Italian Star Racer Reda Banned For Eight Years For Doping

Rome, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Italian road race runner-up Francesco Reda has been suspended for eight years after testing positive for banned blood booster EPO, Italian media reported Friday. Reda, who rides for Team Idea, produced the positive test at the end of the Italian championships where he came in second behind Vincenzo Nibali. Reda, 33, was barely back in the saddle after having … [Read more...]

UCI Checks 90 Bicycles For Concealed Engines At French Race

Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, Feb 12, 2016 (AFP) - Ninety bikes from six teams taking part in a French race were subjected to unannounced checks for concealed engines on Friday as officials seek to clamp down on cheating, the International Cycling Union said. The checks were carried out on the Delko, Roubaix-Lille M├ętropole, Auber 93, Bardiani, Androni Giocattoli and Veranclassic teams taking … [Read more...]

UCI Considers Testing All Bicycles For Hidden Motors

Doha, Feb 9, 2016 (AFP) - International Cycling Union president Brian Cookson said on Tuesday his organisation will leave no stone unturned in the bid to rid the sport of cheats. Speaking during a visit to Doha where the Tour of Qatar is ongoing, Briton Cookson said the UCI would even consider expanding the tests for motorised bicycles if need be. "If we need to go to a situation where … [Read more...]

Innsbruck To Host The 2018 Road World Championships

Paris, Feb 1, 2016 - The Austrian city of Innsbruck was on Monday named host of the 2018 Road World Championships, the international cycling federation (UCI) announced. Innsbruck, twice host to the Winter Olympic Games (1964, 1976), has also hosted the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympic Games and was the host city of the maiden Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. 2018 will be the third … [Read more...]

Concealed Motor On Bicycle At Cyclo-Cross World Championships

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Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, Jan 31, 2016 (AFP) - A concealed motor was found on a bike being used by Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche at the world cyclo-cross championships, the head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Sunday, confirming the first such case at a top-level competition. "It's absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. … [Read more...]

UCI Seize Bike Amid Claims Engine Used At CX Worlds

Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, Jan 30, 2016 (AFP) - World cycling body UCI confirmed on Saturday they had seized a bicycle amid claims it was powered by a hidden engine at the cyclo-cross world championships. The bicycle was ridden by Femke Van den Driessche, the Belgian cycling federation (RLVB) later confirmed. Among the race favourites, Van den Driessche was forced to withdraw from the … [Read more...]

Team Astana Granted WorldTour Licence For The 2016 Season

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Paris, Nov 9, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body confirmed on Monday that the doping-tainted Astana team will retain its World Tour licence for the 2016 season. The Kazakh-funded outfit, featuring 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, was one of 11 teams given the green light to compete in the top division next season after meeting the annual registration criteria mandated by the … [Read more...]

Cookson Pleased With UCI’s Post-Armstrong Progress

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By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 25, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling has made great global strides to restore credibility and integrity in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said Friday. On the eve of the closing weekend of the World Road Cycling Championships in Armstrong's home nation of the United States, … [Read more...]

UCI Expands Reforms In Bid To Restore Credibility

By Jim SLATER Richmond, United States, Sept 22, 2015 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) moved to strengthen anti-doping measures in men's road cycling Tuesday while undertaking reforms to improve the sport's financial sustainability. The UCI management committee, meeting at the World Road Cycling Championships in the United States, announced the measures after more … [Read more...]

BMC Racing Team Repeats As World Team Time Trial Champions

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Richmond, Virginia - The BMC Racing Team led through every time check Sunday on the way to capturing its second straight UCI world team time trial championship. Powering its BMC timemachine TM01s through the streets of Richmond, Virginia, the BMC Racing Team averaged 54.969 kilometers an hour to best Etixx-Quick Step by 11.35 seconds. Movistar Team finished third, 30.11 seconds off the winning … [Read more...]