First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, August 18, 2012

Date published:
August 18, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • UCI announces final numbers for World Championships teams

    Mark Cavendish takes the rainbow jersey in Copenhagen
    Article published:
    August 17, 2012, 13:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Team time trial squads include Jayco-AIS, Team Type 1, Optum

    Seven nations will send nine-man teams to the start of the UCI World Championships road race next month in Valkenberg, Netherlands. The UCI on Friday afternoon announced the number of riders each nation may enter in each road race and time trial in each of the various categories.

    They also gave the complete list for the first running of the team time trial at the Worlds. Five teams from the Americas and Asia tours, one each from the Africa and Oceania tours and 20 teams from the Europe tour have earned spots, while all WorldTour teams are obliged to compete.

    Ten nations qualified under the UCI WorldTour rankings. Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, France and USA will have nine starters each, while Slovakia and Switzerland will have six each.

    A further 27 nations qualified under the Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania Tours. An additional nations qualified riders by virute of the riders' individual rankings.

    For the Elite Women's road race, Netherlands, Germany, USA, Italy and Great Britain will have seven starters each. Ten further nations will have six starters each, with five nations sending five to the start. Other unspecified nations may send up to three starters.  These numbers do not include the outgoing world, olympic and continental champions.

    For the time trials, at all levels, each nation may send four riders, two of whom will start. The current world champions may start in addition to the two selected riders, as can the  Olympic and outgoing continental champions. The UCI also listed the numbers for the men's under 23 and juniors and women's juniors races.

    The complete list as issued by the UCI can be found here.

    Team Time Trial participants for men

    UCI Africa Tour
  • SpiderTech signs Duggan from Liquigas

    Timmy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale) arrives on the podium.
    Article published:
    August 17, 2012, 16:40 BST
    Cycling News

    American road champion swaps Italy for Canada

    Team SpiderTech powered by C10 has signed US national road champion Timmy Duggan on a multiple-year contract from Liquigas-Cannondale.

    The move comes on the back of the team’s title sponsor committing to the sport for a further three years in a bid to establish a WorldTour set up by 2014.

    “I’m very excited to welcome Timmy aboard,” said Team SpiderTech owner and director Steve Bauer. “Timmy rides with panache which has earned him the respect of legions of fans around the world and his scrappy, exciting style aligns perfectly with our vision of winning races and drawing in new fans.”

    Duggan, 29, rose through the ranks at TIAA-CREF before turning professional with Slipstream Sports. A move to Liquigas-Cannondale followed in 2011 and having spent the last two years on the Italian squad he has now moved back to North America.

    However, 2012 has seen the American's career take off with a number of strong displays for Liquigas, no more so than his winning ride in the national road race earlier this year. He also raced the Olympic Games road race last month, escaping in the main break.

    “I’m thrilled to join Team SpiderTech in 2013,” said Duggan. “I already know a bunch of the guys on the squad so it’s a comfortable move and this is a team that’s really on the way up. Steve (Bauer) has accomplished a lot at the highest level of the sport so for me there is no doubt about the team’s quality of leadership and passion for winning.”

  • Team Type 1 going with all diabetic riders?

    Blue jersey: Vegard Stake Laengen (Team Type 1 Sanofi)
    Article published:
    August 17, 2012, 17:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Stake Laengen shown the door by American team

    Team Type 1-Sanofi was created by diabetic Phil Southerland to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, and it has historically included diabetic riders in its rosters, but reports from Norway are now suggesting the team intends to shift its focus to creating a full roster of diabetics for 2013.

    When contacted by Cyclingnews, the team would neither confirm or deny the report from, but said it would be making a statement later this month.

    The Norwegian website reported today that Olympian Vegard Stake Laengen, 23, has been asked to find a new team along with other non-diabetic riders.

    His agent Mattia Galli said the team would uphold contracts if riders cannot find new teams, but that they have been encouraged to look with the team's assistance.

