Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Chris Froome handed red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana win

Joe Robinson 22 Aug 2019 Rider eventually given jersey after original champion Juan Jose Cobo stripped for soping Chris Froome has been officially handed the red jersey from 2011 Vuelta a Espana after retrospectively being awarded the title. Original winner Juan Jose Cobo was stripped of the Grand Tour by the UCI last month after Biological Passport Data showed an 'anti-doping rule violation'. Cobo had finished 13 seconds ahead of Froome seven years ago to take a shock victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. However, the UCI found that abnormalities in his bio passport between 2009 and 2011 warranted a back-dated suspension and stripping of his results. "Even though it is being handed to me in hindsight, this will be something I treasure for the rest of my life." Ahead of the 2019 edition, @ChrisFroome has officially accepted his red jersey from the 2011 @lavuelta %u2764 pic.twitter.com/J9Uh9Lsr07 — Team INEOS ...

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Jumbo-Visma ready to challenge Team Ineos at Tour de France after signing Tom Dumoulin

Jumbo-Visma celebrate winning the team time trial at the Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma team manager Richard Plugge has suggested the arrival of Tom Dumoulin as a new Grand Tour team leader will allow the Dutch team to challenge Team Ineos at the 2020 Tour de France . Jumbo-Visma announced the signing of Dumoulin from Team Sunweb on Monday, stating in a video announcement: "We have one dream – winning the biggest race in the world. Welcome Tom. Together, we will compete for our dream." Jumbo-Visma already have Primož Roglič and Steven Kruijswijk in their ranks, plus sprinter Dylan Groenewegen and Classics rider Wout van Aert, but Plugge is convinced he can find a way for them to work together and take on Team Ineos next season. "We can now put together the strongest team possible in the fight against a team like Ineos," Plugge said when Dumoulin's transfer was revealed. "Realizing our dreams and ambitions is getting closer. We have grown step ...

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Tour of Utah: Hermans discusses Danielson's 2014 win

Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) puts on the yellow leader's jersey after winning stage 2 of the

Ben Hermans ' winning ride Wednesday to the top of Powder Mountain on stage 2 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was not the first time the Israel Cycling Academy raced up the climb outside of Ogden, Utah. In 2014, Hermans finished second to Tom Danielson, who was riding for Garmin-Sharp at the time, crossing the line next to Chris Horner 57 seconds behind the winner. Danielson went on the win the overall race for the second time in 2014, finishing 52 seconds ahead of Horner (Lampre-Merida) and 1:43 ahead of Horner’s teammate Winner Anacona. Hermans, Who was riding for BMC Racing at the time, was fourth overall at 1:46. When Danielson returned to Utah to defend his title in 2015, however, he announced on the eve of the race that he had tested positive for a exogenous testosterone. It was Danielson’s second violation after he admitted to ...

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Opinion: Cycling’s biggest integrity problem is weak culture

Does cycling have a cultural problem? Can a clean future for the sport and its murky past coexist? In this opinion piece from freelance writer Craig Fry, the integrity of cycling is examined and found wanting. The post Opinion: Cycling’s biggest integrity problem is weak culture appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Riis plays down rumours of Katusha purchase

Tinkoff-Saxo owner Oleg Tinkov and manager Bjarne Riis were thrilled with Majka's stage win

Bjarne Riis has told a Danish television channel that rumours in the French press that he's interested in buying the Swiss Katusha-Alpecin WorldTour team are "new to me". L'Equipe reported on Tuesday that the former Tinkoff and CSC manager was looking for a way back into the UCI WorldTour by purchasing Katusha from Russian owner Igor Makarov. The French newspaper also suggested that Riis had shown interest in buying Patrick Lefevere's shares in the Deceuninck-QuickStep team – home to the likes of Julian Alaphilippe and Remco Evenepoel – which was also batted away by Lefevere on social media. Riis, who won the 1996 Tour de France – and officially still holds the Tour title, despite admitting in 2007 that he doped to win that year's race – currently owns and runs the men's UCI Continental squad Team Waoo and women's outfit Team Virtu Cycling, although the latter may fold at ...

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Lifting the fog on Costa Rican doping controversies

A spate of incidents shook the country’s cycling scene last year. VeloNews went inside Costa Rica’s efforts to clean up its act. Read the full article at Lifting the fog on Costa Rican doping controversies on VeloNews.com .

