Alejandro Valverde Wins His Second Fleche Wallonne

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride … [Read more...]

Johan Bruyneel Gets Handed A 10-Year Doping Ban

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BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - The US Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday banned Lance Armstrong's former sports director Johan Bruyneel from all sport for 10 years over his role in drug-taking in cycling. A US sports arbitration panel found Bruyneel, former US Postal team doctor Pedro Celaya and team trainer Jose 'Pepe' Marti guilty of multiple doping violations, the agency … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Lands The Amstel Gold Hat-Trick

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN VALKENBURG, Netherlands, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Belgium's Philippe Gilbert surged clear on the final Cauberg climb to win his third Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- winner in 2010 and 2011 -- made his move inside the final 4km following a dummy-attack by BMC team-mate Samuel Sanchez and by the top of the climb, 1.8km from the finish, he was … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Aiming For Hat-Trick at Amstel Gold

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Former world champion Philippe Gilbert will set off in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race as one of the hot favourites for victory. The 31-year-old Belgian, who won back-to-back Amstel races in 2010 and 2011, proved he is back on form after missing the cobbled Classics in the previous two weeks when he sprinted to victory … [Read more...]

Wiggins Vows To Earn Team Sky Tour De France Spot

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins vowed to earn his place on the Sky team to support defending champion Chris Froome in July after finishing ninth at Paris-Roubaix. Wiggins put in an impressive showing at Sunday's 'Hell of the North' by coming home in a 10-strong group 20 seconds behind winner Niki … [Read more...]

Niki Terpstra Takes A Suprise Paris-Roubaix Victory

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN ROUBAIX, France, April 13, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Niki Terpstra attacked just over 6km from home to stun a host of favourites and win Paris-Roubaix at the end of 257km of racing on Sunday. The race had seemed set for a sprint finish among 11 riders but Terpstra took advantage of the marking of favourites Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan to … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara The Man To Beat At Paris-Roubaix

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - A week ago the pre-Tour of Flanders talk was about how open the race would be but ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix that has turned to questions about how to stop Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss 33-year-old won his third Flanders crown last Sunday in a sprint finish, upsetting the hopes of a trio of Belgians on their home soil. … [Read more...]

Chris Horner In Hospital After Serious Crash With A Car

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PARIS, April 11, 2014 (AFP) - Tour of Spain champion Chris Horner has been taken to hospital following a training crash with a car around Lake Como, Italy, his Lampre team said Friday. The 42-year-old American, who was born in Japan and is the oldest ever winner of a Grand Tour, suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs in the accident. "The American cyclist Chris Horner had an … [Read more...]

The Lance Armstrong Probe Findings Due In A Year

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GENEVA, April 09, 2014 (AFP) - An inquiry team probing the role of cycling's leaders in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will deliver its report by next year, the head of the sport's global governing body UCI said on Wednesday. Brian Cookson, who won an ugly UCI leadership contest in September 2013 vowing to right past wrongs, said the three-member independent commission of inquiry … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Vows To Learn From Flanders Disappointment

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OUDENAARDE, Belgium, April 06, 2014 (AFP) - Peter Sagan said he would overcome the disappointment of a 16th place finish at the Tour of Flanders and come back better ahead of Paris-Roubaix. The Slovak twice winner of the Tour de France green jersey was one of the top three favourites coming into the De Ronde Sunday. But after he failed to match eventual winner Fabian Cancellara's … [Read more...]