The World Tour Licence gives access to the main international races, including the Tour de France and big tours in Italy and Spain. Astana announced they would contest any move to take away their licence. "Astana Pro Team will consult with its attorneys to prepare documents and testimony before the…AFP
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland is known as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. But cyclists have become so alarmed by a growing number of bike thefts that Portland police are creating a task force to catch more of the culprits.Associated Press
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Briton Ian Stannard won the first classic one-day race of the season when he beat three Etixx-Quick Step riders in a tense finale to the Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday. The Team Sky rider, who also won the race last year, was part of a four-man breakaway with Tom Boonen, Niki…Reuters
The Astana team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali appears set to lose its license to compete this year, at the request of the UCI. An audit by the Institute of Sport Sciences at the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) into Astana's management of anti-doping measures found ''a big difference''…The Associated Press
(Adds background) PARIS, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) wants the sport's licencing commission to strip the Astana team of their elite status after an investigation into doping, the ruling body said on Friday. Kazakhstan-based Astana, whose team includes Tour de France…Reuters
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