Suspended Rider Mauro Santambrogio Fails Dope Test Number 2

PARIS, Dec 18, 2014 (AFP) - Italian cyclist Mauro Santambrogio, who is already serving a doping suspension, has failed another drugs test, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Thursday. The 30-year-old Italian, who can ask for his 'B' sample to be analysed, failed an out of competition test on October 22 for high levels of testosterone. Santambrogio had failed a first test at … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Leads the Charge On Team Sky In 2014

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, Dec 16, 2014 (AFP) - After two years of Sky dominance, 2014 was the season that the rest fought back and but for the Astana doping scandals, would have gone down as a vintage edition. Team Sky had in many eyes taken the drama out of the Tour de France by guiding Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to dominant victories in 2012 and 2013 … [Read more...]

Team Astana Retains Their UCI World Tour Licence For 2015

PARIS, Dec 10, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana, whose leading rider is this year's Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, were on Wednesday granted a World Tour licence for the 2015 season by the International Cycling Union. However, the UCI said that, while the licence had been granted, Astana would have to agree to conditions, including being audited by the Institute … [Read more...]

Banned Doping Doctor Michele Ferrari Met With Astana

TURIN, Italy, Dec 08, 2014 (AFP) - Astana's hopes of remaining within cycling's professional ranks suffered a potential blow after a report on Monday claimed team members met with a banned doctor known for helping Lance Armstrong to cheat his way to success. Astana's Pro Tour future is hanging in the balance after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy, and three riders from the Astana … [Read more...]

UCI Delays Decision On Team Astana WorldTour Licence

AIGLE, Switzerland, Dec 04, 2014 (AFP) - Doping-scandal tainted Astana must wait another week to find out whether the International Cycling Union (UCI) will grant them a World Tour licence for next season. The UCI issued a statement on Thursday in which it confirmed that licences had been granted to eight teams, taking the total of licenced outfits for 2015 up to 16. But Tour de … [Read more...]

Pro Cycling Teams Unite To Create A More Stable, And Credible Sport Via Velon

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Velon aims to make the sport more accessible to all, to bring technology to the races and to promote stable, credible teams that fans can support long-term. Today sees the launch of Velon, the first joint venture of UCI World Tour cycling teams. This group brings together 11 leading teams - over 60 per cent of the World Tour - to drive a financial model that, in line with other international … [Read more...]

Another Kazakh Rider Victor Okishev Tests Positive For Steroids

PARIS, Nov 19, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakh cycling team Astana's participation in next year's WorldTour was further compromised on Wednesday when the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced a fourth rider in two months had tested positive for a banned substance. Victor Okishev, who rides for Astana's reserve team, failed a test for steroids during the Asian championships last May and has … [Read more...]

Kazakh Rider Maxim Iglinskiy Tests Positive For EPO

PARIS, Oct 02, 2014 (AFP) - Kazakh rider Maxim Iglinskiy has been suspended after testing positive for EPO, his Astana team have disclosed. Iglinskiy, 33, apparently failed the test on August 1, according to the International Cycling Union, UCI. His younger brother Valentin also tested positive for the substance in August and immediately admitted taking the banned substance. … [Read more...]

UCI Vows To Close Potential Doping Loophole

LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 04, 2014 (AFP) - International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has vowed to close a potential doping loophole that could be exploited by would-be cheats. Tour de France winner Chris Froome caused a stir at the Tour de Romandie when he asked for and received an emergency TUE, or therapeutic use exemption, for a banned corticosteroid due to … [Read more...]

UCI Insists That Chris Froome Medication Broke No Rules

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PARIS, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Sunday insisted that Britain's Tour de France champion Chris Froome's use of a steroid-based drug in competition had not broken anti-doping rules. According to a French Sunday newspaper, Froome was suffering from a chill and was granted permission to use penisolone on his way to winning the Tour of Romandie in … [Read more...]