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Ponferrada world championships certain to go ahead after Spanish Department of Sports intervenes

by VeloNation Press - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Agreement reached with Assembly of Castilla y Leon credited as vital in ensuring race’s future

Any question marks about the future of the 2014 world championships in Ponferrada, Spain, have been dispelled by an announcement today by the UCI guaranteeing that the race will take place. The tough economic climate in Spain had raised some ques... → Read More

Lampre-Merida on Horner: “Technically a great rider, excellent climber and one of the most intelligent riders in the group”

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 31, 2014
Team manager Copeland explains reasons for signing of American climber

Lampre Merida team manager Brent Copeland has said that he believes new signing Chris Horner will have an important role to play in both the Grand Tours he competes in, namely the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, and also in acting as a mentor ... → Read More

Robert Marchand smashes his own hour record at 102 years of age

by Shane Stokes - Friday, January 31, 2014
Born in 1911, Frenchman covers over 26 kilometres in new velodrome near Paris

Almost two full years after he set the oldest-ever hour record of 24.251 kilometres in Aigle, the 102 year old Frenchman Robert Marchand has smashed that mark today. The veteran rider, who has staggered experts due to his fitness level and active lif... → Read More

Movistar squad launched in Madrid: 2014 target is at least one Grand Tour victory

by VeloNation Press - Friday, January 31, 2014
Quintana and Valverde to spearhead 27-rider team

Having gone close in 2013, the Movistar team has laid out a clear aim for this season: finally topping the general classification in a three week race. The Spanish WorldTour team was officially launched today at chief sponsor Telefónica's headqua... → Read More

Sagan looking for big push in performance in Dubai Tour

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Slovakian will lead Cannondale team, King, Ratto, Caruso and Marcato also part of lineup

While he missed out on a stage win in the recent Tour de San Luis, racking a runner-up slot on stage seven, Peter Sagan has suggested that he will be at a higher level in the upcoming Dubai Tour. “The Tour de San Luis was a positive starting poin... → Read More

Video: Newly unveiled An Post Rás route given thumbs up by 2013 runner-up McConvey

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Irish event to feature 36 categorised climbs and Seskin Hill summit finish

The route of Ireland’s toughest stage race the An Post Rás has been welcomed by last year’s runner-up Connor McConvey, with the Synergy Baku Cycling Project rider saying that he believes the eight day race will make for a big spectacle and also a wor... → Read More

Horner signs WorldTour contract with Lampre-Merida team, will target Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Vuelta a España winner finally gets WorldTour deal for 2014

Months of searching for a contract have come to an end for Chris Horner, with the Vuelta a España winner inking a contract to race with the Lampre-Merida team this season. The Italian WorldTour squad has confirmed a Gazzeta dello Sport story publ... → Read More

Samuel Sanchez says he’ll retire unless he finds a team within two weeks

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Former Olympic champion rules out taking a year off and then competing again

Still searching for a team after the collapse of the Euskaltel Euskadi project, the 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez has said that he is on the verge of retirement and will quit the sport if he doesn’t find a team soon. The Spanish ... → Read More

Basso says ‘desire to compete is strong’ as he readies for first race of the season

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Former Giro winner says training has been going well, will be part of Cannondale squad in GP Costa degli Etruschi

Days before he will line out in his first race of the season on Sunday, Ivan Basso has spoken of his motivation heading into the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi and for the year ahead.The Cannondale Pro Cycling rider is now 36 years of age and headi... → Read More

Will Mohoric and Ewan to renew world championship rivalry at Jayco Herald Sun Tour?

