Fabian Cancellara To Retire In 2016, No Olympics

Paris, Nov 11, 2015 - Former world and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara has indicated that he will retire from cycling in 2016 and said he will not compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Cycling is not my life, but only a part of my life," the 34-year-old Swiss said at a cycling awards ceremony in Zurich. "The Rio Games are not on my programme," added Cancellara, … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Going To Publish His Testing Data In Esquire UK

London, Nov 7, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome has said data from physiological tests that he underwent earlier this year will be published on December 3 by men's magazine Esquire UK. Froome made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday after studying the proposed courses for next year's Olympic Games in Rio. "As promised, I will be making the results and … [Read more...]

Team Astana Granted WorldTour Licence For The 2016 Season


Paris, Nov 9, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body confirmed on Monday that the doping-tainted Astana team will retain its World Tour licence for the 2016 season. The Kazakh-funded outfit, featuring 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, was one of 11 teams given the green light to compete in the top division next season after meeting the annual registration criteria mandated by the … [Read more...]

Ivan Basso Takes Role As Technical Coordinator At Team Tinkoff

After announcing his retirement as a professional rider, Ivan Basso is embarking on the next step of his already long career in cycling. Basso will assume the role as Technical Coordinator of Tinkoff Team, overseeing, developing and optimizing the collaboration between the athletes and technical functions. “A happy rider is a fast rider”, says Basso, who is currently with the squad at the team … [Read more...]

Tour de France Harder For Froome Than Rivals Says Brailsford


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 21, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome will always find it harder to win the Tour de France than his rivals because of the doping suspicions that follow him, his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford believes. Speaking after the 2016 Tour route announcement in Paris on Tuesday, Brailsford said the negative publicity his … [Read more...]

The 21 Stages Of The Upcoming 2016 Tour de France

Paris, Oct 20, 2015 - The 2016 edition of the Tour de France will cover 3,519km starting from Mont Saint-Michel on July 2 and finishing in Paris three weeks later. Here are the 21 stages revealed by organisers ASO on Tuesday: Stage 1: July 2, Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, 188km Stage 2: July 3, Saint-Lo to Cherbourg-Octeville, 182km Stage 3: July 4, … [Read more...]

Mont Blanc To Be The Star In 2016 Tour de France


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Paris, Oct 20, 2015 (AFP) - The highest mountain in western Europe, Mont Blanc will take a starring role in the 2016 edition of the Tour de France, whose complete route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. Next July, Briton Chris Froome will spend three days staring at the Alpine behemoth, which rises to more than 4,800 … [Read more...]

The 21 Stages Of The 2016 Giro d’Italia

The 21 stages of the 2016 Giro d'Italia, presented at Milan's World Expo on Monday: Stages May 6: Stage 1 - Apeldoorn (Netherlands) time trial (9.8km) May 7: Stage 2 - Arnhem (Netherlands) to Nijmegen (190km) May 8: Stage 3 - Nijmegen to Arnhem (189km) May 9: rest day at Catanzaro May 10: Stage 4 - Catanzaro to Praia a Mare (191km) May 11: Stage 5 - Praia a Mare to … [Read more...]

Yellow Beats Pink As Giro Scrambles For Big Name Winners


By Justin DAVIS Milan, Oct 5, 2015 (AFP) - The allure of the Tour de France yellow jersey cast its glow over the Giro d'Italia as organisers unveiled the 2016 route Monday in the presence of champions they desperately hope will be competing. Starting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on May 6, the 99th edition of the three-week race has something for everyone with … [Read more...]

German Sprinter Marcel Kittel Leaves Giant For Etixx

Brussels, Oct 5, 2015 (AFP) - German sprint star Marcel Kittel has signed a two-year contract with the Etixx-QuickStep cycling team after parting ways with Giant-Alpecin, his new team announced on Monday. Kittel, 27, had one year left on his contract with Giant but relations with the team had soured after he was left out of this year's Tour de France. The German has been plagued by … [Read more...]