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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Date published:
April 16, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Trentino set to indicate Wiggins' Giro form

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky).
    Article published:
    April 15, 2013, 19:30 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Team Sky leader quietly confident before the race

    Overall victory or defeat in the Dolomites at the Giro del Trentino will not be a measure of success for Bradley Wiggins or confirm or deny his form as the Giro d'Italia begins to looms on the horizon.

    The Team Sky leader revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport that he has been taking antibiotics to treat a saddle sore problem. It has now been treated and Wiggins insisted it will not affect his performance during the four intense days of racing, despite "feeling a bit rough".

    "My goal is to win the race but if that happens is another thing. I'd have a fantastic TV show if I could predict the future, but I can't unfortunately," Wiggins joked in the pre-race press conference in Lienz, Austria, which hosts Tuesday's morning road stage and an 14.1km afternoon team time trial.

    "It's always difficult for me when there's no individual time trial. There's only so much you can do and there's an element of unpredictability with the summit finishes. You don’t know what anyone else will do either."

    "It won't be for the want of trying. But you can't say a win is a success. I was fifth in Catalunya and that race was a huge success for me. It's depends on a lot of other things. We all want to win bike races in the same way we want to be able to moonwalk at a party. But it's not always possible."

    Training in Mallorca

    Wiggins has spent the last two weeks training in Mallorca, apparently opting to mix some precious family time with his riding. He said his form is good but the Giro del Trentino will also be about testing the strength of the Giro d'Italia squad.

    "The training has gone really well in the last few weeks and all the stuff we've been doing, suggests that evidently, I'm ahead of where I was...

  • Neben and Small to lead US women at Pan American Continental Road Championships

    Amber Neben (Specialized - lululemon) made an attack, but it didn't split the leaders
    Article published:
    April 15, 2013, 21:47 BST
    Cycling News

    Four women selected to American team

    The US is sending four women to the 2013 Pan American Continental Road Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico from May 1-5. According to USA Cycling, automatic selections Amber Neben (Pasta Zara Cogeas) and Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) will be joined by coaching nominations Ally Stacher (Specialized-lululemon) and Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) as they compete in the road race on May 4. Neben and Small will also race against the clock in the time trial on May 2.

    Neben and Small each earned her automatic nomination by being ranked in the top 50 of the 2013 UCI individual rankings classification. As of April 15, Neben is ranked 11th and Small is ranked 40th.

    Neben, who won the world championship in the time trial at the 2008 UCI Road World Championships in Italy, has placed in the top 10 seven times in time trial world championships. Neben also finished seventh in the time trial at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    Small placed fourth in the Ronde van Gelderland on April 14, after recording top-10 finishes at a pair of World Cup races this season. Small finished 10th at the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe on March 9, and Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio on March 24.

    Competition is slated to begin on Wednesday, May 1, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

    US Elite Women's Team for 2013 Pan American Continental Road Championships
    Amber Neben (Pasta Zara Cogeas) (road and TT)
    Carmen Small (Specialized-lululemon) (road and TT)
    Ally Stacher (Specialized-lululemon) (road)
    Tayler Wiles (Specialized-lululemon) (road)

  • Cromwell, Johansson spearhead Orica-AIS bid to stop Vos at La Flèche Wallonne

    Tiffany Cromwell wins
    Article published:
    April 16, 2013, 1:35 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Australian strong and confident after winning start to the season

    Tiffany Cromwell (Orica-AIS) will be aiming to continue her ascendancy in the women's peloton when she forms a classy combination with Emma Johansson at La Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday.

    Cromwell's form has been impressive so far this season, peaking with a win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad where she finished in front in a two-up sprint against Megan Guarnier (Rabo Women) in late February.

    "I've made that step forward," the 24-year-old told Cyclingnews. "Last year it was about trying to make that front group, now I'm consistently there."

    At La Flèche Wallonne, Orica-AIS will be no doubt tested by a Rabo team hell-bent on delivering Marianne Vos to her fifth victory on the Mur de Huy, which would be the prolific Dutchwoman's fourth win in five race attempts this season.

