Aru and Kristoff headline UAE Team Emirates training camp - Gallery
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:37:00 +0000

Team UAE Emirates have kicked off their 2018 plans with a training camp in Sicily, Italy with new recruits Alexander Kristoff and Fabio Aru in attendance.

The team made their WorldTour debut in 2017 but have bolstered the squad for next season with a raft of high-profile riders. Kristoff joins from Katusha-Alpecin and is set to lead the line in the spring Classics and bunch sprints, while Aru will challenge at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. Dan Martin has joined from Quick-Step Floors and will target the podium at the Tour de France next July.


A number of the new recruits trained with the team earlier this week, although they remain in their 2017 trade team kits until the start of January due to UCI regulations.

Stay tuned to the website as Cyclingnews will publish several interviews with the UAE Team Emirates riders during the coming days and weeks.

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Cookson: Chris Froome had no special treatment from the UCI
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:16:00 +0000

Former UCI president Brian Cookson has told Cyclingnews that he was made aware that Chris Froome had returned an adverse analytical finding (AFF) for salbutamol one day before being ousted as the head of the sport's governing body. The development comes just days after Cookson had told the BBC that the reputations of both Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky should be reinstated after a UKAD investigation was closed following a lack of evidence into an alleged doping violation that took place in 2011. Cookson has also told Cyclingnews that 'Froome had no special treatment' in relation to his case.

In a message sent to Cyclingnews and the BBC, Cookson said that the UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) had followed their rules after Froome returned the failed test on stage 18 of the Vuelta a España. The Team Sky rider had double the permitted levels of the asthma medication in his system and although he went on to win the race overall – and complete a historic Tour de France – Vuelta double – he now faces the prospect of losing his Spanish title and a ban if convicted.

"Under procedures introduced during my time as UCI President all anti-doping matters were dealt with by the totally independent CADF and the Legal Anti Doping Service supervised by an external lawyer. As UCI President I therefore had no role or influence in any individual case. I had then, and still have today, confidence in the integrity of all those involved, that they would always follow the correct procedures in every case, and that no rider was treated in any way differently from any other. I was informed that Chris Froome had provided an A sample with an anomalous result for a substance that did not result in an immediate provisional suspension in the last 24 hours of my tenure at UCI. When I left the UCI the following day, the matter passed to the new President and, rightly, I was no longer informed about the matter. I cannot comment further on this or any other ongoing case."


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When asked by Cyclingnews why he called the reputations of Team Sky and Wiggins to be restored, despite knowing the salbutamol news relating to Froome, Cookson said that he 'mistakenly thought that the matter must have been resolved'.

Cookson was crushed by David Lappartient 37-8 at the UCI Congress in Bergen on September 22. According to a statement released by Team Sky, Froome was informed of the test results on September 20, with the anti-doping test having taken place on September 7.

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Sharon Laws dies aged 43
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:28:00 +0000

Former professional rider Sharon Laws has died after a battle with cancer. She was 43. Laws announced in October 2016 that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She embarked on a six-month course of chemotherapy. 

As a rider Laws won a number of top honours and was one of the most respected and admired athletes on international and domestic circuits. She rode for Team Halfords in 2008 and moved to the Cervelo Test Team in 2010. Stints at AA Drink, Lotto Ladies, UnitedHeathcase and Bigla followed before her final year as a pro rider with Podium Ambition in 2016. She had retired from professional cycling in August 2016.

She won the British national women’s road title in 2012 and was the individual national time trial champion in 2008. She represented Great Britain on the international stage as well, including the 2008 Olympic Games.

The news was made public by Voxwomen, with a message posted on their Twitter account: “This morning the cycling world lost a champion, a friend, a rider with a huge smile and a fantastic laugh. Sharon Laws passed away early this morning after her fight with cancer. Her mum Joy and her family have asked for privacy at this time. RIP Sharon Laws 1974-2017."


A spokesperson for British Cycling told the Guardian: “Everyone who loves cycling will be affected by Sharon’s passing. She was as big-hearted and determined in life as she was on a bike, and represented her country and her sport with distinction. The thoughts of everyone at British Cycling are with her friends and family.”

Cyclingnews would like to extend its deep condolences to Laws' family and friends.


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Updated colours for Movistar bikes in 2018
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:37:00 +0000

Back in September, the Movistar Team unveiled their 2018 Endura team jerseys, which saw a radical change from the traditional navy blue and green to a brighter new look.

