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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 24, 2011

Date published:
November 24, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Team Mountain Khakis returns to pro level in 2012

    Luke Keough (Team Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop) continues to lead the USA Crits Series.
    Article published:
    November 23, 2011, 21:02 GMT
    By:
    Neil Browne

    US team aims at criterium series, NRC

    The USA will have 12 Continental men's teams in 2012, with Team Mountain Khakis returning to professional status after a one-year hiatus. The team was forced to pause and regroup after a secondary sponsor was unable to provide the squad with the funding it had promised for the 2010 season.

    According to team manager Adam Myerson, the lack of sponsorship dollars left the team in a tough spot. By using their UCI bank guarantee money the team was able to continue racing that season.

    "We had the infrastructure in place so there was no reason to shut down (the team)," said Myerson of the 2010 season.

    Myerson said he wanted to do right by the riders the team had hired so they continued to race – but on a pared down schedule. As money wasn't being spent on racing, this allowed the riders to continue to receive the salary promised to them.

    In 2011 SmartStop Self Storage arrived as a sponsor, but by the time a contract had been finalized it was too late to register the team with the UCI as a professional squad.

    With the new USA Cycling elite team status as an option, Mountain Khakis was able to race as a professionally organized team and participate in all the events that had been on their calendar, but technically as an amateur organization. This downgrade in team status actually saved money.

    "We were able to do all the races we normally do and actually even able to give the guys raises," said Myerson proudly.

    While there were some advantages for Mountain Khakis to race at the elite team status, team management Pat Raines and Jaime Bennett wanted the team to return to the pro level for 2012 as that's the best way to keep and attract talented riders, as well as guarantee entrance into top-level events.

    "They (Raines and Bennett) are the Doug Ellis...

  • Cantwell switches focus to Australian Road Championship in 2012

    Jonathan Cantwell in his Australian national criterium champion's jersey
    Article published:
    November 23, 2011, 21:35 GMT
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Saxo Bank recruit bound for team training camp in Israel

    A rejuvenated Jonathan Cantwell says that while he holds his current Australian Criterium Championship jersey dear, it's the road race title he'll be chasing in January.

    Cantwell, who recently signed with Saxo Bank for next season, will be returning to Europe for the first time since his 2004-05 season as an amateur, having spent recent years racing in the United States with the V Australia and Jittery Joe's squads. With the focus off criterium racing, the 29-year-old says the road race is a genuine target.

    "I'm going to be doing my best to defend the Australian Criterium Championship and I should be in some pretty good form to get around that road race as well," Cantwell told Cyclingnews.

    "The criterium is not a huge race for Saxo Bank to worry about, if I win it, I win it. The road race is more of a goal this year for me. You can't wear the national criterium jersey over in Europe so it doesn't really mean anything but having said that it's a huge privilege and honour to win your Australian Championships – it doesn't matter whether it's the criterium, time trial or road race. It's going to be on your wall for the rest of your life. It's a small objective to do well in the criterium, but it's a priority to go well in the road race."

    Cantwell is due in Europe this weekend where he'll meet with his Saxo Bank teammates first in Copenhagen and then will move on to Israel for the team training camp. Although he is yet to nail down his race schedule, Cantwell explained he should be lining up for the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic ahead of the Australian Open Road Championships in Ballarat later the same week. He's then hoping to make his Saxo Bank WorldTour event debut at the

  • Ethiopian riders race in Rwanda with holy protection

    Weldemikael Weyo shows off the sticker on his bike.
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 0:10 GMT
    By:
    Pierre Carrey

    Climbers from East Africa say Saint Mary watches over them

    The tag on Weldemikael Weyo's yellow and green bike is not common at all. A religious icon is placed at the base of the stem, a sticker with the Madonna appearing at the top of the frame, and Jesus viewable on the right side of the tube. "I am a Christian", Ethiopian rider simply told Cyclingnews on Wednesday in Gitarama after stage 4 in the Tour of Rwanda where he came in fourth.

    More exactly, Weyo is a member of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, like 40 to 45 million people in his country, or roughtly half the population. He also wears an iron Greek cross around his neck while his teammate Alem Abebe has the same insignia - but made in wood.

    "Our riders think the Blessed Virgin protects them," their mechanic said, providing them water and strawberry wafers.

