In a week in which professional cycling is again in the headlines over doping, it has been revealed that AG2R-La Mondiale rider Lloyd Mondory has tested positive for EPO. The news coincides with Lampre-Merida leaving the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) after deciding to re-engage Diego Ulissi following his ban, in contravention of the voluntary organisation’s rules.
Diego Ulissi, winner of two stages at last year’s Giro d’Italia, has received a nine-month ban after testing positive for excessive quantities of the anti-asthma drug, salbutamol.
According to a statement from his Lampre Merida team, the Swiss Olympic Association accepted that there was no deliberate intention to dope on the part of Ulissi, who is a resident of Switzerland and races under a licence issued by its national federation.
The 2015 race season is nearly upon us, and if you want to make any sense at all of what’s going on in the peloton you need to know who’s who. Here’s our guide to what each team will be wearing out on the road.
In the latest high-profile withdrawal from this year’s Tour de France, world champion Rui Costa will not start today’s stage.
Costa’s Lampre-Merida said that an x-ray examination carried out during yesterday’s rest day, revealed that the bronchitis Costa has been suffering from for several days had developed into pneumonia.
Antibiotics had been keeping Costa’s bronchitis stable, according to the team.
Lampre-Merida has revealed that Diego Ulissi, winner of two stages at last month’s Giro d’Italia, has been notified by the UCI of an adverse analytical finding for an excessive amount of the anti-asthma drug salbutamol during the race. Both the rider and his team have questioned the amount of the substance found.
The 24-year-old from Tuscany, who won the fifth and eighth stages of the three-week race, was found to have 1900 ng/ml of salbutamol in his urine, nearly twice the maximum permitted level of 1000 ng/ml.
Team Lampre-Merida’s main weapon of choice this year will be the Merida Reacto Evo Team aero road bike rather than the superlight Merida Scultura SL that the riders mostly rode last year, because the aerodynamic advantage far outweighs the slight weight penalty. We got the chance to ride the Reacto Evo Team in Mallorca at the end of last week.
Cannondale has become the latest UCI WorldTour team in Italy to fall victim to a major theft, with frames and components worth an estimated €100,000 stolen overnight from its headquarters in Italy's Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.
Chris Horner, who last September became the oldest winner of any of cycling’s three Grand Tours when he won the Vuelta at the age of 41, has signed for Lampre-Merida.
The American, now aged 42, had been struggling to find a team for 2014 with outfits such as Trek Factory Racing, which took over the licence from his former employers, RadioShack-Leopard, said to have been deterred by his reported €1 million salary demands.
Italian World Tour outfit Lampre-Merida has asked people to be on the alert after thieves broke into its headquarters over the weekend and made off with an unspecified number of team bikes and other equipment as well as a van and a team car.
In what was clearly a well-planned burglary, the thieves broke into the premises at Usmate-Velate, around 20km northeast of Milan, at some time between Saturday evening and this morning and disabled the alarm system.
Lampre-Merida's Miguel Ubeto provisionally suspended after positive test for black market drug GW1516
In its second communiqué released today relating to doping, the UCI has announced that it has suspended 36-year-old Lampre-Merida rider Miguel Ubeto in relation to a positive test taken out of competition for the substance GW1516.
The substance, which has been described as the new EPO – it is said to have a big effect on increasing athletes’ endurance – is not currently approved for clinical use anywhere in the world.