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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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January 08, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Adidas unveil new British Cycling team kit

    The new British Cycling/Adidas team kit
    Article published:
    January 07, 2013, 20:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Aero cycling clothing for 2013/14

    Adidas have announced the new British Cycling kit for the 2013/14 season, with the all-new clothing marking a fresh chapter in a brand partnership that's spanned more than seven years.

    Adidas claim that the new kit is the most innovative to date, with a design that combines the aerodynamic properties of time trial skinsuits with the comfort of elite stage race jerseys. Much of the range has already been subject to intense testing over the past two years, in the UCI WorldTour peloton.

    Aesthetically, the kit features all the elements of the Union Jack in a fresh wraparound design. Although it isn't obvious from the pictures, we've been told that certain parts of the design are also reflective, to aid visibility.

    A key feature within the new kit is the 'bolero', which Adidas state is a one-piece aerodynamic leading edge that acts in the same way as the front of an airplane wing to deliver maximum efficiency and speed. This special edge is situated around the full zip on the jersey, and is also present halfway up the thigh on the team shorts.

    A replica clothing lineup has been announced so that fans can copy their idols' look. Adidas will be officially launching the kit at the London Bike Show on 18 January.

  • Fi'zi:k to launch bars and stems

    Fi'zi:k is testing handlebars and stems with AG2R-La Mondiale
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    January 07, 2013, 23:10 GMT
    Ben Delaney

    Saddle maker enters cockpit market

    This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

    Best known for its saddles, the Italian brand Fi'zi:k is continuing to expand, this time into handlebars and stems.

    Pro team AG2R-La Mondiale will be test riding new handlebars, stems and seatposts this season, in advance of consumer options that will be announced later this year.

    The riders will test different types and shapes of aluminum and carbon bars. Right now there are two levels of aluminum and two levels of carbon components.

    Fi'zi:k was born in 1996 with saddles. The company then launched its seatpost in 2009, and moved into shoes at the 2010 Eurobike trade show. The company already does handlebar tape, and with the bars and stems will have all three contact points covered (hands, feet, derrière).

    During the road season the AG2R-La Mondiale riders will test a variety of bar shapes. Fi'zi:k will announce the final consumer range later this year. For now, there are no set models, prices or weights.

    Judging from a few pictures we obtained from an AG2R team camp, Fi'zi:k appears to have adopted its three-type flexibility classification of Bull/Chameleon/Snake from its saddle line. The Cyrano handlebar, for instance, is labeled Bull, the company's designation for less-flexible cyclists.

    "The cockpit is a big venture for fi’zi:k," said Gabriele Benedetti, global sport marketing manager. "As we have traditionally done with saddle development, the team will act as our live test lab - no other testing can simulate the wear on products that occurs at this level in professional training and racing."

  • Report: Rodríguez tells manager to expedite release from Katusha

    Joaquim Rodriguez loses his cool and howls for joy as he crosses the line to win his first ever Monument at Il Lombardia in a torrential downpour.
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    January 08, 2013, 2:42 GMT
    Cycling News

    CAS to consider Katusha appeal this week?

    Joaquim Rodríguez has reportedly asked his manager to begin the process of getting a release from Katusha, after the Russian team was left out of the UCI WorldTour for 2013.

    According to El Pais, Rodríguez who in 2012 was the world's number one ranked rider for the second time in his career, was in contact with his manager Angel Edo on Sunday asking him to begin negotiations with Katusha for a release from his contract. Terms within his current contract allow him to move on should the Russian team not have a place in the UCI WorldTour.

    Indications were previously as such that the Spaniard would wait for a decision from the Court of Arbritration for Sport after the team appealed the UCI's move on December 15.

    The Spanish daily also reports that the 33-year-old has come to terms with another team for three years. Which team that is remains unknown.

    Reports are mixed as to when CAS will begin to consider Katusha's appeal but El Pais suggests that the process could being this week.


  • McCarthy handed WorldTour ticket for Tour Down Under

    Jay McCarthy on the front of the peloton.
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    January 08, 2013, 5:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sørensen to lead Saxo-Tinkoff at season opener

    Young Australian Jay McCarthy will make his debut on the WorldTour circuit in January at the Tour Down Under. The neo-professional signed with the squad owned and run by Bjarne Riis in late 2012 and will line-up up at the first World Tour race of the year having already represented Australia in the National Team at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

    Talented Danish climber Chris Anker Sørensen will lead the seven-man team when the race kicks off with the People’s Choice Classic criterium along the streets of Adelaide. New recruit Timmy Duggan will also make his first appearance in the Saxo-Tinkoff colours having spent last season with Liquigas-Cannondale - before signing with the "postponed" SpiderTech squad.

    "Chris Anker Sorensen will be our captain for this first WorldTour race of the season and I believe he has a solid chance of making a result for himself and the team on the climbs," said team director Fabrizio Guidi.

    "We hope for a stage win and if you are right there in a finale of a tough stage you are also in with a chance of putting yourself up there in the GC."

    The 51km circuit race will most certainly suit Jonathan Cantwell - who is entering his second year with Riis’ team and at the WorldTour. Cantwell finished in seventh-place in the race won by André Greipel last year.

    "We have a fast man in Cantwell for the sprints and some strong riders for breakaways,"...

  • Pot hole fells Durbridge on eve of defence of Australian TT title

    Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge) took the biggest victory of his short career at the Dauphiné
    Article published:
    January 08, 2013, 6:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    Chrono Orica GreenEdge rider's "focus for January"

    Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge) is hoping to be okay to defend his Australian Time Trial title at the Cycling Australia Road National Championships on Wednesday having fallen on Tuesday afternoon.

