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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Date published:
January 05, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Redant, Impey scramble to make plans after Pegasus

    Daryl Impey drives the RadioShack train
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 15:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    DS, rider consider staying with Continental team

    Hendrik Redant and Daryl Impey are two of the victims of the demise of the Pegasus team. While Impey still hopes to ride for the team this year, Redant admits he has nothing at the moment.

    Redant, 48, quit his job as sport director at Omega Pharma-Lotto to join the new Australian team, “a step I wanted to take,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

    But the team lost out first on a ProTeam and then a Professional Continental licence, leaving him with empty hands. “Everything at the other teams is full. Posts as team manager are full. Right now I have nothing.”

    Even if he would stay with Pegasus as a Continental team, he would not give up his ambitions, looking to be back with a ProTeam in 2012.

    Financially, he is not able to afford a sabbatical year. Redant said “I would prefer to continue with racing, but perhaps I must return to surveying, the profession I last performed in 1986. I will give myself another 10 days cooling-off period, and then I will decide.”

    Impey had signed a two-year contract with Pegasus, and calls the recent happenings “a very stressful time for everyone involved.” The 26-year old said on his personal website, “With the news coming so late and everybody being on holiday not much could be done over the festive season and finding a ProTour or Pro Continental team at this point is very difficult, the offers before have come and gone and most rosters are full.”

    Still, he has not given up hope for the Pegasus project. “I know Chris White is doing everything in his power to see if things can be sorted out and I believe he is working around the clock to find a solution. I am hoping to get back to Europe as soon as possible as I feel I have sacrificed so much to be there, that to walk away from it now is not a solution.”

    He calls the situation “sad and frustrating but I need to keep my morale up and train for...

  • Bugno says Pellizotti and Di Luca are paying for UCI conflict

    Gianni Bugno getting ready for a helicopter flight for Italian TV.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 16:37 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    CPA head critical of UCI management of biological passport, races and agents

    Gianni Bugno, the head of the professional riders' union (CPA), has said that Franco Pellizotti and Danilo Di Luca are struggling to find teams for 2011 because they have been in direct conflict with the UCI.

    Pellizotti was sidelined in May after falling foul of the UCI's biological passport system but was cleared to race by the Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) in October. Di Luca tested positive for CERA at the 2009 Giro d'Italia. Although he is now free to race after receiving a nine-month reduction of his suspension after collaborating with Italian authorities, Di Luca still faces a 280,000 euro fine from the UCI.

    "Pelli is paying for the war he fought and won against the UCI on the biological passport. Teams aren't taking him because they're afraid of blackmail," Bugno told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Danilo has got into legal proceedings with the UCI because after having his suspension reduced by 9 months he doesn't want to have to pay those 9 months of the fine. It seems a pointless and even damaging conflict to me because it's slowing down his return."

    Bugno also reiterated his previous criticism of the biological passport and called on the UCI to make changes to the way the system operates.

    "There is no news [on the biological passport] but it seems that the UCI wants to organise a conference at the end of January," Bugno said. "There need to be changes made to its management and its way of operating. As it is now, it doesn't give guarantees to anybody."

    Bugno is similarly concerned that when it comes to positive doping tests, the rider in question is the only person to pay a price, while teams and managers remain unpunished.

    "It's not right," he said. "In doping cases, the team should also bear an objective responsibility. One case might be let to slide, although it needn't be. At the second [instance of doping in a team], you're punished and maybe at the third, you stop or are relegated a...

  • Stalder retires after six years on the pro circuit

    Florian Stalder (BMC Racing Team)
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 17:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    Swiss rider got no new contract from BMC Racing Team

    Florian Stalder has announced his retirement from pro cycling at age 28. He last rode for BMC Racing Team, but did not receive a new contract with the team for the 2011 season.

    “I was not able to agree to a reasonably acceptable contract with a professional team,” he said on his personal website. “For this reason I will step back from active cycling after six wonderful years as a professional cyclist.”

    The Swiss rider turned pro in 2005 with eD'system -ZVVZ, and rode for Phonak and Team Volksbank before joining BMC in 2009. He did not have any professional wins, but won the sprint jersey at the 2007 Tour de Suisse.

  • 1939 Paris-Roubaix winner Masson dies at age 95

    Emile Masson excelled on the cobbles of France.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 19:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian also won Fleche Wallonne

    Emile Masson Jr., who won Paris-Roubaix in 1939, died Sunday at the age of 95. He also won Fleche Wallonne in 1938.

    Masson was born in Hollogne-aux-Pierres, and followed in the footsteps of his father Emile Masson Sr, who not only rode professionally but won a stage at the Tour de France in 1922.

    The younger Masson rode professionally from 1937 to 1939 and from 1945 to 1951. In 1938, he won Fleche Wallonne and a stage at the Tour de France. Paris-Roubaix followed the next year.

    After the war, Masson returned to his bike, winning Bordeaux-Paris in 1946, a race famous for being about 560 km long and requiring some 14 hours to ride.

    Masson also won the Belgian national championship title in 1946 and 1947.

    He was the second Belgian Paris-Roubaix winner to die in recent days. Raymond Impanis, who won the race in 1954, died on December 31 at the age of 85. His funeral is scheduled for this Thursday.

    Cyclingnews extends its condolences to the family.

  • Sentjens banned for two years for EPO use

    Roy Sentjens (Milram)
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 21:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian federation suspends former Milram rider

    The Royal Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB) announced today that it has given former Milram rider Roy Sentjens a two-year suspension and €10,000 fine for doping.

    Sentjens tested positive in an out-of-competition test on August 16, 2010 for erythropoeitin (EPO). After initially declaring his innocence, the 29-year-old confessed to using the drug in an attempt to get results and gain a contract for the 2011 season.

