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Contador signs new deal at Tinkoff-Saxo

Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. Credit: PA

Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has signed a new one-year contract that will keep him at the Tinkoff-Saxo team until the end of next season.

"Tinkoff-Saxo is delighted to announce the Spanish six-times Grand Tour winner will remain as its leader until the end of the 2016 season," the Russian-owned team said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Alberto Contador is undoubtedly one of the world's best stage racers and a legend in his lifetime."

Last month the Spanish cyclist indicated that next season could be his last as a professional.

French cyclist fails EPO test

Frenchman Lloyd Mondory. Credit: PA

Frenchman Lloyd Mondory has failed an out-of-competition test for the banned blood-booster EPO, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed on Tuesday.

"The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that it has notified French rider Lloyd Mondory of an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a sample collected in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 17 February 2015," the UCI said in a statement.

"In accordance with the UCI Anti-doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair."

The AG2r-La Mondiale rider has the right to request that his B sample be tested.

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Ill Froome pulls out of Tirreno-Adriatico

Chris Froome won't be taking part in the Tirreno-Adriatico due to ill-health, the Team Sky rider has announced.

The British rider didn't elaborate on what his illness was nor when he might return to racing.

UCI wants Astana's licence revoked, putting Tour winner Nibali in limbo

Vincenzo Nibali won last year's Tour with Astana. Credit: PA

The UCI will ask its licence commission to revoke the licence of Astana following an independent audit after a number of anti-doping infringements.

The news, announced by cycling's world governing body, puts Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali in limbo.

A statement from the UCI read: "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today confirms that it has now reviewed the audit produced by the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) (1) on Astana Pro Team and its anti-doping culture, policies, structures and management systems.

"The audit was one of the conditions attached to the registration of the team in the 2015 UCI WorldTour.

"After careful review of this extensive report, the UCI strongly believes that it contains compelling grounds to refer the matter to the Licence Commission (2) and request the Astana Pro Team licence be withdrawn."

Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories sneak preview

The new series of Sports Life Stories continues on ITV4 tonight with Team Sky's inspirational cyclist Chris Froome.

Tune in from 10pm to watch Froome recount the remarkable story of how he became only the second British winner of the Tour de France in 2013.

In this short clip, Froome explains why he got the nickname 'Crash Froome' - it was quite a crash!

Watch Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories on ITV4 on Tuesday 24th February at 10pm, with contributions from Sir Dave Brailsford and David Walsh.

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Watch Chris Froome Sports Life Stories on ITV4

The new series of Sports Life Stories continues on ITV4 tonight with Team Sky's inspirational cyclist Chris Froome.

Tune in from 10pm to watch Froome recount the remarkable story of how he became only the second British winner of the Tour de France in 2013.

With unique access at his home in South Africa, we gain a new insight into his fierce rivalry with team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins, and discover how Froome overcame personal tragedy to win one of the most demanding sporting events in the world.

Watch Chris Froome: Sports Life Stories on ITV4 on Tuesday 24th February at 10pm, with contributions from Sir Dave Brailsford and David Walsh.

Former Team Sky doctor banned for life

Geert Leinders pictured in 2013. Credit: PA

Former Team Sky doctor Geert Leinders has been banned from cycling for life for multiple doping violations, the United States Anti-Doping Agency has announced.

Leinders was banned for violations committed while he was the chief team doctor and a director of the Rabobank cycling team between 1996 and 2009.

Leinders worked for Sky on a freelance basis in 2011 and 2012 and team principal Sir Dave Brailsford later described it as a mistake.

The USADA said in a statement: "After a hearing at which the detailed evidence, including eyewitness testimony, corroborating documentation and an expert analysis of abnormal blood values of cyclists was presented, the independent arbitration panel found that Leinders possessed, trafficked, and administered banned performance-enhancing substances and methods without any legitimate medical need, including EPO, blood transfusion paraphernalia, testosterone, insulin, DHEA, LH and corticosteroids to athletes under his care, and was complicit in other anti-doping rule violations."

The USADA said it had discovered evidence of doping by Rabobank during the course of an investigation in 2012, and worked with its equivalent organisations in Denmark and Holland to bring Leinders to account.

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