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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 13, 2012

Date published:
August 13, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Vaughters admits to doping during career

    Garmin-Sharp team boss Jonathan Vaughters speaks to the press prior to the start of Tour de France stage 5.
    Article published:
    August 12, 2012, 2:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Winning isn’t possible if anti-doping regulations aren’t enforced

    In an up front and honestly written piece in The New York Times, Jonathan Vaughters, the manager of Garmin-Sharp team and a voice in the anti-doping movement, has come clean about his past life as professional cyclist. It’s something he’s not proud of but with the pressure of a dream to make the ‘big time’ he was unable to fight the desire to get "that last 2 percent".

    "The choice to kiss your childhood dream goodbye or live with a dishonest heart is horrid and tearing. I’ve been there, and I know. I chose to lie over killing my dream. I chose to dope. I am sorry for that decision, and I deeply regret it. The guilt I felt led me to retire from racing and start a professional cycling team where that choice was taken out of the equation through rigorous testing and a cultural shift that emphasized racing clean above winning," Vaughters wrote.

    Vaughters has long stood by his stance against doping since his retirement, enforcing strict policies within his team and being vocal with the general public about his thoughts and ideas on how to fight doping within cycling. His opinions have always been projected through his team and his belief that it is possible to win clean despite his "colourful past".

    "The answer is not to teach young athletes that giving up lifelong dreams is better than giving in to cheating. The answer is to never give them the option. The only way to eliminate this choice is to put our greatest efforts into [the] anti-doping enforcement."

    Despite the tough line against doping in sport, Vaughters has welcomed those who have cheated in the past into his...

  • Chaves showing strength of Colombia-Coldeportes in Italy

    Johan Chaves (Colombia-Coldeportes) wins the sprint at GP Camaiore
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    August 12, 2012, 6:05 BST
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    Former Tour de l’Avenir winner bests Pellizotti in Camaiore

    Last year’s winner of the Tour de l’Avenir - the ‘Tour of the Future’ for U23 riders - Johan Chaves (Colombia-Coldeportes) has continued his strong showing in the elite ranks when he won the GP Città di Camaiore on Saturday. Chaves was part of a final five-man group that escaped on the final Monte Pitoro climb before winning the sprint at the end of the 199km race.

    "In the final sprint I moved in the wake of Pellizotti, who hit out early. I came out along the barriers and moved ahead. I made a good sprint, but Chernetckii was really close, and I was not sure to have won it right afterwards. But it panned out well," said Chaves at the finish line.

    The 22-year-old took the victory ahead of a strong field including Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) and Dominic Pozzovivo (Colnago-CF Inox). He relegated Sergey Chernetskiy (Itera-Katusha) and Italian champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) to the lower spots on the podium. It is the young rider’s second win of the season after taking stage 5 at the Vuelta a Burgos.

    Colombia-Coldeportes team manager Claudio Corti was elated to get the team’s first one-day race victory. The manner in which Chaves took the victory was also impressive, as he remained calm during the frantic final. His overall victory in l’Avenir last season was just a sample of what this young rider is capable of.

    "It was another very good day for us, we are very proud of the excellent display of...

  • Tuft nets another win for Orica-GreenEdge at Eneco

    Svein Tuft (GreenEdge)
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    August 12, 2012, 8:03 BST
    Cycling News

    Canadian TT champion ready to defend lead

    Svein Tuft is known for his dependable ability to sit at the front of the peloton, ticking over a steady pace while his team leader’s sit comfortable in the bunch but he’s no simple work-horse. He’s one of Orica-GreenEdge’s most trusted front-men and yet it’s his ability in the time trial that nets him and his team the most success. The win during Eneco Tour's stage six TT is his third individual victory of the year.

    "This morning when I did a little warm-up, I knew it was going to be a good ride. With how good I felt, I knew if I put everything down that I had, I could be in contention for a top three on the stage," said Tuft.

    He’s shown his strength against the clock already this year when his team won the TTT at Tirreno-Adriatico’s while recently winning the Canadian national TT championships and the TT at Tour de Beauce. Tuft was part of the five riders who, earlier in the week crossed the line to win the stage 2 TTT. It was the team's win during stage 2 that set him up to also take the overall lead from Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) heading into the final stage.

