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- November 9, 2012, 09:55
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Component manufactuers shows its support for cycling
The Argos- Shimano team has announced that Shimano has extended its sponsorship of the Netherlands-based team for a further two years.
Thanks to the success of sprinters John Degenkolb and Marcel Kittel, the men's team looks set to secure a UCI WorldTour licence for 2013 and so secure automatic invitations to the sports biggest races. The ten-rider women's team has been strengthened by the signing of Junior world champion Lucy Garner.
"Today is a great day for us. Because of the renewed partnership with Shimano we are able to continue our strategy we formed last year," team owner and manager Iwan Spekenbrink said in a press release.
"In 2012 it proved to be very successful and with Shimano as an innovative partner we know we race on the best products available for our team. Shimano played an important role in getting our team to the position where we are now. In these turbulent times Shimano shows that they are reliable and committed to our team and cycling.”
Shimano components are used by a number of teams in the professional peloton and the Japanese company uses its links with the Argos-Shimano team to develop its products. The team has also developed an Asian rider development programme to scout and train Asian riders. The Argos-Shimano team includes riders from China and Japan.
"For Shimano it was no question if we would continue our sponsorship agreement with Team Argos-Shimano. Not even in these tough times for cycling," Marc van Rooij -the president of Shimano Europe said.
"The team provides us a platform in the professional peloton where we can test our products, which is extremely valuable for us. With their feedback we are able to make world class rider tuned products. For the coming seasons we have the confidence Team Argos-Shimano will exceed its results from 2012. And with a possible WorldTour status we will be able to test our products better and on an even higher level.”
New signings for 2013 include Australia's Will Clarke and the USA's Tom Peterson from Garmin-Sharp.
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- November 9, 2012, 11:07
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British riders pick awards after Olympic success
British team pursuit trio Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell have been named as the Team of the Year at the Sunday Times sportswomen award night in London, while Sarah Storey was named as Paralympian of the Year after winning four gold medals.
Trott, Rowsell and King won gold in the women's Team Pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics Games, smashing the world record each time they rode on the track. Trott also won gold in the women's Omnium.
"We're all really honoured to receive this award and it's just been the best year possible for us," the trio said.
"We broke the World record six consecutive times and then became World and Olympic Champions in the space of a few months. To win in London in front of a home crowd with millions watching on TV was absolutely incredible."
The trio will compete together on the road in 2013 after joining the new DTPC Honda Dream Team Professional Cycling Team created by Australia's Rochelle Gilmore. The team is being supported by Bradley Wiggins through the Wiggo Foundation.
Storey has competed in five Olympics, switching from swimming to cycling in 2005. She won gold in the individual pursuit, 500m time trial and in the road race and time trial on the road.
"I never expected I'd win the Paralympian of the Year Award so it came as a lovely surprise. I first won it back in 1992 after the Barcelona Paralympic Games, which makes me feel really old! I was gutted I couldn't make the awards ceremony as I'd been ill, so thank you to Tanni Grey-Thompson for accepting it on my behalf," she said.
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- November 9, 2012, 12:11
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Former WADA medical director says the sporting movement can’t be trusted to deal with fight against doping
Former World Anti-Doping Agency medical director Alain Garnier has lamented “the immense failure of the fight against doping”, saying that “the responsibility for this lies with the International Cycling Union and WADA.”
Speaking on the French Rfi radio network, Garnier said that the situation has got so bad that, “The sporting movement should not be trusted with the battle against doping.”
Garnier, who held his WADA post between 2000 and 2010, was speaking on a programme dealing with the recent revelations about Lance Armstrong. Stating that he was not looking to “settle personal accounts” nor was he looking “to take any kind of revenge”, Garnier said his only wish was to shed some light on the Armstrong affair as he saw it during his decade at WADA.
He described the Armstrong affair as “an immense admission of failure for the institutional fight against doping”, explaining that, in his opinion, the UCI and WADA had the ability to act much sooner against the American.
“A number of elements were in place, in fact most of the elements were there and certainly all of the scientific elements, which would have permitted them to carry out the same work as USADA but several years beforehand,” he said.
The two organisations, he claimed, had “all of the information in their hands to open an inquiry.”
