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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Date published:
November 07, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Garate: Riders should police themselves

    Garate and Inigo Cuesta
    Article published:
    November 06, 2012, 19:56 GMT
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Rabobank veteran believes internal vigilance can help fight doping

    Spanish rider Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) believes riders should watch for any signs of rule-breaking - i.e. doping - by their colleagues within a team rather than leave the UCI or WADA to enforce anti-doping legislation. Garate believes self-regulation can help eradicate doping.

    “If a team is united, then senior riders can have a role to play in ensuring a team races correctly. Working together we can do that, and watch out for signs that things may not be going in the right direction,” the 36-year-old from the Basque Country told Cyclingnews.

    Garate, a top domestique and stage winner in all three Grand Tours in a career stretching back to 2000, said that the Rabobank riders were in constant communication with each other, after the bank announced it was ending its sponsorship.

    He also called for current team manager Harald Knebel – who is reported to be leaving after an agreement is made with a new sponsor - should stay on indefinitely in the top post.

    “It was Rabobank who put him there but I believe he’s a good man for the job and it would be much better for the riders, and better for the team’s continuity and image if he remained,” Garate told Cyclingnews.

    “Changes in the management were already in place before Rabobank said they were quitting. [Team manager Erik] Breukink had gone, [long-standing sports director] Adri Van Houwelingen left at the end of the season. The team was evolving and it can continue to evolve.”

    Zero tolerance

    Speaking in an interview in the Basque daily Gara, Garate added that “we have to deal with the past, but this team has been working well for years. People who have been in cycling for the last...

  • Vandborg returns to Cannondale

    Brian Vandborg (Spidertech Powered by C10)
    Article published:
    November 06, 2012, 21:51 GMT
    Cycling News

    Danish rider becomes 25th rider on 2013 roster

    Danish rider Brian Vandborg will return to the WorldTour after spending a year on the Professional Continental team Spidertech, reports. The 31-year-old will return with Cannondale after two years away from the Liquigas squad, first with Saxo Bank and then with the Canadian squad, which dropped out of the peloton for 2013.

    "We parted on good terms at the time, and I was really happy to ride for them. They have a great setup, and I know that things are working well. So I am very pleased to again be a part of it," Vandborg said to TV2 Sporten.

    "They [Liquigas] respected that I wanted to try riding for Bjarne Riis then. Many of my Danish friends raced there, and the team had Alberto Contador. This meant that I could work for victory in the Tour de France."

    Vandborg was part of the Saxo Bank team for the 2011 Tour, in which Contador placed fifth after winning the Giro d'Italia, but he was subsequently stripped of those results after losing his arbitration over the 2010 Tour de France clenbuterol positive.

    Vandborg then moved onto the Spidertech team, but the team announced last month that it would not field a team for 2013 after failing to secure a title sponsor.

  • Dutch cycling federation to launch anti-doping investigation

    The Dutch fans were out in full force
    Article published:
    November 07, 2012, 0:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Dekker "put through a battery of tests" says Vaughters

    Following its request to the UCI to investigate cycling's 'doping culture' with an independent commission, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) has announced it will create its own national commission with the dual mission of delving into how effective its anti-doping efforts have been, and making specific recommendations on how to improve within the bounds of the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC) and WADA code.

    The commission is set to begin on November 30 and deliver its report on June 1, 2013. The composition of the group will be determined in the coming week by the Dutch Doping Authority, the NOC and the sport's governing bodies.

    The decision comes after the country lost its most involved cycling sponsor, Rabobank, which stepped away from professional cycling following the release of the USADA report against Lance Armstrong, which detailed doping on Dutch teams by American rider Levi Leipheimer but also included redacted information about his teammates' doping activities.

    "Doping has proven to be, in the past, the prevailing culture," the press release stated. "Internationally and nationally in recent years major steps have been put in the anti-doping policy (whereabouts, blood passport, more and targeted controls). In recent years, the peloton has become cleaner."

    The investigation will seek to determine whether or not the culture that tolerated or even encouraged systematic doping has been driven from the sport or if doping is still common practice in cycling.

    The Rabobank team suffered from several doping scandals prior to the admission to doping by Leipheimer: in 2010, some of the details of blood doping at the HumanPlasma clinic in Austria named several Rabobank riders as clients between 2003 and...

  • Oceania Tour cannot survive without UCI reform

    UCI Oceania Tour
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    November 07, 2012, 1:48 GMT
    Alex Malone

    The "Eurocentric view" doesn't work says Secretary General Sycamore

    Unless the UCI agrees to make special considerations for the Oceania region, the calendar will continue to erode says Oceania Secretary General Graham Sycamore. The Oceania Confederation has come under scrutiny for watching the calendar disappear but according to Sycamore it's a fault of the UCI refusing to present the region's race promoters with necessary dispensations that encourage them to apply for UCI status.

    Regulations, costs, fewer teams and members combined with logistical issues have seen race organisers drop the UCI classification over the past six years. And it won't improve unless the UCI implement change, according to Sycamore.

    "The registration [of races] goes through the Confederation. It's fair to say the Australian, New Zealand and Oceania confederations have been at odds with the UCI for six or seven years now over its regulations for events on the calendar," Sycamore told Cyclingnews.

    The Oceania calendar was once a busy four-month block of racing that began with the Herald Sun Tour in October and was followed up with Melbourne to Warrnambool, The Powernet Tour of Southland, Oceania Championships - both in New Zealand toward the end of 2005 - and then returning to Australia for Tour Down Under and finally the Trust House Cycle Classic back in New Zealand at the end of January 2006.

