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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Date published:
October 21, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Fuji-Servetto signs new title sponsor

    Team Fuji-Servetto at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 20:04 BST
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    Cycling News

    Footon backs ProTour squad

    The Spanish team Fuji-Servetto will become Footon-Servetto for 2010 after signing a title sponsorship deal with the Swiss company which specializes in making healthcare products such as insoles.

    The team announced Tuesday that it had submitted its documentation to the UCI for inclusion into the ProTour within the deadline for licensing.

    The team has been actively seeking an additional sponsor this year. The squad grew out of the former Saunier Duval team which lost its title sponsor due to the doping scandals during and after the 2008 Tour de France involving Riccardo Ricco and Leonardo Piepoli.

    The cases led to the team being excluded from this year's Tour de France and forced it to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn exclusions from the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana as well as Milano-Sanremo and Tirreno-Adriatico.

    Its woes continued this year after Riccardo Serrano was first suspended by the team for having abnormal biological passport blood values, then found positive for CERA.

    Despite the problems, bicycle maker Fuji will continue its support of the team, as will Servetto and Cantabria Infinita.

    The additional backer will allow the squad to formalize its 2010 roster, and a press release stated that a full list of riders for next season will be forthcoming.

    A number of riders have already left the team. Paolo Bailetti departed for Ceramica Flaminia, David De La Fuente is rumoured to be heading to Astana, Fredrik Kessiakoff signed with Garmin, and Davide Vigano contracted with Team Sky.

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  • Vacansoleil finalizes 2010 squad

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    October 20, 2009, 20:11 BST
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    Cycling News

    Mol, Gardeyn and Ruijgh complete Dutch team

    The Vacansoleil team announced the completion of its 2010 roster on Tuesday, naming Dutchmen Wouter Mol and Rob Ruijgh and Belgian Gorik Gardeyn as the final signings.

    Mol will continue with the team after showing himself as a solid domestique and a second place at the Münsterland Giro. The 22-year-old Ruijgh was a trainee for Vacansoleil from August 1st and earned a one-year contract.

    Gardeyn is one of three Belgians on the team, and comes from the Silence-Lotto team after an unlucky two seasons. His best results came in 2007 while part of the Unibet.com squad, where he scored his last win, a stage of the Tour of Belgium.

    Sport director Hilaire Van Der Schueren is enthusiastic about the 2010 squad. “We will be stronger in 2010. The 2009 season is a fairytale and we have to work hard to do better next year but I think we can. A lot of riders stayed with the team and I love to work with riders for a while, all of them have space to grow.”

    Team manager Daan Luijkx is also happy with the team. “The 2010 team has a lot of quality and is well balanced. Thanks to that balance we should be able to be compatible in two races at the same time. I am also very happy with the fact most of the riders who have to leave the team found a new squad."

    The Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team in 2010: Borut Bozic (Slovenia), Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan), Gorik Gardeyn, Björn Leukemans, Frederik Veuchelen (Belgium), Alberto Ongarato, Matteo Carrara, Marco Marcato (Italy), Martin Mortensen (Denmark), Brice Feillu, Romain Feillu, Stephané Rossetto (France), Michal Golas (Poland), Rob Ruijgh, Joost van Leijen, Wouter Mol, Arnoud van Groen, Bobbie Traksel, Johnny Hoogerland, Lieuwe Westra, Jens Mouris, Matthé Pronk and Wout Poels (The Netherlands).

    Departures: Wim De Vocht (Milram), Gerben Löwik (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Reinier Honig (Acqua & Sapone),...

  • Cycling Sports Group hires Peter Denk as director of technology

    The 16.56-lb Cannondale Flash Ultimate carbon hardtail made its debut in Park City, Utah this past June
    Article published:
    October 21, 2009, 9:58 BST
    By:
    Emily Wren/www.emilywren.com

    Strong implications for development of Cannondale, GT, Mongoose, Schwinn labels

    Cycling Sports Group (CSG) today announced the hiring of Peter Denk as full-time director of technology for the company's research and development team. Denk is perhaps best known for his decade-plus collaboration with Scott (where he and his Germany-based firm penned such key carbon projects as the Spark, Scale, CR1 and Addict, plus their associated CR1 and IMP construction technologies) that ended in late 2007.

