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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, September 20, 2013

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September 20, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Polish team for the World Championships announced

    Tour of Poland leader Rafa Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) resplendent in the yellow jersey
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    September 20, 2013, 5:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Kwiatkowski, Niemiec, Majka nominated team leaders

    The Polish Cycling Federation has released its final squad of nine riders to tackle the UCI Road World Championships in Florence next week. Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) and Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) have all been nominated by national coach Piotr Wadecki as co-leaders for the road race on Sunday September 29.

    At just 23-years-old, Kwiatkowski has had a breakthrough season with 4th at Tirreno-Adriatico, 4th at the Amstel Gold Race, 5th at La Fleche Wallone and 11th at the Tour de France. Kwiatkowski also comes into the World Championships as the Polish National Road Race Champion as well as the highest ranked Polish rider in the UCI WorldTour ranking in 21st place.

    Majka completed two Grand Tours this year and with 7th in the Giro d'Italia and 19th in Vuelta a Espana this consistency should prove to be an asset in the 272km road race. Niemiec has had a similarly strong season after finishing 9th at the Tirreno-Adriatico, 7th at the Volta a Catalunya, 6th at the Giro del Trentino and an impressive 6th at the Giro d'Italia.

    These three will be supported by Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step), Sylwester Szmyd (Movistar), Maciej Paterski and Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), Tomasz Marczynski (Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team) and Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp-Endura).

    Kwiatkowski and Bodnar will be the two Polish starters for the 56.8km individual time trial on Wednesday September 25.

  • Win a Garmin Edge 810 and £10,000 worth of tech gadgets

    One lucky reader will win £10,000 worth of gadgets as part of T3's Great Gadget Giveaway
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    September 20, 2013, 6:17 BST
    Cycling News

    Great Gadget Giveaway

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    Cyclingnews' techy sister site, T3, are running the competition, in which one lucky reader will win a £10,000 stash of 45 gadgets and tech items, including a £2,000 Sigma SD1 D-SLR camera and lens, and Sky TV free for a year. To see the full list of what’s up for grabs, visit the Great Gadget Giveaway.

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  • Boonen extends with Omega Pharma-QuickStep for two more years

    Belgian champion Tom Boonen won Paris-Brussels.
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    September 20, 2013, 8:23 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Belgian team eager to continue with former world champion despite an injury hit 2013

    Tom Boonen will stay with the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team for another two years. Team manager Patrick Lefevere told Het Nieuwsblad that the Belgian has extended his contract through 2015. Boonen has been with Lefevere's team since 2003, with the manager describing him “of priceless value”.

    Boonen's contract expired at the end of this season, and was only recently extended. “We talked together. Everything was quickly on paper. As usual between Tom and me. Tom has already put his signature to it, but mine is still missing,” Lefevere said.

    The signing came despite Boonen's terrible 2013 season. He has had only one win all year, a stage at the Tour de Wallonie in late July. His season was overall dominated by illness and injuries. In fact, he announced the end of August that he was ending his season early due to a longstanding saddle sore problem.

    Lefevere didn't see any of that as a problem.

    “He has no signs of fatigue. The only problem was that he had lots of setbacks over the past twelve months and then the buttocks injury put him out for the autumn,” he said.

    Although Astana was also interested in signing him, Boonen opted to stay with Lefevere.

    “Next season is our twelfth together. I am honoured that Tom will one day end his career with me. Boonen also stands for the spirit of the team.”

    He dismissed gossip that Boonen wasn't worth the money after this year of no results, “Let me be clear: Boonen is of priceless value to the team.”

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep now has 29 riders for the 2014 season, leaving space for potentially one more rider, with Thomas de Gendt and Jan Bakelants mentioned as...

  • Phinney, van Garderen lead BMC in Worlds team time trial

    Team BMC lined up and ready
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    September 20, 2013, 8:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Race is “a high priority” for American team

    BMC Racing Team will look to make up for its narrow loss to Omega Pharma-Quickstep last year by taking victory in the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships this coming Sunday in Florence. The US-based team is one of the top favourites for the title, and team manger Jim Ochowicz called the race “a high priority” for the squad.

    Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen, and Manuel Quinziato are returning from last year's silver medal team, and will be joined by Steve Cummings, Daniel Oss and Michael Schär. Van Garderen has won two individual time trials this year, and the team won the team time trial at the Tour of Qatar.

    The team was unable to bring in top results in the team time trials at the three Grand Tours this year. They were 12th in the Giro d'Italia, 9th at the Tour de France and 8th at the Vuelta a Espana.

    “This is a team that we will be proud of, regardless of results," Ochowicz said. "However, we are pretty confident everyone has been properly prepared for the race. This is a high priority for the team and one that we have thought about since getting second last year."

    Selecting the final six riders was a difficult task, sport director Max Sciandri said. "It becomes a numbers issue, there is a personal component to it, and even a friendship component,. In the end, making that final selection is like cutting off a little piece of the team and it really hurts. But decisions had to be made."

    Both Sciandri and Performance Team Advisor Bobby Julich reconnoitred the course earlier this week before making their final decision. "There's no hiding," Sciandri said. "Speed is...

