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Giro d'Italia fills Boeing 747 cargo plane with bikes and equipment bound for Israel
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Giro d'Italia begins on Friday with a 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem but the logistical operation for the first ever Grand Tour start outside of Europe began on Monday with a Boeing 747 cargo plane transporting equipment and the 22 teams' bikes from Italy to Israel. A first wave of staff is also travelling to Israel today before the riders and the rest of the race caravan arrive on Tuesday evening. All the equipment will also be flown the 2000km from Israel to Sicily next Sunday when the Giro dItalia transfers from Israel to Catania for the remaining stages in Italy. The riders and race caravan will travel to Sicily on four charter flights on Monday ready for when the Giro d'Italia starts again on Tuesday with stage 4 to Caltagirone.ADVERTISEMENT Giro dItalia organiser RCS Sport has been planning the complex logistical operation for months, liaising with teams at regular intervals. Fortunately the growing number of races held outside Europe mean teams are used to flying long distances to races and operating without their usual infrastructure. The teams have reportedly been paid bigger race fees to cover their own extra expenses for the Israel Grande Partenza. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, each team will take a tonne of bikes and equipment to Israel, with space for a total of 880 bikes and 2700 wheels. Each of the 175 riders rider will probably have up to five bikes (three roads bikes and two time trial bikes). Teams will also transport the mechanics tools and equipment, massage tables, extra clothing, food and drinks for race, spare parts and even turbo trainers so riders can warm-up for Fridays time trial. Everything else has been sourced in Israel, with RCS Sports usual race equipment and each teams buses and cars greeting the race in Catania. Teams will be provided with a truck for the mechanics, a minibus for the riders, a truck for equipment and four team cars in Israel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Sunweb secure long-term future with indefinite sponsorship agreement
April 30, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sunweb have secured their long-term future, signing an unprecedented new agreement with title sponsor Sunweb that will see the holiday company back the team on an indefinite basis. Sunweb signed up as lead title sponsor of the German-registered team from 2017, and when that contract expires at the end of the 2019 season, a new, unlimited rolling deal will come into force. If the two parties decide to terminate the agreement at any point, it would still run for two full years, plus the remainder of the year in which the release clause was triggered. Tom Dumoulin extended his contract with the team until 2022 last summer after winning the 2017 Giro d'Italia. The team's current rosters include Michael Matthews, Wilco Kelderman, Coryn Rivera, Ellen van Dijk and Lucinda Brand.ADVERTISEMENT "We keep shaping our future with our new Sunweb agreement and that's a big compliment to the team, which I am extremely proud of," said Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink. "With this stability, our organizational focus can shift to many, many years into the future. It offers us the opportunity to not only think long-term but also to actually shape our future, ultimately becoming a durable elite cycling establishment for both men and women." There is no shortage of evidence when it comes to the precarious nature of the business model that underpins professional cycling teams; Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream Sports set-up came close to folding last year, while the BMC Racing team are currently looking for backing to keep the team afloat in 2019 and beyond. Overcoming loss of sponsorship, building for the future You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Former ski jumper Roglic wins Tour of Romandie
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " Primoz Roglic won the Tour of Romandie title on Sunday, giving the Slovenian former ski jumper his second stage-race victory in April.Roglic protected his lead over Egan Bernal " in a stage won by sprint specialist... More...
