Cav wins sprint in Dubai; doping raid snares Italian amateur team: Daily News Digest

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In today’s Daily News Digest: Cavendish wins Stage 3 of Dubai Tour, Viviani moves into GC lead; Massive raid reveals systematic doping program within amateur Italian team; 2018 Amgen Tour of California men’s and women’s routes announced; Aqua Blue Sport owner speaks of wildcard frustration, calls for changes; Gore Bike Wear brightens up Shakedry material for improved visibility; Iranian track sprinter Seyedmahmoud Rasouli handed four-year suspension.

Cavendish wins Stage 3 of Dubai Tour, Viviani moves into GC lead

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) claimed his first victory of 2018 on Stage 3 of the fifth edition of the Dubai Tour. The Manxman edged out Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin). Stage 2 winner Elia Viviani (Quick-Step) didn’t make the top three this time but moved to the lead of the overall classification after …

Massive raid reveals systematic doping program within amateur Italian team

The death of 21-year-old cyclist Linas Rumsas in May 2017 prompted an investigation that led to a massive doping raid in Lucca, Italy, resulting in several arrests, Il Tirreno reported Thursday. Central to the investigation is the Italian amateur team Altopack-Eppela squad Rumsas rode with prior to his death. In the weeks prior to his …

2018 Amgen Tour of California men’s and women’s routes announced

Three of the sport’s top sprinters are confirmed to for the 2018 Amgen Tour of California — Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) and world champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe), who holds the California record with 16 stage wins. Key stages of the men’s race, which runs May 13-19, include Stage 2, finishing atop the …

Aqua Blue Sport owner speaks of wildcard frustration, calls for changes

The Aqua Blue Sport team has made a solid impression thus far at the Dubai Tour, sending riders up the road in breaks, riding aggressively in the peloton and, on Thursday, driving the pace when the bunch split in the crosswinds. Adam Blythe was also a solid fourth on stage three, rubbing shoulders with the …

Gore Bike Wear brightens up Shakedry material for improved visibility

Gore-Tex’s Shakedry jacket material has proven to be amazing stuff, offering superb protection against the elements, incredible breathability, and outstanding packability. The only major downside, however, is that the company was initially only able to manufacture it in black. The PTFE-based material may be what gives the garments such innate ability to slough off water, …

Iranian track sprinter Seyedmahmoud Rasouli handed four-year suspension

Iranian track sprinter Seyedmahmoud Rasouli was handed a four-year suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol , an anabolic steroid, at the final round of the UCI Track World Cup in Pruzkow, Poland, in November. The Iranian rider, who competed in individual and team sprint, will not be able to compete again until November 2, 2021.