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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 10, 2012

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December 10, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi selling team buses to pay wages?

    Samuel Sanchez, left, awaits the start of the final stage with his Euskaltel-Euskadi teammates.
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    December 09, 2012, 23:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Budget cuts to blame, says Madariaga

    Euskaltel-Euskadi riders and staff are yet to receive their salary from the month of November with budget cuts for the 2012 season reportedly hitting the Basque team hard.

    Monday and Tuesday of this week will be crucial to ensure a smooth transition to a 'globilized' project in 2013. Team boss Miguel Madariaga is faced with the situation where crucial team assets must now be sold in order for riders to be paid.

    "I have no other solution. Buses are my salvation; we must sell them because if we don't, Fundación Euskadi is in great danger," he told Euskadi Irratia.

    November and December payrolls totalled 857,000 euros and team buses are valued at 918,000 euros. Madariaga explained that the shortfall was due to the 1.3 million euros in budget cuts for the year and he is hopeful that Euskaltel will be understanding.

    "The problem is not just mine, it's everyone," Madariaga explained. "Euskaltel also wants to solve the problem. Keep in mind that almost all riders will continue with them and it will not be a good start to the new season. But before we get to that point we all have the opportunity to talk to everyone and fix this issue. I have hope that everything will be resolved before year end."


  • Frank hoping to start 2013 Tour de France

    Race leader Mathias Frank (BMC) finishes up
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    December 10, 2012, 3:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    26-year-old motivated for success after winless season

    Entering his fifth year with the BMC Racing Team, Mathias Frank is hoping to make his Tour de France debut with the team that includes the 2011 winner Cadel Evans and this year's winner of the young rider classification Tejay van Garderen. With no personal victories this year, Frank is also driven to make the most of his opportunities in smaller races.

    "I'm ready to be a helper in bigger races and will probably traveling a lot with our Tour specialists next year," Frank told Radsport-news.

    "For the smaller races I want to take my chance and establish myself as a candidate in the general classification top-10," he said.

    Frank was consistently in the top-10 at most of the stage races throughout the season with a 10th-overall at Giro del Trentino, that also included victory in the team time trial and a day in the leader's jersey, and 10th at Tour of Utah among his best general classification results. The Swiss rider also achieved top-20 overall placings at the Tour de Suisse and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

    "I lacked a real top result, such as a victory or a top position in the overall classification, as I did last year at the Tour de Suisse but I've driven consistently all year and I noticed that I'm not missing so much to keep up the very front," said Frank.

    The BMC rider's first race of 2013 has not yet been release however, he began his season with Tour Down Under in 2012 and Australia could once again be his first stop on the WorldTour...

  • Kluge anticpates wild card entry at Paris-Roubaix

    Roger Kluge (1t4i) at Milan-San Remo
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    December 10, 2012, 6:41 GMT
    Cycling News

    German delighted with late inclusion at NetApp-Endura

    After two years at the team currently known as Argos-Shimano, Roger Kluge found himself without a contract for 2013. The German failed to achieve a victory during his tenure with the Dutch team however, he found a last minute position at the newly formed NetApp-Endura squad where he hopes to be given a leadership role.

    The British Professional Continental team had reportedly filled its quota of riders before adding the 26-year-old Kluge. The German rider played an integral role at his former Argos-Shimano team, assisting his sprinter teammates John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel to numerous wins. Not receiving a renewal on his contract came as a shock before he quickly went about finding a new team.

    "We called all sorts of teams and eventually discovered a spot at NetApp-Endura," Kluge told RadSport-news. "I am very glad that they would have me and could free up a place after their season planning for 2013 was actually already finished."

    Kluge is hugely passionate about the spring classics and is hopeful his new squad will receive wild card entries to the cobbled races like Paris-Roubaix. Despite finishing outside the time limit this year, recording a DNF in 2011 and outside the limit in 2010, the historic race remains an objective.

