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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UCI to approve motor-assisted bike trials for next season

Motor assisted bicycles regulations

Cycling's world governing body is poised to allow motorized bicycles in select events next year.

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Bob Stapleton Q&A: Former HTC manager details fight against hidden motors

UCI management commitee member Bob Stapleton

Supported by As the president of the UCI’s commission for the fight against technological fraud, Bob Stapleton has a vital role in providing credibility about results. However it’s not the first time he has been in such a position: following the 2006 Operacion Puerto scandal and the implication of riders such as Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla, … The post Bob Stapleton Q&A;: Former HTC manager details fight against hidden motors appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Hummingbird folding bike review

David Kenning Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 14:23 Good-looking and well made, the Hummingbird is a bike that will put a big smile on your face 4.6 / 5 £3,495 Launched in 2016, the Hummingbird is the brainchild of designer Petre Cranciun, who came up with it as a solution to the problem of other folding bikes being too heavy for his girlfriend to carry around. The full carbon frame is built by Prodrive, better known for its work in motorsport building race cars for Aston Martin, Subaru and Volkswagen. Each bike uses the same carbon-fibre manufacturing processes and is built by hand at Prodrive’s dedicated composites factory in Milton Keynes. As well as featuring cutting-edge technology, it’s also a stunning thing to look at. See related Lance Armstrong: 'Doping confession cost in excess of $100 million' Where should your money be for the 2018 Tour of Flanders? Tour of ...

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Unexpected GC shake-up in penultimate stage at Tour de Langkawi

Race leader for another day, Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu)

With six categorised climbs packed into the first 100km of stage 7 at the Tour de Langkawi , the possibility was open for teams to light up the race and test the grip of Artem Ovechkin and his team Terengganu's hold on yellow. For the majority of the 222km stage from Nilai to Muar, it appeared Ovechkin would be losing his lead and Thomas Lebas (Kinan) would be riding into yellow. At the end of the stage, won via the breakaway by Manuel Belletti, Ovechkin remained in yellow but the other riders behind in the top-ten all had new positions. Harry Sweeny (Mitchelton-BikeExchange) falling from third to fifth with Lukasz Owsian (CCC Sprandi) jumping into second place and Ben Dyball swapping second for third. Stage 7 became one of the most decisive stages, after the successful break in stage 3, and the hilltop Cameron Highlands finish. Ovechkin missed the original ...

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Chris Froome in danger of being blocked from Tour de France

Podium hostesses stand on either side of Chris Froome on the final Tour de France podium

Chris Froome ’s hopes of winning a fifth Tour de France are reportedly under threat, with race organiser ASO ready to try to block the Team Sky rider from starting this year’s race due to his on-going salbutamol case . The Press Association Sport news agency has claimed that ASO will refuse to let Froome line up in the Vendee region on July 7 if his case has not been resolved. PA sport cited “two senior cycling sources”. Two sources have also confirmed the possibility to Cyclingnews . Froome exceeded the allowed levels for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but because salbutamol is considered a specified substance, the Team Sky rider remains free to race pending the resolution of the case. Froome has always denied any wrongdoing , saying that he respected medical guidelines for the use of his salbutamol asthma inhaler. He began ...

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ASO said to be considering blocking Froome from Tour

Chris Froome flanked by Podium Girls

Supported by Chris Froome has made clear that he believes any results gained prior to a final verdict in his salbutamol case will stand. In that light, his aim to go for the win in both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France depend on no sanction being handed down prior to those events. UCI President … The post ASO said to be considering blocking Froome from Tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Lappartient: It would be difficult for Froome to ride the Tour de France without a verdict

UCI president David Lappartient faced questions from the media

UCI president David Lappartient admitted on Tuesday that Chris Froome 's salbutamol case is unlikely to be resolved before the Giro d'Italia but has reiterated calls for a verdict or some kind of decision before the start of the Tour de France on July 7. "I hope the decision can arrive before the Tour de France, even for Chris Froome. Can you imagine if he rides the Tour de France without a decision? It would also be difficult for him," Lappartient in Geneva said after presenting the UCI's new strategy to combat mechanical doping. "We need it before the Tour de France. But due to the fact this case is really specific, it takes more times than we were expecting." The UCI press office had warned that Lappartient would only speak about the new mobile X-ray cabinet created to scan bikes and other aspects of the UCI technological fraud strategy. ...

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UCI introduces tougher laws against motor doping

Vivax Assist motor

Joe Robinson 21 Mar 2018 New X-ray method to be introduced alongside tougher sanctions against guilty riders The UCI announced today a new blueprint for detecting motorised doping in professional cycling. Among several new methods cycling's governing body will employ for detecting mechanical fraud are the use of thermal imaging cameras, magnometer tagging and a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. Revealed in a presentation by UCI president David Lappartient and UCI equipment manager Jean-Christophe Peraud in Geneva, these latest protocols for mechanical doping seem to add substance to Lappartient's promise to clamp down on supposed motor doping in the professional peloton. Key to the UCI's new approach to detecting mechanical fraud will be a state-of-the-art X-ray machine that will be big enough to contain bikes directly after the finish of a race, scanning the entire machine for prohibited components. The UCI also confirmed that the unit would be lined with lead in ...

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