Positive Doping Test Takes Pfannberger Out Of Tour of Italy

PARIS, May 7, 2009 (AFP) - Austrian professional Christian Pfannberger has been suspended by the Russian Katusha team following a positive test from a random doping control, the team announced late Wednesday. Pfannberger, 29, was due to start the three-week Tour of Italy this coming Saturday but he has been provisionally suspended by his team while they wait to see if he requests analysis of … [Read more...]

Armstrong ‘Not Giro Favourite’ Says World Champ Ballan

ROME, May 5, 2009 (AFP) - World champion cyclist Alessandro Ballan says former Tour of Italy winner Ivan Basso is the favourite for this year's event over debutant Lance Armstrong. Seven-time Tour de France champion Armstrong will be competing in his first Giro after coming out of retirement last year. He stepped away from competitive cycling following the last of his Tour de France … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong To Head A Strong Astana Team In Italy

The Astana cycling team on Tuesday named an international line-up to support Americans Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer in the Tour of Italy, which starts in Venice on Saturday. Six nations are represented in the group containing Leipheimer and seven-time Tour de France champion Armstrong, who has returned to the sport this season after retiring in 2005. Leipheimer and Armstrong … [Read more...]

Team Fuji Is Now Welcome At The Giro d’Italia

LIEGE, Belgium, April 23, 2009 (AFP) - Spanish team Fuji, who were banned from the Tour de France, were on Thursday welcomed into the Tour of Italy which gets underway on May 9. Organizers published the list of 22 teams for the Giro and Fuji, whose team director is Italian Alvaro Crespi, were included Fuji had originally been sidelined from the race following the dope test failure of … [Read more...]

Cancellara Confirms His Giro Aspirations

Organizers for the Tour of Italy said on Friday that Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara will join former seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong on the start line for the centenary 2009 edition. It promises to be one of the strongest Giro line-ups in recent history with Italian former winners Ivan Basso -- returning from a two-year doping suspension -- Damiano Cunego … [Read more...]

Emanuele Sella Admits Doping At CONI Hearing

ROME, Aug 8, 2008 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Emanuele Sella admitted to taking the banned blood booster EPO at an Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) hearing here on Friday. After the hearing, in which he and Italian women's cyclist Marta Bastianelli were banned from all competitions, Sella issued a statement in which he admitted taking the drug. In the statement, Sella "honestly admitted … [Read more...]

UCI Inks Pro Tour Race In Russia

strong>UCI ink Pro Tour race for Sochi SAINT-PAUL-EN-JAREZ, France, June 11, 2008 (AFP) - World cycling's ruling body offically announced Wednesday the creation of a UCI-backed race in Russia. It will be held as a Pro Tour race for the first time in the region of Sochi, the venue for the 2014 winter Olympics, on May 20-24, 2009 - although it will be in direct competition with the … [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...]