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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Date published:
November 17, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Coates elected as new CAS president

    New ICAS president John Coates
    Article published:
    November 16, 2010, 16:13 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Australian beats Dick Pound in ballot in Lausanne

    John Coates has been elected as president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS). The Australian succeeds Mino Auletta at the head of the body responsible for the administration and finances of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    Coates defeated former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) head Dick Pound in the ballot held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday. Pound had previously lost out on election to Auletta in 2008.

    "While CAS has established itself as the world leader in resolving sports-related disputes, there is much we can still do to improve the quality, consistency, efficiency and cost of our service," Coates told The Telegraph. "This is the challenge."

    Coates, a lawyer from Sydney, is president of the Australian Olympic Committee. He is also part of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee and a member of the council of the International Rowing Federation, as well as being on the London 2012 coordination commission. He has been a vice president of the ICAS since 1995.

    Two ICAS vice presidents were also elected at the meeting in Lausanne, Gunnar Werner of Sweden and Michael Lendard of the United States. Coates will take up office on January 1, 2011. His term lasts until 2014.

  • De Jongh will take on amateur races with Dutch team

    Steven De Jongh was chilled before the start.
    Article published:
    November 16, 2010, 17:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Main job will remain as Directeur Sportif for Team Sky

    Steven de Jongh is looking for the best of both worlds in 2011, both on the bike and in the team car. In addition to his duties as a directeur sportif for Team Sky, the Dutchman will also ride as an elite without contract for the amateur team Illi-Bikes Cycling Team.

    “In adding Steven as captain, we have a rider with a lot of experience in our ranks who can assist the youngsters in our team,” said Ken Ilegems, a former pro who also rides with the team

    “I will ride when I have enough time,” de Jongh told Het Nieuwsblad. “I still ride a lot and I love it.”

    “My main job will still be as a sports director at Team Sky, but once a week, when I'm free, I will do a race.”

    He denied that this was the first step towards renewing his pro career. “I have absolutely no intention of making a new start with the pros. But I am still physically good, so why not?"

    De Jongh, 36, rode professionally from 1996 until 2009, for TVM-Farm Frites, Rabobank and Quick Step. He then joined Team Sky as a directeur sportif this year.

    Earlier this month he rode the Jan Thiel Criterium in Curacao, where he finished second behind Koos Moerenhout of Rabobank.

  • Greipel back in training

    Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia) on the stage winner's podium.
    Article published:
    November 16, 2010, 17:43 GMT
    Cycling News

    German sprinter heading to Omega Pharma-Lotto in coming year

    Andre Greipel took a long and well-deserved vacation at the end of the season, but he has now turned his sights to the new challenges of 2011, including a new team.

    After a down period that provided “a lot of time for family and various other things" Greipel has this week returned to training

    “I have started training again, since I will again have an early start to the season with the Tour Down Under," he said.

    The sprinter is starting out with running, fitness studio workouts and some cyclo-cross rides.

    Things will pick up later in the month though, as he will meet his new Omega Pharma-Lotto teammates before heading to Mallorca on December 6. He will train alone for three days before the team's first training camp ahead of the 2011 season.

    Greipel will face new challenges as he looks to defend his title at the Tour Down Under in January. Not only will he face young American sprinter Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Cervelo, but also former HTC-Columbia teammate Mark Cavendish. The two HTC sprinters were strong rivals on the team, which resulted in Greipel's departure for Omega Pharma-Lotto. It will be the first time the two have ridden against one another on separate teams since 2007.

  • Cooke, Bastianelli and Guderzo to lead the MCipollini-Giordana team

    Nicole Cooke (Great Britain) works hard to stay in touch.
    Article published:
    November 16, 2010, 18:42 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    New women’s team secures three former world champions

    Former world road race champions Marta Bastianelli, Nicole Cooke and Tatiana Guderzo will be leaders of a new women’s team in 2011 sponsored by MCipollini bikes and Giordana clothing.

