Cycling

Italian Matteo Spreafico has been banned for three years by cycling’s world governing body after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance at last year’s Giro d’Italia. Spreafico, 28, who was riding for the Vini Zabu-KTM team, returned two adverse analytical findings for enobosarm on 15 and 16 October. Enobosarm, also known as ostarine, is a
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Tensions between the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and cycling’s governing body over the controversial closure of the investigation into four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome’s use of salbutamol in 2018 have been revealed. The rider was cleared of any wrongdoing over the legal asthma drug almost three years ago. In correspondence days later, now
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UAE-Team Emirates have been prevented from racing in Wednesday’s La Fleche Wallonne after two team members tested positive for coronavirus, despite the team’s vaccination programme. Italian Diego Ulissi and a staff member tested positive on Tuesday but have since provided three negative tests. The staff member had been vaccinated in January after a UAE-based “collective”
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Mark Cavendish has won his second stage at the Tour of Turkey in as many days following a three-year victory drought. Britain’s Cavendish powered his way around the outside of rivals in the race’s third stage into Konya. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider, 35, was tearful during his post-race interview when he paid tribute to his
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Britain’s Adam Yates finished fourth overall in the Itzulia Basque Country, as Primoz Roglic won brilliantly. Ineos Grenadiers’ Yates had a strong race but could not haul back the leaders, including Jumbo-Visma’s Roglic following his commanding break away. Other race favourite UAE-Team Emirates’ Tadej Pogacar was third overall after trying to chase down Roglic with
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Nacer Bouhanni has withdrawn from Scheldeprijs after receiving racist abuse on social media following an incident in a previous race. Bouhanni was disqualified for dangerous conduct at the Cholet-Pays de la Loire after pushing Britain’s Jake Stewart into the barriers on the final sprint. He apologised but later received “hundreds” of abusive messages. The UCI,
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