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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 26, 2010

Date published:
November 26, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Carlino's appeal against role in Pantani death rejected

    Marco Pantani in the spring of 1997.
    Article published:
    November 25, 2010, 15:12 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Sentence confirmed in Bologna

    Fabio Carlino, convicted for his part in supplying cocaine to Marco Pantani in the weeks leading up to his death, has had an appeal against his sentence rejected by a court in Bologna.

    Pantani died in a hotel room in Rimini on 14 February 2004 as a result of an overdose of cocaine. The 1998 Tour de France and Giro d’Italia champion was 34 years old.

    On 14 January 2008, Fabio Carlino was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for arranging the trafficking of drugs and for his role in Pantani’s death. He was also ordered to pay €150,000 in compensation to each of Pantani’s parents.

    The 35-year-old Carlino’s appeal was rejected in Bologna on Wednesday. It is understood that Carlino first met Pantani in a nightclub in Milano Marittima in November or December 2003.

    Two other men were previously convicted for their part in the supply of cocaine to Pantani. In October 2005, Fabio Miradossa was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in prison, while Ciro Veneruso was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months. reports that the late Pantani's parents, Tonina and Ferdinando, were present at the hearing in Bologna and expressed their satisfaction with the outcome but said that many details of events during their son's final days remained unclear.

  • Europcar gather in Nantes to plan 2011 season

    Jean-René Bernaudeau Photo: © Régis Garnier
    Article published:
    November 25, 2010, 16:43 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    French team turns down Qatar invitation

    The Europcar squad has assembled in Nantes for its first get-together ahead of the 2011 season. Manager Jean-René Bernaudeau confirmed that the team will not take part in the Tour of Qatar as it will be participating in the Tour of Langkawi.

    “I turned down a great invitation [to the Tour of Qatar] because it didn’t seem possible to go there with a roster of 22 riders,” Bernaudeau told Ouest France. “We were already going to be engaged on two fronts, notably in Malaysia [at the Tour of Langkawi]. We need to save the group a little so as to be up there all year long.”

    The team’s first race in their new Europcar colours will be the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon, from January 25-30, although Bernaudeau remained tight lipped about the design of the jersey and the sub-sponsors it may feature. The car hire firm stepped in to replace Bouygues Telecom as title sponsor at the eleventh hour in October.

    “There could still be some changes as the new sponsor is deciding on its concept with a communications agency,” Bernaudeau said. “I had my input too so that it would fit with the advertising space that I have sold off my own bat.”

    The new colour scheme will not be revealed until the team presentation in Paris on January 14. “It’s going to be strange,” Bernaudeau smiled. “The eye was accustomed to the blue [of Bouygues Telecom]. The kit is changing radically.”

    Bernaudeau is pleased that the strong structure he has built up in the Vendée remains a force at professional level thanks to Europcar’s involvement. The squad grew out of the Vendée U amateur set up in 2000 and Bernaudeau is clearly proud of the team’s record in blooding young talent, pointing out that of the 22-man roster, “only five didn’t come from Vendée U.”

    The team’s current gathering in Nantes is...

  • Pearl Izumi sue Garmin-Transitions

    Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Transitions)
    Article published:
    November 25, 2010, 17:14 GMT
    Matt Pacocha,

    Pearl Izumi have filed a lawsuit against Slipstream Sports and their Garmin-Transitions cycling team

    Pearl Izumi have filed a lawsuit against Slipstream Sports and their Garmin-Transitions cycling team over 12 cutting-edge ‘winged’ time trial suits.

    The Colorado-based company have demanded the return of the suits – which they gave to the ProTour team in June before being replaced as the squad's clothing sponsors by rivals Castelli– and any information relating to their design. They're also claiming damages for the alleged theft of their intellectual property.

    According to, a news website based in Boulder, Colorado, Pearl Izumi asked the team to return the ultra-aerodynamic suits in mid-July but they refused. Last week, Castelli announced they'd signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Slipstream, prompting the lawsuit.

    Slipstream say that not only have they done nothing wrong but they – not Pearl Izumi – have done the lion's share of the development work on the suit. In a statement released today, they said: "Slipstream Sports are and always have been committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology. We do this with the goal of giving our athletes the best possible equipment and the biggest technological advantages within the ethical guidelines we've set for ourselves.

    "With this in mind, Slipstream Sports developed and tested the wing suit technology. Slipstream Sports put hundreds of hours of testing into this technology independent of Pearl Izumi. While we regret that Pearl have pursued this action, the fact is that Slipstream spent years developing this technology. However, we remain grateful for their sponsorship and will continue to represent them through the end of our agreement."

    Pearl Izumi had sponsored the team for two years. The company's marketing director, Geoff Schaffer, spoke with BikeRadar today, but he declined to comment on the lawsuit.

    In the press release announcing their sponsorship of Slipstream, Castelli's racing...

  • Pegasus prepares for season 2011

    Interviews get under way.
    Article published:
    November 25, 2010, 23:01 GMT
    Cycling News

    McEwen and co. gather for Noosa training camp

    Australian Professional Continental team Pegasus Sports, which has signed the likes of Tour de France stage winners Robbie McEwen and Robbie Hunter for the 2011 season, has gathered in Noosa, Queensland, for its first training camp.

