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Lance Armstrong, Markel Irizar and others react to Basso cancer news
July 14, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ivan Basso hasn't been short of well wishers since he announced that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in a rest-day press conference at the Tour de France on Monday. The 37-year-old had felt a pain in his left testicle ever sincea minor crash on stage 5 and after examination from the Tinkoff-Saxo medical staff and x-rays in the Tours mobile radiology unit, hospital tests in Pau on Monday morning confirmed he had a cancerous lump. He has left the race as he begins his recovery. Lance Armstrong was one of many to take to Twitter to voice support for Basso. The American himself suffered from testicular cancer in the late 1990s before recovering and making a successful return to cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Thinking about @ivanbasso and wishing him the very best as he embarks on his cancer journey. #IvanSTRONG!! " Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) July 13, 2015 He was joined by another cyclist who has suffered from testicular cancer in the past, Markel Irizar. The 35-year-old Spaniard, who is currently at the Tour with Trek Factory Racing, fell ill back in 2002 before making a full recovery. All the best to @ivanbasso ! You will get recovered as I did 13 years ago! #fight " Markel Irizar (@Markelirizar) July 13, 2015 " Alberto Contador (@albertocontador) July 13, 2015 " Oleg Tinkov (@olegtinkov) July 13, 2015 " Michael Rogers (@mickrogers) July 13, 2015 " Jens Voigt (@thejensie) July 13, 2015 " Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) July 13, 2015 " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 13, 2015 " Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) July 13, 2015 " stefano feltrin (@stefelt) July 13, 2015 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records (The Associated Press)
July 03, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's girlfriend can be questioned under oath about what she knows of his doping past, and his former teammate-turned-antagonist Floyd Landis will have to turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case, a federal judge has decided. This week's ruling from Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., comes in a bitter struggle over pending testimony and records in a case that could hit Armstrong with more than $100 million in penalties, of which Landis could collect a large portion. Armstrong had tried to block attempts by Landis and the government to question Anna Hansen, the mother of two of Armstrong's children. More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records
July 02, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony.Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C.,... More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records (The Associated Press)
July 02, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony. Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also ruled that former teammate Floyd Landis must turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case. Anna Hansen will have to give a deposition in the case but will be limited to two hours. More...
Lance Armstrong set to ride section of Tour de France route
June 28, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite previous calls from UCI President Brian Cookson to stay away, Lance Armstrong is still planning on riding part of this years Tour de France route for charity. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 by USADA, will take to the roads of France on July 16 and 17as part of a Cure Leukaemia group of riders led by ex-England footballer Geoff Thomas. According to a report from the BBC, Armstrong will link up with the group of amateur riders who are planning on riding the entire race route a day before the professional peloton tackles each stage. "We know Lance's involvement has split opinion so we've tried to be as respectful as possible," Thomas told the BBC. "The stages Lance will be riding come toward the end of week two when I know all the [charity] riders will need some support. I know his arrival will give them the encouragement they will need to carry on with this gruelling challenge and in turn raise as much money as possible for blood cancer patients." The organised ride plans to generate over 1m for charity, while Armstrong will take on stage 13 from Muret to Rodez and stage 14 from Rodez to Mende. However, in March, Cookson stated: "I'm sure that Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly, I think that's completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Tour, disrespectful to the current riders, and disrespectful to the UCI and the anti-doping community.ADVERTISEMENT I think Lance would be well-advised not to take part in that." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Olds re-signs with former team Al-Cipollini
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian team Al-Cipollini announced on Friday that they have re-signed American sprinter Shelley Olds for the remainder of the 2015 season. The news comes just one day after her previous team Bigla Pro Cycling announced that they had mutually parted ways with Olds and director Manel Lacambra, effective immediately. Olds raced with Al-Cipollini during the 2014 season but left the team after signing a contract with Bigla Pro Cycling that started in January. I asked President Alessia Piccolo to come back and I am very glad she accepted. I am here for the team, Olds said in a statement from the Al-Cipollini team. I felt great here, Olds said. It was like a big family but at the same time a group that worked really hard. I felt great with my teammates and the staff, with the President first of all."ADVERTISEMENT Al-Cipollinis director Fortunato Lacquaniti echoed the teams support for Olds return saying, Shelley Olds is a great athlete. I am glad to have her back, she can be a great example for the young girls who will have a lot to learn from her. She finds some athletes she had as teammates before and that she knows very well. Shelley Olds is an expert athlete who knows how to face races and who is able to give us a lot, especially in great races. Olds raced for Al-Cipollini last year, and she previously spent a season with Tibco (2013), AA Drink (2012) and Diadora-Pasta Zara (2011). During the first half of this year, while racing under the Bigla Pro Cycling outfit, she was fourth at World Cups in Philadelphia and Chongming Island, and second at EPZ Omloop van Borsele WE. It seems, however, that the working situation between Olds and Bigla Pro Cycling did not work out but that they mutually and amicably parted ways. Bigla released a statement on Thursday regarding the immediate release of Lacambra and Olds that read, We are sad to see Manel and Shelley leave," team manager Thomas Campana said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Small joins Bigla Pro Cycling for the remainder of 2015
