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First Edition Cycling News for August 12, 2007

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August 12, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Team Lipton rider injured in collision with truck

    Geist attacks the field in Richmond
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    By Nathan Carr Kim Geist, a 20-year-old Olympic hopeful on Team Lipton, is recovering at Lehigh...

    By Nathan Carr

    Kim Geist, a 20-year-old Olympic hopeful on Team Lipton, is recovering at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after a collision with a tractor-trailer early this week. The Emmaus native suffered a broken pelvis, broken ribs, two collapsed lungs and several fractured vertebrae in the incident, but sources say her doctors expect her to make a recovery and she should return home sometime next week. No surgery will necessary, although one of her lungs is still being inflated artificially.

    According to an article in Friday's Morning Call, Geist was riding on PA Route 100 Tuesday morning when a truck driven by Lee Reichwein, 41, of Locustdale, made a right turn in front of her. Geist struck the side of the cab, then, according to a friend, she curled into a ball as she fell under the truck's rear wheels, which rolled over her.

    Cyclingnews' staff wishes speedy healing to this promising young rider.

  • Wiggins and Millar in Premier Calendar finale

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    Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) and David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir) will headline the 120-rider field...

    Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis) and David Millar (Saunier Duval-Prodir) will headline the 120-rider field competing in the final round of the British Cycling Premier Calendar series in the Tour of Pendle on Sunday 12th August.

    Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) has already sewn up the series overall with consistent results throughout the year, which included winning 100 points for victory in the Ryedale GP. Newton has an unassailable 124 point lead over second placed Rob Sharman (KFS Special Vehicles).

    The fight for second place is very tight with Sharman on 585 points, Gordon McCauley (Plowman Craven / Evans) 584 and Dean Downing (Rapha/Condor) 579.

    Two riders have already been selected for the forthcoming world championships. Ian Wilkinson (ScienceinSport/Trek) rides for Team GB in the MTB Elite X Country world event in Fort William on September 9th and McCauley has just been confirmed for the New Zealand team where he will ride the time trial in the road championships in Germany.

    Matt Stephens (Sigma Sport RT) is back on his bike following his crash on the finishing circuit in the British National Championships last weekend where he had been a central character for most of the event. The other key riders to watch for are Russell Downing (Team HealthNet – Maxxis), Lee Davis and Andy Roche (Pinarello RT) and the Rapha/Condor trio of Richard Wilkinson, Alex Higham and Matt Talbot. Malcolm Elliott (Pinarello RT) has not seemingly found the form that gave him victory in the Cicle Classic (Rutland to Melton) race earlier in the year but you can never rule out the seasoned professional.

    Wiggins and Millar are ostensibly race favourites. Millar showed that he can simply ride away from the domestic field when he won the British title last weekend. Wiggins’s presence will add another dimension to the race. British cycle fans are expected to turn out in force to see the multiple world and Olympic track medallist battle with the...

  • Schwartzkopf resigns from USA Cycling

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    Nathan Carr

    USA Cycling's new Director of Sponsorship and Business Development, Jess Schwartzkopf, has resigned...

    USA Cycling's new Director of Sponsorship and Business Development, Jess Schwartzkopf, has resigned from his post, the organisation announced Friday. After having just started at the position in May, Schwartzkopf cited personal reasons as the impetus for his departure.

    "I truly adore and highly respect USA Cycling and its mission to grow the sport I love so passionately," commented Schwartzkopf. "I have been honoured to work alongside some of the greatest contributors to the cycling industry and a phenomenal staff. I will greatly miss being a part of USA Cycling."

    "I am obviously very sorry that Jess has decided to leave USA Cycling and return to his previous employer, commented Steve Johnson, USA Cycling's chief executive officer. "I know it was a tough choice for him, but I certainly understand and respect his decision and wish him well. Jess made a tremendous amount of progress in the time he was here and I am confident that his successor will be able to rapidly pick up where he left off."

    USA Cycling will immediately begin its search for Schwartzkopf's replacement.

  • Beltrán takes a break

    Manuel Beltrán (Liquigas) had a hard Tour
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    By Monika Prell Liquigas' Spanish climber Manuel Beltrán will take a break until the Vuelta a España...

