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Latest Edition Cycling News for February 16, 2006

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February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
  • ABC TV to feature AIS women

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Gerard Knapp

    ABC TV's current affairs program Australian Story will feature the AIS women's cycling team in their...

    ABC TV's current affairs program Australian Story will feature the AIS women's cycling team in their next edition, to be screened on February 20. The program will have interviews with coach Warren McDonald and the riders that survived last July's accident in Germany, illustrating how each has handled their recovery both individually and as a group.

  • Kodakgallery.com/Sierra for Tour of California

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada squad for Tour of California : Mike Dietrich, Martin Gilbert, Ben...

    Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada squad for Tour of California:

    Mike Dietrich, Martin Gilbert, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Pete Lopinto, Dominique Perras, David Robinson, Jackson Stewart, Scott Zwizanski. Directeur sportif: Jonas Carney

  • Sanderson 'more motivated than ever'

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Gerard Knapp Despite reports to the contrary, promising 21-year-old Australian rider Nic...

    By Gerard Knapp

    Despite reports to the contrary, promising 21-year-old Australian rider Nic Sanderson has no intention of ending his career and is "more motivated than ever" to succeed as elite-level road cyclist.

    The bronze medalist in the junior road race at the 2002 World Championships recently had his contract with Belgian ProTour team Davitamon-Lotto annulled due to disclosure that he suffered from a mild form of epilepsy. But as the rider explained to Cyclingnews, the condition has, "never affected my cycling. I've had two episodes in my whole life; I've had some tests done and it showed only a mild dose of epilepsy". He said when necessary he needed to take "only mild dosage medication" that is not included on any banned list.

    Sanderson has remained training in Victoria and remains hopeful of securing a contract for 2006. He is represented by leading Belgian agent, Paul de Geyter of Sport and Entertainment Management (SEM), one of cycling's leading agents whose clients range from Tom Boonen to Bobby Julich. The agent said it was a "very unfortunate situation" but "both parties decided it was best to end the contract". Neither Sanderson nor de Geyter would criticize Davitamon-Lotto and both had accepted the outcome, and stressed they wish to move forward as quickly as possible.

    De Geyter said it was not ideal to be securing a new contract at this stage of the season, even if his young client has undoubted talent. "If this happened in October I would not be too scared, but in February it will be difficult." Sanderson signed his contract with the team in early September 2005, and represented the squad in the Jayco Herald-Sun Tour in Victoria. He was also named for the Davitamon-Lotto team for the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, but he said he "came down with something," and felt poorly,...

  • Star studded field heads to Geelong

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    A massive field that includes the world's top three cyclists will line up in Geelong to contest the...

    A massive field that includes the world's top three cyclists will line up in Geelong to contest the opening round of the 2006 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup (February 26) and the preceding Geelong Tour (February 21-23).

    Two-time world cup overall winner Oenone Wood heads the list, along with former teammate Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) and new teammate Kate Bates, who is the current Australian road race champion. Univega's Welsh gun Nicole Cooke will be making a comeback from injury and will be in a field boasting names such as Germany's Ina Teutenberg, American Kimberly Bruckner and Susanne Ljungskog, plus last year's Geelong winner Rochelle Gilmore and teammate Joanne Kiesanowski from New Zealand.

    Japan's Miho Oki, who placed third in the 2004 Geelong World Cup will join Australian Olivia Gollan in the Italian Nobili Rubinetterie team, and Athens Olympic road race champion, Sara Carrigan, will line up in the QAS colours this year. Experienced Russian Olga Slyusareva heads the Russian team which makes its Geelong debut in 2006, and New Zealander Sarah Ulmer will also line up in Victoria.

    For more information please visit the official website www.geelongworldcup.com

  • Vandenbroucke's fine dropped

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gerard Knapp

    The Belgian Hof van Cassatie has quashed the June 2005 ruling of the Gent Court of Appeal that...

    The Belgian Hof van Cassatie has quashed the June 2005 ruling of the Gent Court of Appeal that decreed that Frank Vandenbroucke must pay a fine of €250,000 for breaking the Belgian drug laws, according to Sporza.be.

