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First Edition Cycling News for November 27, 2005

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November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
  • Saunier Duval to meet in Cantabria

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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    The riders, the staff and management of Saunier Duval Prodir team for 2006 will spend a few days...

    The riders, the staff and management of Saunier Duval Prodir team for 2006 will spend a few days together starting from this coming Monday, November 28 till December 1 in Santander (Cantabria), where the headquarters of the team is based. The team will be staying at the Hotel Torresport de Torrelavega.

  • British team confirmed for Manchester World Cup

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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    With the British team now confirmed for the Manchester round of the UCI Track World Cup from...

    With the British team now confirmed for the Manchester round of the UCI Track World Cup from December 9-11, two British trade teams as well as the British national squad will form the local contingent taking on each other and as well as some of the best talent from 36 other nations.

    Great Britain's world class performance director Dave Brailsford knows that the Manchester World Cup will be a crucial test ahead of the Commonwealth Games and World Championships: "The Manchester World Cup provides us with a great opportunity to race both our young and experienced riders against the world's best on our home track in front of a partisan crowd," he said. "It is an important part of our preparation for the Commonwealth Games and we will be looking to get riders on the podium."

    UCI regulations allow trade teams to compete at the World Cup events, meaning a Science in Sport team of Jason Queally, Jamie Staff, Matt Crampton and Victoria Pendleton will race alongside a Recycling.co.uk squad including Rob Hayles, Chris Newton, Paul Manning, Mark Cavendish and Evan Oliphant. This gives them all an opportunity to score vital qualifying points for their country and themselves for the World Championships next year and sets up some interesting head to heads in advance of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

    The home nations' clash will be most prominent in the sprint events with Great Britain fielding an all Scottish squad of Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean and Ross Edgar. They will join the all English Science in Sport trio to take on teams from France, Holland and Japan as well as a powerful Australian team including Ryan Bayley, Ben Kersten and Shane Kelly.

    Another Britain versus Australia battle is likely to take place in the women's sprint as world sprint champion Victoria Pendleton and Australian sprint star Anna Meares are both confirmed to ride. Meares won bronze in this event at the Athens Olympics and at the world championships this year, where...

  • Brown leaving nothing to chance

    Graeme Brown's relationship with his Italian team soured in 2005, but luckily for him, a chance meeting found him a new home at Rabobank
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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Anthony Tan With a new contract and an open door into the ProTour, Graeme Brown believes he can...

    By Anthony Tan

    With a new contract and an open door into the ProTour, Graeme Brown believes he can now approach the 2006 season with confidence. However, the 26 year-old knows his opportunity with Rabobank isn't one to take for granted, telling Cyclingnews he will be doing everything in his power to fulfil his promise as one of the world's best sprinters.

    "I'm six kilos lighter than I normally am at this time of the year, which obviously makes a big difference," Brown began by saying. "I'm just going out and rolling the legs over, y'know, 25k an hour, doing an hour and a half to two hour rides and actually really, really enjoying myself. I've spoken with a few people about riding style, biomechanics, cleat set-up, training programs... everything's falling into place, and it's great."

    For a rider that began his career with Panaria back in 2002 and for whom he has accumulated ten stage wins, the Sydneysider has mixed feelings about his departure. "I'm glad about my time spent at Panaria. It taught me things about cycling that I needed to know, I did quite a few big races.

    "The last year [2005] with Panaria wasn't my best year in terms of my relationship with the boss and director, Roberto and Bruno [Reverberi]. I don't know what happened towards the end of this year... they actually still owe me money, so I'm actually that disappointed to leave."

    His strained relationship with the team also had something to do with having two other sprinters on a 17-man roster, Guillermo Bongiorno and Paride Grillo. Brown cited a number of occasions where he was instructed to ride for Grillo irrespective of his own form or chances, which created a situation of unease within his team and led to the Australian fearing he would be out of a job next season.

    "I think the problem is that nobody makes good money; they don't pay a very good wage and everyone's trying to win to get a bonus for next year, where you get a few dollars...

  • Australian Cyclist of the Year award winners

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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Following on from Cycling Australia's awards night last Friday, below is the full list of award...

