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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Abbott and Phinney named USA Cycling's best

    Mara Abbott (United States) on the top of the podium after winning the ninth stage of the Giro Donne.
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    October 29, 2010, 5:02 BST
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    Giro Donne winner and world champion recognised

    Mara Abbott and Taylor Phinney have been recognised for their achievements in 2010 by taking out the inaugural USA Cycling Athletes of the Year award.

    The awards, which have been instituted this year in conjunction with the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, recognise the season's top male and female cyclists - across all disciplines - who have participated in USA Cycling's National Development Programs.

    Abbott and Phinney will be presented with their awards in conjunction with the 2010 U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame inductee ceremony this Saturday on the campus of the University of California-Davis.

    Phinney's father, Davis, is a member of the Hall of Fame and it will welcome four new members this weekend - 17-time national champion Mike McCarthy, BMX great Gary Ellis, former USAC board member Dottie Saling and 1882 highwheel national champ and Indian Motorcycles founder George Mallory.

    "USA Cycling is proud to partner with the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame to recognise the outstanding achievements of developing athletes in Olympic cycling disciplines," said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson in a statement announcing the inaugural winners.

    "It is an honour to recognise these two athletes whose achievements have helped illustrate our continued commitment to develop the future of American cycling."

    Abbott claimed her second elite road race national title this year before winning the Giro Donne stage race in Italy, while Phinney added an Under 23 time trial world title to the national crown he won just weeks earlier in the same season he announced he'd be turning professional with the BMC Racing team in 2011.

  • Pure Black Racing Team to debut in Southland

    Taylor Gunman of team Bici Vida is enjoying the warm weather
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    October 29, 2010, 10:24 BST
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    New Zealand team aiming for Tour de France in five years

    Pure Black Racing Team will make its debut next week at the Tour of Southland. The newly-formed New Zealand Continental-ranked team hopes that it is only the first step on the way to the Tour de France 2015.

    The team is based on the former domestic team Bici Vida. It has 11 riders and after riding Southland, the Tour of Wellington and the New Zealand nationals, will head to the US. It will establish a base there and ride the National Racing Calendar circuit.

    The team plans to establish itself this year and become a top NRC team in 2012. From there, the sky's the limit.

    “On the five-year plan, it's two years in the States and three years in Europe. If we went to the States next year with the right team and were dominant straight away, then you could take the step to Pro-Continental and be in Europe in 2012. It's probably a 50/50 thing,” team founder Carl Williams told

    Last year, Southland was the first race for Bici Vida, and a very successful one. Tom Findlay, who is no longer with the team, finished third overall as best U23 rider, and the team finished second in the team rankings.

    Williams is looking forward to going up against ProTour New Zealanders Greg Henderson and Hayden Roulston. “The stories and the lessons, and even the riding stay they bring to a race is so critical as a benchmark to us and what we are trying to achieve. We are looking forward to riding against them and catch up with them,” he told The Southland Times.

    He also sees good chances for his young riders, saying “we've got a team that can ride cohesively as a unit and against a level of field which is obviously quite high.”

    "To be honest we've come with quite a well-rounded team so we want to be represented at the front of the race, we've got Glen Chadwick on GC, so we'll be doing what we can to defend his position in the race. We've got some really...

  • Chris Anker Sørensen aims to be top climber at 2011 Giro d'Italia

    Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank) on his way to the stage win.
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    October 29, 2010, 11:22 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Dane says aiming for Giro and Tour GC is too difficult

    Chris Anker Sørensen (Saxo Bank-SunGard) has announced that he will target the Giro d’Italia king of the mountains classification in 2011. The Dane also said that he believes that it is impossible to target a high overall placing in both the Giro and the Tour de France.

    “I’ll do the Giro where I will try to ride for the climber’s jersey and certain stages,” Sørensen told “I’d love to ride it again like this year, because it’s a race that suits me well.”

    At the 2010 Giro, Sørensen triumphed atop the Terminillo and he is determined to taste victory again on Italian roads next May. However, given that he is likely to be a key element of Bjarne Riis’ Tour de France line-up, Sørensen will not be looking to defend a position in the general classification.

    “I’m not going to ride for the overall because my time trial abilities aren’t good enough,” he said. “It would be better to go there to try and win some stages, so it’s better to save my energy on certain days in order to go on the attack afterwards.”

    After the Giro, Sørensen will head to the Tour, although his role at that race will not be defined until his new leader Alberto Contador’s status is clarified. In any case, he maintains that riding the two races is something of a balancing act.

