- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 13:07
- Peter Cossins
BMC rider sidelined by lack of blood passport data
BMC Racing rider Alexander Kristoff has been pulled out of his team's line-up for the Tour Down Under because he has not undergone the minimum of three tests required by the UCI's biological passport. Signed from the continental Joker-Bianchi team at the end of the last season, the 22-year-old Norwegian is now likely to make his debut for BMC at the Tour of Qatar.
According to UCI regulations regarding participation in ProTour events such as the Tour Down Under, "riders from UCI ProTour teams and the UCI's Professional Continental teams must have provided information on their exact whereabouts and been subject to at least three tests of their blood parameters taken in conformity with the protocols of the UCI's blood passport. The three tests must have been taken over a minimum period of six weeks."
Kristoff himself said that he was not at fault. "They've not taken any blood yet and there is nothing I can do to get them to do so," he told Danish website Feltet.dk. "I don't know when the UCI will be doing the tests but I hope they're done in time for me to ride the spring Classics. I really want to ride the Tour of Flanders more than anything."
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 16:21
- Cycling News
Sponsor signs one-year deal with Auber 93
Building supply company BigMat will make its return to the pro peloton in 2010 after signing a one-year contract to become title sponsor for the Auber 93 Continental squad.
The company first sponsored the team in 1997. As BigMat-Auber 93, the team participated in the Tour de France four years, in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001.
The team managed by Stephane Javalet will compete at the Continental level in 2010 with an eye on joining the professional continental ranks by 2012.
2010 BigMat-Auber 93 team
Niels Brouzes, 29
Fabien Bacquet, 24
Nadir Haddou, 26
Julien Mazet, 29
Dimitri Le Boulch, 21
Yoann Mombaerts, 25
Maxime Médérel, 30
Jonathan Thire, 24
Romain Lemarchand, 23
Guillaume Faucon, 23
General manager - Stéphane Javalet
Directeur sportif - Stephan Gaudry
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 16:31
- Cycling News
UCI makes final Pro Continental licence decisions
After having their initial registration applications refused, the licences of Professional Continental teams Xacobeo Galicia and Androni Giocattoli have been approved for 2010, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Friday. The application of Amercian Pro Continental team Rock Racing, however, was denied.
The three teams missed out on initial approval when the UCI announced a list of 19 Professional Continental teams for the 2010 season in December. Xacobeo Galicia, Androni Giocattoli and Rock Racing each appealed the rejection to the UCI and the Management Committee made its decision after a hearing involving the teams.
Androni Giocattoli manager Gianni Savio was pleased with the UCI's decision. "Of course I am very happy about the news from the UCI," Savio told Cyclingnews. "I was absolutely confident in receiving the Professional [Continental] licence since I was certain I had always complied to UCI rules over the 25 years of professional activity with my team."
Likewise, the Xacobeo Galicia team welcomed the UCI Management Committee's decision and had expressed confidence in receiving a licence for 2010 having met the UCI's requirements "in a timely manner", the team announced in a press release.
Androni Giocattoli and Xacobeo Galicia have also applied for Wild Card status for 2010. Rulings on Wild Card status are dependent on registration of the teams and in light of the UCI Management Committee's decision each of their applications can now be considered.
"We are now awaiting to receive Wild Card status because I am sure we have prepared a good team with our best riders of the previous year: Michele Scarponi and Leonardo Bertagnolli, stages winners at the Giro d'Italia del Centenario, Francesco Ginanni, winner in Laigueglia, Lugano and Carnago, Jackson Rodriguez, the Vuelta Mexico champion, Josè Serpa, winner of the Tour de Langkawi and Rubens Bertogliati, the Swiss time trial champion," said Savio.
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 16:38
- Daniel Benson
Birthday boy ready for new phase of career
Mike Creed is ready to launch into the 2010 season after a difficult 2009. Creed started 2009 with Rock Racing but was let go before signing for Team Type 1 and racing out the remainder of the season with the US-based team. He will stay with the team for 2010.
