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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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March 19, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Jamis-Hagens Berman hopes to live up to 2013 success

    The Jamis-Hagens Berman team is introduced at the Tour de San Luis
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    March 18, 2014, 14:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Deeper team to build on Acevedo's results with Brenes, Squire, Teruel

    In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of professional cycling, one possible downside of having your best season in more than a decade of racing is living up to the level of expectation that predictably comes the following year.

    That's the challenge Jamis-Hagens Berman director Sebastian Alexandre faces this season as he prepares his team for its 12th year on the domestic circuit. Last season was arguably the best ever for the program that Alexandre has run since 2007. With the addition of Hagens Berman as a co-title sponsor alongside Jamis, the team stepped up its program and committed itself to success in North America's most high-profile stage races.

    The team helped launch Colombian climber Janier Acevedo into the international spotlight at the Amgen Tour of California, where he took a stage win, wore the yellow jersey for three days and earned a final podium spot. Acevedo also took a stage win at the USA Pro Challenge and a final podium finish at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on his way to winning the UCI America Tour. He signed with Garmin-Sharp this year.

    Those accomplishments alone could be a hard act to follow, but Alexandre believes he may have done it by building a team with an even broader, deeper pool of talent.

    "I think we actually have a better team than we had last year," Alexandre told Cyclingnews recently during training camp in Tucson. "It would be pretty hard to compare, because what Acevedo did was pretty amazing, but overall, as a team, I think we have more quantity of riders with good quality. We have a number of riders who are very good and who are looking strong."

    Alexandre has signed a group of promising young prospects to fill the hole left by his star rider's departure. Gregory Brenes, the 25-year-old Costa Rican who rode for Champion...

  • Wiggins: This could be my last ever Tour de France

    Bradley Wiggins sets tempo in the peloton for Team Sky
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    March 18, 2014, 18:45 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Team Sky rider reflects on track at Rio Olympics, Paris-Roubaix and the Hour Record

    Bradley Wiggins was in a reflective mood after finishing third in the Tirreno-Adriatico time trial, hinting to Cyclingnews that this year's Tour de France could be the last of his illustrious career before he switches focus to the track and riding the team pursuit at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    Wiggins desperately wants to be part of Team Sky's squad that will line-up in Leeds for the Grand Depart and is ready to work for Chris Froome in a key lieutenant's role. However, his ambitions to win a fifth Olympic gold medal, his age and the end of his major contract with Team Sky seem to be aligning to mark the end of his often difficult relationship with Le Tour.

    "After the Tour de France, we're 18 months out from the Olympics and that's really when you've got to get back on the (track) programme. It could be that this is my last Tour. If it is, I'd better make it a good one," he told Cyclingnews, with his usual self-effacing irony.

    Wiggins seems ready to sacrifice riding the Tour de France for one last campaign on the track.

    "It's likely I'll be on Team Sky for the next couple of years, even if I'm on the track programme, because that's what the team was created for: to help the track guys. But in what capacity I will race could change drastically as I put on more weight for the track and specialise for it," he explained.

    Wiggins has seen how poorly the Great Britain men's team performed in the recent track world championships [a young team finished 8th in qualifying and did not make the finals -ed] and believes he can again help the...

  • Malori earns biggest victory of career in Tirreno-Adriatico time trial

    Adriano Malori (Movistar) set the winning time in the TT
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    March 18, 2014, 20:01 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian hopes for similar success against the clock at the Giro d'Italia

    While Adriano Malori (Movistar) was considered an outside favourite in the flat, 9.1km time trial that concluded Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday, conventional wisdom put the best hopes for a stage win on a trio of riders with very deep palmares against the clock: current and three-time time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky), the 2012 Olympic time trial and Tour de France champion.

    Malori rolled out of the start house approximately half way through the 156-rider start list in San Benedetto del Tronto, and while his time of 10:13 for the 9.1km course toppled the previous benchmark of 10:32 set by Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) the heavy hitters were still to come. One by one, however, they fell short of Malori's time: first Tony Martin (10:28), then Bradley Wiggins (10:24), followed by Fabian Cancellara (10:19).

    When every rider had completed the stage the 26-year-old Italian, a former U23 time trial world champion and both U23 and elite time trial national champion, had won his second time trial of the year and a monumental victory for his palmares.

    "It's the most beautiful victory in my entire life," said Malori. "Looking at the classification, it almost feels like a dream to win in front of the best specialists in the world. I still can't believe it myself."

    One year prior, on the same concluding time trial course at Tirreno-Adriatico, Malori placed second to Tony Martin by six seconds. Sitting in the hot seat, Malori could only watch and hope...

  • British national championships return to Abergavenny

    Chris Froome leads Bradley Wiggins late in the race.
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    March 18, 2014, 23:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Wales to host event for second time in five years

    Great Britain Cycling Team’s head coach Shane Sutton and double track world champion Becky James were on hand in Abergavenny to unveil the courses which will decide who will be the 2014 British national road and time trial champions.

    Monmouthshire, James’ home county in Wales will host the championships in June and there are expectations that 50,000 fans will be roadside cheering on the best of British road cycling.

    The championships will see riders fight for glory in the Elite Men's, Women's and Under-23 competitions in both the road and time-trial disciplines.

    Team Sky duo Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the last two winners of  the Tour de France - are expected to battle it out for the Men's Elite Road Race title alongside reigning national champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Welsh double Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas (Sky).

