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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 1, 2009

Date published:
October 01, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Deignan leads Cervélo in Münsterland

    Philip Deignan (Cervélo TestTeam) celebrates his Vuelta stage win
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 16:49 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Deignan and Reimer head Cervélo in Sparkassen Münsterland Giro, Hammond in Franco-Belge

    Irishman Philip Deignan and German Martin Reimer lead the seven-man Cervélo TestTeam in the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro in Germany on Saturday.
    It's Deignan's first race since the World Championships and the Vuelta a España, where he won stage 18 to Avila.

    Reimer will receive extra attention racing on home roads in the national jersey on Saturday, which is the Day of German Unity.

    Cervélo TestTeam will also be racing in the four-stage Circuit Franco-Belge. The stage race starts tomorrow in Templeuve, France, and ends Sunday in Doornik, Belgium.

    Franco-Belge Team:
    • Volodimir Gustov
    • Roger Hammond
    • Jeremy Hunt
    • Brett Lancaster
    • Daniel Lloyd
    • Oscar Pujol
    • Dominique Rollin

    USA's Ted King is participating in the Dempsey Challenge Charity Bike Ride Sunday with other professionals George Hincapie (Columbia-HTC) and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream). The money raised helps the Dempsey Center, which supports cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

  • Skil-Shimano hires Norwegian Wilmann

    Frederik Wilmann (Joker Bianchi) was happy on the start line and the day just got better as he took third place.
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 17:13 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Wilmann makes jump from Joker-Bianchi to Skil-Shimano for 2010

    Norwegian Frederik Wilmann will make the jump from Joker-Bianchi to Professional Continental Skil-Shimano for the 2010 season.

    Wilmann, 24, won the French Mi-Août Bretonne stage race in August and a stage of the Tour Alsace in July racing for Norway's Joker-Bianchi team. The team has a Continental, third division, licence, but Dutch Skil-Shimano is the next division up and raced in the Tour de France this year.

    Wilmann's father, Jostein Wilmann, was a professional cyclist. He was the first and only Norwegian to win the Tour de Romandie and Setmana Catalana in 1982.

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  • Calcagni ends decade-long pro career

    Swiss Patrick Calcagni (Barloworld) retires
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 18:46 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Swiss rider retires as planned, even after missing home World Championship

    Swiss Patrick Calcagni retired today after ten years as a professional cyclist, his Barloworld-Bianchi team announced today.

    During his career, Calcagni won the Swiss time trial championships, a stage of the 2001 Tour of Japan and last year's GP Pino Cerami one-day classic in Belgium.

    "That was definitely the best moment of my career," Calcagni said of GP Pino Cerami.

    Calcagni, 32, ended his career after a crash in Tre Valli Varesine August 18. A subsequent fractured collarbone forced him to miss the World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, which took place just 18 kilometres away from his home in Lugano.

    "I decided it would be a good place to end my career four years ago when they selected Mendrisio [as a host city]," he told Cyclingnews. "I would have ended my career anyway this year, but I wanted to do at home, at the Worlds. Unfortunately, it did not go like I had planned."

    His compatriot Fabian Cancellara won his third time trial title Thursday and finished fifth in the road race Sunday.

    Calcagni will start working in his father's steel construction business and continue to manage cyclists.

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  • Merckx lieutenant Van Schil dies

    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 19:12 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian ends his life at age 69

    Victor "Vic" Van Schil, a long-time teammate with Eddy Merckx in the 1970s, passed away Wednesday at the age of 69. His death was reportedly a suicide.

    During his career, Van Schil won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana, finished second in the 1966 Liège - Bastogne - Liège, and took fourth in the 1965 Paris-Roubaix.

    Van Schil was a teammate of Merckx, first with Faema (1968-70), then with Molteni from 1971-1976.

    He is perhaps best well-known for helping Merckx to his first victory in Liège - Bastogne - Liège in 1969. Schil and Merckx arrived at the finish line nearly nine minutes ahead of third place finisher Barry Hoban that year.

    Cyclingnews extends its sympathies to the Van Schil's family and friends.

  • Dekker's counter-analysis positive for EPO

    Dutchman Thomas Dekker positive for EPO
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 19:18 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Dutchman admits to doping, says he wants to return to cycling

    Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker announced on Wednesday that counter-analysis has confirmed his positive test for blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO).

    He "acknowledges that he has made a mistake, he takes full responsibility," his lawyer Hans Van Oijen said in a press statement. "Thomas Dekker regrets his mistake; he will apologise and be held accountable, where possible."

    An anti-doping laboratory in Cologne, Germany, found Dekker positive on June 20 after performing analysis on an out-of-competition control conducted in December 2007. It released the positive result prior to the Tour de France this year, where Dekker was scheduled to race. Silence-Lotto removed him from their Tour team and suspended him on July 1.

