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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 1, 2011

Date published:
December 01, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Cavendish collects MBE from The Queen

    Cavendish receives his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II
    Article published:
    November 30, 2011, 15:18 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Sprinter caps stellar year at Buckingham Palace

    2011 Road World Champion and Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish collected his MBE from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace earlier today. The 26-year-old was notified of the honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours List on 11 June, when he was made a Member of the British Empire for services to British cycling.

    It's been an eventful couple of days for the Manxman, with news coming yesterday that he is on the final shortlist of ten for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and has been installed as the favourite with British bookmakers to collect the prize.

    Cavendish, who is moving to Team Sky next season, joins several fellow cyclists, including Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Sir Chris Hoy, in receiving honours from Her Majesty in recent years.

  • CAS issues partial decision on Ullrich and doesn't rule on UCI case

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    November 30, 2011, 15:38 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Dismisses Swiss appeal on procedural grounds

    The Court of Arbitraiton for Sport (CAS) has issued a partial ruling on the Jan Ullrich case, saying it could not rule on the Swiss Anti-Doping aspect of the dispute. It did not address the larger issue, saying its decision on the International Cycling Union's case would be issued in six weeks.

    The UCI and Swiss Anti-Doping appealed the Swiss Olympic Committee's decision to close the case on evidence linking Ullrich to the Operacion Puerto doping case. Ullrich retired after being implicated in the 2006 investigation, and was later linked to blood evidence by DNA testing.

    CAS stated that it does not have jurisdiction to rule on Swiss Cycling's appeal. Swiss Anti-Doping had requested that as he violated the anti-doping rules a lifetime ban should be issued. Swiss Olympic ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over the by-then retired rider and rejected the request.

    In its press release, the CAS Panel said “that it did not have jurisdiction to rule on the request of Swiss Anti-Doping, taking into account the absence of a valid arbitration agreement between Swiss Anti-Doping and Jan Ullrich to refer their dispute to the CAS.”

    Swiss Anti-Doping did not exist when Ullrich first signed a written agreement for a Swiss license in 2005, so that the agreement was only between himself, the UCI, Swiss Cycling and Swiss Olympic. Swiss Anti-Doping was added in July 2008, but this did not apply to Ullrich, “considering that he was no longer a member of Swiss Cycling as from 19 October...

  • Kenda 5-Hour Energy confirms 2012 roster

    Nate English (Yahoo Cycling) summits the hill on the Merco TT course en route to disrupting a Bissell six-deep sweep.
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    November 30, 2011, 19:16 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Team aims for invites to major US events

    The Kenda/5-Hour Energy team has finalized its 2012 roster, adding a number of new professionals to its ranks in addition to WorldTour experience for the upcoming season.

    In addition to already announced signings John Murphy (BMC), Andy Jacques-Maynes and Paul Mach (Bissell), the team will break in neo-pros Curtis Winsor, Max Korus and Nick Housley as well as Mt. Hood Stage Race winner Nate English.

    General manager Chad Thompson said the team will continue to focus on the criterium circuit, but also will aim to secure bids in the top UCI races, in particular the Amgen Tour of California.

    "The Amgen Tour of California above any other is our goal. We believe with the large group of California resident GC men (English, Jaques-Maynes, Mach, and Kilun), our ProTour talent (Murphy) and list of proven national winners, that we deserve a spot in these events, as we know we can contend against the best in the world. We are hoping we are fortunate enough to get the invitations to do so for our sponsors and our riders alike, and get the chance to prove we have yet again taken our team up a notch."

    Kenda/5-Hour Energy presented by Geargrinder for 2012: Bobby Sweeting, Chad Hartley, Gregg Brandt, Isaac Howe, James Stemper, Luca Damiani, Patrick Lemieux, Phil Gaimon, Roman Kilun, Shawn Milne. New members: Andy Jaques-Maynes (Bissell), Curtis Winsor (Neo-Pro), John Murphy (BMC), Max Korus (Neo-Pro), Nathan (Nate) English (Yahoo!), Paul Mach (Bissell), Stephen (Nick) Housley (Neo-Pro).

