Rui Costa’s brother Mario inks deal to race alongside him with Lampre-Merida

Former world road race champion Rui Costa will have company from close to home alongside him next season, with his Lampre-Merida team confirming that it has given his older brother a contract. Mario Costa has inked a deal with the Italian squad and is looking forward to the experience. “It’s such a pride and satisfaction […]


Canadian pro Woods blasts Astana rider Davidenok over Qinghai Lake dominance and doping

The reactions of cycling fans and the media to the spate of Astana-team positives have been clear to those following the news on twitter and in reports, but another group which has been more affected has been relatively silent thus far. However Canadian pro rider Michael Woods has made his feelings clear on his Rustywoods […]


Astana Continental team ‘suspended indefinitely’ by Vinokourov after Fedosseyev’s positive test

Reacting to yet another positive test pertaining to an Astana-linked team, Alexandre Vinokourov has suspended the Continental squad connected to the latest doping issue. The move follows Wednesday’s announcement by the UCI that the Kazakhstani rider Artur Fedosseyev had a positive A sample for anabolic androgenic steroids in a test taken on August 16. The […]


Louis Meintjes: “I hope 2015 will be the first time I can pull off a win in Europe”

The 2013 world under 23 road race silver medallist Louis Meintjes is still just 22 years of age but, having progressed solidly in the first two years of his professional career, he is setting his sights higher for the upcoming season. Meintjes had a fine second year with MTN Qhubeka this season. The South African […]


Yet another doping positive for an Astana-linked rider: Fedosseyev is number five

The steady erosion of credibility has continued in relation to the Astana team, with a fifth rider connected to the setup confirmed as returning a positive test. The UCI’s list of provisional doping suspensions was updated Wednesday with the name of the Kazakhstani rider Artur Fedosseyev, who returned a positive A sample for anabolic androgenic […]


Victor Hugo Peña: Quintana has what it takes to win the Tour

Former Tour de France yellow jersey Victor Hugo Peña has said that he is confident that his fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana has what it takes to win the Tour de France, but that it is impossible to say it is guaranteed to happen. The ex-professional has competed alongside the 2014 Giro d’Italia winner in the […]


Reaction: riders, teams hail creation of Velon group, which is pushing for a bigger future for the sport

The official launch of the Velon collaboration of top pro teams has been endorsed by some of the top riders in the world, with competitors such as Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team), Robert […]


Project Avignon becomes Velon as top teams combine as new stakeholder group

The long-talked about need for teams to create an alternative revenue stream to traditional sponsorship and thus give themselves a more sustainable and guaranteed future has moved a major step closer, with the news that the former Avignon project has been officially launched under the new title Velon. Comprising 11 of the UCI’s current 18 […]


Horner to Airgas-Safeway?

The 2013 Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner has secured a team for the 2015 season and, according to media reports, the team concerned is set to make an imminent announcement. Horner’s agent Baden Cooke has been searching for several months for a ride for him for 2015, and said recently that there was a […]


Weyland fired as Cult Energy Pro Cycling manager after two months, new co-sponsor needed

After being named manager of the Cult Energy Pro Cycling team just two months ago, Christian Weyland has been dismissed from the position amid clear indications of tension. The Danish Pro Continental team today announced the news, and also said that it is seeking a new co-sponsor. Until the latter is found, Cult Energy will […]