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First Edition Cycling News for August 19, 2007

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August 19, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Hurricane Dean postpones Caribbean junior championships

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    August 19, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Monika Prell

    The 2007 Juniors Caribbean Cycling Championships were postponed due to Hurricane Dean, now raging...

    The 2007 Juniors Caribbean Cycling Championships were postponed due to Hurricane Dean, now raging through the region. The event was set for August 18-19 in Barbados, with participants from 13 Caribbean Island. New dates for the race are expected to be determined within the next few weeks.

    Keith Yearwood, President of the Barbados Cycling Union announced the decision in advance of the storm "due to impending weather approaching Barbados over the weekend, we have to cancel the championships for those dates," according to the Antigua Sun.

  • Caisse d'Epargne for Hamburg, Limousin & Vuelta

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    Monika Prell

    By Monika Prell Team Caisse d'Epargne announced its roster of riders for Sunday's Vattenfall...

    By Monika Prell

    Team Caisse d'Epargne announced its roster of riders for Sunday's Vattenfall Cyclassics in the German town of Hamburg. The team includes the same riders who have competed in the Deutschland-Tour, where David López finished third.

    Manager Eusebio Unzuè also announced the riders who will contest the Tour de Limousin from August 21-24 as well as 10 riders on the pre-selection list for the Vuelta a España. Eventually, the roster will be narrowed to nine riders. This list confirms the absence of Alejandro Valverde, who will instead prepare for the World Road Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Caisse d'Epargne for Vattenfall Cyclassics: Vladimir Efimkin, Imanol Erviti, Joan Horrach, Pablo Lastras, David López, Alexei Markov, Joaquím Rodríguez and José Joaquín Rojas.

    Caisse d'Epargne for Tour de Limousin: Eric Berthou, Florent Brard, Oscar Pereiro, Mathieu Perget, Sébastien Portal, Joaquín Rodríguez, José Joaquín Rojas and Xabier Zandio.

    Caisse d'Epargne for Vuelta a España. Vladimir Efimkin, Imanol Erviti, Vicente García Acosta, Joan Horrach, Vladimir Karpets, David López, Oscar Pereiro, Joaquín Rodríguez, Luis León Sánchez and Xabier Zandio.

  • T-Mobile women's team not affected by additional anti-doping measures

    The T-Mobile team
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    Cycling News

    By Bjorn Haake T-Mobile had recently announced that it would continue to support the team until...

    By Bjorn Haake

    T-Mobile had recently announced that it would continue to support the team until 2010, but with some additional measures taken in the fight against doping. Most of the riders agreed with those additional impacts, even the financial ones.

    The women's team is not affected by that but as Team Manager Kristy Scrymgeour pointed out to Cyclingnews, "We would definitely support any decision made by the men's team and we'd be willing to participate in anything that would help the fight against doping."

    The women on the team were encouraged to continue to focus on their racing and to stay motivated, while the doping drama had been going on lately. The approach was to let things happen. "We have basically just been waiting to see what would eventuate and hoping that T-Mobile would decide to continue to back the team."

    Scrymgeour added that "We are lucky in women's cycling that doping cases are rare." She admitted that there were cases in the past, "but never many," and her point of view is "now the peloton is very clean, and I think and hope it will stay that way, especially if the whole push against doping continues in the sport and in sport in general."

    The women's team manager was not exactly sure what would happen if another doping case would come about in the men's team. Christian Frommert, Communication Manager, had indicated that this might spell the end of the sponsorship. "It is one team and therefore it is quite likely that if another case of doping occurs then it would also be the end of the women's team."

    But she was hopeful that this might not be the case and "We can only think positively and believe fully that there will not be another case of doping and that there will not be a reason for the team to...

  • Fuentes had German assistance?

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    Bjorn Haake

    Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes allegedly cooperated in 2005 with a German doctor, Sddeutsche...

    Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes allegedly cooperated in 2005 with a German doctor, Sddeutsche Zeitung reported according to an article in sportswereld.be Saturday.

    A German police source reported Fuentes maintained links with a doctor in Bad Sachsa in Central Germany; however an official spokesperson for the German police could not confirm the information. The same article reported that transfusions were carried out for the 2005 Tour de France in Hannover, and that Ivan Basso was one of the beneficiaries. Basso pleaded guilty to attempted doping in the spring soon after withdrawing from Team Discovery for personal reasons.

  • Vino calls anti-doping procedures "a clear violation of human rights"

    Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) tested positive for blood doping
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    August 19, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Monika Prell

    33 year-old Alexander Vinokourov said he would fight for his name and lamented the treatment of...

    33 year-old Alexander Vinokourov said he would fight for his name and lamented the treatment of cyclists by authorities after deplaning from a flight from Frankfurt to his home country of Kazakhstan with his wife and three children. Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping last month during the Tour de France and faces a two-year ban from competition.

    "In cycling nobody respects human rights," said Vinokourov in an exclusive interview with Reuters. "The situation is now worse than any other sport. I hope the truth will be found and I am going to fight for it."

    Greeted by his father and about 20 supporting fans who were decked out with flowers and banners, Vino said, "I am not going to end my career like this so we will fight on."

    Vino denounced cycling's current anti-doping procedures, calling them "a clear violation of human rights." He added, "You have to say three months in advance where you are planning to be, at what hour and minute. It's not possible."

    After his positive test following two stage wins in the Tour de France, Vino was fired by his team, Astana. Due to the positive tests of Vino and other riders on the team, Astana will not be contesting the Vuelta a España.

  • Soler and Kiryienka celebrate wins in Burgos

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    Cycling News

    By Gregor Brown The overall of the five-day Vuelta a Burgos went to none other than the Tour de...

