The weekly spin: Controversy? Welcome to the club, eRacing

The first week of October has already made it a banner month for surreal, post-modern headlines. “Twitter pulls Nickelback clip tweeted by President Trump over copyright complaint” qualifies. Step back in time a decade and try to explain that one to someone. “First British eRacing champion banned for using bot to gain access to Tron … The post The weekly spin: Controversy? Welcome to the club, eRacing appeared first on CyclingTips .

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US authorities chase Johan Bruyneel to Spain for $1.2m fine

US authorities chase Johan Bruyneel to Spain for $1.2m fine

Joe Robinson 3 Oct 2019 Former US Postal Service team manager was found guilty of defrauding the US government after doping scandal Representatives from the USA government have travelled to Spain to pursue former US Postal team manager Johan Bruyneel for the $1.2 million owed by the Belgian . The former team boss of Lance Armstrong was named in the Federal False Claims Act led by ex-professional rider Floyd Landis, which found that the doping practices of the professional cycling team had defrauded the US Postal Service, a federal agency, of its $30 million sponsorship deal. The US courts settled with Armstrong for a fee of $5 million in April 2018 and then decided on a $1.2 million fine for Bruyneel. Reports in USA Today state that the 55-year-old is yet to pay, with the US Justice Department now hiring Spanish counsel to serve Bruyneel documents at his Madrid home ...

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tom Pidcock: 'It would have been a fairy tale to win'

Tom Pidcock: 'It would have been a fairy tale to win'

Jack Elton-Walters 27 Sep 2019 Home favourite had a quick chat with Cyclist after a whirlwind day of tough racing and a huge mix of emotions. Photo: SWPix.com Likely to have been weighing heavy on his shoulders, Tom Pidcock went into the men's under-23 road race at the World Championships as most people's favourite for the win. The Yorkshire native knows the roads, had the home crowd behind him and has a palmares to welcome another rainbow. As it was, he crossed the finish line fourth after launching his sprint on the finishing straight in Harrogate only to 'pop just before the line.' Thinking he'd missed the podium, Pidcock was keen to leave but a UCI official stopped him without explanation. As it was, the race jury was reviewing the race due to reports about the original winner, Nils Eekhoff. After much deliberation, the young Dutchman was seen leaving the ...

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Dumoulin labels teammate's doping past 'bitter pill to swallow'

Dumoulin labels teammate's doping past 'bitter pill to swallow'

Joe Robinson 19 Sep 2019 Georg Preidler accused of blood doping and HGH use during 2017 Giro d'Italia Tom Dumoulin has labelled the news former teammate Georg Preidler may have doped during the 2017 Giro d'Italia , which Dumoulin won, 'a bitter pill to swallow'. The Dutchman won his only Grand Tour to date at that Giro with Preidler providing his domestique duties for Team Sunweb in 2017 before departing for Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season. Preidler had admitted to conspiracy to blood dope in 2018 after being named in the 'Operation Alderlass' scandal . However, an Austrian court has now accused the rider of blood doping and using human growth hormone as far back as the spring of 2017. This prompted former teammate Dumoulin to respond to the news that one of his teammates may have doped during his Giro victory two years ago. 'Unfortunately, today I ...

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Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Vinokourov potentially looking at six-month prison sentence for Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case

Joe Robinson 10 Sep 2019 Prosecutors request prison sentence and large fine for role in Liege-Bastogne-Liege corruption case Alexandre Vinokourov and Alexander Kolobonev are looking at being handed six-month prison sentences for corruption if both are found guilty of fixing the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege . The case is currently being heard at the Liege Criminal Court in Belgium and the prosecution has requested that both be handed a six-month jail sentence for passive and active corruption in which Vinokourov is alleged to have paid Kolobnev in order to win the one-day race. The prosecutor's office is also requesting that Vinokourov be handed a €100,000 fine and Kolobonev a €50,000 penalty. It is alleged that Vinokourov, who was riding for Astana at the time, retrospectively paid Kolobonev €150,000 for letting him win the 2010 edition of Liege. These claims first came to light in 2011 when Swiss newspaper L'Illustre claimed Vinokourov had ...

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Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokouruv becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times en-course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost 5-minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the bike to ...

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Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Alexandre Vinokourov becomes Ironman 70.3 World Champion

Joe Robinson 9 Sep 2019 Astana team boss takes age-group title in Ironman 70.3 competition Astana team boss and one of cycling's greatest pantomime villains, Alexandre Vinokourov, has been crowned age-group Ironman World Champion. The former professional cyclist took the Ironman 70.3 World title for the 45 to 49 age group in Nice, France. The Kazakh won in a time of 4:28:47, beating Laurent Lambert of France by 15 seconds. The former Vuelta a Espana champion posted some respectable times on course to the win. Covering the swim in a mediocre 33 minutes 55 seconds, Vinokourov made his real gains on the 90km bike ride in 2 hours 24 seconds, almost 10 minutes faster than his closest competitor. With that buffer, it was no problem that the 45-year-old lost five minutes on the 21.1km run five to Lambert, in 1 hour 25 minutes, as he had done enough on the ...

