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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 15, 2012

Date published:
October 15, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • U.S. investigations stalled ASADA's pursuit of White

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    October 15, 2012, 1:11 BST
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    Jane Aubrey

    Cycling Australia admits naivety in its own reviews

    The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) was not able to investigate Floyd Landis' claims involving Matt White due to the allegations also being pursued by its United States' equivalent as well as the failed Federal investigation.

    In May 2010, Cycling Australia received correspondence from the UCI in relation to Landis' allegations. In response to this, Cycling Australia then referred the matter to ASADA.

    On Saturday, White stepped down from his role as Cycling Australia professional men's road coordinator as well as his role with Orica-GreenEdge as sports director after he confessed to doping during his career with U.S. Postal Service.

    "I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy," White said in a statement. "My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope."

    The admission only came in the wake of Landis' redacted affidavit in which he swears that during training in the lead up to the 2003 Vuelta a España, "Bruyneel initiated a separate conversation over the phone with me on how to use Human Growth Hormone (HGH). At the direction of Mr. Bruyneel, I subsequently bought the HGH and Andriol from the team 'trainer' Jose Marti (aka Pepe), who lived in Valencia, Spain at the time along with the team doctor Dr. Luis Garcia Del Moral. I then spent substantial time training with fellow...

  • Millar says USADA report will change lives

    Tom Danielson and David Millar were important parts in the team's win
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    October 15, 2012, 3:02 BST
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    Cycling News

    Garmin-Sharp rider says his teammates have changed the sport

    David Millar has made further comment in the days proceeding the release of USADA’s report in which he suggests that the lives of his current teammates - Dave Zabriskie, Tom Danielson and Christian Vande Velde - will be changed forever. This follows his earlier suggestion that the UCI’s honorary President Hein Verbruggen should step down.

    The three Garmin-Sharp riders provided statements to the public accepting their six-month suspensions from competition and apologising for their past actions. Zabriskie, Danielson and Vande Velde were former teammates of Lance Armstrong at US Postal.

    "They are humiliated, they are ashamed and they are terrified," Millar reportedly told De Telegraaf. "Their lives will never be the same. It is very hard for them. I know for sure."

    Millar, who has ridden with the team run by Jonathan Vaughters since 2008, has been a strong voice in the anti-doping movement since returning from suspension in 2006. He has since written his own book, Racing Through the Dark that describes his earlier years as a professional and subsequent decision to use doping products however, the level of detail in the more than 1,000-page USADA document is a huge...

  • Pozzato to Lampre-Merida for three years

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    October 15, 2012, 5:32 BST
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    Cycling News

    Italian leaves Farnese Vini-Selle Italia after one season

    Filippo Pozzato experienced a troubling 2012 year which he would happily forget. Injuries, setbacks and a three-month suspension will be thankfully left behind when Pozzato lines up in 2013 in the colours of Lampre-Merida. The 31-year-old recently announced a three-year deal on Twitter after just a one-year stint at his current Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team.

    Pozzato ended his season shortly after the Giro di Lombardia where he placed 71st. The Italian completed just 38 days of racing when he has averaged closer to 80 over the past six seasons. He also scored just one victory at the GP Industria & Artigianato - Larciano, accumulated 96 UCI points and placed 135th in the UCI's Europe Tour ranking.

    Pozzato broke his collarbone at Tour of Qatar, bounced back in time for the spring classics and recorded a second-place at Tour of Flanders, crashed out of the Giro d’Italia with a broken hand and then was excluded from the London Olympics and world championships while under suspension from the Italian Olympic Committe for his involvement with the banned Dr. Michele Ferrari.

    Pozzato then cut his season short due to inflammation to the patellar tendon in his right knee shortly after Lombardia. With such a disappointing season he’ll need...

  • Launceston Cycling Classic expands in 2012

    Luke Ockerby (TIS/PureTas) takes the win in Launceston
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    October 15, 2012, 7:01 BST
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    Cycling News

    Kermesse to feature in addition to Classic

    The Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic has returned for 2012, celebrating the 11th edition of the highly-popular criterium held around the city streets of Launceston, Tasmania. This year’s race will be held in conjunction with a Saturday kermesse organised by the Launceston Cycling Club on the weekend starting 8 December.

    The event has moved to a Sunday evening time slot to accommodate the additional Saturday kermesse around Deloraine and Westbury with many of the country’s top National Road Series teams set to attend the weekend of racing.

    Last year’s winner Luke Ockerby from the Budget Forklifts team will return to the race with the hope of taking another win in the event he won last year under atrocious conditions.

    "It’s a fantastic event and it will be my job to get teammate Luke Ockerby up to the front the help him get back to back wins, the whole team is looking forward to it," said Budget Forklifts’ Peter Loft.

    The team will be challenged by local squad and current NRS team classification leaders Genesys Wealth Advisers while Team Polygon also vying for the win. Search2retain will also be in the mix along with a number of others. This year's race will focus on the strength of the domestic scene and will miss a number of the European-based professionals who have attended previous editions. That is unlikely however, to affect the more than 10,000 spectators who are expected to line the course on the Sunday evening.

    There is a full program of events scheduled for the weekend with a number of support races including the returning of the Female Elite race beginning at 5pm, two hours before the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic.

     

  • Andy Schleck: cycling needs to focus on the future

    Johan Bruyneel will attempt to work the oracle with Andy Schleck in 2012.
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    October 15, 2012, 10:31 BST
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    Cycling News

    Tour de France contender unfazed by Bruyneel dismissal

    Andy Schleck is focusing on his future and has said that cycling should do the same. Despite the recent USADA report about Lance Armstrong and revelations of organised doping, the Luxembourger told L'Equipe that he was confident the sport will be able to overcome the problems of the past and that the current anti-doping tests were an efficient deterrent against doping.  

