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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 15, 2012

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November 15, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Marco Pinotti writes a book about life as a pro cyclist

    Marco Pinotti (BMC) won the Giro's final time trial
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    November 14, 2012, 18:35 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    BMC rider to publish a digital version in English

    Marco Pinotti has written a book about the highs and lows of his 14-year professional career giving a very personal view on life on the road.

    The former Italian time trial champion and stage race rider is known as the professor of the peloton, because he has a degree in industrial management. He is a staunch believer in clean cycling, and dedicated a special chapter of the book to the subject.

    "I've told my story and talked about professional cycling without the lies and rhetoric of other books," Pinotti told Cyclingnews the day before the book was official presented in his hometown of Bergamo, north of Milan.

    "It's a kind of autobiography that talks about my career and my life as a professional, but also talks about the life we live, about other riders I know pretty well such as Mark Cavendish, about training and diet, and about the races we ride all over the world.

    "It's written for cycling fans but also for people who perhaps don't know too much about cycling. I hope it can help people understand another side of professional cycling that has been overshadowed by all the doping news of the last few weeks."

    The book is called "Il mestiere del ciclista: Una vita in bicicletta, curiosità, esperienze e consigli" (The cyclist's trade: a life in cycling, secrets, experience and advice).

    Sport and cycling are littered with ghost-written autobiographies. Pinotti's book is different; he's written every word himself during the last two years. It ends with a final chapter on the London 2012 Olympics, where he finished fifth in the time trial behind Bradley Wiggins.

    Pinotti told Cyclingnews he will publish a digital version for the Amazon Kindle in the next few weeks.

    "I've written a column...

  • UCI Athletes' Commission recommends equal prize money for men and women

    The UCI Athletes' Commission met in Switzerland this week and issued several recommendations
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    November 14, 2012, 21:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Stronger sanctions, higher minimum salaries, better education suggested to fight doping

    The UCI Athletes' Commission held a three-day session in Switzerland from Monday to Wednesday to draw up proposals to improve the daily lives of competitive cyclists and enhance the image and operation of the sport. Among several recommendations, the Commission recommended equal prize lists for men and women and gave suggestions for fighting doping.

    After considering the situation of women's cycling, the Athletes' Commission proposed that the prize lists for all women's events should be equivalent to those for men's races, as will shortly be the case for the UCI World Championships. The members of the Commission want to encourage UCI WorldTour teams to invest in women's squads and the organisers of men's events to also offer races for women, in this way making the women's calendar more global.

    The Athletes' Commission also studied several options to support the battle against doping and improve the image of cycling.

    The Commission proposed stiffening the sanctions against riders found guilty of doping in order to have a dissuasive effect. In this respect, the Athletes' Commission supports the UCI regulations introduced on July 1, 2011 that prohibit any person involved in a doping case from returning to cycling in any post or position of responsibility. Furthermore, the Commission proposed sanctioning the teams and the entourage of riders who test positive and not just the rider him or herself.

    In order to fight against the temptation to dope and guarantee all athletes a comfortable standard of living, the Commission recommended that the riders' minimum salary should be increased and a ceiling imposed on teams' salary budgets to reduce the financial differences between leaders and team riders.

    The Athletes' Commission emphasised the need to educate young athletes and their team helpers. The Commission supports the training initiatives undertaken in this regard, in particular those held at the World Cycling Centre.

  • Will new rules make USA women's cycling professional?

    The breakaway in the women's Exergy Tour on stage 1
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    November 14, 2012, 22:12 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Optum team to seek UCI registration

    In 2013, women in the USA will have a professional national championships that bring equity in both exposure and prize money for the road race, time trial and criterium titles. USA Cycling made an announcement yesterday calling the new rules for the calendar a "women's professional team structure", but what really changes?

    As previously announced, USA Cycling will add the women's national championship races to its Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 25-27. It will also run both the men and women together at the Professional Criterium National Championships on July 27 in High Point, North Carolina.

    Similar to requirements introduced for the 2012 National Racing Calendar, USA Cycling announced this week that it will require women to be either on a UCI professional team or registered domestic elite team in order to compete in these professional national championship events.

