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Tadej Pogacar’s drug tests and bike X-rays are clean, insists UCI president

David Lappartient discusses suspicions around the Tour de France champion’s team principal, the return of the Women’s Tour and taking the world championships to AfricaDavid Lappartient, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), insists th…

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Tour de France in doubt after UCI announce racing suspension until June

Riders must resume training in April to keep 27 June start dateTour: ‘most important thing by far is the fight against pandemic’Doubts continue to grow around this year’s Tour de France after the UCI announced it was extending the suspension of all cyc…

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Mads Pedersen wins men’s elite road race at sodden world championships

• Dane beats Matteo Trentin and Stefan Kung in sprint finish• Race shortened from 284.5km to 261km due to wet weatherCyclists’ legs react in unpredictable ways at the end of a bone chilling cold and wet day on the bike, and as two of the hottest favour…

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Cycling: heavy rain and flooding at world championships in Yorkshire – video

Heavy rain caused the men’s elite road race at the Cycling World Championpships in Yorkshire to be cut short by 23.5km after parts of the route became flooded. Parts of the course from Leeds to Harrogate, which ended up 261km long, were submerged in wa…

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Cycling: heavy rain and flooding at world championships in Yorkshire – video

Heavy rain caused the men’s elite road race at the Cycling World Championpships in Yorkshire to be cut short by 23.5km after parts of the route became flooded. Parts of the course from Leeds to Harrogate, which ended up 261km long, were submerged in wa…

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Cycling World Championships 2019: men’s elite road race – live!

Rolling report of the race, which is to start in LeedsCourse shortened by 23.5km because of severe weather conditionsVan Vleuten goes solo to seal stunning women’s road race world titleEmail gregg.bakowski@theguardian.com | Tweet @GreggBakowski 9.49am …

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Dave Brailsford buries hatchet with UCI chief Lappartient after Froome rift

• Team Ineos chief says co-leaders Thomas and Bernal relate well• Yates’ twins Mitchelton-Scott team target yellow jerseyDave Brailsford has ended his feud with David Lappartient, the president of world cycling’s governing body, after the pair met for …

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Richie Porte wins Willunga, Daryl Impey wins Tour

Porte wins Willunga stage for the sixth straight yearImpey first back-to-back champion in Tour’s historyDaryl Impey has made Tour Down Under history and Richie Porte is the King of Willunga for the sixth-straight year. Porte went clear with a kilometre…

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Tour de France pushes to ban power meters for 2019 as it targets Team Sky | William Fotheringham

Next year’s Tour route is particularly mountainous, with 30 major ascents and only two times trials, the individual before the days spent in the Pyrenees and AlpsIn yet another attempt to make the Tour de France a more open race, which will be seen as …

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Olympic champion cyclist Kristina Vogel paralysed after training crash

Vogel has spoken publicly for first time after crash in JuneWorld champion wants to be “source of motivation” for othersGermany’s double Olympic and world track sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel has announced she has been left paralysed following …

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Chris Froome set to race in Giro D’Italia as doping case rumbles on

UCI president says case unlikely to be resolved before MayFroome’s legal team still working to explain failed drugs testChris Froome looks increasingly certain to ride in the Giro D’Italia because his “complicated” doping case is unlikely to be resolve…

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Chris Froome tells David Lappartient: raise concerns to me not through media

• UCI president said it would be ‘disaster’ for Froome to ride the Tour• Team Sky cyclist is challenging a failed drugs test from 2017Chris Froome has criticised the head of cycling’s world governing body for speaking publicly about his 2017 failed dru…

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Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome during investigation, says UCI president

• David Lappartient calls for ‘simpler’ option over Salbutamol claims• Tour de France champion Froome denies breaking any rulesTeam Sky should suspend Chris Froome until an investigation into his failed drugs test for an asthma medication is over, acco…

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Chris Froome’s failed test a disaster for cycling, says former UCI president

