Vuelta Winner Chris Horner Signs With Team Lampre

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PARIS, Jan 30, 2014 - Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner has signed for Lampre, the Italian team confirmed on Thursday. The 42-year-old American has been without a team since leaving RadioShack last year. Lampre will be the 12th team for whom the Japanese-born rider has competed. Horner, who turned professional in 1995, is expected to compete in two big races this season - the Giro … [Read more...]

Ballan and Cunego Called Before CONI Over Doping

ROME, Aug 2, 2011 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego and former world champion Alessandro Ballan have been called before the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor. Both Cunego, who finished seventh in last month's Tour de France, and Ballan, world champion in 2008, are accused of having consumed doping products. The charges relate to an investigation … [Read more...]

Schleck Will Pounce at Tour de France, Say Leopard

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, June 20, 2011 - Andy Schleck's Leopard team insist the Luxemburger will emerge from a mitigated nine days of racing on the Tour of Switzerland primed for a far more crucial yellow jersey battle next month. Schleck has finished runner-up to Alberto Contador on the Tour de France the past two years and, despite insisting it could … [Read more...]

Leipheimer Snatches Tour of Switzerland From Cunego

Levi Leipheimer Wins 2011 Tour of Switzerland

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, June 19, 2011 - American Levi Leipheimer snatched overall victory from Damiano Cunego in the Tour of Switzerland Sunday to leave the Italian in second place by only four seconds. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara closed his home race the way he opened it, winning the ninth stage's 32.1 km time trial around Schaffhausen to claim … [Read more...]

Sagan Strikes Again As Tempers Fray On Swiss Tour

Written by: Justin Davis(AFP) SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, June 18, 2011 - Slovakian Peter Sagan claimed his second victory of the Tour of Switzerland as tempers frayed on the finish line of the eighth and penultimate stage over 167.3 km Saturday. Versatile Liquigas rider Sagan had already shown his class in the mountains when he won stage three to Grindelwald ahead of Italian … [Read more...]

Kruijswijk Wins Sixth Stage, Cunego Still In Lead

TRIESENBERG-MALBUN, Liechtenstein, June 16, 2011 (AFP) - Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk of the Rabobank team won the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland Thursday, held over 157.7 km between Tobel-Tagerschen and here. Italian Damiano Cunego of Lampre retained the race leader's yellow jersey after the penultimate day of climbing in the mountains to boost his chances of overall victory … [Read more...]

Bozic Wins Swiss Tour Fifth Stage, Cunego In Yellow

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by Justin Davis TOBEL-TAGERSCHEN, Switzerland, June 15, 2011 (AFP) - Slovenia's Borut Bozic boosted his chances of a coveted Tour de France place by upstaging a host of top name sprinters in the fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland Wednesday. Italy's Damiano Cunego, of Lampre, retained the yellow jersey with a lead of over one minute on most of his major rivals after the 204.2 … [Read more...]

Hushovd Finally Gets That Win, As Cunego Retains Leaders Jersey

Written by: Justin Davis (AFP) HUTTWIL, Switzerland, June 14, 2011 - Norwegian Thor Hushovd claimed his first victory as reigning world champion when he surged to victory over Peter Sagan on the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Tuesday. Italian Damiano Cunego of Lampre retained the race leader's yellow jersey to keep his 54sec lead on Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler of the … [Read more...]

Sagan Wins Third Swiss Stage, Cunego Now In Yellow Jersey

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Written by Justin Davis (AFP) GRINDELWALD, Switzerland, June 13, 2011 - Italian Damiano Cunego pulled on the race leader's yellow jersey after a superb climbing display on the Tour of Switzerland third stage, won by Slovakian Peter Sagan on Monday. Lampre rider Cunego had been part of a main peloton containing overnight leader Juan Mauricio Soler of Colombia which had been left behind … [Read more...]

Cunego Wins Tour de Romandie Second Stage

ROMONT, Switzerland, April 28, 2011 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy champion Damiano Cunego got back to winning ways with victory in the 171.8 km second stage of the Tour de Romandie on on Thursday. Cunego led Australia's 2006 race winner Cadel Evans of BMC by two seconds in a sprint finish, followed by Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, after a series of breakways split the pack and … [Read more...]