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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Date published:
August 22, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Dan Martin renews with Garmin-Sharp

    2011 Giro della Toscana champion Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) on the podium.
    Article published:
    August 21, 2012, 20:40 BST
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    Cycling News

    Irishman at home with US team through 2014

    Ireland's Daniel Martin has renewed his contract with the Garmin-Sharp team through 2014, the team announced today. Martin first joined the team as a neo-pro in 2008 and has been with the squad ever since.

    "This team feels like family to me, and after the progression we have achieved together since I signed my first contract, it is the only team where I feel that I can continue to achieve my full potential as a bike rider," Martin said in a press release. "Having fun has always been my ethos toward my job and passion, and Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda is an environment where I feel comfortable on both a social and professional level."

    Martin has shown increasing promise as a stage race contender, first with his win in the Rout du Sud in 2008 and the overall Tour of Poland in 2010. He took his first Grand Tour stage win at the Vuelta a España last year before making his debut in the Tour de France this season.

    "It's been an incredible few months for me with finishing my first Tour de France and competing in the Olympics, and re-signing with the team just adds to it," he concluded.

  • Kiserlovski signs for RadioShack-Nissan

    Robert Kiserlovski (Astana)
    Article published:
    August 21, 2012, 21:26 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Croatian agrees two-year deal

    Robert Kiserlovski will ride for RadioShack-Nissan in 2013 after agreeing to a two-year contract with the team. The Croatian rider has spent the past two seasons in the colours of Astana.

    “I'm very proud to be joining this team. I really like the international look and feel of it, and it will be good to race with so many people from different nationalities," Kiserlovski said. "This is a good opportunity for me, it’s really the next step in my career."

    A solid climber, Kiserlovski finished 10th overall at the 2010 Giro d’Italia while riding in support of winner Ivan Basso at Liquigas, and he aims to return to the Italian race in 2013. "I hope I will be able to race the Giro,” he said. “Most riders prefer the Tour, but the Giro is my dream race."

    After a string of solid showings in week-long stage races during the spring of 2012, Kiserlovski was one of a number of Astana riders to perform at a very high level in the Ardennes classics. He finished fifth at Flèche Wallonne and played an important role in Maxim Iglinskiy’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège victory.

    Kiserlovski suffered misfortune at the Tour de France, however, and sustained a broken collarbone after he punctured on the tack-strewn descent of the Mur de Péguère.

    “Robert is a rider with an attacking mind. We've been following him for some time now,” RadioShack-Nissan manager Johan Bruyneel said. “He rode a nice Ardennes week, even though he was a novice in that kind of work. He was also very strong in the Tour, until he unfortunately crashed out of the race with a broken collarbone.

    “Robert is a strong addition to our roster and he will have a free role in certain races....

  • Simon Clarke hits jackpot in Vuelta stage

    Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) wins in Estación de Valdezcaray
    Article published:
    August 21, 2012, 22:00 BST
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    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Rodríguez comments on unexpected race leadership

    After four years of racing as a pro, Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) could not have claimed his first victory in the category in more prestigious circumstances, romping away from Germany’s Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) to claim the stage four win of the Vuelta a España.

    Clarke explained he had deliberately lost time on stage three to be able to make it into the day long breakaway without provoking a reaction in the bunch, which built up a difference of over 13 minutes at one point before shrinking fast as the peloton’s echelon battles saw the pace pick up fast behind.

    "I was very focussed on this stage," the 26-year-old said afterwards, "yesterday I finished as far down as I could [in 162nd at 10:04] so that I would be discounted when it came to the battle for the overall classification.

    "There was some really fast racing behind but at the bottom of the climb we still had four minutes margin and I thought we could just about hold on from here."

    "When Tony Martin attacked, [at the foot of the climb] and the two of us went away I thought that was great, because we’d have a better chance of staying away and keeping the peloton off. And we just managed to do that.

    "It came down to the last kilometre, I really tried hard in the last sprint, but I made sure it was the right moment, I waited and waited until the last possible opportunity and then gave it everything. I’m so happy it worked out."

