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Rotorua riders named in mountain bike world championship team
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Two Rotorua riders have been named in one of the strongest ever New Zealand teams to contest the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia.Taylor Johnston and Keegan Wright have been named in the 29-strong team to compete... More...
Serial drug cheat Lance Armstrong wades into UCI presidential election debate
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Yellow Jerseys after being unmasked as a serial drug cheat fuelled by banned blood-booster EPO, has waded into the presidential election at world governing body UCI More...
Stomach virus slows Geipel ahead of German championships
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Andre Greipel's Tour de France preparation hit a slight roadblock last week when the reigning German road race champion contracted a stomach virus that kept him from training for several days, although his team doctor says Greipel should be on target when the French Grand Tour starts in Dsseldorf on July 1. "A virus is always unfortunate, but meanwhile things are going well with him," Lotto Soudal team doctor Servaas Bing told Sporza. "He has been sick for a number of days, so we have to adjust his program," Bing said. "Last week he has ridden again as a build-up. His shape will be as it should be in the Tour."ADVERTISEMENT Greipel has 11 career stage wins in the Tour deFrance including his sole win last year on the Champs-Elysees. So far this season he's won four races, including the recent stage 2 at the Giro d'Italia. His other wins came in stages at Paris-Nice and the Volta ao Algarve, and his season opener at the one-day Trofeo Porreres in Spain. Greipel came close to wearing the maglia rosa after winning the Giro's second stage, and he'd obviously like nothing better than to where the yellow jersey after the first road stage from Dsseldorf to Lige. Greipel's pre-Tour program also includes this weekend's German national championships, where the reigning champion is scheduled to vie for his fourth title to add to wins in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Bing indicated Greipel will be on the start line. "It's to be expected and see how it's going to go, but Andre is perfectly professional and he's going to take responsibility," Bing told Sporza. "If he has a chance, he'll be there to go for it." You can read more at More...
Cookson questions Lappartient's 'vision' as he reacts to UCI presidency challenge
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Brian Cookson has reacted to the news that he will be challenged for the next term of UCI presidency by his vice-president David Lappartient, releasing a statement in which he questions the Frenchman's vision for the sport and notes his 'well known personal ambition for the role'. Cookson, formerly president of British Cycling, succeeded Pat McQuaid as UCI president in 2013 and is coming to the end of his four-year team. He has always voiced his desire to serve a second and final term. Lappartient is the former president of the French cycling federation and the European Cycling Union, and has served as vice-president at the UCI, under Cookson, for the past four years. He has long been tipped with a bid for the top job in cycling administration, and launched his candidacy on Tuesday with a new website - - a social media campaign, and a five-pillar project that promises 'real leadership' and 'a real ambition for cycling'.ADVERTISEMENT "Having changed the constitution of the UCI to introduce term limits and improve the election process after the controversial events of four years ago, I respect other people's right to announce their candidature," Cookson wrote in a statement on Tuesday. "I note that so far David Lappartient has not set out very much detail in his plan or any vision he may have beyond his well known personal ambition for the role. I look forward to debating what matters for the future of cycling over the coming months." Lappartient's hat was thrown into the ring just 24 hours before the deadline for candidacy registration, though it wouldn't have come as a huge surprise to the Cookson camp. You can read more at More...
