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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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September 10, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Rodriguez dynamites final Vuelta a Espana stage in Pyrenees

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) went on the attack
    Article published:
    September 09, 2013, 21:30 BST
    By:
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Explosive Spaniard gains 28 seconds on Nibali

    Veteran Joaquim "Purito" Rodriguez (Katusha) is well known for his explosive uphill attacks, and even if Formigal's grinding, long slopes were hardly the best terrain for it, the Spaniard lit the fuse when he made the first of the blizzard of attacks that put race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) in trouble for the first time on the 2013 Vuelta a Espana.

    "Of the three days in the Pyrenees, this was the stage that suited me the least, and the time I've got back is very little," said Rodriguez, whose time gain of 28 seconds on today's stage 16 nonetheless put him at 2:29 down overall.

    "It almost, almost, doesn't really count, but at least today I've seen the sun shine a little."

    Asked why he thought Nibali had cracked, Rodriguez said, "That's easy, it was a really hard stage, very fast, and way ahead of the fastest time anybody expected." Even though this was a mountain stage where maximum pre-race estimates were of 38kph, the stage finally averaged 39.406kph, with the first two hours averaging 46kph and 44kph.) "You could see it in everybody's faces, we're all tired."

    When it was repeated to him that the stage was never expected to produce attacks of that ferocity on the leader, Rodriguez said "Well, in cycling two and two don't make four. "Astana, too, had their work cut out, he pointed out. "The whole stage was crazy, groups of 15 to 20 riders breaking away. It was very difficult to control, and this wasn't the third day in the mountains" - always supposed to be the one where riders run into severe difficulties - "it was the fourth day in the mountains if you include the stage to Castelldefels, which was really hard.The whole race this year is exhausting. We're all...

  • Plant decries still unresolved UCI presidential election issues

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 1:31 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    UCI Executive Board misinterpreted CAS request

    UCI Management Committee member Mike Plant has expressed his disappointment on the organisation's Executive Board's decision to turn down the petition of six cycling federations including USA Cycling to have the Court of Arbitration for Sport rule on how the UCI's Constitution should be interpreted. In a letter to Artur Lopes, the vice president of the board, Plant says the three members who voted on the matter misinterpreted what was being requested.

    "As a member of the UCI Management Committee, I would ask the Executive Board to reconsider your initial ruling and ask CAS to provide the UCI and the voting delegates with a decision on the definition of Article 51.1 as it relates to the nomination of a candidate for the UCI Presidency," Plant wrote. "Without a ruling from CAS, questions will linger and the risk of a constitutional crisis will remain."

    The UCI's executive board consists of current president Pat McQuaid, and three vice-presidents, Hee Wook Cho of Korea, Renato Di Rocco of Italy and Portugal's Lopes.

    Following a meeting in which McQuaid recused himself from the discussions, the three unanimously decided that it was for the UCI Congress to decide upon election rules, not the CAS.

    In the press releases, it was stated: "These federations had asked the UCI to submit the following question to CAS: 'Under Article 51.1 of the UCI Constitution, which federation(s) may submit a valid nomination for a prospective candidate for office of President of UCI?'"

    Plant wrote that the issue is not which federation may nominate a candidate, but how the phrase "the federation of the candidate" - should be interpreted in relation to the country from which the presidential candidate must be nominated.

    "I am surprised and disappointed that the UCI Executive Board clearly misunderstood the question that still needs to be resolved before the Congress convenes on September 27," Plant wrote, indicating that the Executive Board...

  • Rogers' worlds campaign in doubt

    Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) still by himself near the top of the final climb.
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 2:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian team on the verge of losing another key rider

    Australia's campaign for the UCI Road World Championships has possibly hit another hurdle with Michael Rogers (Saxo-Tinkoff) suffering a back and shoulder injury at the Brussels Cycling Classic at the weekend.

    The news follows a hip fracture suffered by Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge) on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana which was not formally diagnosed until last week. He has since withdrawn from the grand tour in order to recover for the start of season 2014.

    Rogers, runner-up at this year's Tour of California, sixth at the Critérium du Dauphiné, and key ally for Alberto Contador at this year's Tour de France, was named as part of the 17-man long list for the Australian team and his spot is now in doubt.

