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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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May 22, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • K-Edge debuts new Garmin and SRM mounts at Tour of California

    Due in July, AceCo's new K-Edge mount for newer Garmin Edge computers will feature a sleeker two-piece aluminum design plus a novel dual-material interface.
    Article published:
    May 21, 2013, 17:25 BST
    James Huang

    Long-awaited TT bar extension mount unveiled

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    AceCo debuted a flurry of new K-Edge computer mounts just before the start of the time trial at the Tour of California. Included in the upcoming crop are a new standard Garmin Edge mount, a new TT-specific Garmin Edge mount, and two TT-specific mounts for SRM’s PowerControl heads – all of which will be available around mid-July.

    The new standard K-Edge Garmin mount looks to be a significant improvement over the original one. Gone is the complex three-piece machined aluminum layout in favor of a simpler and sleeker two-piece configuration with bottom-entry bolts, a more rounded shape, and an extension that angles more sharply inward so as to almost disappear when a computer is mounted.

    AceCo is keeping the old K-Edge mount's standard quarter-turn interface but instead of machining that from aluminum as well, there will now be a bolt-in injection molded plastic insert that yields both a smoother and lighter feel as well as a 'clickier' lock for improved security. In addition, the modular design will allow AceCo to more quickly develop mounts for other computer brands such as CycleOps and CatEye.

    "What we've done is gone with a more of a platform concept," said AceCo principal Joe Savola.

    Claimed weight is 32g and suggested retail price will be US$49.99. As before, several anodized colors will be available.

    AceCo is also nearing completion of its long-awaited time...

  • Georges' B Sample also positive, UCI confirms

    Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) collapsed into the arms of his team staffers
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    May 21, 2013, 18:15 BST
    Cycling News

    AG2R to skip Dauphiné?

    Sylvain Georges' B sample tested positive for Heptaminol, confirming the first sample. The UCI announced the finding by the anti-doping laboratory in Rome on Tuesday afternoon. This now means that his team, AG2R La Mondiale, will probably voluntarily take itself out of the next WorldTour race, the Critérium du Dauphiné, which begins on June 2.

    Georges tested positive on May 10 and he subsequently did not start the Giro d'Italia's 11th stage on May 15, after being informed. He said that it resulted from a seemingly "harmless drug" he took to improve circulation in his legs, and failed to read the packaging, a situation he called "stupid".

    The UCI has now asked the French cycling federation to open a disciplinary action against Georges.

    AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu said last week that if the B sample was also positive, then the team would not participate in the Critérium du Dauphiné. The team is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), whose rules say that a team that has had two positives within 12 months must suspend itself from racing for eight days as of the start of the next WorldTour race. The team had an earlier doping case last fall, when Steve Houanard tested positive for EPO.

    "I don't know what the consequences are but it is fair to say that I am worried about the future of the team," Lavenu said, admitting he was "discouraged".

  • Intxausti remembers Tondo with classy Giro d'Italia stage victory

    This one is for Tondo
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    May 21, 2013, 19:05 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Spaniard hopes to stay at Movistar despite interest from Team Sky

    Benat Intxausti gave the Movistar team its third stage victory in the Giro d'Italia and movingly remembered his former friend and teammate Xavier Tondo, just two days from the anniversary of his tragic death.

    Intxausti celebrated his victory by crossing his fingers to create an X for Xavi after crossing the line. He beat Tanel Kangert (Astana) and Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) in the sprint in Ivrea but his thoughts were all for his former friend. Intxausti was with Tondo when his garage door tragically crushed him against his car.

    "It's May 21st today and May 23rd is sad but special day for me because it’s the second anniversary of what happened. I'm sure he  would have celebrated my victory and so this win is for him, my  grandfather and my team," he said emotionally in the post-stage winner's press conference.

    Intxausti finished in the front group on the rain-soaked stage to Pescara which saw Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) lose time and so wore  the pink jersey during the stage eight time trial. He lost it to Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) but has since ridden consistently well to stay in the top ten overall. He is now ninth, 5:47 down on Nibali.

