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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Date published:
February 26, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Ill Bos forced out of Langkawi

    Theo Bos (Team Blanco) before the start
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 0:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    Blanco sprinter: "I have to stop."

    In what will be a big blow for Blanco Pro Cycling, Theo Bos - already with two stage wins to his name at the Le Tour de Langkawi - has been forced to withdraw from the rest of the Malaysian event before today's sixth stage, suffering from suspected food poisoning.

    Bos potentially would have been going for his third stage win of the race on the 212.8km stage to Kuantan today and was disappointed to be going home.

    "Yeah, it is shi*. I have to stop, I'm going home," he told Cyclingnews.

    Bos, who wore the yellow jersey for two days late last week, was not entirely sure what has made him so ill and obviously depleted.

    "Maybe it's from too much hand shaking, that's also not a very good thing to do," he said.

    The 29-year-old flanked by teammates Tom Leezer and Graeme Brown, was one of the last riders across the finish line on Monday's mountainous stage, nearly a half-hour behind winner, Julián Arredondo (Team Nippo - De Rosa). Marc Goos remains the best-placed Blanco rider in the General Classification, the Dutchman 12:06 behind overall leader Arrendondo.


  • Floyd Landis to headline Yale University discussion on anti-doping

    Floyd Landis during his 2007 doping case.
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    February 26, 2013, 1:24 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    A rare public appearance with Vaughters and Tygart

    A few years ago it would have been an almost unthinkable prospect but on Thursday Floyd Landis, Jonathan Vaughters, and Travis Tygart will sit in the same auditorium at Yale Law School and hold a discussion on the hot topic of doping within professional cycling.

    The discussion, titled 'Spinning our Wheels?' was set up by Landis, who has not made a public appearance since the Tour of California in 2010. It comes at a time of huge flux within the sport, with Lance Armstrong's fall from grace entwined with a legal case involving Landis, Tygart's Reasoned Decision that included testimony from both Landis and Vaughters and question marks over the future of the sport and the fight against doping.

    Speaking exclusively to Cyclingnews, Landis said that the event came to fruition through his drive to add something positive to cycling. He famously confessed to doping in 2010 after years of previous denial, with his testimony and shocking revelations leading to downfall of the US Postal myth. The saga is far from closed, with a federal whistleblower case still on the table and calls from within the sport for a truth and reconciliation programme. However, away from the direct debates over the UCI's governance and WADA's role - both past and present - in the fight against doping, Landis is hoping to engage a new audience and stimulate progress.

    "I went to the Yale Law School and I said that it would be good if some people were to have a look at the issue of doping within cycling; how we got here and what the solution is going forward. They got excited about the prospect and so we've got four guys on the panel that includes me. I think the real goal is to get young students and put this issue in front of them and see if there's any...

  • Scaphoid fracture to stop Trentin for a month

    Matteo Trentin (OPQS)
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 4:43 GMT
    Cycling News

    More injury concerns for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at Langkawi

    It has been confirmed that Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) will miss at least month of racing due to a scaphoid fracture he sustained during Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

    According to his team, the 23-year-old - who did not finish the race - was operated on in Herentals on Sunday night. Trentin's right hand is affected.

    "Due to the complexity of the fracture, Trentin will have to observe a period of rest for four weeks, after which he may gradually return to training," explained the team website.

    Meantime, Pieter Serry was taken to hospital at the conclusion of Monday's fifth stage of the Tour de Langkawi after he crashed on the downhill before the final climb to Genting Highlands.

    Serry finished in 85th place, 23:12 down on stage winner Julián Arredondo (Team Nippo - De Rosa).

    X-ray's discounted any fractures to Serry's left elbow which had connected with the road.

    A decision was to be taken this morning as to whether he would continue the remainder of the 10 stage event.

    Serry joined Omega Pharma - Quick-Step for 2013 after two seasons at Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator. Last season he finished third in the Brabantse Pijl and 30th in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.


  • Armstrong to challenge statute of limitations in whistleblower case

    Lance Armstrong (US Postal) protected by his body guard at the 2004 Tour de France
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    February 26, 2013, 5:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    Defense strategy revealed in newspaper report

    Lance Armstrong's legal team will reportedly claim that not only has there been enough information regarding doping practices within US Postal that the whistleblower suit should have been filed earlier, but that the US Government had or should have had knowledge of the violations.

