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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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December 18, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Mol retires from professional cycling

    Tour of Qatar overall race winner Wouter Mol (Vacansoliel) on the podium.
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    December 17, 2013, 20:12 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Vacansoleil-DCM rider calls its quits

    After not being able to find a team for 2014, Wouter Mol announced his retirement according to Sporza. The 31-year-old was with the Vacansoleil-DCM team, which is not continuing into next season.

    "I am not stopping cycling, but will not be a professional anymore. I'll do amateur races for fun," said Mol to the Dutch broadcaster RTV Noord-Holland.

    Although Mol had indicated that he had had contact with several professional continental teams, none offered him a spot.

    His biggest career accomplishment was the Tour of Qatar in 2010, when he took over the overall lead in stage 2 and held onto the yellow leader's jersey through the end of the race.

    Mol raced for Vacansoleil from 2009 to 2013. Previously, he also raced for P3Transfer-Batavus, Fondas-P3Transfer Team, Team Skil-Moser and Team Moser-AH.nl.

  • USA Cycling names 19 professional teams for 2014

    The 2013 Jelly Belly p/b Kenda team
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    December 17, 2013, 21:49 GMT
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    Cycling News

    10 Continental, 4 Women's, 3 WorldTour, 2 Pro Continental teams

    USA Cycling announced today the final list of UCI-registered teams for the 2014 season: the country had a net gain of two Continental squads to bring the total professional teams to 19, including three WorldTour squads: BMC, Garmin-Sharp and Trek Factory Racing, which returns to USA registration after the WIsconsin bicycle maker took over the license from Luxembourg-based RadioShack-Leopard.

    Although the Bissell Pro Cycling squad ceased operations and the vacuum maker shifted its sponsorship to the former Bontrager Development team, the introduction of three new teams to the UCI ranks resulted in a total of 10 Continental teams for 2014. Not listed was Incycle-Predator, of Southern California, which announced a UCI roster yesterday.

    UnitedHealthcare and Team Novo Nordisk, formerly known as Team Type 1 continue to be the only Professional Continental teams from the US, while the UnitedHealthcare women's team replaces Exergy-Twenty16 as the fourth UCI women's squad alongside Specialized-lululemon, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and Tibco to the Top.

    The men's UCI continental teams for 2014 include 5-Hour Energy, Airgas Cycling, Astellas Cycling Team, Bissell Cycling, Champion Systems Stan's No Tubes, Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, Jamis Hagens Berman, Jelly Belly presented by Maxxis, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies and SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis.

    Men’s Continental Teams

    5-Hour Energy Cycling Team
    Sam Bassetti
    Chad Beyer
    John Hornbeck
    Luke Keough
    Bruno Langlois
    Gavin Mannion
    Christian Parrett
    Taylor Shelden
    James Stemper
    Robert Sweeting
    David Williams

    Airgas Cycling
    Griffin Easter
    Kevin Gottlieb
    Wes Kline
    Matthew Lyons
    Renan Maia
    Justin Mauch
    Zack...

  • Movistar announce Tour Down Under team

    Nairo Quintana (Movistar) salutes the crowd
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    December 17, 2013, 22:50 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Tour de San Luis squad also finalised

    Having finished atop the 2013 UCI WorldTour team rankings, Movistar is looking to start the defence of their crown strongly at the Tour Down Under. At the first WorldTour event of the year, Movistar is sending several experienced riders capable of winning the race and stages.

    Juan Jose Lobato makes his first appearance with the team having moved across from Euskaltel-EuskadiJavier Moreno, who was second overall in 2013 and won the mountains classification, will lead the team. Giovanni Visconti is the only non-Spanish rider on the squad and will be on hand to help out Moreno.

    In recent years Movistar has had success at the Australian race with stage wins, podium finishes and victory in the team classification.

    Santos Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said the Movistar Team was going from strength to strength. "Spain has traditionally produced very impressive cyclists, and its climate and terrain are good preparation for the challenges of the Santos Tour Down Under," Turtur said.

