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China awarded new cycling WorldTour race

China will host a new round of cycling’s WorldTour series, the Tour of Hangzhou, at the end of the season, world governing body UCI announced on Friday. The five-stage race will take place from Oct 17-21 in the city of 8.7 million people,...

Cyclist Boonen wins fourth Tour of Qatar

Tom Boonen of Belgium won his fourth Tour of Qatar title on Friday, having led the race since he won the opening stage last Sunday. The final stage was won by Arnaud Demare, the under-23 road world champion, while British sprinting star Mark...

Ullrich admits contact with doper Fuentes

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has conceded, after receiving a two-year ban for blood doping, that he had “contact” with Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. Ullrich did not directly acknowledge doping but said he would not...

1997 Tour de France winner Ullrich banned

Germany’s 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has received a two year ban and been stripped of his third-place finish in the 2005 race for a doping violation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced. CAS ruled that all of...

Spain defended after Contador cycling ban

The head of Spain’s Olympic committee stepped up to defend Spanish sport on Wednesday in the wake of two-time Tour de France champion cyclist Alberto Contador’s two-year ban for doping. Committee president Alejandro Blanco defended his...

Guardiola urges Contador to fight

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who successfully fought a doping case while a player in Italy, has urged Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador to fight his two-year doping ban “until the end of the world”. “In these situations, and I...

Husband of French cycle champ detained

French police on Wednesday said they had detained Patrice Ciprelli, the husband of champion cyclist Jeannie Longo, and a friend for dealing in banned substances which posed a danger to health. Police were also searching the couple’s residence...

Doping verdict looms for cyclist Ullrich

Sport’s highest court will issue a second verdict this week involving a doping case against a Tour de France winner. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it will publish a ruling on Thursday on an appeal filed by the...

Cavendish sprints to Qatar stage win

British rider Mark Cavendish of the Sky team has won a sprint finish for the third stage of the Tour of Qatar ahead of Belgian Tom Boonen. Lithuanian Aidis Kruopis finished third just ahead of Australian Mark Renshaw. It was Cavendish’s first...

WADA urges US to hand over Armstrong info

The World Anti-Doping Agency has urged US authorities to quickly hand over evidence collected in their lengthy probe into seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and doping in American cycling. John Fahey, the Australian president of WADA,...

Contador vows to pursue career after ban

A visibly indignant two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador said he “totally disagreed” with his two-year doping ban but vowed to pursue his career. Speaking for the first time since the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s...

Contador verdict another blow for cycling

The decision to strip Alberto Contador of his Tour de France title and ban him for two years for doping is another blow to the sport, cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain said on Monday. Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour title on...