- Article published:
- January 15, 2011, 14:54
- Cycling News
2010 Reader poll competition winner revealed
Congratulations to Chris Tarczynski from Richmond, Virginia, winner of our 2010 reader poll competition.
Over 15,000 people took part in our poll but 38 year-old Chris won David Millar's 2010 Felt F1 SL race bike. It features a 58cm Felt F1 SL frame/fork, Shimano Dura Ace 7970 Di2 group (mechs, shifters, cranks, brakes, chain, cassette, bottom bracket, Di2 battery and charger), Garmin Edge 500, Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR wheels, Vittoria tires, Fizik Arione saddle, Fizik bar tape plus 3T bar, stem and seat post components.
"It's pretty much my size, I ride a 57 so I'm going to take it into the local shop and see if it will fit. I'm certainly hoping to race it. I'm a dad on a budget so the fact it comes with some many great components is just amazing. I couldn't get over it last night, telling my wife, it was just unbelievable," Chris told us when we called him with the good news.
"I got started cycling in college. I was a soccer and basketball player and my roommate got me started in cycling. I gave up on all the team sports and race competitively for team locally called Richmond Velo Sport. I got 15 races in last season."
Millar's bike was provided by the Team Garmin-Transitions online store.
- Article published:
- January 15, 2011, 15:42
- Richard Tyler
Maximus Seat Tube case reaches out-of-court conclusion
Bicycle manufacturers Cervélo and Canyon have reached a settlement agreement in their dispute over the latter company's patented Maximus Seat Tube design, with the two companies agreeing to share certain design patents.
While both sides have agreed to confidentiality regarding the exact terms of the settlement, a joint statement released by the two companies this week indicated that "constructive" discussions had resulted in an amicable agreement between them.
“We’re happy this matter is resolved, that’s good news for both companies and for consumers,” said Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo, while Canyon's Chief Executive Roman Arnold said: “After the long lasting lawsuit both sides can once again concentrate on what they can do best: build high class, innovative and trendsetting bicycles.”
Canyon had originally alleged that Cervélo had breached its patent on the Maximus Seat Tube in a number of the Canadian company's older R3, R3-SL and RS models of road bike.
Canyon had first employed the design in its own bikes in 2005, but Cervélo countered their assertions by citing frame designs from other manufacturers, including Klein's Q-Pro Carbon, that pre-dated Canyon's patent.
However in November last year the European Patent Office upheld the validity of Canyon's patent after clarification of their original patent terms. Following this decision Canyon filed its lawsuit at the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf, though the companies agreement has brought the legal proceedings to a close.
Despite the acrimony over the design it appears the settlement terms will help to forge a level of collaboration between the two. According to their joint statement Cervélo will be allowed to continue manufacturing frames using the design in question, while in return Canyon will have the right to use certain patents owned by Cervélo.
While details of the patents Cervélo will be asked to share remain secret for now, the settlement will no doubt benefit Canyon's efforts to make inroads into the lucrative time trial and triathlon sectors. Cervélo have held a stranglehold in those markets, but in recent years the German company have worked hard to refine the aerodynamics of their road and time trial bikes.
- Article published:
- January 15, 2011, 17:50
- Stephen Farrand
Katusha rider mixing road and track work in Calpe
Filippo Pozzato is combining his pre-season road training with track sessions and has revealed he hopes to be part of an Italian 'dream team' that can ride the team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics.
Pozzato rode on the track before turning professional, winning silver and bronze medals in the team pursuit at the 1989 and 1990 junior world track championships. Italy has a long tradition of track racing but risks failing to qualify a single rider for London 2012 due to a lack of funding and programming. Pozzato hopes to change that and would like to create a big-name dream team with Daniele Bennati, Daniel Oss, Elia Viviani and Alessandro Ballan. He is convinced they can transform their road speed into team pursuit speed and perhaps go close to a medal in London in 2012.
"Everyone dreams about doing the Olympics and I'd like to ride the road race in London but that doesn't mean I can't ride the track too," he told Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday. "The points race and the omnium are very specialist disciplines, so the only thing left is the team pursuit.
"I've got a lot of respect for the pursuiters out there but I think if we put four of the best Italian road riders, we can do pretty well. I think if we got together for a month I think we'd have huge potential. I'm not saying we'd do the times of the countries that will be fighting for the medals like Great Britain or Australia but it wouldn't be impossible to get close to them."
