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First Edition Cycling News for November 25, 2006

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November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • USA Cycling seeks Junior Endurance Program Manager

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    USA Cycling is recruiting for a Junior Endurance Program Manager who will work full time and be...

    USA Cycling is recruiting for a Junior Endurance Program Manager who will work full time and be responsible for developing the junior national staff infrastructure; implementation of strategy for US national road and track endurance teams; management of all coaches, logistics coordinators and operations associated with the junior road program; budget preparation for the overall junior program; and development camps and development of selection procedures for all junior programs and teams including the junior worlds team.

    Applicants must hold a current USA Cycling coaches license and have an understanding of basic training protocols along with experience with power based training. French or Spanish language skills are preferred. Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 4:30 pm US MST.

    For more information, contact Debbie Francis at dfrancis@usacycling.org.

  • Australian cycling awards announced

    Melbourne in all its glory.
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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Cadel Evans has been named the 2006 Australian Cyclist of the Year and awarded the Sir Hubert 'Oppy'...

    Cadel Evans named 2006 Australian cyclist of the year

    Cadel Evans has been named the 2006 Australian Cyclist of the Year and awarded the Sir Hubert 'Oppy' Opperman Medal at a gala event at Melbourne's Arts Centre.

    In 2006, Evans equaled the highest overall placing ever by an Australian at the Tour de France when he finished the three-week epic in fifth place. During the season he also won a stage and overall honours in the Tour of Romandie, and he finished the year ranked fourth on the UCI ProTour rankings. In addition this award, Evans was named the Cyclingnews 2006 Australian Male Road Cyclist of the Year.

    Following is a list of all award winners.

    Track Cyclists of the Year - Ben Kersten (male) and Anna Meares

    Kersten outpaced two Olympic Champions to claim gold in the kilometre time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. A month later at the World Championships in Bordeaux, he collected the silver medal. At the World Cup round in Los Angeles he scored gold in the kilo, and at the Australian Championships took home four gold medals.

    Meares overcame a career-threatening back injury to post a winning ride in the 500m time trial at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where she also picked up silver in the sprint. She won the sprint at the Sydney round of the World Cup and at the World Titles posted the second fastest 500m time to claim silver. She is also the reigning Oceania Champion in the sprint and time trial.

    Cyclingnews Female Road Cyclist of the Year - Oenone Wood

    Wood began the season with her third straight overall victory in the Geelong Tour and a month later was celebrating gold in the time trial at the Commonwealth Games. In the road race in Melbourne she led home the main bunch to clinch a silver medal. Oenone also celebrated a stage win in the Tour de l’Aude in France.

    Mountain Bike Cyclist of the Year - Sam Hill (male) and Katrina Miller...

  • Looking to 2007, Pérez prefers the Giro

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears team manager Eusebio Unzué decided to send...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears team manager Eusebio Unzué decided to send racer Fran Pérez to the Giro d'Italia in 2006 rather than to the Tour de France along with his friend and countryman Alejandro Valverde. For that reason, at the end of February, Pérez was already exhibiting good form from which he profited at the Clásica de Almeria.

    "I was preparing for Giro, but it was a long way away, so I did not wait for success there," said Pérez. A few days later, he made his season debut in his home country at the Vuelta a Murcia, where he had never previously been able to compete while racing for his former Portuguese Maia-Millaneza team. "It was a very nice experience," said Pérez of the Vuelta a Murcia race.

    Pérez suffered a slow start to the Giro, especially after the time trial. "I had a pair of bad days, so that I dropped in the General [classification], although I soon recovered some positions," said Pérez. Teammate Jose Iván Gutiérrez later assumed the leadership role, which let Pérez catch his breath and focus on the upcoming racing in the Dolomites.

    Once back home, Pérez set his sights on the Vuelta, but Unzué did not favor the decision. He preferred Pablo Lastras. "I accepted that badly, because I had been training very hard," said Pérez, who will lose a close teammate for 2007, Cayetano Juliá.

    At the end of 2007, Pérez's contract will be up for renewal with Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears. He said, "I would like to continue one season more, because I am very happy here." When discussing his 2007 calendar, he said "I want my schedule to be more fixed, that is, without unforeseeable last minute changes because I need to have a fixed target." Elaborating on his desired race goals for 2007, Pérez said, "I prefer...

  • Liquigas to hold first training camp for 2007

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    The first training camp of the 2007 Liquigas team will happen from November 27 to December 2 in...

    The first training camp of the 2007 Liquigas team will happen from November 27 to December 2 in Salsomaggiore Terme.

    General Manager Roberto Amadio has planned a schedule including meetings and spa treatments. This will be the first time the 2007 team comes together. Amadio said, "This occasion is important to consolidate the ties of friendship and to welcome the new riders. We are going to focus on cultivating the right team spirit."

  • 2007 Giro d'Italia in Trentino

    Ivan Basso kisses the spoils
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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    By Gregor Brown The 2007 Giro d'Italia will once again return to the Italy's northern region of...

