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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 11, 2013

Date published:
March 11, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Paris - Nice result leaves van Garderen confident for Tour of California

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 5:50 GMT
    Cycling News

    Nobody had the punch to go with Porte, says BMC rider

    Falling just outside of the podium positions at Paris-Nice may not have been the result Tejay van Garderen was looking for but his performance throughout the week-long tour may prove vital for the young American who aspires to lead BMC at the Tour de France.

    Van Garderen finished the 'Race to the Sun' in fourth overall, 1:44 behind eventual winner Richie Porte (Sky) and says that while he would "never go into a race wanting to finish fourth" the support he received from his teammates during the race has left him confident ahead of his biggest goals of the season which include Tour of California, Tour de Suisse, Tour de France and US Pro Cycling Challenge.

    "You always come to a race trying to win. I never come to a race thinking 'I want to get fourth-place' but at the end of the day the team rode amazing all week," said van Garderen.

    "Everything is falling into place [with the team], protecting me on the hectic flat stages and I even had a lot of support up in the mountains. The team is riding perfectly so I can take a lot of confidence in that and you know it's still March," he added.

    "This was a big goal and I'd say it was a success. I'd say the meat of my season is May through August with California, Suisse, Tour, US Pro Challenge. I pulled in some pretty valuable WorldTour points so all in all it's a successful week.

    It was a small improvement from last year's edition where van Garderen finished fifth-overall to Bradley Wiggins (Sky) but with a the "meat" of the season yet to come, the 24-year-old says he's not yet at the top of his condition and that the race's winner Porte was simply better than the rest.

    "I'd say this was a 90 percent peak and then...

  • Verbruggen: UCI should not have accepted Armstrong cash

    Hein Verbruggen (file photo) Photo: © Mark Gunter
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    Claims to have doubted Armstrong over the years

    The UCI should not have accepted the cash donation from Lance Armstrong, former UCI president Hein Verbruggen said on Dutch television. “In retrospect, this was an unfortunate decision.”

    He also said that he always had his doubts about Armstrong's performances.

    Current UCI president Pat McQuaid has said that Armstrong made two payments to the UCI. He gave them a personal cheque for $25,000 in 2002, and his management company Capital Sports and Entertainment paid $100,000 in 2005.

    The first payment was used by the UCI's Anti-Doping Council to conduct anti-doping tests on junior riders, and the second payment went towards a Sysmex blood testing machine.

    Verbruggen was president of the UCI when the payments were made, and on Sunday evening told Dutch broadcaster NOS, “If we had known then what we know now, we would have never done that.”

    He also denied that the federation helped Armstrong in any way. "It just can not be concluded that we have favoured Armstrong, because we did not. We could do nothing for him.”

    Nor did the UCI cover up a positive Armstrong EPO doping control at the 2001 Tour de Suisse, he said, although he seemed to indicate that there was a questionable control.  “We warned everyone who was suspicious in the hope that he would stop,” Verbruggen said.

    Verbruggen, 71, had long been a public supporter of Armstrong, in 2011 telling, “ Lance Armstrong has never used doping. Never, never, never,” although he later denied having said that. Now, he claimed that he had always questioned Armstrong's performance.  “You always have doubts, but as the president of the UCI you can't bring it out. He was...

  • Gallery: Behind the scenes with BMC at Paris-Nice

    Daniel Oss (Team BMC) on the massage table
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 10:21 GMT
    Cycling News

    On the massage table with Daniel Oss

    Photographer Peter Goding was granted exclusive behind the scenes access to BMC post-race protocol after stage 6 of Paris-Nice.

    The stage was won by Sylvain Chavanel with BMC’s world champion Philippe Gilbert having to settle for second place. While the majority of the BMC riders showered and changed on the team bus after the finish Gilbert headed to the hotel as soon as he crossed the line, cycling the 12 kilometres with a couple of teammates.

    Goding’s fly on the wall photography carried on as the rest of the riders arrived in the hotel, had dinner and then made their way onto the massage table. Outside, the team mechanics worked long into the to night, preparing the bikes for the final day's individual time trial

    You can see the image gallery, right here.

  • Santambrogio confirms leadership ability at Tirreno-Adriatico

    Mauro Santambrogio leads Vincenzo Nibali
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian continues to impress after move from BMC

    Mauro Santambrogio's move from BMC Racing to Vini Fantini-Selle Italia at the end of 2012 has proved to be the right decision. The Italian has continued to impress at this year's Tirreno-Adriatico and currently lies in sixth overall against one of the best ‘grand tour' fields compiled for the general classification. His results this year suggest the 28-year-old may be one to look for at many of the upcoming one day races, including the Ardennes classics - where the team has been invited to Amstel Gold.

    Santambrogio's transfer to the Pro-Continental team signaled the end of an up and down three years at BMC where the rider had been withdrawn from racing on two occasions due to his involvement in the Mantova doping inquiry - which stemmed from his time at Lampre during 2008 and 2009.

    The rider who pulled on the Vini Fantini colours at the start of 2013 began his season with a solid showing at Tour de San Luis where he finished sixth and was one of the most aggressive in the finale of Trofeo Laigueglia. Santambrogio would eventually finish third at the 1.1 race won by Filippo Pozzato (Lampre) before going on to a fine fifth at GP Città di Camaiore.

