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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 9, 2012

Date published:
November 09, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Shane Sutton in hospital after cycling accident

    Clancy and Sutton are over the moon as Bobridge has to settle for team pursuit silver
    Article published:
    November 08, 2012, 13:36 GMT
    Cycling News

    Suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain

    Shane Sutton has been taken to hospital after an incident while out riding near Levenshulme in Manchester. After being diagnosed it was confirmed that the head of the GB Cycling Team has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain. The news comes less than 24 hours after Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was rushed to hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Lancashire.

    “British Cycling has confirmed that Shane Sutton, Head Coach for the GB Cycling Team, was involved in an incident this morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. Shane was taken into hospital where it was identified he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain. Shane was wearing a helmet. He is set to undergo more tests, and is likely to stay in hospital for the next few days."

    "It is extremely rare that our riders and coaches are hurt while out cycling on the road, even rarer that two incidents should occur in a short space of time, and we wish Shane and Bradley a speedy recovery.

    "Cycling is not an intrinsically dangerous activity but there is much more to be done to improve conditions for cyclists on the roads. British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure that cycle safety is built into the design of all new roads, junctions and transport projects, rather than being an afterthought."


  • Pound: The appointment of Coates is troubling

    WADA chairman Dick Pound Photo: © AFP
    Article published:
    November 08, 2012, 15:33 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    The Independent Commission’s mandate will be key

    Former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Dick Pound voiced his concern over the UCI's decision to request that John Coates recommends personnel for their Independent Commission. While Pound believes that Coates is capable of making recommendations, he believes that the fact both Coates and Hein Verbruggen, the honorary President of the UCI, are both members of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) could be conceived as a conflict of interest. However Pound adds that the mandate of the Commission will be the proof over whether the panel is truly independent.

    Coates is also the President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and the Commission will look at the serious allegations and behaviour of the UCI during the Lance Armstrong era. The UCI faced several allegations which included covering up a positive test and bribery after accepting several donations from Armstrong.

    However Pound also told Cyclingnews that WADA should have been the UCI's first port of call but that the frosty relationship may have led cycling's governing body to turn to CAS.

    "The obvious thing for the UCI would have been to approach WADA, but they don't like WADA. They think WADA have been picking on them over the years so they went to CAS as arguably an organisation with no skin in the game at all," Pound told Cyclingnews.

    Asked if Coates and Verbruggen's positions on the IOC were an issue, Pound said:

    "Well, it's troubling. What you hope is that everyone stands back. It would be more troubling if another IOC member was sitting on the commission. Then people would say it was the gang working for each other. I think you're likely to see a judge or lawyer preside over the commission, and then a forensic...

  • Nuyens heads toward Classics full of motivation after crash-filled 2012

    Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff)
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    November 08, 2012, 17:43 GMT
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    New Garmin-Sharp signing back on bike after hip operation in September

    Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first time that Classics specialist Nick Nuyens got back on the bike in two months. The former Tour of Flanders and Het Nieuwsblad winner had an operation in September on his hip injury sustained in the 2012 Paris-Nice.  The injury wrecked his Classics season, and he is now building towards hitting the ground running in 2013.

    “I’ve not really started training yet, but yesterday was the first time on the bike in two months, just for one hour each time,” Nuyens told Cyclingnews on Thursday.

    “But I’ve been doing exercises my osteopath has told me to do, and aqua-jogging, I have to make sure I keep exercising my hip, so I don’t lose too much power.”

    With his 2012 Classics season wiped out by the injury after abandoning Paris-Nice, Nuyens came back to racing through the summer, but says “it was very frustrating. The wound healed but I could tell I wasn’t able to race at full power, I didn’t feel any pain but my back was a bit twisted.”

    “Then we did a three-dimensional scan right after the races in Canada [GP Montreal and GP Quebec] and there was still a two-centimetre fracture, not exactly in the bone but close to it. So I had an operation straight away.”

    “It was very good of Saxo Bank to let me have that surgery in September. I was supposed to continue racing for another month but this way I could recover earlier and be ready to go full gas for training for the Classics in two or three weeks time. That’s a little earlier than I usually do, but I want to be sure I’m ready.”

    “But right now I’m still recovering, I can’t do running, for...

  • Wiggins heads home from hospital after crash

    2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky) with the winner's trophy.
    Article published:
    November 08, 2012, 19:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sky rider to recover from minor injuries at home

    Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins left the hospital on Thursday afternoon, one day after he suffered injuries in a collision with a vehicle during training.

    The team confirmed Wiggins' release and noted that his injuries were minor, including a bruised hand and ribs. The Tour de France winner was kept at the Royal Preston Hospital overnight Wednesday as a precaution.

    The British rider will continue his recuperation at home with family and expects no long term consequences for his injuries.

    Team Sky's Dr Richard Freeman said, "Bradley has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor injuries, including bruises to his right hand and ribs, but is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. He is now going to spend the weekend at home convalescing with his family."

