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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 8, 2012

Date published:
November 08, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Ciolek looks to pass on experience at Team MTN-Qhubeka

    Gerald Ciolek put a lot of thought into a well-considered design scheme
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    November 07, 2012, 21:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Moves from OmegaPharma QuickStep

    At 26 Gerald Ciolek is hoping to reignite his career with a move to Team MTN-Qhubeka. The sprinter signed for the first African Pro Continental team after two seasons at Omega Pharma QuickStep and he is also looking to share his experience with his young teammates. Now an 8th year pro, Ciolek will be one of the most experienced riders on the African team.

    The German rider burst onto the scenes in 2007 with a string of impressive performances during his debut season. The following year started in similar fashion at Highroad, but by the time the Tour de France came and went Mark Cavendish had established himself as the team’s outright sprinter.

    A move to Milram followed and although Ciolek took a stage in the 2009 Vuelta a Espana he has yet to fulfil the promise shown during his early career.

    Still, at the age of 26, and with a slightly less demanding race schedule, the German believes that he can not only return to winning ways but pass on his experience to Team MTN-Qhubeka younger riders.

    “When I first heard about the team I didn't know much about it, but the more I found out about Team MTN-Qhubeka the more interested I became,” he said.

    “On one hand there’s the possibility to perform with young motivated riders, which in turn will motivate me, and I can also pass on some of my experience.”

    “The other thing that attracted me to the team was the whole project behind the team through Qhubeka and also the team’s goals, riders and the prospect to be Africa's first Pro Continental Team. This is something new to cycling, it's different.”

    Asked what his ambitions were for 2013, Ciolek said: “Helping the team grow, best thing I can do in this process is winning races and therefore motivating my teammates. I’m...

  • Landis drops French hacking sentence appeal

    Floyd Landis used information from the 'hacked' documents in his 2007 doping arbitration
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    November 07, 2012, 22:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Former rider has always denied involvement

    Floyd Landis has dropped his appeal over a 12-month suspended sentence handed down by a French court for hacking charges in November last year. The appeal was scheduled to take place this week.

    The disqualified 2006 Tour de France champion was charged with ordering the hacking into computers of a WADA-accredited lab, but was found guilty only of receiving the hacked documents after prosecutors could establish no link between the cyclist and the confessed hackers. He could have been handed an 18 month sentence but was given 12 months.

    AFP reported that, "prosecutors say Landis and coach Arnie Baker masterminded a plot to hack into the lab’s computer system to obtain documents as they sought to defend the cyclist’s name."

    The French subpoenaed Landis and Baker to travel to France and testify on this matter. Neither of them went. Both Landis and Baker denied any involvement in the hacking, but authorities maintain that the pair made use of pilfered documents in Landis' defence argument.

    Landis told Cyclingnews late last year that we was undecided about returning to France to contest the appeal.

    "My concern about traveling to France is that they may not allow me to return home," he said, suggesting that the French authorities might like to see him behind bars.


  • Wiggins in hospital after collision with vehicle in Lancashire

    Bradley Wiggins was all smiles for sign on at the Tour of Britain
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    November 07, 2012, 23:49 GMT
    Cycling News

    Updated: Sky says he will make a "full and speedy recovery"

    Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky) is being treated in a Lancashire hospital having collided with a vehicle while out training on Wednesday evening.

    Team Sky later confirmed the accident on their website. In a short statement they said:

    "He is being kept in hospital overnight for observation but the injuries he has sustained are not thought to be serious and he is expected to make a full and speedy recovery. "

    The Lancashire Evening Post reports that Wiggins was not far from his home in Eccleston when the incident occurred.

    Local police said that Wiggins has possibly broken his ribs, as well as suffering injuries to his hands and wrists.

    It is believed that the van was pulling out of a petrol station and then collided with the 32-year-old. The station attendant told the Lancashire Evening Post that:

    "By the time I got there he had moved to a safer place but was still on the ground and he was in a lot of pain.

    "He said he thought he had broken his ribs and while a lot of police cars arrived it was about 15 minutes before the ambulance got there by which time he was blue."

