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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, August 14, 2011

Date published:
August 14, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Pozzato’s bad luck continues

    Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)
    Article published:
    August 13, 2011, 15:05 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian needs eight stitches after fall at home

    Filippo Pozzato’s difficult season and his hopes of securing a place in the Italian national team for the road world championships have taken another blow after the Katusha rider slipped on the stairs at home, needing eight stitches in a head wound.

    The Italian classics rider was also diagnosed with slight concussion but considered himself lucky not to be more seriously injured.

    “If we want to see the bright side of this accident, I have to admit that, once again, I was lucky,” he said in a statement from the Katusha team.

    “I was going downstairs, I slipped and I hit my head badly and also my back: when I saw all the blood I’d lost, I got really scared. Now I hope to recover as soon as possible.”

    Pozzato has been struggling all season after bad luck and illness affected his spring classics campaign. He then crashed out of the Tour of Belgium, fracturing his wrist and collarbone. A war of words with Katusha boss Andrei Tchmil has left Pozzato marginalised at Katusha and keen to move to a new team for 2012. He has held talks with Lampre-ISD, Geox-TMC and Farnese Vini but has yet to confirm his future team.

    The Italian had been overlooked for a place in the Katusha team for the Vuelta a España and is struggling to accumulate enough race days so that he can be fit enough for the world championships and prove to Italian coach Paolo Bettini that he deserves a place in the nine-man team.

    He was due to ride the Trittico Lombardo (August 16-17-19), the Hamburg Cyclassics (August 21) and the GP Ouest-France Plouay (August 28). But that schedule is up in the air after his fall.

    “During next few days I´ll get back...

  • Iglinskiy fined 10 percent of his salary for drunk driving

    Stage two winner Valentin Iglinskiy (Astana).
    Article published:
    August 13, 2011, 19:30 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Astana rider hit with heavy fine

    The Astana team announced that it has fined Valentin Iglinskiy 10 percent of his annual salary after being stopped by French police for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    The Kazakhstani rider was stopped on July 26 on the highway between Nice and Monaco. Initial media reports claimed that he was caught speeding at 203km/h in a 110km/h zone and that tests had indicated he was driving under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.

    The team initially claimed that the results of blood and urine tests were not known but has now revealed that they showed positive for alcohol but were negative for any drugs.

    Iglinskiy is currently riding the Eneco Tour but is listed as a reserve in the Astana line-up for the Vuelta a España. 

  • Stagiaires put to work at Tour of Utah

    Australia's Dale Parker (RadioShack) at the front of the bunch
    Article published:
    August 13, 2011, 22:22 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Parker and Bennet support Leipheimer in yellow

    A handful of stagiaires are reveling in their opportunity to work for ProTeams during the Tour of Utah held from August 9-14 in Salt Lake City. RadioShack's Dale Parker and George Bennet, HTC-Highroad's Zak Dempster and Lachlan Norris and Garmin-Cervelo's Danny Summerhill spoke about their challenging new domestique roles that have taught them invaluable lessons about being a professional bike racer.

    "I'm loving it so far, it's been awesome, and the team has been really accommodating," said Bennet, who has not signed a contract for next season. "I was nervous about my form and then having the race favourites on the team like Janez Brajkovic and Levi Leipheimer. They are both doing really well and we have to make sure we can look after those guys. Everyone has been really good and I feel like I've been here all season. The guys on the team are cool, it's been great."

    The Trek-Livestrong pair are learning first hand what it takes to work for a race leader for RadioShack this week. The team's overall contenders are Levi Leipheimer, who took over the race lead following the stage 3 time trial, and Janez Brajkovic, who was sitting in second place. The youngsters will no doubt be expected to set tempo on the front of the field during the stage four circuit race held in Salt Lake City and the 'queen' stage 5 road race that finishes atop the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

    "It's been going really good so far," said Parker, who will race for one more year with Trek-Livestrong before joining RadioShack for 2013 and 2014. "I'm pretty much...

  • Video: Bertogliati hopes to keep Utah climber's jersey

    Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1) ended up with the climber's jersey for his efforts today.
    Article published:
    August 14, 2011, 0:50 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Swiss rider needs breakaway on final stage

    Team Type 1-Sanofi's experienced Swiss rider Rubens Bertogliati is currently holding the mountains classification lead heading into the final stage of the Tour of Utah, but he faces a tough challenge to keep it on the final stage to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

    Having won a stage of the Tour de France and held the maillot jaune for two days in 2002, the 32-year-old is no stranger to the podium, but he said wearing the snowflake-patterned Ski Utah King of the Mountains jersey was an honor.

    "It's beautiful, wonderful," Bertogliati said. "It's always good to be on the podium. You show that you are present - you try to give your best in every race you do. The podium is always fantastic."

    He claimed the lead on the first stage in Ogden after taking two of the three mountain primes on offer. "It was the right break the first day," he said, but with the only other points coming on the final stage he has to get the stage just right to bring the win home.

    "We will see tomorrow how it goes, but I hope to keep it until the end. I'm not really a climber, but I'm good in the small sprint in the uphill. I have the jersey now, my goal is to defend it."

    There are 20 points available on the stage to Snowbird, the first climb comes mid-way through the stage on the Alpine loop, where Bertogliati will hope to win the points from a breakaway.

    "The finish is very hard, and the GC guys will be contending for the Tour of Utah, so for me it is better to be in the breakaway, if I can do the first one, than it will be very easy to defend it."

