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First Edition Cycling News, November 8, 2008

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November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • Haywood awarded damages for losing Olympic nomination

    Sue Haywood
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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    American mountain bike racer Susan Haywood was awarded over $300,000 in damages by a US Federal...

    American mountain bike racer Susan Haywood was awarded over $300,000 in damages by a US Federal Judge on Thursday for being unfairly being removed from the USA Olympic team in 2004.

    Haywood was originally nominated to the US team by USA Cycling, but an appeal launched by fellow competitor Mary McConneloug overturned the nomination.

    Haywood then filed a counter-appeal, but lost when an arbitrator decided that 15 points that Haywood earned in an Idaho UCI race which never were submitted to the UCI shouldn't have factored into her points total in the Olympic selection.

    A West Virginia jury awarded Haywood $318,647.14 in compensation, $18,647.14 of which were expenses incurred to fight USA Cycling's decision and the remainder in damages.

    "After the Jury returned its verdict, Susan was grateful for the Judge and Jury finally acknowledging what she knew all along – that she was the rightful nominee to the 2004 Athens Olympics," a press release from her lawyers stated. "Sue pursued this case seeking to bring the issues to light in the hopes that mistakes such as this will not occur in the future."

    "No verdict or court can ever give me what USA Cycling took," the release quoted Haywood. "It is my hope that this outcome will send a message to USA Cycling that it needs take its job as seriously and work as hard as those athletes who pursue the dream to represent the United States at the Olympics."

  • Sapa joins Lampre

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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    Polish rider Marcin Sapa will join the Italian Lampre squad under a one-year contract, the team...

    Polish rider Marcin Sapa will join the Italian Lampre squad under a one-year contract, the team announced Friday. The 32-year-old comes from the DHL - Author squad, and came recommended after a strong performance in the Tour of Poland.

    The Polish national road race champion, Sapa took the overall sprint classification in his national Tour. "We noticed Marcin during the last Tour of Poland," Lampre's manager Giuseppe Saronni said. "Sapa tried several breakaway attempts and it was not so easy for the bunch to chase him. Taking the advice of the Tour of Poland organizer, we choose Sapa in order to continue the tradition of very good Polish cyclists in the blue and fuchsia, who will allow the Lampre company to obtain high visibility in Poland."

  • Number of UCI teams declines in USA

    The Jittery Joe's team went amateur for 2009
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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    By Laura Weislo The number of professional teams has made a sharp decline in the United States...

    By Laura Weislo

    The number of professional teams has made a sharp decline in the United States compared to last year according to the USA Cycling. Two days after USA Cycling's deadline for UCI team applications, USA Cycling technical director Shawn Farrell revealed that only 12 applications for men's continental UCI licenses, and one for the Professional Continental level had been received by the November 5 deadline.

    With the Garmin-Chipotle squad moving up to the ProTour level and only BMC seeking a Pro Continental license, this leaves two fewer continental teams than last year. The Rock Racing team was rumoured to have considered moving up to the Pro Continental level, but Farrell confirmed that they had decided to stay as a Continental team.

    Continental teams, the equivalent of the former division III, cannot participate in ProTour races, and can only race the "Historic" (European Classics and major races like Paris-Nice) calendar if they are registered in the country of the race. They are allowed to enter international races of all other categories except Nations Cup events.

    With the loss of the Rite Aid, Jittery Joe's, Toshiba and the Toyota United teams this year, the number of US professional teams is down to sixteen for 2009 from 18 in the past two years. The decline on the women' side is even more severe, with zero teams on the UCI registration list for 2009 - down from two in 2008 and four in 2007.

    Cyclingnews spoke with the manager of the DLP Racing team from North Carolina, Jonathan Kane, who explained some of the difficulties with fielding a professional team in the United States. While the UCI's limit of 15 continental registered teams per country isn't an issue this year, high fees, tight deadlines and piles of paperwork can be a daunting task for all but the most organized manager.

    "The deadline for applications were much earlier this year, and we were...

  • Rock Racing signing former Toyota riders

    Dominguez took the overall lead on stage one of the Tour de Georgia
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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor With the departure of the Toyota-United team from the...

    By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

    With the departure of the Toyota-United team from the cycling stage in North America, its riders are all trying to land on their feet with contracts for 2009. But with the economy dropping and the pro peloton already contracting in size, the options and opportunities are few and far between. But a few of the riders seem to have found a home at Rock Racing, with owner Michael Ball signing sprinter Ivan Dominguez, time trialist Chris Baldwin, former Mexican champ Jose Manuel 'Chepe' Garcia and Aussie Caleb Manion.

    "Right now Caleb Manion, Jorge Garcia and Chris Baldwin are coming with me," Dominguez told Cyclingnews. "I was trying to get a few guys to go with me. Michael has guys who can help me but I need some of my own guys too. I've worked with them for three years. And for climbing we have Chris Baldwin now to go with Tyler [Hamilton] and [Oscar] Sevilla."

    While Dominguez said he is still finalizing his contract terms with Ball, Baldwin confirmed that he has signed with the team for 2009. Dominguez said the length of his proposed contract is for one year, but that he is more than happy with that in this current contract climate. "It is just a one year contract. If he wants to sign me two years I would sign it, but it's just one year now."

    "The situation right now is really bad," said Dominguez about the tight job market in the USA."Teams [are] going from pro to amateur, some teams going under, it's really a bad time to find a team. I am very lucky that Michael is interested in me. I didn't know if I was going to keep racing or not. I really don't know what is going to happen with my other teammates, everyone is looking very desperate. And it's not only here, it's all over."

    Toyota-United's manager Sean Tucker released the team's riders from their contracts in late August to find new jobs, and has been...