    A confidential source from within Armstrong's inner circle has told the USA Today late on Monday that:

    "We will say there was enough information (about doping on the USPS team) to put you (the government) on notice, and you should have filed a false claim before."

    Late last week the US Department of Justice joined the 'qui tam' suit, reportedly initiated by Floyd Landis. The suit alleges that the team defrauded the government by engaging in doping while under sponsorship of the Postal Service, actions which were contrary to the terms of the sponsorship agreement.

    Named in the suit are Armstrong, manager Johan Bruyneel, financier Thomas Weisel, Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton and former Tailwind Sports president Barton Knaggs.

    Under the federal False Claims Act, citizens are able to file suit against those who defraud the government, and for their trouble can be awarded up to one-third of any money reclaimed by the government. Defendants can be fined up to three times the amount - which in the case of the US Postal Service sponsorship agreement was over $30 million.

    The suit was filed in 2010, but was bolstered by Armstrong's recent confession to having doped during all seven of his Tour de France victories. The US Postal Service sponsored the team during his first six Tour wins - 1999-2004. The US...

  • Team Sky names teams for March races

    The Team Sky riders trained in Mallorca
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 8:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Porte targets Paris-Nice, Froome confirmed for Tirreno-Adriatico

    Team Sky will look to add to its early season win in Australia and Oman wins with a full programme of racing in March. The British team will compete in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, with almost all of the team's big-name riders in action.

    Bradley Wiggins won't defend his title at Paris-Nice (March 3-10), but Vasil Kiryienka, Richie Porte and Kanstantsin Siutsou will try to target success in France. Chris Froome, fresh off the win in the Tour of  Oman, will try to take another stage race victory at Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12).

    The team is sending its Classics riders to Milano-Sanremo after they spend time training at altitude in Tenerife instead of riding Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico. Edvald Boasson Hagen and Geraint Thomas are expected to lead the squad for the first big one-day race of the season on March 17.

    Bradley Wiggins continues his build-up for the Giro d'Italia by riding the Volta a Catalunya (March 18-24). Rigoberto Urán will also be in action in Spain, with support from Dario Cataldo, Josh Edmondson, Peter Kennaugh, Christian Knees, David López and Danny Pate.

    March ends with the Criterium International (March 23-24) before the focus turns to Belgium and northern France for the cobbled Classics. Froome will lead the team as he studies roads in Corsica for the depart of this year's Tour de France. Young American's Ian Boswell and Joe Dombrowsim and Briton Jonathan Tiernan-Locke will also take part in the two-day race.

    The Team Sky Classics squad will be in Belgium on March 20 for Dwars door Vlaanderen and then ride E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (Marc h 22), Gent-Wevelem (March 24) and then the big one: Ronde van Vlaanderen on March 31. In the Team Sky classics squad are:  Edvald...

  • Sagan back in action at the Gp di Camaiore

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) remains in the Tour of Oman leader's jersey.
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 9:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    Cannondale leader prepares for Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico

    Peter Sagan will be back in action at the GP di Camaiore in Tuscany on Thursday after recovering from the bronchitis that forced him to pull out of the Tour of Oman.

    Sagan won two stages in Oman, looking strong in the hills and fast in the sprint finishes. The Cannondale team is convinced the Slovakian rider has made a full recovery and will lead the team alongside fellow young talents Moreno Moser and Damiano Caruso.

    Sagan has spent the last few days training in Tuscany to avoid the cold and wet weather of northern Europe. After the GP di Camaiore, he will also ride the Strade Bianche race on Saturday, the new Roma Maxima race in Rome on Sunday and then Tirreno-Adriatico, which starts in Tuscany on Wednesday March 6.    

    "My throat isn't sore anymore and so I can say I'm better but I'm missing a bit of sharpness," Sagan said in a press release from the Cannondale team.

    "I rested up and then started training gradually. Camaiore is tough race and so my first goal is to race again and see how I feel. It'll be a good way to prepare for Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico."