Now, with a winter of solid training in his legs, a move from Colorado to Georgia, a new Colnago team bike, and a twenty-ninth birthday to celebrate today, he's ready to forget a turbulent 2009 and enter a new phase in his career.
"There were times of stress last year, and I was wondering when I'd get one paycheck. All these difference scenarios were going through my head because of the situation I was in," Creed told Cyclingnews.
"Now my motivation is right up there again. Everything is a little clearer and it's back to being all up to me. There aren't a lot of excuses I could bring out now."
In the coming days, Creed will travel from his new home in Georgia to the lower part of America in search of warmer climates, before docking with his teammates at their first training camp in February. But with this being his sixth professional team in a career spanning over a decade, does the former US Postal rider see himself as a veteran within the sport?
"It's hard to summarise. On the surface I think, wow I'm 29 today. I know that's not young but at the same time I don't hate racing and I don't want to give it up at all. I still consider myself a young rider even though I'm obviously not."
"We did a stage race last year and the race announcer was doing call-ups for the start. He called me up and said I was a savvy veteran. I was like 'woah really?' Couldn't he just kept it at savvy? That would have been perfect. But come on, veteran? He had it all wrong though. He said I'd done the Giro, too, which I haven't and he's introduced me maybe 20 times at races and said I've done the Giro each time. I've not corrected him though. I really like the thought that I've done it. I don't think it's a lie if I don't correct it."
Despite the jovial side that Creed often demonstrates, there is also a serious side, one that's perhaps forgotten by those that see him as a joker in the pack. Now with a team expecting him 'step his game up' he's aware that there's pressure to achieve results. However if there's one thing this savvy veteran knows it's keep away from setting strict goals.
"Due to different illnesses and injuries I've had I have a hard time trusting myself. I've lost the ambition to say I'm going for this or that. I'm not at the point where I trust myself physically to do that."
However with the prospect of a place at the Tour of California - a race Creed has competed in twice - he knows that his sponsors will be looking to him for a good performance in the biggest US race on the calendar.
"I would love to say I'm going to California and that I'm going strong there. I've talked to the team and that's what they want me to do but if you look at it realistically, let's say I go and I have top form and I have a great ride; I could be 11th in the time trial if you have Lance (Armstrong), Levi (Leipheimer), (Michael) Rogers, and a couple of Saxo Bank guys all there - I could be the top North American based racer but only get 11th.
"So while on paper it doesn't look like a great result it would be a great ride. Is the team willing to look at it like that? Can they sell that to the sponsors? As a bike rider, can I go to teams and say I went all in for this one race, came 11th, now how much are you going to pay me? It's a tricky thing the Tour of California."
If there's one thing for certain, Creed will be going all out to perform in 2010 in a bid to put the last 12 months firmly to bed. "It's better to hit the season as fast as you can, rest as much as you can and ride as fast as you can."
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 18:36
- Greg Johnson
Retiring cyclist goes out on top
Kristin Armstrong has taken out Cyclingnews' best female road rider in her final year as a professional cyclist. In fact, Armstrong dominated the poll with her 7527 votes - more than the combined total of the nine riders she fended off to take out the category.
Armstrong's year on the road was impressive, with strong results in every race she contested. She finished the season on a high note, with victory in the elite women's International Cycling Union (UCI) World Time Trial Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Just days later, she backed that performance up with a fourth place in the road race.
Earlier in the year, Armstrong won three stages at Tour of the Gila on her way to the overall victory. She was victorious the Berner Rundfahrt on her way to the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin, where she won the Amelie les Bains stage.
Armstrong returned to America to win the Nature Valley Grand Prix before heading to the Giro d'Italia Donne. Unfortunately, she would only get close to a stage win during her last appearance at the women's Tour of Italy, but she managed to lead her team to victory in the Open de Suede Vargarda team time trial. A Tour de l'Ardèche stage and overall victory were Armstrong's last while riding in trade team colours.
