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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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July 30, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Kittel: Doping should be a crime

    German sprinting sensation Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
    Article published:
    July 29, 2013, 12:05 BST
    Cycling News

    The new generation is clean, German sprinter claims

    Marcel Kittel is proud to proclaim that he rides clean and is part of the “new generation of riders”. But he also knows that doping will never go away and therefore calls for criminal sanctions against dopers.

    “I see myself with the other young athletes in German as a new generation of riders, who have specific ideas as to how they want to shape the future of cycling and call for that in clear words,” the Argos-Shimano sprinter told the German news magazine Die Welt. “I think  that is a major difference to the riders who were at the start in the past. I want to fight to help cycling regain its credibility.”

    One of the major steps that needs to be taken is “an anti-doping law in German, to criminally punish doped athletes. Doping should be a crime, which must be strongly punished. We all want harsher penalties for dopers,” he said.

    “Those who re-inject their own blood or give themselves an EPO shot or swallow growth hormone should be given a lifelong ban. Because you don't do those things by accident.”

    Kittel further claimed that the “omertà” said to surround doping “doesn't exist any more. In the meantime, most riders speak about what they think and see. I also think there is no more systematic doping in the teams. If there is doping, then it is done by individuals.”

    He points to himself as an example. “I am proud of what I have achieved. I know that I can get up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that I have achieved my successes cleanly. I just couldn't bring myself to disappoint my parents, friends or fans.”

    Referencing Erik Zabel's confession to long-time...

  • Zabel resigns as Cyclassics Sport Director

    The eternal hard-man: Erik Zabel Photo: © AFP
    Article published:
    July 29, 2013, 13:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Organizer could imagine different co-operation with German in the future

    Erik Zabel has resigned his position as Sport Director of the Vattenfalls Cyclassics, the only German WorldTour race. His action came after his extensive disclosure of doping for much of his career.

    “We spoke with Erik Zabel over the weekend. In the conversation he offered to give up his post as sport director. We accepted that offer,” race spokesman Reinald Achilles told the dpa news agency.

    The organizer, Upsolut Event GmbH, said that it would be willing to work with Zabel again in the future, however. “We could imagine working with Erik Zabel on another level in the future,” Achilles said.

    The Vattenfalls Cyclassics has been held in Hamburg, Germany, every year since 1996. Zabel won the race, which usually ends in a sprint, in 2001. It is scheduled to be held August 25.

  • UnitedHealthcare to launch women's team in 2014

    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team general manager Mike Tamayo
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    July 29, 2013, 14:00 BST
    Laura Weislo

    UCI team to focus on USA races

    Recently there have been a number of calls for more equality for women in cycling, and while the ASO director Christophe Prudhomme dismissed the idea of a parallel women's Tour de France, and UCI presidential candidates Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson continue to try to appeal to the female racers with rhetoric, one organisation is leading by example: the Momentum Sports Group, which runs the UnitedHealthcare men's Professional Continental team, announced today it will add an equivalent UCI-registered women's team for 2014.

    While it is too early to name riders or staff, General Manager Mike Tamayo confirmed to Cyclingnews that the team of 10 to 12 women will be clad in the same "blue train" kit as the men, and will focus mainly on the domestic circuit, but with some international races as well.

    Tamayo said that the time is right to launch this project, and that adding the team is the "right thing to do" in order to help further women's cycling. "It's good for the sport. A team like ours, with a decent budget - we take care of our men really well - if we take care of a women's team, manage it properly and bring that group of 10 or 12 women to a more professional level, that's good for the sport. If that motivates other Pro Continental teams or WorldTour teams to find 10-12 women and help them to be more professional, that continues to grow the sport. That's what needs to happen.

    "It's not about prize money or paychecks at this point, I think it's more about growing the sport, and where that money needs to go is into infrastructure. The athletes today aren't going to necessarily benefit from the work we're doing today, they're going to benefit in 10 years. Big changes don't happen overnight, and when you try to force big changes, they come...

  • Ten Dam set to sign new contract with Belkin

    Laurens ten Dam sporting Belkin's new kit
    Article published:
    July 29, 2013, 15:14 BST
    Cycling News

    Dutchman close to agreeing two-year deal

    Fresh from a 13th-place finish at the Tour de France, Laurens ten Dam is set to sign on with Team Belkin for a further two seasons, ending speculation linking him with a move away from the Dutch squad.

    De Telegraaf reported on Monday morning that ten Dam has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Belkin until the end of the 2015 season. Ten Dam has since confirmed that he is likely to stay with the team but that the contract has not yet been finalised and signed.

    “It is going to happen. We still have a few final details to discuss,” ten Dam told “We’re not rushing it but I don’t expect anything will go wrong.”

    De Telegraaf reports that Astana had made firm overtures to ten Dam, and the 32-year-old was also linked with a possible move to Team Sky in recent weeks. Instead, ten Dam seems certain to remain in situ at Belkin, which he joined in 2008, when under the sponsorship of Rabobank.

    8th overall at the Vuelta a España last season, ten Dam’s stock continued to rise with a series of strong showings during the opening two weeks of the Tour de France but he faded in the final week and eventually slipped out of the top ten. Ten Dam is slated to line up in this year’s Vuelta alongside Bauke Mollema, who finished 6th in the Tour.




  • Cavendish returns to action at the Tour of Denmark

    British champion Mark Cavendish leads Polish champion and Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Michal Kwiatkowski
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    July 29, 2013, 16:43 BST
    Cycling News

    Boonen recovering from saddle sore ahead of Eneco Tour

    Mark Cavendish will be looking to get back to winning ways when he lines up at the head of a strong Omega Pharma-QuickStep team at the Tour of Denmark, which gets underway on Wednesday.