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2019 see's a rise in number of doping cases

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The figures are partly a result of Operation Aderlass

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2019 has seen a rise in number of doping cases

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The figures are partly a result of Operation Aderlass

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Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich fined for assaulting sex worker

Jan Ullrich 1997 Tour de France

Joseph Delves 29 Aug 2019 Frankfurt court convicts Ullrich in relation to incident in hotel last year Jan Ullrich has received a fine of €7,200 for causing bodily harm and attempted coercion. The former professional cyclist had been accused of attacking a sex worker in a Frankfurt hotel last August. More serious charges of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were dropped in the course of the investigation at the request of the woman involved. Ullrich was reported by the court as being under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time. The dispute over money ended with Ullrich grabbing the 31-year-old woman by the neck and slamming her against the wall before punching her in the arm. The woman suffered bruising and damage to her shoulder. She was reported as not being interested in pursuing further prosecution after Ullrich apologised and paid compensation. See related Jan Ullrich : ...

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Ullrich fined for assault of escort in Germany

Supported by Berlin, Aug 28, 2019 (AFP) — Jan Ullrich, winner of the 1997 Tour de France, has been fined for attacking an escort in a Frankfurt hotel room in August of 2018. In a statement, the state prosecutor in Frankfurt said without naming the accused that a former German professional cyclist had been fined 7,200 Euros ($7,985) … The post Ullrich fined for assault of escort in Germany appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas

Back in May, just prior to the Amgen Tour of California, I had a memorable conversation with Australian Nathan Haas about a number of topics. Some were timely, such as his season to that point, and teammate Marcel Kittel’s announcement that he was breaking his contract with Katusha-Alpecin. But Haas consistently delivered thoughtful, timeless answers that … The post The weekly spin: Philosophy and perspective with Nathan Haas appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Where are they now: A Tyler Hamilton Interview

Tyler Hamilton was a loyal lieutenant within cycling’s most notorious team, and Olympic champion who gave his medal back, and the author of a tell-all doping book. What's he doing now? The post Where are they now: A Tyler Hamilton Interview appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bradley Wiggins to train as social worker as he 'detaches' from cycling career

Bradley Wiggins at the 6 Days of Gent in 2016

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins says that he doesn't "give a shit about my cycling career now" and is moving on with a new phase in his life, instead enjoying watching bike racing "as a fan now" and training as a social worker. In an interview published in this week's Big Issue , Wiggins also addresses the scrutiny he was put under following the 'Fancy Bears' hack that revealed his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to allow intramuscular injections of the corticosteroid Triamcinolone Acetonide to treat his allergies ahead of the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France – the latter won by Wiggins – and the 2013 Giro d'Italia. The contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to his Team Sky bus at the conclusion of the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné, later said by team manager Dave Brailsford to contain the decongestant Fluimucil, was also a key part ...

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Petacchi cops doping ban for offences in 2012, 2013

Petacchi cops doping ban for offences in 2012, 2013

Former sprinting star and long-time stalwart of the professional peloton Alessandro Petacchi has been banned for two years and had his results struck for two seasons of racing.

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Alessandro Petacchi handed two-year ban for blood doping

Petacchi beats Cavendish in Parma (picture Daniele Badolato, LaPresse, RCS Sport)

Italian becomes highest profile rider sanctioned as a result of Operation Aderlass investigation

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Retired sprint great Petacchi banned from cycling for two years

Supported by Retired Italian cyclist Alessandro Petacchi, winner of six Tour de France and 22 Giro d’Italia stages, has been suspended for two years for blood doping, the sport’s governing body the UCI said on Saturday (Aug 24). The UCI has sanctioned the sprinter “for a period of two years of ineligibility for anti-doping rule violations committed … The post Retired sprint great Petacchi banned from cycling for two years appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Alessandro Petacchi handed two-year doping ban

Alessandro Petacchi dominated the sprints in the middle of the 2000s

Alessandro Petacchi has been handed a two-year ban by the UCI for anti-doping rule violation committed between 2012 and 2013. The ban relates to information received by the UCI from the enforcement authorities that have been spearheading the Austrian doping investigation known as Operation Aderlass . Relating to information passed on to the UCI, Petacchi was handed the two-year period of ineligibility due to ‘use of prohibited methods/substances’. Petacchi and fellow athletes Kristijan Koren, Kristijan Durasek, and Borut Bozic were are notified of potential Anti-Doping Rules Violations in May of this year after their names were uncovered as part of the Aderlass case. Previously, Danilo Hondo was banned for two years for his participation in the scheme, with Austrians Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler being given a four-year ban each. Petacchi denied the links at the time , stating: : “I’ve never had a blood transfusion. I’ve no idea why ...

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