    Meantime The Sun reports that Wiggins was being followed by his support team in a van, and they were able to attend to him quickly.

    Last week, Wiggins was awarded the prestigious Vélo d'Or for 2012, as the world's best cyclist of the season. A stellar 2012 for the British rider included victories at Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie, Criterium du Dauphiné and the Tour de France. He followed his Tour de France victory by winning the individual...

  • Von Hoff ready to hit high speed in 2013

    Steel Von Hoff (Chipotle) talked to us after the race in Buninyong.
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    November 08, 2012, 0:18 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Elevation to Garmin-Sharp continues ascendency

    Steele Von Hoff is hoping that the upcoming Tour Down Under presents an opportunity for him to show just how far he has come in a year.

    It was announced Von Hoff will move up from the Chipotle Development squad to Garmin-Sharp in 2013, earlier this week with the Australian signing on for two years. It was just the latest step in the sprinter's ascendency from the Australian National Road Series, full-time cycling to the WorldTour.

    While his former Genesys Wealth Advisers' teammate, Nathan Haas was immediately elevated to Garmin-Sharp off the back of an equally impressive 2011 domestic season, Von Hoff's team manager and coach Andrew Christie-Johnson decided with Garmin's then-Director of Competition, Allan Peiper that it was best to hold the rider back for a year. Von Hoff needed experience in Europe and if his form as a stagarie for the top-line team at the back end of this season is any indication, it's a ploy which will pay dividends in 2013.

    But first, it's important to review Von Hoff's efforts at this year's WorldTour opener, the Tour Down Under in January. The 24-year-old was riding for the UniSA-Australia composite team and says that while he felt he was up-to-scratch physically, positioning was a problem.

    "All of a sudden I'd find myself in 20th wheel with a kilometre to go and you can't do anything about it," Von Hoff told Cyclingnews. And against a firing Lotto Belisol train, Sky and Rabobank it was a problem.

    "Andrew [Christie-Johnson] was still coaching me back then and giving me tips and emails every night," Von Hoff continued. "He was...

  • Hondo leaves Lampre-ISD after three seasons

    The man, the legend, Danilo Hondo (Lampre - ISD)
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    November 08, 2012, 2:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    German rumoured to be joining RadioShack-Nissan in 2013

    Lampre-ISD will be without one of the key lead-out men next year as Danilo Hondo announced he will be moving on at the end of the 2012 season. The destination is not confirmed and yet rumours are circulating that his team for 2013 will be RadioShack-Nissan.

    RadioShack will be without its number one sprinter Daniele Bennati next year as the Italian is set to join Saxo Bank-Tinkoff. While the German sprinter is no match for Bennati’s speed he could fill the gap while supporting upcoming riders like Giacomo Nizzolo and Tony Gallopin - who is more suited to tougher finales.

    Hondo has spent the past three seasons riding alongside Alessandro Petacchi and co however, the rider who will turn 39 early next year is ready for a change.

    "I will remain active in the peloton, but no longer with Lampre," Hondo said on Handelsblatt. "You have kept me happy in the team, but it's once again time for a change. I think I need this stimulus."

    With just one win at the 2010 Giro di Sardegna during his three-year tenure with Lampre-ISD, Hondo will be hoping his new team - wherever that may be - brings him some better fortune. The German is a frequent competitor at the Zürich Six Days, winning the 2010 title while partnered with Robert Barko and finished third last year.

    Hondo spoke with Cyclingnews during this...

  • Bertogliati retires after 13 seasons as professional

    Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1)'s attendance in the classic is a bit of a coup.
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    November 08, 2012, 9:59 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team Type 1 - Sanofi rider closes out career in Asia

    Rubens Bertogliati closed out his professional career, that spanned more than 10 years, at the recent Tour of Hainan. The 33-year-old began his professional campaign in 2000 when he signed for Lampre - Daikin. He has won two Swiss national time trial titles and one road championship.

    His most memorable moment came early in his career when he beat Erik Zabel and Robbie McEwen in stage 1 at the 2002 Tour de France and wore the maillot janue for two days.