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Carmen Small has joined the Bigla Pro Cycling team for the remainder of the 2015 season. Small has been riding in the US with the TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air for the first part but moves to the team with immediate effect. The switch allows Small, who recently won the Chrono de Gatineau at the start of June, more racing in Europe. This is a great opportunity to finish the year off strong by being able to compete in European races with one of the best teams in the world, Small said in a team statement. I could not pass up the opportunity, the team's goals and my personal goals line up very well. "It isn't without a feeling of sadness that I will be leaving Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air for the remainder of the season to race in Europe," Small said. "I have much gratitude and appreciation for the team and sponsors, they have been a tremendous support this season and I could not have been successful without all their help. I wish the team future success."ADVERTISEMENT The announcement comes just a day after it was confirmed that Smalls US teammate Shelley Olds would be leaving the team after just half a season. There was no further explanation regarding Olds departure. Small is twice a world team time trial champion with Specialized-Lululemon, she also claimed third in the individual event in 2013 - where she finished 28 seconds behind the winner Ellen van Dijk. Small left Specialized at the end of the season as the team struggled to find new sponsors. She recently claimed victory in the Pan American championships in May and went on to finish second to Kristin Armstrong at the US National time trial championships later the same month, and the team is hoping that she can help them to success in Richmond later this season. The 35-year-old American made news recently when she took part in the mens event in the North Star Grand Prix, riding for Elbowz racing, an experience she gained much from. The experience riding with the men at NSGP was very rewarding and beneficial in many ways, said Small. At just a fitness standpoint I could not have had better training. I think I did bring some light onto women's racing and I hope I showed that we are at a very high level of racing. That said, I am more than excited to race with women again. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route: BBC (Reuters)
June 27, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Cycling-Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route - BBC (Reuters)
June 27, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route: BBC (Reuters)
June 26, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Cycling-Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route - BBC (Reuters)
June 26, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Women's news shorts: Armstrong confirmed for USA Pro Challenge
June 26, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
US time trial champion Kristin Armstrong will be among the women to compete in the inaugural edition of the Women's USAProChallenge inAugust, race organisers announced inDenver today. The two-time Olympic gold medallist came out of retirement to reclaim her stars-and-stripes jersey in May, and earned an automatic nomination for the World Championships inRichmond, her first hurdle toward selection for the2016 Summer OlympicGames. Armstrong and her Twenty 16 p/bSho-Air team will be joined by the other five UCI-registered teams from the US:Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Tibco-SVB, BMW and Pepper Palace, as well as elite teams Visit Dallas, Colavita/Bianchi, DNACycling and the Colorado Womens Cycling Project, with a full list of teams to be announced in early August. The riders will have three stages, the first of which is an 8.5-mile time trial in Breckenridge on the same course as the men's pro race, a road race fromLoveland to Fort Collins, and a criterium in Golden.ADVERTISEMENT The goal in developing the route for this first Womens USA Pro Challenge was to create a challenging and diverse course using the incredible terrain that Colorado offers, said Sean Petty, Race Director for the Womens USA Pro Challenge. The great folks in Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Golden really embraced our philosophy and Im proud we are offering something for every type of rider during the three days of racing. We wanted to honor the legacy of womens stage racing in Colorado as its the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in our beautiful state. Bigla mutually part ways with Olds and Lacambra You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Anti-Doping Denmark report reveals widespread doping under Riis at CSC
