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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, May 3, 2012

Date published:
May 03, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Three cyclists killed in Korea crash

    An incredible temple on Jeju Island in South Korea.
    Article published:
    May 02, 2012, 19:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Truck rams women's cycling team while training

    The South Korean cycling community is in mourning today after three of itts young female athletes were killed while training in the Kyeongbuk Province on Monday.

    The Sang Ju City team was riding along a country road approximately 200 miles southeast of Seoul with a team car in front and the coach's van following behind when a 25-ton truck failed to slow and rammed the coach's van from behind.

    According to, the force of the impact pushed the van to the left, while the truck continued toward the right shoulder and into the line of cyclists.

    The crash killed three riders: Park Eun Mi (25), Lee Min Jeong (24) and Jeong Soo Jeong (19) and seriously injured Kim Seon Young (20), Jeong Eun Song (23) and Jang Jin Ha (19). The coach Jeon Jae Hyo (51), also suffered non-life threatening injuries. The team was training for an upcoming regional race.

    The driver of the truck was reportedly not under the influence of alcohol, but was watching a soap opera on his DMB (digital multimedia broadcast) device and was not paying sufficient attention to the road ahead.

    "The driver said he was watching the television and only after hearing a loud noise while colliding with the van did he realize he had caused an accident. He steered left immediately and braked but it was too late. We presume he was driving at around 70 kilometers per hour," a police officer said, according to the Korea Times, .

    Reports state that there were no skid marks in the first 100 meters after the impact, indicating that the driver failed to brake until after he had crashed into the van.

    "It might be that Baek stepped on the accelerator by mistake instead of the brake as he was engrossed in the drama. It seems he wasn't aware of what had happened for a while after the initial crash," the officer said.

    The use of DMBs while driving is illegal in South Korea, but the law is not widely enforced.

    Cody Hyun Min Park contributed to...

  • Farrar and Hesjedal lead Garmin-Barracuda Giro team

    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    May 02, 2012, 20:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Vande Velde returns to Italy as road captain

    Tyler Farrar and Ryder Hesjedal will lead the Garmin-Barracuda team in this month’s Giro d’Italia. The American squad will be aiming for stage wins and a high overall placing through Hesjedal, who finished in the top 10 at the Tour de France in 2010.

    The team has a certain affinity with the Giro, having made its Grand Tour debut at the race in 2008. It got off to the perfect start, winning the team time trial and placing Christian Vande Velde in the maglia rosa. Vande Velde, now 35, returns this year as the team’s road captain and will be looking for better luck, having crashed out of the race on two occasions in recent years.

    While Hesjedal will lead the GC charge, Farrar will be looking to add to his Giro stage win tally. The American sprinter won two stages in 2010 and with Jack Bauer, Ramunas Navardauskas, Alex Rasmussen and Robbie Hunter in the team, he will be supported by a strong lead-out contingent.

    Peter Stetina will return to the race after a strong ride in the top 30 ride last year, while Sebastien Rosseler will make his Grand Tour debut for the team.

    Garmin-Barracuda Giro d’Italia squad: Jack Bauer, Tyler Farrar, Ryder Hesjedal, Robbie Hunter, Ramuna, Navardauskas, Alex Rasmussen, Sebastien Rosseler, Peter Stetina, Christian Vande Velde

  • Eric Young: From Cutter to US Pro champion

    Frank Pipp and USA National Crit Champion Eric Young share a laugh
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    May 02, 2012, 21:02 BST
    Pat Malach

    Profile of Bissell's newest talent

    Little more than a year ago, Eric Young was leading his team of "Cutters" to its fifth-straight win at the iconic Indiana University Little 500, a race immortalized in the 1979 Academy Award-winning movie Breaking Away.

    Since then he's signed a contract with Bissell Pro Cycling, piled up a handful of wins and went on to claim the 2011 USA Cycling Pro National Criterium Championship. Most recently he won the hilly, technical stage 4 criterium of the National Race Calendar Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas.

    The 23-year-old from outside of Chicago is getting used to winning, but don't try and pin him down as to which is better: winning a national championship jersey or crossing the line first at the "Little Five" on the Cutters team made famous by the movie.

