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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, June 16, 2012

Date published:
June 16, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Video: British Olympic Cycling Squad unveil roundup

    Great Britain's Geraint Thomas during qualifying
    Article published:
    June 15, 2012, 21:03 BST
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    Cycling News

    2012 Olympic roster announced at Manchester velodrome

    Cyclingnews recently went to the GB National Velodrome in Manchester for the unveiling of the Team GB Olympic Cycling Squad. David Brailsford introduced the squad and Cyclingnews spoke to several of the athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games, including Geraint Thomas.

    "Being the host nation and the home team, I think it's important that when we have our differences we do come together, and we do come together under the Union Jack to make this country proud of the way we perform - not only just the results but the way we go about it" said Brailsford.

    Brailsford, as well as Sir Chris Hoy, also commented on the addition of David Millar to the men's long list for the road events.

  • USA Cycling announces Olympic Games road team selections

    Taylor Phinney (BMC)
    Article published:
    June 15, 2012, 22:28 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Men's and women's squads set for London

    USA Cycling today announced the nine members of the road squad which will contest the Olympic Games in London this summer, featuring five men and four women.

    On the men’s side, all five nominations were discretionary picks as no men’s road athletes met the automatic criteria.

    A Tour de France stage winner and one of the world’s fastest finishers, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) will make his Olympic debut in the London road race after finishing 10th at last year’s world championships.

    Following a win at the 2011 Tour of California and second place results at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico and the Vuelta al País Vasco, Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) will bring experience to the American squad who will be looking for strong leadership in an event which restricts the use of race radios.

    At 24 years of age, Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) has accrued top five overall results at Paris-Nice, the Criterium du Dauphine, the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge and, along with current USA Cycling Professional Road National Champion Timothy Duggan (Liquigas-Cannondale), will also join the team as a discretionary nominee.

    Farrar, Horner, Van Garderen and Duggan will be joined by Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) who, in addition to contesting the mass start road race, will also compete in the time trial. The...

  • Phinney admits he is a "gamble" for Olympic selectors

    Taylor Phinney gets ready for his ride
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 2:13 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Twenty-one-year-old had more confidence in being selected for road race

    Taylor Phinney "definitely" had doubts over his selection in the US five-man road team for the London Olympic Games, especially when it came to who would race the 44km individual time trial on August 1.

    "When it comes down to a selection committee you never really know," he told Cyclingnews from Boulder. "I was more confident about being part of the road race than about the time trial just because I'm one of the only guys in the US that can help Tyler Farrar in the final."

    Phinney goes so far as to admit that his selection is a "gamble" but given he won't be lining up for BMC Racing Team at the Tour de France, believes that fresh legs will be heavily in his favour and may have had a considerable bearing on his being named in the five-man US team.

    The 21-year-old got the nod for the race against the clock over Dave Zabriskie, 11 years his senior. With no US men's road cyclist meeting the automatic selection criteria for the Games, the eight-man committee chose Phinney for his medal potential. It will be his second Olympic Games appearance, having represented his country on the track in Beijing in 2008 where he finished seventh in the individual pursuit. In 2010, Phinney won the under 23 individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Geelong – a performance that would have gone a long way in the selector's minds – along with the recent Giro d'Italia. Racing at elite level at last year's world championships in Copenhagen, Phinney finished 15th, while Zabriskie didn't compete.

    "Dave has been a time...

  • Size matters as Sutherland takes overall lead at Tour de Beauce

    Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) finished second in the time trial
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 3:55 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    UnitedHealthcare place three riders in top 10 of time trial

    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling's Rory Sutherland took hold of the overall lead in the Tour de Beauce following his second place finish in the Stage 4 Individual Time Trial (ITT) on Friday. Teammates Marc de Maar and Ben Day also finished in the top 10, taking 7th and 8th place respectively and putting three UnitedHealthcare Team riders in the top 10 for the stage.

    Sutherland, who won the overall at last month's 26th SRAM Tour of the Gila in New Mexico, was able to grab the yellow jersey today and move into first overall after his second place time trial run through a hard out and back, undulating course. Svein Tuft (Team Canada) was the winner on the day in 27 minutes and eight seconds, 30 seconds in front of Sutherland's time. Hugo Houle (Team SpiderTech p/b C10) secured third place, coming in 16 seconds behind Sutherland.

    Sutherland was pleased with his result as well as the efforts from his teammates.

    "I think the course today was made for the bigger, stronger guys," he said. "This was a day where we could make our mark and put ourselves in a good position. Marc and Ben had good rides, as did I, which put is in a good spot for the coming days. It will be a hard few days of racing ahead, but putting ourselves in a good place with cards to play was the plan and we have achieved that."

    The team heads into Stage 5 on Saturday, June 16, with Sutherland and de Maar standing in first and sixth in the General Classification.

