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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, August 1, 2010

Date published:
August 01, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • CAS rejects Rebellin's appeal

    Davide Rebellin in action during the 2008 Olympic road race.
    Article published:
    July 30, 2010, 18:07 BST
    Cycling News

    Italian's 2008 Olympic disqualification stands

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed the doping case appeal filed by the Italian cyclist Davide Rebellin against the decision of the Executive Committee of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday. The IOC had disqualified Rebellin from the 2008 Olympic Games and withdrew his silver medal, and with this ruling CAS upheld the decision.

    Rebellin's sample from August 5, 2008, during the Olympic Games, eventually tested positive for EPO CERA. On August 9, 2008, he took part in the cycling road race in which he finished second. On November 17, 2009, the IOC issued a decision disqualifying him based on results from the testing of the August 5 sample.

    The IOC's decision came after a series of tests. The subsequent analysis of the "A" blood sample was found negative for the presence of growth hormones. Then, in January 2009, the IOC decided to submit the samples collected during the 2008 Olympics for tests to detect the presence of EPO CERA. His "A" sample turned up positive in initial testing, which was analyzed more completely then by the anti-doping laboratory Châtenay-Malabry (France), which helped to formally establish the presence of CERA in Rebellin's blood sample.

    In May 2009, the analysis of the "B" sample confirmed analysis of sample "A". The IOC's disqualification followed, then Rebellin appealed it on November 30, 2009. He also asked that the IOC's request to have the UCI change the official results of his test be denied.

    The case was submitted to a formation of CAS arbitrators composed of Bernard Foucher of France, Michele Bernasconi of Switzerland and Prof. Ulrich Haas of Germany. A hearing was held at the CAS in Lausanne June 17, 2010, during which the parties, their counsel and several experts were heard.

    CAS noted that in his defense, Rebellin cited several flaws regarding the analysis procedure samples and challenged the validity of the method used by the laboratory of...

  • Van Garderen returns to racing at San Sebastian

    USA's Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia) races home to fifth place for the stage.
    Article published:
    July 30, 2010, 18:19 BST
    Daniel Benson

    American looks forward to Spanish race as he preps for Vuelta

    After a break from racing, Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia), will start his first race since June at the Clásica San Sebastian in Spain, this weekend.

    The American has had a successful season to date and capped it with a podium spot in June's Critérium du Dauphiné. The second part of his season will revolve around his first Grand Tour - the Vuelta a España - where he's already set some impressive goals.

    "I don't want to go there and just ride around," he told Cyclingnews. "I want to race, whatever that means, whether it's riding for a stage or top-10 or top ten on GC, either way I want to be animating and not just sitting around."

    "I had some good rest after the Dauphine but I'm just on the back of a good stint of training in the Dolomites. I'm not expecting to win tomorrow, but I think the form is alright," he told Cyclingnews.

    Van Garderen's schedule before the Vuelta appears relaxed, with less than 10 days of racing before the start in Seville on August 28. After San Sebastian he will compete in the Tour de l'Ain and a handful of Italian one day races.

    "It's a relaxed schedule with just seven days of racing between now and the Vuelta. I'll be going into it pretty relaxed, but that's good for me."

    "It will take a few races for me to get some of that top end form back but I'll use some of these races to get some of that intensity back. I think it's more important to be good in the third of the Vuelta rather than hit it hard in the first week."

    As now customary with Van Garderen's laidback attitude, the American isn't putting too much pressure on himself.

    "Gaining experience is one of the goals too but not the only one. I don't want set my sights too high or set myself up for failure but in the back of my mind I don't want to give time away on the flat and stay with the front groups as long as I can. I'll see where I am after day 14 and if I'm top 10,...

