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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 5, 2012

Date published:
July 05, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Legal opinion: Armstrong's arguments against USADA

    Lance Armstrong's final Tour de France in 2010
    Article published:
    July 04, 2012, 21:41 BST
    Cycling News

    Arbitrators, not review board will determine outcome

    Last week Lance Armstrong's attorneys issued a stinging opus in response to USADA's new charges of doping and conspiracy against the rider. Cyclingnews received this analysis of the case from San Francisco attorney Vitaly Gashpar, the Substantive Law Editor of The Recorder.

    The 11-page letter sent by Lance Armstrong's attorneys to the Review Board of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is replete with arguments heard many times in the past: Armstrong never failed a test; the witnesses against him have been coerced and have less than stellar reputations; the USADA is going after him unfairly; etc. However, among the shtick we're used to hearing over the years, Armstrong's attorneys raise several points that may set the course of this investigation and subsequent hearing.

    Where's the evidence? Can USADA withhold it from Armstrong?

    ii. The Review Board shall be provided the laboratory documentation and any additional information which USADA deems appropriate. Copies of this information shall be provided simultaneously to the Athlete or other Person and the Athlete or other Person shall be entitled to file a response with the Review Board. The Athlete’s or other Person’s name will not be provided to the Review Board by USADA and will be redacted from any documents submitted to the Review Board by USADA. (from USADA Protocols)

    A chief complaint from Armstrong's lawyers is that they were only provided with the laboratory data from 2009 and 2010 by USADA, and no evidence supporting any of the other myriad...

  • Van Hummel on fire to teach Cavendish a lesson

    Van Hummel and his teammates
    Article published:
    July 04, 2012, 23:12 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Vacansoleil sprinter thwarted again in Rouen

    On Wednesday the second pure bunch sprint in the Tour de France didn't go as smoothly as the first one in Tournai on Monday. At 2.5km to go, many riders crashed as the sprint was getting underway, including world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky), who was unable to add a second stage win to his tally. The man who was right behind him in the sprint build-up was Kenny Van Hummel. The Dutchman was more or less relegated by the world champion during Tuesday's intermediate sprint and 'Hummeltje' was keen to show the world what he was capable of.

    The Dutchman's best result ever in the Tour de France is a seventh place in 2009: not quite the same palmarès as Cavendish but Van Hummel aimed for more. "That was fun then but much more is possible this year," Van Hummel said. "I'm eager to show what I can do... it's a burning desire really."

    The intermediate sprint incident turned the spots to the low-profile sprinter who was trying to grab points for the green jersey from Cavendish. In the build-up to the sprint Cavendish must've felt hindered by the Dutchman and when coming to the line he came level with him – seemingly with no effort – while looking sideways several times at how hard Hummeltje was trying.

    "During today's race Johnny [Hoogerland] asked him what was going on in that sprint. Straight away he came over to me and apologized which meant he realized he was wrong. He said: 'Kenny, sorry, I've got nothing against you and didn't mean it like that'. It looked worse on TV than it was in reality. I told him, 'it looked stupid on television but apologies accepted'. It's part of his character of course. I don't get intimidate by that. It only makes me stronger. Actually I had to laugh with it," Van Hummel said.

  • Video: Tour de France Stage 4 highlights

    Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) has just won stage 4 of the Tour de France in Rouen.
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    July 05, 2012, 0:28 BST
    Cycling News

    Greipel rewarded by Lotto Belisol lead out

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) scored his first Tour de France victory of 2012, the second of his career when he took out stage 4 on Wednesday in Rouen. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) sprinted to second while Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) was third.

    The Lotto Belisol train worked to perfection for Greipel who took advantage of the fact that rival Mark Cavendish (Sky) had been brought down by a crash just inside the 3km to go mark. Points classification leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) was lucky to avoid the crash, but the pan flat finale was allowed Orica-GreenEdge's Matt Goss to make up considerable ground on the Slovak, finishing fourth across the finish line and moving into second in the battle for the green jersey.

