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Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Bonifazio wins stage two of Tour of Hainan, pushes defending champion Hofland out of yellow; SAIDS, UCI confirm Daryl Impey probenecid case won’t be appealed to CAS; Vuelta a España to add women’s one day race to 2015 event; Armitstead says it’s ‘pretty crazy’ that […]

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Fuglsang suggests he may leave Astana if team loses WorldTour licence over doping cases

Speaking after three of his Astana team-mates were announced in the past five and a half weeks as having tested positive, Jakob Fuglsang has expressed concern at the situation and what it might do for his reputation. “It is not good for me and what people think about me,” the Danish rider told DR Sporten. […]

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UCI requests review of Astana’s WorldTour licence as third rider linked to team tests positive

The UCI has revealed that a third rider linked to the Astana cycling team has tested positive and has formally requested that its Licence Commission undertakes a full review of the management and anti-doping policies of the Astana Pro Team. Today’s announcement appears to raise the possibility that the Kazakhstan team could lose its WorldTour […]

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The week in bike #39: Is this a real sport?

In this edition of “The Week in Bike” Cosmo Catalano presents his insights, rants, and humour on the sometimes ludicrous “is this a real sport?”world of pro cycling. Everything from Phil Gaimon’s downgrade from the World Tour, to the Astana saga, where is Team Alonso?, to Oleg Tinkoff’s latest showmanship, and Schleck’s retirement…we hope you […]

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UCI to scrutinize Astana over EPO positives of Iglinskiy brothers, may fine team for missing Beijing

The positive tests for EPO recorded by both Maxim and Valentin Iglinskiy have caused their Astana team to miss the Tour of Beijing due to the rules of the MPCC anti-doping organisation of which it is a member, but there may be more serious repercussions for the squad. The UCI has expressed concerns that two […]

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Rocacorba Daily

Good morning and welcome to your Tuesday Rocacorba Daily news brief. In today’s headlines: Tough but balanced Giro d’Italia route unveiled; Contador pulls out of Tour of Beijing; With Contador out, WorldTour leader Valverde won’t ride Tour of Beijing; Astana and Iglinskiy reverse decision to have rider’s B sample tested; Tinkov offers a €1 million […]

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Astana and Iglinskiy reverse decision to have rider’s B sample tested, team won’t ride Tour of Beijing

Weekend predictions that the Astana team and its rider Maxim Iglinskiy would, in fact, not have his B sample checked proved to be correct, with the team announcing today that the rider would not dispute his positive A sample test for EPO. “Astana Pro Team has moved to act upon the decision by rider Maxim […]

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Cyclocosm: The week in bike #38

If you’re tuning in late, this week we launched our collaboration with Cyclocosm’s Cosmo Catalano to host his video features that provide his own brand of insight, analysis, and satire that you can’t find anywhere else. In this edition of Cyclocosm’s “The week in bike”, Cosmo leaves no stone unturned in who or what he […]

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MPCC won’t immediately push for Astana suspension over Iglinskiy positive

The MPCC anti-doping movement has said that it won’t immediately require the Astana team to suspend itself, as per MPCC rules, over Tuesday’s news of Maxim Iglinskiy’s A sample for EPO. While the movement’s regulations call on teams to sideline themselves from competition after positive tests, the MPCC has issued a clarification of the rules […]

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Bikes of Le Tour: Vincenzo Nibali’s Specialized Tarmac & the McLaren Tarmac

As with any Grand Tour, the team leaders at the Tour de France like to have a little bit of bling, be that a custom helmet, a jazzed up pair of shoes or, for several of the big guns, a custom painted bike. Obviously the team bike sponsors love to get as much coverage as […]

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