  • Horner jumps from Tour de France to Tour of Elk Grove

    Chris Horner (RadioShack)
    Article published:
    July 31, 2010, 11:07 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    RadioShack rider finishes 8th in prologue time trial

    Following a tenth place in the Tour de France, Chris Horner (RadioShack) returned home to the USA to join the American peloton at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove from July 30-August 1 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

    The Bend, Oregon native was attracted by the lucrative purse offered at the three-stage event but admits that the three-week grand Tour may have left his legs slightly lacking.

    “I’ve been doing this race since it first started so I think this is the fifth year,” Horner said. “Mayor Craig Johnson does a really good job of getting me over here and taking care of me. Also, the $150,000 prize list is a good incentive. It is a pretty easy race to get to by flying straight into Chicago and then all the races are in one location so there are no transfers.”

    This year’s race will offer a $118,000 prize purse, reduced from previous years, and has attracted nearly every top American Continental team. It is also an important place on the National Racing Calendar that ranks the riders and teams on a national level.

    “This is the biggest prize money in the US and it is amazing that they don’t get everybody coming to it,” Horner said. “Last year, all the biggest US teams are here and this year I think there are about 90 percent of them racing.”

    Horner flew straight to Chicago following the conclusion of the Tour de France last Sunday on the Champs-Elysées in Paris where was the top placed American rider. He acknowledged that he is unsure of how he will perform at the Tour of Elk Grove following a three-week grand Tour and little time to recover between.

    “It was nice coming back and a lot of people have appreciated the top ten ride and have been congratulating me and stuff,” Horner said. “Certainly, you are recognized a little bit more when you just come back from the Tour. But, it’s been one week since the Tour and I...

  • Freire undergoes successful surgery

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) at the finish in Gap.
    Article published:
    July 31, 2010, 18:54 BST
    Cycling News

    Hopes to solve sinus problems

    Spaniard Oscar Freire underwent a successful operation this week in Helmond, the Netherlands to remove polyps from his sinuses, his team announced on Friday.

    Despite a successful start to the season where he took five wins in Spain, the Rabobank sprinter has suffered from the problems all season.

    The condition flared up during the last week of the Tour de France, and he decided along with his team physician to take care of the problem now in order to recover and prepare for the World Championships which take place October 3 in Melbourne, Australia.

    The Spaniard is recuperating at his home in Switzerland, and his team said the prognosis is good. He will be able to resume training this week.

  • 2011 Giro d'Italia celebrates Italian unity

    2010 Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo)
    Article published:
    July 31, 2010, 19:55 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Corsa rosa to start in Turin and end in Milan

    The 2011 Giro d'Italia will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, with organisers confirming that the race will start in Turin with a team time trial on May 7 and end in Milan on May 29 with an individual time trial.

    Turin has been chosen to host the start of the Giro d'Italia because the city was the first capital of the unified country. The opening stage will be a 22km team time trial around the city centre.

    The race will return to Milan for its finale with a short individual time trial of so far unspecified length after recent Giro finishes in Rome and Verona. Although Milan is not the capital of Italy, it is home of the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper and its parent company RCS Sport, that organises the race, and has traditionally hosted the final stage. Relations with local authorities have been difficult and race director Angelo Zomegnan opted to go elsewhere until Milan decided it had to host the finish of the race in style.

    "The return of the Giro d’Italia to Milan is good news for sport, cycling enthusiasts and for everyone in Milan," the Mayor of Milan Letizia Moratti said after being given a symbolic maglia rosa by Zomegnan.

    "The 2011 edition of the Giro will return to its roots and the race will end in our city on May 29. It will be an issue of great symbolic value, in the year of 150th anniversary celebrations of the unification of Italy."

    Full details of the route for the three-weeks of racing will be revealed in October. The 2010 Giro d'Italia was won by Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) who has promised to return in 2011.

  • Kirchen offered new role at Katusha after heart attack

    Andrei Tchmil and Kim Kirchen
    Article published:
    July 31, 2010, 21:03 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Team manager Andrei Tchmil visits Kirchen in Luxembourg

    Katusha team manager Andrei Tchmil has visited Kim Kirchen in Luxembourg and offered him a new administrative role in the team following his heart attack during the Tour de Suisse.

