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Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Kreuziger leads Tinkoff into battle
April 23, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Roman Kreuziger will lead Tinkoff in Sundays Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The Czech rider has finished inside the top ten in the last two editions of the race and cracked the top 15 in each of the two Ardennes races thus far in 2016, Amstel Gold Race and La Fleche Wallonne. Kreuziger was fifth in last years Liege-Bastogne-Liege and attacked in Amstel last weekend with a late move before the final ascent of the Cauberg. Ahead of Sundays Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Alejandro Valverde has been installed as the bookies the favourite. The Spaniard won last year and defended his La Fleche Wallonne crown earlier in the week. "Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a tough and demanding race but one of which I'm very fond. The line-up this year is strong and, in particular, Alejandro Valverde has shown he is in very good form. Nevertheless, I feel very confident about my own shape which has been building in the last weeks. I look forward to giving my best to obtain a good result and I'm sure we will field a strong squad on Sunday," Kreuziger said.ADVERTISEMENT Team director Bruno Cenghialta, who finished in the top ten in Liege-Bastogne-Liege during his own career and helped carry Russian Evengi Berzin to victory in the race in 1994, stressed that the brutal Liege-Bastogne-Liege finale would see the best riders compete for the win. The Italian pointed to the climb of Ans as the most critical point in the race. Read also Liege-Bastogne-Liege start list Liege-Bastogne-Liege race preview Teams recon Liege-Bastogne-Liege route - Gallery Liege-Bastogne-Liege is a challenging race that requires good condition to be able to compete with the best riders in the world in a very demanding finale. In recent years, the crucial point of this race has always been the final climb of Ans and this is where we will focus our efforts. The aim is to bring our captains there, well-positioned to fight for a good result. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kreuziger replaces sick Contador as captain in Clsica San Sebastin
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Roman Kreuziger will head up the Tinkoff-Saxo team for the Clsica San Sebastin, stepping in for Alberto Contador who stopped his season early due to illness. Kreuziger will be joined in the WorldTour event by Matteo Tosatto, Manuele Boaro, Jesus Hernandez, Sergio Paulinho, Pavel Brutt, Oliver Zaugg and Chris Juul-Jensen. Obviously, the team's main objective was for Alberto Contador to win the race and his absence will significantly change the goals and strategy of the team," director Patxi Villa said. "Alberto still has high fever and is unable to race. He also renounces the criteriums he was scheduled to attend and as a result, his 2015 racing season has come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT "The race course suits Roman the most and he will be our leader for San Sebastin. He comes from a very busy season and although, ideally, we will aim for the overall win, at least we will try to be in the top spots." Like Contador, both Kreuziger and Tosatto have raced the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, but others are fresh from training camps or the recent Tour de Wallonie. "Brutt and Juul-Jensen will join directly from the Tour de Wallonie, where they have delivered a strong performance on a hard parcours. As a result, we have various levels of freshness and abilities on the squad that we will seek to utilize in the best way possible to achieve a top result," Villa said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cookson: I dont want a war with ASO but cycling must reform
July 04, 2015 (10:46) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As cycling braces itself for the busiest three weeks of the year,Cyclingnews sat down with UCI President Brian Cookson in Utrecht on the eve of the Grand Dpart of the Tour de France to discuss some of the biggest challenges faced by the sport's governing body in recent months. First on the agenda was the power struggle currently taking place between the sport's stakeholders afterCyclingnews revealed last week that the UCI, teams, and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) - which runs the Tour de France - are at loggerheads over reforms to the structure of cycling. The UCI also came under fire in June when it dropped its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the Biological Passport case of Roman Kreuziger, whose original ban had been overturned by the Czech cycling federation. No reason has been given for the last-minute decision and fresh scrutiny has been piled on the role of the Passport as the leading tool in the fight against doping.ADVERTISEMENT Finally, a major test of Cookson's stewardship has been the Astana case, in which five members of the Kazakh team's WorldTour team and Continental feeder set-up returned positive doping controls in the space of a year. Cyclingnews: Can you start by updating us on where the UCI are with their latest reforms?Brian Cookson: Were making progress. The proposals that weve got are pretty much accepted by most of the stakeholders. Its fair to say that there are some stakeholders who want further discussion and negotiation but I want to emphasise that we at the UCI are not in any way delaying this. We want to move forward as quickly as we can and want to give certainty to race organisers and teams, sponsors, the media and fans. So we are pushing as much as we can but we dont want to have a war and we know the damage that it could create from the