Nothing illegal found in Paris-Roubaix roadside drug vial

The UCI confirmed on Tuesday that a vial of pills found on the roadside during Paris-Roubaix earlier this year contained no illegal substances.

Back in April fans of the race picked up a vial of pills that fell out of the pocket of a rider that crashed in front of them. The vial was then sent to UK Anti-Doping who passed it over to the UCI and Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation for testing.

The UCI announced on Tuesday that an analysis by a Swiss laboratory showed all the pills in the vial were legal: Ibuprofen, caffeine, theophylline (used to help with breathing problems) and quinine (for leg cramps).

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Nicole Sapstead, said: “A member of the public, and by consequence the Report Doping in Sport hotline, played an integral role in ensuring that this information was passed on to the appropriate authorities to be properly investigated.

“We applaud all those who recognised that this was the most appropriate action to take in the pursuit of clean sport.

“UK Anti-Doping acted quickly, working closely with our partners at the CADF and UCI, and we hope that fans are reassured that anti-doping organisations are collaborating on a global level to deter and detect suspicions of doping.”

Click here to read more at Cycling Weekly.

Orica-GreenEdge reveals Tour de France team, including Simon Yates

ORICA-GreenEDGE has announced its nine-rider squad for the 2014 Tour de France with more than half the team making their Tour debut. The remaining four were part of the successful team that scored two stage wins and a four day stint in the yellow jersey last year.

Tour de France 2013 stage-5

“This year we are going to the Tour without a sprinter for the flat stages and will be targeting numerous stages,” said Sport Director Matt White. “The goal for the team is to walk away with a stage win.”

“I am very happy with the roster we have assembled,” said White. “It’s a good mix of youth and experience.”

Simon Gerrans leads the squad and team management’s hopes of winning a stage while Michael Matthews, who won two stages at last year’s Vuelta and one at this year’s Giro (plus many days in the maglia rosa) makes his Tour debut.

“Michael is coming in to the Tour with a very good build up and some of the biggest results of his career in the month of May,” said White. “His goal in his first Tour de France is to win a stage and will have multiple opportunities to attempt that.”

Simon Yates has been selected on the squad as well and will line up for his first Grand Tour on home soil when it starts in Leeds.

“Simon has certainly achieved a lot more than we would have imagined up to this point,” said White. “It wasn’t the plan to bring him into the roster for the Tour de France, but for what we want to achieve as a team, he’s a great fit. It is no secret that we are targeting the intermediate mountain stages, and Simon has shown in his results throughout the year that he is more than capable of great results. ”

The nine riders who will line up in Leeds are: Jens Keukeleire, Luke Durbridge, Mathew Hayman, Michael Albasini, Michael Matthews, Simon Clarke, Simon Gerrans, Simon Yates and Svein Tuft.

Text adapted from an Orica-GreenEdge press release. Click here to read more at the Orica-GreenEdge website.

Astana reveals Tour de France team in support of Vincenzo Nibali

Meanwhile Astana has announced its nine-rider squad for the Tour as well, with a team built, unsurprisingly, around Vincenzo Nibali’s GC ambitions.

Italian Championships Cycling Road 2013

The last time Nibali rode the Tour de France was in 2012 when he came third overall. This year he’s aiming for a higher step.

“This year we are going for the yellow jersey – we knew last year after Vincenzo won the Giro that we could come to the Tour de France for a shot at victory, and we saw at the Vuelta how hard he can fight”, general manager Alexander Vinokourov said.

Nibali will be supported by Michele Scarponi and Jakob Fulgsang, the latter placing seventh overall last year in Nibali’s absence. Tanel Kangert will also ride in support of the Sicilian, as will Lieuwe Westra, who won a stage at this year’s Criterium du Dauphine.

Team Astana for the Tour de France is as follows: Vincenzo Nibali, Michele Scarponi, Jakob Fuglsang, Lieuwe Westra, Tanel Kangert, Alessandro Vanotti, Andriy Grivko, Dmitriy Gruzdev and Maxim Iglinskiy.

Click here to read more at the Astana website.