    By Gregor Brown

    The overall of the five-day Vuelta a Burgos went to none other than the Tour de France's mountain man, Mauricio Soler (Barloworld). The Colombian, who claimed the Maillot Blanc à Pois Rouges in July showed he hasn't lost any form since July. He claimed the 29th running of the Spanish event.

    Byelorussian Vasil Kiryienka (Tinkoff Credit Systems) launched a decisive attack in the final stage to collect the stage win. It was a win similar to the effort and result logged by team-mate Mikhail Ignatiev on stage 1.

    "It went well for me," noted Kiryienka after the win. "The other escapees had made it possible to win and when it was my turn I decided to stretch it out and they were not able to respond. I am happy to rise another level on the podium and this also is thanks to my team-mate. They were near me in this wonderful moment and the results are a confirmation."

    For full coverage, click here.

  • American wins Route de France Féminine

    Amber Neben and Mara Abbott at Redlands
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    Cycling News

    American Amber Neben won the Route de France Féminine Saturday after finishing with the pack on the...

    American Amber Neben won the Route de France Féminine Saturday after finishing with the pack on the final stage.

    Going into the last stage, the American held a 1'04" over Russian Svetlana Bubnenkova (Fenixs - HPB). Although Bubnenkova did win the final sprint finish and would win the mountains classification, it wasn't enough to take the overall. Frenchwoman Maryline Salvetat (French National Team) finished third in the final classification at 1'34".

    Neben's path to victory was set Wednesday, when she raced to a win in the Stage 4b time trial 1'07" head of Bubnenkova. Her team-mate Mara Abbott, was rewarded for her ongoing support of Neben during the eight stage event with a second place in the best young rider's classification.

    For full coverage of the Route de France Féminine, click here.

  • T-Mobile bus involved in accident

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    Cycling News

    Crashes involving cycling teams don't always involve bikes and their riders. The T-Mobile bus was...

    Crashes involving cycling teams don't always involve bikes and their riders. The T-Mobile bus was involved in a crash Saturday morning during the long transfer to the start of the last stage of the Deutschland Tour.

    The bus was headed north on the autobahn when a car drove into it from behind, according to the team's website, t-mobile-team.com. The car left the road and rolled over several times, slightly injuring the driver. The team bus driver was deemed not to have any responsibility for the accident and was eventually allowed to continue on his way.

    There were no riders on the bus, as they were to travel later in the morning in team cars. However, Director Sportif Alan Pieper and soigneur Dieter "Eule" Ruthenberg were on board, and hitched a ride to the race with the Euskaltel bus

  • History repeats in Deutschland

    Jens Voigt (CSC) won
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    August 19, 2007, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Following his second overall win at the Deutschland Tour , Jens Voigt (Team CSC) said to...

    Following his second overall win at the Deutschland Tour, Jens Voigt (Team CSC) said to Eurosport.de, "Every win is great. But winning such a big race in Germany makes me doubly happy." Voigt became the first rider in history to win the Deutschland Tour twice

    "It was more difficult this year than last year," reflected Voigt. "I wasn't as strong and was under a lot of pressure. In addition, I had the advantage last year that nobody thought I would win."

    Voigt secured his win after finishing with the bunch on the final stage, which was won by Gerald Ciolek (T-Mobile) in a bunch sprint.

    "This was a great race for us and the outcome was perfect," said Team CSC's sports director Kim Andersen on the team's website, team-csc.com. "We worked together with T-Mobile in reeling in the break today and in the end we decided to help them all the way home to repay them for helping us during the last three stages after the mountains. It was brilliant to see "JJ" up front. He's approaching his top form, so he'll be making some results of his own soon, I reckon."

    For complete coverage of the Deutschland Tour, click here.

  • Australians predict toughest-ever Olympic Games road race

    The riders took off
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    August 19, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    After contesting the Beijing Test Event Saturday, Australians Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers said...

    After contesting the Beijing Test Event Saturday, Australians Cadel Evans and Michael Rogers said the road course was harder than they had expected.

    "It goes up, goes up some more and comes down then you go up again," said Evans after the race. "It's ten kilometres of climbing with some steep sections in it and not much recovery and then one big long downhill but even then it was a headwind all the way down and not so easy."

    "It (the climb) was a little bit harder than I'd expected," said Rogers. "It's not super steep but it's quite constant and there is no actual recovery."

    Rogers predicted the Olympians would have their work cut out for them in 2008. "Next year the field will be 100 percent better than today and I'm expecting a very, very tough race of attrition," said Rogers.

    In the Olympics, racers will cover an additional three laps of the 23.8km circuit for a total distance of 245 kilometres. Saturday's four-lap, 174km event was won by Italian Gabriele Bosisio in 4:27:14.

    The race began at Yongdingmen Gate at the southern end of Beijing's north-south central axis and travelled past several Beijing landmarks including the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Yonghegong Palace, Temple of Earth Park and the Yuan Dynasty City Wall Relics Palace to the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall.

    Evans finished fifth, 47 seconds down and Rogers was in 17th, 9'55" back. 34 of the 88 starters did not finish. Sunday's Stage 2 of the combined race continues with a 23.65 km individual time trial along the Juyongguan and Badaling Great Wall. Racers will contest one of the two total laps of the Olympic time trial. Event leader Bosisio has opted not to ride Sunday, which leaves Evans among the favourites for victory.

    Gathering intelligence

    The Australian team's key aim this weekend is for riders and sports scientists from the Australian Institute of Sport to gather intelligence.

    "We gained valuable information and...