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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Date published:
September 26, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • UCI responds to French sports minister over Armstrong Tour wins

    The UCI
    Article published:
    September 25, 2012, 23:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Tour de France titles cannot be stripped until USADA file is reviewed

    Following questions from the French Minister for Sport, Valérie Fourneyron, on why it has not yet upheld the USADA decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, the UCI responded to L'Equipe, saying it cannot do so until it has reviewed the dossier.

    USADA is expected to disclose the reasoned decision to the UCI by the end of this month. It is anticipated that the evidence collected proving that Armstrong and his associates participated in a conspiracy of doping will be made public after that time. USADA CEO Travis Tygart indicated to L'Equipe earlier this week that the impact will be "terrible, 30 times greater than everything that has come out until now, through books or investigations."

    Fourneyron said yesterday that she "would not understand it if the UCI doesn't strip Lance Armstrong from his seven Tour de France titles."

    UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani responded today, telling L'Equipe, "Ms. Fourneyron is not supposed to be familiar with the case, since it is still in the hands of those responsible for USADA. And if she is not familiar with it, then such statements appear hasty or inappropriate."

    "The UCI has always said that it would assume its responsibilities, that it did not intend to appeal the USADA's decision and that it would apply sanctions if everything has been done according to the rules. But before having our conduct dictated, the UCI wants to at least have the opportunity to review the file. And waiting for all the parties involved that they follow the same rule of conduct.

    "We remember the position of Mr. Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, who had defended Alberto Contador before being contradicted by the facts and by the Court of Arbitration...

  • Dempster finally gets his chance with Team NetApp-Endura

    Zak Dempster from Victoria leads the field around a bend during the 44km criterium.
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 4:02 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Hard work pays off for Australian

    Zak Dempster knew what he wanted, but at the same time, he knew what he didn't want.

    With the news earlier this month that Germany's Pro Continental Team NetApp squad and his British-based Continental Endura Racing would merge for 2013, also came the news that Dempster would finally get the piece of paper he'd craved.

    Twelve months ago he was on the verge of a pro deal, off the back of a season that was highlighted by seven wins and a stagiaire role for the soon-to-be-defunct HTC-Highroad at the Tour of Utah, but it never materialised. Instead, he signed for Endura Racing with an inkling that the team was set for bigger and better things.

    "I didn't want to go through my whole career riding in conti teams so to get this represents a chance," the 24-year-old Australian told Cyclingnews of the Team NetApp-Endura deal. "There's plenty of guys that get pro conti contracts who don't make the most of it and I don't want to be one of those.

    "One thing that I just tried to think about was that the guys that go pro late are the ones that stick out. It's so easy after under 23s to just say ‘oh, I'll just go back to uni.' It's a valid decision at the same time, but I feel like I'm capable of it [the move to the pro continental ranks].

    "You chase and chase and chase. There're guys like Gerro [Simon Gerrans] who don't turn pro out of under 23s who are really good role models. He's one of the best riders in the world now and there're plenty of other guys who's just had to fight and fight and fight and after a few years out of under 23s...

  • Omega Pharma-QuickStep waiting on Cavendish

    Outgoing world champion Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 9:56 BST
    Cycling News

    Andy Fenn could be part of a rider trade

    Reports in Belgium continue to link Mark Cavendish to Omega Pharma-QuickStep for the coming season, but Geert Coeman, Finance Director at Omega Pharma-QuickStep has made it clear the Belgian team will fully respect UCI rules about rider transfer and contracts as they await Cavendish.

    Cavendish has indicated he will leave Team Sky at the end of this season, although he has a valid contract for 2013 and 2014. UCI rules say that a rider cannot talk to a third party until both he and his team have notified the UCI and received permission to do so.

    "We do not know whether Sky and Cavendish have already taken steps in that direction," Coeman is reported as saying by Gazet van Antwerpen. "As long as the release is not there, we can not start official talks with Cavendish."

    The Belgian newspaper further said that Bernhard Eisel would be expected to accompany Cavendish, and indicated that Team Sky may be willing to accept less than the rumoured 1.2 million Euro contract buyout.

    In addition, Gazet said that Team Sky “has its eye on a talented young rider” currently on the team, believed to be Briton Andrew Fenn, raising the possibility of a “trade” of riders plus a financial settlement. Fenn joined Omegab PHamra-QuickStep this year and won two races at the Challegne in February. Omega Pharma-Quick Step extended Fenn's contract until 2014 in late August.

  • Cataldo confirmed with Team Sky

    Dario Cataldo (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 11:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Italian strengths stage race roster

    Team Sky has confirmed that Italy’s Dario Cataldo will join the team for 2013 and 2014, bringing further stage race talent to the British team.

    27-year-old Cataldo is the current Italian time trial champion and finished twelfth in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He won stage 16 of the Vuelta a España to the summit of the steep Cuitu Nigru climb after dropping Thomas De Gendt. He won the 2006 Baby Giro and turned professional with Liquigas, before joining Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2009.

    “I was really excited when the opportunity arose for me to come to Team Sky because it is such a big team, and a big organisation. Everybody knows this is the best team in the world, but there is still so much more they want to achieve,” Cataldo said in press release issued by Team Sky.

    “This last season has been my best and I’ve been able to achieve all my goals. I put in a good ride at the Giro, I was able to win the Italian time trial championship, a stage at the Vuelta, and then competed at the World Championships. I want to build on those performances now and set new goals with Team Sky. I can time trial, climb well and also win out of small groups. I am committed to giving my all for this team and will do anything that is asked of me.”

    Team Sky directeur sportif Sean Yates welcomed Cataldo’s arrival.

