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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Jamis-Sutter Home signs Wamsley and Van Dijk for 2012

    Kyle Wamsley (Bissell Pro Cycling) went on to finish in seventh place.
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    September 27, 2011, 22:30 BST
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    Core of 2011 roster returns for next season

    The US-based Continental team Jamis-Sutter Home announced today that American Kyle Wamsley and Dutchman Peter Van Dijk will join the team in 2012. Additionally, the team has re-signed the core of this season's roster including Luis Amaran, Fernando Antogna, Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo, Jamey Driscoll, Eric Schildge, Jackie Simes, and Tyler Wren.

    After riding for the Bissell team during 2010 and 2011, Wamsley will re-join Jamis-Sutter Home for the upcoming season. "Kyle is a great addition to our sprinting formula," said directeur sportif Sebastian Alexandre. "Back in 2008 and 2009, the combination of Kyle and the Borrajo brothers gave us lots of wins."

    In 2011 Wamsley won the Wilmington Grand Prix Road Race and finished fifth in the US professional road championship. The 30-year-old is known for his aggressive racing style, which Alexandre expects to capitalize on in 2012.

    With Van Dijk joining the roster in 2012, the team will have a rider with European experience and strength on mountainous terrain. "Peter is a very talented climber and a great addition to our squad," said Alexandre. "With hilly races like the SRAM Tour of the Gila, the Amgen Tour of California, and the Tour of Utah on our calendar, we expect he will deliver outstanding results."

    Van Dijk, 25, has been racing in Spain with Azysa-Conor WRC and will make his professional debut with Jamis-Sutter Home. This season the Pamplona, Spain-based Van Dijk won the Volta Ciclista ao Ribeiro and the Clásica Ciudad de Torredonjimeno, part of the prestigious Copa España series of one-day races. He also won stages in the Tour du Piémont Pyréneén in France and the Memorial Luis Muñoz.

  • No changes for clenbuterol in 2012 WADA prohibited list

    Alberto Contador visited the Vuelta at Ponferrada.
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    September 27, 2011, 23:28 BST
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    Nicotine on monitoring program

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published today its 2012 Prohibited List, a summary of all methods and substances banned in Olympic sports.

    While there had been speculation that the still-unresolved case of 2010 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador might cause WADA to impose a threshold limit for clenbuterol, the agency did not make any changes to the rules for this substance.

    "Clenbuterol is a prohibited substance and there is no threshold under which this substance is not prohibited," the agency stated on its website.

    "At present, and based on expert opinions, there is no plan to introduce a threshold level for clenbuterol."

    Contador tested positive for the drug during the 2010 Tour de France, but blamed the result on contaminated beef. The Spanish federation refused to impose a sporting ban on Contador, but the UCI and WADA lodged separate appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), to be heard in November.

    In its statement, WADA aknowledged that it is possible for food contamination to cause a positive doping control for a low level of clenbuterol, such as was the case for Contador, but said "each case is different and all elements need to be taken into account, along with the context of the case.

    "Under the World Anti-Doping Code, result management of cases foresees the opportunity for an athlete to explain how a prohibited substance entered his/her body."

    It added that the agency is working with federations and event...

  • Kittel Melbourne-bound for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour

    Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano)
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    September 28, 2011, 1:47 BST
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    Strong Skil-Shimano squad for Australian event

    With 14 wins to this name in 2011, German Marcel Kittel proved to be one of the men to beat in the pro peloton and will headline the Skil-Shimano outfit for next month's Jayco Herald Sun Tour which returns after a one-year absence.

    "It's the last race for me this year so I want to enjoy it with my team as much as possible and if there is a sprint I want to win it," the 23-year-old said.

    It's been a big year for Kittel, who began the season by taking out the fifth stage of the Tour de Langkawi, won four stages at the Four Days of Dunkirk, won the first stage and then overall at the Delta Tour Zeeland, four stages at the Tour of Poland, along with stage seven of the Vuelta a Espana in his grand tour debut. Earlier this month, Kittel edged compatriot Andre Greipel at the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen.