    Santambrogio's current GC position at Tirreno - Adriatico is all the more impressive given the team's woeful display in the opening team time trial. Vini Fantini had the second slowest time for the 16.9km test and lost 31 seconds to current race leader Chris Froome (Sky) in the process. Without that time loss the Italian would otherwise be placed in second overall. However, team...

  • Schleck abandons Tirreno-Adriatico

    Andy Schleck (RadioShack) is still in the race after stage 2
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 11:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Difficulties continue for RadioShack rider

    Andy Schleck has abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico on the sixth stage from Porto to Sant'Elpidio.

    The RadioShack rider pulled out in the first half of the stage after a ferocious early pace. Schleck has endured a difficult year, battling back from a serious injury sustained last year.

    He completed the GP di Camaiore last month, the first time he had finished a race since Liege-Bastogne-Liege last year.


  • Report: Doping on Danish road team at 2004 Olympics

    Michael Rasmussen, Christina Watches
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    Three of five riders said to have used a cortisone product

    Michael Rasmussen has allegedly told anti-doping authorities that three of the five members of the Danish national road team doped at the 2004 Athens Olympics, according to a Danish media report. The five-man team consisted of Rasmussen, Frank Hoj, Bo Hamburger, Nicki Sorensen and Lars Michaelsen.

    After making his confession that he had doped throughout much of his career, Rasmussen has been questioned by the WADA and anti-doping authorities in Denmark, the Netherlands and the United States. reported that Rasmussen explained that one of the members smuggled the doping products into the Olympic village in Athens, by putting it in the battery compartment of a music player.

    The five riders shared an apartment in the Olympic Village. said that “At one point, it was asked if anyone had anything that could get them to run a little stronger. One confirmed  that he had, and then injected three of the five riders with a cortisone product.” Only those three (unnamed) riders are said to have been doped.

    "Wow. We must take the opportunity to find out if it is true, for it sounds crazy, if it occurred, "said DCU's director Jesper Worre, head of the Danish Cycling Union. "We were not present during interrogations by Michael Rasmussen and therefore have no knowledge of what has been said.”

    Rider reactions

    It was not said which of the riders were involved, and it was not reported whether Rasmussen was one of the three.

    Sorensen is the only one of the five still riding, and is with Saxo-Tinkoff.  He told, “I am really uncomfortable with the allegations that appeared in the media about this with the Olympics. I just want to say that it has nothing to do...

  • Jalabert hit by car while cycling

    Laurent Jalabert stands fifth in the all-time list of winners
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT
    Cycling News

    Frenchman said to be seriously injured

    Former pro road racer Laurent Jalabert was hit by a car Monday mid-day and taken to hospital in serious condition. He is said to be suffering from multiple fractures.

    Jalabert was out riding in the Montauban area in France when he was hit by a car coming from towards him, according to La Depeche.  A fireman told the newspaper that Jalabert suffered a fracture left tibia and fibula and also injuries to his left arm.

    Jalabert, 44, is said to have been unconscious when rescuers arrived, but had recovered consciousness later.

    The Frenchman was world time trial champion in 1997. He won four stages in the Tour de France, and won both the points and mountain classifications twice. At the Giro d'Italia, he won three stages and the points classification.

    His best Grand Tour was the Vuelta a Espana, which he won in 1995. He had 18 stage wins, and won the points classification four times. In 1995, he won the overall title as well as the points and mountains rankings, only the third rider to do so at a Grand Tour.

    He also won numerous one-day and shorter stage races in his 14-year career.

    Since his retirement, Jalabert has served as a television commentator for France 2 and Eurosport, acted as the French national team coach, and has competed in triathlons.

  • New Pioneer power meter spotted at Tirreno-Adriatico

    Lars Boom (Blanco) at the start of Tirreno-Adriatico with his new Pioneer SGX-CA900 power meter computer head.
    Article published:
    March 11, 2013, 16:26 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Blanco team using new power meter

    This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

    Ready for another option in power meters? Pioneer promised at last year's Interbike show to release the SGY-PM900 Pedaling Monitor Sensor and SGX-CA900 Athlete Cyclocomputer around April or June, and it looks like the company is making good on that. We spotted Blanco riders Lars Boom and Lars Petter Nordhaug using it at Tirreno-Adriatico and expect other teammates to follow.

    Pioneer's power meter is somewhat like the new Stages power meter in that it uses a strain gage sensor array that's bonded directly to an otherwise stock crankarm. The Blanco bikes have it on the Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 models, but there are also 7950 and 7900 options slated for consumer release. Unlike the left-arm-only Stages meter, the Pioneer meter has sensor arrays on both crankarms, allowing real-time left vs. right power measurements.

    ANT+ wireless compatibility means that Pioneer's new power meter should work with third-party computer heads such as from Garmin, CycleOps, SRM and others. However, Blanco's decision to use Pioneer's Android-powered SGX-CA900 display earns its riders another benefit: a visual display of what direction they're applying that power, which can help users analyze and improve their pedaling stroke.

    Integrated GPS could make it a viable competitor to Garmin's popular Edge range, too, and we've been told the touch screen is fast and responsive.

    The Pioneer system requires its own bottom bracket, which team representatives told BikeRadar add about 1mm to the effective shell width – no big deal...