previous war and I think that we can find a solution and well keep talking until we do.CN: Were you surprised, then, by the leaked letter a few weeks ago in which ASO came out against the reforms?BC: Im disappointed that were not able to reach a full agreement. There are still some remaining issues which are not a surprise but I want to emphasise that there is very wide agreement. The UCI are not doing anything that threatens any organiser and team. Were not proposing to shorten the Giro [dItalia] or Vuelta [a Espaa], and we want to expand and develop the WorldTour calendar.CN: With ASOs position in terms of what they hold, such as the Tour de France, its impossible to see any reform going ahead without their consent.BC: Theyre in a very powerful position theres no two ways about that. Their job is to organise their races and nobody wants to damage that but what we do need to do is find ways of making everyones financial position stronger and more sustainable. I dont think that necessarily needs to be seen as weakening those that have a strong position at the moment. Clearly there are elements that I find a challenge but I think that we can find a way forward for the good of the sport. We want to see the sport strong and want to see the teams and riders stronger. I dont want to damage any of the wonderful existing events but I do think that we can find ways of expanding our sport worldwide. I think that doesnt mean damaging the existing strengths.CN: But what are you offering that ASO dont already have? BC: What were trying to do is have a stronger global narrative to the sport. We want to enhance the development and the pathways so that the teams can offer more sustainable returns to their sponsors and investors. Those things are hard to quantify. ASO are in a great position and they have a great series of events and many of those events that theyre developing would love to be part of the WorldTour as well but they should have an interest in making the WorldTour reforms work as well as anyone else.CN: The Tour is the Tour though, and the best riders will always go there because teams need to please their sponsors, so invariably ASO are and will be in that position. On top of that, regardless of whether its dressed up as narrative, it comes down to revenue sharing, doesnt it? They dont want to carve up what they have. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tiernan-Locke launches another attack on the UCI and the biological passport
June 19, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has hit out once again at the biological passport, saying that he finds it "worrying" that the Roman Kreuziger case was allowed to go so far. The UCI recently dropped their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Kreuziger, whose ban for passport anomalies last year had been overturned by the Czech cycling federation. The news came just days before the scheduled hearing and the UCI would go no further than saying it was due to newly-obtained information. Tiernan-Locke is himself currently serving a ban relating to abnormal passport values dating back to 2012 when he rode for Endura Racing and before he joined Team Sky, and they subsequently got rid of him.ADVERTISEMENT "Im really happy for Kreuziger that he has finally been cleared," he told the Western Morning News, "but its so worrying that it got that far. "I can only imagine the expense he must have incurred " and he must have been almost out the door on his way to Switzerland [where CAS is based] when the UCI decision came. It was so last-minute. "His reputation has taken a massive hit, just like mine has, and also that of his team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kreuziger will not seek damages from UCI or WADA in dropped Passport case
June 09, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tinkoff-Saxo's Roman Kreuziger has decided not to seek compensation or reimbursement from the UCI or World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after the sports governing body dropped their lengthy Biological Passport-related anti-doping case against the Czech rider on Friday citing "the availability of newly-obtained information. Jan Stovicek, Kreuzigers attorney, told Velonews on Monday that the rider would not be seeking damages. Roman took the position to drop all of this behind him. Its history for him, Stovicek said. Hes happy its closed, he wants to look forward, to focus on racing, to the Tour de France this year. He doesnt wish to bring up any claims, or any damages. Tinkoff-Saxo withheld Kreuziger from the Tour de France last year because of fluctuations in his Biological Passport between the periods of March to August in 2011 and April through the end of the Giro dItalia in 2012, during that time he raced with Astana.ADVERTISEMENT He was provisionally suspended by the UCI in August last year and the UCI president Brian Cookson had told Cyclingnews that there were very serious anomalies" in his Biological Passport. One month later, however, the Czech Olympic Committee cleared Kreuziger and he was permitted to return to racing. The UCI and WADA intended to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a hearing was set for June 10. In a surprising turn of events, the UCI released a statement on Friday, less than a week before the scheduled hearing, which stated: "The UCI and WADAhave come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further. They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals. The ABP is managed by the independent Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) in Lausanne and ABP cases are prosecuted based on the opinion of an independent Expert Panel. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Will Tinkoff-Saxo and Kreuziger seek damages from the UCI?