    While the inclusion of the domestic elite team in the major US races allows for the amateurs to compete at the highest level, new UCI rules for World Cups and higher-category stage races may prove limiting for lower budget teams and new riders.

    The combined women's and men's professional championships will be a boost for teams like Optum Pro Cycling, which has teams of both genders. Women's manager Rachel Heal was pleased at the news.

    "I am fully in favor of combining men's and women's nationals, it is a good step in the right direction that the top women are now being recognized as pro, rather than only amateur, and for a team like Optum which has both men's and women's pro teams it gives us a great opportunity to showcase the two teams together," Heal told Cyclingnews.

  • USA Crits announces 2013 series

    Team SmartStop-Mountain Khakis again won the USA CRITS team title.
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    November 15, 2012, 1:07 GMT
    Cycling News

    Las Vegas finale, live streaming on menu

    The USA Crits series will return with 10 races, a prize list of $50,000 and live streaming from the events for the 2013 season, organizers announced today.

    The criterium series will include the Illinois Glencoe Grand Prix for the first time, and will also take in the 10th edition of the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational and the 30th edition of the Chris Thater Memorial in Binghamton, New York.

    Traditional events such as the Terrapin Athens Twilight Criterium, Tour de Grove, and the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium will return, and the series will culminate in a Las Vegas finale on September 20, during the Interbike trade show.

    "The Series brings together a combined tradition of racing totalling 150 years of this uniquely American style of bike racing." said series founder Gene Dixon. "The events feature eight exciting nighttime races plus the former National Championship venue in Glencoe and the 30th Chris Thater Memorial."

    All 10 of the races will also be included in the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar, but Dixon sees value in having a series that focuses on a smaller number of events.

    "We are excited about being able to bring a strong focus to 10 of the 41 outstanding race days that make up the NCC. With all our events placed within the NCC schedule, the series now allows consistent access to USA Crits events to teams that traditionally have not focused on criterium racing. This just furthers the development of new icons within our sport."

    New for 2013 is live streaming, courtesy of new sponsor SmartStop Self Storage.

    2013 USA Crits Championship Series

    March 9: Old Pueblo Grand Prix, Tucson, Arizona
    March 23: Delray Beach Twilight, Delray Beach, Florida
    April 13: Presbyterian Hospital Invitational, Charlotte, North Carolina
    April 27: Athens Twilight, Athens, Georgia
    May 11: Tour de Grove, St. Louis, Missouri
    June 1: Glencoe Grand Prix, Chicago,...

  • Cervélo announce partnership with Team Budget Forklifts

    The team from Budget Forklifts work for Luke Davison
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    November 15, 2012, 2:40 GMT
    Daniel Simms

    Australian Continental team to ride R5 and S5 road frames in 2013

    Team Budget Forklifts will ride the range of road and time trial frames from Cervélo in 2013. The Australian Continental team used Specialized Tarmac's on the road and Shiv's for time trials in 2012, taking multiple victories throughout the year. Team rider Luke Davison won the National Road Series title while the team finished second overall in the NRS team classification.

    The team's success began when Mark O'Brien won three tours in a row. The talented climber who will join Team Raleigh in 2013 won the Tour of Mersey Valley, Toowoomba and North Western Tour with Peter Loft also claiming an NRS stage win before eventual NRS winner Davison took over leadership in the tours suited towards the fast-men.

    Davison took victories at Tour of Gippsland and Great South Coast while taking out multiple stages at Murray River on the way to winning the general classification. Davison also won the Goulburn to Sydney classic one-day race. The team's dominant ride at Grafton to Inverell, where Peter Herzig and Michael Cupitt finished first and second was one of the most impressive.

    "We are very proud to have Team Budget Forklifts ride Cervélo frames for the 2013 season," said Graeme Moffett from Cervélo. "Competing is about winning and with Cervélo's cutting edge technology and WorldTour proven frames, we know that the team...

