Johan Bruyneel Receives 10-Year Doping Ban

The USADA has banned Lance Armstrong’s former sports director Johan Bruyneel from all sport for 10 years over his role in doping in cycling.

A panel found Bruyneel, former US Postal team doctor Pedro Celaya, and team trainer Jose ‘Pepe’ Marti guilty of multiple doping violations.

“The evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,” said a USADA statement.

“Similarly, Dr. Celaya and Mr. Marti were part of, or at least allowed themselves to be used as instruments of, that conspiracy.”

Following the hearings by an independent three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association for the North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA) Bruyneel copped a 10-year ban from sport while Celaya and Marti were both given eight years.

Bruyneel said on his personal blog that he has been unfairly singled out.

“I do not dispute that there are certain elements of my career that I wish had been different,” said Bruyneel.

“Nor do I dispute that doping was a fact of life in the peloton for a considerable period of time.

“However, a very small minority of us has been used as scapegoats for an entire generation. There is clearly something wrong with a system that allows only six individuals to be punished as retribution for the sins of an era.”

For a good analysis on USADA’s decision, head over to the InnerRing.

Colombian cyclists refused UK visas for Giro d’Italia start

UK cycling fans are being urged by writer and broadcaster Matt Randell to contact the British Embassy in Colombia and ask that visas be granted to five riders to allow them to take part in the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Belfast on Friday 9 May.


According to reports, last year’s Giro runner-up Rigoberto Uran’s visa is said to be “pending,” (according to the Twitter feed of Colombian cycling blog, La Cadenilla) and two of the riders have gone to Rome to apply for their visas. Carlos Quintero, Jarlinson Pantano, and national champion and 2012 Giro stage winner Miguel Rubiano, all of Colombia Coldeportes, the reason for the rejection of their visas seems more of a technicality than anything else.

Read more on Road.cc

la Flèche Wallonne preview

In between Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, we find the mid-week Ardennes Classic Flèche Wallonne. This is the 78th edition of the race and as usual it all comes down to the feared berg ‘Mur de Huy’ which is climbed three times during the race. Favorites include Philippe Gilbert (BMC), last year’s winner Dani Moreno (Katusha), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE), and Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol).

See the full startlist for la Flèche Wallonne 2014 here.

For more information on the favorites, read Mikkel Condé’s preview of the race here.

Or if you just want some simple entertainment of watching Gewiss-Ballan loaded up to the eyeballs with EPO in 1994 Fleche Wallonne and taking 1-2-3, have a look at this:

La Fleche Wallonne Femmes: Race preview

It’s not only the men who take to the ‘Mur de Huy at Fleche Wallonne tomorrow. The women’s edition is also being held tomorrow (Wednesday) which sees both Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) and Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol Ladies) return to World Cup racing for the first time in 2014 who have both have won the race before.

See the full La Fleche Wallonne Femmes startlist here.

Verve Cycling to launch InfoCrank power meter

Australian brand Verve Cycling is just a few weeks away from delivering its first crank-based power meter starting at US$1,750.

InfoCrank measures each leg independently (accuracy stated as ±2% of maximum reading capability) and gives cadence using a magnetic sensor. It measures power by multiplying torque (in Nm) by cadence to display your power in watts. They use the “KIP power measuring system” to measure torque.

VervePowermeter

Verve says that InfoCrank can be use “anywhere you can ride your road bike”, and claim that it’s “almost unbreakable”. They say that they’ve been commissioned by the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) to design versions for track, MTB and BMX.

Verve CyclingPower

Read more on Road.cc and the Verve Infocrank website.

Thereabouts

Today we feature Lachlan and Gus Morton’s tale of their 2500km ride over twelve days from Port Macquarie to Uluru in an effort do rediscover the adventure side of of cycling. Read about their epic adventure here.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips:


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