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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, November 16, 2012

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November 16, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • No new date set for Fränk Schleck doping case

    There is uncertainty over what Frank Schleck has to offer in 2012
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    November 16, 2012, 9:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan rider fighting doping charges from Tour de France

    There is no end in sight for Fränk Schleck's doping case. The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency has said that there is no date set for the next step in the case against the RadioShack-Nissan rider.

    Schleck tested positive for Xipamid during this year's Tour de France. He has consistently denied having used that or any illegal substance.

    “We must wait for the decision of the Disciplinary Committee,” Dr. Anik Sax of the ALAD Board of Directors told the Luxembourg newspaper Point 24. “No appointment has yet been made for the next meeting, much less for a decision.”

    The most recent hearing on the matter was held on October 15, leaving Schleck with “a good feeling.” Since then the ALAD has conducted further investigations.

  • Anti-Doping Denmark considers investigatory unit

    Bjarne Riis has attracted a new sponsor to his squad.
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    November 16, 2012, 9:29 GMT
    Cycling News

    Bjarne Riis could be first target of USADA style investigation

    Anti-Doping Denmark is looking into establishing an investigatory unit, which could conduct investigations similar to the work done by USADA against Lance Armstrong.

    The unit's first task could be to investigate Bjarne Riis, owner of Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, who has been named by several riders during doping investigations.

    “What we are discussing right now is whether it is appropriate to create a device that can investigate such cases. We are trying to manage how much it costs to operate such a device, among other things,” ADD director Lone Hansen told

    “We want to create an investigation unit, if it is possible to make it so that it will also be useful in practice. We see both a model of using a minimum of resources and a model of the ideal scenario.”

    The Danish government has indicated that it would help with financial resources.

    "Anything that can be done to fight fraud and abuse must be done. This is the basic idea behind ADD, and it has made us a pioneer in the fight against doping. There is now a feeling in parliament, asking that it must change. Anything that can help to combat doping, ADD must have it,” said Social Democrat politician Flemming Møller Mortensen.

    ADD may have to look to more than lab testing of doping samples.

    “It may be necessary for us to use forms of indirect intelligence to catch doping cheats. With the way the athletes are doping today, where drugs are such a short time in the body, and new methods are developed all the time, it may be impossible to catch alone with testing and research,” Hansen said.

    The Danes will look at how other countries handle such matters. They will visit their British counterparts and...

  • Exclusive Interview: Nibali ready to take on Wiggins at the 2013 Giro d'Italia

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Cannondale) went on the attack on stage 2
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    November 16, 2012, 13:00 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    New Astana team leader talks about leaving Liquigas, Vino and Armstrong

    Vincenzo Nibali has spent the week with his new Astana teammates at the Kazkhstani team's first get-together of the winter in Tuscany. Nibali celebrated his 28th birthday with his new teammates as he prepares for his first season as the team's high-profile team leader.

    In this exclusive interview, the Sicilian talks about the reasons he left Liquigas after eight years, why he joined Astana and what he thinks about team manager Alexandre Vinokourov.

    Nibali finished third behind Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome at the Tour de France and was the only rider to try and break Team Sky's dominance of the race. He reveals he is looking forward to taking on Wiggins on home turf at the 2013 Giro d'Italia and warns Wiggins that the steep gradients of the Giro climbs will change everything in their battle for the maglia rosa.

    Nibali also talks about Lance Armstrong, insisting he stills considers the disgraced Texan the seven-time winner of the Tour de France.

    How did things go at the Astana get-together this week?

    Nibali: It was good. We did all the things we need to do to get ready for the new season: bike measurements, clothing, medical check-ups, meetings and things like that. Everything went well and it feels like the start of a new adventure.

    CN: Astana is a Kazakhstan team but there's a strong Italian part to the team, including the riders you've brought with you: Valerio Agnoli and Alessandro Vanotti. There's also directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli and you've brought your personal soigneur Michele Pallini.

    VN: There's a big Italian part of the team of both riders and staff. That helps us work...