    Weyo believes he crashes less often and feels an extra boost of energy on his bike. On the Tour of Rwanda's queen stage, he certainly was not the most stylish rider of the breakaway, moulded in a painful and not aerodynamic position, but that didn't affect his passionate attacks and his boiling faith.

    Aged 21, he comes from Tigrai province, in the North of a country which is rising in term of cycling, in the shadow of Eritrea, his country's twin brother and its historical enemy. Tsabu Grmay, who was best young rider at the Italian Under-23 Nations Cup event and improved this year at the UCI World Cycling Center, is currently the best athlete in the country but he is not racing in Rwanda.

    "We can do better than today," the team's mechanic said after Weyo's breakaway. It's the second day the team has showed itself, yesterday on another hilly course to Gisenyi the team put its six climbers in the small leading group at the top of first ascent. They were pulled back a few kilometers later but they have been active throughout the race.

    The team's highest ranked rider in...

  • McLane Pacific ends sponsorship of Merced race

    Following weeks of unsettled weather, the 2011 Merco Cycling Classic began under clear and warm blue skies.
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 1:19 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Organiser hoping to keep race alive

    After 18 years of sponsoring a multi-day race in Merced, California, McLane Pacific has ended its involvement in cycling, race organisers announced today.

    The sponsor came on board in 1993 in support of the Mercy Gulch Criterium, which later grew into the multi-day McLane Pacific Cycling Classic and then Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic.

    The springtime race was previously on USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar, and in recent years served as a warm-up for the Redlands Classic.

    "I remember back to the original meeting with McLane Pacific and the Merced Downtown Association. I was 23 years old and only had a vague vision for a community event. It was something that would benefit McLane, Merced, United Way and the cycling community alike," said race founder Doug Fluetsch.

    "McLane always allowed us to make the decisions and move forward freely while all the while anticipating a positive result. At that first meeting I would have never envisioned what the event would become. A positive result always followed. Over the 18 year history the race never finished with a financial deficit with well over $125,000 being donated back to the United Way of Merced County."

    Fluetsch aims to maintain the race at its current high standard, but faces a sharp funding shortfall with the departure of McLane.

    "I am certain that no one involved wants to see the event move backwards, but with the departure of McLane and the immense signage costs involved, we would need an investment of about $12,500 just to keep continuity. If this truly is the end, it has been a great ride and fine example of what community sponsorship and collaboration can become. I know the citizens of Merced as well as our local cycling community and beyond are very thankful for all McLane and Merco have done. I know I personally am."

  • Meyers, Giacoppo headline Tour de Perth

    Cameron Meyer with the stage win that would bring him overall victory in th eTour Down Under
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 2:08 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Three stage race kicks off this Saturday

    This weekend sees the return of the Western Australia's biggest cycle race, the Be Active Cycle Instead Tour de Perth, to the beautiful surrounds of the Shire of Kalamunda. The three stage, three day race will see almost 200 racers compete across a variety of grades from juniors to elite.

    Heading the field in the elite races are some of the greats from the world of cycling including multiple gold medal winning Commonwealth and World Champion Cameron Meyer.

    "I am really looking forward to competing in the Tour de Perth this year. Racing in Perth is always something special and the Tour de Perth was an event that helped start my career. I have finished second on four occasions so I am looking to put my name to the winners list of the prestigious race." said Meyer.

    Joining Meyer on the start line will be younger brother, and current National Road Champion, Travis, as well as some of WA's finest including Adam Semple, Anthony Giacoppo and just about the hottest thing in junior road cycling at the moment, 17-year-old Bradley Linfield from the South West.

    Racing gets underway on the evening of Friday 25th with the first stage of the event a high speed Criterium race contested on a closed road circuit in the centre of Kalamunda. Saturday 26th will be a series of graded road race events through the hills testing rider's endurance and strength, and finally on Sunday 27th, the event will finish in Tour de France style with a Time Trial going up the famous Zig Zag and racing to the finish line adjacent to the Zig Zag Cultural Centre in Kalamunda.

    Sunday morning will also host the inaugural Amy Gillett Foundation Community Ride in WA. This family friendly community ride is supported by the Amy Gillett Foundation, the leading advocacy organisation for bicycling safety. The ride will take participants on an 8km...

  • WADA unveils new version of whereabouts system

    Director General of the WADA, David Howman
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 3:10 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    More user-friendly and effecient interface for athletes

    WADA has launched an improved module within the Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS) that provides a more user-friendly and efficient whereabouts interface for athletes.

