Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 28, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.

Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water

by CyclingTips

The Brazilian UCI Professional Continental Team Funvic Soul Brasil Pro Cycling is again in trouble with anti-doping authorities and could see another full-team suspension levied against it. The entire team was suspended by the UCI for 55 days earlier this year for having multiple doping positives in a 12-month period. However the UCI still approved its 2017 ProContinental license and the team recently raced in last week’s Volta a Catalunya.

On Monday the UCI announced an anti-doping rule violation arising from an “adverse passport finding” against the Brazilian rider Alex Correia Diniz, as well as the Autoridade Brasileira de Controle de Dopagem asserting an anti-doping rule violation for tampering against the Brazilian rider Otavio Bulgarelli.

“For the purposes of article 7.12 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, these constitute additional charges for members of the UCI Professional Continental Team Soul Brasil Pro Cycling within a twelve-month period. Therefore article 7.12.3 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules providing for the suspension of the team from 15 days to 12 months will be applied,” a UCI statement said.

The UCI said it will refer the matter to its Disciplinary Commission which will render a decision.