    According to a statement issued by the team, Tchmil and Kirchen talked for two hours about plans for the future. It is not clear if Kirchen will be able to race as a professional as he still awaiting the results of detailed medical checks. A few days ago Kirchen said he hopes to be back on his bike but Tchmil advised him to consider other options, especially after the recent birth of his two children.

    “Kim seemed to be very well and I’m so glad about it," Tchmil said in the statement.

    "We’ll stay close to him like we've done with other Katusha riders in the last two years when they've been forced to miss a large part of the season due to illness or injury.

    "Now he’s father of two beautiful twins and he has to think about them first of all. Everything else will sort itself out. I offered Kim a new role in our team, different from that as a rider and something that suits his character and ability. I think we can find something and work together”.

    Kirchen suffered a cardiac arrest late in the evening of June 18, mid-way through the Tour de Suisse. He told roommate Joaquim Rodriguez he was not feeling well and team doctor gave him CPR treatment before he was rushed to hospital. He was placed in an induced coma for four days and remained in hospital for a further week.

  • America expected to gain a UCI event in Colorado

    Lance Armstrong (Radioshack)
    Article published:
    August 01, 2010, 11:44 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Could 2011 see a major race added to the US calendar?

    A crippling economy spanning nearly three years lead to the collapse of several International Cycling Union (UCI) events throughout the United States of America. That could change next year with the addition of at least one new UCI sanctioned stage race expected to take place from late August to early September in the state of Colorado.

    A Tour of Colorado has been under discussion for years but has never quite come to terms. The proposed event was thought to mimic that of the former Coors Classic held between 1979-88 and renowned as one of the toughest events in the world in its day.

    It is widely known that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong expressed an interest a bringing a stage race, as esteemed as the former Coors Classic, back to Colorado. He met with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter last year to build support for a proposed event in 2011.

    In recent years, the UCI racing in America has been decimated by the loss of the Tour de Georgia and Tour of Missouri, both managed by Medalist Sport, LLC and the Tour de New York.

    USA Cycling’s ProTour series was reduced to four events that included the Tour of the Battenkill, Amgen Tour of California, TD Bank International Cycling Championships and the Univest Grand Prix along with the US Professional National Championships events; criterium, time trial and road race.

  • Ballan looking for success in Poland

    Former Ronde champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
    Article published:
    August 01, 2010, 11:51 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    BMC rider chasing world championship selection

    Former world champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC) is still looking for his first win of the season but is hoping to find it in this week’s Tour of Poland and so help secure a place in the Italian team for the world championships in Melbourne on October 3.

    The first races after the Tour de France traditionally marks the start of the long selection process for the Italian national team and new coach Paolo Bettini has already begun talking to riders after making a short trip to see the course in mid-July. He believes the course is not for sprinters but more suited for classics rider, like Ballan.

    “I spoke to Bettini for half an hour the other day. He doesn’t think it’s an easy course and Ballerini had told me the same thing. He told me it’ll be as tough as the Tour of Flanders, with a short climb each lap. I’ve got to like that!” Ballan told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Ballan finished third in the Italian national championships and was second behind Thomas Voeckler on stage 15 of the Tour de France but is still looking for his first win in BMC colours. He was forced to miss the spring classics and the Giro d’Italia after being caught up in the Mantova doping investigation. He was stopped from racing by BMC but was later brought back into the team and finished the Tour de France.

    Last year Ballan won his first race wearing the rainbow jersey in Poland and also snatched victory in the overall classification. He is convinced he can win again this year.

    “I think I had a good Tour and I’ve come out of it well. I suffered in the first week because I hadn’t raced a lot in the first part of the season. I can understand the decision of the team but I’m glad to be back,” he said.

    “I hope to do even better than last year. I’m joking, because that will be difficult, but as a team we want to score valuable points for the world...