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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 5, 2012

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November 05, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Bianchi unveils Oltre XR Gimondi 70

    The Oltre XR Gimondi 70 will sell for €13,490 (£10,820/$17,450)
    Article published:
    November 03, 2012, 17:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    Celebrates the 70th birthday of cycling legend Felice Gimondi

    This article first appeared on Bikeradar

    Bianchi this week launched a limited edition version of its Oltre XR that celebrates the 70th birthday of Italian cycling legend Felice Gimondi.

    Only 70 of the Oltre XR Gimondi 70 limited edition bikes will be made, and the retail price has been pegged at €13,490 (£10,820/$17,450).

    Built up with Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS electronic group, the Oltre XR Gimondi 70 features a custom paint job, including a down tube filled with Gimondi’s race exploits, and comes with a full complement of special Bianchi swag.

    Including with each of the bikes are:

    • a semi-rigid bike bag with the Gimondi 70 logo
    • a bike cover with the Gimondi 70 logo
    • a certificate signed by Felice Gimondi
    • a special Santini cycling kit (bib shorts and jersey) by Santini, with the same graphics and colors used by Felice Gimondi's Bianchi team in the ’70s
    • a Bianchi/Gimondi book 

    Other special touches on the bike include the appropriate color stripes in deference to Gimondi’s wins at the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España and the World Championships. Bianchi also used its late ’60s/early ’70s logo on the bike.

  • Swift targets Sky Classics spot in 2013

    Stage winner and points leader Ben Swift (Sky)
    Article published:
    November 03, 2012, 19:30 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Road-focused year starts with Tour Down Under

    After a year that saw him win three world championship medals on the track and a purple patch of form at the Tour de Pologne, Ben Swift (Team Sky) is already making plans for improvement in 2013.

    The 24-year-old has targeted a slot in Sky’s Classics line-up as his first target but in terms of season objectives, he's looking to up his win rate.

    “The biggest plans and targets are just to win as much as I can. I only had two wins on the road this year but I had 8 seconds and 5 thirds so I was close a lot of the time so I just want to turn those around and into wins. Id love to break into the Classics like Milan-San Remo and get some experience there,” he told Cyclingnews.

    His pathway to Classics selection could be determined by his opening season form. As in 2011, he will race the Tour Down Under. Australia has been a successful patch for Swift. In 2011 he won two stages and finished third on the podium. This year, the Tour Down Under was shelved as Olympic track ambition took over but with the Worlds in Australia Swift picked up results.

    “I love racing Down Under and it’s been pretty good stomping ground for me in the past,” he added, pointing to the World title he won in the scratch race and silvers he claimed in the points and Madison races.

    However the Worlds were not a complete success. Swift’s participation in the scratch, points race and Madison events were based on the fact he was dropped from Great Britain’s team pursuit squad. It signalled the end of his Olympic ambitions.

    “A lot of my early season and winter preparation was focussed on the track ...

  • Cycling mourns Tommy Godwin

    Tommy Godwin realised his dream at the 1948 Olympic Games in London
    Article published:
    November 04, 2012, 9:42 GMT
    Cycling News

    Double Olympic medallist dies aged 91

    Tommy Godwin, a double Olympic medallist from the 1948 Games, has passed away aged 91.

    The British rider lost the best years of his racing career to the Second World War but came back to win two bronze medals on the track at Herne Hill in the first post-war Games. His medals came in the team pursuit and the kilometre but he was involved with cycling throughout his life.

    Godwin, who was born in America, devoted his life to cycling. From the age of 14, when he got his first bike to deliver groceries, right up to this summer, as an ambassador for the London 2012 Games.

    Godwin moved back to England as America was hit by a huge recession. His parents found a home in the West Midlands. After quitting school at 14, he went on to labour in a factory where he worked for 6 months until he got a job delivering groceries in the front basket of a bike.

    After his first race, Godwin’s love for cycling grew and was given a second hand SunWasp which that 27 and sixpence, about £1.75 in today's decimal money. Friends of his used to go on cycling weekends to North Wales but Godwin couldn’t due to work and therefore quit his job and found a new one working for the BSA – a big cycle firm.

    He received his first racing bike, a gift from his father, shortly after that race. It was a Gameson with wooden wheels - a significant upgrade. In 1939 his reputation started to grow, and after winning a race in Birmingham he was invited to the Olympic trials.

