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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 6, 2012

Date published:
August 06, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • RadioShack announces Utah and Eneco teams

    Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan)
    Article published:
    August 04, 2012, 11:29 BST
    Cycling News

    Horner leads team in the US

    RadioShack has announced its line-ups for both the Eneco Tour and the Tour of Utah. As expected the American WorldTour team has selected a strong US contingent for Utah, with Chris Horner and former US national champion Matthew Busche set to lead. They will be supported by George Bennett, Ben King, Joost Posthuma, Thomas Rohregger, Jens Voigt and Oliver Zaugg.

    The six day event kicks off on August 7 with a 211 kilometre stage around Ogden. The race distance has been increased from 2011 and along with 37,000 vertical feet of climbing, the race includes a new road race on the final day in Park City, via the summit of Empire Pass.

    Defending champion and former RadioShack rider Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has already announced that he will ride.

    The Eneco Tour, in which Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff-Bank) returns to competition, starts on August 6 and sees RadioShack line up with a diverse squad.

    While Andy Schleck continues his injury rehabilitation, his brother Frank deals with the consequences of his Tour positive and Jakob Fuglsang is held from racing, the team will be looking for results from Tony Gallopin, Linus Gerdemann, and Markel Irizar. The full line-up includes Jan Bakelants, Ben Hermans, Giacomo Nizzolo, Nelson Oliveira & Robert Wagner.

    Eneco Tour (Ned/Bel) – UCI WorldTour (August 6-12)
    Riders: Jan Bakelants, Tony Gallopin, Linus Gerdemann, Ben Hermans, Markel Irizar, Giacomo Nizzolo, Nelson Oliveira & Robert Wagner

    Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah (USA) – UCI 2.1 (August 7-12)
    Riders: George Bennett, Matthew Busche, Chris Horner, Ben King, Joost Posthuma, Thomas Rohregger, Jens Voigt & Oliver Zaugg

  • Qatar closes in on 2016 road world championship slot

    The sprinters fight over the crest of the rise
    Article published:
    August 04, 2012, 17:10 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Official announcement to be made next month

    Cyclingnews understands that Qatar is on course to be awarded the bid for the 2016 UCI road world championships. The sport's governing body is set to make a public announcement next month, at the Worlds in Limburg, Holland, in which they will announce the winning bid.

    A source close to the UCI told Cyclingnews that Qatar is now the only bid left in the race and that the Qatari delegation pressed for an exclusive agreement that would rule out any competition. The governing body's decision and the dates for the event have yet to be agreed upon but there are still finer points to be confirmed before a full agreement is reached.

    "There is no other candidate for 2016, only Qatar," the source said. "Qatar and the UCI agreed to secure an exclusive application. The date might be delayed to avoid the heat but it's moving ahead."

    Cyclingnews contacted the UCI and they said that although Qatar's candidacy had been received and discussed, a contract had not yet been signed.

  • Pic rejoins women's peloton after nearly three years of retirement

    Women's podium (L-R): Lauren Tamayo (Team Tibco), Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light) and Brooke Miller (Team Tibco)
    Article published:
    August 04, 2012, 21:20 BST
    Pat Malach

    Colavita/espnW director suits up at Tour of Elk Grove

    It didn't take long for retired, six-time US criterium champion Tina Pic to jump from her director's seat in the team car back into the fray of the women's peloton. After stepping away from competition following the 2009 season, Pic is lining up this weekend with her Colavita/espnW Pro Cycling Team at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove in Suburban Chicago.

    The three-stage race started Friday with a 7.25 km time trial and continues for the women Saturday with a 60-minute criterium. The Tour of Elk Grove concludes Sunday with a 120 km circuit race.

    Pic, 46, broke out of nearly three years of retirement at July's Exergy Twilight Criterium in Boise, and she did it with panache, placing fourth in her first race in nearly three years behind Kristin McGrath (Exergy-Twenty12), Alison Powers (Now & Novartis for MS) and current US criterium champion Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Exergy-Twenty12). A recent move from Atlanta to Hailey, Idaho, put Pic in proximity of the Boise race, and some friends persuaded her to give it a go after a few impromptu motorpacing sessions.

