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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 29, 2012

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October 29, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • NetApp-Endura reveal 2013 jersey

    The 2013 NetApp-Endura team jersey
    Article published:
    October 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    New team to have 20-rider roster

    The NetApp-Endura team has unveiled its jersey for 2013, with black, white and blue team colours reflecting the two main sponsors' colours.

    The jersey was unveiled during the ThunderDrome event at the new Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland and worn by six riders, including British sprinter Russell Downing.

    The British-based Team Endura Racing will merge into the German-based Team NetApp after competing individually in 2012.

    NetApp, based in the US, is a leading provider of storage and data management solutions. Endura is a British technical cycle clothing brand and created the new team clothing as part of their Equipe range. Both sponsors have signed two-year sponsorship agreements.

    The 20-rider roster for 2013 includes 12 riders from Team NetApp and eight riders from the Team Endura Racing. Team NetApp secured a world card invitation o this year's Giro d'Italia, while Team Endura Racing won the Tour of Britain with Jonathan Tiernan Locke. The British climber will ride for Team Sky in 2013.

    The Endura Racing team finished sixth in the team ranking of the UCI Europe Tour. Team NetApp finished ninth.

    Team NetApp – Endura 2013:

    Jan Barta (27, Cze), Cesare Benedetti (25, Ita), Iker Camano Ortuzar (33, Spa), Zakkari Dempster (24, Aus), Russell Downing (34, GBr), Markus Eichler (30, Ger), Bartosz Huzarski (31, Pol), Blaz Jarc (24, Slo), Leopold Koenig (24, Cze), Jonathan McEvoy (23, GBr), Erick Rowsell (22, GBr), Andreas Schillinger (29, Ger), Daniel Schorn (23, Aut), Michael Schwarzmann (21, Ger), Scott Twaites (22, GBr), Paul Voss (26, Ger), Alexander Wetterhall (26, Swe).

  • Yates quits Team Sky

    Sean Yates of Team Sky at the start
    Article published:
    October 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team insists he was not forced to leave

    Team Sky has announced that Sean Yates has decided to quit his role of lead directeur sportif with the British team but insists that he did not leave due to the team’s zero-tollerance policy against doping. 

    Yates’ past as a former teammate and directeur sportif of Lance Armstrong had sparked widespread speculation that his position at Team Sky was untenable. Overnight the Sunday Telegraph reported that Yates had left Team Sky as a consequence of the zero-tollerance to doping interview process. Team Sky rebuked this suggestion, saying that “Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team.”

    Yates was part of Team Sky from 2010 and was directeur sportif when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France. 

    Yates told the Press Association said he has nothing to hide by quitting, but is instead looking to spend more time with his family.

    "I have suffered with my health in recent years and have spent a lot of time away from my home so I feel the time is right to focus on myself and my family," he is reported as saying.

    "I realise the timing of my retirement will lead to speculation given what is currently going on in the sport but I can walk away with my head held high knowing I have done nothing wrong."

    Fellow directeur sportif Steven De Jongh was also reported to be leaving the team but Team Sky has not given any indication on his future and is refusing to comment on other possible cases.

    The full Team Sky statement on Sean Yates reads: 

    Sean Yates, Team Sky’s lead Sports Director since 2010, has decided to retire from cycling after three decades...

  • Team managers support the Manifesto for Credible Cycling

    Johan Bruyneel talked with Roberto Amadio at the start of the Amstel Gold Race 2008.
    Article published:
    October 28, 2012, 17:10 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Amadio and Guercilena admit that more can be done to fight doping

    Twenty-four hours after the publication of a 'Manifesto for Credible Cycling' by a number of major European newspapers, Italian team managers Roberto Amadio (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Luca Guercilena (RadioShack-Nissan-Trek) have supported the proposals, insisting that cycling has cleaned up its act in recent years.

    Both Amadio and Guercilena attended the meeting of the AIGCP – the Association International des Groupes Cyclistes Professionels, in Paris on Tuesday, where the association called for an independent commission to investigate and analyse the anti-doping measures across the sport.

    Team managers are rarely held responsible for doping offences in their teams, but are now under intense pressure from sponsors following the devastating effects of the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and doping in the US Postal Service Team.

