Bradley Wiggins Withdraws From Mallorca Challenge

MADRID, Feb 6, 2013 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins pulled out of the final stage of the Mallorca Challenge on Wednesday with over 100 kilometres of the race remaining. There was an even more agonising withdrawal for Wiggins´ Team Sky teammate Ben Swift who was taken to hospital after crashing on the final descent of the 170km stage from Can Picafort to Playa del Muro. … [Read more...]

Frank Schleck Statement Regarding Positive Drug Test

Our team attaches great value to transparency. Because of this, we can announce the following as a response to the adverse analytical finding of xipamide in Fränk Schleck's urine sample of July 14 during the Tour de France. After being informed by the UCI about the presence of xipamide in the urine sample of Fränk Schleck on July 14, the team has decided to immediately withdraw Fränk … [Read more...]

Knee Pain Forces Phinney’s Withdrawal

Continued pain in his left knee forced Taylor Phinney to abandon his first WorldTour race Wednesday, midway through Stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya. Hopeful For Roubaix Phinney said the pain he first experienced pain on Stage 1 made for a mentally and physically tough day on the race's Queen Stage. Though he was dropped on the opening Category I climbs, he chased back. "But by the third … [Read more...]

Alessandro Petacchi Forced To Withdrawl From Tour of Spain

From the joy of the victory to the sadness of a withdrawal in only two days: that's what happened to Alessandro Petacchi, who had won the 6th stage and today had to quit the 8th stage of Vuelta a Espana. The sprinter by Lampre-Farnese Vini left the race after 47 km from the start in Calpe, because of the consequences of the crash that saw him involved in the early kilometres of yesterday … [Read more...]

Farrar In “World of Pain”, Drops Out Of Tour

MENDE, France - American Tyler Farrar finally gave up his stricken Tour de France campaign Friday as the pain from a fractured wrist began to take its toll. Garmin-Transitions sprinter Farrar was one of several riders to crash on the rain-hit second stage from Brussels to Spa, but had decided to carry on in spite of his injuries. After a tough day of racing on the 12th stage Friday, … [Read more...]

Hunter Pulls Out Of Tour’s 11th Stage

South Africa's Robbie Hunter succumbed to the pain of a fractured arm and pulled out of the Tour de France on Thursday. Garmin-Transitions rider Hunter suffered the injury in a crash on the 10th stage and despite being diagnosed with a fracture near his right elbow he was keen to start the 11th stage from Sisteron to Bourg-les-Valence. Hunter, however, did not turn up at the start line … [Read more...]

Garzelli Calls It Quits At Giro

Italian veteran cyclist Stefano Garzelli retired from the Tour of Italy during Saturday's 20th and penultimate stage because of injuries suffered on Friday. The 36-year-old Acqua and Sapone rider, who won the Tour of Italy in 2000, won the time-trial stage earlier in the week, but gave up after the 59th kilometer of the 178km stage with a sore right knee and hip which he injured when he fell … [Read more...]

Cooke Pulls Out of Giro d’Italia

PARIS, May 17, 2010 (AFP) - Australian sprinter Baden Cooke has pulled out of the Tour of Italy because of tendinitis in his knee, his Saxo Bank team announced Monday. A statement from team sports director Dan Frost said the support of Cooke, a former winner of the Tour de France green jersey for the points competition, will be missed by his teammates. "We sure could have benefited from … [Read more...]

Cavendish Pulls Out Of World Road Race Championships

British rider Mark Cavendish confirmed on Wednesday that he has pulled out of this week's world road race championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The 24-year-old has been suffering from a respiratory infection and has also been affected by the road accident which left fellow Isle of Man cyclist Jonny Bellis critically injured in hospital in Italy. His place will go to Ian Stannard. … [Read more...]

Andy Schleck Pulls Out Of Tour of Spain

MADRID, Sept 6, 2009 (AFP) - Luxembourg cycling star Andy Schleck's hopes of improving on his second place in this year's Tour de France in the Tour of Spain evaporated on Sunday as he pulled out of the race. Race organizers did not specify the reason for his retirement on what was the eighth stage of this year's edition and the first mountain stage. Schleck gave up at the 88 … [Read more...]