Team Astana Doping Decision Expected By UCI In Days

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Sochi, Russia, April 20, 2015 (AFP) - An International Cycling Union (UCI) commission is expected to rule this week on whether the doping tainted Astana team should be stripped of its licence, UCI president Brian Cookson said Monday. If Astana loses, star rider Vincenzo Nibali could forfeit the right to defend his Tour de France title. "I am expecting a decision this week, I am … [Read more...]

World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski Wins Amstel Gold Race

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By Jean MONTOIS Valkenburg, Netherlands, April 19, 2015 (AFP) - World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland claimed his first one-day victory of the year in winning the first of three Ardennes Classics, the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. Kwiatkowski finished the 258km race from Maastricht to Valkenburg ahead of Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Australia's Michael Matthews. … [Read more...]

Simon Gerrans Added To Orica-GreenEdge Giro d’Italia Roster

Four-time Grand Tour stage winner Simon Gerrans has been added to the Giro d’Italia roster for ORICA-GreenEDGE next month, boosting an ambitious line up for the first three-week race of the 2015 season. The announcement comes as the 34-year-old continues his comeback from consecutive injuries at the Amstel Gold Race this Sunday. “The Giro is perfectly timed for my first peak of the … [Read more...]

Belgian Cyclist Greg Van Avermaet Risks Two-Year Doping Ban

Brussels, April 16, 2015 - Belgian cyclist Greg Van Avermaet, who strongly denies accusations of steroid use, is facing a two-year ban if found guilty, Belgian cycling federation (RLVB) prosecutor Jaak Fransen said on Thursday. The rider is suspected of having procured the cortisone Diprophos between 2009-2012 from Belgian doctor Chris Mertens. The product is banned … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Releases His Upcoming Race Calendar

14-Apr-2015: Etixx - Quick-Step has released the race calendars of Mark Cavendish for the upcoming months. Mark Cavendish will open the next part of his season with the same program of 2014 prior to Le Tour de France. He will race the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, a race in which he won four stages and the points classification the previous year. He will then participate in AMGEN Tour of … [Read more...]

Classics Great Tom Boonen To Ride His First Giro d’ Italia

Paris, April 14, 2015 (AFP) - Classics specialist Tom Boonen will ride the Giro d'Italia for the first time next month, his Etixx-Quick Step team said Tuesday. The 34-year-old Belgian is one of the greatest cobbled Classics riders of all time having won Paris-Roubaix four times and the Tour of Flanders three times -- both jointly held records. However, the 2005 world road race … [Read more...]

Bradley Wiggins Satisfied Despite Finishing 18th At Paris-Roubaix

Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015 - Bradley Wiggins finished 18th in his final road race for Team Sky on Sunday before embarking on a quest for a fifth Olympic gold medal. Wiggins had long let it be known that his last goal in a Team Sky jersey would be to win Paris-Roubaix but try as he might, he was unable even to better last year's ninth place finish, as he came home in a group of … [Read more...]

A Speechless John Degenkolb Wins The 2015 Paris-Roubaix

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015 (AFP) - John Degenkolb said he doesn't know where to put his winner's trophy after taking victory in the 113th edition of the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday. The 26-year-old German became only the third person in history to win Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix in the same year as he bested Czech … [Read more...]

Wiggins Ready For Last Road Hurrah At Paris-Roubaix

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Compiègne, France, April 11, 2015 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins is ready to give his all in the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday in what will be his last road race for Team Sky. The reigning Olympic and world time-trial champion, former Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medallist, has set this race as his final objective before a return to the track … [Read more...]

Everything You Wanted To Know About The 2015 Paris-Roubaix

Bicycle.net picks out 10 riders to keep an eye on in Sunday's 253km Cobbled Classic Paris-Roubaix race: ALEXANDER KRISTOFF (NOR) Katusha Quite simply the man of the moment, the 27-year-old is the most in-form rider. His wins at the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Three Days of De Panne, all in the last two weeks, as well as a second place to John Degenkolb last month at … [Read more...]