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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 23, 2011

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December 23, 2011, 12:00
  • Cavendish wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award 2011

    In most people's eyes, Mark Cavendish is the current number one sprinter
    Article published:
    December 22, 2011, 21:56
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Cycling sprinter wins award

    Mark Cavendish has won the BBC Sports Personality of the year award for 2011. The cyclist beat golfer Darren Clarke into second with runner Mo Farah in third. Cavendish becomes the third cyclist to win the award after Tom Simpson in the 1960s and Sir Chris Hoy in 2008.

    Cavendish had his best season to date. He won his third Scheldeprijs in April, before claiming three stages in the Giro d'Italia. Cavendish went on to win five stages in the Tour de France, en route to taking his first green jersey.

    "I'm absolutely speechless but without my team this would not be possible. This award is a landmark for cycling. For cycling to be recognised in a non-Olympic year is unheard of," he said.

    However the biggest win came in Copenhagen in September when he became the World champion, holding off some of the best sprinters in the world to win the rainbow jersey.

    "I am absolutely speechless, some of my team-mates here will say I am that is a rare thing," he said.

    "I had a group of guys who rode at Copenhagen who brought the rainbow jersey back to Britain after nearly half a century and that is a massive thing. Even to be nominated in the top 10 is an incredible thing."

    Cavendish rode for Bob Stapleton's HTC-Highroad in 2011. In 2012 he will ride for Team Sky, where he will be hoping to not only honour the rainbow jersey but win his second green jersey and the Olympic road race in London.

    Cavendish wins the vote:

    Mark Cavendish 169,152 (49.47%)

    Darren Clarke 42,188 (12.34%)

    Mo Farah 29,780 (8.71%)

    Luke Donald 23,854 (6.98%)

    Andy Murray 18,754 (5.48%)

  • Gallery and Video: Cavendish's top five moments of 2011

    Cavendish receives his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II
    Article published:
    December 22, 2011, 22:44
    By:
    Mark Robinson

    How the British star captured the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

    Mark Cavendish has won the BBC Sports Personality of the year award for 2011, becoming just  the third cyclist to win the award after Tom Simpson in the 1960s and Sir Chris Hoy in 2008. Cyclingnews takes a look back at the Manxman's incredible year, with the top five moments of his season.

    24 July: Taking the green jersey at the Tour de France

    After a relatively slow start to the season by his standards, Cavendish powered to victory in five stages of the 2011 Tour de France, becoming the first British rider to claim the coveted green jersey as the winner of the overall points classification. He did so despite incurring penalties and being docked points after stage 18 and stage 19, and finished in his now customary blaze of glory in the centre of Paris - writing himself into the history books as the first rider to win the Tour's iconic final stage for three consecutive years.

    14 August: Winning the 2012 Olympics test event

    Just three weeks after his exploits at the Tour, Cavendish delighted his home fans by winning the much-publicised 2012 Olympic road race test event on the roads of Surrey and London. In typical style he emerged from a large pack will a well-timed burst to complete the 87-mile course in just over three-and-a-quarter hours, the perfect dress rehearsal for his assault on gold next year. "The crowd were incredible the whole way," he told BBC Sport afterwards. "You can't get a sense of how the 2012 race will go, but you can get a feel for this course and the route is good."

    25 September: Road World Champion in Copenhagen

    In arguably his most thrilling performance of the year, Cavendish became the first British rider for 46 years to win the Road World Championships. He rounded off an astonishing display of co-ordinated teamwork and selfless pace-setting by his seven Team GB colleagues to deliver a devastating finish and pip Australia's Matthew Goss almost on the finish line and bag the famous rainbow jersey. The dramatic race was witnessed on television by millions back home, and by now Cavendish's profile in Great Britain was approaching the stratosphere.

    11 October: Signing for Team Sky

    After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed that Cavendish would be 'coming home' to join British outfit Team Sky next season, after his previous team, HTC Highroad, folded. Cavendish signed a big money deal to join fellow British stars Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas under the guidance of Team GB and Team Sky boss David Brailsford. It was a move that captured the imagination of British cycling fans everywhere. "Mark is the greatest sprinter of his generation and is well on his way to becoming the greatest of all time," Brailsford said. "He is a rider of exceptional talent who has proved his pedigree at the very highest level of our sport."

    1 December: Picking up his MBE from The Queen

    Of all the memorable moments from 2011, it is probably a decent bet that collecting his MBE for services to British cycling from The Queen in December would be the one that Cavendish will remember most. Watched by his pregnant girlfriend and proud members of his family, Cavendish picked up the honour, which had been bestowed on him in The Queen's Birthday Honours List back in June, at Buckingham Palace. It was a fitting footnote to a history-making year.