    "I just jumped in, and I was pretty nervous," Pic said Friday as she got ready to tackle the opening time trial at Elk Grove. "And I'm pretty nervous again. Because I'm not very fit. I haven't been training a lot."

    One of the most accomplished cyclists in the pro peloton, Pic won virtually every major criterium in North America over her 15-year career as well as the overall US Speedweek Criterium Series title. She also won two gold medals in the road race at the Pan American Games and raced with the US team at six world championships.

    Pic served as co-director of Colavita's women's pro team in 2010 with Rachel Heal and advised the US National Team at several European races this spring. She returned to the...

  • White defends Evans' selection in Australian Olympic Team

    Matt White and Cadel Evans talk after a training ride in Surrey, England
    Article published:
    August 05, 2012, 0:05 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Team director says Australia rode a tactically sound race

    The days following the road cycling program at the London Olympic Games has unearthed many questions regarding Australia's performance which netted a sixth place for Stuart O'Grady in the road race, and also for Michael Rogers in the individual time trial. Team director Matt White remains steadfast in his defence of the five-man team, four of which rode in Beijing.

    Was the selection of Cadel Evans a mistake?

    The Australian team for the Olympic Games was named on June 25. The 2011 Tour de France winner became ill mid-way through his title defence and struggled against rock-solid Bradley Wiggins and his Sky team.

    It would unusual for anyone to finish the Tour de France and for them not to be suffering from some degree of fatigue. White admits that Evans, along with the rest of the team were tired following the three week grand tour.

    "We sat down and spoke with him on the Monday and the Tuesday and he was quite confident that he would be ready to contribute in the role that we needed him to on the Saturday," White told Cyclingnews from London.

    Cycling Australia had nominated Luke Durbridge, Heinrich Haussler, Mathew Hayman or Mark Renshaw to come into the team should there be a withdrawal and White kept in contact with the riders throughout the week before the race to keep them on stand-by. A decision had to be made on the final line-up in advance of 48 hours prior to the race start in The Mall.

    "Once the team has been picked for the Olympic Games the riders then have to pull themselves out unless it's due to acute medical issues or injury," White explained.

  • UCI makes statement following release of court documents in Armstrong case

    UCI President Pat McQuaid
    Article published:
    August 05, 2012, 4:03 BST
    Cycling News

    Sport's governing body says USADA refuses to share evidence

    The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has made a statement following the airing of correspondence between the governing body and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the case against Lance Armstrong and his associates.

    The UCI is claiming jurisdiction over USADA's case and has asked for the Agency's evidence to be handed over in order to be assessed by an independent panel. USADA argues that turning over their evidence from the two-year investigation which culminated in Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, Dr. Pedro Celaye, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, Dr. Michele Ferrari, and soigneur Pepe Marti all being charged with doping offences, would be like "the fox guarding the henhouse".

    In a statement released on Saturday, reiterates its case, claiming that USADA has refused to share evidence.

    Following public statement made by USADA on the position of the UCI regarding the disciplinary proceedings it opened against six persons the UCI wants to clarify.

    After the Federal Department of Justice dropped its investigation into alleged doping fraud within the US Postal Cycling team, USADA continues to allege that such conspiracy took place indeed with the participants having committed the most serious doping offences over some fifteen years of time.

    When Floyd Landis formulated his accusations in an e-mail sent on 30 April 2010 to USA Cycling, a UCI member federation, the UCI asked several national federations to conduct investigations. This included USADA that was acting on behalf of USA Cycling.

    The UCI received no other information from USADA than that it opened disciplinary proceedings against six respondents on 12 June 2012.

    Three respondents were banned for life because they didn't respond or didn't...

  • Creed creates fund after Colorado fires

    Mike Creed (Optum) following stage one of the Merco Cycling Classic.
    Article published:
    August 05, 2012, 17:45 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Armstrong and van Garderen lead donations

    The fires that swept through Colorado Springs in June destroyed over 300 homes, leaving at least one person dead, but the heavily populated cycling city has bonded together to raise funds for those effected.

    It started when Optum Pro Cycling's Michael Creed, a resident of Colorado, attempted to pitch in with the efforts of the Red Cross. However, with no training or expertise, Creed said he felt helpless to aid his community.

    "I've just tried to raise as much cash as possible," he told Cyclingnews. "That's become the goal. It would be great to give back to the city in some way."