    ADAMS 3.0 became operational on Nov. 22 after extensive testing by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) and input from athletes.

    "WADA has put a great deal of time and resource into ADAMS and, following an extensive period of development and detailed consultation with athletes and other ADOs, the new 3.0 module will enhance the user experience for all users," said WADA Director General David Howman.

    "As a central clearing house for ADOs worldwide, ADAMS’s importance to the anti-doping community continues to rise and the 3.0 module will allow athletes and their entourages to better record whereabouts data.

    "We want to make the experience as practical and time efficient as possible for the users and I am confident the new module has allowed WADA to take a significant step in this right direction."

    Crucially, incorporated into the module is an instruction guide that offers a step-by-step explanation of the whereabouts requirements and how to comply with them.

    The changes come in the wake of the highly publicised recent cases of Alex Rasmussen and Jeannie Longo who both came under the focus of their respective ADOs when they failed to report their whereabouts correctly three times resulting in an investigation.

    In both cases the ADAMS was criticised by lawyers acting on behalf of the two cyclists.

  • Team Type 1 finalizes 2012 roster

    Race leader Kiel Reijnen (Team Type 1 - Sanofi)
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 5:36 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    23 riders from 11 countries for US team

    American professional continental squad Team Type 1 - Sanofi has finalized its 2012 roster. The team unveiled its international line-up to Cyclingnews, naming 23 riders from 11 different countries.

    Current Tour of Rwanda leader Joey Rosskopf, a trainee for the team this season, was confirmed along with fellow Americans Kiel Reijnen, Joe Eldridge, Will Dugan and Alex Bowden.

    New additions to the squad include two riders from Cofidis, Julien El Fares and Remy Cusin, Julien Antomarchi (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille), Daniele Colli from Geox-TMC, Vegard Stake Laengen (Joker Merida), Georg Preidler (Team Tyrol).

    Continuing with the team are Alessandro Bazzana, Rubens Bertogliati, Laszlo Bodrogi, Fabio Calabria, Danielle Callegarin, Aleksander Efimkin, Aldo Ino Ilesic, Jure Kocjan, Javier Megias Leal, Martijn Verschoor.

    Russian Alexander Serebrykov is the team's second neo-pro for 2012.

    Riders exiting the team are Scott Stewart, who signed with the Jelly Belly team and Australian Ben King (Plan B). Not on the list provided to Cyclingnews are Valery Kobzarenko, Andrea Grendene, Vladimir Efimkin and Alexey Shmidt.

    Team Type 1 - Sanofi for 2012

    Julien Antomarchi (Fra)
    Remy Cusin (Fra)
    Danielle Colli (Ita)
    Julien El Fares (Fra)
    Filippo Fortin (Ita)
    Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor)
    Georg Preidler (Aut)
    Joey Rosskopf (USA)
    Alexander Serebrykov (Rus)
    Alessandro Bazzana (Ita)
    Rubens Bertogliati (Swi)
    Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra)
    Alex Bowden (USA)
    Fabio Calabria (Aus)
    Danielle Callegarin (Ita)
    William Dugan (USA)
    Aleksander Efimkin (Rus)
    Charles Joe Eldridge (USA)
    Aldo Ino Ilesic...

  • Kupfernagel headlines 2012 RusVelo roster

    German veteran Hanka Kupfernagel.
    Article published:
    November 24, 2011, 9:51 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    German veteran brings experience to fledgling outfit

    Track and road cycling hybrid team RusVelo has announced its full squad for the 2012 season, with experienced women's cyclist Hanka Kupfernagel leading a squad that includes many of Russia's medal hopes in the London Olympic Games.

    Kupfernagel is a five-time cyclo-cross champion and the discipline continues to be her main focus, but she is also a former winner of several big women's races including the 1999 La Flèche Wallonne Féminine.

    The German's versatility fits in well with team's ethos, considering it is already balancing its commitments between track and road.

    Along with the German star, top Russian stage racer Natalia Boyarskaya and rising track sensation Alexandra Goncharova will both be riding for the team.

    RusVelo women's team for 2012: Venera Absalyamova (Rus), Tatiana Averina (Rus), Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus), Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus), Laura Fouquet (Ger), Akexandra Goncharova (Rus), Romy Kasper (Ger), Viktorya Kondel (Rus), Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger), Lichmanova Elena (Rus), Lydia Malachov (Rus), Irina Molica (Rus), Evgeny Romany (Rus), Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus)