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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 18, 2011

Date published:
November 18, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: A year through the lens of Dave McElwaine

    Amateur downhillers attentively watch practice at the 2011 Sea Otter Class
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    November 18, 2011, 1:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    Cross, Mountain biking, and Road: highlights from Dave's 2011

    The fourth installment in our photographer series, Cyclingnews presents the work of Dave McElwaine. While Mark Gunter and Shane Goss are primarily road photographers, Dave is the first in our series to cover the mountain bike and cyclo-cross events.

    For our US audience, Dave is no doubt a familiar name. He has covered all disciplines for Cyclingnews over the years, and is one of the biggest freelance contributors to the website.

    A guru when it comes to capturing the key moments of a mountain bike cross country race, or positioning himself correctly in a cyclo-cross event Dave knows a thing or two about getting the best pictures.

    To see the full gallery click here.

    For more of Dave's picture's you can also check out his full portfolio on his website

  • Randell makes case for race radio re-think in wake of Colorado crash

    Andrew Randell clocked the 6th best time.
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    November 18, 2011, 3:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    "Communication vital to rider safety"

    In an open letter to a number of the cycling's key stakeholders, Andrew Randell (Spidertech) has pleaded that the ban on race radios be rescinded.

    Randell was caught in the crash on stage 2 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, that saw Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1), Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda), Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) all go down after a collision with a cattle guard.

    Callegarin, Randell and Hernandez were transported to the local hospital in Gunnison for treatment at the time, with Callegarin the worst affected.

    Callegarin's list of injuries included a severe concussion, significant facial injuries, broken left and right hands and deep lacerations to his face, lips and chin. Randell fractured his back, while Hernandez fractured his left collarbone.

    As the race was 2.1 category, no race radios were in use. Randell believes that radios could have at the very least "drastically reduced the likelihood of the incident" and in the letter argues, that radios are the most effecient form of communication in racing conditions in which things can change rapidly.

    "Had we racers had enough forewarning to prepare ourselves, and space out for the cattle guard, this accident could have been avoided," said Randell.

    "Commissaires and race officials ahead of the race may have realised the dangerous nature of the cattle guard, but how were they to warn us? At race speed the sudden warning shout of “cattle guard” at the head of the peloton came too close to the obstacle to change our safety, but use of race radios could have prevented, or at least drastically reduced, the likelihood of this incident."

    "Other means of warning, such as marking the cattle guard with caution notices, may not be seen by riders in the heat of the race, and foreign riders might anyway...

  • Nys proposes WorldTour points for cyclo-cross racers

    Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) takes another win in Niel
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    November 18, 2011, 5:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian concerned about future of his discipline

    Cyclo-crosser Sven Nys has a proposition for the International Cycling Union – to give WorldTour points to winning 'cross riders. According to Nys this would "breathe life into the sport, and encourage road teams to take more of an interest."

    Licences for the road teams are currently allotted on a points systems, which leads to riders being signed solely for their points to help a team.

    Nys will present his proposal to the UCI next week, suggesting that points be earned in all the various disciplines. "In the long term it is essential for our sport," he said in Het Laatste Nieuws.   "For the large teams, the points are as valuable as gold. It will also generate interest in the 'crossers. 

    "Other disciplines can take part too. If Iljo Keisse scores points on the track, it would encourage teams like Quick Step to be interested in the Track as well.

    "With such a system you wake the interests of stars on the road. Peter Sagan and Roman Kreuziger are super talents who used to ride 'cross. But now they have disappeared from the field."

    "The 'cross peloton, dominated by Belgians, needs to become more international," Nys said. "You only need one sometimes, like Stybar, to turn on a country. Find such men in Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands and France, then you're going. When discussing the future of our sport, sometimes I think people ignore the obvious ways forward.

    "In a few years, when Stybar and I are gone, there will be a difficult period anyway. It is best to anticipate it, and act now."

    Wilfried Peeters of Quick Step, which has Stybar under contract, was interested in the idea. “I think a lot of teams, like us, want the riders to ride even in winter,” he said. “We would need more than thirty riders in a roster though. Otherwise you invest it in...

  • Dekker, Rasmussen confirmed at Garmin gala

    Jonathan Vaughters explains his plans for the 2012 season
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    November 18, 2011, 7:02 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Last minute additions to US team named in Boulder

    Garmin-Cervélo rolled out its 2012 WorldTour squad in front of several hundred fans and sponsors at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado, officially naming Thomas Dekker to the top level team as a late addition, after much speculation. Also in under the wire is Alex Rasmussen, whose whereabouts violation case was dismissed by his federation today and who therefore has a valid contract.

    The presentation gala featured a film by producer Nigel Dick, entitled "Journey to a Dream", which reiterated the Garmin-Cervélo team's mission: to develop talented riders, to win against 'bigger' squads through sacrifice and teamwork and to act as champions in the anti-doping movement.

    The film introduced two of the original riders developed by Vaughters, Alex Howes and Peter Stetina, against a recap of the team's success of 2011, and was followed by a speech from Slipstream Sports CEO, Jonathan Vaughters, which outlined the team's "firsts".

    The 30-rider team includes additions to the sprint trains, with Robbie Hunter returning to the squad, plus fast men Rasmussen, Koldo Fernandez and Fabian Wegmann. Belgian Sebastien Rosseler adds firepower in the time trial as well as Classics departments.

