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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, August 4, 2012

Date published:
August 04, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Cherel suffered pelvic fracture in Champs-Élysées crash

    Coup de Coeur winner Mickaël Chérel (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 11:37 BST
    Cycling News

    Ag2R rider out for minimum of three weeks

    Mickaël Cherel of Ag2R-La Mondiale suffered an incomplete fracture of the pelvis in his crash on the final stage of the Tour de France. He must rest at least three weeks, the team announced.

    Cherel and Danilo Hondo of Lampre-ISD crashed with just over 3 km to go on the Champs-Élysées. Hondo suffered facial injuries but no fractures.

    Cherel was at first believed not to have suffered serious injuries, but persistent pain led him to have further examinations. An incomplete fracture is one in which the bone fragments are still partially joined.

    The 26-year-old will now rest for three weeks “before considering a return to competition.” His injury and recovery process will be reviewed within the next 10 days.

  • "Marginal gains" bear fruit for Great Britain in Olympics

    Sir Chris Hoy secures his fifth gold Olympic medal
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    August 03, 2012, 14:44 BST
    Laura Weislo

    UCI president McQuaid confident of clean team

    Great Britain has come a long way since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games: back then the country as a whole only earned one gold medal in rowing, and now in London they already have two golds in cycling alone with more likely to come, and new world records in team sprint and team pursuit.

    Huge gains in cycling will always be met with suspicion of doping because of the sport's sordid history, but UCI president Pat McQuaid is confident that the programme is clean and that it is its philosophy of pursuing marginal gains which has led to its success - up to and including the Tour de France win and Olympic gold by Bradley Wiggins, and now more gold on the track.

    "There is a lot of cynicism of success of Team Sky. I think a lot of that is misguided," McQuaid said before the Games commenced.

    "They have constant communication between their support personnel and the athletes: they have doctors, physiologists, psychologists, sports psychologists, psychiatrists, sports psychiatrists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, even an acupuncturist. They are all there to support the athletes, to ensure they can perform at the highest level.

    "That works against doping. Because it is when an athlete goes into a little ravine and he's trying to climb out that he considers a doping programme. The fact they have people who can judge when a rider is going down and talk to him and bring him back out - professional people - form that point of view it's a new approach, a very modern approach. I think the teams and competitors in coming years will adopt a similar approach."

    It has been a 16 year journey for the British program, which has blurred the line between its development programme and professional...

  • Coppel moves to Cofidis, Taaramäe extends

    Hopes are high for Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) in France.
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 16:28 BST
    Cycling News

    French stage race rider leaves Saur-Sojasun

    The Cofidis team has announced the signing of Jérôme Coppel, stage race leader of Professional Continental team Saur-Sojasun. At the same time, it was made official that Rein Taaramäe, who has been with the squad since 2008, has extended his contract.

    Coppel, who did not achieve the targeted top 15 placing at the Tour de France this year but instead finished 21st due to an illness in the third week, will strengthen the French Cofidis team after what has been a disappointing season so far. A drastic change of management just prior to the Tour (Eric Boyer was replaced by Yvon Sanquer) further shows the team sponsor's will to renew the squad and return to former competitiveness.

    Cofidis' Tour de France cannot be called satisfactory as the team failed to claim a stage and Rémy di Grégorio was taken into police custody for alleged involvement with a Marseille-based doping ring. It is furthermore expected that three-time Vuelta a Espana mountains jersey winner David Moncoutié, who crashed out of what was his final Tour, will leave the outfit at the end of the year to retire.

    Meanwhile, young gun Taaramäe from Estonia has extended his contract. He brought in the only positive result for the squad at the Tour as he wore the white jersey of best young rider through the first week of the event, before losing it to later winner Tejay Van Garderen...

  • Wall of Geraardsbergen back in Eneco Tour

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) goes for gold on the Muur at Flanders
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    August 03, 2012, 18:14 BST
    Cycling News

    Abandoned Tour of Flanders monument to feature in stage race finish

    Effective this year, the city of Geraardsbergen with its famous Muur will be the host of an Eneco Tour stage for five years. This way, the legendary climb which was abandoned by the Tour of Flanders organisers last year is certain to have its place in pro cycling through the annual stage race taking place in Belgium and the Netherlands.

    The agreement between race organisers and city hall representatives includes a clause assuring the Wall of Geraardsbergen an important role in the finale of each stage, and the town will be the race's final overall finish no less than three times.

    This year's race, which takes place from August 5-12 and will see the return to racing of Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador, features a final stage from Maldegem to Geraardsbergen that will finish on a circuit involving the Muur climb twice, and an uphill finish on the flanks of it, the renovated Vesten road (the start of the climb).

    Town mayor Guido De Padt was happy about the return of a World Tour event to his city. "Last year the Tour of Flanders scrapped us from its route altogether. We had to do something. So the proposal of Eneco Tour organiser Rob Discart was godsend. On top of the circuit road finish, we also have a time trial planned," he told

  • Rohan Dennis signs with Garmin-Sharp

    Rohan Dennis (Jayco-AIS) dons the yellow jersey for his win at the Internationale Thüringen Tour
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    August 04, 2012, 1:21 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Vaughters says Australian is a "rare talent"

    Olympic silver medallist Rohan Dennis has signed a two-year contract with Garmin-Sharp. The 22-year-old Australian will ride for Jonathan Vaughters' American team from January 2013.

