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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, October 24, 2009

Date published:
October 24, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Duval tests positive, provisionally suspended

    Aurélien Duval
    Article published:
    October 23, 2009, 15:33 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Frenchman Aurélien Duval fails anti-doping test for norfenfluramine

    French cyclist Aurélien Duval (Française des Jeux) failed an anti-doping test for norfenfluramine October 1 at the Franco-Belge stage race, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced today. It provisionally suspended Duval.

    "Riders are warned, they know the consequences of their actions," Marc Madiot, Française des Jeux team manager, told L'Equipe.

    Norfenfluramine is a banned drug that acts as an appetite suppressant. Italian Marta Bastianelli tested positive for the drug in July 2008. She's serving a two-year suspension.

    Duval, 21, won the silver medal at the 2008 Under 23 Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Treviso, Italy. He has missed most of this road season due to a swollen ligament.

    A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Gent, Belgium, preformed the analysis of Duval's urine sample.   Duval has the right to ask for a counter-analysis of the sample.

    Duval's provisional suspension remains in force until a French Cycling Federation (FFC) disciplinarily panel meets and rules on the case.


  • UCI waiting for more information on Losa allegations

    One of the blood bags from Fuentes' clinic
    Article published:
    October 23, 2009, 18:31 BST
    Shane Stokes

    Governing body doesn't have enough details to act

    Following reports this week that Spanish police have been investigating a possible doping ring in Spain centred around Doctor Jesus Losa, the UCI have indicated that they are studying the situation and will take action if and when they have sufficient proof.

    “Our position would be that we will wait and see what information we can get on it,” UCI President Pat McQuaid said to Cyclingnews on Friday. “Before we can do anything, we have to know more. We will get that information from the Spanish federation.”

    Over three years ago a major doping network run by Eufemiano Fuentes was uncovered, leading to the Operación Puerto affair. That still drags on to this day, with a stop-go court case frustrating most efforts to impose athletic sanctions.

    There are two differences with the alleged case involving Doctor Losa, who lost his job with the Euskaltel Euskadi team in 2004 when David Millar said that the Spaniard had supplied him with EPO.

    Firstly, Spanish law changed in 2005 and doping athletes is now a criminal offence. Secondly, McQuaid said that the Spanish federation is much more proactive than before.

    “They have moved on,” he stated. “There is a new management committee and a different president than before, and they have a different approach.” The UCI will rely on that greater co-operation if sanctions are to be imposed in this latest case.

    The news of the investigation into the activities of Losa broke when the Spanish magazine Interviu said that he had been running a doping network. He is suspected as being the supplier of Moises Dueñas and Maribel Moreno, who were positive for EPO in last year’s Tour de France and the Olympics, respectively. Dueñas has allegedly confirmed that he was given doping products by Losa.

  • Saxo Bank confirms UCI license approved

    Bjarne Riis is not all seriousness but the world rarely gets to see his lighter side.
    Article published:
    October 23, 2009, 19:09 BST
    Cycling News

    Team satisfies all requirements for 2010 racing license

    Team Saxo Bank and owner Riis Cycling have received confirmation from the International Cycling Union that all the required documents for its 2010 UCI license application are in order.

    The team was not on the list sent out by the UCI on Thursday of teams which had satisfied all the requirements by the October 20 notification date, leading to speculation that riders may have been free to seek other contracts.

    However, that was not the case, the team announced.

  • Colnago backs new U25 team

    Domenico Pozzovivo (CSF Group Navigare) got eight and had yet another good showing for the Italian squad.
    Article published:
    October 23, 2009, 19:29 BST
    Cycling News

    Colnago CSF Inox

    Italian bicycle manufacturer Colnago announced Friday the formation of a "brand new Italian team" Colnago CSF Inox. The team is comprised of many of the riders of this year's CSF Navigare squad, but will consist only of Italian riders under 25 years of age.

    The exception is Domenico Pozzovivo, winner of a stage of the Settimana Lombarda this year, who is currently 25. Also on the roster is Marco Frapporti, a winner of a stage of the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto, and Filippo Savini who last year won a stage of the Presidential Tour of Turkey and the Tour de Langkawi.

    "The young COLNAGO CSF Inox racers all share a competitive and combative spirit, and the same impetus is behind the name written on their shirts. With these principles of courage and a solid foundation, they will build an important future," the press release stated.

    "In addition to an already packed competition schedule, their goal within the next three years is to race in the Grand Tours, the classics and the most prestigious races in the world."

    Colnago CSF Inox

    Manuel Belletti
    Alessandro Bisolti
    Gianluca Brambilla
    Federico Canuti
    Alberto Contoli
    Marco Frapporti
    Michele Gaia
    Mattia Gavazzi
    Alan Marangoni
    Sacha Modolo
    Marcello Pavarin
    Stefano Pirazzi
    Domenico Pozzovivo
    Filippo Savini
    Simone Stortoni
    Enrico Zen

  • UCI confirms Contador can leave Astana

    Bang! Alberto Contador shoots down the competition in the TT.
    Article published:
    October 23, 2009, 19:51 BST
    Shane Stokes

    Spaniard free to go if he wishes

    The UCI has confirmed speculation that under its regulations, Spanish rider Alberto Contador is free to leave Astana and look for another team for 2010.

    The governing body announced yesterday that five teams had missed the October 20th deadline for registration. While they have a further month to ensure the necessary paperwork is in order, a rule introduced this summer allows riders to seek another team once that initial deadline has been missed.

    This interpretation was quoted by several media sources after the UCI announcement, and both Alberto Contador and his brother and agent Fran Contador said today that their lawyers were studying the rule to verify if this was indeed the case.

