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Remy di Gregorio: French rider banned for four years for EPO use

French cyclist Remy di Gregorio
Remy di Gregorio returned to cycling in 2018 having initially said he would retire in 2017

French rider Remy di Gregorio has been banned for four years for using a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

The 34-year-old was provisionally suspended in March 2018 after returning a positive test for darbepoetin during stage race Paris-Nice.

His ban starts from the date of the test so he will be suspended until 7 March 2022.

Di Gregorio was suspended by his team, now known as Nippo-Delko-One Provence, at the time of his positive test.

Erythropoietin, or EPO, is a hormone which can increase endurance. It is injected under the skin and stimulates red blood cell production, which speeds up the delivery of oxygen to muscles.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52624301

Chris Froome returns to outdoor training amid Ineos departure rumours

Chris Froome
Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome has also won the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Giro d’Italia

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has returned to outdoor training following reports he could leave his Ineos team this season.

The 34-year-old tweeted on Thursday he was training againexternal-link on roads around his home in Monaco, where coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Recent reports suggest Froome has been offered moves away from Ineos during this season.

Team Ineos have been contacted for comment.

Froome’s current contract runs out at the end of this calendar year, and he has previously said he has yet to decide who he will ride for in 2021.

But Cycling News reported on Thursday the Briton is in discussion with two teamsexternal-link for a possible mid-season transfer – a rarity in cycling.

Ineos have a plethora a talented riders who could be backed as the ‘leader’ to win the Tour this year, including last year’s champion Egan Bernal, 23.

Moving to another team could give Froome guaranteed backing as lead rider for the Tour, rather than having to battle other riders for supremacy in the same team.

Bernal recently said: “I’m not going to throw away an opportunity to win another Tour de France, that’s for sure. I don’t think I’m going to do that.”

Cycling’s biggest race was won by Froome in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – but he lost out to team-mate Geraint Thomas in 2018.

Froome has said previously he wants to focus on winning more editions of the Tour before the end of his career but missed out last year following a support-race crash in which he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs.

Froome recently told the French newspaper L’Equipe: “My dream, when I retire, would be to have won more Tours de France than anyone else.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52677296

Football Focus: Ben Foster’s spin class with Cahill, Richards, Osman and Walker

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster puts Football Focus’ Tim Cahill, Micah Richards, Leon Osman and Dan Walker through their paces with a brutal isolation bike workout.

WATCH: You can join in with Ben’s full workout on the BBC Sport YouTube channel

Watch Football Focus, Saturday 11 April at 12:00 on BBC One and iPlayer.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/52249457

Jess Varnish appeal hearing in British Cycling case set for next week

Jess Varnish
Jess Varnish is a former European team sprint champion and world silver medallist

Former Great Britain Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish’s appeal hearing in her employment case against British Cycling will take place next week.

Varnish, who was dropped from the programme for Rio 2016, lost her initial case in January 2019 but won the right to an appeal December.

The 29-year-old argued she should be considered an employee of British Cycling or the funding agency UK Sport.

But the initial hearing ruled her funding was like a university grant.

The latest hearing will be held in public via webinar on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Varnish said in December: “We could easily have walked away after the original decision went against us. However, I believe we’re doing the right thing by not giving up.”

The former European team sprint champion and world silver medallist attempted to prove she was an employee to allow her to sue both bodies for wrongful dismissal and sexual discrimination after being dropped for the Rio Olympics.

Varnish, who will not be appearing, is challenging whether the law has been applied correctly in her initial verdict.

There are three possible outcomes to the appeal:

  • The original decision is overturned;
  • It is decided a second tribunal needs to take place, with three panel judges rather than one;
  • The original decision is upheld.

The judgement could take three to 10 weeks after the hearing.

If the decision is overturned, Vanish would be able to initiate proceedings against British Cycling on the grounds of unfair dismissal, though the governing body itself could appeal this.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52635010

Froome returns to training outside amid Ineos departure rumours

Chris Froome
Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome has also won the Vuelta a Espana twice and the Giro d’Italia

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has returned to outdoor training following reports he could leave his Ineos team this season.

The 34-year-old tweeted on Thursday he was training againexternal-link on roads around his home in Monaco, where coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been eased.

Recent reports suggest Froome has been offered moves away from Ineos during this season.

Team Ineos have been contacted for comment.

Froome’s current contract runs out at the end of this calendar year, and he has previously said he has yet to decide who he will ride for in 2021.

But Cycling News reported on Thursday the Briton is in discussion with two teamsexternal-link for a possible mid-season transfer – a rarity in cycling.

Ineos have a plethora a talented riders who could be backed as the ‘leader’ to win the Tour this year, including last year’s champion Egan Bernal, 21.

Moving to another team could give Froome guaranteed backing as lead rider for the Tour, rather than having to battle other riders for supremacy in the same team.

Bernal recently said: “I’m not going to throw away an opportunity to win another Tour de France, that’s for sure. I don’t think I’m going to do that.”

Cycling’s biggest race was won by Froome in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – but he lost out to team-mate Geraint Thomas in 2018.

Froome has said previously he wants to focus on winning more editions of the Tour before the end of his career but missed out last year following a support-race crash in which he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs.

Froome recently told the French newspaper L’Equipe: “My dream, when I retire, would be to have won more Tours de France than anyone else.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/52677296

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