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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Date published:
July 10, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Van Garderen surprised himself with Besançon time trial result

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) finished an impressive fourth on the stage and reclaimed the best young rider jersey.
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    July 09, 2012, 22:12 BST
    By:
    Daniel Simms

    23-year-old BMC rider regains white jersey at the Tour

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) rode to his best time trial result in a Grand Tour with fourth place on the road to Besançon. The 23-year-old American finished 1:06 behind stage winner Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) but his time was enough to regain the lead in the Tour de France's young rider classification. Van Garderen now leads former white jersey holder Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) by 42 seconds and Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Nissan) by 45 seconds.

    Van Garderen came into the stage looking to set time checks for his team leader Cadel Evans but after the first time check at 16.5 kilometres he found himself ahead of former world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara.

    "We mainly talked about not taking risks," he said. "I told him (Evans) I'd go hard, but try to keep it a regular tempo to not go too over the edge. I had to promise Cadel I wouldn't crash. It wasn't until the second half that I really started to ramp it up."

  • Armstrong's federal lawsuit against USADA dismissed

    Expect to see Lance Armstrong in suit and tie this fall if his case goes to arbitration
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    July 10, 2012, 0:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Court rules claims were made to "incite public opinion against Defendants"

    A US judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Lance Armstrong against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    The 80-page-long lawsuit claimed that USADA rules violate an athlete's constitutional right to a fair trial, and that the agency doesn't have jurisdiction in his case. Seven hours after being filed, federal judge Sam Sparks, of United States District Court dismissed the claim in Austin, Texas.

    The case can be refiled in 20 days on the basis that Armstrong only pleads to information relevant to the case.

    Court documents revealed by the New York Times, quote Sparks with having the following response:

    "This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong's desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims."

    The Court claimed that the lawsuit filed earlier in the day contained "allegations" which were separate to the case and therefore "the Court must presume, were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against Defendants."

    A footnote on the documents states the following:

    "Contrary to Armstrong's apparent belief, pleadings filed in the United States District Courts are not press releases, internet blogs, or pieces of investigative journalism. All parties, and their lawyers, are expected to comply with the rules of this Court, and face potential sanctions if they do not."

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  • Video: Tour de France Stage 9 highlights

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) put in a masterful performance in the 41.5km stage 9 time trial.
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    July 10, 2012, 1:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Team Sky sets the standard in Besançon

    Team Sky earned the top two places on the Stage 9 podium with Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome powering past the earlier benchmark set by Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan).

    Reigning World Champion Tony Martin was not at his best, still carrying a broken wrist and so it was Cancellara whose time stood. In-form Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) got close, and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) closer still before the GC's big hitters came out to play.

     

  • Tour de France rider galleries

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) attacked on the final climb with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in tow.
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    July 10, 2012, 2:51 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Documenting the standout riders from this year's Tour

    Some of the greatest moments in sport are best viewed, not by the roadside as the peloton speeds along too quickly to appreciate the expression their faces but in stills - where the smallest detail can be captured. The following galleries have been compiled by Cyclingnews to share these moments which may have been missed while watching it roadside or in front of the television.

    The riders in this select group have been chosen for their standout performances in previous editions with additional members included as they head into their favoured terrain.

    Galleries will be updated following each stage’s completion and will include general classification contenders like Cadel Evans (BMC) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) while the odds-on favourites to animate the race such as stage one’s winner Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will no doubt fill the photographer’s memory cards with hundreds of images. Fast-men in the sprints will be represented by Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) and Matt Goss (Orica - GreenEdge).

     

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan)

    Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling)

    Cadel Evans (BMC)

  • Boonen and Gilbert to lead Belgium in 2012 London Olympics

    Tom Boonen in his national champion's jersey
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    July 10, 2012, 3:50 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Gilbert to ride both road race and time trial

    Belgium will be sending a high-powered team to the 2012 London Olympics, led by Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert. The latter will ride both the road race and the individual time trial.

    The pair will be supported by Jürgen Roelandts, Greg Van Avermaet and Stijn Vandenbergh. The team, selected by national coach Carlo Bomans and approved by both the Belgian cycling federation and the national Olympic committee, was announced late Monday afternoon.

    Boonen, who rides for Omega Pharma-QuickStep, was the dominant rider of the first half of the season.  He has nine wins on the season, including the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

    Gilbert dominated the entire 2011 season, winning races from the Volta ao Algarve in February to the GP de Wallonie in September, but is still looking for his first win this year.

    Bomans said that he hoped all the riders came safely through the Tour de France and the Tour of Poland. “Only then can we really talk about our tactics for London,” he told sporza.be.

    Vandenbergh, Boonen's teammate at Omega Pharma-QuickStep, was the surprise on the team.  “I opted to take a true domestique.  If you see what a step forward he took this spring riding n support of his team, you could say he enforced his selection.

    “Vandenbergh is not only there to help Boonen, but the whole team. In Belgium there are not many riders who completely sacrifice themselves.”

    Gilbert, who was 2011 Belgian road and time trial champion, will also ride both disciplines in London. "The time...

