Armstrong's cycling manager banned for ten years for 'doping involvement'

Lance ArmstrongLondon, Apr 23  : The former cycling manager of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly been handed a ten-year ban for his involvement in doping.

The American cycling legend was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping in 2012, following which he finally admitted using banned substances in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

Australian cyclist wins U23 time-trial world championship

Australian cyclist wins U23 time-trial world championshipSydney, Sep 24 - Australian cyclist Damien Howson has won the world under-23 time-trial title at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Italy.

Howson blitzed the 43km course in 49 minutes 97 seconds, 57 seconds faster than Frenchman Yoann Paillot and won the gold medal in Florence Monday, while Danish top seed Lasse Norman Hansen finished third, reports Xinhua.

"I'm obviously really happy to take away the win," Howson said.

Colombian president lauds national racer in Tour de France

Juan-Manuel-SantosBogota, July 15 : Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos praised cyclist Nairo Quintana for coming in a respectable second place in the gruelling Mont Ventoux mountain stage of the Tour de France, behind Britain's Christopher Froome.

"Congratulations to Nairo Quintana for the second place in the Tour de France stage, which allows him to again take the lead of the young (division)," Santos said via Twitter Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Danish cycling Olympic medallist admits to doping

Rolf-SoerensenCopenhagen, March 19 : Danish cyclist Rolf Soerensen has admitted that he had used blood-boosting EPO and cortisone in the 1990s.

Sorensen won a silver medal in the road race at the 1996 Olympic Games but admitted Monday that he had used performance enhancing drugs during this time, reports Xinhua.

"I used EPO periodically in the 90s," said the 47-year-old Soerensen in a statement.

"I have also in some cases used the substance cortisone.  There is no other excuse than I did what I felt compelled to do to be an equal among peers," he added.

Asian Cycling: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan share honours on day two

Asian-CyclingGreater Noida, March 14 : Uzbekistan's Muradian Halmuratov and Kazakh Daniil Fominykh won a gold each in the road races of the Hero Asian Cycling Championship being held here at the Buddh International Circuit Thursday.

Kazakhstan now lead the standings with two gold medals, as many silver and a bronze.

Hong Kong picked up from where they left off in track events to occupy the second spot with one gold and a bronze in their kitty. Uzbekistan and Mongolia, with a lone gold medal apiece, are tied at third spot.

Cycling should have grown faster in India: UCI chief

Pat-McQuaidNew Delhi, March 11 : International Cycling Union (UCI) chief Pat McQuaid feels that India should have grown faster in the sport after getting a launchpad like the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

McQuaid, here for the Asian Cycling Championships, said India could have done a lot more after getting the infrastructure in place.

Danish cyclist Rasmussen confesses to doping throughout career

Michael-RasmussenSydney, Feb 1 : Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, who was kicked out of the 2007 Tour de France when he was wearing the race leader''s yellow jersey ahead of Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans, has confessed to doping for 12 years.

Rasmussen claimed he has been working together with authorities, including the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), about his drug links and cheating past, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. In a press conference, Rasmussen, who sat alongside his existing team sponsors, Christina and Claus Hembo of Christina Watches-Onfone, also announced that he was quitting the sport immediately.

WADA slams UCI's decision

WADABeijing, Jan 30 : The World Anti-Doping Agency criticised the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for disbanding an independent investigation commission into doping and called it "deceitful".

WADA Wednesday said in a statement that cycling's world governing body "has again chosen to ignore its responsibility" by disbanding the commission examining UCI's handling in the Lance Armstrong doping case, reports Xinhua.

The UCI announced Tuesday that they shut down the commission for lack of support from WADA and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) whose probe led to seven time Tour de France Armstrong's fall from grace late last year.

Armstrong ready to co-operate with agencies to ‘clean up cycling’

Lance-ArmstrongLondon, Jan 26 : Lance Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman has claimed his client is ready to work with the doping agencies to help them clean cycling from the stigma of drugs.

However, Herman said the sport''s governing body and world anti-doping officials should take the lead on that effort, the Sky News reports. Armstrong admitted last week in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he took a variety of performance-enhancing drugs as he won seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong says cancer made him want to 'win at all cost'

Lance-ArmstrongWashington, Jan 18 : Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said in an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that fighting off cancer made him try to "win at all cost" even if it meant taking performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life as the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a scathing report in October last year, condemning him to be the centre of a "sophisticated" doping program while riding for the US Postal Service Team and Discovery Channel team between 1998-2005 in the Tour de France, reports Xinhua.

Beijing Olympic cycling champion Cooke retires

Nicole-CookeLondon, Jan 15 : Britain's cycling Olympic champion Nicole Cooke has announced her retirement from the sport.

Cooke, 29, announced her decision Monday, saying that she was very happy with her career, reports Xinhua.

"I have won every race and more that I dreamed I could win." she said.

Cooke clinched both the Olympic road race and world road race titles in 2008.