    Although Cavendish won two stages at the Tour de France, he was outshone by Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) in the bunch finishes and suffered his first-ever loss on the Champs-Élysées to boot. The six-stage Tour of Denmark is Cavendish’s first competitive outing since, and the race ought to include several bunch finishes.

    “Andy Fenn and Mark Cavendish should have a chance to win a stage, as Denmark always ends up in a few bunch sprints,” said Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Brian Holm.

    Cavendish and Fenn will be joined in the Omega Pharma-QuickStep line-up by Stijn Vandenbergh, Iljo Keisse, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Frantisek Rabon, Martin Velits and Julien Vermote.

    As ever in Denmark, the threat of crosswinds adds a degree of unpredictability to the race but Cavendish and his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team showed their mastery of such conditions on stage 13 of the Tour de France, when he won the sprint into Saint-Amand-Montrond from an echelon of 14 riders.

    Holm has backed Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s rouleurs Frantisek Rabon and Martin Velits to perform strongly in Saturday’s short time trial in Holbæk but warned that they must be careful not to get caught out in the crosswinds and the short, sharp climb on the preceding day’s stage if they are to make an impact on the general classification.

    “You never know what's going to happen with the crosswinds at Denmark so you need to be awake,” Holm said. “Normally, the big battle will be...

  • Belkin look to Kelderman for GC success in Denmark

    Wilco Kelderman will skip this year's Tour after finishing 17th at the Giro d'Italia
    Article published:
    July 30, 2013, 0:19 BST
    Cycling News

    Theo Bos to chase stage wins

    Team Belkin is going into the 830km Tour of Denmark with two clear targets: stage wins with Theo Bos, and GC success with Wilco Kelderman.

    Kelderman enjoyed a successful start to the year by winning the white jersey competition at the Tour of Romandie. He followed this with a strong Giro d'Italia where he finished 17th on the general classification and rounded out the white jersey competition in 3rd.

    Bouyed by his good early season form the 22-year-old is targeting continued success this week.

    "The condition is very good," Kelderman said. "I've been able to train a lot and my legs feel strong. Last year, I finished seventh and I hope to do a little better this year. A top five finish would be nice."

    Kelderman will enjoy some team support for his GC aspirations, although it is clear Belkin have chosen a two-pronged approach as they chase stage wins with Theo Bos.

    Michiel Elijzen has provided ample support for Bos as he attempts to topple Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

    "In addition to Theo, we also have Brown, Van Emden, Flens and Hofland in the team. I think it's quite clear what we want. In the sprint stages, we'll take our responsibility."

    Team Belkin for Tour of Denmark 2013: Theo Bos, Graeme Brown, Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Marc Goos, Moreno Hofland, Wilco Kelderman and Maarten Tjallingii.

  • Malaysia supports McQuaid's bid for re-election

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
    Article published:
    July 30, 2013, 1:08 BST
    Cycling News

    Proposed changes to UCI Constitution demolishes hurdles for incumbent

    In yet another twist to the upcoming UCI Presidential campaign, the Malaysian Federation in conjunction with the Asian Cycling Confederation is proposing an amendment to the nomination process.

    According to a UCI press release, the proposed changes would "reinforce the independence of future UCI Presidents by ensuring they are able to carry out the role based on serving the global interests of cycling, independently from those of any single nominating national federation." Any two national federations would also be entitled to nominate a candidate to stand for President of the UCI.

    Article 51 of the UCI Constitution currently states that 1 – The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate; 2 - Under penalty of inadmissibility, the nominations must be written in English or in French and deposited at the registered office of the UCI ninety days prior to the date of the Congress; 3 - If there is not a sufficient number of candidates, new nominations maybe introduced during the session of the Congress. The election will be limited to the new candidates; the candidates presented according to Paragraphs 1 and 2 above shall be automatically elected.

    British Cycling's Brian Cookson is running as the sole alternate to incumbent Pat McQuaid at the upcoming elections on September 27. Cookson was nominated by British Cycling while McQuaid was snubbed by his home Irish Federation and he instead received nomination from the Swiss Federation. That is now being contested in the courts and if successful, Cookson stands to be elected without contest.

    The UCI's press release also announced the new development that McQuaid has the support of the...

  • Katusha suspends Zabel after doping confession

    Erik Zabel leads a group in the 2005 edition
    Article published:
    July 30, 2013, 10:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Russian team says it follows MPCC policies

    Team Katusha has suspended Erik Zabel following his disclosure that he used doping products throughout much of his career. Zabel confessed to having used EPO, cortisone and blood doping from 1996 to 2004, after his name appeared on the “positive” list for EPO from the 1998 Tour de France.

    The team noted that the doping confession refers to his racing years and "do not have any connection with team Katusha whatsoever.” Zabel, who retired in 2008, has served as sprint coach for Katusha since 2012.

    “As a member of Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC), Katusha follows a strong anti-doping policy,” the team said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

    Katusha is led by Viatcheslav Ekimov, who rode for years on Lance Armstrong's teams and always vigorously defended the American against all doping charges. Last fall Armstrong was banned for life by the USADA on doping charges, which he subsequently admitted.

    The Russian team has had four doping cases since 2009, with the most recent being sprinter Denis Galimzyanov (EPO) in 2012. The UCI denied the team a WorldTour licence for the 2013 season, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport ordered the team be given its licence.