    The road races will start in Abergavenny, testing riders’ strength and endurance over 116 miles of rural roads and punishing climbs for the men’s race and over 63 miles for the women’s race.

    Olympic medallists Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) and Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle-Honda), the current time-Trial champion, are also expected to...

  • Luke Davison on winning an elusive rainbow jersey

    Luke Davison in his rainbow jersey
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    March 19, 2014, 0:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Track world champion talks success on The Hub

    Recorded at the Rapha Cycle Club in Sydney, the pilot episode of The Hub is a Future Sports Australia production in collaboration with TriRadar, and Cyclingnews, featuring Australian sports editor and Eurosport columnist Aaron S. Lee, Rupert Guinness from the Sydney Morning Herald, Olympian and world champion cyclist-turned-commentator Katherine Bates and Australian Cyclingnews editor Zeb Woodpower.

    Special guest Luke Davison (Synergy Baku), who recently won gold as part of the Australian men’s team pursuit squad at the Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia, talks about winning a rainbow jersey and balancing road and track commitments.

    This show discusses new trends in endurance road bikes, the elation of winning a rainbow jersey on the track, Stuart O'Grady and how to respond to doping confessions and whether or not Craig 'Crowie' Alexander will return to Kona in 2014.

    To watch the pilot episode of The Hub, click here.

    And don't forget that you can subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel by clicking here.

  • Keisse wins 100k euro settlement against UCI

    Iljo Keisse
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    March 19, 2014, 0:30 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Belgian claims he was wrongly banned by CAS

    A Belgian Court of Appeals decided today that the UCI must pay Belgian cyclist Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) a fine of €100,000 for wrongfully banning him from competition.

    The court made this same decision in March, 2012, but the UCI appealed.

    The ruling is but one more in a long series of court cases that dates back to the positive doping test that Keisse returned at the Six Days of Gent in November 2008.

    He was initially given a two-year ban by the Belgian federation, but then that same federation lifted the ban at the end of 2009 after Keisse argued the tests, which showed him positive for two different substances, were the result of a cold medicine and contaminated supplement. They chose not to take any disciplinary action.

    The UCI appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which suspended Keisse for two years in July, 2010.

    The effective date of his suspension took into account 11 months already spent out of competition awaiting the verdict of the Belgian federation, and his ban was to end August 6, 2011.

    Keisse then argued to the appeals court in Brussels that the CAS did not have the jurisdiction to deny him his right to work. The Belgian court suspended his ban on November 10, 2010.

    Keisse continued to race following the decision, competing in the Gent Six Day in November, 2010. The UCI then informed Keisse that the court's deliberations only allowed him to continue racing in his...

  • ASO announce 24 teams for La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

    World Cup series leader, Marianne Vos (Rabo Women) wins her fifth Fleche Wallone Femmes ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies)
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    March 19, 2014, 2:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Vos looking for sixth win at ASO event

    Race organiser ASO have announced the teams for the 2014 edition of La Flèche Wallonne Féminine which will be held for a 17th year on April 23. The race is held prior to the men's La Flèche Wallonne on the same course but is one less lap in length. World champion Marianne Vos returns to the race with her Rabobank Liv team and has won five of the last six editions of the race with Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon) the exception in 2012.

    Last year Vos reigned supreme on the Mur de Huy, outsprinting Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products - UCK) and Ashleigh Moolman (Lotto Belisol Ladies) to claim her fifth win win.

    Of the 24 teams, the Netherlands lead the team listings with five, followed by Italy with four teams while Australia, Spain, France and USA all have multiple teams confirmed for the UCI World Cup race.

    La Flèche Wallonne Féminine is the fourth race of the 2014 UCI Women's Road World Cup which started with the Ronde van Drenthe which was won by British champion Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans).


    Teams confirmed for the 2014 la Flèche Wallonne Femmes
    Jayco - AIS (Australia)
    Orica - AIS (Australia)
    Lotto Belisol Ladies (Belgium)
    Canadian Federal Team (Canada)
    French Federal Team (France)
    Poitou-Charentes Futuroscope 86 (France)
    Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team (Great-Britain)

  • Lotto Belisol with mixed fortunes at Tirreno-Adriatico

    Lotto Belisol during the TTT at Tirreno-Adriatico
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    March 19, 2014, 5:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    Crashes derailed GC ambitions and stage wins

    Lotto Belisol started strongly at Tirreno-Adriatico with seventh place in the team time trial on day one but crashes laid to rest any possibilities of overall victory as Jurgen Van den Broeck had to leave the race having suffered deep, horizontal cut on the inside of his right knee on Stage 2. Bart De Clercq also came off his bike but suffered no serious injuries and showed a glimpse of his best by riding to eleventh place on the stage to the Selva Rotonda ski station.

    A new examination on Van den Broeck's knee showed that the injuries are evolving well and is now  riding on the rollers. 

    For the rest of the team , there were moments to saviour but ultimately there were no stage wins although not from lack of trying.  André Greipel sprinted to third place in stage two while Adam Hansen put in a strong performance on the stage over the Muro di Guardiagrele, in which he was fourth.

    On the penultimate stage Marcel Sieberg crashed in preparation of the bunch sprint as they rest of the train then had to brake to avoid a collision halting Greipel's chances at stage victory. 

    "We can't say Tirreno-Adriatico was successful for us this year, because we came here to win a stage. We knew there were two to three stages in which we could try to win in the sprint. That didn't work out, also because of certain circumstances and a crash," sports director Herman Frison said.

    "The crash of Bart De Clercq and Jurgen Van den...