    Several new teams are set to bolster the women’s racing scene in 2011 and MCipollini-Giordana has the potential to be one of the strongest with its three world champions.

    Cooke won gold at the Beijing Olympics and her world title in Varese, Italy in 2008. She rode a limited race programme with the Great Britain national squad this year but is one of the most aggressive riders in the sport.

    Tatiana Guderzo won the world title in 2009 in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Marta Bastianelli won the world title in 2007 but then tested positive for flenfluramine, a stimulant found in some dieting products, before the 2008 Olympics and was subsequently banned for two years. She returned to racing this summer.

    The team will consist of 11 riders. Joining the three former world champions are junior world champion Rossella Callovi, Italian national champion Monia Baccaille, Marta Tagliaferro, Rossella Gobbo, Samantha Galassi and Elisa Frisoni. Other non-Italian riders include 2009 Swiss national champion Jennifer and Russia’s Julia Blindiuk.

    The team will be managed by former Selle Italia team owner Walter Ricci Petitoni with Renato Valle and Francesco Fabbri as directeur sportif. The team plans to make its debut at the Tour of Qatar in February and will then target the UCI world Cup races, the Giro Donne before the riders represent their individual nations at the world championships in Copenhagen.

  • Garmin-Cervélo kits to be made by Castelli

    Thor Hushovd contemplates how Castelli will incorporate argyle into the rainbow jersey design.
    Article published:
    November 16, 2010, 22:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Development program to continue with Slipstream

    Castelli announced today that it has signed a three-year deal with the Garmin-Cervélo team. The clothing manufacturer follows World Champion Thor Hushovd to the Slipstream Sports organization from the now defunct Cervélo TestTeam, replacing long-time outfitter Pearl Izumi.

    Castelli said it will provide clothing for the men's and women's professional teams, as well as the UCI continental Under-23 team and the junior development squad.

    The company's goal of using the team to help drive innovation in its clothing line will be continued with Garmin-Cervélo, according to brand manager Steve Smith.

    "We have created a joint research and development program working with Robby Ketchell, the team's sport science director, and we have outlined an innovation agenda focused on making the athletes as fast as possible in every racing condition," said Smith.

    "Castelli started the aero jersey revolution that has changed the look of pro cycling, and we want to continue to have the best-looking kit in the peloton as well."

    The Garmin-Transitions team announced earlier this year that it had forged a partnership with Cervélo after the company decided it could no longer be sole supporter of its top-level team.

    Castelli said that it has come up with "a new design for the team [which] will accentuate the technical advantages of the kit", and will reveal the new look in 2011.

    Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters assured Cyclingnews that the team's iconic argyle would remain, but would be less prominent in 2011.

  • Teklehaimanot must take the next step

    Daniel Teklehaimanot checks his bike the start
    Article published:
    November 17, 2010, 2:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    African continental champion could follow in Chtioui's footsteps

    Eritrea is better known for its long- and middle-distance runners rather than cyclists but Daniel Teklehaimanot is bucking the trend and quickly establishing a reputation as one of Africa's brightest prospects on the bike.

    He won the elite men's road race in addition to the elite men's individual and team time trials at last weekend's African Continental Championships for an impressive clean sweep of the premier division of competition.

    His home nation - a former Italian colony of around five million people - has been engulfed in various conflicts like neighbouring Ethiopia for the past 30 years, with an uneasy peace currently bringing relative stability to the country.

    In this environment it's hardly surprising cycling wouldn't flourish - food, let alone equipment required to undertake the sport, is in short supply and training facilities are limited for athletes of any discipline.

    Aiming to join illustrious alumni

    Teklehaimanot was spotted by WCC coach Michel Thèze at the African Continental Championships in Morocco at the end of 2008 and at the beginning of 2009 joined the UCI's World Cycling Centre training program in Aigle, Switzerland.

