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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 27, 2009

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November 27, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Landbouwkrediet - Colnago becomes Landbouwkrediet in 2010

    Belgian champoin Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
    Article published:
    November 26, 2009, 19:08 GMT
    Cycling News

    Davy Commeyne and Tom Van den Haute

    The Landbouwkrediet-Colnago team will go by the name of Landbouwkrediet in 2010 although the team will retain Colnago as a sponsor. Landbouwkrediet also announced its finalized roster for the upcoming season.

    Next year's team will include 21 riders. Of them, 19 had been previously announced, but two more riders were signed in recent days: Tom Van den Haute and Davy Commeyne. Van den Haute was a trainne with the team prior to his signing while Commeyne had proved himself worthy of the team over the previous two seasons.

    Returning riders: Fréderic Amorison, Koen Barbé, Dirk Bellemakers, Jonathan Bertrand, David Boucher, Sebastien Delofsse, Bert De Waele, Mathieu Drouilly, Benjamin Gourgue, Kevin Neirynck, Sven Nys, Kevin Peeters, Martial Ricci Poggi, Bert Scheirlinckx and Geert Verheyen.

    New riders: Steven Caethoven, Davy Commeyne, Hans Dekkers, Bart Dockx, Baptiste Planckaert, Tom Van den Haute.

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  • Rebecca Romero seeks new challenge in London-Paris ride

    Rebecca Romero on her gold medal pursuit ride.
    Article published:
    November 26, 2009, 19:41 GMT
    Cycling News

    Retired pro Backstedt also training for the event

    Olympic and former world champion Rebecca Romero, who won gold in the 3km individual pursuit at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the 3km individual pursuit world title in the same year, will line up with riders for the start of London-Paris 2010 on June 24, 2010.

    "I'm constantly looking for new and exciting challenges and that's why I've decided to ride the London-Paris 2010," said Romero. "It's a professional endurance event, and I know it's going to test me physically and mentally."

    Romero is the only British woman and one of only two women in the world to win summer Olympic medals in two different sports. Romero was a rowing silver medallist at the Athens Olympics in the quad sculls.

    "I'm really looking forward to the experience of riding in a fast-paced ride alongside some of the country's most serious cyclists. It's obviously a longer distance than I'm used to but that's what appeals to me. London-Paris 2010 will be one of my key targets for next year and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," said Romero.

    London-Paris 2010 covers 550km in three days with a rest day in Paris.

    Also in the line-up for London-Paris 2010 is Swedish former professional cyclist, Magnus Backstedt, who won the Paris-Roubaix in 2004 and the 19th stage of the 1998 Tour de France. Backstedt now runs his own coffee company, Team, a squad of young Swedish and British riders.

    "London-Paris was one of few events I heard a lot about when I was a professional rider out in Europe and I have always said I would love to ride it one day," said Backstedt. "Knowing people who've ridden L2P and having heard so many great things about it, I couldn't resist riding when the opportunity came up for 2010."

    "It gives me a goal to work towards and the training will keep me fit now that I've ended my professional career."

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  • Olds a new hand on the track

    Proman Hitsquad's 5-foot assassins Shelley Olds and Coryn Rivera.
    Article published:
    November 27, 2009, 4:19 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    American road rider uses her arsenal on the boards

    Shelley Olds brought the USA a second UCI World Cup medal this season during round two of the series held in Melbourne, Australia. She attributes her success on the track to a remarkable debut with the US national road cycling team during the summer months.

    "The transition this year from road to track has fortunately gone exactly as we planned," Olds said. "Towards the end of the European road season, I knew I was using those races as preparation for the early part of the track season. My goal was to come into the World Cups with a lot of fitness and hit the first two with the greatest chance of success."

    Olds jumped off the road bike and onto the track bike for the US National Track Championships in October, where she won a national title in the women's scratch race. She went on to win a bronze medal in same event at the UCI World Cup round one held in Manchester, England.

    "Nationals, and both the Manchester and Melbourne World Cups were all very positive experiences for me this year and I am confident that I can take a much needed break now, before beginning to prepare for the second half of the track season," said Olds, who is taking some time off to be married in December.

    "I wanted to get some good results early and establish myself as one of the stronger riders in the field," she continued. "When I return, I intend to be stronger than the start of the season and as physically prepared as possible for the rest of the season."

    Her new position with the US national women's road cycling team began mid-summer. She transfered her speed gained on the track to road racing with the ProMan-Hit Squad this Spring and turned heads when she won the overall title at the Tulsa Tough by out-pacing the legendary road sprinter Laura van Gilder. Furthermore, she captured her first National Racing Calendar (NRC) victory during the three-stage event held in May.

    "The road season definitely went well for me this year, better than I...

  • Kopp suspended one year for cocaine use

    David Kopp (Gerolsteiner)
    Article published:
    November 27, 2009, 10:02 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Looking to ride again after suspension ends in December

    Former Gerolsteiner and Cycle Collstrop rider David Kopp has been given a one-year suspension for cocaine use by the Flemish cycling federation. The ban was post-dated and expires on December 31 of this year.

    Kopp, 30, tested positive for cocaine at a Belgian national race on September 11, 2008. The German denied having intentionally using the drug, and said that someone must have spiked his drink at a club two days earlier.

    He called the suspension “a fair result.”

    Kopp had already retired when he was informed of the positive test, but has since decided to return to racing. He is looking for a new team for the coming year. “I will be happy if someone gives me the chance to return to pro cycling,” he told

    He turned pro in 2001, and rode with Teams Telekom, Lamonta, Wiesenhof, Gerolsteiner and Cycle Collstrop. Kopp's biggest success was winning Rund um Köln in 2005.