     

     

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  • Haussler, Haas and Von Hoff lead Bike Bug at Jayco Bay Cycling Classic

    Oh yeah! Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisers) is officially the 2011 Jayco Herald Sun winner
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 00:27
    By:
    Cycling News

    Super-fast team lay down gauntlet to GreenEdge

    2011 was a big year for Jayco Herald Sun Tour champion Nathan Haas, but it seems that next year is only going to be bigger and better.

    Haas, who has signed with WorldTour team Garmin-Cervelo, will kick start his 2012 campaign at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic on Sunday, January 1.

    The 22-year-old will join forces with teammates Tour de France stage winner Heinrich Haussler and Launceston to New Norfolk Classic winner Steele Von Hoff to lead an impressive Bike Bug outfit for the four-race series.

    The trio will be joined by Genesys Wealth Advisers pair Anthony Giacoppo and Alex Carver.

    Twelve months on from riding in the support race at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, Haas returns a completely different rider but the same genuine person.

    "What I have become is more patient with the process of trying to get fit and the process of actually being a bike rider," Haas said.

    "I have learnt how to suffer a lot more this year, and that the best cyclists are the ones that are not necessarily the ones in the best form but are the ones that can suffer over and over and still perform at a high level on any given day.

    "If I actually sit back and have a think about where I am now as opposed to where I was, it is quite humbling.

    "This is definitely where I would have liked to have been, riding in a WorldTour team, but I really never thought I would get there in one year and absolutely never thought that I would have the year I did.

    "It should actually be a nice reminder of where I was a year ago; it will probably bring back a few memories so it's a nice thing to come back."

    Recognising that there are four quality sprinters in a better position to claim the victory for Bike Bug, Haas will put his personal goals aside to play the team role at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic.

    "When we were at the team launch for Garmin-Cervelo, I got speaking with Heinrich and we thought it would be a good start to the season to practice a few lead outs for the upcoming Australian races," Haas said.

    "I definitely won't be going for a big sprint myself, we have four other guys that are fantastic sprinters so my role in the team will be to do some hard work and try to bring up some form."

    Haas will back up with the national championships in Ballarat before heading to Adelaide to make his WorldTour debut at the Tour Down Under.

    "The Bay Crits will be my first racing of 2012 season, and my first in a race as a signed rider. It's a pretty cool thought for me that my first few races for a WorldTour team are all happening in Australia," Haas said.

     

  • Budget Forklifts announce new partnership with Specialized

    The team vehicles and bike for the continental Budget Forklifts team.
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 04:20
    By:
    Cycling News

    NRS team to ride top of the range Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4

    Budget Forklifts have announced a new equipment partnership with bike manufacturer Specialized, with the NRS team to ride the company's top of the range road and time trial bikes.

    The partnership will also extend to the supply of shoes and helmets. With a calendar that will see the team taking on some Asian and Australian racing, the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 and S-Works SHIV TT Module will hopefully give the team an edge as they aspire to build on their third overall NRS ranking in 2011.

    "I am really excited to begin this new partnership with Specialized," said team manager Jeremy Betts at the teams Mount Beauty training base in Victoria. "When it comes to equipment choices, we looked for the most technologically advanced company to give us an advantage over our competitors, and within the first couple of rides of our riders receiving their bikes it was evident that they are indeed that.

    "Budget Forklifts as a company is renowned for our attention to detail and incredibly high standards and so shares with Specialized parallel visions and values."

    Speaking on behalf of Specialized Australia, Sam Monardo praised the deal, which he added would continue to build on the local presence.

    "We are proud that the Budget Forklifts team will ride Specialized frames, forks, cranks, shoes and helmets in 2012," said Monardo. "The relationship with the team is about competing and winning, but also in supporting Australian cycling."

    The Western Australian registered Budget Forklifts is expected to announce a largely unchanged line-up for next year's assault on the National Road Series.

    Specialized recently announced a partnership with new Australian women's team Specialized SA.

  • Gallery: Androni's European flank camp out

    The European arm of the Androni squad
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 06:30
    By:
    Cycling News

    Savio musters the troops in Italy

    The Pro Continental Androni Giocattoli team held its first training camp ahead of the 2012 season last week in Cesenatico, Italy. 

    Only the European riders attended the 10-day camp that ran from December 9 to 19, with the Colombian arm of the team remaining in South America and enjoying warmer climates.

