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  • Manzana Postobón have already raced their final race, with the team's owners announcing that the squad is folding with immediate effect due to a pair of recent doping cases. The ‘Pedeleamos por Colombia’ corporation, which owns the Colombian Pro Continental team, issued a statement on Friday in which they highlighted the progress made over the past decade but stated that the problem of doping "prevented us from moving forward". Since their inception in 2006 as Colombia es Pasión, the team have always taken a strong anti-doping stance, with internal testing, a focus on educating riders, and a modern, scientific approach to developing Colombian talent such as Nairo Quintana. However, they have been damaged by two doping cases in the space of two months.ADVERTISEMENT In early April, it was revealed that Wilmar Paredes had tested positive for EPO, and this week it emerged that Juan José Amador had tested positive for the steroid Boldenone. While Paredes had his contract terminated with immediate effect, it appeared the team would stand by Amador as they suspended him but vowed to help get to the bottom of his case. Either way, they faced a team-wide suspension of 12-45 days under...

  • A risk of avalanches and new, more stringent, safety laws in Italy mean the Passo Gavia is likely to be cut from Tuesday’s queen stage of the Giro d’Italia, meaning one of the most difficult and decisive climbs of the race would not feature. Last week, Giro d’Italia race director Mauro Vegni suggested there was a 60 per cent chance of the race climbing the legendary Passo Gavia, where Andy Hampsten famously rode through a snow storm to set up victory in the 1988 Corsa Rosa. According to Saturday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Vegni is far less optimistic now and could soon confirm the cutting of the Gavia from stage 16 and reveal a new, shorter stage with just the Passo del Mortirolo as the major climb of the day. Snow and freezing temperatures are also forecast for Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Vegni could announce his decision early to perhaps inspire riders to attack on stage 14 to Courmayeur and on stage 15 to Como on the climbs of the Il Lombardia route. Specialist crews have been working around the clock to cut through the huge banks of snow and clear the Passo Gavia. However, the risk of further...

  • Pavel Sivakov (Team Ineos) has set his sights on the white jersey at the Giro d'Italia, after moving into the lead of the young rider classification at Lago Serrù on stage 13 on Friday.  The 21-year-old, riding his second Grand Tour, started the day in 19th place overall but propelled himself into 9th with an impressive ride on the first summit finish of the race. He finished 9th on the stage, 3:34 down on winner Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) but 37 seconds down on Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), the two race favourites who marked each other on the Colle de Nivolet. ADVERTISEMENT With just under three kilometres to go, Sivakov had ridden away from the pair as Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Richard Carapaz (Movistar) attacked from the elite group, but he was brought back. "I didn’t really attack them [Roglic and Nibali] because they were looking at each other. I took one opportunity to go away because I knew I just had to ride my own pace," Sivakov said. "I rode that final climb like a time trial. At the end I didn’t really look at then when they came back. I just kept...

  • Stage 3 of the Emakumeen Bira on Friday saw an emotional Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) take the biggest win of her career so far when she broke away from the peloton on the penultimate climb and kept going to the finish, crowning her solo move with victory atop the steep Santa Teodosia climb. "I am still emotional," Wiles said after the podium ceremony. "It was brutal, I had to dig so deep up the final climb. It was really hard. But I had my team in my ear, cheering me on over the radio. "I thought about my teammates, my family, my partner Olivia, and everyone who has sacrificed so much to help me get where I was in that moment, and I just pushed as hard as I could. I am so happy. I will never forget all the finish line emotions."ADVERTISEMENT Wiles' victory also was the first UCI Women's WorldTour win for Trek-Segafredo. Newly formed ahead of the 2019 season, the team had already taken eight wins in lower-category races and have now broken through on the biggest scene. "It is a huge boost for our confidence," said Wiles. "We have been close to a lot...

  • Rob Britton went into his seventh Amgen Tour of California this year knowing he'd be riding for Rally UHC Cycling teammate Brandon McNulty, the 21-year-old American who was seventh in California last year and just recently won the Giro di Sicilia. But when an illness that McNulty picked up in Italy knocked the young rider out of the California general classification hunt early on, Britton stepped up and ably filled his shoes, keeping the Rally jersey in the GC fight to the top of Mt. Baldy on the penultimate day. The first signs of trouble for McNulty showed up early on stage 2, the 214.5km climb from Stockton to altitude at South Lake Tahoe. He was unable to go with the moves at the tip of the race and instead languished in 57th, finishing with a group that came in more than eight minutes back. One of the biggest targets for McNulty's third season with the US Pro Continental team was suddenly out of reach, but Rally's hopes were still in the general classification hunt with the reliable veteran. Britton stayed with the GC group as the front end of the race was slowly whittled down to a handful of contenders,...

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