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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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July 11, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Ferrari, Del Moral and Marti banned for life in US Postal case

    Dr Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004.
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    July 10, 2012, 17:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Armstrong, Bruyneel and Celaya cases may go to arbitration

    The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral (cycling team doctor), Dr. Michele Ferrari (cycling team consulting doctor) and Jose "Pepe" Martí (cycling team trainer) have all received lifetime periods of ineligibility as the result of their anti-doping rule violations in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy.

    The other three respondents in the case, Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel and Dr. Pedro Celaya, have either asked for arbitration to go forward or have been given five-day extensions. Armstrong's attorneys yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against USADA, calling the investigation "unconstitutional", but it was dismissed by a Texas judge for containing too much extraneous information.

    USADA CEO Travis Tygart confirmed to Cyclingnews that Ferrari, Del Moral and Marti accepted their lifetime bans. "The respondents chose not to waste resources by moving forward with the arbitration process, which would only reveal what they already know to be the truth of their doping activity.

    "The objective of USADA's investigation into the sport of cycling is to protect the rights of clean athletes by ridding sport of those in the system, whether coach, doctor, trainer, or manager who abuses their influence by encouraging, coercing or assisting athletes in cheating through the use of dangerous performance-enhancing drugs," said Tygart.

    "When USADA has information about the existence of a sophisticated, far-reaching doping conspiracy, it is our duty under the established rules to conduct a thorough, fair investigation to uncover the truth. Permanently banning these individuals from...

  • Team Type 1-Sanofi enjoys overseas success

    Stage 7 winner, Ino Aldo Ilesic from Team Type 1- Sanofi
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    July 10, 2012, 19:19 BST
    Pat Malach

    Pro Contiental outfit bounces back from California disappointment, earns Colorado invite

    While most of the cycling world's attention is turned toward France and the second Grand Tour of the season, Team Type 1-Sanofi has quietly been stacking up results at two UCI 2.HC races on nearly opposite ends of the globe, and the hard work appears to have paid off with an invitation to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado at the end of August.

    A spokesman confirmed Sunday evening that on the same day Team Type 1-Sanofi's David Colli won the final stage at the Tour of Austria, the second-year UCI Pro Continental squad also received an invitation to the Colorado race.

    The recent success is a welcome burst of good news for a team that got off to a rough start this season when it was the only U.S. Pro Continental team not to receive a coveted invitation to the Tour of California. The bad news from America also hit the team about the same time a wayward moose wandered in front of the team bus in Norway, resulting in a smashed front end for the vehicle and messy ending for the moose.

    "Our bus is like 15 meters long, and it's hard to stop that machine," Team Type 1-Sanofi General Manager Vassili Davidenko told Cyclingnews as he drove from Vienna to Golebiewski Karpacz for the start of the Tour of Poland on Tuesday. "The front-end was totally smashed. It was, of course, a bad moment, but it's in the past. And again the supportive crew reacted quickly and we were back in the peloton with what we needed."

    The bus was back on the road within a week, and the human element of team Type 1-Sanofi jumped back just as quickly from the California let down and almost immediately started piling up results, most recently wrapping up the Tour of Austria with both the mountain and sprint jerseys in hand along with two stage wins. Another squad in China has...

  • Still no compensation or progress for Hoogerland after Tour crash

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM)
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    July 10, 2012, 20:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Lawsuit placed against Euro Media over incident

    It was an easier day for Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) during stage nine of this year’s Tour de France - compared to exactly one year ago. It was during the ninth stage of last year’s Tour de France when Hoogerland was taken out by a media vehicle, driven by a Euro Media employee, whilst in the breakaway, more than five minutes ahead of the field and with 36km remaining.

    It was his big chance for a stage win but it was not to be. He ended tangled amongst a barbed wire fence with deep cuts to the backs of his legs. Hoogerland finished the stage and was partially compensated by taking the lead in the King of the Mountains classification.

    Hoogerland and his manager Aart Vierhouten have filled a lawsuit against the Euro Media, the company and driver who recklessly drove into his breakaway during last year’s Tour. It would be logical to believe the Tour organiser’s, ASO are responsible for ensuring the safety of its participants but according to Vierhouten, they want nothing to do with the matter.