    Coached by Theze and Frenchman Sebastien Duclos, his progression was swift, although he was forced to undergo surgery on a heart condition that threatened to end his career last year.

    Nevertheless, following his recovery Teklehaimanot finished sixth overall at that year's Tour de l'Avenir just six months after the operation.

    And the 22-year-old from Debarwa proved that his rookie success wasn't just good luck, winning stage one of the Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay in France in June this year in addition to second in the Berner Rundfahrt in Switzerland and fifth in the GP du Portugal.

    He's been a stagiare with the Cervélo Test Team since August this year, although the demise of the Swiss squad has left Teklehaimanot with...

  • Dan Martin to undergo surgery

    Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions) takes a fine win.
    Article published:
    November 17, 2010, 10:07 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Irishman to have nasal surgery to beat allergies

    Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions) will undergo surgery tomorrow morning in Spain in order to solve a long-standing allergy issue. The Irishman regularly suffers from allergies in the spring and will have tissue removed from his nasal passage.

    “Basically it’s just a couple of sensitive bits of skin in my nose but come the allergy time of year they swell up and block my nose. I’ve never been able to breathe through my nose properly,” Martin told Cyclingnews from his base in Girona, Spain.

    “I’m not sure how much difference the operation will make but I want to try everything I can. Just from a mental state I have to try everything I can and if it doesn’t work, try something else.”

    Martin pointed to this season’s results as evidence as to why the surgery could help. The Irishman struggled to find his feet in the first few months before enjoying a strong end to the year with victory in the Tour of Poland, the Japan Cup and a string of strong performances in September and October.

    “You can see from my results that after mid-June I’m a different rider and can be at the front of races instead of just hanging on. That might just be a body clock type of thing but I think it’s purely down to allergies. I feel the same on the bike it’s just I’m lacking fifteen to twenty beats on my heart-rate. It’s just frustrating that we’re not going to find out the answer until the season begins and I’m racing.”

    Martin’s surgery will mean a two-week window of recovery before he is allowed to train again. It also means missing Garmin-Cervelo’s first training camp in the Caymans at the start of next month as doctor’s orders mean he is unable to fly.

    “I’ll be off for two weeks and then I need to take it really steady for a week. It might be a bit painful to start with. The only thing it’s...

  • Suspended Rebellin aiming for world championships place

    Davide Rebellin in action during the 2008 Olympic road race.
    Article published:
    November 17, 2010, 10:30 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Italian returns to racing on April 27

    Davide Rebellin has said that he is aiming to win a place on the Italian team at next year’s world championships, even though his positive test for CERA came while representing his country at the 2008 Olympic Games. The 39-year-old is currently serving a two-year suspension, which ends on April 27 next year.

    “I want to come back with a squad that will enable me to ride the biggest races, the classics above all, and to earn a blue jersey at the next world championships,” Rebellin told Il Giornale di Vicenza.

    Rebellin took the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics road race in Beijing, but a retroactive analysis of a sample from those games showed up positive for the artificial blood-booster CERA. The Italian’s positive test was announced in April 2009, shortly after he had won Flèche Wallone. He had also finished 4th in the world championships in Varese in the intervening period.

    Rebellin confirmed that he is already in negotiations with teams for next season as his suspension draws to a close and that he plans to race for two more seasons before retiring.

    “I’ve had various contacts, but there are two proposals that interest me most,” he said. “I’ll decide by the middle of December.”

    Rebellin also said that he followed a heavy training schedule during 2010 and will have covered 33,000km by the end of December, just 2,000km short of his usual yearly total.

    “I’ve always trained as though I had to race the following week,” Rebellin explained. “I replaced races with specific training to simulate competition. It was only during the recent flooding that I didn’t ride for two days in a row.”

    The Italian divides his time between Monaco and his birthplace near Verona, and has continued to train in illustrious company during his suspension.

    “In Montecarlo, I often meet with Vinokourov and Gilbert....