    By Gregor Brown

    The 2007 Giro d'Italia will once again return to the Italy's northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige, where there is rumoured to be two mountain stages. Though the official 2007 Corsa Rosa will not be revealed until December 2, tuttobiciweb.com speculates there will be one stage on May 28 that will finish in Tre Cime di Lavaredo and another on June 1 that will finish in Comano Terme.

    The stage on Monday, from Trento to Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Veneto), could be a doozy depending on how the organizers place the climbs leading to the mythical finish. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo was the stomping ground for Felice Gimondi in the 1967 Giro, and more recently Giovanni Battaglin, in 1981. From Misurina the climb measures 7.2km in length and contains 576m of climbing, with an average gradient of 8%.

    Friday, two days before the finish, and on the eve of the Giro's last time trial, the riders will race from Treviso to Comano Terme. The Le Valli Giudicarie area is often used in the Giro d'Oro and offers the availability of fierce climbing, although the exact stage parcours are still unknown.

    "This will be an opportunity for us to show to all of Italy and the world the images of our great land; how much there is on offer in terms of landscape and sporting vacations," said a proud Tiziano Mellarini to tuttobiciweb.com.

    Cyclingnews will bring complete coverage of the 90th Giro d'Italia route when it is unveiled December 2 in Milano.

  • No licence, but Ullrich still liable for tests

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Shane Stokes

    By Shane Stokes Curious as to the situation vis-à-vis out of competition testing of Jan Ullrich...

    By Shane Stokes

    Curious as to the situation vis-à-vis out of competition testing of Jan Ullrich since he returned his licence to the Swiss federation, Cyclingnews has learned that the 32 year-old remains eligible for testing by three different bodies.

    The first of these is the German National Anti-Doping Organisation. While his most recent licence was taken out in Switzerland, the former T-Mobile rider is included in the German Registered Testing Pool due to the fact that he could represent that country at the world championships or Olympic Games. Most national anti-doping organisations have a legal right to test competitors from that country, regardless of their membership or licence status.

    The second possible source of unannounced tests is the UCI, who passed on documents from the Operación Puerto case to the Swiss federation earlier this year in order for their investigation to proceed. According to an official from the governing body, Jan Ullrich "is on our Registered Testing Pool for 2007, on the basis of suspicions about doping practices, ie Operación Puerto."

    "Even if he was to announce his retirement, under Article 77 of the UCI rules, he cannot compete internationally unless he is available for out of competition testing six months before the date of his return. It is therefore in his best interests to continue to make himself available for OOC testing so that he can return to international competition as soon as or if he obtains a contract and licence."

    The third body which could request a test from the rider is the World Anti Doping Agency, WADA. It has the authority to test any athletes who are included in the registered testing pools of international federations or national anti-doping organisations.

    The news invalidates any speculation that Ullrich’s rejection of his licence could have led to a lack of testing while he awaits the start of the 2007...

  • More confusion over Ullrich's status

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer If you believe BILD magazine, Jan Ullrich will be back in the pro ranks any day...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    If you believe BILD magazine, Jan Ullrich will be back in the pro ranks any day now. If you believe Swiss Cycling, he won't. The confusion over his status and the status of the investigations into his connection with Operation Puerto continues to grow.

    BILD magazine reports that Ullrich and his attorney expect to receive a letter from UCI president Pat McQauid "any day," saying that the documents from Spain cannot be used in any other investigation, and that therefore, there will be no proceedings against him in Switzerland.

    The Austrians have already received McQuaid's letter, BILD reports, and therefore dropped their investigation of Jörg Jaksche. The Swiss will react the same way, according to BILD, which quotes Lorenz Schläfli, director of Swiss Cycling, as saying, "We don't have anything in front of us at this time. When we have the instructions from McQuaid, we will recommend to our disciplinary committee that no proceedings against Jan Ullrich be opened."

    However, Schläfli told Cyclingnews Friday afternoon, "We have been told that the dossier which we have received cannot be used for a disciplinary hearing. However, there are some interventions and complaints pending dealing with the question of whether these papers may be used or not. So we are still waiting for further information from the Spanish investigators."

    To add to the confusion, UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani told Cyclingnews: "In fact, the UCI wrote to the NF [national federations] in order to inform them that using the documents from Spain for disciplinary proceeding was no longer allowed."

  • Jaksche cleared to ride

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Another Operación Puerto rider is free to ride again: Jörg Jaksche, a German...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Another Operación Puerto rider is free to ride again: Jörg Jaksche, a German citizen living in Austria. The Austrian cycling federation will not hold hearings against him as its General Secretary, Rudolf Massak, told the German press agency sid. However, they are retaining the option to reopen the case if needed.

    Jaksche was removed from his team's Tour de France roster shortly before the Tour start and did not race again this season. He has a contract with Manolo Saiz through the 2007 season.

