Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica

Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica

An American cycling journalist spends two weeks covering the Central American bike race that ended on Christmas Day. Read the full article at Reporter’s notebook: ‘Pura vida’ at Vuelta a Costa Rica on VeloNews.com .

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Confessions of a Fondo VIP

The cold rain pelted us as we waited for the ride to begin. Up front, in the small pen for the fastest or most prominent participants, it felt like a race was about to begin. Thousands of shivering cyclists stood over their bikes behind us. The 2013 Tour de Tucson was about to begin. I … The post Confessions of a Fondo VIP appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Is the Tour de France in trouble?

Christian Prudhomme

Reckless fans, disappointing TV ratings, and controversy marred the 2018 Tour. We go inside the challenges facing cycling's biggest race. Read the full article at Is the Tour de France in trouble? on VeloNews.com .

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A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros

James Stout spent a few years drifting around the kermis scene in Flanders under the watchful eye of Staf Boone — one of those names that everyone in the know knows, but many readers will never have heard. We asked him to dig into to the gritty reality of “living the dream” in Boone’s farmhouse … The post A farmhouse in Flanders: How Staf Boone makes and breaks young pros appeared first on CyclingTips .

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'Maybe that was my biggest victory: just to come back': Johan Museeuw on returning from injury, winning, and doping

Jack Elton-Walters 10 Aug 2018 Despite nearly losing a leg and a post-retirement doping admission, the greatest cobbled Classics rider of the 90s is finding his roar again Words Jack Elton-Walters Photography Danny Bird It’s a palmarès that any rider would give their right arm for: three wins at Paris-Roubaix , three at the Tour of Flanders , one World Championship, four Tour de France stages (if you include two team time-trials ), two National Championships and a hatful of other one-day race victories. In Johan Museeuw’s case, he didn’t have to give any limbs, but he did come close to having his leg amputated after a horrific crash on the Arenberg cobbles in the 1998 Paris-Roubaix left his kneecap shattered and he contracted gangrene. The tough Belgian recovered, fought his way back to race the Classics the following year and took his second win at Roubaix the year after ...

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Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat

UnitedHealthcare

The owner of UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team is struggling to find a sponsor for the coming season. Read the full article at Momentum Sports fights to keep UnitedHealthcare team afloat on VeloNews.com .

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UCI finds no evidence of mechanical doping at the Tour de France

UCI techs show media the new motor-detecting technology

The Union Cycliste International (UCI) has confirmed it carried out a multitude of tests for mechanical doping at the Tour de France , including 164 X-ray tests of race bikes, with all the tests negative. The UCI was forced to step up its fight against mechanical doping after French television raised doubts about the validity of the tablet device that was first introduced by former UCI president Brian Cookson when a rudimentary motor was discovered during the 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships in a the bike of Belgian U23 racer Femke Van den Driessche. She was later banned for six years. The latest advances in mechanical doping are believed to include electromagnetic wheels. In March, new UCI president David Lappartient announced the UCI had beefed up its strategy to fight mechanical doping, presenting a special mobile X-ray cabinet in Geneva and promising that thermal imaging cameras will also be used. The ...

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Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation

Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation

Following stage 8 crash Toms Skujins is the subject of a bizarre video that some believe shows mechanical cheating. Read the full article at Skujins laughs off motorized cheating accusation on VeloNews.com .

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Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at Inside the UCI’s plan to combat motorized cheating on VeloNews.com .

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UCI commits to fight against motor cheating

The UCI hopes to prevent mechanical fraud, and new technology allows it to leave no bike unscanned. Read the full article at UCI commits to fight against motor cheating on VeloNews.com .

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After crash, keeping Craddock in the Tour is team effort

American Lawson Craddock crashed hard in stage 1 and broke his scapula. He has vowed to press on. Read the full article at After crash, keeping Craddock in the Tour is team effort on VeloNews.com .

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Specialized Venge 2019: Launch and first ride review (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 06:50 Aero is still everything for the Specialized Venge, but now the bike is lighter and handles better too Another hotly anticipated product that fell into the strange world of embargoes, where those of us who'd seen it officially presented were left to keep quiet while the bike itself has been ridden by several teams for a few weeks. Now that the embargo has passed, we can finally discuss the new Specialized Venge, and what a bike it is. This bike is as much the product of a laboratory and wind tunnel as it is real world testing, and as such Specialized has developed modelling techniques that will be used to better bikes across its range. Image 5 of 37 Image 5 of 37 Venge-Tarmac Venn diagram What's immediately obvious is how much better the new Specialized Venge looks that the Vias model ...

