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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 15, 2009

Date published:
June 15, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Farrar second again at Zeeland, wins everything else

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    June 15, 2009, 0:04 BST
    Cycling News

    American wraps up race, Wagner takes stage win

    Robert Wagner (Skil-Shimano) defeated a quality field at the Delta Tour Zeeland, taking victory in the third and final stage of the race in Terneuzen on Sunday. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) once again finished in second place, ahead of Saturday’s stage winner Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini), but not Wagner.

    For Farrar, second place on the 186km stage sealed a dominant victory in the Tour’s general classification. Victory in Friday’s prologue set up the win as the Garmin-Slipstream rider continued his good form, never finishing lower than second on the race’s road stages. Time bonuses meant that the 25-year-old extended his overall lead in the final stage to finish 11 seconds ahead of Petacchi. Wagner’s stage win moved the German up to claim third place on the final podium.

    In addition to the overall, Farrar also claimed both the points and young rider classifications, completing an impressive weekend in the Netherlands for the rising sprint star.

  • Fifty targeted riders to be informed by UCI

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    June 15, 2009, 0:15 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Valverde decision within a week

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) will target a list of 50 riders for specific doping controls to be carried out in the lead up to next month's Tour de France, it indicated on Sunday.

    At the final stage of the Dauphiné Libéré, UCI president Pat McQuaid said that the first of the targeted riders and their teams would be informed this week.

    "We [have] targeted research on a fifty riders," said McQuaid, according to L'Equipe. "Federations, teams and riders will gradually be informed in the coming days."

    The news of the additional controls comes after the cycling union had revealed on Wednesday that it would be taking disciplinary action against a small number of riders who had return irregular results under its biological passport program. The action against riders will be a firm test of the anti-doping program, introduced in 2008. However, McQuaid told L'Equipe that they were confident that evidence provided by the program will hold up to examination.

    "We worked with experts. We are ready to defend these results before the court."

    UCI won't delay Valverde decision

    It seems Dauphiné Libéré winner Alejandro Valverde will not have to wait long to find out whether the UCI will enforce further sanctions for alleged doping practices, following comments made by International Cycling Union (UCI) president, Pat McQuaid, on Sunday.

    French sports daily L'Equipe has reported that the UCI will make a determination on Valverde's future within the next seven days. McQuaid confirmed that cycling's governing body had received anticipated evidence from Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) authorities on Wednesday.

    "The UCI may decide to ''globalize'' the penalty. A decision will be reached in six or seven days," McQuaid told L'Equipe at the final stage of the Dauphiné Libéré.

  • Kennaugh wins Girobio stage

    Peter Kennaugh at Revolution # 14
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    June 15, 2009, 8:31 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Peter Kennaugh takes win ahead of birthday

    Britain's Peter Kennaugh celebrated his 20th birthday a day early with a win in Girobio stage three Sunday in Asiago, Italy. He formed part of a small escape group in the 166-kilometre stage and then out-sprinted Italy's Matteo Busato for the win.

    The Girobio will finish after nine stages on Sunday in Bucine. Kennaugh is only 35 seconds behind race leader Cesare Benedetti and has a good chance of taking over the lead in today's 17-kilometre time trial in Pozzoleone.

    Kennaugh comes hails the Isle of Man, like winner of Milano-Sanremo winner Mark Cavendish. The two rode together at the track world championships earlier this year.

    Kennaugh won the scratch race at the 2006 junior worlds, junior and under-23 team pursuit at the 2007 European track championships and is Under 23 national road champion.

    He competes in the Girobio with five other Brits on the national team. It is the Giro d'Italia ('Baby Giro') for under 27 riders.

  • Duggan impressed with ProTour performance

    Stef Clement (Rabobank) outsprints Timothy Duggan (Garmin - Slipstream) to win the final stage of the Dauphiné.
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    June 15, 2009, 9:22 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Returning Duggan takes second in Dauphiné's final stage

    Garmin-Slipstream's Timothy Duggan proved he's returned to form one year after suffering a brain injury from a crash in stage three of the 2008 Tour de Georgia. Duggan finished in second place in the final stage of the Dauphiné at Grenoble. Dutchman Stef Clement out-sprinted him but he wasn't devastated afterwards. On the other hand, the American said, "It's kind of cool to be up there for the win at a ProTour race."

    Duggan arrived in Grenoble as part of a three-men break with Stef Clement and Frenchman Sébastien Joly, who was shaking on his bike as he had the possibility to score a win in his home region at one of his favourite races exactly two years after his testicular cancer was diagnosed. "When Joly attacked, I knew we had a good chance to come across," Duggan said. "In the sprint against Clement I couldn't come around in the wind."

    Duggan found it hard to express any disappointment. "For the whole week I struggled and today it was cool, it happened to be easy," he said. "It was the easiest day of the week. To be up there for the win again after what happened last year is really good. This ride today will definitely give me confidence for the future. I'll go on holiday with my wife for four days, then I'll ride the Tour of Austria in early July."

  • Contentpolis-Ampo to make Grand Tour debut

    Team Contentpolis-Ampo presented
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    June 15, 2009, 15:49 BST
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Vuelta organisers acknowledge team with wildcard invitation

    Contentpolis-Ampo will make its grand tour debut at the 2009 Vuelta a España, following the announcement of teams invited to the Spanish race on Friday. The squad is one of five non-ProTour teams selected by race organiser, Unipublic, to take the startline when the race begins at the end of August.

    The news of the wildcard invitation is a boost for Contentpolis-Ampo, who are in their first season as a Professional Continental squad. The Spanish team will likely rely upon experienced riders like Julián Sánchez to guide younger members of the squad through the three week race. In May, Sánchez won a stage at the Volta a Catalunya. The former Fassa Bortolo rider also took home the race’s overall mountain classification.

    Speaking in relation to the news of their invitation a delighted team manager, José Antonio Ortuño, has indicated that the team will look to justify their involvement in the race when it in starts in Assen, the Netherlands on the 29th of August.

    "[We] will expend every last gram of effort to benefit the spectacle [of the race] and look to obtain the best possible results.”