    The relationship has already starting bearing fruit. CSG actually began working with Denk back in June 2008 and the first product – the featherweight Flash carbon hardtail – was officially launched just fifteen months later at this year's Eurobike show.

    According to CSG vice president of research and development Chris Peck, the addition of Denk is in keeping with the company's overall goal of becoming the undisputed industry leader. Moreover, though Denk obviously brings with him a hefty load of intellectual property developed over the years, Peck says CSG is more interested in what's to come, not what's already been done.

    "His composites knowledge is second-to-none in the industry both from a design perspective and in terms of manufacturing processes that he's developed over the years," Peck said. "We didn't decide to start working with Peter based on what he's done in the past. What we're really focusing on with Peter is new development going forward."

    "In general, our goal is to be the number one bicycle brand in the world, which means that from a product and innovation perspective, we need to continue to come out with industry-leading product," he continued. "We're making a number of investments, whether it's hiring Peter Denk, whether it's money put into electronic projects like Simon, whether it's expanding our industrial design team which we've done over the last few months – all those steps are really focused on developing Cannondale as a brand in addition to Schwinn, GT and Mongoose."

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  • Giro d'Italia to skip Milan in 2010

    Milano was host for a stage of the 2009 Giro d'Italia
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    October 21, 2009, 10:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    First time in 21 years stage race avoids Milan, returns in 2011

    Next year's Giro d'Italia will skip Milan for the first time in 21 years. City officials are talking with organiser RCS Sport to ensure the race returns in 2011, according to news agency RCD.

    "Unfortunately, we found out that Milan is not in the 2010 edition," said president of the provincial council, Bruno Dapei. "It's fine because it opened up an important channel of dialogue and collaboration with the organisers."

    The last time the Giro d'Italia skipped Milan was in 1989, when Frenchman Laurent Fignon won the three-week race. The city usually hosts the finish of the race's final stage.

    "It's an important event for our area and one which the province believes in," Dapei continued.

    RCS Sport had two difficult moments with its races this year in Milan. The Giro d'Italia's stage in the city was neutralised on the day of the race due to tram tracks and traffic along the circuit. At the start of the one-day classic, Milan-Sanremo, on March 21, traffic police ticketed official race cars parked at Castello Sforzesco.

    RCS Sport will present the official route Saturday in Milan. It has already announced that the race, May 8 to 30, will start with three stages in the Netherlands.

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  • Cyclingnews' Form & Fitness panel returns

    Steve Hogg
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    October 21, 2009, 10:05 BST
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    Cycling News

    Answering your fitness questions every week

    Cyclingnews readers may have noticed that the regular Form & Fitness Q&A took a brief hiatus while our new-look site was being launched.

    The popular section gave readers the opportunity to send their queries to our panel of experts, which includes specialists in areas such as nutrition, bike fit and conditioning.

    The staff at Cyclingnews are pleased to announce that the Form & Fitness panel is back, which means the return of the Q&A.

    Consisting of members who are passionate about cycling, have worked in their field for many years and have a long-time involvement with Cyclingnews, our Form & Fitness panel will be offering even more as we head into another year.

    The ever-popular question and answer section has already returned to the site, plus we'll be bringing you features on areas such as bike fit, 'food fitness' and conditioning.

    It's a chance for readers to get involved with their favourite site whilst learning about training tips, nutritional information and the cutting edge of bike fit theories and practice. Go to our features page each week to find the latest from the Form & Fitness panel.

    Here's a list of the people who'll be answering your questions - please send related correspondence to fitness@cyclingnews.com:

    Steve Hogg (www.cyclefitcentre.com) has owned and operated Pedal Pushers since 1986, a cycle shop specialising in rider positioning and custom bicycles. In that time he has positioned riders from all cycling disciplines and of all levels of ability with every concievable cycling problem. Clients range from recreational riders and riders with disabilities to World and National champions.

    Scott Saifer (www.wenzelcoaching.com) has a Masters...