    Completing the seven man squad are Iván Gutiérrez, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Plaza and José Joaquín Rojas.

    While the Tour Down Under is being held, the team will also be present at another southern hemisphere race, Argentina’s Tour de San Luis. New recruit Adriano Malori, who moved from Lampre-Merida, makes his debut for the team at the race. Dayer Quintana will also ride his first race in the blue of Movistar at San Luis and is joined by brother Nairo.

    The South American race has plenty of mountains in its seven-day route with three mountain-top finishes in the...

  • Goss looking for a winning start to 2014

    Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge)
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    December 18, 2013, 1:24 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Sprinter to lead Orica-GreenEdge at Bay Crits

    The 2011 Milan-San Remo champion Matt Goss will lead the Australian Orica-GreenEdge WorldTour team at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, the 'Bay Crits,' which begins early next year. Goss is looking to revert back to the 2011 training and racing program that delivered his most successful season to date which included overall victory at the then ‘Jayco' Bay Cycling Classic.

    In the past two seasons Goss has had little success in winning races and is hoping to start his season with a win. A change in his training schedule sees Goss tweak his preparation with the hope that he can once again win some big races by adopting a 'Sagan like' approach to racing in 2014.

    Joining the 27-year-old will be fellow fast-men Mitch Docker and Geelong's Leigh Howard who returns to his local criterium series.

    Completing the line-up are time trial specialists Michael Hepburn and Luke Durbridge who impressed at the 2013 event with a solo victory on the Portarlington circuit.

    Team sport director Matt Wilson is expecting a challenging four days of racing in the criterium series. "We will be going in with the aim of winning at least a couple of stages out of the four," Wilson said.

    "They aren't easy races to win though, as they are super competitive criteriums and most guys are coming into January and the early season with great form."

    With the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic kicking off the new year, Wilson said that the event filled a nice spot on the calendar for the team as they work towards preparing for some key early season objectives...

  • Verbruggen claims Armstrong made his life "a misery"

    Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen is at the Tour of Oman.
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    December 18, 2013, 3:32 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Former UCI President denies allegations and seeks an apology from Texan

    Having been accused of covering up Lance Armstrong's drug-taking, Hein Verbruggen has responded to the claims by calling them "b---s---." He has also revealed the "misery" he has suffered since the allegations emerged in his first lengthy response since the claims were made last month over the suppression of a positive test during the 1999 Tour de France.

    The former UCI president has accused Armstrong of making the accusations for financial gain a produced documentary evidence aimed at clarifying that there was no positive test. He added that there was no corruption during his reign in charge of the UCI and asked Armstrong for an apology over the accusations.

    "You will never, ever find any cover-up in the UCI while I was president, and I'm sure afterwards neither. There is no bribery, whatever they say," said Verbruggen.

    In an interview with The Telegraph, Verbruggen argued that the accusations were designed to reduce the life ban imposed on Armstrong by the UCI following the USADA reasoned decision which resulted in him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong was accused by USADA of the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen."

    Armstrong claimed last month that Verbruggen had helped suppress news of his doping in the 1999 Tour by agreeing to blame a positive test on a backdated prescription for a steroid cream to treat saddle sores. Armstrong said that he discussed the adverse finding for cortisone with Verbruggen, who said it would be a "knockout punch" for cycling after the...

  • Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team announces 2014 squad

    The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team 2014 Jersey
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    December 18, 2013, 5:22 GMT
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    Cycling News

    US Continental Team to ride Felt bikes next season

    The Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team has announced its 2014 roster with the return of two-time U23 American National Criterium Champion Ty Magner and Joey Rosskopf, who finished second in 2013 NRC standings. The squad announcement comes after confirmation of the team being listed as a UCI team by USA Cycling for 2014 and retains the support by Rich and George Hincapie and Mark Holowesko to support cycling's next generation.

    Under the guidance of Chief Sports Director Thomas Craven, in 2013 the team stepped up its race program remaining competitive on both a domestic and international level. The team had several notable results including Magner's criterium championship, victory by Robin Carpenter at Puivelde Kermis and the general and team classification overall at Paris Arras.

