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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 15, 2011

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December 15, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Wiggins and Cavendish won't team up until Tour de France

    Bradley Wiggins at the Dauphine
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    December 14, 2011, 19:18 GMT
    Cycling News

    And 2012 Olympics not the main priority for Wiggins

    New Team Sky colleagues Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish won't be racing together until next summer's Tour de France, after Wiggins confirmed his early season plans at a press conference on Wednesday evening. The two British stars have very different early season targets and fans will have to wait until the road season's showpiece event in July before seeing them team up.

    "I'll start off at the Tour of Algarve before moving on to Paris-Nice and the Tour of Catalonia," Wiggins said. "So I won't see Mark until the Tour de France. I still haven't really had a look at the route for the Tour yet. It's still only December and I'll get Christmas out of the way first. After that my team will start drip-feeding me my training plans and bit of information about it."

    Wiggins chose the road world championships in Copenhagen as his highlight of 2011, where he was part of the Great Britain team that helped Cavendish to victory despite being written off for most of the day.

    "It was the Worlds that gave me most satisfaction, especially after my crash in the Tour de France," he said. "To perform so well after everyone was writing us off throughout the race on Twitter and the like was hugely satisfying. Afterwards, of course, we were the best thing since sliced bread. The way Cav was able to come through and do it was amazing and I doubt we'll ever see anyone do it like that again. It's rare to get so much satisfaction from seeing someone else win."

    Having already won three Olympic gold medals on the track - one in Athens in 2004 and two in Beijing in 2008 - Wiggins reiterated that his main priority next season will be the Tour de France...

  • Merco Cycling Classic nabs title sponsor through 2016

    Men's Pro and Cat 1-2 field gets underway in stage 4 of the Merco Cycling Classic, the Almond Blossom Road Race.
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    December 14, 2011, 20:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    2012 event kicks off March 1

    The future of the Merco Cycling Classic has been secured with a new major sponsor found for the popular event held in Merced, California. The news comes following the loss of long-time sponsor, McLane ended their 18-year relationship with the race.

    The Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic presented by Mercy Medical Center Merced will grow in 2012 with the continuation of the stage race for the professional men, a three-day points-based omnium for the professional women and a new four-day stage race for the masters. The event will be held March 1-4 in and around the central California town of Merced.

    Mercy Medical Center Merced has long been a supporter of the event, having furnished medical support for years and more recently hosting the hospitality tent at the Downtown Grand Prix. Mercy Medical Center Merced will continue to assist with the medical support. The hospitality tent has been turned over to Kirby Manufacturing, a global leader in the manufacturing of cattle feed equipment based in Merced.

    "What had begun as a large loss to the race has ended up being a great opportunity for the event to expand existing relationships and bring on new ones. Both Mercy Medical Center Merced and Kirby Manufacturing are outstanding corporate citizens of Merced and it is shown by their outpouring of support to this important community event," said race founder, Doug Fluetsch.

    The sponsorship agreement between the event and Mercy Medical Center Merced is set through 2016, while Merco Credit Union has every intention to stay involved for the same amount of time.

  • Gallery: Coldeportes team undergo preliminary testing in Bogotá

    Victor Hugo Peña is hopeful this project will propel Colombia back to the top of world cycling.
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    December 14, 2011, 23:34 GMT
    Alex Hinds

    Team doctor Massimiliano Mantovani confident of strong anti-doping culture

    Under the watchful eyes of experienced team doctor Massimiliano Mantovani, the new professional continental outfit Colombia-Coldeportes has undergone its first series of pre-season tests. Mantovani, who has worked in cycling for over a decade, including previous stints with Barloworld and Team Type 1, said the preliminary testing was important to building an internal profile of the team's riders for both physiological management and the team's anti-doping program.

    After potential recruit Edwin Parra's positive test while riding for the Boyacá Orgullo de América team earlier in the year, Coldeportes is taking the issue of doping very seriously. Parra had been set to join Coldeportes, but after the news of his positive test was released in November by the Colombian national federation, the team quickly severed its ties to the Colombian rider.

    All riders in the team are to be tested internally on a fortnightly basis at the team's European base in Italy and Mantovani told Cyclingnews that it would be nigh on impossible to use any form of PED without him knowing.

    "We have a unique set-up that means that all riders will be living together, with the staff in Italy," said Mantovani. "I will be overseeing testing, and we plan to randomly test riders at least once every fortnight. It would be crazy for a rider to try to dope in these circumstances.

    "It's the same system as WADA, and to me the prospect of a random testing protocol makes it far too risky to try to dope. Personally I'm confident that with the system we have we can avoid any problems."

    As a professional continental team hoping to ride in the WorldTour, the team will also be taking part in the UCI's biological passport system, along with the normal random testing conducted by both the UCI and WADA.

    "In the next few days I will be talking...

  • Santos North Western Tour aiming for NRS inclusion in 2013

    Sam Spokes (NSWIS) from Tamworth in New South Wales got himself into the break and worked hard to keep the group clear of the peloton.
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    December 15, 2011, 1:57 GMT
    Cycling News

    Inaugural event set for late June 2012

    Cycling New South Wales has announced a new road event for 2012, the Santos North Western Tour, which will start in Narrabri and finish in Tamworth June 21-24.

