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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, November 18, 2012

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November 18, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Bardiani-CSF Inox to be youngest pro team in 2013 peloton

    Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF).
    Article published:
    November 16, 2012, 22:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian team continues to develop young riders

    The Bardiani-CSF Inox team will continue to develop some of the most talented young Italian riders in 2013, with the average age of the team just over 23, making it the youngest team of all the UCI WorldTour and Professional Continental teams in the peloton.

    The team was known as Colnago-CSF Inox in 2012. Giro d'Italia stage winner Domenico Pozzovivo has left for Ag2r-La Mondiale and Gianluca Brambilla has joined Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but Sacha Modolo remains the team's best sprinter along side talented young riders such as Enrico Battaglin, Sonny Colbrelli, Angelo Pagani and Stefano Locatelli.

    The only new signing is 23 year-old Filippo Fortin from Team Type 1. The team will have a roster of 17 riders, including five neo-pros.

    The team has recently applied to be part of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC) team association and is hoping to secure a wild card invitation to the Giro d'Italia. The riders have gathered near the team's headquarters near Bologna for two days of pre-season planning.

    "This brief get together is the unofficial start of our new project, with the unveiling of the new jersey and details of the Green Team project planned for January 11," directeur sportif Roberto Reverberi said in a press release.

    "We're laying the foundations for next season by planning the training programmes, the early season race programme. The riders will also undergo their medicals with the team's medical staff. It's also the first step for the new riders to get to know everyone and create a strong team spirit that is fundamental for success during the new season."








  • Evans on doping accusations and Lance Armstrong's Tours

    Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished sixth on the day.
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    November 17, 2012, 10:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    BMC rider looking forward to good health and a better Tour de France in 2013

    Looking back, Cadel Evans says he probably ought to have been suspicious of Lance Armstrong's performances. Things have changed since then, though, the BMC rider said, with a major “change in mentality in cycling.” The 2011 Tour de France winner is looking forward to a Tour in 2013 with a course which will favour him.

    “I always said that not only was he the best Tour rider but he also had the best Tour team in history,” Evans told the Australian Weekend Financial Review. “But the fact that all of the riders in that team performed at such a high level during the crucial moments was always, well . . .”

    He added that,“He went out there and won seven Tours and...with hindsight, they are not his any more. But now they are no one’s.”

    Evans too has had to face rumours of doping. “As a clean athlete and to be accused of being a drug cheat, personally it’s very offensive and very hard to take. Maybe those people have a thing or two to learn about commitment, hard work, dedication and how far people can go with natural ability.”

    The Armstrong case will have a preventative effect, he said. “If someone is thinking they can take drugs as a sports person, they are going to be very scared of this whole affair because 15 years after they have won their race and passed their drug test they know it is possible they can be uncovered.

    “There has been such a change in mentality in cycling now, and I think we have left that behind us, and that’s why I say to cycling fans, let’s not lose faith.”

    Evans suffered from health problems throughout the year and is still facing immunology tests, but was philosophical about his seventh place finish this year. “I’ve got a...

  • Sutton's memory loss over crash

    Wise words from British coach Shane Sutton to defending sprint world champion Victoria Pendleton.
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 11:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sky team coach talks after accident

    Sky’s head coach Shane Sutton says that he remembers nothing of his crash that left him in hospital and suffering with bleeding on the brain. Speaking to the BBC at the Glasgow track World Cup where he is attending but sitting out his duties as Great Britain’s coach, Sutton said that his memory was completely blank as to the details surrounding his accident.

    The incident happened less than 24 hours after British rider Bradley Wiggins was also struck by a vehicle. The Tour de France and Olympics Games winner suffered a fractured rib, bruised lung and dislocated finger.

    Sutton, 55, is Wiggins' coach at Sky and British Cycling. He led the national team to 12 gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Speaking to the BBC Sutton said: "A lot of people have serious accidents with helmets and without. On this occasion I was glad I had a helmet on.

    "But that's a personal thing, it is like a bike. You buy a particular kind of bike and a particular kind of helmet. For me, it saved my life.

    "I don't feel 100 per cent at the moment, I am just sitting in the stands, quite relaxed. It is going to take time, the doctors said that."

    When asked what he remembered from the crash he said: "Nothing. From 8.40 in the morning until 12.20 in the afternoon, not a thing."

  • No new contract for Hoste at Accent Jobs

    Leif Hoste (Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's) on the Eikenberg
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    November 17, 2012, 13:26 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian missed last half of season with back problems

    Another veteran member of the peloton is looking for a new team for the coming year. Leif Hoste's contract with Accent Jobs- Willems Veranda's has not been extended.

    “He only had a contract for one year and there will surely be no follow-up,” team manager Thierry Eeckman told Het Laatste Nieuws.

    Hoste, 35, who aimed at the Classics this year did not ride after mid-June. He suffered from back problems. The Belgian said in August that it was “50-50” as to whether he would ride again in 2013.

    The 35-year old turned pro in 1998, and specialized in the cobbled Classics, although he never won one. he was second in the Tour of Flanders three times between 2004 and 2007, and was in the top ten of Paris-Roubaix twice.

  • Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank concludes teambuilding in Gran Canaria

    The new Saxo Bank Tinkoff team kit
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT
    Cycling News

    Staff and riders get to know each other through a variety of activities

    The staff and riders of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank bonded last week in the squad's team building camp in Gran Canaria. With 10 new riders coming to the team, from a variety of nationalities, the group competed against each other and worked with each other, “to get to know each other and create a good basis for future teamwork on the road and generally in relation to communication between all levels of the organization.”

