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Bettini tips Nibali for 2014 success: ‘I think he can win the Tour’

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 08, 2013
Former pro says Italian’s previous successes in Giro and Vuelta prove he is ready to take cycling’s biggest event

Italian national team coach and former double world champion Paolo Bettini has given compatriot Vincenzo Nibali a vote of confidence as he heads towards the 2014 season, believing that the past Vuelta a España and Giro d’Italia winner can complete th... → Read More


Young crossers Van der Poel and Van Aert confirming talent

by Kyle Moore - Sunday, December 08, 2013
Each pick up a second place finish in first race amongst the elites

Two of the top riders of the future of cyclocross have both taken advantage of their limited time spent racing with the elite men, as Mathieu Van der Poel (Enertherm-BKCP) and Wout Van Aert (Telenet-Fidea) have each taken a surprising runner-up spot ... → Read More


Eeckhout takes up coaching and directeur sportif role with An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, December 07, 2013
Squad pushing hard for increased backing for 2015, aiming to have both Pro Continental and Continental teams

Having finally retired this year after 21 seasons as a professional, 42 year old Niko Eeckhout is taking up a management and coaching role with the An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team. The former Belgian champion moved to the team prior to the 2... → Read More


Albert triumphs in Scheldecross at Antwerp in BKCP sweep

by Kyle Moore - Saturday, December 07, 2013
Van der Poel steals the show on first elite stage with second place, Walsleben secures third

It was a clean sweep of the podium for the BKCP-sponsored cyclocross team in the elite men’s Scheldecross race in Antwerp on Saturday, part of the Soudal Cyclocross Series. Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) won going away, for his third straight victory... → Read More


Froome: “We are still living in that post-doping era where we are having to deal with a lot of negativity”

by Kyle Moore - Saturday, December 07, 2013
2013 champ will continue to focus on the Tour de France and look to boost the credibility of the sport

Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) will continue to target Tour de France titles, hoping that if he can repeat in 2014, it will further add to the credibility of the sport and put the big doping scandals of the past further into it. In comments made to... → Read More


Armstrong meets Bassons in Paris to apologise, but Andreu insists nothing has changed with him

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, December 07, 2013
“He is still desperately trying to control the narrative. The problem for him is not many are listening”

Fourteen and a half years after he contributed to the pressure which caused Christophe Bassons to pull out of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong met the former pro in Paris yesterday and apologised for his role in that harassment. Bassons raced ... → Read More


Champion System increases its apparel sponsorships to include LUNA Chix

by Kyle Moore - Friday, December 06, 2013
Title sponsored team disbands, but clothing company signs with women’s off-road squad

Though it got out of the game as the title sponsor of a professional cycling team at the end of this year, Champion System continues to support pro cycling teams, adding Team LUNA Chix, the women’s off-road team, as a provider of its custom clothing.... → Read More


An early Christmas present for Sojasun’s Marino, after likely Cannondale join-up

by Kyle Moore - Friday, December 06, 2013
One worker of every kind reportedly moving from Sojasun to Cannondale

On vacation with his family and perhaps contemplating the phase of his life after professional cycling, Jean-Marc Marino (Sojasun) got an unexpected call from former Sojasun manager Stéphane Heulot, telling him to get back in the saddle. It was re... → Read More


Signing of Padour sees NetApp-Endura complete its team for the 2014 season

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 06, 2013
Czech rider expected to be good in helping the team’s GC riders but also in his own right

The Czech climber Frantisek Padour has become the twentieth and final rider on the NetApp Endura roster for 2014, with the deal being announced by the team today. The German squad is determined to ride at least one Grand Tour this season and while ... → Read More


Tougher and familiar Australian nationals course preferred by Gerrans

by Kyle Moore - Friday, December 06, 2013
“I think that all championship races should be about the strongest guy on the day fighting for the win, not the luckiest”

The first big road cycling race of the new year traditionally takes place in Australia, with the country’s national championships. After an experiment with a new type of road championship course in early 2013, the Australian nationals return to the ... → Read More


