Team Astana Granted WorldTour Licence For The 2016 Season


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


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...]

UCI Cookson Warns Of Rise In Tour de France Hooligans


Kuala Lumpur, July 30, 2015 (AFP) - World cycling chief Brian Cookson has warned of a rise in "hooliganism" on Tour de France routes and said winner Chris Froome was the target of nasty insults. After one of the most controversial races in recent years, Cookson also told AFP in an interview that the number of "tired" riders on the Tour made him believe tougher doping tests are having an … [Read more...]

Kreuziger Freed To Race As UCI and WADA Drop Doping Case

Prague, June 5, 2015 - Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger said Friday he was free to race after the international cycling union UCI and the WADA anti-doping watchdog dropped a doping case against him. "I am happy and relieved that this case has come to an end. It has been a very difficult period," Kreuziger said in a statement after the UCI and WADA had withdrawn their appeals at the Court … [Read more...]

UCI Satisfied With Team Astana Doping Reforms

Paris, May 5, 2015 (AFP) - Cycling's world body the UCI says Astana, who last month were allowed to retain their WorldTour licence despite a series of doping shocks, have agreed to "undergo a fundamental reform in order to prevent the risks of doping". In February, the UCI had demanded the Kazakh-funded team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main … [Read more...]

Astana Pro Team To Keep Licence Despite Doping Scandals


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...]

Team Astana Doping Decision Expected By UCI In Days


Sochi, Russia, April 20, 2015 (AFP) - An International Cycling Union (UCI) commission is expected to rule this week on whether the doping tainted Astana team should be stripped of its licence, UCI president Brian Cookson said Monday. If Astana loses, star rider Vincenzo Nibali could forfeit the right to defend his Tour de France title. "I am expecting a decision this week, I am … [Read more...]

Could This Be The Biggest Development To Women’s Cycling


A new development in the field of women’s cycling it set to put the sport on the map as soon as 2016, reports claim. It has now been announced that next year will see the introduction of a new event named WorldTour. Recently, representatives at the UCI Women’s Teams seminar held in Siena discussed the new changes after the inaugural edition of the Strade Bianche event. The new WorldTour … [Read more...]