Nibali Set For Swift Return After Back Operation, Eyes Vuelta a España

Paris (AFP) – Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, who was forced out of the Tour de France after a crash on the 12th stage to Alpe d'Huez, underwent surgery on his injured back in Milan, his Bahrain team said on Tuesday.

The 2014 Tour champion will be released from hospital on Wednesday and will be able to return to training in a few days, starting on a stationary bike before heading back out on the road.

The Italian champion is planning to race the Vuelta a España in preparation for the World Championships.

Nibali fractured a vertebra on July 19 after his bike got tangled up with a bag or camera strap, sending the cyclist crashing to the ground as he rode through a plume of smoke on the crowded climb.

He finished the stage seventh and was fourth overall, two minutes and 37 seconds behind eventual winner Geraint Thomas, but was ruled out of the rest of the race.

The 33-year-old is one of just seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours. He also won this year's Milan-San Remo, one of cycling's five prestigious one-day 'monuments'.

Former Team Sky Medic's Tribunal Delayed

(AFP) – Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman's disciplinary hearing on misconduct charges has been delayed again, the medical practitioners tribunal service (MPTS) said Tuesday.

Man Who Killed Tommy Ketterhagen Arrested, Faces 10-Year Sentence

The man who killed 19-year-old bike rider Tommy Ketterhagen is back in jail.

Froome Up Against Altitude On Season Debut In Colombia

Medellín, Colombia (AFP) – Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will have his work cut out dealing with the altitude when he tackles the Tour Colombia starting on Tuesday, his rivals and teammate said.

Izagirre beats Valverde to triumph in Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana

Valencia, Spain (AFP) – Spain's Ion Izagirre claimed victory at the Tour of Valencia on Sunday after Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the fifth and final stage.

Yates Claims Victory On Decisive GC Day

Valencia, Spain (AFP) – Britain's Adam Yates powered to victory on stage four of the Tour of Valencia on Saturday as Ion Izagirre closed in on the overall triumph.

Glasgow To Host First Combined World Cycling Championships

(AFP) – Glasgow will host all 13 of cycling's world championships in 2023, the International Cycling Union's (UCI) president David Lappartient announced on Friday.

Van Avermaet Proves Classics Form in Valencia Stage 3 Win

(AFP) – Belgium's Greg Van Avermaet prevailed in a sprint to win the 194 kilometre Tour of Valencia third stage on Friday with Edvald Boasson Hagen retaining the overall lead.

Trentin Takes Vuelta a la Comicidad Valenciana In Stage 2 Sprint

(AFP) – Italy's Matteo Trentin timed his sprint to perfection to claim victory in the second stage of the Tour of Valencia on Thursday.

Boasson Hagen Wins Valencia TT, Valverde And Thomas In Mix

(AFP) – Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen outshone world champion Alejandro Valverde and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas to win the opening time-trial of the Tour of Valencia on Wednesday.

Geraint Thomas To Skip Giro To Focus On Tour de France

(AFP) – Geraint Thomas has confirmed he will miss the Giro d'Italia to be "in the best shape possible" for the defense of his Tour de France crown.