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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, June 7, 2014

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June 07, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • Oram aiming for Utah, Colorado after broken arm in Tour of California

    James Oram (Bissell Devo) is aiming for the WorldTour
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    June 06, 2014, 16:49 BST
    Xylon van Eyck

    Bissell rider hoping to impress WorldTour teams

    After coming second in the Redlands Bicycle Classic, James Oram was aiming for a high result in the Tour of California, but a crash on the third stage knocked him out of the race. Now recovered from a broken elbow and wrist, the New Zealander is ramping back up for the Tour of Utah, to which his Bissell Development Team was invited this week, and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, where he hopes to show off his talents to WorldTour team recruiters.

    Last year, as a 19-year-old, Oram finished the USA Pro Challenge in the top 20 overall standings, despite working for teammate Lawson Craddock. He saw the result was another step in the direction towards turning professional.

    He first started believing in his talents in his final year in high school when he finished second in the junior world championships in the individual time trial in 2011. Being part of the professional peloton in Colorado though, was a good indicator of his future in the sport.

    “That was officially another step up for me where I realised I can be competitive at this level, especially with the training going into that race,” he told Cyclingnews. “I pushed myself a lot further and did a lot more than I had in previous years. I think it’s one thing about being so young, you don’t quite know where your boundaries are so you keep pushing them. To push them in a race like Colorado is definitely a confidence builder.”

    Oram is hoping to demonstrate his abilities in Tour of Utah and Colorado again this year, especially after a broken elbow and wrist sustained at this year’s Tour of California took him out of the race. He crashed along with teammate Ryan Eastman, who broke his collarbone....

  • Lance Armstrong and others called to testify in federal whistleblower case

    Expect to see Lance Armstrong in suit and tie this fall if his case goes to arbitration
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    June 06, 2014, 19:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Korioth, Higgins, McIlvain and Carmichael to provide testimony in June

    The US federal government has called on Lance Armstrong along with four of his colleagues to testify under oath in the federal whistleblower lawsuit in June. Armstrong’s friend John Korioth is scheduled to testify on June 12, his publicist Mark Higgins on June 13, his friend and former Oakley representative Stephanie McIlvain on June 26 and his coach Chris Carmichael on June 27.

    Armstrong’s lawyers have requested that the federal courts delay such testimony until they receive the discovery evidence that they have requested. "The government has noticed the deposition of Lance Armstrong and third parties while simultaneously refusing to produce documents relevant to those depositions," USA Today reported that Armstrong's attorneys wrote in a court filing this week. "Litigation is not 'a game of blind man's bluff.'"

    The government is aiming to recover nearly $100 million under the False Claims Act.

    Armstrong's former teammate, Floyd Landis, filed the federal lawsuit and the government joined the case last year. The Texan is accused of defrauding the government because of doping during his cycling career with the US Postal Service team, which violated the sponsorship contract with the US Postal Service, a semi-independent federal agency.

    An arbitration panel has already issued Armstrong a subpoena to provide videotaped testimony under oath about his use of banned drugs during his career as a professional cyclist in the SCA Promotions lawsuit. The Texas-based company is trying to recover roughly $12 million in bonuses that it paid out during the athlete’s seven Tour de France wins. The panel has requested Armstrong’s testimony on June 12 along with testimony from his longtime business...

  • Kwiatkowski given free rein for Critérium du Dauphiné

    Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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    June 06, 2014, 20:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Omega Pharma-Quickstep not putting pressure on Polish champion

    Polish champion Michal Kwiatkowski has scarcely been off the podium in the 2014 season, but is under no pressure from his Omega Pharma-Quickstep team to perform at the upcoming Critérium du Dauphiné. The 24-year-old returns to competition on Sunday after a month-long break to begin his build up to the Tour de France.

    Kwiatkowski began the season with a win in the Mallorca Challenge and won the overall Volta ao Algarve in February before impressing with a solo victory in Strade Bianche over Peter Sagan. He wore the leader's jersey for two days in Tirreno-Adriatico, was second overall in Pais Vasco, was third in Flèche Wallonne and Liège - Bastogne - Liège and won the prologue in the Tour de Romandie before his team pulled him back to rest him up for July.

    "This is a good test to see where he stands," sports director Rolf Aldag said of Kwiatkowski's goals for the Critérium du Dauphiné. "We will give him the freedom to prepare for the Tour after a great first part of the season. The Tour is his biggest goal for the summer, so we will see what he can do without any pressure for the GC at this race."

    The team will count on riders like Jan Bakelants, Gianni Meersman and Zdenek Stybar to fight for stage wins on the medium mountain stages or breakaways.

    "We can also look to riders like Julian Alaphilippe and Carlos Verona. Alaphilippe is French, so it will be good experience for him to ride in his home country," Aldag said. "We also have Kevin De Weert and Michal Golas. Golas returns to racing after the fracture of his scaphoid during Liège - Bastogne - Liège. He's recovered and ready to return to competition. We have a competitive team and are ready...

  • Gallery: 10 years of the Dauphiné

    The 2013 Dauphiné was all about Chris Froome and Sky, a good predictor of the Tour de France
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    June 06, 2014, 21:20 BST
    Cycling News

    The Tour de France dress rehearsal by Tim De Waele

    The Critérium du Dauphiné, or Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré as it was known before its former newspaper title sponsor handed over the reins to Tour de France organiser ASO in 2010, has traditionally been one of two important proving grounds for Tour contenders, together with the Tour de Suisse.

    Since the ASO's takeover, the race has begun to more closely resemble the Tour, with similar jerseys, podium presenters, sponsor paraphernalia and players.

    Although the Dauphiné is an important Tour warm-up, there have only been 10 riders in the 65 editions of the race to win both races in the same year - two of the double wins happened in the last two editions, when Team Sky dominated first with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then with Chris Froome last year.