    "The field was extremely nervous at the time of the crash," Rogers said of his accident on a statement on the Saxo-Tinkoff team website. "A rider went down right in front of me and I didn't have time to think before I landed on the grass in the side of the road. Luckily, I didn't hit the asphalt but took a softer dive on the grass and the damages would probably have been far more severe on the road. Fortunately, nothing's broken. I have been through this type of injury two times before and it causes pain in my shoulder blade and back."

    Rogers did not finish the 197km race. The 33-year-old had flagged a strong back-end to his season with the worlds, Il Lombardia and the Tour of Beijing. Rogers said that he has not been able to train on the road since the incident, but has been able to use his home trainer and with that in mind, is not sure of his fitness for the worlds.

    "… but I reckon I have time to recover for Lombardy and Beijing," he explained....

  • McQuaid responds to leaked dossier

    UCI President Pat McQuaid takes the oath before speaking at the French Senate hearing into anti-doping
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 4:02 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    UCI President furious over "scurrilous and libellous" attacks on his character

    Pat McQuaid has released a statement via his press manager responding to the leaking of a dossier that allegedly contains a body of damning evidence condemning his recent conduct. The dossier is said to contain evidence that puts into question McQuaid's integrity and certain UCI communications in relation to oversight of anti-doping.

    According to Mike Plant, the United States representative on the UCI Management committee, the document was compiled by Igor Marakov, who also sits on the UCI Management committee, with both parties stating their combined interest in restoring credibility in the UCI.

    The dossier has allegedly been leaked online much to the fury of McQuaid. In the statement, McQuaid voiced his displeasure over what he believes to be scandalous and fabricated allegations.

    "This evening, a cycling website was anonymously leaked a libellous 'dossier', alleging corruption at the UCI," McQuaid said. "The claims in this so-called dossier are a complete fabrication. They are totally untrue and are not supported by a scintilla of evidence.

    "This is a scurrilous and libellous attack on my character, with a political agenda that is both nakedly transparent and totally contemptible - and unfortunately one that is completely in character with the tactics of my opponents.

    "The UCI Ethics Commission have already tried to investigate the matter," continued McQuaid. "The Ethics Commission asked for a copy of the dossier from Igor Makarov and Mike Plant, but both of them refused to hand it over to the Ethics Commission. That fact alone speaks volumes."

    Given that the dossier was presented to the UCI Management Committee three months ago, it begs the question how it has not already been seen by the UCI Ethics Commission. 

  • Trek extends with MTN-Qhubeka

    Trek is once again using a black-and-yellow color scheme on its Madone but this time it's for the new MTN-Qhubeka team.
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 5:15 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    American company continues support of African team

    Trek and the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team today announced the extension of their unique partnership. The bicycle manufacturer will continue to support the African Pro Continental team, which achieved its biggest result with Gerald Ciolek's victory in Milan-San Remo in its debut season in Europe.

    "We are really excited to extend with Trek for next year," team principal Douglas Ryder said in a press release. "The support and commitment to our Pro Conti team and feeder team from the Trek Race Shop is incredible and as an organisation they are on the leading edge of the technology curve, which excites and motivates our athletes knowing that they are racing with the best equipment."

    Trek was keen to continue its support of the Qhubeka organisation, which works to mobilize people in Africa with bicycles. It uses a work to earn model which allows people to earn bicycles through various programs such as growing trees, recycling waste and increasing school attendance. Trek supports the organisation through the sales of its Team MTN-Qhubeka and Project 1 concept bikes.

    Although the bicycle brand is taking over ownership of the RadioShack WorldTour license for 2014, it will continue to support the MTN-Qhubeka team because of both its results and its message.

    "This partnership is bigger than cycling, and Trek is excited to be part of changing the face of racing," Trek VP Joe Vadeboncoeur said. "We believe that the bicycle is an agent of change in places like Africa, and MTN-Qhubeka is an agent of change in the world of bike racing. We are committed to the relationship and helping them continue moving towards the next level."

    "Trek has a number of really...

  • McQuaid and Verbruggen accused of corruption in report summary

    UCI President Pat McQuaid tried to defend the UCI's record on doping
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 10:24 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Leaked document reveals info on Contador, Armstrong cases

    UCI president Pat McQuaid and former president Hein Verbruggen have been accused of corruption, attempts to conceal Alberto Contador's positive doping test at the 2010 Tour de France and multiple collusion with Lance Armstrong in a leaked summary of a detailed report compiled by private investigators.