  • Video: Boyer plays key role in success of Rwandan cycling

    Jock Boyer talks to his troops
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    November 30, 2011, 20:50 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Pioneering American ex-pro also reflects on European career

    Since 2007, Jonathan Boyer has been instrumental in the growing success of Rwandan cycling with his role as manager of the national team.

    Through his involvement with the team and sport as a whole, Rwandan cycling has made significant progress with the national tour garnering a UCI 2.2 ranking since 2009, Adrien Niyonshuti qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in mountain biking, and culminating with Joseph Biziyaremye (Team Rwanda) becoming the first Rwandan to win a stage at his home Tour since the event received a UCI sanction.

    Cyclingnews' Pierre Carrey spoke to the 56-year-old American ex-professional during the recent Tour of Rwanda about his role as a coach and mentor for the riders. "There was talent here and people who could really benefit from being given a chance, especially Adrien [Niyunshuti]," said Boyer. "The bike is a way of mediation for some. I know that Adrien rides his bike because it definitely helps his past bad memories. The bike has been a vehicle of healing for many of the riders."

    Boyer talks about the progress the riders have made, his plans for assisting Niyonshuti in his build-up to the Olympics, and the possibility of creating a UCI Continental team.

    Boyer also talks about his days racing in Europe as a professional in the late 1970s-early 1980s, during which in 1981 he became the first American to compete in the Tour de France. He finished 32nd overall while riding in support of Bernard Hinault, who won his third of five Tours that year.

    "I just wanted to race, I just wanted to ride the Tour. It was an amazing race and it hasn't been until later that it really sunk in being a pioneer," said Boyer.

    He also reflects on the contentious finish to the 1982 professional world championships in Goodwood, England in which his...

  • USA Cycling raises master age to 35 for road, track

    Andy Crater (Wheel & Sprocket) at last year's event
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    December 01, 2011, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Rule changes add youth category

    USA Cycling announced today that it has scrapped the 30-34 age group for its masters road and track national championships. It cited low participation rates in the category as the reason.

    "After careful vetting and approval by both internal staff and the USA Cycling road and track sport committees, the chronically low level of participation at masters road and track national championships led us to remove the category completely," explained USA Cycling’s Managing Director of National Events, Micah Rice.

    "For example, this year at Masters Road Nationals, we had 25 men show up for the 30-34 criterium while our 40-44 and 45-49 fields had over 100 riders each. For the women’s 30-34 race, there were ten riders. The numbers at Masters Track Nationals were even smaller."

    The organisation also hopes that by removing the category, it will result in easier scheduling of the remaining categories.

    Other changes to the rule book include the elimination of tanden track sprint national championships, which was previously announced, and the creation of a youth age group for six to nine year olds. USA Cycling will begin selling annual licenses for the youth class.

    It also will require youth and juniors in the 12 and under categories to using mass-start legal bicycles starting in 2012. The same rule will be applied to the 13-14 year age group in 2013.

    The complete, updated 2012 USA Cycling rule book will be available online at http://www.usacycling.org/rulebooksoon.

  • Building on success: Drapac aiming high in Asia for "dominance" in 2013

    Stuart Shaw leads the Drapac team as they capably defend Pollock's overall lead.
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    December 01, 2011, 2:15 GMT
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    Alex Hinds

    Netti helps red brigade to expand to four full-time riders, add development team

    Drapac Professional Cycling is aiming for big things in the next two years as the Australian team builds on another successful season of racing in Asia, Europe and Australia. Uniquely, and unlike fellow Australian continental teams Genesys Wealth Advisers, Budget Forklifts and V Australia, Drapac has put a premium on success in Asia, an area the team sees as an "emerging frontier of the sport".