Vos was second in our poll with 2763 votes, while Britain's Emma Pooley took third place with 1409.
Cyclingnews 2009 Reader Poll results - Best female road rider
1. Kristin Armstrong: 7527
2. Marianne Vos: 2763
3. Emma Pooley: 1409
4. Emma Johansson: 645
5. Ina Teutenberg: 598
6. Judith Arndt: 347
7. Kirsten Wild: 297
8. Claudia Hausler: 169
9. Tatiana Guderzo: 160
10. Noemi Cantele: 155
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 19:00
- Cycling News
Judge sends message to aggressive drivers
A judge in Los Angeles today sentenced 60-year-old Christopher Thompson to five years in prison for assaulting two cyclists in a 2008 road rage incident.
Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges stemming from the run-in with the riders on Mandeville Canyon road in Brentwood.
The former emergency room physician admitted on the scene that he slammed on the brakes in front of the cyclists on purpose in order to "teach them a lesson".
The district attorney was inundated by letters from around the world by cyclists who urged the court to pass down a sentence that would send the message to drivers that they need to share the road with bicyclists.
"It is time that motorists learn that they must share the road with people on bicycles and that the courts will view assaults on cyclists by motorists as seriously as other assaults with deadly weapons," Deputy District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone wrote in court papers.
Thompson said in court that he and other fellow residents of the narrow dead-end road were upset that cyclists rode side by side and ran stop signs along the road.
He exchanged words with two riders, Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr, on July 4, 2008 before passing them and suddenly slamming on his brakes. Peterson went into the car's rear window and suffered broken teeth, cuts and had to have his nose reattached. Stoehr also hit the car and crashed.
According to reports, Thompson was in tears during the sentencing, and expressed remorse to Peterson and two other cyclists who had previously been harassed by Thompson on the same road.
The five-year sentence is half the maximum which could have been handed down.
Thompson was given a two-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon, with an additional three years for bodily harm.
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 19:21
- Cycling News
Photo gallery of Rabobank presentation
2009 Giro d'Italia champion Denis Menchov will not defend his title in the Italian race, and will choose to train at altitude during the month of May in preparation for the Tour de France, the Rabobank team announced at its presentation in Rotterdam.
"The decision was made in consultation with the rider," said director Adri van Houwelingen in Ahoy. "We had already discussed it, but everything moved quickly when the route of the Giro was announced.
"The last week [of the Giro] is very difficult, and it is not good preparation for the Tour de France, which is the main objective," said Van Houwelingen.
Menchov will be a co-team leader with Dutch climber Robert Gesink.
The Rabobank team presented its 2010 roster on Friday in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Dutch ProTour team features riders from six nations with two-thirds of them being Dutch.
Thirteen different riders won races for Rabobank in 2009, most notably Denis Menchov who won two stages and the overall at the Centenary Giro d'Italia.
The team signed two new riders for 2010, Dutch talents Steven Kruijswijk and Dennis van Winden, each of whom move to the ProTour team from the Rabobank Continental squad.
Click here for a gallery of photos from the Rabobank team launch.
2010 Rabobank team roster:
Mauricio Ardila (Col), Lars Boom (Ned), Graeme Brown (Aus), Stef Clement (Ned), Rick Flens (Ned), Oscar Freire (Spa), Juan Manuel Garate (Spa), Robert Gesink (Ned), Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus), Steven Kruijswijk (Ned), Sebastian Langeveld (Ned), Tom Leezer (Ned), Paul Martens (Ger), Denis Menchov (Rus), Koos Moerenhout (Ned), Bauke Mollema (Ned), Grischa Niermann (Ger), Nick Nuyens (Bel), Joost Posthuma (Ned), Kai Reus (Ned), Tom Stamsnijder (Ned), Bram Tankink (Ned), Laurens ten Dam (Ned), Maarten Tjallingii (Ned), Jos van Emden (Ned), Dennis van Winden (Ned) and Pieter Weening (Ned).