    Overall leader Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) also avoided the crash, maintaining his seven second advantage on Sky's Bradley Wiggins.


  • Goss not giving up on green jersey

    Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) drags teammate Matt Goss to the finish in Rouen
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    July 05, 2012, 1:51 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Orica-GreenEdge sprinter narrows the gap on Sagan

    Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) sprinted to fourth place on Stage 4 of the 2012 Tour de France, going one better than maillot vert rival Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale).

    The Australian had managed third place on the Tour's other flat stage so far, with the intermediate sprint points keeping him in the hunt. On Wednesday, while Stage winner Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) stayed out of the intermediate sprint, Mark Cavendish (Sky), Mark Renshaw (Rabobank), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) along with Goss and Sagan, fought it out.

    Goss has now moved from fourth to second in the points classification, with Sagan leading on 147. Goss trails Sagan by 55 points.

    "Our focus hasn't changed," said Orica-GreenEdge sports director Matt White. "We're still chasing the green jersey, and that means we need to get as many points as we can whenever we can. Sagan has a big lead, and as long as Gossy goes for the intermediate sprints, so will Sagan. So will Greipel. So will Cav'. We can't back off from the intermediate sprints if we want the green jersey."

    Cavendish narrowly bettered Goss in the intermediate sprint with the pair zeroing in on the line, side-by-side.

    "We didn't put too much effort into it, and we picked up points on some of our competitors," said White. "All said; it didn't go too bad."

    Thursday's 196.5km fifth stage to Saint Quentin will be another opportunity for the sprinters but Goss will have to buck the trend with Cavendish having succeeded on Stage 5 in three of the past four seasons. Cavendish, who won the points classification in 2011, crashed with around 2.5km remaining on Wednesday along with key teammate Bernhard Eisel, and there will be...

  • Spekenbrink: Geniez couldn't develop futher as a rider with Argos-Shimano

    Alexandre Geniez (Argos-Shimano) launches a solo attack
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    July 05, 2012, 3:06 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Team boss expands on Frenchman's release

    Alexandre Geniez's non selection for the Tour de France was a minor talking point on the eve of the race but the announcement that he would also part ways with the Argos-Shimano was more of a surprise. The climber was listed on the team's long list and although the basis of the team was to be formed around sprinter Marcel Kittel, Geniez was expected to fill one of the team's nine slots, adding much-needed firepower for the mountains.

    "There are two stories," Argos-Shimano's boss Iwan Spekenbrink told Cyclingnews.

    "One is the story about the non-selection for the Tour selection the second is over how we evaluate our riders. On the matter of the Tour we looked to the race, our weapons, and the competition and with the riders we have we believe we have the best chances in sprints and in the break. We have a really strong team spirit and that's why we made that selection."

    However the decision not re-new the rider's contract at this stage of the season stands out. Scheduled to ride the Vuelta a España later this year, Geniez is now in the shop window with teams publicly in a position to make their intentions clear. Should he perform at the Vuelta, Argos will not be in position to overturn their position. However. Spekenbrink, who has solidly built his team to the cusp of the WorldTour believes that the blame for Geniez lack of progression lies with the set-up, just as much as it does with the rider himself.

    "Alex is very talented. He was with our team for three years. In the first two years he made progression. In the last 12 months we've not been able to help him progress. And that's why, as we're building a team for the future, we had to also inform him that for now he will not...

  • Fuglsang earns overall lead at Tour of Austria

    Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan) soloed to the stage win and race lead
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    July 05, 2012, 4:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Dane fights back after Tour snub

    Left off the RadioShack-Nissan roster for the Tour de France, Jakob Fuglsang has fought back at the Tour of Austria, winning stage 4 and moving into the overall lead.

    It was the team's second yellow jersey of the day on Wednesday with Fabian Cancellara not threatened at the Tour de France.

    "I'm super happy with this win and the overall," said Fuglsang following the 141.3km stage. "It is certainly defendable and we're going to do everything we can to bring the yellow home. It's cool that the team has the yellow jersey in two different stage races."

