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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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November 09, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Operation ends Olympic hopes for Bos

    I'm the Bos: Theo Bos (Netherlands) reacts to beating France's Kevin Sireau during the 1/8 finals of the men's sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games.
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    November 08, 2011, 20:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Rabobank rider due for surgery next week

    Rabobank sprinter Theo Bos was aiming to return to the track for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but now must give up those ambitions to undergo surgery on a blood vessel in his leg, his team announced today on its website, Rabosport.nl.

    Bos, a former star in track sprinting, won multiple world titles in the discipline - taking a historic triple in the keirin, kilo and individual sprint in 2006. He was also a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympic Games in the sprint, but after failing to make the medals in Beijing in 2008, he turned to the road and endurance-based track events.

    After taking wins this year in the Tour of Oman, Tour of Denmark and Dutch Food Valley Classic, Bos was considering competing in the track Omnium over the winter in a bid to make the Dutch Olympic team.

    However, the upcoming operation to straighten a kink in his iliac artery, which takes place on November 14, will keep Bos completely immobile for six weeks, with no clear date set for a return to training. This rules out any participation in the World Cups which are essential for qualification for the world championships and Olympic Games.

    "For me, it's obviously a disappointment, for I felt I was making progress," said Bos. "Because of the long rehabilitation, I decided to abandon my Olympic ambitions on track. It is with a heavy heart, but I have to be realistic."

    The Rabobank team could not estimate when Bos would be allowed back to competition.

  • Longo's case heard by French Federation

    Jeannie Longo and her husband Patrice Ciprelli
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    November 08, 2011, 21:45 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Rider's lawyers argue AFLD in error

    Multiple French champion Jeannie Longo's doping case was heard today by the disciplinary committee of the French Cycling Federation (FFC), where her lawyers argued that the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) was in error for classifying her failure to provide whereabouts for out-of-control testing a doping violation.

    Longo was not present at the proceedings, but was represented by her attorneys Pierre Albert and Burno Ravaz. They argued that the doping case was itself not legal because Longo was no longer in the testing pool when the AFLD expected to receive her whereabouts information. 

    "Jeannie Longo was included in the target group on March 14, 2008," the attorneys stated. "At that point she had been in the testing pool for two years and two months, but never again."

    Their case points out that athletes are nominated to the testing pool for a period of one year, and must be renewed annually, but Longo had not been notified in her inclusion in the pool for the period which the AFLD notes the three whereabouts violations - between June 11, 2009 and June 30, 2011.

    The FFC disciplinary committee's decision is expected in 10-15 days.

  • Rodriguez to lead UCI Continental Team Exergy in 2012

    Fred Rodriguez (Exergy) with 2 laps to go.
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    November 08, 2011, 23:49 GMT
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    Kirsten Frattini

    Squad adds five new talents

    Veteran sprinter Fred Rodriguez will lead UCI Continental Team Exergy’s 14-man roster during the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and National Criterium Calendar (NCC) in 2012. The team hired five new riders that includes Andres Alzate, Zack Davies, Logan Loader, Morgan Schmitt and Serghei Tvetcov.

    "Our main focus will be the domestic calendars," said general manager Remi McManus. "We truly believe that we will be one of the top domestic teams in the United States. We will have a chance of winning at any race that we go to. We proved this year that we could compete at the highest level in the country and adding more depth gives us the edge we need to push us onto the top step on the podium."

    Rodriguez joined the team for the first time at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championships in June. He brought the team success during subsequent UCI sanctioned events at the Tour of Elk Grove and USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

    "Fred is going to continue along a strong trajectory," McManus said. "He is a really good hearted and soft spoken guy, without the ego that sometimes comes with the notoriety or palmares that he has. He is with us for the best intentions. He loves to help the younger riders and influence them in the right ways. We are excited to have him back on board because he brings a great dynamic to our team."

    Rodriguez will lead a team of returning riders Carlos Alzate, Kai Applequist, Ben Chaddock, Matt Cooke, Andres Diaz, Sam Johnson, Quinn Keogh, Kevin Mullervy and Conor Mullervy along with new riders Alzate, Davies, Loader, Schmitt and Tvetcov.

