Milan-San Remo: Fourth leaves Peter Sagan disappointed yet again

Peter Sagan waves to the crowds at the start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) was called for anti-doping after finishing fourth at Milan-San Remo , giving him to time to reflect and analyse his race and his fourth place behind Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) but his disappointment was still clear to see when he returned to the Bora-Hansgrohe team bus. Sagan had chased after Alaphilippe when the Frenchman attacked on the Poggio and was there as the sprint began in the Via Roma. But as he looked for Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the sprint exploded on the left with Alaphilippe proving to be unbeatable. Sagan has raced Milan-San Remo nine times and finished in the top five on four occasions, but the first monument of the season continues to be out of reach. “I was close but again not first…” Sagan said, speaking to the media, including Cyclingnews , at the team bus. “The race just happened like that after the ...

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“Growing evidence” of more cyclists involved in blood doping probe

London 2012 Anti-Doping Laboratory (picture credit LOCOG)

Prosecutors in Germany say 21 athletes across range of sports suspected of doping

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Ineos expected to be confirmed as new Team Sky backer in coming days

Geraint Thomas and Team Sky at Valenciana

Ineos is expected to be confirmed as the new sponsor of Team Sky within the next 48 hours, according to a report in the Daily Mail on Monday. The petrochemical company is owned by Britain's richest man, Jim Ratcliffe. Last week, Cyclingnews reported that the team's future had been assured for 2020 and that Ineos was manager Dave Brailsford's preferred option. The Briton had also held talks in Colombia recently regarding possible backing from state-controlled oil and gas company Ecopetrol. According to the Guardian , the budget of Team Ineos will be close to £40 million and thus exceed that of Team Sky, meaning that the squad will likely be in a position to retain a roster that includes Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, four-time Tour winner Chris Froome and the emerging Egan Bernal. Sky announced its decision to end its backing of the team in December of last ...

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Viviani scared that some riders still think about doping

Elia Viviani wins stage 3 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Elia Viviani ( Deceuninck-QuickStep ) has admitted that the idea that some riders could still be doping despite the Biological Passport leaves him ‘scared’ and worried that everyone in a team could lose their jobs due to one person’s actions. Viviani beat Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in a highly technical sprint in Foligno on Friday at Tirreno-Adriatico but as Italian national champion and an Olympic champion on the track, he is considered a flag bearer and spokesman for Italian cycling. There have been suggestions that more cyclists may be involved in the Operation Aderlass blood doping investigation in Austria and Germany after Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler confessed soon after police raids. The investigation is allegedly centred around Dr. Mark Schmidt, who worked in cycling with the Gerolsteiner team in the late 1990s, with between 40 and 70 blood bags reportedly found in a garage. ...

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Dumoulin: Cycling 'shouldn't get lazy' in the fight against doping

Tom Dumoulin said Tirreno-Adriatico will come down to "seconds"

Tom Dumoulin has warned of the need for constant vigilance in the fight against doping in the wake of his former teammate Georg Preidler’s confession that he had extracted blood on two occasions with the intention of blood doping. Preidler confessed to Austrian police earlier this month that he had blood extracted on two occasions in late 2018. The Austrian rider spent five years alongside Dumoulin at Sunweb and was part of the team that helped the Dutchman win the 2017 Giro d’Italia. He joined Groupama-FDJ ahead of the 2018 season and quit the team in the wake of his confession. “We were very good teammates. I wouldn’t call him a friend, but he was a close teammate to me. Then he left the team and now this, it’s really weird. It’s a strange feeling. I had a bad morning when the news came out,” Dumoulin told Cyclingnews in Camaiore ...

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WADA says biological passport works despite latest scandal

WADA says biological passport works despite latest scandal

Anti-doping officials say athletes caught in latest police sting had suspicious biological passport results, reinforcing the system's reliability. Read the full article at WADA says biological passport works despite latest scandal on VeloNews.com .