    During the war, Godwin was working 50-60 hours a week and had to ride all around the Midlands. It kept him very fit. On top of that, he raced a 25-mile time trial every Sunday morning before working the rest of the day.

    After his career held a managerial position after his retirement from the sport, leading the British squad at the Tokyo Games in 1964.

    Current British Cycling president, Brian Cookson led the tributes: "Tommy Godwin represented all that...

  • Peeters: "With Cavendish we’ve more chances in the Classics"

    For the first time in his career Tom Boonen gets to raise his arms aloft as Paris-Brussels champion.
    Article published:
    November 04, 2012, 13:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    Admits it will be hard to repeat 2012 dominance

    Wilfried Peeters expects Omega Pharma QuickStep to face sterner opposition in next season’s spring Classics campaign with Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan as two of their main challengers.

    The Belgian team enjoyed an incredible spring. They won seven races by the end of January but were almost unstoppable in the Classics, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen – Waregem, E3, Gent – Wevelgem, de Panne, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

    “I think we have a strong team, just like this year with the leader Tom Boonen and all the victories we had in 2012. However to be as successful in 2013 in going to be difficult but we’ll try and do it. We’ve got a very similar team for the Classics and have only changed a few riders,” Peeters told Cyclingnews.

    The signing of Mark Cavendish adds another string to the team’s bow. The 2009 Milan San-Remo winner has struggled to match his only Classics win but Peeters believes that the British rider's new surroundings in the squad can benefit from two leaders in Cavendish and Boonen.

    “With Cavendish we’ve more chances. It’s very possible to work with both Boonen and Cavendish in the team and line up. We might have to change tactics slightly. Maybe Tom goes in the early break at San Remo on the Poggio. With two riders like this we have more chances of wining the race. More options is a good thing for us.”

    However with Fabian Cancellara set to return from injury and the growing prowess of Peter Sagan, Peeters is aware that QuickStep’s 2012 dominance could be hard to replicate.

    “Cancellara had a lot of bad luck this year. Sagan, in every race this year, he was one of the best riders and I think he can go even higher. Cancellara, will be very motivated to get back to his level.”

  • SKINS launch $2 million law suit against UCI over handling of anti-doping fight

    UCI president Pat McQuaid answers a question during a press conference held during the UCI road world championships in Valkenburg.
    Article published:
    November 04, 2012, 16:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sponsor thought doping was 'contained' and scandals 'minimised'

    The sports clothing manufacturer SKINS has launched a $2 million law suit against the UCI, claiming that their brand name has been damaged by the UCI’s governance of the sport in the wake of the recent doping headlines. The sport has been rocked by USADA’s case into Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team. The fallout has involved a number of other teams and riders.

    The clothing company has been in the sport since 2008 and worked with a number of teams and organisations, including CyclingAustralia, BikeNZ, USA Cycling, Rabobank Professional Cycling Team, Team Europcar, Team NetApp and Team Telekom.

    The SKINS legal representative has written to the UCI, stating: “As a supplier and a sponsor, SKINS is particularly concerned by its brand image and since it strongly believes in the true spirit of competition, it is firmly against doping.”

    “When it decided to invest in cycling not only as a sponsor but also in extending its product range through massive investments in R&D, SKINS was under the illusion that professional cycling had been fundamentally reformed to contain doping and to minimise the risks of scandals with which the brand of any sponsor could be associated,” the letter continues.

    The USADA case investigated doping throughout Armstrong’s career but focused primarily on his career from 1998 until 2005.

    According to the letter, the UCI’s handling of the anti-doping fight “harms SKINS, as well as any other sponsor or supplier. Therefore, the acts and omissions by the UCI, Henricus Verbruggen respectively Patrick McQuaid have caused the prejudice SKINS now suffers, which prejudice exceeds the amount of USD 2,000,000, sum which the latter intends to recover through the Courts.”


  • Howman: WADA's credibility not in question in Armstrong aftermath

    David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency
    Article published:
    November 05, 2012, 0:35 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    More power for the anti-doping body in the future?

    News that the UCI has called for an external commission to examine allegations made against them in the Lance Armstrong affair has been welcomed by WADA. The anti-doping agency has offered assistance, if called upon, a measure that may help remedy the relationship between the two organisations.