    The Italians Emanuele Sella, Roberto Ferrari, Omar Bertazzo, Riccardo Chiarini, Alessandro De Marchi, Giairo Ermeti and Antonio Santoro attended, along with new signings Fabio Felline, Salvatore Mancuso and Antonino Parrinello and the young Spanish rider Francisco Moreno.

    The camp coincided with team boss Gianni Savio being acquitted of providing his riders with doping products.

    "I am happy to have been fully acquitted by the Law Court of Massa and I want to underline that when CONI submit me to the National Antidoping Court they did not know the content of the documents – that I have now sent – I had presented to the Judge to prove the complete unreliability of my accusers and their repeated false testimony given under oath.

    "Such documents have been collected through long and meticulous investigations, thank to which the Judge has fully acquitted me," he told Cyclingnews.

    Androni Giocattoli is hoping to contest the 2012 Giro d'Italia.

  • UCI appeals Rasmussen decision to CAS

    Denmark's Alex Rasmussen looks pretty pleased with the evening's progress
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 09:16
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dane accused of violating whereabouts requirements

    The International Cycling Union has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport the dismissal of doping-related charges against Alex Rasmussen. The Danish cycling federation had dismissed the charges last month.

    The UCI had charged Rasmussen with three violations of the “whereabouts” requirements within 18 months. He was suspended by the UCI and Team HTC-Highroad fired him.

    In mid-November, the Danish Olympic Committee dismissed the charges on procedural grounds, saying the UCI notified Rasmussen of the third violation too late.

    “I confirm that the UCI has filed an appeal to CAS in the Rasmussen affair,” UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani told the Ritzau news agency. 

    Rasmussen is free to continue racing while the case is underway. He will ride for Garmin-Cervelo in the coming season.

    The Dane was not surprised at the appeal. “I'm not super surprised by it. I knew very well that it was a matter of principle for them and that they would act on it,” he told Ritzau.

    “I think I will be acquitted, because they operate on the WADA's rules, and it's the same rules under which the Sports Confederation of Denmark acquitted me. And as long as the rules are identical, the outcome should also be the same.”

  • Pedersen signs with Christina Watches-Onfone

    Martin Pedersen (Leopard Trek)
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 10:42
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dane moves from Leopard Trek

    Martin Pedersen has moved from Leopard Trek to Christina Watches-Onfone for 2012. The Dane is the 14th rider for the Continental-ranked team, where he looks forward to a “fun” time.

    Many riders had to be released from Leopard Trek when it announced its merger with RadioShack for the coming season, but Pedersen felt sure early on that he would have to go. “I knew that I had only a one-year contract, so I would be out. There was simply no room for me, you would have to be an idiot not to to see that.”

    He hoped to find another WorldTour or Professional Continental team, but without success. There were no openings for him in the upper ranks.  “I believe very much that the teams have taken on riders who had a sponsor,” he told feltet.dk.

    The offers from the Professional Continental ranks did not appeal to him. “I will not ride just anywhere.  I don't want to end up on a team where I don't think there are some 'cool' guys to be with.  Or where the only thing is to ride races.

    “Here I know the guys who are here and I know we have fun together. When you consider how much time you spend with them, it is almost more time than with the family.”

  • Leukemans awarded €150,000 in dismissal case

    Bjorn Leukemans
    Article published:
    December 23, 2011, 11:39
    By:
    Cycling News

    Labour court in Ghent finds against Predictor-Lotto holding company

    A court in Belgium has ordered the holding company behind the former Predictor-Lotto team to pay almost €150,000 in compensation and back salary to Bjorn Leukemans after it was found that he had been illegally dismissed by the team in 2007.

    Leukemans, now at Vacansoleil-DCM, was fired by Predictor-Lotto on December 26 of that year after testing positive for artificial testosterone in an out-of-competition control.

    However, La Dernière Heure reports that the labour court in Ghent has found that the Belgian Cycling Company (BCC) did not respect all of the steps necessary to terminate Leukeman’s contract for gross misconduct.

    According to Belgian law, an employer must act within three days of learning of the misconduct in question. However, BCC’s letter of termination was inadvertently posted to Leukemans' parents’ address rather than to the rider himself. Leukemans had moved from that address a year previously and had notified his team.

    The Labour Court found that only a termination letter to Leukemans’ new residence would have been valid and ruled that BCC had “committed unpardonable negligence and must bear the consequences.” BCC has been ordered to pay €127,000 in compensation, €16,000 in back salary and €5,500 in legal fees.

    BCC is set to lodge an appeal against the ruling of the Ghent Court.