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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 23, 2013

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December 23, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: Wind tunnel testing with Taylor Phinney

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) at the wind tunnel testing facility in Brackley
    Article published:
    December 23, 2013, 2:01 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Behind the scenes with BMC rider during his trip to the United Kingdom

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    While most professional cyclists are preparing for the holidays and few well-deserved days off the bike, Taylor Phinney took the step of flying from the United States to the UK and back again, all in the space of 48 hours.

    It wasn't the case of some last minute Christmas shopping with the American making the transatlantic trip in order to improve his time trial position ahead of the 2014 season.

    Accompanied by BMC's performance manager, Allan Peiper, Phinney touched down at Heathrow just before Thanksgiving and was quickly whisked away to a wind tunnel testing facility for an all-day testing programme. ProCycling magazine were granted exclusive access throughout the day.

    "We wanted to find a wind tunnel location that could put the whole package together and that's not easy," Peiper told us.

    "We wanted someone that understands the aerodynamic values but can also translate that into positioning and then also biomechanics as those things all fit together. Each rider has different attributes that they need to work on."

    The wind tunnel in Brackley is run by Simon Smart, who has worked within Formula 1 for around a decade but has also worked with professional cyclists in recent years.

    "I've known Simon for a couple of years but I called him on the afternoon of the World Time Trial when Taylor was fourth because I just wanted to go back and reconfirm the position that we made for him in 2012 November in Charlotte," Peiper added.

    "There are also some new rules from the UCI as of January. The first one of him is the measurement of the 80 centimetre rule and the use of mechanical shifters. Taylor has been using mechanical...

  • Kangert set for Tour de France debut in 2014

    Tanel Kangert (Astana)
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    December 23, 2013, 11:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Astana rider to help Nibali in July

    Estonian Tanel Kangert (Astana) will forgo the Giro d’Italia in 2014 and help Vincenzo Nibali challenge for the Tour de France in July.

    Kangert was an instrumental part of Nibali’s Giro d’Italia victory in 2013 and finished 14th overall.

    "At the moment I have the Tour in my programme and I really hope to do that. It wasn't my choice, it was the choice of the team but I’ll do other races with a different approach to racing and training," he told Cyclingnews during Astana’s recent training camp in Spain.

    Kangert will start his season in Argentina next month at the Tour de San Luis, a race he has never taken part in. From there he will dovetail in and out with Nibali's race programme as the pair head towards the Tour in July.

    "I'll start with the Tour de San Luis and the I'll race in Mallorca, Paris-Nice, Criterium International, Tour of the Basque Country and Tour de Romandie. It's a pretty charged and full programme."

    Although the Tour will form a central part of his race programme, Kangert admitted that he would like to return to the Giro in the future.

    "The Giro remains my favourite Grand Tour but I think it's time to do the Tour de France now. It's a good time to test myself in the best race in the world. I'll have the same role I had in the Giro this year and I'm happy with that. I wouldn't want more responsibility in my first Tour."

    The 26-year-old Estonian turned pro on 2008 with AG2r-La Mondiale and joined Astana in 2011 after he spent a year at the elite-2 level. He recently extended his contract with three years. He has finished four Grand Tours but never ridden the Tour before.

    "I don't think The Tour...

  • Franco Pellizotti to stay with Androni Giocatolli-Venezuela

    Italian champion Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) finished sixth on the stage
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    December 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian rider to be captain of the team

    Franco Pellizotti stays with Androni Giocatolli-Venezuela, team manager has Gianni Savio confirmed. The former Italian champion and multiple Giro d'Italia stage winner stays with the Italian team until the end of 2014. "Pellizotti stays with us and will be captain of the team together with Johnny Hoogerland."

    "It's not a new contract," Gianni Savio stressed. "Franco signed this contract just before the National Championshps. We added a clause that if he could sign a better deal with another team, but only if it was a WorldTour team, he could leave." 

