Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation

Toulouse, France (CT) – For most in the peloton, this morning’s stage start was much like any other. But for a couple of riders, there was a small but significant change. News quietly landed overnight that Juan Jose Cobo had been stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a Espana win – an outcome that left two … The post Sliding doors: The legacy of Cobo’s delayed relegation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Froome promoted to 2011 La Vuelta winner

Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome has reportedly been awarded 2011 Vuelta a España victory after Juan José Cobo has been excluded for doping.

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Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome awarded 2011 Vuelta title, now Britain's first Grand Tour winner

Jack Elton-Walters 18 Jul 2019 Original winner Juan Jose Cobo has been stripped of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana over doping irregularities Chris Froome is now Britain's first Grand Tour winner after being awarded the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title. Juan Jose Cobo, who stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the race, has been stripped of the win as a result of doping irregularities. Sir Bradley Wiggins moves up to second in the official standings for that year's Vuelta but loses his claim to being Britain's first Grand Tour champion. Victory in the 2012 Tour de France had made Wiggins the UK's first winner of a three-week race, but the retrospective awarding of the 2011 Vuelta to Froome changes that. The alterations to the standings of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana also give Bauke Mollema a Grand Tour podium finish by bumping him up ...

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Chris Froome to be named winner of 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Juan José Cobo shakes Braley Wiggins' hand on the podium

Chris Froome ( Team Ineos ) will now be named as the winner of the 2011 Vuelta a España , according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS , after Juan José Cobo – who was crowned the winner of the race in September 2011 – apparently chose not to appeal against cycling governing body the UCI's announcement last month that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation". The now-retired Spanish rider, riding then for Geox-TMC, beat Froome by just 13 seconds, with Froome's then Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins taking third place, 1:39 down on Cobo. But on June 13, 2019, the UCI announced that Cobo was "guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (use of a prohibited substance) based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his Biological Passport and [the UCI has] imposed a three-year period of ineligibility on the rider". Cobo was given a month to ...

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Commentary: Vaughters rewrites the book on cycling’s doping era

Jonathan Vaughters's new book "One-Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels" sheds new light on pro cycling's 'EPO era' Read the full article at Commentary: Vaughters rewrites the book on cycling’s doping era on VeloNews.com .

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The winners and losers of the 2019 Tour de France, so far

Joe Robinson 16 Jul 2019 In every walk of life there will be your winners and losers and the Tour de France is no different From Brussels to Albi with La Planche de Belles Filles in between, the Tour de France has navigated Belgium and France for the past 10 days and the excitement has been palpable. We had Eddy Merckx at the start in Belgium, we have had three wearers of the yellow jersey, 10 different winners in 10 days and five riders waved goodbye to the race. It’s looking increasingly likely that Team Ineos/Sky/Deathstar will be wearing yellow in Paris once again and it looks just as likely that French hearts may be broken for a 34th year in a row. Obviously, this is all guesswork but the last 10 days has produced as many winners and losers as a day at the races. Below, Cyclist looks at ...

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Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had

Supported by Castres, France, July 16, 2019 (AFP) – Team Ineos boss Dave Brailsford said Tuesday his riders were perfectly poised for another Tour de France win at the halfway stage after 10 rollercoaster stages so far. Reigning champion Geraint Thomas, backed up by team co-captain Egan Bernal, said that victory was within his grasp and all … The post Brailsford: This is the most positive start we have ever had appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Anti-doping bodies tipped off about possible use of doping agent at Tour de France

Anti-doping bodies tipped off about possible use of doping agent at Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 Rumours circulate about weight-reducing substance Aicar being used at Tour de France Anti-doping agencies have been put on high alert for the use of muscle-enhancing and fat reducing agent Aicar at the Tour de France . Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that tip-offs had been given by prominent figures within the sport that the drug had been reintroduced into the peloton in powder form. Additionally, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) also confirmed that it had been warned in June to increase its search for Aicar in doping tests by an individual that is already involved with dope testing within the sport. It is believed that this individual highlighted riders currently at the Tour de France as likely to be taking the substance. It is also rumoured that riders are even taking the substance in powder form at the ongoing Tour de France with some potentially being ...