    "We were delighted with the way our men raced in 2011, we just needed to add depth," McManus said. "The small roster [in 2011] left us short-staffed when races conflicted, but now we have the...

  • Wilson Racing to continue association with Champion System through 2013

    Andrew Crawley (Bikebug.com) from Sydney takes out stage five into Deloraine from fellow breakaway partner Trent Morey (Lawson Homes) from Victoria.
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    November 09, 2011, 2:00 GMT
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    Alex Hinds

    NRS team also renews with Crawley, Jones adds Ed White from Forza

    Champion System has extended its existing deal with Wilson Racing through to the end of 2013. Already providing gear to the developing NRS team the company has also upgraded its financial commitment, rewarding the team for a strong showing this year on the domestic circuit.

    Trent Wilson, team manager and owner of Wilson Racing, explained to Cyclingnews that with a two-year-deal signed there was one less thing to worry about this time next year.

    "Champion System have increased their support from their 2011 commitment and they have been and continue to be a great supporter of our team. I think it’s a relationship that both parties would like to continue for many more years and this announcement is a testament to that.

    "They see the team as a team that’s growing, over the last 12 months especially, and they want to be a part of that."

    Wilson also announced that Andrew Crawley and Caleb Jones have both resigned with the team, while Forza Capital rider Ed White has done enough to earn himself a contract.

    "Andy Crawley had a bit of a breakthrough win this year [at the Tour of Tasmania], and was one of the initial riders to be part of the team back in 2009.

    "Even without that win he’d still be on the team though. He’s a great workhorse and domestique and massive asset to the team. He’s come a long way in the last year and we’re happy to have him on board again next season."

    White's arrival meanwhile came after a consistent year with sister team Forza Capital, which also rides many of the NRS races.

    "I signed Ed because he’s an absolute animal on the bike. [Grenfell] had wanted me to try and sign him last year, but I hadn’t heard that much about him at the time. I’ve seen his work ethic and how far he’s come this year with Forza Capital, and I know he’ll fit in really well with the team in 2012. On and off the bike Ed is a great...

  • Opening round of NSW Grand Prix officially launches in Wollongong

    The launch of the 2011 event with Chris Sutton, David Brown, Phil Bates, Scott Law, Jackson Law and Rochelle Gilmore.
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    November 09, 2011, 5:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Sutton, Kersten, Law and Gilmore all confirmed to race

    The opening round of the NSW Grand Prix series in Wollongong is now just over two weeks away and at the launch to the 2011 event organiser Phil Bates confirmed several big names he expects to be lining up for the November 26 start.

    Chris Sutton (Sky), Ben Kersten and Scott Law (Jayco-2XU) as well as Commonwealth Games women's road race champion Rochelle Gilmore will all be in attendance, with many more riders set to be announced in the next few days.

    Sutton returns to the domestic racing scene after a big season in Europe that saw him take victory at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne before a career best stage win at the Vuelta a Espana.

    Though Wollongong has never hosted an event in the GP Series, it was a feature of the Tooheys Grand Prix series in 1985 and the internationally acclaimed Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic in the 80s and 90s.

    Bates added that he felt the beach side setting made Wollongong amongt the best places for criterium racing in Australia.

    "There are few more exciting and picturesque courses in Australia than Wollongong with the beach, the lighthouse, the parklands, the ocean and boat harbour providing a spectacular back drop."

    Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said the event will give locals a rare chance to see many of Australia's European based professionals up close.

    "Wollongong welcomes the opportunity to host a Grand Prix cycling event on Flagstaff Hill,” Councillor Bradbery said. "I encourage all community members and visitors to the city to enjoy the cycling events featuring World Champion cyclists like Wollongong’s own Ben Kersten, Scott and Jackson Law."

