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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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October 22, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • John-Lee Augustyn signs for MTN-Qhubeka

    John-Lee Augustyn (Barloworld) crashed off the side of the mountain and had to wait for a bike change as his machine tumbled into the valley below.
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    October 21, 2013, 15:56 BST
    Cycling News

    South African returns after 18 months on the sidelines

    John-Lee Augustyn will return to the professional peloton in 2014 in the colours of MTN-Qhubeka. The South African took an indefinite break from cycling in May of last year in a bid to recover from an ongoing hip problem and did not race on the road this season.

    Augustyn’s hip injury dates back to 2007, when he damaged the head of his femur in a crash. Although he recovered sufficiently to ride the Tour de France for Barloworld in 2008 and earn a move to Team Sky in 2010, Augustyn scarcely raced in 2011 and underwent hip resurfacing in a bid to correct the problem.

    Augustyn left Sky for Utensilnord-Named in 2012, but raced just once for his new team before announcing that he was rescinding his contract and following medical advice by taking an extended period of time off his bike.

    The 27-year-old returned to serious training in Italy earlier this year, and made his comeback at the Crater Cruise and Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike races in South Africa last month. On Monday MTN-Qhubeka officially announced Augustyn's addition to the roster for 2014. The team has already signed another man who sat out the 2013 season, Linus Gerdemann.

    “I feel I am back where I belong. To be a professional bike rider is a privilege and I’m very proud to be a member of a team from my own country,” Augustyn said. “I’m really happy and motivated. My family and I have made tough choices and sacrifices in the last few years and now they are paying off.”

    MTN-Qhubeka this season became the first African-registered squad at Pro Continental level, and enjoyed instant success by winning Milan-San Remo with Gerald Ciolek. The 2014 MTN-Qhubeka roster will feature 17 African riders, including new arrival

  • Now online: The 2013 Cyclingnews Reader Poll

    Enter the 2013 Cyclingnews reader poll for a chance to win Dan Martin's Cervélo R5 race bike
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    October 21, 2013, 16:33 BST
    Cycling News

    One lucky reader will win Dan Martin's Cervélo R5 race bike

    It's here again...the 2013 Cyclingnews Reader Poll is now online.

    Every year, we give you the chance to pick the riders, teams, races, moments and equipment that have really stood out from the pack in the last 12 months. To keep things simple, we'll be asking you to vote from a fixed selection in each category, so the survey should take you less than five minutes to complete.

    As an incentive, we're giving away a remarkable prize to one lucky reader: a 2013 Cervélo R5 race bike used by Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) this season, featuring a 54cm Cervélo R5 frame/fork, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 10 Speed 7970 components, Mavic Kysrium SLR Clinchers, Rotor cranks, 3T bars/stem/seatpost, fi'zi:k saddle, Garmin Edge 510 computer, and Arundel bottle cages. Pedals are not included.

    Dan Martin's Cervélo R5 bike is provided courtesy of the official online store of the Garmin-Sharp pro cycling team. The online store specializes in selling the team's technical apparel from sponsor Castelli, as well as limited edition team items and casual apparel. During the fall season the pro team mechanics tune up the team's Cervélo race bikes which are then sold online, direct to team fans. A wide variety of team bikes can be purchased from while limited supplies last. For more information contact the store via email or over the phone +1 303-484-9361.

    Entries for the 2013 Cyclingnews Reader Poll will close at midnight, November 29, 2013. Enter here today! Entries...

  • Jamis-Hagens Berman announces full 2014 roster

    The Jamis team spent the day trying to hold onto the yellow jersey
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    October 21, 2013, 18:00 BST
    Pat Malach

    Six new riders join core returning group of seven

    Jamis-Hagens Berman will bring six new riders on board for 2014 to join a core group of seven returning riders from the 2013 roster, team manager and director Sebastian Alexandre told Cyclingnews today.

    The team previously announced it had signed Gregory Brenes from Champion System, Eloy Teruel from Movistar and Ian Crane from the former Hagens Berman domestic elite team. Joining those three will be new recruits Rob Squire, 23, the 2011 US U23 champion who raced this past season with the Ukrainian Amore & Vita squad; Colombian Daniel Jaramillo, 22, from Colombia-Coldeportes; and Stephen Leece, 22, the 2013 US Elite amateur road champion from Cal Giant-Specialized.

    The new riders will join seven returning riders from the 2013 squad that helped lift Janier Acevedo to the top of the UCI Americas Tour. Returning riders include JJ Haedo, Luis Amaran, Ben Jaques-Maynes, Matt Cooke, Carson Miller, Tyler Wren and Ruben Companioni.

    Riders not returning from the 2013 squad include Acevedo, who signed with Garmin-Sharp for next season, Demis Aleman, Jamey Driscoll, Philip Mooney, Guido Palma, Chase Pinkham, Kyle Wamsley, Gabriel Varela and Eric Schildge.

    Alexandre was very excited about his new recruits and the infusion of the young riders onto the team.

    "Jaramillo is a very talented rider," Alexandre said via email. "Only two or three riders in all Colombian history have won the Vuelta Porvernir (biggest Junior Tour in Colombia ) and Vuelta Juventud (Vuelta Colombia U23). All the former winners of the Vuelta Juventud ended up being very good in Europe, like [Mauricio] Ardila, [Sergio] Henao, [Fabio] Duarte and [Mauricio]...

  • Bos rebuilds his morale in Hainan after MPCC stop

    Yannick Martinez, Theo Bos and Moreno Hofland on the stage 2 podium
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    October 21, 2013, 19:15 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Dutchman sprints to seventh win of the season

    Theo Bos enjoyed the sweetness of victory more than four months after he claimed his last one [stage 1 of the Ster ZLM Toer] but his win in stage 2 of the Tour of Hainan was mostly a way to overcome the negative feelings he’s gone through after he was denied a start at the Vuelta a España.

    “My morale went down after what happened at the Vuelta,” Bos told Cyclingnews in Haikou. He was a non starter at Villanova de Arousa in Galicia after a UCI pre-Grand Tour test revealed what his team called “sub-optimal health conditions” on August 24.

    Under UCI rules, he could have raced but MPCC (Movement for Credible Cycling) regulations impose a break of eight days for any rider whose cortisol level drops below a set level. A month later, Belkin Pro Cycling issued a press release in which doctors stated that the problem was caused by asthma medication.

    “A lot of research was needed,” Bos explained. “I’ve been busy with check-ups and we eventually found what it was. The doctors have also indicated a new anti-asthma product for me. I’ve been happy that I could close the chapter but a big question mark remains in many people’s mind. Everyone reads the news but not everyone reads press releases and not everyone believes what is written, so my head was not good.”

    The Tour of Hainan is proving to be an excellent remedy to Bos’ negative feelings as he is a happy member of a winning Belkin team. Prior to imposing himself in Haikou, he was delighted with Moreno Hofland’s first pro victory the day before. This race was always on his schedule as his last one for 2013. “But on my initial plan, I was going to do the...

  • Ekimov: Rodríguez can still win a Grand Tour

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) win the 2013 Giro di Lombardia
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    October 21, 2013, 21:12 BST
    José Been

    Team also looks to Russian talent for success

    Katusha finished third in the WorldTour team ranking while the team's Joaquim Rodríguez won the overall ranking for the second year in a row. "We should never take Joaquim's results for granted," Vyacheslav Ekimov, the general manager of Katusha, told Championat. "It takes a lot of hard work, time and cost to achieve it."

    Rodríguez has been a very consistent rider in the Grand Tours with nine top-10 results in the overall classifications of the Giro, Tour and Vuelta. The Catalan rider has been on the final podium four times with a second place in the 2012 Giro d'Italia behind Ryder Hesjedal his best result. The Spaniard is 34 years of age, so time is becoming an issue, but Ekimov sees no problem with Rodríguez's age.

    "We have seen this year with Chris Horner that winning Grand Tours is still possible when riders are older. Joaquim is in the prime of his life and the Grand Tour finishes in recent years [3rd in Tour and 4th in Vuelta in 2013, 2nd in Giro and 3rd in Vuelta 2012] show this. It angers him and motivates him even more.

    "We still have some things to work on and the team is willing to help. Purito doesn't sit idle, either. He is constantly seeking the advice of experts to improve his weak spots. It's not about age. Every rider is different. It's about his attitude and desire to win."

    The backbone of the Russian Global Cycling Project in terms of victories are the Spanish riders Rodríguez and Dani Moreno, Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff and Italian Classics specialist Luca Paolini. Ekimov hopes to add more Russian success to that list.

    "We have employed coaches from Russia to achieve this. The young riders from our country know that this is a chance they can't miss out on. I...