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Anti-doping bodies tipped off about use of doping agent at Tour de France

Anti-doping bodies tipped off about use of doping agent at Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 Rumours circulate about weight-reducing substance Aicar being used at Tour de France Anti-doping agencies have been put on high alert for the use of muscle-enhancing and fat reducing agent Aicar at the Tour de France . Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that tip-offs had been given by prominent figures within the sport that the drug had been reintroduced into the peloton in powder form. Additionally, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) also confirmed that it had been warned in June to increase its search for Aicar in doping tests by an individual that is already involved with dope testing within the sport. It is believed that this individual highlighted riders currently at the Tour de France as likely to be taking the substance. It is also rumoured that riders are even taking the substance in powder form at the ongoing Tour de France with some potentially being ...

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Riders suspected of motor doping flee police after race in Italy

UCI checking Tinkoff bike for hidden motor (source Facebook video still).JPG

Two cyclists had been under suspicion for a while due to their results, says race organiser

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Two amateur riders flee race after being suspected of using concealed motors

Chris Froome bike is checked for a motor on Stage 9 of the 2016 Tour de France

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 Organisers called the police after duo refused to have bikes checked Two amateur bike riders fled a race in Italy after organisers attempted to check their bikes for motors. During the third round of the Portogruarese Criterium in Veneto, race officials requested to check the bikes of the duo who refused to allow the checks to take place. When the Italian police were called to intervene, both made off in a van before any checks could take place. Race organisers took to searching the pair's bikes after complaints from others within the race and spectators in the crowd. One of the alledged culprits, Alessandro Fantin of the GS Vinal team, managed to finish eighth on the day while the other rider is yet to be identified. See related Motor doping is happening, and we've tested it Tour de France 2019: Route maps, riders, live TV ...

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WADA almost done analyzing Puerto samples but athletes will not be named

Supported by WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations department is nearly finished a process of analyzing DNA and blood to identify numerous athletes involved in the Operación Puerto scandal, but the implicated individuals will not be named publicly, insidethegames reports. A 2006 raid on the Madrid-based clinic run by doctor Eufemiano Fuentes obtained some 200 blood bags, believed to … The post WADA almost done analyzing Puerto samples but athletes will not be named appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour de France: Lance Armstrong's NBC presence spurs debate about his place in cycling

Lance Armstrong relaxing while George Hincapie rode a lap said the race had “a killer vibe”.

It's safe to say that Lance Armstrong 's brief appearances on the NBC Sports Network's live Tour de France television broadcasts – where he offered expert analysis to regular co-hosts Bob Roll and Phil Liggett – has not gone over well with a vocal part of the audience, many of whom questioned the appropriateness of promoting a rider whose doping activities led to a lifetime ban from the sport and his seven Tour de France wins stripped away in disgrace. Armstrong, who now hosts 'The Move' podcast that has been covering each Tour de France stage with special guests and commentary, has also been featured during the NBC Sports Network's live daily coverage, joining Roll and Liggett on screen by video link-up and offering his opinions. After the race, the network has been airing excerpts from a 30-minute pre-Tour interview Mike Tirico conducted with Armstrong that originally aired on May ...

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WADA nearly done with DNA analysis of Operacion Puerto samples, but names will not be made public

A blood bag seized during the Operacion Puerto investigation

The World Anti-Doping Agency's Intelligence and Investigations unit (I&I;), has nearly completed work to match DNA samples from the blood and plasma evidence collected during Operacion Puerto to suspected athletes, but the names will not be made public when the work concludes. According to a report in InsidetheGames.com , WADA has collected DNA from 35 of the 200 or so frozen bags of blood and plasma seized from the Madrid clinic of Eufemiano Fuentes in June 2006. The I&I; department mined available documents, reports from the police, the Madrid Laboratory, interviews with experts and research on media reports to identify suspected athletes, then obtained samples from them to compare with evidence from the laboratory. However, the statute of limitations for pursuing anti-doping rule violations against the athletes expired in 2014, and will prevent any athletes matching to samples from being named or punished. A WADA spokesperson told InsidetheGames.com that WADA ...