Garnier said that the reason no inquiry had been opened was due to of a lack “political willingness”. He added that he felt that the UCI knew that Armstrong was doping. “I remember having discussions at the UCI where a group of informed people were saying that the question wasn’t knowing if he was doping, but knowing which products he was using to dope himself…”
Garnier also alleged that his former employer, WADA, had protected Armstrong after 2005 by holding meetings about the American behind closed doors. “They made all of the directors leave the meetings and they continued as they say ‘in camera’, behind closed doors.” He added that the only people left in the meetings were “the members of the executive committee, WADA’s director general and WADA’s president.”
Garnier said he never saw similar meetings take place when other cases that were politically sensitive were under discussion.
Asked if he felt that the sporting movement was still best placed to impose sanctions on drug cheats, Garnier responded: “Today we can see all too well that the system isn’t working. If you look back, no major doping affair has been revealed by sport’s anti-doping system. It’s always the
police, the courts or customs who bring scandals to the surface. And, in the case of the Armstrong affair, it was once again a federal agency, independent of the sporting movement, that revealed the affair. The sporting movement should not be trusted with the battle against doping.”
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- November 9, 2012, 13:14
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11 teams now part of strict anti-doping organisation
The Lotto Belisol team has confirmed it has joined the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible group –the group created in 2007 by several teams to take a strict stance against doping in professional cycling.
Members of the MPCC agree not to sign riders who have been suspended for doping, to control the use of corticoid injections and immediately suspend riders from racing if they fail an anti-doping control.
Lotto Belisol joins Ag2r La Mondiale, Bretagne- Schuller, Cofidis, Team Europcar, FDJ, Garmin-Sharp and Argos-Shimano. Other recent additions to the MPCC include the new teams include Swiss IAM, Netapp and Sojasun. The MPCC is headed by former Credit Agricole team manager Roger Legeay and is supported by influential team managers such as Jonathan Vaughters of Garmin-Sharp and Marc Madiot of FDJ.
Under the auspice of Tour de France organiser ASO, all the major teams attended a special open meeting in Paris the day before the recent Tour de France route presentation, including Lotto Belisol manager Marc Sergeant.
"We want to give a signal, to make a sort of statement, Sergeant said in a statement from the Belgian team.
"Lotto Belisol wants to cooperate properly, think along and participate in the new movement. In the past there was only a minority that openly wanted to be involved in the new way of thinking; I think we should strive for a majority."
"I think the time for words should be over, and that it's time they're transformed into actions. When you see the reactions some riders in the peloton, I am convinced that the present generation is doing things right. The introduction of the biological passport, among other things, has been important for it to happen."
The Lotto Belisol team accepted the important role that major teams can play in taking a stance against doping.
"With its history in cycling, the opportunities the team offers to young riders, the attention for guidance and education and the will to be part of the WorldTour as an ethically correct team." the statement reads.
"Lotto Belisol thinks it's a must to be rather a pioneer than a follower in an era in which cycling is in need of positive signals."
- Article published:
- November 9, 2012, 16:07
- Cycling News
Briton says it’s likely he will lead the for 2013
Team Sky's Chris Froome thinks his team could have won more at this year’s Tour de France. The British team finished the race with one and two on the podium with Bradley Wiggins and Froome and won six stage wins, but the Kenyan-born Briton told Cycling News HD thinks the team could have done even better.
“There were some moments of the race, where we were overly cautious,” says Froome. “Perhaps we would have been too greedy, if we were too ambitious. I do believe we could have got more out of the race, without compromising the yellow jersey.”
Mark Cavendish definitely believed he could win more and is the principal reason he broke his contract with Team Sky to join Omega Pharma-QuickStep. The Manxman told The Telegraph newspaper recently that he thought the team treated him as a “back-up” rider. Froome agreed.
“I think his comments are just. Certain promises were made to him that weren't fulfilled. I can empathise with that,” he says.
Cavendish was under the impression the team would help him defend the green jersey, but says the team management reneged on their promise. As far as Froome was aware, the team only had one goal.
“He's a great stage winner and contester for the green jersey and this year he had to put those ambitions aside for the team to focus on the yellow jersey. I definitely know that, in the team, the focus was to get the yellow jersey more than it was to get the green jersey.”
As Wiggins’ chief lieutenant, in this year’s Tour, Froome had his own battles to fight. Rumours of tensions in the team erupted when Froome 'attacked' Wiggins on the climb of La Toussuire on stage 11. Many thought Froome might try to win the Tour for himself. He says this isn’t the case and insists he is a team player.
“In sport you always think the strongest guy should be going for it and getting the best results. The thing is cycling also has a very important team aspect, which I don't think that a lot of people fully grasp."
