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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Date published:
June 25, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Cookson unveils his UCI presidential manifesto

    UCI Presidential candidate Brian Cookson
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 15:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Head of British Cycling calls for "Restoring Trust, Leading Change"

    UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has launched his six-point manifesto at a press conference in Paris, France, on Monday.

    The manifesto, which is titled "Restoring Trust, Leading Change", contains six broad pledges which all centre around the improvement of the governance of the sport and restoring the UCI's credibility.

    First and foremost, Cookson hopes to "rebuild trust in the UCI". In the last two years, the governing body has faced renewed and far reaching criticism for their handling and reaction to the USADA report into doping in the US Postal team. The UCI has also faced allegations of corruption and the cover up of positive tests, although current UCI President Pat McQuaid has already rebuffed the allegations.

    Cookson’s second pledge ties neatly with his first, with the head of British Cycling planning to "transform anti-doping in cycling". In addition, he plans to "grow cycling across the globe, develop women’s cycling, overhaul elite road cycling and strengthen cycling’s credibility and influence within the Olympic Movement."

    “I believe the most important challenge for the new President is to restore trust in the UCI, and most importantly to rebuild people’s faith in the way that anti-doping is dealt with. We need to give people reasons to believe that the future will be different from the past. We must build a culture of trust and confidence,” he said.

    “If elected, my first priority will be to establish a completely independent anti-doping unit, managed and governed outside of the UCI and in full cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This unit would be physically and politically separate from the UCI, responsible for all aspects of anti doping, and report to a board totally independent from the UCI.”

    With regards to the USADA report, Cookson...

  • Rujano retires from pro cycling

    Jose Rujano (Vacansoleil-DCM)
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 17:01 BST
    Cycling News

    Venezuelan has not ridden since April, linked to Italian doping investigation

    Jose Rujano announced his retirement from pro cycling, in an interview with a South American newspaper. Most recently with Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM, he has not raced in Europe since the Tour de Romandie in April.

    “I'm retiring from cycling not for lack of condition, but because of the many problems I've had nationally and internationally and lack of support from those who govern cycling in the country," the Venezuelan rider told the Diairio de los Andes.

    "Rujano hasn't informed us yet," team spokesman Frank Kwanten told Cyclingnews. "He has a one-year contract."

    In March, his name was mentioned in connection with Operation Amateur, a doping investigation into the trafficking of doping products such as EPO, CERA and Retacrit in Italy. Rujano denied an involvement. However, it was enough for Vacansoleil to leave the climber off of its Giro d'Italia team, especially in light of its search for a new sponsor.

    His last race for the team was the Tour de Romandie the end of April. He also just won the Colombian national time trial title.

    Rujano, 31, turned pro in 2003 with Colombia-Selle Italia, where he stayed until 2006. It was one of the few teams at which he spent more than one season. Since then he has been with QuickStep,, Caisse d'Epargne, Gobernacion del Zulia, ISD-Neri, Androni Giacattoli and Vacansoleil.

    In 2012, riding for Androni-Giacattoli, he abandoned the Giro d'Italia on the 19th stage, claiming to suffer from mononucleosis. The team disputed his claim of illness, and he did not ride for them again the remainder of the...

  • Ullrich won't confess to more than blood doping

    Tour de Suisse winner Jan Ullrich is kissed on the podium
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 18:42 BST
    Cycling News

    Also denies having doped in East German and amateur years

    Jan Ullrich has admitted to blood doping with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, but that is as far as he was willing to go in this doping confession. He refused to address the question of ever having used EPO, and denied having used doping products before he turned professional.

    In an interview with the German news magazine Focus, Ullrich said, “Yes, I used Fuentes' treatment. And I was judged and sanctioned for it.” He said further, “I too have made unlawful and wrong decisions in my career.  But I did not damage or injure anyone.

    “Almost everyone then took performance-enhancing products. I didn't take anything that the others didn't take too,” he said, without going into specifics.

