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Yellow Fluo team hopes Di Luca and Santambrogio positives will not adversely affect chances of Giro d’Italia wildcard

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, December 1, 2013
New main sponsor to be announced soon, team says delay in applying for Giro d’Italia invite is not a problem

Commenting on its absence from the initial list of eight teams in the running for one of the wildcard places in the Giro d’Italia, the Yellow Fluo team has said that it fully intends applying for an invite, and will do so shortly before the cutoff po... → Read More

Tour of Norway confirms four of its five stages

by Kyle Moore - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Boasson Hagen scheduled to try for victory number three in the race’s fourth edition

The Tour of Norway has announced details of the first four of its five stages, with the race to be run in its usual spot on the calendar in late May. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) has won the past two editions, and the Norwegian was featured... → Read More

Fuglsang accepting of designated support role next July

by Kyle Moore - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Dane had hoped to lead at Giro d’Italia, will ride for Nibali in Tour de France instead

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has not often been shy about expressing his interest in assuming leadership roles at his team’s biggest races. During his time at Saxo Bank, Radioshack-Leopard, and now at Astana, Fuglsang has been a rider willing to step up ... → Read More

Contador rules out breaking Saxo Tinkoff contract before end of agreed term

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tinkoff takeover of team expected, but he says he’s staying put despite past disagreements

Although his relations with Oleg Tinkov have been strained at times since this year’s Tour, particularly as the Russian publicly blasted him about a lack of professionalism, Alberto Contador has ruled out moving away from the Saxo Tinkoff team. I... → Read More

Porte almost certain to ride to Santos Tour Down Under, wants to show well in race

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, December 1, 2013
Australian getting stage race campaign underway early in order to hit peak form for Giro d’Italia

Having set the Giro d’Italia as his big personal season goal, Richie Porte has decided to get his 2014 season off to an early start, thus boosting his chances of hitting peak sharpness by May. While Porte began racing last year with the national ... → Read More

Spath looking forward to opportunities with newly-UCI registered Team Rytger

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Former Team Tibco rider moving to Danish team for 2014

Irish road race champion Mel Spath will have the chance for more European UCI racing next season after signing a contract to race with the upgraded Team Rytger. The 32 year old, who won the Irish title in 2012 and again this year, is moving across to... → Read More

Anti Doping Denmark states that sale of Riis’ team wouldn’t safeguard him from sanction

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Organisation is looking into Dane’s past management of his team

Although the anticipated sale of Team Saxo Tinkoff to Oleg Tinkov could in theory mean a change in nationality for the squad to Russia, Anti Doping Denmark (ADD) has said that Bjarne Riis would not be immune from sanction if it does find against him ... → Read More

Nicolas Roche feature: Rejigging everything in order to be as strong as possible for the Giro d’Italia

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, November 30, 2013
New approach for Irish rider, who also hopes to hit higher level in Tour de France

Having been given a green light to line out in the Giro d’Italia next year, Nicolas Roche has pledged to work hard with a new racing and training schedule in order to ensure that he is in the best shape possible for the race. The Team Saxo Tinkoff ri... → Read More

Report: Tinkov buys Saxo setup for six million euro, will retain Riis as team manager

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Dane said to be paid one million euro per year for four years

After a team source yesterday stated that Bjarne Riis will sell the Saxo team to Oleg Tinkov, further information about that deal has been reported in the Italian media. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the arrangement will see Riis paid six... → Read More

Thomas De Gendt and Vacansoleil-DCM settle over unfulfilled contract

by Ben Atkins - Friday, November 29, 2013
Belgian apparently compensated after taking 80% pay cut at Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Thomas De Gendt has come to an agreement with Vacansoleil-DCM general manager Dan Luijkx over the issue of his unfulfilled contract, the Dutch team reports. The 27-year-old Belgian was committed long-term to the team, but found himself forced to seek... → Read More

Dani Moreno: “Although I got fewer wins than other seasons, I think it was the best”

by Ben Atkins - Friday, November 29, 2013
Katusha rider happy to work for teammate Rodríguez but aiming for the Ardennes and la Vuelta