- Article published:
- January 8, 2010, 19:40
- Kirsten Frattini
Canadian Continental team gains sponsor, pushes for ProTour start
Canada's only professional cycling team Planet Energy has been doubly boosted by the signings of a new title sponsor in SpiderTech and a former ProTour rider Lucas Euser. The newly named SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy UCI Continental squad will continue to bid for a starting spot at the two Canadian ProTour race set to take place in Quebec City and Montreal in September.
Euser, a California native, is well known for his climbing strengths, having provided his former ProTour team Garmin-Slipstream with a series of stellar results that include a win at the Univest Grand Prix in 2008.
"We were looking for some added strength and Lucas' name came up because we realized he wasn't sign by Garmin," said team directeur sportif Steve Bauer. "We started communicating with him and he still didn't have a possibility. He thought our team was a good choice and that we would be the right fit for him. Both sides worked out well. It wasn't a risk because we can help him build back up and he liked the program and opportunity to race with us as well."
Euser was hit by a car in 2009 and sustained two broken ribs, a broken finger and a shattered patella while training in Girona, Spain last May. Riding with SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy will provide a less-demanding race schedule suited to his recovery needs. However, his vast North American and European race experience and his climbing strengths will be invaluable to the Canadian team.
"For one, we hope that by giving him the opportunity to regroup in his career it will give him the chance to develop into his best ability," Bauer said. "He won't be at his best next month, but we believe he can rehabilitate back into top form. I've seen him do some pretty good things here in North America, he is a climber and we don't have a climber on our team right now. He will add some versatility for when the road goes up and he has experience in Europe and that will add the depth of experience that we need."
SpiderTech, advanced pre-cut and packaged kinesiology tape is a young company which was launched in February of last year. The product is sold in bright hard-to-miss colors of blues and pinks. Kinseo tape has become a common way to treat or prevent injuries in the pro peloton. Bauer's long-term working relationship with the company's CEO coupled with its desire to make an impact within the cycling community led to the current sponsorship.
New signings include Euser along with Guilluame Boivin, Simon Lambert-Lemay, David Boily and Flavio De Luna. Returning riders include Tour of Missouri stage seven winner Martin Gilbert along with Mark Batty, Eric Boily, Keven Lacombe, Bruno Langlois, Francois Parisien, Andrew Randell, Ryan Roth and Charly Vives.
An eye on the ProTour
SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy has requested that the UCI grant them a start in the two Canadian ProTour race scheduled to be held in Montreal and Quebec in September. According to the UCI's ProTour rules, the ProTour teams are the only ones with priority for competing in UCI ProTour events followed by Professional Continental teams with wild-card status and the host country's national team, in this case Canada.
"We have an open invite from the organization, but it's a matter of the UCI ruling as the whether or not we can compete," Bauer said.
Discussions between race organizer Serge Arsenault and the UCI regarding the possibility of the Canadian Province of Quebec hosting two ProTour races began one year ago. The UCI granted him a five-year license almost immediately as a 'strategic event' because the locations fell in line with the UCI's recent efforts to globalize the ProTour.
"If you want to be strategic then be strategic about who you want to let in," Bauer said. "Give us the opportunity now which will help give us the opportunity to be where we want to be in the future. If you could exhibit your best sponsors, that's what this sport is all about. The business of cycling doesn't work without sponsorship, if you can bring in more sponsorship dollars, you need to give them an opportunity to play the game."
Should the squad not be permitted to compete, the riders will need to be selected by the Canadian Cycling Association in order to race under the Canadian National Team banner. SpiderTech presented by Planet Energy has offered to join the UCI biological passport program however, the UCI has not responded to that request at this time.
Early season targets for the squad include the Vuelta a Cuba, Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of Uruguay, Tour of the Gila, Joe Martin Stage Race and, pending an invitation, the Tour of California.