Elder Statesman Wiggins Feels Heat As Rio Olympics Looms

By Ian WHITTELL Manchester, United Kingdom, March 1, 2016 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins admits that he is feeling the effects of time as he aims to end his glittering career with a World Championship and Olympic gold medal double. The former Tour de France champion returns to London this week, scene of his Olympic time-trial triumph in 2012, as part of the British men's team pursuit squad … [Read more...]

Tokyo 2020 Cycling Venues Approved By IOC


Tokyo, Dec 9, 2015 (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the venues for the cycling events at the 2020 Olympics, Japanese organizers said on Wednesday. All sporting venues for the Tokyo Games have now been allocated, officials added, with the exception of football, the venues for which are expected to be announced following next year's Rio Olympics. A planned … [Read more...]

Fabian Cancellara To Retire In 2016, No Olympics

Paris, Nov 11, 2015 - Former world and Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara has indicated that he will retire from cycling in 2016 and said he will not compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Cycling is not my life, but only a part of my life," the 34-year-old Swiss said at a cycling awards ceremony in Zurich. "The Rio Games are not on my programme," added Cancellara, … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Very Likely To Miss The Rio Olympics

London, Jan 8, 2015 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish revealed on Thursday that he is unlikely to race at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Cavendish, who has amassed 25 Tour de France stage wins in his career, believes his obligations with the Etixx-Quick-Step road racing team will prevent him from being in the shape required to qualify for Britain's team. "It's not 100 percent … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish Given Chance To Show Rio Worth

LONDON, Oct 29, 2013 (AFP) - Mark Cavendish has been invited to train with the Great Britain track team before the end of this year as officials assess whether he's a genuine contender for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 28-year-old Isle of Man rider has experienced plenty of cycling success outside the velodrome, having been crowned 2011 world road race champion and also … [Read more...]

Olympic Track Cycling Program


LONDON, Aug 1, 2012 - The Olympic track cycling programme from Aug 2-7: August 2 Men: Team pursuit qualifying; Team sprint qualifying, semi-finals and finals Women: Team sprint qualifying, semi-finals and finals August 3 Men: Team pursuit first round and finals Women: Keirin first and second rounds and final; Team pursuit qualifying August 4 Men: Omnium … [Read more...]

UCI Not Expecting More Olympic Doping Drama


LONDON, July 26, 2012 - World cycling chief Pat McQuaid is convinced there will be no repeat of the aftermath of the 2008 Olympics when Italian Davide Rebellin tested positive after winning the silver medal. Rebellin finished second in the men's road race in Beijing behind Spain's Samuel Sanchez, only to be stripped of his medal when a sample taken from him at the Games later tested … [Read more...]

Olympics ‘Too Early’ For A Recovering Andy Schleck


LA TOUSSUIRE, France, July 12, 2012 (AFP) - RadioShack cycling team said their former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck would likely miss the Olympics because of a slow recovery from a fractured pelvis. Schleck, awarded the 2010 yellow jersey after the disqualification of Spain's Alberto Contador, failed to make this year's Tour after suffering the injury when he was blown off his … [Read more...]

Injured Sanchez Determined To Make Olympics


MADRID, July 9, 2012 (AFP) - Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain said Monday he will "do everything possible" to defend his title in London after crashing out of the Tour de France on Sunday. "We will do everything we can to make London, but we will see what happens," said Sanchez after tests in Bilbao confirmed he suffered a fractured bone in his right hand and a … [Read more...]

Olympic Dream Fades As Longo Loses French Crown

SAINT-Amand-les-Eaux, France, June 21, 2012 (AFP) - Veteran French cyclist Jeannie Longo's dream of competing in the London Olympics faded on Thursday as she lost her national women's time-trial title to Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. The 53-year-old Longo finished fifth after the 26.8-km race some 1min 05sec behind winner Ferrand-Prevot. Isabelle Gautheron of the French Cycling Federation … [Read more...]