Astana Pro Team To Keep Licence Despite Doping Scandals

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Paris, April 24, 2015 - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is free to defend his title in July after his Astana team was allowed to keep its racing licence despite a series of doping shocks, the UCI governing body announced Thursday. At the end of February, the UCI had demanded the team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main … [Read more...]

Froome Planning Cobbles Reconnaissance For Tour

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Waremme, Belgium, April 22, 2015 (AFP) - Chris Froome was taking a break from his Tour de France preparations Wednesday by riding the Fleche Wallonne one-day classic in Belgium. But according to his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford, his true reason for a trip around Wallonia was as a stop-gap before riding a reconnaissance mission along the cobbles that will … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Risks A Chilly Tour Welcome On Charity Ride

Sochi, Russia, April 22, 2015 (AFP) - Disgraced champion Lance Armstrong will be risking an angry reception if he carries out his own Tour de France charity ride this year, the head of cycling's governing body has warned. The American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, plans to go over this year's "Grande Boucle" route one day before the main race with … [Read more...]

Rodriguez Wins Again In Basque Country, Henao Retains Lead

Arrate, Spain, April 9, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez claimed his second stage victory in as many days at the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday as Colombia's Sergio Henao maintained the overall lead. Just as in winning on Wednesday, Rodriguez had the stronger final kick after a series of challenging climbs to take the 162.2km fourth stage from Zumarraga to Arrate ahead of … [Read more...]

Joaquim Rodriguez Claims Third Basque Stage, Henao Take Lead

Zumarraga, Spain, April 8, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez claimed victory on the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country as Colombian Sergio Henao moved into the overall lead. Rodriguez outsprinted Henao and race favourite Nairo Quintana on the final stretch of a mountainous 170.7km ride from Vitoria to Zumarraga in a time of 4hr 39min 02sec. "I had been on a bad run … [Read more...]

Fabio Felline Wins Stage 2, Matthews Keeps Lead In Basque Country

Vitoria, Spain, April 7, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Fabio Felline edged out Australia's Michael Matthews to win the second stage, but the Orica-GreenEdge rider maintained his overall lead at the Tour of the Basque Country on Tuesday. Felline pipped Matthews in a sprint finish to the line on the 175.4km ride from Bilbao to Vitoria in a time of 4hr 32min 32sec with France's Tony Gallopin in … [Read more...]

Michael Matthews Wins Tour of Basque Country First Stage

Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2015 (AFP) - Michael Matthews of Orica-GreenEdge won a sprint finish on Monday to claim the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The 24-year-old Australian, already a stage winner last year, crossed ahead of Poland's world champion Michal Kwiatkowski of the Etixx-Quick Step team and Russian Ilnur Zakarin of Katusha. On a lumpy 162.7km … [Read more...]

Porte Holds Off The Valverde Charge To Win Tour of Catalonia

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Barcelona, March 29, 2015 (AFP) - Australia's Richie Porte sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race. Valverde picked up a total of 12 bonus seconds on the day thanks to the stage win and an earlier intermediate sprint, but Porte didn't lose any more time on the hilly 126.6 kilometre circuit around … [Read more...]

Pozzovivo Wins Stage As Rolland Moves Into Lead At Catalonia

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Girona, Spain, March 25, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Domenico Pozzovivo won the third stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Wednesday as France's Pierre Rolland took the overall lead. AG2R's Pozzovivo made a solo dart for home from a seven-man breakaway group around 2km from the finish and held off his charging companions to win by 3sec. Colombia's Rigoberto Uran took second with Dan Martin of … [Read more...]

High Hopes As African Team MTN-Qhubeka Take On Tour de France Elite

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By Christophe BEAUDUFE Johannesburg, March 18, 2015 (AFP) - MTN-Qhubeka's ambitions are modest in their maiden Tour de France but team manager Douglas Ryder predicts the African outfit will be on the podium of the world's most famous cycling race within five years. The first African team to compete in the Tour de France which gets … [Read more...]