  • Asia and Oceania combined championships proposed for 2014

    The UCI Asia Tour leader Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong Team) in action
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    November 15, 2012, 5:04 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Confederation president Turtur says discussions taking place

    Current Oceania Confederation president Mike Turtur says discussions are taking place for the possibility of a combined Asia and Oceania championships, to be held in 2014. Turtur told Cyclingnews a joint Asia and Oceania championships, with separate dates and locations for road and track would be the first step in combining the growing Asia Tour and the struggling Oceania Tour.

    "I've had a proposal that I've been working on for the past two years for an Asia and Oceania combined championship," Turtur told Cyclingnews. "As it turns out I got an official fax from the Asian Confederation President acknowledging our discussions we had in Holland."

    "It stated 'we want to now move forward with this, consulting our stakeholders with the possibility of it happening in 2014'. I raised it as a proposal with the Confederation presidents, in particular with the Asian presidents about a combined Oceania and Asia championships because I think it would be fantastic for the region."

    Turtur has come under scrutiny in the lead-up to the elections for Oceania Presidency which will take place on 2 December, for failing to rebuild the struggling Oceania Tour. He insists however, his role does not involve being responsible for encouraging the growth of UCI-registered races in Australia. That decision lies with race organisers who have often decided to forgo the UCI 'stamp' due to costs and restrictions involved in holding such an event, says Turtur.

    "That wasn't my task [to fix the Oceania calendar]. When I became President in 2008/2009 there were three events on the calendar," Turtur explained in referring to the inclusion of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Powernet Tour of Southland and Tour of...

  • Livestrong Foundation drop Armstrong from title name

    Lance Armstrong happiest when surrounded by his adoring fans and pushing his Livestrong foundation.
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    November 15, 2012, 9:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Organisation formalises official name change

    The Livestrong Foundation is now the official name for the cancer charity formally titled The Lance Armstrong Foundation. The name change is another move by the foundation to distance itself from Armstrong after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong stepped down from his position on the organisation's board of directors earlier this month.

    Armstrong was stripped of his tour titles in response to the evidence compiled by USADA that uncovered a complex and systematic doping system that involved the disgraced cyclist and a number of his former US Postal teammates.

    While the highly recognised yellow wristbands were commonly thought to be from Livestrong, they originated from The Lance Armstrong Foundation. It's an important step for the organisation to be able to move forward said a Livestrong spokesperson Kathrine McLane.

    "For most of its life, the organization has been known as the Livestrong Foundation, but making that change official is necessary and appropriate during a time of change for the organization," McLane told Reuters.

    "All of us - especially Lance - wanted Livestrong to have a presence that was bigger than its founder," board member Mark McKinnon said. "We knew that in order to make the most profound and lasting impact for cancer survivors, the cause and the organization had to have its own persona. That's exactly what Livestrong has become and Lance helped shape that effort."

    Livestrong's stance to remove itself from Armstrong comes on top of the American's former sponsors that previously dropped any association with the former tour winner.

  • UCI hires external PR agency

    The UCI
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    November 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Former Irish journalist brought in to help with media and communications

    The UCI has brought in outside help to assist with their media relations and public relations. Ian McClure, a former journalist, began working with the sport’s international governing body eight months ago and has advised the UCI through one of it’s most troublesome periods.

    "I was brought in as a PR advisor and to assist and advise the UCI on its communications. I have a background in cycling and understand the sport very well,” McClure told Cyclingnews in an email.

    In the last two years the UCI has had to deal with the fallout from the allegations and confessions made by Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamiltion, as well as the reasoned decision from USADA’s investigation into Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team. The UCI also sued journalist Paul Kimmage earlier this year but postponed litigation after the USADA ruling.

    The UCI has recently announced a proposal for an independent commission to examine the UCI’s procedures and behaviour during the Armstrong era. While earlier this week the UCI communicated to all riders and teams that they would set up a telephone ‘hotline’ for individuals to use if they had knowledge or information they could help the fight against doping.

    McClure runs his own company, McClure Media & PR, based in Dublin. Having worked as a journalist for 22 years, McClure has also worked in a PR capacity for the Irish government and Irish Sports Council.

    He also created the Irish Pro Cycling website, launched in 2010, and edited the site until July of this year. The site was voted Best Sports Site in Ireland at the 2010 Irish Web Awards and was a runner-up in 2011.