    Moser and Caruso will make their season debut at the GP di Camaiore after snow delayed their debut at Sunday's GP di Lugano in Switzerland. The two young Italians have recently completed two week of intense training at altitude at Monte Teide, on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

    "We've got some good riders who suit the Camaiore route," directeur sportif Dario Mariuzzo said.

    "The only doubt is about how competitive Sagan, Moser and Caruso will be. Their lack of racing could be decisive in the finale. We'll do what we can to be in the finale so we can play our cards."

    Team Cannondale for the GP di Camaiore: Peter Sagan, Moreno Moser, Damiano Caruso, Agostini, Federico Canuti, Alessandro De Marchi, Daniele...

  • Report: Indurain and Banesto were Conconi clients

    Miguel Indurain Photo: © AFP
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 11:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Donati claims team paid doctor "high amounts"

    Miguel Indurain is the latest multiple Tour de France winner to be associated with a doping scandal. Highly respected Italian anti-doping expert Sandro Donati claims to have evidence that Indurain and his Banesto team worked with Dr. Francesco Conconi in the nineties. There was however no definite proof of what service the payments were made for.

    Donati, who now works as a researcher with the World Anti-Doping Agency, told that Conconi “had contracts with Banesto for high amounts.” 

    Erwin Nijboer, a Dutch rider on the team at the time, confirmed the contact with the doctor, but said that it “was only to do the Conconi test.” 

    Donati expressed his doubts as to that statement. “I don't think that Banesto paid that much to have the riders tested.”

    The story was confirmed by Dutch journalist Ludo van Klooster, who told that he saw the Banesto bus as the University of Ferrara, where Conconi worked. “I saw the entire team. Also Indurain. And Erwin Nijboer.”

    Indurain won the Tour de France five consecutive years, from 1991 to 1995. He also won both the Giro d'Italia and Tour in the same year twice, in 1992 and 1993. He has always denied doping.

    Other Conconi clients included Maurizio Fondriest, Ivan Gotti, Piotr Ugrumov, Claudio Chiappucci, Mario Cipollini, and the late Laurent Fignon.

    Conconi is considered one of the founding father of modern-day sports physiology. He created the Conconi test to measure aerobic threshold and taught sports science to a number of sports doctors who went onto to work in cycling, including Dr. Michele Ferrari and Dr. Luigi Cecchini.

    Conconi helped Francesco Moser break the hour record in 1984, with the Italian rider later admitting he used then legal blood transfusions to boost his performance. Conconi received funding from both the International Olympic Committee and the Italian...

  • Louder heading home after being hit by car at Langkawi

    Jeff Louder (UnitedHealthcare) spent the day working in the break.
    Article published:
    February 26, 2013, 12:45 GMT
    Alex Malone

    UnitedHealthcare rider left on roadside with destroyed bike

    Jeff Louder is heading home prematurely from the Tour de Langkawi after failing to finish the stage to Genting Highlands. The UnitedHeathcare rider was hit by an official race vehicle whilst on the climb and was left by the roadside with a destroyed bike and no way to make it to the top. His team director wasn't informed of the incident and the commissaire vehicle which hit him from behind failed to stop.

    Louder was riding his way up the climb when he suddenly found himself being hit by a race official's car. Louder had been "yo-yoing" off the back on the tough ascent before coming to an abrupt halt. He had been hit from behind.

    "I was kind of in the cars and yo-yoing a bit, following a couple of riders when basically, we were coming around the com [commissaire] car and the next thing I knew I had a front-left bumper in my real wheel," he told Cyclingnews.

    "It ripped off my derailleur, I was able to keep it up, I didn't get hurt which is a good thing but I had to stop. My bike was destroyed. The whole rear mech was just ripped off. There was no fixing it. The team car was ahead of me and he wasn't alerted so the race went on. He [the driver] just continued on," he added.

    Louder had been eating breakfast with his teammates on the morning of Stage 6 and with time to reflect on the previous day's event remained frustrated that his race was over but was diplomatic about the situation. He had accepted the commissaire's decision not to allow him back into the race but was saddened to be returning home.

    "It's frustrating because it puts a bad mark for me on the race and it's not fair. It's a great race. Even the other day when I was racing, Pieter Weening - this is the first time he has...