Richie Porte: Its crunch time to find a sponsor
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte has reiterated that its now crunch time as BMC Racing look to secure their future beyond this year. Porte, who finished third overall at the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season, with BMC yet to confirm if they will support a WorldTour team in 2019. In February, Porte told Cyclingnews that the team had until May to finalise their plans before he began looking at other team options for next year. After wrapping up third at Romandie, Porte also confirmed that he is unlikely to return to the Tour Down Under in 2019. The Australian has made that race his season-opener over the last few years, winning the overall in 2017, and six stages over the years. The immediate future, however, will revolve around his contractual situation with BMC Racing.ADVERTISEMENT I dont want to lie, it is a little bit stressful. We ride our bikes and it is the managements job to find a sponsor for us next year. It would be sad to see BMC go. Theyre a great team and Ive had a great couple of years here. Now is crunch time, he told Cyclingnews. When asked if he had already received offers from rival teams, Porte added: To be honest Im not sure. Youd have to ask my manager Andrew McQuaid. Ive not had much contact with him this week. Hes let me do my race but fingers crossed theres a BMC team next year. It hurts to have lost Andy Rihs last week. This team was his passion and we want to keep that going. Portes Romandie result signifies his best result of the season since the Tour Down Under in January. The Australian was hit by flu when returning to Europe and missed Tirreno-Adriatico as a result. With just the Tour de Suisse on his programme between now and the Tour de France, Romandie represents a significant step forward. Tour Down Under You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roglic looking to target three-week races after Tour de Romandie win
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) has said that he would like to target three-week races after he claimed his second consecutive general classification win this season at the Tour de Romandie. A late-comer to cycling after starting his sporting career in ski jumping, Roglic says that it will take time to turn him into a Grand Tour rider. The Swiss race victory comes just a couple of weeks after he beat Mikel Landa (Movistar) to win the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. At Romandie, he held his own against a very strong Egan Bernal (Team Sky) to best him by just eight seconds in the overall standings. For sure I would like to give myself a try for the biggest races in cycling but as we all know it doesnt come overnight or in one season, you have to give it time, Roglic said after the Tour de Romandies final stage. This year was really focused. I already saw last year that I could be really close in one-week races and this year I really focused on trying to win those races. For sure, in the future, I will try on those races.ADVERTISEMENT Roglic has ridden just two Grand Tours since turning professional in 2016, after starting the Giro dItalia just months into his debut season. He returned the faith of his team by coming within a second of victory in the prologue before going on to win the main time trial. Last year, he rode the Tour de France for the first time and came home with a stage win after a long-range solo break that included a trip over the Col du Galibier. He will ride the Grand Boucle again this season, but will first take some time to himself after a busy start to the season. First holidays and then I will do the Tour of Slovenia and then the Tour de France, he said, adding after he was asked of his ambitions for the Tour de France, I have been doing what I wanted for this season. I have achieved my goal with Pais Basque and now with Romandie, but still, I think of course there are really big challenges coming. Of course, I will try to take some rest and not think about cycling too much and then I will focus on trying to be at my best at the Tour de France. With two major victories under his belt this season, Roglic says that there is still plenty for him to work on, particularly his positioning and jostling in the bunch. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Fuglsangs class, Bernals promise and Roglics resolve - Romandie Podcast
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In our final instalment of the Cyclingnews podcast from the Tour de Romandie, we hear from stage 4 winner Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and climbing sensation Egan Bernal (Team Sky). With one stage to go, Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) leads Bernal by eight seconds, with last years winner Richie Porte (BMC Racing) rounding out the podium. Philippa York and Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson look back at Saturdays key mountain stage and analyse the performances from the top GC riders. We discuss why Fuglsang has enjoyed such a successful 12 months, where BMCs Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte go from here, and the future of Bernal and Roglic's Grand Tour ambitions. We also hear from the Colombian and Fuglsang, before concluding our final podcast from this years race.ADVERTISEMENT The Cyclingnews podcast is brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dennis and Porte continue to show good signs at Romandie
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
