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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, October 4, 2013

Date published:
October 04, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Pinotti to retire at the end of the season

    Marco Pinotti (BMC)
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    October 04, 2013, 1:45 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Italian looks back on his career

    Marco Pinotti will bring the curtain down on his career in the most fitting of ways on October 20, when he lines up at the Chrono des Nations in the colours of Italian time trial champion, before beginning a new, part-time role on the coaching staff of BMC.

    Before that, of course, Pinotti bids farewell to the tifosi with Sunday’s Tour of Lombardy, which starts on home roads in Bergamo, and then breaks new ground by racing in China for the first time at the Tour of Beijing.

    After considering retirement when he crashed out of the Tour of the Mediterranean in February, Pinotti was pleased to be able to bow out on his own terms, and the announcement of his retirement comes a week after he rode to 7th place at the world championships time trial in Florence.

    “I’ve just raced in the Worlds in the maglia azzurra. This week, I’ll race Lombardy on my home roads, then I’ll go to experience something new in China, before I finish up in the Italian champion’s jersey in a time trial at the Chrono des Nations,” Pinotti told Cyclingnews.

    Though Pinotti hangs up his wheels, his involvement with the top level of the sport does not end as soon as he crosses the line in Les Herbiers. For the 2014 season, at the behest of his former Team Highroad directeur sportif and current BMC Performance Director Allan Peiper, Pinotti will work within BMC’s new Sports Science division.

    “For me, it’s a transition between riding and coaching, and it’s a part-time role, so that will allow me to spend more time with my family, which is the most important thing,” said Pinotti, who was offered the role early in the summer and came to a decision in the past month. “The duties are still to be defined – we’ll meet to discuss 2014 in a few weeks – but it will be focused a lot on time trialling.”

    Even while competing in the professional peloton,...

  • Beamon confirms Champion System to stop

    The Champion System team rode an aggressive race in Philly
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    October 04, 2013, 2:10 BST
    Pat Malach

    Search for new sponsors comes up short

    Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon confirmed to Cyclingnews today that the Chinese-registered Pro Continental team will not continue next season. Unconfirmed reports that the team would be shuttered first surfaced last week on a Spanish website.

    "Champion System has basically decided not to fund the team going into 2014," said Beamon, who took over management of the team in 2012. "We just got this news about a week-and-a-half, two weeks ago."

    Beamon said he scrambled to find a replacement sponsor for the Hong Kong-based manufacturer of custom sport clothing so that he could "cobble something together" for next season, but so far he has come up empty handed.

    "The reality is there is really not going to be an opportunity to get anything together now, which will mean closing the team down at the end of the season," Beamon told Cyclingnews, adding that he was "pretty gutted" after having come to that conclusion.

    The Champion System team will finish out its season this month at the Tour of Beijing, the Japan Cup and the Tour of Hainan.

    The team, which started in 2010 at the Continental level with the objective of giving emerging Asian riders to opportunity to ride at the highest level, graduated to the Pro Continental ranks in 2012 when the Champion System Sport management company was formed to run the program.

    The original plan was to move up to WorldTour status and ride the Grand Tours, hopefully within five years, but Beamon said that plan never intended for Champion System to carry the bulk of the team's financial obligations. Failure to find more sponsorship partners doomed the program.

    "When we started this program the hope and intent was always to bring other sponsors on board and to try and build a...

  • Costa to debut rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia

    2013 elite men's road race world championship podium (L-R): Joaquim Rodriguez, Rui Costa and Alejandro Valverde
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    October 04, 2013, 4:36 BST
    Cycling News

    Quintana and Valverde to line-up beside World Champion

    Rui Costa (Movistar) will race for the first time in his World Champion's rainbow jersey at Il Lombardia this Sunday in Italy. Only a week after claiming Portugal's first ever UCI Road World Championship gold medal in Florence, Costa will debut his rainbow jersey just 300km to the north as the race rolls out in Bergamo.