Pozzato is in Calpe, Spain at a Katusha training camp. On Friday he worked in the gym early in the morning, did four and a half hours on the road with new teammate Luca Paolini during the day and then the two drove to the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia to do several blocks of 30 minutes behind a derny, riding at a cadence of 120 and a speed of over 50km/h.
Pozzato rode on the new Italian track in Brescia during the Christmas holidays when the weather was bad and he is convinced that track riding is beneficial for road riders and riding the Olympics could also help promote track racing in Italy.
"We used to cry in Italy because we didn't have covered track. Now we've got one, we don't use it enough," he said. "Our experiment is a way of promoting the track in Italy. If it's done right the track can help road riders. It gives you a great pedalling action which is useful on the climbs and on the pave."
- Article published:
- January 16, 2011, 09:28
- Cycling News
Australian to continue with Garmin-Cervelo
Matt White has joined Cycling Australia's national team and will be working with the elite men in the lead up to the world championships in Copenhagen, as well as the 2012 London Olympics. He will continue his duties as a directeur sportif with Garmin-Cervelo.
Cycling Australia announced Sunday morning that White had been named Professional Men's Road Coordinator for the HÄ±gh Performance Program. He replaces Neil Stephens.
"I am very proud and honoured to be given this opportunity during a very exciting period for Australian cycling," said White. "As a nation we have proved we are a force in professional road cycling and I aim to keep us at the forefront at world championships and coming Olympic and Commonwealth Games."
White, 36, rode professionally from 1996 to 2007, ending his career with Team Discovery Channel. He also rode for Australia at the world championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. He joined Garmin in 2008.
"Matt was highly respected as a cyclist and is now one of the leading Team Directors working at the very top level of the sport," said Graham Fredericks. CEO of Cycling Australia.
"He has a wealth of experience in coaching and guiding riders whether they are youngsters coming into the pro ranks or have been at the top level for several years.
"We're certainly looking forward to having him back in the 'Cyclones' team in this role."
White replaces Stephens, who had held the position for 12 years. His future plans were not announced, but he is believed to be going to the GreenEdge project, which hopes to put together a top-ranked pro team for the coming season. White's name has also been linked with GreenEdge.
"Over the past twelve years I've been lucky enough to share some special moments with a dedicated and talented crew and I wish Matt all the best as he steps in to what is an exciting and fulfilling role," said Stephens.
"Stevo has been an integral player in our progression at the professional level," said Fredericks. "Selection to the Australian 'Cyclones' has become a cherished and highly sought after achievement for our top international stars and that is in no small part due to 'Stevo's' role with the program."
- Article published:
- January 16, 2011, 11:22
- Jean-François Quénet
Defending champion not worried by missed opportunity in the Cancer Council Classic
Andre Greipel (Omega-Pharma Lotto) could only manage fifteenth in the Cancer Council Classic in Adelaide but ahead of the Santos Tour Down under isn't worried about being beaten by Australian sprinters Matt Goss, Mark Renshaw and Robbie McEwen.
The German was handicapped by a crash that involved last year’s winner Greg Henderson.
“Quite often in the last corner it’s a bit crazy,” Greipel said.
“I don’t know who is responsible for the crash but it’s not significant. Today I’ve seen my team working a lot for me, they’ve already showed the confidence they have in my sprinting.”
“We knew these guys had ridden the Jayco Bay Crits and a few other races in Australia before the Tour Down Under”, Greipel’s new team-mate from Omega Pharma-Lotto Olivier Kaisen said.
“We’ve done a lot at the front but the Australian sprinters came from behind and they had more speed than us. But in the days to come, the sprints will be different. A few of them are uphill like the end of stage 1 in Angaston. Andre will be more at ease in those finishes. He also didn’t win the opening crit last year.”
In 2010, Greipel was third behind Henderson and Sutton when the new Team Sky were keen to start well. But the German is confident that he is approaching the Santos Tour Down Under in the same state of form as last year. “The race looks a bit different this time,” he said.
