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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 9, 2012

Date published:
December 09, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Augustyn plans comeback

    John-Lee Augustyn (Barloworld) took off from the breakaway on the final climb.
    Article published:
    December 08, 2012, 18:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    South African recovered from injury

    Former Tour de France racer John Lee Augustyn is hoping to make a comeback to pro road racing in 2013 after some time off.

    The 26-year-old from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, took the year off to recover from hip surgery following an injury sustained during the Tour of Poland a few years ago.

    Augustyn, a former U23 road national champion, is one of only two South Africans to have competed in all three European Grand Tours. He said he had been contacted by several parties and was considering his future options.

    As he makes his comeback, Augustyn is planning to race the 28th edition of The Herald VW Cycle Tour in South Africa on February 3.

    He previously raced for several pro teams: Utensilnord Named (2012), Sky (2010-2011) and Barloworld (2007-2009).

    Readers may remember Augustyn from his spectacular crash, while racing in his first Tour de France in 2008. While among the stage's lead group, Augustyn misjudged a bend and was launched up and over the earthen berm at the edge of the road. He then slid down the loose, rocky slope for 30 metres before coming to a stop on a firm boulder. He was lucky to escape with just minor cuts.

  • Scottish national cyclo-cross champs postponed

    Deep ruts have frozen into the mud on the world championship circuit.
    Article published:
    December 08, 2012, 19:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    Icy conditions push Sunday's event into 2013

    Sunday’s Scottish cyclo-cross national championships have been postponed due to the weather. The course has been hit by freezing temperatures and despite a late inspection by the race organisers, the event, which was scheduled to take place at Strathclyde Park, has been called off.

    Michael Martin of East Kilbride Road Club announced in a press release that, "I've just been round the course again today, and even with the mild weather, we have had to take the unfortunate decision to cancel the SCX champs scheduled for Sun 9th Dec.”

    “The paths are thawing, but over refrozen ice which is making them ultra slippy. It may be okay by the morning, but I doubt it and we feel its better to cancel now, than in the morning after people have set off travelling.”

    The championships are now set to be run off in January 2013.


  • Canadian champ Chaddock signs with Smartstop

    Ben Chaddock was Canadian criterium champion in 2012
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    December 08, 2012, 21:08 GMT
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    Another ex-Exergy rider finds a home

    Canadian criterium champion Ben Chaddock has signed with Team Smartstop p/b Mountain Khakis. Chaddock was one of many riders from Team Exergy who were suddenly left jobless when the sponsor decided it would stop supporting the professional men's team.

    The Smartstop team has been one of the dominant forces in the US criterium scene, winning the USA CRITS series team prize for five seasons in a row, and won the overall individual prize with Luke Keough this season, and were second to the Pro Continental team Unitedhealthcare in the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar's inaugural year.

    The team's co-owner Jamie Bennett was pleased to be able to pick up Chaddock. "Whether he's setting up the leadout, riding the break in a road race, or delivering the win with his strong-man sprint, we know that Ben is going to contribute to our team's success both on the road and in the community. And really, in the wake of all the negative publicity the sport has been getting lately, that's what we need right now."

    Chaddock overcame a serious form of childhood asthma to excel in sports, first in downhill skiing and later in cycling, which he discovered while at college in Washington's Whitman College. He established the B.I.K.E.S foundation, which teaches children cycling skills and how to use fitness and positive goal-setting to help their performance in the classroom and in sports.

    He intends to relocate to the team's base in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and extend his B.I.K.E.S project to his new community.

  • Rapha Condor announces JLT Group as new co-sponsor

    Team Rapha Condor
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    December 09, 2012, 3:54 GMT
    Cycling News

    Continental team look to continue developing young talent

    The British Continental team Rapha Condor has announced that the JLT Group has signed up as a co-sponsor for the 2013 season. JLT replace Sharp as the team’s co-sponsor after the electronics firm confirmed that they were moving away from the team last week. Sharp became a co-sponsor for Garmin on the eve of the 2012 Tour de France.

    The Jardine Lloyd Thompson group of Insurance Brokers is one of the largest of its type in the world

    2013 will mark the sixth season that Rapha Condor has sponsored a British UCI registered team and the partnership with JLT will underline the team’s significant commitment to the future of British cycling, as the team continues to focus on its overarching goal of developing young British talent.

    Charlie Pearch, a senior partner at JLT said: “Our participation in this venture with Rapha Condor fulfills our desire to help sport at grass roots level, particularly where our involvement can deliver meaningful value. We not only want to encourage the younger generation to live a healthy lifestyle but to be a voice of mutual respect between all road users. Our expectation is that the Rapha Condor JLT team will continue to perform well under the most respected of Directeur Sportifs but it is as important for us that the team races with style and panache and in its own well-loved and inimitable style to represent the very best of British cycling.”