    “I think that if you ride for the general classification at the Giro, it’s then too hard at the Tour,” he explained.

    While Sørensen will be looking to reach form ahead of the Ardennes classics, his main single-day objective arrives at the end of the season. With the world championships taking place in Copenhagen, the Dane will not be lacking in motivation next autumn.

    “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s fantastic to be able to ride the Worlds in...

  • Liège confirmed as host of 2012 Tour de France prologue

    Eddy Merckx assists Fabian Cancellara with his yellow jersey.
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    October 29, 2010, 13:04 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Race to spend three days in Belgium

    Liège has been officially confirmed by the ASO as the host of the 2012 Tour de France and the first three days of the race will take place in Belgium. Liège previously hosted the Grand Départ in 2004, when Fabian Cancellara powered to victory in the prologue.

    With the London Olympics beginning in late July, the 2012 Tour will start a week earlier than usual, with the Liège prologue set to take place on Saturday June 30. The short time trial will see the riders tackle a course around the streets of Liège, beginning on Avenue Rogier and finishing on Boulevard d’Avroy.

    The following day, the first road stage will see the riders leave Liège and head for Seraing, where Miguel Indurain took a time trial victory in 1995 and Erik Zabel grabbed a sprint victory in 2001. On the way out of Liège, the peloton will ride along the Boulevard de la Sauvenière, the former site of the finish of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

    Stage two will bring the peloton across Belgium, from Visé to Tournai, before the race enters France on stage three.

    Liège has a long history of hosting the Tour de France, although 2012 is just the second time the city has been honoured with the Grand Départ. In 1956, André Darrigade won the first stage into Liège, although the race began in Reims. It was a similar situation in 1965, when Rik Van Looy took the win in Liège on day one after the Tour began across the German border in Köln.

    Gino Bartali was the first stage winner in Liège, taking victory in 1948 en route to his second yellow jersey in Paris.

  • Gerdemann, Wegmann and Fuglsang join Luxembourg team

    Linus Gerdemann (Milram)
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    October 29, 2010, 13:26 BST
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    Three more all-rounders for Schleck brothers' team

    Linus Gerdemann, Fabian Wegmann and Jakob Fuglsang will ride for the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project this coming year, the team has announced. The two Germans rode for Team Milram this season, while Dane Fuglsang was with Team Saxo Bank.

    Gerdemann, 28, rode earlier for Teams CSC, T-Mobile and Columbia. “I have already worked with Linus earlier in his career and I always wanted to work with him again, so I am pleased to have the chance to get him on this team,” team manager Kim Andersen said.

    “I know a lot of the people who will be riding and working for the team, so it was not that hard of a decision to make,” Gerdemann said. “Frankly, I am very excited to be racing with so many familiar faces once again.”

    Gerdemann had two victories this year, winning stages in the Mallorca Challenge and Tirreno-Adriatico. In 2007 he won stage seven of the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for one day. He has also won the overall title in the Deutschland Tour, the Tour de l'Ain, and the Bayern Rundfahrt.

    Wegmann, 30, is known for his “winning attitude and indefatigable ability,” his new team said. “Fabian is a rider I have always wanted on my team,” Andersen said. “I have always liked him; he is a winner - pure and simple. Though he is not a pure climber or a pure sprinter, you can always count on him for several wins a year.”

    Among others, Wegmann has twice won both the German road championship and the GP Miguel Indurain, as well as Rund um den Henninger Turm/Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt. In 2004 he won the mountain jersey at the Giro d'Italia.

    “I searched out this team because I want to be a member of what I believe will be the most exciting team in cycling for the coming season,” said Wegmann, who turned pro with Gerolsteiner. “I want to give my best to the team and be in top form for the Wallonian Classics,...

  • Barredo bids farewell to Quick Step team and fans

    Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) climbs to stage 15 victory
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    October 29, 2010, 15:40 BST
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    Spaniard will always have fond memories of time with Belgian team

    Carlos Barredo is leaving his "second family" at Quick Step, as he moves on to Rabobank for the coming season. But the farewell is not easy, as "A piece of Team Quick Step will forever be in my heart..."

    In an open letter to his fans, published on, the 29-year-old Spaniard said that his four years with the Belgian team have been "rich in satisfaction, both on a professional level as well as a human one."

    In that time, he has attained "some of the most important successes of my career" - a stage at Paris-Nice in 2008, 10th overall in the Vuelta a España in 2007, and a stage in this year's Vuelta.

