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  • Bernard Hinault has called for the peloton to go on strike if Chris Froome takes part in the Tour de France, which gets underway on July 7. Froome returned a positive test for salbutamol en route to victory at last year's Vuelta a España, but as salbutamol is a specified substance, the Team Sky rider is free to race until the case is resolved. "The peloton should put its foot down and go on strike saying: 'If he's at the start, we're not starting!" Hinault told Ouest France. "The peloton is too nice. Others have been sanctioned, and everybody was in agreement, but they won't sanction him because they say it was an abnormal control? No, it's not an abnormal control… Ventolin, perhaps it's not a big thing, perhaps that's not what won him the Vuelta a España, we don't know, but [at that level – ed.] it's banned, and that's it. The rules are the same for everybody…" Froome's urine sample following stage 18 of the 2018 Vuelta contained 2,000ng/ml of salbutamol, twice the permissible limit. He has denied any wrongdoing and insisted that he did not take more than the permitted number of puffs from his...

  • The USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships kicks off this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee, and you can watch live streaming of the professional women's and men's road races on Sunday, June 24 here on Cyclingnews. There will be three days of competitions for the USA Cycling Professional Championships beginning with the individual time trial on June 21, the criterium on Saturday, June 22, and the event will conclude with the road races on Sunday, June 24.  The live streaming of Sunday's events will begin with the elite women's 115.8km road race at 9 a.m. and follow with the elite men's 193.1km race at 1:15 p.m. local time (EDT). The women will race the 13km route for nine laps, and the men will complete 15 laps, starting and finishing on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Each lap includes the Sherrod Street climb, a nearly 1km ascent that reaches pitches of 10 per cent.ADVERTISEMENT Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) is a three-time silver medallist, twice to Megan Guarnier and last year to defending champion Amber Neben, and she will be looking to take her first title in Knoxville. She's proven to be on top form recently winning the overall title at the OVO Energy Women's Tour....

  • Vuelta a España race director Javier Guillen has called for a resolution to the Chris Froome salbutamol case before the start of the 2018 edition on August 25. Froome won last year’s Vuelta, but risks being stripped of the title after returning a positive test for salbutamol following stage 18. As salbutamol is a specified substance, Froome is free to race until the case is resolved. The Team Sky rider won the Giro d’Italia last month and looks set to line out at the Tour de France in July. “What is absolutely necessary for the 2018 Vuelta is to start out knowing who has won the Vuelta of 2017,” Guillen said in a press conference, according to Marca. “We can’t be in the position a year later of not knowing what has happened.”ADVERTISEMENT If Froome were to be sanctioned with a doping offence and stripped of his Vuelta title, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) would enter the record books as the winner of the 2017 Vuelta. When news of Froome’s salbutamol case first broke last December, Vuelta organiser Unipublic said that its position was one “of extreme caution.” Froome’s anti-doping sample contained twice the permissible threshold of salbutamol,...

  • Mark Cavendish will start at the inaugural Adriatica Ionica Race in Italy on Wednesday, where a stage win or two would give him a confidence boost before he heads to the Tour de France. Cavendish has won just one race so far this year – a stage at the Dubai Tour in February – in a season that was blighted by crashes early on. The British sprinter rode the Tour of Slovenia rather than the more traditional route of riding either the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse in the build-up to the Tour, and now heads to the Adriatica Ionica before racing at the British road race national championships the weekend. Dimension Data have yet to reveal their eight-man roster for the Tour de France, which starts in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile on July 7, but in addition to Cavendish, Australian Mark Renshaw is a pretty safe bet for a berth, and will line up alongside his team leader at the Adriatica Ionica to fine-tune his lead-out man duties with just over a couple of weeks to go until the start of the Tour.ADVERTISEMENT The new five-day UCI 2.1-ranked race takes place in Italy's Veneto region,...

  • Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) will not face sanction from the UCI disciplinary commission for allegedly causing Sebastien Reichenbach to crash during the 2017 Tre Valli Varesine due to a lack of evidence. The news was broken by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday morning and confirmed by Team Sky, though the UCI has not made a public statement on the matter. Reichenbach suffered a fractured elbow and hip in a crash during Tre Valli Varesine and claimed afterwards that Moscon had “intentionally put [him] on the ground.” The Groupama-FDJ rider believed Moscon had deliberately caused the crash in retribution for his part in highlighting how the Team Sky rider had racially abused Kevin Reza at last year’s Tour de Romandie. Moscon attended an 11-hour disciplinary hearing in Geneva on the day after Paris-Roubaix in mid-April, but the proceedings were adjourned without a verdict being delivered. Under UCI rules, Moscon risked a ban of up to six months for ‘behaving in a violent manner.’ADVERTISEMENT Cyclingnews understands that the conflicting testimonies provided by witnesses meant that the UCI disciplinary commission was unable to piece together a definitive account of the incident, and so the case was dropped. Reichenbach’s crash at...

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