    "We have a strong team for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour and I'm convinced that we can win stages there in a sprint, personally, but also from a breakaway and when we have a finish climb like on stage four," he said of the Arthurs Seat stage.

    "I expect a very nice race and an easygoing Australian atmosphere with hopefully nice weather!"

    Kittel, one of the early favourites to claim the sprinter's jersey, will be returning to familiar territory, having won a bronze medal in the under-23 time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Geelong last year.

    "I know the area around Geelong from the world championships last year. I had a really good time there and I spent a few more weeks in Australia for holiday and I saw a lot," he said.

    "I heard that the race will pass a few great Australian signs like the Great Ocean Road and the city of Melbourne and of course there are already some...

  • Confirmed: Nygaard returns to media role at GreenEdge

    Team manager Brian Nygaard during the presentation
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    September 28, 2011, 3:21 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Bannan "delighted" to have former Leopard Trek team manager on board

    Having earlier denied any contact with Brian Nygaard, GreenEdge has announced that the former Leopard Trek team manager will be joining the Australian-based outfit as the team's Communications Director.

    Nygaard spent eight years as press officer for Bjarne Riis at CSC - Saxo Bank before moving to a similar role at Team Sky. Nygaard and another Saxo Bank employee, Kim Andersen, then set up Leopard Trek in 2010.

    As speculation first came to light over the Leopard Trek – RadioShack merger in late August, Gazzetta dello Sport suggested that Nygaard would be one of the casualties and would return to a media role with GreenEdge. However, GreenEdge General Manager Shayne Bannan told Cyclingnews: "I've been reading the rumours about RadioShack and Leopard but I've had no contact with Brian [Nygaard]."

    With today's announcement, Bannan said that the Dane's experience with the very top of the cycling tree made him a very important management acquisition to the fledgling team.

    "We're delighted to have someone with Brian's experience on the team," Bannan said.

    "Although we're a predominately Australian team, we're an international team both on and off the road. Beyond the technical elements of the job, Brian knows cycling and speaks a number of languages which will help us tell our story around the globe."

    It is not clear when discussions between GreenEdge and Nygaard first took place.

    "I've worked with a number of Australians in previous roles and have always admired their approach to the sport, and life in general, so I'm thrilled to be part of the GreenEdge team," Nygaard explained in a press release. "After having met Shayne and seeing the scope of this project, I feel proud to be asked to be part of...

  • Video: Blythe, Lodewyck follow Gilbert to BMC

    Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto).
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    September 28, 2011, 4:49 BST
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    Wyss renews as US team takes shape

    The BMC Racing Team announced today the signing of two riders, Adam Blythe and Klaas Lodewyck, who will come across to the American squad for 2012 along with current Omega Pharma-Lotto teammate Philippe Gilbert.

    The team also renewed the contract of Swiss rider Danilo Wyss.

    Blythe, a 21-year-old promising British sprinter last year won two stages and the overall at Circuit Franco-Belge, and landed on the podium at the GP Stad Zottegem this season.

    Lodewyck graduated to Omega Pharma-Lotto from the Topsport Vlaanderen and Rabobank Continental teams, and raced in his first Grand Tour this year at the Giro d'Italia.

    Both riders are eager to improve, and will be hoping to play a support role in the Classics behind new team leaders Gilbert and Thor Hushovd.

    "The BMC Racing Team wants to make me a better bike rider, which is what I really need at the moment," Blythe said. "I would like to go for some stages in races like the Eneco Tour next year, but my main goal is to get onto the Classics team. I think it will very hard, though."

    "If I want to make the next step in my career, it's important to go to a team that can bring me to a higher level," Lodewyck said. "I want to try and perform well the whole year and maybe try to win a nice race. It's also important for me to help the other big riders on the team. That will be a big challenge for me."

    Below is an interview with Adam Blythe taken by Pierre Carrey at Tour of Poland. Warning, this interview contains explicit language.

  • UCI vs Landis: the missing lawsuit

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the presentation for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which willbe in Austria
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    September 28, 2011, 9:41 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Five months since UCI announced legal action

    It’s been almost five months since the UCI issued a press release in which it stated that it would sue Floyd Landis. However, the former professional has not had any communication with either the governing body or its Swiss lawyers, suggesting that the case could fail to materialise.