    "We have a strong team. Obviously we have Emma who's been in awesomely strong form so she'll certainly be motivated," Cromwell said of her Swedish teammate who has finished on the podium in each of her last eight races. "I've been doing plenty of training on the super-steep climbs. We've got all our climbers in here with Shara [Gilllow] and Spratty [Amanda Spratt] - some of the other girls for work like Jessie [Maclean] and Loes [Gunnewijk] so it should be good."

    Cromwell raced Ronde Van Gelderland on Sunday, finishing in the lead bunch, as her first tune-up since the Tour of Flanders last month, something the Australian admitted was "a shock to the system," mentally as much as anything finding her way into the race.

  • Nibali looking for another Giro del Trentino victory

    Tirreno-Adriatico win number two for Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).
    Article published:
    April 16, 2013, 3:30 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian goes up against Wiggins before the Giro d'Italia

    Vincenzo Nibali is back at the Giro del Trentino five years after winning the race and launching his stage race career.

    In 2008 was Nibali was just 23 and only had one-day race victories on his palmares. The aggressive Sicilian beat Stefano Garzelli by 15 seconds after winning stage three on the Passo del Sommo. He went on to confirm his promise as a Grand Tour contender by finishing 11th at the Giro d'Italia and then 20th at the Tour de France.

    Fast forward five years and Nibali is now team leader at Astana. He won the 2010 Vuelta Espana, was second in the 2011 Giro d'Italia and finished third behind Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome (Team Sky) at the 2012 Tour de France.

    This year he face Wiggins on equal terms and on home turf, first at this week's Giro del Trentino and then at the Giro d'Italia.

    "It's been five years and back then I was younger in a lot of ways," Nibali reminisced at the pre-race Giro del Trentino press conference in Lienz, where the four-day-, five-stage race begins on Tuesday with a 128.5km road race stage in the morning followed by a 14.1km team time trial in the afternoon.

    "It was an important moment for me because I went onto be a joint team leader with Franco Pellizotti at the Giro d'Italia and proved my stage race credentials. It was great to win and I think I won it well. I've only got good memories from 2008."

    "Back then I didn’t know my limits as rider. I went on to mature and do better year after year. I rode the Tour the year after, finishing seventh. Then in 2010 I was on the podium in the Giro. Since then I think I've become very consistent in stage races."

  • Earle: Huon Salmon-Genesys were dominant at Tour de Perth

    Nathan Earle (Huon Salmon-Genesys) takes his first NRS victory of the year atop Zig Zag
    Article published:
    April 16, 2013, 5:55 BST
    Alex Malone

    Stage and KoM winner eyeing Battle on the Border title

    Simply being one of the team's best climbers is no longer enough to secure leadership status on the Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers squad, according to the clear victor of the KoM classification at the Woodside Tour de Perth. Nathan Earle says its his teammates' ability against the clock that made him step up his game when it comes to time trialling and that the same urgency flows deep throughout the entire team - evident on Day 2 when the team placed five riders inside the TT's top-10.

    The Tasmanian-based team controlled the four-day race with a heavy hand and once Joe Cooper won the TT and pulled on the leader's jersey, his time in yellow never appeared in doubt. The team walked away with nearly every classification jersey on offer apart from the party spoiler Sam Horgan (Budget Forklifts) who secured the sprint jersey on the final stage. Everything else, bar two out of the four stages, went to Huon Salmon-Genesys. A worthy achievement for the team that has been the number-one domestics squad for the past three years.

    "We couldn't really ask for too much more," Earle told Cyclingnews in regard to the haul of prizes that were taken home after four days of racing.

    "As far as riders go we have probably the strongest squad the team has ever had, I reckon it rivals, if not better than 2011 when we had Steele [Von Hoff] and [Nathan] Haas. The quality is up in the whole NRS field but we are another level up as well. The team is just super strong."

    Earle took out Stage 3 atop the twisting Zig Zag climb and with another powerful display of climbing on the final day in Bold Park, he conquered the KoM classification well and truly....