    In August Team Astana announced it had signed Franco Pellizotti but earlier this month they parted ways. "It's with some sadness and a heavy heart that we will not be racing with Franco Pellizotti next year," Astana's general manager Alexandr Vinokurov said on the team's website.

    Under MPCC [Movement for Credible Cycling] regulations Pellizotti would not be eligible to ride for the Kazach team before the 2nd of May 2014. “We’ve decided to respect the MPCC rules and so Franco will only start racing on May 2,” Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli told Cyclingnews after the announcement of signing the rider. But in December negotiations ended and the announced signed contract was left on the table.

    Androni is also a member of the MPCC but because Pellizotti's contract is not a new contract, according to the team's statement, the rule that the Italian is not eligible to ride until after two years after his ban [for irregularities in his biopassport] expires, does not apply. The team was not a member of the MPCC at the time the contract with Pellizotti was signed.

    Savio recently announced he will no longer sign former dopers...

  • Froome signs contract extension with Team Sky

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) wins the key mountain stage at Tirreno-Adriatico but lost the overall race to Nibali
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    December 23, 2013, 13:19 GMT
    Cycling News

    British squad retain core for 2014

    Team Sky has announced that a number of riders, including Tour de France winner Chris Froome, have signed contract extensions with the team ahead of the 2014 season.

    Peter Kennaugh, David López, Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Salvatore Puccio, Sergio Henao, Chris Sutton, Danny Pate, and Xabier Zandio have also signed contract renewals. Henao will be joined by his younger cousin, Sebastian, on the team in 2014, along with fellow new signings Nathan Earle, Mikel Nieve and Philip Deignan.

    Bradley Wiggins has one year left on his deal and is yet to clarify his intentions on whether he will remian with the team beyond 2014. His name was a notable absence among those who were offered extensions on their contracts

    In statement released to the press on Monday, Rod Ellingworth said, "everyone is excited to kick things off again in 2014 and we do so with what we believe is the most talented team in the world."

    The Team Sky’s Performance Manager added: "We've consolidated what is an incredibly strong group of guys over the winter. The team's core remains intact and that’s important going forward.

    "Everyone is committed to keep improving and we always look to provide the best environment for riders to do that."

    Next season Sky will look to win a third straight Tour de France with Froome hoping to defend his title. He will be challenged by Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank).

    Froome said: "This has been an incredible year for me and I'm delighted to finish it off by signing a new contract with Team Sky. I've been with this team since the start and I know this is the right place for me to continue to grow as a rider.

    "It's impossible to win races without the right team...

  • White: UCI must guarantee meat is clenbuterol free in Beijing

    Shayne Bannan and Matt White are pleased with Orica-GreenEdge's Tour de France.
    Article published:
    December 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Australian serves up opinion after Rogers is positive

    Orica-GreenEdge's Matt White has raised concerns over any WorldTour teams competing in future Asian races after Michael Rogers and Belgium's Jonathan Breyne both returned positive tests for clenbuterol in the second half of the season. The Saxo-Tinkoff rider tested positive following his victory at the Japan Cup on October 20, while Breyne was positive at the Tour of Taihu Lake in China, on November 5.

    Rogers has claimed he is innocent of intentionally doping, proposing ingestion of contaminated meat at the Tour of Beijing as explanation for the positive test, and will await the results from his B sample. However if the second sample comes back positive the Australian could face a two-year ban under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. Both riders have been provisionally suspended and it was reported last week that Breyne is recovering after attempting suicide.

    "If we're taking international sporting events, into areas where there are WADA warnings due to cattle contamination with clenbuterol, then the UCI need to take more responsibility and guarantee that the teams are eating foods that haven't been tainted," White told Cyclingnews.

    Orica-GreenEdge competed in the UCI's Tour of Beijing this year and White is adamant that more can be done by the governing body, especially as the event is compulsory for all WorldTour teams.

    "All the teams stay together at the Tour of Beijing, so it would be a bit more expensive but there’s no reason why food can’t be brought over from regions where they can guarantee the...