    Consistency from the start of the season ensured a better year than ever before results wise by the American team. However the team is only looking to improve upon the 2013 season.

    "It's hard to pick one or two highlights from 2013 because we achieved significant results through the entire season, and at both national and international levels," said Thomas Craven.

    "Winning another national championship and finishing second in the NRC standings sets the bar high for 2014 and gives our riders the confidence to know they can compete at the top levels of the sport."

    The team is holding a training camp in Greenville in February as it prepares for first major objective of the season, the Redlands Cycling Classic. Fleetwood RV and Freightliner have joined the team as official vehicle partners which will be unveiled at the camp

    For...

  • Chris Froome reacts to Tiernan-Locke passport violation

    Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
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    December 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT
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    "It's hugely unfortunate for the team this is now happening"

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome has admitted to the BBC that it is "inevitable" that teammate Jonathan Tiernan-Locke's biological passport anti-doping violation will reflect badly on him and on Team Sky.

    Tiernan-Locke faces disciplinary proceedings in Britain and a possible four-year ban if found guilty, after the UCI said it found irregularities in his biological passport, which its expert panel believes “has demonstrated an anti-doping rule violation.”

    Team Sky has said the passport anomaly occurred in 2012 before Tiernan-Locke officially joined Team Sky, but the matter has raised questions about their due diligence before they sign riders and, consequently, the zero tolerance policy to doping that was applied to appease sponsor and team owner BSkyB.

    Froome said he expects he will suffer by association with his fellow Briton.

    "Definitely. Inevitably, that's the reality of it," he told the BBC. "It's hugely unfortunate for the team this is now happening."

    Tiernan-Locke has denied any wrongdoing and has promised to fight to prove his innocence, but has yet to produce a detailed explanation for the significant fluctuations in his blood values that sparked his biological passport violation.

    "It's still being contested and there's going to be a trial," Froome said. "I think we're going to have to wait until the end of the trial to actually know exactly what's going to happen."

    Froome has repeatedly faced questions about his own performances since finishing second in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana. The scrutiny intensified this year as he dominated at the Tour de France. He has often responded to the accusations, insisting he has nothing to hide.

    Like many riders, Froome wants to distance himself from cycling's dirty past and...

  • Vos named Dutch Sportswoman of the year

    World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabo Women)
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    December 18, 2013, 11:10 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Multiple world champion feted in the Netherlands

    Marianne Vos has been named 'Sportvrouw van het Jaar' - Sportswoman of the Year, in the Netherlands for a third time in recognition of her successful 2013 season that started with a fifth world cyclo-cross title and ended with a third road race world title in Tuscany.

    Vos also won 14 other races, including the Tour of Flanders, La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, the GP de Plouay and the Ronde van Drenthe. Her consistency also won her the UCI Women's Road World Cup for a fifth time.

    Vos collected the award at a special gala event in Amsterdam. Vos beat swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo and speed skater Ireen Wüst to win for a third time. Gymnast Epke Zonderland was voted Male Sportsman of the Year after adding the world title to his gold medal won at the 2012 London Olympics.

    "It was quite a difficult post-Olympic year, I had some misfortune. Yet I was up there in the moments that I had to be there and that's why it's great that I'm standing here beside such big names of sport such as Ireen and Ranomi," Vos told Dutch national television channel NOS.

    "I want to give special thanks to the people around me and my teammates. They often had to listen to my complaining, but have nevertheless helped me through it all."

    Vos is arguably the greatest female cyclist of all time but former Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel won the 'Sportvrouw van het Jaar' title six times during her illustrious career.

    Despite the loss of Rabobank as a sponsor of the men's professional team following a series of doping scandals, cycling in the Netherlands celebrated a good year. Junior world road and cyclo-cross champion Mathieu van der Poel was voted Talent of the Year.

    Elsewhere, Bauke Mollema won the Dutch Male Cyclist of...