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Young Slovenian part of Cannondale team for upcoming race, Boivin gunning for stage win

A potential rematch is brewing between the world under 23 road race champion Matej Mohoric and the rider who finished just out of the medals, Caleb Ewan, with the former being confirmed as part of the Cannondale squad for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. ... → Read More

UCI instructs World Cycling Centre athletes not to consume meat in China and Mexico due to Clenbuterol risk

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Governing body also warns national federations and teams of dangers

Following in the wake of the positive tests for Clenbuterol concerning Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers and Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne, UCI president Brian Cookson has issued a warning to all of the national federations about the risks of ... → Read More

Sam Bennett Interview: I’d love to ride the Tour de France this year with NetApp Endura

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Irish rider ambitious to get his pro career off to a strong start, has had his best winter training to date

Irish pro Sam Bennett has said that he would jump at the chance to ride the Tour de France in his first year as a pro rider, with a place potentially up for grabs after his NetApp Endura team was given a wildcard to the race today. The German squa... → Read More

IAM Cycling, NetApp Endura, Cofidis and Bretagne – Séché Environnement given Tour de France wildcards

by Shane Stokes - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
ASO also announces invites for Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné

Tour de France organisers ASO have named the four teams that will be given wildcards to this year’s race, confirming that French teams Bretagne – Séché Environnement and Cofidis, the Swiss team IAM Cycling and German squad NetApp Endura will be part ... → Read More

Costa, Martin, Cancellara, Sagan, Cavendish, Kittel and others confirmed for Dubai Tour

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Star-studded line-up for first edition of new race

World road race champion Rui Costa (Lampre Merida) and time trial champ Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step) have both been confirmed amongst a glittering start list for the Dubai Tour, which begins on February 5th and runs for four days. The two ... → Read More

Movistar confirms that 2013 runner-up Quintana will miss Tour de France, will target Giro d’Italia instead

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Valverde to lead Spanish WorldTour team in cycling’s top event, both riders will then ride Vuelta a España

Although Nairo Quintana finished second in his first Tour de France last July and underlined his talent and strong early-season form by winning last week’s Tour de San Luis, his Movistar team has taken the final decision that he will target the Giro ... → Read More

Michele Acquarone interview part III: We were looking into a women’s Milan-Sanremo for 2015, Giro for 2017

by Shane Stokes - Monday, January 27, 2014
Former Giro chief on women’s cycling, redeveloping the men’s calendar and the need to shorten the three Grand Tours

Former RCS Sport COO Michele Acquarone has said that while he was still part of that company, provisional efforts had been put in motion to study the viability of running women’s races alongside major men’s events such as Milan Sanremo and the Giro d... → Read More

Sagan linked to lucrative deal with planned Alonso WorldTour team

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 27, 2014
Italian media claims Slovakian prodigy could earn 3.3 million euro per year

He’s underlined his status as one of the strongest riders in cycling despite his youth, turning 24 yesterday, and now Peter Sagan has been linked with a lucrative move to the new WorldTour team planned by Fernando Alonso. The Slovakian rider, who... → Read More

Quintana beats Gaimon to Tour de San Luis overall win, Modolo takes final stage

by VeloNation Press - Monday, January 27, 2014
2013 Tour de France runner-up already in winning form

He finished second in his first-ever Tour de France last year and now Nairo Quintana has showed that he is already in strong form in 2014, winning his first UCI race of the year. The Movistar team rider finished in the main bunch on yesterday’s f... → Read More

Michele Acquarone Interview Part II: “The judge will decide who is right or wrong, but I am sure that I am right”

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Italian says RCS Sport sacking has damaged his reputation and he can’t find work

A month and a half after he lost his job at RCS Sport and confirmed that he planned to take legal action over the sacking, Michele Acquarone has said that the matter has caused considerable damage to his reputation and, thus far, he has been unable t... → Read More

Triumphant Gerrans turns focus towards Herald Sun Tour after Tour Down Under success

by Shane Stokes - Sunday, January 26, 2014
Orica GreenEdge rider wants third Australian success prior to heading to Europe

Having won the Australian road race championships earlier this month plus his third Santos Tour Down Under today, Simon Gerrans has said that he is focussed on a third major Australian sporting event, where he will hope to take victory prior to flyi... → Read More

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