    In November of last year, Landis appeared on German television and claimed that “it is known in the peloton” that the UCI has “protected some people” over the years. He also accused the UCI of taking bribes, conducting cover-ups and manipulating test results.

    Days later, UCI president Pat McQuaid accused Landis of being a ‘liar’ but it took until February of this year before the UCI backed up the claims and threatened to sue the former rider.

    In a letter dated February 7, 2011, addressed to Landis, the UCI gave the American a 15-day window in which to retract his comments or face legal proceedings. Reymond & Associes acted for the UCI’s former and current presidents, Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid.

    Landis’ reaction was one of bluff and mocking contempt. He set up a fake legal firm and began to email the UCI’s legal team. He even set up a website for his fictitious legal firm, (the website has since been removed), creating a lawyer to represent him. One of the legal team’s areas of expertise was in Vegetable Rights Abuse Advocacy.

    It wasn’t until May that the UCI, after Landis refused to back down, announced that they would take him to court to ‘defend their honour’. In a public statement they said: “The International Cycling Union (UCI), its current...

  • Kaisen confirmed to ride with Lotto-Ridley in 2012

    Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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    September 28, 2011, 10:23 BST
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    Sergeant says more details to be revealed in coming week

    Marc Sergeant has confirmed to that Belgian rider Olivier Kaisen will be a part of the Lotto-Ridley set-up in 2012. According to Sergeant, the 28-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the team.

    Kaisen is a sixth year professional and has had a long association with the Lotto team. His decision to continue with the team came down to his familiarity with the management and riders, as well as the prospect of a longer contract than was being offered elsewhere.

    "It’s a team that offers a really great opportunity,” said Kaisen. “It's great to be able to commit until 2013. For now though I can't give too much more away."

    The contract is the first time in Kaisen’s career he has been able to commit to a team for more than one season. Though initially tipped to be one of Belgium’s next big things, after winning time trial national championships in the juniors and espoirs ranks, Kaisen has not managed to replicate such success as a professional.

    The Lotto-Ridley team is expected to be officially launched in the coming week, with a host of high-profile Belgian riders set to be unveiled as well as details of the sponsor arrangements. Jurgen Van den Broeck, Andre Greipel and Jelle Vanendert are all rumoured to be part of the new outfit.

    "More details on our team for 2012 will officially be given next week at a press conference," said Sergeant.

  • Brammeier among familiar faces at Omega Pharma-Quick Step

    Matthew Brammeier (HTC-Highroad) at the start
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    September 28, 2011, 13:02 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Irish champion was surprised by demise of HTC-Highroad

    Matt Brammeier has said that the presence of so many HTC-Highroad riders and staff at Omega Pharma-Quick Step encouraged him to make the move to the revamped squad for the 2012 season.

    Following the announcement that HTC-Highroad would cease operations at the end of this season, Tony Martin, František Rabon, Bert Grabsch and Martin and Peter Velits are among the riders who have been snapped up by Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Brian Holm joins as a directeur sportif, with Rolf Aldag also understood to be close to an agreement with the team.

    “Having a core group from HTC going across to Quick Step meant that it was a no-brainer decision really,” Brammeier told Cyclingnews. “As soon as I knew all of those guys were going and the offer was there, it was definitely what I wanted to do.”

    Brammeier has enjoyed a fine season in HTC-Highroad colours, with his Irish champion’s jersey a distinctive presence at the front end of the peloton, and he believes that it was such willingness to work for the team that caught Quick Step’s eye.

    “I think that it was just the fact that I did my job so well this year, I just rode a selfless year,” Brammeier said. “They [HTC-Highroad management] said to me at the start of the year that if I could do what was asked from me and help the team and do my job, then there was going to be a job for me in the team for a long time. I kind of sacrificed every race of the year for the team, so I didn’t really get my own chances much.”

    It briefly appeared as though Brammeier’s dedication to the cause would go unrewarded in August, when it emerged that HTC-Highroad would disband at the...