At the team’s 2018 presentation in Madrid on Thursday, the Spanish WorldTour team also unveiled the new designs for their Canyon bikes.

The new design is a lighter blue with a contrasting block of white for the team’s title sponsor, with the blue fading to black towards the bottom half of the jersey to match the black shorts.


Their bikes have received the same blue-to-black fade with contrasting white decals.

The team retain Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and Campagnolo wheels, Fizik saddles and LizardSkins handlebar tape, all colour coordinated to match the team’s new design.

Unveiled at the team presentation in Madrid were the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX and the aero Canyon Aeroad CF SLX. The team will also have the Canyon Speedmax CF SLX as their time trial option for next season.

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Kennaugh: I was going through the motions at Team Sky, I had to leave
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:01:00 +0000

After eight seasons at Team Sky  Peter Kennaugh is set to embark on a phase of his career at Bora-Hansgrohe. In 2018 the British rider, who has spent his entire career riding in the service of others, will have the opportunity to step up and become one of the protected riders alongside Peter Sagan and Rafal Majka.

At the Bora team camp in Mallorca last week, Kennaugh had his first real chance to acquaint himself with his new teammates. Of course there had been a brief team presentation in Germany the days before, but the get-away on the Spanish island offered a true opportunity for the Manxman to mix with his future allies.

“It felt like changing school in the lead up to coming here,” he tells Cyclingnews after a late dinner and meeting with the management.


“I was anxious, as you would be, but it’s been really chilled. Everyone is dead easy to get on with and it’s relaxed. It’s nice on the head, having that change of environment and having a complete set of new people to work with.”

Less than 30 miles away his former Team Sky colleagues are going through similar motions - eat, sleep, train, repeat - but for Kennaugh this winter marks a new adventure. He turned pro with Team Sky in 2010, during their inaugural season, and was tipped as a talented climber with a promising future, having finished third in the Baby Giro the year before.

Back in 2010, most would have put their money on Kennaugh reaching the top of the stage racing tree, rather than the older Chris Froome, but as the years past, the two riders’ trajectories drifted in opposite directions. While Froome abruptly transformed, Kennaugh became the personification of stagnation for British riders at Team Sky.

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FDJ announce first five riders for 2018 Tour Down Under - News Shorts
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000

FDJ's first five for the 2018 Tour Down Under

French WorldTour team FDJ have announced their first five riders for next month's Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia. A further two riders will be announced in the comings weeks. New FDJ recruits Austrian Georg Preidler and Canadian Antoine Duchesne will debut for the team at the WorldTour opener.

From 2018 the team will also be known as Groupama-FDJ, with their new kit likely to debut at the Tour Down Under.

Steve Morabito returns to the race for the first time since finishing ninth overall in 2015. The Swiss veteran will make his sixth appearance at the race in 2018.


Norweigan Daniel Hoelgaard and Frenchman Anthony Roux have also been named on the provisional roster.

In recent years, FDJ have taken a young and predominately French team to Adelaide for the WorldTour opener. With the first five riders on the roster representing five different nationalities, the team could potentially continue the trend when their final team is announced.

Quality start list for New Zealand men's road race titles

Six WorldTour cyclists will line out for the New Zealand national road titles in early January with a high-class start list set to assemble in Napier.

Team GB for 'Cross Namur World Cup

Nash elected president of UCI Athletes Commission

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McQuaid: Froome's salbutamol case is 'troubling and worrying'
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:10:00 +0000

Speaking to the BBC News, former UCI president Pat McQuaid said he was shocked by Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding (AAF) for salbutamol, and opined that it would be "very hard" for Froome to avoid being served a ban in the case.

Froome tested at twice the allowed limit for the asthma medication en route to winning the Vuelta a Espana. He said his asthma worsened during the race, and he followed the team doctor's advise to incease his dosage. He insisted that he did not exceed the permissable dose and that he broke no rules.

McQuaid disagreed.


"The fact is, he has broken a rule," McQuaid told the BBC. "The fact is his urine sample was twice the permitted limit. It's up to him to go and prove that he could have done otherwise."

McQuaid also took the opportunity to level criticism at his successor as UCI president, Brian Cookson, and Team Sky.

