- Article published:
- October 28, 2012, 11:33
- 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).
- Article published:
- October 28, 2012, 14:13
- 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 in the sport.
Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: “Sean joined us in our first year and has been with us for three tough but rewarding seasons.”
“After a long career in professional cycling, he has told us that he wants to move on, for purely personal reasons.”
“Sean has been a great support to the riders on the road and a valuable colleague to us all. We wish him the best for the next step in his life.”
After Team Sky reaffirmed its position on anti-doping, the management team started a series of individual interviews with riders, management and support staff.
Sean has been interviewed and there were no admissions or disclosures that would have required him to leave the team.
- Article published:
- October 28, 2012, 17:10
- 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 HonÄar 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 the length of bans for doping are also ok: there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ll accept any rules by those who govern us.”
“I’m optimistic because there’s been a huge change in the peloton. The manifesto seems to contain a correct message but more for the past than the present. We shouldn’t forget that huge advances in prevention have been done thanks to the introduction of the Biological Passport and the whereabouts programme in 2008.”
The manifesto for credible cycling calls for the return of the ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ between team managers that allowed the temporary suspension of riders caught up in a doping investigation. In 2008 Amadio broke a similar agreement created to stop leading teams signing riders who had been banned for doping when he signed Ivan Basso. Amadio does not regret that decision, even though the Italian rider was implicated in Operacion Puerto after months of denials.
“I broke the agreement because a person was showing and has shown their credibility as a man and as a champion. Basso was a unique and exceptional case,” Amadio said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Our history (as a team) shows that we haven’t hired a rider linked to doping. While on the other hand, we’ve got rid of a lot of riders…”
Guercilena was appointed as the new team manager at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek after Johan Bruyneel left the team following the USADA investigation revelations. Bruyneel faces an arbitration hearing in the USA after he was widely accused of being a key member of the doping ring at the US Postal Service Team. Bruyneel has always defended his innocence.
Guercilena worked with the Mapei team and then joined Quick Step as a directeur sportif and coach in 2003. He worked as a directeur sportif at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek this year.
“I think that its not being highlighted enough what the teams are doing. The ‘Armstrong Case’ is the long wave of mistakes from the past but there’s been an important cultural change in the peloton, even by the older riders,” Guercilena told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We’re pushing forward an important strategy of dissuasion during the training of staff. Those who are found guilty after a trial are expelled. However we follow due process and so there has to be a verdict from those who are responsible by who is in charge.”
- Article published:
- October 29, 2012, 00:16
- 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 Vlaanderen-Mercator) and Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF Inox) for the 2013 season.
- Article published:
- October 29, 2012, 03:07
- 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.”
- Article published:
- October 29, 2012, 05:47
- 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 Forklifts team set to undergo roster changes for 2013, Herzig says he look to take more of a leadership role in the coming year - depending on the final team composition.
"I guess it will depend on the new guys who come in. Obviously having Mark O'Brien and Luke Davison, who were clear leaders for the tours means someone will need to step up which I'm happy to do in the hillier tours or we will look to some of the younger guys to fill those roles."
- Article published:
- October 29, 2012, 10:32
- 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. We all want credibility going forward and some steps need to be taken to demonstrate that the various bodies, the teams, the governance of the sport are credible. Otherwise it’s going to be hard to get people to believe in the sport. Now is our time to rebuild and hopefully we can do it in the right way.”
Ellis came into the sport as a financial backer for Jonathan Vaughters’ TIAA-CREF team in 2004. Since then the squad has reached WorldTour status, riding its first Tour de France in 2008 and wining this year’s Giro d’Italia through Ryder Hesjedal. The team have continuously aired a strong anti-doping stance but have simultaneously hired a number of ex-dopers.
“The way I look at it, we formed the team, understanding that there were a lot of people with compromised pasts and you couldn’t do the sport if you threw all those people away. We drew our line in the sand, saying 'you behave honestly and cleanly here,' and I think that a lot of people came here as a safe haven and I’m really proud of that,” Ellis said.
That line was reaffirmed in May of 2010 when Floyd Landis lifted the lid on the extent of cheating that was rife in professional cycling. Along with implicating Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel, a number of Garmin riders were either named or linked. Ellis had seen Garmin transform into one of the most successful teams in the peloton and used Landis' step forward to back his riders, stating that if they cooperated with the authorities and continued to race clean, Garmin would remain their home.
“I’m not surprised about any specific story but I didn’t know or have conversations," Ellis said when asked if he knew about the pasts of several of his riders.
"I didn't really start talking about that until Floyd’s letter broke this story open. We then had to decide what our reaction would be, how we’d support the guys on our team as long as they’d been clean on our programme and we’ve maintained that line in the sand.”
“If we can do a good job of knowing what the past was and rebuilding in a way that the fans can believe in I think we’ll find all kinds of sponsors.”
- Article published:
- October 29, 2012, 11:34
- 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 new, undetectable drug comes out, but with effects that improve performances, it would need strong moral values not to use it.”
The existing WorldTour points system does little to help the situation in Pinotti’s eyes, with teams desperate to sign riders with points in order to ensure their elite status. Those riders who have little or no points near the end of the campaign can find themselves in something of a paradoxical situation.
“Take a rider who is without UCI points and knows that he’ll be without a team and without a future at the end of the season. What does he do? He starts to dope to get results and points. If he tests positive, he is banned, but in any case, he would have been out of work.”
Investigations and testing
Pinotti admitted that he was not entirely in favour of temporary suspensions for riders who are implicated in doping investigations, perhaps mindful that his BMC teammate Alessandro Ballan has been involved in the Mantova inquiry (and twice temporarily de-activated by his team) since 2010.
“I’d like to be in favour of it, but you need to make a distinction. For those involved in a penal investigation, it can often drag on a long time and their guilt is still to be established,” Pinotti said. “On the other hand, if someone is positive, he must be stopped straightaway. Contador looked to delay the verdict after his positive test at the Tour – he had the right to defend himself, but he shouldn’t have ridden in the meantime, otherwise you risk continually rewriting the record books.”
On the issue of dope testing, Pinotti was in broad agreement about the effectiveness of the biological passport, but warned that “the moment you ease off [testing], everything returns to before, like in the 1990s.” He also believes that the testing of professionals remains more important than testing at underage level, saying, “the controls have to be where there are the greatest economic benefits.”
The newspapers’ manifesto also suggests that doping controls be carried out by WADA or another independent body rather than by the UCI, and Pinotti is in favour of such an initiative.
“What I find most interesting is the idea of independent anti-doping controls, although you’d have to find a way of financing them. Maybe an economic sanction [for doping offences] could be used for that.”