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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 11, 2013

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November 11, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Quintana to ride Giro and Valverde Tour in 2014?

    Nairo Quintana will target the Tour de France but was out in Milan
    Article published:
    November 10, 2013, 21:28 GMT
    By:
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Report: Colombian star to head for Italy next May

    A report in Catalan newspaper El Periódico claims that Nairo Quintana, the runner-up of the 2013 Tour de France and winner of both the King of the Mountains title and the Best Young Rider, may ride the Giro d’Italia in 2014.

    According to El Periódico, although it remains unconfirmed by Movistar themselves, the 23-year-old Colombian will tackle the Giro d’Italia, with Alejandro Valverde leading the number one ranked UCI WorldTour squad in the Tour de France. Then both Spaniard and Colombian would take part in La Vuelta, where Valverde finished third overall this autumn.

    The decision to send Quintana to take part in the Giro for the first time ever in his career is yet to be made official, but according to El Periódico, Movistar will confirm it during its first formal get-together for 2014, this December. Team sources had unofficially suggested to Cyclingnews earlier this year that Quintana’s presence in the Giro was a possibility, both as a way to ensure that he does not come under too much pressure early in his career and because of the grouping of all the big climbs into a single, final week - something which would suit a young rider. Quintana himself hinted strongly after the Giro presentation that it was a possibility he would race there because, “the only stage which does not suit me is the time trial, which is very long.”

    Whilst Quintana’s absence at the Tour would be more than noted, given he was the only rider who seemed able to come anywhere near challenging Chris Froome on the climbs and fans had been looking forward to a duel between the Briton and Colombian in 2014, Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde would try to fill the gap. But the 33-year-old’s Tour history is chequered, though, to say...

  • Gerry Ryan appointed President of Cycling Australia

    Cadel Evans with Gerry Ryan and Klaus Mueller
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    November 11, 2013, 1:30 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Updated: Ryan names AFL administrator Adrian Anderson as interim CEO

    Cycling Australia announced today that Gerry Ryan will succeed Klaus Mueller as President of the national cycling body. Currently known in cycling circles for providing financial backing to the Orica-GreenEdge team, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and various state institutes, Ryan now takes the unprecedented step of moving into a senior governance role for Cycling Australia.

    Ryan brings to the position a depth of business knowledge essential to modernise Cycling Australia but this remains contrasted against what some people are already labeling a conflict of interest as he is also the main financier to Australia's only WorldTour team.

    The appointment of Ryan consolidates his influence on Australian cycling. Aside from his long term support of the AIS, Ryan has also provided backing to major events on the Australian cycling calendar including the Herald Sun Tour, the Tour Down Under and the Bay Classic Series.

    Mueller resigned from his role as president in August of this year after one and half terms in the role. The appointment of Ryan followed a series of board meetings over the weekend in Melbourne with the announcement of a new CEO expected in the new year.

    In the last 12 months Cycling Australia has undergone key personal changes. Former Vice-President Stephen Hodge stood down following an admission of doping throughout his career. Hodge was followed by CEO Graham Fredericks and later Mueller, who both resigned.

    Cycling Australia also sacked Orica-GreenEdge director sportif Matt White from his role as Cycling Australia's road coordinator in October last year. Following White's admission to doping throughout his career his position was seen as untenable by Cycling Australia. White was reinstated to his...

  • Wesley Sulzberger joins Drapac Pro Cycling

    Stuart Shaw from the Australian Capital Territory follows through Drapac Professional Cycling teammate Victorian David Pell.
    Article published:
    November 11, 2013, 7:23 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian joins his brother at new Pro Continental team

    Wesley Sulzberger will ride for the newly promoted Professional Continental team Drapac Pro Cycling in 2014.

    "I am very excited about it all," Sulzberger said in a press release from the team. “I’m looking to establish myself more as a key rider and I think that the opportunities that I’ll have with Drapac will help me to approach that goal."

    The now 27-year old Sulzberger turned professional in 2009 with the French Française des Jeux team. His first professional victory came in that same year, when he won the second stage of the Paris-Corrèze stage race. His biggest career victory to date was the Grand Prix de Plumelec in 2010. He rode for Orica-GreenEdge in 2013.

    Sulzberger finished fifth in the Tour Down Under is his first year as a pro cyclist. The race in Australia for which Drapac received a wild card invitation for 2014, will be his first objective of the new season.

