A Tearful Alex Dowsett Breaks Hour World Record

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By Ian WHITTELL Manchester, United Kingdom, May 2, 2015 - British cyclist Alex Dowsett smashed the world hour record by completing 52.937 kilometres at the Manchester Velodrome in a perfectly-paced performance on Saturday. The 26-year-old Team Movistar rider, who suffers from the rare blood condition haemophilia, improved the mark of 52.491km set by Australia's Rohan Dennis … [Read more...]

Astana Pro Team To Keep Licence Despite Doping Scandals

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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...]

Aussie Meares Makes Track History As French Raise Roof

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, Feb 22, 2015 (AFP) - Australian Anna Meares won a historic 11th women's world title as France ended the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris in celebratory style. Meares won the women's keirin to eclipse the record gold medal mark of 10 she previously shared with Frenchwoman … [Read more...]

Australia Looking To Maintain Team Pursuit Dominance At Worlds

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, Feb 17, 2015 (AFP) - Australia will be going for a fifth men's team pursuit gold in six years when the Track Cycling World Championships begin near Paris on Wednesday. To help boost their efforts, Jack Bobridge is taking a break from road cycling to try to claim gold on the track. It will be the 25-year-old's first … [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...]

Matthias Brandle Sets New World Hour Record At 51.85km

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PARIS, Oct 30, 2014 (AFP) - Austrian cyclist Matthias Brandle set a new world hour record on Thursday with his 51.85km effort trimming more than 700m off the old mark set by Germany's Jens Voigt last month. The three-time Austrian time-trial champion set the new record at Switzerland's Aigle velodrome rather than using the Granges track where Voigt set 51.115km on September 18. "I … [Read more...]

Michal Kwiatkowski Becomes Poland’s First World Champion

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 28, 2014 (AFP) - Michal Kwiatkowski timed his breakaway to perfection to make history as the first Polish rider to win the men's road race world title on Sunday. Following a 254km race in torrid, wet conditions, Australia's Simon Gerrans won a six-man sprint for second ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde, third for the third year in … [Read more...]

Missing Le Tour Helped Bradley Wiggins Win World ITT

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins said that his exclusion from Sky's Tour de France team in July had a silver lining as it enabled him to dethrone Tony Martin at the world timetrial championships. The Olympic champion had twice before finished runner-up to the German -- in 2011 and 2013 -- but he finished 26sec clear of Martin on the … [Read more...]

Olympic Champ Bradley Wiggins Adds World Time-Trial Title

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins ended Tony Martin's three-year reign by winning the world time-trial title in Ponferrada, Spain on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Briton, the Tour de France champion in 2012, had twice finished second to Martin in 2011 and 2013, but he finally landed his first world title. … [Read more...]

German Lisa Brennauer Wins Women’s World Timetrial Gold

PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 23, 2014 (AFP) - German Lisa Brennauer produced a stunning ride to win the women's world time-trial title in Ponferrada, north-western Spain, on Tuesday. The 26-year-old, junior world champion in 2005, beat Anna Solovey of Ukraine by 18sec with American Evelyn Stevens another 3sec further back. And she admitted it was an unexpected success. "For me, it … [Read more...]