    The aim will be for the event to join Australia's National Road Series in 2013, and also move to April.

    The differentiating factor between the Santos North Western Tour and other existing National Road Series Tour events is that the new addition will cater for both men's and women's teams which supports Cycling NSW's current strategy focused around developing women's cycling in NSW and Australia.

    A summary of proposed stages for the inaugural Santos North Western Tour are:

    Thursday June 21 -
    Stage 1: 3.6km Prologue around the Narrabri City centre.
    Stage 2: Women's 40 Min. Criterium around the Narrabri City centre; Men's 40 Min. Open Invitational Criterium; Men's 60 Min. Criterium

    Friday June 22 -
    Stage 3: Men's 126km Road Stage Coonabarabran to Observatory; Women's 90km Road Stage Coonabarabran to Observatory

    Saturday June 23 -
    Stage 4: Men's 140km Road Stage Observatory to Gunnedah; Women's 108km Road Stage Coonabarabran to Gunnedah

    Sunday June 24 -
    Stage 5: Men's 130km Road Stage Gunnedah to Tamworth; Women's 108km Road Stage Gunnedah to Tamworth


  • Gallery: Nibali and Cunego celebrate end of 2011 season

    Miss Ciclismo flanked by Damiano Cunego and Vincenzo Nibali.
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    December 15, 2011, 4:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    A&J party takes place near Brescia

    Some of the stars of the peloton had time for a final night out before beginning serious preparation for the 2012 season at the annual party organised by Italian sports agents Alex and Jonny Carera last weekend.

    Damiano Cunego and Vincenzo Nibali were among the riders on hand at the party near Brescia, which also saw the recently-retired Andrea Noé feted for his lengthy career.

    Also present were Paolo Tiralongo, the up and coming Diego Ulissi and Sacha Modolo, while double Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni also put in an appearance at the party which also saw the election of “Miss Ciclismo” for 2011.

  • Video: Campagnolo launches EPS tech

    The Campagnolo Super Record EPS rear derailleur is rife with carbon fiber.
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    December 15, 2011, 6:54 GMT
    James Huang

    More information on the company's long-awaited debuts

    This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

    A picture may be worth a thousand words but in some cases, a video is worth just that much more. Campagnolo has just posted a number of videos to its YouTube channel explaining several of the key features of its new Record EPS and Super Record EPS electronic groups to help people better understand some of the features behind the company's long-awaited debuts.

    Campagnolo's video channel covers a wide range of topics both technical and historical, including details on the Multidome technology used to give the levers that distinctive 'click', the analog-to-digital signal conversion process, how the battery indicator and diagnostic systems work, inner workings of the front and rear derailleurs and shifters, tutorials on how to do the initial setup and tweak settings on the fly, and also general overviews of why the company feels electronic is the wave of the future.

    Production groups are still a few months away so even if you're lucky, actual test rides will have to wait a bit. But in the meantime, Campagnolo's new videos will help get interested parties better acquainted with the latest to come out of Vicenza until you can lay your hands on it for real.

    Trust us – it'll be worth the wait.

    Campagnolo's YouTube channel:

    Or watch Cyclingnews videos on Campagnolo's EPS.


  • Sneak preview of the Vacansoleil 2012 jersey

    The 2012 Vacansoleil team kit
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    December 15, 2011, 10:05 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Dutch squad in Italy for team camp

    The Vacansoleil team is currently in Italy enjoying their first team camp before the start of the 2012 season. The Dutch team has yet to announce both their full roster or unveil their new team but Cyclingnews has obtained a few snap shots of the new-look jersey.

    The team camp in Montecatini – Terme runs from December 9 to 18. The riders are training 3 to 5 hours per day but are mixing their typical training with gym sessions and the occasional rest day.

    Like the Liquigas team, Vacansoleil has split their riders into defined training groups – one for the Classics, stage races and one for the riders heading to the Tour Down Under next month.


  • German cycling moving back to the top, federation president says

    The elite men's time trial podium: Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara
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    December 15, 2011, 10:54 GMT
    Cycling News

    Cites multiple world titles in various disciplines

    Cycling in Germany is on its way back, and is going into the 2012 Olympic year with all possibilities open, said Rudolf Scharping, president of the German cycling federation, Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR). Two gold medals at the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen are only a part of the nation's world titles in cycling this year.

    “In the difficult past times, the main thing was to avoid the death of cycling,” he told  “We accomplished that and we now find ourselves in the next stage, which deals with building it backup, with stability. We have won back trust, but the road is still difficult.

    Germany's totals for the year feature 32 gold, 23 silver and 21 bronze medals at World Championships. The gold medals in the time trial for Judith Arndt and Tony Martin, joined by three bronze medals, make the Copenhagen championships the most success in the BDR's history.

    But they weren't the only title and medal winners. Other disciplines can also claim those honours ranging from track to artistic cycling, with the BDR claiming all of the titles in the latter.

    All of which lets the BDR look optimistically to London next summer.  It has already claimed starting places in 14 of the 18 cycling events. “The performance potential of our athletes, their ambition and their discipline in their preparations promise successful Games,” Scharping said.

    He was also pleased to point to the accomplishments of the young and upcoming riders. On the track, Stefan Bötticher won three European titles and Mieke Kröger was not only fourth in the women's juniors road race in Copenhagen, but also World...