June 07, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tinkoff-Saxo have not ruled out the possibility of the team and their rider, Roman Kreuziger, seeking damages from the UCI after the governing body surprisingly dropped their Biological Passport case against the Czech. Kreuziger and the UCI had been through a protracted battle over the riders Passport with the UCI President Brian Cookson telling Cyclingnews last August that there were very serious anomalies" in the Czech riders passport readings. Those readings dated back to Kreuzigers time at Team Astana between March 2011 and August 2011, and from April 2012 through the end of the 2012 Giro d'Italia. The rider was cleared by his national Federation last September and the UCI and WADA subsequently announced their intention to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a hearing was eventually fixed for next week " only for cyclings governing body to withdraw its appeal on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Its obviously something that were pleased about but we think that the UCI should provide a clear explanation with whats been learnt and how we can avoid something like this happening again, Tinkoff-Saxos general manager, Stefano Feltrin, told Cyclingnews. When asked if Krueziger and the team would seek damages, with the rider having to spend significant resources and cash on his defence, Feltrin added: We have a lot of time to review it but thats a possibility. If I was the one spending a lot of time and money defending myself over two years I might. For Roman, I cant speak for him, but the team is reviewing the circumstances. We have to see how the UCI want to carry this forward. If they say case closed let's move on then I dont think thats going to be enough. The news of the UCI dropping the case landed late on Friday and the governing bodys brief statement lacked detail. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI, WADA drop appeal case against Czech cyclist Kreuziger (The Associated Press)
June 06, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping Friday, just days ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal hearing in his case. The International Cycling Union said there was ''no basis to proceed further'' against Kreuziger. ''I feel a huge relief,'' Kreuziger said. More...
Cycling-UCI and WADA drop doping case against Kreuziger (Reuters)
June 06, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) withdrew their appeal against Czech Roman Kreuziger on Friday after finding no evidence of an anti-doping violation. "Based on the availability of newly obtained information, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further," the UCI said in a statement. "They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals." Tinkoff-Saxo rider Kreuziger had been cleared by the Czech Olympic Committee last September, only for the UCI and WADA to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). More...
UCI, WADA drop appeal case against Czech cyclist Kreuziger
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) " Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping Friday, just days ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal hearing in his case.The International Cycling Union said there was "no basis to... More...
Tinkov: UCI created chaos and turbulence with Kreuziger passport case
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Oleg Tinkov has called on the UCI to undergo a serious transformation" after it was announced the sports governing body has dropped their Biological Passport case again Roman Kreuziger. Tinkov, owner of the Tinkoff Saxo team, has stood by Kreuziger throughout the riders case, which dates back to June 2014. The riders biological passport was called into question with data from March 2011 and August 2011, and from April 2012 through the end of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, leading to the initiation of a passport case. Kreuziger rode for Astana during that period. Last summer the UCI President Brian Cookson told Cyclingnews that the riders passport showed very serious anomalies" and Kreuziger was handed a preliminary suspension. That was overturned by his national federation, and Tinkov and his team have been consistently critical of the UCIs handing of the affair.ADVERTISEMENT Via email, Tinkov told Cyclingnews today that, "The Kreuziger and Astana cases, are clearly showing that UCI needs a serious transformation. They need to be more logical and stop creating chaos and turbulence in the sport. I am super happy for Roman and his wife. It has been not easy times for them. And I'll be excited to see him in our Tour de France selection, yet it is up to sport directors to decide. Cyclingnews contacted the UCI for comment on the story but were told that beyond their initial press release, no further statement would be made. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI and WADA drop biopassport case against Kreuziger