    The three day camp featured different activities each day.  On the first day, they were divided into groups to compete against one another in, amongst others, soccer, beach volleyball, jet skiing and scuba diving.

    The second day saw them all take off in sailboats, a new experience for most of those involved.

    Newcomer Timmy Duggan celebrated his 30th birthday at the camp, and said, “I feel completely relaxed, natural and calm in the company of everyone on the team, and it is a good prerequisite for the work to be done in 2013.” He faced some new challenges in the activities, but said that “The entire session here provides us with a common experience that we talk about throughout the year so on the internal social sphere it has been a great success for us all.”

    Rory Sutherland, also joining the team in the coming season, found the activities not so difficult, “thanks to my upbringing in Australia where we often spent a couple of days here and there to explore the outback. But this experience has certainly been good for the new members of the team because I have had a chance to get to know everyone and it's nice to being able to recognize the people in the administration with whom I mostly communicate via email or phone.”

  • Maaskant ready to support Nuyens and Vansummeren in Spring Classics

    Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 17:11 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Classics rider hoping for injury-free campaign

    After another disappointing year, Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Sharp) has lowered his expectations for the Spring Classics but thinks that with a injury-free winter, he can regain his best form.

    Maaskant rose to prominence in 2008 with fourth place in his first attempt at Paris-Roubaix. The ride was backed up with the Dutchman taking the same position in the following season’s edition of the Tour of Flanders. However he was unable to reproduce the form in 2010 and in 2011 suffered a horrendous crash in Paris-Nice which left him missing the spring campaign with a punctured lung and several broken ribs. This year he returned to the fold but only regained fitness during this year’s Vuelta.

    “I did the Vuelta this year and that was the first time I’ve been on a normal level ever since my crash in Paris-Nice a couple of years ago. I got through the Vuelta and we just have to see if I can be on the same level again but for now it’s going to be about having a good winter and if I can get that base then I have confidence of doing well again,” Maaskant told Cyclingnews.

    “This year it took me a lot longer to come back than I thought it would. Then this spring I got sick and I wasn’t good in the Classics. I didn’t race Roubaix and everything was going wrong. The condition wasn’t good enough. Then I got sick again. It wasn’t a good year for me.”

    “The second part of this year I started feeling well again.”

    Garmin-Sharp's Classics squad has gone through a number of changes in recent years but the 2013 line-up will include 2011 Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens join, while Heinrich Haussler is leaving. With Johan Vansummeren and Nuyens assuming the leadership roles, Maaskant is aware...

  • Team Polaris is announced as new Dutch women's team for 2013

    Just ahead of the bunch, Silvia Valsecchi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo - Ghezzi) and Mascha Pijnenborg (Redsun Cycling Team) chase Pooley
    Article published:
    November 17, 2012, 21:03 GMT
    Cycling News

    Ten young riders from the Netherlands, Germany and France

    There will be a new women's team in the peloton in 2013, Team Polaris, of the Netherlands. The new team already has 10 riders under contract, and hopes to add some more before the season starts.

    The team looks “to give a positive impulse to the development of young cycling talents,” it said on its website. It features Dutch women Karen Elzing, Alie Gercama, Laura van der Kamp, Anouska Koster and Mascha Pijnenborg, who rode together this year for Dolmans-Boels Cycling Team. They will be joined by Janine van der Meer, who rode the junior road race in the world championships, and newcomer Mirthe Wagenaar.

    Two German riders will join the team, Stephanie Pohl (European points champion) and Sarah Lena Hoffman. Frenchwoman Aurore Verhoeven is also on the team. One or two more riders may join the team.

    Polaris will be the youngest UCI women's team, with an average age of only 22.5 years.

    The team does not yet have a commercial name sponsor, but the finances allow the team to race the coming season, while it “hopes to present a main sponsor in short time in order to guarantee a stable base for more years”.

  • Meersman parts company with Lotto Belisol

    Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol) takes the win on stage 4 of Paris-Nice
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    November 18, 2012, 10:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian avails of WorldTour uncertainty to make switch

    Gianni Meersman has parted company with Lotto Belisol even though the Belgian had one season of his current deal still to run. Meersman took advantage of the fact that the squad is still waiting to learn if it will maintain its WorldTour status for 2013 to dissolve his contract, but he has yet to confirm his new team.

    “I’ll ride for a team other than Lotto Belisol, that’s a certainty, but I don’t want to reveal the name of my new employer,” Meersman said in a statement released on Saturday, according to La Dernière Heure.

    “I understand that people in the media want to know but I’ll leave it to my new team to communicate the news. There are still some points to clear up. I have a verbal agreement that I don’t want to endanger.”

    Meersman joined Lotto Belisol last winter after four seasons at FDJ. The 26-year-old was understood to have been close to signing for RadioShack only for the team’s merger with Leopard Trek to limit the number of berths available.

    Meersman enjoyed a solid start to life at Lotto Belisol, winning stages at the Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice, but his progress was stalled by an injury sustained at the Giro d’Italia. He returned to finish 3rd at the Clasica San Sebastian and played a supporting role for Philippe Gilbert at the world championships in Valkenburg.

    “I won’t say much more on the reasons for my departure from Lotto Belisol. I’ll just say that we’re not leaving on bad terms and that it’s my decision. I see my move to another team as something decidedly better.”

    Although Meersman was able to leave Lotto...