    "Both the stage win and wearing the pink jersey are important to me," he explained. "Wearing the maglia rosa is very important to any rider but it felt strange wearing it in the time trial and I also lost it straight away, so really enjoyed raising my arms here."

    "We've won three stages at Movistar now and had the pink jersey, that's great for the...

  • Nibali happy to send Kangert up the road at Ivrea

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is closing in on a Giro d'Italia win
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    May 21, 2013, 19:55 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Sicilian on the strengths and weaknesses of his Astana team

    Since taking the maglia rosa at the end of week one, Vincenzo Nibali’s mantra has been that there are no easy days at the Giro d’Italia, and that truism was borne out as hostilities resumed after the rest day.

    238 kilometres in length and featuring the early ascent of Mont Cenis, stage 16 to Ivrea seemed destined to see an echapée matinale fight over the spoils, but instead the race came together for a tense finale that saw the general classification contenders come to the fore on the final climb of Andrate, 18km from the line.

    Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) put in a brace of accelerations as the gradient kicked up to 13 percent, but Nibali was quick to respond, while the fast descent saw a flurry of attacking from the elite leading group. When the dust settled, however, the Astana rider conceded no ground to his rivals, who finished grouped 14 seconds down on stage winner Benat Intxausti (Movistar), and he remains 1:26 clear of Cadel Evans (BMC) in the overall standings.

    “We were coming from the rest day and a lot of riders had time to catch their breath yesterday and recover,” Nibali said. “At the start of the stage, a lot of riders were looking either to get in the early break or take the mountains points, like Stefano Pirazzi, so it was hard from the start. Whether it’s the Tour de France or the Giro, every day is hard, like you saw today.

    “We actually wanted to let the early break stay away but it was a big group and they mustn’t have been collaborating well, as their lead was never more than around three minutes.”

    Relatively isolated by his Astana team in the earlier part of the Giro,...

  • Santambrogio has a bad day at the Giro d'Italia

    An exhausted Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) at the finish line in Ivrea
    Article published:
    May 21, 2013, 20:45 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Vini Fantini leader defiant despite slipping to sixth overall

    Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) had a bad day during the long stage to Ivrea, cracking on the final climb and losing 2:10 to his rivals in the top ten. Yet he remained defiant and upbeat about his Giro d'Italia, promising to bounce back in the final mountain stages.

    The Italian had been one of the revelations of this year's Giro d'Italia. He won the stage in the cold and snow to Bardonecchia on Saturday and today began stage 16 in fourth overall, just one second behind Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) and a possible place on the final podium.

    Now he has slipped to sixth overall, 4:57 behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) after a difficult day.

    "He had the classic bad day after the rest day," Vini Fantini directeur sportif Luca Scinto explained to Cyclingnews in Ivrea, ready to take part of the blame.

    "I also made a mistake. I sent Danilo Di Luca in the break but perhaps it would have been better if he'd stayed with Santambrogio. Fortunately Oscar Gatto did a great ride. He got back on after the climb and then gave it everything, risking his neck on the descent for the good of the team. Without him the gap would have been four minutes and Santa would be out of the top ten."

    "A bad day can happen to anyone. Santa probably felt the pressure. He'd never expected to be close to the podium. Now we've got to work on his morale and pick him back up. The Giro is not over, by a long way."

    After taking a shower on the Vini Fantini team bus in the car park after the finish line, Santambrogio was also defiant.

    "A lot of people had predicted that I'd have a bad day and now they'll be happy," he told Cyclingnews while nibbling on a rice...

  • Gavazzi disqualified from the Giro d'Italia for taking a tow

    Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli)
    Article published:
    May 21, 2013, 21:45 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian sprinter was last overall but desperate to reach Brescia

    Italian sprinter Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) has been disqualified from the Giro d'Italia after being caught taking repeated tows of team vehicles on the steep climb in the finale of stage 16 to Ivrea. Gavazzi was the final finisher of stage 16, arriving in Ivrea amidst a group of 17 riders at 17:17 behind stage winner Benat Intxausti, but would later be disqualified.

    Gavazzi had struggled in the mountains and was last overall in the overall classification but was desperate to finish the Giro d'Italia and contest the expected final sprint finish in his home town of Brescia.