    The team's goal to become "Asia's most dominant cycling team by 2013" may seem ambitious, but if one considers just how far Drapac has come since its inception in 2004, that objective may not be quite as farfetched as it would seem. Growing from a domestic outfit focused on wins at races like the Canberra Tour in its early years to a truly international brand boasting success in the well respected like the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, the Tour of Taiwan and the Tour de Okinawa.

    The increased success has come all while nurturing several young athletes through their tertiary studies. "Champion athletes into champion people" is the team's long-time motto and new team manager Jonathan Breekveldt insists that the team will not be compromising on that as it plans its Asian assault.

    "We have some big goals and aims, and of course to achieve that, it will mean we’ll need to expand our roster with more full time riders," Breekvedlt told Cyclingnews. "But we’ll always have the support structure there for our younger guys, the philosophy we’ll always remain the same."

    "It’s very important to Michael [Drapac] that we do maintain that philosophy going...

  • Buninyong set to be a case of GreenEdge against the rest?

    Jack Bobridge (Garmin - Cervelo) was relentless on Stage 1 of the 2011 Jayco Herald Sun Tour
    Article published:
    December 01, 2011, 5:30 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Bannan says team will field up to 17 riders and will be "disappointed if we don't win"

    The 2012 Mars Australia National Road Championships launched today in Melbourne and is already being touted as a battle between GreenEdge and the "rest".

    With the 2011 podium of the championships in Buninyong, Jack Bobridge, Simon Gerrans and Matthew Goss, all riding for the soon-to-be WorldTour squad, it would seem hard to not acknowledge the team as favourites for the coveted jersey in 2012.

    Perhaps even more ominous is the announcement today from team general manager Shayne Bannan that he intends to field all seventeen of the team's Australian contingent, assuming they're fit.

    "All the Australian riders in our team will line up if they're injury-free and healthy," said Bannan. "We would be pretty disappointed if we don't win and get the green and gold jersey, but we want to see a really good race."

    "It is going to be incredibly competitive. The Rabobank guys are pretty keen and there are heaps of others."

    The situation can be likened to this year's British national championships that saw an armada of Sky riders taking part in the elite men's road race, which was won by Bradley Wiggins.

    The key difference however is the selective nature of the Buninyong course, which will make it hard, even for a numerous GreenEdge to control the race. Plenty of teams will make it hard for the GreenEdge squad, with Rabobank, Garmin-Cervelo, Drapac, and Genesys Wealth Advisers all with strong cards to play.

    A real dark horse for the win in the event will be a debuting

  • Howman talks tough on organised crime and doping

    Director General of the WADA, David Howman
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    December 01, 2011, 7:17 GMT
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    WADA general wants reform and collaboration with national federations in light of Contador case

    On the eve of the PCC (Partnership for Clean Competition) conference in New York, WADA director general David Howman has given his frankest interview yet on the state of doping within sport, pinpointing the dangers brought in by organised crime, corruption and a lack of drive from within governing bodies.

    And with the Alberto Contador case set for a conclusion in the coming weeks, Howman has outlined why he and the UCI pursued an appeal, but admitted that the judicial system needed reform in order to provide quicker resolutions.

    Howman will be the key note speaker in New York on Thursday in front of an audience including Travis Tygart (USADA) and Jeff Novitzky (FDA), and talked passionately about WADA's role in fighting for the integrity of the sport as it faces up to more than just the threats of athletes doping, as organised crime rings, and corruption have become hot topics.

    "We, WADA, were set up because every sport and every government had a different rule. I think things have improved considerably because now there is one set of rules covering everything, and I think that the gaps to the cheaters has narrowed quite considerably," he told Cyclingnews.

    "On the other hand, the cheaters that are really clever are now cleverer, or they're getting more help, and that's a challenge."

    That 'help', Howman made clear, is coming from mafia-style criminal rings who have moved from selling hard drugs such as heroin, into the markets of steroids and performance enhancing drugs, where higher mark-ups and minimal police intervention means that the financial rewards can be far greater.

    How long such activity has been going on is unclear but Howman estimates that there have...