  • Greg LeMond: Lance Armstrong should go to jail

    Greg LeMond
    Article published:
    October 21, 2013, 22:23 BST
    Cycling News

    American interviewed on CNN

    Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has come out with renewed vigor against Lance Armstrong in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, to be aired at 8PM Monday (EDT).

    In an excerpt aired to promote the show, LeMond agreed when Cooper asked if Armstrong should go to jail over the fraud he perpetuated on the sport and the American people.

    “This is not a sporting infraction. This is criminal,” LeMond said. "This was an organized mafia and he literally tried to destroy people."

    Armstrong had faced potential criminal charges under a federal fraud investigation that took place prior to the US Anti-Doping Agency's case against him. The federal prosecutor did not go forward with pursuing charges, but a federal whistleblower lawsuit initiated by Floyd Landis could result in monetary penalties for Armstrong.

    LeMond's bicycle business partnership with Trek crumbled after he made statements questioning Armstrong's relationship with banned trainer Michele Ferrari. He and Trek reached an undisclosed settlement to dissolve their relationship, but he recently revived his LeMond brand in partnership with French bike builder Time.

    He continued to reiterate his criticisms of Armstrong's natural abilities, stating that without doping, Armstrong would not have been capable of finishing top five in the Tour de France.

    "I know his physical capabilities," LeMond said, adding that if everyone including Armstrong was clean, "He is a top 30 (rider) at best.

    The full interview airs Monday, October 21 at 8PM on CNN.

  • Konig to lead NetApp-Endura in 2014

    Winner of stage 7 at the Tour of California : Leopold König (NetApp-Endura)
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    October 22, 2013, 0:06 BST
    Cycling News

    Czech expecting Tour de France Wildcard

    Leopold Konig is optimistic of leading his NetApp-Endura team at the Tour de France next year with the 25-year-old already banking on a wildcard invite. Despite these invites not being confirmed for many months yet, Konig has already targeted the French Grand Tour as his main objective for 2014. If there is one advantage to the demise of many pro teams from this year, it is that it opens up opportunities for those that remain, and Konig is hoping that NetApp-Endura will be the beneficiary in the suddenly less competitive market for a Grand Tour start.

    "Team Europcar will become a ProTeam and receive an automatic invitation," Kinig told Idnes. "Sojasun disappears. Then one of the invitations will go to Cofidis and the three others will go to foreign teams.

    "One of them has to be for us. But those are all speculations. I will have to wait until March or April [for confirmation] but since October 1, my goal has been to prepare for the Tour."

    A full list of teams applying for a Pro-Continental license for 2014 is available here. From that list, four teams will be offered an invite to the Tour. IAM Cycling greatly boosted their chances after signing Sylvain Chavanel, and as surmised by Konig, Cofidis are also expected to receive a start at their home race. This then leaves just two invites for the remaining Pro-Conti teams to fight over. Konig's optimism, however, is justified given NetApp-Endura came close to receiving a wildcard this year, in a much tighter contest.

    Konig made a successful Grand Tour debut...

  • Wheelmen book excerpt: What to do about Lance Armstrong (part 2)

    The cover of the Wheelmen book
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    October 22, 2013, 1:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Chapter 13 details Floyd Landis's predicament

    Several books have already been written about Lance Armstrong, but the latest - "Wheelmen" by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell - reveals new details of the Texan’s secret past and eventual downfall thanks to a detailed interview with Floyd Landis and numerous other people who were close to him.

    The book uncovers the early years of Armstrong’s career and his Lothario life style, gives details of his spat with Greg LeMond, his use of performance enhancing drugs, the culture of cheating and is ability to bully anyone who dared go against him.

    Cyclingnews has obtained an excerpt from Wheelmen which will be published in two parts. The first part told the story of Floyd Landis’s decision to confess to doping and how Armstrong and those who supported the Texan tried to stop him. It reveals the secret influence Armstrong held over Landis and how he and others used it.

    This second part details the impetus behind Landis composing the fateful email providing the initial details about the doping program within the US Postal Service team, which was sent to USA Cycling and the UCI. Also included is the means by which Landis ultimately met and confessed to USADA's Travis Tygart.

    Wheelmen can be purchased in bookshops and online by multiple retailers, including Amazon.

    Chapter 13: Betrayal (part 2 of excerpt)

    That July, when Landis learned about the new RadioShack team, he swallowed his pride and called Johan Bruyneel to ask for a spot on the team. Bruyneel turned him down. He said Floyd would bring too much negative publicity, that in terms of public relations, Floyd was radioactive.

    Floyd's depression...