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Tramadol test is a big deal but there are still loopholes in the system, says expert

Prentice Steffen has a long career in cycling

The introduction of a tramadol test within professional cycling has been welcomed by leading doctor Prentice Steffen, though the American has warned that the test is just one element in the ongoing fight against doping and that there have been several recent reality checks to prove that doping is still a factor. Steffen was the first doctor to raise concerns over the abuse of tramadol, which is a powerful painkiller. In 2012 he brought the drug to the attention of Roger Legeay at the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) and the Frenchman petitioned for a complete ban on the substance. Riders have used the substance in both training and racing, with a consensus that it reduces pain, while also delaying reactions. It has been blamed for causing crashes, as a result. Although tramadol has been on WADA's 'monitoring list' for a number of years, the UCI took measures to bring ...

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First tests for tramadol carried out at Paris-Nice

Christopher Froome heads to anti-doping control

The second stage of Paris-Nice on Monday saw something of a landmark for professional cycling as the first tests for tramadol took place. Six riders, including stage winner Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), were tested for the controversial painkiller, according to Het Laatste Nieuws . Tramadol is not on the World Anti Doping Agency's list of banned substances – it remains on their 'monitoring list' – and the UCI moved to prohibit it independently, with the new regulations coming into effect at the start of March . Tramadol is an opioid-based painkiller that has been said to have been abused by pro riders seeking the performance-enhancing effects of the dulling of pain sensations during intense efforts. It is also said the drug can cause drowsiness and is seen as a danger in terms of crashes. After a WADA report last year found tramadol use in cycling was higher than any other endurance ...

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The sins of Mario Cipollini

Mario Cipollini is one of cycling's most beloved and enduring characters of professional cycling. But in the wake of serious allegations of violence against female family members, the colourful Italian's darker side can no longer be ignored. The post The sins of Mario Cipollini appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bianchi launches new Specialissima to mark 20th anniversary of Pantani's Oropa win

The Bianchi Specialissima livery marks the 20th anniversary of the late Marco Pantani's win at Oropa

Bianchi has launched a new edition of its Specialissima frameset to mark the 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s victory at Oropa on the 1999 Giro d’Italia. The frameset featured the same black and yellow livery used by Pantani on the stage, with celeste flourishes provided by the Bianchi decals and handlebar tape. The paintjob on the 2019 Specialissima thus mirrors that on Pantani’s 1999 Mega Pro Concept bike. The frameset also includes a special graphic on the shoulder of the fork blade to commemorate Pantani’s win. Pantani famously won at Oropa in the maglia rosa despite dropping his chain at the base of the climb . By the time he adjusted his machine and remounted, he was some 30 seconds off the pace, but he proceeded to pick his way through the field to claim the stage honours. Pantani passed Laurent Jalabert in the final 3km to win the stage ...

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David Millar: Blood doping cases a reminder for cycling not to get complacent

David Millar: Blood doping cases a reminder for cycling not to get complacent

Joe Robinson 8 Mar 2019 Two Austrian cyclists have admitted to blood doping offences during their career yet neither were caught by anti-doping authorities Former pro David Millar believes the recent blood doping confessions of Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler are a timely reminder for cycling not to get complacent about doping. Former Aqua Blue Sport rider Denifl admitted to Austrian police on Sunday that he had used blood transfusions during his career. Later that day, fellow Austrlan pro Preidler confessed to withdrawing blood with the intention of reinfusing it to enhance performance. Both confessions come as a result of 'Operation Aderlass', an investigation into the practices of sports doctor Mark Schmidt. Austrian police have made a serious of arrests in the wake of the investigation, including five athletes at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, last week. Footage has emerged online of young Austrian cross-country skier Max ...

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Olympic champion Callum Skinner calls time on track career

Olympic champion Callum Skinner calls time on track career

Joe Robinson 7 Mar 2019 Skinner will now concentrate on improving LGBT rights in sport and fight against doping Olympic champion Callum Skinner has called time on his elite track cycling career in order to concentrate on his work to improve the governance of professional cycling and support LGBT rights in sport. The 26-year-old announced his decision to step away from the sport on his personal website . Skinner, who was part of the gold medal-winning track team at Rio 2016, had been on an extended break from racing due to health issues, last competing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last year. In a statement, Skinner wrote 'Today, I would like to announce I am calling time on my Elite cycling career. 'It’s been a long and amazing journey, starting out in the cold of Meadowbank, Edinburgh in 2006 to peaking at the Olympic Velodrome in the Team Sprint ...

