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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, October 5, 2012

Date published:
October 05, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Vaughters will not seek AIGCP re-election

    Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Sharp)
    Article published:
    October 04, 2012, 20:30 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Leaving reunited teams organisation for MBA programme

    The International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) will need a new president as of March 2013 after Jonathan Vaughters confirmed that he would not stand for re-election once his current term expires.

    Vaughters was elected to the post in 2009, succeeding Patrick Lefevere and a shorter stint of leadership from Eric Boyer. However Vaughters, who will chair his last meeting as the head of the AIGCP on October 23 has chosen to focus on the running of his Garmin-Sharp team and the commencement of his executive MBA programme at Denver University.

    Vaughters’s tenure as president has seen the AIGCP fight on a number of issues from rider pay, race radios and revenue sharing between the UCI, race organisers and the teams.

    In 2009 the AIJCP was falling apart. A number of teams had left to the association after a failed boycott at the 2008 edition of Paris-Nice. The lack of subsequent team unity opened the doors to a flood of judgements and rule changes with no checks or voice from the riders or teams. The ASO and the UCI signed an agreement regarding invitations of WorldTour for the world's biggest races, while race radio usage was voted on during the 2009 Worlds, again with no say from the peloton.

    "When I started the AIGCP was being dissolved," Vaughters told Cyclingnews.

    "Less than half the teams were members at that time, many has walked out through frustration. It was a dysfunctional organisation. Since then we’ve got all the major teams back into the AIGCP, we’ve had a functional board of directors and the issues we’ve pushed forward in cycling such as the radio use, worked. The unity of teams...

  • Video: Champions comment on 2013 Giro d'Italia

    The map of the 2013 Giro d'Italia
    Article published:
    October 04, 2012, 22:01 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Hesjedal, Nibali, Cav, Contador and Purito weigh in

    At the presentation of the 2013 Giro d'Italia route on Sunday in Milan, the race director Michele Acquarone said of the Italian Grand Tour, "It's a love story between fans and their champions."

    In this video, five champion cyclists who've animated recent Giri comment on what makes the race special as well as analyse pivotal stages of next year's edition.

    Included in the video are four general classification contenders - defending champion Ryder Hesjedal, 2008 champion Alberto Contador plus podium finishers Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodriguez - as well as perennial stage winner and points classification hopeful Mark Cavendish.

    Contador, Rodriguez and Hesjedal all point to the penultimate stage that finishes on Tre Cime di Lavaredo as the Giro's critical day while Cavendish speaks about his goal of adding a first Giro points classification jersey to his palmares after coming so close in 2012.

  • Van Avermaet looking to repeat at Paris-Tours

    Paris-Tours winner Greg Van Avermaet is congratulated by a teammate.
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 2:09 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Belgian still seeking first win of 2012

    BMC's Greg Van Avermaet has been in the mix for the entire year, but is still looking for his first win of 2012. The 27-year-old Belgian has a chance to turn his season around with a repeat victory in this weekend's Paris-Tours, but is still recovering from being sick.

    Van Avermaet caught a cold in the dismal conditions at Il Lombardia last weekend and skipped Tuesday's Binche-Tournai-Binche to recover.

    "I'm recovering well from my sickness," Van Avermaet said. "I went out Wednesday for a few hours and felt much better than I did Monday and Tuesday. But I still don't have the same power in my legs yet."

    Van Avermaet has shown his form to be good at last month's GP de Québec and GP de Wallonie; he finished second in both races. He's been tantalisingly close to the podium in a number of races this year: fourth in the Tour of Flanders and fifth in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Strade Bianche, and Brabantse Pijl, but has yet to step up to the top step of the dais.

    BMC directeur sportif Rik Verbrugghe thinks an aggressive finish will be good for Van Avermaet or his teammate Alessandro Ballan. "We'll have a real offensive team with Alessandro and Greg, who can both do something good in the final," he said. "And if it comes down to a real field sprint, we have Adam [Blythe]."

    BMC Racing Team for Paris-Tours Roster: Alessandro Ballan, Adam Blythe, Brent Bookwalter, Yannick Eijssen, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schär, Greg Van Avermaet, Larry Warbasse
     

  • Witnesses called in Rasmussen case against Rabobank

    Embattled Tour de France leader Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank)
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 5:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Long-running court battle resumes in November

    After the Arnhem court reached a stalemate in the case between Michael Rasmussen and his former team Rabobank in June this year, two witnesses will be called to give evidence on November 12.

    The Dane is seeking damages of 5.6 million euro after being pulled from the 2007 Tour de France while in the yellow jersey after a series of whereabouts violations. He was subsequently sacked by Rabobank.

    The basis is Rasmussen's suit is that he claims that the team was aware he was in Italy when he was supposed to be in Mexico from July 3, and because of this, Rabobank's dismissal was unwarranted. Rabobank's counterclaim is that they were unaware of the discrepancy until July 25.

