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...]

CONI Demands Danilo Di Luca Life Ban For Doping

ROME, Oct 14, 2013 - Anti-doping officials from the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Monday requested a life ban against cyclist Danilo Di Luca for doping. Di Luca, 37, quit this year's Giro d'Italia after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) out of competition on April 29. CONI said in a statement that it was the rider's second violation of … [Read more...]

Danilo Di Luca Doping Hearing Date Set

MILAN, Aug 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca has been summoned to a doping hearing next week, anti-doping officials said Wednesday, which could see him banned from the sport for life. Di Luca quit the 96th edition of the Giro d'Italia earlier this year after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). The 37-year-old Italian, a former … [Read more...]

No Tour de France Postive Doping Test Says UCI

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AIGLE, Switzerland, Aug 20, 2013 (AFP) - There were no positive doping tests during July's Tour de France, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation said Tuesday. Director Francesca Rossi stopped short of claiming the Tour had been clean but said 622 samples, including 443 blood samples and 179 urine samples, were taken during the last edition of the world's biggest and most popular bicycle … [Read more...]

WADA Tell Team Sky To Take Chris Froome Evidence Elsewhere

by St├ęphanie PERTUISET LAUSANNE, Canton of Vaud, July 20, 2013 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has told Team Sky to send their evidence to other organizations after the British team offered to provide them with details on Chris Froome's impressive Tour de France performances. Sky chief Dave Brailsford wrote to WADA offering to share their rider data with the organization … [Read more...]