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  • January 31: Bobridge fails in World Hour Record Attempt, Tinkoff-Saxo plans for Dubai Tour. more details
  • January 30: Strike at Campagnolo factory, Tour Méditerranéen will be held after all. more details
  • January 28: Schedule of upcoming races, Lotto-Soudal's plans for Challenge Mallorca. more details
  • January 26: First UCI road rankings of 2015. more details
  • January 25: Final stage of the Tour Down under: stage 6 info from BMC, Lotto-Soudal and Lampre-Merida. more details
  • January 24: Rohan Dennis narrowly holds on to Tour Down Under lead, Samuel Sanchez extends with BMC, Roman Kreuziger insists he's innocent of doping. more details.
  • January 19: Giro d'Italia team invitations issued. more details
  • January 14: Tour de France team invitations issued, Alex Dowsett's World Hour Record attempt in doubt, but others also plan attempts, Tinkoff-Saxo training camp, Team Sky is ambitious, Orica-GreenEdge Tour Down Under team announced. more details
  • January 10: 2015 Vuelta a España route revealed. more details
  • January 9: 2015 Pro Tour and Pro Continental squads, Europcar downgraded. more details
  • January 5: Bradley Wiggins extends with Sky to race Paris-Roubaix, Lotto-Soudal team for 2015 Tour Down Under. more details
  • January 1: Season starts Friday, January 2, Stronger penalties for doping. more details

December 2014

  • December 29: Nairo Quintana's Spring 2014 racing program, Vincenzo Nibali's impressive 2014 season numbers. more details.
  • December 22: Simon Gerrans break collarbone, Michael Rogers to Lead Tinkoff-Saxo at Tour Down Under. more details
  • December 20: Armstrong associates settle with Landis and UCI, Tinkoff-Saxo and Lotto-Soudal team news. more details
  • December 16: Upcoming season's first races, UCI news. more details
  • December 7: Jan Janssen has cancer. more details
  • December 6: News from Lampre-Merida. more details
  • December 1: Marco Pantani death speculation continues. more details

November 2014

  • November 26: Velon Alliance of cycling teams, some contrary views. more details
  • November 25: Eleven World Tour Teams Form Velon,
    An Alliance of Cycling Teams. more details
  • November 19: More historic Giro data posted, Cannondale-Garmin roster announced, Ethiopian racer signs with Lampre-Merida. more details
  • November 14: Rafal Majka on his 2014 season, Christophe Le Mével calls it a career, Lampre-Merida re-signs Ferrari and Mori. more details
  • November 12: BikeRaceInfo late season reporting plans; Chris Froome Tour/Vuelta double? more details.
  • November 6: Chris Horner still without team, Lampre signs Taiwan rocket. more details
  • November 3: Tinkoff-Saxo reviews Contador's season, makes 4 technical appointments; Lampre-Merida renews Bono & Cimolai contracts; Marcel Sieberg discusses off-season. more details

October 2014

  • October 31: Matthias Brändle breaks World Hour Record. more details.
  • October 29: Award 1999 Giro to Pantani? Tour of Hainan final GC. more details
  • October 26: Time Sport International founder dies, Lotto-Belisol reviews its 2014 season. more details
  • October 24: Changes to Tour de France points competition, new job for Nicki Sorensen, LottoNL-Jumbo kit presented. more details
  • October 23: More reactions to 2015 Tour de France route, Lotto-Belisol extends contracts for 3 riders, Karsten Kroon retires. more details
  • October 22: 2015 Tour de France route presented. more details
  • October 21: 2015 Tour of California start cities announced, riders we probably won't see in 2015, team and rider comments on the Japan Cup, rider signings and contract extensions. more details
  • October 18: Europcar to end sponsorship, Manuele Boaro on the end of the season, Van Genechten moves on, Frederik Willems retires. more details
  • October 16: Orica-GreenEdge, Lotto-Belisol 2014 season reviews, Viviani to Sky, Lampre signs new talent. more details
  • October 15: Complete Final UCI World Tour rankings after Tour of Beijing. more details
  • October 14: Team and rider comments after Tour of Beijing final stage. more details
  • October 13: Tinkoff-Saxo Three Grand Tours Challenge, GP Beghelli, Paris-Tours rider and team comments. more details
  • October 12: Team and rider comments on Giro dell'Emilia, Tour of Beijing, Paris-Tours. more details
  • October 11: Team and rider comments on Coppa Sabatini, Tour of Beijing, Paris-Tours. more details
  • October 9: Andy Schleck retires, two European single-day races today, Belkin signs two, Lampre-Merida race plans, Tour of Beijing. more details
  • October 7: 2015 Giro d'Italia, more Giro-Tour doubles? Contador ends season, Tim Wellens looks back on season. more details
  • October 6: Teams and riders discuss the weekend racing: Il Lombardia and the Tour de l’Eurometropole. more details
  • October 5: Theo Bos wins l’Eurometropole stage 3, Greipel done for season, Contador on Il Lombardia. more details
  • October 4: Il Lombardia coming, Tour de l'Eurométropole continues. more details
  • October 3: Damiano Cunego's new team, Belkin inks lots of riders. more details
  • October 2: Milano-Torino comments, team and rider plans for l’Eurométrople and Il Lombardia. more details
  • October 1: Milano-Torino startlist, Tinkoff Saxo on Milano-Torino, including Roman Kreuziger's racing re-start, Ben Hermans extends with BMC, Romain Bardet stays with Ag2r. more details