    The UCI have now confirmed that riders from the five teams concerned may indeed look for other teams if they so wish. "If Alberto Contador leaves tomorrow, we can only say that this option would be complying with our rules," confirmed UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani to Cyclingnews on Friday evening.

    The article in question, 2.15.139, article 8.1.f, was newly introduced in July. It states, "if, on 20 October of the year preceding a year of registration covered by the present contract, the UCI ProTeam has not submitted a registration file containing the essential documents," the rider may terminate the contract "without notice or liability for damages".

    Carpani said that it came about after the French H2O team was denied Professional Continental status last year. He explained that this refusal prompted the rule; if riders have to wait until after November 20th and then learn that the team registration has been refused, they are left in a difficult position in terms of finding an alternative deal.

    "In our opinion, if you are a rider, you have to right to know if your position is safe or not," he said. "This gives riders one extra month to decide what they have to do for their future."

    Apart from Astana, the other teams who...

  • Colnago sign-on with BBox Bouygues Telecom

    Ernesto Colnago
    Article published:
    October 24, 2009, 7:50 BST
    Emily Wren/

    Italian company to supply frames to French, US and Italian road teams in 2010

    After a short hiatus, legendary framebuilder Colnago will return to the top tier of the sport with not one, but three road teams for 2010, including the French BBox Bouygues Telecom squad.

    The four-year deal with BBox Bouygues Telecom will cover both road and time trial framesets beginning with the '10 season and though the team has not secured a ProTour license for next year, Colnago is confident that they will be included in both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia. Riders will use a mix of EPS and CX-1 models for the road and presumably Colnago's newest Flight model for time trial events.

    Colnago will also put forth a stronger presence in domestic racing as well with the signing of US-based Team Type 1 plus an all-new Italian-based and factory-backed Colnago CSF Inox squad, both of whom hope to be included in next year's tougher Tour of California.

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  • Vandenbroucke laid to rest in Belgium

    Frank Vandenbroucke in 2004
    Article published:
    October 24, 2009, 11:27 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Family, friends and thousands of fans gather to pay their respects

    The funeral of cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke took place in his home town of Ploegsteert, Belgium, Saturday morning. Family and close family friends attended a private funeral service at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, as fans of the Walloon rider gathered in the square outside the church to pay their respects.

    "It is a traditional funeral, delivered in French," Andre Kardinael, parish priest of Ploegsteert, told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad before the funeral ceremony began. "I personally have not met Frank Vandenbroucke, except through the media; I leave it to the family left to talk about him during the funeral."

    Vandenbroucke died on Monday, October 12, in Saly, Senegal, at the age of 34. An autopsy carried out in the African nation determined that he had passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism. His body had been repatriated to Belgium earlier this week.

    The Belgian cycling community turned out in great numbers to celebrate Vandenbroucke's life. Patrick Lefevere, Wilfried Peeters, Johan Museeuw, Leif Hoste and Peter Van Petegem were all in attendance, while former Cofidis teammate Nico Mattan acted as a pallbearer and escorted the coffin of his close friend into the church service.

    Estimates placed the number of fans outside the church at between 1000 and 2000 people. Although a private ceremony, those gathered outside were able to observe the service on screens erected outside.

    After the ceremony Vandenbroucke's body was transported to a nearby cemetery in Ploegsteert, where he was interred at his family's burial site.

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  • Zomegnan presents an all-inclusive 2010 Giro d'Italia

    Denis Menchov (Rabobank) illustrates the 2010 Giro d'Italia route.
    Article published:
    October 24, 2009, 16:20 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Next year's race to have it all: team and mountain time trial, gravel roads, legendary passes

    Giro d'Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan presented the official 2010 race route today in Milan, Italy. The three-week race, May 8 to 30, will start in the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, and will end in Verona, Italy.

    The 2010 Giro will includes six mountain stages – taking in the climbs of the Terminillo, Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Pejo Terme, Mortirolo and Gavia – and seven sprinters' stage. It will begin and end with individual time trials. It also includes a team time trial in Cuneo and a mountain time trial (Plan de Corones).

    "The Giro is suited to me: the time trial, the mountain time trial, stages to Plans de Corones, Zoncolan, Gavia and Mortirolo," said 2008 Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador.

    Stages of the 2010 Giro d'Italia:

    Stage 1 - Saturday, May 8, Amsterdam TT, 8.4km
    Stage 2 - Sunday, May 9, Amsterdam - Utrecht, 209km
    Stage 3 - Monday, May 10, Amsterdam - Middelburg, 209km
    Rest day, Tuesday, May 11, Savigliano
    Stage 4 - Wednesday, May 12, Savigliano - Cuneo TTT, 32.5km
    Stage 5 - Thursday, May 13, Novara - Novi Ligure, 168km
    Stage 6 - Friday, May 14, Fidenza - Marina di Carrara, 166km
    Stage 7 - Saturday, May 15, Carrara - Montalcino, 215km
    Stage 8 - Sunday, May 16, Chianciano - Monte Terminillo, 189km
    Stage 9 - Monday, May 17, Frosinone - Cava de' Tirreni, 188km
    Stage 10 - Tuesday, May 18, Avellino - Bitonto, 220km
    Stage 11 - Wednesday, May 19, Lucera - L’Aquila, 256km
    Stage 12 - Thursday, May 20, Città Sant'Angelo - Porto Recanati, 191km
    Stage 13 - Friday, May 21, Porto Recanati - Cesenatico, 222km
    Stage 14 - Saturday, May 22, Ferrara - Asolo (Monte Grappa), 201km
    Stage 15 - Sunday, May 23, Mestre - Zoncolan, 218km
    Rest day, Monday, May 24, Friuli
    Stage 16 - Tuesday, May 25, San Vigilio di Marebbe - Plan de Corones TT,...