  • SRAM offers mechanical brakes as temporary hydraulic replacement

    SRAM recalled all its road hydraulic brakes - both rim and disc - in December
    Article published:
    December 23, 2013, 17:20 GMT
    Ben Delaney

    In wake of road-hydraulic-brake recall, SRAM outlines plan

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    After recalling its entire line of road hydraulic brakes, SRAM has offered to get consumers mechanical replacements until a hydraulic solution is in place.

    SRAM's website spells out the details for riders in Asia, Europe and North America.

    The mechanical replacement will be provided through SRAM dealers globally, who, SRAM says, will be compensated for their time and labor.

    In Europe, SRAM will then offer each affected customer the option of getting a new hydraulic system when it's ready, or a check for €150.

    In Asia, SRAM will offer each affected customer a new hydraulic system when ready, or a check for US$200.

    In North America, SRAM is still working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to determine a reimbursement amount. A voucher for product will also be offered as an alternative to cash.

    SRAM anticipates the replacement mechanical systems being available by January 15, at which time another information update will be released.

    The ultimate plan is to get customers back on hydraulic brakes — in a next-generation form — when they are ready.

  • Zubeldia to captain Trek Factory Racing team at San Luis

    Haimar Zubeldia was the highest placed RadioShack Leopard finisher at Ax 3 Domaines in 19th at 3:04
    Article published:
    December 23, 2013, 19:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Veterans Hondo and Zubeldia to lead young squad

    Veteran rider Haimar Zubeldia will be heading the Trek Factory Racing team on the roads of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina early in 2014.

    "This will be my first time at the Tour de San Luis," said Zubeldia. "I personally asked the sports directors if I could participate in this race because last year I pulled out from racing early into the season and also because I think that I'll like Argentina, seeing as they speak my language there."

    "It will be hard in terms of the altitude changes and because the race is seven days long, but it will be a good working foundation for the rest of the season. We're going in with a young squad and it's going to be my job to bring some experience to the group, along with Danilo Hondo."

    Zubeldia, a Spaniard, has participated in the Tour de France 10 times, coming in fifth in both 2003 and 2007, while in 2012, he placed sixth.

    Trek Factory Racing roster for Tour de San Luis: Eugenio Alafaci, Julian Arredondo, Fabio Silvestre, Giacomo Nizzolo, Danilo Hondo, Haimar Zubeldia.

  • Carleton and Smith honored as Canadian cyclists of the year

    Winner Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing)
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    December 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    Track racer and mountain biker recognized for 2013 accomplishments

    Two riders from Vancouver Island swept the Canadian Cyclist of the Year awards, with Gillian Carleton of Victoria being selected as the female Canadian cyclist of 2013, while Steve Smith of Cassidy, British Columbia, won both the male title and best individual performance of the year. It was the first win for Carleton, while Smith also won in 2011.

    The 17th annual edition of the Candian awards produced some of the closest voting in the history of the awards, with the winners of these people's choices awards only being decided in the final 24 hours of balloting.

    The Canadian Cyclist Awards are the oldest and most recognized cycling awards in Canada, voted on by thousands of cycling enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world, through the online cycling publication Voting took place between December 13th and 22nd.

    Carleton, who was a member of the Olympic bronze medal team pursuit squad at the velodrome in London last year, won a round of the UCI Track World Cup this year, as well as finishing third in the team pursuit at the world championships and second in three track World Cups in this discipline.

    Carleton trailed national road champion Joelle Numainville of Laval, Quebec, in the early voting, before moving into a tie with 36 hours remaining, and then into the lead in the final 24 hours. Both Carleton and Numainville took 25 percent of the first place ballots, with Carleton scoring a higher number of second place votes. Laura Brown of Calgary finished third with 20.5 percent of first place votes.

    From a national team training camp in Santa Ynez, California, Carleton said, "It feels pretty surreal to win best female rider. Personally, it hasn't been the greatest year for me, so to see such wonderful support from everyone means so much. The fact that the voting was so close...