Dani Moreno (Katusha) is looking back on the best season of his career to date, as he looks ahead to the 2014 season. The 32-year-old from Madrid has escaped the cold weather of Europe, however, since he has travelled to Argentina, where his wife hai... → Read More

‘Important news’ about future of Team Saxo Tinkoff to be released Monday

by Shane Stokes - Friday, November 29, 2013
Source states Tinkov has agreed purchase of Riis’ Saxo Tinkoff team

Bjarne Riis’ Team Saxo Tinkoff has called a press conference in London on Monday afternoon, stating that it will include ‘important news about the future of the team.’The announcement will take place in Google London’s office on St. Giles High Street... → Read More

A year older and more experienced, MTN Qhubeka pushing hard for Giro d’Italia invite

by Shane Stokes - Friday, November 29, 2013
“Going to the Giro would mean Africa's first participation in a Grand Tour. It's an iconic event, one we're not taking lightly”

Last January the team agreed with RCS Sport that riding the Giro was probably a little too early but, with a Milan San Remo win under its belt, several more victories to its credit and a full year of high-level racing in Europe, things are different ... → Read More

Landa eyeing Giro, País Vasco, San Sebastián in Astana blue

by Kyle Moore - Friday, November 29, 2013
Former Euskaltel-Euskadi rider hoping to gel quickly with more diverse Kazakh squad

In a difficult free agent market, Mikel Landa was one of the first riders swept up after the Basque team Euskaltel-Euskadi closed down, a prime indication of the potential that exists in the 23-year-old. Landa was a big signing by Team Astana, and a... → Read More

Feillu brothers reunited in 2014 as duo ink deals with Bretagne-Séché Environnement

by VeloNation Press - Friday, November 29, 2013
Team pushing for wildcard for Tour de France

After previously competing together with the Agritubel and Vacansoleil DCM teams, then going their separate ways, the Feillu brothers will once again don the same team colours in 2014 after both signed contracts with a French team. The duo will b... → Read More

Matt Brammeier Interview: “I need to try to keep a good level all year, stay aggressive, take my chances”

by Shane Stokes - Friday, November 29, 2013
Multiple Irish road race champion speaks about move to Synergy Baku team and more

Matt Brammeier has shown his ability for the past four years running, taking an unprecedented collection of Irish national road race titles. In doing so, he has beaten WorldTour riders Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin, plus the 2009 Vuelta a España stage... → Read More

Boasson Hagen rejigs race programme to hit higher peak in Classics

by VeloNation Press - Friday, November 29, 2013
Emphasis on racing this time round after 2013 spring training camps didn’t pay off

After a disappointing Classics season in 2013, Edvald Boasson Hagen and his Sky team are changing things up for next season, hoping to find the right combination of racing and training which will enable the Norwegian to reach his full potential in ta... → Read More

Brammeier and Roche confirm Tinkov negotiations with Saxo Bank team

by Shane Stokes - Friday, November 29, 2013
Indications that serious talks have been taking place

It’s yet to be announced whether or not Oleg Tinkov will continue his backing of Bjarne Riis’ team – or possibly even take over ownership, as has been rumoured – but confirmation has been received that much negotiating has been done and that the ride... → Read More

Team Colombia says it ‘has everything in place’ to compete for Giro d’Italia wildcard berth

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Squad says it will be very competitive in 2014, with or without Samuel Sanchez on board

Listed yesterday by RCS Sport as one of the teams that had applied for a wildcard for next year’s Giro d’Italia, Team Colombia has detailed the reasons why it believes that it should be considered for what would be the second consecutive invite to th... → Read More

Zdeněk Štybar: “I won’t travel to Hoogerheide for tenth place.”

by Ben Atkins - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Czech star to ride short cyclocross season but unlikely for Worlds or Nationals

Zdeněk Štybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) will once again ride a short cyclocross this winter, the former two-time World champion has confirmed to, but is likely to miss the World championships for the second straight year. Speaking as... → Read More

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