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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Date published:
November 09, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Beijing track World Cup moved up one week

    The men's omnium scratch race action
    Article published:
    October 28, 2011, 0:50 BST
    Cycling News

    Track World Cup begins November 4 in Kazakhstan

    The UCI announced today it has moved the date of the Beijing Track World Cup, which was originally scheduled to be held on January 20-22, 2012 in Beijing, to a date one week earlier "due to organisational reasons".

    The third round of the World Cup will now take place on January 13-15 in Beijing's Olympic velodrome.

    The World Cup series is set to visit Kazakhstan for the first time when the opening round of the 2011-2012 series takes place in the capital, Astana on November 4-6.

    Races to be held include the Olympic programme (team sprint, team pursuit, omnium, individual sprint and keirin) as well as the individual pursuit, scratch race and Madison for men and a points race and 500m time trial for women.

    At least 22 professional track teams and 43 national teams making up a start list estimated at 450 riders are expected to compete at the new velodrome. One of the newest teams will be the Astana Track Team, which along with the Kazakhstan national team will represent the home country.

  • Swiss track rider suspended six months

    The Madison in full swing at the Berlin Six Day
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    October 29, 2011, 8:39 BST
    Cycling News

    Marguet positive of Psuedoephedrin at Six Day race

    Track rider Tristan Marguet has been suspended for six months by Swiss Olympic Committee after returning a positive test for Psuedoephedrin at the Six Day race in Copenhagen in February 2011.

    The 24-year-old was crowned national champion in three events this year - the points and scratch race and the team sprint. He finished second in the omnium at the same national titles.

    The ban is effective from June 16 to December 15, while he must also pay a fine of 1500 Swiss Francs in addition to bearing the expense of gathering the A- and B-samples, the UCI's administrative costs plus the costs of the disciplinary procedure.

    Additionally, he will lose any and all results since June 16.

    Both sides may appeal the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

  • Brailsford: "We'll win fewer than eight golds"

    British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford
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    November 04, 2011, 17:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    Boss says Team GB will struggle to match 2008 track haul at London 2012

    British Cycling’s performance director David Brailsford has revealed his doubts over Great Britain’s ability to match the haul of track medals that they won at the 2008 Olympic Games at next year’s renewal in London.

    Brailsford told BBC Radio Five Live that changes in the selection criteria and the scheduling of the events at London 2012 will mean that Team GB will be up against it as they try to emulate their success of four years ago. Last time round the team won 14 medals, eight of them gold, and Brailsford is under no illusions as to the task at hand.

    “There will be ten gold medals available in London and the events that were in Beijing have been changed so we will win fewer than eight golds – I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” he said.

    “They have also reduced the number of competitors in each event per nation to one, where it was two in Beijing. We don't do medal targets, but we will be the very best that we can be with the athletes we have. We are positive and we will go to London and do our very best.”

    Brailsford also conveyed his reservations about the 2012 test event taking the form of the final round of the World Cup in February next year. As a result the best cyclists from all over the world will have an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the Olympic Velodrome. In the past, other host countries have used national championships as test events to give home-based athletes an advantage.

    “It's fantastic the Games are in London and we need a test event but I am a bit miffed to be honest,” he said.

    “We are having a fully blown World Cup as a...

  • Perkins fires warning shot at Hoy

    Sir Chris Hoy warms up for the keirin
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    November 07, 2011, 9:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    Australian believes gap between Scot and challengers is closing

    Sir Chris Hoy proved he still has the speed to compete at the top level of track cycling overnight with a gold medal ride in the individual sprint event in the Astana Track World Cup.

    The 35-year-old Scotsman will be hoping the victory is the perfect kick start to his Olympic campaign after a tough nine months that included his first world championships without a gold medal since 2003, withdrawal from a star line up at the European Championships due to sickness and a rare defeat in the keirin this weekend.

    There are plenty of challengers lining up behind the legendary Hoy, not least Shane Perkins, who said there are host of big names looking to depose Hoy from his Olympic title.

    "Of course Hoy is looking good," Perkins said from the airport on his way home to Australia this morning.

    "I have never had any doubts about his ability to keep improving but the world is getting faster."

    For Perkins, this weekend's racing was just as promising, breaking the Australian record in the men's team sprint alongside the new line up of Scott Sunderland and Matthew Glaetzer.

    "The team sprint was the first time we have ridden together so to come away with an Australian record, let alone a world high-standard time shows that the makeup can be even stronger with future rides together," he said.

    "We are all looking towards what is needed come April for the world championships in Melbourne and the London Olympics and from my point of view we are very happy with the standard we produced here considering the specific preparation for the team sprint."

    The performance headlined a number of strong results for Australia...