    These two sprinters will be integral to the teams early-season program, which features the Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman before moving onto European races such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

    Chris White's team missed selection for a ProTeam licence earlier this month but has been preparing for a European racing campaign based upon invitations from some of the season's biggest events.

    McEwen told Cyclingnews that the team is in negotiations with Santos Tour Down Under organisers to start the opening round of the ProTour in Australia, where he has enjoyed success in the past. The team will also ride Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Malaysia.

    Cyclingnews presents images from Pegasus Sports' training camp in Noosa and stay tuned for our interview with McEwen about next year and his move 'home' to an Australian team.

    Robbie McEwen (l) and Jay Thompson (Photo: Mark Gunter)

    Clinton Avery and Daryl Impey chat over coffee (Photo: Mark Gunter)

    There's a mix of Flv Australia riders and new blood in the Pegasus ranks (Photo: Mark Gunter)


  • Contador reiterates threat to quit if punished in clenbuterol case

    Alberto Contador made an emotional plea of innocence during his press conference
    Article published:
    November 25, 2010, 23:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    Tour de France winner appears on Spanish televison

    Triple Tour de France champion Alberto Contador made a rare public appearance on Thursday, repeating his threat to walk away from professional cycling if he is found guilty and sanctioned over a positive Clenbuterol test from the Tour de France this year.

    Appearing on a Spanish television broadcast, Contador was noncommittal. “It’s early to say it right now… but I cannot assure you that I would continue,” he said, according to Reuters.

    The doping control in question was carried on July 21 during the second rest of the Tour in Pau, in the Pyrenees. The following day, Contador set up overall victory by finishing in the same time as Andy Schleck at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet.

    He has denied all allegations of knowingly taking the substance, blaming the positive test on contaminated meat that was bought in Spain and delivered to him during the race.

    “I haven't doubted even for a single second because at no time did I do anything irregular,” he said.

    Contador has also had to defend himself against from accusations that his positive doping test was the result of a blood transfusion after it was alleged that plasticisers were found in his system.

    He has been suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and if found guilty could face up to a two-year ban and the loss of his 2010 Tour title.

    Both the Spanish authorities and WADA have called for a swift resolution, while Contador will soon fly to meet his 2011 Saxo Bank teammates at their training camp in Fuerteventura.

    Bjarne Riis, Saxo Bank's manager, had recently voiced his support for Contador, saying: “I've just met with Alberto Contador and I have no reason not to believe in him,” hetold the Danish website DR.DK.

  • Julich settling in at Team Sky

    Behind the quiet demeanour
    Article published:
    November 26, 2010, 9:02 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    American looks forward to coach-run team in the future

    Two weeks after starting his new role as a race coach with Team Sky, Bobby Julich is already settling into his new surroundings. The American moved to the British team after seven years under the wing of Bjarne Riis, as both a rider and then a performance director.

    >Now back in the United States, Julich made a speedy visit to the UK last week where he met up with his new team for their first social get-together ahead of the 2011 road season.

    "My new position is performance coach and it’s our goal to be a coach-run team within the next two years. Right now there’s myself and Rod Ellingworth and we’re looking forward to having at least two more performance coaches coming on board within the next year or two,” Julich told Cyclingnews.

    "Our goal is to take care of the riders so that the directeurs sportif can do what they need to do at the races. It’s a totally new system. It’s going to be a challenge but I’m really excited.”

    Sky has divided up the riders between its current coaching staff with Julich handing the responsibility of working with six riders from the younger end of the spectrum.

    "The thing I’m most looking forward to is working with the young riders and making the most of every situation that we’re in.”

    Although not directly paired with Bradley Wiggins, Julich is looking forward to advising the Englishman whenever needed. Like Wiggins he knows exactly how it feels to be the surprise package at the Tour de France – the American finished third in 1998 – but faltered the following year from pressure and a lack of form.

    "That’s why I think I’ll fit perfectly because I have the skills and experience to help all the riders but especially someone like Bradley Wiggins,” he told Cyclingnews.

    "I went through much the same situation as him back in 1998.”

    According to...

  • French cycling federation increases members

    The French National Team is represented at the Route de France.
    Article published:
    November 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT
    Cycling News

    Rise in numbers mainly due to BMX and mountainbike

    The French Cycling Federation (FFC) has announced its 2010 membership figures, declaring a rise of 3.5 percent in comparison to last year. A total of 109,334 licencees have been active in the sport in France this year.  However, the increasing numbers are not due to road cycling but rather to off-road disciplines, which are becoming more and more popular.

    "We have continuous growth and it is mainly due to BMX and mountainbike," said FFC president David Lappartient. Over this year, the subscriptions to BMX and mountainbike licences increased by 13 and eight percent respectively, gathering a total of 40.000 active members in these two disciplines.

    Road cycling licences are also on the rise, but to a lesser extent. "The erosion of road cycling has also stopped, as we have a licence increase of 0.4 percent," Lappartient added.

    For comparison, British Cycling membership has increased by 16 percent up to September 2010, to a total of 33,000 members.