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First Edition Cycling News, July 24, 2008

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July 24, 2008, 1:00 BST
  • Stage video highlights and podcasts

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    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    Just can't get enough of the Tour? Well fear not because Cyclingnews has expanded its coverage once...

    Just can't get enough of the Tour? Well fear not because Cyclingnews has expanded its coverage once again this year to bring you video highlights of every stage plus daily podcasts courtesy of Bikeradar.com and Procycling magazine.

    Our video comes directly from Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), and will be online shortly after the finish of each stage. We've also got highlights from classic Tours of the past so click here to see the full archive.

    Check out the podcasts page in our Tour de France section for a full round-up of news and views from the Tour.

  • Leipheimer to host online video Q&A session

    Levi Leipheimer
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    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    Team Astana's Levi Leipheimer will appear in a live online video Q&A session on Thursday, July 24 at...

    Team Astana's Levi Leipheimer will appear in a live online video Q&A session on Thursday, July 24 at 12:30pm ET (US). The two-time Tour of California winner and US National Champion will answer questions posted by readers about racing, training, or something else entirely.

    Hosted by Cyclingnews and The Road Diaries and brought to you by SRAM, Trek and Astana, you can post questions to be considered for the Q&A session in advance or tune in on Thursday to participate in a live chat session.

    Post your video or written question in advance of the broadcast. The hosts reserve the right to remove any submissions that we consider inappropriate.

  • New Zealanders to battle at Auckland 1000

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    July 24, 2008, 0:00 BST
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    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    A clutch of the New Zealand's top domestic-based road cyclists will battle it out at the Pro-Velo...

    A clutch of the New Zealand's top domestic-based road cyclists will battle it out at the Pro-Velo Auckland 1000, the opening race in BikeNZ's National Road Race Points series at Karaka on Sunday. Gordon McCauley and Jason Allen, who rode on the same pro-team in England last year will be the mainland's top representatives, while North Island honours are likely to be upheld by Aaron Strong, Karl Murray and Jeremy Yates.

    McCauley, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in the time trial at Melbourne two and a half years ago won the inaugural Auckland 1000 in 2005 and is a multi-time national champion. Allen, who was on the final short list for the Olympics track squad, also rode at Melbourne and while he is better known as a trackie, will be one rider to watch if the 125km race comes down to a bunch sprint. Murray won the race two years ago while former junior road world champion Yates won both the Auckland and Club national titles last year. Meshy Holt of Te Awamutu, time trial and road national champion, is the hot favourite for the 78km women's event.

    This is the first of 11 rounds in the New Zealand national series which will finish in April of 2009.

  • KBS / Medifast heads to France for pair of races

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    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team is heading to France this weekend to tackle...

    The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team is heading to France this weekend to tackle two UCI stage races and continue building the squad's international racing program started last year. The races, both ranked UCI 2.2, include Kreiz Breizh Elites in Brittany, on July 26-28 and Le Tour des Pyrenees on August 5-10.

    The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast first raced internationally last year at the FBD Insurance Ras in Ireland and the Vuelta a Chihuahua in Mexico. The roster for both upcoming races includes Justin Spinelli, who raced solo a couple of weeks ago at the Fitchburg Classic and still took overall second place on the GC, plus Jonny Sundt, Nick Waite, Dan Bowman and Andrew Bajadali.

    "The team is very excited for these two great events in France," said performance director, Jonas Carney. "Spinelli, Baj and Bowman have been climbing really well all season so we're looking forward to seeing how they fare against some really strong European racers. It will be a great way to prepare for the difficult races at the end of the US schedule."

    "We are beginning to work hard at building our international schedule," said Carney. "This year we will do these two events in France, return to Chihuahua in the fall, and finish our season with one more trip to France. It's our full intention and plan to use this experience to then expand our international schedule even further in 2009."

    Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast for Kreiz Breizh Elites & Tour des Pyrenees: Andrew Bajadali, Dan Bowman, Justin Spinelli, Jonny Sundt, Nick Waite.

  • LPR presents Petacchi

    Petacchi previously rode for Milram and was their winningest rider
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    July 24, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    LPR Brakes held an official presentation Wednesday morning for its new rider Alessandro Petacchi,...

    LPR Brakes held an official presentation Wednesday morning for its new rider Alessandro Petacchi, who was signed in early July. The Italian sprinter will return to racing effective September 1. He has two objectives: the Tour of Great Britain and Paris Tours.

    Already looking to 2009, Petacchi's longer term objectives include Milano San Remo, Tirreno, the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. "Returning to racing this year is already a beautiful victory," said Petacchi to www.tuttobiciweb.it. He was welcomed by new team-mates and team support staff at the start of stage one of the Brixia Tour.

    "When I heard that Petacchi was negotiating with the LPR, I was just very pleased," said Danilo Di Luca, "not only because we are friends. His arrival is very important, since he is the strongest sprinter in the world. For the rest of this year, we will be even stronger with him. For next year having Petacchi will be an advantage for me, too, because he is a man who assures 15 to 20 wins per year so we will have a more relaxed first part of the season. He can only help the team be stronger."