    Amadio is a member of the UCI WorldTour Professional Cycling Council, representing the teams. He raced as a professional between 1985 and 1989 and then worked as a directeur sportif with the Jolly Componibili, Aki, Vini Caldirola and the Liquigas team in 2000 and 2001. Davide Rebellin and Serhiy Hončar both rode for the team. Amadio became team manager of the current Liquigas team in 2005 and will manage the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team in 2013.

    “All the initiatives that help improve things have to be considered carefully, investigated and taken forward,” Liquigas-Cannondale team manager Roberto Amadio told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    “We agree with the idea of an independent committee and for anti-doping controls that are given to WADA. Increasing...

  • Omega Pharma - QuickStep add Verona to 2013 roster

    Carlos Verona (Spain) appears to be enjoying himself in the early break.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2012, 0:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    Young Spaniard ready for WorldTour

    Soon to be 20-year-old Carlos Verona Quintanilla will move from the Continental ranks to Omega Pharma - QuickStep for the coming season. The young Spaniard has spent the past two seasons riding for the Burgos BH - Castilla y Leon where he has shown his ability as a promising climber.

    Team manager Patrick Lefevere has been watching the developing rider for the past two seasons and believes he will be a perfect fit for the team led by Belgian star Tom Boonen.

    "We’ve been following Carlos in the last two years," said Lefevere. "Next season will be a unique opportunity for him to race at a high level. We believe that Carlos can fit in perfectly with the team and be a major contributor in races suited to his attributes."

    Verona has already had the opportunity to compete against his new teammates in opening season events like the four-race Challenge Mallorca and against other ProTeams at the Vuelta a Burgos. The rider who will turn 20 in early November has not achieved any significant results to date but believes the move to Omega Pharma - QuickStep and will be the perfect step in his development.

    "For me it’s a dream come true," said Verona. "Last winter I trained with the team during their winter retreat, so I already am somewhat familiar with the atmosphere. I’m thrilled with this fantastic opportunity they have offered me. To race beside athletes of this caliber will give me motivation to grow and learn quickly. I’d like to thank team Burgos for all their support and the great times we spent together, which I will never forget."

    Verona will join already announced new recruits Pieter Serry (Topsport...

  • Luca Scinto wins best Italian directeur sportif award

    Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli manager Luca Scinto with Giro della Romagna winner Oscar Gatto.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2012, 3:07 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Farnese Vini DS beats Guercilena and Bramati

    Luca Scinto of the Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team has won Premio Ennio Piscina as best directeur sportif in Italy for 2012.

    The likeable but often irascible Tuscan secured 26% of the near 10,000 votes, beating Luca Guercilena of Radioshack-Nissan-Trek, who finished second with 10%. Davide Bramati (Omega Quick Step) was a close third with 9% of the vote.

    Scinto likes to follow his riders closely, from the team car during races and even during training. Farnese Vini riders Andrea Guardini and Matteo Rabotini won two stages at this year’s Giro d’Italia, while Filippo Pozzato went close to victory in the classics before being forced to confess his links to Dr. Michele Ferrari and miss most of the summer. The team will be known as Vini Fantini and has signed Fabio Taborre from Acqua & Sapone and Mauro Santambrogio from BMC Racing Team.

    Scinto will collect his award at the Notte degli Oscar tuttoBICI organised by the Italian magazine on November 15 in Verona.

    “I’m proud to have won this award, it means that my work has been appreciated by the fans,” Scinto told Tuttobici.

    “I want to share this prize with my riders. You can be the best DS in the world but if your riders don’t listen to what you say, you can’t achieve anything.”

  • Experience pays off for Herzig at Grafton to Inverell

    Peter Herzig and Michael Cupitt celebrate
    Article published:
    October 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Budget Forklifts rider takes biggest win of career

    Peter Herzig took the biggest win of his career when he won the Grafton to Inverell at the weekend. It's a race he first rode nine years ago and after eight attempts, he's finally achieved his "dream". Herzig broke away with Budget Forklifts teammate Michael Cupitt at the top of the Gibralter Range and managed to hold off the bunch for the remaining 150km, taking an impressive 1-2 victory in the final National Road Series race of the year.

