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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 3, 2012

Date published:
December 03, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Lopez Cerron gets prime cut at Spanish federation

    Alberto Contador cooks up a storm at the Giro presentation in Milan
    Article published:
    December 01, 2012, 18:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Contador beef supplier elected president of RFEC

    Jose Luis Lopez Cerron, the man who delivered the beef that Alberto Contador claimed triggered his positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, has been elected president of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC).

    Lopez Cerron defeated Francisco Antequera in a vote taken at an RFEC assembly in Madrid on Saturday morning and takes over from Juan Carlos Castano.

    The 56-year-old Lopez Cerron is a former professional who won a stage of the 1981 Vuelta a España, and subsequently served as directeur sportif at Banesto and Vitalicio Seguros, as well as race director of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

    Lorez Cerron hit international headlines in 2010 in the wake of Contador’s positive test for clenbuterol at the Tour de France. Contador claimed that his positive test was triggered by contaminated meat he had consumed on the rest day at Pau, which Lopez Cerron had purchased in Irun en route to visiting the Astana team hotel.

    Contador was belatedly handed a backdated two-year suspension in February of this year and won the Vuelta a España on his return to action in August.


  • Christina Watches-Onfone risks losing licence

    Jordan Kerby will ride for Christina Watches-Onfone in 2013
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 11:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team has until Wednesday to submit accounts to DCU

    The future of the Christina Watches-Onfone team is in doubt after the Danish Cycling Union deemed its application for Continental status in 2013 to be incomplete. The DCU has given the team until midday on Wednesday to submit full details of its accounts for 2011, which it requires in order to endorse the Christina Watches application before the UCI.

    “I don’t know what’s wrong. We submitted our accounts but the DCU does not think they are adequate,” Christina Watches CEO Claus Hembo told

    Sporten notes that Christina Watches-Onfone is not managed by a separate holding company, but rather is part of the Christina Design company. The DCU requires accounts specific to the team, rather than those of its sponsor, in order to demonstrate its viability.

    “The board of the national federation has twice looked at the accounts submitted by Christina Watches-Onfone and the board has not been able to accept them,” Danish federation president Jesper Worre said. “The team knows what to the deliver but they’re not doing it. We have specified what needs to be sent to us, and they have until next Wednesday to do so.”

    For his part, Hembo said that the team, which is led by Michael Rasmussen – who served a two-year ban for whereabouts violations in the run-up to the 2007 Tour de France – will not continue in any form if it does not secure a licence. “If we don’t find out before Wednesday, there will be no team,” Hembo said.


  • Giro d'Italia to remain Pozzovivo's main goal

    Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago - CSF)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 12:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian climber undecided between Tour and Vuelta

    Domenico Pozzovivo swaps Colnago-CSF for Ag2r-La Mondiale in 2013 but the Giro d’Italia is likely to remain the diminutive climber’s main objective in his first season at the French team.

    The 30-year-old Pozzovivo made a leap in quality during this season’s Giro by soloing to victory at the summit finish at Lago Laceno, and he now steps up to riding for a WorldTour team for the first time in his career.

    “Changing teams is a big thing, so you have to reflect on it a lot,” Pozzovivo told “I think that I’ve reached maturity a little later than others, but I hope that my career will be long enough to show that I’m capable of getting results in the WorldTour.”

    Pozzovivo has already shown his ability to compete at WorldTour level during the Giro d’Italia, and it seems likely that the corsa rosa will again be the centrepiece of his race programme in 2013. The Basilicata native will then weigh up whether to ride his debut Tour de France or spare himself for the Vuelta a España.

    “There’s a very strong chance that I’ll ride the Giro d’Italia,” Pozzovivo said. “After that, I’ll have to make a choice between the Tour and the Vuelta.”

    Pozzovivo will begin his campaign in France, at the GP La Marseilleise and Étoile des Bessèges, before lining up at the Tour of Oman in February. “Beyond that, it’s not totally fixed, but I think that I might be at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Volta a Catalunya,” said Pozzovivo, who is also looking forward to experiencing a number of major races for the first time.

    “The classics, especially...

  • Rogers to swap Sky for Saxo-Tinkoff?

    Three-time former world time trial champion, Michael Rogers (Sky)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 14:27 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Teams neither confirm nor deny reports

    Michael Rogers has been linked with a move from Team Sky to Saxo-Tinkoff for 2013 by reports in the Danish media this weekend.

    Both and TV2 have reported that the 32-year-old Australian is on the verge of joining Bjarne Riis’ team as a key mountain domestique for Alberto Contador, a role he carried out for Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins during his victorious Tour de France this season.

    Cyclingnews understands that Rogers has a contract with Sky until the end of 2013 but an arrangement is being sought to release him from the deal.

    Team Sky press officer Dario Cioni told Cyclingnews on Sunday that the story was “all unofficial,” adding: “anything official will be posted on the team website.”

    Saxo-Tinkoff press officer Anders Damsgard had already refused to confirm or deny the transfer when asked by, saying,“We do not want to comment on speculation.” Saxo-Tinkoff is still waiting to learn if it has secured a WorldTour berth for 2013.

    Triple world time trial champion Rogers joined Team Sky from Highroad in 2011 and enjoyed a hugely successful second campaign with the squad. As well as his part in Wiggins’ Tour victory, Rogers took overall victory at the Bayern Rundfahrt and second place at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and ended the season 17th in the WorldTour rankings.

    In an interview with the Sydney Morning...