Three year JLT sponsorship for Rapha Condor team: Herety says team has solid future

by Shane Stokes - Friday, December 06, 2013
No major concerns despite decision of Rapha to exit sponsorship at end of 2014 season

Far from being pressurised by yesterday’s news that Rapha will wind down its backing of his team after the 2014 season, Rapha Condor JLT manager John Herety is upbeat about the future of the squad, not least because of a new three year extension conf... → Read More


Former Vuelta winner Cobo moves to Torku team: “Given the circumstances, I am very satisfied to keep racing”

by VeloNation Press - Friday, December 06, 2013
Spaniard will target Presidential Turkey, but squad needs to first secure an invite after two controversial years

Days after saying that he will likely have to ride for a Continental team in 2014, the 2011 Vuelta a España winner Juanjo Cobo has inked a deal with the Torku team, joining his friend David de la Fuente in the Turkish squad. The team is far small... → Read More


Vinokourov categorically denies accusing Astana CFO of hacking his email

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Olympic champion says Sudinfo + report is incorrect

Responding to a report stating that he had accused Astana CFO Aidar Makhmetov of hacking his email with the purpose of provoking a corruption case against him, Alexandre Vinokourov categorically denied the claims on Thursday. The ex pro, who took... → Read More


Henderson forced to miss Santos Tour Down Under because of knee surgery

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Kiwi had been a regular at the race in recent years; Lotto Belisol team-mate De Clerq also off bike

He’s competed in the Santos Tour Down Under every year since 2008 but Greg Henderson will be forced to miss the upcoming edition and take a new approach to his season after he underwent surgery this week. Henderson’s Lotto Belisol team has confir... → Read More


Tiernan Locke training with Team Sky, but future still uncertain

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, December 05, 2013
No news yet about biological passport case

Jonathan Tiernan Locke has joined his Sky team-mates at the squad’s first training camp of the winter, travelling to Majorca to rack up kilometres in advance of a season he still doesn’t know if he’ll be able to contest. The British rider withdre... → Read More


Killer sentence for Di Luca, who receives lifetime ban from cycling

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Third time unlucky for former Giro d’Italia winner; must also pay over €38,000 in fines and costs

Danilo Di Luca has today joined Lance Armstrong in a very select – and dubious – group, being one of the few riders to be handed a lifetime ban from the sport. The Italian rider was sentenced by the anti-doping court of the Italian Olympic Commit... → Read More


Pacemaker for former pro Theunisse after multiple heart attacks

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 05, 2013
“The pacemaker already has had to save my life several times through an enormous electric shock”

Suffering ill health at fifty years of age, former Tour de France King of the Mountains Gert Jan Theunisse has had a pacemaker fitted after a series of cardiac issues. The Dutchman wrote about the issue in his column in Wielerrevue, saying that h... → Read More


Acquarone says he is a scapegoat in RCS investigation, and that unjust damage has been done to his reputation

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Former Giro d’Italia director says he is confident he will be cleared over time

Two days after it was reported that Giro d’Italia race director Michele Acquarone had been fired by employers RCS Sport as the result of an ongoing fraud investigation, the Italian has defended himself at a press conference in Milan, saying that he i... → Read More


Cavendish: “I know for certain I will not do Milan-Sanremo…maybe never again”

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Manxman unhappy with changes to race route

When he won the race at just 24 years of age with a missile-like hunt-down of Heinrich Haussler, it appeared that several Milan-Sanremo victories seemed possible for Mark Cavendish. However the Briton has now said that he’s considering not participat... → Read More


Nibali, Cavendish, Contador pay a visit to McLaren

by Kyle Moore - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Top Specialized riders Contador and Cavendish hit the wind tunnel, Nibali thinking of Milan-Sanremo

American-based bicycle manufacturer Specialized continues its partnership with McLaren, which spawned the Specialized McLaren Venge, utilized in particular by former world champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).Three of the biggest stars i... → Read More

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