  • EPO found in eight bags of blood

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Antonio J. Salmerón The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported in its Friday edition that the...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported in its Friday edition that the antidoping laboratory of Barcelona has detected traces of EPO in eight of the bags of blood analyzed for the Operación Puerto investigation. The lab's report was sent to the judge involved in the affair, but it did not identify any racers implicated by the results. The bags were among those found in Madrid by the Spanish national Guardia Civil earlier in 2006.

    According to the Spanish newspaper El País, "Although the judge sent 99 bags for the analysis, they only examined the most suspicious ones, and in eight of them, high amounts of recombinant EPO were detected. In the report, no riders are identified by name, only the numbers and the codes used by Eufemiano Fuentes." El País clarified that "the judge requested analysis only of those bags which contained plasma, but not those ones which contain red cells." The Barcelona lab is accredited by the International Olympic Committee and by WADA.

    Eufemiano Fuentes's lawyer, Julián Pérez Templado, commented to El Mundo, "We have no official results from the Barcelona lab," and reminded that "the traces of EPO in the blood bags do not prove that any crime against the public health has been committed." Fuentes is one of eight persons accused in the ongoing investigation. Pro racers allegedly visited Dr. Fuentes' clinic to have blood extracted for doping or to collect performance-enhancing drugs.

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  • Race organizers take action against ProTour

    UCI President Pat McQuaid
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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    The association of race organizers (AIOCC) announced Friday, at the end of its general assembly...

    The association of race organizers (AIOCC) announced Friday, at the end of its general assembly meeting, that it intended to bring proceedings before the European Commission regarding the legitimacy of the ProTour. They called into question the "closed nature" of the ProTour. A majority, in this case 80%, of the 87 attending organizers, and not only Grand Tour promoters, supported the group's action. The organization told L'Equipe that it intended to the use the European Commission "to express its opposition to the system of competitions called ProTour."

    UCI President Pat McQuaid responded to L'Equipe saying that the UCI would make itself available to an arbitration court considering the charge. "We are absolutely trustful of our vision of the ProTour and believe there is no obstruction [of fairness]. We are ready to provide the authorities of the European Commission with all the details and information which they will need. Obviously, we will comply with any decisions that are made, but we calmly await the decision."

    Since its inception two years ago, the UCI's ProTour has met with mixed reactions. Many riders and organizers have opposed the ProTour and considered it too limiting, in terms of the numbers of teams, riders, and events included.

    The European Commission, according to its website, "upholds the general interest of the [European] Union and is the driving force in the Union's institutional system. Its four main roles are to propose legislation to Parliament and the Council, to administer and implement Community policies, to enforce Community law (jointly with the Court of Justice) and to negotiate international agreements, mainly those relating to trade and cooperation."

  • Beijing Olympic road course unveiled

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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    This week, China gave its first public showing of the proposed road course for the 2008 Olympics in...

    This week, China gave its first public showing of the proposed road course for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. UCI official Charly Mottet told Radio New Zealand that the proposed course will not cater to sprinters. Instead, Mottet compared the proposed course to a stage in the mountains of the Tour de France.

    The course starts near the Forbidden City and heads to the Great Wall of China. During the first, flat 80km, racers will pass Tiananmen Square. Near the Great Wall, the climbing begins in earnest. Racers are slated to tackle six or seven laps of a 24km circuit that climbs 520m per lap. Nothing is definite yet, organizers await UCI approval for the course.

  • Three way scrap for final ProTour place

    Phonak's exit has paved the way for a new entrant to the ProTour in 2007
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    November 25, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    With a decision due soon on which teams will be awarded ProTour licences in 2007, three squads are...

    Saiz licence depends on financial guarantees

    With a decision due soon on which teams will be awarded ProTour licences in 2007, three squads are each hoping that they have done enough to secure the final place which is definitely up for grabs. Astana, Unibet.com and Barloworld have each applied for a licence and now have a nervous wait in order to see which one will be given the green light. Shane Stokes reports.

    Cyclingnews spoke to UCI ProTour manager Alain Rumpf this week about the process and he clarified the state of affairs. "In accordance with our regulations, the teams had to finalise their financial file by November the 20th," he said. "Now it is up to the ProTour Council to make a decision based on this, something which will be done within a few days.

    "One of the conditions to get or keep a license is to have the financial file in order. In the case that there is any problem, the information will then be transferred to the License Commission, who will act."

    Rumpf gave a clear timetable as regards the various stages before the final announcement. “The license commission meets on November 28 to issue preliminary opinion on the definitive grant of licenses,” he stated. “Teams whose preliminary opinion is negative can be heard at the December 7 meeting and the commission will then make a final decision. The UCI will communicate [the result] after these decisions have been made.”

    In all, three licences are up for renewal, while one is yet to be confirmed. T-Mobile and Caisse d'Epargne have already been granted a provisional licence and, according to Rumpf, they will be cleared to join the ProTour once again if their financial file is in order.

    The third licence is that of the former Phonak team, which was originally planning to continue through 2007 and onwards via the backing of the iShares sponsor. However the positive test returned by Tour de France winner Floyd Landis led...