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 […]


Ciolek: I’ve forgotten the suffering in the Tour…I’d be glad to go back

Speaking about a possible return to a race he hasn’t competed in since 2011, former Milan-Sanremo winner Gerald Ciolek has said riding the Tour de France again is a major objective for him in 2015. The German sprinter’s MTN-Qhubeka team has met with Tour organisers ASO and is awaiting confirmation about whether or not it […]


Nibali on Astana positives: “Risking and cheating today is for stupid people.”

Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has repeated his previous assertions that the Astana team does not have a systematic doping problem, dismissing any suggestions that a spate of positive tests linked to the team could reflect a coordinated policy. Speaking to the Guardian, Nibali was commenting after brothers Valentin and Maxim Iglinskiy tested positive […]


Jack Haig signs with Orica-GreenEdge

Twenty-one-year-old mountain biker-turned-road cyclist Jack Haig will ride for Orica-GreenEdge in 2015, Haig’s current team Avanti Racing has announced. Haig has spent the past two seasons riding with Avanti (which was known as Huon-Genesys in 2013) and has split his time between Australia and Europe this season. Early this season Haig attracted international attention when […]


Smith: I want MTN Qhubeka to be completely open with data

MTN Qhubeka’s general manager Brian Smith has said that he is open to sharing as much information as possible with fans and others, saying that he wants the team to be open and transparent. Smith is about to head to South Africa for the team’s first training camp in advance of the 2015 season, a […]


Fourth rider linked to Astana team tests positive; Okishev fails A test for steroids

Already facing the scrutiny of the UCI Licence Commission, which will decide whether or not the team should be given a WorldTour licence for 2015, the doping cloud the Astana team is under has darkened with the news that a fourth rider with links to the team has tested positive. The UCI announced Wednesday that […]


Lighter and with renewed morale, Porte excited about 2015: “I’d love to have a big year”

Stating he is over a stone lighter than he was twelve months ago, Richie Porte has said he has got over the disappointment of a season frustrated by illness and is raring to go for 2015. Any thoughts that the Australian’s morale might still be dented after an at-times difficult year have been dismissed, with […]