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Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are ''owed an apology,'' but noted the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet with him back in 2013. David Howman, director general of WADA, said this week he was disappointed Armstrong has not apologized for costly lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Fleche Wallonne for 3rd time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain perfectly timed his attack to win the Fleche Wallonne (Walloon Arrow) classic for the third time and the second year in a row on Wednesday. Valverde, runner-up at the Amstel Gold Race last week, won ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini at the top of the Mur de Huy. Former Tour de France champion Christopher Froome was involved...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WADA director general disappointed at lack of Lance Armstrong apology

  The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview at The Associated Press on Tuesday, David Howman said NFL and NHL players need to change their attitude toward drug testing, the NCAA and amateur...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Interview: WADA exec disappointed by no Armstrong apology

NEW YORK (AP) The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency is disappointed Lance Armstrong has not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. In an interview at The Associated Press on Tuesday, David Howman said NFL and NHL players need to change their attitude toward drug testing, the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

USA Cycling reconvenes to examine Pan-Am Championships picks

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) USA Cycling is reconsidering its selections for next month's Pan Am Championships, a decision that could keep reigning Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong from beginning her comeback. Armstrong, who retired after the London Games, was initially chosen to compete May 5-10 in Leon, Mexico. But USA Cycling said Friday that it would examine the selection...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong returning to cycling

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is returning to professional cycling. USA Cycling announced Tuesday that the 41-year-old Boise, Idaho, resident has been named to the 2015 Pan American Continental Road Championships roster. Armstrong won gold in the time trial at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again in the time trial at the 2012 London Olympics....
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Paris-Roubaix cyclists interrupted by high-speed train (Video)

Cyclists taking part in Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race found themselves facing an unexpected obstacle as the main group approached a set of train tracks at the same time as a high-speed train was approaching. Several dozen cyclists were more than willing to take their lives into their own hands by ducking under the barriers (or riding around them) in order to stay with the pack, leading...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Column: End of an era for cycling's most eccentric champion

KORTRIJK, Belgium (AP) Dust off the cut-out-and-wear sideburns. Just one last time. In honor of Bradley Wiggins, a Tour de France champion unlike any other who ends his road-racing career this weekend. His sport - all of sport, in fact - will be poorer without this most colorful of characters. A quick recap: Wiggins was the Tour's first British champion, and for a long while he...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour of Flanders cyclists taken down by careless drivers (Video)

Two cyclists were taken down during Sunday's Tour of Flanders in Belgium due to some careless driving by cars along the course. New Zealand's Jesse Specter's race ended prematurely after colliding with a Shimano "neutral service" car that tried to squeeze between the group of riders that Specter was a part of and the side of the road. Specter crashed to the ground, suffering a broken...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pa. boys and girls: Germantown Friends’ Walker wins 800 at Stanford

Germantown Friends junior Sarah Walker placed first in the 800 meters Saturday at the Stanford Invitational hosted by Stanford University.
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tinkoff-Saxo ends Bjarne Riis contract

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo has terminated the contract of manager Bjarne Riis with immediate effect. The Russian-owned cycling team, which is based in Denmark, issued a statement Sunday saying it has ''reached a mutual agreement'' with Riis. Tinkoff-Saxo said it will unveil early next week the new sporting structure of the team that Riis created after ending his...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins 5th stage, Porte leads Volta a Catalunya

VALLS, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde won the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Friday, while Richie Porte took the lead of the seven-day race. The Movistar rider claimed his second stage win of this edition after completing the 195-kilometer (121-mile) mainly downhill ride from Alp to Valls five seconds ahead of his nearest chasers. Valverde opened a gap ahead of a small group...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke classic; Cancellara hurt in crash

HARELBEKE, Belgium (AP) British rider Geraint Thomas won the E3 Harelbeke classic on Friday after launching a late attack, and three-time winner Fabian Cancellara sustained two minor fractures to his lower back after being caught in a crash. The 34-year-old Cancellara was among several riders downed in a mass crash on a cobblestone section about 40 kilometers (25 miles) into the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Tejay Van Garderen of US wins Volta a Catalunya 4th stage

LA MOLINA, Spain (AP) Tejay Van Garderen of the United States climbed steadily after breaking away from the pack and hung on to his lead to win the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya by three seconds, while Bart De Clerq of Belgium took the overall lead on Thursday. On the mountainous 188-kilometer (117-mile) ride from Tona to La Molina, Van Garderen fended off an attack by Richie...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Alejandro Valverde wins 2nd stage of Volta a Catalunya

OLOT, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain sprinted away from a tightly-bunched pack to win the rain-swept second stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday. The 34-year-old rider finished in five hours, two minutes, 49 seconds, just ahead of Movistar teammate Jose Rojas of Spain and Switzerland's Martin Elmiger, both of whom had the same time as Valverde. Maciej Paterski of Poland...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WADA: Armstrong's attempt at reduced ban 'almost too late'

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) WADA director general David Howman says Lance Armstrong has not done enough to get his life ban reduced and that his latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of a WADA symposium, Howman said the American cyclist did not seize the opportunities he had to come forward with the details of his...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

1987 winner backs Lance Armstrong charity ride on Tour route

PARIS (AP) The 1987 winner of the Tour de France supports Lance Armstrong riding part of this July's route to raise funds against blood cancer. Stephen Roche says ''it's for a very good cause'' and adds ''he hasn't killed anybody.'' Former English soccer player Geoff Thomas invited Armstrong on the unofficial charity ride. To raise $1.5 million, Thomas plans to ride on the Tour...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Source: Lance Armstrong, USADA meet to potentially reduce lifetime ban

  Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, The Associated Press has learned. Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private. The...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cycling head urges Lance Armstrong not to pursue France ride

LONDON (AP) The head of world cycling says it would be ''disrespectful'' to current riders if Lance Armstrong rode the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton as a charity fundraiser. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping on every one of his wins from 1999-2005. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which imposed a life ban from cycling on Armstrong...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Porte wins stage 4 of Paris-Nice; Sky teammate Thomas 2nd

CROIX DE CHAUBOURET, France (AP) Climbing specialist Richie Porte of Australia won Thursday's hilly fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, while Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski finished third to take the overall lead. Porte's Sky team dominated on the first climbs of the week-long race, with Porte's teammate Geraint Thomas placing second. Porte, the 2013 champion, completed the 204...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Boonen to undergo shoulder op after Paris-Nice crash

PARIS (AP) Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery on Wednesday after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race. The one-day classics specialist, who will miss the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix because of his injury, underwent medical tests that confirmed he suffered an acromioclavicular joint dislocation, and broke his radius...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Alberto Contador extends contract with Tinkoff-Saxo team

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) The Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team says two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has extended his contract and will ride one more year before retiring. Team manager Bjarne Riis says it was ''extremely important for the team to have as a leader a champion of his caliber.'' Contador joined Saxo Bank-SunGard in 2011, won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Investigation: Cycling body allowed Lance Armstrong to cheat

  Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so Lance Armstrong could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report into its drug culture. The International Cycling Union was severely criticized for failing to act during the doping era dominated by Armstrong, but the 227-page report the governing body released...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Armstrong backs investigation into cycling's murky past

PARIS (AP) Lance Armstrong has welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling's governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and others. The report turned up no evidence to sustain previous allegations that Armstrong paid the UCI to cover up a positive doping test back in his...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave. Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge ride in Austin in October. It will be his first return to the Livestrong event since 2012, when a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed performance...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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