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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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August 14, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Gallery: Top Olympic cycling moments

    Marianne Vos (Netherlands) wins the Olympic road race from Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) and Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia)
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    August 13, 2012, 21:54 BST
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    Recap of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in images

    Sunday's closing ceremonies drew the curtain on the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and ended some of the most exciting cycling events in the sport's history.

    It all began with the high expectations of the British fans for the men's road race, where Mark Cavendish had a strong and dedicated squad behind him. But Team GB were unable to control the many attacks on the Box Hill circuit, despite the overwhelming support of the crowd, and keep Cavendish in tow. In the end, Alexander Vinokourov escaped from the leading group with Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) and outsprinted the younger rider to take gold.

    The women's race was similarly animated, with Marianne Vos (Netherlands) forcing the winning move and then besting home favourite Lizzy Armitstead in the sprint in the pouring rain. Her scream of joy, relief and vindication as she crossed the line is the one spine-tingling aspect which cannot be captured in our photo gallery.

    Bradley Wiggins would then deliver GB's first cycling gold in the time trial, while American Kristin Armstrong took her second consecutive gold before promising that this was the absolute end of her career.

    The racing then moved into the velodrome, where Great Britain set out to improve upon their dominant performance in Beijing four years earlier. Many countries thought they had gotten the number on the GB team over the past years, and the French and Australians held high hopes. But the British packed something special, and only the...

  • Hamilton to release autobiography

    Tyler Hamilton got his Giro stage during the 2002 edition. Photo ©: Sirotti/
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    August 14, 2012, 0:47 BST
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    "This story is bigger than any one individual in the sport"

    Former Olympic gold medallist and teammate of Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton will release a tell-all autobiography on September 18.

    Titled 'The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs', the expose is co-written by Daniel Coyle who authored 'Lance Armstrong's War'.

    "When Tyler and I started talking, I realized this was an historic opportunity," said Coyle. "No one's ever had a ticket behind the wall of silence, behind locked doors, onto the team bus. Over the past two years, in more than 200 hours of interviews and trips to key locations in Spain and France, Tyler has given me complete access to his story. To verify and corroborate his account, I've also talked to numerous independent sources, including former teammates, several of whom are going on the record for the first time. This is a classic tale of human ambition and the consequences of trying to win at any cost."

    Hamilton explained that his time in front of a grand jury during the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into Lance Armstrong's alleged doping practices he realised that there was a story that needed to be told.

    "I kept it all inside for way too long and I realized it was a story that needed to be told. I think when people learn how it really was - how it worked, how we did it, what it felt like - they'll see that this story is bigger than any one individual in the sport. It's really about making choices when you're pushed to the edge and deciding what you're willing to do to compete. I want to take people inside our world so they can understand the lives we lived."


  • Former Goulburn - Sydney winner Robbie Williams dies aged 27

    Robbie Williams celebrates his win at the 2007 Goulburn - Sydney
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    August 14, 2012, 2:44 BST
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    Australian cycling community in shock over a life cut short

    Former Goulburn - Sydney winner Robbie Williams tragically died this morning following a ride in Canberra's north.

    Williams, 27, reportedly had a medical event with ambulance crews called to the scene at 6:17am. He was then transported to a local hospital where he later died.

    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    Williams rode with the team in Belgium before joining Drapac Porsche in 2007 where he would ride to the biggest win of his career with the Goulburn - Sydney, Australia's second-oldest bike race. He made a stunning recovery after being dropped on the last climb of the day, Razorback mountain, to catch up with the leading group of three riders and then launch a stunning attack on the final ride into Camden.

    Word of this morning’s sad event travelled fast with many to have known Williams within the Australian cycling community sharing their grief on Twitter.

    "Really really sad to hear the horrid news, Robbie you were incredible to have known mate. Why is what we do so dangerous. Hard to smile today" - Nathan Haas.

    "Riding for a mate this week in Tour of the South Coast. Life is precious." - Joe Lewis.

    "Thoughts go out to Robbie Williams family! One of the Nicest guys I will ever know. A life lost too early. #RIProbbie" - Mitch Lovelock-Fay.

    "Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Robbie Williams. Such a brilliant teammate and so saddened by his passing #ridingforrobbie" - Drapac Cycling.

    "Shocked and a little teary. RIP Robbie Williams frm Goulburn-to-Citi, only 27, recently engaged, Mr Nice. Thoughts to family and friends." - Matthew Keenan.

    Cyclingnews sends its deepest condolences to family and friends of Robbie Williams.


  • Hutarovich to AG2R La Mondiale for two years

    Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ - Big Mat) on the podium
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    August 14, 2012, 4:44 BST
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    Belarus sprinter leaves FdJ after five years

    Yauheni Hutarovich is switching French teams and will ride for AG2R La Mondiale for the next two years. The sprinter has been with Francaise des Jeux since 2008.

    The 28-year-old has 23 wins to his name, including two stages at the Tour de l'Ain this year. He has won the Belarus national road title three times as well.

    In 2010 he won a stage at the Vuelta a Espana, and has also shown strength in the Spring Classics, taking second at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the last two years.

    The team has already announced the signings of Samuel Dumoulin, Carlos Betancur, Davide Appollonio and Steve Chainel.  It has extended its contracts with Sebastien Minard, Lloyd Mondory, Rinaldo Nocentini and Guillaume Bonnafond.