BMC Racing pair, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis finished fifth and sixth respectively on the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie, with both riders solidifying their top-10 places ahead of Sundays final stage. Initially, neither rider was able to live with the attacks from Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) on the final ascent of the day but Porte latched onto the leaders on the descent towards the finish in Sion and finished fifth on the stage, with Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) taking the win. Dennis finished over a minute down, leading home a group of climbers that included Pierre Latour and Jaime Roson. The result leaves Porte in third overall, with Dennis four places back in seventh. Although both riders are targeting different races this season " Dennis will lead at the Giro dItalia and Porte at the Tour de France " they both put in respectable performances.ADVERTISEMENT I was hoping that wouldnt have to go as deep as I did today, Dennis told Cyclingnews as he warmed down on the rollers outside the BMC Racing team bus. Tomorrow is still going to be tough. Its still Romandie and its always aggressive even if the profile doesnt say it. Im sure it will be tough. And then its about recovery before the Giro. I tried to sit on a pace that I could hold until the top and not completely explode. I eventually ground my way back towards the front group just before the top, which in the end wasnt really that important because nearly everyone came back. In the end, Bernal and Roglic were too strong for everyone on the climbs and if they wanted to I think they could have gone 1-2 by themselves. Porte came into the race needing a morale-boosting performance after a spring that was blighted by flu and mediocre results. He finished third in the key uphill time trial at Villars, and while he could not initially respond to Bernals powerful attacks on Les Collons he set his own pace and made it into the lead group on the descent. He will not be able to defend his 2017 Romandie crown, with Roglic set to seal that on Sunday, but the Australian has shown enough to indicate that his Tour de France challenge is back on track. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Westra admits using TUEs for performance enhancement
April 29, 2018 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new book coming out next week, former pro Lieuwe Westra says he used cortisone regularly during his career and that he relied on Therapeutic Use Exemptions from the UCI to get past anti-doping tests.Coritsones are forbidden for use in competition without a TUE. In an article in the Leeuwarder Courant posted Saturday morning, Westra is quoted as saying in the book that he had used knee pain as an excuse to obtain TUEs that allowed him to target cortisone use during Important peak times in his season. "The medical certificate I received often with a feigned injury, for example an inflammation in the knee," Westra says in the book. "It took years to recover an injury to the knee.ADVERTISEMENT "I shot it in my own body to cycle faster, to grab prizes, to receive compliments.In my first professional year it became clear to me that with only hard training no victories were achieved," Westra admits in the book. "If you wanted to join the big boys, you had to look up the limits of the permissible.'' Written by author Thomas Sijtsma, the book,The Beast, the cycling life of Lieuwe Westra, tells the story of Westra's time in the peloton, where he rode from 2006 through 2016 and then retired following three seasons with Astana. Westra chronicles his battles with alcohol and depression as well as his use of cortisone. In the book, Westra says he is lucky his pro career started after the EPO era had faded. "I am happy today that my professional career started in 2009 [with Vacansoleil - ed.]," Westra says. "Had I made the switch from the amateurs before, the temptation would have been too strong for me. My hand would have grabbed to EPO or a variant of it. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dan Martin climbs Tour de Romandie standings after strong time trial ride
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) put in a more than respectable ride to finish eighth in the uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. The result catapulted him up the overall standing to eighth, 1:42 down on race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo), and with a morale-boosting performance behind him the Irishman is focused on Saturdays last decisive stage for GC. Martin briefly held the hot seat during Fridays 9.9km test to Villars, but was eventually pushed down the standings, with Team Skys Egan Bernal winning the stage and moving into second on GC. Martin paced his effort up the climb, and although he finished 1:28 behind the young Colombian, he was more than content with his ride. Its been a tough few weeks for the Irishman, who raced all three races in the Ardennes, before arriving in Switzerland. Its funny, and I didnt want to tempt fate, because my first big result as a rider U23 was in a 10km uphill time trial in the Alps. That was definitely going through my mind this morning, but so too was just how tired I was from Liege. I had a really bad day on Thursday, but I woke up better today. If someone beats my time, thats okay but I paced it really well and thats all you can do, Martin told Cyclingnews after briefly leading the stage standings.ADVERTISEMENT Im happy. I came here knowing that it would be hard after the Classics, but