September 2014

  • September 30: Racing in early October, Sky signs five riders. more details
  • September 29: More rider and team comments on World Championships, Lars Bak Extends with Lotto-Belisol, rider transfers. more details
  • September 28: Elite Men's World Road Cycling Championships. more details
  • September 27: Today's racing at the Worlds, Van Summeren indeed to Ag2r, Frederik Willems new Lotto-Belisol DS. more details
  • September 26: Cadel Evans announces retirement plans, Johan van Summeren to Ag2r, Tinkoff-Saxo riders on Sunday's Elite Mens' World Road Race Championship. more details
  • September 25: Thomas De Gendt, Yauheni Hutarovich transfers, BMC signs three young riders, Bradley Wiggins on being world champion. more details
  • September 24: Ag2r extends team sponsorship, Specialized-Lululemon's excellent worlds, Nicolas Roche on the elite men's individual time trial. more details
  • September 23: Czech Olympic Committee clears Kreuziger. more details
  • September 22: Rider and team reactions to World championship elite team time trials. more details.
  • September 21: Team plans for the Worlds, Evgeny Petrov extends contract, Thor Hushovd retires. more details
  • September 20: Pino Cerami dies, racing in Belgium and Italy today, World Road Championships. more details
  • September 19: Ben Swift extends with Sky, Tre Valli Varesine race notes. more details
  • September 18, second edition: Jens Voigt sets new world hour record. more details
  • September 18: Hushovd retires, team lineups for Worlds, rider and team comments on Wednesday's races. more details.
  • September 17: Yesterday's and today's races, BMC's Worlds' Team Time Trial squad, rider signings. more details
  • September 16: Cadel Evans retirement and career review, UCI World Tour rankings after Vuelta a España and Canadian races. more details
  • September 15: Adam Blythe signs with Orica-GreenEdge, Rider and team comments on GP de Montréal, Tour of Britain and Vuelta a España. more details
  • September 14: Matteo Rabottini positive for EPO, Adam Hansen finishing 10th Grand Tour, rider and team comments on Vuelta and Tour of Britain. more details
  • September 13: Rider and team comments on Vuelta stage 19, Tour of Britain stage 6, GP de Québec. more details
  • September 12: Jan Bakelants to Ag2r, Rider and team comments on Tour of Britain stage 5 and Vuelta a España stage 18. more details
  • September 11: Gesink leaves Vuelta to be with ailing wife, Vuelta and Tour of Britain rider and team comments, big Canadian races. more details
  • September 10: Rigoberto Uran abandons Vuelta, Tinkoff-Saxo on the Tour of Britain stage 3. more details.
  • September 9: Racers' fighting, Tyler Farrar to Mtn-Qhubeka, rider and team comments about Vuelta stage 16. more details.
  • September 8: Rider and team comments about Vuelta stage 15. more details
  • September 7: Vuelta stage 14, Brussels Cycling Classic, Tour of Britain and GP de Fourmies rider and team comments. more details
  • September 6: Vuelta stage 13 rider and team comments, Team plans for weekend's two big single-day races. more details
  • September 5: Andy Schleck to Danish team? Rider and team comments on Vuelta stage 12. more details
  • September 4: Quintana surgery, Jens Voigt World Hour Record attempt, rider and team comments about Vuelta stage 11. more details
  • September 3: Quintana abandons Vuelta, rider signings, rider and team reactions after Vuelta stage 10 time trial. more details
  • September 2: Vuelta stage 10 time trial thoughts. more details
  • September 1: Rider and Team comments about Vuelta stage nine, Danilo Wyss extends with BMC. more details

