Aru Claims Vuelta Overall Victory, Ads Degenkolb Wins Final Stage


By Kieran CANNING Madrid, Sept 13, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Fabio Aru sealed his first ever Grand Tour victory as Germany's John Degenkolb finally claimed a stage win on the final day of Spain's Vuelta on Sunday. Aru just needed to get through the 98.8km parade through the streets of Madrid unscathed after building up a 1min 17sec lead over Joaquim Rodriguez … [Read more...]

Aru Climbs Himself Into The Vuelta Overall Victory


Cercedilla , Spain, Sept 12, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Aru is on the verge of sealing his first Grand Tour win after he moved into the lead of Spain's Vuelta on Saturday with just Sunday's parade around Madrid to come. Spain's Ruben Plaza won the 175.8km stage from San Lorenzo de El Escorial to Cercedilla thanks to a remarkable solo breakaway ride from 114km out, ahead of Portugal's … [Read more...]

De Marchi Wins Vuelta Stage 14, As Aru Retains Overall Lead


Alto Campoo, Spain, Sept 5, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Alessandro De Marchi claimed victory on the longest stage of this year's Vuelta on Saturday as his compatriot Fabio Aru retained the leader's red jersey. De Marchi was part of a five-man breakaway group that was never in danger of being caught by the peloton and proved the strongest on the climb to the finish of the 215km stage from … [Read more...]

Froome’s Chances For Vuelta Glory Go Up In Smoke


Alto Els Cortals d'Encamp, Andorra, Sept 2, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome's hopes of becoming only the third rider to win the Tour de France and Spain's Vuelta in the same year faded on Wednesday after he was cut adrift on the 11th stage. Astana rider Mikel Landa, third in this year's Giro d'Italia, won the stage at the summit of Cortals d'Encamp in Andorra in the Pyrenees, as his … [Read more...]

Nibali Disqualified From Vuelta A Espana For A Car Tow


Caminito del Rey, Spain, Aug 23, 2015 (AFP) - Three-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali has been disqualified from Spain's Vuelta, race organisers confirmed on Sunday for being towed by his Astana team car during the second stage. The Italian had been one of a number of riders caught up in a crash 30 kilometres from the finish line of the 158.7km ride from Alhaurin de la Torre to … [Read more...]

UCI Satisfied With Team Astana Doping Reforms

Paris, May 5, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body the UCI says Astana, who last month were allowed to retain their WorldTour licence despite a series of doping shocks, have agreed to "undergo a fundamental reform in order to prevent the risks of doping". In February, the UCI had demanded the Kazakh-funded team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main … [Read more...]

Astana Pro Team To Keep Licence Despite Doping Scandals


Paris, April 24, 2015 - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is free to defend his title in July after his Astana team was allowed to keep its racing licence despite a series of doping shocks, the UCI governing body announced Thursday. At the end of February, the UCI had demanded the team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main … [Read more...]

Team Astana Doping Decision Expected By UCI In Days


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...]

Team Astana Meets Licence Commission Over Doping Case

Lausanne, April 2, 2015 (AFP) - Under-fire cycling outfit Astana met with International Cycling Union (UCI) officials on Thursday to plead their case for a World Tour racing licence. The UCI called for Astana's licence to be revoked over concerns about the Kazakh team's practises regarding doping. Should Astana lose their licence, reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali … [Read more...]

UCI Calls For The Withdrawal Of Team Astana Licence Over Doping


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...]