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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Ticket prices released for London 2012 Olympics

    The exterior of the velodrome in London's Olympic Park
    Article published:
    February 16, 2011, 21:18 GMT
    Bikeradar ©

    Prices range from £20 to £325

    The The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) released information about tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games.  Cycling events, in four disciplines, will be conducted from Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, August 12.


    The road racing will take place between Saturday, July 28 and Wednesday, August 1 along a 240km (150 miles) course for the men and 130km (80 miles) for the women. Tickets will cost £20, £40 and £60.


    Track cycling at the newly-built velodrome is likely to offer some high-adrenaline action, especially from home-grown riders like Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. Racing kicks off on Thursday, August 2 and lasts until Tuesday, August 7, with ticket prices for the preliminary rounds set at £150, £95, £65, £40 or £20. For the finals, tickets will cost £325, £225, £150, £95 or £50.

    Mountain bike

    Off-road racing takes places on a controversial course in Essex on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12. Spectating at Hadleigh Farm will cost you £20 or £45.


    The high-octane little-wheelers will be smashing up the new BMX track at the Olympic park on Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10, with ticket prices set at £95, £65, £55, £40 or £20 for the preliminary rounds, and £125, £75, £55, £45 or £20 for the finals.

  • Offredo keen to learn from international cycling

    Yoann Offredo (FDJ) has been quietly building form in Qatar.
    Article published:
    February 16, 2011, 23:54 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    FDJ rider looking forward to 2011 challenge

    Yoann Offredo has said that he is part of a new generation of French riders who are breaking with tradition and viewing cycling in more international terms. The FDJ rider also insisted that his team must adapt to the challenge of competing as a ProContinental outfit in 2011.

    “I think there are a lot of new French riders who never knew a certain era in cycling and who are rightly integrating themselves into international cycling,” Offredo told Cyclingnews.

    “But it’s true that sometimes it’s quite difficult. For French riders the focus is often the Tour de France, which is a little bit of a cultural thing. Sometimes there is a gap between traditional cycling in France, with certain things that should and shouldn’t be done, and the modern cycling of teams like Sky and Garmin-Cervélo.

    “I think that riders like me from the new generation are growing aware of this. There is a cultural element to cycling, but you also need to take things from outside. Me, I’ve learned a lot from watching how other teams work, like Garmin and Sky. And I think that’s how you progress.”

    Offredo’s FDJ squad was disappointed to miss out on a ProTeam licence for the 2011 season and was left perplexed by the criteria that the UCI used in its selection process. The chagrin of Marc Madiot’s men was heightened further by the inclusion of the Vacansoleil squad of Riccardo Riccò and Ezequiel Mosquera in the UCI’s elite bracket of teams.

    “Vacansoleil are in the ProTour and there were able to use Riccò and Mosquera’s points to get in there,” Offredo said. “I...

  • Leipheimer returns to defend Tour of Utah title

    Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack) with one more lap to go.
    Article published:
    February 16, 2011, 23:55 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    Six host cities announced for 2011 edition

    Organisers of the UCI 2.1 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced six host venues for this year's six-stage race, set to take place from August 9-14 around Salt Lake City, Utah. And there will be four ProTeams in attendance, with defending champion Levi Leipheimer confirmed as part of Team RadioShack's lineup, which will take on HTC-Highroad, Garmin-Cervélo and BMC Racing.

    The race will begin with a prologue in Park City and move on to stage one in Ogden. Stage two's road race will take place in Provo followed by the stage three time trial at the Miller Motorsports Park.

    The penultimate stage four will offer the peloton a circuit race in Salt Lake City before the event concludes with the 'queen' stage five that finishes atop the decisive climb of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

    "We appreciate all the support of the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, civic communities, corporations and the loyal fans who truly appreciate such a well-established and esteemed sporting event," said Steve Miller, president of the Utah Cycling Partnership which owns the Tour of Utah in a press release.

    "It really is more than just a bicycle race now. All of us with the Tour of Utah applaud the continued support to grow this event, which is now in the spotlight as an international event."

    Defending champion Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) will return to Utah this August, having beaten former Grand Tour contender Francisco Mancebo and Ian Boswell at last year's event.

    "It was a great week in Utah last year," Leipheimer said in a press statement. "The whole week was hard, a hard course every day. I really appreciate a race like the Tour of Utah, which keeps getting bigger and better. From all the volunteers in the local communities, to the sponsors, and to all the fans who come to each stage, I look forward to defending my title with Team RadioShack this year.

    "The 2011 Tour of Utah is a must-see race for US fans, where you'll find...

  • Clarke continues World Tour progress in Portugal

    William Clarke (Leopard Trek) before stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under.
    Article published:
    February 17, 2011, 2:40 GMT
    Les Clarke

    Tasmanian rookie aims for Classics starts

    Having begun his World Tour adventure at last month's Santos Tour Down Under, Leopard-Trek rider Will Clarke is aiming at a possible start in the year's biggest Classics if his early-season form reaches the right level.

    The 25-year-old started the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal yesterday, although it wasn't the perfect start, finishing the opening stage in 151st and 3:18 behind winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

    Leopard-Trek has taken an all-round squad to the event, with Fabian Wegmann, Oliver Zaugg, Brice Feillu, Linus Gerdemann and Robert Wagner looking after general classification, climbing and sprinting duties.

    And given his current place on general classifiation, it provides the Australian with a chance to do what he has set out to do in Portugal - try his luck and 'fly under the radar'. With the teammates he has in Algarve, he's certainly a candidate to be the outfit's wildcard.

    "I'll have a crack - it's five stages, similar to the Tour Down Under but they're a little bit longer and there's a time trial at the end. That's what will sort out that race," Clarke told Cyclingnews.

