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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 13, 2012

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December 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • 2013 Tour of Flanders route presented

    Riders will have to face the Old Kwaremont on Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
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    December 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT
    Cycling News

    Similar route to 2012, with three climbs of the Oude Kwaremont

    The 100th anniversary of the Tour of Flanders will follow the new course concept presented in 2012. The Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg will be climbed three times each, while the Muur van Geraardsbergen will once again not be feature.

    "We go three times over the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg about. And the arrival remains in Oudenaarde. Underway there are here and there some small changes, like every year. But we continued with the new concept,” said race organizer Wouter Vandenhaute, according to

    The race, to be held on Easter Sunday, March 31, and will start at the Bruges Market. “From there we pull in a straight line to Torhout, Ledegem, Wevelgem and on to Rekkem, which is this year's 'village of the Tour,'” race director Wim Vanherreweghe told The race then heads to Avelgem and the first of 17 climbs of the day, the Tiegemberg.

    Once the Ardennes have been reached, the peloton will face 50 kilometres with the Taaienberg, Eikenberg, and Molenberg climbs, not to mention some difficult cobblestone stretches. After climbing Berendies and Valkenberg, the riders will have an easier section to catch their breath and prepare for the 37km loop which will take them over the Kwaremont for the first time, followed immediately by the second loop of 20km, with Kwaremont, Paterberg and Hotond.

    “During the last loop, the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg are still built in, and then towards Oudenaarde and then the run-in to the finish,” Vanherreweghe said.

    Amateur riders who want to recreate the 1913 race may do so – all 324km of it. Organizers are celebrating the race's centenary with a hobby race on May 25, with Eddy Merckx and Johan Museeuw.

    "We can't promise exactly the same course,” Vanherreweghe said "But we will try to do the best possible. The trip will be 324 km...

  • Scarponi receives three-month ban from CONI

    Michele Scarponi (Lampre - ISD)
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    December 12, 2012, 15:52 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian also fined 10,000 Euros for consultations with Dr. Ferrari

    Michele Scarponi today received a three-month ban and a 10,000 Euro fine from the anti-doping tribunal of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) for the Italian's training consultations with Dr. Michele Ferrari. The 33-year-old Italian's ban has been backdated to take place from October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

    Scarponi had already been suspended by his Lampre-ISD squad since early November after he admitted undergoing two tests with Dr. Ferrari in September 2010, before Scarponi joined the Italian ProTeam in 2011.

    Scarponi's house had been searched in the spring of 2011 as part of the Padua-based investigation into Dr. Ferrari's activities and Scarponi opted to meet with the CONI Procura in November 2012 in the hope that a ban would take place over a time period that would have minimal effects on his 2013 season.

    Dr. Ferrari has been banned by the Italian Cycling Federation for more than a decade and since February 2002 the Federation declared that any rider who continued to consult with him would receive suspensions of up to six months.

    Future Lampre-ISD teammate Filippo Pozzato had already served a ban this season for his consultations with Dr. Ferrari, but nonetheless Scarponi believes he had done nothing wrong.

    "I honestly believe I've done nothing wrong," Scarponi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "However I accept the three-month verdict. The judgement was fair but I was hoping it would be something less or even nothing.

    "The ruling does not effect next season," continued...

  • Gallery: RadioShack team camp

    Giacomo Nizzolo
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    December 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT
    Cycling News

    Luxembourg squad puts in the miles in Spain

    After their team bonding in a forest in Luxembourg the RadioShack - Nissan team moved to more familiar terrain, kicking off their winter training camp in Javea, Spain this week.

    The week-long event sees the riders train together for the first time with new signings Danilo Hondo and Bobby Jungels meeting up with their teammates for the first time.

    The team will be hoping to lay plans for the coming season at their camp, having undergone a difficult 2012 season that saw a merger with Leopard Trek, a management restructure after Johan Bruyneel's departure and a number of their star riders endure disappointing seasons.

    New team boss Luca Guercilena has been tasked not only with replacing Bruyneel but also revitalizing the likes of Andy Schleck, Fabian Cancellara and Chris Horner, who all raced below par in 2012.

  • Thomson at home with MTN-Qhubeka

    Jay Thomson (Unitedhealthcare) wins the opening stage at the Volta a Portugal
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    December 12, 2012, 21:07 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    South African returns after years in the US

    Jay Thomson has returned into the fold of Doug Ryder's MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team as a key rider who will help to bring the squad success in the Pro Continental ranks. He comes home after a rocky three years abroad that began with a stage win in the Tour de Langkawi with Fly V Australia in 2010. Eager to progress to the WorldTour and major races in Europe with the Pegasus project after a year with Fly V Australia in the US, his dream crumbled before it even began when the team went belly-up before the 2011 season. An anonymous year with Bissell and an up-and-down season with UnitedHealthcare followed, but this promising 26-year-old is confident that he can turn things around with his new team.

    Incredibly lean, Thomson is clearly motivated for 2013. He and his teammates have undergone physiological testing where a core-strength exercise turned into a challenge, where Thomson set a new mark for the longest front elbow plank at 5:40. The feat is just one indication of the sort of mental toughness that got him a stage win in the Volta a Portugal this year, just a week after injuring his ankle so badly he should have taken time off the bike.

    Thomson admits some trepidation in leaving a sure thing to return to a nascent project, but he chose to forge ahead and make the move in order to be a part of a growing squad and a major moment in South African cycling history.

    "I could say it was an easy decision, but it was also a really hard decision," Thomson explained from the team's presentation in Maropeng, South Africa....