June 23, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anti-Doping Denmark has finally published its report into doping in Danish cycling between 1998 and 2015, revealing that former team manager Bjarne Riis was complicit in a wide-spread doping operation at Team CSC, that included riders relationships with Dr Fuentes and his blood doping programme based in Spain. The report says that Riis, Johnny Weltz, - now a directeur sportif at Cannondale-Garmin, former Riis Cycling Managing Director Alex Pedersen and a number of Danish former riders have all violated applicable anti-doping rules. However due to the World Anti-Doping Agencys eight-year statute of limitation rule in force at the time, none will face disciplinary action. The ADD report suggests that without a statue of limitations there would be grounds to bring doping cases forward against a number of Danish riders who have admitted either their own doping violations or where the interviews have given the investigation group knowledge about their alleged offences.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday former rider Niki Sorensen admitted that he doped during his long career but did not reveal specific dates. Sorensen was given a role as directeur sportif at the Tinkoff-Saxo team by Riis in 2014. The team, now owned by Oleg Tinkov, after a bitter separation from Riis in March, offered its support to Sorensen and he remains in the team that has Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan as team leaders. The ADD investigation began in 2012 after the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and his US Postal Service team revealed widespread doping. A total of 50 people were interviewed during the drawn out process, including retired riders and riders still in activity. Many gave vital evidence, some in return for anonymity. Only five former riders refused to be interviewed. Bjarne Riis admitted to doping during his career in 2007 and symbolically offered to give back the Tour de France yellow jersey he won in 1996. Riis has always denied that he knew of and encouraged doping during his time as a team manager at Team CSC despite direct allegations from former riders Tyler Hamilton, Jrg Jaksche and Michael Rasmussen. The ADD report reveals that Riis spoke at length and did admit to knowing that Hamilton was working with Dr. Fuentes for blood doping and that he did not act to stop it. Riis also confessed to blood doping during his own career " something he had never revealed previously, and so had personal knowledge about blood doping practices. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong: Cookson is not very good at taking people down
June 13, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has come under criticism from Lance Armstrong for a lack of vision and inability to 'take people down'. Armstrong, who risks financial ruin from a federal whistle-blower lawsuit launched by ex-teammate Floyd Landis, made the statements in an interview with journalists at his house in Aspen, Colorado. Armstrong stated that, despite Cookson's public statements regarding the sport, the president has been underwhelming in his attempts to effect change. You guys can decide if he has done a good job, if he's been tough on Astana, whether he's stuck with his mission statement. Plenty of people would argue he's laid down on a lot of things. Whether it's expedited TUEs [Therapeutic Use Exemptions], or Astana, Cookson is not very good at taking people down," he said according to the Irish Times.ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong is due to ride a cancer fundraising charity event with former England footballer Geoff Thomas next month in France, known as One Day Ahead. When the announcement was made in March that Armstrong would join Thomas in riding the Tour de France route ahead of the race, Cookson called him "completely disrespectful." "I'm sure that Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly I think that's completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Tour, disrespectful to the current riders, and disrespectful to the UCI and the anti-doping community," Cookson said at the time. "I think Lance would be well advised not to take part in that." Armstrong added that Cookson should be focused on the bigger picture and not his appearance at charity events, even if the American had contributed to on-going issues within the sport regarding doping and creditability. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong fearing financial ruin from federal whistleblower lawsuit
June 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A whistleblower lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis in 2010, and joined by the US Justice Department in 2013, to be heard by a jury later this year in the United States could see Lance Armstrong lose US$100 million with his former teammate receiving one third of the damages for instigating the case. In an interview with AFP journalists at his house in Aspen, Armstrong explained he will face financial turmoil should he lose the case. "I mean, the whistleblower case is a $100 million case. If I lost, we would not be sitting at this table anymore," Armstrong said according to AFP. "We wouldn't be sitting in this home anymore. We wouldn't be sitting in any home. I don't have $100 million. "We like our case is all I will say. I'm not going to jinx myself. But I don't know. How do you guys see it? Say the jury says: 'Pay up $100 million.' Floyd Landis gets $33 million. Is everybody at this jury happy with that? I would think what everybody thinks " there's no logic to that."ADVERTISEMENT The suit is aimed at recouping the sponsorship funds provided by the US Postal Service, which supported the team from 1996-2004, in light of the US Anti-Doping Agency's lifetime ban of Lance Armstrong for doping. Having initially denied the use of performance enhancing drugs [PEDs] during his career, including the 2006 Tour de France which was stripped of, since 2010 Landis has publicly spoken of his PED use. In February, Armstrong and former US Postal Service team owners Tailwind Sports were ordered to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, the Texas firm that underwrote a $5 million bonus awarded after his 2004 Tour de France victory. While apologising for certain behaviour during his professional career, Armstrong admitted in the interview with the AFP journalists he was "a complete dick for a long time". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling-I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling-I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling: Armstrong claims he's 'victim of hypocrisy'
June 11, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Disgraced American cycling legend Lance Armstrong has claimed he is the victim of hypocrisy.Armstrong told a British newspaper that he was treated like the pariah when other cycling dopers had been welcomed back into the sport.He... More...

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