    Durbridge won in 2012 in his first attempt at the elite title at the age of 20, ahead of Cameron Meyer and Michael Rogers.

    According to the Ballarat Courier, Durbridge had been attending a photo shoot for the publication with new Orica GreenEdge teammate Michael Matthews, with the pair riding back to their accommodation. On the way, Durbridge hit a pot hole on Sturt Street, Ballarat, just off tomorrow's time trial course and hit the ground after falling over his handlebars.

    Durbridge tweeted after the incident:

    "Heading back to hotel. Hit a [sic] epic hole in the ground then down on my arse. Puncture and broken saddle and some skin. #Notwhatyouwant"

    Just last week, he took out the Portarlington race of the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic in an effort which highlighted some of his time trialling form as he soloed away from breakaway companions Kristian House (Rapha Condor / JLT) and James Oram (Gray's Online / New Zealand) just ahead of the bell lap to maintain his advantage and allow time to celebrate as he crossed the finish line.

    He told Cyclingnews at the race that the defence of his time trial title was his "focus for January."

    Durbridge was also unlucky just ahead of the warm-up criterium at last year's Tour Down Under, suffering a mild concussion after he collided with teammate Matt Goss.


  • 2014 Dubai Tour to be held in February

    As soon as things slowed down riders would take advantage.\
    Article published:
    January 08, 2013, 11:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    New race to follow on from Qatar and Oman

    The Dubai Tour announced for 2014 will be last four days, include five stages and be held between February 20-23 according to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport.

    After the official announcement of the race last Friday, Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Sports Council, with the goal of finalising a deal in the next few months regarding the organisation of the race.

    RCS Sport organised the official opening of the Dubai Cycling Course, bringing Alberto Contador, Vincenzo Nibali, Tony Martin and Ryder Hesjedal to the event.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Dubai Tour will follow on from the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman in 2014, with many of the riders and team staff riding all three races. The race will last four days and include five stages: a time trial, a team time trial, two sprint stages and a hilly stage near the border with Oman.

    RCS Sport general director Michele Acquarone also revealed that a Gran Fondo event could be organised at the same time as the race.

    "When we spoke for the first time, I put three ideas on the table: The start of the Giro d'Italia, organise a race, and a Gran Fondo," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    "In Dubai they realised the huge potential of cycling and as well as the race, it's possible that there will also be a Gran Fondo Giro, like the ones we already organise in the USA."

    The Dubai Sports Council wants the race to promote Dubai as a tourist destination, help develop cycling in the area and eventually discover local cyclists who can represent the United Arab Emirates at the Olympics.

    "We won't just organise the race, we'll be Dubai's partner for a...

  • UCI anti-doping helpline goes live next week

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
    Article published:
    January 08, 2013, 12:00 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    UCI unsure of how to handle information

    The UCI’s anti-doping hotline has been re-branded as a 'helpline' and is expected to go live by the end of next week. The UCI confirmed to Cyclingnews on Tuesday that the ‘helpline’ was close to completion with the finer details - like what the federation could and would do with any information passed to them - still to be finalised.

    The helpline was devised in the aftermath of USADA’s investigation into Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team. The anti-doping agency raised several delicate questions regarding the sport’s governing body and its actions during Armstrong career, with allegations of corruption central to confessions from Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis.

    Along with the helpline, the UCI set up an independent commission to address the allegations. The report is expected later this year.

    “Forget hotline, it’s a helpline,” a UCI spokesperson told Cyclingnews.

    “It’s all done technically and we’re doing some tests now to make sure that everything works.

    “We’re in the phase of deciding what to do with calls. There’s a lot of protocols to give everything the chance but if you’re a rider and you called the UCI to say this and that, then we have the message in our hands. We have to still decide what to do. Do we give to the police, a special commission, or not. We need to find out if the information is it true or a joke. There’s still work to be done in the second phase.”

    “We don’t know how many calls we’ll be dealing with. It’s something very new for everyone.”

    When the helpline was announced...

  • Rodriguez's manager denies his rider wants to leave Katusha

    Viatcheslav Ekimov, Joaquim Rodriguez and Denis Menchov hope to find the winning formula.
    Article published:
    January 08, 2013, 12:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Edo claims reports of new team is unfounded

    Joaquim Rodriguez's manager Angel Edo, has vigorously denied reports in a Spanish newspaper that the world's number one ranked rider has decided to to leave Katusha.

    The report, in El País, claimed that Rodriguez had reached a provisional agreement with another team for a three-year deal, and that he had called his manager to ask him to negotiate a release from his current contract with the Russian squad due to their WorldTour licence problems. Edo denies that any of this is true.

    “There is no news, we are in exactly the same situation as before,” Edo told Cyclingnews.

    “We’re waiting for a resolution from CAS over the case, we’ve got a contract signed for 2013 with Katusha and if the team is admitted into the WorldTour we have to fulfill that contract.”

    “If not, then we’ve already made it clear that Rodriguez wants to ride in a team that’s in the Tour de France, and which is 100 percent sure of that. That’s what the World’s number one deserves.”

    Edo said that “Nothing has changed. But as so much time is passing, all over different people in the media are trying to leak the names of possible teams.”

    “We’re a bit fed up with all of this, but we haven’t got much choice until there’s something definitive from CAS.”