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Latest Cycling News for November 24, 2006

Date published:
November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • Todd Herriott joins Hagens Berman as director

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    November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The Lake Washington Velo Cycling Club is taking another big step in solidifying itself as a premier...

    The Lake Washington Velo Cycling Club is taking another big step in solidifying itself as a premier amateur development team with the announcement of Todd Herriott as the Director Sportif. Herriott comes to the team with several years on the National Racing Calendar (NRC) circuit as a member of the Colavita/Sutter Home and Health Net programs, along with a background as a strength and conditioning coach.

    "With the increased support from our sponsor Hagens Berman we were able to bring in a great talent and mentor like Todd to help mold our talented yet inexperienced riders into the cyclists of tomorrow," noted team President Terry Buchanan. "He has the experience and background to direct this team to an even higher level."

    Herriott comes to the team with several stellar performances over the last several years: first American to win the Univest Grand Prix in 2002; first American to win the Tour of Cuba and finishing his professional career 12th overall at the US professional road championships earlier this year. Herriott won't only be sitting behind the wheel of the team's car but will also support the entire team in many areas including coaching, tactics, and mental toughness and will also give us a unique perspective as the season progresses via his website.

  • Jones-Pallett and Kent to ride Christmas Carnivals

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    November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania (SCAT) is happy to announce that Sarah Kent and Camille...

    The Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania (SCAT) is happy to announce that Sarah Kent and Camille Jones-Pallett from Western Australia will be riding the National Grid Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals series.

    Kent is the current Australian Junior Women's champion for the individual pursuit and set an Australian record as part of the team sprint. She is no slouch on the road either, as she currently holds the Australian junior title for the road pairs time trial.

    Jones-Pallett teamed with Sarah to set the new Australian record in the teams sprint. Camille will be more favoured for the longer distances as she is the current Australian junior champion in the women's road race, criterium and pairs time trial.

    Both girls are 16 years-old and will enjoy the challenge of stepping up to race against the senior women in the series. Both girls are coached by Rick Lee who is bringing out a team of 10 riders to the series.

    Grant Atkins, President of SCAT, believes that the addition of these women will make for some exciting racing and will certainly challenge our local girls. "Its great to get the calibre of Sarah and Camille to race at the Carnivals and the fact they are coming from Western Australia shows the value of series," concluded Atkins.

  • Euskaltel-Euskadi gathers for training camp

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    November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The orange-clad Basque team, Euskaltel-Euskadi, will meet Sunday for a five-day training camp. The...

    The orange-clad Basque team, Euskaltel-Euskadi, will meet Sunday for a five-day training camp. The goal for the riders will be to get to know their 2007 teammates and staff, while going on training rides and receiving new equipment.

    New team Director Sportif, Igor González de Galdeano has planned time to talk about the team's plan to visit San Diego, California for wind-tunnel testing. The goal of the trip will be to help improve the rider's strength against the clock, a known weak-point in a team predominantly filled with light-weight climbers.

  • Swiss federation opens Ullrich disciplinary hearings

    Jan Ullrich training
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    November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The anti-doping arm of the Swiss federation is set to open disciplinary hearings for Jan Ullrich in...

    The anti-doping arm of the Swiss federation is set to open disciplinary hearings for Jan Ullrich in early January. The German cyclist, winner of the 1997 Tour de France, was linked this last may with Operación Puerto when the Spanish Guardia Civil raided the offices of doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. He was subsequently dropped from his long-time squad, T-Mobile.

    "It will likely be done in the beginning of January," said Bernhard Welten to AGR regarding the disciplinary hearings. "I the moment we possess all the documents, I will ask to the disciplinary commission that we proceed."

    In October, Ullrich renounced his Swiss racing license, and has since been searching for both a new national federation and a team for 2007. "My goal now is to work all my frustrations out on the bike," he said to Cyclingnews on November 13, saying that he was training around three hours every day.

    The 32 year-old, who has not raced since June, has been gearing up for a legal battle by hiring a new lawyer, Dr. Peter-Michael Diestel. The German lawyer indicated that he is ready to assist his client. "I want to help bring one of Germany's most prominent and important cyclists back into the life he belongs in," Diestel told German newspaper Ostsee Zeitung.

    Ullrich was allegedly linked to Fuentes via code numbers and the nickname Hijo Rudicio, similar 'evidence' as used to implicate Italian cyclist Ivan Basso. The cyclist and his lawyer may take some comfort in the recent ruling by the Italian cycling federation (FCI), to shelve the investigation of Basso. The Italian has returned to cycling's top level, albeit not without controversy, by signing a contract with Discovery Channel, and Ullrich hopes for a similar successful outcome.

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  • Hamilton confirmes 2007 contract with Tinkoff

    Hamilton rides in Nevada Triathlon
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    November 24, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The long rumoured signing of Tyler Hamilton with Italy-based Tinkoff Credit Systems is now official....

    The long rumoured signing of Tyler Hamilton with Italy-based Tinkoff Credit Systems is now official. The 35 year-old American, back after a two-year doping suspension, will headline the professional continental team financed by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkoff.

    Over 10 days ago it was speculated that Hamilton had in fact signed with Tinkoff when at Nevada for the Silverman Triathlon he responded, "Yes, I have signed with a team," during a pre-race press conference. On September 22, he finished his ban from cycling, which started in the fall of 2004 when he was sacked from Phonak for failing a blood doping test.

    "I made a mistake and the price that I had to pay was very high," said Hamilton. Team General Manager Stefano Feltrin confirmed to Cyclingnews that a one-year agreement was made for the 2007 season. "Now I am ready to put myself back into competition. I passed excruciating long months and have come out on top thanks to the help of my family and my close friends. Now I am ready to for a new challenge and I want to thank Tinkoff Credit Systems for offering me this new opportunity."

    The Tinkoff team will be under the control of current Team LPR Manager Omar Piscina. The 30 year-old Italian had hinted at signing a top rider in early November. "The team will be soon complete with three more members, of which will be one of top-level," he said then. The rider ended up being the reigning Olympic time trial champion.

    "To reach an agreement with Tyler was very important," Piscina said this morning. "I want to say thanks to Tinkoff Credit Systems for the unquestioned support in signing the talented American. We are convinced that with Tyler the team can make a huge leap in quality. We know the past of Hamilton but we are confident that he deserves a second chance, like has...