  • Napolitano signs with Accent.Jobs-Wanty

    Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) celebrates his first win of the season on the podium.
    Article published:
    November 08, 2012, 20:26 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian joins Commeyne in Belgian team line up

    The Accent.Jobs-Wanty team today announced it has signed Italian sprinter Danilo Napolitano, 31, for the 2013 season.

    Napolitano comes to the team after two seasons with the now-defunct Acqua e Sapone team.

    A winner of three stages of this year's Tour de Wallonie, Napolitano counts among his palmares a stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2007 and a fifth place in Milano-Sanremo in 2005.

    Also joining the Sicilian on the Belgian team is 32-year-old Davy Commeyne. Commeyne, who also races cyclo-cross, comes from the Landbouwkrediet team.

  • Routley speaks up for clean athletes

    Will Routley (Spidertech) has impressed thus far in 2011.
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    November 08, 2012, 21:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    Canadian suspicious of recent doping admissions

    Canadian rider Will Routley this week published a scathing editorial, denouncing riders such as his compatriot Michael Barry, who recently admitting to having doped and claimed to have "quietly stopped cheating on their own accord".

    "To say I am frustrated would be an understatement. Cyclists are coming out of the woodwork at the moment – big name athletes admitting to doping. I use the term ‘admitting’ loosely, as in reality they have been caught and forced to come clean. Canadian legend Michael Barry is on the list, many American superstars are on the list; it is saddening to say the least," Routley wrote.

    As part of the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team's doping practices, and the era of prevalent EPO use that surrounded them, a number of North Americans have confessed. Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, Tom Danielson, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, and Barry were all given six-month bans for their admissions.

    Later, Bobby Julich confessed after facing Team Sky's zero-tolerance policy.

    One common theme in the confessions was that each rider spontaneously decided to stop doping, and that is...

  • Genesys with "strongest team yet" for 2013

    Genesys Wealth Advisers celebrate the win in the team time trial at Tour of Tasmania
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    November 09, 2012, 0:27 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Team director Christie-Johnston confident in continued success

    Replicating the impressive victory haul of 2011 was always going to be difficult for the Genesys Wealth Advisers team this year. Team manager Andrew Christie-Johnston admits that such dominant success will likely never be seen again. With the Australian calendar wrapped up, Christie-Johnston is charged with forming a squad that can remain the country’s number one cycling team - after winning the NRS team title for the third consecutive year.

    Rebuilding the team in 2012 after the departure of Steele Von Hoff - Garmin-Sharp’s latest recruit - and Nathan Haas, who will enter his second year riding for Vaughters' ProTeam, was a huge challenge for Christie-Johnston. The team didn’t deliver the same amount of wins but they did achieve its primary goal: to be Australia’s number one team.

    "If people compare last year to this year, like we do ourselves, we could be disappointed with what we achieved," said Christie-Johnston to Cyclingnews. "We didn’t have anywhere near the same success but our ultimate goal has always been to be the number one team in Australia. To win that for a third time in a row is definitely ticking one of those boxes.

    "The competition was a lot stronger and I think that was always going to happen on the basis of us being so dominant the year before. It made other teams step up. Personally, it’s great for cycling."

    Prolific winners of stages and general classification titles, Steele Von Hoff and Nathan Haas provided the team with a heavy chance to win nearly every race they entered.

    Pat Shaw, Anthony Giacoppo and Joel Pearson also took wins in 2011 at the Tour of the Murray River, Melbourne to...

  • Johansson joins Orica GreenEdge

    2012 Swedish time trial champion Emma Johansson is now aiming for the Olympics.
    Article published:
    November 09, 2012, 0:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    Swedish champion fills in for Arndt

    Swedish champion Emma Johansson has confirmed that she will be joining the Orica GreenEdge women's team in 2013.

    The 29-year-old told that she will be one of the leaders of the Australian team, stepping into the gap left by retired time trial world champion Judith Arndt.

    "It will be really exciting," Johansson said of her move. "I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to drive for a big team. This is a dream I had and it was time for a change. A place opened up in the squad when Judith Arndt left after the season and they wanted someone with experience. I will be one of the leaders."

    Johansson had a competing offer from the Dutch team Dolmans-Boels, which also signed Britons Lizzy Armitstead and Lucy Martin, but her instincts led her to opt for the Australian team.

    "Green Edge has a solid foundation to stand on, with the men's team, and they work closely with the Cycling Australia. It's really professional."

    A silver medalist in the 2008 Olympic Games, Johansson has challenged for the top of the women's standings of the UCI World Cup. She has only one round to her name, the 2009 Ronde van Drenthe, but has been second in both La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in two separate years.

    Her 2012 season started off poorly after she broke both collarbones in a training crash, but with an eye on qualifying Sweden for the Olympic Games, she quickly recovered and returned to racing before the first World Cup. She took third in the Ronde van Drenthe, and went on to win the South African Tour de Free State stage race, securing an additional spot for her country in London.

    She claimed both her road and time trial national championships, won a stage of the