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First Edition Cycling News, December 28, 2008

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December 28, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • Aeronautica Militare-Amica Chips signs Kwiatkowski

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    Gregor Brown

    Team Aeronautica Militare-Amica Chips signed Pole Michal Kwiatkowski for the next two seasons. The...

    Team Aeronautica Militare-Amica Chips signed Pole Michal Kwiatkowski for the next two seasons. The 18-year-old Junior Time Trial World Champion will ride for the Professional Continental team for 2009 and 2010.

    Kwiatkowski won the overall and three stages of the Junior Peace Race this year.

    He joins fellow Polish rider, Michal Golas, for 2009. The roster of the San Marino-based team also includes Santo Anzà, Matteo Carrara, Leonardo Bertagnolli and Simon Clarke. (GB)

  • Quick Step and Milram confirm Tour Down Under rosters

    Allan Davis, 2008 Tour Down Under stage winner
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    Gregor Brown

    Quick Step and Team Milram have confirmed their start lists for the 2009 Tour Down Under and Race...

    Quick Step and Team Milram have confirmed their start lists for the 2009 Tour Down Under and Race Director Mike Turtur is pleased with the presence of Allan Davis and Christian Knees.

    "Allan is the only rider to compete at all 11 Tour Down Under events from 1999 to 2009. It will be great to see him back at the race in Adelaide in January," said Turtur. "Allan Davis has twice finished second overall at the Tour Down Under, in 2005 and 2008, so 2009 may be his year."

    Davis also finished first on stage 3 of the 2008 Tour Down Under, taking his third career stage win. Davis will be joined by Tour de France stage winner Matteo Tosatto, Dries Devenyns, Davide Malacarne, Francesco Reda, Hubert Schwab and Kurt Hovelijncjk.

    Team Milram will return to the Tour Down Under led by rider Christian Knees, winner of the 2008 Bayern Rundfahrt.

    "Knees has had a strong season, finishing 29th overall at the Tour de France," said Turtur. "Also, Milram's Martin Muller finished first in the Mountains Classification in the 2005 Tour of Denmark, making him one to watch fight for points for the king of the mountain jersey."

    Knees and Muller will be joined by teammates Luca Barla, Markus Eichler, Willem Stroetinga, Thomas Rohregger and Ronny Scholz.

  • Riccò to become father in June

    Riccardo Riccò
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    Gregor Brown

    Riccardo Riccò and his girlfriend Vania Rossi announced they are expecting the birth of their first...

    Riccardo Riccò and his girlfriend Vania Rossi announced they are expecting the birth of their first child in June. The Italian cyclist is currently serving a doping suspension for positive controls at the Tour de France in July.

    "The arrival of this baby will help his dad to overcome this bad period. Now we hope that 'Ricki' becomes responsible," said Rossi to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Rossi is the current cyclo-cross champion for Italy. She has dated Riccò for the last five years.

    On July 30, Riccò confessed to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor for the doping violations. The sporting tribunal issued him a two-year ban, through July 30, 2010.

    He appealed the length to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in November. He also faces criminal charges and a six-year ban from racing in France.

    Riccò has left his parents' home in Formigine (Modena) and is living in the nearby mountain town of Serramazzoni. Rossi hopes that soon the couple will buy a home together.

    "But I am well here, it is only a quarter-hour from Formigine," Riccò said to the Italian newspaper. (GB)

  • The peloton's best of 2008 (part 2)

    Armstrong's gold medal
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    Gregor Brown

    Polls and pollsters from around the world have made their decisions about the best riders and rides...

    Polls and pollsters from around the world have made their decisions about the best riders and rides of 2008, but Cyclingnews asked the peloton's insiders for their opinions about the year in cycling. What we received was an interesting collection of views (albeit a touch biased) on the best performance, biggest disappointment, rider to watch, memorable race and biggest surprise.

    Kristin Armstrong (Olympic TT gold medallist)

    Best performance: Olympic GOLD - Beijing Olympics
    Biggest disappointment: The continued drug use in the pro peloton – when are these riders going to get it?
    Rider to watch in 2009: Coryn Rivera, what she can do on junior gears boggles my mind.
    Most memorable race: Beijing Olympics
    Biggest surprise: Lance's comeback!

    Hugo Coorevits, (Sportwereld journalist)

    Best performance: In the Classics, Fabian Cancellara's performance in the finale of Milano-Sanremo. In the stage races, Alberto Contador for winning three Grand Tours in just fourteen months.
    Biggest disappointment: The CERA cases. The damage of Schumacher and Kohl is even bigger than the Festina Affair and it takes away yet more credibility from our sport.
    Rider to watch in 2009: Greg Van Avermaet. He has showed incredible improvement in the last four years. He worked hard for Hoste in Flanders and finished eighth – all without proper preparation. Then at the Vuelta stage to Sabinanigo he showed that he is big player. Plus he won the points jersey in his first Grand Tour.
    Most memorable race: Tour of Flanders. You had the attack of Stijn Devolder on the Mur de Grammont and then an hour of suspense – you did not know if it would all come back together in the final kilometer or not.
    Biggest surprise: The biggest surprise for me was Carlos...

  • Corbett back from retirement with Tibco

    Jeff Corbett
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    Gregor Brown

    By Kirsten Robbins After one year of retirement from cycling, former Directeur Sportif of the Health...

    By Kirsten Robbins

    After one year of retirement from cycling, former Directeur Sportif of the Health Net presented by Maxxis team Jeff Corbett will return to a leading position with the US-based women's team Tibco. Corbett will begin his role as the associate directeur sportif, along side team owner Linda Jackson for the 2009 women's Tour of California criterium, Jackson told Cyclingnews.

