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Retired Spanish stars offer opinions on recently confirmed Ponferrada Worlds course

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The “five magnificent ones” predict selective races and a likely small group finish

Five retired Spanish riders rode the course for the 2014 World championships, in Ponferrada, Spain, this week, and predicted that a selective race will likely see a small group finishing together to fight for the next rainbow jersey. Miguel Indurain,... → Read More

Peter Sagan to target Paris-Roubaix as Cannondale finalises 2014 calendar

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Slovakian makes his return to the Pavé du Nord for the first time since 2011

Peter Sagan will ride Paris-Roubaix in 2014, his Cannondale Pro Cycling team has confirmed, making an appearance on the Pavé du Nord for the first time since 2011. The Slovakian champion sat out the Queen of the Classics last year, having finished se... → Read More

Tinkoff Saxo says that Rogers insists on innocence, says food likely source of Clenbuterol positive

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Australian rider provisionally suspended by team

Commenting shortly after the UCI announced that Michael Rogers has tested positive for Clenbuterol, the Australian’s Tinkoff Saxo squad has announced that the rider has protested his innocence but has been provisionally suspended pending the outcome ... → Read More

Lookout Mountain to shake up final day of 2014 USA Pro Challenge

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
More details emerge of next August’s race, aggressive finale guaranteed

The final day of many stage races is often largely processional but that won’t be the case with the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, with the race organisers today announcing that the seventh stage will include the tough climb of Lookout Mountain. The cli... → Read More

Michael Rogers provisionally suspended for Clenbuterol adverse analytical finding

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Australian returned non-negative sample after October’s Japan Cup victory

Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) has been provisionally suspended from competition, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced, after having returned an adverse analytical finding for Clenbuterol. The Australian was tested after having won the ... → Read More

Early start to season for ambitious Goss and fellow Orica GreenEdge riders

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Australian sprinter following same early season programme as in year he won Milan-Sanremo

Orica GreenEdge sprinter Matt Goss plus four of his team-mates are planning a very early start to the season, with the 27 year old rider hoping to return to the form which netted him the 2011 Milan Sanremo plus some other big results. Goss, natio... → Read More

Tiernan Locke’s former team manager Smith says he believes in rider, despite UCI’s anti-doping violation process

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
“I know he is clean, he knows he is clean, his management knows that he is clean, Endura knows that he is clean, yet he has to go through all this”

Jon Tiernan Locke’s former manager at the Endura Racing team, Brian Smith, has reiterated his support from the rider in the wake of the UCI’s request yesterday for a disciplinary hearing over suspected blood doping. Smith has said that he believe... → Read More

Two more extend with Tinkoff Saxo as Paulinho and Pires ink new deals

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Portuguese duo sign up for more seasons alongside Alberto Contador

The fifth and sixth contract extensions this week for Tinkoff Saxo have been announced, with the team confirming today that multi-year deals have been signed by two of its riders. The Portuguese riders Sergio Paulinho and Bruno Pires have inked c... → Read More

Tour Down Under runner-up Moreno returning at head of strong Movistar team in 2014 edition

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Spanish rider will aim for final overall victory after second place in 2013

Last year’s race runner up and mountains classification winner Javier Moreno is heading back to the Santos Tour Down Under determined to aim higher, with the Spaniard one of several strong riders in the Movistar team for the race. In January More... → Read More

Marianne Vos wins Sportswoman of the Year title for the third time

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Double World champion triumphs after “difficult” post-Olympic year

Marianne Vos (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) has been awarded the Sportvrouw van het Jaar - the Sportswoman of the Year - title in the Netherlands for the third time, according to Dutch TV station NOS. The Double World champion, who won the title in both 2008 a... → Read More

Jakob Fuglsang “shocked” by the revelations in Michael Rasmussen confession

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Compatriot and sometime training partner had no idea of the extent of climber’s doping regime

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has described himself as “shocked” by the extent of the revelations of Michael Rasmussen’s doping activities, outlined in Rasmussen’s recent book, he has told The 28-year-old often trained with Rasmussen, but h... → Read More

Video testimonies against Bruyneel, Celaya and Marti given in doping hearing

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
AAA hearing begins yesterday in London, will continue this week

Although USADA has refused to comment on whether or not Johan Bruyneel’s doping hearing is taking place in London, VeloNation has learned that the process did indeed begin yesterday and that a number of witnesses have already given evidence. A so... → Read More

USADA tight-lipped on subject of Bruyneel’s anti-doping hearing scheduled for this week

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Questions about whether or not the Belgian will fight charges against him

Although Johan Bruyneel’s arbitration hearing is understood to be due to take place this week in London, there are no indications if the case is indeed going ahead. The US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) was tight-lipped on the subject yesterday, decl... → Read More

Sorensen and Kroon sign contract extensions with Team Tinkoff Saxo

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Veteran riders remaining on board for at least one more year

Team Tinkoff Saxo has made further announcements in relation to its lineup of riders for 2014, following on from yesterday’s news that Oliver Zaugg and Matteo Tosatto would remain with the squad. The team has now confirmed that the Danish rider Nicki... → Read More

Sky insists Tiernan Locke was clean in 2013, says he is suspended from all team activities

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
“There are no doubts about his approach or performance in Team Sky”

Noting that one of its current riders Jonanthan Tiernan Locke has been redflagged by the UCI and the governing body has charged him with violating its anti-doping rules, Team Sky has insisted that the period in question relates to before the Briton j... → Read More

Tiernan Locke protests innocence, ‘fully intends to contest’ UCI’s charges of doping

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
British rider’s agent McQuaid says Tiernan Locke will step back from Team Sky until final decision

Following on from the UCI’s announcement this morning that has requested disciplinary proceedings against him, Jonathan Tiernan Locke has strongly protested the UCI’s assertion that he has broken anti-doping regulations and has indicated that he plan... → Read More

UCI asks British Cycling to open disciplinary proceedings against Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
British rider’s biological passport data “demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation”

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has requested that British Cycling initiates disciplinary proceedings against Team Sky’s Jonathan Tiernan-Locke over anomalies in his biological passport. The 28-year-old’s suspect blood values are said to date b... → Read More

Brian Cookson supports the inclusion of Cyclocross in the Winter Olympics

by Ben Atkins - Monday, December 16, 2013
UCI president concedes that it’s currently impossibly but hopes things can change

Brian Cookson is in favour of including cyclocross in the Winter Olympics, the new International Cycling Union (UCI) president told an assembly of the Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB/RLVB) this weekend. With road, track, mountainbike and now BMX all... → Read More

Cologne lab develops successful test for banned substance AICAR

by Ben Atkins - Monday, December 16, 2013
2013 Tour de France samples to be analysed

The Cologne Centre for Preventive Doping Research has developed a successful test for the banned substance AICAR, reports, and will be analysing samples from this year’s Tour de France. The substance, developed to help combat obesi... → Read More

Matt Brammeier video interview: ‘I need to win as many races as possible’

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 16, 2013
Irish road race champion pleased with early impressions of Synergy Baku team, ambitious for 2014

Now 28 years old and thus entering what should be his best years as an athlete, Matt Brammeier has pledged to take a more ambitious outlook heading into the 2014 season. After years of riding for others, the British-born Irishman had more personal fr... → Read More

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