    "New team, new opportunity. I want to use this," said Kluge. "One of the highlights will hopefully Paris-Roubaix."

    The current German pursuit track champion has struggled to find the same success on the road since his most recent victory at...

  • Team Colombia gathered in homeland for first training camp

    The Colombia Coldeportes team awaits the start of stage 4.
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    December 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Medical tests, training, meetings and football on the agenda

    Team Colombia, formerly Colombia Coldeportes, is in the midst of its first training camp for the upcoming season. The team has gathered at Zipaquira, Colombia, to take advantage of the altitude and the pleasant climate, as it prepares for its next assault on both the South American and European racing scene.

    All but one of the team's 18 riders are at this city 50 km north of Bogota. Missing is newcomer Leonard Duque, who stayed in France with his wife and newborn son. The team will work together until December 12.

    Last week the riders met at the Cento de Alto Rendimiento in Bogota for functional evaluation, oxygen consumption and lactic acid tests. “The test showed coherency between the training schedule and the current degree of condition,” said team doctor Massimiliano Mantovani. “The comparison with last year’s result also gave a positive outlook, and on this basis we will set up the new training programs to get the riders in optimal condition by the season beginning.”

    Team management was equally pleased with the results. “Our guys clearly did their homework, we found them in good condition, and also the newcomers look ready and focused on the new year,” said sport director Oscar Pellicioli. “I think we are building on a good basis.”

    The other five new riders, Juan Esteban Arango, Edwin Avila, Alexis Camacho, Duber
    Quintero and Juan Pablo Valencia quickly meshed with their new teammates, the team said, through training, meetings and football in their spare time.

    “Being an all-Colombian team, the riders had a chance to meet each other at some point in their development, and that helped to create a positive atmosphere right away,” according to sport director Valerio Tebaldi.

  • BMC presents Continental-ranked Developmental Team

    Cadel Evans' BMC road bike
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    December 10, 2012, 10:18 GMT
    Cycling News

    14 young riders from Europe and the US

    BMC has introduced its Development Team, which will provide young riders with experience of racing on a higher level in both Europe and the United States. The team will have a European flavour, as only four of the 14 riders come from the US.

    The team is under the leadership of former rider Rik Verbrugghe, who will serve as directeur sportif and team manager. The Belgian was a direcetur sportif at the parent club, BMC Racing Team, for the last two years.

    “Our main goal is to work with the young guys and bring them to a higher level in the hopes that they will graduate to the ProTour level," he said. "Of course we hope to achieve some good results along the way. But more important than results is teaching them the best way to ride, how to train, and to nurture them through our system."

    The 14 riders are Valentin Billiard, Tom Bohli, Silvan Dillier, Kilian Frankiny, Arnaud Grand and Stefan King (all Switzerland), Taylor Eisenhart, Paul Lynch, Alexey Vermeulen and Tyler Williams (all USA), Loic Vliegen (Belgium), Igniazio Moser (Italy), Jakub Novak (Czech Republic), and Tim Roe of Australia.

    Roe is the veteran of the group, having ridden for BMC Racing Team the last two years. His contract with the WorldTour team was not renewed, due to serious back problems which have limited his racing time. "It will be good to have Tim as a road captain as he recovers from the back troubles that affected his performances the past two years," Verbrugghe said.

    BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz had been working on plans for the team for several years. "Now that we're finally making it happen, we are excited about the possibilities it creates," he said. "We will be helping young athletes start their career...

  • Future uncertain for Andalucía

    Team Andalucia at the startline
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    December 10, 2012, 13:01 GMT
    Peter Cossins

    Cutbacks in Spain could result in relegation to Continental status

    The long-term future of the Andalucía team is looking increasingly uncertain due to cutbacks forced by the extent of the economic difficulties affecting Spain. Established in 2005, the team run by ex-pro Antonio Cabello has received a wild card entry into the Vuelta a España every year since 2007, but could lose that brand-enhancing opportunity if budget cuts force its relegation from the Professional Continental ranks down to Continental level.