    "At the moment we do not know what the future will bring, but I do not think there is a problem to find a new team. We have spoken with two or three WorldTour teams and two to three Professional Continental," Galli said.

    If the reports are true, it would impact Jure Kocjan, who this week won two stages in the Tour du Limousin and all but six of the other 23 riders. The only diabetics on the current roster are Fabio Calabria, Joe Eldridge, Javier Megias, Alex Bowden, Martijn Verschoor and trainee David Lozano.

    It could also signal a shift away from French title sponsor Sanofi. The team specifically hired Remi Cusin, Julien El Fares and Julien Antomarchi to please the Paris-based multinational pharmaceutical company. Cusin has been rumoured to be signing with the new Swiss project IAM Cycling.

  • Frank Schleck the only positive test from Tour de France

    After struggling at the start of the final climb, Frank Schleck rallied to finish 12th
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    August 17, 2012, 19:20 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI confirm remaining tests all negative

    The UCI has announced that the Tour de France returned no additional positive anti-doping controls upon completion of the analyses.

    “The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) has received the complete and final results of the last tests carried out at the Tour de France 2012. The samples received from the Châtenay-Malabry, Lausanne and Cologne laboratories all showed a negative result,” cycling’s governing body said in a press release.

    However the news comes after Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) returned a positive sample at the Tour de France after stage 13. The 32-year-old was found to have traces of a diuretic, Xipamid, in his system.

    The substance is banned by WADA and Schleck later denied taking the substance, which can be used as a masking agent. His B sample later returned the same findings and the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) sent Fränk Schleck's case to its disciplinary committee, where it still sits.


  • Distict judge to dismiss Armstrong suit against USADA?

    Expect to see Lance Armstrong in suit and tie this fall if his case goes to arbitration
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    August 17, 2012, 19:53 BST
    Cycling News

    Letter from lawyers argues against dismissal

    A Texas district court judge is getting set to rule on the lawsuit filed against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) by Lance Armstrong's attorneys aimed at blocking the agency from pursuing anti-doping violation charges against the seven-time Tour de France champion.

    Armstrong's attorneys have made their last arguments against the motion to dismiss filed by USADA in a letter dated August 17, 2012 from the office of Timothy J. Herman to judge Sam Sparks.

    The case was filed originally in early July by Armstrong's attorneys ahead of a deadline set by USADA for Armstrong to respond to charges of doping and conspiracy during his time as a professional cyclist.

    In the case, the lawyers argued that USADA's actions were unconstitutional, claims that appear to have been left out of the latest 12-page filing. It has now focused its efforts on challenging the jurisdiction of the agency.

    USADA agreed to extend the deadline for Armstrong to either accept his lifetime ban for the alleged offenses or take the case to arbitration, where the full dossier of evidence would be presented to August 23 in order for the judge to consider the legal claims.

    The dossier is said to include evidence based upon biological passport samples from Armstrong's comeback years showing a profile indicative of doping as well as witness testimony regarding widespread doping practices on Armstrong's former teams.

    USADA has not released the names of the witnesses nor the evidence...

  • USADA makes final arguments in Armstrong case

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    August 17, 2012, 21:41 BST
    Cycling News

    Agency refutes jurisdiction challenges

    The US Anti-Doping Agency followed the attorneys of Lance Armstrong in making its final arguments to a Texas district court judge, asking for him to dismiss a suit filed by Armstrong challenging its ability to pursue anti-doping rule violation charges.

    On June 12, 2012, USADA informed Armstrong and five others that they are being accused of a doping conspiracy as part of the US Postal Service team and face lifetime bans. The respondents were then required to either accept the bans or ask for the case to go to arbitration.

    Armstrong's former trainer Michele Ferrari and team doctor Luis del Moral were given life bans, while his former team manager Johan Bruyneel and another trainer Jose Pepe Marti chose to take the case to arbitration.

