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Giro d’Italia stage winner Belkov hunting more glory in Santos Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Thursday, January 9, 2014
Katusha’s lineup revealed for upcoming WorldTour race

A team almost entirely composed of Russian riders and led by the 2013 Giro d’Italia stage winner Maxim Belkov has been confirmed for the Santos Tour Down Under, which will get underway in twelve days’ time in Adelaide. The Giro stage nine victor ... → Read More

Predictions of eight summit finishes, two individual time trials in leaked 2014 Vuelta a España route

by Shane Stokes - Thursday, January 9, 2014
AS releases what it says are details from Saturday’s launch of race

Two days before the official launch of the route of the 2014 Vuelta a España, Spanish newspaper AS has leaked what it claims are the full details, including eight summit finishes, two short time trials and a conclusion away from the usual finish venu... → Read More

Peter Sagan looking to kickstart a successful 2014 in Tour de San Luis

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Slovakian champion starting in Argentina again as he hopes to repeat last spring’s form

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) will start his 2014 season as he began 2013, at the Tour de San Luis, and hopes that the Argentine race will lead him to similar success this year. Although the Slovakian champion failed to win a stage in San Luis last time -... → Read More

Bjarne Riis suffering from depression over doping allegations

by Ben Atkins - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Danish team manager under pressure since Tyler Hamilton’s 2012 book

Bjarne Riis, the now-former owner of the Tinkoff-Saxo team, has been suffering from pressure and breakdowns for more than a year, which will be outlined in a documentary on Danish TV channel DR1, according to reports in the Scandinavian media. The 4... → Read More

Cannondale Pro Cycling rocks its 2014 launch party in Los Angeles

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Moser shows off vocal cords, Sagan, Basso and others also in attendance

It’s aiming to set itself apart from other teams on the bike, and it did it off the bike as well yesterday evening. The Cannondale Pro Cycling team eschewed the traditional type of launch to host one with a little more swagger and pomp, with the ride... → Read More

Gesink, Bobridge for Belkin in Santos Tour Down Under, Cannondale to feature Viviani and Bennett

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Two more teams confirmed for first World Tour race

He’s won the Tours of California and Oman plus the Grand Prix Montréal and Québec; now Robert Gesink will take on the Santos Tour Down Under in his first competitive event of 2014. The Dutch climber is set to lead the Belkin Pro Cycling team in t... → Read More

NetApp Endura focussing on Tour de France wildcard rather than Giro d’Italia

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Team aiming to be first German squad to ride Tour since 2010

Previously thought to be vying for a place in the Giro d’Italia, the NetApp Endura team will instead focus on riding its first-ever Tour de France this July, thus returning German cycling to the sport’s biggest race. The Pro Continental team conf... → Read More

Hepburn leads Orica GreenEdge podium in Australian TT champs, Wardlaw takes women’s title

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Kerby and Crooks take under 23 gold medals

Getting its national championship campaign off to a superb start, the riders from the Orica GreenEdge team took gold, silver and bronze in the Australian TT champs today. Michael Hepburn defeated Luke Durbridge, the winner in 2012 and 2013, by eleven... → Read More

Mattia Gavazzi parts ways with Androni – Venezuela team

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Rider had twice served suspensions for cocaine use, returned to take four wins in 2013

Last January he roared back into the headlines when he outsprinted Peter Sagan to win the final stage of the Tour de San Luis, successfully returning from battles with cocaine addiction. However a year later his Androni Venezuela team has announced t... → Read More

UCI announces its past will be investigated by new Cycling Independent Reform Commission

by Shane Stokes - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Three commission members finalised and named, goal is to compete work by end of 2014

Almost a year after the UCI under Pat McQuaid shut down the Independent Commission charged with investigating it, new president Brian Cookson has today announced the composition of a new body which will work on the same task. Titled the Cycling In... → Read More