    "They're both awesome," Young said as he prepared for this week's Tour of the Gila in New Mexico. "But they're hard to compare. Little Five doesn't have the national-level competition. It's just the students at Indiana University. But at the same time, I was competing with all of my best friends from college and in front of all the rest of my friends, plus 30,000 screaming college fans. It's a pretty cool experience. Obviously, (pro) races are definitely harder – and they're harder to win – for sure. But in its own way the Little Five is just as rewarding as anything else I've done."

    The student-run race in Bloomington also initially provided Young with the motivation to get into competitive cycling. He bought a bike during his senior year of high school and began riding recreationally before moving to Indiana for school. But it was the Little 500 and the circle of friends he made preparing for the race that drew him...

  • Whitman crowned King of Etape du California mountains

    2012 Etape du California KOM winner Nate Whitman.
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    May 02, 2012, 22:20 BST
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    Riders tackle stage 7 route of Amgen Tour of California

    The second annual Etape du California presented by Specialized drew 1000 riders to tackle stage 7 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. The 79-mile route, which included 11,000+ feet of climbing, finished at the ski station on Mount Baldy.

    Last year's Etape du California started up the road in nearby Claremont, but with that city taking a hiatus for 2012, the Ontario Convention Center served as ground zero for the assault. The new start increased the stage's distance by five miles, but since this was primarily flat riding, the overall difficulty remained the same.

    The 7:00 am start insured that the initial 3,500 foot climb to Mount Baldy Village would be bearable, but with temperatures in the mid-80s at midday, the bulk of the participants would be feeling the heat as they started up the second major climb, Glendora Mountain Road at mile 52.

    With the Mount Baldy Ski Station situated at 6300 feet, temperatures in the low to mid-60s were predicted, but the final three miles of of the climb, which average 10+%, were considered to be the main obstacle and not the weather.

    Like it's namesake, the Tour de France's Etape du Tour, riders were timed during the ride. However, unlike in France where the total time to complete the stage is used for ranking riders, at the Etape du California, two climbs were used to determine the King and Queen of the Mountains.

    The first climb, 9.66 miles up Glendora Mountain Road, gained 2400 feet for an average gradient of 5%. The second climb, the final 4.5 miles to the ski station at Mount Baldy, climbed 2,100 feet for an 8.9% average gradient.

    With times of 34:20 and 32:19 for the first and second section and an aggregate of 1 hour, six minutes, 36-year-old Los Angeles resident...

  • Greipel's plan to test himself on Olympic circuit hampered by road closures

    Greipel, Hondo, Degenkolb and Sieberg weren't going anywhere
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    May 03, 2012, 6:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Bad weather delays road works

    Andre Greipel picked the wrong day to attempt a reconnaissance of the route for the Olympic road race, with road works held up by bad weather closing access to the course.

    Greipel was in Surrey on Wednesday, along with German teammates Danilo Hondo, John Degenkolb and Marcel Sieberg with the day holding much promise. The 15.5km Box Hill circuit will be raced nine times on July 28 in the bid for Olympic gold.

    "Ready to see the Olympic circuit," the German tweeted which was immediately responded to via the twittersphere with warnings of the road closures.

    Perhaps the warnings went unheeded with Greipel soon following up with:
    "Boxhill closed? Hidden camera somewhere," with an image of Hondo, Degenkolb and Sieberg standing beside their bikes behind the barricades blocking the road.

    Wednesday's misfortune follows reports that the Italian women's team was also denied access to the road due to the same closures.

    Griepel is one of the few top sprinters not at the Giro d'Italia which begins this weekend. He is instead looking to emulate his 2011 efforts at the Tour de France, where he won his maiden stage at the Grand Boucle, before representing Germany at the London Games.


  • Fuglsang looks ahead to Tour de France

    Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
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    May 03, 2012, 10:16 BST
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan rider sets new goals after missing 2012 Giro d'Italia

    Jakob Fuglsang has gone from being RadioShack-Nissan's captain at the Giro d'Italia to a domestique for Andy Schleck at the Tour de France. The Dane had to give up his place on the Giro team due to a knee injury, and his place has been taken by Fränk Schleck.