August 2014

  • August 31: World Tour race GP Ouest France-Plouay, rider and team comments on Vuelta stage 8. more details
  • August 30: Tinkoff-Saxo signs Kiserlovski, Vuelta stage 7 rider comments. more details
  • August 29: Eddy Meckx hospitalized. more details
  • August 28: Team and rider comments on Vuelta stage 5, Betancur and Bakelants with Ag2r. more details
  • August 27: Boasson Hagen to MTN-Qhubeka, Orica-GreenEdge on Vuelta stage 4. more details
  • August 26: Alfredo Martini dies, Vuelta Stage 3 comments. more details
  • August 25: UCI World Tour rankings. more details
  • August 24: Contador finishes Vuelta stage in good order, Van Garderen's smashing Vail time trial. more details
  • August 23: Contador on the Vuelta, BMC and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, other news. more details.
  • August 22: Chris Horner will not start Vuelta. more details
  • August 21: Van Garderen takes lead at USA Challenge, Lotto-Belisol for Vuelta. more details
  • August 20: Cannondale and Slipstream to merge. more details
  • August 20: BMC on stage two of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Lampre for Vuelta, rider signings. more details
  • August 19: Thomas Voeckler breaks collarbone, Tinkoff Saxo signs Basso, Rogers. more details
  • August 18: Froome to Lead Sky at Vuelta, Orica for Vuelta, other news. more details
  • August 17: Mondory wins stage, Vuillermoz breaks hand, other news, more details
  • August 16: Cancellara quits Eneco Tour, other news. more details
  • August 15: Stage races go into the mountains, Greipel out of Eneco Tour, Teams for Vuelta. more details
  • August 14: Alberto Contador will start Vuelta. more details
  • August 13: Belkin re-signs important riders, Cayetano Sarmiento crashes out of Eneco Tour. more details
  • August 12 Frederik Willems to have surgery. more details
  • August 11: Pozzovivo out of Vuelta. more details
  • August 9: Matti Breschel extends with Tinkoff-Saxo, BMC for Eneco, Alonso's woes. more details
  • August 8: Peter Sagan signs with Tinkoff-Saxo, other news. more details
  • August 7: Saxo Bank continues, Klaas Lodewyck sidelined, other news. more details
  • August 6: Upcoming racing schedule. more details
  • August 5: Mollema & Caruso change teams. more details
  • August 4: Second edition, Mortirolo in the 2015 Giro, Tinkoff-Saxo answers UCI, Tour of Utah news. more details.
  • August 4: UCI World Tour ranking after San Sebastian. more details
  • August 3: Men's, Women's Commonwealth Games Road Race, Rafal Majka extends contract, Lotto-Belisol for Tour of Poland. more details
  • August 2: Was Marco Pantani murdered? BMC signs De Marchi. more details
  • August 1: Transfer season starts, lots of big name rides in play. more details.

July 2014

June 2014

  • June 29: Wiggins misses British road champs, other national champ news. more details
  • June 28: UCI alleges Roman Kreuziger biological passport irregularities, Kreuziger out of Tour. more details

January 2014

January 27: UCI World Tour Rankings

December 2013:

Schedule of first races of 2014

June 2013

June 3: Santambrogio positive for EPO. More details

May 2013

May 18: Giro Stage 14 route changed. May 23: Stelvio and Gavia eliminated from stage 19. May 24: Stage 19 annuled, Di Luca postive for dope. More details

April 2013

April 16: Red Kite Prayer Kickstarter campaign. April 23: Alessandro Petacchi turns off the engines. Feds file lawsuit against Armstrong. April 29: Former World Road Champ Audrey McElmury passes away. April 30: Giro coverage plans More details.

March 2013:

March 31: Boonen crashes out of Flanders. More details.

February 2013:

February 4: Cyclists go to court and win a big one. February 9: Say it ain't so, Mario. February 15: Katusha wins, Schleck struggles. February 22: Armstrong VS U.S. Justice Department. February 24: Snow cancels some Euro races. More details

January 2013:

January 1: Planned January race coverage and what's new on the site. January 3: Fausto Coppi memorial. January 5: An Armstrong confession? January 9: Armstrong goes on TV. January 12: Lance to confess. Jan 14: Watch shoes being made. Jan 15: Lance does confess. Jan 16: Justice Department wants more from Lance. Jan 17: Link to watch Oprah/Armstrong interview on the web and Olympics doins'. January 18: This is a confession? January 19: Armstrong interview, part 2. January 28: Upcoming races. January 30: No Tour for Frank Schleck. more details