    The 29-year-old Italian rider has made a comeback from a positive test for cocaine and has got his life and career back on track thanks to being given a second chance by Androni Giocattoli team manager Gianni Savio. However, his race is now over.

    "It's a pity but he's out of the race," Savio told Cyclingnews after being called in to see the race commissaries before they announced Gavazzi's disqualification.

    "I warned him about holding onto cars but it seems he did it twice. Not with one of our cars but to some others. It's a pity and I'm sorry for him but I hope it's also a little lesson for him. He was desperate to make it to Brescia but he shouldn't have done what he did to try and make it."

    Having learned of his disqualification, Gavazzi posted on Twitter: "Una leggerezza...un sogno infranto..." (A mistake... a broken dream...).

    Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Leopard), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Radioshack-Leopard directeur sportif Dirk...

  • Evans maintains watching brief on road to Ivrea

    Cadel Evans (BMC) during Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia
    Article published:
    May 21, 2013, 23:29 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Australian holds fire as Scarponi attacks

    Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia unexpectedly escalated into a shoot-out between the general classification contenders on the final climb of Andrate but Cadel Evans (BMC) opted to hold his fire and he remains 1:26 off the maglia rosa of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana).

    When a 22-rider break sallied clear early on, it appeared as though the stage would follow the set script, but instead they never managed to form a smooth collaboration and the race came back together on the third category climb of Andrate, with 24km still to race.

    "We weren't certain but we spoke about it this morning as there was a chance that some teams would want to close it back down to win the stage," BMC directeur sportif Fabio Baldato told Cyclingnews afterwards. "The climb was hard so when it all came back together it became a question for the general classification riders and we knew that it would be hard enough for only ten or twenty riders to be left up there. Six kilometres at an average gradient of 9% are tough, especially at the end of a stage."

    Once on the climb, Michele Scarponi and his Lampre-Merida teammate Przemyslaw Niemic sparked the attacking in the maglia rosa group and triggered a flurry of accelerations that reduced the leading group to 17 riders. Opportunities for Evans to chip away at Vincenzo Nibali's lead are receding as the days tick by, but the Australian chose to follow the moves rather than seize the initiative himself.

    "No, he was never thinking of attacking because after the descent there were still nine kilometres, so it was always going to be hard for anybody to stay away," Baldato said. "Scarponi had a go and it's clear that he was going well. Cadel, Nibali and the others...

  • Mechanical ends Gesink's attack with two kilometres to go in Ivrea

    Robert Gesink (Blanco) suffered a mechanical
    Article published:
    May 22, 2013, 0:32 BST
    Cycling News

    Dutchman left disappointed

    Blanco's Robert Gesink was left ruing a mechanical of the cruellest timing on Tuesday at the Giro d'Italia.

    The Dutchman was well-placed and on the attack with Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre - Merida) Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) and eventual winner Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) as Stage 16 was drawing to a close when on the cobbles of Ivrea, Gesink suddenly was forced to stop on the side of the road. There were two kilometres remaining.

    "I've never experienced anything like this before," Gesink explained after the race. "To have this happen after 236 kilometres, just two short of the end - it must be Muphy's law. My chain derailed on the cobble and blocked my wheel. I was riding full out for the stage win and felt very good.

    "Anything could have happened, but going out in this manner is a big disappointment even though it did show I am back in form."

    Gesink eventually crossed the finish line in 17th place, 23 seconds in arrears of Intxausti. He moved from 13th to twelfth on the general classification, 7:47 behind maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali.

    Gesink's young teammate, Wilco Kelderman featured in the day's break and put in a strong showing as the peloton began to reel in the escapees, launching multiple attacks.

    "On that last climb, the tempo was just too much for me," Kelderman said. "I was passed by the group of favourites with Robert in the mix and then went on at my own pace. In the end, I finished twenty-fifth in a group together with Domenico Pozzovivo. I want to give a go again yet this week but tomorrow is going to be tough. My legs are going to be tired after today."

    He remains third in the classification for best young rider behind Carlos Betancur (Ag2R La Mondiale)...