Bouhanni takes his second Vuelta stage with verve and a swerve

Taking a somewhat meandering route to the line, Nacer Bouhanni nonetheless emerged as the winner of stage eight of the Vuelta a España on Saturday in Albacete. The FDJ sprinter jumped early, catching out Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and green jersey wearer John Degenkolb (Giant Shimano), and opening a gap of two lengths on stage three […]


De Marchi jumps out of four man break to win stage seven of Vuelta a España

Cannondale rider Alessandro de Marchi soloed to victory on the seventh stage of the Vuelta a España, with the Italian emerging from a four man breakaway which went clear inside the first 40 kilometres of the race. De Marchi had been with Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp), Johan Tschopp (IAM Cycling) and Herbert Dupont (Ag2r La Mondiale) […]


UCI awaiting Darryl Impey reasoned decision before deciding to appeal

The UCI has said that it is awaiting further details from the hearing which cleared Daryl Impey of doping charges before deciding if it will accept or appeal the ruling. The South African rider was told in June by his country’s national federation that he had tested positive for the banned diuretic Probenicid at an […]


Dan Martin on Vuelta’s points jersey: ‘I just have to be consistent in the hunt for stage wins’

Speaking after the end of stage seven of the Vuelta a España, Dan Martin didn’t realise he was still sitting fourth in the points classification. Once told he was, he sounded pleasantly surprised. Martin jumped clear inside the final kilometre of the stage and had a gap on the peloton behind by the line. He […]


Froome bounces back after crash, gains time on main rivals

His day started with a scare when he hit the deck prior to stage seven’s first climb, briefly putting him over a minute behind the other general classification contenders, but Chris Froome ultimately turned things around well to gain time on his rivals. The Team Sky rider chased back to the peloton after his fall […]


Daryl Impey cleared of doping, Durban pharmacist takes responsibility

South African cyclist Daryl Impey has been cleared of doping charges and will return to racing with his Orica-GreenEdge team in Canada in the coming weeks. In late June Impey was notified by Cycling South Africa that he had returned an “adverse analytical finding” for the banned diuretic Probenicid at an in-competition drug test at […]


Contador’s third place on first big mountain finish underlines possibility of Vuelta win

On Wednesday he said that his Vuelta a España chances were very much on the line and depended on a decent performance on the first real mountain summit finish of the race. “I’m sure that some riders are better than I am now and more explosive than me,” said Alberto Contador playing down his prospects. […]


Valverde declares he’s working for Quintana despite stage win and race lead

Although he was the strongest rider on stage six of the Vuelta a España, winning the stage and taking over the red jersey of race leader, Alejandro Valverde has pledged his full support for his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana. Valverde underlined his form when he did much of the driving at the front on the […]


Valverde wins stage six of Vuelta a España ahead of Froome and Contador, takes lead

Alejandro Valverde, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador showed that they have each got the form to battle for overall victory in the Vuelta a España, with the trio finishing first, second and third on Thursday’s first real summit finish of the race. Valverde impressed greatly on the final climb of Cumbres Verdes, driving the pace […]


Xenon, Argon usage banned by WADA, four year bans move closer

Confirming indications earlier this year that it would likely prohibit the use of xenon gas due to the method of using it to effect changes in blood levels, the World Anti Doping Agency WADA has said that both it and the usage of another substance have been banned. “WADA has completed its amendment to Section […]