Alessandro Ballan Banned Two Years For Doping By CONI


ROME, Jan 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Alessandro Ballan, the world road race champion in 2008, was handed a two-year doping ban by Italy's Olympic Committee (CONI) on Friday. Ballan was punished by CONI's anti-doping tribunal after it ruled he had contravened article 2.2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code relating to "the use or attempted use of banned substances". A … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Welcomes Tougher Doping Penalties


NAIROBI, Nov 19, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has welcomed the introduction of tougher penalties for doping, and admitted that he had been personally "hit hard" by accusations he had cheated. Speaking at the end of a private visit to Kenya, the country of his birth and where he first fell in love with the sport, Froome said cycling was now a much cleaner sport than … [Read more...]

‘Miracle’ Needed To Reopen Lance Armstrong Case Says WADA

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12, 2013 - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong needs nothing less than a "miracle" to revisit his lifetime ban from sports after admitting to doping, the world anti-doping body chief said Tuesday. "I see it as done and dusted and it would take something close to a miracle to see it go forward in his case," said John Fahey, outgoing president of the World Anti-Doping … [Read more...]

Anti-Doping Bodies To Meet One Year After Lance Armstrong

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12, 2013 (AFP) - World sports leaders will meet in Johannesburg from Tuesday to decide the future of the anti-doping battle, a year after cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from glory. The doping police will consider stricter punishments for transgressors, as the repercussions of the disgraced Tour de France hero's confession to using banned substances are still felt in … [Read more...]

WADA Tell Team Sky To Take Chris Froome Evidence Elsewhere

by St├ęphanie PERTUISET LAUSANNE, Canton of Vaud, July 20, 2013 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has told Team Sky to send their evidence to other organizations after the British team offered to provide them with details on Chris Froome's impressive Tour de France performances. Sky chief Dave Brailsford wrote to WADA offering to share their rider data with the organization … [Read more...]

Team Sky Offer To Release Chris Froome Data To WADA

by Andy Scott GAP, France, July 18, 2013 - Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford on Thursday confirmed he had written to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to offer them details of Chris Froome's performances in a bid to end the climate of suspicion surrounding the Tour de France leader. Froome's string of stunning performances on this year's Tour, from his mountaintop wins at … [Read more...]

UCI Backs Independent Audit On ‘Lance Armstrong Years’

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

LAUSANNE, June 14, 2013 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body has backed a proposal to carry out an independent audit of its role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal that rocked the sport. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement on Thursday evening that its management committee approved the idea continued talks on their handling of the Texan rider with the World … [Read more...]

UCI Rejects USADA Claims Over Lance Armstrong


PARIS, April 26, 2013 (AFP) - Cycling's world governing body on Friday roundly rejected claims from the man who brought down Lance Armstrong that they had contributed nothing to the fight against doping in the sport. The head of the the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart told a French Senate hearing on Thursday that the International Cycling Union (UCI) had blocked efforts to … [Read more...]

WADA Requests Fuentes Evidence For Examination

MADRID, March 22, 2013 (AFP) - The lawyer representing the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said blood bags seized from Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes should be released for inspection if the Spanish authorities strong stance on doping is to be believed. Berta Aguinaga made specific reference to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Evaluation Commission's visit to Madrid this … [Read more...]

WADA Rules Out Action Against Swiss Lab

A Swiss laboratory accused of covering up doping offences by Lance Armstrong will not be removed from the list of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratories, WADA president John Fahey told AFP on Tuesday. US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief Travis Tygart alleged last month that the lab "tipped off" the US rider about the illegal blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) after a … [Read more...]