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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Date published:
September 30, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Terry partners with ASI for expanded bicycle line

    Terry's new Tailwind aims to tie bicycles into the company's successful clothing line.
    Article published:
    September 29, 2009, 22:19 BST
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    Women's lifestyle leader looks to boost bicycle presence

    Terry Precision Bicycles announced this week that it inked a license agreement with Advanced Sports, Inc. (ASI) to distribute an expanded line of women's bikes. Once the pioneer of women's-specific geometries, the company has been more successful with its clothing line in recent years than with its bicycles.

    New owner and CEO Liz Roberts is looking to change that, and believes the agreement with ASI will put the company back into a leadership role for women's bikes while maintaining Georgena Terry's original concepts.

    "The agreement is a licensing agreement that gives them the right to manufacture bicycles for us as well as distribute them. They'll become our sourcing, manufacturing and distributor - globally." said Roberts.

    "Terry was founded in the bicycle business, Georgena's first product line was the original women's specific bicycle. In the past years we've let that lapse.

    "Most of our sales currently come from apparel. When I acquired the company back in April, I strongly believed we needed to stay alive in the bicycle business. Because Terry's brand is about cycling, and if you let the hard goods lapse, you can become like any fitness apparel company.

    "The relationship with ASI allows us to quickly and on a fairly large scale get back into the bicycle business. They have a strong distribution network, and have an established network of dealers that they work with. As they introduce the Terry bicycle alongside the Fuji bicycle, for example, we hope that opens the door for us to come in with our apparel line."

    ASI, which produces bicycles for Fuji and Kestrel among other companies, will manufacture the machines as well as providing a tie-in with Robert's vision for convincing independent bicycle dealers and other sports retailers to merchandise Terry's clothing and bicycles as a complete lifestyle package.

    "The bicycle and the apparel play off of one another. It all needs to be presented together to...

  • Vervecken's fond farewell to American 'cross

    Erwin Vervecken (Team Revor-Baboco) shadowing Powers.
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 0:33 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Belgian ends US experience memorably

    Triple Cyclo-cross world champion Erwin Vervecken recently announced his retirement from a sport that gave him nearly a lifetime of achievements and the famed Belgian waved goodbye to his American fans at the Planet Bike Cup held in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday - his final race on American soil before starting the next chapter in his life.

    "I'm 37 at this moment and it's my last season," said Vervecken, who donned his rainbow skinsuit in the USA for the first time in 2001. "Three or four years ago I was able to be aggressive in the last lap, especially if I was together with others and then I was always the first of a group.

    "I'm fast in the sprint and I can try to do a really fast last lap but those are things I am losing now; I'm getting slower."

    A battle to the end

    Vervecken grew up in Lille, Belgium, although it's a little-known fact that he began his cycling career in Holland. Back in the 1980s aspiring young cyclists were not able to begin racing until the age of 15 in Belgium. Thus, Vervecken kickstarted his career early - at the age of eight - over the border.

    Once old enough to compete in his own country, Vervecken achieved numerous national titles as a junior and under 23 rider. He went on to join the professional ranks in 1995 with Espace Card-Record Bank and has since competed for Spaarselect and Fidea Cycling Team before moving to his most recent contract with Revor-Baboco for his last hurrah.

    Vervecken's palmares includes nearly 45 victories at UCI-ranked events. His most prized are the three 'Cross world titles in 2001, 2006 and 2007, the two World Cup overall podium places and three wins on the Super Prestige circuit.

    When asked if he was satisfied with his career he simply said, "You never know if there could have been something more. But I think with three world titles, I've certainly had a nice career and I'm very happy with it."

    Previous to winning his first...

  • Lombardia the next battleground for world's best

    Joaquím Rodríguez (Spain) took the bronze medal.
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 0:45 BST
    By:
    Les Clarke

    Evans and Rodriguez will duel again in season finale

    After fighting it out for the medals in Sunday's world championship road race in Mendrisio, Switzerland, Cadel Evans and Joaquin Rodriguez will resume their battle in the Giro di Lombardia in Italy on October 17.

    While the world title went to Evans, Rodriguez is confident of a good showing and aims to carry the momentum of finishing third in Mendrisio through to the season's finale.

    "I've begun every day 'on the bike' because I have a month full of races and don't want to lose the form I have in order to see if I can still give some joy to the fans and my team in the latter [season] events," he told Europa Press.