Tour de France combativity award to be voted via Twitter - News shorts
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Social media users will get a bigger say in the winner of this year's Prix de la combativit or most aggressive rider competition at the Tour de France. New rules allow further nominations via the social media platform Twitter on the two rest days and a final vote on the most aggressive rider in the race on the final day in Paris. A jury of esteemed French journalists and race technical director Thierry Gouvenou will still decide the Prix de la combativit on a daily basis. However, anyone can vote for the two rest day 'super-combatif' riders from first two weeks of the race. The rider who secures the most retweets will be declared as the winner and so nominated for the final vote. Peter Sagan won the super-combatif prize last year, beating Romain Bardet, who finished third overall behind Chris Froome.ADVERTISEMENT Mrkv and Bystrm left out of Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France squad Alexander Kristoff has said he was surprised to find out that fellow Norwegian and key lead out man Michael Mrkv has not been selected for the Katusha-Alpecin Tour de France team. The full Katusha-Alpecin line up has yet to be confirmed, but Norwegian media reported the absence of Mrkv and Sven Erik Bystrm on Monday, suggesting the tension between Kristoff and team management as one of the possible reasons. Mrkv explained that the Tour de France had been on his original race programme, while Kristoff admitted he had not been contacted about the line up for the Tour de France. The relationship between Kristoff and Katusha appeared strained in May when the rider told the media that the team were not happy with his weight. WADA gives UCLA anti-doping Laboratory partial suspension Take our big sports survey to be in with a chance of winning one of ten prizes, each worth 100! You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong's lawyers want LeMond and Betsy Andreu to be excluded as witnesses in fraud trial
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lance Armstrongs legal team has requested that Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu be excluded from providing evidence as part of the US federal governments fraud case against him, which is due to go to trial in November. Armstrongs attorneys are also seeking to prevent USADAs 2012 Reasoned Decision, which detailed his doping and saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France wins, from being presented as evidence in the case. The federal government is suing Armstrong on behalf on the US Postal Service, which is seeking the return of the $32.3 million that Armstrongs team received in sponsorship between 2000 and 2004. The final figure could be tripled under the False Claims Act if it is decreed that the sponsorship was obtained fraudulently due to Armstrongs doping. As the whistle blower in the federal case, Floyd Landis stands to receive a portion of the damages if the governments case is successful.ADVERTISEMENT According to USA Today, Armstrongs attorneys from the Keker Van Nest & Peter firm have filed documents objecting to LeMond and Andreu serving as witnesses in Novembers trial. LeMond and Andreu were among those to accuse Armstrong of doping long before his belated confession in January 2013. While LeMond is well-versed in the prevalence of doping throughout the sport during the relevant time period (1997-2004) and still owns the record for the fastest time trial in Tour de France history, he has no personal knowledge regarding Armstrong, the USPS sponsorship agreement, or invoices submitted for sponsorship payments, Armstrongs legal team wrote of LeMond. A similar objection was lodged against Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrongs former teammate Frankie. She has been and remains a long-time vocal critic of Armstrong, appearing on television whenever possible to criticize him, and attributing to Armstrong her husbands lack of greater success in his career after being a cyclist, Armstrongs attorneys wrote. She has no relevant testimony to offer and she should not be permitted to testify in this case, or use it as a soapbox for impugning Armstrongs character. You can read more at More...
David Lappartient launches candidacy for UCI presidency
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former French Cycling Federation president David Lappartient has confirmed that he will stand against Brian Cookson for the role of UCI President, sparking a new power struggle for the most important political role in the sport. Elections are due to take place on September 21 during the UCI road World Championships in Norway. Cookson defeated Pat McQuaid in 2013 to secure his first term as UCIpresident but now faces a serious challenge if he wants a second four-year term.Lappartient is the current UCI vice-president and president of the European Cycling Union.ADVERTISEMENT Cookson had expected to stand unopposed but Lappartient has revealed his candidacy 24 hours before the June 21 deadline. He has created a website that includes details of his five-point programme and immediately started a social media campaign. Cookson launched his six-point manifesto on June 2. After deep thinking and reflections I have made the decision to be a candidate for the Presidency of UCI at the September 21st Congress, in Bergen " Norway, Lappartient said in a statement on the website. Like you, I have great passion for cycling and I want to serve our sport at the highest level. I have always voiced my concerns on the various challenges I have witnessed at UCI, and as a vice-President of the organization, I have been made aware of a number of issues that must be urgently addressed if cycling is to remain a credible sport. It is crucial that we have at UCI a President with a real leadership, who is truly engaged and with a clear vision for cycling. I have these qualities and the credentials it take to lead UCI. You can read more at More...
Moscon moves on after racism ban: 'My conscience is clear, I accepted the punishment'
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Team Skys Gianni Moscon was back in action at the recent Route du Sud race after serving his six-week suspension for racist comments to FDJs Kevin Reza at home in Italy. He is not due to ride the Tour de France but will target this weekends Italian national championships and then make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana in August. The 23-year-old Italian finished second behind Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) on Saturdays tough mountain stage to Gavarnie Gedre that included the climb of the Tourmalet. He finished seventh overall at the Route du Sud, 5:38 down on overall winner Silvan Dillier (BMC). Moscon impressed during the cobbled Classics in April, finished fifth overall at Paris-Roubaix. The racist incident with Reza occurred at the Tour de Romandie with video footage showing the two arguing after teammate Elia Viviani won the third stage to Payerne. Team Sky kept Moscon in the Swiss race, but he then travelled to Manchester for a disciplinary hearing.ADVERTISEMENT Moscon was given a formal written warning and suspended from racing for six weeks, and was due to attend a "diversity awareness course, according to a statement from Team Sky. He apologised to Kevin Reza after the stage and again to him and his team the following morning, and this apology was accepted, Team Sky explained at the time. Gianni knows that there is no excuse for his behaviour and that any repeat will result in termination of his contract. Targeting the Tricolore and then the Vuelta a Espana You can read more at More...