    There are four stages remaining in Austria.

    Overnight leader Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) was put under pressure from the outset by RadioShack-Nissan, with four riders in the break on the Iselberg. The Italian, forced to chase, made contact with the group by the time they reached the Grossglockner. That was the cue for Laurent Didier to attack, forcing Di Luca to again go after RadioShack-Nissan. When he reached Didier, Fuglsang launched with NetApp's Leopold Konig.

    "I had to go at that point," explained Fuglsang.

    The gap went up again and with 50km to go, the duo's advantage was as much as 3:30.

    "König didn't do too much work; I think he was really tired," continued Fuglsang. "But in my mind I knew he could be playing and saving his energy to beat me for the stage, so I was careful. I dropped him on a rolling part with 20km to go."

    Fuglsang crossed the finish line in Alpendorf 1:14 ahead of Leopold, enough for the overall lead. Di Luca...

  • Report: Witnesses in Armstrong case unmasked?

    Tour de France veteran George Hincapie prepares for the start of stage 2
    Article published:
    July 05, 2012, 7:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Riders given six-month delayed ban by USADA

    Four former teammates of Lance Armstrong will receive six month bans after they confessed to doping and testified against the seven-time Tour de France winner, according to De Telegraaf.

    George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie are said to have given evidence in the USADA investigation which has charged Armstrong with doping. All four riders are currently taking part in the Tour de France, but in recent weeks, USA Cycling revealed they opted not to be considered for the Olympic Games.

    Today's report, which is front-page news, also names Garmin-Sharp boss Jonathan Vaughters. It is not clear whether Vaughters too will face suspension.

    "Miraculously, USADA has arranged for the suspensions to begin at the start at the end of the season so that they are able to race both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana," the article states.

    In mid June, USADA formally charged Armstrong with doping with the use of evidence gathered in the investigation into potential doping on the United States Postal Service (USPS) (1996-2004), Discovery Channel (2005-2007), Astana (2009) and RadioShack (2010) cycling teams. Johan Bruyneel, Dr. Pedro Celaye, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, Dr. Michele Ferrari, and Mr. Pepe Marti are also accused of a variety of doping violations, from the administration of doping products, trafficking,...

  • Tour shorts: Blame game, successful surgeries for Tjallingii, Rojas

    Bernhard Eisel (Sky) is given medical attention following the crash which disrupted the stage 4 finish.
    Article published:
    July 05, 2012, 8:40 BST
    Cycling News

    Teams of Evans, Cancellara avoid falls, Henderson's winning feeling

    Playing solitaire in the blame game

    Just as inevitable as the first week crashes are the blame games that go along with them. On Wednesday, the peloton was hurtling full speed toward the finish in Rouen with a strong crosswind and traffic barriers ahead when a switch of direction in the peloton led Sky's Bernhard Eisel to clip wheels and tumble, taking down a number of riders including a quite annoyed Mark Cavendish.

    Tempers flared as riders picked themselves up from the pavement, but Team Sky today learned that every time you point a finger, there are three more pointing back at yourself, as evidenced by Saxo Bank's Karsten Kroon commenting post-stage via Twitter: "Seconds after the massive pileup with 2k to go: Eisel: "Who's fault was that!" Farrar: "F--- it was you Bernie!" (LW)

    Injury report stage 4

    Eisel was one of the worst off in the crash: he was given four stitches to his eyebrow following the stage. Other riders escaped with scrapes and bruises: Garmin-Sharp's Tyler Farrar and Robbie Hunter, Rabobank's Mark Renshaw, Liquigas-Cannondale's Daniel Oss and Brett Lancaster (Orica-GreenEdge) among others.

    On Tuesday's stage 3, Lancaster's teammate Simon Gerrans did an impersonation of Johnny Hoogerland and tumbled into a barbed wire fence during a crash on stage three, and is still feeling the consequences.

    "Simon's a bit stiff today after...