    Joining Costa will be his Spanish teammate, Alejandro Valverde, one of the riders left rueing being beaten by Costa just a week ago. Other foes from Florence, namely Nairo Quintana and Giovanni Visconti, will now be friends again to Costa as Movistar field what is one of the strongest squads to take on la classica delle foglie morte (the classic of the falling leaves).

    In fact, only two of the riders starting for Movistar -Beñat Intxausti and Eros Capecchi- did not start the elite men's road race last Sunday.

    The World's re-match will be fuelled further as last year's Il Lombardia victor and runner-up in Florence, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), as well as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), look to make amends in Lombardy.

    With a parcours typified by multiple punchy climbs and technical descents, and with rain forecast for Sunday, Il Lombardia could prove to be a worlds re-run in every sense.

    The full Movistar line-up for Il Lombardia: Rui Costa, Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Andrey Amador, Jesús Herrada, Beñat Intxausti, Giovanni Visconti, Eros Capecchi

  • Cycling world stunned by Amy Dombroski's death

    Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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    October 04, 2013, 7:46 BST
    Cycling News

    Riders and teams Tweet their condolences

    Amy Dombroski's death after being hit by a truck has stunned her colleagues and friends within the sport. Teams and riders from all disciplines struggled to accept her death Thursday, not only mourning their fallen comrade but also commenting on the perils they all face on a daily basis. Dombroski died after colliding with a truck while motor-pacing near Baal, Belgium.

    Cyclingnews has collected the Tweets from across the cycling scene.

    Sven Nys: Tragic news always hurts so much. Just outside Baal fate struck. Rip Amy Dombroski.

    Bart Wellens: Terrible news! RIP Amy Dombroski .... Without words...

    Niels Albert: All my thoughts go to family, friends and colleagues of Amy. Terrible news. Wish we could have had the chance to see more from her :-(

    Kevin Pauwels: Rest in peace Amy Dombroski!

    Isabelle Nijs (wife of Sven Nys):Condolences to the parents, family and friends from #AmyDombroski. Terrible things do happen #everyparentsworstnightmare #unbelievable

    Liz Hatch: It's astonishing when you realize how fragile our lives are and how easily we take for granted that we will see tomorrow... Farewell Amy.

    Steve Chainel: Every day, tired of seeing and having to bow and say nothing against these idiots. Courage and condolences to Amy ... # horrible

    Cannondale Team: Rest In Peace @AmyDombroski - save cyclists!

    Zdenek Stybar: Damn it, what a bad news:( RIP #AmyDombroski

    Jelly Belly Cycling ‏team: Very bad news our thoughts go out to family and friends #AmyDombroski so sad


  • Boonen ready to come back better than ever

    Tom Boonen celebrates his first win of 2013
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    October 04, 2013, 9:55 BST
    Cycling News

    OPQS star back on the bike and in training

    Tom Boonen is back on the bike and getting ready to tackle the 2014 season. “The hunger is great,” he said. “I wish it was January already.”

    The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider has now recovered from the perineal cyst which caused him to end his season early. His last race was the Tour de Wallonnie in late July, where he won a stage for his only win of the season.

    “I'm pretty much back in training. Three days a week I train twice : in the morning in the gym and cycling in the afternoon,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “Currently I ride five times a week, in addition to a day of walking and a rest day.”

    He said that he was looking forward to meeting up with his teammates again in November. “You must remember that I have been out for two months.”

    Boonen, who turns 33 later this month, says “the plan” is to come back stronger than ever.

    “I made ​​a schedule for the next three months . Normally I have no time to focus on work in the gym.  Like every season I do some strength training, but to get real power you need three months. I have that time now. “I am working very hard, both my upper body and leg muscles.

    “The bike training will only become serious in November. I am now riding for only three hours.”

