Thermal Camera Given First Surprise Tests At Tour de France

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Lac de Payolle, France, July 8, 2016 (AFP) - A thermal camera was used for the first time without warning at the Tour de France on Friday in a bid to detect hidden motors in riders' bikes. Controls had been carried out previously on every Tour stage but this was the first time one was unannounced. "The control came up totally negative," French secretary of state for sports Thierry … [Read more...]

Tour de France Lab Able To Detect Micro Doping Levels

Saint-Lô, France, July 1, 2016 (AFP) - A French laboratory testing doping samples at the Tour de France is now able to detect micro doses of EPO, French sports newspaper l'Equipe said on Friday, as cycling battles to mend its damaged reputation. Many cyclists, such as disgraced American Lance Armstrong, have been banned for using the blood-booster EPO, but there were fears that riders had … [Read more...]

Tom Danielson Postpones His Doping Arbitration Hearing

Los Angeles, June 7, 2016 - An arbitration panel has agreed to postpone a hearing for US cyclist Tom Danielson, who tested positive for synthetic testosterone last year. Danielson revealed on his Twitter account last August that he had tested positive on July 9 of 2015. He was promptly suspended by his Cannondale-Garmin team, and remains provisionally suspended pending his arbitration … [Read more...]

Bicycle Motor Cheater Banned For Six Years By UCI

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Lausanne, April 26, 2016 - The UCI global cycling governing body on Tuesday banned Femke Van den Driessche of Belgium for six years for the first recorded case of using hidden motors in racing. The organisation hailed a new scanner which detected the electric motor as a major breakthrough in the war against the sport's latest cheats. The motor was found in a bike used by the under-23 … [Read more...]

Riders Union Calls For Life Time Bans For Technological Doping

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Paris, April 18, 2016 - International riders association (CPA) president Gianni Bugno has called for life bans for those caught with motorized bicycles. Bugno, a twice former world champion and two time Giro d'Italia winner during his racing career, was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera a day after the newspaper and French TV program Stade 2 claimed to have detected possible … [Read more...]

New Claims Of “Mafia” Role In Marco Pantani Giro Exclusion

Milan, March 14, 2016 - Doubts over the expulsion of champion cyclist Marco Pantani from the 1999 Giro d'Italia resurfaced Monday after new claims of Mafia involvement in his downfall. Pantani died on February 14, 2004 from an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs. He was found in suspicious circumstances in a Rimini hotel room. His family has argued that a third party may have … [Read more...]

Italian Star Racer Reda Banned For Eight Years For Doping

Rome, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Italian road race runner-up Francesco Reda has been suspended for eight years after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, Italian media reported Friday. Reda, who rides for Team Idea, produced the positive test at the end of the Italian championships where he came in second behind Vincenzo Nibali. Reda, 33, was barely back in the saddle after having … [Read more...]

Team Katusha Barely Avoids A Doping Suspension By UCI

Lausanne, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - Russian cycling team Katusha will not be suspended despite two riders failing drug tests within a 12 month period, the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday. Last week, Katusha suspended Russian rider Eduard Vorganov after he tested positive for the Latvian-made anti-ischemia drug meldonium, which boosts oxygen supply to the blood and tissues in the … [Read more...]

No ‘Problems Of Any Kind’ Despite Doping Cases Says Russia

Moscow, Feb 8, 2016 (AFP) - Russia's sports minister on Monday denied there were "problems of any kind" in Russian cycling despite several doping cases in recent days. "I fully trust the athletes and trainers," sports minister Vitaly Mutko told state news agency TASS, referring to the national cycling team. "I don't see problems of any kind here." Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA … [Read more...]

Russia’s Brezhniva Banned For Doping By RUSADA

Moscow, Feb 4, 2016 (AFP) - Russian track cyclist Yelena Brezhniva, a two-time European champion in the team sprint, has received a four-year suspension for doping, the country's anti-doping agency said Thursday. Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA -- which has been found non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for "routinely" violating international testing standards -- said … [Read more...]