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...]

Froome Seals Ruta del Sol Title, Lobato Takes Final Stage

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Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain, Feb 22, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Chris Froome won the Ruta del Sol on Sunday as Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato claimed his second stage victory of the week. Froome held a two-second advantage over major rival Alberto Contador and ensured he was in no danger by edging towards the front of the peloton on the sprint finish to end the 169.8km ride from Montilla to … [Read more...]

Rafael Valls Waltzes To 2015 Tour of Oman Victory

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Muscat, Feb 22, 2015 (AFP) - Spanish climbing specialist Rafael Valls won the Tour of Oman on Sunday as Matthias Brandle of Austria clinched the sixth and final stage. Valls, who seized control in winning the feature stage of the race, the climb to the Green Mountain on Friday, had a nine-second advantage over American Tejay van Garderen, while another Spaniard, the experienced … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Takes Ruta del Sol Lead With Stage Four Win

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Alto de las Allanadas, Spain, Feb 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome produced a stunning breakaway up a steep summit finish on the 199.8km fourth stage of the Ruta del Sol to take a two-second lead over Alberto Contador into Sunday's final stage. Contador had held a 27-second lead over the 2013 Tour de France winner after winning their first battle of the season on a mountain finish … [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...]

Alberto Contador Storms The Ruta Del Sol Stage 3

Alto de Hazallanas, Spain, Feb 20, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador took a firm grip of the Ruta del Sol in Andalusia after claiming victory on the third stage on Friday to extend his overall lead over Chris Froome to 27 seconds. The 157.6 kilometre stage from Motril to Alto de Hazallanas was the first summit finish for either Contador or Froome this season and just like in the Vuelta a … [Read more...]

Rafael Valls Goes Red On Tour of Oman Green Mountain

Jabal al Akhdhar, Oman, Feb 20, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Rafael Valls won Thursday's tough Tour of Oman fourth stage with a summit finish on the Green Mountain to take the overall lead. American Tejay Van Garderen came home second 5sec adrift with Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, at 19sec, completing the podium. Valls prised the leader's red jersey from Fabian Cancellara with Van Garderen … [Read more...]

Sky’s Geraint Thomas Takes Algarve Stage And Overall Lead

Lisbon, Feb 19, 2015 - Britain's Geraint Thomas broke away to victory in stage two of the Tour of the Algarve on Thursday and took the overall race leader's yellow jersey. Sky rider Thomas won the 197km run from Lagoa to Monchique by a clear 19 seconds from Estonia's Rein Taarmae, with Valerion Agnoli of Italy third. The victory also gave the Welshman a 30-second lead in the … [Read more...]

Alexander Kristoff Strikes Again, Cancellera Retains Oman Lead

Al Mussanah, Oman, Feb 19, 2015 (AFP) - Norway's in-form Alexander Kristoff, who picked up three stages last week in Qatar, came out on top in a bunch sprint to Thursday's Tour of Oman third stage. The Katusha rider was followed home by Italian duo Andrea Guardini and Matteo Pelucchi at the end of the 158.5km ride around Al Mussanah Sports City. "The team is good, our 'work rhythm' … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara Wins Second Stage Of Tour of Oman

Al Bustan, Oman, Feb 18, 2015 (AFP) - Swiss veteran Fabian Cancellara, riding for Trek, shrugged off a heavy cold to win the second stage of the Tour of Oman and take the overall lead, following a 195.5km ride from Al Hazm Castle to Al Bustan, on Wednesday. The former Olympic and world champion, known as 'Spartacus', managed to keep pace with the leading group of some 20 riders until the … [Read more...]