Team Astana Granted WorldTour Licence For The 2016 Season


Paris, Nov 9, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body confirmed on Monday that the doping-tainted Astana team will retain its World Tour licence for the 2016 season. The Kazakh-funded outfit, featuring 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, was one of 11 teams given the green light to compete in the top division next season after meeting the annual registration criteria mandated by the … [Read more...]

Tour de France Harder For Froome Than Rivals Says Brailsford


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome will always find it harder to win the Tour de France than his rivals because of the doping suspicions that follow him, his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford believes. Speaking after the 2016 Tour route announcement in Paris on Tuesday, Brailsford said the negative publicity his … [Read more...]

Mont Blanc To Be The Star In 2016 Tour de France


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 20, 2015 (AFP) - The highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc will take a starring role in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France, whose complete route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. Next July, Briton Chris Froome will spend three days staring at the Alpine behemoth, which rises to more than 4,800 … [Read more...]

Yellow Beats Pink As Giro Scrambles For Big Name Winners


By Justin DAVIS Milan, Oct 5, 2015 (AFP) - The allure of the Tour de France yellow jersey cast its glow over the Giro d'Italia as organisers unveiled the 2016 route Monday in the presence of champions they desperately hope will be competing. Starting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on May 6, the 99th edition of the three-week race has something for everyone with … [Read more...]

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan Captures World Road Cycling Championship


By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 27, 2015 (AFP) - Slovakia's Peter Sagan charged ahead over the last climbs and hung on at the finish to win Sunday's men's road race at the World Road Cycling Championships. Sagan completed the 261.4km (162.4 mile) course in 6hrs 14mins 37secs to defeat Australian Michael Matthews by three seconds with Lithuania's … [Read more...]

Cookson Pleased With UCI’s Post-Armstrong Progress

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By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 25, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling has made great global strides to restore credibility and integrity in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said Friday. On the eve of the closing weekend of the World Road Cycling Championships in Armstrong's home nation of the United States, … [Read more...]

Kiryienka Wins World Road Championships Time Trial Crown


By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 23, 2015 (AFP) - Vasil Kiryienka, the European Games time-trial champion from Belarus, captured the men's individual time-trial crown Wednesday at the World Road Cycling Championships Kiryienka completed the 53.5km (33.5 miles) course in 1hr 2mins 29.45secs at 51.368 k/hr to capture his first world title by 9.08 seconds over … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Repeats As World Team Time Trial Champions


Richmond, Virginia - The BMC Racing Team led through every time check Sunday on the way to capturing its second straight UCI world team time trial championship. Powering its BMC timemachine TM01s through the streets of Richmond, Virginia, the BMC Racing Team averaged 54.969 kilometers an hour to best Etixx-Quick Step by 11.35 seconds. Movistar Team finished third, 30.11 seconds off the winning … [Read more...]

Team Velocio Extends World Team Time Trial Win Streak


By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 20, 2015 (AFP) - Velocio SRAM captured a fourth consecutive women's team time-trial title Sunday at the World Road Cycling Championships with Germany's Trixi Worrack making herself the only rider on each winning squad. The German-based lineup that won the past three crowns as Lululemon completed the 38.6km (24 miles) trek in 47min … [Read more...]

Phinney Returns To Help BMC Defend World Team Time Trial

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By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 19, 2015 (AFP) - American Taylor Phinney, fighting back from a career-threatening 2014 crash, was named on Saturday to ride for defending men's team time-trial champions BMC at the World Road Cycling Championships. The 25-year-old son of 1984 Olympic road race champion Connie Carpenter and former pro cyclist Davis Phinney will ride on a … [Read more...]