Damiano Caruso hopes Tour de Suisse display is a turning point
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Damiano Caruso(BMC)believes his second place finish at the Tour de Suisse could mark a turning point in his career, though the Italian reiterated that his sole duty in July will be to support Richie Porte in his bid to win the Tour de France. With Porte deployed at the Critrium du Dauphin, Caruso was handed the reins of team leadership for the Tour de Suisse, where he held the yellow jersey for two days and then placed third in Sundays concluding time trial to secure second place, 48 seconds behind Simon Spilak (Katsha-Alpecin). "I havent been a winner up to now but Ive often gone strongly. Now Ive changed and I have a dream: to go to the Tour de France in the jersey of Italian national champion," Caruso told La Gazzetta dello Sport, indicating his determination to win the 'tricolore' national champion's jersey this weekend before traveling to Dusseldorf for the Grand Dpart.ADVERTISEMENT This years Tour de France will be just the third of Carusos career. The Sicilian spent part of May training at altitude with Porte, who confirmed his status as one of the principal favourites for Tour victory after winning the Tour de Romandie and placing second at the Dauphin. With Tejay van Garderen and possibly Rohan Dennis both absent, Caruso will be Porte's key lieutenant in the high mountains. "Im setting off to be completely by his side, and then if the road presents an opportunity, Ill try to take it," Caruso said. At the Vuelta, on the other hand, Ill go for the win. But its early to talk about that. First theres the Tour, and thats already a lot. A professional since 2009, Caruso has just one win to his name " a stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali in 2013 " but he placed 8th overall at the 2015 Giro and performed strongly at last years Tour de France as part of Portes guard. Dennis casts doubt on Tour de France start You can read more at More...
Gilbert, Izaguirre, Spilak climb WorldTour ranking after Tour de Suisse
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Philippe Gilbert has moved into the top five of the UCI WorldTour rankings and Ion Izaguirre into the top 10 as Greg Van Avermaet stays well out in front after the Tour de Suisse. The race was Van Avermaets first WorldTour outing since Liege-Bastogne-Liege in late April and, despite finishing no higher than 15th on stage 3, he makes it three months at top spot thanks to the lead he built up over the spring. Gilbert moves from sixth to fifth at the expense of Team Skys Michal Kwiatkowski thanks to his stage 2 victory. He earned 60 points for that win and added another 20 by finishing in the top 30 overall.ADVERTISEMENT Peter Sagans two stage wins werent enough to propel him up the standings, and he remains locked in ninth. Izaguirre flopped on stage 4 but fought back to finish third on stage 6, second on stage 7, and fourth overall. Previously 13th, he jumps into 10th, pushing down Alberto Contador, Sergio Henao, and Thibaut Pinot. The rest of the top 10 is made up of riders who didnt add to their tallies in the past week. Tom Dumoulin, fourth, abandoned the race, while most others had instead raced the Critrium du Dauphin the previous week. You can read more at More...
Poels upbeat about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad
June 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Wout Poels is optimistic about securing a place in Team Skys Tour de France squad after returning to racing at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees following a knee injury. The Dutchman had not raced since the Ruta del Sol in early February. His knee pain meant he was unable to defend his 2016 victory at Lige-Bastogne-Lige, and his chances of riding in support of Chris Froome initially seemed slim. However, Poels is considered one of Froomes key support riders in the mountains after helping him win the Tour in 2015 and 2016. Poels has now been back in full training for several weeks and is hoping the Team Sky management will trust him to come good in the mountain stages of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT "I confident that Im in [the Tour de France squad]. The progression Ive made in recent weeks is clear to see. As a domestique for Froome, I dont need to be good from the first day. I need to be fresh to work in the third week, in the Alps, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report Poels as saying after he finished 41st overall at the Route de Sud. Competition for the nine places in Team Skys squad for the Tour de France is intense, with 13 riders on a long list. Chris Froome is targeting a fourth victory and will need strong support as he competes against Richie Porte (BMC), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Geraint Thomas and Michal Kwiatkowski are expected to play key supporting roles for Froome, with Peter Kennaugh, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa all under consideration as mountain domestiques. Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Christian Knees, Vasil Kiryienkaand several other riders are in line for domestique duty on the flatter stages. You can read more at More...
