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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 23, 2012

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November 23, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Marycz signs for CCC Polsat Polkowice

    Most aggressive rider Jaroslaw Marycz (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank)
    Article published:
    November 22, 2012, 15:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    Pole released by Saxo-Tinkoff at the end of the season

    Jaroslaw Marycz will ride for CCC Polsat Polkowice in 2013 after being released by Saxo-Tinkoff in October. The Pole arrives at the Pro Continental outfit after three years at Bjarne Riis’ team.

    In a situation that has repeated itself at a number of teams vying for WorldTour status, Marycz found himself surplus to requirements at Saxo-Tinkoff after a season that yielded him no UCI points. Marycz did not learn his fate until after bringing the curtain down on his campaign at the Japan Cup in mid-October and he endured a late scramble to find a team for 2013.

    “I must admit that the last few weeks have been very difficult for me,” Marycz said, according to his new team's website. “After riding in Japan, I hoped that my contract with Saxo Bank would be renewed for the coming season. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. When they told me that I was no longer part of the team, it was too late to find a place on another WorldTour team.”

    While Marycz was unable to whet the appetite of a team at elite level at that late juncture, the former Polish time trial champion did find an eager suitor in his home country.

    “When Saxo Bank had no place for Jarek, we called him immediately and offered him a spot on our team,” said CCC Polsat Polkowice directeur sportif Piotr Wadecki. “He is very ambitious, courageous and, above all, an experienced rider who has spent the past few seasons in one of the top teams and competed in big international races. His experience will help the team.”

    The signing of Marycz brings the curtain down on CCC Polsat’s transfer campaign. Last month, the team

  • Janiszewski banned for one race for doping

    The team of CCC Polsat Polkowice prior to the start of stage five in Haikou.
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    November 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT
    Cycling News

    CCC Polsat rider loses one win, keeps next day's victory

    The Polish cycling federation has given CCC Polsat's Sylwester Janiszewski what may be the shortest doping ban on record – one race. His win in one race this summer was disqualified, due to the positive control, but he was allowed to retain his win in the next day's race, as well his results for the rest of the season.

    Janiszewski, 24, won the Memorial Henryk Lasak on August 11, and afterwards tested positive for  Androstenedione, a steroid. That result was taken away but he was allowed to keep his win on August 12 in the Coupe des Carpathes.

    Androstenedione is a steroid well-known in bodybuilding circles and is said to increase the natural production of testosterone. It is also known to often be a part of impure dietary supplements, which may be the reason for the short-lived punishment, according to

  • Dekker looking to improve in 2013

    Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    November 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Says first year back was good but hard at times

    Thomas Dekker is satisfied with his first full year back in the peloton, even if it was hard at times. He is now looking forward to two more years with Garmin-Sharp, in what he calls a “long-term plan”.

    He had a good season, with one win, he told Wielerland magazine. He also rode a Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, and finished well in Amstel Gold Race, in 18th place and only 12 seconds down. “Being in the finale of a Classic is obviously different from a Classic win. I understand it very well. Winning is incredibly difficult. But it would be good if in the coming years I could be a sold top 10 performer in that kind of race.”

    Dekker served a two-year suspension for EPO doping, and returned to racing in August 2008 with the Chipotle Development Team before moving up to the WorldTour team this season.

    He knew the year would be hard, and it was. “In a Grand Tour like the Vuelta it eats you  a little that you cannot show what you want to show. And you do not ride like you have in mind. That takes time and I am convinced that iI can still do it.”

    Still, Dekker was happy enough to be in the race, for which he was nominated pretty much at the last minute. “I feel that I really took a step forward. My last Grand Tour dates back to 2007. Such an effort is just not trainable. It was awfully hard. Three weeks cycling is hard anyway, especially when you're in a peloton of 200 motivated riders.”

    It was announced during the Vuelta that his contract would be extended for two years, something which he “never really doubted. I know that the team has...

  • Astana looks to join MPCC

    Giuseppe Martinelli and Alexandre Vinokourov look for a nice spot for dinner
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    November 23, 2012, 9:11 GMT
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    Martinelli explains team anti-doping work

    Astana is considering joining the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (Movement for Credible Cycling) as part of its anti-doping programme, team manager Giuseppe Martinelli has said. The MPCC is an organisation that has pushed for stricter anti-doping rules, and whose members agree to abide by ethical criteria that go beyond the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

    The Kazakh team will makes its final decision about joining at its December training camp.

    "I think it is an important thing to do, to try to change something or in any case to send an important signal," Martinelli told Eurosport. "Maybe we don’t talk about it so much, but we really do a lot (of anti-doping work). We have an internal system that monitors all cyclists day by day. We perform our internal controls."

    "We are a team that has changed a lot in the last two years ago. We are seeing the results of that now. Until now, for that specific reason we have not had any more problems. But it’s too early to talk - as I said, we need to work more and talk less."

    The Astana team has undergone several management changes over the last few years. After Alexander Vinokourov and Andrey Kashechkin tested positive for blood doping at the 2007 Tour de France, the team management was removed. Johan Bruyneel took over and remained for two years. Martinelli then became manager.

    He insisted that the doping problems are all in the team's past, and that no one on the team is associated with Dr. Michele Ferrari, who has  been banned from the sport.

