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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 30, 2012

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November 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Tuft joins group working to foster Canada's talent

    Svein Tuft (Canada)
    Article published:
    November 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    $400,000 Global Relay fund helps bridge development gap

    The next generation of cycling talent in Canada has been given a boost in the form of a fund created by communication company Global Relay which will be managed by five professional cyclists including Orica-GreenEdge rider Svein Tuft.

    The $400,000 program was unveiled this week in Vancouver to benefit riders from the ages of 19 to 25. It will rely on a board consisting of Tuft, Andrew Pinfold, Ryan Anderson, Will Routley and Erinne Willock to scout new talent that can benefit from help in getting equipment, training, travel expenses to race with the national team, mentoring or contacts in the industry, for example.

    The group has already helped a young rider, Cody Canning, by using connections to help him with a guest ride for Pure Black Racing in the Tour of Southland, and a chance to ride with the team again in 2013.

    Tuft told Cyclingnews he noticed Canning at the BC Superweek races and on top of his solid results, noticed he had a good attitude. It was Canning's approach to the sport that earned him the ticket to New Zealand. "That's what's more important over the long term," Tuft said. "He had a good race down there and was a solid teammate. He rode really well and they were happy with him. That's a great thing to see, he's going to gave a chance to race with them next year."

    It is just that type of assistance that Tuft sees as being the responsibility of senior riders such as himself and his fellow board members.

    "We all have good connections in the cycling community. Andrew Pinfold had a good relationship with one of the managers at Pure Black, and sometimes it's connections like that that are even more valuable than even monetary funding. It worked out, and that's just a little taste of what can happen for these riders."

    Tuft hopes that the mentoring, financial...

  • Gallery: Omega Pharma - QuickStep undertake military-style training camp

    Thumbs up! Tony Martin and co. stretcher a teammate
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 0:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    More team building for the team which dominated 2012

    A military base in Lest, Slovakia played host to the Omega Pharma - QuickStep team-building camp over two days this week.

    Riders and staff honed their inner-siege mentality, set missions, and challenged by physical tests and ability trial in view of stationed military officers. The missions included obstacle courses, defense techniques, climbing, shooting simulation, orienteering, and rescue activities.

    Tom Boonen was a notable absentee, forced to miss the activities due to a bout of stomach flu.

    Dual world time trial champion, Tony Martin took some time to adjust to the intensity required in the camp.

    "I didn't know what to expect from these activities," he explained. "I started out a little skeptical, but then my teammates got me involved, and I ended up having a lot of fun. I'd like to thank all the personnel at the base, who were very professional but at the same time were really attentive to our needs. All the activities, even the most challenging ones, were performed in complete safety under their reassuring, expert supervision. This is definitely an experience worth repeating!"

    Martin and Peter Velits were equally impressed, despite the hard work required.

    "We also got the chance to get to know our teammates and the newcomers better, in a context that was unfamiliar to all of us, a situation in which unity meant strength."

    The military-style camp was the initiative of trainer and directeur sportif Tom Steels. Despite claiming 51 victories in 2012, including a dominant run throughout the Classics with Dwars door Vlaanderen – Waregem, E3, Gent – Wevelgem, de Panne, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, the focus of the camp was very much on team building.


  • Sports Illustrated dubs Armstrong 'Anti-Sportsman of the Year'

    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT
    Cycling News

    Track rider Hindes earns cycling's second nomination

    Lance Armstrong tops the list of names for Sports Illustrated's 'Anti-Sportsman of the Year' with British track cyclist Philip Hindes also nominated.

    The American earned the title of 'Sportsman of the Year' in 2002, having won his fourth-straight Tour de France title. At the time, Armstrong dubbed it "the year of the team," with US Postal dominating the three-week race from start to finish.

    With the culmination of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into Armstrong and his associates, and the handing down of the 'reasoned decision' document in October this year, light was finally shed on what was described as "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen". The UCI then backed USADA's decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins and the handing down of a lifetime ban for repeated anti-doping violations.

    Sports Illustrated suggests that Armstrong have his 2002 award "revoked", saying that his legacy in the wake of evidence "crumbled faster than his steroid-fueled thighs used to take him up France's Pyrenees Mountains; former teammates admitted that not only had Armstrong constantly used steroids, but also that he practically forced his teammates to do the same. Not that he'll admit to any of it."

