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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 3, 2012

Date published:
December 03, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Genesys Wealth Advisers announce new team name and roster

    The full Genesys team for 2012.
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 3:02 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Avanti take over from Malvern Star as bike supplier in 2013

    Australia’s number one team in the National Road Series will take on a new name for 2013. Huon Salmon Genesys Wealth Advisers p/b Praties announced a 15-rider roster for the coming season with the likely chance of one more rider to be named in January.

    Genesys Wealth Advisers won the overall team classification in Australia’s NRS for third time in 2012 and will no doubt remain one of the most dominant in the domestic scene as they look to jump aboard the Avanti Quantum and newly developed Corsa DR bikes for the coming year.

    The team had already told Cyclingnews the group assembled would be the "strongest team yet" in 2013 while team manager Andrew Christie-Johnson admitted it would be challenged by the likes of Budget Forklifts and Drapac Professional Cycling.

    Pat Shaw has been named as the squad’s road captain while the talents of 2012 Scody Cup winner Anthony Giacoppo, Nathan Earle and Jai Crawford have been retained for the coming year. New recruits Joe Cooper, Aaron Donnelly, Jack Beckinsale and Alex Clements will no doubt find their place in the team while former u-23 Australian national road champion Ben Dyball, Brenton Jones, Campbell Flakemore, Jonathan Lovelock, Kane Walker, Sam Davis and Tom Robinson fill out on the remaining spots.

    Team manager Christie-Johnson has informed Cyclingnews the final and 16th spot on the team is reserved until after the Australian National Championships - held in Ballarat in January.


  • Froome won't assume Tour de France leadership

    Stage winner Chris Froome (Sky) holds his trophy aloft.
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 4:31 GMT
    Cycling News

    Wiggins may defend title, says Sky teammate

    Team Sky's leadership at the 2013 Tour de France is far from certain according to this year's second-place overall Chris Froome. Those inside and outside of the team's confines have suggested this year's Tour champion Bradley Wiggins should focus on the Giro d'Italia however, his teammate Froome suggests Wiggins' programme is far from being finalised.

    Froome has previously stated he would like to lead his British team at next year's Tour de France and would be "counting on the support of Wiggins" however, that is not to say the Tour and Olympic champion will not head to France with an eye on capturing a second title.

    "I do not assume that Bradley will help me in the Tour," said Froome to Sporza. "It is not yet decided whether he will defend his title in France. He may aim at the Giro. If the goal of the team is for me to go for yellow, then I can count on the help of Bradley. I would like to get the green light to go for victory in the Tour. Even if I fail, and finish only fifth or sixth, I'll be happy as long as I am able give everything."

    The Kenyan-born climber demonstrated his ability to lead a grand tour when he overtook his then captain on the road, Wiggins, at the 2011 Vuelta a España. Unfortunately for Froome, his loyalty to Wiggins arguably cost him the overall title. Froome finished second while Wiggins placed third.

    At the Tour this year, it looked like Froome could have done the same again but team orders meant he remained by the side of the maillot jaune-wearing Wiggins. Froome says any divide between the two was purely media-driven. He does believe however,...

  • Melbourne Criterium Sprint Championships to offer $30,000 prize pool

    The field gets strung out
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 5:50 GMT
    Alex Malone

    Professional field expected at local St Kilda Cycling Club event

    The Melbourne-based St Kilda Cycling Club will hold a criterium on 23rd December with one of, if not the biggest prize packet seen in recent Australian cycling history. The club which boasts nearly 900 members with more than a quarter represented by women, has said it intends to hand out $30,000 in prize money at the event dubbed the Melbourne Criterium Sprint Championships.

    The race will be held on Sunday in just a few weeks time and should see some of the country's best international professionals line-up in the elite event including a number of the top domestic teams. The elite men's race will include 20 intermediate sprints worth $250 with the winner of the elite men's event taking home a slice of $5,000 that will be spread across the podium.

    The club's president Anthony Seipolt told Cyclingnews that a number of race categories will be offered with the elite men's and women's race to be the headline events. There will also be a sprint classification and most aggressive category.

