Jonathan Tiernan-Locke Gets Two Year Doping Ban

SAINT-√čTIENNE, France, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been hit with a two-year doping suspension, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has revealed. The Sky rider was caught out by his biological passport from 2012, before he joined the British World Tour squad. The 29-year-old has been banned until December 31, 2015 and stripped of his 2012 Tour … [Read more...]

UCI Vows To Close Potential Doping Loophole

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 04, 2014 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has vowed to close a potential doping loophole that could be exploited by would-be cheats. Tour de France winner Chris Froome caused a stir at the Tour de Romandie when he asked for and received an emergency TUE, or therapeutic use exemption, for a banned corticosteroid due to … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Blasts Anti-Doping Authorities

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PARIS, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has blasted anti-doping authorities for failing to test riders at altitude training in Tenerife. Froome, 28, is one of several Tour contenders who use Tenerife's Mount Teide to help prepare for the gruelling climbs in July's race. But the Team Sky rider said he was stunned not to have been tested there during a … [Read more...]

Johan Bruyneel Gets Handed A 10-Year Doping Ban

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BASTOGNE, Belgium, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - The US Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday banned Lance Armstrong's former sports director Johan Bruyneel from all sport for 10 years over his role in drug-taking in cycling. A US sports arbitration panel found Bruyneel, former US Postal team doctor Pedro Celaya and team trainer Jose 'Pepe' Marti guilty of multiple doping violations, the agency … [Read more...]

Team Sky Sidelines Sergio Henao Over Blood Value Concerns

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LONDON, March 19, 2014 (AFP) - British-based cycling team Sky said Wednesday it was withdrawing Colombian rider Sergio Henao from competition after an internal review led to questions over his blood values. The 26-year-old was born at altitude in Rionegro and still lives and trains in the region. Now Sky have said Henao will be subject to an "altitude research program". It may … [Read more...]

Inquiry Offers Reduced Sanctions For Doping Confessions

GENEVA, Feb 11, 2014 (AFP) - An inquiry commission set up by cycling's global governing body the UCI on Tuesday appealed to riders who were doped in the past to come forward in exchange for reduced punishment. "The primary purpose of our investigation is not to punish doping offenders but to learn from the past so we can help ensure a better future for cycling," commission chief Dick … [Read more...]

Disgraced Doper Danilo Di Luca Banned For Life

ROME, Dec 05, 2013 - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca was on Thursday banned for life after testing positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) before this year's Tour of Italy. The punishment was meted out by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni). Di Luca, 37, failed the control in an out of competition test on April 29, forcing him to quit the Giro d'Italia. The … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties

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NAIROBI, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has welcomed the introduction of tougher penalties for doping, and admitted that he had been personally "hit hard" by accusations he had cheated. Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, the country of his birth and where he first fell in love with the sport, Froome said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than … [Read more...]

UCI DopingTruth Commission ‘Early In The New Rear’

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Lance Armstrong US Postal Team by Johannes MYBURGH JOHANNESBURG, Nov 13, 2013 (AFP) - International cycling's "truth and reconciliation commission" after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal should be up and running early next year, the world cycling boss told AFP Wednesday. "I'm hoping to make an announcement in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping that the whole thing will be up … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Pleads For Fair Treatment

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LONDON, Nov 11, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he will co-operate in a bid to discover the extent of doping in the sport so long as he's treated the same as his fellow drug cheats. "If everyone gets the 'death penalty', then I'll take the 'death penalty'," said Armstrong in an interview with the BBC World Service. "If everyone gets a free pass, I'm … [Read more...]