    "I sent a letter to them on 14 May and have only received an answer last week. They have again offered their apologies, but still pull their hands off the incident. They refer us to the insurance [company]," Vierhouten told De Telegraaf.

    Race footage shows the driver of the vehicle clearly swerve into the breakaway while trying to pass the group. The driver was employed by Euro Media and was subsequently not an official ASO employee. As is the case, the Tour de France organisers want little to do with the situation.

    "Sunday, I called Prudhomme, but there was little progress. I now want...

  • Tour de France rest day gallery

    Ivan Basso spends his down time on the iPad
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    July 10, 2012, 20:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Polka dot pillow, Liquigas, Evans

    After ten straight days of intense competition, crashes, illness and other drama, the 178 riders remaining in the Tour de France had a much deserved rest day outside Mâcon.

    After taking the maillot jaune of race leader on stage 7 from Fabian Cancellara, who held it for a week, and extending his lead in the general classification to 1:53 over Cadel Evans in the time trial yesterday, Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins relaxed in Quincié-en-Beaujolais, holding a press conference and posing for the classic rest-day maillot jaune photo shoot with yellow coffee cup and today's edition of L'Equipe.

    Evans enjoyed a visit from his family, including son Robel who was on his lap during the low-key press conference.

    Argos-Shimano was busy renewing contracts with its riders. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) headed home after the time trial to heal up his broken hand ahead of the Olympic Games.

    Astana's Fredrik Kessiakoff relaxed with his polka dot-covered pillow, Ivan Basso kept his feet up while reading his iPad and all of the riders tried to maximize their recovery for the grueling Alpine climbs ahead.

    Cofidis had its rest day interrupted to deal with a raid on its hotel and doping allegations of its rider Remy di Gregorio, other drama erupted from across the Atlantic, where the US Anti Doping Agency

  • Tour shorts: Lloyd abandons, Cancellara to follow?

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) enjoys what may be his last day in the maillot jaune
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    July 10, 2012, 21:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Voeckler's ideal line, Stortoni chased by police

    Lloyd abandons

    Lampre's Matthew Lloyd has been forced to drop out of the Tour de France with a fracture to his elbow, Lampre announced today. The Australian crashed on stage 8  to Porrentruy, but soldiered on through to the end of the stage and in the time trial before submitting to x-rays.

    The team doctor found a fracture to his radius near the elbow, which will need to be immobilized for 8 days.

    "I'm really sad to quit the Tour de France after a bad first part and just before the stages that could suit me better. I would have given my support to the team and to Michele [Scarponi]. This morning I had pain in the elbow, so I'm not surprised it's broken. I'll wait to recover and I'll try to be ready for Vuelta a Espana," Lloyd said.

    Cancellara to abandon?

    Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad seems to have inside information regarding RadioShack's Fabian Cancellara, and alleges that the Swiss powerhouse could leave the Tour early. While it is public knowledge that Cancellara's wife is pregnant with the couple's second child, the exact due date has never been revealed. "Sometime in summer," Cancellara was always quoted as saying.

    Now, the paper's website wrote that the baby was expected just after the Tour de France, but that the delivery could reportedly be even before that. "It's happening very quickly and the baby could be coming sooner than expected," an inside source was quoted.

    "If it is so, then I will take a helicopter to the hospital to be with my wife when she delivers," commented Cancellara, who would thus be abandoning the race. "I still have two important goals this year: an Olympic medal and the birth of my second child." (HK)

  • Control the order of the day for Sky

    Bradley Wiggins poses with his work day shirt
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    July 10, 2012, 22:00 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Wiggins and Froome on message ahead of mountains

    Control has been the keyword for Sky so far in this year's Tour de France, and that thinking extended beyond the bike at the team's rest day press conference in Brouilly on Tuesday. Questions on the Rémi Di Grégorio affair and Twitter doping suspicions were deemed strictly off limits, with journalists curtly warned that any attempt to raise either matter would be cut off immediately.