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Ten Dam questions effectiveness of biological passport after Denifl, Preidler confessions

Laurens ten Dam (CCC Team)

Laurens ten Dam has called into question the effectiveness of the Athlete Biological Passport after Austrian riders Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler admitted to blood doping earlier this week. Ten Dam expressed his surprise that the two riders had been able to avoid detection by the biological passport and asked, “is it as leaky as a basket?” Denifl and Preidler were questioned by the police following a lengthy investigation into German sports doctor Mark Schmidt. Some 40 blood bags were discovered in a garage while five athletes were arrested at the Nordic Ski World Championships, one while infusing blood into his arm before a race. The police investigation is called Operation Aderlass - Operation Blood Letting. Cycling first introduced the biological passport in 2008 as a way of monitoring riders' blood values over time and detecting manipulation and the effects of doping that cannot be spotted by a traditional anti-doping ...

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Katusha Sports: Introducing K Illusion

The post Katusha Sports: Introducing K Illusion appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The hunt for the perfect cycling destination: Girona, the Costa Brava

We went to Girona and the Costa Brava in search of a perfect cycling destination. From lung-busting mountains to cafes created by and for the cycling fraternity, from coastlines to sunflower fields, our wide-eyed journey along these new roads meant nothing was taken for granted. The post The hunt for the perfect cycling destination: Girona, the Costa Brava appeared first on CyclingTips .

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CyclingTips Podcast: Semi-classics, blood bags, and Zwift racing

This week’s episode opens with an analysis of last weekend’s Belgian opener weekend, including Deceuninck-Quick Step’s domination and a look at the two young names that impressed at Le Samyn. Then we chat with Dane Cash about Rohan Dennis’ general classification ambitions, and find out why Dennis wants to test himself at a stage race … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Semi-classics, blood bags, and Zwift racing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Team Sky remain silent on Freeman tribunal adjournment

Richard Freeman, former Team Sky doctor

Team Sky have declined to comment on news that the medical tribunal examining their former doctor Richard Freeman has been closed before it begun, meaning a long-term delay before doping allegations can be explored. The Member of Parliament who led an investigation into doping in sport, meanwhile, fears there's a "concerted effort" to ensure Freeman never gives evidence. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service announced on Tuesday that, after more than a month of preliminary legal argument held in private, the tribunal had been adjourned . The case, brought against Freeman by the General Medical Council and which could see him struck off the medical register, will now be re-listed to be heard by a new tribunal at a future date. The MPTS insisted it's in the public interest for hearings to be completed as quickly as possible, and that they're seeking a new tribunal "at the earliest opportunity". However, it ...

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A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand?

Max Hauke, 26, sits in the crook of a sofa, surrounded by police, with a stunned look on his face and a blood bag hooked up to his arm. How did we get here? The post A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pinot, Kittel quick to denounce blood doping scandal

Pinot, Kittel quick to denounce blood doping scandal

Top riders Thibaut Pinot and Marcel Kittel blast their former teammate who was ensnared in recent doping sting in Austria. Read the full article at Pinot, Kittel quick to denounce blood doping scandal on VeloNews.com .

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Time to draw breath

A rare day without racing allows us to take stock of the year so far A midweek pot-luck today, as we draw breath after a start to the FSA-DS season that took in the inaugural UAE Tour, two hilly races in France, Opening Weekend and Le Samyn. There’s no attempt below to be comprehensive, just a few of my thoughts coming out of the first bout of races, with a few diversions for other matters arising. The Joy of Teammates My wish for all of you is that you have someone who’ll do for you in life what Tim Declercq will do for the Deceuninck Quick-Step team in a bike race. Namely, put everything they have on the line in pursuit of your success. His ride in the finale of Le Samyn was the most visible part of Quick Step’s tactical success in the opening three classics, but it was ...

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