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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, November 8, 2009

Date published:
November 09, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Ullrich had Fuentes' telephone numbers, magazine claims

    Germany's Jan Ullrich in 2006
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 9:49 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Asterix and Obelix code names for Spanish doctors

    More details about Jan Ullrich's relationship with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, centre of Spanish doping investigation Operación Puerto, have emerged. The former Tour de France winner knew the code names and telephone numbers for Fuentes and his assistant Merino Batres, according to news magazine Focus.

    The German federal police (BKA) found a CD with telephone numbers during a search of Ullrich's house in Scherzigen, Switzerland, in 2006. The CD contains numbers for individuals identified as Asterix and Obelix, the former referring to Fuentes and Batres, respectively.

    The code names were known only to insiders. German cyclist Jörg Jaksche, who was involved with Fuentes and served a suspension, confirmed to the BKA that the doctors used the French comic book characters' names.

    Last month, German magazine Spiegel said that Ullrich visited Fuentes in Madrid 24 times from 2003 to 2006, with the trips planned by former Team T-Mobile director Rudy Pevenage. Evidence of the trips was found on on Pevenage's computer, which the BKA had seized.

    Pevenage told German investigators that the trips were aimed at helping Ullrich's weight problems and that he was unaware of any doping which may have taken place.

    Ullrich stopped racing in 2006 and retired February 2007. He has consistently denied ever having doped.

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  • Chris Sørensen aims for 2010 Tour de France ride

    Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank) wins the Japan Cup
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 11:19 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Goal: 'Be a greater help to Andy'

    Chris Anker Sørensen looks forward to his winter break after his win in the Japan Cup. His goal is to return even stronger for 2010 in order to help Saxo Bank teammate Andy Schleck at the 2010 Tour de France.

    "My main objective is the Tour de France as I hope to get another chance in the line-up," he said in a team press release. "I expect to become even stronger so I can be an even greater help for Andy."

    Denmark's Sørensen, 25, competed in his first Tour de France this season. He helped Schleck place second overall, 4'11" behind winner Alberto Contador.

    "The Tour de France was a childhood dream come true for me and it was much bigger than I ever dreamed of. The number of spectators and especially the number of Danes, journalists and the fact that just a few weeks on the bike made me world famous was slightly surreal."

    Sørensen had his chances to win in the 2009 season and came close several times. He placed fifth overall in the Tour du Haut Var and second in the national road championships. He finally succeeded in the last race of the season, the Japan Cup, October 25.

    "The season has been great and full of amazing experiences, where I have helped teammates to great achievements. But there was still a large and gaping 0 next to 'number of victories' this season. So it was such a satisfying moment crossing the finish line in solitude."

    Sørensen will meet Schleck and the rest of his teammates at a training camp next month. They will have time to talk about the season's experiences and look ahead to 2010.

    His experiences at the Tour de France were captured by sports journalist, Dennis Ritter. Ritter wrote a book Debutantens dagbog ("Diary of a Debutant"), which will be released in two weeks, November 23.

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  • Sanremo: Napolitano keeps dreaming

    Italian Danilo Napolitano (Katusha)
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 15:57 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Four wins and 11 times runner up for Katusha's Italian sprinter

    Italian Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) is moving closer to his dream of winning Milano-Sanremo. He looks ahead to next season and another chance at winning Italy's biggest one-day sprinters' classic.

    "Sanremo was a dream of mine when I was younger and saw Mario Cipollini winning on the Via Roma. Now I am there racing, and I have the possibility to realise that dream," Napolitano told Tuttobiciweb.

    He placed fifth in 2006 and 11th in 2007, and this year's results show he can be back at the top next year. He won four times this season and 11 times finished second.

    "It has been a positive year," he continued. "It would have been better to have turned some of those second places into wins, but I am happy nonetheless. I will try for more in 2010."

    Napolitano shares the role as sprint captain on Russia's Katusha team with Aussie Robbie McEwen and 2006 Sanremo winner, Italian Filippo Pozzato. The trio accounted for 11 of Katusha's wins this season.

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  • UCI appoints new members to ProTour Council

    Ireland's Stephen Roche is one of four new appointees to the UCI ProTour Council.
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 20:03 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    New commission appointees named for Olympic and Paralympic disciplines

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced changes to the composition of the UCI ProTour Council (UPTC) and the commissions responsible for Paralympic and Olympic cycling disciplines.

    Four new members were named to the UPTC: Roger Legeay, Ramon Mendiburu, Stephen Roche and Erik Zabel. These new appointees replaced Felice Gimondi, Miguel Indurain, Rudolf Scharping and Hein Verbruggen.