    Clarke finished the Tour Down Under in 104th on general classification and said the race was "a bit of an eye-opener but a really good experience". It's the Classics on which he is focusing his energies however, and the Volta ao Algarve is part of the plan for March and April.

    "I'm doing some of the semi-Classics, so I think they're going to start me in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and races like that then see how I go; whether I start in the bigger ones such as Gent-Wevelgem, Flanders and Roubaix," Clarke explained.

    "It'd be cool to get a start in them but I'm a reserve at the moment, so I've got to show my stuff...

  • Sørensen won't let Clenbuterol cases change his eating habits

    Daniel Moreno (2nd, Caisse d'Epargne), Chris Anker Sørensen (1st, Saxo Bank) and Ivan Santaromita (3rd, Liquigas)
    Article published:
    February 17, 2011, 9:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Saxo Bank-SunGard rider won't put life on standby

    The recent number of doping cases involving Clenbuterol said to come from contaminated meat won't cause Chris Anker Sørensen to change his eating habits. The Danish Saxo Bank-SunGard rider will continue eating steaks.

    Alberto Contador was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation on the doping charges, but others have not been so lucky. Li Fuyu was given a two-year ban and Alessandro Cobo was given one-year suspension, among others, with all of them claiming to have eaten contaminated food.

    “I will still go to a restaurant when I want and I will also order a steak if I feel like it," Sørensen told the Ritzau news agency.

    “It would be a little like putting your life on standby if it is something you must go and think about, though it certainly has been a frustrating situation for Contador and others.”

    The 26-year-old won't automatically eat every piece of beef he sees, though.

    “If I'm outside of Europe, I will think more about it, and I will also consider a second time if I want to buy the steak from Argentina, located in a supermarket refrigerated display.”

    “It would be crazy if it came to a point where you'll have to save a corner of each steak you eat in order to reject doping accusations. But people will still eat steak.”

  • Video: McQuaid's reaction to Contador decision

    Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) with UCI president Pat McQuaid after stage two of the Tour of Oman.
    Article published:
    February 17, 2011, 10:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    UCI president disappointed with Spanish political pressure

    Pat McQuaid has commented on the Spanish Cycling Federation’s decision to clear Alberto Contador of doping.

    The UCI president, who is currently attending the Tour of Oman, criticised the intervention of Spanish politicians in the affair. "I can't give a personal opinion until the whole affair is finished and it's not finished yet," McQuaid told media at the Tour of Oman.

    In this exclusive Cyclingnews video, the UCI President refuses to give a personal opinion on the Contador case but does admit that he is disappointed with certain political pressure from within Spain to absolve Contador.

    "I would hope and be fairly confident that it could all be sorted out before the Tour de France, that we can go to CAS and that CAS will understand that we need this one relatively quickly, certainly before the Tour de France," he said. "If within the 30 days we decide to go to CAS, we'll ask to do it before the Tour de France."

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  • Spanish meat production association denies Contador's allegations

    The area around the Reservoir venue is cattle and horse country
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    February 17, 2011, 10:28 GMT
    Hedwig Kröner

    Asoprovac asks public prosecutor to investigate case

    The biggest association of Spanish meat producers, Asoprovac, has reacted firmly to Alberto Contador's claim that the ingestion of Clenbuterol-tainted meat caused his doping positive. The association, which accounts for 85 percent of the country's meat production industry, denied the possibility of contaminated meat on the Spanish market and has asked the public prosecutor to investigate the case.

    In a press release issued February 15, the day Contador was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation, Asoprovac confirmed that it had viewed the defence dossier submitted to the federation by Contador's lawyers, and said that several of the points made were untrue.

    "The rider attacks this production sector with impunity and falsifies the truth, calling into question the exhaustive control systems that are applied to bovine meat in the European Union and also in our country," Asoprovac declared.

    Contador notably stated that in Spain, cattle were being illegally treated with Clenbuterol. "This is absolutely false," the association stated. "In 2010, the authorities carried out 14,179 controls, and there was not one positive case for Clenbuterol."

    Contador further alleged that the meat he ingested came from "an animal that did not receive any veterinary control whatsoever". According to the association, if this were true, it would be "a case of professional negligence with a public health risk that should be formally denounced. To comply with the current legislation, every animal destined for human consumption has to be submitted to veterinary inspection ante and post mortem."

    Asoprovac also noted with surprise that the Contador defence camp did not...

  • Cyclingnews online production editor required – Sydney, Australia

    New team navigation
    Article published:
    March 19, 2012, 22:43 GMT
    Cycling News

    Work on the world's leading cycling web site

    Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is looking for a online production editor based in Sydney, Australia.

    The position requires applicants to have a keen interest and knowledge of competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will involve producing reports, results, photos and features from the world of cycling. Familiarity with online production techniques, experience in journalism and attention to detail are important.

    The production editor will be required to have familiarity with online production applications (a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop are important skills) and could also be required to attend major cycling events in each region.

    However, the primary responsibility is the production of content for publication on the web site. The ability to handle the technical processes involved and an ability to communicate are required.

    A second language is also an advantage.

    The applicants will need to be self-starters as the position involves regular liaison with production editors in all Cyclingnews offices. As Cyclingnews is a 24/7 daily news operation, the position will require regular weekend work. The weekend duties are handled on a rotating shift basis with other production editors, so the applicant must be flexible in their work schedule. However, the majority of work will be done during normal business hours on week-days.

    Please send your CV with a covering letter via e-mail to with "Cyclingnews online editing position" in the subject line. Deadline for applications is March 25, 2012.