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Latest Cycling News, September 22, 2008

Date published:
September 22, 2008, 1:00 BST
  • Cyclingnews online production editor required - Australia

    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Cyclingnews , the world's leading cycling web site, is expanding and is looking for a full time...

    Work on the world's leading cycling web site

    Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is expanding and is looking for a full time online production editor based in Sydney, Australia.

    The position requires applicants to have a keen interest and thorough knowledge of competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will involve producing reports, results, photos and features from the world of cycling, so fluency in a second language is also an advantage, as is a familiarity with online production techniques, experience in journalism and attention to detail.

    The applicants will need to be self-starters as the position involves regular liaison with production editors in all Cyclingnews offices. As Cyclingnews is a 24/7 daily news operation, the position will require regular weekend work. The weekend duties are handled on a rotating shift basis with other production editors, so the applicant must be flexible in their work schedule. However, the majority of work will be done during normal business hours on week-days.

    The online editors will be required to have familiarity with online production applications (a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop are important skills) and could also be required to attend major cycling events in each region. However, the primary responsibility is the production of content for publication on the web site. Training in online production techniques can be provided to the right applicant, ability to handle the technical processes involved and an ability to communicate are required.

    Please send your CV with a covering letter via e-mail to recruit@futurenet.com with "Cyclingnews online editing position - " in the subject line. Deadline for applications is October 2, 2008.

    (Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer)

  • Cervélo TestTeam signs Lloyd, Hunt and Deignan

    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    The Cervélo TestTeam, future home of Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd, announced the signing of...

    The Cervélo TestTeam, future home of Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd, announced the signing of Britain's Daniel Lloyd and Jeremy Hunt, and Ireland's Phillip Deignan today. Scott Sunderland and Jean-Paul van Poppel will direct the new Swiss-based team on the road.

    Daniel Lloyd currently races for An Post-Donnelly-Thornton-Kelly Team. He placed 15th in the recent Tour of Ireland and won the Vuelta Ciclista Internacional a Extremadura in April. Hunt is currently with Crédit Agricole, which is closing its operations at the end of this season. The two-time British Champion will apply his sprint skills in the newly formed team.

    Deignan, currently with AG2R La Mondiale, finished 25th in the recent Deutschland-Tour and 25th in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, one day later.

  • Zabel to announce future plans

    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Erik Zabel has decided what his fate will be in the coming year, but he isn't making his plans...

    Erik Zabel has decided what his fate will be in the coming year, but he isn't making his plans public yet. He will announce his decision whether to retire or continue riding this week, according to Milram team manager Gerry van Gerwen.

    "At Erik's wish, the announcement will only be made just before or during the World Championships," van Gerwen told the dpa press agency. It is expected that the 38 year-old will announce his retirement from professional racing.

    Zabel started his career in 1993 with Telekom. His wins, amongst others, include six points competitions titles at the Tour de France and four editions of the Milano-Sanremo. (SW)

  • Cancellara, Albasini, Gerdemann out of Worlds

    Swiss Fabian Cancellara out of the Worlds
    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Fabian Cancellara announced that he will not ride in the World Championships this week in Varese,...

    Fabian Cancellara announced that he will not ride in the World Championships this week in Varese, Italy, which means that neither of the reigning World Time Trial Champions will be there to defend their titles. Women's Champion Hanka Kupfernagel earlier announced that she would not participate.

    Cancellara's Swiss teammate Michael Albasini and Germany's Linus Gerdemann cancelled their appearances as well, due to physical problems.

    Cancellara, 27, won not only the last two Worlds time trials, but also the Olympic time trial, as well as third in the Beijing road race. "After my successes in Beijing, I can no longer motivate myself for the exertions," he said, according to the Swiss news agency SI. "The final 'click' is missing, to ride the Worlds and defend my title in the time trial."

    Albasini's withdraw from the road race is due to a crash shortly before the Olympic Games. "My legs are okay, but I still have pain in my shoulder," the 28 year-old said. "The piece of iron they put in during the operation makes problems. I feel uncertain and I don't want to aggravate the situation."

    Cancellara cannot be replaced in the time trial, as he held his starting place as defending champion. As previously announced, Ruben Bertogliati and Thomas Frei will ride the time trial for Switzerland. Andreas Dietziker and Frei will take Cancellara and Albasini spot's in the road race.

    Gerdemann, the winner of the Deutschland Tour, is suffering from pain in his neck since that race. After a three-hour ride on Sunday, he told radsport-news.com, "the pains came back. Since I have hardly been able to train the last week, there is very little sense in riding in Varese." His place will be taken by André Greipel, who started out the season by winning the Tour Down Under and has gone on to take 13 wins this season, including the

  • Ballerini places his bet on Bettini

    Italian DS Franco Ballerini
    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Unlike in years past, the Italian team heads to the World Championships with one leader. Paolo...