    "The icing on the cake was surely my victory at the Clasica San Sebastian last year. I have some great memories. We were the strongest team, everyone gave 100 percent that day, as they always have in all our years together."

    Barredo won the mountaintop finish at the legendary Lagos de Covadonga on the Vuelta's 15th stage, climbing out of the mist to win by over a minute ahead of his closest chaser. He had been part of a six-man escape group which had a lead of seven minutes at the foot of the mountain.

    The personal aspects of the team were also important to Barredo. "Here I've always felt at home. I was supported and valued like I had always dreamt of. I worked with a staff of great professionals and raced side by side with some fantastic athletes. We nurtured a friendship and deep mutual respect that which will never fade in time, not even next year when I will be racing wearing a different jersey."

    Barredo turned pro in 2004 with Liberty Seguros, before joining Quick Step in 2007. He has also won stages in the Tour Down Under and the Vuelta a Asturias.

    He made headlines in this year's Tour de France when he...

  • Bruyneel suspended for two months over wrong jerseys at Tour de France

    RadioShack won the teams competition and took to the rostrum in their outlawed Livestrong jerseys
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    October 29, 2010, 15:50 BST
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    Armstrong fined while Barredo is suspended for Tour brawl

    Johan Bruyneel has been given a two-month suspension by the International Cycling Union (UCI). He and the RadioShack directeurs and riders have also all been fined for wearing non-authorised jerseys at the start of the final stage of the Tour de France this summer.

    Bruyneel will be suspended from February 1 to March 31, 2011. He is also fined 10,000 Swiss Francs, the directeurs sportif 5000 Swiss Francs each, and the riders 2,500 Swiss Francs each.

    According to the UCI's statement, issued Friday afternoon, the team violated UCI regulations by wearing an unauthorised jersey at the closing stage. The team built around Lance Armstrong started the stage in a black kit advertising Armstrong's Livestrong charity, instead of their usual RadioShack jerseys. They did not inform the race commissaires beforehand, and were forced to change jerseys during the stage.

    The UCI also noted that “Mr J. Bruyneel publicly offended the UCI International Commissaires with his declarations.” Bruyneel tweeted, “Ok people! Now it’s official! To be a race commissar you don’t need brains but only know the rules! Their motto: ‘c’est le reglement!'”, for which he later apologised.

    Barredo suspended for two months

    The UCI also suspended Carlos Barredo from January 1 to February 28, 2011. Barredo, currently with Quick Step, has signed with Rabobank for the 2011 season. He was charged with “blemishing the image, the reputation and the interests of cycling” during this year's Tour.

    At the finish of stage six in Gueugnon, Barredo attacked Rui Costa of Caisse d'Epargne's with his front wheel. He attempted to hit the Portuguese rider over the head with the wheel, and the brawl eventually disintegrated into a fist fight. Barredo claimed that Costa had touched handlebars with him in the finale of the stage. He later apologised for his actions.

  • UCI to study recommendations of WADA's independent Tour de France report

    UCI press officer Enrico Carpani awaits the start
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    October 29, 2010, 16:15 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Carpani says UCI happy with publication of report on anti-doping controls

    The UCI has declared itself pleased with the report on its anti-doping programme at the 2010 Tour de France, which was compiled by independent observers from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). UCI press officer Enrico Carpani told Cyclingnews on Friday that the recommendations of the report will now be considered in detail by cycling’s governing body.

    “We are very happy with the work done by WADA’s independent observers at the Tour de France,” Carpani said. “It has to be remembered that it was we at the UCI who invited them to the Tour de France. We invited them to put our system to the test.

    “We are also very happy that from a general point of view, the report indicates that the UCI’s anti-doping system is very efficient and is certainly among the best of those run by various international governing bodies.”

    While the WADA independent observers report described the UCI’s anti-doping programme as “of good quality”, it also highlighted some flaws in the system and made a number of recommendations for its improvement.

    One of the principal reservations of the WADA report was the fact that of the 540 samples collected during the Tour de France, only 15 per cent of tests were unannounced. Another recurring theme of the report was that the UCI prioritised the analysis of blood profiles for the biological passport system to the detriment of testing for banned substances.

    The report also indicated that a number of riders with suspicious blood profiles and significantly impressive performances at the Tour were tested on surprisingly few occasions, and that “three riders of interest did not provide a blood sample for the purposes of anti-doping in the whole Tour.”

    The independent observers flagged a number of specific instances where the UCI did not take action against such riders. Among the most damning was the case of a rider with a...