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First Edition Cycling News for July 28, 2006

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July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Liquigas for upcoming races

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Kristy Scrymgeour

    Italian team Liquigas is scheduled to move to the European North for the Vattenfall Cyclassics in...

    Italian team Liquigas is scheduled to move to the European North for the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, which will be followed by the Deutschland Tour and the Post Danmark Rundt. In Hamburg, the team will line up Luca Paolini, Manuel Quinziato, Stefano Zanini and Magnus Backstedt. After the ProTour race, the Swedish rider and Quinziato will fly to the Post Danmark Rundt, whereas Cioni and Pellizotti will represent the team colours at the Deutschland Tour. The full rosters at the three races will be:

    Vattenfall Cyclassics: Michael Albasini, Dario Andriotto, Magnus Backstedt, Enrico Gasparotto, Marco Milesi, Luca Paolini, Manuel Quinziato and Stefano Zanini. Team managers: Mario Chiesa and Mario Scirea.

    Deutschland Tour: Dario Andriotto, Dario Cioni, Francesco Failli, Marco Milesi, Andrea Noè, Franco Pellizotti, Charles Wegelius and Stefano Zanini. Team manager: Mario Chiesa.

    Post Danmark Rundt: Magnus Backstedt, Daniele Colli, Alberto Curtolo, Mauro Da Dalto, Nicola Loda, Vincenzo Nibali, Marco Righetto and Manuel Quinziato. Team manager: Dario Mariuzzo.

  • Women's World Cup continues this week-end

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Kristy Scrymgeour A month has passed since Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) won round number seven of the...

    By Kristy Scrymgeour

    A month has passed since Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) won round number seven of the Women's UCI World Cup Series in Montreal, Canada moving herself up to second place in the series, just behind Nicole Cooke (Univega) and in front of two-time World Cup Series winner Oenone Wood (Equipe Nürnberger). Starting again for the first of the final five races, 20 teams have traveled north to Sweden and Denmark to baptize two brand new events on the World Cup schedule.

    The first of the two takes place on Friday in the town of Vårgårda, not far from Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg. Here the riders will do 11 laps of an 11.6 km circuit for a total of 127.6 km. The course is very technical especially when the loop travels through town near the start finish line. There is also small climb mid lap which will be tough towards the end of the race.

    The second race of the weekend is round 9 of the World Cup Series and is the first ever Team Time Trial event in the history of the series. The course starts and finishes in the town of Århus, traveling 20km over rolling terrain to Hvilsted before looping around and heading back to the finish line. This year the World Cup Series also has a teams classification. Univega will be hoping for a strong performance in this race to defend their current lead over T-Mobile.

    In addition to the team standings, the current series leader from Univega, Nicole Cooke will be looking to defend her lead. She currently leads Arndt by 49 points and third placed Wood by 129 points making Arndt the only rider who can surpass her lead on Friday. Cooke comes directly from an impressive win at the women’s Thüringen-Rundfahrt and will be hard to beat on Friday.

    Her Univega team also has a strong time trial line up including two time and current World TT Champion Karin Thürig, winner of the time trial at Tour de l’Aude this year Priska Doppmann...

  • Italy wants the World's

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    In the last week of the Tour de France, an Italian delegation visited the site of the upcoming World...

    In the last week of the Tour de France, an Italian delegation visited the site of the upcoming World Road Cycling Championships in Salzburg, Austria. Paolo Bettini (Quickstep) and Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) both made four laps of the course which will see, on September 24, the World elite peloton battling it out for the supreme title. Italian coach Franco Ballerini joined them.

    After the ride, three-time World Cup winner Bettini said, "This is a route for me! Similar to the championships in Zürich," - which 'Il Grillo' won last year. "The route is very nervous because in some places the downhills are very narrow," he continued. "You have to stay in the Top 20 right from the start in order to have any hope."

    Last year's ProTour winner Danilo Di Luca had a similar view, and was sure that riders like Alejandro Valverde, Alexandre Vinokourov and Michael Boogerd will be up front. "The route is too difficult for Tom Boonen; even for a rider like the Austrian Bernhard Eisel. I think that Totschnig has better chances on this route," said Di Luca.

    National trainer Franco Ballerini, himself a successful former pro and two times winner of Paris-Roubaix, was hoping for the same situation as in 1982. "Italy was the World Champion in football and soon after, Giuseppe Saronni became cycling World Champion in Goodwood," he said. "Why shouldn’t it happen again this year? We’ve got the football World Cup! We will do our best to put our stamp on this race. The route is difficult and we only have nine riders starting, but we will try everything to have one of us up front in the end. We want the World Championship title, it doesn't matter which rider gets it."