    "The Santos Tour Down Under is always a great race to start with and obviously the biggest race in Australia that we have, so doing that straight up is a big objective of mine. I finished fifth overall once before so it would be nice to try and get up there for that one,” he said.

    At Drapac Sulzberger will be reunited with his older brother Bernard. Drapac has also recruited Travis Meyer from Orica-GreenEdge, Will Clarke from Argos-Shimano and Jonathan Cantwell from Saxo-Tinkoff. The team signed Jack Anderson (Budget Forklifts), Jai Crawford (Huon-Genesys), Jordan Kerby (Christina Watches-Onfone), Lachlan Norris (Raleigh), Wouter Wippert (Team 3M) and Benjamin Johnson who previously left cycling in 2008.

    Dutchman Floris Goesinnen and Australians Robbie Hucker, Darren Lapthorne, Thomas Palmer, Adam...

  • Contador visits Brazil before working in the Specialized wind tunnel

    Alberto Contador poses for a photograph in front of Corcovado mountain in Brazil
    Article published:
    November 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Spaniard begins his 2014 season with a trip to the Americas

    Alberto Contador began training for the 2014 season last week but will visit Brazil at the start of this week before travelling on to California to work in on his position and test new equipment in the Specialized wind tunnel.

    Contador arrived in Rio de Janeiro early on Monday and will then spend two days in São Paulo, opening a new bike shop and the new headquarters of Specialized in Brazil. Contador’s Saxo Bank team uses Specialized bikes and the Spaniard has a lucrative personal sponsorship agreement with the US bike brand.

    Contador revealed his travel plans via Twitter, saying he would be in Brazil and then go on to “test new things” in the wind tunnel.

    Specialized unveiled its in-house cycling-specific wind tunnel in the spring. Contador will likely work on his time trial position as he prepares to take on Chris Froome at the 2014 Tour de France.

    Contador started training for 2014 last Monday with teammates Jesus Hernandez and Sergio Paulinho. He mixed rides on the road with a day of mountain biking in the hills above Lugano, Switzerland, where he now lives for much of the year.

    Contador has already confirmed he will ride the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in 2014, with a more gradual start to his season compared to 2013. He won just one race –a stage at the Tour de San Luis in February, and was a disappointing fourth in the Tour de France.

  • Gallery: Boardman Elite 2014 range

    The Boardman AiR/TTE is the flagship of the 2014 range and was unveiled last month at the Ironman World Championships in Kona
    Article published:
    November 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT
    By:
    Jamie Wilkins, Bikeradar.com

    New TT and cyclo-cross bikes added to line-up

    This article originally appeared on Bikeradar.

    Boardman Bikes have revealed their new Elite range at a presentation in London. Chris Boardman introduced the range himself, and was joined by British triathlon stars Alastair and Jonathan Brownlee and 2012 Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs.

    Unusually, the entire line-up has been completely revamped, at the same time as introducing new models. The new AiR/TTE time trial and triathlon bike is the flagship. It's joined by an all-new SLS 'endurance road' bike, a new range of CXR disc-equipped cyclocross bikes and thoroughly re-engineered versions of the AiR aero-road and SLR road race bikes.

    The first of the new bikes will be available in December, others will follow in January and the AiR/TTE will go on sale in spring.

    Superlight Endurance Series

    The SLS is a completely new addition to Boardman's range. It's described as an endurance race bike – rather than a purely comfort-focused model – so imagine a rival to the likes of the Specialized Roubaix and Trek Domane. The frame is a full monocoque with extensive use of high modulus carbon fibre and a claimed weight of just 850g.

    Instead of designing a complex, attention-grabbing, shock-absorbing widget to rival Specialized's Zertz inserts and Trek's seat tube decoupler, Boardman opted to keep the frame simple and use refined geometry and ultra-thin seatstays to provide the ride comfort.

    Race-worthy power transfer is ensured by the huge, boxy down tube and chainstays. The bottom bracket is a Press-Fit 30 type, the same as every bike in the range, except the AiR/TTE.

    The geometry of the SLS is relaxed compared to its stablemates but only by a small amount. For example, a size M frame has a 10mm longer head tube and 5mm longer chainstays than the...

  • Vuelta a España doping tests were all negative

    Thumbs up: Chris Horner in red on the final day
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    November 11, 2013, 16:25 GMT
    By:
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Race director rejects possibility of women’s equivalent race

    The UCI and Vuelta a España boss Javier Guillén have revealed that all doping test results for the 2013 Vuelta were negative. The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation said via a press release that all 598 blood and urine samples were taken during the race.

