Giro d’Italia: Nibali looks to limit losses to Roglic in San Marino time trial

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) put in a strong time

Pesaro may have been festooned in pink to celebrate the visit of the Giro d'Italia but, by the time Vincenzo Nibali emerged from anti-doping following stage 8 , it was beginning to have the air of the coastal town they forgot to close down. Grey waves were crashing onto wet sand on the seafront, while leaden drops of rain were falling steadily over the finishing straight, where the podium and television area were already being dismantled. The boisterous crowds that had lined the final kilometres had long since dissipated in search of shelter. As Nibali soft-pedalled towards the Bahrain-Merida bus, he slowed to offer a perfunctory account of the Giro's longest day. The 239km leg along the Adriatic coast had passed off without incident – "Nothing to report," he said – and thoughts were already turning to Sunday's pivotal time trial to San Marino. So far on the Giro, few ...

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The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #11: How’s your form this week?

With the Giro d’Italia and Amgen Tour of California running simultaneously, along with all sorts of tech and doping hubbub, it’s been a big week in cycling. Here’s what we’ve brought you: Neal Rogers, in his latest ‘Weekly Spin’ column, brought an entertaining interview with George Bennett back from California. Dane Cash reported on the … The post The CyclingTips Weekly Quiz #11: How’s your form this week? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Former track World Champion Jack Bobridge admits to cocaine use during career

Former track World Champion Jack Bobridge admits to cocaine use during career

Joe Robinson 16 May 2019 Bobridge is in court charged with trafficking ecstasy following his 2017 arrest Olympic track cyclist and former Trek-Segafredo rider Jack Bobridge has admitted to taking cocaine during his career while on trial charged with supplying ecstasy. The Australian admitted to the court in Western Australia that he took the drug with two teammates while racing in Europe between 2010 and 2016. He also told the court that he took both cocaine and ecstasy just days before competition knowing they would be undetectable come race day. The former Australian road race champion also revealed the names of the two teammates he took the substances with although this information was kept private by the judge. Between the years that Bobridge admitted to drug use he rode for five professional teams: Garmin-Transitions, GreenEdge, Blanco Pro Cycling, Budget Forklifts and Trek-Segafredo. The 29-year-old, however, denied taking drugs while competing ...

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UCI suspends four for potential anti-doping breach

UCI suspends four for potential anti-doping breach

Four European cyclists, including two retired riders, have been provisionally suspended for potential doping violations following information from the Austrian law enforcement authorities, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday.

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UCI names four under investigation for potential anti-doping breach

UCI names four under investigation for potential anti-doping breach

Slovenia's Kristijan Koren of Team Bahrain Merida and Croatian Kristijan Durasek of UAE Team Emirates as well as former riders Alessandro Petacchi and Borut Bozic have been notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV) as part of the 'Operation Aderlass' investigation.

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Bobridge admits to taking cocaine and ecstasy during career

Jack Bobridge won a stage, wore the leader's jersey and claimed the KOM jersey for UniSA-Australia i

Former track world champion Jack Bobridge has admitted to taking recreational drugs with teammates during his career. Bobridge detailed his drug usage while appearing in court charged with supplying ecstasy tablets – a charge that he denies. Bobridge, who predominantly competed on the track but spent seven seasons racing on the road, said that he took the drugs with two teammates while he was competing in Europe between 2010 and 2016. He told the court the names of the two teammates, although they were suppressed by the judge. The Australian admitted to taking the drugs, which included ecstasy and cocaine, ahead of some races, knowing that they would be gone from his system by race day. However, he denied taking drugs before or during the Olympic Games that he competed at in Beijing, London and Rio. Bobridge told the court that the drugs were given to him by fans, but ...

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Petacchi quits Giro d’Italia after UCI accuse him of potential doping violation

Alessandro Petacchi (Southeast) pre-stage

Alessandro Petacchi has left the Giro d’Italia and revealed he has seven days to provide his initial defence, after being notified by the UCI he is under investigation for a ‘potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations’ for his links to the Operation Aderlass blood doping ring. Petacchi was working as a technical commentator for Italian state broadcaster RAI at the Giro d’Italia and has denied any wrongdoing. He was publicly backed by the head of RAI Sport Auro Bulbarelli despite the accusations, but he was quickly replaced by Stefano Garzelli in the commentary booth for Wednesday’s fifth stage to Terracina. "I’m alleged to have met this doctor years ago but as I’ve already said, I’ve never met him or spoken to him," Petacchi said on Italian television before returning home. "I received notification via email from the UCI about the investigation into Dr. Schmidt and my alleged contact with him after already ...

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Roglic: Slovenian riders' involvement in Aderlass doping investigation is 'sad'

Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) in action on stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia

Giro d’Italia leader Primož Roglič has said that it is “sad for Slovenian cycling” after a day in which two of his fellow-countrymen were confirmed to have possible links to joint German-Austrian anti-doping investigation Operation Aderlass . Two of the four individuals notified on Wednesday by the UCI of potential anti-doping rules violations, former professional Borut Božič and current veteran pro Kristjian Koren, are from Slovenia. After stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia, a journalist described Roglič as a member of a new generation of riders, but asked him what he made of the situation following the riders’ suspension. "For me, it’s a hard [situation] and it’s just sad, because I think now we have a lot of good riders and it’s sad for sure for Slovenian cycling," Roglič said. The other big news of the day, of course, was the end of Tom Dumoulin ’s bid to win the ...