“Last year it was nice in the climbs when Cadel Evans attacked and Peter Sagan as well. We’ve seen the great season Sagan had after that. This year it’s more about the ten top sprinters lining up here. There will be fast finals with lead out trains. I’ve brought to Omega Pharma-Lotto three guys from HTC, Adam Hansen, Vicente Reynes and Marcel Sieberg who have been important for me in the past.”
“For the Tour Down Under, the Australians look good but also JJ Haedo and [Francesco] Chicchi.” Greipel added. “I’ll find out in the next few days what the condition is. It’s not been easy with the snow to train in Europe. Every year I try to improve."
- Article published:
- January 16, 2011, 12:53
- Cycling News
Spanish newspaper claims Rabobank rider had ties to Operacion Galgo
Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) has denied having any links to Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. The Spaniard's name has been mentioned again in relationship to Operacion Galgo, the recent Spanish doping investigation.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the Guardia Civil claims that Sanchez had telephone contact early last year with former mountain biker Alberto Leon, who is alleged to have acted as a courier and supplier of doping products. Alberto Leon committed suicide last week.
In addition, the newspaper claims to have documents showing that Alberto Leon, using the code name Hugo, called Sanchez's wife at her office on October 25, allegedly making an appointment for Sanchez on November 16. The meeting did not take place and is said to have been postponed until December 16, when it presumably also did not take place, as the Operacion Galga was announced a week earlier.
The UCO, the parent organisation of Spanish police and investigators, allegedly claimed that the point of the meeting was for Sanchez and Fuentes to ”come face to face.”
El Mundo further claims that it has intercepted telephone conversations between Sanchez and Leon in which there is talk of paying money.
Sanchez denied the story, telling El Mundo, “I deny having a relationship with Eufemiano Fuentes or people connected with him. I don't know the man, I've never been face to face with him. I do not know where this comes from. Everything is false. I was stunned. I am amazed at what they're saying about me right now."
Rabobank has quickly defended their new signing, saying in a statement to Cyclingnews: "To us, Leon Luis Sanchez has indicated that he has no relation with the mentioned doctor. We dont have any official information to question his statement."
- Article published:
- January 16, 2011, 13:14
- Daniel Benson
German Leopard talks Tour, Cecchini and trust
Linus Gerdemann (Leopard Trek) has defended his team’s decision not to introduce internal drug testing, reiterating the squad’s belief that the UCI’s Biological Passport is a reliably stringent anti-doping tool. The German also believes that he can he can help the Schleck brothers to Tour de France glory in July, while also having his own opportunities.
Speaking at the team’s training camp in Mallorca, Spain, Gerdemann says he has fitted right into his new surroundings after two years at the defunct Milram squad.
“The training is perfect. I really like what we’re doing and that the weather is beautiful. I’ve been here in other years when it’s been tough with snow in January. Now it’s much warmer and a lot easier to work in,” he told Cyclingnews.
“It doesn’t feel like a new team because I know most the guys already and I’ve known them for a long time so it feels more like a bunch of friends coming together again. It’s fun nearly every day and nice to work with them.”
Gerdemann was a team leader for two seasons at Milram but his new surroundings mean he will play a more supporting role, although his talent and experience will allow him to have his own chances in week-long stage races – where he is hoping to spring a few surprises.
“I’m focussed on stage races and for sure the main goal for the team is the Tour de France and I hope we can all do a great job there.
“In the Tour they’re [the Schlecks] our main goal and maybe there’s a nice stage there for me, but the main focus is for me to support them.
“There are a couple of interesting races for myself but I don’t want to say what races I want to focus on just yet, but mainly week-long stage races.”
Shortly after the team’s presentation in Luxembourg last week it was announced that the squad would rely on the UCI’s Biological Passport to conduct testing and screening of riders, with no internal testing procedures being carried out.
Gerdemann believes that this should not be seen as a slight on the team’s philosophy or stance on doping, reiterating the management’s assertions that the Passport is sophisticated enough to monitor riders and detect doping.
“I think the Biological Passport is quite tough. We have many controls and no other sport has something like that. It’s a good thing and it think it’s best if someone from the outside is testing us anyway. If you have someone from inside, I don’t know, then there are questions about it just being internal testing. There are many controls and I’m happy that we have the passport,” he told Cyclingnews.
Gerdemann also makes the point that the quantity of anti-doping tests are irrelevant if the testing isn’t at a world class level.