  • Hoy pride at UCI World Cup gold

    Men's sprint podium (l-r): Denis Dmitriev (Moscow Track Team), Chris Hoy (Sky Track Cycling), Shane Perkins (Team Jayco­Ais)
    Article published:
    November 07, 2011, 12:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    British star wins men's sprint after silver in keirin

    Britain's multiple Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy had a productive weekend at the opening round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Kazakhstan by adding a gold and silver medal to his already bulging trophy cabinet.

    Hoy put aside his disappointment at missing out on the European Championships last month, where a chest infection forced his absence, by racing to gold in the men's sprint event on Sunday just 24 hours after claiming the silver medal in the keirin.

    Hoy, 35, proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with ahead of next year's Olympic Games in London by beating Russia's Denis Dmitriev 2-0 in the best-of-three sprint gold medal race. This softened the blow of his earlier defeat by Christos Volikakis of Greece in the final of the keirin, which is thought to be his preferred event.

    "I was very pleased to get second in the keirin last night," said Hoy. "And to win the sprint after last night is really pleasing. It gives me a lot of pride to get Britain a gold medal because we've not had that many this championship."

    Elsewhere on Sunday Great Britain's Dani King finished second in the women's omnium.

  • Photo gallery: Lampre-ISD at the Mapei Center

    Cunego was his team's second-ranked rider in 2011
    Article published:
    November 07, 2011, 16:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian team put through their paces at high tech training base

    With the 2012 season now getting ever closer, Italian team Lampre-ISD have attempted to get an early advantage over their rivals by sending some of their athletes to the sports lab at the state-of-the-art Mapei Center at Castellanza in the Italian Alps.

    In the past the center's facilities have been favoured by the likes of 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and dual Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso. Lampre-ISD sent their athletes there on Thursday and Friday of last week for medical examinations and an evaluation of their general conditioning before they start serious preseason training ahead of their assault on the 2012 UCI Pro Tour.

  • London 2012: Olympic torch route finalised

    The velodrome is the first venue to be completed
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    November 08, 2011, 12:21 GMT
    Mark Robinson

    Iconic symbol will pass within 10 miles of 95 percent of UK population

    The London 2012 Olympic torch will pass through 1,018 places throughout Great Britain during its 70-day relay, the London Organisation Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) have confirmed.

    The torch’s tour will run between May 19 and July 27 and will cover around 8,000 miles. A total of 8,000 lucky torchbearers will be involved in the relay, which will stretch the length and breadth of the UK from the Shetland Islands to the Channel Islands, and from the Suffolk coast to Enniskillen, Northern Island.

    Highlights of the torch’s journey include: taking an inflatable boat across Loch Ness, Paralympic cycling at Brand’s Hatch, a trip on the Flying Scotsman, trips to the summit of Mount Snowden and to Stonehenge and flying down from the Tyne Bridge on a zip wire.

    The flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, in May and will then be flown to the UK on May 18. Its odyssey begins at Land’s End the following day and finishes with a trip from Hampton Court in London to Olympic Park on July 27 for the opening ceremony.

    “Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion,” said LOCOG chairman Lord Coe.

    “We originally started out by saying that 95 percent of the population would be within an hour’s journey of the route – we now have that within 10 miles. We’ve got to get the torch into as many communities as possible. 50 percent of the torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24. We’re going to focus on young people – it’s a young people’s torch,” he told the BBC.

    For more information about the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, click here.

  • Cavendish set for Revolution track appearance

    Mark Cavendish takes the rainbow jersey in Copenhagen
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    November 09, 2011, 11:21 GMT
    Cycling News

    World road champion to join select field in Manchester

    Britain's World road champion Mark Cavendish is set to revert to the track on November 19 for Revolution at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. It will be the first time that Cavendish, who also won the Green Jersey at the 2011 Tour de France, has ridden competitively in the Velodrome since 2009.

    Cavendish will be joined at the event by his new Team Sky colleagues Pete Kennaugh, Alex Dowsett and Geraint Thomas, all of whom form part of a world class field. Thomas is a current Olympic champion and Dowsett wowed the crowds last month at Round One of Revolution by almost lapping the field on his way to victory in the Devil Scratch at the National Cycling Centre.

    Other big names set to appear include Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, Rapha Condor-Sharp's Olympic champion Ed Clancy and their European Champion Andy Tennant. But the biggest draw for the crowds may well be Cavendish.

    "Mark raced Revolution regularly in the early years so it's fantastic to welcome him back as the World road race Champion," said James Pope of race organisers Face Partnership.

    "After such a fantastic year on the road the Revolution crowd are going to provide a hero's welcome to Cav so it will be a special evening."

    There are limited numbers of tickets left for the event. Details can be found at