    Armstrong, however, challenged the methods and jurisdiction of USADA to the district court, where Judge Sam Sparks heard arguments last Friday.

    The judge did not rule immediately, and gave the two sides a week to file any additional arguments.

    Today, the USADA put in its final statements, arguing that Armstrong's membership with USA Cycling binds him to their procedures. It also stated that the UCI, which tried to claim that because it collected doping control samples used as evidence in the case, had no such right.

    In a statement, USADA CEO Travis Tygart denounced the UCI's attempt to usurp its control of the case.

    "The World Anti-Doping Agency has already announced USADA has jurisdiction in the USPS doping conspiracy case as the rules adopted by both the UCI and USADA provide and as such UCI's attempt to control the outcome through pressuring USA Cycling is tellingly sad and is further...

  • Cobo: I’m not in great shape

    2011 Vuelta a Espana champion Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar)
    Article published:
    August 17, 2012, 22:30 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    2011 Vuelta winner says wisdom tooth has hit his plans to re-target race

    Juan José Cobo (Movistar) has played down his chances of a repeat win in the Vuelta after an infected wisdom tooth hit his build-up following the Tour de France.

    Cobo has been flying under the radar for most of the year, and was only on the attack in the Tour’s final Pyrenean stage where he set things up for team-mate Alejandro Valverde’s win with some aggressive riding early on, but the Vuelta was due to be his main target for 2012. However, there is now a big questionmark over that big objective.

    “Personally I’m not in great shape,” Cobo said on Friday, “thanks to this infectionn I’m not in the shape I’d like to be. My idea is to improve my condition as the race progresses and do what I can.”

    Cobo had earlier told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he had had to stop training for ten days as a result of the wisdom tooth problem,

    “I’ve had a kidney operation in the past, but nothing like the pain this gave me.”

    However, he added that he felt more self-belief than before, despite the setback. “I’ve always been a pessimist, I never believed in my potential on the bike. But now I believe in myself. I’ve managed to place my targets a little bit higher and I really don’t know what my upper limit is.”

    “I feel like I can challenge for important things and there are always positive circumstances that can change your life.”

    Asked what he thought of the route, Cobo added, “It’s a tough race,...

  • Pamplona locks into final countdown for Vuelta start

    Saxo Bank lines up for the fans in the center of Pamplona
    Article published:
    August 18, 2012, 0:00 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Finish in main bullring on Saturday evening, Caja Rural riders become bullrunners

    As Pamplona swelters in what locals say is one of its worst heatwaves in many a year, the northern city is also counting down to its first ever Vuelta a España start this Saturday: a 16.5 kilometre team time trial that will establish the initial differences between the 198 riders taking part in 22 different squads in this year's race.

    Those teams were presented on Friday evening, with Alberto Contador getting the biggest cheers from the Spanish fans.

    There may be small time gaps on such a short race against the clock, but with Chris Froome's losing the 2011 Vuelta by a mere 13 seconds still fresh in the peloton's collective memory, it's unlikely anyone will be easing back on the Vuelta's opening stage.

    Racing starts in the early evening, when local Pro Conti team Caja Rural roll down the start ramp in the historic Plaza del Castillo square in central Pamplona at 19:03 local time.

    With teams off at four minute intervals, the last squad to get into action will be Movistar, containing defending champion Juan Jose Cobo at 20:27. Hopefully the mid-afternoon temperatures that touched 39 degrees on Friday - and which are expected to do so again on Saturday - have at least begun to ease slightly by that time of day.

    As for the course itself, "It's flat but it's also a very technical circuit," Sky's locally born rider, Xabier Zandio said on Thursday, "there are a lot of roundabouts. It's tricky, so the objective will be to lose as little time as possible - or to win!"

    Sky will certainly be keen to put memories of last year's opening team time trial in Benidorm behind them, when they placed third last after two riders clipped wheels mid-way through, and to cap it all their team captain Kurt Asle Arvesen crashed and...