“Being professional cyclists we have a responsibility to the team and their objectives. I was just doing my job at the Tour and people were asking me if I could do more.”
Plans for 2013
While the 27-year-old hasn’t had official word from the team, things are beginning to point towards him leading Team Sky at the 2013 Tour de France.
“It hasn't been 100% confirmed, but that is how things are shaping up at the moment,” he says when questioned on the subject. “Bradley has announced that he wants to focus on the Giro. I think that would mean that I can focus on the Tour.”
With Wiggins looking to win his second grand tour at the Giro it remains to be seen if he can and will return the favour and help Froome at the 2013 Tour. Froome knows firsthand how difficult it is to contest two grand tours in succession. He struggled to stay with the top guys at the Vuelta a España after feeling the fatigue from his exploits in July.
“It is hard to say beforehand how a rider will come out of a grand tour. I found this year, with the Vuelta, that trying to do two grand tours in quick succession is a hard ask."
“I think that is a call Brad is going to have to make next year, because if we go there with the goal of winning yellow then we are going to have to be at our absolute best.”
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- Article published:
- November 9, 2012, 17:26
- Pat Malach
Stevens and Teutenberg serve as leaders on women's squad
The Specialized-lululemon cycling team will return for 2013 with the same title sponsors but with a slightly shaken-up roster. The UCI women's team that rose last year from the ashes of the former HTC-Highroad program will have to get along without the services of Olympians Amber Neben and Clara Hughes but will retain team leaders Evelyn Stevens and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg.
Eight riders will return from the 2012 squad. Stevens and sprint speedster Teutenberg will be joined by returning all-arounders Ally Stacher, Loren Rowney, Ellen van Dijk, Katie Colclough, Lisa Brennauer and Trixi Worrack. Leaving for other teams are Neben, Chloe Hosking, Emilia Fahlin and Charlotte Becker. Hughes is retiring.
The team will add three new riders in Carmen Small from Optum Pro Cycling, Taylor Wiles from Exergy-Twenty12 and track specialist Gillian Carleton from the Canadian national team. The 11-rider roster is down from 13 in 2012. Team owner and general manager Kristy Scrymgeour said that's to be expected coming off an Olympic year.
"We'll probably do a few less races because of that," she said. "But we've got a bit more freedom in choosing what races we want to do."
Despite having two less riders to throw into the mix, Scrymgeour was nevertheless excited about the core group of returning riders and the team's new additions. Wiles, 23, has been a solid professional for the past two seasons on the Twenty12 squads that were built around two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. Wiles has also gained significant international experience with the US national team.
"She's super young, but she had a really good Exergy Tour and a really good end of the season in Europe," Scrymgeour said.
Carleton, 22, was part of the Canadian track team that won Olympic bronze in the 3,000 meters. She is relatively new to road racing, but Scrymgeour said she sees tremendous potential for the rider who placed second at the Exergy Tour prologue and fifth in the time trial.
"She hasn't done a lot of road racing, but she's very young and she's already quite successful on the track," Scrymgeour said. "It's a little bit of a risk taking someone that new to the road, but I've got a really good feeling about her."
Small, 32, is coming off her best-ever season as leader of the Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies team. She won the overall at the Nature Valley Grand Prix and took second overall at the Cascade Cycling Classic. She also grabbed an international win at the Classica Citta di Padova. Small, who turned pro in 2007 with the Aaron's team, was on the long team for the 2012 Olympics but did not make the final cut. Scrymgeour said she's hoping the veteran rider will help provide leadership for Specialized-lululemon next season.
"She actually is really quite a good leader, so we're bringing her in as a bit of a leader in the team," Scrymgeour said. "She's also a great climber, so she should be good help for Evie [Stevens]. She's a great personality as well, and this year she had her best year ever. I actually think she was toying with retiring after this year's Olympics, but because she had such a good year I really think she's got a lot more improvement in her, so I look forward to seeing what she can do."
The newcomers will join a program that won more than 60 races in 2012 and featured no less than nine 2012 Olympians. Scrymgeour said the team would likely have a calendar similar to last season, with a focus on international races but splitting time in the North American markets of its sponsors. She said the team would also focus on defending its 2012 title in the inaugural team time trial world championships.
"I think it's a key event in women's cycling to really showcase the sport," she said. "It's just a fantastic event, and it's something the girls aspire to. It's one of those things where they all want to be on the team. So we want to defend that title."