    Dennis has had a successful 2012 with the Jayco-AIS team: finishing fifth overall and taking the king of the mountains jersey at the Tour Down Under. In June, he created history becomming the first Australian to win the International Thüringen Tour in Germany. He is also the reigning national road and time trial champion at the under 23 level and on Saturday he formed part of the national team that won silver in the team pursuit at the London Olympic Games.

    "It started at the Tour Down Under and I posted some good results there. Then I moved onto the track and gave it 100 per cent but that got my name out there and started to set things up," Dennis told Cyclingnews.

    Dennis pointed to the experience of Allan Peiper as the main reason for signing with Garmin.

    "There are a few reasons why I chose Garmin but Allan Peiper's record with neo-pros is outstanding. He knows how we work and it's just the best place for my development. He's an exceptional DS and it's a privilege to be underneath his wing for the next few years," added Dennis.

    Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews that Dennis's all-round talent had first attracted attention:

    "Rohan is the rare talent that can ride a 3:54 team pursuit, climb with the best in the world, and win in tactical situations. He will be one if the best riders in the world, the question is only when."

    A move to the road will effectively...

  • UCI claims USADA has no jurisdiction in Armstrong case

    UCI president Pat McQuaid denied Armstrong's donation was a bribe
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    August 04, 2012, 2:47 BST
    Cycling News

    Agency claims that it would be "like the fox guarding the henhouse"

    The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has rejected a push by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to hand over evidence from the Agency's doping case against Lance Armstrong and his associates.

    Correspondence between the two bodies came to light on Friday in the New York Daily News, with the UCI claiming jurisdiction over the case. Paperwork filed in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, USADA opposed Armstrong's attorneys' request for an extension on a key motion deadline with the athlete attempting to block the case against him.

    "The UCI wants that the whole case file, with all the evidence, is assessed by an independent panel who shall then decide if the respondents have a case to answer," wrote UCI boss Pat McQuaid in a letter to USADA lawyer William Bock.

    USADA argues that turning over their evidence from the two-year investigation which culminated in Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, Dr. Pedro Celaye, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, Dr. Michele Ferrari, and soigneur Pepe Marti all being charged with doping offences, would be like "the fox guarding the henhouse".

    The paperwork reveals that the UCI first opposed USADA's jurisdiction on July 13, two days after McQuaid told Cyclingnews:

    "I've read what they've said but as they're not licence holders so I don't know how they can ban them or what they can be banned for," in reference to the lifetime bans handed down to Celaye, Del Moral, Ferrari and Marti.

    "I don't...

  • Josh Taylor leads most aggressive classification at Tour of Gippsland

    GPM Wilson Racing's Josh Taylor keeps his nose in front of Genesys' Pat Shaw
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    August 04, 2012, 3:34 BST
    Alex Malone

    Q & A with GPM-Wilson Racing young-gun

    Josh Taylor is a 21-year-old riding for GPM-Wilson Racing and has a tonne of potential.

    He won the Tour of Gippsland's most aggressive jersey for the second time following the completion of the Sale criterium on Friday. He is leading the most aggressive classification and will wear the jersey in Stage 7's 33km Bairnsdale criterium and caught up with Cyclingnews.

    Alex Malone: You were riding extremely well today in the morning's Sale criterium. I was off the front, albeit very briefly, you came past me like a locomotive and was not waiting for anyone. Your legs are obviously feeling pretty good?

    Josh Taylor: Yeah, legs are feeling good so I thought I would try my luck firstly going solo with still around 25 laps remaining [of a 30-lap race] and then again with around 8 laps to go. Unfortunately it didn't really pay off. I was caught by the bunch fairly quickly as they were still keen on collecting intermediate sprint points [which are usually held every 2nd lap]. In these races you there are so many strong teams and sprinters that you've got to take your chances when they pop up.

    AM: You won the criterium at Tour of Toowoomba thanks to a brilliant lead-out from your team that could have ended in a 1-2 for GPM-Wilson Racing. It seems like no team has been able to dominate the final laps in the criteriums because the field is very large and there are a number of teams battling for the head of the peloton. Has your team been able to get organised enough to give yourself or one of the other guys a good go in the final sprint?

    JT: Yeah, we've been trying to get the lead-outs going in the crits but we are just lacking a bit of...

  • Kessiakoff signs new deal with Astana

    Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana)
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    August 04, 2012, 6:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Says Nibali is "a great addition" to the team

    Fredrik Kessiakoff has extended his contract with Astana until the end of the 2014 season, the Swedish rider has confirmed to Swedish Eurosport. The 32-year-old joined the Kazakh outfit from Garmin in 2011 and spoke of his delight at signing the deal.

    "Astana was the first choice and it feels great to get along and have it on paper that I stay there for two more years," he said. "They have given me confidence. I have a good relationship with the leaders of the team. Even when I run bad, they have not chased me but believed in me and given me the time I have needed."

    Kessiakoff, who wore the polka dot jersey for seven days at last month's Tour de France, before surrendering it to Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) in the Pyrenees mountains on stage 16, revealed that his new contract incorporates a pay rise. He is also excited by the prospect of riding alongside Astana's high-profile new recruit Vincenzo Nibali, who will join from Liquigas-Cannondale at the end of the season.

    "It feels like a carrot to get some more in salary," he said. "There is nothing to justify, to show the team that I deserve it. It is important, but even if another team would pay more money I could not be sure of getting the same freedom to thrive equally well. I do not know if it's worth it. I've been there before, and I will not go there again."

    Of Nibali's signing, Kessiakoff said: "It is great. If you ask me, Astana is one of the big teams. A team like Astana needs a few cyclists who may be top three or top five contenders in the major competitions. There are not many who can, but he [Nibali] has shown himself to be one...