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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • WADA funding at critical point in doping war

    Director General of the WADA, David Howman
    Article published:
    November 12, 2012, 15:14 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    WADA keen to be a witness in UCI Commission

    A lack of government funding could harm the fight against doping, so says WADA's director-general David Howman, who added that changes to the agency's code in 2015 could stretch them beyond their capacity. Howman was speaking at the "International Conference: The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Fight Against Doping" in Paris. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Sports, Youth, Non-Formal Education and Voluntary Organizations of France, and co-organized with the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

    WADA currently receive between $28-30 million USD per-year with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) matching every dollar from national governments. However with a number of austerity measures being introduced since the global financial crisis, Howman is concerned that WADA's fight against doping could stagnate and stretch to breaking point. In the last few years, they have moved from focussing on their own WADA code and testing to also collaborating with government agencies and Interpol. The latest measure that was announced on Paris will have them collaborating with a number of pharmaceutical companies and produce a sharing of information that could weed out cheats and doping rings.

    "If you had said to me five years ago that we would be here talking to the industry and the bio people, I would have said it would have never happened because in those days they were more concerned that their image would be tainted from anti-doping. So I think there has been a significant shift in attitude from the industry. This morning indicated a level of commitment that has to be praised," Howman said in relation to the importance of today's conference.

    Asked it was simply a publicity exercise for the likes of GlaxoSmithKline and US Bio to capitalise on Howman said, "I don't see it that way. if think if you've got people willing to give up their time an energy to come along for something like this, that's pretty...

  • Team Raleigh announces its 2013 line-up

    Alexandre Blain winning the 2012 UCI 1.2 Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic
    Article published:
    November 12, 2012, 18:27 GMT
    Cycling News

    Squad strengthened with nine new signings

    After a successful 2012, Team Raleigh has undergone a significant rebuild as part of its planned progression, bringing in a number of very strong and experienced riders to complete a formidable line up for 2013.

    Former British National Circuit Race Champion Graham Briggs, along with 2012 National Road Race Bronze medallist Russell Hampton and Scottish hard man and Commonwealth Games rider Evan Oliphant will return to the squad. Eighteen-year-old Matt Holmes, silver medal winner in the British National Under 23 Road Race Championship is also back.

    New riders include Frenchman Alexandre Blain, Australians Richard Lang, Lachlan Norris, Sam Witmitz and Mark O'Brien, Canadian Rob Britton, Tom Scully from New Zealand and two more British riders, Tom Moses and Mark Christian.

    Blain, 31, makes the move from the Endura racing team, and he brings a wealth of experience to the team and his impressive palmarès includes winning the Tour de Normandy in 2011. His 2012 victories include the UCI 1.2 Rutland Melton Classic and the Maldon-Dengie Tour. He also came 3rd overall in the Mi-Aout Bretonne.

    Witmitz, 27, from Victoria, Australia, is a lead-out and sprint specialist. He won three rounds of the 2012 Australian National Series races and recently won the sprint competition jersey overall in New Zealand's Tour Of Southland.

    Lang, 23, from Sydney, Australia, joins the Raleigh line up from Rapha. He is a strong sprinter a previous winner of Australia's classic Goldburn to Sydney race. In 2012, he won the Beverly Elite Crit and the Newcastle Leazes Crit.

    Norris, 25, from Victoria, Australia, recently won the 2012 Tour of Tasmania overall, including a stage win and the KOM competition. In 2011, he rode as a stagiere for HTC-Highroad and took fourth overall in the Tour of Taiwan and fifthin the Australian Road Championship.

    O'Brien, 25, also hails from Victoria, Australia and is a very strong climber, GC specialist and...

  • Szmyd reinvigorated by Movistar move

    Sylvester Szmyd (Liquigas) marked by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne).
    Article published:
    November 12, 2012, 22:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    34-year-old says sport has changed since Armstrong years

    Twelve seasons riding for Italian teams was enough for Sylvester Szmyd to seek change. The experienced domestique announced his move to the Spanish Movistar team after five seasons at Liquigas and says a change of "scenery" was necessary to maintain motivation. He also added that his profession has changed a lot since the years of Lance Armstrong and believes the sport is now much cleaner.