with this stage being the deciding one in the general classification, it was a real opportunity to come here and get a result. When the route was announced we decided to come and do it, because of this time trial. As has been documented in virtually every single interview and article on Martin since the turn of the year, he moved teams from Quick-Step Floors to UAE Team Emirates over the winter. The transition has taken time, as most do, and Martin has been beset with bad luck and illness at times. He has not yet reached his best condition or turned in a race-winning performance, but the former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner is remaining patient. Form is a bit unknown. It shows up but Ive been a bit unfortunate this year. Im also learning to work with these guys. I had a really good day at Liege but like at the final day at Catalunya, I was caught out by bad luck. Paris-Nice was the same. I was feeling good and then got sick. The most important thing is that were learning all the time. Were building towards July, and ironing out mistakes is a two-way thing. I knew that it was going to be a big change coming to this team but were getting there. I feel good here, and hopefully we can try and improve our GC. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Richie Porte shows improving form in Romandie TT
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) put in his best performance since the Tour Down Under to finish third in the mountain time trial at the Tour de Romandie. The Australian finished behind stage winner Egan Bernal (Team Sky) and race leader Primoz Roglic (LottoNL Jumbo) and climbed to third overall as a result. But while Porte was leading the race at the 4.4km time check, with around 2,000m to go on the 9.9km climb, he began to crack. Despite the late wobble, the 2017 Tour de Romandie champion is back on course for a podium on Sunday " a much-needed result after two months of illness and resulting poor form. "I felt good until about 2km to go and then I exploded but I was happy to finish off how I did. All of us are extra motivated with the passing of team owner Andy Rihs last week. It's nice to come to his backyard and have a good ride. I'm happy," Porte said at the line. The Australian was on his way to the proverbial hot seat when first Bernal and then Roglic nudged him down to third but Porte was pleased with his effort. On Thursday he told Cyclingnews that he needed to use the time trial in order to lay down a marker ahead of the Tour de France. Although there is still plenty of ground still to make up, Porte has certainly shown signs of improvement.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a strong ride but normally I don't think that I would have blown up as badly as I did with 2km to go. The team has been great and we're motivated to finish off the race well," he said. Before making his way down the climb from Villars, Porte added that his enforced time on the sidelines due to illness could prove to be a blessing in disguise, as he looks to peak his form for July. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but the Australian is at least moving in the right direction. "It's nice to do well at Tour Down Under and normally it's the early part of the season when I'm going the strongest. To get sick like I did and scrub some form off maybe isn't such a bad thing for July." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de Romandie: Mountain time trial analysis - Podcast
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In tonight's episode of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, we look back at an exciting stage 3 at the Tour de Romandie. The stage was won by Egan Bernal of Team Sky, while Primoz Roglic finished second, and just held onto his race lead. Bernal was the fastest up the 9.9km mountain time trial but his teammate Geraint Thomas suffered on the climb, losing well over two minutes and his chances of a high overall place. In this episode, we hear from both Team Sky riders on their mixed fortunes, while we also check in with Richie Porte. The Australian has struggled for form in recent months but finished third on the stage, and is now third overall with two days to go. Although the defending champion admitted to cracking inside the final two kilometres, his result today will give him confidence ahead of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT Along with hearing from the riders, Daniel Benson and Philippa York analyze the race, and of course look ahead to stage 4, the key mountain stage in this year's race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Crashes turn Tour of Chongming Island upside down
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Going into the Tour of Chongming Island, there were three big favourites for the sprints: Defending champion Jolien D'hoore (Mitchelton Scott), Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5), and Chloe Hosking (Al Cipollini). But a crash-marred final sprint in the opening stage brought down the main contenders, and the stage was won by former double world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling). Not being able to contest the final sprint meant that the three sprinters lost valuable time bonuses, which could have had an impact on the overall outcome of the race come Saturday's finale, had stage 2 not been decided by a breakaway that gained over a minute on the field. Cylance Pro Cycling sports director Manel Lacambra told Cyclingnews how he experienced the finale. "We had two of our