    The case, which began in 2002, has been through several Belgian courts. In 2004, the Dendermonde Correctional Court ruled that Vandenbroucke should do 200 hours of community service for possession of illegal drugs. At that point, he had already served a six month sporting sanction, and his lawyer Luc Deleu argued that that ban should have been enough.

    VDB appealed the Dendermonde ruling to the Gent Court of Appeal, but the Court of Appeal decided that instead of doing community service, he should pay a fine of €250,000, taking the line that he should have been penalised as a drug addict, rather than an athlete who was doping. The Hof van Cassatie has now annulled the fine, and Vandenbroucke is theoretically free, unless another appeal is lodged.

  • Hoy aims for London 2012

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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Les Clarke Currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Perth, Chris Hoy, Olympic and former...

    By Les Clarke

    Currently preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Perth, Chris Hoy, Olympic and former world kilo champion has told Cyclingnews he aims to be riding at the 2012 Olympics in London. The 29-year-old Scot, who'll turn 30 during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, said from Perth, "As long as I'm healthy and injury-free, I can't see any reason why I can't improve and go onto be successful at 35 or 36 years of age," meaning that London in 2012 would be a real option.

    "I saw how the Aussies were lifted by having the Olympics in Sydney, and that was just an amazing Games," he continued, adding, "It would be a real lifetime ambition to have a home Olympics." Hoy said preparations for the Commonwealth Games are well on track for the British riders, and with an International GP in Perth this weekend, more good training is on the way. The focus will be the team sprint, with Hoy looking to concentrate on the event post-Commonwealth Games with the Kilo now scrapped from the Olympic program.

    Hoy looks to his teammates for inspiration. "You look at Jason [Queally] who's 35 at the moment and going to be 38 in Beijing," said Hoy. "He's just going faster and faster - there's no sign of him letting up. I think it's just about being smart, about using your head." Hoy believes he'll have to adopt some of Queally's strategies in the future to keep himself fresh. "He [Queally] doesn't recover as well now, so he's doing quality sessions and looking to get the most out of himself. Instead of battering himself and running himself into the ground, he's being sensible, and that's what I've got to do," said Hoy, before adding, "I've got a strong work ethic and I do push myself very hard - it's one thing that's going to be hard to gradually back off...but if I'm looking to continue to maybe compete in London in 2012 then it's something I'm going to have to address."

    Look for a full interview with Chris Hoy in the coming days on...

  • Tyler Hamilton's last stand

    Tyler Hamilton
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    February 16, 2006, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Les Clarke

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Tyler Hamilton's appeal against his ban for blood...

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Tyler Hamilton's appeal against his ban for blood doping on February 10. In its findings, the CAS explained exactly why none of Hamilton's arguments were convincing enough. Cyclingnews' Chief Online Editor Jeff Jones analyses the arbitration report in this special news feature.

    The Tyler Hamilton blood doping case has reached its next, and arguably most significant phase, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport's recent decision to uphold Hamilton's appeal against his two year ban. In handing down its verdict late last week, the CAS found that "the HBT (homologous blood transfusion) test as applied to the samples delivered by Hamilton at the Vuelta was reliable, that on September 11, 2004 his (Hamilton's) blood did contain two different red blood cell populations and that such presence was caused by blood doping by homologous blood transfusion, a prohibited method under the UCI rules. As a consequence of this anti-doping rule violation, the CAS Panel has confirmed the two years' suspension imposed on Hamilton."

    Hamilton will be able to race again on September 23, 2006, as the CAS ruled that Hamilton voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension from September 23, 2004, and the two year ban should apply from that date, not from April 18, 2005, when the American Arbitration Association (AAA) first found him guilty. In theory, that means he could race again for a ProTour team - à la David Millar - although, unlike Millar, Hamilton doesn't appear to be admitting his culpability.

    In reading the CAS's final 34-page arbitration report, many questions that were raised by Hamilton and his defence in the initial AAA/CAS hearing in 2005 are answered, while some remain frustratingly closed. The report concludes that Tyler Hamilton did use someone else's blood to win the September 11 time trial in the...