  • Lotto and Belisol to co-sponsor for three years

    Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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    November 09, 2011, 9:20 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Window and door manufacturer to be name co-sponsor

    The Lotto Cycling Project has confirmed that it will be called Lotto-Belisol for the next three years.  The Belgian window and door manufacturer, which has sponsored the Lotto women's team, had been earlier rumoured in the Belgian media as the new co-sponsor.

    “We know the difficulties of sports, especially cycling, to get funding,” said sports director Marc Sergeant in a statement.  “Our team is now number 13 in the UCI rankings.  A return to the top ten is our first goal.”

    One way to reach that goal is through the financial support of sponsors. “In these difficult economic times it is not easy to obtain a long term commitment from a sponsor, even though many companies remain convinced of the importance and benefits of sports sponsorship," said team administrative manager Bill Olivier.

    “Belisol is a highly respected Belgian company which also has ambitions internationally, and has experience in sports sponsorship. it is an ideal partner for our sponsor Lotto,” he continued. “Together they ensure the anchoring of the Belgian team, where our goal continues to be to give opportunities to Belgian riders to compete at the highest level.”

    The newly-formed team will feature top riders Andre Greipel, Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Jelle Vanendert and Jürgen Roelandts.

     

  • Alex Rasmussen agrees with colleagues that he should be banned

    Denmark's Alex Rasmussen looks pretty pleased with the evening's progress
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    November 09, 2011, 9:56 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Dane accused of violating whereabouts requirements

    Alex Rasmussen has agreed with several of his cycling colleagues that he ought to be given a suspension for violating the whereabouts requirements and thus missing doping controls.  The Dane was fired by HTC-Highroad earlier this fall and suspended by the Danish Cycling Union for missing three doping controls in the previous 18 months.

    His case is to be heard next Thursday, November 17, by the National Sports Federation (DIF).

    “There must be a punishment. But I also think it will be linked to what people have done,” he told the Ritzau news agency. “It's annoying when you know that people are doping and get one year and then I will be punished just as hard.”

    “I don't mind getting a penalty at all, but I think it must be proportionate to what has happened.”

    Rasmussen has said that his problems arise from “stupid mistakes” on his part, with other riders agreeing that it was strictly due to his “sloppiness and forgetfulness.”  But they still think he must be punished, if for no other reason than to maintain the integrity of the whereabouts reporting programme.

    “If he is acquitted of carelessness about his whereabouts, why should I sit down and fill out my whereabouts?” asked his former track teammate Rasmus Quaade.  “And I say that, although I believe that he hasn't done anything.”

    Rasmussen's former Saxo Bank and national teammate Jakob Fuglsang agreed.  “It makes no sense that you have to sit down and fill out your...

  • Sanchez aims for Paris-Nice, Tour de France and Olympics

    2011 Spanish time trial champion Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank)
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    November 09, 2011, 10:48 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard comfortable with Dutch Team Rabobank

    Luis Leon Sanchez feels like he has now adapted to Rabobank and is looking forward to his second year with the Dutch team. The Spaniard says that Paris-Nice, the Tour de France and the London Olympic Games feature on his 2012 calendar.

    Sanchez, 28, had only two victories in 2011, but they were big ones. "It was fewer than in previous seasons, but I won where I wanted: the Spanish time trial championship and a stage in the Tour de France. Maybe it was about both quality training at home and at altitude, but now is the time to look forward," he told esciclismo.com.

    He won't have to look forward too long, as his season starts early. Rabobank has already named him as captain for the season's first WorldTour race, the Santos Tour Down Under in January. “It's good to start early,” Sanchez said, looking to the race he won in 2005.

    Once he returns to Europe, his race calendar is not filled but there are some certainties. “I will go back to Paris-Nice, which I have always enjoyed, and then it looks like the Classics and the Tour of the Basque Country. Since I will be in the Tour, I will either ride the Dauphine or go to altitude training, as I did this year."

    “Besides all this, I want to be in London. I read that the course can be selective. “

    With the departure of Oscar Freire, he will have lost a Spanish teammate at Rabobank, “but we still have Garate, Barredo and me. At first it was difficult with the language and the difference from most of the team members by...