    Riding in his first major Tour, Clarke says he didn't want to follow the traditional recommendation of taking it easy in his three-week debut and then missing out on a chance like Tuesday’s.

    "I wanted to go for a stage win,...

  • Video: Mannion lays claim to best young rider jersey at USA Pro Challenge

    Gavin Mannion (Bontrager-Livestrong) in action on Stage 2 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
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    August 22, 2012, 2:11 BST
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    Peter Hymas

    Bontrager Livestrong team hopes to keep jersey to Denver finale

    Gavin Mannion (Bontrager Livestrong) delivered a strong sixth place finish on the taxing opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge, covering 202.1km from Durango to Telluride, and just four days shy of turning 21 he received an early birthday present in the best young rider's jersey.

    The UCI Continental development squad has been a consistent force at the USA's premier stage races, with a series of top-ten stage finishes at the Amgen Tour of California and the Tour of Utah plus strong performances in the young rider classification. Mannion's teammate Joe Dombrowski finished second in the young rider classification at the Amgen Tour of California, and recently Dombrowski claimed the young rider jersey at the Tour of Utah. And in between those two American stage races Dombrowski won the biggest race of his career, Italy's GiroBio, collecting two stage victories en route to the general classification title.

    Here in Colorado, the young rider classification has already seen its first major selection on the opening stage as only five U23 riders finished in the 57-man lead group in Telluride on Monday. Mannion finished the highest on the stage, in sixth, and claimed the jersey while teammate Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett (RadioShack-Nissan) and EPM-Une's Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez and Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda are all tied on time. The next closest rider on the classification, Taylor Phinney (BMC) trails by nearly 13 minutes.

    Mannion spoke to Cyclingnews prior to the start of the USA Pro Challenge's second stage, 159.6km from Montrose to Mt. Crested Butte, and was steadfast in his commitment to retain the jersey on the uphill finale. He spoke about the difficult opening stage and the team's other option in Joe Dombrowski should he falter on the steep final kilometre to Mt. Crested Butte.

    At the conclusion to today's stage the best young rider...

  • Pegasus Racing boss sued for alleged Corporations offences

    Chris White.
    Article published:
    August 22, 2012, 3:06 BST
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    Jane Aubrey

    Former business partner lodges claim in Brisbane Supreme Court

    A civil action has been lodged in the Brisbane Supreme Court against Chris White and Pegasus Racing, the holding company behind the V Australia team. Cyclingnews learned of the development through freedom of information.

    Pegasus wound up its operation of UCI Continental team V Australia at the end 2011 after the airline pulled out of its sponsorship arrangement, and negotiated a confidential payout to White as managing director and CEO of the team.

    Brett Roland set up Pegasus Racing with White in 2008 and holds a 34 percent stake in the company. Roland was listed as a company director until he resigned in August 2010 over the matters which are now before the court. Roland, as a shareholder, is suing White on behalf of himself and Pegasus Racing under Section 236 of the Commonwealth Corporations Act, alleging that White has breached the obligation to use his powers and duties as an officer of Pegasus Racing in that:

    • He has failed to act in good faith and in the best interests of the corporation; and / or
    • He has not acted for a proper purpose and has instead preferred his own interests to that of Roland or Pegasus Racing.

    When the business was set up, it was Roland's understanding that he and White would have equal partnership in Pegasus Racing. White's role was to prepare all the books and records, and financial material as he was a certified practising accountant.

    By January 2010, with Roland still a shareholder and director, White appointed himself CEO and began making managerial decisions without his business partner’s knowledge. Later in the year, White moved intellectual property, assets and sponsorship under the banner of Pegasus Sports at the time of the application to the UCI regarding the team gaining a

  • Mørkøv renews for three more years with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

    Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) floundered on the final climb after his escape
    Article published:
    August 22, 2012, 5:05 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dane rewarded for Tour de France performance

    Michael Mørkøv has renewed with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank on a multi-year deal after an impressive performance at the Tour de France. The 27-year-old signed a three-year contract with the squad owned and managed by Bjarne Riis, extending his current arrangement to 2016. Mørkøv has ridden for Riis since 2009 however it was at this year’s Tour where he gained the most exposure for his team.

