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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 11, 2013

Date published:
January 11, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Video: Cancellara says Guercilena has 'shaken up the house'

    Leopard Trek's Luca Guercilena talks to the press
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 9:58 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    RadioShack rider talks about the new boss

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack) has backed new team boss Luca Guercilena to bring success to the Luxembourg team.

    Guercilena was appointed to the role of team manager after Johan Bruyneel was forced to leave the team due to his involvement with USADA’s case into Lance Armstrong and the US Postal team.

    Guercilena had previously been a director sportif at RadioShack but had worked with Cancellara for a number of years. The two were part of Mapei’s set up when Cancellara turned professional, with Guercilena working with the late Aldo Sassi, and the pair worked together again in 2012 at the London Olympics.

    Guercilena’s appointment appeared to calm speculation that Cancellara would leave RadioShack, breaking his contract, if Bruyneel remained with the team.

    Speaking at last month’s team training camp in Spain, Cancellara talked to Cyclingnews about the effect Guercilena has had on the team. According to the Swiss rider Guercilena has ‘shaken the house’ and given the team a clear direction for 2013. Cyclingnews also understands that Guercilena addressed an audience of team bosses at an AIGCP meeting in October and attempted to distance the team from the previous management.

  • Eisenga set to succeed Vaughters as head of AIGCP

    Luuc Eisenga interviews Robert Gesink
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Former Rabobank man sets out key objectives

    Luuc Eisenga looks set to take over from Jonathan Vaughters as the head of the International Association of Professional Cycling teams (AIGCP) this spring after the Dutchman stepped down from his role as manager of innovation and technology at the Blanco squad. Eisenga is currently drafting a proposal for the reorganisation of the AIGCP, with a view of tackling issues over doping, revenue streaming and co-operation with the UCI as some of his most important tasks. Vaughters announced in October, 2012 that he would not stand for re-election.

     Cyclingnews understands that AIGCP is in favour of the appointment, which will become a paid role for the first time.

    “At the moment we are writing the re-organisation plan for the AIGCP which will be proposed at the March meeting. Ultimately it’s for the teams to decide on the presidency but I leave Blanco with a view of taking up the role,” Eisenga told Cyclingnews.

    “We’ll aim to try and change the sport and defend the interest of the teams in the state that cycling currently finds itself. There’s only one way forward for the sport and that’s through clean cycling.”

    Eisenga has had a long association with cycling. From 1996 to 1998 he worked in the marketing department at the UCI. He then moved to the T-Mobile team where he was the press officer for several years. A similar role followed at Rabobank, before Eisenga moved into the innovation and technology role for the 2012 season.

    With the UCI now recognising the AIGCP as the only body that represents the teams’ and riders’ interests, Eisenga knows that there will be several challenging issues to deal with. The fallout from the USADA investigation may have attracted the most headlines in recent months but investigations in Spain and Holland are both underway as...

  • Fire at the Amsterdam Velodrome

    Each six day has its own bell
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 11:32 GMT
    Cycling News

    No injuries reported, damage unknown

    There was a “major fire” at the Amsterdam Velodrome Friday morning, the second fire within two months. No one was injured, according to the Dutch media.

    The fire broke out at 9:00 under the stands, and was under control again within an hour. There was no immediate word as to the cause of the fire or the amount of damage done.

    On December 7 there was another fire in the Velodrome, in the pipes of the heating system.

    The Velodrome, one of only three in the Netherlands, is the site of the Amsterdam Six Day race. That race was won most recently by Pim Ligthart and Michael Mørkøv, in October 2011.

  • De Jongh signs for Saxo-Tinkoff as sport director

    Steven De Jongh was chilled before the start.
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 12:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Former doper let go by Sky for anti-doping policy violations

    Steven de Jongh has joined Team Saxo-Tinkoff as a sport director, the Danish team announced Friday. He recently served in that capacity at Team Sky, but was released from his contract this fall due to violating the team's anti-doping policy.

    Saxo-Tinkoff team owner Bjarne Riis said that he had long been on the lookout for a sixth sport director. “Recently I got in touch with Steven, and throughout our conversations I felt he would be a great fit for us. On top of that I have heard a lot of good things about him as a sport director, and he brings a solid amount of experience to our team. So I'm happy to welcome Steven onboard and to start working with him."

    De Jongh, 39, said that he was “thrilled” to work for the team “ and one of the "best rider line-ups in the world."

    "After I left Team Sky, I simply didn't know what the future would hold for me. But in early January I had some conversations with Bjarne and the team, and this developed into a job offer and a fantastic opportunity for me personally. I'm really looking forward to start this new chapter of my career as a sport director, and I'm grateful for the confidence the team has shown me," he said in the team press release.

    Saxo-Tinkoff' now has six sport directors for the 2013 season: Philippe Mauduit, Dan Frost, Tristan Hoffman, Fabrizio Guidi, Lars Michaelsen and Steven de Jongh.

    De Jongh rode professionally for 14 years, starting out with TVM in 1995. He rode for Rabobank from 2000 to 2005, before joining Quick Step and retiring in 2009. He won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in 2003 and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in 2004 and 2008.

    He worked for Sky as sport director for three years. The end of October the team announced he was leaving, saying "After the team reaffirmed its position on anti-doping, Steven disclosed that he had taken a banned substance...

  • Saugy denies telling Armstrong how to avoid EPO positive

    Martial Saugy denied giving Lance Armstrong the "keys to defeating the EPO test"
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    January 11, 2013, 14:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Tygart misinterpreted him, Saugy says

    Martial Saugy met with Lance Armstrong and explained how the EPO test worked, but did not in any way supply him with information as to how to beat the tests. Saugy, head of the Lausanne WADA doping laboratory, issued his denial at a press conference Friday afternoon.

