Philip Gomes Mon 09 March 2015, 08:00PM

No, CIRC is not just about Lance. But he sure is mentioned a lot

cycling,CIRC,UCI,Brian Cookson,Pat McQuaid,Hein Verbruggen

For those who closely follow professional cycling the just released Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report offers no new insight but for many it will serve as a reminder that there is a lot of work ahead for the sport.

No, the report is not just about Lance Armstrong, though many media headlines will make him the focus because his name is woven throughout.

Armstrong is the whipping boy for all that ails the sport today, but as we know, he was just a symptom of the climate of the time, sometimes aided and abetted but the very men who were supposed to advance the sport. He just played the game better than most.

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Philip Gomes Thu 12 February 2015, 09:00AM

Ulissi's return highlights the MPCC's weakness

cycling,Italy,Diego Ulissi,Lampre-Merida,MPCC

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.

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Philip Gomes Tue 10 February 2015, 01:00PM

Arab races coming of age

cycling,Qatar,Dubai,Oman,Tour

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.

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Philip Gomes Wed 04 February 2015, 01:00PM

Vino snipes from the sidelines and threatens to leave the MPCC

cycling,Kazakhstan,Astana,Alexandre Vinokourov

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”.

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Philip Gomes Tue 03 February 2015, 03:00PM

Cant came close but misses the mark

cycling,Belgium,Sanne Cant,Cyclo-cross

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

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