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Astana reinstates Miguel Ángel López after probe Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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MADRID. The Astana team reinstated Colombian driver Miguel Angel Lopez after 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.

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“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.”

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Lopez, 28, is set to race in the Burgos Vuelta and Spanish Vuelta starting this month.

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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.

WOLLONGONG, Australia. Soren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships, a 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 bronze medal pace on Monday.

On Sunday, 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 on Sunday to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.

The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with women’s road races on Saturday and men’s road races on Sunday.

WOLLONGONG, Australia. Ellen van Dijk defended her title and took her third gold medal in the women’s time trial at the opening of the Road Cycling World Championships on Sunday.

Taking advantage of the technical track, the Dutch star maintained a perfect pace to pass Australia’s Grace Brown by 12.79 seconds to defend gold in the time trial she won last year. Bronze went to Swiss Marlene Reusser.

Local favorite Brown was an early starter and had a brilliant time on the 34.2 km (21.3 miles) circuit in the picturesque waterfront city center of Wollongong, south of Sydney.

No one on the 45-man team could come close to Brown’s time of 44m41.33s until the last pairing of van Dijk and Reusser, who took silver at last year’s World Championships in Belgium, showed more results on the first check.

Reusser then beat Brown’s time by over 41 seconds, but van Dijk earned her third gold medal with a time of 44:28.60.

Olympic time trial champion and two-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk.

Later on Sunday, Vuelta a España winner Remco Evenepoel of Belgium, two-time world champion Filippo Ganna of Italy and two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia will headline the men’s event.

Other big races are the mixed time trial relay on Wednesday and the women’s road race next Saturday before the men’s race on Sunday’s closing day, where local star and Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley races against the clock to recover from COVID-19 to take his place in the race.



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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