Beyond that, Scrymgeour wants the team to approach next season the same way it did last year. "What we really want to do is go into every race and give it a go," she said. "They just went into every race with a bunch of enthusiasm, and it paid off. That's the way we approach our racing, and that's the big thing."
Outside of racing the team hopes to increase its mission to help grow the sport of women's cycling and to get more women riding bikes. Additionally, the team will continue to work together with Right To Play to raise money for its program in Rwanda via an online auction of team equipment.
Specialized-lululemon will gather in Portugal for the first two weeks of December for its first training camp, and racing begins not long after that. Scrymgeour said the recent talent shuffling and the creation of at least one new team should make for good racing.
"I think if you look all across the board, it's a pretty good playing field," Scrymgeour said. "The talent seems to have spread out amongst all the teams, which makes it pretty exciting."
Specialized-lululemon 2013 Roster
Ellen van Dijk
- Article published:
- November 9, 2012, 19:28
- Cycling News
Colorado towns unite to host growing race
The Colorado Front Range towns of Fort Collins, Loveland and Windsor, together with Estes Park, the home of the Rocky Mountain National Park headquarters, are working together to bid to host the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The news comes on the heels of an announcement by the Boulder local organising committee in the Denver Post that they would not submit a bid for the 2013 race.
Jim Clark of the Fort Collins Conventions and Visitors Bureau wrote in the local cycling website YourGroupRide.com describing the efforts to bring the popular race to the area for the first time.
"For the last couple of years, we've had the chance to be an observer of this event. In the long run, I think it's been advantageous," Clark wrote, noting that in the past two years of the race's existence, Fort Collins did not have the budget to undertake a stage.
"The cost of producing an event that drew the world's top cyclists and one million spectators to 12 Colorado towns this year is much greater in a city than in a resort town, especially when it comes to securing intersections. With all due respect to my friends in towns like Gunnison or Steamboat Springs, there just aren't that many stoplights in either town."
By bringing four towns together, the bid became a reality.
"There is no guarantee we will win. However, I believe we'll make a compelling case. We'll propose that the race begin at The Ranch, head out through Windsor, traverse Loveland, go through Estes Park and finish in downtown Fort Collins."
The bid will be delivered to Medalist Sports, organiser of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, by bicycle messenger in a ceremony that includes a public ride to escort the messenger on November 16, starting in Loveland and ending in Denver, about 70 miles away.
- Article published:
- November 9, 2012, 21:14
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Two Canadians join team for 2013
The Champion System Pro Cycling Team is adding a pair of Canadians to its roster for the 2013 season with the signings of Ryan Anderson and Ryan Roth.
The team's General Manager Ed Beamon said he kept a close eye on the pair this season while they competed on Team Spidertech powered by C10. When that squad announced it would be suspending racing operations for 2013, it opened the door for them to join the first Asian pro continental cycling team.
"Although I am disappointed to see the Spidertech program disbanded for 2013, I am very happy to have the chance to get these guys on our squad," Beamon said. "They are going to be a tremendous asset, especially to our European campaign. Spidertech has been a great and loyal supporter of cycling - especially in North America - and we welcome the opportunity to support a few of their riders and hope they can continue to keep alive the positive image their brand has created."
Roth, 29, is the reigning Canadian national road champion and a past under 23 Canadian road champion. The winner of this year's Tro-Bro Léon and past winner of the Univest Grand Prix (2011) and Niagara Classic (2009 and 2010) said he did have some choices with regards to a new team, but felt Champion System would be the best fit.
"I would like to help the team out with developing our less experienced riders, be involved in lead outs for our fast men and support our climbing and GC (general classification) contenders in stage races," he said. "When the opportunity presents itself, I would also like to win races myself. I also hope to continue to improve. I feel like I have been doing this little by little over the past few years."
Anderson, 25, said he is grateful for the support he received from Spidertech and fortunate to have found a good home with Champion System. This year, he won stage 2 of the Tour de Delta on the way to a runner-up finish overall while also finishing second at the Tour de Gastown and on Stage 2 of the Tour de White Rock.
"I see myself being able to provide great support for my teammates throughout the year, as well as chasing down some personal results," he said. "I have personal goals of continuing to develop in the European races and believe that results will follow that. I expect to have a successful year with Champion System."
The two signings add to those previously announced by Champion System: American Chad Beyer (from Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), German Fabian Schnaidt (from Team Specialized Concept Store) and Dutchman Bobbie Traksel (from Landbouwkrediet-Euphony). Beamon said the team will announce the list of new and returning Asian riders at a later date.