    The new composition of the UPTC is as follows:

    President: Vittorio Adorni (Ita)
    Member: Rocco Cattaneo (Swi) appointed by the UCI
    Member: Roger Legeay (Fra) appointed by the UCI
    Member: Ramon Mendiburu (Spa) appointed by the UCI
    Member: Stephen Roche (Irl) appointed by the UCI
    Member: Erik Zabel (Ger) appointed by the UCI
    Member: Michael Hinz (Ger) organisers' representative
    Member: Charly Mottet (Fra) organisers' representative
    Member: Roberto Amadio (Ita) teams' representative
    Member: Jonathan Vaughters (USA) teams' representative
    Member: Dario Cioni (Ita) riders' representative
    Member: Cédric Vasseur (Fra) riders' representative

    Regarding the commissions for Paralympic and Olympic cycling disciplines, Joop Atsma (Ned), Mike Turtur (Aus), David Lappartient (Fra), Brian Cookson (GBr), Abe Schneider (Aus) and Louis Barbeau (Can) preside respectively over the road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, BMX and para-cycling commissions.

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  • Adageo Energy joins the pros in 2010

    Australia's Cody Stevenson is one of 10 riders on the roster for new American pro team Adageo Energy Pro Cycling.
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 20:06 GMT
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Continues to seek co-title sponsor

    Adageo Energy Pro Cycling manager Josh Horowitz is a busy man in search of a second sponsor to bolster his Southern California-based UCI Continental team in 2010 while continuing to find ways to support the local US racing scene at the club level. The former amateur team was recently announced as one of the 11 Continental teams registered in the United States next year.

    Co-founder of Adageo Energy, Clay Womack, joined forces with Horowitz's coaching company, Liquid Fitness, in 2008 to create the elite team Liquid Cycling. After a successful two seasons at the amateur level, Adageo Energy increased its funding to bring the team in line with its vision of joining the professional ranks.

    "That was the thought all along, to develop something bigger," Horowitz said. "I coach Clay's three kids. We've known each other for a long time. There was a lot of excitement about the team in 2008. We decided to bring more riders in and do more races. It was really just a smooth progression."

    Horowitz admitted the squad has left space on the jersey for an additional financial sponsor to support hiring additional riders and bringing the team to more events across the United States. Regardless, he assured that the team will run smoothly in its first season under UCI status.

    "We've got the budget set, the contracts signed and I never promised the riders anything that I don't have," Horowitz said. "We have enough money to do a good program. We left it open to bring on a co-sponsor. That would enable us to hire a few more riders and we would like to expand the race schedule to do eastern races."

    Not only does Horowitz manage the squad, he is also listed as a member of the 10-man roster. The team includes young Americans Eric Bennett, Bennet van der Genugten, Tim Farnham, Danny Finneran, Matt Landen, Alexi Martinez, Tommy Nelson along with Australian Cody Stevenson and Swiss rider Tobias Eggli.

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  • Nibali satisfied with 2009 season

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)
    Article published:
    November 08, 2009, 23:27 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Italian looks forward to Grand Tour, Classics opportunities in 2010

    As Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) heads into his sixth year as a professional, the 24-year-old Italian believes 2010 could be a decisive season. In 2009 Nibali won both the Giro dell'Appennino and the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, finished 10th overall at the Tirreno-Adriatico and sixth overall at the Tour of California. He was second in the best young rider classification at the Tour de France and seventh place overall. His 2009 season, however, was cut short after he fractured his collarbone in stage five of the Eneco Tour in late August.

    "I'm still happy with my 2009 season because I made progress," Nibali told Tuttobiciweb. "In each year as a professional I have always improved."

    In particular, a comparison to teammate Ivan Basso is noted by Nibali. "At the age of 24 Ivan Basso, who is a great champion, finished 11th in the Tour de France. I got a better place and I think it's significant."

    Along with Nibali, Liquigas has a wealth of stage racing talent in Ivan Basso, Franco Pellizotti and Roman Kreuziger and the opportunity to have more leadership opportunities led Nibali into discussions with Team Sky. "I've always dreamed of becoming the most important part of a team, so I asked Liquigas to be released a year early. However, since my contract with Liquigas expires in December 2010 and does not provide am out clause, it was not possible to sign an agreement with Sky."

    Nibali is still looking forward to his next season with Liquigas, although at this point he's not sure of his race schedule for the Grand Tours. "At least for another season I will try to give my best for Liquigas, it is an ambitious and organized team" said Nibali. "Perhaps there are too many captains, but I do not think I will encounter problems from riders in the Liquigas jersey.

    "I do not know yet if I will race only the Giro, the Tour only, or both," said Nibali, who stated a decision would be made in December or January.

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