Diego Ulissi will return to WorldTour racing on 6 April at the Volta al Pais Vasco after a nine-month ban for Salbutamol.
Following investigation, the Lampre-Merida rider was sanctioned by the Swiss Olympic Committee after the substance was found in his system during the 2014 Giro d'Italia.
Ulissi claimed the high levels of Salbutamol in his system came after using an allowed inhaler for a bronchial complaint.
Dubai, Qatar and Oman are not places where many cycling traditionalists ever thought they would see great racing but that is exactly what is happening today.
As the the globalisation of cycling inches along we can see some of the newer fixtures beginning to establish themselves with distinct narratives.
Of these, the three Arab races, Dubai, Qatar and Oman are emerging as events which not only attract the stars of the sport but are now beginning to produce attractive racing for fans.
There is no question that for Astana and Kazakh cycling, 2014 was an annus horribilis, the team photo was pinned to everyone’s wall like it was a FBI most wanted poster.
Towards the end of the year they became a lightning rod for all of the ills, past, present and future of professional cycling.
But Astana hardly help themselves when the man most closely associated the team and Kazakh national program, Alexandre Vinokourov, remains their “capo di tutti capi”.
Post race interviews can be a treacherous time for any athlete, where emotions collide with the need to feed the media, and Belgium’s Sanne Cant rode headlong into that mix on Sunday at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
Cant was the meat in a Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, Marianne Vos sandwich, but it was she who took a big bite at both in the post-race washup.
The 2014/5 Word Cup champion went into the race with high expectations of winning but finished just a single second behind Ferrand Prevot to take silver, and her disappointment was immediately on show as she expressed frustration at two riders who she effectively described as part-timers.
Sanne Cant clearly not pleased with second so Emo. Looking like a member of Funeral for a Friend. pic.twitter.com/ZyQfOVZqDY
By now it should be clear that Lance Armstrong does not care what you think of him, and in a series of recent interviews with the BBC he reinforced that again with his ongoing take on doping in cycling.
However, this time he's taken that to another level with an appearance in the latest Future User music video produced by Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford that challenges how you think about doping.
The video, called Mountain Lion, is visually designed to shock but highlights what Commerford says is the hypocrisy and outrage surrounding performance enhancing drugs.