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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 19, 2013

Date published:
September 19, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • USA Cycling endorses Cookson to become next UCI president

    UCI Presidential candidate Brian Cookson
    Article published:
    September 18, 2013, 23:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Candidate picks up more support

    UCI Presidential Candidate Brian Cookson picked up another endorsement on Wednesday when USA Cycling said it was backing the Brit.

    "The upcoming UCI presidential election should serve as a turning point for our sport - an historic moment in time when the UCI begins to chart a dynamic, new course and fully regains its international stature and credibility," read a statement from USA Cycling.

    "It is clear from the cycling stakeholders' survey that transparency, integrity, credibility, accountability and good governance must be addressed if we are to have a brighter future and grow cycling globally."

    "The UCI president must lead, inspire and unify. As one of the five founding countries of the UCI, USA Cycling believes Brian Cookson is best qualified to lead the UCI at this critical moment in time and provide a measured, fair approach to managing the sport and rebuilding trust in the UCI. We are therefore proud to join the many other National Federations from around the world who have committed their support for Brian as the next president of the UCI."

    In recent weeks, Cookson has picked up nominations from the national federations of the European Cycling Union as well as major cycling nations such as New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

    The election is scheduled for September 27.  Cookson is running against current UCI President Pat McQuaid.

  • 2014 Giro d'Italia to include a 46km time trial in Barolo wine country

    British time trial champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar)
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    September 19, 2013, 1:00 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    RCS sport unveil the stage during the Interbike show in Las Vegas

    RCS Sport, the organisers of the Giro d'Italia, has presented the key 46km individual time trial stage of the 2014 race between Barbaresco and Barolo in the Langhe wine region of Piemonte.

    Marco Gobbi Pansana, the head of marketing at RCS Sport Cycling presented the details of the stage with Alberto Cirio, the sports councilor for the Piemonte region and Pier Bergonzi of Gazzetta dello Sport during the Interbike show in Las Vegas.

    RCS Sport also presented the final two Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia rides that will be held in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles) on November 3 and in Miami on November 10. They are the final events of the five-event series after rides at the Sea Otter Classic a Monterrey, the Five Boro of New York event in May and then in Pasadena in June.

    A time trial through the vineyards

    The 46.4km Giro d'Italia time trial will be raced on Thursday May 22 next year.

    The time trial is largely flat with a short late climb and descent before a rise up to the centre of Barolo. The route passes through the main valley that connects the two famous wine towns, with the vineyards of the area creating a stunning backdrop for he race against the clock.

    The 2014 Giro will start in Belfast, Northern Ireland with other stages to Armagh and Dublin before a transfer by plane back to Italy.

    The race is expected to start in Bari, in the heel of the Italian peninsular, before heading north via Tuscany to remember the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gino Bartali, tackle the Carpegna climb in Emilia Romagna to remember Marco Pantani and then head east to the Piemonte region for the time trial.

    RCS Sport has already announced that the race will end with a mountain finish on the step climb of Monte Zoncolan in the north-eastern of Italy, with the ace ending in Trieste on Sunday June 1. Alex Dowsett (Movistar) won the key...

  • Spain with top stars to the Worlds

    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes third overall in the Vuelta
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    September 19, 2013, 2:42 BST
    Cycling News

    Valverde, Rodriguez and Contador headline an all-star troupe

    Spain is sending a team of top winners to the UCI Road World Championships next week, with Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez backed up by Alberto Contador. National coach Javier Minguez said that the difficult 272km long course is good for his team.

    The three captains will be supported by Jonathan Castroviejo, Jose Herrada, Samuel Sanchez, Egoi Martinez, Dani Moreno and Luis Leon Sanchez.  The reserve riders are Jesus Herrada, David Arroyo, Angel Vicioso, Juan Antonio Flecha and Xavier Zandio.

    Minguez said that it would be “very complicated to control the race, since the road is very narrow and hinders team work.”  In the finale, he said, “only the very best will survive.”