    "I'm really looking forward to Jeff bringing out the best in the team," Jackson said. "He will bring his years of expertise about strategy to the team and we really need that."

    Corbett began directing the Health Net team in 2004 and retired in 2007 after three North American Race Calendar (NRC) series victories. Turn the pages back a few more years and Corbett was directing the US-based women's team Diet Rite leading riders like former multi-time US national criterium champion Tina Pic along with Kori Seehafer and Joanne Keisanowski.

    "He is tough and he's directed women's teams in the past, too," Jackson said. "You can't have a directeur that people will walk over. He's going to help us at the races this season. I'm really excited about that for 2009."

    "I really need Jeff focused on the riders and doing the on-road directing of the team," Jackson said. "He will do several of the races this year. He will also be in charge to build the team calendar and take control of team dynamics."

  • Tibco headed to Europe in 2010

    Brooke Miller (TIBCO) doubles up on her stars and stripes
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    Gregor Brown

    By Kirsten Robbins Tibco Women's Professional Cycling Team has its sights set on becoming a UCI...

    By Kirsten Robbins

    Tibco Women's Professional Cycling Team has its sights set on becoming a UCI registered team in 2010, focused on competing overseas on the World Cup circuit and some of Europe's most well-known stage races.

    "We have to be at bigger races in Europe," said team owner Linda Jackson. "In 2010 our finances will be spent on becoming a UCI team and going to Europe. As the riders progress, the team has to progress, too. We want to bump up the team. We've had this plan for four years."

    Tibco began to put a mark on the American peloton in 2004 when Jackson, a former Canadian national champion, took over what was the California-based Palo Alto team. According to Jackson, she originally wanted to provide her athletes with an environment that would help them reach their competitive goals. However, she was not satisfied with being a regional level team.

    "My goal was to get the girls to the place they need to be in order to reach their ultimate performances," said Jackson who brought the team up to a national level in 2008. "For 2009 our finances have been spent on building the roster and adding Jeff Corbett to our staff. Next year our focus will be on expanding our racing calendar internationally."

    The Tibco team roster includes 10 returning riders comprised of US national road and criterium champion Brooke Miller, Alison Rosenthal, Lauren Franges, Rushlee Buchanan, Amber Rais, Alison Starnes, Jerika Hutchenson, Joanne Keisanowski, Victoria Bastide and Stacey Simms. Four recently hired top-notch talents include former Cervélo Life-Force rider Emma Rickards and three former Aaron's riders Katharine Carroll, Julie Beveridge and Meredith Miller.

    "I am so excited about everyone on the roster," said Jackson who decided to use a large portion of the team budget on strengthening the roster. "We have a team chock full of talent. Finally, we will have a lot of different cards to play in the races as well as...

  • Bileka resigned due to positive EPO control

    Volodymyr Bileka at the 2006 Deutschland Tour
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    Cycling News

    By Gregor Brown Ukrainian Volodymyr Bileka quit the sport and Team Silence-Lotto in May due to a...

    By Gregor Brown

    Ukrainian Volodymyr Bileka quit the sport and Team Silence-Lotto in May due to a positive control for Erythropoietin (EPO). An International Cycling Union (UCI) document stated the reason for the questionable resignation of Bileka, close friend of Yaroslav Popovych and ex-domestique of Lance Armstrong.

    Bileka tested positive on April 18 in an out-of-competition control. He participated in the Amstel Gold and was in an escape group in the Flèche Wallonne – April 20 and 23 – before he faxed his resignation to Silence-Lotto on May 3.

    The International Cycling Union ruled the 29-year-old should be ineligible to race for two years – June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2010 – on October 9. The Ukrainian cycling federation should follow through with a two-year suspension.

    Bileka turned professional with Landbouwkrediet - Colnago in 2002. He remained with the Belgium-based team through 2004. He accompanied compatriot Popovych to American Team Discovery Channel for three years, 2005 to 2007. This year they both raced for Silence-Lotto.

    Popovych broke his contract with Silence-Lotto and will return to the side of Armstrong for 2009 at Team Astana.

  • Page missed post-race doping control

    Jonathan Page (Planet Bike)
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    December 28, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    By Brecht Decaluwé American cyclo-cross rider Jonathan Page missed a post-race doping control at the...

    American cyclo-cross rider Jonathan Page missed a post-race doping control at the fourth round of the UCI's World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, on November 29. The 32 year-old silver medallist at the 2007 cyclo-cross world championships now has to await a hearing from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and potentially faces a two-year ban.

    "I'm relying on a hearing from USADA and I can only hope that they listen to our story that is was nothing but a stupid mistake," a devastated Page said to Cyclingnews.

    The UCI's cyclo-cross coordinator Peter Van den Abeele confirmed to sport.be that Page didn't show up for the post-race control in Koksijde. "When I talked with Page about this he was devastated and really upset," Van den Abeele said. "He was so upset by the news that he didn't start in Zolder despite having the right to start in the race."

    The Belgian said that the UCI's legal and doping departments would look into the case in the upcoming days. "He can't escape some sort of punishment but I'm certainly not the man to judge on that."

    Page pulled out of the Koksijde World Cup after a crash on the third lap and left the race venue unaware of his selection for doping controls. A few weeks later, on December 19, Page received a letter which stated he missed a post-race doping control in Koksijde.

    "It was the first time he or I had heard of it [the missed doping control]," said Cori Page, Jonathan's wife.

    "Jonathan had a crash, was hurt and went back the mobile home," explained Cori about the day in Koksijde. "When I didn't see him anymore in the race, I of course got worried and went back to the mobile home, too. Jonathan was busy calling his doctor, who was in Denmark at the time, to...