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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 25, 2013

Date published:
November 25, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Bandiera signs for Androni-Venezuela

    Marco Bandiera (IAM Cycling)
    Article published:
    November 24, 2013, 21:10 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Italian joins from IAM Cycling

    Marco Bandiera has signed for Androni-Venezuela for the 2014 season. The experienced Italian spent the 2013 campaign with the new IAM Cycling squad, where his best result was a 6th-place finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

    Bandiera turned professional with Lampre in 2008 and had spells at Katusha and QuickStep before joining IAM Cycling at the beginning of last season.

    The 29-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with Gianni Savio’s squad, which has been active in the transfer market in recent weeks. Dutch pair Johnny Hoogerland and Kenny van Hummel have both signed with Androni-Venezuela this winter following the disbandment of the Vacansoleil-DCM team.

    In a statement, Androni-Venezuela described Bandiera’s arrival as "another tile added to the mosaic of Androni-Venezuela, a team kitted out towards the new reforms of cycling, which will come into place next season."

    Some changes to the cycling calendar and its structures are due to be implemented between 2015 and 2020. One proposal calls for the current WorldTour to be replaced by a 16-team top flight and an eight-team second division, with promotion and relegation between the two.

    Androni-Venezuela has already secured a wildcard invitation to the 2014 Giro d'Italia by winning the Coppa Italia teams classification this season.

  • Colombia want Sánchez before Antón

    Igor Anton (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 10:39 GMT
    By:
    Peter Cossins

    Corti denies Colombians have made Basque climber an offer

    Team Colombia manager Claudio Corti has denied that his team has made an offer to Euskaltel climber Igor Antón, who claimed over the weekend the Colombian outfit is “very interested” in signing him.

    Speaking to Ciclismo Internacional, Corti said that “we consider him to be a very good rider and we respect him, but Team Colombia haven’t made him an offer.” The Italian boss of the Colombian team added: “For now we’ve got nothing to say on Antón, our interest is on keeping tabs on Samuel Sánchez’s situation.”

    Corti indicated last week that Team Colombia have been speaking to Euskaltel team leader Sánchez, but the 2008 Olympic champion subsequently insisted he had not had any talks with any team in recent weeks. Sánchez’s arrival would certainly boost the profile of the Colombian outfit, which received a wild card to this year’s Giro d’Italia.

    Team Colombia have so far confirmed 17 riders for their 2014 roster, with one place left to fill. The team will be led by Fabio Duarte, Jarlinson Pantano, Leonardo Duque and new signing Miguel Ángel Rubiano.

  • Peloton pays its respects to Arnaud Coyot

    Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun)
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT
    By:
    Peter Cossins

    Tributes following Frenchman’s death in car crash

    Friends and former colleagues of ex-pro Arnaud Coyot have been paying tribute to the Frenchman, who died after the vehicle in which he was travelling hit a roadside barrier close to his home town of Beauvais, in northern France, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Coyot, 33, died some hours later in Amiens hospital without regaining consciousness after the crash.

    A pro for 10 seasons, Coyot rode in the colours of Cofidis, Unibet, Caisse d’Epargne and Sojasun before retiring at the end of 2012 as a result of a persistent knee injury. He rode the Tour de France four times, finishing on each occasion. He returned to the race this year as a driver of one of the VIP vehicles.

    Former Caisse d’Epargne team-mate Joaquim Rodríguez described Coyot as "one of the best team-mates and people that I have ever met in the world of cycling." Another former Caisse d’Epargne colleague, Iván Gutiérrez posted on Twitter: "An extraordinary French colleague has died! Coyot! He was a great person! How unjust life is."

    Tributes also came from his former team-mates at the Belgian Unibet team, including Baden Cooke and Rigoberto Urán. "I am so very sad to hear about the passing of Arnaud Coyot. 33 yo, way too young to die. He was a great guy and top teammate. RIP," Cooke said in a post on his Twitter page. Urán said: "I had the chance to spent three seasons with this great man who fate has taken from us."

    Coyot spent his last two seasons as a pro with Saur-Sojasun, whose former leader Jérôme Coppel commented: "There are no words to express my grief and what I am feeling… he is in the forefront of my thoughts." Another ex-Sojasun rider, Jimmy Engoulvent said: "Arnaud has left us before his time, but with...

  • Lampre-Merida team hit by robbery

    The 2013 Lampre Merida team
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 12:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Thieves take off with bikes and van

    The Lampre-Merida team were left picking up the pieces on Monday morning after discovering that the team headquarters had been the target of a robbery. The crime took place at some point between Saturday evening and the early hours of Monday morning.

    A number of bikes and equipment have been reported as stolen, including 2014 race bikes that were supposed to presented at the team’s off season training camp.

    “If you see some scruffy types on @lampre_merida teambikes or suspiciously cheap offers for these, pls let us know: team@teamlampremerida.com,” the team tweeted.

    One complete Warp time trial is among the stolen equipment, along with SRM systems, team frames, Shimano groupsets and Fulcrum wheels. The thieves also made off with a team van.