    Castroviejo and Sanchez will ride the time trial.

    Spain's last World title was in 2004, when Oscar Freire won it for the third time.

  • Museeuw Bikes parts company with Johan Museeuw

    Johan Museeuw attacked on the smooth Tenbosse then stretched his lead over the Muur and Bosberg to win in 1998.
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    September 19, 2013, 10:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Shareholders unhappy with his work as brand ambassador

    Johan Museeuw has been cast aside by the bike company that bears his name, according to reports in the Belgian press on Thursday. Both De Morgen and Het Laatste Nieuws report that new shareholders opted to part company Museeuw, claiming that “he does not do enough as brand ambassador.”

    Museeuw founded the company after his retirement from racing and owned 35% of the shares. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Museeuw Bikes was €4 million in debt at the end of last year. Museeuw’s search for new shareholders brought him to Randy Remue, who had previously worked for Eddy Merckx Cycles.

    Remue’s new vision for the company includes the establishment of a showroom, test centre and café in Lokeren, but it also appears to have led to the removal of Museeuw himself.

    A report by describes Museeuw as “furious” at the turn of events, but notes that he has not fought to retain his position at the company and has tendered his resignation. Although Museeuw is no longer brand ambassador, the company will continue to operate under the title of Museeuw Bikes.

    A former world champion and a triple winner of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, Museeuw retired from racing in 2004. In an interview with Gazet van Antwerpen last year, Museeuw admitted that “doping was a part of daily life” during his career.




  • Hesjedal declines Worlds selection

    Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) won the highest-placed Canadian award at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
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    September 19, 2013, 11:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Tuft, Meier and Parisien to line up for Canada in Florence

    Canada will go to the UCI Road World championships starting this weekend without 2012 Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal. Svein Tuft will ride the time trial, while Christian Meier and Francois Parisien will take part in the road race.

    Tuft, who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, won silver in the world championship time trial in 2008. Meier, who is also with Orica-GreenEdge, was third overall in the Tour de Beauce this year. Parisien, 31, is in his first year at the WorldTour level with Argos -Shimano and won stage 5 at Volta a Catalunya earlier this season.

    The nation had qualified for three spots in the road race, but Hesjedal decided not to participate, “and it was deemed that there were no other athletes available who would be competitive in this event.”

    Hesjedal had already stated prior to Sunday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, where he would finish in third place, that he would end his season after the Canadian WorldTour races. When asked about his decision to forgo Worlds after his result in Montreal, Hesjedal simply said that he was tired.

    2013 was a taxing season for the 32-year-old Canadian as the 2012 Giro d'Italia champion had to withdraw from this year's edition due to illness and then his Tour de France campaign was hindered by a broken rib suffered on the opening stage.

  • Transfers: Devenyns to Argos, G. Izagirre and Malori to Movistar

    Andriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) took hold of the leader's jersey after victory in the time trial
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    September 19, 2013, 11:52 BST
    Cycling News

    Vakoc as neo-pro to Omega Pharma-QuickStep

    Transfers and signings for 2014 and beyond continue. Dries Devenyns is going to Argos-Shimano, Petr Vakoc to Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Gorka Izagirre and Adriano Malori to Movistar.

    Devenyns, 30, has signed with Argos-Shimano for one year. He had been with Omega Pharma-QuickStep for the last five years.

    “We see Dries as an all-round player and a great addition to several different facets of our team,” said Iwan Spekenbrink, General Manager. “He is a rider who can play an important role for our leaders but can also be captain on his own, as he has proved already in a variety of races, including cobbled races, Ardennes races and stage races.”

    “In the conversations I had with the team it felt really good,” said Devenyns. “The values of the team are close to my own and how I see the future of cycling. I was impressed by the team this season; you saw it growing as a collective, and that is something I want to be part of. The team is still progressing year by year and I am looking forward to bringing some experience to the table and working with many of their young talents. But in terms of my own development as a rider I think I can also learn from the structure they have built around the riders.”