    Saugy admitted in 2001 that, at the UCI's request, he met with Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel at the lab and explained the test to them. On an interview broadcast on American TV Wednesday night, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said that he met Saugy in 2010 and asked about the incident.

    “I asked him: ‘Did you give Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel the keys to beating the EPO test?’ And he nodded his head yes,” Tygart said.

    “The meeting with Lance Armstrong took place, I have never made a secret of that,” Saugy said Friday.

    “Travis Tygart is an important man in the fight against doping and I think very highly of him. But he interpreted this alleged nod wrong. I never made this gesture.”

    He continued, “The fight against doping is our mission in life. It would be a paradox if we would expose it all to the athletes.”

    The lab had tested doping controls from Armstrong during the Tour de Suisse 2001 which were suspicious and could indicate the use of EPO, but were not positive.

    That one meeting was the extent of his relationship to Armstrong.  “I have seen him perhaps 20 minutes in my whole life,” he said. 

  • Fuglsang slams Bruyneel's management style

    Jakob Fuglsang was glad to leave RadioShack and move to Astana.
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Dane heads to Tour de France with high ambitions

    Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has told Cyclingnews that the Tour de France will be his major objective and that he is looking forward to putting a difficult 2012 season behind him. The Dane, 27, rode for RadioShack last season but found himself on the sidelines after his relationship with former boss Johan Bruyneel fell apart. Sidelined from the Giro despite early indication that he would lead the team, Fuglsang was then benched for the majority of the season after Bruyneel discovered he was planning on leaving.

    Bruyneel was dismissed from RadioShack due to his links with USADA’s report into doping at US Postal but his tenure at RadioShack was a failure with infighting, payment issues and rider morale all hitting the headlines.

    “When it was announced that he was going to be the team manager, I wasn’t so happy. I wasn’t clapping my hands,” Fuglsang told Cyclingnews.

    “I still tried to do my best and at the beginning the relationship wasn’t that bad. I thought I had the opportunity to lead at the Giro, like I wanted, but that then changed and from then on things turned really bad.”

    Asked if it was Bruyneel’s management style or the doping revelations in USADA’s report that turned him off the Belgian, Fuglsang said: “In the end it was a little bit of both. First of all a lot of that was history. When he came in we didn’t really know everything about his past or victories with Lance. But as a team manager I never thought that he was any big manager. I think in the end Lance was running the teams and Johan was doing what Lance...

  • Rujano and Savio battle over money

    Jose Guillen Rujano (Androni Giocattoli)
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    January 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team claims rider abandoned the team and therefore cancelled his contract

    Jose Rujano and his former team Androni-Giacattoli are locked in a battle over money. The Venezuelan rider claims he is owed 135,000 Euros by team manager Gianni Savio, who in turn says Rujano violated his contract with the team.

    Rujano, now riding for Vacansoleil-DCM, was with Salvo's team in 2011 and 2012. Last year he abandoned the Giro d'Italia and did not ride again. His contract was canceled as of August 31.

    Savio told the Lider newspaper that his organization “will not give him a single euro more, because he canceled everything, even breaching his contract in May last year.”

    Rujano rode only four races in 2012. He finished second in the Tour de Langkawi, ninth in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and fifth in the Giro del Trentino. He abandoned the Giro d'Italia on the 19th stage, claiming he had mononucleosis.

    Savio did not believe that. “We all know what Rujano did, and his teammates also. He claimed to have mononucleosis at the Giro d'Italia in 2012 and left the race. That health problem was false.  We gave him a chance to return to the team after that and he did not. We sent five letters and he never responded to the calls. In other words, he presented serious discipline problems.”

    The manager continued, “All the fees were paid.”  The team cancelled the contract, and the UCI confirmed that action. He indicated he might sue Rujano for slander and libel.

    Rujano has since signed with Vacansoleil-DCM for 2013.

  • Class of 2013: 10 Questions with Rohan Dennis

    This will be good: Rohan Dennis gives the thumbs-up for Australia prior to racing in Geelong.
    Article published:
    January 11, 2013, 19:00 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Australian graduates to the top ranks with Garmin-Sharp

    Cyclingnews will be introducing some of the fresh faces in the WorldTour peloton for 2013 in a series of articles over the next month. Rohan Dennis signed for the Garmin-Sharp team in late 2012 after having shown his talent to the world stage at the Tour Down Under. The 22-year-old Australian won the Young Rider Classification before going on to win a number of races throughout the year. He captured silver in the team pursuit at the London Games and finished second in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg.

    Cyclingnews: How did your contract with Garmin-Sharp come about?
    Rohan Dennis: It was around Tour Down Under time last year that got me in the spotlight. I think that was a big showing point that I could handle the WorldTour scene.

    CN: Which races best showed your ability to ride at the WorldTour level?
    RD: Apart from Tour Down Under, the Internationale Thüringen-Rundfahrt in Germany, just before the Olympics in June. I really targeted that [race] and came away win the overall win. Those two showed my potential the best.

    CN: What got you started in bike racing?
    RD: I used to be a swimmer and there is this program in Australia called the TIP [Talent Identification Program]. They come around to your school and do a heap of tests. They check your physiology to see what sport you would best suit you and they told me I could possibly be a good cyclist.

    I thought I'd do it for a bit of fun and to add a bit of leg strength for swimming. Three months later I gave up swimming for cycling.

    CN: Who was your sporting hero growing up? Were you into any other sports?
    RD: Kieren Perkins. Coming from a swimming background I always strove to be a distance swimmer. Watching him at the Atlanta Games really inspired me to become a really good...