Spilak eschews Grand Tours despite Tour de Suisse win - News Shorts
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Spilak gave Katusha-Alpecin one of two stage race victories this week: while the Slovenian sealed the overall Tour de Suisse for the second time in his career with a solid final time trial, across Europe his teammate Jose Goncalves won the Ster ZLM Toer. While the Tour de Suisse is often used as a warm-up and form check for the Tour de France, Spilak has no such ambitions, and his next race will be the Tour of Poland. "No Grand Tours for me since 2014 " this is my own decision," Spilak said. "I prefer stage races of six to 10 days. Of course, it would be nice to win a Tour de France stage or to become world champion."ADVERTISEMENT Spilak pulled out his winning margin in the race with a strong ride to the summit at Slden on stage 7, heading into the final time trial with a rather comfortable 52-second lead on BMC's Damiano Caruso. Despite suffering in the heat of the day, Spilak lost just four seconds to his Italian rival. "This was a very hard day and difficult TT," Spilak said. "It was harder than we expected. We did our recon of the route in the morning. By this afternoon it was so hot, but I am so happy. "I am happy for my teammates, too. All week all of them did such a great job. Temperature is my biggest enemy here in Suisse, but I beat the heat this time." You can read more at More...
Tour de Suisse stage 9 time trial start times
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) will be hoping to close out his second overall victory in three years at the Tour de Suisse on the final time trial stage. The Slovenian has a good record on Swiss soil and goes into the stage with a comfortable 52-second lead over Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) in the general classification, with Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) sitting a further 13 seconds back. Spilak will be the last rider down the ramp at 16:53 local time, while Jonathan Dibben will kick start proceedings over two and a half hours earlier at 14:20. Giro dItalia winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), who would have been a stage favourite, abandoned the race earlier in the week following a busy racing schedule, but there are several riders waiting in the wings as they look for one final victory to close out the race. After taking the win on the opening day time trial, Rohan Dennis is the clear favourite for the stage win. He has kept his nose relatively clean throughout the week and will want another win for his palmares. Dennis will set off at 15:00 local time.ADVERTISEMENT Other riders to look out for are Ryan Mullen (14:28), Taylor Phinney (14:30), Lasse Norman Hansen (14:33), Stefan Kung (15:47), Tejay van Garderen (16:07) and Ion Izagirre (16:39). At 28.6km, the time trial is the longest at the Tour de Suisse since 2011 and should give an opportunity for some to climb the rankings. A short, sharp climb at the 20-kilometre mark will help some of the climbers limit their losses, but with a predominantly flat course it is one for the power riders. You can read more at More...
Majka: I'm ready for the Tour de France
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Weeks of altitude training played dividends for Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) as he rode to victory on the Queen stage of the Tour of Slovenia. The Polish champion had the bettering of Bahrain-Meridas Giovanni Visconti to move himself into the race lead with just one sprint stage to come. Majka tried several times to get away on the final climb, first attacking with just under nine kilometres to go. He was initially joined by Jack Haig (Orica-Scott) before Visconti bridged the gap. Majka tried again and again, but he was consistently shadowed by Haig, while Visconti was able to chase back on each time. In the end, Majka had to rely on his sprint, overtaking Visconti who had gone with 500 metres to go. The three-second gap to the Italian plus a few bonus seconds gives Majka a seven-second lead in the overall classification going into the final day of racing. After his win, Majka said that he was ready to take on the Tour de FranceADVERTISEMENT First I have to say thanks to my teammates. They did an excellent job, also the past two days, said Majka. I attacked early because I didnt know the climb and didnt want to take any risk. Nobody wanted to cooperate, so I tried it several times. In the end, I took the win, and that is important. I am very happy, not just for this win, also because this was a good test after three weeks training in the Sierra Nevada. I think I am ready now for the Tour. The Tour of Slovenia is Majkas final race before the Tour de France next month after last competing at the Tour of California in May, where he finished second overall. Majka has twice won the mountains classification at the Tour, but his best finish in the GC is 28th. He has taken three top-10 finishes at the Giro dItalia and claimed his first Grand Tour podium at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana. Majkas Tour of Slovenia victory began a good day for the Bora-Hansgrohe squad, who also took to the top step when Peter Sagan won stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse. You can read more at More...