  • Agostini returns adverse analytical finding for clostebol

    Stefano Agostini (Cannondale)
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    September 20, 2013, 9:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Italian had already been suspended by Cannondale team

    Stefano Agostini (Cannondale) has been provisionally suspended after he returned an adverse analytical finding for clostebol in an out-of-competition control carried out on August 21.

    Clostebol is a synthetic androgenic steroid and a derivative of the hormone testosterone.

    In early September, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Agostini had been suspended by his Cannondale team for “violating the team’s internal regulations.” The Italian's last race was the Tour of Utah, and he was removed from the Cannondale roster for the Brussels Cycling Classic.

    The UCI announced news of Agostini's positive test on Friday morning. The sample was analysed in the WADA-accredited laboratory in Cologne, Germany. Agostini will remain suspended until a hearing panel is convened by the Italian Cycling Federation. He has the right to request the analysis of his B sample.

    The 24-year-old Agostini turned professional last season after racing for the Zalf Desirée Fior team as an amateur. The Udine native was Italian under-23 champion in 2010, and his best result this season was 6th on a stage of the Tour of Austria.


  • Cancellara focused on the road race at Florence Worlds

    Fabian Cancellara cruised to victory in Flanders
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    September 20, 2013, 10:32 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    "Life's short, you've got to take every chance you get"

    Fabian Cancellara is convinced he can conquer the ten hilly laps of the Florence world championships course just as easily as he handles the climbs in the Tour of Flanders, and so finally win the rainbow jersey, perhaps the only accolade missing from his rich palmares.

    The Swiss rider is also targeting a world championships treble: the team time trial title with RadioShack-Leopard on Sunday, the individual time trial on Wednesday and then the Elite men's road race on Sunday. If he wins, he would take the rainbow jersey to the new Trek team after signing a three-year contract with the US-registered squad that will take over from Radioshack for 2014.

    Despite already winning the time trial title four times, he's is playing down his chances against Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Taylor Phinney but is convinced he can win the road race title.

    Cancellara dominated the spring Classics this season, winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, and he seems equally as strong now. He used the Vuelta a España to polish his form for the world championships and impressed on the climbs as he worked to protect and set up teammate and eventual winner Chris Horner. He also beat Tony Martin to win the time trial stage.

    "Lets see what happens in the race"

    The Florence road race circuit, that will be covered ten times after a 100km flat section from Lucca, includes a 4km climb up to Fiesole and then a short, steep, climb in Via Salviati to the finish. It has been described as the toughest world championships course of the last ten years. It could be more suited to the climbers than Classics riders but Cancellara dismisses suggestions that it is too tough for him.

  • De Vocht returns to Lotto Belisol Ladies team

    Liesbet De Vocht (Rabo-Liv Giant) the new Belgian champion
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    September 20, 2013, 12:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Double national champion goes back to her roots

    Liesbet de Vocht is going "back to where it all started" and returning to the Lotto Belisol Laides team for the 2014 season. The Belgian national  time trial and road champion started her career with the team in 2006-2007.

    For the last two years she has been with the Rabobank women's team. She had ten wins this season, including both national titles.

    In returning to the team she started out with, she has now come full circle, the 34-year-old said. "I'd like to pass on the experience I have gathered at the Rabobank team to the younger girls in the team like Jolien D'Hoore and Celine Van Severen. I want to have a supporting role, but definitely take my own chance in the spring."

    A crash in the Tour of Qatar put an end to her hopes for the spring season this year, "I want to make up for that in 2014. I want to be ready from the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and then build further until the end of April. In June there is of course the Belgian championship, there I want to assist the other women in the team in their battle for the national jersey. We'll see what comes next then."

  • Agostini blames topical cream for Clostebol positive

    Stefano Agostini (Liquigas-Cannondale0
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    September 20, 2013, 14:12 BST
    Cycling News

    Cannondale rider will not seek analysis of B sample

    Stefano Agostini has blamed his positive test for Clostebol on a topical cream used to treat a rash and has said that he will not ask for his B sample to be analysed. He also confirmed that he has been fired by the Cannondale team.

    The Italian tested positive for Clostebol, a synthetic androgenic steroid and a derivative of the hormone testosterone, in an out-of-competition control carried out on August 21. Agostini was suspended by his Cannondale team at the beginning of September and the UCI announced the positive test on Friday morning.

    “I committed an act of carelessness, in good faith, and I’m paying dearly for it,” Agostini told Tuttobici. “When I got back from the Tour of Utah, I was suffering from a rash on my left buttock and that night I couldn’t stand the itching anymore. I asked for help from my mother, who suggested to me that I use a cream that she had used a while back for a similar problem.

    “So I applied some Trofodermin, an over-the-counter product and something I never imagined would have contained a banned active ingredient. If it wasn’t a medicinal product available without prescription, my mother would never have given it to me… It was three o’clock in the morning. I didn’t read the ingredients and after spreading the cream, I went back to sleep. It didn’t even heal the rash…”

    Agostini said that he declared his use of Trofodermin when he was subjected to the out-of-competition control some days later.“After the test, as usual, I informed the team,” he said. “[Team doctor] Roberto...