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World Cycling League, college to build indoor velodrome

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READING, Pa. — The World Cycling League is teaming up with an eastern Pennsylvania college to build a $20 million indoor cycling track.

The National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College, in Reading, will have 2,500 spectator seats and also serve as the league’s global headquarters.

Officials hope to begin construction by late summer and open the track in time for the 2018-19 school year.

The facility will be only the second of its kind in the United States. The VELO Sports Center in Carson, California, opened three years ago.

David Chauner, the league’s CEO, says the velodrome will attract world-class cyclists to live, train and race in the area.

If the track is built as planned, it will be available for athletes who wish to train for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

World champ Peter Sagan to race in Tour Down Under

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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Three-time world road race champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia has confirmed he will compete in the Tour Down Under in January, the opening World Tour event of the season.

Sagan won the world title last month for the third straight year, becoming the first cyclist to do so. He competed in the Tour Down Under for the first time last year, finishing second on three stages behind Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan.

Sagan, who rides for the BORA-hansgrohe team, said the six-stage Tour Down Under is “the perfect start to the UCI World Tour season each year … a challenging and tough course, warm weather and the passionate fans that cheer for us day in day out no matter what.”

Former Olympic cycling champ fired after positive drug test

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) Former Olympic road cycling champion Samuel Sanchez, who returned a positive doping test in August, had his B-sample confirmed Wednesday and was promptly fired by the BMC Racing Team.

Sanchez’s out-of-competition test revealed growth hormone-releasing peptide 2, or GHRP-2, a drug that increases a body’s level of growth hormone. Several cyclists have tested positive for the drug, among them Italian rider Stefano Pirazzi, who was given a four-year ban earlier this week.

The U.S.-based BMC Team said in a statement Wednesday that it was adhering to its zero-tolerance policy toward doping by terminating the Spaniard’s contract “with immediate effect.”

The 39-year-old Sanchez, who had been provisionally suspended, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.