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Cookson declares intention of UCI to push for addition of cyclo cross to Winter Olympic Games programme

by VeloNation Press - Friday, February 7, 2014
“It is a sport that reaches out to an incredibly wide cross-section of the population”

With the 2014 Winter Olympics currently playing out in Sochi, UCI president Brian Cookson has raised the possibility that cyclo cross could become part of the Games in future years. The Briton said that he and the UCI would respond to the ‘messag... → Read More

Wild looking good for fourth women’s Tour of Qatar title

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 6, 2014
Dutchwoman takes second stage win of this year’s race, deposes team-mate Pieters to retake lead

Winner on stage one and first home of the main bunch on Wednesday behind the break led in by team-mate Amy Pieters, Kirsten Wild was back on the top step of the podium Thursday in the women’s Tour of Qatar. The Dutchwoman reacquired the leader’s ... → Read More

Dubai Tour: Kittel outpaces Sagan and Phinney as Cavendish misses out

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 6, 2014
Phinney retains race lead on day two of new race

Taking what is his second victory of the year after his earlier success in the People’s Choice Classic, Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) scored a psychological point against his sprinting rivals when he powered in first at the end of today’s stage of th... → Read More

Jayco Herald Sun Tour: 2011 race winner Haas grabs race lead after stage one win

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, February 6, 2014
“We’re here to win this race and it really suits us to the ground.”

Garmin Sharp rider Nathan Haas made good on his vow to ride strongly in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, with the former race winner taking a fine sprint victory at the end of stage one in Ballarat and taking over the race lead from his team-mate, prologue... → Read More

Phinney grabs season win number one in Dubai Tour, Martin and Cancellara fourth and fifth

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Individual time trial gets new race underway, American rider times departure right

Opting to start earlier than many of the other big guns due to the likelihood of winds cropping up later on, Taylor Phinney showed good tactics, fine bike handling skills and excellent form in winning the first stage of the Dubai Tour. The BMC Ra... → Read More

Bauer blasts home first in Jayco Herald Sun Tour prologue

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Kiwi rider believes Garmin-Sharp team-mates better bets for overall, is wary of Gerrans

Garmin-Sharp rider Jack Bauer raced into the early lead in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour today, winning the 2.5 kilometre prologue held in Melbourne. The Kiwi beat compatriot Tom Scully (New Zealand) by one second, with William Clarke (Drapac Pro Cycling... → Read More

Irvine and Ryan hail Cuchulainn plans to build Ireland’s first indoor velodrome

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Structure in JJB building in Dundalk could be operational later this year

One hundred and eighteen years after Harry Reynolds won the world amateur sprint title in Copenhagen and a little under twelve months since Martyn Irvine became the next Irishman to take an elite rainbow jersey on the track, plans have been announced... → Read More

Wild grabs early lead in women’s Tour of Qatar

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Olds and Hosking net second and third

Giant Shimano rider Kirsten Wild picked up where she left off last year, ending up back on top of the podium and in the leader’s jersey at the end of stage one of the women’s Tour of Qatar. The Dutchwoman took top place in the intermediate sprint... → Read More

ASO shakes up Paris-Nice format, unveils nervous route lacking time trial or summit finishes

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Revised course designed to promote attacking riding and tactical intelligence

Featuring some steep climbs but lacking either a summit finish or a time trial, the route unveiled today of the 2014 Paris-Nice will place a clear emphasis on tactics and launching attacks at the right time. Unlike the past two years which feature... → Read More

Kittel: The clean generation has to speak out against doping

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
German sprinter says sport has become cleaner but that some will always try to cut corners

The most successful sprinter in last year’s Tour de France, Marcel Kittel, has said on the eve of the Dubai Tour that clean riders in the sport have an obligation to be vocal about the necessity of racing without doping products. “The most import... → Read More

Nibali, Costa say Dubai Tour is more for sprinters but they will search for opportunities for success

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Cavendish part of ‘strong and motivated’ Omega Pharma Quick Step team

With the Dubai Tour starting tomorrow, both 2013 Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and the current world champion Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) have conceded that the race is oriented more towards sprinters and time trialists, but have each v... → Read More

Elite cyclo cross and road race titles to be added to European championship programme

by VeloNation Press - Monday, February 3, 2014
“This marks a great victory that will enable us to cover all the titles at stake in the Olympic and World disciplines”

After years of junior and under 23 European titles, a new European road championship for elite riders will be added to the calendar. The decision was approved at the latest meeting of the UCI Management Committee, as was held on Saturday in Hooge... → Read More

Holm: Cavendish and Martin want wins in Dubai Tour

by VeloNation Press - Monday, February 3, 2014
Cavendish to line out with Petacchi and Renshaw as sprint support

Omega Pharma Quick Step directeur sportif Brian Holm has made clear that his team means business in the Dubai Tour, saying that both Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin are chasing success in the first edition of the race. The new event, which begins ... → Read More

Hushovd on Dubai Tour: “If I can win a race at the beginning of the year, it takes the pressure off”

by VeloNation Press - Monday, February 3, 2014
BMC Racing Team rider ambitious heading towards new RCS Sport event, Phinney a favourite for opening TT

Past world road race champion Thor Hushovd has a simple goal starting his 2014 season: hitting the top step of the podium as soon as possible. The Norwegian national title holder is making his debut in the four stage Dubai Tour, which begins on Wedne... → Read More

Costa: ‘I spent the winter with a lot of concentration, working to be in good shape’

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Portuguese rider keen to impress in rainbow jersey

World road race champion Rui Costa is set to make his debut with his new Lampre Merida team in three days time, lining out in the first edition of the Dubai Tour. The Portuguese rider moved to the squad from Movistar and said that he has worked h... → Read More

Bertine: New La Course race is ‘stepping stone towards a women’s Tour de France’

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, February 2, 2014
ASO decision hailed by Le Tour Entier co-founder, says success of 2014 edition will increase chances of future stage race

Kathryn Bertine has described yesterday’s announcement by ASO of a new women’s event called La Course as being an important intermediate step towards a Tour de France race for women. The Le Tour Entier co-founder, who has raced professionally for... → Read More

Samuel Sánchez celebrating WorldTour contract with BMC Racing Team

by VeloNation Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Long wait comes to an end: “Sammy will add a high degree of skill and experience to the BMC Racing Team”

Describing himself as being like a neo-pro after finalising the agreement, the 2008 Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has finally found a team for the current season and will compete with the BMC Racing Team. “I feel like a rider who has just earne... → Read More

Court order in class action case compels Aaron Brown to provide full details of Kimmage defence fund

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Massachusetts judge wants reassurances fund is intact; could demand money is transferred to neutral third party

Further to the news that Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid have reactivated their court case against the journalist Paul Kimmage, VeloNation has received confirmation that Aaron Brown, who took possession of Kimmage’s legal defence fund, has three week... → Read More

Verbruggen and McQuaid reactivate legal case against Kimmage

by Shane Stokes - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Action continues despite UCI’s decision to abandon suit

Although Brian Cookson said in October that the UCI was abandoning the legal case it had previously taken against Paul Kimmage, two other parties in that suit – former presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid – have reactivated their related action... → Read More

ASO announces women’s La Course race to be held in Paris on final day of Tour de France

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Vos, Wellington and Cookson welcome news

A concerted push to try to push Tour de France organisers ASO to have a women’s version of the race appears to have led to some progress, with the French company today announcing that it will hold an event in conjunction with the final day of racing ... → Read More

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