    In recent years Rapha Condor have focussed on developing young talent, giving opportunities to a number of promising up-and-coming riders.

    Team manager John Herety added: “I am delighted that JLT share our enthusiasm about the way that this team aims to work with young riders. JLT understood this very quickly and they recognised that in the current environment in cycling a team like ours will educate young riders into making the correct choices."

    “I have been really pleased with the progress that these riders...

  • Team Novo Nordisk with zero tolerance for doping

    Novo Nordisk takes over sponsorship of Team Type 1 in 2013.
    Article published:
    December 09, 2012, 10:49 GMT
    Cycling News

    Diabetic riders must use otherwise disallowed insulin

    Team Novo Nordisk has announced that they will set up a zero-tolerance doping policy. Those convicted of doping will not find a place on the team, explained the sponsoring company's management, and the team will concentrate on providing hope and inspiration to diabetics.

    Novo Nordisk is the new sponsor, as of 2013, for Team Type I. All 17 riders under contract for the Professional Continental team for the coming year are diabetics. The new sponsor is  a Danish pharmaceutical company with a particular focus on diabetes care equipment and medication.

    "We don't  want riders who have ever been convicted of doping, and there will be immediate consequences, if one uses illegal means,” Jacob Riis, senior vice president at Novo Nordisk, told the Ritzau news agency. “Otherwise, we rely on the initiatives taken by the international cycling union UCI has begun. Our main focus is to be an inspiration for people with diabetes.”

    One irony that the team faces is the use of insulin. “Insulin can't be used by athletes who do not have a diagnosis of diabetes. But for the riders we have on the team, insulin is vital. Not just to be able to compete at this level, but also to live at all,” Riis said.

  • Offredo finds whereabouts ban too strict

    Yoann Offredo (FDJ)
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    December 09, 2012, 12:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    FdJ rider says team shares blame

    Yoann Offredo believes that his one-year ban for his whereabouts violation is too strict, saying that his personal anti-doping attitude should have been taken into consideration. The FdJ rider is now looking forward to returning to the peloton, hopefully at the Tour of Qatar.

    “I felt unfairly penalized. I say unfair because I feel it was too strict,” he told “I thought they should pay attention to my anti-doping attitudes and give me a little less punishment. I think that should be taken into account more parameters than they did when one punished me.”

    He was given the one-year suspension for three violations of the whereabouts requirements within 18 months. Twice he was late in sending in his notifications, and the third one occurred when he was assigned a race at the last minute.

    Offredo said that he has “learned a lot from this. I have become more organized and have a better view of things around me. Besides, I found out who I can trust.”

    One of those he can trust is his team, to which he gives partial blame for his ban. “I have received great support from the team. Remember that one breach of the notification requirement was not just my fault. It may be the rider who has the responsibility, but when there is a change in the race program, the team usually makes the report. 

    “That's why they made the effort to be able to keep my motivation this year. I have received many encouraging messages.”

    He will not be looking for revenge in 2013. “But it is important to show to myself that I can come back quickly,” he said.

  • Report: Angliru as penultimate stage finish in 2013 Vuelta a Espana

    The Angliru is one of the most demanding climbs in cycling
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    December 09, 2012, 17:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Spain's most demanding climb to make 6th appearance

    The dreaded Angliru climb will be the penultimate stage finish in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, according to Spanish media reports. The climb is expected to decide the race as the “last and demanding obstacle for the riders before arriving in Madrid. The official course is to presented on January 12. reported that the Angliru will be one of two stages in the Asturias region at the end of the race. It has appeared in the Vuelta five times, most recently in 2011.

    The climb is considered to be the most difficult in cycling. The 12.6km climb covers 1265 meters. The average gradient is 9.9% but has sections of up to 23.6%.

    The Angliru, as the 19th stage on Saturday, September 14, would not be the only stage in the region. The previous day would also see a finish in a town yet to be named, but it would not finish on a mountaintop, focusing instead on the coast.

    The Spanish website said that race organiser Javier Guillen consider alternatives as a final and decisive climb, including La Cobertoria, the Cuitu Negru and La Cubilla, but that the final decision fell to the Angliru.


  • Gallery: Procycling Season Review 2012 now available

    Procycling Season Review 2012
    Article published:
    December 09, 2012, 19:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Procycling magazine presents Tim De Waele's photographs

    Photographer Tim De Waele presents the 2012 cycling season in his unique way, with the “Procycling Season Review 2012”, now available for purchase online.

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