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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 27, 2011

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October 27, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Dempster, Windsor and Tiernan-Locke sign for Endura Racing

    Zak Dempster on the attack with 20 to go.
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    October 26, 2011, 13:02 BST
    Cycling News

    Arrival of Rapha Condor-Sharp trio to bolster line-up for 2012

    Endura Racing have swooped to sign three riders from Rapha Condor-Sharp, with Zak Dempster, Dean Windsor and Jon Tiernan-Locke all set to join the team for 2012.

    News of their arrival follows on from the announcement that British riders Ian Bibby, Jonny McEvoy and Erick Roswell will also be joining their ranks next year as the team looks to improve on its 26th place finish in the 2011 UCI Europe Tour rankings.

    Tiernan-Locke enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2011, which included a stage win at the Vuelta a Leon and a headline-grabbing victory in the mountains classification at the Tour Of Britain.

    “After a solid 2011 season I'm really excited to be joining Endura Racing and looking forward to taking on a more challenging race programme,” Tiernan-Locke said. “Naturally I want to continue my development as a cyclist, and see Endura Racing as an ideal environment to do this in. I aim to hit the ground running in 2012, and contribute to the team’s already impressive palmares, especially in the tougher stage races.”

    Australian pair Windsor and Dempster have followed the progress made by Endura at close quarters in the last couple of years and both are excited by the challenge ahead.

    “I could not be more pleased joining Endura Racing for 2012,” said Windsor. “I was forced to take plenty of notice of the team over the past two years, as every race I lined up against them, they always rode strong, smart and were very professional.

    “Using Girona, Spain as my European base I will be focusing my training on a program of UCI tours and one day races. With a new coach I will be working on and improving my sprint finish. I am motivated to add some big wins to my resume.”

  • Video: Moinard revels in domestique role at BMC

    Amaël Moinard (BMC)
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    October 26, 2011, 14:20 BST
    Pierre Carrey

    Frenchman on winning the Tour de France with Cadel Evans

    Amaël Moinard not only changed teams in 2011, but he also assumed a new role as he joined BMC as one of Cadel Evans’ key domestiques. After six seasons with Cofidis, Moinard took his career in a different direction and the decision was vindicated by the part he played in Evans’ Tour de France victory in July.

    “I have a different role with the team, more as a domestique,” Moinard told Cyclingnews. “I worked all year for my leaders, and it was a very nice job.”

    Fifteenth in the 2008 Tour de France and the winner of the final stage of Paris-Nice in 2010, Moinard enjoyed a certain degree of freedom at Cofidis. However, he explained to Cyclingnews why he was happy to curb his personal ambitions for the greater good at BMC.

    “I really enjoy this work,” he said. “I can win maybe one race a year, but I prefer to help somebody to win a great event of cycling, like the Tour de France or Dauphiné.”

    While Moinard and BMC’s 2011 campaign was built around Cadel Evans’ Tour challenge, his domestique duties will be split across a number of fronts next year with the arrival of Philippe Gilbert, Thor Hushovd and Tejay Van Garderen.

    “I just want to work for them to help them to win the best races in the world,” he said. 

  • Cozza hopes to have beaten season-long health problems

    Steven Cozza (Team NetApp)
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    October 26, 2011, 15:21 BST
    Cycling News

    NetApp rider plagued by intestinal problems all year

    Steven Cozza hopes to have finally laid to rest the health problems that have plagued him during his first year with German Team NetApp.  The American rider has seen only limited service in 2010, not riding at all since August 8.

    Coza was originally diagnosed with yeast and parasitic intestinal infections, which kept him out for the much of the spring. Things didn't get better as the year went on, however, and his last race was Paris-Correze, at the beginning of August.

    “This fall has been a unique one because I have been dealing with an illness that I was finally properly diagnosed with,” he wrote on the team's homepage. “Thanks to team NetApp’s medical team for setting me up with a very good hospital in Germany for complete testing.  I spent 3 days in the Aachen University Hospital undergoing every test you could possibly have for digestive health issues.  The end result was that I was told I had colitis of the intestines.”

    Colitis is an inflammation of the colon or large intestine and is generally treatable by diet.

    “I am now doing a lot of work to fix this so that I can be at my best in the coming year of racing.  To change things up a bit I have been cross training in many different ways.  Some days I run, other days I lift weights and even have been doing a bit of kayaking.  For more relaxing activities I have been doing quite a bit of fishing, hiking and even building furniture.”

    The 26-year-old has his aims clearly set on a successful return to racing. “I am doing everything I can every second of the day to get better from what plagued me during my first season with Team NetApp.  I look forward to updating you again...

  • No positive tests at Vuelta a España, says UCI

    The final podium: Brad Wiggins, Juan Jose Cobo and Chris Froome
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    October 26, 2011, 16:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Final analysis received from Cologne lab on Tuesday

    The UCI has confirmed to Cyclingnews that there were no positive doping tests at the 2011 Vuelta a España.

    The final results of analysis carried out on samples by the WADA laboratory in Cologne were forwarded to the UCI on Tuesday, with no adverse analytical findings reported. The Vuelta ended on September 11, and was won by Juan José Cobo (Geox-TMC) ahead of Sky duo Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

    Last year’s race was marred by Xacobeo-Galicia teammates Ezequiel Mosquera and David Garcia’s adverse analytical findings for hydroxyethyl starch, which were only announced after the Vuelta had finished.