    "All this is history. During these last few years I think everybody knows (Ferrari) is out of cycling," Martinelli claimed. "If some stupid person after that goes to Ferrari I think they really should not be racing anymore."

    "Since I arrived, from 2010, I have...

  • Italian doctor Filippo Manelli gets life ban

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    November 23, 2012, 11:05 GMT
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    Padua investigation reveals he advised Bertagnolli on EPO use

    The Italian anti-doping tribunal has banned Italian doctor Filippo Manelli for life after evidence from the Padua police and USADA investigation revealed he advised Leonardo Bertagnolli on the use of EPO and growth hormones.

    Under the WADA code, Dr. Manelli can no longer work in sport or attend events. He was also fined 1500 Euro.

    According to an Italian police statement published by USADA as part of the documents released with the Reasoned Decision on the US Postal Service investigation, Bertagnolli said that the Brescia-based doctor advised him how to take EPO in 2003.

    "I started to take EPO on the advice of Filippo Manelli in 2003 and he told me to inject it in the skin near my groin. He told me to stop taking it a week before a race," Bertagnolli's statement reads.

    Bertagnolli had a thyroid problem but Manelli reportedly told him to use the growth hormone Geref.

    "… I only took it a few times because of my problem. Manelli knew but still advised me to use GH. He told me what drugs to use when I visited him in his office in Gavardo. He wanted to be paid for the visits and for the drugs."

    Bertagnolli said he visited Manelli between 2003 and 2006 before opting to work with Dr Michele Ferrari – who is at the centre of the Padua investigation.

    Ferrari has always denied doping but was accused of working with numerous riders from the US Postal Service team and was banned for life by USADA.

    The Padua investigation is expected to be wrapped up in December but the police have so far refused to hand over evidence to the Italian anti-doping investigators.

    The Italian anti-doping investigators have called for three-month bans for Michele...

  • Gates leaves Saxo-Tinkoff

    Queensland boys - Nick Gates and Silence-Lotto team-mate Robbie McEwen at the Down Under Classic on Sunday night.
    Article published:
    November 23, 2012, 12:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Australian served two years as sport director

    Nick Gates is leaving Team Saxo-Tinkoff after serving two years as a a sport director for the Danish team. “I have decided to move on. More family time,” he tweeted.

    Gates, 40, rode professionally from 1996 to 2008. He won the Australian road title once but was best in criteriums, where he took a number of victories.

    He had nothing but praise for Saxo-Tinkoff, and its owner. “Have never witnessed a more dedicated passionate group of people,” he tweeted.  “Bjarne (Riis) is simply special” The man is a visionary, great for the sport.”

    He wished the team good luck in 2013, saying, “believe me, they will kick A !”

    Gates did not say what he would be moving too, only that “I will inform you, but stealth. #soon.”

  • Streakers invade the track at the Gent Six

    One of the streakers sprints to the line
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    November 23, 2012, 13:04 GMT
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    Two men offer extra entertainment on day three

    Two streakers disrupted the Gent six day on Wednesday night, forcing organisers to delay the race programme while the two were held by Belgian police.

    According to a report in Het Laatste Nieuws, the two streakers jumped onto the track during the musical interval and ran around the track naked.

    A steward tried to stop one of the streakers and was apparently head butted. Plain clothed police officers then stopped the male streaker, while the steward was treated for a head wound. The huge crowd seemed fascinated by the additional entertainment during the evening's racing, giving the two streakers a cheer of support. 

    Iljo Keisse and Glenn O'Shea have taken the overall lead after another intense rivalry with world champion Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele. The Belgian/Australian pair lead by just six points.

  • Savio rebuilds Androni team for Giro d'Italia battle in 2013

    Franco Pellizotti with Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio
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    November 23, 2012, 14:11 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Pellizotti latest rider offered second chance

    Despite suffering a minor heart attack three month ago Gianni Savio is back on his feet and putting the finishing touches to his Androni Giocattoli team for 2013. With Jose Rujano leading a mini-exodus from the Italian set-up, Savio has been busy in the transfer market and confirmed Franco Pellizotti as his new GC stalwart.

    “I’m very well. It’s been three months since my heart attack. I will have another cardiology appointment in a few months as a check up but I feel very well. I have to take some medicine but nothing more so I will continue to lead my life in the same way,” Savio told Cyclingnews.

    Androni capped off its 2012 season by winning the Coppa Italia, which in turn secures an automatic invitation for the 2013 Giro d’Italia, a race that Savio has once again marked out as the team’s primary objective.

    This year the team had mixed race by its own standards: Miguel Rubiano and Roberto Ferrari claimed stage wins but José Rujano, the squad’s mercurial team leader, failed to emulate his form from previous years and abandoned the Giro d'Italia mid-way. It was a decision that forced Savio to cut the Venezuelan from his team for 2013 but the leadership void was filed by Italian national champion Franco Pellizotti, who returned to the sport after a two year doping ban.

    “In the next season we’ll have a competitive team. We’ve confirmed that Pellizotti, Sella, Fellini, Parrinello, and also the Columbian climber Rubiano who won wonderful stage in the Giro. These riders have been confirmed and I think that we will have some other riders like Mattia Gavazzi and Francesco Reda. I know Reda very well from his amateur days. Then he was Quickstep where he worked really hard for Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel....