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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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1 day 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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3 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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3 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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5 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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6 days ago  |  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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7 days ago  |  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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8 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: Lance Armstrong meets with USADA

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that cyclist Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban. Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cycling head urges Armstrong to abandon 'disrepectful' France ride

  The head of world cycling urged Lance Armstrong on Tuesday to abandon ''disrespectful'' plans to ride part of the Tour de France route for charity a day before the professional peloton. International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson warned cycling's showpiece event risked being undermined by the appearance of Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping...
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14 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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19 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Column: Time to rethink but not reduce Lance Armstrong's ban

PARIS (AP) A short-haired man, his accomplices and hangers-on walk into a jewelry store and help themselves, stuffing their pockets with swag. The store's security guard not only turns a blind eye, he pulls down the shutters to hide the pilfering from public view. He even asks for a watch. Then a policeman walks in. ''It was him!'' everyone shouts, pointing at the short-haired man...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kristoff wins Paris-Nice 1st stage, Boonen breaks collarbone

CONTRES, France (AP) Alexander Kristoff of Norway sprinted to victory in the first stage of Paris-Nice on Monday to claim his fifth win this season as former world champion Tom Boonen retired with a broken collarbone. The Katusha rider edged Frenchmen Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard in the finale of the 196.5-kilometer (122.1-mile) stage from Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse to Contres...
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21 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Main findings in year-long probe into doping in cycling

GENEVA (AP) The Lance Armstrong era of massive doping was revisited in a scathing, 227-page report detailing cycling's historic culture of drug use and investigating alleged mismanagement by the International Cycling Union. The year-long probe was been ordered by the governing body's new leadership as it tries to build confidence in cycling's future after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cycling leaders slammed for letting doping, Armstrong win

GENEVA (AP) 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...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Contador, Froome, Nibali, Quintana enter Tirreno-Adriatico

MILAN (AP) Organizers for the upcoming Tirreno-Adriatico race have announced a star-studded field featuring Grand Tour winners Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana. It will be the first time that the four riders with 10 Grand Tour wins between them have competed together in a World Tour stage race. The 50th edition of the race across central Italy runs...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Froome beats Contador to win Andalucia Vuelta

ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) Chris Froome of Sky held off Alberto Contador to win the Andalucia Vuelta on Sunday, to mark the start of the season with a victory over one of his direct rivals for the upcoming grand tours. Froome finished the five-day race in southern Spain two seconds ahead of his fellow Tour de France winner. Contador's Movistar teammate Juanjo Lobato won the...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Meares sets record, Edmondson wins 2nd gold at championships

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France - Sprint great Anna Meares became the most successful female track cyclist in history with 11 world titles after claiming the gold medal in keirin at the track cycling world championships on Sunday. The 31-year-old double Olympic champion added a 26th medal to her impressive collection on the final day of competition at the Velodrome National as...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Contador beats Froome to extend lead of Andalucia Vuelta

ALTO DE HAZAS LLANAS, Spain (AP) Alberto Contador extended his lead of the Andalucia Vuelta by winning Friday's mountainous third stage. Contador pulled away from Chris Froome, leaving the 2013 Tour de France winner to follow from a distance as the Spaniard reached the summit finish 19 seconds better off. Contador extended his lead to 27 seconds with two stages to go as he prepares...
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February 20, 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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