    By Monika Prell

    Liquigas' Spanish climber Manuel Beltrán will take a break until the Vuelta a España that will begin on September 1 with a prologue in the Galician city of Vigo. The Liquigas rider, who finished 16th in last weekend’s Clásica San Sebastián, justified his decision: "The Tour de France was very hard and I prefer to recover and to train for the next races."

    The cyclist from Jaén does not have any special objective for the Vuelta, where he finished sixth in 2003. "I would like to finish amongst the top ten, like in 2006, but it means hard work to stay with the best."

    Beltrán, who just renewed his contract with the Italian Liquigas team until 2008, would like to see his compatriots José Luis Carrasco Gámiz and Manuel Ortega riding the Vuelta. Both are riders of Andalucía – Cajasur, a team that received a wildcard from Unipublic, the organisation of the Vuelta a España. "It would be an excellent news that three of the four cyclists of Jaén would be together in the competition," affirmed Beltrán.

  • Court to rule Wednesday on Elk Haus

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    Monika Prell

    Team Elk Haus-Simplon was at the start of the first two stages of the Deutschland Tour, and can...

    Team Elk Haus-Simplon was at the start of the first two stages of the Deutschland Tour, and can expect to start the next few stages, but it will head back to court on Wednesday to see how much longer that will apply. The "Landgericht" in Hamburg, Germany, will rule on the Tour's appeal of the preliminary injunction that allowed the Austrian team to start.

    The Tour had issued Elk Haus a wildcard invitation, but rescinded the team's participation Tuesday, claiming the team had not fulfilled its paperwork conditions. Elk Haus obtained the preliminary injunction allowing it start.

  • Award for Contador

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    By Monika Prell Tour winner Alberto Contador will be awarded by the Superiour Council of Sports,...

    By Monika Prell

    Tour winner Alberto Contador will be awarded by the Superiour Council of Sports, according to Marca. Jaime Lissavezky, the Sports secretary of the State, confirmed that the 24-years old will receive the gold medal of sporting achievement. He communicated the news to Contador in an interview they made before Contador's press conference on Friday, where the young Spaniard insisted that he never had doped.

    With the reception of this award. Contador will form part of the Royal Orden of Sportive earnings, like all Spanish Tour winners before him.

  • Millar Slipstreaming in National Colours

    David Millar (Saunier Duval - Prodir)
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    It's not often that we have cause to interview a rider so soon after the last time we spoke. For...

    It's not often that we have cause to interview a rider so soon after the last time we spoke. For David Millar though, the last month or so have seen a great deal of activity, making it worthwhile catching up again. Cyclingnews' UK Editor, Ben Atkins, had a good long chat with the new British Champion.

    Having been a professional in Europe since he was nineteen, Millar rarely has cause to race in his home country. The rescheduled British National championships proved to be an exception though, and victory gave him the first red white and blue jersey of his career. Millar normally misses the championships in favour of preparing for the Tour de France, but when flooding in northern England forced the postponement of the race, Millar had a perfect opportunity to capture the red, white and blue jersey. "It's something that I've wanted my whole career, you know, " Millar admitted. "I hardly ever race in the UK – and being recognised as the UK's best riders for quite a while now – it's nice to have some sort of symbolism that goes with that."

    As one of the few riders clad in a ProTour team kit, Millar might as well have had a gigantic target painted on his back, and he found himself closely marked by the predominantly domestic peloton - something that happens quite a bit when successful UK riders come home, and a tactic that makes winning the race that much harder. "It was worse than ever this time, there was only really me and Jez [Jeremy Hunt, Unibet.com -ed.] there, so once Jez had gone – he was [up the road] in a group of seven – I basically just had the whole race watching me. But I kind of expected that," he continued, "it's just that it's a horrible race in that respect, it was just very hard, and hard psychologically as well.

    "If it had been really hilly it would have been easier for me tactically, but I had to go really hard. It doesn't...

  • Antidoping briefs: Petacchi, Piepoli cleared, D-Tour blood tests, Moreni, Klöden reacts

    Alessandro Petacchi (Milram)
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    CONI's appeal to force the Italian Cycling Federation to exact a sanction against sprinter...