    "I think it was the right time for a change of scenery," said Szmyd on Biciclismo. "I needed to find other stimuli so I can remain motivated after 12 years as a professional. That is the reason for the change, to see what it’s like in another environment."

    The experienced Szmyd is charged with supporting his new team captain Alejandro Valverde - who he beat atop Mont Ventoux at the 2009 Dauphiné Libéré - during the grand tours. The 34-year-old however, wants to be given the opportunity to lead the team at WorldTour events like the Tour of Poland.

    "I know I cannot win a big tour at Movistar. They have two great riders who won the Vuelta [Valverde and Juan José Cobo]. Valverde is a great rider, he has always shown himself in every race and he can win on any terrain. He is a complete rider," Szmyd said.

    "If I can be captain in races like the Tour of Poland that would make my career great, but I will have to prove this will be on the road."

    Szmyd signed a two-year deal with Movistar but was not willing to put a stop-date on his professional carreer - that began in 2001 with Tacconi Sport - Vini Caldirola. The Polish rider has been around for long enough to witness the sport adapt and believes that...

  • 'Cipo' a crowd favourite in Miami's Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia

    The man, the legend, Mario Cipollini
    Article published:
    November 13, 2012, 1:10 GMT
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    Pozzato and Di Luca attend final event for 2012

    Miami was the stage for the final Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia of 2012. A trio of iconic Italian cyclists led the 1,000-strong field along the roads of southern Florida on a beautiful November day. 2002 World Champion Mario Cipollini, 2007 Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca and 2006 Milan-San Remo victor Filippo Pozzato energized the crowd lined up on Coral Gables fabled Miracle Mile for the traditional mass start.

    'Cipo' admitted to the crowd that he had probably partied a bit too much in South Beach prior to the event, but he graciously lent his time for photos and words of encouragement. Di Luca told Cyclingnews that he had enjoyed the weather and the roads of the Miami region and that his primary goal in 2013 was to become a two-time winner of the Giro d'Italia.

    Pippo Pozzato acknowledged that his well-respected sprint was on a bit of hiatus in the month of November and that it was time to be getting in base mileage. Commenting on his second place to Tom Boonen in this year's Tour of Flanders, he remarked that being in the three-up breakaway at the finish was OK, but winning is all that matters.

    Also on the starting line was Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli who is a neighbor of Di Luca's in Pescara and also has a residence in South Beach. He had intended to ride the 60-mile route, but missed the turn and ended up completing the 100-mile course and doing so in the lead group which finished in just over four hours.

    At Trulli's side was Bruno Junqueira, the former Indy Car driver from Brasil who is currently driving the American Le Mans series. Those race car drivers are fit!

    Giro d'Italia race director, Michele Acquarone, was on hand to encourage the riders. He...

  • Bendigo Grand Prix announced for January 2013

    The late season Herald Sun Tour races through the Victorian country side.
    Article published:
    November 13, 2012, 3:05 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Event to coincide with delayed Victorian Open Road Championships

    The 2012 Victorian Open Road Championships, previously postponed due to problems surrounding police availability for rolling road closures, will now be held in early 2013.

    The three-day event, running from 18-20 January will form part of the Bendigo Gran Prix. The top-10 placegetters from the time trial, road race and criterium championships will accumulate points towards the overall Bendigo GP men’s and women’s title.

    The shift in dates from November 2012 to January 2012 is expected to draw in a more competitive field with the busy month including the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, the return of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and the Australian National Road Championships. The first race will begin on January 18, just one week following the Road Championships in Ballarat. Route changes are expected for the road course at the National Championships with an announcement coming later this week.

    The dates coincide closely to the opening of next year’s Tour Down Under however, avid racers will still have time to finish the Bendigo GP and travel to Adelaide for the tour’s first stage on Tuesday 22 January.