    "We are talking with some of Australia's most noted professionals and sprinters and we would love to get them on board." said Seipolt to Cyclingnews. However, "the challenge is this is a club event so it can be difficult to attract professionals," he said.

    Exact details of the race are still being finalised with Seipolt adding the club would be looking to exceed the current $30,000 commitment in prize money. Champion System and CycleCover are already confirmed as supporters of the event, with a headline sponsor still to be announced. Further information can be found on the club website.


  • Boonen struggling with intestinal problems

    Tom Boonen shows his Kristallen Fiets trophy
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 9:28 GMT
    Cycling News

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider in hospital for three days

    Tom Boonen missed the charity cyclo-cross race bearing his name at the weekend after spending three days in hospital with a serous intestinal infection. He still has not fully recovered.

    "Tom is not Tom, he's as limp as a rag," his partner Lore told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, who represented him at the Boonen and Friends race on Saturday. He had hoped to attend the event, but sent the race organizer and his Omega Pharma-QuickStep sport director Wilfried Peters a text message an hour before the start canceling his appearance. “He said he ate something at midday and now is in pain again,” Peeters said.

    Boonen, the dominant rider of the 2012 Classics season, had already missed the team-building exercises in Slovakia.

    "On the night between Sunday and Monday he was sick," Lore revealed. "On Tuesday we went to the emergency room. They kept him right there. He was in hospital  for three days.” After being released on Thursday, he felt better but then had a relapse.

    Boonen has been prone to gastrointestinal problems since undergoing surgery for diverticulitis eight years ago.

    “He dragged himself from his bed to the bathroom and back," said Lore. "He does nothing but sleep. In three days he was four pounds thinner. And there was nothing. It seems really not Tom, his eyes deep in their sockets.”

    The four kilos were all lost due to dehydration, according to team doctor Yvon Van Mol, who described Boonen's illness as “no problem.” Nor did he think that the lost training would be a major problem. “Especially since Tom was on schedule. He trained...

  • Lampre-Merida and Rabobank apply to join the MPCC

    Michele Scarponi turns to the camera just before Lampre start their team time trial
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 11:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Crelan-Uphony, Team Type 1 also join list of applicants

    The number of teams asking to join the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) association continues to grow with Lampre-Merida, Rabobank, Team Type 1 Sanofi, Crelan-Euphony and several Continental teams all submitting requests in recent days.

    On Friday the international race organisers’ association (AIOCC) agreed to give priority to teams which are members of the MPCC when distributing wildcard invitations to events.

    Under MPCC rules, the current 14 members vote whether to accept or refuse applicants. Current members include AG2R La Mondiale, Argos-Shimano, Bretagne-Schuller, Cofidis, Europcar, FDJ and Garmin-Sharp.

    Several major teams, including Astana, Bardiani-CSF and La Pomme Marseille have applied for membership in recent weeks. New members will be voted on at the next general meeting of the MPCC on February 7, 2013.

    The Lampre team recently announced a series of management changes after its riders and staff were implicated in several doping investigation. A preliminary judge will decide if 31 staff and riders should go on trial in Mantova for their links to the pharmacist and coach Guido Nigrelli. Team leader Michele Scarponi has been suspended by the team while awaiting a verdict for working with Dr. Michele Ferrari.

    "We’re all at a point of no return. If cycling has not yet become aware of it, it’s necessary to work together trying to push it towards the most suitable direction for obtaining reliability by the mean of clearness," Lampre team manager Giuseppe Saronni is reported as saying on the MPCC website.

    "He who had been involved in doping affairs concerning third parties and, despite himself and...

  • LeMond to run for UCI Presidency

    Three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond could do without the UCI
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 12:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Only US Tour de France winner says it is “now or never” for cycling

    Greg LeMond has revealed he is ready to take on Pat McQuaid and run for president of the UCI, after being asked by the anti-doping movement Change Cycling Now. 

    “It is now or never to act,” LeMond said in an interview with the Le Monde newspaper. “After the earthquake caused by the Amstrong case, another chance will not arise.”