  • Gallery: Vinokourov, Hincapie and McEwen lead retirements in 2012

    Alexander Vinokourov (Casino) leads Lance Armstrong during the 1999 Tour de France
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    November 16, 2012, 14:45 GMT
    Cycling News

    From Olympic winners to domestiques

    The end of the year always brings a number of retirements, and the list this year features both major stars and treasured domestiques. In the first of a two-part series, Cyclingnews takes a look at some of those who are hanging their bikes on a nail in 2012, from Olympics winner Alexandre Vinokourov to Rabobank veteran Grischa Niermann.

    Vinokourov went out in a blaze of glory, winning the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic road race in one of his trademark attacks. The Astana rider had previously announced his retirement a number of times, such as after breaking his femur in a dramatic crash at the 2011 Tour de France, and after being suspended for blood doping in 2007.

    The Kazakh turned pro in 1998, and throughout his career rode for Casino-Ag2r, Telekom, Liberty Seguros-Würth, and Astana. He won the Vuelta a Espana in 2006, and had a total of four stage wins in the Spanish race, as well as an equal tally of stage wins in the Tour de France. He also won the Criterium du Dauphine Libere, Paris-Nice (twice), Tour de Suisse and Deutschland Tour.  Perhaps his biggest successes were in one-day races, winning not only the Olympic road race, but also Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege (twice).

    George Hincapie's retirement was surely not the way he had planned, as he goes out with a six-month suspension for past doping. He, too, has a long career behind him, as he turned pro with Motorola in 1994, followed by stints at USPS, Highroad and BMC. After having his palmares trimmed by the USADA, he comes up with top wins of a team time trial stage win at the Tour de France in 2002, the overall title in the Tour of Missouri, Gent-Wevelgem in 2001, and three national road titles.

    Hincapie announced in June that he would retire, and did so after the US Pro Challenge in August. He did so...

  • Huffman to ride for Astana

    Evan Huffman (California Giant/Specialized) attacked on the last couple of laps to stay away for second place.
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    November 16, 2012, 15:06 GMT
    Pat Malach

    US Under 23 time trial champion talks about his move to Europe

    Reigning US U23 time trial champion Evan Huffman has confirmed that he will ride with the Astana team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Huffman used his Twitter account to confirm he had signed with Vincenzo Nibali's new squad, writing: “It's true, I have signed for 2 years with @AstanaTeam.”

    The 22-year-old from Elk Grove, California, had a breakout season in 2012 with the California Giant-Specialized Domestic Elite amateur team. He started the year with an individual time trial stage win at the Merco Cycling Classic and followed it with another time trial win at the Tour of the Gila in front of Rory Sutherland and Joe Dombrowski, both of whom also signed with UCI Pro teams this year. Huffman won the U23 time trial championship in June ahead of Bontrager-Livestrong riders Lawson Craddock and Nathan Brown.

    He said representatives from Specialized, the California-based bike sponsor for both California Giant and Astana, helped work out the deal with the Kazakhstan-registered UCI Pro team.

    “I actually dealt with Specialized a lot, and I've been talking with them really all season about riding for a ProTour team next year,” Huffman told Cyclingnews from Montecatini Terme, Italy, where he's taking part in his first training camp with the new team.

    Huffman is following a path laid out by former Cal Giant rider Andrew Talansky, who also skipped the UCI Continental and Pro Continental levels, signing with Garmin-Sharp in 2011 after winning the Joe Martin Stage Race time trial in 2010 and backing it up with a win at that year's U23 time trial championship. Talansky has adapted well to cycling's highest level, finishing seventh overall this year at the Vuelta Espana.

    “He hasn't really given me any specific advice,” Huffman said of Talansky....

  • Australian anti-doping authority urges cyclists to report all doping suspicions or activity

    Cycling Australia
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    November 16, 2012, 16:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    “The days of remaining silent are over”

    “The days of remaining silent are over,” the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has told cyclists. It has encouraged all in the sport to report any connection to or awareness of doping they may have. The independent agency, like the US Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping, has a telephone hotline for anonymous reports.

