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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, April 26, 2013

Date published:
April 26, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Giro d'Italia 2013: Bak and De Greef to lead Lotto Belisol

    Lars Bak recovers after winning stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia
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    April 26, 2013, 12:19 BST
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    Cycling News

    Belgian squad seeks stage wins in Italy

    The Lotto Belisol team has announced its nine riders for the Giro d'Italia, opting for a group of possible stage winners rather than targeting overall success.

    Andre Greipel is not in the team and will take a break after the Presidential Tour of Turkey before targeting the Tour of Belgium.

    Jurgen Van den Broeck will again focus on the Tour de France and so Francis De Greef will carry the teams’ GC hopes. He finished 19th overall last year.

    Lars Bak showed his class with a perfectly executed stage victory in Sestri Levante last year and the Danish rider is suited to hilly stages that suit breakaway attempts.

    Olivier Kaisen crashed out of the Tour of Turkey and needed stitches on a thigh wound but it will not stop him from riding the first Grand Tour of the season.

    The Giro d’Italia begins in Naples on Saturday May 4, with a flat 130km circuit stage along the seafront. The race ends in Brescia on Sunday May 26.

    The full Lotto Belisol line-up for the Giro d’Italia: Lars Bak, Dirk Bellemakers, Francis De Greef, Kenny Dehaes, Gert Dockx, Adam Hansen, Olivier Kaisen, Tim Wellens and Frederik Willems.

  • ASO and France Télévisions sign events deal until 2020

    The 2013 Tour de France yellow jersey
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    April 26, 2013, 13:51 BST
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    Cycling News

    Tour de France and other races part of new agreement

    Tour de France organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has signed an agreement with broadcaster France Télévisions to show the Tour de France and several other events from 2016 to 2020.

    France Télévisions will come be the official broadcaster of the Tour, the Dakar Rally, Paris-Nice, the Critérium International, the Schneider Electric Marathon of Paris, Paris-Roubaix, the Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and Paris-Tour.

    France Télévisions President and Director-General Rémy Pflimlin welcomed the news, saying, “In a few weeks’ time we will be celebrating the 100th edition of the Tour de France, the major event in the common heritage of the French people, and we are very proud to see, thanks to this agreement, the renewal of the beautiful story written over several years between France Télévisions and A.S.O. in the broadcast of sporting events that are right at the heart of free-access TV sport that France Télévisions stands for.”

    “After securing several emblematic contracts for the portfolio of sports events rights of France Télévisions over the last two years, notably the Olympic Games and the Six Nations Tournament, this agreement which takes into account the new economic situation of our public group, consolidates our group’s position in the field and reaffirms France Télévisions’ mission to guarantee free access by the general public to major sporting events”.

    A.S.O. General Manager Yann Le Moenner added, “We are particularly pleased to be writing a new page in the history of our events together with France Télévisions on all its free access TV channels. Thanks to this partnership, millions of sports fans and enthusiasts of beautiful...

  • Is Pat McQuaid's future in doubt?

    UCI president Pat McQuaid at the start of the Tour of Flanders in Bruges.
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    April 26, 2013, 14:56 BST
    By:
    Sadhbh O'Shea

    Call for EGM where Cycling Ireland vote could be overturned

    Pat McQuaid’s bid for another term as the UCI president could be in jeopardy, if plans to overturn the decision to back him go ahead.

    Earlier this month Cycling Ireland endorsed McQuaid’s bid, but former Vice-President Anthony Moran is trying to get the decision overturned. Moran was the only member of the board to vote against the UCI president in the April meeting. However, he was outvoted 5-1 and decided to retire from his post.

    Moran claims that the board meeting was not held within strict accordance of the federation’s rules. He is asking the clubs of Ireland to call an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) where the vote could be overturned.

    "An email has been sent to every club in the country," a source told the Irish Independent yesterday. "We only need around 30 clubs to call an EGM, but we've found some clubs replied back within minutes saying they fully supported Pat McQuaid. This suggests they haven't informed their members of the possibility to change things and have taken matters into their own hands."

    The board will meet at 17:00 GMT today to make a decision on holding an EGM. Cycling Ireland have not currently commented on this issue.

    In order to stand for another term as president the Irishman needs the backing of a national federation. If the vote is overturned then McQuaid would have to go to the Swiss Federation for backing, as he currently lives in Aigle near the UCI’s headquarters.

    The vote for the UCI president will be made in September, at the World Championships in Florence.


     

  • Di Luca signs with Vini Fantini-Selle Italia

    Danilo Di Luca attended in the event
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    April 26, 2013, 16:35 BST
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian could ride the Giro d'Italia

    Danilo Di Luca has finally inked a contract with Vini Fantini-Sella Italia and will make his debut in the team's fluorescent yellow colours on Saturday at the GP Larciano in Tuscany. If his return to racing goes well, he could secure a place in the Vini Fantini-Sella Italia team for the Giro d'Italia.

    Rumours of Di Luca riding for the Italian team have circulated for several months. However not everyone wanted Di Luca in the team, despite the apparent insistence of a key sponsor.

    The arrival of Alessandro Benetton's investment company as a new majority shareholder at Vini Fantini apparently helped facilitate Di Luca's arrival. The Vini Fantini-Sella Italia team is expected to confirm the news on Saturday to coincide with a story in Gazzetta dello Sport. He is already listed as being part of the Italian Professional Continental team on the UCI website.

    The team confirmed Di Luca's arrival to Cyclingnews and Di Luca spoke about his comeback.

    "I'm very happy to finally have sorted things out and to be back racing. It's been a long, drawn out process but the important thing is to be back racing," Di Luca told Cyclingnews.