    Bertogliati currently has 20 points. His main competition comes from his prior breakaway companions, UnitedHealthCare's Brad White who is in second with 18 and Jay Thomson (Bissell) with 14.


  • Brajkovic training for Vuelta a Espana in Utah

    Janez Brajkovic (Radioshack) coming in sixth.
    Article published:
    August 14, 2011, 2:41 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Slovenian showing impressive form sitting in third overall

    RadioShack’s Janez Brajkovic has recovered from a head injury sustained at the Tour de France last month and is competing for the overall title at the Tour of Utah that concludes atop the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Sunday. He is using the high altitude event as preparation for his and the team’s final major target, the Vuelta a Espana next month.

    “The goal was not this race, it is the Vuelta a Espana,” Brajkovic told Cyclingnews. “I did ten days of training at altitude in Italy and then one week in Colorado and now one week here at the Tour of Utah. All together I did three weeks of altitude training to prepare for the Vuelta.”

    “My form is quite good here and that makes me very optimistic for the Vuelta,” he said. “Obviously I am not 100 percent yet but I am very happy with my performance so far. I will be one of the leaders at the Vuelta and we also have Andreas Kloden and Tiago Machado.”

    Brajkovic is currently sitting in third place overall behind his own teammate Levi Leipheimer. The pair of Grand Tour rode a controlled race on the ‘queen’ stage five that included the event’s only mountaintop finish atop the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, a some 15-kilometre ascent.

    Brajkovic was forced to withdrawal early from the Tour de France following a crash on stage five from Carhaix to Cap Frehel that resulted in a head injury. It took a total of two weeks for him to get back in to full-time training.

    "I’m OK from that and it didn’t take me long to recover," Brajkovic said. “I was back on the bike after three days and another five day I was on the road. I didn’t have very...

  • Anthony forced to withdraw before queen stage with illness

    The new Nature Valley Race Leader Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth)
    Article published:
    August 14, 2011, 5:58 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Kelly Benefits Strategies team disappointed, but praise stage one effort

    Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) was forced too pull out of the Tour of Utah prior to the start of the stage four circuit race in Salt Lake City due to a flu virus. The New England native was sitting in fifth place overall after winning the stage one breakaway sprint in Ogden.

    "I think it was really hard for Jesse to have to pull out of the race," said Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth DS Jonas Carney. "He was sitting in fifth place overall and our major goal for the week was to try and have him finish in the top ten."

    "We felt like that was a realistic goal was for him to be top ten and that would have been a really good finish overall for him and for the team at a stage race like this," he said. "He was naturally really bummed to have to pull out. But, the fact is, he won the biggest race of his career a couple of days ago and possible the biggest race that our team has ever won."

    Anthony put forth a strong performance during stage one when he bridged across to an early breakaway and made it over the final climb solo. A lead group of climbers that included the current race leader Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), his teammate Janez Brajkovic along with Oscar Sevilla and Sergio Henao (Gobernacion de Antioquia) caught him on the descent down to the finish line. He out-paced the four climbers in the sprint to the line.

    Anthony started the stage two’s predominantly flat road race from Lehi to Provo, however, he started to feel ill part way through the event.

    According to Carney, the team initially thought his physical illness was partially due to warm...

  • Clinger given lifetime ban for second doping infraction

    David Clinger
    Article published:
    August 14, 2011, 10:08 BST
    Cycling News

    American tested positive for clenbuterol in June

    David Clinger has been handed a lifetime ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the second time in June of this year. Already nearing the end of the two-year suspension he had received for his first offence in 2009, Clinger tested positive for clenbuterol in an out-of-competition test on June 29.

    A statement from USADA said that Clinger “accepted responsibility for using clenbuterol to enhance his performance.” As it was his second doping infraction, the 34-year-old received a life ban, which began on August 9.

    Clinger’s previous positive test came in June 2009, when he returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone and modafil after finishing second at the USA Cycling Elite Road Race National Championships.

    Clinger turned professional with Mercury in 1998, and subsequently rode for teams included Festina, US Postal Service and Rock Racing during his career.

  • Moncoutié to continue in 2012?

    David Moncoutie (Cofidis) has been quiet so far in this year's Tour de France
    Article published:
    August 14, 2011, 11:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Tour de l'Ain win may delay retirement

    Fresh from taking overall victory at the Tour de l’Ain on Saturday, David Moncoutié (Cofidis) has hinted that he is likely to continue his career for another season, having previously suggested that 2011 would be his last year in the professional ranks.

    “I’m no longer ruling out the possibility of riding next year,” Moncoutié told L’Équipe.

    Such was the state of Moncoutié’s morale after the Tour de France that he even considered ending his career at the Tour de l’Ain itself, but he rediscovered his zeal in the Alps, as testified by his impressive raid in the company of stage winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) on the Grand Colombier on Saturday.

    “I came out of the Tour physically and morally exhausted, and I thought then that the Tour de l’Ain would be my last race,” Moncoutié said. “But I’ve refound my desire and my legs.”

    The Frenchman is now set to line up in Benidorm next weekend in search of a fourth consecutive Vuelta a España mountains title, and he was hopeful that conditions in Spain would suit him better than they had at this year’s Tour de France.

    “It was a rainy Tour and I don’t like the rain,” Moncoutié acknowledged. “All of my victories, including today, have come when it’s been 30 degrees. It’s also for that reason that I like the Vuelta.”

    According to L’Équipe, if Moncoutié does continue in 2012, he will not ride the Tour de France. His best showing in this year’s race was