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The UCI has announced that it and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)have dismissed the biological passport-related anti-doping case against Roman Kreuziger "based on the availability of newly-obtained information". A statement released on Friday afternoon said: "The UCI and WADAhave come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further. They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals. The ABP is managed by the independent Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) in Lausanne and ABP cases are prosecuted based on the opinion of an independent Expert Panel. "Consistent with the approach taken during this entire case and in light of the confidential nature of the information concerned, the UCI and WADA are not in a position to comment further."ADVERTISEMENT News of the Kreuziger case first broke in June of last year, when Tinkoff-Saxo withheld him from their Tour de France line-up after fluctuations were flagged in his biological passport between March 2011 and August 2011, and from April 2012 through the end of the 2012 Giro d'Italia, when he raced for Astana. In August, the UCI handed Kreuziger a provisional suspension " equivalent the sanction for an A-sample positive doping control " and UCI president Brian Cookson later told Cyclingnews that there were very serious anomalies" in the Czech riders passport readings. In September, however, the Czech Olympic Committee cleared Kreuziger of wrongdoing and he returned to racing before the end of the season. The UCI and WADA subsequently announced their intention to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and a hearing was eventually fixed for next week " only for cyclings governing body to withdraw its appeal on Friday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI, WADA drop appeal case against Czech cyclist Kreuziger (The Associated Press)
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping Friday, just days ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal hearing in his case. The International Cycling Union said there was ''no basis to proceed further'' against Kreuziger. ''I feel a huge relief,'' Kreuziger said. More...
Cycling-UCI and WADA drop doping case against Kreuziger (Reuters)
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) withdrew their appeal against Czech Roman Kreuziger on Friday after finding no evidence of an anti-doping violation. "Based on the availability of newly obtained information, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) have come to the conclusion that, in accordance with the applicable UCI anti-doping rules and WADA Athlete Biological Passport operating guidelines, there is at this stage no basis to proceed further," the UCI said in a statement. "They have therefore decided to withdraw their appeals." Tinkoff-Saxo rider Kreuziger had been cleared by the Czech Olympic Committee last September, only for the UCI and WADA to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). More...
Cookson defends Giro dItalia jury, justifies the UCIs attempts to withdraw Astana's licence
May 21, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has told Cyclingnews that the race judges at the Giro dItalia were right to penalise Team Sky's Richie Porte for his illegal wheel change during stage 10 to Forli, revealing that as a former race Commissaires, he knew about the rule and the consequences. Cookson spent Thursday at the Giro dItalia and spoke to Cyclingnews and Gazzetta dello Sport before following the stage to Vicenza in a VIP car. He was expected to attend an event in Vicenza for the citys bid to host the world road race championships. Before being whisked away for his day in the race car with former Gewiss rider and 1996 Milan-San Remo winner Gabriele Colombo as his driver, Cookson answered a series of other questions, concerning the battle over the Astanas WorldTour licence, the consequences of the CIRC report and Roman Kreuzigers Biological Passport case. Cookson was criticised by Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali for not attending races or regularly speaking to riders. However, he explained that he does not think it would be appropriate for him to be on too friendly of terms with riders and teams. He said he has no plans to knock on the door of Richie Portes camper van for a chat.ADVERTISEMENT Cyclingnews: Firstly whats your opinion on Richie Porte (Team Sky) being penalised two minutes for taking a wheel change from Orica-GreenEdges Simon Clarke? Brian Cookson: The conduct of the race is in the hands of the race jury and its not something Im ever going to interfere with. I think the decision was correct. It was unfortunately for Richie and his team but this is not a new rule, its been in the rulebook for decades. It was in there when I qualified as a race commissaire in 1986 and its still in there. I knew the rule and when I first heard about it, I said Oh dear I knew what the consequences would be. Obviously the Giro will be more difficult for Richie now but his race isnt over. Hes still got a chance to win the Giro even if it will be more difficult for him. It may well help him to find something extra. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quotes from the startline of Amstel Gold Race