“I don’t know how many I had last year and it would be wrong to make up a number, but we have controls in racing and in training, it’s not everyday but it’s often. All the journalists ask me how many controls I have, but I think it’s not just about how often but it’s about doing it in a smart way. Maybe with the passport they don’t have to do it every day or week. The difference is between quality and quantity of testing. The level of testing in cycling is at the highest level.”
When Gerdemann burst onto the world scene at the Tour in 2007 he was regarded by many as the poster boy of clean cycling in a race that descended into farce after a series of doping stories. He day in yellow and strong anti-doping stance marked him out as a rider of not just physical strength but moral levels too.
His image took a knock, however when it was revealed that he worked with controversial coach, Luigi Cecchini.
However the German talks openly about the relationship, admitting that the collaboration took place but that training files and above-board techniques were the only things shared.
“I worked with him for a couple of months but then stopped and trained myself. He gave me tough training, a lot of intervals and training behind the scooter but we didn’t work for that long together. I learnt a lot though. I think nearly every team is using that information now, with SRM and training files.
“First when I started to work with him it was like ‘wow you’re working with a big coach’ and the media was positive but then there was the Fuentes scandal and then they turned it around and asked why I was working with someone who has so many big riders who were involved in it.”
“In the end I didn’t want to have a bad image created over something that didn’t exist. I didn’t want it to ruin my reputation.”
Reputation appears to be key for Gerdemann and it he believes that a mix of results and the fans’ perception of an athlete are the key ingredients for success.
“I think it’s a combination. You need a good reputation because it’s important to show the fans and supporters that you’re clean and that they can support you and put their trust in you.”
Gerdemann believes that the current climate in cycling has lead to too many negative stories – especially in the German press, where he believes that sporting achievements by riders like Heinrich Haussler (ed., now Australian) and Andre Greipel, have been overshadowed.
“We’ve had a couple of bad surprises but I think in general it’s a fantastic sport and not one sport where you can trust the athletes more because we have the most controls but we have to continue with that.”
“I think it’s important for cycling to have a good image and I think most of the riders are clean but we have to prove and show that cycling is clean. It’s important for cycling that we try and win back trust so people love to watch the Tour.”
- Article published:
- January 16, 2011, 18:20
- Stephen Farrand
Team jersey to be unveiled on January 31
Mauro Gianetti remains hopeful that the Geox-TMC will secure one of the four wild card places for the Tour de France after making a presentation to race organisers ASO in Paris last week.
Some reports have indicated that Geox-TMC may miss out on a place when the expected four wild cards are announced as early as the end of January. However Gianetti is hoping the presence of Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov will be enough to convince ASO that the Italian-sponsored, Spanish-registered team deserves a place.
“I made a presentation to ASO along with some of the Geox management. I think it went well but we’re aware the situation is very difficult,” Gianetti told Cyclingnews, carefully choosing his words so not to irritate the Tour de France organisers.
“We know we don’t have an automatic invitation and that there is a lot of competition for places in this year’s race. There are some big French teams that don’t have ProTeam status. They all have their reasons for believing they deserve a place but I hope ASO can appreciate the quality of our riders and project too.”
“I don’t know when ASO will announce the teams, they didn’t tell us it will be at the end of January,” Gianetti added.
New jersey to be unveiled at the team presentation
The Swiss team manager spoke to Cyclingnews from Spain as the Geox-TMC team wrapped up its first training camp.
The riders will next get together on January 31st for the official team presentation at the Geox headquarters near Montebelluna in northern Italy. The team will make its season debut at the Tour of Qatar and in Mallorca on Sunday February 6.
The Geox-TMC riders trained in all black kit at the camp but Gianetti insisted this was to keep the 2011 clothing design under wraps until the official presentation. Last year the Footon-Servetto riders stood out in the peloton because of a black and beige kit decorated with a huge footprint.
“This year’s kit will stand out too. It’s really nice. But you’ll have to wait until the 31st to know the design and colours,” Gianetti said.
“We’re ready for the new season and despite a lot of speculation about our future in some of the press, the riders are very happy. Sastre and Menchov both pointed out the good ambiance in the team and there are other talented riders in the squad, including young riders like Fabio Felline, Fabio Duarte, and Mauricio Ardila, Juan Jose Cobo, Davide Della Fuente and Xavier Florencio.”