    Since 2006 the number of UCI-registered events has continued to drop, averaging about one a year. The Tour Down Under upgraded to a WorldTour event in 2008 however no other event has since grown - at least in terms of UCI classification. Warrnambool dropped its 2.2 status and became a National Road Series event for 2009 onwards while the Jayco Herald Sun Tour has only recently been reinstated for 2013 as a national event.

    The 2012 season had just one sanctioned event, the

  • Federal Government announces review into Cycling Australia

    Cycling Australia
    Article published:
    November 07, 2012, 3:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    Sports Minister wants recommendations by Christmas

    The Australian Federal Sports Minister, Senator Kate Lundy has formally announced a review into Cycling Australia in the wake of the USADA report into Lance Armstrong and his associates. The report claimed the scalp of Australian Matt White, and his role with Cycling Australia as men's professional road co-ordinator. He was also later dismissed by Orica-GreenEdge. The process of White's sacking led to retired rider Stephen Hodge, resigning from the position as Cycling Australia's vice president.

    White has said that he was "part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy, and I too was involved in that strategy. My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope."

    Hodge admitted to using EPO, cortisone and other substances from 1989 until his retirement in 1996 - something he deemed necessary in order to be able to compete at the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.

    This year, Cycling Australia received $7.3 million in Federal funding, adding to the high stakes-nature of the review. At its helm will be respected retired former New South Wales Supreme Court chief judge James Wood.

    "There have been serious implications for Australian cycling following the release of the explosive United States Anti-Doping Agency report confirming sophisticated doping programs infiltrated the sport at the elite level," said Senator Lundy.

    "In the wake of the resignation of the Australian officials involved in these doping programs, it is important for Cycling Australia and the thousands of...

  • Brazil's Real Cycling Team ends

    The classification leaders at the end of Stage 1: Andrei Nechita, Edgurdo Simon, and Rafael Andriato
    Article published:
    November 07, 2012, 5:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    Lack of sponsorship kills nacent project

    After just one year in existence, Brazil's Real Cycling Team will come to an end after failing to secure sponsorship for the 2013 season.

    The announcement was made over the weekend on the team's website by the Associação Bike Brasil which managed the team, in order to allow riders who are under contract to seek offers from other teams.

    The Real Cycling Team counted 13 victories in 2012, with veteran Edgardo Simon taking four wins: one stage of the Vuelta al Uruguay, two stages of the Tour do Rio and one in the Tour do Brasil. Kleber Ramos Silva won the overall Tour do Rio and a stage, and a stage of the Rutas de Americas. Francisco Ramon Chamorro was victorious twice in the Rutas de Americas and twice in the Tour do Brasil.

    "Thanks to everyone who has sent us messages of support, encouraging us in the most challenging competitions. Also, to those who at all times expressed their admiration and affection," the message read.

  • Petacchi preparing to show his value in 2013

    Stage 1 winner Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD)
    Article published:
    November 07, 2012, 6:47 GMT
    Cycling News

    Veteran sprinter believes he still has what it takes

    It's been a season of frustration for Alessandro Petacchi and one he is looking to put behind him as he begins preparation for the coming season. Petacchi experienced one of his ‘lighter' years in terms of significant results but it's not because he's slowing down, says the 38-year-old.

    "In 2012, between injuries, illness and other problems, I could never be at the start of an important race in perfect condition. I hope not to have to face these problems again," Petacchi told Biciclismo.

    The veteran sprinter committed to a fourth season with the Lampre-ISD team and believes that he's still able to compete with the best when it comes to bunch sprints. The team has the ability to support him and his team's latest sprint-recruit Roberto Ferrari, who Petacchi says will be an important asset to the team.

    "Ferrari has great qualities and I think he will give the team great satisfaction. No doubt he will do well and we'll divide the team's objectives between us," Petacchi explained.

    "My teammates supported me properly, in good spirits and the feeling between us increased from race to race. You can always improve and we will work next year. The important thing will be to achieve consistency."

    Petacchi enjoyed a purple patch in May when he took three stages at Bayern-Rundfahrt but he achieved little else in the remaining part of the year. He also failed to finish a number of big races including the Tour de Suisse, Tour de France, Eneco Tour and Giro di Padania.

    One of Petacchi's few noteworthy results was second place on stage 4 at...

  • Carretero aiming to make history at Giro d'Italia for Farnese Vini

    Ramon Carratero (Panama) took bronze in the under-23 race
    Article published:
    November 07, 2012, 8:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Panamanian time trial champion dreaming of Giro start as neo-pro

    Soon to be 22-years-old, Ramón Carretero will step up from the Movistar Continental team to Farnese Vini-Selle Italia in 2013. The promising time trialist is a former winner of the 11-stage Vuelta a Chiriquí, a four-time winner of the general classification at the Tour Ciclístico de Panamá and current national Panama TT champion.

    Carretero spent the 2012 season riding for the Movistar Continental squad and could be Panama's first rider to compete in the Giro - it would be an achievement in itself to be given a place for the grand tour during his first professional year.

    "I'm very excited with this opportunity," Carretero told Biciclismo. I will be moving to Florence near the team headquarters. I'm heading to fulfill the dream of riding the Giro d’Italia, at least, I would be very happy to finish."

    The Tour de San Luis is planned as Carretero’s first professional outing in the colours of Farnese Vini, which will become Vini Fantini in 2013.

    The former U23 Panamerican TT champion will look to learn from more experienced 2013 team signings such as Francesco Chicchi (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Mauro Santambrogio (BMC Racing Team), Jonathan Monsalve and Fabio Taborre (Androni Giocattoli).