    "When I came across the line and saw my time, I was pretty surprised," said Tuft. "I was hoping to have a really good time trial, but I didn’t expect to be in the leader’s jersey at this point in the race. It’s a great feeling," he said.

    The out and back course suited the strength of Tuft who had performed an all-important reconnaissance...

  • Katusha to send strong team to San Sebastián

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) overall points winner in the 2012 Giro d'Italia
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    August 12, 2012, 11:35 BST
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    Moreno, Rodríguez and Florencio all in the squad

    Katusha have announced a strong squad for next week's Clásica de San Sebastián in northern Spain. The one-day race is part of the WorldTour and for some it will serve as a high profile warm-up for the final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, which starts just four days later, in Pamplona, on August 18.

    The race has been a happy hunting ground for local riders in recent years, with six of the last eight winners coming from Spain. One of those riders is Katusha's Xavier Florencio, who won the race in 2006 in the colours of Bouygues Télécom. He will be racing this year with the Russian outfit alongside his compatriots Daniel Moreno, who won the recent Vuelta a Burgos and won two stages at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and Joaquim Rodríguez, winner of this season's La Fleche Wallone and runner-up in the Giro d'Italia.

    The 234km race is one of the highlights of the cycling calendar in Spain and features the fearsome Alto de Jaizkibel in the closing stages.

    Katusha squad for the 2012 Clásica de San Sebastián: Xavier Florencio, Petr Ignatenko, Joan Horrach, Alberto Losada,
    Daniel Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez, Yuriy Trofimov and Angel Vicioso.

  • KOM battle hots up at Tour of Utah

    Ben Jacques-Maynes is one of the main men for Bissell Pro Cycling.
    Article published:
    August 12, 2012, 13:19 BST
    Pat Malach

    Jacques-Maynes and Duggan slug it out for glory

    In all his years of racing, Bissell Pro Cycling's Ben Jacques-Maynes has never taken home the King of the Mountains jersey in a major stage race, but the 34-year-old from Corralitos, Calif., has his sights set on the Ski Utah climber's jersey at the 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which ends Sunday in Park City.

    Jacques-Maynes took the jersey on the opening day and held it until stage 3, when US Pro Road Race champion Timmy Duggan infiltrated a daylong breakaway and took it away from him. But Jacques-Maynes struck back during Saturday's penultimate stage, getting into another breakaway and earning the jersey back with a six-point lead over Duggan.

    “At Bissell we're pretty opportunistic,” he said. “We try to ride the breakaways, go for stage wins and wear the jerseys. So it eventuated that coming into today I was a point out, and it was a viable option to go get it.”

    And get it he did. Jacques-Maynes lit out for the first KOM of the day on the category 4 Jordanelle climb that came just 19 km into the stage, taking maximum points in front of Colombian Javier Gomez Pineda (EPM-UNE) and Liquigas-Cannondale's Italian Valerio Agnoli. The four-point grab put him ahead of Duggan, but the US national champion sprang up to try and take back the jersey over the category 1 ascent of Alpine Loop and the category 2 Suncrest climb.

    With a breakaway of five riders up the road, the most points either Duggan or Jacques-Maynes could score at the top of Alpine Loop was four for sixth or two four seventh. Despite the slim pickings at the Summit near Sundance resort, the pair fought hard for the remaining scraps.

    “Duggan went hard over the top of Alpine Loop,” Jacques-Maynes said. “And I had to dig deep to hold his wheel on that, but I...

  • Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank reveal Vuelta a España squad

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) is building towards the Vuelta a Espana.
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    August 12, 2012, 16:03 BST
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    Riis says "very strong team" will support Contador

    Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank owner and manager Bjarne Riis has revealed his team's squad for the forthcoming Vuelta a España, which starts next weekend. Spanish star Alberto Contador, the winner of the race in 2008, will lead the team in what will be his first grand tour after his return from a six-month doping-related suspension.

    Contador is currently racing at the Eneco Tour, where he lies in tenth place in the overall general classification with one stage left to go. It is his first competitive action since February and he is using the race as a stepping stone to the Vuelta, sharpening his fitness and competitive instincts.