Report: Giant steps in to save Argos-Shimano team after new sponsor withdraws

by VeloNation Press - Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Financial turmoil for squad of quadruple Tour de France stage winner Kittel

Although the Argos Shimano team announced at the end of October that it had agreed a new three year deal with an un-named company and that the future was secure for the team as a result, it has been reported today that agreement collapsed and that Gi... → Read More

Mauro Santambrogio reportedly cooperating with the UCI over EPO positive

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Rider’s B-sample apparently confirmed, despite rumours of “borderline” test

Mauro Santambrogio could well be cooperating with the International Cycling Union (UCI) over his positive test for EPO at last year’s Giro d’Italia, Gazzetta dello Sport reports, as he faces a possible two-year ban from competition. Despite rumours r... → Read More

Past champion Cantwell feeling ‘really, really good’ in advance of Thursday’s Australian criterium nationals

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Drapac Pro Cycling team did mountain training camp rather than riding Mitchelton Bay races

The 2011 Australian criterium champion Jonathan Cantwell has said that he is in top form and very psyched for this year’s edition of the race, which will take place in Ballarat on Thursday evening. The 31 year old rider will be backed by his Drap... → Read More

Thomas states he’s ‘more relaxed’ heading into this year’s Santos Tour Down Under

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
2013 stage winner, race leader and podium finisher says Sky team will play a tactical game

He led the race last year, won a stage and finished a solid third overall, but Geraint Thomas appears to play down his chances slightly for this year’s Santos Tour Down Under. While the Welshman doesn’t expressly rule himself out of contention, h... → Read More

Cannondale Pro Cycling confirms the signing of Jean-Marc Marino

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Frenchman becomes green team’s 28th rider; likely comes along with Sojasun as sponsor

Cannondale Pro Cycling has confirmed that, as rumoured in early December, it has signed Frenchman Jean-Marc Marino for the 2014 season. The 30-year-old from Castres, in the Tarn department of the the Midi-Pyrénées region, is one of the last riders fr... → Read More

Giro d’Italia presents 2014 jerseys designed by Irishman Fergus Niland

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Corsa Rosa announces Oxfam as charity partner

The organiser of the Giro d’Italia, RCS Sport, presented the leaders’ jerseys for the 2014 race, during the Pitti Immagine Uomo event in Florence, Italy, with the four designs created by Irishman Fergus Niland to mark the race’s Belfast and Dubl... → Read More

Valverde still believes it’s possible to win the Tour de France, but promises no clash with Quintana

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Spaniard says he’ll ride for Colombian team-mate if required

He’s won a Vuelta a España but is yet to finish higher than sixth overall in the Tour de France; in addition to that, his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana finished second in his first-ever attempt at the race. However despite those two factors, Alej... → Read More

John-Lee Augustyn returns to professional racing next week, says training has gone ‘really well’

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
With hip resurfacing settled down, South African ready to begin second career with MTN Qhubeka

Set to officially return to professional cycling in six days' time at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon, South African climber John Lee Augustyn has said that he is feeling in good shape despite a recent illness. The climber is coming back to th... → Read More

Santos Tour Down Under: Lineups confirmed for Tinkoff Saxo, and Astana teams

by VeloNation Press - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Sorensen, Sutherland, Veikkanen, Westra and Gasparotto amongst riders announced

The organisers of the Santos Tour Down Under have confirmed the lineup of three of the WorldTour teams which will take part in this month’s event. The rosters for Tinkoff Saxo, and Astana have all been finalised, and are expected to play a big... → Read More

Orica-GreenEdge presents “new look” jersey for 2014 ahead of Australian nationals

by Ben Atkins - Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Craft replaces Santini as supplier for Australian men’s and women’s teams

Orica-GreenEdge and Orica-AIS have presented their new jerseys for 2014, ahead of the Australian national championships and the Santos Tour Down Under. With Swedish manufacturer replacing Italian Santini, who has supplied the team since its inception... → Read More

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