October 2012

October 1: UCI Rankings after Giro di Lombardia. Oct 10: USADA comes after Armstrong with all guns blazing. Oct 12: Bruyneel fired. Oct 21: Farewell Fiorenzo Magni. Oct 22: UCI confirms USADA decision to strip Armstrong of victories and ban him for life. Oct 24: 2013 Tour route revealed. more details

August 2012

August 24: Armstrong says he's giving up the fight. more details

July 2012

July 6: Garmin's Stage 6 misfortune, Tour withdrawals to date. July 7: Update to Tour withdrawals. July 10: Astonishing Wiggins. July 17: Frank Schleck dope positive. July 24: UCI World Tour rankings after the Tour de France. more details

June 2012

June 1: Did Scarponi's team cost him third place in the Giro? June 8: Bjarne Riis is back in business. June 14: Armstrong facing doping charges. June 24: Radio-Schack-Nissan meltdown. More details

May 2012:

May 6: Giro stage 2 in Denmark. May 8: Giro stage 3 crash video. May 28: Post-Giro World Tour rider, team and nation rankings. More details

April 2012:

April 9: UCI World Tour rankings after Paris-Roubaix. April 16: The Milan bike show moves from Milan. April 20: Contest for set of Giro history books. More details

March 2012

March 6: Site news, Strade Bianche equipment. March 12: New UCI rankings after Paris-Nice. March 22: More Tour of Catalonia woes. March 26: New UCI rankings. More details

February 2012

February 5: Armstrong skates. Contador stripped of Giro and Tour titles. February 8: More on Armstrong charges being dropped, Mallorca stage cancelled. February 13: You next bike may cost more. More details

January 2012

January 18: Hot new bikes, The Green Bullet is back, Tour Down Under. January 23: First UCI rankings of 2012. January 30: Jaw-dropping cyclocross worlds. More details

December 2011

December 15: Bikeraceinfo news

November 2011

November 2: Podium Cafe book contest. November 8: Bike company stock prices. More details

October 2011

October 8: The UCI did that? Please go home, Mr. McQuaid. October 12: GM versus bikes. October 13: GM loses. October 16: Giro route announced. Oct 17: UCI World Tour rankings. October 18: 2012 Tour route announced. October 26: Cycling Heroes review on Podim Cafe.com. More details

August 2011

July 5: Farewell, HTC-Highroad. More details

July 2011

July 9: Bike Raceinfo and McGann Publishing news. July 19: Ban hard descents in the Tour? July 26: Giro boss gone. July 28: Green Jersey mean anything? More details

May 2011

May 21: More idle speculation, this time about US Postal. May 25: Tyler's confession. More details

April 2011

April 30: Idle speculation about Liège-Bastogne-Liège. More details

March 2011

March 17: More on radios. March 21: Another Giro history book. More details

February 2011

February 6: Get rid of the damn radios. February 15: Contador skates. More details.

January 2011

January 18: Upcoming races, trouble for Lance. January 20: Tour de France invitations. Contador no longer 2010 Tour victor. More details

December 2010

December 7: Money matters for bikies. December 17: Don't hit a bike rider unless you're rich. Dec 30: Who should have won the 1949 Paris-Roubaix? More details

November 2010

November 14: Sorry for the dead air time. November 16: Armstrong investigator in France. November 30: Watch Bobet, Coppi, Bartali, Kubler, Robic etc. More details

October 2010

October 1: Contador in trouble again. More details

September 2010

September 4: Herlihy strikes again. September 28: Interbike bike show More details

August 2010

August 3: Riis finds pot of gold, buys best racer in the world. August 5: Feds and Armstrong, other Postal riders talking. August 27: Cervelo and Garmin joining forces. August 28: Wait, there's more! August 30: Where's Thor? More details

July 2010

July 3: Landis tells lots more about team doping. June 6: TDF stage 2 crashes. June 7: Rider reactions after Tour stage 4. July 9: Rider reactions to stage 5. July 10: Feds moving quickly on Landis charges. July 16: Renshaw's TDF ejection, Stage 12 comments. July 19: Thoughts on Stage 15. July 21: Contador moves to Riis? July 27: Tour lessons? More details

June 2010

June 1: Valverde gets to see what justice looks like. June 10: Bike stuff getting more expensive? June 18: The big crash stink, No Radio Shack at the Vuelta. More details.

