis Tygart, chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), hit back at comments from former International Cycling … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Says He Would Dope Again If Faced With The Same

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

London, Jan 26, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling outcast Lance Armstrong has said he would take banned substances again if faced with the same circumstances that saw him dope in 1995. In an interview with the BBC on Monday, the American said it was not possible to win cleanly when he was dominating the Tour de France with a record seven wins from 1999 to 2005 but that the race could now be won by … [Read more...]

I’ve Passed Lie Detector Test Says Roman Kreuziger

Prague, Jan 24, 2015 (AFP) - Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, accused of doping charges over problems in his biological passport, said Saturday he has passed a lie detector test in a bid to clear his name. "I replied to three essential questions and for all of them, the detector confirmed that I was telling the truth," Kreuziger, 28, revealed on his website www.kreuzigercase.com. The … [Read more...]

Suspended Rider Mauro Santambrogio Fails Dope Test Number 2

PARIS, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio, who is already serving a doping suspension, has failed another drugs test, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday. The 30-year-old Italian, who can ask for his 'B' sample to be analysed, failed an out of competition test on October 22 for high levels of testosterone. Santambrogio had failed a first test at … [Read more...]

Team Astana Retains Their UCI World Tour Licence For 2015

PARIS, Dec 10, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana, whose leading rider is this year's Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, were on Wednesday granted a World Tour licence for the 2015 season by the International Cycling Union. However, the UCI said that, while the licence had been granted, Astana would have to agree to conditions, including being audited by the Institute … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Denies Team Astana Link

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Dec 09, 2014 (AFP) - A doctor banned for life for doping offences involving top athletes including Lance Armstrong has hit back at reports of a secret meeting with members of the embattled Astana cycling team. A report in Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday claimed Dr Michele Ferrari, reputed for his expertise in helping athletes avoid detection while … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Met With Astana

TURIN, Italy, Dec 08, 2014 (AFP) - Astana's hopes of remaining within cycling's professional ranks suffered a potential blow after a report on Monday claimed team members met with a banned doctor known for helping Lance Armstrong to cheat his way to success. Astana's Pro Tour future is hanging in the balance after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, and three riders from the Astana … [Read more...]

Roman Kreuziger Unveils His Biological Passport Data

GENEVA, Dec 02, 2014 - Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger, who has been facing doping charges over problems in his biological passport, has published the document on his website Tuesday to back his claim to innocence. "I have never doped and never tested positive for doping," the 28-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote in English on the www.kreuzigercase.com website. "In the documents … [Read more...]

The Fifth Team Astana Kazakh Rider Artur Fedosseyev Fails Doping Test

PARIS, Nov 26, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakhstan and it's professional cycling team Astana, whose star rider is Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, were rocked by yet another doping scandal on Wednesday with the news that a fifth rider had failed a drug test. Artur Fedosseyev, 20, from the Astana Continental, or reserve team, tested positive for steroids on August 16 during the Tour of Ain, … [Read more...]