    Though disappointing, such fastidious management of the agenda is perhaps simply a reflection of the manner in which the team sponsored by the media behemoth has dictated affairs on the bike to date: after twin shows of force at La Planche des Belles Filles and Besançon, Sky holds a commanding overall lead through Bradley Wiggins, with Chris Froome lined up in 3rd place.

    After his now (in)famous outburst on Sunday afternoon, control also permeated the measured words of the yellow jersey Wiggins, who looked to downplay wherever possible the growing expectations surrounding his chances. In particular, he warned that defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) would pose a formidable challenge over the coming two weeks.

    "I've said it a few times, I don't for one minute underestimate Cadel," Wiggins said. "We're in a dream scenario right now but we're just taking it one day at a time. I'm certainly not going to underestimate the guy at all. I've got huge respect for him and I know what he's capable of. I expect a fight from him."

    In his own press conference on Tuesday, Evans was taking solace from the fact that he holds considerably more Grand Tour experience than Wiggins. In effect, the Briton has only twice chased a podium place in a Grand Tour for...

  • WADA chief to dopers: Stay away from Olympics

    WADA president John Fahey gives an address at a symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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    July 10, 2012, 22:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Fahey promises "most tested Games in Olympic history"

    World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey issued a strong decree ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games, calling on athletes who are planning to cheat to stay home.

    "I say this in the clearest way possible: if you are a doping athlete and you are planning to compete in London then you must withdraw from your Olympic team," said Fahey in a press release.

    Fahey said that there will be more testing performed by the International Olympic Committee and the local organisers than at any other Games, stating that the anti-doping program is geared up for up to 6,250 samples and that authorities have already been "sharing intelligence" to target athletes for testing who may fall under suspicion.

    "These will be the most tested Games in Olympic history and doping athletes must know that they will be under the severe scrutiny of anti-doping officials from the moment they set foot in the Olympic Village," added Mr. Fahey.

    He added that UK Anti-Doping is testing athletes out of competition at their training camps, and has been compiling "much intelligence" with international authorities.

    "There has been a coherent effort to make London 2012 as 'clean' as possible and doping athletes should know that their chances of avoiding detection are the smallest they have ever been."

    The strategy of using targeted testing on athletes has been used in recent years by cycling's anti-doping authorities, generally relying on blood profiling to identify riders who may be doping for additional testing. Such strategies have led to doping suspension of riders such as Thomas Dekker and Emanuele Sella.

    Fahey appealed to athletes to compete clean. "The world's ant-doping community can only do so...

  • Evans counting on experience in second half of Tour

    Cadel Evans had a visit with the family on the rest day
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    July 10, 2012, 23:15 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Mountain attack on the cards for defending champion

    Despite being on the back foot in this year’s Tour de France Cadel Evans is confident that his experience and stamina will make the difference in the Alps and Pyrenees and help secure a second title.

    The defending champion sits second overall, a place up from this time last year, but unlike in 2011, when he sat behind Thomas Voeckler and Luis Leon Sanchez, he faces a more robust challenger this year with Sky’s Bradley Wiggins 1:53 ahead of him.

    While stage 9’s time trial to Becancon saw Evans lose more time than he and his rivals expected Evans used his rest day press conference to rally his BMC teammates and send out a warning to Wiggins and his other challengers that he would not be relinquishing his title without a fight, even hinting that a daring attack in the mountains may be on the cards.

    Realistically Evans has to attack, whether in small incremental stages or in one roll of the dice. The 1:53 is not insurmountable but with 53.5 kilometres of time trialing still in the race the Australian is aware that a cautious approach may see the race slip through his fingers.

    "The second half [of the Tour] is where I normally come into my best. That’s more my strength and consistency so now we’ll keep racing," Evans said.

    "Having won it I know I can win it and at least having won the Tour I’m no longer asked whether I can win the Tour. I think I can. For the rest, we’re driven and hungry."

    Evans isn’t alone in his GC predicament. Wiggins' Becancon time trial served notice to Vincenzo Nibali and the rest of the podium contenders that aggression was needed if Sky were to be fully challenged.

    "If you have fourth in your hand sometimes people don’t want to give that up at risk...