    Last year's mistake in Madrid, where the Italians had set all their hopes on Alessandro Petacchi, is not going to be repeated this year according to the coach. "We have Paolo Bettini, Danilo Di Luca and many other good riders. The final pool won’t be announced until the...

  • TdF stage winner Kessler at Hamburg Cyclassics

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    The T-Mobile Team has announced its rider line-up for the Vattenfall Cyclassics on July 30 in...

    The T-Mobile Team has announced its rider line-up for the Vattenfall Cyclassics on July 30 in Hamburg, Germany. For the only ProTour classic on home turf, the magenta team are bringing a two-pronged attack.

    Matthias Kessler, fresh off an impressive Tour de France where he won the stage in Valkenburg, Netherlands, will share the captain’s role with Italian one-day specialist Lorenzo Bernucci. Over the 250.5km-long route, the duo will count on the support of Luxembourg champion Kim Kirchen, Stephan Schreck, Daniele Nardello, Thomas Ziegler as well as the sprint-duo André Korff and Olaf Pollack.

    Should the race be decided in a breakaway group, then Matthias Kessler and Lorenzo Bernucci are T-Mobile's first-line tactical options. Kessler came back from the Tour in great shape, and Bernucci finished second overall at the Sachsen-Tour last week, behind winner Vladimir Gusev (Discovery Channel).

    "Both riders are in top shape right now, and the rolling but not so challenging parcours will play to their strengths," said Valerio Piva, who reckoned that the infamous Waseberg climb will play the decisive role in finding a successor to 2005 winner Filippo Pozzato. The peloton will tackle the short but sharp climb four times on Sunday, something that will suit a 'puncheur' like Kessler. "The race situation will decide which of the two captains we will ride for. A lot of factors will come into play", Piva continued. "It is a difficult race to control. We will have to wait and see how the race pans out."

    If it all boils down to a bunch sprint decider, then Piva will be relying on the fast-twitches of Olaf Pollack to get in the mix. Pollack, who has been quiet since he pulled on the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia in May is keen to get the second part of the season going. Proven classics riders like Schreck, Nardello, Ziegler and Korff have the legs and the head to last the distance and support their leaders all the way....

  • Jaksche in Hannover?

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Is Jörg Jaksche going to ride in the "Nacht von Hannover" criterium on Friday night? Not if the...

    Is Jörg Jaksche going to ride in the "Nacht von Hannover" criterium on Friday night? Not if the German federation, Bund Deutscher Radfahrer, has anything to say about it. "He is one of the riders who is under suspicion for blood doping," said BDR vice president Udo Sprenger. "We have suggested that the organisers get a confirmation from his team, but we cannot forbid his start."

    According to the race organiser, Jaksche plans to ride the race. He has a contract for it, and has his attorneys working on the matter. "It's up to him," a race spokesperson told the German press agency dpa. "It's a private matter, since he doesn't have any appointments with his team."

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    March 2, 2009 - WADA president Fahey asks for Puerto evidence
    February 24, 2009 - Spanish federation seeks access to Puerto blood bags
    February 20, 2009 - CONI considers Valverde case while UCI awaits verdict
    February 19, 2009 - Valverde under criminal investigation
    February 11, 2009 - Valverde summonsed for Operación Puerto in Italy
    February 8, 2009 - Eight charged in Operación Puerto

  • No Vuelta for Comunidad Valenciana

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Not long ago, Vuelta a España organiser Victor Cordero had told newspaper El Faro de Murcia that...

    Not long ago, Vuelta a España organiser Victor Cordero had told newspaper El Faro de Murcia that Unipublic would wait until the week before the Vuelta to make a decision on the participation of Comunidad Valenciana, the Continental team linked to Operación Puerto. But now, the organisation has taken back the wild card due to the team's implication in the Spanish doping affair.

    In a statement, Unipublic said, "According to the information remitted by the Spanish Interior Department (Ministerio del Interior), which has been facilitated by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) and the Spanish Civil Guard judicial informing on administrative infractions observed in the so-called procedure Operacion Puerto, we have decided to withdraw the wild card from Comunidad Valenciana for participating in the Vuelta a España 2006. This Professional Continental team was invited by Unipublic under the conditions of the Ethical Code, and it was accepted by Comunidad Valenciana. We took this decision on the basis of our responsibility and credibility."

    Later, Victor Cordero explained the decision further. "The Comunidad Valenciana exclusion was decided after verifying that, in the Spanish Civil Guard report on relation to the Operacion Puerto, not only Ignacio Labarta was implicated, but also 17 additional members of Comunidad Valenciana," he said. "We requested a copy of the mentioned report from the Spanish Cycling Federation. Comunidad Valenciana signed the Ethical Code, therefore we must withdraw their wild card. The excluded riders of the Tour de France, such as Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Francisco Mancebo, will not be in the Vuelta, either. The ethical code of Strasbourg will be applied in Malaga."

    Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmerón

  • Astana reviewed by ProTour license commission

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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Kristy Scrymgeour

    The UCI has announced that the license of the Astana team, successor to Liberty Seguros-Würth, will...

    The UCI has announced that the license of the Astana team, successor to Liberty Seguros-Würth, will be reviewed by the ProTour licensing commission once again. The UCI is currently sending the files of riders involved in the Puerto affair to their respective national federations, and "has asked for disciplinary proceedings to be started in accordance with the rules."

    The UCI announced in a statement, "The President of the UCI ProTour (CUPT) has concluded that the information obtained by the Spanish authorities indicates that there was one sole team in the ProTour, managed by the financial entity Active Bay (previously sponsored by Liberty-Würth and currently by Astana), a system of organised doping involving many of the riders.

    "In view of the above, the CUPT President has decided to refer the case to the Licences’ Commission, and has asked for its judgement as soon possible. In the meantime, in agreement with the AIGCP, it has been decided that the team Astana may continue its activities but only with the riders and other staff members that have not been involved in operation Puerto."

  • McQuaid vows to step up fight

    UCI president Pat McQuaid
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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    By Shane Stokes Although he has stressed that Floyd Landis should be presumed innocent until such...

    By Shane Stokes

    Although he has stressed that Floyd Landis should be presumed innocent until such time as an analysis of his B sample proves his urine test was positive for excessive testosterone, UCI President Pat McQuaid has said that Thursday’s news is of huge concern to cycling.

    The Irishman said he would be very annoyed if the 2006 Tour winner was shown to have doped and promised to take serious action to step up the fight against drug use in sport.

    "Floyd Landis has to be regarded as innocent until such time as the B sample confirms the result. But if that analysis is positive I will be very, very angry," he told Cyclingnews, annoyance clear in his voice. "I find it hard to believe that guys nowadays would continue to try to beat the system when the system has been proved to be working well. I would also have thought after the start of this year’s Tour de France, with all the emphasis and the pressure on doping, that the riders would have ridden it clean."

    The last time a final yellow jersey was disqualified from the race was in 1904 when defending champion Maurice Garin was stripped of his title when it was judged he had taken a train during the race, rather than completing the full route. McQuaid is under no illusions as to what the potential disqualification of Landis would mean. "It couldn’t be any more serious for cycling," he admitted. "It would be a disaster for the Tour and indeed for the sport as well. The situation is intolerable. We will have to do a complete audit on the sport in the days ahead to see where we go from here.

    "We will have to take some very hard decisions over the coming weeks and months, getting to the bottom of this scourge and get it cleaned up. This is now going to become a personal crusade of mine, I am determined to tackle it - we have to get rid of anyone who is doping, for once and for all."

    When asked if a tougher stance could include...

  • Landis' positive: Reactions

    Floyd Landis (Phonak)
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    July 28, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Shane Stokes

    The news of Floyd Landis' "adverse analytical finding" in the Tour de France has shocked the cycling...

    The news of Floyd Landis' "adverse analytical finding" in the Tour de France has shocked the cycling community world wide. The Phonak rider, who just a few days ago waved the American flag so happily on the Champs Elysées in Paris, has not yet given a statement on the positive return of his A sample on the evening of stage 17, but many reactions have been issued in the international press. It is the first time a Tour de France winner has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the event.

    "If the counter-analysis confirms this result, we will feel angry and sad," said the Tour de France organisation ASO in a statement. "Even if this is very painful for cycling, it does prove that the fight against doping by the Tour organisation, the teams and the sponsors is gaining ground in an irreversible manner."

    Christian Prudhomme, race director of the Tour de France, said on French television, "The fight against doping is a never ending combat, a true trench war. But we're ready to fight it, because if we didn't, the culture of doping would win, and not the culture of sport." (France 3)

    Koos Moerenhout, teammate of Floyd Landis at Phonak, couldn't believe the news. "Personally, I've never noticed any usage of doping products in the team. I hope that the B probe will clear up this positive test." (ANP)

    Arlene Landis, the rider's mother, said in a phone interview from her home in Farmersville, Pennsylvania, on Thursday that she wouldn't blame her son if he was taking medication to treat the pain in his injured hip, but "if it's something worse than that, then he doesn't deserve to win. I didn't talk to him since that hit the fan, but I'm keeping things even keel until I know what the facts are. I know that this is a temptation to every rider but I'm not going to jump to conclusions ... It disappoints me." (AP)

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