McCabe, White win national criterium championships

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Travis McCabe won a tight sprint to take the men’s criterium and Emma White built a big enough gap in the women’s race to win comfortably at the U.S. road national championships Friday night.

The men’s race over the twilight course in downtown Knoxville was sparked by several breakaway attempts that proved unsuccessful. And when the field came together, it was the Rally UHC Cycling team that established the pace at the front of the field with two laps to go.

The team began shedding riders on the final lap, and McCabe – who lost a close sprint to Peter Sagan during the Tour of California – made his move on the penultimate corner.

The 30-year-old McCabe, who rides for the Floyd’s Pro Cycling team of Floyd Landis, held off Eric Young and Miguel Bryon to win the stars-and-stripes jersey.

The women’s race was shaken up with five laps to go when a crash dropped defending champion Leigh Ann Ganzar from contention. Riders are given a free lap under those circumstances if it occurs earlier in the race, but the late juncture meant Ganzer’s race was over.

Sprint specialist Summer Moak and all-around standout Coryn Rivera moved to the front late in the race, but it was White who took control on the final lap. The 21-year-old, who swept the under-23 road race, time trial and criterium a year ago, put a gap into the field entering the final turn.

That allowed White to relish the victory as she crossed the finish line.

Lily Williams finished second and Kendall Ryan was third.

“We won this race two years ago with Erica (Carney),” said White, who competes for the Rally UHC Cycling team. “It’s just a special win for our team.”

The national championships conclude Sunday with the men’s and women’s road races.

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Davide Rebellin dies after hit by truck while training

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MILAN — Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin, one of the sport’s longest-serving professionals, died after being struck by a truck while training. He was 51.

Rebellin was riding near the town of Montebello Vicentino in northern Italy when he was hit by a truck near a motorway junction. The vehicle did not stop, although Italian media reported that the driver may have been unaware of the collision.

Local police are working to reconstruct the incident and find the driver.

Rebellin had only retired from professional cycling last month, bringing to an end a career that had spanned 30 years. He last competed for Work Service-Vitalcare-Dynatek and the UCI Continental team posted a tribute on its social media accounts.

“Dear Davide, keep pedaling, with the same smile, the same enthusiasm and the same passion as always,” the Italian team said. “This is not how we imagined the future together and it is not fair to have to surrender so suddenly to your tragic absence.”

“To your family, your loved ones, your friends and all the enthusiasts who, like us, are crying for you right now, we just want to say that we imagine you on a bicycle, looking for new roads, new climbs and new challenges even up there, in the sky.”

Rebellin’s successes included victories at Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico as well as winning a stage in the 1996 edition of the Giro d’Italia, which he also led for six stages.

Rebellin won silver in the road race at the 2008 Olympic Games, but he was later stripped of his medal and banned for two years after a positive doping test. He had denied wrongdoing.

CAS upholds Nairo Quintana DQ from Tour de France for opioid use

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The disqualification of two-time Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana from his sixth place in the 2022 race for misuse of an opioid was confirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS said its judges dismissed Quintana’s appeal and agreed with the International Cycling Union that the case was a medical matter rather than a doping rules violation. He will not be banned.

The court said the judges ruled “the UCI’s in-competition ban on tramadol was for medical rather than doping reasons and was therefore within the UCI’s power and jurisdiction.”

Traces of the synthetic painkiller tramadol were found in two dried blood spot samples taken from the Colombian racer five days apart in July, the UCI previously said.

Quintana’s case is among the first to rely on the dried blood spot (DBS) method of collecting samples which the World Anti-Doping Agency approved last year.

Tramadol was banned in 2019 from use at cycling races because of potential side effects. They include the risk of addiction, dizziness, drowsiness and loss of attention.

Quintana finished second in the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015, won both times by Chris Froome. He won the 2014 Giro d’Italia.