    "The former US Postal riders talk of a reality which I think is behind us now," Schleck reportedly told L'Equipe at the Tour of Beijing. "The problem in cycling is that we have to find some kind of serenity again in order to move on. People have to trust us. I know, that's easier said than done, and what we're reading these days doesn't make our sport any more credible. But I believe in our future."

    The 27-year-old added that he thought stirring up cycling's past was not a useful way to clean the slate. "What's the use, really, that someone like Frankie Andreu - whom I refer to at random - tells the truth today about something he did 12 years ago, or more? So, should we go even further, find witnesses to talk about Charly Gaul's era, to hold them accountable?," he asked.

    "But it's not for me to decide. It's up to the UCI, it's upto WADA. In my opinion, only the future should be on our minds: the biological passport, the whereabouts system, which represent the first steps. They're tangible measures and they work. At the time when Lance won his Tours, there were less positives than these last few years."

    Schleck's brother Fränk is currently fighting to save his career after testing positive at this year's Tour de France, but his...

  • Martin and Phinney to clash at Chrono des Nations

    Time trial world champion for 2012 Tony Martin (Germany)
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    October 15, 2012, 12:43 BST
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    Cycling News

    World championship rematch ends the European season

    The organisers of the Chrono des Nations time trial have revealed that Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) will clash in the 48.5km event on Sunday October 21 –the final race of the 2012 European season.

    Martin won the Chrono des Nations in 2011 and set a new record of 56:20 for the course around Herbiers, in the Vendee region. David Millar won the 2010 event.

    Both Martin and Phinney competed at the Tour of Beijing, with the German showing his end of season form with an impressive stage victory that gave him a second consecutive overall victory. Martin will compete in the world time trial champion's rainbow jersey after winning the title for a second time in Valkenburg in September.

    Phinney will be looking for victory in the rematch between the two after finishing just five seconds behind Martin in the world championships.

    Organisers revealed that French national time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel will also ride the Chrono des Nations, as will Jeremy Roy (FDJ-Big Mat).

    L'Equipe reports that Chris Froome (Team Sky), Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana), Richie Porte (Team Sky) and Italy's Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) will also ride.

    The full start list will be revealed on Tuesday.

  • Despite USADA's evidence Liggett remains Armstrong's supporter

    The “voice of cycling” Phil Liggett (right), seen here sharing a moment with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, will take part in this year’s Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race.
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    October 15, 2012, 13:22 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Tv commentator says he's been made to "look like a fool"

    Phil Liggett, who has in the past criticized USADA’s case against Lance Armstrong and often defended the Texan, has given his first reaction since the anti-doping agency released their 1,000 page submission into doping in the US Postal team.

    Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles by USADA after a damning investigation that included testimony from 26 individuals, 11 of whom were former teammmates.

    Liggett has been a constant supporter of Armstrong through the rider’s career and through numerous doping allegations. He admitted to not having read the report, with his information having been received second-hand through news sources. He told Cyclingnews: “It is a witch hunt, lets face it, because they only want Lance. Call it what you like, the fact is they only have one ambition and that’s to get Lance.”

    Liggett, who has commented on the Tour de France for a number of television networks in a career that has spanned 40 years and 35 Tours, added that he was still a supporter of Armstrong, despite the fact the revelations around Armstrong's doping had made him ‘look like a fool’.

    “If he’s been taking drugs then of course it’s right [to sanction] but they still lack the absolute proof as far as I’m aware. I still am a supporter of Armstrong. Whatever way we look at it Lance has been good for the sport. No one can condone, if it’s finally proved, that he’s ridden his whole career on drugs. I had an email from an eminent scientist from the US yesterday. An SMS actually. It said if Lance Armstrong had taken the drugs outlined by USADA he’d have been dead ten years ago. He’s an eminent scientist and a very intelligent man. I don’t know his name, the SMS...

  • Tyler Hamilton book nominated for William Hill prize

    Tyler Hamilton in 2004
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    October 15, 2012, 17:58 BST
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    Cycling News

    The Secret Race tipped to win Sports Book of the Year

    "The Secret Race" - Tyler Hamilton's autobiography, written with Dan Coyle, about doping in cycling during his troubled professional career, has been nominated by the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year, with many expecting the book to win the award in November.

    The long list for the prestigious British prize includes 14 books, all published before September 29. The only other cycling book amongst this year's long list is Victoria' Pendleton's autobiography "Between the Lines".

    The William Hill Sports Book of the Year is world's oldest sports literary award, with the winner receiving a £24,000 prize. Previous winners from the world of cycling include "Rough Ride" by Paul Kimmage in 1990 and ironically "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong in 2000.

    Hamilton's book has been tipped to win the prize because of the current furore engulfing Lance Armstrong and professional cycling following the publication of the USADA investigation findings.

    The book tells Hamilton's sordid story but the information is backed up by extensive research by Coyle, who states in the introduction that he interviewed Hamilton more than 60 times and interviewed numerous independent sources “to verify and corroborate Hamilton's account", The result is a bird's eye view of Armstrong's power and influence over even those tasked with governing the sport.

    The "Secret Race" is prefaced by an admission that Hamilton had lied throughout his career: "The truth is too big, it involves too many people. You've either got to tell 100 percent or nothing. There's no in-between", He ends the book by...