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First Edition Cycling News for November 19, 2006

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November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Irish National Champion McCann joins Colavita/Sutter Home

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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Greg Johnson

    Colavita/Sutter Home has signed its second international champion in as many days. David McCann, a...

    Colavita/Sutter Home has signed its second international champion in as many days. David McCann, a three-time and current Irish National Champion will pull on the Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light jersey in 2007.

    The addition of McCann gives Colavita/Sutter Home a powerful 1-2 punch, following the recent announcement that __Charles Dionne__, the two-time winner of the San Francisco Grand Prix and former Canadian Criterium Champion, has signed with the team after a year of racing in Europe.

    "David McCann is a world class veteran in the sport who will add not only true leadership, but also more international flare to our 2007 roster" said John Profaci, vice president of Colavita USA.

    A strong time trialist and GC threat, McCann has been racing with the Giant Asia team where he racked up strong performances, including the overall win at the Tour of Indonesia and the leaders jersey in the Tour of Thailand. In June, McCann again won the Irish National Championship and will take the green clover jersey to North America for the first time.

    Commenting on the recent signings, Team Director Tom Schuler said, "Charles and David are first-class athletes and will give us the tools we need to compete at the highest levels of racing in North America. These guys are ready to go and to make their mark next year."

  • Tinkoff Credit Systems with first team meeting

    Hondo to be with Tinkoff
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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Greg Johnson

    New professional continental team Tinkoff Credit Systems will have its first official team meeting...

    New professional continental team Tinkoff Credit Systems will have its first official team meeting from December 4 to 7. The Russian-backed, Italian team will meet in Emilia Romagna for the purpose of medical checks, distribute team equipment and to discuss the 2007 schedule for its riders. Director sportifs Orlando Maini and Dimitri Konyshev have also prepared a series of training rides designed to help unite the new riders.

    Team Manager Omar Piscina confirms that soon there will be a new 'top level' rider named to the team. It is rumoured to have signed American Tyler Hamilton, and to this point contains the following riders. Elia Aggiano, Pavel Brutt, Ilya Chernetsky, Salvatore Commesso, Daniele Contrini, Danilo Hondo, Sergey Klimov, Mikhail Ignatyev, Ruggero Marzoli, Anton Mindlin, Evgeni Petrov, Ivan Rovny, Alexander Serov, Ricardo Gonzales Serrano, Nikolay Trusov and Steffen Weigold.

  • Serpellini stops after 13 seasons

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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Greg Johnson

    Marco Serpellini has retired from the sport of cycling at 34 years-old. The Italian, who was a world...

    Marco Serpellini has retired from the sport of cycling at 34 years-old. The Italian, who was a world champion in the junior ranks, spent 13 years racing as a professional, this last season in the green and white colours of Unibet.com.

    Serpellini can reflect on 10 victories in his palmarès. Pro since 1994, his wins included two editions of the GP Cerami, one win in GP Camaiore, Milano-Vignola, Giro del Piemonte and Volta a Portugal. This year he notched one win for Unibet.com, taking the fourth stage of the Course de la Paix-Peace Race.

  • Nicklas Axelsson undergoes cancer surgery

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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Greg Johnson

    Selle Italia rider Nicklas Axelsson has undergone surgery to treat testicluar cancer in Nice. In a...

    Selle Italia rider Nicklas Axelsson has undergone surgery to treat testicluar cancer in Nice. In a report published in Falu-Kuriren, the rider said that the cancer was discovered during a routing medical checkup and had not spread to other parts of his body. The 34 year old Swedish rider says he hopes to contiue his career.

    Axelsson was banned for four years testing positive to EPO at the 2001 world championships and returned to racing in 2005. Proir to his role with the Selle Italia professional continental team, Axelsson rode for Mercury and then Alessio in 2001, and Italian teams Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé and Universal Caffè after returning from his ban.

  • Bates to miss Oceania Track Championships

    Aussie Katherine Bates
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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Greg Johnson An in-form Katherine Bates will miss next weekend's 2007 Oceania Track Championships...

    By Greg Johnson

    An in-form Katherine Bates will miss next weekend's 2007 Oceania Track Championships in Melbourne, instead opting to focus on her form for the upcoming World Championships at Majorca, Spain in March.