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Tour of California: UAE continue despite Durasek doping-related suspension

Kristijan Durasek of Croatia and UAE Team Emirates

News that the UCI suspended Kristijan Durasek after the 31-year-old was caught up in the Austrian police investigation into a doping ring hit the UAE Team Emirates at the Tour of California hard, although activity around the team bus on Wednesday morning at the start of stage 4 in Laguna Seca went on as normal. The team has confirmed that they will continue to race despite Durasek’s suspension . Durasek is under investigation for 'use of prohibited method' in 2017. He's the sixth cyclist caught up in the scandal, with Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler emerging as the first names involved earlier this year. "Obviously it affects our tactics today," said UAE Team Emirates director Neil Stephens. "Kristijan was here doing a good role for the team. Now he’s been suspended by the UCI and suspended by the team, so he’s got to go home and get that sorted out, ...

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Nibali 'disappointed' by Koren's implication in Aderlass doping inquiry

Vincenzo Nibali poses for a photo with some fans

Vincenzo Nibali is always a man in demand at stage starts on the Giro d’Italia , but his schedule was heavier than usual in Frascati on Wednesday, where he met with prime minister Giuseppe Conte and reacted to the news that his Bahrain-Merida teammate Kristijan Koren has been suspended following his implication in Operation Aderlass . Early on Wednesday morning, the UCI announced that it had provisionally suspended Koren and Bahrain-Merida directeur sportif Borut Bozic after they were linked to the joint German-Austrian blood doping inquiry. Bahrain-Merida later confirmed that Koren had been suspended by the team and sent home from the Giro, where he was part of Nibali ’s supporting cast. Before Nibali could face questions from reporters about the fall-out from Koren’s suspension, however, his presence was required at the signing-on podium, where he joined the prime minister for a public question and answer session. Decorum, perhaps, dictated ...

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Tom Dumoulin forced out of 2019 Giro d'Italia with injury

Tom Dumoulin forced out of 2019 Giro d'Italia with injury

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 Knee injury proves to painful for former champion to ride on. Photo: Team Sunweb Tom Dumoulin has been forced to abandon the 2019 Giro d'Italia following a crash in the closing kilometres of yesterday's Stage 4. The 28-year-old sustained major bruising and swelling to his left knee after being the highest profile casualty of a large crash during the final 7km of Stage 4 to Frascati on Tuesday. Dumoulin was able to remount his bike and ride to the finish, flanked by his teammates, crossing the line four minutes after stage winner Richard Carapaz (Moivistar), conceding the same amount of time to race leader Primoz Roglic ( Jumbo-Visma ). Crossing the line with a deep cut, which appeared to be caused by a chainring, Dumoulin hobbled from his bike onto the team bus before being taken immediately to a local hospital for further examinations. See ...

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Petacchi and Koren named by UCI as scope of investigation broadens

Petacchi and Koren named by UCI as scope of investigation broadens

Four more cyclists have been implicated in Operation Aderlass doping investigation. Durasek and Bozic also named. Read the full article at Petacchi and Koren named by UCI as scope of investigation broadens on VeloNews.com .

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Two riders suspended as police probe Austrian blood doping ring

Supported by Frascati, Italy, May 15, 2019 (AFP) – Two World Tour riders, Slovenian Kristijan Koren and Croatian Kristijan Durasek have been suspended as police investigate an Austrian blood doping ring, the UCI said on Wednesday. Two other retired riders, Italian Alessandro Petacchi and Slovenian Borut Bozic, have also been implicated in the Operation Aderlass investigation. Koren, … The post Two riders suspended as police probe Austrian blood doping ring appeared first on CyclingTips .

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London ranked outside top 50 cities for cycling worldwide

London ranked outside top 50 cities for cycling worldwide

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 New study sees London finish 62nd below Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles for quality of city cycling A recent study has shown London to be outside of the top 50 cities for cycling around the world with Bristol the UK's only representation in the top 20. The study conducted by German bicycle insurance company Coya found London to be only the 62nd best city worldwide for cycling based on data related to infrastructure, road quality, accidents and bike sharing schemes across 90 international cities. This saw London ranked lower than major cities such as Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo although did see the UK capital rank higher than Rome, New York and Milan. The UK's leading city was Bristol which scored 43.76 out of 100 overall, 17th best in the world and 14 points higher than London's 29.72. Edinburgh also scored higher than London with ...

