Bradley Wiggins is racing and winning prior to the Tour de France, but his rivals are training. RadioShack-Nissan general manager, Johan Bruyneel changed Andy and Frank Schleck’s schedule following a “disappointing” run in the Ardennes Classics.

The brothers will train at altitude in Spain’s Sierra Nevada for 10 days with Yaroslav Popovych and Haimar Zubeldia, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

“It’s appropriate,” said Bruyneel. After Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he explained that he was disappointed with how the two rode in the Ardennes Classics.

They will test in a wind tunnel on May 3, train at home afterwards and race different programmes prior to the Tour de France. Frank races the Tour of Luxembourg and Tour of Switzerland; Andy the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Omega Pharma imposes one-hour Twitter ban

Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep is banning Twitter for one hour before and after races.

“Sometimes they write something they regret. I think you just have to think twice before sending a Twitter message,” sports director, Brian Holm told Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet. “You are at your worst just right after a sprint finish.”

He welcomes riders using social media at other times and says he was happy with Mark Cavendish’s Tweets.

“He could come up with some venom, and people loved it or hated it. It was not anything that shifted his focus from racing.”

BMC to continue through 2016

BMC announced on Friday that it will continue to sponsor Cadel Evans’ team through 2016. Last year it won the Tour de France, hitting the top after starting as a third division team in 2006.

Building on the momentum, it signed star riders Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Tejay Van Garderen over the winter.

“Our best marketing strategy is to have the best cycling team in the world,” owner Andy Rihs said in a press release.

The bike company’s CEO, Thomas Binggeli added, “We want to profit from the knowledge and experience from the world’s best athletes to build the best bicycle.”

Liquigas announces new sponsor

Liquigas-Cannondale announced yesterday that it signed a deal with new sponsor Ristora. The Italian food and beverage company will appear on the jersey and socks starting from May 1.

The deal is important for team manager, Roberto Amadio. He is trying to find a new sponsor or to convince Liquigas to renew ahead of next season. Vincenzo Nibali’s contract also expires at year-end. He is reportedly in negotiations with Amadio for a new two-year deal, at €1.8m (£1.47m) annually.

Ricco refuses to go away quietly

Riccardo Ricco hit back after Italy’s high sporting court (TNA) issued him a 12-year doping ban.

“Now, I’ll begin to speak about all the rot in cycling and everything I’ve seen in this false world of hypocrites,” he wrote via Twitter on Friday. “And I’ve seen a lot and know a lot! Those who’ve come across as little angels are the worst, I assure you.”

The Italian received a 20-month doping ban after testing positive at the 2008 Tour de France. He returned to racing, but last February, he nearly died from a botched blood transfusion.

He added, he’s ready to open up. “Beautiful. Now, I’ll have some fun.” Two days later, on Sunday, he rode in the San Marino Granfondo.

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  • Mac

    He is a cheat, but I’m sure he does have information that would open some people’s eyes to the hypocrisy in the governing body of professional cycling.
    An example would be Ullrich’s ban after 6 some years of being out of the sport, versus Contador’s ban (or lack there of). It seems a bit ridiculous.

  • Mike

    What a waste of space Ricco is. You got caught mate, get over it, try being a man for once in your life.

    Landis, I think, is another story. How many of the ex US Postal riders were later proved to be dopers? Lots and lots, so lets not tar Floyd the same as Mr Ricco. Landis was talking about systematic team doping and we all know it was and possibly still is going on.

  • adam

    I really hope the magazines don’t give him the time of day. I’m sure there’ll be some truths in what he has to say, but the bigger question is why he didn’t say them back before he started cheating?

  • george l

    How annoying , why can’t people race to get fit, prepare well lads.

  • colnago dave

    Nice One Ricco, just continue to show everyone what a Rectum Piece you are. You blatantly cheated got caught, banned then tried to cheat again and nearly killed yourself.
    According to Italian reports you were well known and suspected as using drugs even as a junior.

    Anyway now he has a lifetime ban he still is full of venom or Bull shit and will do a Landis and accuse everyone else via a book deal. As various people have intimated on hearing of the last brush with drugs by the Cobra, pity he survived.