    When specifically asked if he had used EPO during his career, he  dodged the question and said, “I don't want to keep engaging myself with the past.” He cited a song by German singer Xavier Nadoo, called “Don't look back any more”, which says that one should look back only at the good memories, and forget the rest. “That is what I want to do.”

    Ullrich also denied ever having doped or having been doped while attending the former East German sports school. “I was much too young in the DDR years. Up until I was 16 years old, I would say I got really good sport support in the East. We felt really well. No, doping played no role at all for us at that time.”

    In 1991, after the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was re-united, Ullrich moved to Hamburg to pursue his career. “It was the same at the start of my amateur days.” He received “bags” of minerals and food supplements from helpers, but “always gave them back. That changed when I turned pro.”

    Ullrich was suspended from T-Mobile Team the day before the 2006 Tour de France after news...

  • Jalabert tests positive for EPO at 1998 Tour de France

    Laurent Jalabert leads Lance Armstrong on stage 4 of the 1996 race. The ONCE rider would win the stage and the overall
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 20:18 BST
    Cycling News

    L'Equipe reports on retroactive test

    French cyclist Laurent Jalabert tested positive for EPO from a sample taken at the 1998 Tour de France according to L'Equipe on Monday.

    A retroactive inquiry done on Jalabert's urine sample by the French Anti-Doping Agency AFLD in 2004 resulted in the positive EPO test according to L'Equipe. The retroactive testing was part of a French Senate inquiry on how effective the fight against doping has been in France.  The Senate is expected to release its full report on July 18.

    There was no test to detect EPO in 1998, and almost all urine samples tested six years after the fact came up positive for EPO.  Names of other riders whose samples tested positive have not yet been released.

    Jalabert testified to the French Senate in May.  He couldn't firmly say that he had not doped, but said that he trusted his team's staff with the injections and medications he was receiving.  He was recently the French National Team coach, but stepped down in April.

    1998 was the year the Festina team left the Tour after a doping scandal. It was also the year that the late Marco Pantani won the Tour.

    During his pro career, Jalabert raced for Toshiba, ONCE and Team CSC. He was the time trial world champion in 1997 and the French road race national champion in 1998. He won four Tour de France stages, three Giro d'Italia stages and 18 Vuelta a Espana stages, including the overall of the latter in 1995.

    L'Equipe promised more details coming in its paper on Tuesday.

  • Greipel eager to take on Tour de France in national championship jersey

    Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol)
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 21:56 BST
    Cycling News

    Lotto Belisol sprinter says he should share honours with teammate Sieberg

    Sprinter Andre Greipel won his first national road race title on Sunday, and said that he would be “overjoyed and proud” to wear it in the upcoming Tour de France. Greipel added that if he could, he would share the jersey with Lotto Belisol teammate and close friend Marcel Sieberg.

    National championships “have their own rules,” he wrote on his personal website, “and so can't be compared with other races.  And when only two riders from a team are there, it is harder to control against smaller teams with a much larger squad. 

    “So I am overjoyed and proud that I will be able to wear the jersey with the black-red-gold stripes  at the Tour de France.  Believe me: that is something very special!”

    As he mentioned, Greipel was in the race with only teammate Sieberg at his side. “Actually I should cut it (the jersey) in the middle and give half of it to 'Sibi*, because he was the one who not only held the group under control, but nearly won the title himself. He was caught only 700 meters before the finish line, which let me win the sprint, and so in the end we worked together perfectly.”

    Greipel said that Sunday's race in Wengen was a good test for the Tour. “The preparations worked out well and I am looking forward to a hopefully exciting duel with my rivals. At any rate, on the German side some of the stages should really be exciting,” he noted, as two of his top rivals are German sprinters Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano.

  • UnitedHealthcare join US Continental squads in Tour of Utah's final selection

    The 2013 Tour of Utah expands its horizons to the southwestern red rock country
    Article published:
    June 24, 2013, 23:46 BST
    Cycling News

    16 teams to line up in Cedar City

    The final teams have been announced for the UCI 2.1 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, August 6-11.

