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WC Namur start in jeopardy for Nys after Essen fall

by Kyle Moore - Saturday, December 21, 2013
No world cup standing to defend for world champ with banged up arm

Just as his name was being penciled in at the top of the results sheet, Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) crashed and cost himself likely victory in the Bpost Bank Trofee round in Essen. The resulting pain from an injury to his arm now has Nys wondering whe... → Read More

Davison aiming for future WorldTour career, hopes to eventually fight for Grand Tour stages

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Commonwealth Games gold and Rio Olympics medium term goals

Winner of two races at this month’s Mexico track World Cup and then of the Australian madison title with Alex Edmondson yesterday, Luke Davison has said his long term aspiration is a WorldTour contract and a ride in cycling’s Grand Tours. The 23 y... → Read More

Bpost Bank Trofee: Kevin Pauwels wins in the wind and rain of Essen as Nys slips up

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sanne Cant takes a three-way battle for the women’s race

Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon Games) soloed away from the rest to take his second victory in a week in the mud and rain of the GP Rouwmoer, in Essen, the fourth race in the Bpost Bank Trofee. The race had looked to be a demonstration of moddercross ... → Read More

Cookson says Independent Commission members are being finalized, WADA also involved in process

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Says names will be announced in early 2014, whole process could take a year

UCI president Brian Cookson has said that the governing body is moving ever-closer to finalising the Independent Commission which will look into the sport, and that the names of those who will be part of that commission will likely be released early ... → Read More

Jonathan Cantwell leads all-Aussie Drapac team to its debut Santos Tour Down Under

by Ben Atkins - Friday, December 20, 2013
New Professional Continental team keen to impress in its first WorldTour event

Jonathan Cantwell will lead the ambitious Drapac Professional Cycling team to its WorldTour debut in next month’s Santos Tour Down Under, but the ambitious Australian outfit will bee keen to impress in all areas in its home event. Four of the seven-m... → Read More

Mark Cavendish: “I'm positive we'll dominate again.”

by Ben Atkins - Friday, December 20, 2013
Manx Missile determined to perfect his sprint train in time for Yorkshire Tour de France start

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has one big goal in 2014: to take the yellow jersey on the first day of the Tour de France, in Yorkshire, northern England. In an interview with the BBC, the Manx Missile looked back on a year where he was arg... → Read More

Pozzato, Cunego and other Lampre Merida riders assess changes to Milan Sanremo route

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 20, 2013
“I think the Pompeiana will be the perfect launch pad for attacks”

With the route of Milan Sanremo now different to before, with the Le Manie climb scrapped and a new ascent called the Pompeiana replacing it but coming later in the race, the riders from the Lampre Merida team have done an important reconnaissance of... → Read More

Earliest-ever season start for Phinney, who will target time trial in Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 20, 2013
Atapuma and Stetina amongst the overall contenders for BMC Racing Team

The 2012 world championship runner-up Taylor Phinney will get his racing underway earlier than ever in 2014, with the BMC Racing Team rider confirming today that he will compete in the Tour de San Luis next month. The American has shown his promi... → Read More

Report: Depressed at Clenbuterol positive, Breyne recovering after taking overdose of tablets yesterday

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 20, 2013
Like Michael Rogers, Belgian also tested positive after racing in China

Confirmed on Wednesday has having tested positive for Clenbuterol, with the news emerging at the same time as the similar case involving Michael Rogers, the Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne has reportedly been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. ... → Read More

Meares comments on Rogers’ Clenbuterol case, says riders need to take responsibility

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 20, 2013
Compatriot of suspended Tinkoff Saxo rider expresses frustration

Michael Rogers has been supported by some from within the Australian cycling community but five time Olympic medallist Anna Meares believes that the onus is on each rider to ensure that they don’t fail doping tests, and that each positive result dama... → Read More

Russian duo Ivan Rovny and Nikolay Trusov sign two year contracts with Tinkoff Saxo