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep promotes Vakoc

    Czech rider Vakoc, 21, joins Omega Pharma-QuickStep for two years from the Continental Team ETIXX-iHNed. He can already boast of 12 career victories, including the overall title in the 2012 Tour of Slovakia.

    "Petr is now the second rider we have signed from our satellite team," Omega Pharma-QuickStep CEO Patrick Lefevere said. "I am happy with this signing as this is more proof of our commitment to developing the future of...

  • Dossier one of many reasons behind USA Cycling's support of Cookson

    USA Cycling president Steve Johnson speaks at the press conference announcing the new European training base in the Limburg province of the Netherlands.
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    September 19, 2013, 12:41 BST
    Cycling News

    Johnson cites “questionable behavior” within UCI

    The as-yet unreleased compilation of alleged evidence of wrongdoing by the UCI was just one consideration in USA Cycling's decision to back Pat McQuaid's opponent Brian Cookson in the upcoming election for UCI president, according to CEO Steve Johnson.

    Speaking to Cyclingnews prior to the organisation's announcement that it would back Cookson, Johnson made it clear that while ideally the dossier would be reviewed by an independent panel prior to the election, there are enough reasons to vote for a change in UCI leadership even if the dossier were not taken into consideration.

    Immediate issues, such as McQuaid's "questionable politics," and his push for creative interpretations of the UCI's constitution in order to secure a nomination for the post, are serious enough in Johnson's mind to outweigh the dossier's allegations.

    "The information in the dossier notwithstanding, the behavior of the organisation, the criticism that the UCI has had over the years for being secretive, closed, inflexible - those are important issues for the delegates to consider. [There is an] opportunity to take a hard look at where [we] want the organisation to go and where [we] want the sport to go in the future. I've seen a lot of questionable behavior surrounding the reinterpretation of the rules, and I think that weighs on the delegates' minds."

    Johnson is looking for Cookson to overhaul the UCI's governance of the sport, bring it into the 21st century and create a more businesslike organisation. "Brian's platform is the governance, the reorganisation of the UCI. The governance documents are old and outdated, they've been modified over time, and they have been in inconsistent and sometimes conflicting language. There's a great opportunity to consider a candidate who is open to reviewing the constitution and perhaps considering...

  • Gilbert admits rainbow jersey is a burden

    All smiles for Philippe Gilbert (BMC) as he awaits the start of stage 15 at the Vuelta
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    September 19, 2013, 13:59 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian determined to defend title in Florence

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC) has admitted that the rainbow jersey has been a weightier burden than he had anticipated, but the world champion is determined to defend his title in Florence next week.

    The Belgian has endured a difficult season and only recorded his first win of the campaign when he claimed stage 12 of the Vuelta a España. While Gilbert dismissed the notion of the curse of the rainbow jersey, he admitted that it does not make the task of winning any easier.

    “I’m not a believer, I don’t have any religion if not that of a job well done,” Gilbert told L’Équipe. “But after a while, I said to myself that there was something about this jersey, as though it blocked me in my quest for more success.

    “It’s not a cursed jersey, but the problem is that it doesn’t pass unnoticed in a peloton where everybody is looking at it. In the finale of a race, nine times out of ten, there’ll be someone on your wheel when you attack.

    “It’s like a point of pride to go after the world champion. It’s not about the person – it’s not Philippe Gilbert they’re watching, but the world champion. This jersey is a symbol unto itself.”

    Gilbert, of course, suffered a similar drought in 2012, and claimed his first two victories of the season at the Vuelta a España before adding the world title in Valkenburg shortly afterwards. In spite of the issues that come with wearing the rainbow jersey, Gilbert is keen for history to repeat itself in Florence.

    “I didn’t think it would be such a burden to wear it. Obviously, I’ll be the last person to complain about it, because it was a dream, but it has an incredible...