    Professional Continental outfit UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, will join the five domestic UCI Continental teams on the start list - 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda Racing Team, Bontrager Cycling Team, Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Jamis - Hagens Berman, and Jelly Belly Cycling Team presented by Kenda.

    Having missed out on a start at the USA Pro Challenge, 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda should be happy with their invite. Their Spanish import Francisco Mancebo currently leads the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar standings and Utah will be an opportunity for him to perform on a much larger stage.

    The tour announced in May that Five UCI ProTeams would be attending this year's race with RadioShack Leopard, Garmin-Sharp, BMC Racing Team, Cannondale and Orica-GreenEdge all confirming. UCI Pro Continental teams include MTN-Qhubeka and Champion System Pro Cycling Team while the three UCI Continental squads consist of Funvic Brasilinvest-São José dos Campos, Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and Bissell Cycling. For MTN-Qhubeka, it will be their first race on US soil.

    "The field for this year's Tour is outstanding with professional teams coming from across the globe to compete on Utah's scenic byways," said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties which organizes the Tour of Utah. "For cycling fans traveling to Utah, the race is a great opportunity to witness the speed, strength and skills of the...

  • Kerrison hunting for stage wins after sprint classification haul

    Local man Jesse Kerrison (Budget Forklifts) was chuffed to retain the lead in the sprinter's classification
    Article published:
    June 25, 2013, 1:04 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Budget Forklifts young gun making an impression on NRS

    Budget Forklifts' Jesse Kerrison may have just secured his third sprint classification from as many Subaru National Road Series (NRS) events from the Santos North Western Tour, but the 19-year-old warns that it's a small sign of what's to come.

    While he is in his first season with Budget Forklifts and the NRS with Battle on the Border, Adelaide Tour and last week's North Western Tour supposedly a training ground for years ahead but Kerrison's ability has so far surpassed all expectations. Kerrison added to his intermediate sprint haul with a stage victory in Narrabri last week to claim his first victory in the series, improving on his previous stage best, a third place at the Battle on the Border last month. Budget Forklifts' manager Cameron Watt labelled the win as a "bonus" with the team focused on providing Kerrison with experience.

    "I think I was really lucky at North West to have Jack Anderson with me and Sam Horgan," Kerrison told Cyclingnews. "They've done [lead-outs] it so many times and knew exactly where to be. I think following their lead was really good for me."

    Kerrison comes from a track background, rising through the ranks in the same age group as Caleb Ewan who is being touted as Australia's next big thing in road sprinting. Kerrison probably had the edge on his rival at first but a move to track endurance turned the tables. The Queenslander's talent on the boards was undeniable but something was missing, and Kerrison pursued his passion for the road.

    "To be honest, the training for sprinting was just too boring," he explained. "In a week you'd do the same effort 100 times and there was just no variety and no fun in it for me."

    Since then, the results have started to...

  • Cyclingnews launch free Tour de France tracking app

    Live tracking
    Article published:
    July 02, 2013, 8:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Download the app today

    Along with Cyclingnews’ live website coverage we are pleased to announce the new Cyclingnews Tour Tracker app developed in partnership with TourTracker.

    The app provides in-depth access and analysis of every aspect of the world's biggest and most exciting cycling race. The app includes GPS tracking, so you can be part of the race action no matter where you are.

    Whether you’re following Team Sky’s Chris Froome or his biggest rival Alberto Contador, or looking forward to the Grand Tour showdown to the summit of Mont Ventoux and the 172.5km stage which climbs L’Alpe d’Huez – twice! – this FREE Tour de France app is for you.

    You can download the app from Itunes or from Google Play.

    The 2013 Cyclingnews Tour de France Tour Tracker app includes:

    · Live GPS tracking including data from the riders – groups and splits

    · Live mapping and climb profile data

    · Live commentary from the Cyclingnews team

    · In-depth stage previews, reviews and standings, including videos narrated by past Tour stage winner Magnus Backstedt

    · Amazing HD photography from each stage, as it happens

    · The latest standings for all the jersey competitions

    · Customised social media commentary from the biggest names in the world of cycling

    · Historic data and commentary from the last three Tours