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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 20, 2012

Date published:
December 20, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • UCI announces Pro Continental teams

    Team Andalucia at the startline
    Article published:
    December 19, 2012, 18:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    RusVelo, Andalucia not approved

    The UCI today announced 19 teams which were awarded licenses at the Professional Continental level. Of the 21 applicants, the Spanish Andalucia team was not awarded a spot in the sport's second division, and RusVelo's application is still pending. RusVelo is the feeder team for the Katusha squad which was denied entry to the WorldTour.

    With the rejection of Andalucia, Caja Rural remains the only Spanish professional continental team licensed. EFE reported yesterday that the team had released its riders to search for other teams, but so far Juan José Lobato, who joined Euskaltel, is the only rider to leave.

    Belgium has three - Accent Jobs, Landboukrediet and Topsport Vlaanderen. France has four in Sojasun, Cofidis, Bretagne Schuller and Europcar, while the USA has two with UnitedHealthcare and Novo Nordisk both being renewed.

    There are three Italian teams: Vini Fantini, Androni Giocattoli and Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox, and teams from Germany (Netapp-Endura), Switzerland (IAM Cycling), Poland (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Colombia, China (Champion System) and South Africa (MTN-Qhubeka).

    The UCI stated it is waiting for additional information for the RusVelo license, and the commission will re-examine the application in January. Katusha is eligible to apply for Pro Continental status, but is currently planning to fight the UCI's rejection of its WorldTour application in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • 2013 Omega Pharma-Quickstep jersey revealed

    OPQS riders will have their Twitter handles on the jersey
    Article published:
    December 19, 2012, 19:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Same colours, slight changes to design for Belgian team

    The 2013 Omega Pharma-Quickstep team will keep the distinctive black, white and light blue colour scheme as this season, but will add a touch of black to the shoulders in the coming year.

    The team's jersey was unveiled on its web site, with Sylvain Chavanel, Tony Martin and Tom Boonen modeling the new look, which pays tribute to the team's designation as reigning world team time trial champions.

    “The design is really attractive,” said Chavanel. “The choice of black dots on the upper part of the jersey make it quite aggressive but at the same time it’s also very classy. The logo symbolizing our victory in the TTT World Championship is located on the chest of the jersey. It is a source of pride for the entire team. I can’t wait to wear the jersey during the races!”

    As the reigning Belgian road champion, Tom Boonen will continue on in a similarly designed national champion's kit. “My Belgian champion’s jersey is the same as last year’s but the return to entirely black pants is a nice new twist. I like them a lot. They are classic but modern at the same time. I think this jersey stands out even more than last year’s. Now it’s up to us to make it a winner like the one in 2012.”

    With an emphasis on its social media campaign, the jerseys will also incorporate the Twitter handles for each rider on his jersey. “In this jersey it’s the details that make the difference,” said world individual time trial champion Tony Martin. “The personalization with our Twitter account on the back of the jersey is a great idea, as is the personalized label on the back of the collar. When it comes to design and material, our partner Vermarc has really done a great job!”

  • Ekimov leads Katusha's fight for a place in the UCI WorldTour

    Viatcheslav Ekimov working for RusVelo at the Tour de Taiwan
    Article published:
    December 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Russian team no longer invited to the Tour Down Under

    Katusha team manager Viacheslav Ekimov has said the Russian team does not want to start a war against the UCI to obtain a WorldTour licence for 2013 but has firmly rejected the reasons why the UCI Licence Commission refused their application, hinting that the lack of clarity of the ethical criteria raises suspicions about the way the UCI operates.

    With team owner Igor Makarov unable to attend the official Katusha team presentation in Brescia, Ekimov was forced to face the media alone, flanked by team leader's Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov.

    "This is not a war against the system or the UCI, it's just an attempt to have out rights respected and get what we deserve," he said after recalling Russian fighting spirit during the team presentation.

    "All our sponsors have confirmed their support because they know the team will continue for many years to come. We're going to do all we can to keep developing Russian cycling."

    Ekimov insisted that his own links to Lance Armstrong when they raced together at the US Postal team, and the Padua police investigation into several Katusha riders' relationship with Dr. Michele Ferrari had not played a part in the Katusha team's WorldTour place rejection. He also claimed that the justification from Licence Commission did not mention the UCI investigation into allegations that Alexander Kolobnev sold the 2011 Liege-Bastogne-Liege to Alexandre Vinokourov, revealing that a majority of the influential UCI Management Committee supported the team.

