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Quintana says Unzué will decide whether he does Giro d’Italia or Tour de France

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 16, 2013
Colombian rider believes a big result is more possible in Italy but accepts team manager may opt for French event

He earlier indicated that he was likely to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2014, targeting that over the Tour de France, but now Nairo Quintana has said that his Grand Tour programme is undecided and that the Movistar team chief Eusebio Unzué will make the... → Read More

Phinney, Cunego said to be starting their seasons in the Tour de San Luis

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 16, 2013
Superb lineup continues to grow for Argentinean event

Top young American talent Taylor Phinney and his BMC Racing Team are yet to officially announce his early season plans but, according to South American media, the rider will begin in the Tour de San Luis in January. Ciclismo Internacional reports... → Read More

IAM Cycling ambitious for its second season, wants invitations to both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 16, 2013
Swiss team bolstered by signings of Chavanel, Frank and others

Although the team was passed over by the organisers of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España in its debut season in 2013, the IAM Cycling team has set the objective of riding not one but two Grand Tours in the upcoming year. The S... → Read More

Zaugg and Tosatto sign two year contract extensions with Tinkoff-Saxo

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 16, 2013
Riis: “These two guys have both proved their importance to the team, especially in the Grand Tours”

Having a more secure budget now after Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov took over ownership of the squad, Team Tinkoff Saxo has announced the retention of two of the riders from the 2013 roster. Former Il Lombardia winner Oliver Zaugg and the exper... → Read More

Road Bike Party 2 stunt video a massive success

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 16, 2013
Assistance from Akrigg and MacAskill help paralysed Ashton complete stunning project

The Road Bike Party 2 video released last Tuesday by mountain bike trials rider Martin Ashton has proven to be a massive success, soaring above five million views since first published online. Ashton had previously published the first such video i... → Read More

Van den Broeck and Vanendert to begin in Tour de San Luis, Greipel and Roelandts in Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Lotto Belisol also confirms early season openers for Roelandts, Gallopin and Monfort

Lotto Belisol’s Grand Tour and Ardennes Classic riders Jurgen Van den Broeck and Jelle Vanendert have finalised the first part of their 2014 season programmes, with both of the Belgians opting for an early start in the Tour de San Luis in January. ... → Read More

Luke Davison video interview: Double World Cup race winner gaining confidence prior to 2014 track worlds

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Emerging Australian road and track rider shows strong promise

Winner of two gold medals in the recent track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Luke Davison has taken a major morale boost from what is his best track form ever. The 23 year old Australian rider has increased motivation for the remaining World... → Read More

Renshaw aiming for home soil success with Omega Pharma Quick Step in Santos Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Australian rider and Tour de France stage winner Jan Bakelandts to head Belgian squad

Moving across to the Omega Pharma Quick Step team in order to reunite with Mark Cavendish in 2014, Mark Renshaw will have his own chances in the first race in the WorldTour calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under. The Australian sprinter is aiming t... → Read More

Leopard Trek team remains in 2014, becomes Leopard Development squad

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 15, 2013
Team will continue to develop young talent from Luxembourg and elsewhere

Although Flavio Becca’s withdrawal as backer for the joint RadioShack Leopard and Leopard Trek team project had raised uncertainty about the future of the latter, the Leopard SA holding company for the two entities has announced that the development ... → Read More

As clock ticks in relation to Qui Tam case, Armstrong implicates Weisel over team doping

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Ruling due to be given next week

With a decision imminent about who will be charged in the Qui Tam whistleblower case launched by Floyd Landis and joined by the US government, Lance Armstrong has moved to ensure that he will not be the only person to face blame for the widespread do... → Read More

Women’s Route de France under threat over lack of Grand Depart city

by Ben Atkins - Saturday, December 14, 2013
The only major French stage race facing second cancellation in four years

With the new International Cycling Union (UCI) Women’s Commission set to meet for the very first time next week, it faces its very first challenge with the 2014 edition of the Route de France Féminine under threat. The organisation has yet to reach a... → Read More

Heras launches one million euro compensation claim over dismissed EPO positive

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Former Liberty Seguros and US Postal rider claiming for loss of earnings over disqualification and suspension

After first overturning his disqualification as winner of the 2005 Vuelta a España in the Spanish courts in June 2011 and then winning a subsequent Spanish Supreme Court battle over the same issue one year ago, Roberto Heras has said that he plans to... → Read More

Final day of Cooke’s career tomorrow; Australian bids farewell to public with Melbourne criterium

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 14, 2013
Goss, Matthews and Weening amongst the riders who will line out alongside departing Orica GreenEdge rider

Baden Cooke is on the verge of the final race of his professional career, with a farewell criterium taking place in St Kilda, Melbourne tomorrow and bringing down the curtain on what has been fourteen years in the pro peloton. The Orica GreenEdge... → Read More

Sebastian Weber takes over as head coach for Cannondale Pro Cycling

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 14, 2013
German moves across from role with Joaquim Rodriguez and Katusha

After previously working with the T-Mobile/HTC Highroad and Katusha teams, the German sports scientist Sebastian Weber will move across to Cannondale Pro Cycling and help in training riders for the 2014 season. The Italian WorldTour team has anno... → Read More

Italian Federation dismisses case against striking Giro della Toscana riders

by Ben Atkins - Friday, December 13, 2013
Bronzini, Longo Borghini and Cantele face no action over final stage protest

The federal proseutor of the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) has dismissed the case brought by Giro della Toscana organiser Brunello Fanini, against the riders that refused to ride the final stage of the race on September 15th. Despite more than 60 ... → Read More

Yellow Fluo becomes Neri Sottoli, plays down suggestions Horner could be offered contract

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 13, 2013
Relaunched Italian team hoping for Giro d’Italia wildcard

The former Vini Fantini-Selle Italia team, which went under the working title of the Yellow Fluo team after its main sponsors left in the wake of two doping cases, has announced a new title sponsor today. The squad has inked a deal with the Itali... → Read More

Zdeněk Štybar confirms his six-race 2013/14 cyclocross season

by Ben Atkins - Friday, December 13, 2013
Worlds off and nationals unlikely for Czech star as he maintains Classics focus

Zdeněk Štybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has listed the six cyclocross races that he will take part in this winter, confirming that he will likely sit out the defence of his Czech national title as well as the World championships. The former World cha... → Read More

Samuel Sanchez said to have secured a WorldTour contract for 2014

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 13, 2013
Eight other Euskaltel Euskadi riders left without a deal

Thus far unconfirmed as having a contract for the upcoming season, Spanish media has suggested that former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has indeed found a slot for 2014 and will remain part of the top division of teams. El Pais quotes various ... → Read More

Positive test for Volta a Portugal winner Marque means planned Movistar contract now torn up

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 13, 2013
Spaniard facing possible lengthy ban over betamethasone positive

Announced in late August as joining the Movistar team in 2014, the Galician Alex Marque will now not be able to take up the contract after it emerged that he had tested positive during his winning Volta a Portugal campaign. The 32 year old rider ... → Read More

Froome says parasitic disease bilharzia affecting him has finally gone

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 13, 2013
Rider had previously declared himself clear of illness

After saying in the past that he was hampered at times by the parasite bilharzia, requiring treatment to cause it to leave his system, Tour de France winner Chris Froome has stated that he believes the issue has been permanently solved. The Brito... → Read More

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