riders involved in the first crash, but they are okay. Our train was in a good position, we wanted to take a clean line to avoid any crashes. They did a very good job, and in the final we had Marta Tagliaferro putting Giorgia in a good position, and then Sheyla Gutirrez did the last lead-out from 400m to go to the line."ADVERTISEMENT Each stage of the Tour of Chongming Island offers two intermediate sprints for time bonuses, and bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds, respectively, for the top three finishers of the stage. Lacambra continued that the team's goal was to win a stage. "That's why Giorgia didn't do any bonus sprints. We got what we wanted, now we have no pressure,"he said. "We will continue to race, but the other teams also need to take the responsibility." There was a first crash inside three kilometres to go that brought down the sprint trains of Al Cipollini, riding for Hosking, and Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank that support Kendall Ryan. The US team had had a good day until then with two riders in the breakaway and the team well-placed in the sprint preparation until the crash put a stop to their ambitions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Porte searching for confidence boost in Romandie time trial
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Richie Porte (BMC Racing) will be looking to set the tone for the rest of his season with a strong performance in the 9.9km uphill time trial at the Tour de Romandie on Friday. With just two more stage races - including Romandie - before his Tour de France challenge in July, Porte is aware that an impressive ride in the Romandie TT will provide a much-needed boost in confidence after a difficult few months. Porte came into the Tour de Romandie without a win since a stage at the Tour Down Under, and he has seen his form affected by illness throughout the spring. He was forced to miss Tirreno-Adriatico in March before pulling out of the Vuelta al Pas Vasco on the final day of racing. "The Tour Down Under was the last time I was in really good shape. I went to Pais Vasco and got an absolute thumping and that wasn't good for the morale, even though that was the reason I was there," Porte told Cyclingnews ahead of the time trial.ADVERTISEMENT "That's not where you want to be, and this is a crucial year with the Tour, so now's the time to get it together." Porte's case of flu in March not only hit his form but also contributed to a change in race programme. Pais Vasco and Romandie were brought in, while he and his wife are expecting their first child next month. It's a busy time on and off the bike, and while defending his Romandie crown isn't the most important priority, testing himself against some of his Tour de France rivals certainly is. "For me, the time trial a good marker to see where I'm at. I wouldn't say that this race is crucial, because I still don't know where I'm at, but it's going to show me. I'd say I'd look at both the performance and the result," he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Roglic extends lead on toughest Tour of Romandie stage
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
SION, Switzerland (AP) -- Primoz Roglic of Slovenia tightened his grip on the Tour de Romandie, extending his overall lead by placing second in the toughest mountain stage won by Jakob Fuglsang on Saturday. More...
Fuglsang wins in Romandie, Roglic reinforces lead
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Sion (Switzerland) (AFP) - Astana's Jakob Fuglsang sealed victory in the fourth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Romandie Saturday as overnight leader Primoz Roglic (Lotto NL) reinforced his grip on the yellow jersey. More...
Bernal wins Romandie mountain time trial, cuts Roglic's lead
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
VILLARS, Switzerland (AP) -- Egan Bernal of Colombia won a tough time-trial stage in the mountains at the Tour of Romandie on Friday, cutting Primoz Roglic's overall lead to just six seconds. More...
Bernal climbs to victory as Roglic keeps yellow
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland) (AFP) - Colombia's Egan Bernal of Team Sky clinched the gruelling, mountainous third stage of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland on Friday while Slovenia's Primoz Roglic kept hold of the yellow jersey. More...
Froome to lead Team Sky at Giro as he plots Grand Tour treble
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Chris Froome will lead Team Sky in this month's Giro d'Italia as he targets victory in a third straight Grand Tour event despite an ongoing probe into an adverse doping test, the team announced Friday. Froome admitted there was a risk in making a serious assault on the Giro so close to his expected More...
Froome to lead eight-strong Team Sky lineup at Giro
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Britain's Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at next month's Giro d'Italia as he aims to secure his first title in the grueling road race while under investigation over an adverse doping test result at last year's Vuelta a Espana. The 32-year-old will be joined in Team Sky' More...
De Gendt wins Romandie second stage as Roglic retains lead
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland) (AFP) - Belgium's Thomas De Gendt broke away to win the second stage of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland on Thursday, as Slovenia's Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. More...
