Spain’s Tauler Tests Positive

MADRID, May 25, 2010 - Spanish track cyclist Toni Tauler, a silver medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, has tested positive for a banned substance, Spanish media said Tuesday. Tauler, 36, a former road cyclist, was tested by the Spanish Cycling Federation before the world championships in Ballerup, Denmark in March, Spain's leading daily El Pais and the sports newspaper AS said, quoting … [Read more...]

Coni Confirm Rebellin’s Positive Dope Test

ROME, April 29, 2009 (AFP) - The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Wednesday confirmed that cyclist Davide Rebellin was under investigation for doping due to a positive test returned at last year's Olympics. The 37-year-old, who earlier this month won the prestigious Fleche Wallonne race, tested for the new generation of EPO, Cera in a re-test of samples from Beijing. "Coni president … [Read more...]

Stefan Schumacher Tests Positive For CERA At Olympics

BERLIN, April 29, 2009 (AFP) - German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was identified on Wednesday as one of the six athletes from the Beijing Olympic Games who has tested positive for banned blood-booster EPO CERA. "The German Cycling Federation (BDR) have passed documents about a failed doping test on to the sportsman Stefan Schumacher," said the BDR in a statement. "It is now up to him … [Read more...]

IOC Planing To Retest Beijing Olympic Blood Samples

PARIS, Oct 8, 2008 (AFP) - Blood samples taken at the Beijing Olympics are to be reanalyzed for the banned blood booster EPO using a new detection system developed for the Tour de France, the IOC announced Wednesday. The retroactive controls are designed to seek out the presence of the new generation of EPO known as CERA (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator). The IOC's … [Read more...]

Andreas Kloeden Insists, I won’t Ride For Germany Ever Again

BERLIN, Aug 31, 2008 (AFP) - German cyclist Andreas Kloeden, second in the Tour de France in both 2004 and 2006, announced Sunday he will not race for his country again because of his non-selection for the Beijing Olympic Games. "I have already announced my decision to the German Cycling Federation (BDR) that I will not be available to represent them again," said the Astana rider on his … [Read more...]

Beijing Olympic Cycling Cross Country Results

BEIJING, Aug 23, 2008 (AFP) - Olympic mountain biking results on Saturday: Women cross-country final 1. Sabine Spitz (GER) 1h45:11. (Average speed 15.2 km/h) 2. Maja Wloszczowska (POL) at 41. 3. Irina Kalentyeva (RUS) 1:17. … [Read more...]

Julien Absalon and Sabine Spitz Climb To Mountain Bike Olympic Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 23, 2008 (AFP) - Frenchman Julien Absalon took his mountain bike status to new heights on Saturday when he became the first rider to defend the men's Olympic cross country title. Absalon kept the gold in French hands for the third Olympics in a row - following Miguel Martinez's victory at Sydney in 2000 - thanks to a commanding display early in the … [Read more...]

BMX A Thriller, And Passes Olympic Test

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 22, 2008 (AFP) - It was fast, spectacular and had plenty of thrills and spills. And despite some big medal favourites failing to live up to expectations, an historic first BMX competition of the Games appeared to pass the Olympic test. American Donny Robinson was among those riders who crashed, got back up and finished on his way to Friday's … [Read more...]

Strombergs Beats US Duo To BMX Olympic Gold

BEIJING, Aug 22, 2008 (AFP) - Maris Strombergs of Latvia held his nerve in the face of a two-pronged American challenge to win gold in a crash-marred Olympic Games BMX final on Friday. The silver medal went to Mike Day of the United States and the bronze to his compatriot Donny Robinson. Strombergs, a 21-year-old from Valmiera who has been racing since he was five years old, staked his … [Read more...]

It’s Game On For Historic Zimbabwean Mountain Biker In Beijing

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - Antipass Kwari is under no illusions about his chances of medal glory ahead of this Saturday's Olympic mountain bike gold race. But his coach Wayne Davidson is getting excited at the opportunity Kwari, the first Zimabbwean to compete in Olympic mountain biking, has to showcase the sport to Africa. "The importance of this cannot be … [Read more...]