Despite the cycling world taking some much needed downtime it never really sleeps. Still, the Tour de France and women's La Course remains visible in the rear view mirror even as we ride on to the future.
Wednesday 29 Jul 2015

Vera Koedooder of the Bigla Pro Cycling Team, rode La Course with a camera on her bike. A terrific summary of a wet and wild day of racing on the biggest stage in the world.

Spaniard David Blanco is the king of the Volta a Portugal. Who? What? It's hard to believe but professional cycling is more than the WorldTour. Blanco was one of its battlers.

"I cry every time I see one of my wins. It’s hard to explain but even at the Vuelta, my home race, I never had the same motivation as I did when I raced the Volta. It was a strange symbiosis, but perhaps the sum of many things – the weather, the mountains, the people."

Colombia's Juan Pablo Villegas retires from professional cycling. His dream cruelled by the ongoing spectre of doping.

"As I did the interview, I knew it was the first time that the topic had being addressed openly, in terms of Colombian sport, and cycling specifically. My intention was not to speak badly of anyone personally. But I wanted to talk about a something that happens in the shadows, something that has always been kept quiet. So I told the truth, telling you about things I saw and lived through for eleven years as a cyclist.

As a result of that that interview, so much has happened. Some people who felt that I was referring to them specifically began to talk, and to actively try to end my career. Then I started to get threats through social media, and a group of people tried to cut my career short. They thought that I had spoken out because I was racing in the United States, which made them angry. But that was not the case. I would have, and had wanted to talk about this topic anyway for some time."

UCI statement on Fabio Taborre and UCI Professional Continental Team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has notified Italian rider Fabio Taborre of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of FG-4592 (*) in a sample collected during an out-of-competition test on 16 June 2015.

The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

In accordance with UCI Anti-doping Rules (UCI ADR), the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.

This constitutes the second AAF for a member of the UCI Professional Continental Team

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (**) since the beginning of 2015 and within a twelve-month period. Therefore article 7.12.1 UCI ADR providing for the suspension of the Team from 15 to 45 days (***) will be applied.

The UCI will refer the matter to the Disciplinary Commission which will render a decision in the upcoming days.

At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on any of these matters.

(*) FG-4592 is a prohibited substance that has the property of stimulating the endogenous production of EPO.

(**) On 30 June 2015, the UCI Professional Continental Team Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec Italian rider Davide Appollonio was notified of an AAF of EPO in a sample collected during an out-of-competition test on 14 June 2015.

What is FG-4592? Steve Tilford comments on that and what it may mean.

"There are lots of disturbing aspect to this whole thing, the ease of use, etc., but what bothers me the most is that FG-4592 is only in clinical trials and supposedly can’t be out there for the “public” to use.  I wonder how many other drugs that aren’t approved are being abused by athletes?  I’d assume a lot."