Giro Call Has Astana Anxious, With Lots To Prove

by Justin Davis PARIS, May 5, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador and his Astana team have admitted to being in a race against time as they prepare for the first three-week race of the cycling season. Giro d'Italia organizers performed a dramatic u-turn on Sunday and invited the on-form Kazakh-backed outfit to this year's May 10-June 1 race. Contador, the reigning Tour de … [Read more...]

Italy’s Eddy Mazzoleni ‘Oil for Drug’ Affair BAN – Two Years

ROME, April 8, 2008 (AFP) - Eddy Mazzoleni, third in last year's Tour of Italy (Giro d'Italia), has been handed a two-year ban by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) for his involvement in the "Oil for Drug" affair, the FCI said on Tuesday. The FCI also banned 28-year-old former Ceramica Flaminia rider Domenico Quagliariello for life for his involvement in the same affair. The 34-year-old … [Read more...]

Danilo Di Luca Set To Race At Settimana Lombardia

ROME, March 30, 2008 (AFP) - Giro d'Italia champion Danilo Di Luca will ride in the Settimana Lombardia on April 6, his LPR team said on Sunday. Di Luca is currently embroiled in an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have a three-month suspension he served for a doping offense last year overturned. He is also involved in another doping case with the Italian Olympic … [Read more...]

Former Champ Damiano Cunego of Lampre Set To Skip Giro

Former Champ Damiano Cunego of Lampre Set To Skip Giro CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES, France, March 30, 2008 (AFP) - Former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego looks set to skip this year's Giro in order to focus on his preparations for the Tour de France, his Lampre team revealed Sunday. The 2004 Tour of Italy winner has made the French race his top priority this season, Lampre … [Read more...]

Tom Boonen opts for Italian stage race over Paris-Nice

BRUSSELS, Feb 29, 2008 (AFP) - Belgium's former world champion Tom Boonen has opted to race at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race instead of Paris-Nice, his Quick Step team said Friday. Boonen, a one-day specialist who would use either race as preparation for the upcoming classics season, says the profile of the French 'Race to the Sun'is harder this year than usual. ¬† Speaking to Flemish … [Read more...]

Giro Takes The High Road – Team High Road invited to the Giro d’Italia

Palo Alto, Ca. - VeloGuy is in Palo Alto this week hanging out with some of the teams getting ready for the Tour of California this week. He's learned from officials of Team High Road that they have been invited to participate this year in the Giro d'Italia and other events sponsored by RCS sports. Angelo Zomegnan, director of RCS sports has confirmed that Team High Road has been welcomed … [Read more...]

Basso: Suspension was ‘best thing’ to happen to him

Basso: Suspension was 'best thing' to happen to him By Agence France Presse Filed: January 17, 2008 Disgraced former Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso said Thursday that his two-year doping suspension was the best thing to happen to him. Basso was tipped to win the 2006 Tour de France, shortly after cruising to victory in the Giro, but he was caught up in the infamous Operaci√≥n Puerto … [Read more...]

The Press Reactions to 2008 Giro route

The Press Reactions to 2008 Giro route At the presentation of the 2008 Giro D'Italia at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan, RAI-TV color commentator Davide Cassani described the 2008 Giro d'Italia as "a nervous course in the first stages, for the first half, then in the second part there are hard stages with climb after climb, from Stage 14 to Stage 20, then a final time trial on the last … [Read more...]

The Di Luca Saga Continues

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said in a statement on its website Friday that Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca will be subject to further inquiry for alleged doping charges and may be sanctioned following the review of new evidence. No details were available about the nature of the evidence, the case, or where it might be heard. "It's news to me," Di Luca told the ANSA news agency … [Read more...]