UCI Considers Testing All Bicycles For Hidden Motors

Doha, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson said on Tuesday his organisation will leave no stone unturned in the bid to rid the sport of cheats. Speaking during a visit to Doha where the Tour of Qatar is ongoing, Briton Cookson said the UCI would even consider expanding the tests for motorised bicycles if need be. "If we need to go to a situation where … [Read more...]

Concealed Motor On Bicycle At Cyclo-Cross World Championships

Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, Jan 31, 2016 (AFP) - A concealed motor was found on a bike being used by Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche at the world cyclo-cross championships, the head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Sunday, confirming the first such case at a top-level competition. "It's absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. … [Read more...]

Cookson Pleased With UCI’s Post-Armstrong Progress

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By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 25, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling has made great global strides to restore credibility and integrity in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said Friday. On the eve of the closing weekend of the World Road Cycling Championships in Armstrong's home nation of the United States, … [Read more...]

UCI Cookson Warns Of Rise In Tour de France Hooligans

Kuala Lumpur, July 30, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults. After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of "tired" riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Risks A Chilly Tour Welcome On Charity Ride

Sochi, Russia, April 22, 2015 (AFP) - Disgraced champion Lance Armstrong will be risking an angry reception if he carries out his own Tour de France charity ride this year, the head of cycling's governing body has warned. The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, plans to go over this year's "Grande Boucle" route one day before the main race with … [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...]

Lance Armstrong’s Tour Ride Called ‘Disrespectful’ By Cookson

London, March 17, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson on Tuesday hit out at drugs cheat Lance Armstrong's plans to ride this year's Tour de France route for charity, branding them "completely disrespectful". Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping offences, has signed up to take part in the event, organised by former England football player Geoff Thomas. … [Read more...]

UCI Announces New Measures To Reinforce Anti-Doping Measures

Paris, March 13, 2015 - World cycling's governing body, the UCI, on Friday announced a number of measures to reinforce its anti-doping drive. The announcement comes in the wake of an independent commission's accusations on Monday that leading figures in the UCI protected Lance Armstrong and other drug cheats to protect the sport's reputation. The Cycling Independent Reform … [Read more...]