Alberto Contador Has Ambitious Giro-Tour Double In Mind

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PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Double Tour de France champion Alberto Contador expressed delight as a mountainous 2015 route was revealed on Wednesday, as the Spaniard confirmed his plans for an ambitious Giro-Tour double. Sky's 2013 Champion Chris Froome suggested however that he may skip the 2015 Tour as it didn't suit his style, saying he may concentrate on the Italian challenge. … [Read more...]

Karsten Kroon Retires After Impressive Career

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A household name in cycling takes a bow and retires definitively from his active career. Karsten Kroon has had a career covering three decades. He turned pro in 1997 and has spent seven seasons with Tinkoff-Saxo. Kroon rode his last race in Sunday’s Japan Cup and after returning home, he confirms that it was the right decision. “I feel fortunate. I have had a great career with many … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Being Barred From Gran Fondo Hincapie

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25, 2014 (AFP) - Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong has been barred from taking part in a cycling event with ex-US Postal Service teammates as part of his lifetime ban for using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstong's plan to ride this weekend was scuttled because the non-competitive event in South Carolina comes under the umbrella of Colorado Springs-based USA … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Unconcerned By Team Astana Doping Problems

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 23, 2014 (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali insists his Astana team's doping problems will not prevent him defending his Tour de France title next year. In the past month three Astana doping cases have come to light, with Kazakh brothers Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO and trainee Ilya Davidenok, another … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Considering Skipping The 2015 Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him. Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers. … [Read more...]

Five Key Stages That Will Factor In The 2015 Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - Following the announcement of the 2015 Tour de France route in Paris on Wednesday, Bicycle.net looks at five key stages where the race will be won or lost: Stage 2: Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km This is one of two stages where the weather could play a crucial and decisive role in determining the outcome not just of the stage … [Read more...]

2015 Tour de France 21 Stages Featuring Alpe d’Huez

PARIS, Oct 22, 2014 (AFP) - A list of the 21 stages of the 3,344km 2015 edition of the Tour de France announced in Paris on Wednesday: Stage 1: Saturday July 4 - Utrecht, 14km individual timetrial 2: Sunday July 5 - Utrecht to Zeeland, 166km 3: Monday July 6 - Antwerp to Huy, 154km 4: Tuesday July 7 - Seraing to Cambrai, 221km 5: Wednesday July 8 - Arras to Amiens, 189km … [Read more...]

Team Astana To Face Licence Review After Third Positive Test

PARIS, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday it has asked its licence commission to undertake a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana team after a third case involving one of its riders. The Kazakhstan-based team of 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has already been granted a licence for 2015. But it could … [Read more...]

Marco Pantani Was ‘Scared’ To Win 1999 Giro, Mother Claims

by Justin DAVIS MILAN, Oct 18, 2014 (AFP) - The mother of deceased Marco Pantani claims her son was 'scared' of winning the Giro d'Italia in 1999 as speculation mounts the former cycling icon may have fallen victim to malevolent forces outside the sport. "I found pieces of paper among his belongings on which he had written, 'I'm scared of winning'," Tonina Pantani said in … [Read more...]

Spain’s Team Movistar Is Top Of The 2014 WorldTour Rankings

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PARIS, Oct 14, 2014 (AFP) - Star turns from Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde saw the Spanish cycling outfit Movistar end the WorldTour season as the top ranked team for 2014. The 2014 season was a personal triumph for Movistar's 34-year-old team leader Valverde, who topped the UCI Pro Tour rankings for a third time after previous success in 2006 and 2008. The team's … [Read more...]