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Tramadol ban, joint Worlds and gender equality on UCI agenda

Tramadol ban, joint Worlds and gender equality on UCI agenda

Joe Robinson 22 Jun 2018 A whole host of changes announced as UCI takes strides in the fight against gender disparity and the use of tramadol The UCI has unveiled an ambitious agenda for the next four years, which includes the banning of painkiller drug tramadol, the indefinite approval of disc brakes, a surge towards gender equality and a joint World Championships across all cycling disciplines every four years. These changes were announced at the UCI Management Committee in Arzon, France, yesterday giving an indication of the direction of the UCI up to 2022. While some of the plans, such as the joint World Championships, are pending confirmation, some changes will come into effect immediately. The most notable promise set out by the UCI in this recent agenda is the concerted effort to battle gender inequality in professional cycling, which a particular focus on the ethical standards set within the ...

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UCI commits to banning tramadol and glucocorticoids

Supported by The UCI has announced that it is putting in place firm measures to ban the use of tramadol and glucocorticoids in competition, something which has long been called for by the anti-doping body MPCC. The governing body had previously said that it was hamstrung by the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency didn’t have rules … The post UCI commits to banning tramadol and glucocorticoids appeared first on CyclingTips .

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UCI confirms Chris Froome's bike X-rayed for mechanical doping after Giro d'Italia solo win

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

The UCI has confirmed that Chris Froome ’s bike was X-rayed after his solo stage victory in Bardonecchia on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia , as part of the governing body’s fight against mechanical doping. Cyclingnews understands that the bikes of the top eight riders on the stage were tested using the mobile X-ray machine that was introduced this spring and used for the first time in the Ardennes Classics. Bikes are immediately tagged when riders cross the finish line and then taken to the X-ray cabinet in the anti-doping area. The bike is loaded into the mobile unit, with the X-ray images of the bottom bracket, wheels and frame seen on a laptop. The whole process only takes a few minutes. The eight bikes tested after stage 19 to Bardonecchia belonged to Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richard Carapaz (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Tom Dumoulin ...

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Piss take: Researchers defend study claiming Salbutamol urine test is flawed

“We lie as doctors. We say we make you better but actually we just make you as good as you were before you got ill. This fact means we rarely see a substance that makes someone better when they’re already very good at something.” I’m talking to Adam Cohen of the Centre for Human Drug … The post Piss take: Researchers defend study claiming Salbutamol urine test is flawed appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Anti-doping delay leaves Chris Froome missing helicopter transfer - Giro d'Italia Shorts

Chris Froome needed close to two hours to produce a urine sample at anti-doping after the stage 6 finish at Mount Etna, meaning he missed out on a place in the Team Sky helicopter transfer from the Sicilian volcano to their team hotel on the Italian mainland. Cyclingnews understands that Team Sky hired the helicopter ride from race organiser RCS Sport, while UAE Team Emirates hired their own helicopter to fly Fabio Aru and several teammates to the mainland to avoid the long drive to Messina, and then the ferry. Froome told La Gazzetta dello Sport that he stopped to take a natural break just 30km from the finish of the stage to Mount Etna. That left him struggling to produce enough urine for his sample. Other riders and teams had to endure a long transfer to get to their hotels. Tom Dumoulin and Team Sunweb reportedly only crossed the ...

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The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness

Tom Boonen. Philippe Gilbert. Greg Van Avermaet. These are the names that have dominated headlines in Belgium in recent years. And now, who comes next? Looking at career progression, it may well be Tim Wellens. The Belgian has been banging on the door for a long time. He’s already a proven winner: take races such … The post The next Belgian Classics star? Tim Wellens inches closer to greatness appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lappartient: Chris Froome's case will not be resolved before the Giro d'Italia

UCI president David Lappartient at the Tour Down Under

UCI president David Lappartient has all but conceded that Chris Froome will be able to ride the Giro d'Italia , saying a verdict on his salbutamol case is more likely to be reached before the Tour de France in July. Lappartient suggested the drawn-out legal case has put race organisers, the UCI, and Froome in an untenable situation, with concerns about how the French public will react if Froome rides the Tour de France subjudice. In a long interview with French newspaper L'Equipe , Lappartient also talked about the recently introduced steps to deter mechanical doping, reforms to the structure of the WorldTour, further development of women's cycling, including a women's Paris-Roubaix and higher salaries. Lappartient also promised to act against the abuse of corticoids and the painkiller tramadol, saying: "If you take a painkiller to push your limits in a race, that's like doping." Lappartient, 44, splits his time ...

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For the first time, Boonen addresses 2010 Cancellara motor speculation

Does Tom Boonen believe Fabian Cancellara used a motor to beat him in the 2010 Tour of Flanders? Let’s put it this way — for the first time, when asked point blank, he’s not saying no. The 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen had all the makings of a classic edition of one of the sport’s most … The post For the first time, Boonen addresses 2010 Cancellara motor speculation appeared first on CyclingTips .

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