April 20, 2015 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The hilly classics began in earnest as the riders lined up in Maastricht for the start of the Amstel Gold Race. Seven former champions were present, including three-time and defending champion Philippe Gilbert. Other previous winners on show were Roman Kreuziger (2013), Enrico Gasparotto (2012), Damiano Cunego (2008), Stefan Schumacher (2007), Frank Schleck (2006) and Davide Rebellin (2004). Gilbert is the hot favourite as he looks to add yet another victory to his to Cauberg scrapbook and he will have the backing of a strong BMC team. Going up against him will be the likes of world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Joaquim Rodrguez (Katusha) and Daniel Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) if he wants to take victory. On a sunny, but chilly morning in Maastricht, Cyclingnews caught up with many of the big contenders and a few who are hoping to cause an upset.ADVERTISEMENT Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) All of these three are good for me and just winning one makes your entire week, Valverde told Cyclingnews on Sunday morning, Ive never won Amstel but Im not fussy about which! My conditions very good, what you need is luck. But bringing in that extra section before the finish after the top of the Cauberg like that isnt so great for me. I prefer the old Amstel finish. Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Valgren to carry leadership role for Tinkoff-Saxo at Amstel Gold Race
April 19, 2015 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Michael Valgren will be the protected rider by Tinkoff-Saxo in Sundays Amstel Gold Racewith the aim of seeing how far the young Dane can take the challenge of heading the squad in a major Classic. Twice an under-23 Lige-Bastogne-Lige winner and in the thick of the action through to the end of the Worlds in Ponferrada last September, Denmark's reigning national champion clearly is at home on hilly terrain in one-day racing. Meanwhile his teammate Roman Kreuziger, the winner of the Dutch WorldTour race in 2013, is focussed on building his form for later in the Ardennes week and looking to peak in Lige-Bastogne-Lige, Tinkoff-Saxo sports director Sean Yates told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT Asked if Kreuziger would be their main man for Amstel, Yates responded. For Sunday, to be frank, no. Traditionally the race is won on the burn-up the Cauberg, and Roman caught them [the rivals] off guard when he won. That might be possible again, but quite unlikely I would say. We havent got any superstars here for this type of race, which is a three-minute capacity effort up the Cauberg, so its well up the street of the likes of [BMC Racing Teams Philippe] Gilbert and [Movistar Team Alejandro] Valverde. Roman will be looking more at Lige, which is more suited to his style of riding. Instead, Tinkoff-Saxo will be looking to test out Valgren, because yes, hes inexperienced but he needs to learn the pressures of being a leader. And when our options are limited, why not give him a role, which will put some pressure on him? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
CAS sets June 10 date for hearing in Kreuziger doping case (The Associated Press)
April 15, 2015 (08:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger will face a hearing on doping allegations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June. More...
Kreuziger CAS hearing set for June 10
April 15, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed in an announcement on its website that Roman Kreuziger's appeal hearing will take place on June 10. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was cleared by the Czech Federation of a Biological Passport violation last September after a 15-month case but the UCI decided to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, convinced that a clear violation exists. Kreuziger has been able to race since being cleared but has often vented his anger at the delays in setting a date for the hearing. He could ride the Giro d'Italia before the CAS hearing, with a final verdict likely to come close to the start of the Tour de France.ADVERTISEMENT He has always maintained he is innocent, with his explanation for his unusual blood values centred around a claim that he used the substitute hormone L-Thyroxine as treatment for an under-active thyroid. L-Thyroxine is not on the WADA banned list and does not require a therapeutic use exemption. Kreuziger was provisionally suspended by the UCI during the long and drawn out affair relating to what the UCI called "very serious anomalies" in his blood values from the 2011 and 2012 Giro d'Italia, when he was part of the Astana team. He was made aware of the UCI's Biological Passport violation investigation back in June and was promptly kept out of the Tour de France by his team. However they reinstated his race status in August with the view of him taking part in the Tour de Pologne and the Vuelta a Espana. This pushed the UCI into action with a provisional suspension quickly put in place. He was cleared on September 22 and rode for Tinkoff-Saxo at the Milan-Turin and Il Lombardia races. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
CAS sets June 10 date for hearing in Kreuziger doping case (The Associated Press)
April 14, 2015 (14:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger will face a hearing on doping allegations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June. More...
CAS sets June 10 date for hearing in Kreuziger doping case
April 14, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) " Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger will face a hearing on doping allegations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June.CAS says it has set June 10 to hear appeals by the International Cycling Union and... More...

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