    Race Programme
    Friday 18 January - Women’s time trial, Emu Creek (24.6km)
    Friday 18 January - Men’s time trial, Emu Creek (30km)
    Saturday 19 January - Women’s road race, Spring Gully (79km)
    Saturday 19 January - Men’s road race, Spring Gully (142.2km)
    Sunday 20 January - Women’s criterium, Bendigo CBD (25.5km, 30 laps)
    Sunday 20 January - Men’s criterium, Bendigo CBD (34km, 40 laps)


  • Irizar celebrates 10 years clear from cancer

    RadioShack-Nissan teammates Markel Irizar and Maxime Monfort
    Article published:
    November 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan rider entering 10th year as professional

    Markel Irizar has been clear of cancer for 10 years, announced the 32-year-old via his Twitter account. The Spaniard underwent treatment for testicular cancer in 2002 whilst he was an amateur before turning professional with Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2004.

    "After 10 years, last visit to oncology! Everything was ok, so now I am cancer free!! BÍG DAY!!!," Irizar wrote on Twitter.

    The current RadioShack-Nissan rider had written a letter as a junior to Lance Armstrong when the American was diagnosed with cancer. Armstrong returned the favour years later when the Spaniard was having treatment. The two spent the 2010 season riding for Team RadioShack before the former Tour de France winner Armstrong retired at the end of 2010.

    Irizar has been named in the 2013 line-up for RadioShack-Nissan which includes 27 riders and three new confirmed signings. Stijn Devolder (Vacansoleil), Bob Jungels (Leopard-Trek) and Robert Kiserlovski (Astana) will join the team at the beginning of next year while Danilo Hondo has been heavily linked to the squad after announcing he would depart Lampre-ISD at the end of 2012.

    The 2011 winner at Ruta del Sol, Irizar, will enter his fourth season with the team after joining RadioShack in 2010. Irizar has only ridden for one other professional team, riding for Euskaltel-Euskadi from 2004-2009.


  • Wilson Racing's GPM-Data#3 team readying for 2013

    Josh Taylor (GPM-Wilson Racing) goes on the attack in the closing lap with Miles Scotson (SASI) for company
    Article published:
    November 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Team director Wilson aiming to avoid repeat of National's "bloodbath"

    Entering its fifth year registered in the National Road Series, the team managed by former professional Trent Wilson announced that the GPM-Wilson Racing team will become GPM-Data#3 in 2013. The NSW-based team announced a 16-rider roster that, according to team director Wilson, will be better prepared when racing begins on January 1.

    The team experienced an up and down 2012 after recording breakout performances in 2011 with stage wins at Tour of Gippsland, Murray River and Tasmania, with Wilson admitting changes needed to be made to ensure they can compete with the bigger budget Australian Continental teams.

    Wilson's team finished in second spot behind Genesys Wealth Advisers in the NRS team classification in 2011, however the team would finish in fifth this year after a slower start to the season. Wilson says it was difficult to watch his team not achieve the results they are capable of early in the season but insists changes are being implemented before the year is up so the team is ready when racing begins.

    "I think last year, the way the nationals was with GreenEdge, it was an absolute bloodbath for anyone that was underdone," Wilson told Cyclingnews. "Certainly we were shown to be underdone there and this is something I want to change. To make sure we are going into the biggest races of the year, at the start of the year, with the best possible preparation."

    Genesys Wealth Advisers, Team Budget Foklifts and Drapac Professional Cycling were the top-three teams in the NRS this year. Wilson believes he's put together a group capable of rivaling the best on the domestic circuit. To achieve his goal of "winning as many races, stages and tours as...

  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013 course presented

    Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
    Article published:
    November 13, 2012, 9:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    12 “hellingen” and lots of cobblestones in spring opener

    The 2013 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will have some changes but the finale will be the same. Course director Peter Van Petegem expects another finish like this year, when Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Sharp) fought for the win against Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep) and Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky).

    The race, which is the traditional opener of the Belgian spring season, will be held on February 23, 2013.

    “The approach is different, but we have not touched the final,” Van Petegem told the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, which sponsors the race.

    The race features 12 “hellingen”, including Valkenberg, and the Molenberg. The riders will also have to go over the cobblestones of the Haaghoek three times. 

    While the last 40 km of the race remain unchanged, the first circuit has been made more difficult. The 2013 edition also sees the return of the Berendries climb.

    “We do not really want to tinker with the course,” Van Petegem said, but he has to take road construction into consideration. “Therefore Wolvenberg road and the cobblestones of Mater are replace by the Varent.”