  • Tour shorts: Greipel's swim shorts, red lantern in quarantine

    Andre Greipel signs autographs for the fans
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    July 10, 2012, 4:59 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Comfortable Cavendish, Olympics for Chavanel

    Greipel to ride in swim shorts on Champs-Elysées

    Next time, Lotto-Belisol rider André Greipel will think twice before accepting a bet with teammate Adam Hansen. Before stage eight to Porrentruy, the German was certain that green jersey wearer Peter Sagan (Liquigas) would take another stage win, but in the end, the Slovak only finished 55th.

    "I have a bet with @AndreGreipel. If Sagans win 2day I must ride a lap in Paris wearing boardshorts & flipflops. If Sagan loses, Andre must," the Australian tweeted.

    But this bet may not have been the last one at this Tour. "Unfortunately I lost a bet against @HansenAdam...Will have to find a way to equal this bet or better Adam is coming with me!" Greipel responded. To be continued... HK

    Tour's red lantern in quarantine

    Saur-Sojasun climber and 2009 Tour de France stage winner Brice Feillu is having a hard time at the race this year. The Frenchman is 1:11:39 minutes down on Bradley Wiggins (Sky), at the very last position on general classification, which makes him the famous "red lantern". Feillu is suffering from a viral gastritis which he contracted at the very beginning of the Tour, and as if that wasn't enough, he cannot even complain to anyone about it as his team doctor has put him under quarantine to stop the infection from spreading.

    Feillu is spending his time alone, having dinner in his hotel room instead of sharing it with his teammates in the hotel restaurant, being driven to the stage starts in a team car instead of the team bus, and finally barely hanging onto the last rider of the bunch in the race.

    "Last Monday I was dropped, empty, feverish, I hadn't slept duing the night," he told L'Equipe. "I tried to make my temperature drop by watering my face. Yesterday [on stage...

  • Glass half full for Nibali after Besançon time trial

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is still in the hunt for an overall podium finish.
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    July 10, 2012, 6:04 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Sicilian's reference was Evans

    Such were Vincenzo Nibali's efforts in the Tour de France's first long time trial at Besançon on Monday that it took him over an hour and a half to produce a sample for doping control. When the Liquigas-Cannondale rider emerged sheepishly from the anti-doping cabin shortly after 7pm, he was greeted with ironic applause by the small group of reporters who awaited him.

    "After such a short and violent effort like that it can be very difficult, it's lot easier after a five hour stage," Nibali said with an apologetic grin, as he sat aboard his time trial bike and began to pedal slowly towards his team car.

    Nibali finished the stage in 8th place, 2:07 down on the winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky), and it was difficult to tell if his glass was half full or half empty. While there was a sense of deflation at the deficit to the Sky pair of Wiggins and Chris Froome, Nibali could take consolation from the fact that he limited his losses to Cadel Evans (BMC) to just 24 seconds.

    "They were telling me in my earpiece that I was matching Evans' times, so I knew I was going very well," Nibali said. "I knew I was losing something on Wiggins, and Froome went well too so now I'm two minutes down on GC, but I defended myself as best I could."

    On an exacting course that required riders to dose their efforts accordingly, Nibali believed that his calculations had been spot on. He paced himself against Cadel Evans, and was even five seconds up on the Australian at the opening time check.

    "In the first part of the course, I didn't exaggerate too much," he said. "There was a long climb and I managed myself well, especially on the second part of the climb. I was looking to go as steady as...

  • Roche happy to stay in Tour de France top 10

    Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) is in 10th place overall after the stage 9 time trial.
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    July 10, 2012, 7:56 BST
    By:
    Peter Cossins

    Irishman looking forward to building on "competitive" time trial performance

    Having managed to avoid trouble during the opening week of the Tour de France and show that he's not far behind the very best on the climbs, Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale) maintained his position in the top-10 on general classification with one of the best time trial performances of his career on the 41.5km route to Besançon.

    "I'm not a time trial champion yet, but I think the word that I'd use is that I'm now competitive," he told Cyclingnews.

    With his 1987 Tour de France-winning father following in the Ag2r team car behind him, Roche produced a very consistent ride in a discipline where he has struggled. "I'm pretty happy with the way I've performed today. I was hoping with the condition I've got and thanks to the work I've done on my time trialling I would be around 20th," said Roche, who finished up in 23rd place on the day.

    "My idea was to not lose more than a minute to the guys who are around eighth to 12th on GC and I think that I've done that and also done one of my best TTs so far," he added.

    As the Ag2r leader sat recuperating on the steps of his team's camper-van, Stephen Roche said he'd been hugely impressed with his son's performance. "Nicolas was brilliant, very consistent and strong all the way through. I think that was the best time trial I've seen him ride in a long, long time," said Roche senior, who was one of the best time triallists of his generation.

    "He was good in every way – in his pedalling, his cornering, the way he attacked the climbs, the way he backed off when he needed to. Hopefully this will give him confidence for the next one. He's definitely got the ability to time trial, he just hadn't understood that yet. But...