  • Boom plans big for 2010 Spring Classics

    Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    Article published:
    October 21, 2009, 13:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Dutch 'cross champ makes full road conversion, focussed on Flanders and Roubaix

    Lars Boom closed his season at the Giro di Lombardia Saturday in Como, Italy, but his thoughts have already turned to winning some of cycling's biggest one-day races next spring. The former cyclo-cross World Champion made a successful switch to the road this season and is keen to improve on his impressive debut season.

    "I am meeting with the team and trainers this week to see what needs to be done to be ready for the Spring Classics in April," Boom told Cyclingnews. "I want to do big races – Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold – they are the ones that motivate me."

    Dutchman Boom rose to the top of cyclo-cross to win the World Championship title 2008 in Treviso, Italy. This season the 23-year-old moved to Rabobank's top ProTour team from its Continental team to concentrate solely on the road.

    He had a good start with victory the Tour of Belgium stage race in May. He recovered from illness and returned for another win in September. Boom attacked from an escape group on the San Jerónimo climb in stage 15 of the Vuelta a España and rode solo for 22 kilometres to win by 1:36.

    For Boon, the results have given him confidence for 2010 and justified his decision to abandon cyclo-cross.

    "I will do a couple of non-competitive cyclo-cross events and then a couple of races in January, but that's it. I want to be ready for the big Classics," he continued.

    Boom will take a vacation and then return home to Vlijmen, where he will move into a new apartment before he commences his preparations for next season.

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  • Moreni to pay UCI salary fine

    Cristian Moreni in his last race, 2007 Tour de France's stage to Col d'Aubisque
    Article published:
    October 21, 2009, 14:14 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    First rider to pay UCI a year's salary for testing postive

    Cristian Moreni will be the first cyclist to pay the International Cycling Union (UCI) a year's salary for failing an anti-doping test.

    "Moreni came to our headquarters last week and we defined payment terms," UCI President Pat McQuaid told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    The UCI introduced an anti-doping agreement June 19, 2007, to strengthen its fight against doping. It established a minimum two-year suspension and required offenders to pay a year's salary as a fine. The UCI will use the fine to fund its anti-doping programmes.

    Italy's Moreni tested positive for Testosterone following stage 11 to Montpellier at the 2007 Tour de France, July 19.

    "No one has paid up until now," said McQuaid. "[Alexander] Vinokourov, [Andrey] Kashechkin and [Michael] Rasmussen, all positive in 2007, have appealed the decision to CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] and we are waiting its decision."

    Moreni won the Italian Championships in 2004. His French Cofidis team withdrew from the 2007 Tour de France after the UCI confirmed the results six days later, on the stage to Col d'Aubisque.

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  • Police investigating doping ring in Spain

    Moises Dueñas Nevado (now ex-Barloworld)
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    October 21, 2009, 14:34 BST
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    Previously implicated Valladolid doctor suspected of doping key riders

    The immediate aftermath of Operacion Puerto saw new laws criminalising doping but, if the Spanish magazine Interviu is correct in claims made this week, that hasn’t deterred the Valladolid doctor Jesus Losa from running another doping network and helping riders gain an illicit advantage.

    Losa is suspected as being the supplier of Moises Dueñas and Maribel Moreno, who were positive for EPO in last year’s Tour de France and the Olympics, respectively. While a subsequent investigation was shelved due to lack of evidence, several big names have been revealed to have been in contact with him.

    According to Interviu, Moreno was injected with EPO in Barajas airport prior to flying to Beijing. Then, after a surprise control resulted in her positive test, Spanish Secretary of State for Sport Jaime Lissavetzky asked her to name the supplier who gave her the doping product. She didn’t answer and fled China, claiming an anxiety attack.

    Dueñas and Moreno were later visited by police, who would uncover more details about what went on from the former Barloworld rider. Moreno continued to deny he was her doctor.

    The police were investigating Losa, who works in the Regional Medical Center of Sports Medicine in Castilla y León. In 2004 he had been previously named by David Millar as someone who had supplied him with EPO, and was subsequently fired from his post within the Euskaltel-Euskadi team.

    Losa realised he was being tracked and limited evidence was available to the police. They tapped phones and intercepted SMS messages between the doctor and several professional cyclists but, due to scarcity of other evidence, the judge looking into the case temporarily shelved the indictment last May.

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