Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Considering Skipping The 2015 Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him. Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers. … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2015 Offers Famous Alpe d’Huez Finale

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PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - For the first time in Tour de France history the legendary Alpe d'Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 edition before the final procession in Paris. That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme. After this … [Read more...]

Spain’s Team Movistar Is Top Of The 2014 WorldTour Rankings

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PARIS, Oct 14, 2014 (AFP) - Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw the Spanish cycling outfit Movistar end the WorldTour season as the top ranked team for 2014. The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar's 34-year-old team leader Valverde, who topped the UCI Pro Tour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008. The team's … [Read more...]

Tinkoff-Saxo’s “Three Grand Tours” Proposal With €1 million Bonus

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Tinkoff-Saxo is convinced the idea to have the world's best four riders compete head-to-head in the three Grand Tours will be beneficial to the sport of cycling. Right now, all teams have the unique opportunity to take the challenge and shape their team and riders programs accordingly. What if the world's best riders battled it out against each other in all three Grand Tours in 2015? What … [Read more...]

Anti-doping Chief Travis Tygart Hopes Lance Armstrong Reveals All

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LONDON, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - United States Anti-doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called on Lance Armstrong to spill the secrets of his doping shame under oath for the good of cycling. Tygart led the USADA investigation which found Armstrong's United States Postal Service team had carried out "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme … [Read more...]

Pink Jersey Battle May Pave Way For Rare Giro-Tour Double

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by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Oct 06, 2014 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia organisers on Monday admitted they had one eye on seeing a rare Giro-Tour de France double achieved next summer when they unveiled a balanced route for the 2015 edition on Monday. The 2014 edition, won by Colombian Nairo Quintana of Movistar, featured a total of six days in the high mountains. The 98th edition, … [Read more...]

Aussie Simon Gerrans Promises More Future One-Day Fireworks

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 29, 2014 (AFP) - Simon Gerrans may have missed out on the world champion's rainbow jersey but he promised that the three World Championship medallists would continue battling in one-day classics over the years to come. Australia's Gerrans was beaten into second in Ponferrada, Spain by Poland's first ever world champion, Michal … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Becomes Poland’s First World Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday. Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in … [Read more...]

Missing Le Tour Helped Bradley Wiggins Win World ITT

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins said that his exclusion from Sky's Tour de France team in July had a silver lining as it enabled him to dethrone Tony Martin at the world timetrial championships. The Olympic champion had twice before finished runner-up to the German -- in 2011 and 2013 -- but he finished 26sec clear of Martin on the … [Read more...]