Fraile wins Tour of Romandie stage, Roglic leads overall
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
DELEMONT, Switzerland (AP) -- Omar Fraile of Spain sprinted to victory in stage one of the Tour of Romandie on Wednesday, and in-form Primoz Roglic took the leader's yellow jersey. More...
Astana's Fraile sprints to victory on Tour de Romandie
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Delmont (Switzerland) (AFP) - Astana rider Omar Fraile won the first stage of the Tour de Romandie on Wednesday as Slovenian Primoz Roglic claimed the overall lead. More...
Australia's Matthews wins Tour de Romandie prologue
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Australia's Michael Matthews won the opening prologue of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland on Tuesday in Fribourg. Sunweb rider Matthews, who won the green jersey on last year's Tour de France, seized the yellow jersey thanks to a 5min 33sec ride around the 4km route in the Swiss town that More...
Australia's Michael Matthews wins Tour of Romandie prologue
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) -- Michael Matthews of Australia won the opening Tour of Romandie prologue on Tuesday for his first victory of the season. More...
Froome added to Sky's Giro team despite doping probe
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Team Sky have named Britain's Chris Froome in their team for the Giro d'Italia starting next month despite the ongoing investigation into his adverse doping test. More...
Tale of the unexpected as Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luxembourg's Bob Jungels produced yet another surprise victory from distance in cycling's Spring Classics, winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday after a solo breakaway from 20km out. Canada's Michael Woods came second with France's Romain Bardet third to complete an unexpected podium More...
No boycott fear, say organisers of 'Giro' in Israel
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Organisers of an initial Israeli phase of the next Giro d'Italia cycling contest said on Sunday that they do not fear the event will be boycotted. "We are happy to say that, for the moment, there is full participation by all the teams, and we anticipate no problems," Daniel Benaim, a Giro More...
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season. Just days after his teammate Julian Alaphilippe of France won the Fleche Wallonne More...
Tale of the unexpected as Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luxembourg's Bob Jungels produced yet another surprise victory from distance in cycling's Spring Classics, winning the Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday after a solo breakaway from 20km out. Canada's Michael Woods came second with France's Romain Bardet third to complete an unexpected podium More...
Cycling: Jungels rides solo to Liege-Bastogne-Liege win
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ANS, Belgium (Reuters) - Luxembourg's Bob Jungels upset the pre-race favorites to ride solo to victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege 'Monument' classic on Sunday. The Quick Step-Floors rider sped away from the main group towards the end and never looked back as the main contenders played mind More...
Aussie Matthews coy on Liege chances despite Dumoulin backing
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Australian cycling all-rounder Michael Matthews played down his chances in Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege despite being tipped as the danger man in the last and greatest of the Ardennes classics. Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe who won the shorter Fleche Wallone on Wednesday said that if the race came More...
Pinot wins Tour of the Alps, Froome fourth
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
French climbing specialist Thibaut Pinot won cycling's Tour of the Alps on Friday with Ukraine's Mark Padun claiming victory in the fifth and final stage. British four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished fourth overall but the Sky leader was happy with "the perfect build-up More...
Lance Armstrong settles case and appears settled and at peace
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Ruthless, relentless and manipulative in his days as the godfather of the Tour de France peloton, Lance Armstrong, insisted that he is at peace as he settled a law suit. Armstrong's lawyer, Elliott Peters, said Thursday that the former cyclist had agreed to pay $5 million to end a $100 million federal More...
Armstrong in $5m settlement for US fraud case
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle the looming federal fraud case stemming from his drug-fuelled reign as king of the Tour de France, it was confirmed on Thursday. The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims he defrauded the US government More...
Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The settlement ends the long-running false claims suit brought by fellow cyclist Floyd Landis and joined by the U.S. government, which had sought $100 million in damages on behalf of the Post Office, according to statements from Armstrong's attorney, Elliot Peters, and the U.S. Department of Justice More...
Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his More...
