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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, October 7, 2012

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October 07, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Bodrogi facing retirement after two years with Type 1-Sanofi

    Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis)
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    October 07, 2012, 2:05 BST
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    Teams say Frenchman is "too old"

    Lazlo Bodrogi turned professional in 1999 and has raced in top division teams since signing with Mapei-Quickstep in 2000. It’s only been in the past two seasons, riding for Team Type 1-Sanofi that the Hungarian turned French citizen faced the challenges of riding for a Professional Continental squad. Now the 35-year-old faces possible retirement after Type 1 signalled their intention to not renew his contract in 2013.

    Bodrogi has ridden for Quickstep - Davitamon, Crédit Agricole and Katusha before signing with Type 1 at the end of the 2010 season. His biggest results may be behind him but with multiple Hungarian national time trial and road titles and overall victories at the Tour of Luxembourg and Tour of Austria he’s got the experience to support a team at the highest level.

    Part of Bodrogi’s dilemma is not necessarily concerned with results although the oldest member of the team is yet to deliver a victory in the past two seasons. Bodrogi, like a number of his current teammates will not be continuing with the US-based squad as they reportedly intend of fulfilling a roster with solely riders with Type 1 diabetes.

    "I received word from my employer, informing me that I will be contractually free from December 31. So far I have received only negative responses of teams that can accommodate me. These are often the same arguments: ‘too old’," Bodrogi told Velochrono in an interview.

    With no new offers on the table Bodrogi hopes that a repeat performance of 2011, where he placed 5th at Paris-Tours, will net him a much needed contract. If not, it looks like he will go into the off-season with the...

  • Hesjedal leads versatile Garmin-Sharp squad at Beijing

    Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp)
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    October 07, 2012, 4:07 BST
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    Australian Haussler looking to close year with stage win

    Ryder Hesjedal will head to the Tour of Beijing with a team capable of contesting the overall and also hunting stages victories on the day’s suited to the sprinters. Hesjedal and Dan Martin will focus on being competitive on the more selective stages while Heinrich Haussler will look to depart Garmin-Sharp and enter the off-season on a high by taking a stage win.

    It’s been a long season for Hesjedal and Haussler who both began their year with Tour Down Under in Australia but despite already taking a historic victory at the Giro d’Italia Hesjedal says he’s extremely motivated for the second edition of the event which begins on 9 October.

    "If I made it through the Tour (de France) and had my normal schedule I probably would have stopped after Montréal like the last couple of years but I left the Tour after only getting a week in and only having the Olympics left me a little short of race days through August," said Hesjedal from his hotel in Beijing.

    "I started the season at Down Under and it’s almost been like two seasons in a way," said the Canadian Hesjedal.

    Beijing will be Haussler’s final WorldTour race with the team managed by Jonathan Vaughters as he begins next season with the newly announced IAM Cycling team. Haussler will also hope to finish his season on the top step of the podium in a stage - something he last did at the Tour of Beijing in 2011. The Australian has come...

  • Kessiakoff caps off year with podium at Giro dell'Emilia

    Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) awaits the start
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    October 07, 2012, 6:09 BST
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    Astana rider ready for a break after successful season

    Fredrik Kessiakoff finished his final race of the year in close-to the best possible way at Giro dell’Emilia. He didn’t win the Italian one-day race but he finished a close second. It was another strong ride by the Swede who took a number of important victories this year.

    "This was my last race of the year and I want to thank all the riders and staff. It has been an important season in which we have picked up some great wins as well as lots of podiums, just like today’s," said Kessiakoff.

    After signing a fresh two-year deal with his Astana team, Kessiakoff now looks to the off-season before rebuilding ahead of 2013. The 32-year-old has enjoyed one of his best seasons to date after a disastrous year in 2010 at Garmin-Transitions.

    This year Kessiakoff won a stage at the Tour de Suisse before heading to the Tour de France where he fought a tough battle for the polka-dot jersey against the eventual jersey winner Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and then capped off his second grand tour with a time trial win at the Vuelta a España. Weeks after completing his second Grand Tour of the year Kessiakoff rode to an impressive fifth in the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.

    Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli was pleased with his team’s showing at the Italian one-day race. "We wanted to finish the season strongly," team he said. "It is a shame we couldn’t manage to take the victory, but we were protagonists throughout this race. From the first break of the morning right to the...

  • LeMond: Armstrong has been trying to destroy me for 10 years

    Greg LeMond in attendance at the 2012 Tour of the Battenkill
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    October 07, 2012, 9:35 BST
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    Tour winner speaks about the challenges ahead

    Former three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond says that Lance Armstrong has been trying to destroy him for over ten years. The now outspoken anti-doping advocate made the claims during an interview with Irish radio Newstalk in which he spoke candidly about a number of topics including his abuse as a child, living with attention deficit disorder, Lance Armstrong and doping in the sport.

    LeMond was on the show ahead of supporting ADHD (Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) Awareness Week and spoke of his battle through school and with learning difficulties. The American believes that he may not have made it as a professional if he had been diagnosed with ADHD as a child, but is thankful of the type of person it made him become.

    "I’m a good, classic, star ADD [Attention deficit disorder] guy," LeMond told Newstalk. "ADD is not a bad thing. It’s just that in our culture we are made to get and up go to a classroom for eight hours a day with no activity and we are supposed to listen to a teacher talk and we are expecting kids to sit there, and behave and absorb. People’s brains aren’t really made for that. They are supposed to be outside, they need sunlight, and exercise and I’m kind of a guy who needs to be doing something to learn it. I can’t sit through a lecture."

