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Turtur predicts Voeckler will light up Santos Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Frenchman leads Europcar team in his first-ever participation in WorldTour race

One of the most aggressive riders in cycling, Thomas Voeckler, will head the Europcar team in the Santos Tour Down Under when it starts in three weeks’ time. The former Tour de France race leader and multiple stage winner has been confirmed as le... → Read More

Multiple national masters’ champion LeDuc given two year ban for using cocktail of banned substances

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 30, 2013
In competition test from US masters showed presence of EPO, amphetamine and a steroid

Testing positive for three separate banned products at the US masters’ road national championships on September 6th, the 62 year old amateur David LeDuc has been handed a two year suspension by the US Anti Doping Agency. LeDuc comes from Willow S... → Read More

Luis Leon Sanchez to begin Caja Rural contract with La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in January

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 30, 2013
Spaniard eager to return to racing after limited programme in 2014

Naming the Tropicale Amissa Bongo as his first race of the year, Luis Leon Sanchez has said that he is eager and motivated to get back into competition soon, and that he hopes to clock up many successes for his new Caja Rural RGA team. The Spanis... → Read More

Boonen, Cavendish to get 2014 underway in Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 30, 2013
Belgian Classic specialist hoping for return to form after difficult 2013 season

The Omega Pharma Quick Step team has selected three of its biggest names to compete in the season-opening Tour de San Luis in Argentina, with former world champions Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish plus the sprinter Alessandro Petacchi part of the squad... → Read More

Hoste continues to insist upon his innocence after two year ban and 150,000 euro fine handed down

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 30, 2013
Former Classic specialist considering appeal of biological passport sanction

Almost a full year after the UCI requested that the Belgian federation KBWB/RLVB open disciplinary proceedings against triple Tour of Flanders runner-up Leif Hoste for biological passport violations, the former pro rider has been handed a two year su... → Read More

Nys and Vanthourenhout switch to using Trek, world champion ends long association with Colnago

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 30, 2013
Crelan AA Drink Duo will help American bike manufacturer to develop cross products

After using Colnago frames since he turned professional with the Rabobank team in 1998, Sven Nys’ long association with the brand is coming to an end. The world cyclo cross champion and his Crelan AA Drink team-mate Sven Vanthourenhout are switching ... → Read More

Flèche Wallonne winner Moreno hit by car, but likely to only miss two days of training

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 30, 2013
Katusha rider’s bike absorbs much of the force of impact

Flèche Wallonne champion and double Vuelta a España stage winner Dani Moreno is thanking his fortune after he escaped serious injury when being hit by a car yesterday. The Katusha rider was training in Argentina and collided with a motor vehicle.... → Read More

Duarte to lead Team Colombia’s first participation in Tour de Langakwi

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 30, 2013
Former world espoir champion a likely overall GC contender due to inclusion of Genting Highlands climb

Hoping to be selected for the Giro d’Italia, the Colombia team will send one of its top leaders to the Tour de Langakwi in February. The squad hopes that some of its top riders can use the race as preparation for the Italian event, and will send Fabi... → Read More

Superprestige: Sven Nys wins under the lights for the fifth time

by Ben Atkins - Sunday, December 29, 2013
World champion pays tribute to his Colnago on his final race on the Italian marque

Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) took an emotional fifth victory in the traditional floodlit race around the streets and playing fields of Diegem, the sixth race in the Superprestige series. The World champion crossed the line with his Colnago bike aloft; the I... → Read More

Video: Brian Cookson says restoring credibility of cycling is most important priority

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 29, 2013
UCI president outlines what he sees as the most crucial steps for the sport

Commenting after three months in office as UCI president, Brian Cookson has said that the early feedback from many within the sport has been that change was needed in the governance of cycling, and that the initial progress made has been positive. ... → Read More

Bettini quits as Italy’s national coach, has been in initial talks with team of Fernando Alonso

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 29, 2013
Former world and Olympic champion ready to try something new

Double world champion Paolo Bettini is set to leave his position as the Italian national coach, with a place with the planned team of Fernando Alonso looking likely to be his next destination. The 39 year old former professional took over the pos... → Read More

Moritz Milatz video interview: BMC Racing Team MTB rider riding cross to prepare for 2014 season

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 29, 2013
Former European champion speaks about structured preparation

Riding cross races as preparation for the upcoming season, the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team rider Moritz Milatz competed in the Run and Bike in Reute, Germany last week. After finishing fifth in the event, he talked about his buildup to 2014 and name... → Read More

UCI inspecting Richmond courses for 2015 world road race championships

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 28, 2013
Announcement of courses could come in next three months, collegiate championships as dry run

The races are over a year and a half away but a tryout of the course for the 2015 world road race championships in Richmond is planned for next May, with the national collegiate championships due to be held there between the second and fourth of that... → Read More

Zdeněk Štybar gets his win at the Bredene cyclocross

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, December 28, 2013
Czech champion outsprints Rob Peeters in changeable conditions

Halfway through his brief 2013/14 cyclocross season, Zdeněk Štybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has got what he missed out on last winter: a win in an international competition. The Czech champion outsprinted Belgian Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea) to win t... → Read More

Egoi Martinez faces retirement, says cycling has given far more to him than it has taken away

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 28, 2013
“I know I have to put an end to this stage in order to focus on another stage of my life”

Left stranded by the breakup of the Euskaltel Euskadi season, the Spanish rider Egoi Martinez has accepted that the time has come to call an end to his career, and will hang up his wheels. The 35 year old won the Tour de l’Avenir at the start of ... → Read More

Evans to ride Australian national championships for first time since 2005

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, December 28, 2013
Early season start should aid BMC Racing Team rider to hit peak form for Giro d’Italia

After previously indicating that he will ride the Santos Tour Down Under as part of his buildup towards the Giro d’Italia, Cadel Evans has now committed to riding the Mars Australian road championships on January 12th. The decision, which will se... → Read More

Team Tinkoff Saxo CEO insists Oleg Tinkov did not veto signing of Samuel Sanchez

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 27, 2013
Feltrin states that no contract was ever agreed, and that team roster has been finalized

Countering a recent Spanish media report that team owner Oleg Tinkov blocked the move of Samuel Sanchez to the Tinkoff Saxo squad, that team’s CEO Stefano Feltrin has said that the Russian was not involved in the matter and that no formal offer had e... → Read More

UCI states it is studying food safety issue after Rogers’ and Breynes’ Clenbuterol positives

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 27, 2013
Governing body to speak to WADA and others on matter; says positives are investigated on a case by case basis

The UCI has issued an assurance that precautions were taken at this year’s Tour of Beijing to safeguard against riders testing positive for Clenbuterol, saying that steps were followed to prevent contamination of the banned substance in food. Chi... → Read More

Bpost Bank Trofee: Sven Nys wins the Azencross after a tough, muddy contest

by Ben Atkins - Friday, December 27, 2013
Marianne Vos takes revenge on Katie Compton after World Cup defeats

Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) won his sixth edition of the Azencross, in Loenhout, just outside Antwerp, at the end of a fast, but muddy contest. The World champion managed to power his way clear of Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) - the winner of the previous ... → Read More

Cyclocross World Cup: van der Haar wins fast Zolder race with last minute attack

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, December 26, 2013
Dutch champion extends overall lead with third season victory

Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) took his third victory in the 2013/14 World Cup as he jumped away from a large group in the closing stages of the final lap of the race at the motor racing circuit at Zolder, Belgium. The 22-year-old Netherlands champion ... → Read More

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