Astana chief Alexandr Vinokourov: with Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali. The team manager tested positive for blood doping in 2007 when a professional rider. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The UCI president Brian Cookson has called upon Alexandr Vinokourov and Bjarne Riis, the heads of the two most prominent teams in this year’s Tour de(...)

Nicolas Roche of Tinkoff-Saxo on the climb to Pla d’Adet in the Pyrenees during the 17th stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters.

Given the strength that Alberto Contador’s lieutenants – Michael Rogers, Nicolas Roche and Rafal Majka – have shown since the Tour de France entered (...)

Nicolas Roche 
has 
given a positive reaction

reacted positively 
to the news that 
a 
previous team sponsor
,
 Oleg Tink
ov,
 has taken over full ownership of his team
. Photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche has reacted positively to the news that a previous team sponsor, Oleg Tinkov, has taken over full ownership of his team, saying he belie(...)

Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov got involved with the team last year but then said he was withdrawing his backing. Photograph: Getty

Nicolas Roche’s team has received much needed reassurance that its budget will be covered next year, with Saxo Bank stepping up to fill the estimated (...)

 Nicolas Roche competes in the 11th stage of the 68th edition of La Vuelta, a 38.8km individual time-trial, in Tarazona. Photograph:  Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche underlined the improvements he has made against the clock this year when he posted the best time trial of his career on yesterday’s stag(...)

 Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich climb up to Luz-Ardiden during the 2001 Tour de France. Photograph: Reuters

Jan Ullrich believes Lance Armstrong should still be regarded as a seven-time Tour de France champion and that the results should not have been rem(...)