    Cabello announced in early November that the financial support provided by the team’s main backer, Andalucía’s regional government, will be cut in 2013, but he expressed his optimism that the 15-strong squad continue at the same level. Having claimed 10 victories in 2012, including a stage at the Ruta del Sol (Tour of Andalucía), Cabello commented: “We have shown ourselves and the results we’ve gained have been positive in all respects with regard to the image we have presented and the triumphs achieved.”

    However, uncertainty about the team’s prospects has grown since that time. Cabello has intimated that he has a new sub-sponsor ready to step in with new backing, but he has given no details about identity of this prospective backer. He has, though, said that the team would continue even if it had to drop to continental level, pointing out that the Vuelta would be the only race on its traditional programme that it would not be able take part in.

    Although less prominent than usual at this year’s Vuelta, Cabello’s team have continued to be one of the main generators of young Spanish talent. Drawing in riders from southern Spain in much the same way that Euskaltel and Orbea do in the Basque Country, Andalucía have produced a string of solid performers at the top...

  • Kiryienka to Team Sky

    Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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    December 10, 2012, 13:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belrusian signs with British team for three years

    Vasil Kiryienka has signed with Team Sky for three years, the team announced Monday afternoon. It calls him “one of the hardest-working riders in the peloton, and his versatility will be of huge benefit to the squad.”

    The 31-year-old Belrusian is a talented climber who has taken many stage wins from small breakaway groups. He has won stages in this manner at both the 2008 and 2011 Giro d'Italia.

    However, he is also a prolifi time trialist, finishing third in the World Championships in Valkenburg this year. He is also three time-national time trial champion.

    "I am very happy to be joining Team Sky and I'm confident I will fit in without any difficulty as there are people I've known for a long time in the squad,” he said on the team's website. "Team Sky have enjoyed a fantastic season in 2012 and I'm looking forward to contributing towards even greater success over the next three years, whether that means working for myself, or for someone else.”

    Sports Director Nicolas Portal welcomed the new rider, saying, “Vasil has won some big races and put in some impressive performances at the very highest level. His stage win at the Giro d'Italia last season was phenomenal, and we were all impressed with the way he was able to battle on and take the victory.”

    Kiryienka rode for Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2007 and 2008, before joining Caisse d'Epargne/Movistar.


  • UK Anti-Doping Agency investigating Linda McCartney team

    USA's Matt Decanio, defendant in the lawsuit brought by Rock Racing's Kayle Leogrande
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    December 10, 2012, 14:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Report: No organized doping, but management “turned a blind eye”

    The UK Anti-Doping Agency has opened an investigation into “rife” doping at the former Linda McCartney team, which ceased operations eleven years ago. The agency has not confirmed the specific investigation,but said it had received information concerning various doping charges, according to The Times.

    According to the newspaper, the investigation was “was triggered by a tip-off from the man who founded the team,” presumably Julian Clark, who in 2011 was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for fraud on an unrelated matter.

    There are also said to be witness statements, gathered by the Times. “They say that although it was not a doping program led by team management, the riders were responsible for their own doping programmes and senior personnel turned a blind eye.”

    One of those riders is Matt DeCanio, an American who rode for the team, who says he did not dope. “The team definitely knew that some of the riders were dirty. If you wanted to use drugs, you wouldn’t lose your job. Doping wasn’t pushed – they weren’t giving drugs out. The team wanted to hire riders who knew how to dope themselves, did it on their own and who would come to races prepared.”

    Another rider on the team was Max Sciandri, now a directeur sportif at BMC Racing Team, who denied any doping.  “It’s now a matter of everybody making accusations of everybody. Every day you open the paper and someone is making an accusation about someone else," he told The Times.

    Sean Yates was manager for the team in 2000. This fall he quit as chief sport director for Team Sky, but both he and the team denied it was in any related to the team's...