    "I haven't raced since last season but I've been training since November. Of course racing is different but we'll see how I go."

    Giro d'Italia

    Despite not having raced since last year's Il Lombardia, Di Luca hopes to ride the Giro d'Italia. Cyclingnews understands that he has continued to be available for anti-doping testing.

    "We'll see how things go this weekend and then we'll make a decision about the Giro d'Italia," Di Luca told Cyclingnews cautiously.

    Di Luca turned 37 in January and raced with the Acqua & Sapone team in 2012, winning the Gran Premio Nobili...

  • Landis and case source comment on USADA-UCI spat

    Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong in the good old days
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    April 26, 2013, 17:19 BST
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    Daniel Benson

    Landis blasts the UCI's record on doping

    The war of words between the UCI and USADA reared its head once again on Thursday when CEO Travis Tygart accused the sport’s governing body of complicity in covering up Lance Armstrong’s doping. It marked the latest scrimmage between the UCI and USADA after escalating tensions in the last few years.

    Tygart’s reported claims centre around a meeting that took place between him and Lance Armstrong at the tail end of 2012. The pair met after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and handed a lifetime ban from competition. During the meeting Tygart claims that Armstrong “led us to believe that he had evidence of their complicity in this situation.”

    A source confirmed to Cyclingnews that the meeting took place and said that the USADA chief then failed to pursue the matter even with Armstrong was apparently willing to cooperate.

    “Lance told Tygart in December that he’d be happy to help so long as he was treated like Vande Velde, Danielson, Hincapie, Zabriskie, etc. He told Tygart he knew where all the bodies were buried. Tygart never took him up on that offer,” the source told Cyclingnews

    In February Tygart announced that, "We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling. We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen."

    Tygart disputed the sources claims and told Cyclingnews today that, "We gave him a deadline. He asked for an extension. They backed out. They refused to come in. Around the meeting we were led to believe that he had information about UCI involvement. We want to have that."

    The UCI were...

  • Hesjedal abandons Romandie with focus on Giro d'Italia

    Garmin Sharp celebrates with Tom Danielson, Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal
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    April 26, 2013, 20:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Defending Giro champ in form

    Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has abandoned the Tour de Romandie on stage 3 as he prepares the defence of his Giro d’Italia title. The Canadian pulled a similar tactic in last year’s edition of Romandie, leaving the race after stage 4 before going on to win his maiden Grand Tour within a month.

    With the 2013 Giro d’Italia just over a week away Hesjedal has repeated the move. He posted a message on Twitter hours after abandoning the race.

    “Stopped today to give myself a week till Giro..same as last year except I feel better on the bike. #moreisnotalwaysbetter.”

    Hesjedal will lead Garmin in the Giro and is expected to be joined by Christian Vande Velde, who has returned to racing after breaking his wrist last month.

    Hesjedal has enjoyed a strong start to the 2013 season and last week he helped set up teammate Dan Martin for the win in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

    Hesjedal's Garmin-Sharp teammate Andrew Talansky, the 2012 Tour de Romandie second place finisher behind Bradley Wiggins, currently lies in second place in this year's edition, six seconds behind Sky’s Tour de France captain Chris Froome.

    Saturday marks the queen stage of the race with four first category climbs along the 188.5km route. Included in Saturday's parcours are two ascents of the Col de la Croix, at 1,752m the highest elevation in this year's Tour de Romandie. The Swiss stage race concludes on Sunday with a 18.7km time trial.
     

  • Cycling Ireland to re-consider its nomination of McQuaid for UCI president

    UCI president Pat McQuaid at the start of the Tour of Flanders in Bruges.
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    April 26, 2013, 21:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Irish federation to convene Extraordinary General Meeting

    Pat McQuaid's efforts to earn a third term as UCI president may be in jeopardy as the Irish cycling federation, Cycling Ireland, today announced it would convene a EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) in regards to its endorsement of McQuaid earlier this month.

    Anthony Moran, a Board of Cycling Ireland vice-president, was the only dissenting vote at the April 12 meeting which endorsed McQuaid for a third term as UCI president. Moran resigned from the board and has claimed that the board meeting was not held within strict accordance of the federation’s rules. He had asked the clubs of Ireland to call for an EGM and Cycling Ireland today agreed.

    "Cycling Ireland at a meeting of its Board on April 26th decided to convene an EGM to consider matters which have arisen following the decision taken at its Board meeting on April 12th, to nominate Mr Pat McQuaid to stand for the position of UCI President," read a statement from Cycling Ireland Secretary Geoff Liffey. "Details of the EGM will be circulated to all clubs early next week."

    In order to stand for another term as UCI president, McQuaid needs the support of a national federation.

  • Duggan's US Pro national champion's jersey to be auctioned for charity

    Timmy Duggan's national championship jersey is up for auction to support a charity.
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    April 26, 2013, 22:50 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House

    Current US professional road champion Timmy Duggan has donated a signed, national champion's jersey from his 2012 Liquigas-Cannondale team kit to be auctioned off in support of the Ronald McDonald House.

    The auction is part of the New Jersey-based Heart House/CADV/CC Evesham elite cycling team's efforts, in conjunction with the BLP 2209 Grand Prix presented by Champion System, to raise money in memory of team member Ryan Pettit's daughter Brianna, who died at age 6 in October 2009 following surgery to correct a heart defect.

    The team is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Delaware where Ryan Pettit and his wife Becky stayed during Brianna's time in the hospital. The house offers parents the opportunity to stay near the hospital where their children are being treated.

    Bids for Duggan's jersey can be placed here.

    The eBay auction for the US champion's jersey concludes on April 28, 2013 at 3:30pm PDT.