    However while USADA's reasoned decision and ruling against Armstrong has put the UCI under the microscope, the role of WADA has been somewhat bypassed. When USADA's ruling was handed down, WADA praised the US Anti-Doping Agency's rigor and handwork. But what of WADA itself and their role in cycling's fight against anti-doping?

    Although their ability to operate has only been in motion since August 2004, and the bulk of the Armstrong deluge belonged in a previous timeframe, they aren't inescapable from the story and discussion has been raised over both their role in the fight against anti-doping and whether their current mandate should be enhanced.

    "I don't think it's about WADA's credibility," says their director-general David Howman when asked if his agency should review their own position.

    "First of all the code didn't come into effect until August 2004 for there was considerable stuff that was going on before our rules came into effect. Secondly we for a long time complained about what was going on in cycling."

    WADA has indeed stuck to their charter since their inception and have had previous altercations due to the phlegmatic lack of urgency that has seeped through the walls in Aigle. The low point came when the UCI sued former WADA President Dick Pound.

    In the wake of a L'Equipe story involving Lance Armstrong's positive tests from the 1999 Tour a commission was set up by the UCI. The Vrijman enquiry, as it was called,...

  • Pooley puts break on hold, signs for Team Bigla

    Emma Pooley (Great Britain) was pushed into fourth in the women's race against the clock
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    November 05, 2012, 6:27 GMT
    Cycling News

    Lack of UCI license may impact race invitations

    Former world champion Emma Pooley will ride for Team Bigla in 2013. The 2010 time trial world champion had previously suggested the idea of spending a year away from the sport after her AA Cycling Team announced they would discontinue sponsorship in 2013.

    Those initial suggestions have been cast aside as the time trial specialist looks set to race in 2013, albeit on what has become a smaller non UCI-registered team. Team Bigla was once a dominant force amongst the UCI women's peloton from 2004-2009, winning a number of stages at the Giro Donne before the main sponsor Bigla pulled back on sponsorship at the end of 2009.

    For the past three seasons the team has existed as a development squad for Swiss riders with Pooley's experience to be used in assisting the younger riders step into the professional ranks. Without a UCI license the team will likely race a reduced schedule to what Pooley has been familiar with over the past seasons.

    "Bigla is a professional team again," said team founder Fritz Boesch on the signing of Pooley. "This is the requirement to be successful."

    Having registered as a Swiss national team, the team may receive invitations to a number of bigger races however, it's unlikely Pooley and her younger teammates will be attending the World Cup circuit, Tour de Feminin or the Giro Donne.

    "I am looking forward to the new task and will give my best to help the young riders," said Pooley.

    Pooley will join another 14 riders who have been named on the 2013 roster: Andrea Graus and Verena Eberhardt (Aut); Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux); Isabelle Becker (Bel); Katarina Hranaiova (Cze); Emilie Aubry, Désirée Ehrler, Martin and Sandra White,...

  • Lampre-ISD add Richeze to 2013 roster

    Blue jersey still remainds with Maximiliano Richeze (Team NIPPO)
    Article published:
    November 05, 2012, 10:49 GMT
    Cycling News

    Argentinean sprinter joins Petacchi and Ferrari

    Lampre-ISD has boosted its line-up of sprinters for 2013 season, signing current Pan-American champion Maximiliano Richeze of Argentina.

    Lampre-ISD secured a UCI WorldTour licence for 2013 last week and has moved quickly to increase its roster further.

    "It's an honour to have the chance to be part of Team Lampre. (Giuseppe) Saronni and the staff always know how to get the best out of the riders. I hope to soon win wearing my new colours," Richeze said in a press release from the Italian team.

    Richeze won 13 races during the 2012 season while riding for Team Nippo, including overall success at the recent Tour de Hokkaido. He also finished third in the Coppa Bernocchi in Italy in August.

    "Richeze is definitely fast but most of all, he's good at taking his chances in any kind of sprint. (Alessandro) Petacchi and (Roberto) Ferrari are the key sprinters but Maximiliano will be an important alternative. I hope he gets some good results," Saronni said.

    Lampre-ISD has also signed Filippo Pozzato, Jose Serpa and Elia Favilli for the 2013 season. Damiano Cunego and Michele Scarponi remain as team leaders.