    The Italian WorldTour team posted a list of stolen equipment on their official website:

    - TT time trial bike Merida Warp, team color, complete with wheels and components
    - Bike Merida Reacto Ages, team color, complete with wheels and components
    - Merida Bike Ride, team color, complete with wheels and components
    - Merida Bike Sculpture, team color, complete with wheels and components
    - Merida frames ready for assembly
    - Shimano 11 speed Dura ace of 2 (electronic)
    - Wheels Fulcrum
    - Selle San Marco (model 2013) and Prologo Saddles (2014 models)
    - Measuring systems: SRM (2013 season) and Rotor with computer Garmin (2014 season)
     

  • Gesink targets Tour de France in 2014

    2013 Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec champion Robert Gesink (Belkin)
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 14:45 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dutchman also plans on returning to Tour of California

    Robert Gesink plans on returning to the Tour de France in 2014 to target the overall classification as one of Belkin Pro Cycling's captains. The 27-year old Dutchman also intends  to contest the Amgen Tour of California next year, a race he won in 2012, as well as the Amstel Gold Race.

    Gesink started this year's Giro d'Italia as captain of the, then, Blanco Procycling Team. He had to abandon the race when he fell ill in the last week. The Giro won't be on his calendar for next season, however. The Belkin rider, who has finished in the top-10 of a Grand Tour four times, instead has opted for the Tour de France as his main goal of the season. 

    "I am happy with the Tour de France course for next year. The cobbles will be tricky but we have to get across them. I did well in 2010 [Gesink was 5th in the overall that year]. Furthermore there are a few nice uphill finishes and only one long time trial. When I see this course, I am looking forward to riding it with the overall classification as a goal," he said after the Tour de France presentation last month.

    This year Gesink rode the Tour de France in support of team captain Bauke Mollema and finished 26th in the general classification. Gesink's only victory of the season came in the Grand Prix of Québec where he beat Arthur Vichot and Greg van Avermaet. 

    “It [the Giro] wasn’t what I expected,” Gesink told Cyclingnews during the Tour of Beijing. “I went...

  • Gallery: Procycling's Season Review of 2013

    Chris Froome and his teammate Richie Porte ride their rivals off their wheels in the Dauphine
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 15:35 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Images from Tim De Waele, on sale now

    With winter refusing to let go of Europe before May was out, an autumn arriving with torrential downpours in Italy for the Worlds, it’s been a dramatic season in the pro peloton. In the brief summer we did have, Chris Froome rode from Corsica to Paris to win the 100th edition of the Tour de France.

    From Fabian Cancellara dominating on the cobbles to Vincenzo Nibali winning at the Giro d’Italia and Chris Horner pulling off a shock at the Vuelta a Espana, leading photographer Tim De Waele has been there every step of the way, photographing the stars of the peloton, rain or shine.

    Procycling’s Season Review mixes De Waele’s stunning photography with reports and cuttings from Cyclingnews and ProCycling Week’s coverage from throughout the season. Out now, you can order your copy right here, while you can also view a gallery of images, here.
     

  • Euskadi team applies for UCI license despite budget gap

    The flag of the Basque country.
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 17:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Basque Continental squad has 15 days to secure remainder

    The Euskadi Foundation team has submitted its application for a UCI license within the deadline to become a Continental team, despite a budget gap, the Fundación Ciclista Euskadi stated in a press release to that effect today.

    The last remnant of the Basque organisation is reportedly short 100,000 Euro of a 500,000 Euro total budget, according to Europa Press, but  now has 15 days to secure the remainder and finalize its application for 2014.

    Earlier this month, manager Miguel Madariaga told Cyclingnews he had added two sponsors, but had not closed the gap entirely. He was giving himself until the week of November 25 to finalize the budget.

    A struggling Spanish economy has hit the Basque cycling teams hard: more than half of the Euskaltel-Euskadi WorldTour riders are still without contracts for 2014 after the team folded due to lack of budget, including 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez.

  • Kocjan signs with SmartStop

    Race leader Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - Sanofi)
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 18:45 GMT
    By:
    Pat Malach

    Slovenian to American team from Euskaltel

    Team SmartStop took another step to bolster its stage-race resumé last week by signing Slovenian sprinter Jure Kocjan to its 2014 roster. Kocjan became the first non-Basque rider to sign with Euskaltel-Euskadi, but his tenure came to a close after one season as he was set adrift when the 16-year-old WorldTour team announced it would fold at the end of the 2013 season.

    SmartStop director Michael Creed told Cyclingnews his team can thank the social media site Facebook for the latest roster addition, or more specifically, the Tiger Woods golf game on Facebook.

    "I had deleted my Facebook account, and I wanted to play Tiger Woods Golf," Creed said. "The only way I could play Tiger Woods Golf was to reactivate my Facebook account. When I went to do that, I had a few leftover messages there. One was from Jure."

    The 29-year-old rider was looking for a spot for next season, and although SmartStop's roster was already in place, the US-based UCI Continental team came up with the resources to make Kocjan an offer.

    "To be honest, we were more or less done signing riders, but we scrounged together what we had and gave him the offer," Creed said. "He's a rider who deserves to be taken care of financially, and hopefully we can get him back to that place. He can help us become a bigger team – or a more legitimate team in people's eyes – and we can provide him the opportunity to get back to the WorldTour, where he clearly deserves to be."

    Kocjan has amassed seven wins in UCI races dating back to 2008, including three stage wins at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in 2008 and 2009; a stage win and second...