Watch the Tour de Beauce final stage live streaming
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Silber's Alec Cowan leads the overallTour de Beauce by 26 seconds, but is sure to come under attack on a hilly and technical final city circuit stage in St.Georges. You can watch all of the action live streaming on Cyclingnews for the first time in the history of the race. The action begins at 10:50EDT.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at More...
Dillier surprised by chance to win Route du Sud overall
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Before the Route du Sud, BMC's Silvan Dillier says, "if somebody had told me before the race that I was going to be going for the general classification at Route du Sud, I would have told them that they were crazy". But after the 26-year-old staged a valiant solo chase through the Pyrenees to move into the race lead by one second, the possibility to prevail on Sunday has become a distinct reality. Should he emerge victorious, it will be the first stage race victory for the Swiss rider, who last month racked up his first Grand Tour stage win at the Giro d'Italia. Dillier started stage 3 of the Route du Sud in second place on GC at 24 seconds, and entered into a large breakaway that escaped 20 kilometres into the tame first half of the race's queen stage.ADVERTISEMENT With overnight leader Julien Loubet (Armee de Terre) distanced, Dillier took the race by its scruff by taking out the first intermediate sprint to deduct three seconds from his deficit to Loubet in the overall standings. When riders who were not in the hunt for the general classification escaped in the decidedly more rigorous second half of the stage, on the category 1 Col du Tourmalet, Dillier went after them. A frantic chase down the last descent and the Swiss rider joined Team Sky's Gianni Moscon and Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac), taking another three-second bonus at the foot of the final climb. "The first objective was to make the breakaway today to get some bonus seconds and points for the sprint jersey, and then I took it climb by climb to see where I ended up at the top and how much I could get back on the descents," Dillier explained. You can read more at More...
Rolland soars to Route du Sud victory in the Pyrenees
June 18, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Pierre Rolland shook off any leftover fatigue from the Giro d'Italia, and just three weeks after his triumph in Canazei, the Cannondale-Drapac rider was at it again, soaring to a summit stage win at Gavarnie-Gdre on the queen stage of the Route du Sud. The Frenchman had lost almost six minutes on the opening stage, and finished next to last on stage 2, another 5:36 behind the stage winner Elia Viviani, but when the road tilted upward over the Col du Tourmalet, Rolland found his legs and rode away from all of his breakaway companions except Gianni Moscon (Sky). When BMC's Silvan Dillier joined them on the final climb, Rolland saw his opportunity, and attacked with 4km to go and soloed to the stage win.ADVERTISEMENT "We never had a big advantage because there was Silvan Dillier from BMC, who was only 20 seconds back to the GC,"Rolland said. "We approached the last climb with little advantage, but I just told myself that I had not done it all for nothing so I'm going as fast as possible. Rolland was part of a large breakaway that escaped even before the day's first climb of the Col du Tourmalet, the nearly 25km long category 1 ascent that serves as a Tour de France gauge of fitness. As their lead began to dwindle, Rolland attacked and drew out Moscon and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), but the latter could not hang onto the pace and dropped back. Moscon and Rolland fought on the descent and the next climb, the category 2 Gaberisse, to fend off the chase from Dillier, but he finally made contact on the final category 1 climb, just before Rolland's final, successful surge. You can read more at More...