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 20, 2013
Riders had previously worked under Oleg Tinkov before moving to WorldTour squads

The flurry of contract announcements for Tinkoff Saxo this week has continued today with the news that two more riders have inked deals with the team. Russian riders Ivan Rovny and Nikolay Trusov have each agreed two year contracts and will therefore... → Read More

Dominant sprinter Kittel and Argos Shimano team-mate Geschke to chase stage wins in Tour Down Under

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 20, 2013
Four time Tour 2013 stage winner will be one of key names in race

The dominant sprinter of this year’s Tour de France, Marcel Kittel, has been confirmed by his Argos Shimano team as leading it in next month’s Santos Tour Down Under in Australia. The German, who won four stages in the 2013 Tour, will spearhead t... → Read More

Rogers categorically denies ever knowingly taking Clenbuterol, is blaming Chinese food for positive

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 20, 2013
WADA had previously told governments and event organisers they had a responsibility to ensure clean meat

Two days after it was announced by the UCI that Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers had tested positive for Clenbuterol after winning the Japan Cup on October 20th, the Australian has issued a statement categorically denying ever knowingly consumed the... → Read More

Omega Pharma Quick Step and Specialized push for further time trial gains

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Team works to find advantages in wind tunnel and in Valencia velodrome

After doing extensive measurement, analysis and adjustment last month in the wind tunnel at Specialized’s headquarters in Morgan Hill, the team and Specialized’s bike fit technicians have collaborated further in Valencia’s velodrome to transfer theor... → Read More

André Greipel leading Lotto-Belisol to Santos Tour Down Under in search of more glory

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, December 19, 2013
German champion seeking 15th stage win in Australian WorldTour opener

André Greipel will lead the Lotto-Belisol team to January’s Santos Tour Down Under, in what will be his seventh consecutive appearance in the Australian WorldTour opener. The German champion has taken a total of 14 stage victories in his previous six... → Read More

Boels-Dolmans switches to Specialized bikes in 2014 on three-year deal

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, December 19, 2013
World TT champion Ellen van Dijk keeps her Shiv as she builds towards Rio

Boels-Dolmans will switch to Specialized bikes in 2014 in a three-year deal that will see the Dutch women’s team on the American company’s frames for three years. The team has been riding Issac bikes in 2013, but a big change in personnel for next se... → Read More

Cookson presents WorldTour team trophy to Movistar squad

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Valverde and Unzué accept awards from UCI president in Madrid

The Movistar squad, which this season was best team in the UCI WorldTour, has had that achievement marked by UCI president Brian Cookson in Madrid. Its top-ranked rider Alejandro Valverde, who finished third in the individual ranking and did much to ... → Read More

Cycling Australia says it supports maximum penalty against Rogers if he’s found guilty in Clenbuterol case

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Federation accepts that it has no sanctioning power over rider as he no longer holds Australian licence

Cycling Australia’s CEO Adrian Anderson has taken a strong line in the Michael Rogers Clenbuterol case today, stating that he believes the rider should face maximum punishment if he is found guilty in relation to the positive test announced yesterday... → Read More

Bellino takes over as RCS Sport general manager, Giro d’Italia organisers rebuilding after Catano and Acquarone dismissals

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, December 19, 2013
New appointment as fraud investigation continues

Following the upheavals within RCS Sport which saw the company’s COO and Giro d’Italia chief Michele Acquarone plus the RCS Sport CEO Giacomo Catano both dropped from their positions, the Italian company has today announced the first of the appointme... → Read More

Weisel and Verbruggen deny Armstrong’s accusations against them

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Two former backers of Texan turn on him after he said they were aware of doping

Two of those who have been accused by Lance Armstrong of having knowledge of his doping have denied the claims, protesting their innocence and seeking to dismiss his accusations against them. Wealthy financier Tom Weisel, who owned the US Postal ... → Read More

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