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 M├ętropole, 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...]

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

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

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...]