     

  • Armstrong frustrated by lack of information from USADA

    Super domestique Lance Armstrong prior to the start.
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 7:34 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Seven-time Tour de France winner says "it's time to play by the rules"

    Lance Armstrong has taken to twitter to air his frustration at not being informed of the exact nature of the allegations at the heart of the charges laid by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    Armstrong, along with long-time team manager, Johan Bruyneel, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, Dr. Michele Ferrari and Dr. Pepe Marti are alleged to have "engaged in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998-2011" with USADA citing the testimony of more than 10 cyclists.

    In the letter sent to the accused on Tuesday and released by the Wall Street Journal, USADA says Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents as well as distributed them and administered them to others. Armstrong it appears, wants more detail in order to respond properly.

    "Dear @usantidoping - we have now sent you THREE letters requesting all the relevant info in order for me to respond to your 'review board'," the seven-time Tour de France winner wrote on his twitter feed.

    Bruyneel has

  • Cancellara has his sights firmly set on 2012 London Olympics

    Local favourite Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish in second place to Fredrik Kessiakoff.
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 10:22 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Not bothered by either Tour de Suisse time trial loss or Bruyneel investigation

    Fabian Cancellara lost the time trial in his homeland Tour de Suisse by less than two seconds, but it does not bother him unduly, as his focus is on the 2012 London Olympics. He also said that he is not overly worried about the doping charges against Johan Bruyneel, his RadioShack-Nissan team manager.

    Finishing second in Friday's time trial was “too bad, but not man overboard,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “My focus is later this year:  to become Olympic champion in London.”

    And the pressure is already on to become champion there, and win not one but two gold medals. “I can't just go to London. I can really only lose. Four years ago I had gold and silver, so everyone expects that this time I will get double gold.”

    Before that, however, he expects to ride the Tour de France, which this year features three time trials, but made clear that is not his top goal. “It would be nice to be there to win,” he said, but “I would not say that the Tour is a workout, but that I'm riding the Tour especially in view of what comes after. The focus is the Olympics. I have not checked out the time trials in France and am doing other things: my preparation for London.”

    The Swiss rider is still looking for his first win after coming back from a fractured collarbone suffered in the Tour of Flanders on April 1. “It was a strange experience and hard to come back after an injury during the season. This is entirely different than getting back in shape after the winter,” he admitted.

    “I was home with my family, but it was no vacation. I...

  • Greipel boosted by defeating Cavendish

    Another win for Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 12:10 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    German hails Lotto Belisol lead-out ahead of Tour de France

    André Greipel has hailed his Lotto Belisol lead-out train as the best in the business after he beat his eternal rival Mark Cavendish (Sky) in the sprint on stage two of the Ster ZLM Toer in Schimmert on Friday.

    The German rider’s 13th win of the season continues a rich streak of early summer form which has seen him take a clutch of stage victories at the Tour of Belgium and Tour of Luxembourg.

    “I’m increasingly convinced that we’re going to have the fastest lead-out train at the Tour de France,” Greipel told De Telegraaf. “I have Jürgen Roelandts and Greg Henderson as my last men, and we’re getting more and more attuned to one another.”

    With morale already on a high following his recent haul of wins, Greipel admitted that his confidence had received an additional boost from beating the world champion Cavendish. At last year’s Tour de France, Cavendish won five stages to Greipel’s one, but the German is hopeful that he can get the better of his former HTC-Highroad teammate more often this July.

    “I knew I was going well, but to beat Cavendish in a direct duel strengthens the confidence of the whole team,” Greipel said.

    Greipel’s thoughts were echoed by manager Marc Sergeant, who will also bring podium contender Jurgen Van Den Broeck to the Tour. “A win brings confidence within the team, a good atmosphere and happy sponsors,” he said.

    For his part, Cavendish had some consolation for his second place on Friday as it was enough to elevate him into the overall lead, albeit in the same time as Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) and Greipel. The Ster ZLM Toer concludes on Sunday.

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  • Spanish doctor denies USADA doping charges

    USPS out getting a few more miles under the belt
    Article published:
    June 16, 2012, 13:05 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Garcia del Moral was with USPS and Astana

    Luis Garcia del Moral, one of the doctors named in the USADA doping investigation, has denied all the charges, saying he has never been involved with performance-enhancing drugs.

    Garcia Del Moral was associated with the USPS team from 1999 to 2004, and with Astana in 2009-2010. Along with Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel, and others he has been charged by USADA with being part of a massive doping conspiracy from 1998-2011.

    Marca.com reported that Garcia del Moral said that “the charges are not true and without foundation" and “are motivated and driven by other interests.”

    "These charges are the same as those which the Justice Department decided not to pursue after a two-year investigation, and once again and like every year, within weeks of the Tour de France, there is emerging news about cyclist doping allegations in which, again, we are involved,” he said.

    "Never in my career have I used doping substances. Never in my career has there been a positive for doping among athletes who have trusted me with their health and sports medicine.”