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Rise in doping cases 'casts a shadow' on efficiency of anti-doping, MPCC claims

Rise in doping cases 'casts a shadow' on efficiency of anti-doping, MPCC claims

Joe Robinson 6 Aug 2019 Cycling placed fourth in the 'most affected by attacks to the sport’s ethics' ranking Cases of doping in 2019 are almost triple that of the total reported in 2018 despite only being halfway through the year, a report has highlighted. By June of this year, cycling had already seen 15 cases of riders being caught for doping which was remarkably higher than the six cases reported for the whole of 2018. The increase in doping cases was highlighted in a report released by the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), a voluntary body consisting of professional teams who adhere to stricter doping rules, in which it posted the ‘worst results’ for cycling since the group began documenting doping and corruption cases in sport in 2014. The noticeable increase in cases comes as a result of the Operation Aderlass scandal that saw a German police investigation uncover ...

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Davide Appollonio wins in Portugal on return from four-year EPO ban

Davide Appollonio (AG2R-La Mondiale) stretches it out

Davide Appollonio made a successful return to professional cycling after a four-year doping ban , winning the opening road stage of the Volta a Portugal on Thursday. Appollonio, a former Cervelo, Team Sky and AG2R La Mondiale rider, tested positive for EPO while riding for Androni-Giocattoli in June 2015. His ban ended in mid-June 2019, and the Italian Continental team Amore e Vita offered him a contract as he turned 30 just before the end of his ban. His first race back was slated to be the Sibiu Tour in early July, but paperwork issues meant he had to wait until August and the Volta a Portugal. It didn't take him long to get back into the swing of things. After the race opened with a prologue on Wednesday, he won stage 1, beating Daniel Mestre (W52 Porto) and Matteo Malucelli (Caja Rural) in a bunch sprint in Leiria. "I'm ...

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Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions

It happens at the start of every summer — you head out for a ride in conditions much hotter than you’re used to and you suffer more than you thought was possible. Your body isn’t used to the conditions and even a gentle ride can feel like an ordeal. Thankfully it’s more than possible to … The post Beating the heat: How to ride in (and adjust to) hot conditions appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Erik Zabel 'honoured' to lose Tour de France green jersey record to Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) wins a seventh green jersey at the Tour de France

Former green jersey record holder Erik Zabel has said that he feels 'honoured' that his long-standing record of six victories in the points classification at the Tour de France has now been broken by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Sagan claimed a seventh green jersey on Sunday, capping a superb Tour for Bora-Hansgrohe , who also garnered a fourth place overall with Emanuel Buchmann and a stage win for Sagan in the first week. "Honestly, there’s nothing I can do about this situation and, in any case, I can’t imagine a better new record holder than Peter Sagan," Zabel told Cyclingnews . "If you look back at the last decade of pro cycling, I think Peter has been the best all-rounder. So losing a record to him... it’s not so painful to be second behind him; it’s more an honour." Zabel took the Tour’s green jersey for six years on the trot ...

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Geraint Thomas: I will fully support Bernal now at Tour de France

Egan Bernal in the maillot jaune after stage 19

The Ineos leadership dilemma has been simmering gently since the start of the Tour de France in Brussels three weeks ago, but now, according to Geraint Thomas , it's clear. Egan Bernal is the leader, and he and the rest of the team will rally behind the new maillot jaune as he looks to finish the job at Val Thorens on Saturday. The balance of power between the 2018 champion and the 22-year-old prodigy had swung steadily in Bernal's direction on the two stages in the Pyrenees last weekend and again on the first outing in the Alps on Thursday. On stage 19, it was set in stone, and in extraordinary circumstances. Bernal had attacked 5km from the top of the Col de l'Iseran and was heading solo down the descent towards the final climb to Tignes when the race was suddenly aborted due to a storm which had left ...

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Tour de France: Jumbo-Visma undergo anti-doping blood tests on team bus 45 minutes before stage 18

George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)

Jumbo-Visma GC riders Steven Kruijswijk , Laurens De Plus and George Bennett underwent anti-doping blood tests on their team bus just 45 minutes before the start of stage 18 of the Tour de France after a late surprise visit from CADF (Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation) officials. Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt confirmed to Sporza that Julian Alaphilippe, Kasper Asgreen and Dries Devenyns underwent similar pre-race tests at around 6:30 on Thursday morning. Other reports suggest that several riders from Team Ineos were also tested after the Belgian squad. Tuttobiciweb suggested that the CADF officials subsequently went to the Jumbo-Visma hotel but the team had already left for the start, forcing the tests to be done on the bus. Jumbo-Visma directeur sportif Frans Maassen was surprised to see the test done on the team bus so close to the start. "This is my 23rd Tour and I have never experienced this ...