  • Australian National Team named for Tour of Qinghai Lake

    Neil Van Der Ploeg was lucky to trim his locks with todays heat.
    Article published:
    April 16, 2013, 6:55 BST
    Cycling News

    National Road Series riders get their chance to shine

    Cycling Australia today announced the seven-man team that will attend the Tour of Qinghai Lake as part of the Australian National Team. The riders named for the tour which runs from 7-20th July and holds a 2.HC UCI ranking was formed through a special project involving various Institutes, National Road Series and Continental teams.

    The riders selected for the demanding 13-stage race will also attend a fully funded training camp prior to departing for China. The camp will be held in Canberra at the Australian Institute for Sport.

    The seven riders named for the team are: Cameron Bayly (search2retain-health), Matthew Clark (Charter Mason Drapac Development Team), Jonathan Lovelock (Huon Salmon-Genesys Wealth Advisers), Shaun McCarthy (Team Budget Forklifts), Joshua Prete (Team Budget Forklifts), Neil Van Der Ploeg (search2retain-health) and Stuart Smith (search2retain).

    Van Der Ploeg most recently finished second-overall at the Woodside Tour de Perth while his Budget Forklifts squad's collective strength netted second in the team classification.

    "Pleased to announce that 3 riders from our team; Neil Van Der Ploeg, Stuart Smith and Cameron Bayly will be representing Australia at the Tour of the Qinghai Lake in China. Good luck!," said the search2retain team on Twitter.

    " Congrats to @joshprete @ShaunMcCarthy14 selected in National team for Tour of Qinghai Lake (China)," tweeted Budget Forklifts.


  • Report: Further suspect samples for Armstrong in 1999 Tour

    Could Armstrong's 1999 Tour victory
    Article published:
    April 16, 2013, 7:54 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI concluded tests showed no systematic doping use

    Lance Armstrong returned test samples with traces of corticosteroids four times during the 1999 Tour de France, not just once as previously reported. An internal UCI memo shows the four positive as occurring on July 4, 14, 15 and 21, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

    All of the doping controls are said to have shown traces of  triamcinolone acetonide.

    At the time, Armstrong produced a back-dated TUE which allowed him to use the corticosteroid for a saddle sore. In his doping confession earlier this year he admitted to having illegally used the product. The TUE had been prepared by team doctor Luis Garcia Del Moral, who has also been named in the Armstrong doping case.

    The internal UCI memo, prepared by UCI attorney Philippe Verbiest, lists the results for 12 doping controls for Armstrong during the race. He concluded that the UCI acted on good faith, as the quantities found were minimal, although apparently large enough to not be considered a negative test. The UCI therefore found that it was "likely that it was indeed an ointment and not a prohibited systematic use."

    The UCI has yet to respond to Cyclingnews for comment.

    Copy of internal document

    Confidential & privileged

    Internal note on the 1999 corticosteroids results



    It is difficult to look at this case without hindsight.

    Yet I think one has to accept that the UCI anti-doping commission dealt with the case in a reasonable way and that it was convinced in good faith to have acted correctly.

    It is plausible that it was only a skin cream indeed and that the only «...

  • Sea Otter 2013 Complete Coverage

    Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding at the Sea Otter Classic
    Article published:
    April 23, 2013, 9:08 BST
    Cycling News

    Tech news, race results and more

    The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California is one of the most popular events on the US calendar among amateur and elite racers. It is coming up this weekend from April 18 to 21.

    For many mountain bikers, the race doubles as both a stop on the US Pro XCT and the US Pro GRT - the US cross country and downhill national series, respectively. Elite mountain bike racing action will kick off on Friday morning with the short track, followed by the cross country on Saturday morning. The crowd-pleasing dual slalom will happen Saturday night while the downhill will wrap up the action on Sunday morning.

    The Sea Otter Road Stage Race will feature elite men and women during four days of competition. A criterium kicks off the action on Thursday. Racing then continues on Friday with a road race, on Saturday with a time trial and on Sunday with a circuit race.

    Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 & 7, 1991. There were a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. Today the event hosts over 9,000 athletes and 55,000 fans. In 1993 the event was renamed the Sea Otter Classic and is now universally regarded as the world’s premiere cycling festival.

    Amateurs will also have an opportunity to race and do various fun rides.

    Cyclingnews' tech staff will be onsite at the Sea Otter expo to scope out all the latest and greatest new products.

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