The Monaco cycling federation has confirmed a two-year suspension for Davide Rebellin after the Italian rider tested positive for the banned blood-boosting drug CERA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With only 21 seconds separating four Astana riders in Saturday's opening stage of the Tour de France, it's premature to read any pecking order into the riders' finishes.
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong went out early and put up a solid time in the opening stage of the Tour de France, then was upstaged by Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.
Will Lance be something approaching the rider he was before in the next three weeks? Is his cancer message resonating despite his cycling season? His big stage awaits.
Dutch rider Theo Bos has been suspended for one month for sending South African Daryl Impey crashing into a security barrier during a Tour of Turkey stage in April, the International Cycling Union said on Friday.
A lawyer for Belgian sprint star Tom Boonen says the rider will be allowed to compete in the Tour de France after winning his appeal of a ban for a positive cocaine test.
Cycling's governing body says all 180 riders expected to start the Tour de France -- plus one -- have undergone planned pre-race blood tests.
Alexander Vinokourov will return to cycling when his two-year doping suspension ends later this month, and he said on Thursday that he hopes to ride with his former Astana team.
Dutchman Martijn Maaskant has replaced injured Dan Martin of Ireland in Garmin-Slipstream's Tour de France roster, the American team said on Thursday.
Thomas Dekker has been ruled out of the Tour de France after a positive test for the banned blood-booster EPO, his Silence-Lotto team said.
Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen's appeal against a two-year doping ban was heard Thursday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The route of the 2009 Tour de France was unveiled Wednesday in Paris. ESPN.com's Bonnie D. Ford weighs in on the race's key stages.
Michael Rasmussen will speak before the Court of Arbitration for Sport at his Nov. 14 appeals hearing in an attempt to overturn his two-year ban from cycling.
The 2009 Tour de France will start from Monaco, organizers of the showcase cycle race said on Thursday.
Notes from the Tour de France: Lance Armstrong can count a loyal, royal fan among his many admirers.