    His focus on events later in the season stems from a poor start to 2009, which included abandoning the Giro d'Italia. He summed up his season as "not bad", but admitted, "I changed things in the Giro because of an injury which forced me to abandon and I messed up my plans a little."

    Meanwhile, Evans will go into the 'Race of the falling leaves' full of confidence. He finished sixth in the 2007 edition whilst wearing the ProTour leader's jersey and this year he will compete in the rainbow jersey after securing the world title.

    The Australian followed Rodriguez's late-race move on Sunday before attacking hard on the climb of Novazzano and soloing to the win. While the Spaniard said he was happy with the bronze medal, he makes no secrets that a win in Lombardia would be perfect.

    The Caisse d'Epargne rider, who will move to Russian squad Katusha at the end of this season, will be honoured today in his hometown of Parets del Vallès following his podium place at the world championships.

    He's adamant that it shouldn't distract him from the task at hand: five late-season races, including Paris-Bourges, Paris-Tours, Giro del Piemonte, Giro di Lombardia and the Japan Cup.

  • Rumpf: Sporting criteria prime issue in ProTour decision

    ProTour director Alain Rumpf with UCI head Pat McQuaid.
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 0:51 BST
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    French teams not strong enough, according to UCI

    International Cycling Union (UCI) ProTour manager Alain Rumpf has commented on yesterday’s ruling that Cofidis and BBox Bouygues Telecom were unsuccessful in their bid to apply for new ProTour licences, confirming that the major consideration was about their ability to compete at the required standard. The two teams concerned are currently sitting 19th and 20th in the UCI World Ranking, below Professional Continental teams Cervélo Test team, Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni and Acqua & Sapone.

    “The major considerations were about sports [the sporting aspect],” Rumpf told Cyclingnews. “I can’t comment on their behalf, but they knew the rules and the evaluation criteria.”

    He said that at the time of the interview, the UCI had not heard back from the teams concerned. Rumpf said that the teams were notified of the UCI’s evaluation about the sporting aspect and, “like the other teams applying, were offered the opportunity to defend their application” before the licence commission. That presumably meant that they had the chance to plead their case if they so wished.

    Both teams have reportedly been told by Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) that they will be part of the lineup for the 2010 race.

    Two other UCI licence commission decisions are likely in the near future. The first is the ruling on whether or not the new Radioshack team will be granted a first-time ProTour licence, as the Sky team was recently. The UCI press release issued on Tuesday said that it was continuing to examine the application submitted by the United States of America squad.

    Rumpf didn’t indicate a timeframe for that news. “I don’t know when the decision will be made,” he said. “I know that the commission has asked for some clarifications from the team on certain aspects of its application file.”

    The second matter being considered...

  • Gerrans pleased with Evans' Worlds win

    Australians Simon Gerrans and Cadel Evans, l-r
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 10:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Redemption for Evans as Australia tops Worlds medal table

    Australia's Simon Gerrans has expressed his satisfaction with Cadel Evans' victory at the road race World Championship on Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Gerrans said the win would help to make up for disappointments throughout his compatriot's season.

    "It's huge, it is a massive result for him and a consolation for his disappointing Tour de France," Gerrans told Cyclingnews.

    Evans had never finished the Tour de France outside of the top ten until this July. He placed 30th at 45:24 down from winner Alberto Contador in this year's edition. In the last two years he placed second and wore the leader's yellow jersey for five days in 2008.

    He made amends with a third overall at the Vuelta a España, but the race came with its own disappointments. He punctured on the key mountain stage to Sierra Nevada and lost 1:26 during the wheel change.

    The Worlds was one of Evans' end-of-season objectives, along with the Vuelta a España. He attacked after the winning move of nine men formed on the final lap of 19. The course in Mendrisio was three kilometres away from his European home in Stabio, Switzerland.

    Evans was supported by strong teamwork from the Australian team throughout the 262.2 kilometre race. Gerrans himself capped the nation's performance with a 10th place finish. He said Evans had been confident of a good result in Switzerland.

    "He said he could do it," said Gerrans. "He has been talking about the World Championships for pretty much the whole year."

    Australia topped the road World Championship medal tally with two gold medals. Evans' victory on Sunday was preceded by Jack Bobridge's win in the Under-23 men's time trial last week.

