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Cyclocross World Cup: Compton powers away from Vos on a fast, dry Zolder circuit

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, December 26, 2013
US champion overcomes a slow start to widen overall lead

Katie Compton (Trek) overcame a slow start on the dry, fast Zolder circuit, to take her fourth straight victory in the fifth round of the 2013/14 Cyclocross World Cup. The US champion took the first half of the five-lap race to scythe her way through... → Read More

Nicki Sorensen to miss Tour de France, but will target Giro and Vuelta

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 26, 2013
Saxo Tinkoff rider speaks about best and worst moments from 2013

Although he’s now 38 years of age and is about to begin his fourteenth pro season, Nicki Sørensen has planned a busy 2014 schedule with not one but two Grand Tours in his plans. The four time Danish national champion will likely miss the Tour de ... → Read More

Report: Samuel Sanchez’s expected move to Tinkoff Saxo blocked by new team owner

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Oleg Tinkov said to have gone back on verbal agreement

Having been previously linked to an expected move to the Tinkoff Saxo team in 2014, Samuel Sanchez’s frustrating past few months appear to be continuing after a reported veto to his signing by Oleg Tinkoff. El Pais reported earlier this month tha... → Read More

Bauke Mollema making first ever start in Milan-Sanremo

by Kyle Moore - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Another climber signs up after race alterations tilt the 299km to their favour

The names on the Milan-Sanremo start list have shifted slightly over the last several years, as race organizers have continued to increase the undulations in the race’s finale. The newest big name to throw his hat into the ring is Bauke Mollema (Bel... → Read More

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA confirms signing of Luis Leon Sanchez

by Kyle Moore - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Ivan Velasco also reported to be coming back, bringing Spanish team to 20 riders

The Spanish professional continental team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA announced on Christmas morning the signing of Luis Leon Sanchez, after months of rumors connecting the team and rider. Sanchez spent much of the 2013 season on the sidelines, ridin... → Read More

Cyclocross roundup: Albert seeking to pull back World Cup points in Heusden-Zolder

by Kyle Moore - Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Pauwels recovering from a cold, Van der Haar nursing sore ribs, Wellens supports Jim Aernouts for Boxing Day race

Former world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) isn’t ready to take a backseat to riders such as Lars van der Haar (Rabobank) and Francis Mourey ( in UCI World Cup cyclocross events, and one of the top Belgians is looking to gain points on... → Read More

Iris Slappendel wins UCI Women’s World Cup jersey design contest

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Rabobank-Liv/Giant design graduate creates four jerseys for season-long competition

Iris Slappendel (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) received an early Christmas present from the International Cycling Union (UCI) in the shape of the announcement that she has won the competition to design the leaders jerseys for next season’s World Cup. The 28-ye... → Read More

Kessiakoff on Nibali: “If anyone can beat Froome, it’s him”

by Kyle Moore - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Swedish rider hoping to rediscover spark from 2012

After a sparkling 2012 season, Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) was expected to be a top lieutenant for Vincenzo Nibali in his first year with the Kazakh squad, while also aiming to expand on the career-altering victories he grabbed in 2012. While he d... → Read More

Kroon aiming for high level in 2014 season, pledges to help Tinkoff Saxo leaders wherever possible

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Dutchman savours Amstel Gold contribution to Kreuziger’s success

Announced this week as remaining with Team Tinkoff Saxo for an additional season, Karsten Kroon has said that he is determined to reach and hold strong condition throughout 2014. The aim may sound like an obvious one for a pro rider but, given th... → Read More

Four year ban for Serebryakov after double EPO positive earlier this year

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Russian rider out until 2017

Months after it was confirmed that he had failed not one but two doping tests for EPO, the Russian rider Alexander Serebryakov has been given a four year ban from the sport. On April 8th the UCI stated that the 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia Internation... → Read More

Ferrari to lead Lampre-Merida in upcoming Santos Tour Down Under, Valls Ferri for GC

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
WorldTour race starts in just 28 days, countdown continues

