Astana Pro Team To Keep Licence Despite Doping Scandals

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Paris, April 24, 2015 - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is free to defend his title in July after his Astana team was allowed to keep its racing licence despite a series of doping shocks, the UCI governing body announced Thursday. At the end of February, the UCI had demanded the team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main … [Read more...]

Valverde Makes It A Hat-Trick At Fleche Wallonne

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Huy, Belgium, April 22, 2015 (AFP) - For the second year in a row and third in total, Spaniard Alejandro Valverde triumphed atop the brutal Mur de Huy climb to win Wednesday's Fleche Wallonne race. The 34-year-old Movistar team leader placed himself at the front of the peloton on the 1.3km climb up the Mur, which has an average gradient … [Read more...]

Kwiatkowski In Everyone’s Sights At Fleche Wallonne Ardennes

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Waremme, Belgium, April 21, 2015 (AFP) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski will be a marked man when the 205.5km Fleche Wallonne Ardennes Classic race gets underway on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Pole comes into the race off the back of a sensational victory at Sunday's Amstel Gold race. Not since Philippe Gilbert in 2011 has anyone managed to triumph in … [Read more...]

Team Astana Doping Decision Expected By UCI In Days

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Sochi, Russia, April 20, 2015 (AFP) - An International Cycling Union (UCI) commission is expected to rule this week on whether the doping tainted Astana team should be stripped of its licence, UCI president Brian Cookson said Monday. If Astana loses, star rider Vincenzo Nibali could forfeit the right to defend his Tour de France title. "I am expecting a decision this week, I am … [Read more...]

World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Amstel Gold Race

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By Jean MONTOIS Valkenburg, Netherlands, April 19, 2015 (AFP) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland claimed his first one-day victory of the year in winning the first of three Ardennes Classics, the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Kwiatkowski finished the 258km race from Maastricht to Valkenburg ahead of Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Australia's Michael Matthews. … [Read more...]

A Speechless John Degenkolb Wins The 2015 Paris-Roubaix

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015 (AFP) - John Degenkolb said he doesn't know where to put his winner's trophy after taking victory in the 113th edition of the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The 26-year-old German became only the third person in history to win Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in the same year as he bested Czech … [Read more...]

Wiggins Ready For Last Road Hurrah At Paris-Roubaix

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Compi├Ęgne, France, April 11, 2015 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins is ready to give his all in the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday in what will be his last road race for Team Sky. The reigning Olympic and world time-trial champion, former Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medallist, has set this race as his final objective before a return to the track … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Hails This His Best Week After Flanders Win

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Oudenaarde, Belgium, April 5, 2015 (AFP) - Alexander Kristoff said it had been the best week of his career after becoming the first Norwegian to win the Tour of Flanders. The 27-year-old beat Niki Terpstra in a sprint finish to claim his second prestigious victory in a 'Monument' race following success at Milan-San … [Read more...]

All Eyes On Geriant Thomas In Wide Open Flanders Field

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bruges, Belgium, April 4, 2015 (AFP) - Welshman Geraint Thomas will line up as an unlikely favourite when the usually Belgian-dominated Tour de Flanders begins on Sunday. Of the 98 editions of the second of five 'Monument' races, 68 have been won by Belgians. The first ever winner was Belgian Paul Deman in 1913 and four of the six riders to have won it … [Read more...]

Geriant Thomas In Drivers Seat Ahead Of Cobbled Classics

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Paris, March 31, 2015 (AFP) - Commonwealth Games champion Geraint Thomas will find himself a marked man over the next two weeks as the peloton tackles the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and then Paris-Roubaix a week later. With perennial favourites Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara out injured, both Flanders and Roubaix will be considered the most open they have been in years. Over the … [Read more...]