  • De Gendt leads Vacansoleil-DCM at Vuelta a España

    Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil - DCM) opens the champagne
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    August 14, 2012, 10:19 BST
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    Belgian looking to build on Giro success

    The first half of the 2012 season was one to remember for Belgium's Thomas De Gendt, and his presence on the start line this weekend when the 67th Vuelta a España gets underway in Pamplona will give him the opportunity for more glory as leader of his team.

    The Vacansoleil-DCM rider finished third overall in the Giro d'Italia at the end of May in only his second grand tour, where his success included a runaway victory atop the Passo dello Stelvio in the race's penultimate stage that made the entire cycling world sit up and take notice. A few weeks earlier he won a stage at Paris-Nice for the second consecutive year.

    Team manager Dan Luijkx revealed his nine-man squad for the three-week Vuelta and stated that Vacansoleil-DCM are entering the race full of confidence and are ready to give De Gendt their full support.

    "I think we should get a top ten finish as a team and we have this rider [De Gendt], who can ride into the top 20," Luijkx said. "We will ride the Vuelta as we did the Giro, where we took the offensive," announced Luijkx. "Breakaway groups have a good chance to succeed, and we have put a team together that will suit that."

    Vacansoleil-DCM squad for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana: Thomas De Gendt, Martijn Keizer, Sergey Lagutin, Pim Ligthart, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Tomasz Marczynski, Wouter Mol, Rob Ruijgh and Rafael Valls.

  • Orica-GreenEdge confirm squad for Vuelta a España

    The GreenEdge team
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    August 14, 2012, 11:47 BST
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    Four grand tour debutants in their line-up

    Orica-GreenEdge have opted for a blend of youth and experience in their squad for the 2012 Vuelta a España, which starts in Pamplona this weekend. The Australian team will hand grand tour debuts to four riders - Simon Clarke, Mitch Docker, Travis Meyer and Daniel Teklehaimanot - but still remain confident of making a splash in the overall classification.

    After a stunning start to life as a ProTour team, which saw Simon Gerrans win the Tour Down Under and Milan San Remo, the team have struggled slightly in the last couple of months. They failed to register a victory at the Tour de France and will be looking to the Vuelta, which runs from August 18 to September 9, to provide them with some momentum as the season enters its final couple of months.

    The inexperience and promise of the debutants in Spain will be counterbalanced by the likes of Pieter Weening and Julian Dean. Weening first rode the Vuelta in 2004 and this will be his fourth appearance in the race and tenth in a grand tour. At the age of 37, Dean's presence on the team bus will be an invaluable one for the younger riders, who include Cameron Meyer - arguably the team's most promising rider and the winner of the 2011 Tour Down Under as a 22-year-old in the colours of Garmin.

    "We've got a really good mixture of experience and knowledge, combined with some talented young riders,'' team manager Shayne Bannan told the Herald Sun.

    "It will be about taking our opportunities, for guys like Cam Meyer it will be about being as consistent as possible but there's certainly no pressure on him for the GC. Pieter Weening will have a go in a few stages and so will Simon [Clarke] and Allan [Davis]."


  • Romain Feillu hoping illness is behind him

    Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) grits his teeth.
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    August 14, 2012, 13:07 BST
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    Treatment finally working for Frenchman

    After struggling for the last few months with illness, Vacansoleil-DCM's Romain Feillu is finally optimistic that his problems are behind him after starting a course of treatment that is already starting to work.

    Feillu has been fighting for strength at the end of stages in recent races, including at the Tour de L'Ain, which finished last weekend. After winning seven times in 2011, this season has been a disappointing one for the French rider but he is looking ahead to the remainder of the campaign with renewed optimism after seemingly getting to the bottom of his gastric problems.

    "I must admit that I was powerless in some of the sprint finishes at the Tour de L'Ain," he wrote on his blog. "However, I am quite optimistic about the future because I now know why I was not at my best level since the beginning of the year - it is in fact largely due to bacteria in my stomach.

    "This bacteria can survive despite the acidity of the stomach. It has been responsible for the abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea, but also a bad-absorption of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

    "I have received two different treatments, the first homeopathic treatment a month ago and the second antibiotic since the beginning of last week. I have noticed a change from the second day of taking antibiotics and I even stopped vomiting during the last 3 days of the Tour de l'Ain. I am so happy to have found the cause of these problems and look foward to the end of the season."

  • The Cyclingnews guide to rider transfers 2012-2013

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) on the podium for his third place overall finish.
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    September 24, 2012, 22:58 BST
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    All the changes in the pro peloton

    To keep up with all the transfer news, Cyclingnews has put together a handy summary of all the new signings, re-signings, retirements and exits to keep you from getting lost. We'll be adding updates as all the news comes in so be sure to check back to get the latest updates.


    Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager Livestrong) to Sky; Mark Cavendish (Sky) to Omega Pharma-QuickStep; Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) to Sky; Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank - Tinkoff) to Garmin-Sharp.

    AG2R La Mondiale

    Ins: Steve Chainel (FDJ-BigMat); Davide Appollonio (Sky); Carlos Betancur (Acqua & Sapone); Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-BigMat); Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago - CSF Inox); Julian Kern (Leopard-Trek); Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)

    Outs: Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank - Tinkoff); Martin Elmiger, Kristof Goddaert, Sébastien Hinault and Romain Lemarchand (IAM Project)

    BMC Racing Team