Teamlists for the Giro Rosa

While the Tour de France starts on Saturday, the biggest stage race on the women’s calendar also starts this weekend: the Giro Rosa.

Giro Rosa stage-8

Teams are now confirming their line-ups for the 10-stage race which begins on Friday night (European time), including Giant-Shimano which features the following riders: Lucy Garner, Claudia Lichtenberg, Willeke Knol, Sara Mustonen, Amy Pieters, Maaike Polspoel, Julia Soek and Marijn De Vries. They’ll be riding in support of previous winner Claudia Lichtenberg (nee Haussler).

Orica-AIS too has announced its team: Amanda Spratt, Emma Johansson, Jessie MacLean, Katrin Garfoot, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins, Shara Gillow and Valentina Scandolara. Emma Johansson will lead the team’s GC ambitions.

Click here for an up-to-date Giro Rosa starlist over at VeloFocus. Stay posted for more coverage of the Giro Rosa here at CyclingTips.

Could Bradley Wiggins return to Garmin?

There are suggestions that Brad Wiggins will be leaving Sky at the end of this year and now it would appear Wiggins is in talks with Garmin-Sharp, a team he raced for back in 2009.

Tour de France 2009 16e etappe

Wiggins’ contract with Sky comes to a close at season’s end and now Garmin-Sharp’s Jonathan Vaughters has confirmed that Wiggins is talking with the team.

“Brad and I have had a couple of friendly chats,” Vaughters told Cyclingnews. “They were nice conversations but I have to stress that Sky have the first priority in this matter and we can’t negotiate or sign contracts until the UCI’s transfer window opens on August 1 and we’re going to follow the rules strictly.”

“Brad and I, our objectives are aligned. We both want to work with strong team time trial teams and we share other ideas too. There have been no negotiations at this stage though and we won’t and can’t make a move until Team Sky make a decision,” Vaughters added.

Click here to read more at Cyclingnews.

Stefan Küng signs for BMC

Twenty-year-old Swiss rider Stefan Küng will make the step up from the BMC Development Team to BMC Racing on January 1 next year after signing a multi-year deal.

Stefan Küng, centre.

Stefan Küng, centre.

Küng recently finished second behind Fabian Cancellara (Trek) at the Swiss national time trial championships, before taking victory in the Swiss U23 road race and seventh in the elite men’s race.

“This is an important signing for the future of the BMC Racing Team,” BMC’s general manager Jim Ochowicz said. “It confirms once again that our BMC Development Team is working, as we graduate another athlete to the professional team. Stefan is the perfect all-around rider who has demonstrated a high level of performance in a number of areas, both on the road and on track.”

Küng is already looking ahead to next season.

“I want to find my rhythm and start well and perform well,” he said. “I would also like to get in Paris-Roubaix and get selected for the Tour de Suisse. So I will be working hard to get selected for those races and then try to perform very well.”

Click here to read more at the BMC Racing website.

Trek reveals sub-5kg Emonda road bike

Just days before the Tour de France Trek has revealed its new Emonda frame. Trek claims the frame weighs in at 690g for a 56cm frame which can be built up to less than 5kg with Bontrager integrated components.

Image: Trek

Image: Trek

The Emonda appears in various models — from the the super-light, US$15,000 SLR 10, down to the SL and S models, the latter retailing for roughly US$1,500. WSD builds of the Emonda will be available as well.

The Emonda is apparently the result of 30 months of work to develop the lightest production road bike on the market. But being light wasn’t enough — the bike needed to function as a world-class racing machine as well, which Trek believes they’ve managed to achieve.

Click here to read more at Bike Radar and here at the Trek website.

Backtracker – helping to protect cyclists?

Here’s a device that, the developers claim, will help improve cyclists safety by providing them with a sixth-sense out on the road.

Backtracker uses “micro-radar” to pick up and track cars from up to 140m away, alerting riders about cars the might be approaching too fast from the rear.

Check out this video showing the device in action:

Click here to read more at TechCrunch.

The Rocacorba Recap

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Today’s feature image was shot in Hong Kong by Jered Gruber and features Jered’s wife Ashley.