Sagan shows sprint form with record 15th Tour de Suisse stage
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
When Peter Sagan joined the up-and-coming Bora-Hansgrohe squad for its first WorldTour season, there were doubts as to whether the team was up to the task of leading out the world champion against other, more established, sprint squads. But on stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse, the team demonstrated that it was more than capable of supporting Sagan, and he in turn showed that his speed is on target ahead of his Tour de France green jersey defence. It wasn't a typical run-in on a short, fast, technical circuit in Schaffhausen, but the green helmets and black jerseys of Bora-Hansgrohe could be seen at the front of the race consistently as the kilometers ticked down. On the final lap, Marcus Burghardt marked a dangerous move containing Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Cannondale-Drapac) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb), and then reeled in a counter-attack from Trek's Fabio Felline. Into the final kilometers, Sagan was led by his teammates and then finished off their work with a commanding victory over Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) - extending his record of career stage wins in the Tour de Suisse to 15.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a very good day for us and once again I have to thank my teammates for their strong effort," Sagan said. "We were practically the only ones to control the race today, so they did an excellent job. I'm happy for my second stage win this year " my fifteenth overall. The Tour de Suisse is a race I like, although it's too early to talk about next year. I hope I can come back." Directeur sportif Jan Valach was suitably proud of the team's work and the outcome on the day. "Today's excellent victory for Peter Sagan was the result of perfect teamwork by every single rider of the team," Valach said. "The stage started with a very strong pace, and our plan from the morning was to be in control from the outset. We put riders in the front from the first metres with the aim of also being able to assess this very fast and technical circuit. "Juraj Sagan was the first to pull hard in the front, followed by Michael Kolar. In the last lap, it was up to Jay McCarthy, Maciej Bodnar and Marcus Burghardt to do the tough job. Jay was brilliant and closed nearly one minute on the breakaway on his own. He had incredible legs. We are happy to see how Peter got off in the final sprint and I think he showed he has very good form." You can read more at More...
Spanish court stops identification of Operacion Puerto athletes
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The names of the owners of the 211 blood bags uncovered as part of Operacion Puerto may never be known after a Spanish court issued a clarification letter earlier this week. A year on from the decision to release the blood bags to the anti-doping authorities, the Provincial Court of Madrid wrote a letter of clarification. It said that the blood bags were only passed over to the authorities to verify if they belonged to athletes with open cases, rather than begin disciplinary proceedings. The letter comes after Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the centre of the scandal who was accused of blood doping athletes, issued a request for the blood bags be returned to him and that the identities of their owners remain a secret. Fuentes said that the publication of the names violates the right of privacy and confidentiality derived from the doctor-patient relationship. While the court denied Fuentes request for the return of the items, but as there are no open cases the identities of the athletes cannot be made public. The ruling will be a blow to the anti-doping authorities.ADVERTISEMENT Operacion Puerto has been rumbling on since 2006 after police raids on the office of Fuentes. Several cyclists were identified as patients of Fuentes from the documentation kept by the doctor, however, the blood bags uncovered were held as evidence by the Spanish authorities. Following the Operacion Puerto trial in 2013, where Fuentes was given a one-year suspended sentence and banned from working as a doctor for four years, the court ruled that the blood bags be destroyed. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the UCI and others appealed the decision and eventually won their case in 2016. The original sentence handed down to Fuentes was also overturned. Quickly after gaining possession of the blood bags, the owners of each of them had been identified. However, the length of the trial and subsequent appeal meant that the statute of limitation " eight years " had long passed. This left the authorities with a legal conundrum as they could not prosecute any of the athletes. You can read more at More...
Siutsou out of Tour de France after fracturing leg
June 17, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Kanstantsin Siutsou will miss the Tour de France as he has to undergo surgery following a crash on stage 2 of the Tour de Slovenie. Siutsou fractured his left femoral bone when he came down on the second descent of the day and was taken to hospital. Doctors confirmed that he had suffered a leg fracture that it will require immediate surgery according to his Bahrain-Merida team. After the return from the hospital team doctor Marjan Kori informed us that Kanstantsin needed to be urgently operated, a team statement read. He has a complicated fracture of the left femoral bone. In the next few days, we will be able to give more information about the surgery prospective view for the future.ADVERTISEMENT Kanstantsin Siutsous injury will have consequences not only for this race but most of all for Tour de France. We wish Kanstantsin to recover soon and to return on the bike and races as soon as possible. It wasnt the best of stages for the Bahrain-Merida team, who also saw Luka Pibernik go down as torrential rain hammered down on the peloton in the final 30 kilometres. Piberniks incident occurred on the run to the line as a flurry of crashes happened on the slippery roads. The result was a stitch to his left elbow and three to his shin. Unlike his teammate, Pibernik was able to continue. Sonny Colbrelli avoided crashing himself, but he was forced to navigate stricken riders and could only manage seventh in the chaotic finale. You can read more at More...

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