    Speaking on Monday in a forum organised by Spanish newspaper AS, Gullén confirmed the news and also revealed several other aspects of cycling’s third Grand Tour. He confirmed that, at least in the short-term, there were no plans for a women’s Vuelta a España.

    Guillén criticised the suspicions raised concerning 2013 Vuelta winner Chris Horner -at 41 cycling’s oldest Grand Tour winner, and Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

    “I think that [suspicion] is bad, even if I understand it given cycling’s recent past. But you can’t be cast into doubt simply as a matter of course,” he said.

    “That said, anybody caught doping has to be suspended, and I would say suspended for life if it’s for certain substances.”

    Guillén provided data to the AS forum about the current financial state and popularity level of the Vuelta, saying the race had around 1.8 million direct spectators lining the route each year, with an average age of 41, two thirds men and one third women, each travelling an average of 42 kilometres to reach their roadside spot to watch.

    The Spanish Grand Tour had its biggest foreign TV audiences in Denmark, Belgium and Holland and 73 percent of internet traffic for lavuelta.com came from abroad. Around a million Spaniards watched the race daily, with peaks of two million for the biggest stages like last year’s ascent of the Angliru.

    No women’s...

  • Armstrong calls for a level playing field in doping punishment

    Lance Armstrong liked to control the media
    Article published:
    November 11, 2013, 18:10 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Disgraced Texan claims he has paid a heavy price

    Lance Armstrong has called for a more level playing field between his and other rider’s doping bans, admitting that he confessed to Oprah Winfrey on television because there were “lawsuits in place that would have put me in the cross-hairs."

    Repeating many of the claims he made in his long interview with Cyclingnews last week, including that he was ready to give full details of his doping to a possible Truth and Reconciliation process, Armstrong claimed that he deserves equal treatment to other riders from his generation who also doped.

    Armstrong was the recognised ringmaster and bully that lead to the deceit and doping that went on during his career. But he feels he should get equal treatment to his former teammates who were given six-months ban for assisting in the USADA investigation.

    They signed affidavits naming Armstrong, but he refused to co-operate in USADA’s investigation and did everything he could to disrupt and impede it. Armstrong was banned for life and lost his seven Tour de France victories.

    “We had a very consistent pattern of behaviour in cycling. Yet the punishment and the toll it has taken on some are not consistent. Some took a free pass, while some have been given the death penalty,” he told the BBC World Service in a telephone interview.

    “I just hope that people are treated consistently and fairly. If everyone gets the death penalty, then I'll take the death penalty. If everyone gets a free pass, I'm happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I'll take my six months."

    “I’ll sum it up like this: The playing field at the time was level, the justice served here has been anything but level.”

    Armstrong lamented that he has paid a high financial price, while others somehow “capitalised on...

  • Chris Horner: I'm not rider 15

    Chris Horner (RadioShack) was the strongest rider at the Vuelta
    Article published:
    November 11, 2013, 19:30 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    "I learned all my doping news from Cyclingnews" says 42-year-old Vuelta winner

    Chris Horner has denied that he is the redacted name labeled as rider 15 in USADA’s Reasoned Decision. During an interview with ProCycling Magazine,  the 2013 Vuelta a Espana  victor discussed his year and his win in the Spanish Grand Tour. The American rider was also asked if he was rider 15, a topic he refused to discuss when Cyclingnews called him twice in September.

    Rider 15 appears in Levi Leipheimer’s affidavit with USADA redacting names due to possible links to ongoing investigations.

    The following transcript is taken from the interview which took place at Horner’s home last month. Horner is still without a contract for 2014 despite his success this year. He released his biological passport data last month in a bid to quell any speculation and provide transparency.

    Ben Delaney: Were you involved in the Lance Armstrong investigation?

    Chris Horner: Nope.

    Ben Delaney: Are you rider 15?

    Chris Horner: Nope. Well, I don’t know who rider number 15 is but I never had that conversation. So, it’s not me. USADA has never contacted me. Clearly I’ve never been in touch with the Puerto investigation, the Italian investigation, yada, yada, yada. Clearly I wasn’t involved, you can go all the way back to when I first started in 1998. Also, you can look at my results. It’s always been boggling to me. You see my results get better and better. And you see the drug testing get better and better. And so, as a rider, I always find it funny. Why didn’t you guys see it? Why don’t you guys see how difficult it was in '97, '98, '99?

    I had a difficult time in Europe. It’s difficult to say whether the drug problem was there or it...