    Italian feds rejects CONI appeal

    CONI's appeal to force the Italian Cycling Federation to exact a sanction against sprinter Alessandro Petacchi for his 'non-negative' for Salbutamol was rejected on Saturday. The agency had hoped to overturn a previous ruling by the federation which cleared the Milram rider of wrongdoing after he went over the limit for the amount of the drug in his urine during the Giro d'Italia on May 23.

    CONI had initially recommended a one year suspension, but the punishment was rejected by the Italian federation in July. Petacchi resumed racing this month in the Rund um die Hainleite in Germany, and also took part in the GP Citta di Camaiore on Friday with an eye toward September's Vuelta a España.

    Petacchi's case is not behind him just yet, however. The reason behind the federation's rejection of the appeal was that it is not the proper group to hear the appeal. The case should be appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, and CONI's antidoping prosecutor Ettore Torri said his organisation would launch an appeal with CAS shortly.

    Piepoli cleared

    The cycling federation of Monaco has cleared Saunier Duval's Leonardo Piepoli of doping charges. The Italian returned a 'non-negative' result for the asthma drug salbutamol during the Giro d'Italia, a drug for which he holds a medical exemption from the UCI. The amount of the drug in Piepoli's urine, however, exceeded limits set by the antidoping authorities, resulting in a suspension from his team pending the outcome of the investigation.

    Both Piepoli and Milram's Alessandro Petacchi may still have to face appeals by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), the country's antidoping authority.

    Piepoli hopes to...

  • Rasmussen to start in Pijnacker

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    Monika Prell

    Tour de France yellow jersey holder Michael Rasmussen will race in the Ronde Van Pijnacker criterium...

    Tour de France yellow jersey holder Michael Rasmussen will race in the Ronde Van Pijnacker criterium next Saturday. The rider made waves earlier this week when he started earlier this month at a criterium in Copenhagen wearing a plain yellow jersey. Rasmussen was fired by his Rabobank team during the Tour de France and sent home over questions surrounding his whereabouts prior to the Tour, but is not under suspension by the UCI and has no rules prohibiting him from racing.

    According to ANP, the organisation is paying €15,000 for Rasmussen's appearance. President Maarten Welling said the organisation had no qualms with extending the invitation to the Dane. "He is an unfortunate victim of the situation. He has not been caught doping, the reason for his dismissal is still completely unclear. We have sympathy for him," said Welling.

  • Voigt captures lead in Germany

    Jens Voigt (CSC)
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    Susan Westemeyer and Bjorn Haake

    By Susan Westemeyer and Bjorn Haake Jens Voigt took the lead in the overall classification of the...

    By Susan Westemeyer and Bjorn Haake

    Jens Voigt took the lead in the overall classification of the Tour of Germany on Saturday, thanks to a strong team time trial by his CSC squad. Voigt recaptured the yellow leader's jersey which he brought home from last year's Deutschland Tour by one second over team-mate Fabian Cancellara, who actually crossed the finish line first. That one second came when Voigt sprinted out of the peloton on the third intermediate sprint in Friday's opening stage. "I went for the bonus yesterday because you never know. In '99 I won the Criterium International by two-tenths of a second. You will always regret not taking such opportunities."

    He called the team time trial course "a hard course, it went up right from the beginning! The second part was flatter on good, wide roads." He was glad, too, that his team's main rival Discovery Channel started ahead of them. "Discovery is very strong, and we wanted to start behind them, so we could get their time splits."

    Holding on to the yellow admittedly won't be an easy task for the Berlin native. "Rettenbachferner will be hard, but now I have a little time gap and I don't have to go with the first attack. The next two days should be OK. But if I completely explode, we hope that Andy Schleck will take over. He is a great wildcard to have and we'd like to keep the jersey in the team."

    Voigt has plenty of men to keep an eye on in his defence of the overall classification, especially Tour de France third place finisher Levi Leipheimer. "I would have considered Leipheimer one of my main competitors even before the race. But there is also Gerolsteiner, who have a good climber with Kohl and T-Mobile of course. I don't want to give a prediction right now."

    The recent spate of doping scandals was purported by the German press to have turned the general public against cycling, but Voigt didn't see any sign of that. "Ratingen was my first race after the Tour...