  • BikeNZ reacts to collapse of PureBlack Racing

    The PureBlack team strings out the bunch
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    December 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    No UCI Continental teams for Kiwis in 2013

    New Zealand cycling's governing body BikeNZ says that its disappointed that PureBlack Racing won't be running a UCI Continental team in 2013.

    Cyclingnews broke the story earlier this week, with riders who had been due to take up with the team next season told to find alternative arrangements following a disagreement between the team's two biggest sponsors; PureBlack Racing and Avanti. Unlike when the team collapsed one year ago, funding is not an issue. Instead, a petty tussle over branding has ensued.

    "Obviously we are disappointed that PBR are not going to carry on in 2013, and that we have lost another valuable pathway for riders to develop on the world stage," said BikeNZ CEO Kieran Turner in a statement.

    "This is especially disappointing as our cyclists continue to deliver outstanding results across all disciplines, with more NZ junior and senior world championship medals won in the last three years than all preceding years. Likewise the popularity of cycling continues to grow, as New Zealand's third largest recreational activity."

    In September, Subway Restaurants announced that it would no longer continue to support New Zealand's other UCI Continental outfit, Subway Pro Cycling, essentially putting an end to the project.


  • Novo Nordisk's Morris ready to "bite the bullet" in neo-pro year

    Novo Nordisk takes over sponsorship of Team Type 1 in 2013.
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    December 13, 2012, 3:16 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Team support gives Type 1 rider confidence heading into 2013

    One of Australia's newest professionals Justin Morris, is quietly confident in making the leap from his current Team Type 1 - Sanofi Development team to the newly announced Novo Nordisk Professional Continental team in 2013. His confidence stems from not only a belief in his own ability but also the level of support his team will provide in the coming year.

    Stepping into the pro ranks is a daunting task for any rider but for those living with Type 1 diabetes, the challenge is ever greater. Morris understands that he will need to major changes to his training and preparation to compete in some of the world's biggest races but he says the support crew around himself and his teammates will ensure they have all the elements necessary to "achieve whatever you want in life".

    "One of the really good things about this team is they are so supportive, in all aspects of life," said Morris to Cyclingnews.

    "We have a plethora of team doctors to help us with our diabetes, our general health and we have a huge squad of high-level coaches for every rider. We also have some of the best DS's in the world.

    "We have the best support behind us and that makes me more confident of going into these races and being able to compete."

    Morris had recently finished the demanding Tour of Rwanda where he said the huge number of races days, split between the road and his mountain bike ambitions, meant he was fairly empty by the end but with just a couple of weeks off to attend the team's launch in Copenhagen and then a team camp in Spain, he's ready to kick-start his training for the coming year which will likely be very different to what he's done in the past.

    "It's been a big year. So during Rwanda I was pretty smashed, it's been good to have some time off. Just to allow the body to recoup and rebuild," said Morris.

    "The reality...

  • Wiggle joins DTPC Honda Pro Cycling as lead sponsor

    Owner, manager, rider Rochelle Gilmore in the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling kit
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    December 13, 2012, 3:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Three-year deal for Gilmore's new team

    Online cycling retailer Wiggle has been revealed as DTPC Honda Pro Cycling's lead sponsor for the next three years. The team will be known as Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling.

    The team, owned and managed by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore, was launched last month.

    Gilmore explained that the deal with Wiggle was a major coup for the team.

    "Women have traditionally ridden for contracts as little as one-tenth of what the men earn," she said. "If you want to get the best out of an athlete you need to provide them with what they need - and all too often funding shortfalls mean women cyclists are not provided what they need.

    "Our team philosophy is all about the athletes. The deal with enables us to provide better salaries and the supportive environment our athletes deserve and need so they can reach their full potential."

    The 12-woman line up is made up of Gillmore, former double world champion Giorgia Bronzini, British Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Danielle King, junior World individual time trial champion Elinor Barker, fellow Briton Amy Roberts, Australia's Lauren Kitchen, three-time Japanese road race champion Mayuko Hagiwara, Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier from Germany, Emily Collins from New Zealand and Beatrice Bartelloni.

    As previously announced Bradley Wiggins will also support the team via his Foundation. Technical sponsors include Colnago, Campagnolo, Vanmobil, Lazer, High5, Tacx, Fizik and Look.

    "Wiggle is all about providing the best," Humphrey Cobbold, Wiggle Chief Executive said. "It's a privilege to support Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling. We look forward to playing a pivotal role in supporting this tremendous group of athletes and hope that our partnership will motivate future female cycling champions the world over."


  • Boonen back to normal at Omega Pharma-QuickStep training camp

    Belgian champion Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was a pre-race favorite at the Grand Prix de Wallonie.
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    December 13, 2012, 8:29 GMT
    Cycling News

    Peeters wants to wait a week for an evaluation

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is back training, having spent three days in hospital while suffering from a severe intestinal infection. However, team doctors remain cautious regarding how long it will take for a full recovery.

    Boonen joined his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates in Mallorca for what is being described as a crucial part of his preparation for the coming season.

    "Tom spent four hours training with his teammates on Tuesday," directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters told Het Nieuwsblad. "This morning [Wednesday] he cycled with [Zdenek] Bakala and two hours in the afternoon there was the fitness program. Everything was completed normally, but I think it's too early for an evaluation. Only after a week training can we safely draw conclusions."

    Team Doctor Yvan Vanmol explained that Boonen had lost close to two kilograms during his ordeal.

    "It took a little longer than we thought, but the problems are solved. He is now training, eating and drinking normally again," he said.

    Boonen’s racing season is scheduled to begin at the Tour de San Luis in January.