Michael Rogers Welcomes Lifting Of UCI Doping Ban

SYDNEY, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has welcomed the lifting of a doping ban for a banned stimulant, saying it has ended a very difficult time for him. The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday lifted its doping ban on Rogers, who last year tested positive for clenbuterol in a urine sample at the Japan Cup. The UCI accepted the 34-year-old's … [Read more...]

Storm Swirls Around Valverde’s Rainbow Dream

by Justin Davis MENDRISIO, Switzerland, Sept 24, 2009 (AFP) - Spanish ace Alejandro Valverde is continuing to weather the storm caused by ongoing doping allegations in the lead-up to his bid for cycling's famous rainbow jersey. Valverde, crowned the Tour of Spain champion last week, is among a handful of favourites for the gold medal in the grueling 262.2km men's road race that … [Read more...]

Valverde Appeals To CAS Over Doping Ban

GENEVA, June 19, 2009 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has appealed against a doping ban imposed by Italian authorities last month, world sport's top court said on Friday. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) last month banned Valverde from racing in Italy for two years due to his alleged involvement in the Operation Puerto blood doping scandal, thereby ruling him out of the Tour … [Read more...]

Boonen And Team To Take Legal Route Over Tour de France Ban

BRUSSELS, June 19, 2009 (AFP) - Ace Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen and his Quick Step team are to contest his ban from the Tour de France by the race organizers ASO (Amaury Sport Organization) they announced on Friday. The 28-year-old three-time Paris-Roubaix winner had been barred by ASO on Thursday after testing positive for cocaine for the second time in a year in April - they stated that … [Read more...]

Two Time Doper Tyler Hamilton Accepts His Eight Year Ban

One-time Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton has accepted an eight-year doping ban, marking the end of a career tarnished by drugs. The US Anti-Doping Agency meted out the penalty on Tuesday, two months after Hamilton admitted taking a product to battle depression that contained a steroid. "I took a banned substance so I need to take whatever penalty they will give me and move … [Read more...]

CAS Uphoalds Vinokourov’s Ban Until End Of July

International Sport's top court upheald Tuesday that disgraced Kazakh doper cyclist Alexander Vinokourov must serve out a two-year doping ban until late July. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement it had set aside the one-year suspension handed down by Kazakhstan's cycling federation in December 2007, following an arbitration request. It decided instead that … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Fighting His Italian Doping Ban

Spain's Alejandro Valverde said Tuesday he has filed a court complaint for "irregular conduct" against the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as part of his fight against an Italian doping ban. Earlier this month CONI's anti-doping tribunal suspended the 29-year-old Caisse d'Epargne rider from competing on Italian soil for two years for his role in the … [Read more...]

Spain’s Iban Mayo Banned For Two years After CAS Ruling

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PARIS, Aug 12, 2008 (AFP) - Spanish rider Iban Mayo was banned for two years after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the sport's world governing body the UCI, the Lausanne-based CAS said on Tuesday. The statement said: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the appeal filed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in a case involving the Spanish Cycling … [Read more...]

Denmark’s Michael Rasmussen Banned For Two Years

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PARIS, July 1, 2008 (AFP) - Denmark's Michael Rasmussen, who was thrown out while leading the 2007 Tour de France for lying about his whereabouts, has been banned for two years by the Monaco cycling federation (FMC), the sport's world governing body UCI said on Tuesday. Rasmussen was thrown off the race on July 25 by his Rabobank team while wearing the leader's yellow jersey for lying about … [Read more...]