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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 29, 2009

Date published:
June 29, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Bouet to AG2R La Mondiale

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    Article published:
    June 28, 2009, 10:10 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Frenchman signs two-year deal with ProTour squad

    Young French talent Maxime Bouet will move to ProTour team, AG2R La Mondiale, at the end of the 2009 season. The ProTour squad has announced that 22-year-old rider from has signed a two-year contract that will see him race for the squad until the end of 2011.

    Bouet, who currently races for pro continental team Agritubel, has already won five professional races since becoming a neo-pro in 2008. He won a stage and claimed the overall classification at Portugal's Volta a Alentejo in April.

    Bouet will race for Agritubel at this year's Tour de France. He is one of three riders confirmed by the team for the race that begins in Monaco on July 4.

    The title sponsor of Agritubel, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment, announced in March that it will end its sponsorship of the team at the end of the current season.

  • Kohl describes doping "double life"

    Bernhard Kohl (Gerolsteiner)
    Article published:
    June 28, 2009, 12:03 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Austrian tells of two-year clean period

    Bernhard Kohl has continued to reveal details of his own doping practices carried out during his six-year professional career.

    A doping cyclist “leads a double life,” according to Kohl. “How should an athlete respond as other to always say that he is clean, and to vehemently deny anything else. Although he knows: I am not clean.”

    Interviewed in the Swiss newspaper nzz.ch, the Austrian said that not 100 percent of the peloton doped. “There are a few riders who are clean, that may well be – but it's not very many.”

    “You have your good friends in the field, and you know what they do – and they have friends, too. There is a fairly large circle of riders that you know about.”

    Kohl tested positive for CERA during the 2008 Tour de France, where he finished third and won the King of the Mountains ranking. He was given a two-years suspension, and has provided a full confession. Kohl subsequently announced his retirement from the sport and is currently cooperating with various law enforcement and anti-doping agencies.

    It is also clear to the riders during a race, who has taken what, according to the former Gerolsteiner rider. “You know the riders long enough to know what their style is, when they are doing well or poorly,” Kohl said. “You look at each other and know, okay, you are doing the same thing as I am.“

    Kohl also admitted that during his professional career, there was only one period where he did not engage in doping practices; from 2003 to 2004, while riding for the Rabobank Continental Team. “Doping played no role there, as far as I could tell. That was my cleanest time. I was shown that it was possible without doping.”

    Kohl said that he was not worried about testing positive. Many substances are still undetectable, he noted. “And when you have a product in your body that can still...

  • Cooke wins 10th national road title

    Nicole Cooke wins her 10th British championships.
    Article published:
    June 28, 2009, 12:05 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    U23 champion Armitstead ineligble for senior silver

    Nicole Cooke (Vision 1 Racing) took her ninth successive British women's road national title on Saturday in Abergavenny, Wales. It was the tenth time Cooke has won the title since becoming the youngest ever winner in 1999.

    "This was very special win for me with number ten," said Cooke after her win. The current World and Olympic champion out-sprinted Lizzie Armitstead (Lotto-Belisol) and Emma Pooley (Cervélo TestTeam) in the downhill sprint.

    Armitstead's second placing meant she became the U23 champion, however, the 20-year-old was shocked to be informed that after accepting the gold medal in the younger category she became ineligible for the silver medal in the senior race.

    Pooley was subsequently awarded the senior silver with fourth place finisher Catherine Williamson (Fenixs) taking bronze.

    "It is very sad what happened to Lizzie with the silver medal. In sport you have things in black and white and Lizzie was second in the results and a very worthy winner of that medal," said Cooke. "Everyone was disappointed and no one wanted to take a medal that wasn't theirs."

    Cooke will now turn her attention towards September's road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    I am still as motivated to race as when I first started. I have achieved my dream of becoming World and Olympic champion but I still love the thrill of racing and very happy to continue. My big target of the season is the World Championships."

    Click here to view the full race report.

  • Rabobank releases details of season doping controls

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    Article published:
    June 28, 2009, 13:50 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Menchov has undertaken 10% of team's total tests

    Rabobank has revealed the number of doping controls undertaken by its riders so far this season. The detailed list shows how many times each rider on the team has been tested and the nature of the test.

    Rabobank reported that its riders have under gone a total of 240 doping tests so far this season, all of the tests returning negative results. The Dutch ProTour team published the numbers on its website, rabosport.nl. 

    Denis Menchov was the most tested, at 24, and Bauke Mollema was the least tested, only 3 times.

    Menchov, who won the Giro d'Italia, has undergone 10 blood tests and 14 urine tests. Next on the list was Stef Clement, with seven of both. The relatively small number of tests undertaken by Mollema is owed to the fact that he has ridden only a small number of races this year due to illness and injuries.

    "We promised in January to bring out this data to show transparency," team spokesman Luuc Eisenga told Cyclingnews.  "We show that the riders make a strong commitment, that they are spending time and energy in the battle for a clean and fair sport."

    The following is the complete list, with the riders' names followed by the number of blood and urine tests undertaken by each rider, respectively:

    Denis Menchov 10 - 14
    Stef Clement 7 - 7
    Lars Boom 4 - 8
    Sébastian Langeveld 5 - 6
    Robert Gesink 6 - 5
    Juan Manuel Garate 7 - 4
    Graeme Brown 4 - 7
    Joost Posthuma 4 - 6
    Grischa Niermann 6 - 4
    Paul Martens 6 - 3
    Dmitriy Kozontchuk 6 - 3
    Oscar Freire 5 - 4
    Juan Antonio Flecha 6 - 3
    Nick Nuyens 4 - 3
    Pedro Horrillo 5 - 2
    Bram de Groot 6 - 1
    Maarten Tjallingii 4 - 2
    Koos Moerenhout 5 - 1
    Tom Leezer 3 - 3
    Mathew Hayman 5 - 1
    Laurens ten Dam 4 - 2
    Kai Reus 3 - 2
    Marc de Maar 3 - 2
    Jos van Emden 4 - 1
    Mauricio Ardila 4 - 1
    Pieter Weening 2 - 2
    Bram Tankink 3 - 1
    Tom...