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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.

Roche eager to help Froome win second Tour

Roche has joined Team Sky from Tinkoff-Saxo. Credit: PA

Team Sky's new signing Nicolas Roche says it would be a dream come true to help Chris Froome win the Tour de France this year.

Roche, who has raced 13 Grand Tours already in his career, was one of five new riders to join Sky in September and is expected to play a major role in Froome's bid for glory in July.

The Irishman's move also weakens Froome's main rival in Paris, Alberto Contador, who previously enjoyed Roche's support at Tinkoff-Saxo.

It has always been my dream to ride down the Champs Elysees with the yellow jersey in the team, that would be a brilliant success.

My priority is to be at the top of the Tour and give my maximum to support to Chris.

That's something I agreed on when I joined, it's something I wanted and I'm very happy to do that.

– Nicolas Roche speaking to Press Association

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Team Sky: Wiggins 'expected to make a full recovery'

Team Sky, who Bradley Wiggins rides for, has said the Tour de France winner is expected to "make a full and speedy recovery":

We can confirm that on Wednesday evening Bradley Wiggins was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his bike near his home in Lancashire.

He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

We will announce more details in due course.