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Cookson says various stakeholders are crucial to the development of cycling, welcomes their input

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WorldTour seminar taking place in France, president says TV coverage is crucial to sport’s growth

Having stated in his pre-election manifesto that the development of the elite road race aspect of the sport is one of his priorities, Brian Cookson outlined some of the challenges and tasks facing the WorldTour today. The Briton, who beat the pre... → Read More

Retro look for Lotto Belisol team in 2014 with reworked red and white kit

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Team goes for completely new appearance

Going with a new look for the 2014 season, the Lotto Belisol team has disposed of the blue, yellow and white colours of this season in favour of a more straightforward red and white colour scheme for the months ahead. Team rider Tosh van der Sande... → Read More

Katusha, Belkin, Orica GreenEdge and Astana join Tinkoff Saxo at 2014 Tour de Langkawi

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, December 4, 2013
MTN Qhubeka, Colombia, UnitedHealthcare and Androni Giocattoli also confirmed amongst 20 teams

After earlier confirming that Saxo Tinkoff – or Tinkoff Saxo as it will be known after Monday’s announcement of a change of ownership – would make its debut in the Tour de Lankgawi, race organisers have announced the names of four other WorldTour tea... → Read More

Astana shows off updated jersey and introduces new sponsors

by Kyle Moore - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Vinokourov details new contributors, charitable donations, and his new book in profitable times for Kazakh team

Astana Pro Team was one of the first WorldTour squads to reveal its updated look for the upcoming season, with the new jersey being debuted at a press conference that general manager Alexander Vinokourov also used to announce his new charity fund and... → Read More

Jelly Belly to continue team sponsorship through 2015

by Kyle Moore - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Maxxis signs on as secondary sponsor as long running American team keeps going

With the recent withdrawal of stalwart professional cycling sponsors Rabobank and Euskaltel-Euskadi, American company Jelly Belly will add to its tenure as longest running pro cycling title sponsor, as it extended its sponsorship of the American cont... → Read More

Arc du Triomphe to feature again in Tour de France finale in Paris

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Race will take in famous monument after success of 2013 race conclusion

After initially ruling out the possibility of lapping the Arc du Triomphe again in 2014, Tour de France organisers have confirmed that the race will repeat the loops it traced around the French landmark this year. The Arc was incorporated into th... → Read More

Jeannie Longo suing AFLD for more than one million euro

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Former world number one attacking anti-doping body in French courts

Seeking victory in the courts after she came under the anti-doping spotlight in the buildup to the last Olympic Games, Jeannie Longo is looking for more than 1.1 million euro in damages from the French anti doping agency AFLD. The 55 year old former ... → Read More

Report: Giro d’Italia chief Michele Acquarone fired by RCS Sport after two month suspension

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Company’s former CEO Catano also reported as being released after fraud investigation

Two months after he was given what was said to have been a ‘precautionary suspension’ by Giro d’Italia organisers RCS Sport, former race director Michele Acquarone has reportedly been fired by that company. The news has been reported by La Presse,... → Read More

Report: Sojasun said to be joining up with Cannondale for 2014 season

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Heulot and Marino moving across, unclear if others will also do likewise

Although it seemed certain that the Sojasun project was at an end, it appears that a continuation of some sort may happen in 2014, with reports today that the team name will appear on the Cannondale jersey for next season and at least two staff membe... → Read More

Solid BMC Racing Team squad set to help Evans in Santos Tour Down Under

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Bookwalter, Morabito and Hermans amongst riders selected for first WorldTour race of 2014

With Cadel Evans set to lead the BMC Racing Team at the Santos Tour Down Under next month, the 2011 Tour de France winner has been given a strong backup squad to help him achieve the best possible result. Evans has said that he will target the Gi... → Read More

Porte says he’ll leave Team Sky when his contract is up, wants chance at personal glory

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, December 3, 2013
“As much as I love being there and being the wingman, it's not what I always want to do”

Although he renewed with Team Sky last August and is set to race there until the end of 2015, Richie Porte has said that he will strike out with a different team then in order to have the personal freedom to target his own races. The Australian w... → Read More

Timmy Duggan announces retirement, excited to move onto next phase

by Kyle Moore - Monday, December 2, 2013
Former American road champion finished after “most difficult season of my career”

Timmy Duggan (Saxo-Tinkoff) announced his retirement from professional cycling on his personal website late Monday, finishing a career that began in 2005. The 31-year-old spent nine years in the pro ranks, coming up to the Garmin organization throug... → Read More

Warren Barguil “ready to assume a leadership role in some stage races”

by Kyle Moore - Monday, December 2, 2013
Maintaining perspective but hoping for progression after breakout Vuelta a España

After an active but relatively inconspicuous first half of his rookie season, Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) went to the Vuelta a España and burst onto the scene in a big way, becoming a household name in a week’s time by winning two stages in four d... → Read More

Tinkoff Saxo team conference: Questions and reactions from presentation plus interview video

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 2, 2013
Riis, Tinkov, Contador, Roche and Seier Christensen comment on plans to build world’s number one team

Changing his position on the team as a result of a multi million Euro sale to Oleg Tinkov, Bjarne Riis plans to work more closely with his riders in 2014 and beyond, motivating them and guiding them strategically. At today’s press conference in Londo... → Read More

Quintana honoured as Colombian Male Athlete of the Year

by Kyle Moore - Monday, December 2, 2013
Rigoberto Uran, Fabio Parra also recognized during big night for Colombian cycling

At just 23 years of age, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was awarded the Sportsman of the Year prize in Colombia. In the ceremony held in Bogota, Quintana was the unanimous victor of the prize awarded by Colombian news publication El Espectador. Colo... → Read More

Tinkov new owner of Riis’ squad: “The goal is to become the world’s best team’

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 2, 2013
Outfit renamed Tinkoff Saxo, will buy more big name riders in the future

As expected, Oleg Tinkov has taken over ownership of the Riis Cycling company and, with it, the team previously under the control of Bjarne Riis. Confirmation has come at a press conference held this afternoon in London, with the three year deal brin... → Read More

Video: Live broadcast of Team Saxo Tinkoff’s London press conference; will Tinkov take over ownership from Riis?

by Shane Stokes - Monday, December 2, 2013
Press conference here live from 3pm GMT

What is expected to be a very significant moment in the history of the Saxo Tinkoff team is set to take place this afternoon in London, with what the team describes as ‘important news’ being disclosed at 3pm GMT. The announcement has been predict... → Read More

World champion Costa and Lampre Merida team to plan season this week at Italian training camp

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 2, 2013
New opportunities for Portuguese rider with leadership role

World road race champion Rui Costa will meet up with his new Lampre Merida team-mates in three days time, beginning a four day training camp in Darfo Boario Terme in order to prepare for the season. The Italian squad will be based in the Hotel Sa... → Read More

2011 Vuelta a España winner Juanjo Cobo resigned to riding with a Continental team in 2014

by VeloNation Press - Monday, December 2, 2013
He won the Vuelta a España two years ago, beating Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins (both Sky), but after two anonymous seasons Juanjo Cobo is still searching for a contract and has resigned himself to racing with a Continental team in 2014. Cobo ... → Read More

Ashleigh Moolman Interview: A Classics focus in 2014 after Flèche Wallonne podium

by Ben Atkins - Monday, December 2, 2013
South African retains African continental TT championship, is looking ahead to new challenges with Hitec Products

Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto-Belisol) is coming to the end of her best year to date, and preparing to join a new team in 2014. VeloNation caught up with the South African champion as she was setting off for Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt, where she was aiming to d... → Read More

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