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Luis Léon Sánchez joins Caja Rural

Category: Cycling

Luis Léon Sanchez has now signed a contract with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.

In February this year, Rabobank decided to suspend Sanchez indefinitely, as they would investigate the past relationship between the rider and Eufemiano Fuentes, a doctor who is accused of having provided athletes with doping substances and performing blood transfusions. He was soon reinstated in the team though, but in October 2013, Belkin Pro Cycling announced that the Spaniard would be dropped from the team as a result of accusations linking him to the Operación Puerto doping case.

Luis Léon Sanchez has won four Tour de France stages, the Clasíca San Sebastián on two occasions and taken the overall classifications of the Tour Down Under (2005) and Paris-Nice (2009) during his career.

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA has also signed Angél Madrazo from Movistar, Pello Bilboa from Euskaltel, Davide Vigáno from Lampre-Merida, Colombian Heiner Parra and the Spaniards Luís Mas, Fernando Grijalba, Antonio Molina and Ruben Martinez.

Serebryakov banned for 4 years

Category: Cycling & Doping

Alexander Serebryakov has been banned for four years following his positive test for EPO, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced earlier this month.

The 26-year-old Russian, who raced with Euskaltel-Euskadi, tested positive in an out-of-competition control taken on March 18.

Later, it was also revealed that a previous sample taken February 21 was tested using a new analytical method, and that this test also showed evidence of EPO use.

Serebryakov's suspension will run through 2017.

Bos targets more victories after best season yet

Category: Cycling

Theo BosThis season, Theo Bos won over a quarter of the Belkin team’s victories.

Bos ended the season with 12 wins this year. His team Belkin finished with 38 in total.

In 2014, he targets to win even more.

“The team just want me to win a lot of races, as much as possible,” Bos told Cyclingnews.

Next year, Bos will skip the Giro d’Italia and instead focus on the first half of the season. He will then, perhaps, return to the Vuelta. His thinks that a Tour de France slot is a long-shot.

“I think it’s better to just set some goals for the first half of the season. I have to make a big improvement to go to the Tour though. It’s a dream for every cyclist but I have to be realistic. I’ll not do the Giro though, it’s a hard race.”

“I think in 2014 I need to do the same as what I did this year in terms of trying to win from the start of the season and win a big race,” he said.