    While Sentjens immediately retired from the sport after his admission, the KBWB clarified in its statement that the period for appeal of its decision has not yet ended.

  • Campagnolo Super Record 11 group voted Cyclingnews Best Product

    Campagnolo's revamped Super Record 11 group now boasts a claimed weight of less than 1,900g.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 21:45 GMT
    James Huang, Tech Editor

    Lighter, snappier, better performing products please readers

    While Shimano and SRAM have been garnering all of the attention with their respective Dura-Ace Di2 electronic and light-and-snappy Red groups, Campagnolo has quietly revamped its top-end Super Record 11 group for 2011 to make it the lightest and best-performing version yet - and this year's Cyclingnews Reader Poll winner in the "Best New Product" category.

    Aesthetic changes are relatively minor and belie the major upgrades that are hidden within - the only obvious giveaway to casual onlookers is the new red-and-white logo - but a number of material changes brings the total claimed group weight to an industry-leading sub-1,900g. The rear derailleur now sports molded carbon fiber parallelogram knuckles and aluminum pulley and main mounting bolts, there's a lighter but tougher material in the Ergopower lever bodies, more aggressive machining in the Ultra-Torque bottom bracket cups and chainring bolts, and even optional titanium crankset spindle half shafts, which lop off 40g of mass by themselves.

    It's not all about shedding grams, either, as Campagnolo has improved the shifting performance as well. In response to criticism that earlier 11-speed Ergopower levers had too light an action, Campagnolo has given this latest version a new set of internals that is notably snappier and more positive feeling. Consumers comfortable with doing a bit of disassembly themselves can even tune the shift detect action by adding or removing shim springs, too.

    Other improvements include a more refined lever shape with fewer bulges than before, a stiffer front derailleur for faster shifts under power, a new brake pad holder that eases compound changes, and a dual-pivot rear caliper option for riders seeking more absolute stopping power.

    What thankfully hasn't changed, though, is the group's keen Italian styling and whisper-quiet drivetrain, or even the price. In fact, US consumers will actually see a price decrease relative to the previous...

  • Sulzberger sends a timely Pegasus reminder

    Bernard Sulzberger (Fly V Australia) rides in the bunch before making the break today.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 23:00 GMT
    Chris Graetz

    Nationals a priority for squad with Continental decision pending

    Bernard Sulzberger's stage three win at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic proved timely for Pegasus as the team awaits the outcome of its European Continental licence application next week.

    The 29-year-old outsprinted Greg Henderson to the line in Geelong and knows how vital that is, not only for himself but for Pegasus.

    "The win was pretty important," Sulzberger told Cyclingnews after his victory. "Any exposure is good exposure for us so hopefully something eventuates."

    Sulzberger has outlined his goals for the rest of the month, which includes lofty ambitions for the national road race and a start at the Tour Down Under with the UniSA team.

    "Defending the national criterium champion's jersey for the team on Thursday is important and then the road race on Sunday is my major goal," he explained. "I want to try and get a spot in the Tour Down Under and the last spot goes to the best rider in the road race. I'm on track to do that and my form is good so hopefully it works out," he concluded.

    Pegasus owner Chris White was thrilled Sulzberger claimed a victory and highlighted the fact that it is a reminder that the team is still going strong despite the events of the last month.

    "Bernie's win is a timely reminder that we are here to race," White stated. "We've won so many races over the last few years and Bernie has been really important for that. Hopefully it tells a good story."

    White is sending a strong team to the national championships, which start in Ballarat on Thursday, prepared to win and knowing that it will be difficult with the talent coming out of Australia at the moment.

    "We're sending a good team down. There's some great cyclists going very very well at the moment, like [Michael] Matthews and [Simon] Gerrans. It's going to be very hotly contested in Ballarat and we're looking forward to it."

  • Colnago-CSF Inox primed for 2011

    Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox) is in his fourth year as a professional.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 23:14 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Exclusive photo gallery of Italian squad

    Colnago-CSF Inox enjoyed an impressive 2010 season, with Manuel Belletti taking a stage win at the Giro d'Italia, Domenico Pozzovivo hitting a rich vein of form in the summer and Sasha Modolo emerging as one of the yea's genuine revelations. The Italian squad is now gearing up for 2011 hoping to build on its successes of the past twelve months.

    Bruno Reverberi's team will again look to the triumvirate of Belletti, Pozzovivo and Modolo to hit the headlines in 2011. Assuming the team receives an invitation, Pozzovivo will be hopeful of shining at the Giro. After crashing out early on last time around, he will be determined to make amends on a route that seems ideally suited to his talents as a climber.

    Belletti took a fine stage win into Cesenatico in 2010 and he too will be looking to make an impact at the Giro, while young Sasha Modolo may well feature in the sprints. Modolo was a surprising fourth in Milan-San Remo last March and he looks set to be a prominent figure on the Italian calendar.

    The team also boasts four new professionals in its 2011 line-up - Angelo Pagani, Andrea Pasqualon, Paolo Locatelli and Omar Lombardi - and usual Reverberi's men will target success on the Italian calendar as a means of winning invitations to the bigger events.

    Colnago-CSF Inox kicks off its 2011 season at the Tour of Langkawi on January 23, before taking its European bow at the Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria-Challenge Calabria on January 29.

    Colnago-CSF Inox team for 2011:

    Manuel Belletti, Domenico Pozzovivo, Sasha Modolo, Manuele Caddeo, Andrea Piechele, Marco Frapporti, Federico Canuti, Gianluca Brambilla, Stefano Pirazzi, Simone Stortoni, Filippo Savini, Alberto Contoli, Angelo Pagani, Andrea Pasqualon, Paolo Locatelli and Omar Lombardi.

    View our exclusive gallery of the 2011 Colnago-CSF Inox line-up