    De Telegraaf reports that the witnesses have not so far been named.

    Rasmussen was given a back-dated ban by the Monaco Cycling Federation mid-2008, which was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2009 following his appeal. The climbing specialist returned to racing later that year. He currently rides for Christina Watches - Onfone.

     

  • Team Downunder has two bikes stolen at Tour of Tasmania

    Two Avanti Quantums just like this were stolen from East Devonport on Thursday evening
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 6:20 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Local police investigating as Budget Forklifts lend a hand

    Two riders from the Gold Coast-based Team Downunder had their bikes stolen overnight at the Tour of Tasmania, forcing one to abandon the National Road Series, Scody Cup race.

    The team sent out a plea around 7am Friday morning on their facebook page after waking up to discover their trailer had been broken in to with two Avanti Qunatum team bikes, still sporting race transponders and race numbers 82 and 84 had been stolen from their hotel in East Devonport.

    The goodwill of the Budget Forklifts team, who gave Jayden Copp a replacement bike meant that his race wasn't over, but the other rider affected, Ben Cutajar was not as fortunate pulling out before Friday morning's fifth stage in Ulverstone.

    For a small budget outfit like Team Downunder, the loss is a big one with a combined total of around $26,000 worth of equipment. Tasmanian Police are investigating the matter.

    Team owner and co-sports director Garry Elliott told The Mercury that he was hopeful the missing bikes would be recovered.

    "The punter off the street wouldn't know, he would probably go and try and sell it at the pub for $100, and that's what the police have said," Elliott explained.

    "They are pretty confident they will turn up today, but if they have been taken to ride they might turn up in a month or something like that.

    "We are from the Gold Coast and the population on the Gold Coast is nearly the size of the whole of Tasmania, if anything goes missing there word of mouth goes around and we get on top of it and find things.

    "I'm hoping the same will happen here in Tassie."

     

  • Fränk Schleck's next hearing at Luxembourg NADA delayed one week

    Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) in Liege for the start of stage 1 at the Tour de France.
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 8:23 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Procedure to continue on October 15

    Fränk Schleck's hearing before the Luxembourg Anti-doping Agency has been put back one week and will now be hold on Monday, October 15, the agency has announced. There was no reason given for the delay.

    Schleck tested positive for the diuretic Xipamid during the Tour de France, and the B-sample confirmed the positive. He has denied taking any illegal substance. The UCI sent the case to the Luxembourg national federation, which passed it on to the anti-doping agency.

    Schleck had a hearing before the NADA's disciplinary committee at the end of August. According to wort.lu, the next hearing will continue with Schleck's defense, and it is not known when a decision might be announced.

  • Degenkolb has a place on the Argos-Shimano 2013 Tour team

    John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) finished the Vuelta with five stage wins
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 9:04 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Team manager says sprinter “belongs in the Tour”

    There may be a sprinters' showdown at the Tour de France 2013, but within one team. John Degenkolb has been assured of a place on the Argos-Shimano squad for the Tour next year.

    “A rider like John belongs in the Tour. This season he has shown the level he can do,” team manager Rudi Kemna told nusport.nl.

    The German was not selected for the Tour this year, as he was deemed too young and inexperienced. “He's only 23 and with the Olympics and the Vuelta on his program, that was more than enough.”

    While he wasn't able to do anything in the Olympics, he made the most of his second appearance at the Vuelta a Espana, winning five stages. He also finished fourth in the World championships road race.

    Degenkolb most recently won the GP d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais and will led the team at Paris-Tours on Saturday. “"The final of the course is quite difficult and that it is good", Kemna said. "We go there with a good team in which he plays a central role."

    He now has 12 wins on the season, which puts him one behind is closest rival, teammate and fellow German sprinter Marcel Kittel. Kittel was the team captain at the Tour de France, but knee and stomach problems forced him to abandon on the fifth stage without any wins.

  • Goos with Rabobank for two years

    It's hard to travel incognito when your team truck is wrapped like this.
    Article published:
    October 05, 2012, 11:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dutch youngster moves up from Continental team

    Marc Goos is the next young Dutch rider to make the transition from the Rabobank Continental Team to the WorldTour team. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the pro team, the squad announced Thursday.

    Goos rode for Cycling Team Jo Piels in 2010 before joinign the Rabobank Continental Team in 2011.  He has raced as a stagiaire for the WorldTour outfit in both 2011 and 2012. His biggest win was the overall title in the Vuelta a Leon in 2011.

    "Marc is a great talent, who already has a lot to show,” sports director Nico Verhoeven said on the team's website. “He can time trial and he can last a long time in the mountains. That's what we need. With Grischa Niermann stopping, other riders will take over. With Goos we have someone that will eventually be able to do so.”

    Goos was “very happy” with his prospects. "This is a dream come true. That I can make my hobby into my profession is amazing, what's more at the highest level. I'm joining a team with lots of experienced and good riders, which is very good for my development.”