Armstrong associates Stapleton and Knaggs try to negotiate settlement in Department of Justice legal case

Two of those fighting their corner in the combined Department of Justice/ Floyd Landis case against Lance Armstrong and his former associates have sought to bring their involvement to an end by offering payoffs to the United States government and Landis’ lawyer. USA Today has today reported that Armstrong’s longtime agent Bill Stapleton and the […]


The Week in Bike #49 – The Doping Episode

It’s not really an entire episode about doping, kind of like how lots of doping stories aren’t really about drugs. But the topic does come up quite a bit. We hope you enjoy Cosmo Catalano’s latest episode of The Week in Bike.


MPCC states that six member teams face auto-suspensions if repeat doping cases occur

Commenting in the wake of the combined five positive cases between the Astana WorldTour and Astana Continental teams, the MPCC anti-doping movement has said that six teams face self-suspension under its rules in the event of any more positive cases. This is based on its regulations which decree that squads who include riders who have […]


Santambrogio tests positive again while serving doping ban, faces possible lifetime suspension

Italian rider Mauro Santambrogio is facing a possible lifetime ban from the sport after failing a second test for a banned substance. The 30 year old was subjected to an out of competition doping control on October 22, resulting in an A sample finding for testosterone. The UCI announced that finding on Thursday and said […]


UCI still waiting for Padova file from CONI, keen to see any relevant Astana information

One week after the UCI announced that its Licence Commission had decided to give a probational WorldTour licence to the Astana team but that it might yet be stripped away if further evidence emerged against the team, the governing body has said that it is still awaiting what could be crucial information in the matter. […]


Androni-Venezuela team riders undertake to pay large fine in case of doping positive

The Androni-Venezuela team has announced that it has required its riders to sign a substantial anti-doping pledge, under which anyone testing positive would have to pay a large fine and also cover the cost of damages incurred by the team. The Professional Continental team announced that the agreement has been drawn up by the notary […]


Vinokourov makes claims of Italian and European bias against Astana, considers legal action

Despite the fact that the team includes the strongest Italian rider and the current Tour de France winner, Vincenzo Nibali, Alexandre Vinokourov is suggesting that a bias against the team on the part of Italian media might be behind the recent negative press about Astana. Vinokourov, who admitted working with Michele Ferrari in 2007 and […]


The Week in Bike #48 – Grossly Disproportionate

A week of big announcements and bigger reactions. Is it the same old story in cycling, or is the UCI successfully threading needle between future expectations and past mistakes? We hope you enjoy Cosmo Catalano’s latest episode of The Week in Bike.


Astana receives WorldTour licence for 2015 despite doping cases and Ferrari link

Although the combined WorldTour and Continental teams have had five positive tests since August and the team has been heavily implicated in the Padova report linking riders and squads to the banned doping doctor Michele Ferrari, the Astana squad has confirmed that it has been given a WorldTour licence for 2015. It released a brief […]


UCI clarifies: Licence Commission still awaiting information from CONI, but decision tomorrow

The UCI has clarified a story in today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, staying that its Licence Commission has not yet received the Padova report into doping allegations against Michele Ferrari, including claims that he worked with the Astana team. Although La Gazzetta quoted UCI President Brian Cookson as saying that documentation had been sent by […]