May 2010

May 4: Sometimes cheaters prosper, sometimes they don't. May 11: Giro rest day thoughts. May 20: Landis spills his guts. May 21: National Mandy Rice-Davies Day, a Landis update. May 27: Hot diggity! A new Les Woodland book. More on Landis. More details

April 2010

April 1: Giro field firms up. British cycling in trouble? April 7: Another police doping raid. April 20: Big races fill the last third of April calender. April 24: Last Classic. April 27: Vino and LBL. April 30: Cavendish sent packing. More details

March 2010

March 4: Mea Culpa, Challenge steps up to the plate, forthcoming races. March 7: Bike production moving from China? A day in Tuscany. March 9: Petacchi crashes while training. March 16: Valverde gets smacked by CAS. March 19: Armstrong out of M-SR. March 20: HTC-Columbia still behind Cavendish. March 22: Giro team invites. March 30: TDF team invites. More details

February 2010

February 1:Di Luca gets real penalty for doping. February 4: Welcome to Challenge tires. February 7: Franco Ballerini dies. February 9: Ullrich keeps gold, Schleck rests, Falling Sky. February 15: More Landis trouble. February 16: Landis responds to French charges. February 18: Arnie Baker also responds to French charges. More details

January 2010

January 4: Armstrong to Amstel, Coppi and Merckx. January 7: ASO takes over Dauphiné. January 9: Saxo Bank splits, Menchov skips Giro, Dr. Thompson to the Graybars Hotel. January 12: Riis finds some shekels. Oh no, Saiz wants back in. January 16: Fignon fights on, Valverde has CAS hearing, Rasmussen finds team. January 26: Schumacher loses appeal, Tour going to the Vendée, Lampre gets to keep racing. January 27: Big guys change their racing schedules. More details

December 2009

December 2: WADA unhappy with Valverde; no Kreuziger for Omega Pharm; Pereiro jerked around by Kazakhs? Armstrong to Tour Down Under. December 4: Tax man wants a piece of Bettini. December 7: Wiggins really stays, pro bikes in India, Bruyneel throws rocks at Contador. December 8: Radio Shack Jersey unveiled. December 9: Pereiro confirmed to Astana, Bak to Columbia. What? Wiggins is going to Sky? December 10: Yes, Wiggins to Sky. December 13: Assorted rants. December 15: Evans to contest Giro. December 18: Vuelta jersey doins'. December 20: Some independent internal controls ending. December 24: No Tour de Georgia. More details

November 2009

November 1: Evans off to BMC. November 7: News from Saxo and Jef Mallett. November 11: Contador staying? November 16: Contador, Astana and Specialized, BFF? November 18: Rebellin squalificato. November 19: Contador stays put. November 21: Merckx supplies Quick Step, Liquigas-Doimo roster settled. November 22: Maybe Wiggins signs with Sky. Maybe not. November 24: More trouble for Astana while Armstrong builds a fortress. November 25: Astana might be in the clear. November 27: Saxo adjusts roster, Brard retires. November 28: Bye-bye radios. November 29: Gent 6-day over, Vaughters gets sponsor, Lampre gets rider. More details

October 2009

October 5: Weird UCI doping accusations, Valverde ends season, get rid of the radios, test and re-test. Oct. 12: Tour and Giro route leaks, AFLD and UCI spat, Vino says nyet. Oct 13: Frank Vandenbrouck dies. Oct 16: It's a go for Radio Shack, More Operacion Puerto delays. October 21: Tour route thoughts. Oct 23: Contador can split? Oct. 24: Yes, Contador can go. Oct 28: Want to buy Mavic? Oct 31: Grand Tour riders in flux. KOM coming back. More details

September 2009

September 1: Contador stuck? McEwen ends season. Sept 2: Rider team transfer news and guesses. Sept 2: Electronic shifting, good for the sport? Sept 10: SKY cycling team takes shape. Astarloza pleads innocent. Sept 14: Ukrainians, an Italian and dope. Sept 18: Buncha stuff: Contador, Team Sky, more Iberian doping. Sept. 22: Showtime, Worlds, Contador. Sept. 24: Kill the radios? Sept. 30: UCI team doings More details

August 2009

Aug 3: UCI releases rider, team, nations rankings. Aug 5: Vino returns. August 7: Di Luca third dope positive. Aug. 12: Di Luca Sacked, Caisse d'Epargne works on signing Contador, Vino4ever. Aug. 13: Rider team transfer rumors. August 17: UCI rankings after Vattenfall Cyclassics. Aug. 20: Updated rider team transfer rumor mill. Aug. 24: Vino's racing in Spain, Clean Tour?, Petacchi on Pro Tour team. Aug. 25: New UCI rankings for riders, teams and nations. Aug. 31: New UCI rankings. More details

July 2009

Alberto Contador turns down Astana offer. Astarloza, Di Luca dope postives. Armstrong's new team is Radio Shack. More details

January - May 2009

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