    Unlike in years past, the Italian team heads to the World Championships with one leader. Paolo Bettini, two-time world champion and 2004 Olympic champion, will captain the nine-man team this Sunday in Varese.

    "If you look at the results in the last years, Bettini is almost a guarantee. It is worth the risk," said team director, Franco Ballerini, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Bettini won the last two editions and finished in the top ten three other occasions.

    The 2008 season was dry for Paolo Bettini, like last year. His first win did not come until July and he really did not prove his readiness until the Vuelta a España. He took two stage wins on the Iberian Peninsula; the second stage win came in dramatic style after he announced he would not be racing for Team Quick Step in 2009.

    "I am optimistic and I don't want to think of the negatives," said Ballerini when asked if Bettini was on form. "In any case, Paolo would work for the others, because he was born as a domestique."

    Ballerini has a second front should his one captain approach fail. Davide Rebellin, Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Ballan are the star-studded defence line behind Bettini.

    "Rebellin is a definite alternative. Ballan and Cunego cold also have their chances from an escape."

  • Holczer continues with progress of teams' organisation

    German Hans-Michael Holczer making progress with the teams' organisation
    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    By Gregor Brown Germany's Hans-Michael Holczer is without a sponsor for his Gerolsteiner team next...

    By Gregor Brown

    Germany's Hans-Michael Holczer is without a sponsor for his Gerolsteiner team next year, but it has not kept him from making progress for cycling's future. He was part of the meeting last Friday of the 18 ProTour teams in Madrid to push forward the teams' organisation in 2009.

    "It seems the 18 teams have a common position, which is very important. ... It seems constructive, and if we continue in this way they can have a future for cycling – what it should be – on the highest level, attractive [for sponsors], well-governed and well-organised," he said to Cyclingnews.

    Following a meeting at the Tour de France, the ProTour teams announced they would not be renewing their licenses for the 2009 season and forming a teams' organisation away from the ProTour created by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The group had another meeting on the Tours' second rest day, in Cuneo.

    Friday's meeting in Madrid continued the talks that began in June. The teams initially met in Frankfurt on June 4, followed by two further meetings in Brussels on June 18 and June 30. (Read Holczer tight-lipped after teams' working group meeting.)

    "I am writing an e-mail to the UCI [UCI ProTour Manager Alan Rumpf] to request a meeting in the next days," Holczer continued. "We have this agreement with the organisers. It is a clear proposal to develop cycling on the highest level in the next years. I don't think our positions are that far off [from the UCI]. From the first moments of this initiative, we said we have to have UCI in on this plan as the governing body.

    "We – the current 18 ProTour teams – have this agreement to start at the Monuments, excluding the Tour of Flanders, and the big three tours. Also, the code of ethics, financial and supporting guarantees. It is an agreement made...

  • Gerolsteiner's forgotten riders

    Italian Francesco De Bonis, 26, celebrates after his win in the Tour de Romandie celebrates
    Article published:
    September 22, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer and Gregor Brown

    By Susan Westemeyer and Gregor Brown Team Gerolsteiner placed two of its Italian riders on the...

    By Susan Westemeyer and Gregor Brown

    Team Gerolsteiner placed two of its Italian riders on the inactive list early this season and forgot about both riders soon after. While it announced Andrea Moletta's case at the time, when his father was involved in a doping raid during the Giro d'Italia, nothing was ever made public about the fate of Francesco De Bonis.

    De Bonis, 26, is a first year professional who joined to the team upon the recommendation of Davide Rebellin. He rode only a few races for the German team, which is dissolving at the end of the season, but came into his own at the Tour de Romandie.

    He finished an impressive 20th in the stage three's individual time trial. The next day he won the fourth stage after he joined an early escape group. He went free on the final climb to claim the mountains points and found the energy to out-sprint the two riders who joined him near the finish. In the final stage, comfortably back in the pack, he finished 13th overall and took home the mountain jersey.

    That was Sunday, May 4, and it turned out to have been his final race of the season. Nobody is saying exactly what happened. Team Manager Hans-Michael Holczer "came to the decision that Francesco De Bonis did not fit well to the team," spokesman Jörg Grünefeld told Cyclingnews. "I had problems with the team manager, we did not understand each other," De Bonis said. He added, it was "nothing particular."

    Was it a coincidence that this occurred only days after the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that it was investigating a number of unnamed riders for problems arising from unusual patterns which had emerged through their biological passports? Yes, said De Bonis, it was just a coincidence. "The problem was that I did not see eye to eye with Hans for the season. There were no...