    Dekker, 25, rode for Dutch team Rabobank at the time of the test. He left the Dutch squad last August and joined Belgium's Silence-Lotto at the start of this season.

    In the press statement today, Dekker said the drug use was a one-time mistake and that he wants to return to cycling to prove he achieved his past results because of his talent and his teams' help. He faces a likely two-year suspension before he can return.

    Dekker is a two-time Dutch time trial champion and winner of the 2006 Tirreno-Adriatico and 2007 Tour de Romandie.

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  • Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis react to losing ProTour status

    Jean-René Bernaudeau Photo: © Régis Garnier
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 19:30 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Teams surprised, but say UCI's decision will not change much for 2010

    French teams, Cofidis and Bbox Bouygues Telecom, have reacted with surprise to the International Cycling Union's (UCI) decision to deny renewal of their ProTour licences. The two teams have been a part of the ProTour since its inception in 2005 and although caught off-guard by their sudden change in status, neither expects the decision to significantly affect their 2010 season.

    Bouygues Telecom manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau said the lack of the ProTour status will not affect the teams ability to compete in the Grand Tours.

    "We are covered by contract for participation in the Grand Tours under an agreement signed in London in 2008 by the 18 ProTour teams. We have a loyal sponsor who supports us. This decision therefore does not change our goals or objectives," Bernaudeau told AFP.

    The team may, however, spend less time racing abroad with a second-tier license, including the first event on the ProTour calendar, the Tour Down Under. The Australian race only invites ProTour teams and a composite Australian national squad. Bernaudeau does not think the change in programme would impact the team's racing potential. "The French teams have a comprehensive national programme [of races to attend]."

    He expects to have 25 riders under contract for 2010, even though the change in status has been of concern to the riders. Pierrick Fédrigo has already expressed his desire to leave the team, but Bernaudeau denied being asked to let the rider out of his contract.

    "He never asked about leaving, and I never spoke to his manager," said Bernaudeau, adding that neither Fédrigo nor the other riders have a clause in their contract which would allow release on the basis of the squad's loss of ProTour status.

    Cofidis is up for renewal with its title sponsor in 2011. Though, Thierry Vittu, a director of the French credit institution,...

  • Vacansoleil’s Hoogerland joins Curaçao line-up

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) is making his Grand Tour debut in Spain.
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 9:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Big names return to Netherlands Antilles in November

    Johnny Hoogerland will represent Vacansoleil at the season-ending Amstel Curaçao Race in November. The race, held on Curaçao island, part of the Caribbean’s Netherlands Antilles, attracts many top professionals looking to finish their season under sunny skies before the European winter each year.

    Race organizer Leo van Vliet was delighted to announce Hoogerland’s commitment to this year’s race, describing him as: "A rider with a lion’s heart".

    Hoogerland has enjoyed a strong season, with the rider placing 12th overall at the Vuelta a Espana, where Vacansoleil was awarded a wildcard starting spot. Hoogerland will race against Dutch rider Karsten Kroon, Lars Boom, Kenny van Hummel and Koos Moerenhout to name a few at the November 7 event.

    This year’s Amstel Curaçao Race will be the eighth edition, however defending champion Andy Schleck won’t contest the event. Schleck announced earlier this week he would end his season effective immediately.

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  • Hincapie to supply clothing for Team BMC

    George Hincapie shows off his new stars and stripes kit, which will only be used for one event - the Tour of Missouri - before he moves to Team BMC in 2010.
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 10:40 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Transfer allows American rider to sport his own apparel

    Hincapie Sportswear announced this week that it will provide cycling apparel for the BMC Racing Team in 2010. George Hincapie signed a contract to finish out his professional career with the team last month, and giving his company the ability to make inroads into pro level cycling in Europe was an important part of the negotiations with the team.

    "It's important for George to end his career riding with his own clothing brand and focus on our brand. We felt that his transition from the sporting world to the business world was very important," said co-owner Rich Hincapie.

    The move marks the first time in the company's six year history that the reigning US road champion will be able to race in his own line of custom clothing.

    The two Hincapie brothers started the company in 2003, but until now, contractual obligations with the clothing providers for George's teams such as US Postal, Discovery Channel and Columbia-HTC have restricted him from wearing his own clothing in competition, and even prevented the company from using his image in its marketing materials.

    "It means he can give us as much feedback as possible while he is still racing in the gear. He trains in the products. As far as our development and future growth it was imperative that this was part of his move to BMC."

    Hincapie Sportswear has provided clothing to several American teams and has made leaders jerseys for the Tour of Missouri and Tour de Georgia, but needed to get a foothold in the pro peloton in order to grow.

    "There are smaller American based teams that use our kit but nothing in Europe at the moment. We sponsored Columbia's off bike kit this season and that gave us a good footing. "

    During the recent Interbike trade show, Hincapie Sportswear marketing manager Steve Baker confirmed that the company would supply race clothing, casual wear, denim and the Hincapie sunblock "Skin Defense" for George's new BMC team.