  • Ion Izagirre joins brother at Movistar in 2014

    Stage 16 winner Jon Izagirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) on the podium
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    October 04, 2013, 10:59 BST
    Cycling News

    Ventoso extends a year with Spanish squad

    Ion Izagirre will join his brother Gorka at Movistar in 2014. The Basque riders had been with Euskaltel-Euskadi for the last three years. It was earlier announced that Gorka would join the Spanish team. Movistar also said that Fran Ventoso extended his contract for another year.

    Ion, 24, turned pro with Euskaltel in 2011, where he rode with his 26-year-old brother. The Basque team is stopping at the end of this year.

    Movistar calls the younger Izagirre “one of the most promising tales in the international scene.” He brought in top 25 finishes in the Tour of Poland, Tirreno-Adriatico and the GP Plouay in his first year. He made his breakthrough in 2012, winning a stage in the Giro d'Italia as well as the time trial at the Vuela a Asturias.

    The 2013 season saw him finish second overall in the Tour of Poland, after wearing the leader's jersey for one stage. He was also fourth overall in the Tour Down Under, second in the Spanish national road championships and fourth in the time trial.

    Ventoso, 31, will be with the Spanish team for one more year. Although he didn't have any victories this season, the team noted that “25 victories in his palmares and more than ten top ten places this year are a guarantee that Ventoso can get back to success in 2014.”

  • Europcar's bikes stolen at EuroMetropole Tour

    Thomas Voeckler's (Europcar) Colnago C59 Italia is tucked in among the crowd at the Tour de France.
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    October 04, 2013, 11:21 BST
    Cycling News

    One of a series of thefts this year

    All of Team Europcar's bikes at the EuroMétropole Tour were stolen overnight. It was only the latest in a series of bike thefts this year. It was not known whether the team would start in today's second stage.

    Thieves took 18 bikes from the French Continental Team, Het Laatste Nieuws reported. They are said to be worth 10,000 euros a piece. The bikes were in a team truck in the parking lot of their hotel in Mont-Saint-Aubert.

    Thieves struck twice at the World Championships, taking the bikes of Russia and Denmark. In August, the bikes of Team Baku were stolen. The season started out with Garmin-Sharp's bikes being stolen at the Tour Méditerranéen in February. RadioShack-Leopard was the victim a month later, losing eight bikes at Three Days of West Flanders.

  • Contador happy to see the back of 2013 season

    Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) claimed his first one-day victory in the 2012 Milano-Torino.
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    October 04, 2013, 12:25 BST
    Cycling News

    "I consider Il Lombardia as my first race of 2014"

    Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) has admitted that he will be happy to see the back of a 2013 season in which he has landed just a single victory and fell short of the podium at his major objective, the Tour de France. The Spaniard lines up for his final race of the campaign at the Tour of Lombardy on Sunday, but he said that he was already looking ahead to next year.

    “I consider Il Lombardia to be my first race of 2014,” Contador told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I want to shelve this 2013 season as soon as possible. It’s been a strange season. It began with some errors in my race programme and then it continued with too many commitments.

    “I’ll give you an example. The week after Lombardy, I have a lot of commitments with sponsors – on Monday, I’ll be in Monza, Tuesday in Zurich, Wednesday in Madrid, Thursday in Paris and Friday in London. More like a ping pong ball than a cyclist.”

    Contador has already confirmed that he will not participate in the Tour de San Luis next January, so as to arrive fresher at the Tour de France. Even allowing for his heavy early-season race programme and off-the-bike commitments this year, however, he still reached July convinced that he was on the right track to challenge for the yellow jersey.

    “In spite of that, I trained very well for the Tour,” Contador said. “The tests told me that I was in great form and I was doing my best-ever times on climbs I use as a reference. But as soon as I arrived in Corsica, my sensations were different. Who knows what happened to me.”

    Looking ahead to the Tour of Lombardy, Contador expects some of the main protagonists from last week’s world championships road race to be...