• Pat McQuaid believes Briton will find it tough to avoid suspension• Froome’s failed test will cause ‘irreparable damage’ to Team SkyThe former head of cycling’s world governing body said Chris Froome’s failed drug test was a disaster for the sport an…

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David Lappartient reaps wind of change blowing through cycling | William Fotheringham

French campaigner called a political machine benefits from anti-British backlash after scandals to easily defeat Brian Cookson in UCI presidential election

“A political machine,” wrote the respected French journalist Jean-François Quénet of his fellow countryman David Lappartient, a man who, it seems, has never lost an election, rising seamlessly through French local and two-wheeled politics to simultaneously hold positions of power in the Morbihan region of Brittany and world cycling. His victory over the incumbent Brian Cookson in the UCI presidential election on Thursday is, in that context, just the latest in a long list of political triumphs.

However, the scale by which he drubbed the Lancastrian – 37 votes to eight – points to a massive backlash against the former British Cycling head, who was elected in 2013 on a wave of disgust against the previous administration amid hopes of renewal. Back then Cookson came across as the technocrat who was needed to restore calm, order and integrity, but he has come under pressure from many sides over issues as diverse as the World Tour calendar, the UCI’s campaign against technological fraud and women’s racing. All of these were buttons Lappartient could press.

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UCI president Brian Cookson defends record after Lance Armstrong criticism

• Cookson faces re-election battle against UCI vice-president
• Armstrong tweets ‘Anyone But Cookson’ in response to news

Brian Cookson launched an impassioned defence of his record as the president of the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, after criticism from Lance Armstrong, who called for an end to the Briton’s time in charge.

Cookson will face a tougher than anticipated battle to be re-elected after David Lappartient, the vice-president, announced he is standing in opposition.

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Varnish’s lawyers say report into British Cycling was toned down deliberately

• Varnish angered at being referred to as a troublemaker
• MP Damian Collins calls for resignations at British Cycling

Jess Varnish’s lawyers believe the final report into the culture of British Cycling has been diluted from a draft version in what could be a ploy to make it more difficult for her to win any future legal battle.

Varnish is considering launching legal action against British Cycling after she was dropped from the Olympic squad last year. She also claimed that the former technical director Shane Sutton had told her to “get on with having a baby,” and that her bum was “too big” to ride certain roles on the team, allegations that Sutton denies.

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Brian Cookson says Team Sky may have pushed rules to ‘very limit’ on TUEs

• International Cycling Union president commented amid UKAD investigation
• ICU chief reiterated that he believed no rules had been broken

Team Sky may have pushed rules “to the very limit” over Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has said amid an investigation by Britain’s anti-doping agency (UKAD) into British Cycling.

Related: Brian Cookson’s response over cycling crisis is too little, too late | Owen Gibson

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Brian Cookson says Team Sky may have pushed rules to ‘very limit’ on TUEs

• International Cycling Union president commented amid UKAD investigation
• ICU chief reiterated that he believed no rules had been broken

Team Sky may have pushed rules “to the very limit” over Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson has said amid an investigation by Britain’s anti-doping agency (UKAD) into British Cycling.

Related: Brian Cookson’s response over cycling crisis is too little, too late | Owen Gibson

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Cycling world championships 2016: men’s road race – live!

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Tom Boonen has 22 stage wins in Qatar under his belt, and it is showing in both his and his team’s performance. Cavendish is still among them in the first chasing group, but shorn of all team-mates bar Rowe (unless the British riders in the second group can make serious ground), he faces a big uphill task now, though not literally, in the punishing, flat windswept desert. Scores on the doors now: 21 seconds from the leaders to group 1, who are a minute or so ahead of the second group.

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Marcel Kittel is another expected contender who’s nowhere, straggling back in the peloton’s third group, as the race calms down a touch after the chaotic kerfuffling of a few kilometres back. Ramirez of Colombia and Lagkuti of Ukraine are the very front two in the race, but it’s almost game over for that first breakaway group, whose lead on the first group is now whittled down to under a minutes and a half.

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