    Bertogliati has spent the past two seasons riding for Team Type 1- Sanofi with his most recent victory coming in 2010 when riding for Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni he took his first road national championship - to add to his two Swiss TT titles.

    After thirteen years riding in the professional peloton Bertogliati was just happy to finish his final race in dry conditions, something that can be a rarity at races like Tour of Hainan.

    "It's my last day after 13 years as a professional cyclist and it's not raining, so I'm happy" said Bertogliati. "If it was raining a little bit I wouldn't be happy, because we would still have to ride. But if it was a typhoon and pouring down, I wouldn't be any happier, because it would mean my last race was yesterday, in the rain."

    "In Asia I think the level has really risen in the last 10 years. The riders are getting much better," he said in a team video.

    The retiring Swiss rider who has yet to determine his plans for life outside of cycling, he told his team that it was his dream since a junior to become a professional. Given the chance, he didn't pass it up.

    "I had the possibility to turn professional, you don't say no and that's why...

  • Gilmore calls for women's Tour de France

     Rochelle Gilmore (Australia) wins the sprint
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    November 08, 2012, 10:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    DTPC Honda team boss hopes sport can grow

    Rochelle Gilmore has called for the introduction of a female version of the Tour de France. The Australian believes that a race run in parallel with the men’s event would help the growth of women’s cycling.

    Gilmore recently announced the formation of the DTPC Honda Pro Cycling team and signed Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Danielle and double world champion Giorgia Bronzini. Bradley Wiggins also backed the team through his Wiggo Foundation, having stated in the summer that he was willing to back a women’s team.

    Gilmore, the current Commonwealth Games road champion, told the BBC "It is my dream to see a women's Tour de France run in conjunction with the men's Tour.”

    "It would not be for the full three weeks - two weeks would be great - and I'm thinking of half-stages, but on the same day and same roads.
    "We could do the last 120km of each stage, and finish an hour before the men come in. I think it could work perfectly.

    "It's probably not going to happen but it would be the answer to a lot of the problems facing women's cycling."

    In recent years women’s cycling has struggled to grow with a number of setbacks stemming its progress. The lack of television exposure has harmed the potential for sponsors to come on board, while the shrinking European calendar has also been a factor. A number of high profile teams have also folded, with the AA team being the most recent example.

    The lack of television support is often cited as the most frustrating stumbling block by members of the women’s peloton. For example, the Tour of Flanders, holds a women’s race on the same day as the men’s classic but despite a similar route no coverage is devoted to the women’s race.

    There have...

  • Dowsett: I aspire to be like Wiggins

    Alex Dowsett in action
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    November 08, 2012, 12:38 GMT
    Peter Cossins

    British time trial champion relishing the prospect of new opportunities with Movistar

    Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) will start a new chapter in his professional career when he heads off to Spain next week for a first training camp with his new Movistar teammates. The British time trial champion is hoping that his move to the Spanish squad will provide him with the opportunity to race in grand tours and the Classics, and to improve his ability on the climbs.

    Speaking to VeloUK, Dowsett said his move to Movistar, who have not had a British rider on their roster since Jeremy Hunt spent four seasons with them in the late 1990s, is about opportunity more than anything. “There have been quite a few offers and I have been in a nice situation. While Team Sky were keen to keep me, Movistar were also very keen to sign me and it is nice to go to a team where you are really wanted rather than a team which are just interested in you. That was a big factor in my decision,” said Dowsett.

    “I feel this is a natural progression for me after two years of having had my own opportunities as well as doing a lot of work for my teammates. I have learnt a lot from that."

    Dowsett believes he will benefit from the move when it comes to competing at races like the ENECO Tour that feature a time trial as well as some hard road stages. “With my ability as a time triallist, I can be 100 per cent supported for that type of race and really go for it. ENECO is a race I am clearly suited to and I can go to a race like that not just as one of the GC riders, but as a fully supported rider.

    “I had opportunities at Sky but often I’d have to ride myself into those opportunities through the time trial and force myself into a protected rider situation and occasionally it would mean working for some one else the...