    Following on from Cycling Australia's awards night last Friday, below is the full list of award winners from the evening:

    2005 Australian Cyclist of the Year - Sir Hubert Opperman Medal
    Robbie McEwen

    Track Cyclist of the Year
    Ben Kersten
    Katie Mactier

    Cyclingnews.com Road Cyclist of the Year
    Robbie McEwen
    Oenone Wood

    MTB Cyclist of the Year
    Sam Hill
    Katrina Miller

    GT BMX Cyclist of the Year
    Luke Madill
    Renee Junga

    Disability Cyclist of the Year
    Chris Scott
    Jane Armstrong

    SBS Television Coach of the Year
    Warren McDonald

    Masters Cyclist of the Year
    Peter Barnard
    Julie Barnett

    Junior Track Cyclist of the Year
    Skye-Lee Armstrong
    Scott Sunderland

    Junior Road Cyclist of the Year
    Cameron Meyer
    Amanda Spratt

    Junior BMX Cyclist of the Year
    Leigh Darrell
    Nicole Callisto

    Junior MTB Cyclist of the Year
    Amiel Cavalier
    Tracey Hannah

    Cycling Australia Event Merit Award
    Melbourne to Warnambool Classic

    ASC Volunteers of the Year
    ACT - John Armstrong
    NSW - Doug Wallace
    QLD - Betty Bathersby
    SA - David Birks
    WA - Michael Dunne
    VIC - Marie Manskie
    TAS - Peter Barnes

    Keith Esson Regional Media Award
    Cameron Best - WIN Television

    Cycling Australia Photo of the Year Award
    Mark Gunter - cyclingnews.com / Ride Cycling Review

    Cycling Australia Story of the Year
    John Thompson-Mills - ABC Radio Adelaide

  • McEwen: "The goal is to stay there"

    Robbie McEwen was chuffed with the accolade, but wins are what really matter to McEwen
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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    Surprised maybe, but when one takes a good look at Robbie McEwen's 2005 season, the 33 year-old was...

    Surprised maybe, but when one takes a good look at Robbie McEwen's 2005 season, the 33 year-old was a deserving winner of the Sir Hubert Opperman medal as 2005 Australian Cyclist of the Year, writes Anthony Tan.

    His season in a nutshell: fifteen victories that included his second Australian road title, the GP Fourmies and Paris-Brussels semi-classics, a stage win at the Tour of Qatar, Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt and Tour de Suisse, and three stage wins apiece at the Tour Down Under, Giro d'Italia and, of course, the Tour de France.

    "What makes me happy is it's hard to pick between 2002, 2004 and 2005 - similar results in all three years, but under different circumstances each time," says McEwen to Cyclingnews, asked if he still rates 2002 as his best year ever, the year he earned his first 'Oppy'.

    "It's hard to say... 2002 was the real, absolute breakthrough, 2004 was coming back after a slightly ordinary 2003 and performing like I did at the Tour de France with a bad injury where I broke my back. This year, I turned 33 and people started to say, 'Well, he's 33... is he going to slow down, is he just as quick this year?' or 'Petacchi, he can't be beaten' or 'Boonen, he's the young guy coming up and no one can beat him' - and I beat both those guys during the course of this season - they beat me too - but I had another very good season, reconfirming what I'd done last year."

    Still, McEwen was certain he wasn't going to win: "Like I said, I didn't even put my jacket on, didn't have my shirt done up... I was just sitting in my chair waiting to see who it was going to be."

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  • Heras case gives UCI "unconditional confidence" in EPO test

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    November 27, 2005, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    By Anthony Tan A statement released by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) yesterday said they...

    Expert recommendations ignored?

    By Anthony Tan

    A statement released by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) yesterday said they "noted with regret the abnormal result of Roberto Heras' analysis in Madrid", but used the Spanish rider's positive counter analysis as its way of addresing criticism of the urinary test for erythropoetin (EPO).

    "The UCI would like to express its full satisfaction as to the progress of the procedures related to this case, and reaffirms its unconditional confidence in the method used for the search of EPO," read one of the statement's opening lines.

    "The regrettable context of suspicion and distrust created around this affair, which will once again have provoked very negative consequences for the image of the cycling, is only the will of a number to discredit, in a totally unacceptable way, the reliability of the most important tool with which the UCI, as first International Federation in the world to be equipped within the framework of its commitment against doping and this already in 2001."

    Whether these words have been directly aimed at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and/or Cyclingnews is a question worth asking. Chief Online Editor Dr Jeff Jones' recent report titled: "Serious concerns over urinary EPO test" stemmed from the three recent cases in the endurance sport of triathlon, where scientists defending Rutger Beke, Virginia Berasategui and Ibán Rodríguez were able to prove to test for artificial or recombinant EPO (rEPO) could lead to false positives.

    In early 2002, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called for the urinary EPO test to undergo an independent review, whose experts recommended seven points of improvement, ranging from the assessment of the urine samples prior to analysis to a new approach for the interpretation of the scanned...