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Mikel Landa apologises for Yates 'retard' comment

Mikel Landa apologises for Yates 'retard' comment

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 Basque rider blamed the Brit for his crash on Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia Movistar 's Mikel Landa has apologised after calling Simon Yates a 'retard' following yesterday's crash-filled finale at Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia . The Basque rider was interviewed after the stage finish by Spanish newspaper AS , who questioned Landa on the incident 4km from the finish line. Landa responded in anger stating: ' That f**king Yates, who is a retard and rides like crazy. He threw me into a roundabout.' A number of large crashes in the final 4km to Frascati saw multiple General Classification riders lose time including both Yates and Landa. Landa crossed the line 44 seconds down on his teammate and stage winner Richard Carapaz and 42 seconds down on pink jersey wearer Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma , completing the final 4km on the bike ...

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Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Alessandro Petacchi among four more riders to be suspended in Austrian blood doping scandal

Joe Robinson 15 May 2019 UCI suspend riders involved in Operation Aderlass investigation following investigation The UCI has notified four further riders, including 22-time Giro d'Italia stage winner Alessandro Petacchi, of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations based on information received from the ongoing Austrian blood doping investigation. Current WorldTour riders Kristijan Durasek ( UAE-Team Emirates ) and Koren Kristijan ( Bahrain-Merida ), alongside former pro-turned-Bahrain Merida sports director Bozic Borut, join Pettachi as the latest names to be tied to Operation Aderlass. All four riders have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect, with the UCI confirming this in a statement on Wednesday 15th May. 'Based on information received from the law enforcement authorities of Austria, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has notified the following individuals of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations (ADRV): Bozic Borut, Kristijan Durasek, Kristijan Korean and Alessandro Petacchi,' read the statement. 'The UCI has also provisionally suspended the above-mentioned ...

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Petacchi, Koren, Durasek, Bozic named in Austrian doping ring

Alessandro Petacchi in 2007 with stage win number 20

The UCI has announced the names of four cyclists involved in Operation Aderlass , the Austrian police investigation that uncovered a blood doping ring, with Alessandro Petacchi, Kristijan Koren , Kristijan Durasek , and Borut Bozic all being suspended and notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations. Petacchi , who retired from professional cycling in 2015 having won more than 150 races, has been suspended while the UCI investigate the "use of prohibited method" between 2012 and 2013. The Italian’s only wins during that period were three stages of Bayern Rundfahrt. Koren is currently riding the Giro d'Italia with Bahrain-Merida, while Durasek is riding the Tour of California with UAE Team Emirates. Both riders are expected to be suspended by their teams and sent home. Borut Bozic works as a sport director for Bahrain-Merida after retiring from racing at the end of last year. "Based on information received from the law ...

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Petacchi denies links to blood doping investigation

Some choice headgear by Alessandro Petacchi in 2005

Alessandro Petacchi has denied being involved in the German Aderlass blood doping investigation centred around Dr. Mark Schmidt, after a joint investigation by the French Le Monde and Italian Corriere della Sera newspapers alleged he was a client of the former Team Milram doctor who has worked with a number of cross-country skiers in recent years. On Sunday, Petacchi’s former teammate Danilo Hondo confessed to blood doping, saying he paid Dr. Schimdt €30,000 for his blood doping services in 2012 and 2013. He said he contacted Dr. Schmidt via a Slovenian or Croatian phone number to arrange for the blood transfusions. Hondo, who has lived in Switzerland for a number of years, was immediately sacked from his coaching role by the Swiss cycling Federation. Petacchi and Hondo rode together at Lampre-ISD from 2011-2012, with the German often acting as Petacchi’s leadout man in the sprints. Hondo retired in 2014, while ...

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Molano suspended by UAE Team Emirates during Giro d'Italia after internal testing

Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates have suspended Juan Sebastian Molano , saying the team’s internal monitoring system has highlighted "seemingly unusual physiological results". 24-year-old Molano was riding the Giro d’Italia as part of the UAE Team Emirates line-up but did not start stage 4 to Frascati on Tuesday morning. He was a lead-out rider Fernando Gaviria on stage 3, with the Colombian winning the sprint after Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was relegated for changing his line in the final metres. UAE Team Emirates refused to confirm if the "physiological results" were blood tests or if the case was linked to Molano’s UCI Biological Passport. The UCI’s longitudinal blood tests are primarily used to monitor riders' blood values and detect doping but can also help spot illness. A UAE Team Emirates press release said: "Following Team policy concerning the protection of our athletes’ health, the Colombian will be suspended to undergo further testing in ...

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Samuel Sanchez handed two-year back-dated ban for doping positive

Samuel Sanchez handed two-year back-dated ban for doping positive

Joe Robinson 14 May 2019 Rider's ban will come to an end in August 2019 after positive for growth hormone Former Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez has been given a back-dated two-year ban for a positive test returned in 2017. The Spaniard returned a positive test in August 2017 which saw him provisionally suspended by the UCI while they investigated the anti-doping violation. He was also fired immediately by his BMC Racing team. After 18 months of investigation, the UCI confirmed in a statement on Monday 13th May that Sanchez has been handed a back-dated two-year ban that would end on 16th August 2019. 'The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that Samuel Sanchez has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years, following an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) committed on 9th August 2017 (i.e. presence and use of the prohibited substance GHRP-2 and its Metabolite GHRP-2 M2),' ...

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