Two Time Champion Contador Quits The 2016 Tour de France

Andorra Arcalis, Andorra, July 10, 2016 (AFP) - Two-time champion Alberto Contador sensationally quit the Tour de France on Sunday after succumbing to injuries and illness. The 33-year-old Spaniard climbed off his bike with just over 100km to ride on Sunday's ninth stage from Spain to Andorra. Contador was injured down his right side after crashing on both of the opening two stages and … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Looking For The Double At Tour of California

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Los Angeles, May 13, 2016 (AFP) - Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan of Russian team Tinkoff tries to defend his Tour of California crown starting Sunday when the eight-stage cycling race begins in San Diego. The opening stage will be 175km around San Diego but the third stage, with a 12km finishing climb, and a 20.3km time trial in stage six at Folson figure to be key moments in the event. … [Read more...]

Heart Condition Forces Michael Rogers To Retire From Racing

Paris, April 25, 2016 (AFP) - Former time-trial world champion Michael Rogers announced his retirement from professional cycling due to a heart condition on Monday. The 36-year-old Australian had not raced since pulling out of the Dubai Tour in February. "I'm grateful for my time as a professional cyclist. It's time to announce my retirement. Thank you cycling!" wrote Rogers on his … [Read more...]

Sagan Says No Strategy Needed For Tour de Flanders

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Bruges, Belgium, April 2, 2016 (AFP) - World champion Peter Sagan believes tactics will play no part in Sunday's 100th edition of the prestigious Tour of Flanders. The 26-year-old Slovak will start as one of the favourites following his win at Gent-Wevelgem last week, alongside the in-form Fabian Cancellara and champion Alexander Kristoff. But maverick … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Mulls Starting Pro Team In 2017 Season

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Madrid, Feb 15, 2016 (AFP) - Current Tinkoff lead rider Alberto Contador said Monday he was mulling over an idea to launch his own professional team in 2017, not ruling out himself out as a potential team member. Barring injury or accident, this season was widely expected to be the 33-year-old Contador's last, the Madrid-born racer targeting the Tour de France and Rio Olympics as a perfect … [Read more...]

McCarthy Takes Stage 2 Win, And Overall Tour Down Under Lead

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Adelaide, Australia, Jan 20, 2016 (AFP) - Australia's Jay McCarthy claimed his biggest win as a professional when he took a thrilling second stage of the Tour Down Under in the South Australian town of Stirling on Wednesday. McCarthy, from the Tinkoff team, beat Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) by a matter of centimeters as both lunged for the line at the end of the 132-kilometer stage, … [Read more...]

Peter Sagan Will Open His 2016 Season In Tour de San Luis

Tinkoff will send a versatile squad with World Champion Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka as the marquee riders. They will be joined by Maciej Bodnar, Jesper Hansen, Pawel Poljanski and Nikolay Trusov. The first stage, for the first time in the race history, will be a team time trial of 21 kilometers on a slightly hilly course (El Duranzo). Two stages feature an uphill climb to the finish, the … [Read more...]

Ivan Basso Takes Role As Technical Coordinator At Team Tinkoff

After announcing his retirement as a professional rider, Ivan Basso is embarking on the next step of his already long career in cycling. Basso will assume the role as Technical Coordinator of Tinkoff Team, overseeing, developing and optimizing the collaboration between the athletes and technical functions. “A happy rider is a fast rider”, says Basso, who is currently with the squad at the team … [Read more...]

Statement on Bobby Julich and Daniel Healey From Tinkoff-Saxo

Tinkoff-Saxo would like to clarify some incorrect reporting that was released yesterday by certain publications, in regard to Bobby Julich and Daniel Healey. All parties had agreed to make this announcement once the season was over in order not to distract the team while at the races, but now feel the need to make an official joint statement to clear things up. At no time were Bobby Julich … [Read more...]

Sagan Withdraws As The Vuelta Casualty List Grows

Madrid, Aug 30, 2015 (AFP) - Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has become the latest high-profile withdrawal from Spain's Vuelta after being hit by an auxiliary motorcycle during Saturday's eighth stage. Sagan, who had ended a two-year drought without a Grand Tour win on stage three, looked set to challenge for another stage victory and held the green points jersey until the incident took … [Read more...]