She finished 31st in London Olympics last year.(IANS)

No violence in death of Belgian cyclist Vandenbroucke, says report

Frank VandenbrouckeBrussels  - Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, who was found dead in his hotel room in Senegal, did not die as the result of an act of violence, it was reported Friday.

The Belgian news agency Belga quoted Isidor Boye, a doctor who carried out a post-mortem at the Dantec hospital in Senegal's capital Dakar, as saying there was no sign of alcohol or anything to indicate violence had been used.

Toxicological examinations will be carried out in Belgium or France when the body is repatriated.

All 17 retests to 2008 Tour de France return negative results

All 17 retests to 2008 Tour de France return negative resultsParis - The 17 retests of samples taken from the 2008 Tour de France were negative, the head of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), Pierre Bordry, said Wednesday.

"Our aim is not to find something (suspicious)," Bordry told journalists in Paris.

At the conclusion of this year's Tour, the AFLD announced that it would retest the samples of 17 riders for the third-generation blood-doping substance CERA.

In 2008, no test to detect CERA, a new version of the blood booster EPO, had been available. (dpa)

Report: UCI gives Armstrong team special Tour treatment

Paris  - A report charges that Lance Armstrong's Astana cycling team was given "special treatment" by the International Cycling Union (UCI) during this year's Tour de France, the online edition of the daily Le Monde reported Monday.

The daily cites a report drawn up by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) about the way doping tests were administered during the three-week race, in which Armstrong finished third. His Astana teammate Alberto Contador won the race.

According to the 10-page report, Astana riders were given "the latest morning doping tests" and did not respect the requirement to present themselves immediately to AFLD testers on at least one occasion.

Valverde closes in on Vuelta victory

Alejandro ValverdeLa Granja, Spain  - Local hero Alejandro Valverde on Friday closed in on the overall Vuelta victory when he finished second on the 19th stage behind compatriot Juan Jose Cobo.

Australian Cadel Evans finished third on the day.

More importantly than his second place was that Valverde managed to put some distance between himself and Robert Gesink, who went into the day in second place.

Velverde also got a time bonus for finishing second and now has a lead of one minute 26 seconds from Samuel Sanchez, who moved into second past Gesink.

Ireland's Deignan wins stage, Valvedere keeps golden jersey

Alejandro ValverdeAvile, Spain  - Ireland's Philip Deignan on Thursday won the 18th stage of the Vuelta, beating Roman Kreuziger and Jakob Fuglsang into second and third place.

Local favourite Alejandro Valverde, who rides for the Caisse d'Epargne team, managed to hold onto the leaders' golden jersey and now has a 32 second advantage over Dutch Rabobank rider Robert Gesink.

Greipel takes third Vuelta stage win as Valverde defends lead

Alejandro ValverdePuertollano, Spain  - Andre Greipel of Germany secured his third stage win of this year's Tour of Spain when the Team Columbia rider claimed victory in Tuesday's 16th stage from Cordoba to Puertollano.

Greipel prevailed in a mass sprint at the end of the 170- kilometre-long stage from France's William Bonnet.

Spain's Alejandro Valverde continues to head the overall standings after finishing in the peloton to maintain his 31-second lead over Dutchman Robert Gesink and 1:10 minutes over compatriot Samuel Sanchez.

Another Spaniard Jesus Rosendo led a solo break for 140km but was caught by the pack 18km from the finish.

Farrar wins stage, Valverde keeps golden jersey

American Tyler Farrar Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain  - American Tyler Farrar on Wednesday won the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain, with local hero Alejandro Valverde keeping the golden jersey of the overall leader.

The Garmin-Slipstream rider managed to outsprint the chasing pack at the finish, taking the victory from Belgian Philippe Gilbert, with Italian Marco Marcato third.

The American took five hours 11.10 minutes for the 200 kilometre-long stage from Murcia to Caravaca de la Cruz.

Gerrans wins 10th Vuelta stage, Valverde defends overall lead

Gerrans wins 10th Vuelta stage, Valverde defends overall lead Murcia, Spain  - Australian Simon Gerrans won the 10th stage of cycling's Tour of Spain on Tuesday while Alejandro Valverde defended the golden jersey as overall leader.

Gerrans of the Cervelo team edged Ryder Hesjedal of Canada, Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov in a sprint finish at the end of the
171.2-kilometre stage from Alicante to Murcia.

All posted 3 hours 56 minutes 19 seconds, 29 seconds ahead of Adam Hansen of Australia, the nearest of the pursuers.

Spanish delight as Veloso takes stage and Valverde overall lead

Alejandro Valverde Xorret del Cati, Spain  - Gustavo Cesar Veloso claimed the first stage win for hosts Spain on Monday and compatriot Alejandro Valverde became the new overall leader in the Tour of Spain.

The Xacobeo Galicia rider Veloso attacked on the final climb of the ninth stage, a mountain ride over 188 kilometres from Alcoy to Xorret del Cati, to win in 5 hours 21 minutes 4 seconds.

Marco Manzano of Italy trailed by 21 seconds in second place and Valverde held off the other favourites to come third with a late surge, 40 seconds behind the winner.

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