    Young riders Nathan Haas and Jack Bauer will be given leeway to find their places in the team, but both are fast finishers, while Alex Howes, Jacob Rathe and Raymond Kreder move up from the team's Chipotle development squad.

    The "island of misfit toys"

    Some may see the signing of Dekker, who admitted to doping and who served a two-year suspension, as going against the team's anti-doping mission, but team manager Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews that he is convinced that Dekker is...

  • Sky announce team for Tour Down Under

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) gets stage win number two in the Tour de France.
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    November 18, 2011, 9:52 GMT
    Cycling News

    Boasson Hagen to make debut in Australia

    Edvald Boassan Hagen will make his debut racing in Australia when he takes part in his first Tour Down Under in January. The Norwegian is coming off a stellar year that saw him take two stage wins at the Tour de France before winning the Eneco Tour in August.

    The Norwegian had announced in early October that he hoped to ride at the Tour Down Under and has now been cofirmed to ride the week-long stage race.

    "We are really excited about the inclusion of Edvald Boasson Hagen in the team. He has been the Norwegian national time trial champion five years running and is a two-time Tour de France stage winner. He is fiercely competitive, young and hungry for a win in Australia," race organiser Mike Turtur said.

    Along with Boasson Hagen, Sky brings their full contingent of Australian riders, with 2002 winner Michael Rogers, Chris Sutton, and Matthew Hayman all in attendance.

    Alex Dowsett, Geraint Thomas and Danny Pate will also be racing.

    Sky Pro Cycling's team for the Tour Down Under:

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor), Geraint Thomas (GBr), Christopher Sutton (Aus), Alex Dowsett (GBr), Michael Rogers (Aus), Danny Pate (USA), Mathew Hayman (Aus).

  • Schumacher to Christina Watches

    Stefan Schumacher (Miche) was another controversial rider on show in Sardinia.
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    November 18, 2011, 10:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Controversial German joins Continental-ranked Danish team

    Stefan Schumacher is said to be joining Christina Watches for the 2012 season. Team owner Christina Hembo yesterday had announced a press conference at which she would introduce “a star rider” to the team.

    Schumacher has most recently ridden for Miche, since returning from his doping suspension. This season he had four victories, winning two stages each at the Vuelta a Asturias and the Azerbaijan Tour. In both races he won the time trial and a road stage.

    In 2008, riding for Team Gerolsteiner, Schumacher won both time trials at the Tour de France. He was later found to have tested positive for EPO-CERA not only at the Tour but also at the Beijing Olympics. He was banned for two years, with his suspension ending the end of August 2010.

    Schumacher has never admitted to doping, but has acknowledged that he has “made mistakes”.

    The German has long had a questionable reputation. He tested positive for the amphetamine Cathine in 2005, but escaped charges after it was proved that his mother, a doctor, prescribed it for him after being mistakenly told it was not forbidden.

    In 2007 he finished third in the World Championship road race in his hometown of Stuttgart, and afterwards it came out that he had “irregular blood values” before the race, which were explained away by a particularly bad case of diarrhea.

    Schumacher had celebrated his bronze medal to such an extent that was arrested for drunk driving. Several months later it was disclosed that amphetamine traces were found in his blood, but...

  • Vacansoleil prepare to release Mosquera if ban is confirmed

    Ezequiel Mosquera attended the presentation in hopes his doping case will be overturned
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    November 18, 2011, 12:07 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Two-year ban would end saga

    Although the Spanish Federation are yet to issue their expected two-year ban for Ezequiel Mosquera, Vacansoleil-DCM has told Cyclingnews that they expected the rider to be banned after Oscar Sevilla was suspended under similar circumstances.

    Mosquera tested positive at the Vuelta in 2010 for Hydroxyethyl Starch (HES) but has had to wait over a year for his case to reach a point where a decision at least looks imminent. He has professed his innocence throughout and has not raced for the Dutch team.

    “Until now it’s all rumours so I just want to wait at the moment. To be honest we were expecting this,” team boss, Daan Luijkx told Cyclingnews.

    Sevilla tested positive for the same substance at the 2010 Vuelta a Colombia and was given a six month ban.

    “When you look at the Sevilla case we expected a suspension but we still want to wait until a formal decision is made. We’re really disappointed though, with the entire story. It’s taken over a year to get to this point. That’s not good for anyone, the sport, the riders, the fans or the team. It’s inhumane.”

    If Mosquera is handed any form of suspension Vacansoleil will comply with their regulations and terminate his contract with immediate affect. He is currently ineligible to race, a status he and his team agreed upon last year after his positive test was announced.

    “We have internal regulations that state that when a rider is suspended for doping his contract is torn up right away.”


  • Soler to return to Colombia

    Juan Mauricio Soler (Movistar Team) won stage 2 and pulled on the yellow jersey
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    November 18, 2011, 13:07 GMT
    Cycling News

    Going home six months after Tour de Suisse crash

    Mauricio Soler will return home to Colombia the middle of next month. He will continue his recovery and rehabilitation in his home land.

    His wife Patricia Florez “has been making the necessary arrangements for the winner of the 2007 Tour de France King of the Mountains to continue his recovery at home,” according to a statement issued by the Colombian cycling federation.

    Soler, 28, suffered severe head injuries in a crash during this year's Tour de Suisse. He was placed in an induced coma, before being moved to a hospital in Spain in July. He left the hospital in mid-October.

    No prognosis on the extent of his recovery has been given.