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Luke Rowe and Tony Martin expelled from Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France

Team Ineos road captain Luke Rowe and Jumbo-Visma 's Tony Martin have been expelled from the Tour de France after an incident that took place during stage 17 to Gap. Both riders were found guilty of assault according to Article 2.12.007/8.2.1 of the UCI code. The pair clashed on the final category 4 climb of the stage. First Martin appeared to try and take Rowe off the road by serving to the right. Video footage then shows Rowe raise his hand to Martin's face a few minutes later. The pair are then caught shoulder to shoulder at the front of the peloton as they clashed for a third time. Martin found out that he needed to visit the UCI video review track just after his post-stage shower. He and Rowe had ridden the final 10km of the stage together. Cyclingnews have been told that Team Ineos and Jumbo Visma are ...

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Alta Badia: Dropping friends with ease and hiring the world's highest e-bikes

Nick Busca 24 Jul 2019 E-bike riding in the mountains around Alta Badia. Photos: Alex Moling, Nick Busca, Pinarello Just before our group reached the Mur del Giat — a short incline of only 360 metres, but with gradients reaching a maximum of 19% — I started to hear the mechanical sound of gears switching from the smaller to the bigger cogs on rear cassettes. It was a preventive attempt to avoid the worst case scenario: walking up the hill and pushing the bike up the road. I, on the other hand, couldn’t be bothered to change any gear at all. I kept stayed on the 53 chainring at the front, stomped more power on my pedals and spun away without any issues. Nobody in my group could keep up with my acceleration; they all had to struggle with not only the gradient, but with the heat of a classic ...

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Lefevere: Anyone suspecting Alaphilippe of doping in Tour de France 'doesn't have a brain'

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and manager Patrick Lefevere

Deceuninck-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has said anyone who suspects Julian Alaphilippe of doping 'doesn't have a brain'. Though Alaphilippe hasn't faced the same level of scrutiny experienced by Chris Froome, who won the Tour de France four times between 2013 and 2017, it's a necessary consequence of cycling's past that the maillot jaune faces questions over his performances. Alaphilippe has surpassed his own expectations to win two stages at the 2019 Tour - including the time trial on Friday - and hold the yellow jersey through the Pyrenees and into the final week. Astana manager and convicted doper Alexandre Vinokourov has raised eyebrows with his comments on Alaphilippe in the past week. "I knew the yellow jersey helps you go beyond yourself, but I didn't realise it made you fly," he said after the time trial. The following day he added: "If he takes the jersey to Paris it would ...

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Tales from the Tour: The haunted man and the home team

Julian Alaphilippe stood off to the side of the main podium, out of view of most of the crowd. He held one hand crossed over the other and looked down at the ground, pausing there for a moment as the announcer’s voice grew to a bellow and the crowd on the hillside amphitheater opposite rose … The post Tales from the Tour: The haunted man and the home team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Tour, transformed: 10 kilometres on the Tourmalet

COL DU TOURMALET, France (CT) – On the slopes of the Tourmalet, on the first serious mountain stage, the Tour de France was turned on its head. The 117.5km stage 14 route brought the race up from Tarbes, over the Col du Soulor, and finally, to a summit finish atop one of cycling’s great climbs. … The post The Tour, transformed: 10 kilometres on the Tourmalet appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Commentary: Cobo case is an important milestone in fight against doping

Though it took too long, the case to disqualify Juan José Cobo from the 2011 Vuelta is an important milestone in the fight for clean sport. Read the full article at Commentary: Cobo case is an important milestone in fight against doping on VeloNews.com .

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Teams divided over use and risks of ketones at Tour de France

Ketone supplements

The confirmation that several of the most successful teams at this year's Tour de France are using ketones has sparked debate amongst teams, and even a call for the revolutionary dietary aid to be banned to ensure that riders are competing on a level playing field. Ketones are naturally created by the body during extreme diets, while synthetic ketones are classified as a food supplement rather than a drug. They are not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of doping products but reportedly give a 1.5 per cent performance boost and can significantly aid recovery during a three-week race like the Tour de France when taken at the right time. The Jumbo-Visma team acknowledged to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that it was using ketones, with Lotto Soudal also telling Sporza they use them. Professor Peter Hespel of the University of Leuven, who works closely with the Deceuninck-QuickStep team, also pointed ...

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