UCI Calls For The Withdrawal Of Team Astana Licence Over Doping

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Lausanne, Feb 27, 2015 (AFP) - The UCI world cycling federation on Friday called for the withdrawal of the racing licence for the Astana team of Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali over doping accusations. The UCI said a study on the Kazakhstan-based team contains "compelling grounds" for a review by the body's independently-run Licence Commission and that it requests "the Astana Pro … [Read more...]

Amgen Tour of California Announce Iconic 700 Mile Route

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Time Trial and Queen Stage in Final Race Days Guarantee an Exciting Conclusion to America’s Greatest Race LOS ANGELES (February 19, 2015) – The tenth anniversary edition route is set for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. The milestone course will feature several rider and fan-favorite locales from past races, as well as … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Must Pay $10M After Arbitration Loss

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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...]

Alberto Contador Set To Retire After The 2016 Season

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Madrid, Feb 16, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador said on Monday that he wants to leave cycling at the top of his game and plans to retire after the 2016 season. "After 2016, what I can say for now, is that I don't see myself racing," the 32-year-old told a news conference. "This year, I am sure to be there, but next year I can't guarantee... … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Bradley Wiggins Looks Forward To Life After The Road

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By Elodie SOINARD Al Wakra Corniche, Qatar, Feb 9, 2015 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner and world time-trial champion Bradley Wiggins is enjoying his final days as a road racer, as the ongoing Tour of Qatar, serves as a warmup for a final crack at the Paris-Roubaix. The cycling icon, who became the first British rider to win the Tour … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team’s Rohan Dennis Breaks World Hour Record

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Grenchen, Switzerland - Rohan Dennis of the BMC Racing Team established a new UCI world hour record Sunday, powering his BMC trackmachine TR01 a distance of 52.491 kilometers to better the previous mark by 639 meters. He became the first rider to surpass the 52 km threshold since the UCI unified two classifications into a single category last year and in line with regulations for current track … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Tour of California 10th Edition Most Competitive In Race History

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May 10-17 Professional Cycling Race Will Feature 18 of the World’s Top International and Domestic Teams LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2015) – A fitting tribute for the tenth annual Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race will feature an unprecedented lineup of the world’s top cycling teams for 2015. Race presenter AEG has increased the … [Read more...]

First African Team To Race In The Tour de France

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By Jean MONTOIS Paris, Jan 14, 2015 (AFP) - An African team will take part for the first time in the Tour de France when it starts in Utrecht next July, organisers announced Wednesday. The team will be the MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa. In all 22 teams, each with nine cyclists, will compete in the 102nd edition of one of the most gruelling events in world sport. … [Read more...]