    "That’s one of the traits. It’s the inability to sit down [and listen] to something you are not really interested in and absorb it. If they are interested in it, people with ADD excel in really good ways."

    "When I got into cycling I would say the sport itself took a fog off my brain. I was able to absorb stuff I read. It changed my life."

    LeMond discussed coming to terms with being abused as a child and the embarrassment that he lived with whilst growing up and...

  • Gusev and Ignatyev lead Katusha Team in Beijing

    Itera - Katusha and Katusha Team will race the TTT
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    October 07, 2012, 12:22 BST
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    No Rodriguez in final WorldTour race of the season

    With Joaquim Rodriguez having already secured victory in the 2012 UCI WorldTour individual ranking, the Spaniard will not ride the Tour of Beijing, with his Katusha team naming a low-key team lead by Russian riders Vladimir Gusev and Mikhail Ignatyev.

    Rodriguez tops the WorldTour ranking with 692 points, ahead of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) on 601 and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma- QuickStep), who is distant third with 410 points. With Wiggins having already ended his season, Rodriguez was able to celebrate winning the WorldTour ranking when he won the Tour of Lombardy.

    Katusha is second overall in the team ranking behind Team Sky and so does not need to chase UCI points in China to secure their place in the 2013 WorldTour. As a result all of their big-name riders have already ended the 2012 season.

    The Katusha Team riders selected for the Tour of Beijing are: Maxim Belkov, Vladimir Gusev, Marco Haller, Mikhail Ignatyev, Petr Ignatenko, Timofey Kritskiy, Rudiger Selig and Alexey Tsatevich.

    The Tour of Beijing begins on Tuesday with a 117km stage from Tian An Men Square to the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium.

    Big name riders include Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal, Dan Martin and Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Sharp), Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky), Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and 2011 overall winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

  • Team Europcar happy to avoid WorldTour status

    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) finished in the chase group
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    October 07, 2012, 14:00 BST
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    French team remains a Professional Continental squad in 2013

    Team Europcar manager Jean-René Bernaudeau has confirmed that the French team has not applied for a place in the 2013 WorldTour, claiming he is happy to stay as a Professional Continental team, knowing that the results of team leaders Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland will ensure wild card invitations to most of the major races, including the Tour de France.

    The UCI revealed the list of 18 teams that had applied for WorldTour and Professional Continental licences last week. Argos-Shimano was the only current Professional Continental team to apply for a WorldTour place.

    “We didn’t apply this year,” Bernaudeau told the French website "I don’t have the means to be in the WorldTour. You need thirty riders and it means a very heavy race programme. I didn’t have the possibility to increase my budget and to sign extra riders. We will focus on the races we can do well in and I’m sure we’ll we have an even better season than in 2012. The sponsors trust me, they’re happy and there is no interference.”

    Bernaudeau insisted his team was good enough to be in the WorldTour and is confident he will secure wild card invitations to key 2013 objectives. Team Europcar rode most of the Classics and WorldTour stage races but was not invited to the Giro d’Italia or the Vuelta a España.

    "In sporting terms, our record is good and we are part of the 20 best teams in the world. We would have been accepted in World Tour," the Frenchman said on the Team Europcar website.

    "We’re very confident for 2013. We intend to be at Tirreno-Adriatico, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of...

  • Gabrovski given two years for EPO use

    Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Konya Torku Seker Spor) soloed to victory on stage three's mountain finish.
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    October 07, 2012, 16:52 BST
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    Tour of Turkey winner suspended by Bulgarian federation

    The Bulgarian cycling federation has given Ivailo Gabrovski a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO at the Tour of Turkey this spring. He was riding for the Turkish Continental team Konya Torku Seker Spor.

    Gabrovksi, 34, won the race's first ever mountaintop finish on the third stage of this year's race, giving him the race lead which he held to the end.

    However, his doping control taken after the stage tested positive for EPO, the UCI announced in July. The B-sample was also positive.

    Gabrovski called his race win “a great victory for Konya Torku Seker Spor. I’m proud that my arrival into this team helped to grow it.” However, he was also hoping to be able to use his victory to move up the ranks to a WorldTour team.

    Gabrovski rode for Jean Delatour for several years, including two years as top-ranked division 1 team, but otherwise spent most of his career at the Continental level.

    The Tour of Turkey 2012 title will now be given to previous second-place finisher Alexandr Dyachenko of Astana, with Danail Andonov Petrov of Caja Rural moving up to second and Adrian Palomares (Andalucia) third.

  • Barredo still awaiting blood value decision from UCI

    Carlos Barredo
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    October 07, 2012, 18:08 BST
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    Rabobank rider continues on inactive status

    Spaniard Carlos Barredo was due to have a decision from the UCI on whether or not it would be taking action against him for irregular blood values by the middle of September, but according to Dutch news agency ANP, he will have to continue to wait as the governing body has more questions it wants answering.

    "I continue training and waiting. Only I can say thanks to Rabobank Cycling Team, my family and the people who are supporting and helping me," Barredo commented on Twitter.

    Barredo was named by the UCI in 2011 along with Yaroslav Popovych as riders with the most suspect blood values ahead of the 2010 Tour de France in a list leaked to the French newspaper L'Equipe.

    The Spaniard's agent threatened to sue for defamation, saying the list "is based solely on the interpretation and feeling of individuals within amongst others the UCI".

    Barredo and the Rabobank team sent in a response to the UCI in July to explain the aberrant blood values and was due to hear a decision on whether there would be anti-doping rule violations charged. Now the UCI reportedly has more questions.

    Rabobank placed Barredo on inactive status since learning of the investigation. He has not raced since finishing the Critérium du Dauphiné in June.