    Will 2014 be another year for the Tour-Dauphiné double? What will this year's race tell us about July? Thumb through this gallery of images from the past ten years by photographer Tim De Waele, and be sure to post your feedback in the comments below.

  • Thomas set to stay at Team Sky

    Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
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    June 07, 2014, 11:04 BST
    Cycling News

    Welshman hopes to ink a new deal before the Tour de France

    While Bradley Wiggins has indicated that he may have to leave Team Sky if he ever wants to ride the Tour de France again, it seems that Geraint Thomas will stay with the British team and is on course to secure a place in the Tour de France squad.

    Thomas, like Wiggins, is out of contract this year and admitted in May that he was considering his options and had several different offers.

    Speaking to the Wales Online website, the Welshman said he now expects to stay at Team Sky as he continues to develop as a stage race rider alongside his ambitions to do well in the spring Classics.

    Thomas won the Bayern Rundfahrt stage race for a second time recently and is part of the squad that will ride for Chris Froome at the Critérium du Dauphiné. He is expected to ink a new deal with Team Sky before the start of the Tour de France in Leeds on July 5.

    “It’s pretty close to being finalised and should be wrapped up in the next couple of weeks as we look to get it nailed down before the Tour,” Thomas said of his new contract.

    “It was more about hearing out some of the other teams and seeing what they had to offer. It would have been a bit silly not to speak to anyone and just assume that where I was is the best place. But I have no reason to leave and I am happy here.”

    Thomas will ride the time trial and the road race for Wales at the Commonwealth Games just a week after the Tour de France. However he has no plans to return to the track for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016.

    “I see my future as giving stage racing a good go and...

  • Watch the NCC Air Force Cycling Classic live on Cyclingnews

    2013 Clarendon Cup men's podium (L-R): Clay Murfet, Demis Aleman, Aldo Ino Ilesic, Luis Amaran and Gregor Gazvoda
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    June 07, 2014, 12:45 BST
    Cycling News

    National Criterium Calendar events streamed live on Saturday and Sunday

    USA Cycling's National Criterium Calendar (NCC) continues this weekend with the Air Force Cycling Classic, two days of criterium racing on June 7 and 8 in Arlington, Virginia. Watch the Pro/1/2 women's and the Pro/1 men's criteriums live daily on Cyclingnews.

    The Air Force Cycling Classic begins on Saturday with the Clarendon Cup, one of the most technical criteriums in the nation. The women's race will start at 10:05am EDT and the men will race at 12:00pm EDT.

    The racing will continue on Sunday at the Crystal City Classic where the men will roll off the start line at 10:20am EDT and the women will race at 12:35pm EDT.

    Carlos Alzate (UnitedHealthcare) is leading the men's NCC standings ahead of Daniel Holloway (Athlete Octane) and teammate Brad White. Erica Allar (Colavita-Fine Cooking) is heading the women's standings ahead of Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom p/b Pink Sirens) and Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare).

    Cyclingnews will stream live the two days of racing at the NCC's Air Force Cycling Classic.

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  • Cancellara crashes at speed during Tour de Suisse TT recon

    Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing)
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    June 07, 2014, 14:34 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Trek Factory Racing rider shows wounds on Twitter but rides home

    Fabian Cancellara has revealed via Twitter that he crashed at 55km/h during a reconnaissance ride of the time trial stage of the upcoming Tour de Suisse.

    The Swiss rider was checking out the route of the 24.5km time trial stage near Worb, not far from his home in Berne. It seems he lost control of his time trial bike and crashed hard but was lucky not to suffer any serious injuries.

    Cancellara posted two images of his road rash and bandages on Twitter and wrote: "Ouch that hurt...! Crashed 55km/h on TT bike. Lost alot of skin but could have been much worst...!"

    According to the Trek Factory Racing team, Cancellara suffered a lot of scrapes and bruises but was lucky not to break any bones and didn’t need to go to hospital for treatment. A local pharmacy helped him with his injuries, cleaning and dressing his wounds.

    Despite his injuries Cancellara then rode the 60km between the location of the accident and his home.


  • Jeremy Powers set to unveil new cyclo-cross team

    USA Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus)
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    June 07, 2014, 17:34 BST
    Pat Malach

    US champion to race all World Cup races in 2014-15 season

    Two-time and current US national cyclo-cross champion Jeremy Powers will ride for a new team during the 2014-15 season while increasing his focus on the World Cup circuit. Powers, who stepped away from full-time road racing this year, told Cyclingnews that he will announce his new cyclo-cross set up in the coming weeks.

    “It's a big change for me,” Powers said this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is competing in the three-day Tulsa Tough. “We'll do all the major races in the States – all the category ones for the most part – and then all of the World Cups.”

    After 10 years of riding with Jelly Belly on the road, this season will be the first that Powers, 30, has been able to devote himself 100 percent to 'cross – after he takes care of the business side of things.

    “I had to put on my business cap a little bit to take care of all the logistics, get the partners on board,” he said of creating his new team. “There's a lot of negotiating when you bring a lot of partners on board, but fortunately over the years I have made a lot of great friends and business relationships. I've been a good advocate for a lot of companies, and I was lucky enough to be able to put them together.”

    Powers signed with Jelly Belly in 2004, and throughout the years he has maintained a double focus on the road and in the mud of cyclo-cross. Now he is experiencing the freedom of running his own exclusive 'cross campaign.

    “I was at training camp in February, and I got a lot of time to put fuel in the tank and just feel good and take a real break,” he said. “I didn't have the constraints of a Tour of California or having something else coming where I had to train 30 hours a week to get ready. I really could focus my training around cyclo-cross, you know, running, core work, upper body stuff that I haven't had a chance to do in the past. So it's been pretty...