With there being a strong likelihood of several sprint finishes at next month’s Santos Tour Down Under, the Lampre-Merida team has opted to have a fastman lead the squad for the WorldTour race. The sprinter Roberto Ferrari has been named as the pro... → Read More

Fernando Alonso reportedly secured Dubai-based sponsor for five years

by Ben Atkins - Monday, December 23, 2013
Formula 1 driver’s team set to debut in 2015; eyeing on Peter Sagan and Tony Martin

Fernando Alonso has secured a five-year deal for his WorldTour team, with a Dubai-based sponsor, Spanish newspaper ABC reports. The Formula 1 driver, whose team is currently going under the name of “Fernando Alonso Cycling Team” (FACT) abandoned nego... → Read More

Carlos Betancur aiming for the Ardennes and the Tour de France in 2014

by Ben Atkins - Monday, December 23, 2013
Young riders’ white jersey “a dream” for Colombian after successful WorldTour debut

Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) is heading into 2014 full of confidence after a highly successful WorldTour debut this year. The 24-year-old Colombian had impressed in his two years at Professional Continental level Acqua & Sapone, but moved up a ... → Read More

Video: MTN Qhubeka’s Tour of Rwanda campaign covered in detail in episode three of African Bicycle Dream

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 23, 2013
Squad looks back on 2013 season and ahead to what it hopes will be first-ever Grand Tour participation

At the end of its most successful season to date and weeks before the Giro d’Italia makes a decision about which squads it will invite to the 2014 race, the MTN Qhubeka team has released the third instalment of its fine African Bicycle Dream document... → Read More

Tour de San Luis: Zubeldia to lead Trek Factory Racing in his earliest-ever season start

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 23, 2013
Climbing specialist gets protected status in early-season Australian race

Getting his season off to an early start, the Spanish climber Haimar Zubeldia has been given a green light by the new Trek Factory Racing Team to captain the squad in the Tour de San Luis. The 36 year old had a disappointing end to his Vuelta a E... → Read More

Tour de France winner Chris Froome and ten others ink contracts with Team Sky

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 23, 2013
Sebastian Henao sole newcomer in list, others extend current arrangements

Extending what has been four years with the squad thus far, Tour de France winner Chris Froome has inked a deal to remain part of Team Sky into the future. The 28 year old Briton is one of ten contract extensions announced by the squad today, with an... → Read More

Pellizotti to remain part of Androni Venezuela after Astana deal fell through

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 23, 2013
Savio claims pre-existing contract agreement was in place if rider couldn't find a WorldTour team

After inking a WorldTour deal with the Astana team last summer and then seeing that agreement unravel in the months since, Franco Pellizotti will once again don the colours of the Androni Venezuela team in 2014. “Franco Pellizotti stays with us,”... → Read More

Team Colombia names Duarte and Rubiano as leaders for Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 22, 2013
Rubiano moving across from Androni Giocattoli – Venezuela, is a past winner of mountains classification

Former world under 23 champion Fabio Duarte has been confirmed as one of the two leaders of Team Colombia in the 2014 Tour de San Luis, which gets underway in less than a month’s time in Argentina. The 27 year old, who took the espoir rainbow jer... → Read More

Cyclocross World Cup: Francis Mourey wins for France in the Belgian mud of Namur

by Ben Atkins - Sunday, December 22, 2013
A second crash in two days denies Sven Nys a podium place after a heroic fightback

Francis Mourey ( scored what was only his second ever victory in the Cyclocross World Cup, as he rode away from the field in the muddy citadel course in Namur, Belgium. The French champion escaped midway through the eight lap race and, althoug... → Read More

Cyclocross World Cup: Compton tops returning Vos in Namur

by Kyle Moore - Sunday, December 22, 2013
American extends World Cup lead over Harris, who takes solid third place

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) took an impressive victory which was, in her own words, a bit surprising, topping Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) in the UCI Cyclocross World Cup Namur on Sunday. Compton came back from an early deficit and rode ... → Read More

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