    The Danish rider was terribly disappointed at not being able to ride the Giro, but has now come to terms with the situation. “We have quite quickly set some new goals, and it helps me to look forward. Initially, I ride the Bayern Rundfahrt and the Tour of Luxembourg, and then the goal is that I should ride the Tour de France,” he told

    He was forced out of the Giro by knee problems, and together with Johan Bruyneel decided “that there was no reason to take a chance with the Giro. He would not risk that I be forced to retire because he would rather use me for the Tour de France.”

    Fuglsang was not sure as to how all of this would affect the team's Tour line-up. “There are of course many changes on the team right now, so I do not know if that's changed on whether Fränk Schleck to ride the Tour, but I assume that he still must ride the Tour.”

    As to the Tour, Fuglsang will have some opportunities for himself, “but I am at the Tour to help Andy.  I am a domestique.”

    His knee injury developed whilst doing altitrude training before the Tour de Romandie, and is thought to be a consequence of his broken hand. “I had to ride differently on the bike to compensate and it may have influenced my knee.”

  • Italian federation lifts selection ban on sanctioned riders

    Italy's Annalisa Cucinotta
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    May 03, 2012, 11:00 BST
    Cycling News

    News comes following CAS ruling on BOA case

    The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) has lifted its ban on riders with previous doping offences from participating in the national championships and representing the national team following a ruling by the FCI’s federal court on Wednesday. The news comes just days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that a similar bylaw of the British Olympic Association was in violation of the WADA code.

    The FCI measures were introduced by president Renato Di Rocco in June of last year, and survived a legal challenge from Danilo Di Luca on the eve of the national championships. The provision prevented any rider who had served a doping suspension of six months or more from riding for the national team, and had even prompted Alessandro Petacchi to investigate the possibility of switching nationalities in order to compete in the world championships in Copenhagen.

    In October, however, CAS found against the International Olympic Committee’s so-called “Osaka Rule”, a measure barring athletes who had served doping suspensions from at least one further Olympic Games on top of their original ban, and this prompted Annalisa Cucinotta to launch a further appeal to the FCI’s federal court.

    Cucinotta, who served a two-year suspension after testing positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone at the track World Cup in Cali in December 2008, brought her case to the FCI last winter, and following the CAS ruling earlier this week, the outcome seemed to be inevitable.

    “I’ve understood how long sporting justice takes in Italy, I was the only one to stand up like...

  • BMC Racing Team to present U-23 team in 2013

    The BMC team won in Trentino's opening team time trial in 2012
    Article published:
    May 03, 2012, 11:23 BST
    Cycling News

    US-based Elite team to serve as “feeder” squad for WorldTour team

    BMC Racing Team will present its own U-23 team in 2013 as a feeder team for the WorldTour squad. The announcement follows the recent news that BMC Switzerland has committed to continue sponsoring the team through 2016.

    “Having our own under-23 team will give us the chance to develop the next generation of riders for the BMC Racing Team,” team president and general manager Jim Ochowicz said. “It's an opportunity to seek out our own riders and gradually bring them to the top level via our own program, our own system and our own philosophy.”

    BMC owner Andy Rihs said that he had long planned such a move. “Now is the time to do it,. I think we'll have a lot of interest from top young riders and they will have a nice chance to profit from a successful team. In the long term, we have to think about who's going to succeed some of our more veteran riders. This gives us a chance to teach them how we do things, how we work and eventually become a dependable rider for us.”

    The BMC U-23 Racing Team “will be a U.S.-based team racing on the international calendar,” Ochowicz said. "It will primarily be made up of athletes from the United States and Switzerland, but we'll also include talented individuals from other nations."

    It will be fully suppored by BMC Switzerland. "I believe that it is essential for the sport of cycling to supporting and cultivating young riders," CEO Thomas Binggeli said. "At the same time, we can also benefit from their new and innovative ideas that may be implemented in our production processes."