  • Boyer unhappy with Vaughters' presence at Change Cycling Now

    Don't call it a comeback: Vaughters saddles up
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 17:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Frenchman critical of his tenure as AIGCP head

    Former Cofidis manager Eric Boyer has questioned Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters suitability to participate in the Change Cycling Now summit, which takes place in London on Sunday and Monday. Both men are listed among the attendees, which include Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Greg Lemond and Michael Ashenden.

    Vaughters took over from Boyer in 2009 as the president of the AIGCP, the teams’ association, and Boyer is critical of his successor’s stance on the issue of WorldTour teams hiring riders who have returned from suspension. Under the ProTour Code of Ethics, top-level teams agreed not to sign banned riders for a period of four years from the beginning of their suspensions.

    “The presence of Jonathan Vaughters saddens me,” Boyer told Le Figaro. “I was put under pressure because I wanted to apply the ethical code signed by the UCI managers but which angered three quarters of my colleagues. They always told me ‘don’t annoy us with that, it’s unworkable.’”

    The code was famously dealt a blow in 2008, when Liquigas left the AIGCP after announcing the signing of Ivan Basso, who was about to return from suspension following his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping scandal.

    “The code stipulated that ProTour teams were not allowed to recruit a suspended rider for a further two years, so that was two years plus two years off the circuit. Liquigas were the first to flaunt it by recruiting Basso,” said Boyer, who was removed as Cofidis manager midway through this season.

    “After succeeding me, Vaughters...

  • We did the right thing with Leinders, says Brailsford

    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 20:39 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sky manager defends team's handling of former Rabobank doctor

    Sky manager Dave Brailsford has said that his team “did the right thing” in its handling of Dr. Geert Leinders, the former Rabobank team doctor who worked with Sky in 2011 and 2012.

    Sky parted company with Leinders at the end of this season, almost five months after former Rabobank manager Theo De Rooy revealed that doping had been tolerated on the team up to 2007, a period in which Leinders was on the Rabobank staff.

    Speaking to The Sunday Times, Brailsford repeated his claim that Sky had broken from its policy of only employing doctors who had never before worked on professional cycling teams in the wake of the death of soigneur Txema Gonzalez during the 2010 Vuelta a España.

    “We asked a load of people about who to employ, we were given names and recommendations, one of whom was Geert. I think there were four candidates in the end and we flew each one to Manchester,” Brailsford said.

    “Steve Peters, a man in whom I have the utmost trust, interviewed the doctors and when you think Steve is a forensic psychologist, you can be certain the process was thorough.”

    Brailsford insisted that Leinders was asked about doping in his initial interview but that the team knew nothing of any possible links a doping programme at Rabobank until De Rooy’s revelations emerged in May.

    “For sure [doping] was discussed [in the interview]. One hundred percent,” Brailsford said. “Much later, we were confronted with Geert’s former directeur sportif, Theo De Rooy, saying they had a doping programme in the Rabobank team and the medical staff were fully aware of it.”

    During the Tour de France, Brailsford promised a full inquiry into Leinders’ role at Rabobank before deciding on his future at Sky, but he...

  • Gallery: 2013 Cyclepassion calendar

    Kristina Vogel (May)
    Article published:
    December 02, 2012, 23:29 GMT
    Cycling News

    Top female cyclists feature in 8th edition

    The 8th edition of the Cyclepassion calendar is now available. Some of the sport’s top female riders are featured for 2013. London Olympic gold medal winner Kristina Vogel from Germany took part in the production while other top mountain bike and triathlon athletes are also showcased.

    Julia Innerhofer (Italy), Barbara Benko (Hungary), Anneke Berten (The Netherlands), Sonya Looney (USA) and Nadine Rieder (Germany) are the mountain bikers highlighted in the professionally produced calendar while Irina Kirchler (Austria) is a national triathlon champion and finally Kristina Vogel was part of the German team sprint squad that took gold in the London Games.

    The Cyclepassion calendar is now double-sided, with a small brief included about each athlete. The size of the 12-month calendar is suitably large, 68 x 40cm (27 x 16in). More information can be found at


  • Vaughters and Boyer reconcile at Change Cycling Now summit

    Team manager Eric Boyer has to convince Cofidis to continue their sponsorship
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 0:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    Garmin-Sharp reaffirms involvement in Movement for Credible Cycling

    The comments made against Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters by former Cofidis manager Eric Boyer have been dispelled with the two attending a recent Change Cycling Now meeting in London. Boyer had inferred Vaughters' presence "saddens me" ahead of the summit joined by Dr. Michael Ashendon, Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Greg LeMond amongst others and headed-up by Skins Chariman Jamie Fuller.

    Boyer's sentiments appear to have changed after the two were given the opportunity to discuss their differences on Sunday.

    Boyer had suggested in an article in Le Figaro that he was pushed out of his presidential role at the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP). Boyer had attempted to apply an ethical code to UCI team managers that would see sanctioned riders unable to re-sign for a Pro Team for a period of four years: two years for a anti-doping violation followed by a further two years.

    Boyer was "pushed" to resign from his position according to the former AIGCP president and while Vaughters had the opportunity to continue to push for UCI managers to accept and sign the code, he did not, according to the former Cofidis manager.

    "After succeeding me, Vaughters decided that it was unenforceable, so he didn't apply it. So when he makes his fine speech that 'cycling needs to change'... Well, he had the chance to do things and he didn't do them," Boyer had said.

    Following day 1 of the Change Cycling Now meeting, Boyer had changed his stance on Vaughters.

    "It is true that in the past we have had our differences, but we now realise we share a common goal in making a...