    "The statement the UCI issued about their decision doesn't include anything new. There is talk of four doping cases but the truth is that the Kolobnev positive from last...

  • Mancebo to lead re-formed 5-Hour Energy/Kenda team

    The Kenda team had their work cut out for them to hold things together.
    Article published:
    December 19, 2012, 22:19 GMT
    Pat Malach

    10-rider roster to be directed by Andreu

    Two-time National Race Calendar winner Francisco Mancebo will lead the reformulated 5-hour Energy/Kenda Racing Team next season, team owner On The Rivet Management announced Wednesday. Former 12-year professional rider and television commentator Frankie Andreu will direct the 10-rider 2013 roster.

    The team is a combination of the former Kenda/5-hour Energy squad run by Inferno Racing and On the Rivet Management's Competitive Cyclist team. On the Rivet Management absorbed Inferno Racing during the off-season when Competitive Cyclist's owner,, decided to back away from all of its cycling sponsorships. Both programs held UCI Continental team status last season, as will next year's merged team.

    Coming to the team from Competitive Cyclist along with Mancebo are Taylor Shelden, David Williams and Max Jenkins. Shawn Milne, Bobby Sweeting, Jim Stemper, Nate English and Greg Brandt will represent the Kenda contribution to the team.

    Christian Parrett, a former US U23 national team rider who in 2010 was on Team Sprocket, Magnus Backstedt's Swedish Continental team, will be the only 2013 rider who wasn't on either squad last year. Parrett, 22, rode with the Athletix-Global Bike Domestic Elite team in 2012 but made a guest appearance with Competitive Cyclist during the USA CRITS Speed Week.

    “Christian is a talented young cyclist from Macon, Georgia, that we have been watching for a while,” said On the Rivet Management co-owner Jason Kriel, who started the company with Josh Saint in 2010.

    Despite a roster that will be missing firepower from 2012 Kenda riders like Phil Gaimon, Andy Jacques-Maynes, Isaac Howe and John Murphy, Andreu is happy with the 2013 team's composition.

    “We have brought together a great squad for the mountains, and many of our riders are equally accomplished in the time trials,” Andreu said in a team statement. “Our young riders have already proven themselves on...

  • O'Grady: Doping was never an option

    Stuart O'Grady (Orica GreenEdge) said that doping was never an option thoughout his lengthy career
    Article published:
    December 19, 2012, 23:31 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Australian stalwart says Orica GreenEdge stronger for White controversy

    Stuart O'Grady admits that the doping admission of Matt White and his sacking has meant for difficult times at Orica GreenEdge.

    O'Grady is one of a handful of riders who could potentially be interviewed for three of the separate Australian investigations currently stemming from the USADA's Reasoned Decision document on Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban, and told Cyclingnews that the Australian Anti-Doping Authority has already come knocking.

    Along with ASADA, the Australian Sports Commission has also mounted an inquiry led by Justice James Wood, while Orica GreenEdge has begun its own investigations, dealing more with internal procedures headed by former World Anti-Doping Agency director Nicki Vance.

    "Yeah it's uncomfortable because I'm getting asked a lot of questions which I have absolutely no idea about," O'Grady admitted. "It's uncomfortable because I'm very happy with my career and what I've achieved and some of it's pretty hard to swallow.

    "At the end of the day, I've been available whenever they want to talk and I'm happy to tell them everything that I know - most of the time I'm not going to have any of the answers that they're hoping for or want - but hopefully I can give an insight into my life and my world and the teams and the people that I was around."

    Throughout his 18-year career, O'Grady has ridden with some of the teams that have found themselves under the most scrutiny in recent memory - specifically Cofidis and CSC/Saxo Bank. Like former Saxo teammate Brad McGee before him, O'Grady is adamant that despite the stigma, he saw no evidence of a doping culture.

    "I'm just very lucky, very fortunate that the teams I was involved in that it [doping] was never an option,"...

  • Eight UCI Continental teams in USA for 2013

    The Optum team sets up for the win at the USPRO Criterium Championships.
    Article published:
    December 20, 2012, 1:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Three women's teams registered with UCI

    USA Cycling today released the full list of UCI-registered teams which will operate under its auspices in 2013, as well as three women's professional teams for the coming year.