    While Garcia also tested positive for EPO and subsequently retired, Mosquera is still awaiting a verdict in his case, although he has not raced since his move to Vacansoleil-DCM at the end of last season.


  • Suspension lifted for Longo's husband Ciprelli

    Jeannie Longo continues to ride in spite of the speculation that surrounds her.
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    October 26, 2011, 20:55 BST
    Cycling News

    Court cites serious doubt in case

    A French court in Grenoble lifted the suspension of Patrice Ciprelli on Wednesday.  Following charges that he had purchased the performance enhancing drug EPO from American Joe Papp, Ciprelli, who is the husband of Jeannie Longo, had been suspended by the French Cycling Federation in mid-September.

    The court made the decision in response to Ciprelli's request regarding the case, and it noted that it found serious doubt in the case, according to The French Cycling Federation was ordered to pay 500 euros in compensation.

    Following the allegations, Longo withdrew herself from the French team for the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Video: Giro d'Italia 2012 - the promo

    The 2012 Giro d'Italia route was presented in Milan on Sunday.
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    October 26, 2011, 21:48 BST
    Cycling News

    Race gets underway on May 5

    Though widely considered to be a more human Giro d’Italia than this year's gruelling affair, the 2012 edition of the corsa rosa will still strive to live up to its billing as “the world’s toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place.”

    In anticipation of the big event, organisers RCS Sport have released this promotional video, featuring footage from last year’s race that is sure to whet the appetite ahead of next May. 

    The route was formally unveiled in Milan last week, and the 2012 Giro gets underway in Herning, Denmark on May 5 before returning home with a team time trial in Verona on stage four. After working its way southwards to Lago Laceno, the Giro heads back towards the Alps by way of the spectacular Ligurian coast at the end of week two.

    The Giro then enters its most famous amphitheatre, the Dolomites, with the climbs of the Giau, Alpe di Pampeago, Mortirolo and Stelvio all featuring in a demanding final week, before the race wraps up with a time trial in Milan on May 27.

  • Battenkill added to USA National Racing Calendar

    The peloton on the wet road near Buskirk
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    October 26, 2011, 23:12 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Men get a second one-day race

    USA Cycling announced today the addition of the Tour of the Battenkill to its National Racing Calendar (NRC). The one-day race which includes a mix of dirt and paved roads in upstate New York will take place on April 15, 2012 and will be NRC for men only.

    The race was initially left off the NRC calendar, but Micah Rice, USA Cycling's Managing Director of National Events, explained its late addition to the now 10-race series.

    "We've been working with Battenkill for some time to secure a date that works well on the domestic racing scene. We have always known that it is a strong one-day race and it deserves top-tier calendar status in the US."

    Race director Dieter Drake told Cyclingnews that it took some time to come up with a format for the event that would work within the planned calendar. Last year, the amateur race and pro races were planned for two separate weekends, with the pro race intended to be on the UCI calendar. But when the sponsorship commitments didn't meet the costs for having two different dates, Drake had to give up both the UCI status and the inclusion in the NRC to hold both races on the first weekend.

    This year, Drake is going to keep the two-day format of previous years, where the amateur events are held the day before the pro men's race.

    "Having the event spread across two weekends doesn't work for a number of reasons. In 2012 we will hold the popular ProAm on Saturday and the prestigious Pro race on Sunday like we did in 2009 when our pro team attendance was much better."

    The events will include the enormously popular amateur sportif as well as a women's race, but Drake is currently looking for sponsorship to hold a pro women's race on Sunday.

    "Every year we have an elite women's race, but it's...

  • Haas to Garmin-Cervélo, Von Hoff to Chipotle in 2012

    Nathan Haas (Genesys Wealth Advisors)
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    October 27, 2011, 0:20 BST
    Alex Hinds

    Australian riders get reward for dominant domestic seasons

    The hottest two young prospects to come out of the Australian domestic scene in many years, Nathan Haas and Steele Von Hoff, will join Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream Sports in 2012. Haas will go straight to the WorldTour team Garmin-Cervelo, while Von Hoff will first serve an apprenticeship with the Chipotle development roster with a view to moving to the WorldTour squad in 2013.

    For 22-year-old Haas the announcement caps an impressive 12 months, that has seen him dominate the Australian National Road Series. His dream run continued into October with Haas taking consecutive overall victories at the Tour of Tasmania and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, before a somewhat surprise win at the 1.HC Japan Cup.

    Joining up with one of the strongest teams on the WorldTour in Garmin, is just reward for the Australian, considering both the ability and consistency he has displayed in 2011 and realises a long-term objective that a lesser-known Haas outlined back in June.

    In the official release, Haas said that it was a "dream come true to be signing with Garmin."

    "To even be considered as part of such an incredible outfit is humbling in itself, and I look forward to the next two years working under some of cycling' greats with a huge sense of enthusiasm and optimism," said Haas. "Simply put, to leave my development in Garmin-Cervélo’s hands, I could not be happier."

    And as manager Andrew Christie-Johnson explained to Cyclingnews it was only after Haas' Sun Tour win that Garmin-Cervélo's incoming sports director Allan Peiper became convinced that Haas could make it at the top level of the sport.

    "I spoke...