    "The sole objective [at the Vuelta] is to win the general classification with Alberto Contador," Riis told the team website. "Alberto has shown strength back at the Eneco Tour and has regained match fitness. He is ready to win this final grand tour of the season.

    "The selection of our squad for the Vuelta is obviously closely in line with that clear goal. We have tried to put together a group of riders who can help Alberto throughout the race, both on the flat stages and in the mountains. There is also plenty of experience in the squad in the grand tour context. I think we have chosen a very strong team.

    "I believe that Alberto has a great chance of winning the Vuelta, but we are certainly up against some tough opponents and strong teams. I predict an exciting race. The potential for both drama and entertainment are clearly present on the Spanish roads."

    Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank squad for the 2012 Vuelta a España: Alberto Contador, Nicki Sorensen, Matteo Tosatto, Rafal Majka, Sergio Paulinho, Bruno Pires, Benjamin Noval,...

  • Leipheimer commends Bontrager-Livestrong's efforts in Utah

    Ian Boswell (Bontrager-Livestrong) goes after the leaders on the final climb
    Article published:
    August 12, 2012, 19:45 BST
    Pat Malach

    Boswell and Dombrowski enjoying a good race

    Levi Leipheimer, the seasoned veteran of multiple Grand Tours, always knew he was going to have a very difficult time trying to add a third consecutive Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah title to his palmares. Winning never gets easier, he said at the opening press conference for the six-day race that ends Sunday in Park City. And he specifically named the up-and-coming generation of young riders as one of his biggest hurdles.

    "The next generation is not just knocking at the door, but I think they've kind of kicked the door down," Leipheimer said. "You saw the Tour de France this year with Tejay [van Garderen], for example, and Joe [Dombrowski] at California, so it's kind of hard to keep that door shut these days."

    That door my have been kicked entirely off the hinges Saturday on the climb to Snowbird Ski Area and Summer Resort during the penultimate stage in Utah. Leipheimer finished fifth after Bontrager-Livestrong riders Dombrowski and Ian Boswell dropped him in the final kilometers before the finish. BMC's Johann Tschopp won the 163km stage in four hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds. Team NetApp's Leopold Koenig came in next, followed closely by the two development team riders.

    The day's result was just one more in a long string of successes for the Texas-based development team riders who have more than proved their mettle in some of the country's biggest races this year.

    "It's amazing," said team director Axel Merckx after the podium ceremony at Snowbird. "I always say that two years ago we had an exceptional team with Jesse Sergent, Taylor Phinney, Alex Dowsett and those guys. I think this year we've at least equaled that because we are racing bigger events...

  • Van Den Broeck to lead Lotto-Belisol at Vuelta

    Van Den Broeck is happy with his fourth place at the end of the Tour de France in Paris
    Article published:
    August 13, 2012, 2:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Hansen to start his third grand tour of the year

    After a successful Tour de France campaign Jurgen Van Den Broeck will head to the start Vuelta a España where he will lead his Lotto-Belisol team in the final grand tour of the year. The 29-year-old will head to the Vuelta aiming at the general classification and stage wins - something he has yet to achieve this year.

    "After his successful Tour de France, Jurgen will head to Spain without pressure," according to his team website.

    Van Den Broeck missed out on the podium at the Tour again this year, finishing in fourth place and equaling his personal best result from 2010. The Belgian will no doubt seek to improve on his eighth-place from last season.

    Australia’s Adam Hansen will line-up for his third grand tour of the year but on this occasion he won’t have the job of assisting Lotto’s sprint leader André Greipel. The ‘German Giant’ will not be at the start when the race begins in Pamplona on Saturday 18 August. Hansen is a versatile rider for the Spanish grand tour and was one of Van Den Broeck’s most trusted domestiques during this year’s Tour.

    Bart De Clerq, Olivier Kaisen and Gianni Meersman have already ridden the Giro d’Italia this year while the four remaining riders will start their first grand tour of the season. Meersman has the potential for a stage win and excels in tough finales. He has already taken two victories this year including a stage at Paris-Nice. The Belgian has recently come off an impressive run at the Tour de Wallonie where he...