    Returning to the peloton are 5-Hour Energy/Kenda, Bissell Cycling, Bontrager Cycling Team (formerly Bontrager-Livestrong), Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Jamis-Hagens Berman, Jelly Belly p/b Kenda, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis.

    Not continuing as professional teams are Competitive Cyclist, whose management company merged with that of Kenda/5-Hour Energy, the Chipotle Development Team, Wonderful Pistachios and Team Exergy.

    Returning to the women's pro peloton are Exergy-Twenty16, Specialized-Lululemon and Team TIBCO-To the Top, while the Optum women's team added a UCI license in 2013. 

    (Note: rosters below are subject to changes.)

    USA's 2013 UCI Continental Men's rosters 

    5-Hour Energy/Kenda
    Christian Parrett (Neo)
    David Williams (Competitive Cyclist)
    Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist)
    Max Jenkins (Competitive Cyclist)
    Taylor Shelden (Competitive Cyclist)
    Gregg Brandt
    James Stemper
    Nathaniel English
    Robert Sweeting
    Shawn Milne
    Andy Jacques-Maynes
    Chad Hartley
    Curtis Winsor
    John Murphy (UnitedHealthcare)
    Luca Damiani
    Max Korus
    Patrick Lemieux
    Paul Mach
    Roman Kilun
    Stephen Housley

    Bissell Cycling
    Jason McCartney (Spidertech)
    Michael Torckler
    Phil Gaimon (5-Hour Energy)
    Tommy Nankervis (Competitive Cyclist)
    Pat McCarty (Spidertech)
    Andrew Dahlheim
    Carter Jones
    Chris Baldwin
    Jeremy Vennell
    Julian Kyer
    Frank Pipp
    Patrick Bevin
    Alex Vanias...

  • Gallery: CJ Farquharson's best photos of 2012

    Marianne Vos (Netherlands) won the Olympic road race in the rain
    Article published:
    December 20, 2012, 3:07 GMT
    Cycling News

    The women's peloton from behind the lens

    CJ Farquharson has collated some of her best images of 2012 for Cyclingnews in the latest of our photographer's look back at the season.

    And it's been a long one for Farquharson having begun the year on January 1 at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic in Geelong. Over nine months, Farquharson covered every Women's World Cup event, racking up around 40,000 kilometres of travelling by car and the same again in the air. In 2012, Farquharson also covered the London Olympic Games and the UCI Road World Championships in Limburg.

    All the standouts of the 2012 season are here - Evelyn Stevens (Specialized - lululemon), Judith Arndt (Orica-AIS) and of course, Marianne Vos (Rabobank). Farquharson was also on hand for the epic showdown on the track between two great rivals, Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton.

  • Hinault "The Badger" to debut at Tour Down Under

    Article published:
    December 20, 2012, 3:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Five-time Tour de France winner honoured at Legends' Night Dinner

    Retired French professional Bernard Hinault will make his debut appearance at the first WorldTour round of the 2013 season, at Australia's Tour Down Under. The five-time Tour de France winner will be one of honoured guests attending the Legends' Night Dinner.

    Hinault, nicknamed "The Badger" will join a star-studded cast including current UCI road world champion Philippe Gilbert, 2010 retrospective Tour de France champion Andy Schleck and London Olympic gold medallist and Australian track cycling icon Anna Meares.

    The arrival of Hinault in Australia is reflective the growth and success of the Tour Down Under over the past 15 years. Hinault's presence at the dinner is fitting due to his extensive palmares. The Frenchman is one of just four cyclists who have claimed overall victories each of the three grand tours: Giro d'Italia (1980, 1982 and 1985), Tour de France (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985) and Vuelta a España (1978 and 1983).

    "We have always had Bernard Hinault in our sights as someone we'd love to have at the Santos Tour Down Under and it's great that he will join us in January, coinciding with the race's 15th anniversary celebrations," said Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur.

    Hinault will be in Adelaide for the final weekend of the week-long race that begins on 20 January with the prelude criterium; People's Choice Classic. The official start of six-day race is on 22 January with Stage 1 running from Prospect to Lobethal. The Badger should be in the mix of the action for the exciting Stage 5 at Old Wilunga Hill Saturday.

    "I am looking forward to travelling to Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under and I want to thank the organisers for the invitation. The Santos Tour Down Under has become a great race,...