    Creed opened his address book and began contacting riders from the peloton.

    "The first guy I contacted was Lance Armstrong. He's donated a Tour de France race manual from one of his wins. It's signed and it has his race number on it. He responded really quickly. There are other guys too: [Levi] Leipheimer, [Chris] Horner, Taylor Phinney, [Danny] Pate, [cycling companies] Time and Orbea, Ben King. We've got a lot of cool stuff. Trek sent in [George] Hincapie's old time trial bike and Pate has an old Cervelo. Then, guys from the Tour, [Tejay] van Garderen and [Peter] Sagan donated signed white and green jerseys from the Tour.

    "Another cool thing is that so many other people are helping out. People just donated things like sunglasses and sent them in."

    Creed has enlisted the help of the Pro's Closet and all of the donated items will appear on their eBay page for auction between August 8-15 (none of the items are yet listed on the current page):

  • Globe-trotting Clarke searching for rhythm in Utah

    William Clarke (Champion System) set the fastest time to win the Tour of Japan prologue
    Article published:
    August 06, 2012, 0:28 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Champion System Australian confident of strong back end to 2012

    Will Clarke's year began with a bang but the Champion System rouleur is hoping to return to his winning ways in the back half of the season.

    Riding for the Uni-SA - Australia composite team, the Tasmanian bounced back from the disappointment of missing the cut during the Leopard - Trek - RadioShack merger with the biggest win of his career, Stage 2 of the Tour Down Under in a memorable 80 kilometre solo breakaway at Stirling. Since then, the 27-year-old told Cyclingnews that it's been a bit of a struggle with Champion System racing across three continents.

    "My season started really well with my win in the TDU, since then I have not had the best year. I have struggled to find my rhythm again with all the travelling," Clarke explained. "I have not lost anything I just need to find my rhythm again and I will be back and I will get results."

    Ever the optimist, Clarke having raced so far in Australia, Qatar, Oman, Europe, Japan, USA, Canada and China said that travelling in Japan after winning the opening stage of the Tour of Japan, proved a highlight.

    "We had some spare time and visited the temples in Kyoto; I liked the culture and food."

    For the past week, Clarke and his Champion System teammates have been based in Utah in preparation for the 885km UCI 2.1-rated Tour of Utah which gets underway on Tuesday. A race for climbers, and not really suited to Clarke's 192-centimetre, 80-kilo frame, he will be on the lookout for the breakaway opportunities which have become a trademark throughout his career.

    "I'm also looking forward to the team time trial...

  • Hansen wins the Olympic Omnium with standout performance

     Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) knows his 1km time trial result earned him the omnium gold medal.
    Article published:
    August 06, 2012, 1:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Mid-race crash almost ruined gold medal hopes

    Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) made history to become the first ever athlete to win gold in the Omnium at the Olympic Games. Hansen secured his win with a personal best in the Kilo with a time of 1:02.314. However the Dane's most impressive ride was an event beforehand, in the 15 kilometre scratch race. Heading into the race, and sitting third in the overall standings, Hansen was a marked man. His race took a turn for the worse when he crashed mid-way through. Once back on his bike, the Dane, fuelled by pure adrenalin, attacked from the field to take a lap. It moved him into the overall lead with just the Kilo to come and effectively saved his race.

    "It feels fantastic," he told Cyclingnews after the medal ceremony.

    "It's a crazy feeling and can't be described in words."

    "When I came to the Kilo I just had to go flat out. There was no way back and I was just killing myself to do the best Kilo I've eve done. I did it. That was the fastest ever time I've done by 0.8 seconds, and it was a new Danish record. All I looked at was the black line in front of me. I killed it and that's all that matters. The gold was on the horizon and I just did what I had to do," he told Cyclingnews.

    However it was Hansen's crash, remount and lap that really stood out from the six events. Ed Clancy, who secured bronze for Great Britain, paid tribute to the Dane's ride and admitted it had been his fault for Hansen's crash.

    "At first I thought... that's my chance gone," Hansen said.

    "I thought I'm out and I can't do it anymore. But I got back on the bike and I actually didn't feel that bad. I got the lap alone. I had the power and the belief and it's just been a rollercoaster of emotions. In Denmark we race through the heart. We wanted it so much."

    This was the Omnium's first...