January 30, 2012

Landis celebrates in 2006     Photo: TatClarkson/Flickr

UCI Sues Paul Kimmage for Defamation

Journalist reported Landis doping claims

Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has filed suit against journalist and doping critic Paul Kimmage for articles published in L'Equipe and The Sunday Times, including an interview in which Floyd Landis accused the UCI of a doping cover-up. The UCI's statement, released Sunday, claims Kimmage falsely accused them of "having knowingly tolerated tests, of being dishonest people, of not having a sense of responsibility, of not applying the same rules to everyone." UCI president Pat McQuaid and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen jointly filed with the UCI in Swiss court for "damage to reputation." Each are seeking compensation of about $8,700. Last May, the UCI announced it would sue Landis for statements made in the same interview, but Landis reported on Sunday that no suit ever materialized. Kimmage confirmed that he had received formal documentation about the case but that he had no intention of making any sort of retraction. "Hell will freeze over before I issue either of those gentlemen an apology for anything,” he said.

Read more at the Irish Independent

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Marianne Vos     Photo: Wielerpro.nl/Flickr

Marianne Vos Wins 5th Cyclocross Title

Belgians dominate men's race at worlds

Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won the fifth world cyclocross title of her career on Sunday in Koksijde, Belgium, becoming the winningest rider in cyclocross history at age 24. Vos, who has lost only one race this year, defeated runner-up and countrywoman Daphny van den Brand by 37 seconds. U.S. cyclocross champion Katie Compton was fifth after a poor start and a crash. Belgian riders swept the top seven places in the men's race, led by winner Niels Albert. U.S. rider Jeremy Powers was 26th.

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Alberto Contador     Photo: Petit Brun/Flickr

CAS Again Delays Contador Verdict

Court says it will release ruling on Feb. 6

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has again delayed an expected verdict in Alberto Contador's doping from January 31 to February 6. The delay is the latest in a string of setbacks in the case, which originated in 2010 and could have been resolved as early as last summer. Contador was scheduled to appear before the court in early 2011, before the Tour de France, but the hearing was moved first to August and then November. A ruling was expected in mid-January, but was delayed amid accusations that the CAS judges favored Contador's lawyers. The court did not give a reason for the latest setback.

Read more at Cycling News

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Shaun White at U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix     Photo: Charles McCain/Flickr

White Caps X Games with Perfection

Win is snowboarder's 5th-consecutive gold

Shaun White made history two times at the Winter X Games on Sunday when he recorded a perfect score of 100 in his final round of the Snowboard SuperPipe and his fifth-consecutive gold medal in the event. White is both the first to earn a perfect score and the first to take five-straight SuperPipe titles. Incredibly, White competed on an injured ankle. The final day of competition also saw controversy as skier Langely McNeal was disqualified for wearing a hair tie around her pants, violating a rule that bans "straps, fastening devices or other methods [that] can be used to tighten the suit material."

Read more at ESPN

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