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Lance Armstrong: I'd have won the Tour de France if everyone was clean

Tom Boonen and Lance Armstrong on the start line of stage 8 at the 2005 Tour de France

Lance Armstrong says he and his teams would have won the Tour de France multiple times if the entire peloton was riding clean during his now-stripped reign of seven victories from 1999 through 2005. In a wide-ranging interview with NBC Sports as part of the network’s 2019 Tour de France coverage, journalist Mike Tirico interviewed the 47-year-old whose seven Tour de France victories were taken away after the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation and 2012 "Reasoned Decision" detailing Armstrong’s guilt. Although Armstrong told Tirico his decision to dope was a mistake, he also said he wouldn't change a thing in his career, and he was proud of the efforts he and his teams put into the Tour preparation outside of their use of performance enhancing drugs. "What I wish would have happened, I wish kids from Plano and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Brooklyn and Montana, as young Americans, if we'd have ...

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'I'd have been Tour de France champion even without doping' says Armstrong

'I'd have been Tour de France champion even without doping' says Armstrong

Joe Robinson 10 Jul 2019 American also reveals the first time he turned to banned substances Lance Armstrong believes that he would have still won multiple yellow jerseys at the Tour de France had the peloton been clean. The American was stripped of his seven Tour titles, dating from 1999 through to 2005, in 2012 following a retrospective investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency. In a long and detailed interview with NBC Sports , the 47-year-old was adamant that he and his US Postal team would have had the capability to win the Tour during that period had the peloton not been racing while using performance-enhancing drugs. Talking to journalist Mike Tirico, Armstrong said, 'What I wish would have happened, I wish kids from Plano and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and Brooklyn and Montana, as young Americans, if we'd have gone to Europe and everybody was fighting with their fists, we ...

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Gallery: Elia Viviani's Tour de France stage winning Specialized S-Works Venge

Joe Robinson 10 Jul 2019 An in-depth look at the fastest bike in the Tour de France peloton* Deceuninck-Quickstep's Elia Viviani proved a class above the rest as he sprinted to Stage 4 victory in Nancy after a perfectly executed lead out by teammates Michael Morkov and Max Richeze. The combination of expert teamwork and explosive sprint propelled Viviani ahead of the likes of Alexander Kristoff and Caleb Ewan to a win that he ultimately took quite comfortably. The bike he rode to victory also played its part in the Belgian team's second win in as many days and Cyclist got to have a little look at this weapon of choice before the race began. Being an out-and-out fastman, it is of no surprise that Viviani opts for the Specialized S-Works Venge disc as his go-to bike considering it is the aerodynamic option in the American brand's range. Image 2 ...

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Long-term review: FSA Powerbox Carbon power cranks

Stu Bowers Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:23 A lightweight and attractive power meter fit to adorn any high-end road bike 4.5 / 5 £1099.95 FSA has worked with German manufacturer, Power2Max, for this spider based system, the FSA Powerbox Carbon power cranks. That’s no bad thing at all. Power2Max has an excellent reputation for high quality products, so much so Cannondale has recently selected P2M power meters for OE spec on many of its top end bikes. To avoid confusion here this is a single sided power meter, as there are only strain gauges in the right hand spider, but it can still effectively provide many of the same metrics as a 'true' dual-sided system, just arguably ever-so slightly less accurate as it’s algorithm is not true-data based. FSA Powerbox is capable of providing left and right leg balance data as well as more sophisticated pedalling efficiency analysis (requires ...

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Canyon releases new sub-6kg disc brake Ultimate Evo

Joe Robinson 15 Jul 2019 At under 6kg, this could be one of the lightest disc brake bikes on the market Canyon is the latest bike manufacturer to take a crack at building an ultra-light climbing bike with disc brakes and appears to have set a new benchmark with its newly released sub-6kg Ultimate CF Evo disc model. In a medium, the German bike giant promise that this latest iteration of the popular Ultimate model will weigh in at less than 6kg - in a medium and without pedals - despite being built as a disc brake bike. It claims that 'this extraordinary low weight is made possible by using a highly advanced layup that combines ultra-high modulus (UHM) and ultra-high tension (UHT) carbon fibres' which contribute to a frame weight of 641g (again for a medium) and fork weight of 285g. Image 5 of 5 Image 5 of 5 ...

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Meet the Team Alpecin riders training to take on L’Etape du Tour 2019

Team Alpecin 2019

We welcome the class of 2019 aiming to conquer L’Etape du Tour with Alpecin

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