    “Dario has repeatedly proven that he can be there on the climbs during tough stage races. He has an impressive amount of experience for his age, and moving to Team Sky with a heavy focus on stage racing he will get a lot of support to develop further, Yates said in the press release.

    “A rider of his strength has the ability to work for...

  • Argos-Shimano to miss Tour of Beijing

    Argos Shimano are one of the wildcard invitees for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 13:02 BST
    Cycling News

    Political situation worrying for Japanese co-sponsored team

    Team Argos-Shimano will not ride the Tour of Beijing next month, due to the current political tension between the China and Japan concerning sovereignty of the East China Sea islands. China had already asked Japanese citizens to leave the country, and the Dutch-based team has a Japanese sponsor and riders from both China and Japan on its roster.

    “We will not ride there, due to the current circumstances,” team spokesman Bennie Ceulen told Cyclingnews. “We don't know what others will do. We have said that we will not go there to ride and we have nothing more to say.”

    The Tour of Beijing is co-organized by Global Cycling Promotion, which is owned by the UCI, and is led by Alain Rumpf, who is monitoring the situation in China.

    "What matters is everyone's safety and it is true that the situation can become worrying," Rumpf told Reuters after the expulsions.

    “Global Cycling Promotion and the local organising committee of the Tour of Beijing discussed with Team Argos-Shimano the option of not participating in the Tour of Beijing. Due to the current circumstances, the team accepted to withdraw from the race,” race organisers said in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon.

    “At this time, the current situation is not affecting the participation of any of the 18 WorldTour teams and all are expected to be on the start line in Beijing on the 9th of October,” Rumpf said in the statement. “Of course the local organising committee and Global Cycling Promotion are closely following the evolution of the situation.”

    Argos-Shimano had been given a wild-card invitation to the Tour of Beijing thanks to the success in sprints of John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, but also because it has Cheng on its roster, one of the few...

  • The Tre Cime di Lavaredo to decide the 2013 Giro d'Italia

    Giro winner Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 14:18 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Dolomites to host the final climb of the race

    The spectacular Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain peaks in the heart of the Italian Dolomites will provide the back drop to the final mountain stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

    Gazzetta dello Sport – the owner of the race - has revealed that stage 20 on Saturday, May 25, will end at the 2333m high Rifugio Auronzo, at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The Giro ends the day after with an expected road race stage to Brescia, meaning the climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo will crown the winner of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

    The climb to the finish is only 11.5km long but ascends over 1000 metres. The first 7.5km climb is at an average of 7.5%, with the final 4km at a much harder 12% average.

    Legendary Giro d'Italia race director Vincenzo Torriani was the first to include the climb in the race in 1967. However, the stage result was annulled after the tifosi pushed many of the riders to the summit because of the terrible weather conditions. Torriani included the finish again in 1968 and in 1974, when Gibi Baronchelli dropped Eddy Merckx and almost won the Giro. Merckx was forced to fight all the way to the finish and managed to pull back 47 seconds in the final kilometre and so hold onto the pink jersey by 12 seconds.

    The Giro d'Italia last visited the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in 2007, when Riccardo Ricco won the stage ahead of then-teammate Leonardo Piepoli. Both tested positive for CERA the year after at the Tour de France. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) won this year's Giro d'Italia.

    RCS Sport has already announced that another mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia will finish at the summit of the Col du Galibier in the French Alps. A...

  • USADA still finalizing decision on Lance Armstrong

    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 18:20 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI and WADA to receive file by October 15

    Until the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency receive the "reasoned decision" by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the lifetime ban and disqualification of all of Lance Armstrong's results dating back to August 1998 cannot be made final.

    The file was expected to be sent to these agencies by the end of September, but today a USADA spokesperson tacked two more weeks onto the date.

    “USADA is in the process of finalizing the written reasoned decision in its U.S. Postal Services pro cycling doping case. We will provide the reasoned decision addressing the lifetime bans and disqualifications imposed to the UCI and WADA as provided for under the world rules. We expect it to be sent no later than October 15.”

    The agency gave no reason for the delay.

    Armstrong was accused by USADA in June of doping during his career, using EPO, blood transfusions, corticosteroids and growth hormones, as well as facilitating doping by his teammates and conspiring to cover up doping activities by USADA. Armstrong tried to fight the system itself in a Texas court, but Judge Sam Sparks decided that the proper place for the charges to be addressed was in the sport arbitration process.

    Armstrong declined to fight the charges through the arbitration process, and by default was given the lifetime ban and disqualification of his results by USADA.


  • Dekker needs to lose up to four kilos

    Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    September 26, 2012, 21:32 BST
    Cycling News

    Garmin-Sharp rider says he must be lighter for Grand Tours

    Thomas Dekker is pleased with his comeback to the top rankings of cycling, and his team Garmin-Sharp is, too, since it recently gave him a new two-year contract. But the Dutch rider knows that he must continue to change and improve, and one area in which he needs work is his weight, he said.

    Dekker, 28, told Wielerland Magazine that he did not feel that he could “show what I wanted to show. And I did not ride as I had in mind. That takes time, and I am convinced that I can still do it.”

    However, he said, “I still have a few points to improve. In the short stage races and one-day races I did pretty well this year. But for a Grand Tour, I really need to be lighter. There is still a kilo or four to go.”

    Dekker, who at 188cm weighs 70kg, according to his team website, said, “It is a matter of eating less. Not during the race, but before and after. Only cycling is not enough, because even after three weeks of the Vuelta [a Espana], I only lost 900 grams.”

    Dekker had planned to race Milano-Turin today and the GP Piemonte on Thursday. He is scheduled to end up his season at the Tour of Beijing.