    Petacchi spoke highly of his interactions with the team from the time they first spoke through his signing and Team Manager Fabio Bordonali called Petacchi's signing "icing on the cake".

    Petacchi was suspended from racing though August 31 after being found positive for excess use of Salbutamol (asthma drug) during the 2007 Giro d'Italia. (For more details of the Petacchi read Innocently Guilty – the Petacchi case.) He previously rode for Team Milram.

  • Ballan eyes last two chances: Saint Étienne and Montluçon

    Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) went too soon
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    Cycling News

    By Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez With the Tour de France's high-mountains over, Italy's Alessandro...

    By Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    With the Tour de France's high-mountains over, Italy's Alessandro Ballan eyes his last two chances for success – Thursday's stage to Saint Étienne and Friday's to Montluçon.

    "Tomorrow and the day after are both days that suit me and I will try in both of them," said Ballan, a 28 year-old racer for Team Lampre, to Cyclingnews.

    Ballan, winner of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Hamburg Cyclassics last year, had his closest chance in this year's Tour on stage 11 to Foix. He made the escape group and contended in a group of three for the sprint only to come up with third.

    Thursday and Friday are Ballan's only chance as Saturday is a time trial and Sunday usually ends in a bunch sprint.

    "I am going well and I hope to at least have another chance to make an escape to try to battle for a win. Tomorrow will be very trying because there is not one metre of flat. We will see who comes up and who is in condition."

  • Pereiro undergoes operation

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    July 24, 2008, 0:00 BST
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    Gregor Brown in Alpe d'Huez

    Team Caisse d'Epargne's Oscar Pereiro underwent surgery after crashing during stage 15 of the Tour...

    Team Caisse d'Epargne's Oscar Pereiro underwent surgery after crashing during stage 15 of the Tour de France and withdrawing from the race. Pereiro fractured his left humerus.

    Dr. Martinez Sayanes conducted the operation on Wednesday morning at a hospital in Vigo, Spain, where he affixed a plate to Pereiro's arm. His team reported the operation was "successful".

    The 2006 Tour champion had a horrific crash on the Col Agnel's descent, 80 kilometres into the stage, which saw Pereiro hit a barrier and fall nearly 10 meters onto the road below. He had hoped to target the Vuelta a España, but will now be out of competition for up to two months.

  • CONI summons Riccò and Piepoli

    Leonardo Piepoli is one of two former Saunier Duval-Scott riders summoned by CONI
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    Cycling News

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has called former Saunier Duval-Scott racers Riccardo Riccò and...

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has called former Saunier Duval-Scott racers Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli for meetings with its anti-doping prosecutor. Both were fired from their team for "doping practices" during the ongoing Tour de France.

    Riccò is scheduled to appear on July 30 at 12:30 pm regarding his positive "A" sample test and subsequent judicial activity following stage four at the Tour de France. After his positive test for third generation form of the blood boosting drug EPO, Riccò was fired by his team. He has denied using EPO.

    Piepoli has been called to appear on July 29 at 11:30 am to report on recent news relating to him. Although no positive doping control was announced for Piepoli, the winner of stage 10, he confessed to his directeur sportif Joxean Fernandez Matxin to using EPO.

    No positive doping control has been announced yet for Piepoli, but the team's manager, Mauro Gianetti, pulled the entire squad out of the race.

  • Saunier Duval ends, Scott continues sponsorship

    Saunier-Duval riders at the Tour de France before the team withdrew
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    July 24, 2008, 0:00 BST
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    Laura Weislo

    The riders of the Saunier Duval - Scott team had a day of ups and downs. After Saunier Duval...

    The riders of the Saunier Duval - Scott team had a day of ups and downs. After Saunier Duval announced that it was withdrawing its sponsorship effective immediately, co-sponsor Scott stepped forward and committed to sponsoring the squad for the rest of the 2008 season.

    The news follows the stage four positive doping test from Riccardo Riccò and the confession of doping by team-mate Leonardo Piepoli as well as the subsequent withdrawal of the entire team from the Tour de France before stage 12. Both riders had won stages in this year's French Grand Tour. Two days ago, the remaining riders on the team issued a letter to sponsors condemning the actions of their former team-mates and requesting continued support.

    Saunier Duval pulled out in response to the doping incidents involving the team and the company said it had never put any pressure on its riders to achieve results according to the AFP.

    Scott, the bicycle sponsor of the team, said it thought that the team and its managers "did everything they could" to avoid the consequences of what were individual choices by members of the team.

    "To leave the team and seek for other sponsorship opportunities would be the easiest thing for us to do," read a statement signed by Pascal Ducrot, Vice-President of Scott Sports. "However, we trust the team's young riders and staff. They do not have to pay for the mistakes made by individual riders, and this is why we've decided to stand by the team. We'll continue to support Mauro Gianetti's men so that they can go on competing this season.

    "We consider this tough situation as a chance to struggle against doping and we'll ask for anti-doping tests to be stricter in the future. All the riders in the team have signed the so-called biological passport, and we believe this is great a step forward...