    For Gerrans, the World Championship road race may have been the last race of his season, which has included stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, and the one-day GP Plouay. Currently racing for Cervélo TestTeam,

  • Fédrigo wants out of Bbox Bouygues Telecom

    Frenchman Pierrick Fédrigo ready to leave Bbox Bouygues Telecom
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 12:04 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Frenchman wants to leave squad after it was denied ProTour licence renewal

    Frenchman Pierrick Fédrigo wants to leave Bbox Bouygues Telecom after the team failed to receive a renewal of its ProTour licence for 2010, according to L'Equipe.

    "I also have to think about me and my ambitions to race at a highest level," Fédrigo said.

    France's Bbox Bouygues Telecom has had a ProTour, or top-level, licence since the inception of the ranking system in 2005. Its current licence runs through the end of this year, but it received official notice yesterday from the International Cycling Union (UCI) that it had failed to meet renewal requirements. The decision will force Bbox Bouygues to race 2010 at the Professional Continental level, or second level.

    "There is no [chance] that I am racing in a Pro Continental team," said Fédrigo.

    Fédrigo and Thomas Voeckler are Bbox Bouygues Telecom best-known riders. Between them they have been responsible for eight of the team's 13 race victories this season, with Fédrigo taking three wins. Each won a stage of this year's Tour de France.

    He joined the team in 2005 and still has a contract for 2010. He expects problems leaving the team of Jean-René Bernaudeau, who Fédrigo said is "not prepared to negotiate anything."

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  • Bugno critical of Italian Worlds team tactics

    Italy's Filippo Pozzato and Damiano Cunego, l-r, after Worlds
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 12:25 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Pozzato defends Italian team's performance in Mendrisio

    Filippo Pozzato maintains that he and the rest of the Italian team raced united behind leader Damiano Cunego at the World Championship road race on Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland, despite criticism from two-time winner Gianni Bugno.

    Bugno led a round of criticism yesterday in Italy's leading sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport. He suggested that the team's captain, Damiano Cunego, may have lacked the strength to win the Worlds in spite of the hard work carried out by Italy during the race.

    "[Ivan] Basso and Pozzato did not have to work like they did," said Bugno. "To pull like they did doesn't work. They needed to attack and form an escape, though they were racing how they were asked."

    Italian director Franco Ballerini guided the nine-man Italian team in defence of its three wins from 2006 to 2008. He appointed Cunego as captain and the team rode for him, with Pozzato and Ivan Basso the squad's key support riders on the 18th of 19 13.8-kilometre circuits. However Cunego, 28, only managed eighth place behind winner Cadel Evans (Australia).

    "I think Franco kept us all united," said Pozzato. "We can go home with our heads high. We defended the jersey in the best way [possible]."

    Pozzato and Basso worked for Cunego on the climbs of the Acqua Fresca and Novazzano in the penultimate circuit. Cunego made the winning move of nine men that formed on the following and final ascent of the Acqua Fresca.

    "We raced well and united for Damiano," continued Pozzato. "Certainly, he has great potential, but you win some and you lose some. Sometimes when you do all the controlling work at the front you can still find a good [rival] rider that can come up and win."

    Ballerini said that Cunego was the best rider to use for the win and that the efforts of Pozzato and Basso had served to lessen Cunego's rivals. He said the presence of time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) in the closing stages...

  • Rebellin investigated over alleged tax evasion

    Italy's Davide Rebellin
    Article published:
    September 30, 2009, 13:45 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Italian financial police investigate cyclist Davide Rebellin and other sportsmen

    Davide Rebellin is one of several Italian sportsmen under investigation for tax evasion by the Italian financial police, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    "We feel this is entirely unfounded," said Rebellin's lawyer Federico Cecconi. "For years he has lived and carries on activities, including training, outside of Italy."

    Rebellin lives in Monaco, but grew up in the province of Verona, Italy. The 38-year-old has not raced since April this year after being handed a preliminary suspension for doping.

    He finished second in the road race at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but test results released on April 28 of this year revealed that he had doped with blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO). The Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has yet to issue a related suspension.

    The Italian financial police, Guardia di Finanza, are also investigating Formula 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi and rally co-pilot Tiziano Sivieri for tax evasion.

    Former professional cyclist Mario Cipollini faced similar tax evasion charges in January 2008.

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