MADRID. Team Astana has reinstated Colombian driver Miguel Angel Lopez following an investigation into drug trafficking in Spain.
Lopez was suspended by the Kazakh team after it was revealed he was being questioned as part of an investigation into the alleged activities of a Spanish doctor suspected of drug trafficking.
“Based on the information received, the Astana-Kazakhstan team has been informed that, in the absence of any findings from the Spanish authorities or the UCI, it cannot continue the suspension or further deprive the rider of his contractual rights,” the report says. the team said in a statement. “Thus, Miguel Angel Lopez has been temporarily reintegrated into the Astana-Kazakhstan team and will return to the previously agreed racing plan.”
Lopez, 28, is set to race in the Burgos Vuelta and Spanish Vuelta starting this month.
Astana stated that “the team will be closely monitoring the situation and will not hesitate to take decisive action depending on the evolution of the situation.”
Lopez won a stage in the 2020 Tour de France in addition to three stage victories in the Vuelta a España. He finished the 2018 Giro d’Italia in third place and won the 2019 Catalonia Volta and the 2016 Tour de Suisse.
L’AQUILA, Italy. The 2023 Giro d’Italia will kick off with an individual time trial on a coastal bike path recreated on the site of a former railway line in the Abruzzo area.
At a ceremony in the Abruzzo capital L’Aquile, race organizers announced that the Grand Tour would run from 6 to 28 May, starting with a 18.4 km (11.4 mi) time trial on the Adriatic coast.
Almost the entire time trial will take place on the scenic Costa dei Traboci bike path that circles the coastline before a short climb to the finish line in Ortona.
“I am excited about the idea of the Grande Partenza (Great Start) Giro in Abruzzo. It’s a dream come true, especially with regards to the prologue on the Costa dei Trabocci,” said Trek-Segafredo cyclist Dario Cataldo from the region.
“I remember well that when the cycle track project was born and I saw the first tracks, I imagined the beauty of the Giro d’Italia passing along the route. It looked perfect.”
Stage 2 is a 204 km (127 mile) stage from Teramo to San Salvo that was hilly in the first part but is expected to finish with a fast sprint.
Stage 3 will also start in the Abruzzo region, in Vasto, but will then head south and will be detailed when the full route is revealed in Milan on 17 October.
The Giro will also return to the region for Stage 7, a challenging climb up the Gran Sasso d’Italia to Campo Imperatore. The high-altitude stage on May 12 will be the first finish at an altitude of more than 2000 meters.
Australian Jai Hindley won the Giro this year.
WOLLONGONG, Australia. Søren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships the day after Tobias Voss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.
Warenskiöld won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championship with a dominant result. He showed 34 minutes 13.40 seconds over a distance of 28.8 km, ahead of the Belgian Alec Segart by 16.34 seconds.
British rider Leo Hayter, younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds behind the racer’s pace to take the bronze medal.
Foss beat the strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.
Norway has two gold medals and Dutch Ellen van Dijk beat Australia’s Grace Brown to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.
The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with the women’s road race on Saturday and the men’s road race on Sunday.