    Meantime Hindes, a member of the gold-medal-winning team sprint squad from Great Britain at the London Olympic Games, earned cycling's second nomination for the dubious honour.

    Hindes had the task of leading out teammates Sir Chris Hoy and Jason...

  • Sutton expecting tough task in defending NSW Grand Prix crown

    The men's overall podium: Michael Matthews (Rabobank), Chris Sutton (Sky) and Caleb Ewan (NSWIS)
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 4:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Howard heads strong Orica-GreenEdge line up

    Defending NSW Grand Prix champion Chris 'CJ' Sutton (Sky) believes he will face stiff opposition in claiming a third title when the two-race series gets underway next Saturday December 8 at Cronulla. The event continues the following day at Wollongong.

    Sutton defeated Michael Matthews (Rabobank), Caleb Ewan (NSWIS), and Ben Kersten (Team Jayco-2XU) for his second-successive series victory in 2011. This time around, Sutton will face added opposition with Orica-GreenEdge, a strong New Zealand team and Australian Continental outfits Budget Forklifts and Drapac heading the field of over 80 men scheduled to be on the startline.

    "This is going to be extremely tough to defend the title - 80 cyclists - the powerful Orica - GreenEdge team keen to win and even dual National Criterium Champion and winner of the Cronulla Grand Prix Bernie Sulzberger returning this year in sensational form," Sutton admitted.

    Heading up the Orica-GreenEdge challenge will be Leigh Howard who will have strong support from Mitch Docker, Luke Durbridge, Jens Mouris, and Wes Sulzberger.

    London Olympic bronze medallist Aaron Gate leads the Kiwi assault while reigning World Madison Champion Kenny de Ketele makes his debut in the series.

    Rochelle Gilmore was forced out of the 2011 event through injury but returns in 2012 with a 'dream team' of Myfanwy Galloway, Emily Collins, Lauren Kitchen and Carlee Taylor in support.

    It's a line up which will have the Specialised Women SA team in hot pursuit, led by Rebecca Werner, while St George Cycling Club's Ashlee Ankudinoff could also be considered for the win, off the back of her solid form on the track at the recent Glasgow World Cup.


  • Michele Bartoli to coach Lampre team

    Michele Bartoli (MG) in 1997
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 11:07 GMT
    Cycling News

    Former classics rider first of several changes at Italian team

    The Lampre team has announced the first of several major changes, confirming that former professional and Classics winner Michele Bartoli will act as a coaching consultant, with riders undergoing testing at the Sports Service centre in Lucca.

    Lampre team manager Giuseppe Saronni recently told Cyclingnews of his plans to revolutionise the Italian team after a poor 2012 season and the arrival of bike company Merida as second sponsor for 2013.

    Senior directeur sportif Roberto Damiani is set to leave the team when his contract ends this month. Bartoli will not replace him in the team car but will coach the team's key riders including Roberto Ferrari, Filippo Pozzato, Michele Scarponi, Alessandro Petacchi, Diego Ulissi and Damiano Cunego. Lampre has stopped working with the Centro Mapei, preferring to work with Bartoli and Sports Service.

    Bartoli retired in 2004 after a final season with Bjarne Riis' CSC team. He twice won Liege-Bastogne-Liege in the nineties and also won the Tour of Flanders in 1996 and the Tour of Lombardy in 2002 and 2003. A 2007 report in La Gazzetta dello Sport linked Bartoli to Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation in Spain. It was reported that Dr Fuentes gave Bartoli the code name of Sansone, the name of his dog at the time.

    Bartoli has used his own experience to coach amateur riders since retiring and will now follow the Lampre riders and also help plan their racing programmes.

    "It's great to be working with professional team like Team Lampre," Bartoli said in a press release. "I'm passionate about my work and I like to follow riders closely and get to know them as people and their daily training so that they...

  • UCI names panel for Armstrong affair commission

    UCI president Pat McQuaid answers a question during a press conference held during the UCI road world championships in Valkenburg.
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 11:42 GMT
    Cycling News

    London hearing set for April, report expected in June

    The UCI has named the three-member panel that will investigate the USADA decision relating to the Lance Armstrong affair and accusations that the UCI failed to do everything within its powers in the fight against doping.

    In a press release, the UCI said that Former British Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton will chair the commission. He will be assisted by House of Lords Peer and Paralympic Champion, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC.

    Pat McQuaid, President of the UCI, said: “I am grateful to John Coates, President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, for assembling such a high calibre and truly Independent Commission. The wide ranging terms of reference demonstrate the Commission’s determination to review fully the issues contained in the USADA report and I welcome that.”

    “Some of our critics have suggested that this Commission would not be fully independent. They were wrong. The UCI had no influence on the selection of the Commission members."

    “The appointment of these three eminent figures demonstrates clearly that the UCI wants to get to the bottom of the Lance Armstrong affair and put cycling back on the right track. Rather than simply attacking the UCI, our critics now have an opportunity to be part of the solution. I would ask them, therefore, to make their representation to the Independent Commission – and to start to put cycling first."

    The Commission will hold a hearing in London between 9-26 April 2013. It then aims to submit its report to the UCI by 1 June 2013, or shortly after. The costs will be covered by the UCI.

    “The costs of the Independent Commission will be a significant burden on the UCI, however it is clear that only such a decisive...

  • Contador keeps his grand tour option open for 2013

    Alberto Contador speaks with the press in Madrid.
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Spaniard to make season debut at the Tour de San Luis

    Alberto Contador has reiterated that he may ride the Giro d’Italia or Vuelta a España instead of the Tour de France in 2013 if his Saxo-Tinkoff team fails to gain WorldTour status and an automatic invitation to the Tour.

    Contador said that his preference was to ride the Tour de France, given that he missed it in 2012 while serving suspension for his positive test for clenbuterol during the 2010 edition of the race. However, while RCS will again assign its wildcards for the Giro d’Italia in early January, ASO has refused to reveal when it will decide on its four invitations and Contador admitted that this uncertainty might impact on his programme for 2013.

    “We must see all the possibilities and at the moment we are waiting to see if the team will be in the WorldTour or not, because that’s a big difference,” Contador told reporters in Madrid on Thursday at a press conference organised by a watch sponsor.

    “My statements have not been at all a way to pressure the Tour, what I said is that we analyze all the possibilities."

    "I would like to be there, of course. Last year I couldn’t go and the year before I wasn’t at my best, but this isn’t to put pressure on the Tour. Anybody who knows how preparation works also knows that the programme is important – not just yours, but that of your teammates. You need to know in time so as to be able to give them guarantees. You need a lot of time if you’re going to fight for victory, especially at the Tour.”

    Contador said he needs eight weeks to prepare for the French race.

    “If you start preparing thoroughly for the Giro and then don’t go there, everything changes, so it is important to know with enough time,” he said.

    After attending a recent get together with his 2013 teammates, the Spaniard paid tribute to...

  • Andy Schleck needs to enjoy cycling again, says Guercilena

    Leopard Trek's Luca Guercilena talks to the press
    Article published:
    November 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    New RadioShack-Nissan manager looks ahead to 2013

    RadioShack-Nissan manager Luca Guercilena believes that Andy Schleck needs to start enjoying cycling once again if he is to recover from his difficult 2012 season and deliver fully on his potential.

    The 39-year-old Guercilena, who was a directeur sportif at the team for the past two years, oversaw his first training camp as manager in Luxembourg this week after taking over the reins from Johan Bruyneel during the off-season.

    Bruyneel took over as manager last year following the merger of the RadioShack and Leopard Trek teams but he departed in October in the wake of USADA’s reasoned decision on the Lance Armstrong case, which detailed his management of the systematic doping programme in place at the US Postal team.

    Schleck endured a trying 2012, compounded by the fractured pelvis that ruled him out of the Tour de France and his brother Fränk’s positive test for Xipamide at the race.

    “He needs to take pleasure in the bike again,” Guercilena told Le Quotidien. “This year, for different reasons, that wasn’t the case and that’s normal, I think. Fränk and Andy always had the feeling of losing something with the merger. [Team backer] Flavio Becca and Johan Bruyneel’s idea was to improve the team but psychologically, those who had been there for the creation of the team had the sense of losing something.”

    Guercilena said that Schleck would again target the Ardennes Classics and Tour de France, and that the team would be built around him in July. “It will be up to him to make the big effort, so as to find the inner-strength to make use of his great talent and find his level again,” he said.

    According to Guercilena, Schleck will ride...