    "Since Bjarne took me into the team in 2009, he has always believed in me. I feel valued and respected, so I cannot imagine a better place to be than here at Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank in relation to my development as a rider," Michael Mørkøv told Sporten.dk.

    Mørkøv was a frequent attacker in the opening week at the Tour and wore the King of the Mountains jersey for six consecutive days before finally relinquishing his spell on stage 7 to La Planche des Belles Filles. His days in the KOM jersey and Most Aggressive stage awards couldn’t have been better timed as Riss had only announced the additional sponsor of Tinkoff Bank just before the Grand Départ.

    "In many ways Michael is every sport director’s dream," said Riis. "He is a great rider to work with; he is extremely professional and focused in every aspect of his career. Step by step he is growing into to a great bike rider and now holds a vital position within the team, as a reliable domestique and rider who is not afraid to take matters in his own hands," he said.

    "Throughout the season he has shown great aggression and I believe it's...

  • 'Purito' Rodríguez: Teams can do what they want

    Valverde and Rodriguez share a moment at sign in
    Article published:
    August 22, 2012, 6:02 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Katusha rider takes la Vuelta lead after Valverde incident

    Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) was the other winner from stage four at la Vuelta a España - after Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) took his first professional victory on the stage. Rodríguez took over the race lead from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who crashed with around 30km still to race and was unable to regain contact with the unrelenting Sky-lead peloton.

    It was a difficult situation for the Katusha leader. While he was aware of his countryman’s fall, there was little he could do but follow the wheels of the Sky team as they continued to drive the pace along a crosswind section. Valverde lost 55 seconds to the Rodríguez group however the new race leader did not criticise the actions of Team Sky.

    "Each team works their own way. Sky prepared an attack and then there was a crash. We thought we were going to slow down but once it happened we had to keep going," Rodriguez told Europa Press.

    Valverde’s teammate Beñat Intxausti apparently rode alongside Rodríguez and informed him that the Movistar captain has fallen and while Katusha were committed to follow Team Sky, the Katusha team was told not to contribute to the pace.

    "When he Intxausti came to tell us that Valverde was one of the injured, I told the team not attack," said Rodríguez.

    Intxausti vented his rage after the stage, reiterating the sentiments of his fallen leader. He believes Sky were not acting in the spirit of cycling whilst Sky has insisted they were not aware of Valverde’s crash until later.

    "You [Flecha]: You should have decided to stop the attack when the race leader went down. But [you didn’t], that's not cycling or...

  • Barredo responds to UCI's queries regarding blood values

    Carlos Barredo (Rabobank)
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    August 22, 2012, 6:53 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Rabobank rider named in leaked "suspicious" list

    Rabobank has released a clarifying statement in regards to Carlos Barredo who was named in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) leaked "suspicious" list of riders at the 2010 Tour de France.

    L'Equipe published the list, which ranked the riders on a scale of 0 (not suspicious) to 10 (highly suspicious). The rankings were said to be based on a combination of the first blood tests taken before the start of the Tour and the blood values from the biological passport. Many of the riders on the list protested against the rankings. Barredo was one of two riders to be given a "top" ranking.

    Earlier this year, Barredo was asked by the UCI in a letter to clarify the fluctuations in his blood values.

    "He got the opportunity to provide answers and to defend himself," explained Rabobank in a statement. "He was required to send the answers in before the 24th of July. Barredo formulated the answers in close cooperation with Rabobank Cycling Team and sent them in before the required date.

    "Those questions were informative, there is no procedure."

    The team also makes clear that Barredo has denied any involvement in "doping-related case or the use of banned substances."

    The 31-year-old Spaniard has not ridden for the team since the Critérium du Dauphiné. Barredo then broke some ribs in training and according to the team, will not race until a response is received from the UCI. That is expected towards the end of next month.

    "Rabobank Cycling Team rallies behind the blood passport and a clean sport," the statement continued. "We will follow...