    The three-page summary document was published by Velonews.com. The original report is alleged to be 54 pages long and includes 26 document exhibits. It was apparently investigated and written by two senior law enforcement and intelligence officials who have been assisted by an internationally known private investigative firm.

    Knowledge of the report first arose in June at a heated and tense UCI Management Committee meeting in Bergan, Norway as McQuaid's hopes of being re-elected as UCI President first began to wilt. Mike Plant, the United States representative on the UCI Management committee, told Cyclingnews that the complete document was compiled by Russia's Igor Makarov. He also sits on the UCI Management committee and is the head of the Russian Global Cycling Project that runs the Katusha WorldTour team.

    The unidentified source of the summary said the whole Report has not been made available because it has been "turned over to law enforcement authorities for follow up." It is not clear which authorities are involved.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid has described details the leaked summary of the Report as "complete fabrication. They are totally untrue and are not supported by a scintilla of evidence."

    "This is a scurrilous and libelous attack on my character, with a political agenda that is both nakedly transparent and totally contemptible - and unfortunately one that is completely in character with the...

  • Cookson calls for prompt investigation of McQuaid corruption claims

    UCI President Pat McQuaid was on hand to see the riders off
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 11:56 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Briton confirms allegations were heard by UCI Management Committee in June

    UCI presidential candidate Brian Cookson has called for a swift investigation of the allegations of corruption made against current incumbent Pat McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen in a document leaked to media on Monday.

    The three-page document published by Velonews is a summary of a longer original report, understood to have been compiled at the request of Igor Makarov, head of the Russian Global Cycling Project that runs the Katusha team. The document accuses McQuaid and Verbruggen of corruption, attempting to conceal Alberto Contador’s positive test from the 2010 Tour de France and collusion with Lance Armstrong.

    In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Cookson confirmed that the allegations against McQuaid outlined in the leaked document are similar to those brought before the UCI Management Committee in June by United States representative Mike Plant.

    “These allegations, which appear to be similar to those made to the UCI Management Committee in June, are clearly very serious,” Cookson said. “For the good of the UCI and cycling, they should be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the relevant authorities. I hope that this matter can be fully resolved before the UCI Congress on 27 September.”

    Cookson did not specify what he meant by "relevant authorities" although the leaked document states that McQuaid did not follow up on his claim that he would bring the allegations before the UCI Ethics Commission for investigation. In a statement released on Monday evening, however, McQuaid said that Makarov and Plant had refused to forward a full version of the dossier to the UCI Ethics Commission.

    Neither McQuaid nor Verbruggen could be reached for comment when contacted by...

  • Wiggins, Froome and Cavendish in Great Britain Worlds long list

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
    Article published:
    September 10, 2013, 12:49 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dowsett and Pooley confirmed for the time trial

    British Cycling has named a long list of selected riders who will represent Great Britain at the UCI road world championships in Tuscany, with Bradley Wiggins targeting the time trial.

    Wiggins is also named in the 11-rider Elite men's road race team, along with Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish. Great Britain has qualified for eight places in the road race. Alex Dowsett has been named as the second rider in the Elite men's time trial.

    Junior women's road world champion Lucy Garner will make her debut at senior level alongside Olympic silver medalist Lizzie Armitstead. Emma Pooley, the 2010 world champion, is set to ride in the time trial event.

    Adam and Simon Yates are in the Men's Under 23 team after their success at the Tour de l’Avenir campaign. Tao Geoghegan Hart is in the Junior team after winning the recent Giro della Lunigiana stage race in Italy.

    Performance Manager Shane Sutton was upbeat about Great Britain's chances, despite Froome not showing any signs of form since winning the Tour de France.

    “I think the selection of the elite teams speak for themselves, we’ve got Olympic medalists, Tour de France winners and former World Champions all in the mix and I think we could do well across the board there," he said.

    “The Yates brothers have put some really impressive rides in on the road this season so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do, and we should be well represented in the Junior events as well.”

    British Cycling said the final selections will be announced in due course, with the Elite men's team expected to be confirmed after the Tour of Britain that ends on September 22.

    The world championships will be held between...