Cycling`s world body the UCI says Astana, who last month were allowed to retain their WorldTour licence despite a series of doping shocks, have agreed to "undergo a fundamental reform in order to prevent the risks of doping".
Astana, the team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, retained their World Tour licence because they stayed clear of doping scandals this season, the International Cycling Union`s (UCI) independent licence commission said.
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is free to defend his title in July after his Astana team was allowed to keep its racing licence despite a series of doping shocks, the UCI governing body announced on Thursday.
Belgian Greg van Avermaet warmed up for the upcoming classics season with a season-opening victory on the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Friday after a thrilling uphill finish that handed him the overall leader`s jersey.
Disgraced former US cycling star Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving in connection with hitting two parked vehicles and having his girlfriend take the blame, the Aspen Daily News reported Wednesday.
Lance Armstrong was ordered to pay $10 million to a sports insurance company after arbitrators ruled against the disgraced cyclist over bonuses he received during his Tour de France winning streak, the firm said on Monday.