No ‘Problems Of Any Kind’ Despite Doping Cases Says Russia

Moscow, Feb 8, 2016 (AFP) - Russia's sports minister on Monday denied there were "problems of any kind" in Russian cycling despite several doping cases in recent days. "I fully trust the athletes and trainers," sports minister Vitaly Mutko told state news agency TASS, referring to the national cycling team. "I don't see problems of any kind here." Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA … [Read more...]

Lobato Nails Hill Win, Nizzolo Takes Dubai Lead On Stage 3

Dubai, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Spain's Juan Jose Lobato clinched a summit finish victory in the key stage three of the Tour of Dubai on Friday as Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo seized the overall leader's blue jersey. Finishing the race at the steep Hatta Dam way after a 172km ride through the city and the desert, the Movistar man also seized second place in the overall standings from Germany's … [Read more...]

Ewan Wins Sun Tour Stage 2, Sky Protect Overall Lead

Melbourne, Feb 5, 2016 (AFP) - Caleb Ewan won a tough second stage of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia on Friday, but Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh and Chris Froome did enough to stay on top in the overall standings. Rising Australian sprinter Ewan, who won two stages of the Tour Down Under last month, completed the 144.2-kilometre stage in three hours, 29 minutes and six seconds. The … [Read more...]

Viviani Wins Dubai Tour Stage 2, Takes Overall Lead

Dubai, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - Italy's Elia Viviani, riding for Team Sky, sprinted to victory in the second stage of the Tour of Dubai on Thursday and grabbed the leader's blue jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel. Viviani had benefitted from a crash in the final kilometre that appeared to affect opponents. "Yesterday I opened my sprint too early and was left alone with no team-mate with … [Read more...]

Froome Shows Early Class As Team Sky Take Over At Sun Tour

Melbourne, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - British national champion Peter Kennaugh stormed through the first stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Thursday with Chris Froome at his side as Team Sky took charge. The pair broke away after 97 kilometres (60.3 miles) of the 126.1-kilometre stage through Victoria's Yarra Valley and could not be caught. The Sky leaders shared the winning time of three hours, … [Read more...]

Clarke Repeats Sun Tour Win, Froome Happy To ‘Stay Ipright’

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Melbourne, Feb 3, 2016 (AFP) - William Clarke won the prologue to the Herald Sun Tour in Melbourne on Wednesday with Briton Chris Froome satisfied with his down the pack finish. Drapac Pro Cycling rider Clarke was repeating his prologue victory from last year in the five-stage race which Froome has targeted as a springboard to a busy year. The double Tour de France champion is eyeing a … [Read more...]

Kittel Edges Out Cavendish On Stage One of Dubai Tour

Dubai, Feb 3, 2016 (AFP) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the Tour of Dubai on Wednesday when he edged out last year's winner, Britain's Mark Cavendish, in a bunch sprint. After the 173km run from the Dubai Marine Club to Fujairah, Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo came in third with the top three picking up time bonuses of 10, six and four seconds, giving the three the lead in … [Read more...]

Pedaling For A Good Cause With Tour of Sufferlandria

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Relegated to training indoors this winter? Competing in the 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria can kill some of the boredom and have you pedaling for a good cause. The "Tour of Sufferlandria" is an indoor cycling event where riders complete nine consecutive days of videos produced by The Sufferfest. With a $10 donation, participants are eligible for the Tour's list of special prizes, which include a … [Read more...]

Cavendish To Defend Dubai Crown With Dimension Data

Dubai, Feb 2, 2016 (AFP) - Defending Dubai Tour champion Mark Cavendish goes into the 2016 edition, which starts on Wednesday, looking for his first win since joining South African team Dimension Data. The Briton won the overall title last year while still with Etixx Quick-Step thanks to victories on the first and fourth stages. Cavendish left Quick-Step at the end of last season to … [Read more...]

Chris Froome To Test Early Form At Herald Sun Tour

Melbourne, Australia, Feb 2, 2016 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome launches his season Wednesday in Australia's Herald Sun Tour looking for a "good test" to gauge his form. "It's been almost five months now since my last race so I'm not too sure what to expect," said the Kenyan-born Briton. "Training has gone well throughout the winter and I've had a good block of training … [Read more...]