    "I'm going against Victorians here who say Melbourne to Warrnambool is the hardest but I think 'The Grafton' is the best one-dayer in Australia," Herzig told Cyclingnews.

    Herzig began his NRS career like most, doing it on his own in 2005 before achieving a few results that got him noticed. He signed with FRF-Caravello in 2006 and rode for the team through its various incarnations before joining Budget Forklifts halfway through 2009.

    The 34-year-old's win at Grafton is his biggest win to date and comes off the back of a strong result at Tour of Tasmania where he finished fifth overall. Herzig rode strongly throughout the race that also saw his teammate Mark O'Brien finish second overall, coming within 17 seconds on eventual winner Lachlan Norris (Drapac Professional Cycling).

    "I said to Mike after the race 'to win is great but to do it with a teammate like that is just a dream'," Herzig said.

    "In that last 10kms, he said to me 'this one is yours Pete, this one is yours'. I couldn't ask for a better teammate."

    Herzig was looking forward to taking some time off the bike before focussing on the two-day Tour of Bright in Victoria and then the National Championships in January. With the Budget...

  • Ellis backs plans for independent commission

    The man with the plan, Doug Ellis
    Article published:
    October 29, 2012, 10:32 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Slipstream Sports chairman highlights cycling's only chance for credibility

    Doug Ellis, the chairman of Slipstream Sports, has backed the UCI’s proposal for a full and independent commission to examine the allegations surrounding the UCI's handling of the Lance Armstrong case. However, the American has warned that cycling has but one opportunity to rescue its image in order for the sport to regain credibility in the eyes of sponsors and fans.

    “This moment for cycling is everything,” he told Cyclingnews.

    "It feels like we’ve pulled the curtain on years of denial and wishful thinking and we’re staring at some very difficult truths, some that people always knew and some that they never knew or were denying. There’s a lot of blood in the streets. Some of it’s too bad but some of it is entirely necessary.”

    The UCI announced they would initiate plans for a commission after USADA released their reasoned decision in relation to their case against Lance Armstrong. The former rider was stripped of his seven Tour wins – the UCI later ratified this – but the case has had far-reaching effects. Rabobank announced they were leaving the sport and a number of riders and staff from the professional peloton have found themselves on the end of bans or dismissals.

    “This is our opportunity for all the interested parties and stakeholders,” Ellis continued. This is our chance to rebuild the sport that retains the beautiful aspects, to present a business model that can be operated and to win back the fans. I don't think we have a second chance, this is our chance.

    “If it’s a truly independent commission with authority to look into things, then that’s a great step and what a lot of people are calling for....

  • Pinotti calls for greater financial penalties for doping offences

    Marco Pinotti brings a wealth of experience to the Italian camp.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2012, 11:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian reacts to manifesto for credible cycling

    Marco Pinotti (BMC) has said that the financial penalties for doping need to outweigh the potential benefits if it is to be eradicated from cycling. The Italian also welcomed the simultaneous publication of a manifesto for credible cycling by five European newspapers on Saturday, but he stressed that good intentions needed to be followed by firm action.

    In particular, Pinotti cited the section of the manifesto that recommends teams do “not sign for a further two years any athletes suspended for more than six months,” noting that such an agreement already existed at ProTour level and was quickly forgotten once Liquigas signed Ivan Basso in 2008.

    “A solution won’t come just from good proposals, they need to be respected too,” Pinotti told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ll give you an example. When you say that teams must wait another two years before signing riders who have been suspended for more than six months, it’s very similar to what was the Ethical Code, which coincidentally was broken in Italy by Liquigas when they signed Basso.”

    The same clause of the manifesto calls vaguely for “more severe penalties” for doping cases, but Pinotti has a more specific idea about a deterrent.

    “Above all, doping needs to be made unviable from an economic point of view,” he said. “A legally sustainable solution needs to be found so that there is a much higher financial penalty than the current one, and then whoever doesn’t honour it isn’t allowed to come back to racing.

    “Today, the economic benefits often outweigh the risks enormously. If a...