    LeMond, 51, is now the only American to have won the Tour de France after USADA disqualified Armstrong for life and cancelled his seven Tour victories. He has been outspoken on anti-doping matters and was a key witness in the Floyd Landis case.

    “I'm ready. I was asked and I accepted,” LeMond said. “If we want to restore public confidence and sponsors, we must act quickly and decisively. Otherwise, cycling will die.  Riders do not understand that if we continue like this, there will soon be no money in cycling.”

    Change Cycling Now is a newly-formed pressure group dedicated to helping find a positive future for cycling. It held a conference in London over the weekend.

    McQuaid has been president of the international cycling federation since 2005, serving to date four two-year terms. The next election is to be held in March 2013.

    While questioning whether he was really “the best candidate,” LeMond said that “I am willing to invest to make this institution more democratic, transparent and look for the best candidate in the longer term. I think someone like Dick Pound [former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency], is perfect in terms of ethics, who has real experience in the fight against doping and corruption.

    LeMond suggested in fact that McQuaid should resign.

    “If Pat McQuaid really loves cycling, as he claims, he would have resigned. He could say, 'Okay, I made mistakes, but now I quit to find a new leader for the UCI,'" LeMond said.

    LeMond said that he hopes Armstrong will...

  • Fränk Schleck doping hearing set for December 19

    It hasn't been the best of Tours for Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan).
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 13:19 GMT
    Cycling News

    No indication of whether a decision will be announced

    The next hearing in Fränk Schleck's drawn doping case is set for the evening of December 19, the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) has announced. It is not known whether a final decision will be announced at that time or if the case will run into 2013.

    Schleck tested postiive for the diuretic Xipamide at the Tour de France in July. Schleck voluntarily withdrew from the Tour and did not race again the rest of the season. He recently attended the RadioShack-Nissan team building session. He has always denied knowlingly taking the drug.

    The ALAD held a hearing on the case on October 15, with further investigations being conducted since then. In mid-November a member of the board of directors said that they were awaiting the decision of the disciplinary committee.

    The ALAD statement did not indicate whether it would issue its decision or carry out more investigations, saying only that the “next meeting of the Disciplinary Board against doping regarding the alleged violation of anti-doping rules by the rider Fränk Schleck” is scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, December 19.

  • MTN-Qhubeka sowing seeds for African cycling

    The Africans: Tsgabu Grmay, Meron Russom, Adrien Niyonshuti, Jani Tewelde and Ferekalsi Debesay
    Article published:
    December 03, 2012, 16:37 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Samsung signs on as presenting sponsor

    For most cyclists, rain is considered a curse, but in Africa it is a blessing that brings life. For the MTN-Qhubeka team that was unveiled at the Cradle of Humanity heritage site outside of Johannesburg, the drenching downpour that soaked the sweeping vistas of the Maropeng Hotel was an optimistic omen for this ambitious project which hopes to sow the seeds of cycling success for its riders and the African continent.

    Compared with Europe, cycling in Africa is still in its infancy. The continent has vast areas where people have to walk upwards of 15 kilometers to school, to the doctor or to town. This may be what has contributed to the incredible success of African endurance runners, and MTN-Qhubeka team principal Doug Ryder is hoping that by getting more bicycles to children (the mission of the Qhubeka non-profit association) and putting bicycle racing in front of the public with this African team, it will inspire more of the continent's innately talented athletes to delve into the sport.

    Qhubeka is affiliated with World Bicycle Relief but it uses a work-to-earn model, whereby people can plant trees or clean up trash in their community to earn credit toward a bike. Once they've earned enough, they are presented with the same 22kg, durable work-horse of a bike that WBR uses, a simple, sturdy machine that can haul 100kg on its rear rack.

    The uplifting stories of how Qhubeka is improving life in South Africa have attracted not only the attention of new presenting sponsor, Samsung, but also the UCI, which awarded the team a Professional Continental license, and of race organisers such as RCS Sport or ASO who see the value of bringing an enormous new audience - the continent of Africa - to their races by having the team competing. After all, more than half of Africa speaks French as a result of colonization, and Eritrea was an Italian colony - all a solid base for building a cycling following.

    However, Ryder takes the same sustainable,...