Lance Armstrong to pay $5m settlement in US fraud case: lawyer
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5 million in order to settle his looming federal fraud case stemming from his use of performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, his lawyers confirmed Thursday. The former cycling superstar was due to face a trial next month over claims that he defrauded More...
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A timeline of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and controversy: More...
Solo Sanchez break seals Alps win as Pinot holds lead
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Luis Leon Sanchez of Astana launched a trademark late break to win stage four of the Tour of the Alps on Thursday as French climber Thibaut Pinot kept the overall lead. Sky's four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome is also well placed after coming tenth on the stage. Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo More...
Andy Rihs, Swiss owner of cycling, soccer teams, dies at 75
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Andy Rihs, a Swiss businessman who owned the BMC Racing cycling team and Young Boys soccer club, has died. Rihs died Wednesday in Zurich after ''a patient and valiantly endured illness,'' the BMC team said Thursday in a statement. ''Andy, thank you for everything. More...
Andy Rihs, hearing-aid billionaire and passionate cyclist, dies at 75
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Andreas "Andy" Rihs, a Swiss billionaire whose success with the world's largest hearing aid company Sonova financed his passion for professional bicycle racing and soccer, has died at the age of 75. Rihs, who died on Wednesday and had been suffering from cancer, was in the early 2000s More...
Wounded Gaza cyclist to miss Asian Games after amputation
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A Gaza cyclist's dream of waving the Palestinian flag at the Asian Games has been shattered by an Israeli bullet that caused him to lose his leg after he joined a Gaza border protest. Alaa Al-Daly, 21, had his right leg amputated after he attended the first More...
Alaphilippe ends one-day classic drought with Fleche win
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe earned the greatest win of his career on Wednesday, but had to be told after the finish line he had finally clinched victory in the Belgian one-day classic Fleche Wallonne. The 25-year-old, twice a runner-up in the race, beat last year's winner Alejandro Valverde of More...
Cavendish to make racing return in Yorkshire
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
British rider Mark Cavendish will make his return from injury at next month's Tour de Yorkshire. Cavendish has not raced since crashing in the final stages of Milan-San Remo last month when he broke a rib and sustained an ankle injury, forcing him to miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The More...
Cycling: Cavendish to return from injury in Tour de Yorkshire
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish will return to action at next month's Tour de Yorkshire after recovering from injuries sustained during a crash in March, race organizers Welcome to Yorkshire said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old was ruled out of this month's Commonwealth Games, where More...
Lopez wins, Froome fourth in Alps second stage
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Colombian climber Miguel Angel Lopez won the Tour of the Alps second stage on Tuesday with Britain's four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finishing fourth. Astana rider Lopez timed his attack well to pip France's Thibaut Pinot and fellow Colombian Ivan Sosa on the line after the 145km More...
Doping: UK anti-doping agency plans 50 percent more tests to 2022
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Britain's anti-doping agency (UKAD) said on Tuesday it was aiming for a 50 percent increase in publicly-funded testing over the next four years. Presenting a strategic plan for 2018-22, UK Anti-Doping chair Trevor Pearce said the challenges were "as acute as they have ever been" but extra More...
New Zealand's Bennett 'lucky to be alive' after training crash
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - New Zealander George Bennett avoided potentially life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a car while training in Italy. The LottoNL-Jumbo rider was preparing for the Giro d'Italia's stage 16 time trial, which takes place near the first stage of the Tour of the Alps, when a More...
Russia ready to cooperate with FIFA probe into racist chants
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
World Cup hosts Russia will cooperate with a FIFA investigation into racist abuse directed at French players by Russian fans during a friendly last month, a Russian soccer official said on Monday. Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union's anti-discrimination inspector, said global soccer' More...
Valgren drops Sagan, Valverde to win Amstel Gold Race
April 28, 2018 (22:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Denmark's Michael Valgren of Astana won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, beating Roman Kreuziger in a cat-and-mouse finale after a rolling 263km race from Maastricht. Italy's Enrico Gasparotto was third by a few seconds while pre-race favourites Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde came fourth More...

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