McQuaid pointed out that Froome's AAF came under Cookson's presidency - Froome was notified of the finding one day before David Lappartient won the election - and says Cookson would have been informed about the case.

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LottoNl-Jumbo to decide on dismissal of Lobato, Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn over sleep aid
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:30:00 +0000

Following this week's announcement by LottoNl-Jumbo that three riders were dismissed from the team camp for taking sleep aids outside of the medical advice of the team doctors, it has emerged that the team hospitalized Antwan Tolhoek, Pascal Eenkhoorn and Juan José Lobato before sending them packing. reported on Friday that the first hint that something was amiss came when Eenkhoorn came into the hotel lobby and was acting strangely.

It soon emerged that Eenkhoorn, Tolhoek and Lobato had taken a sleep aid that was not approved by the team, in violation of their team policy.


Directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman visited Tolhoek, and found him confused but otherwise OK. Lobato's condition alarmed them, however.

"We saw that he was asleep. We tried to wake him up, but that didn't work," Zeeman told He and team manager Richard Plugge tried waking Lobato, but could not.

They then consulted the team doctors, who advised them to call an ambulance. By the time it arrived, Lobato had woken up and walked into the ambulance. Zeeman drove Tolhoek and Eenkhoorn to the hospital.

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Holowesko-Citadel riders wrap up first team camp - Gallery
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

The Holowesko-Citadel riders and staff continue to barrel headlong toward the team's first Pro Continental season, most recently finishing up a week-long camp in South Carolina devoted to team bonding and a battery of baseline health screenings and physiologic testing.

The team gathered in Greenville, home of team owners George and Rich Hincapie, last week to go through what is a new process for the team. The testing took place at Greenville Health System’s Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and at Furman University, where team doctor and sports medicine physician Kyle Cassas worked with newly recruited second director Bobby Julich to organize a series of tests.

Testing included blood work and concussion baseline neuropsychological testing, EKGs, ultrasounds and medical exams. They also participated in functional movement screenings and Biodex testing with ATI Physical Therapy, as well as spine screenings with Dr. David Mruz of Eastside Chiropractic. Each rider also tested their ventilatory threshold (Maximum Aerobic Power) and received a
DEXA scan, which provides information about rider bone density and body composition.


“We are at the start of a very new and exciting project,” Julich said. “We are very thankful to Greenville Health System, Furman FIRST®, our riders, our staff and our sponsors who made this camp possible. Our goal with all the testings and meetings was to gather as much information as possible in order to establish a solid baseline for our riders and a clear starting point for our organization. The testing was very educational on many levels for everyone involved, and that knowledge will be crucial in our preparation toward a successful 2018 season.”

The first camp also included recreational activities like hiking and a visit to the local Go-Kart track.

“It was a great week for the team,” said George Hincapie. “You could feel the energy in the air. Everyone enjoyed getting to know each other, and I appreciated learning about each rider during the D/S meetings. This just makes me even more excited about what’s to come for the team."

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12 WorldTour teams for 2018 Cadel Evans Road Race
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:00 +0000

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race will have 12 WorldTour teams on the start line for the men’s event in 2018.

The early season Australian one-day race, created in 2015, moved up to WorldTour status this year and attracted 13 of the 18 WorldTour teams. WorldTour teams aren’t obliged to attend events that are new to cycling’s top tier, but if a race fails to secure at least 10 WorldTour teams it risks losing its status.

Despite the drop, the race announced “the strongest line-up in the event’s history” on Friday, with what it terms the “top five men’s WorldTour teams” in BMC Racing Team, Team Sky, Trek-Segafredo, Team Sunweb and Quick-Step Floors.


The other WorldTour teams on the start line will be: AG2R La Mondiale, Bora-Hansgrohe, Dimension Data, Katusha-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo, Lotto Soudal, and Mitchelton-Scott. The field of 16 teams will be rounded out by Pro Continental teams Aqua Blue Sport, Israel Cycling Academy, and Roompot, with the final team being an Australian national squad.

“You can see this race is so special to Cadel – so, to line up with his former team, and in one of the first races I’ll be lining up for with BMC Racing Team, is going to be pretty cool,” said 2017 runner-up Simon Gerrans, who has transferred to BMC from Orica-Scott this winter.

Former winners Peter Kennaugh (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) will both be back for the 2018 edition, which takes place over 164 kilometres in Geelong on January 28.

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