  • Gutiérrez hungry for results in 2010

    A little soggy after his ride in the rain Gutierrez takes the stage winner's podium
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    November 27, 2009, 10:19 GMT
    Hedwig Kröner

    "Personal problems" made Spaniard lose in 2009

    It has not been José Iván Gutiérrez's best season this year. In fact, the Caisse d'Epargne rider who usually scores three or four wins per annum did not achieve any victories at all in 2009. Today, November 27, the Spaniard celebrates his 31st birthday, and looks forward to making amends next season.

    "It is a fact the season 2009 was far from being the best of my professional career and that I did not achieve my goals," Gutiérrez said.

    "I never felt perfectly well at any moment of the year, and the result was that I won no race at all, which never happened before in my life. But I don't want to be too negative because I was all the same able to do my job within the team, help my team-mates when it was necessary. But I am a winner and in certain races I take the start to win, which was not possible for me this year."

    Citing "personal problems" as well as illness as reasons for his missed opportunities, the Spaniard is set to return to his winning ways next year before his contract with Caisse d'Epargne runs out.

    "Each year is different and what is important is to understand why things went wrong this year so that it will not happen again in 2010," he continued. "This winter I will rest much more than last year because I think it's very important. At the end of 2008 I started training to soon and it appeared to be a mistake."

    Gutiérrez plans to start the early 2010 season in top form and peak again later in summer. "I would like to start the season well and race in Australia to take advantage of the good shape I have at the beginning of the year," he continued. "In spring I usually start suffering from allergies which prevent me from racing well. Later in the season I hope to participate in the Tour de France again before getting good results in August and September."

    After finishing his racing programme at the Vuela a Chihuahua in Mexico in October, the Spaniard "rested most of...

  • Contador 'pleased' with Astana retaining ProTour licence

    Spain's Alberto Contador
    Article published:
    November 27, 2009, 10:31 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Tour de France champion expects a strong, motivated team for 2010

    Spain's Alberto Contador welcomed the International Cycling Union's decision Wednesday that allowed his Astana team to keep its ProTour licence for 2010. The Spaniard is ready to work towards a third Tour de France win in July, although rider departures such as Lance Armstrong have weakened the team.

    "I am pleased with this solution because it was time to clarify my future. I had reached a preliminary agreement with the team and was all pending on the licence. Finally, as expected, I will continue with Astana,” Contador said in a press release.

    After reviewing the team's budget for 2010, the UCI ProTour Council (UPTC) accepted the outfit's registration for 2010 along with 16 other top-level teams. The UPTC delayed its decision on Astana in the last two months and Contador threatened to leave if the team failed to receive its ProTour licence.

    Though Contador is staying, the team for 2010 is completely different. Lance Armstrong left and formed team RadioShack, taking with him several key helpers and team manager Johan Bruyneel.

    The Kazakhstan team brought in Frenchman Yvon Sanquer to replace Bruyneel and two new sports directors, Giuseppe Martinelli and Guido Bontempi. In the last two months, the three have signed several new riders to support Contador.

    "I am very satisfied with the technical team because they are doing a very serious job," Contador continued. "I think we will have a good team for the Tour. It won't be as powerful, especially in terms of names, but I am confident on how we'll work and the motivation we'll have for the Tour."

    The 27-year-old said that he has yet to decide on his early season programme, but plans for it to be lighter. This season, he won the Volta ao Algarve, the País Vasco and the national time trial championship leading up to his second Tour de France win.

    Contador is the only active rider to have won all three Grand Tours. He won the Giro d'Italia...

  • Ochoa denies involvement in Operacion Grial

    Spain's Javier Ochoa wins at the 2000 Tour de France
    Article published:
    November 27, 2009, 10:54 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Paralympic cyclist undergoes multiple doping controls

    Javier Ochoa has denied any use or dealing of doping products, and says that he is in no way involved in Spanish doping investigation Operación Grail.

    He also denied press reports that he had been arrested or detained by the Guardia Civil.

    Ochoa, 35, was left paralyzed after a training accident in February 2001, which killed his twin brother Ricardo. Ochoa rode for Team Kelme at the time.

    He has come back to become a success paralympic cyclist, winning gold in the road race and time trial at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, and gold in the time trial in the Beijing 2008 Summer Paralympics

    He admitted to knowing the apparent head of the doping ring, Dr. Walter Viru, from when both were at Team Kelme. “I have been in his office four times for a stress test, like many athletes and sports enthusiasts."

    Ochoa noted that he has undergone many doping controls, both in his times as a professional rider and now as a paralympic cyclist. The Spanish website,, notes that he has been subjected to numerous controls, both in and out of competition, since he resumed riding, by both the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Basque Community, which did not want to risk a doping scandal around its most successful paralympic athlete.

  • Brard hangs up the bike

    Florent Brard (Caisse d'Epargne) signs autographs
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    November 27, 2009, 11:04 GMT
    Hedwig Kröner

    Without a contract for 2010, Frenchman retires

    Florent Brard has decided to quit professional racing, effective immediately. The Frenchman, who this year rode for Cofidis but did not get any results, was unable to secure a contract again for next season. After a possibility to sign with Astana failed, Brard has decided to retire and even cancelled his participation in the cyclo-cross race of Ormes this Saturday, which he was scheduled to race.

    Brard became professional in 1999 with Festina-Lotus before moving to Crédit Agricole, Marlux, Chocolat Jacques, Agritubel, Caisse d'Epargne and finally Cofidis. The 2006 French champion did not win any races in the last three years. His victories include Paris-Bourges, GP Cholet, Paris-Troyes and stage wins in the Circuit de la Sarthe, Etoile de Bessèges and Paris-Corrèze. He finished seventh in Paris-Roubaix in 2005.

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