  • Ullrich manager denies Rock Racing rumours

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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Jan Ullrich is not negotiating with Team Rock Racing, according to his manager...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Jan Ullrich is not negotiating with Team Rock Racing, according to his manager Wolfgang Strohband, who Friday denied rumours which appeared in the Belgian press.

    Ullrich was in Las Vegas at the auto convention for his sponsor Terra-S, and Rock Racing manager Michael Ball arranged a meeting with him "because he is a big fan", Strohband told Cyclingnews. "The two got together and chatted about cycling, but there were no negotiations," he clarified.

    Ullrich was the first German to win the Tour de France, in 1997. He rode for Team Telekom from 1995 – 2002, and Team Coast (later Bianchi) in 2003 before returning to T-Mobile in 2004. The team suspended him before the start of the Tour de France 2006 after he was named in Operación Puerto, and the German rider announced his retirement from the sport in February 2007.

    However, rumours of his return have continued in light of the return of his Tour de France rival, Lance Armstrong.

  • Pijnacker World Cup a circuit for the strong

    Niels Albert and Sven Nijs
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    Peter Hymas

    By Peter Hymas The third round of the World Cup heads to the Netherlands after venturing to Belgium...

    By Peter Hymas

    The third round of the World Cup heads to the Netherlands after venturing to Belgium and the Czech Republic for the two opening events. A full schedule is in store for spectators at the Dutch venue with the elite men and women contesting their third World Cup race while the U23 and junior men compete in their second round.

    Niels Albert, second in Kalmthout and first in Tabor, is the new elite men's World Cup leader. In only his first elite-level season of cyclo-cross, the 22-year old Albert's stirring start to this season's World Cup rewards him with the right to wear the leader's white jersey at the start of a World Cup event for the first time. Sven Nys, no stranger to sitting atop the World Cup standings, will look to rebound from a crash-marred race in Tabor to challenge once again for the victory and overall series lead. Nys has won the Pijnacker World Cup on three prior occasions and looks to put his experience to work on Sunday.

    The Netherland's Lars Boom, Pijnacker's defending champion, won both his first World Cup and first win in the elite men's ranks last year and he's surely looking to excite his home nation's crowd with a repeat performance. Boom's current World Cup campaign has started slowly for the world champion with only a tenth and ninth place finishes to date and his status as the sport's phenom is undergoing a strong challenge from Niels Albert.

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  • Garmin-Chipotle roster final

    Thomas Danielson’s (Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30)
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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Laura Weislo

    By Laura Weislo The Garmin-Chipotle team will head into 2009 with a 29-man roster for its first...

    By Laura Weislo

    The Garmin-Chipotle team will head into 2009 with a 29-man roster for its first season in the ProTour ranks, manager Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews on Friday. The team will officially reveal its full roster at its November 22 team launch in Boulder, Colorado, but much of the information about transfers to and from the team has been made public already.

    Most of the 2008 team will remain, including its stars Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie and David Millar, with the only exits coming from Christophe Laurent, who will join the Agritubel squad, and Patrick McCarty. The team added Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins, two Canadians from the Symmetrics team, Svein Tuft and Christian Meier, Australian Cameron Meyer, and Dutch riders Richard Van Der Velde and Hans Dekkers.

    Vaughters denied that he hired riders with homonymic names just to make his directeur sportifs' lives more difficult. "We can change the riders around and they won't have to yell anything different," he joked.

    He explained that he decided to complete the roster with talented young riders rather than add a more established name. "We went with a bunch of unconventional bets as opposed to signing a big name. It's more fun, really." He tipped Tuft as one of the riders to watch. "I think Svein is going to be one of the big stories of top level cycling next year," he said of the rider who took silver in the world time trial championships. "He comes with an incredible work ethic, and it will be nice to see him evolve."

    Vaughters is giving special attention to 30-year-old Tom Danielson, who he thinks has not been riding to the level of his physical capabilities this year. "I'm personally coaching Tom for next year – we...

  • Julich recalls epic days

    Bobby Julich
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    November 08, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    By Bruce Hildenbrand American Bobby Julich decided to hang up his wheels at the end of this season,...

    By Bruce Hildenbrand

    American Bobby Julich decided to hang up his wheels at the end of this season, but he will by no means exit the sport. The 1998 Tour de France podium finisher will take on the role as rider development manager for the Saxo Bank-IT Factory team next year, and will also be providing Cyclingnews with his unique insights in a monthly column, to begin next week.

    We spoke with the humble family man from his Pennsylvania home last month, where he recalled his most famous day on the bike - the epic 15th stage of the '98 Tour where he battled through horrible weather, dropped Jan Ullrich and thought he was riding into the yellow jersey only to find one Marco Pantani many minutes ahead.

    "The one day that I really remembered that will stay with me forever was the stage that finished on Les Deux Alpes after going over the Galibier," Julich remembered. "It was epic survival. What was crazy was going up the Galibier, I had Kevin Livingston on the front and he started to go really, really fast pretty much from the bottom. He actually sprinted out of a turn and I yelled at him 'Hey Kevin, slow down, slow down' and that was when [Marco] Pantani just rocketed away from us. There wasn't anyone that could even come close to matching the pedal stroke that he had that day."

    "Just going up the climb with the weather we had that day, riding side by side with Jan [Ullrich] who had the yellow jersey, you just felt like 'wow, this is going to be remembered.' We went over the top and, luckily, I was able to put on my rain jacket; I almost went off the side of the road and hit a camper trying to put it on. On the descent, even with the rain jacket, I was shivering so hard I could barely keep my bike straight."

    "I got warm again and we came to the bottom of Les Deux Alpes and I remember seeing guys like [Laurent]...