    The UCI has plants to set up a similar reporting scheme.

    “The days of fearing what happens if the truth gets out are over. The days of protecting people who are in the wrong are over,” the ASADA said in a press release issued Friday.

    “We want to hear from you if you have experienced peer pressure to dope in your sport. We want to hear from you if you participated in organised doping to make the team or be the best. We want to hear from you if you have information about suspicious doping activity in your sport.”

    The agency pitched it as an opportunity for cyclists “to come forward and and talk before someone else accuses them of doping."

    Chief Executive Officer Aurora Andruska warned that “this is not an amnesty where full absolution is given,” but noted that the ASADA can offer “substantial assistance” to those who confess and are willing to co-operate.

    “All I can say is that we plan to exhaust all our efforts in conducting a full investigation. The integrity of Australian cycling is under public scrutiny and we now need the cooperation of the sport and its athletes if our investigation is going to get to the heart of the matter,” Andruska concluded.

    ASADA is currently investigating Matt White, who was also recently released by both Orica-GreenEdge and

  • MCipollini announces 2013 team

    Celebrations by the MCipollini Giambenini team (and their interpreter)
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    November 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    Antoshina, Kapusta join Italian squad

    The women's MCipollini - Giordana team has announced its 2013 squad, confirming 10 riders so far.

    The team will be led by 2009 road race world champion Tatiana Guderzo and two-time Italian champion Monia Baccaille, with Malgorzata Jasinska, the winner of the 2012 Premondiale Giro Toscana Internazionale Femminile - Memorial Michela Fanini as the stage race contender.

    Team president Alessia Piccolo is optimistic for the coming season. "In recent years we have taken great satisfaction, we have grown a lot and it is obvious now aiming even higher. We are working hard to make our team and all of women's cycling grow. There are a lot of interesting athletes, we have decided to have some of them with us for the next season. They will join the 'historical' leader of our team. I'm satisfied, we are putting together a good group: the team is largely defined, but not yet closed."

    The team will also include Marta Tagliaferro and Valentina Carretta, both returning. Young riders Valentina Scandolara, 22, a former Junior European champion, and 18-year-olds Anna Maria Stricker and Michela Pavin will be joining the team.

    Also new to the team will be Russian Tatiana Antoshina, winner of the 2011 Trophée d'Or Féminin and Gracia - Orlová, and Polish rider Sylwia Kapusta.

  • Castelli joins effort for Red Hook hurricane relief

    Piles of debris following the floods from hurricane Sandy
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    November 16, 2012, 21:48 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Cycling world comes together to support New York neighborhood

    A quirky, out of the way neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York is the focus of relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy: Castelli Cycling and criterium organizer David Trimble have combined to raise money to help Red Hook, whose citizens and businesses were devastated by floods during last month's storm.

    The Red Hook Criterium, which Trimble runs, is as unique as the small peninsula that juts out into the mouth of the Hudson River. For five years, the fixed gear criterium has been held on the streets of this neighborhood, bringing together not only the racers but the local businesses who put their support behind the event.

    "The entire community gets behind the race and many local businesses have become sponsors," Trimble told Cyclingnews. "The O'Connell Organization, a real estate development company, is one of our biggest sponsors. The local cafe Fort Defiance caters the pre-race dinner and features a 'Red Hook Criterium' cocktail at the restaurant. The local brewery Sixpoint has plans to brew a Criterium Ale to be released in the neighborhood the month of the race. A local carpenter Pickett Furniture built the podium and display walls. A local moving company, Movers Not Shakers, helps us with moving race equipment. The Intercourse, an art gallery, hosts the pre-race VIP dinner. Various local artists contribute to the artwork promoting the race as well as light sculptures around the circuit. The list goes on. If the neighborhood is in trouble the race is in trouble."

    That is why Castelli, which has also supported the race, has put up for sale a special Red Hook jersey, which can be pre-ordered now. The proceeds from the sales will go toward two organizations which are helping with the hurricane relief: Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Restore Red Hook (RRH).

    Sales have already been strong, with orders coming in from across the...