    "No, I'm going to go back to basics and get fit on the road. Ian [McKenzie, coach] and I will decide how I progress from here," explained the Australian when asked if she was taking part in next weekend's event.

    Bates took what she described as a surprise victory in Friday's Women's 20 kilometre points race at the UCI World Cup opener in Sydney, Australia.

    "I certainly didn't go in with the expectation of winning, I wanted a podium – at least I wanted top six to qualify for the worlds," she said of the narrow one-point victory.

    While the 24 year-old has placed herself in prime position for a World Cup attempt it's uncertain whether she will take place in the next championship round in Moscow.

    "I've indicated that I'd be interested in Moscow, but whether Ian decides to take me there or not do any more until the worlds – he's the master, I need to follow his advice," concluded Bates.

  • Landis' friend Baker speaks regarding positive test

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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Greg Johnson

    Doctor Arnie Baker, retired medical doctor and friend of Floyd Landis, gave a slideshow presentation...

    Doctor Arnie Baker, retired medical doctor and friend of Floyd Landis, gave a slideshow presentation Friday evening in Tucson, Arizona in regards to the elevated Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio found in the American's urine as part of Tour de France testing. Baker's presentation was on the eve of El Tour de Tucson, a race both Baker and Landis are slated to compete in.

    Baker contended that, after reviewing the analysis of the case, the former Phonak rider did not have a positive test at all. The doctor attempted to make his case to the near-100 cyclist gathered in the Tucson Convention Center via several internal documents that were leaked from the Châtenay-Malabry anti-doping laboratory (LNDD) and other documents from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) given to him from Landis' lawyer, Howard Jacobs.

    "There is no basis for a positive test in the first place," commented Baker to AP. "How it got this far in the first place, I have no idea. But I've looked at the test, and to me, it's appalling."

    Baker said he has known Landis since 1997 and had not been approached by his friend to present the slideshow. "He hasn't asked me to do any of this and I'm doing it pro bono," noted Baker after his presentation. Baker claimed to have had hatched the idea after the two spoke at the funeral for Landis' father-in-law, who committed suicide shortly after the Tour de France.

    Earlier in the week, the LNDD reported its computers had been sabotaged for the sake of writing emails to other doping authorities, promoting the innocence of Landis. Baker confirmed that the LNDD documents used in Friday's presentation were authentic but he denied claims that he had hacked into the lab's computer to get the documents.

    "I am not the hacker," quipped Baker, who said he receive the documents from several sources. "These documents...

  • Ignatiev in Sydney, on fire and hoping for a ride in the '07 Giro with Tinkoff

    Mikhail Ignatiev dominates
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    November 19, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    By Gerard Knapp The second day of racing at the Sydney round of the UCI Track World Cup saw some...

    By Gerard Knapp

    The second day of racing at the Sydney round of the UCI Track World Cup saw some exceptional performances by two superstars of the boards. In the morning sessions, Australian Anna Meares broke her own world record in less-than-favourable climatic conditions (see separate report while in the evening, Russia's Mikhail Ignatiev was unstoppable, winning back-to-back gold medals with barely a rest between two of the most demanding events on the track.

    The talented young Russian had arrived in Sydney over a fortnight ago and started to put in some solid training rides on the roads around the harbour city. The road-work and adjustment to the time zones seemingly paid off for the 23 year old, seven-time world champion, who put in a dominating display of endurance track racing.

    Many experienced watchers of the sport - and fellow racers - could only say "unbelievable" after watching his super effort on day two of the track World Cup.

    In the first session of racing on Saturday, he helped Russia qualify fastest in the teams pursuit, and then won a 20km qualifying heat for the 30km points score to be held later that night.

    In the evening session, he was one of the finishing trio in Russia's successful team pursuit squad that took the gold medal, but before he had time to warm down, he changed bikes and was back out on the track for the men's 30km points race.

    Perhaps this should not be such a surprise, as he has won the junior and senior world title on the track in this event, plus the gold medal in Athens 2004. In 2005, he also won the U23 men's individual time trial at the World Road Championships in Spain.

    Such was his dominance he finished with 31 points, 14 clear of second-placed Greg Henderson (New Zealand), a former world track champion who will be riding for T-Mobile next...