TechPowered By

More tech

Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 19, 2012

Date published:
November 19, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Cavendish in collision with car

    Mark Cavendish set the pace in the opening few laps
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 11:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    Minor injuries for sprinter

    Former World Champion Mark Cavendish has been involved in a collision with a car while out training in Tuscany, Italy. The 2011 Tour de France green jersey winner suffered a bruised arm from the crash.

    Last night he took to Twitter, saying: “Went & hit the back of a car that slammed on today in training.

    "Wasn't ideal. Apart from a bruised arm, I'm relatively OK. If anyone cares."

    The news comes after former Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins and Sky head coach Shane Sutton were also hit by cars in the last few weeks.

  • UCI WorldTour has revitalized cycling, says coordinator

    The UCI
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 12:30 GMT
    Peter Cossins

    Admits there are flaws in the system

    UCI WorldTour coordinator Javier Barrio has defended the ranking system in place at the top level of the sport, insisting that the “WorldTour has revitalized cycling”.

    However, Barrio also admitted that there are flaws in the system relating to the allocation of points, but says that the UCI is tackling issues such as the lack of recognition the system gives to domestiques.

    Speaking to Basque newspaper Deia, Barrio explained that the guiding force behind the establishment of the WorldTour was to provide a hierarchy similar to those in other sports, but admitted that the UCI has not communicated this as well as it could have done. The basic premise, said Barrio, is to promote the sport’s leading events such as the Giro, Tour and the Classics rather than to rival them.

    “I think it’s contributed a great deal towards the evolution of cycling. The key word is league. Now everyone can talk about something that starts with 18 teams in January and by October there is a classification that determines who is the top rider, which is the best team and which is the strongest nation… Now in every race there is something in play, there are crucial points at stake that ensure teams always take the races seriously. We have generated interested in a more consistent way.”

    Barrio admitted: “The system is imperfect, we can’t deny that, but it has revitalized cycling, although it appears that some people don’t want to acknowledge that fact.”

    The WorldTour coordinator then went on to answer one of the regular criticisms of the system, that riders competing on the continental tours become valuable because of the points they hold rather than the ability they have. Asked to comment on the case of Iranian Mahdi Sohrabi, who provided Lotto-Belisol with a significant number of...

  • Euser on move to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team

    Lucas Euser (Spidertech Powered by C10)
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 13:36 GMT
    Neil Browne

    Former SpiderTech and Garmin rider finds new home

    After three seasons with the Canadian based SpiderTech squad Lucas Euser is joining the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2013. He signed a one-year contract which he says he’s comfortable with, feeling that his results will merit an extension into the following years.

    The SpiderTech team in October announced they were “postponing” racing in 2013 so they could focus on returning to a WorldTour status in 2014. This suspension by the team has sent riders, as well as Spidertech management, looking for contracts. However, this wasn’t a factor as Euser had been contacted by the UnitedHealthcare team earlier in the season.

    “UnitedHealthcare approached me,” Euser told Cyclingnews. “They saw my performances and Mike Tamayo (general manager/director sportif of UnitedHealthcare) reached out to me because he saw over the past three years of my comeback I’ve had consistent results.

    “He sees that trend of an upward trajectory and UnitedHealthcare can bring in their resources and knowledge to turn those consistent results into podium finishes. I’m here to win bike races.

    “UnitedHealthcare’s devotion to cycling is very special. It is a health care company and they care about their brand, customers and riders on the team. There’s a lot of mutual respect from the team to the sponsor. For me it is a great team to integrate into because they are using us as role models to live healthy lifestyles. That’s what I’m all about.”

    While he is leaving the SpiderTech team he is thankful for the time spent there.

    "They gave me a...

  • Saronni reveals long-term plans to rejuvenate Lampre

    Lampre-ISD in their luminous jerseys
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 14:55 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Shake-up at WorldTour squad to involve riders, staff and philosophy

    The Lampre team will have Merida as a second sponsor and bike supplier in 2013 but the arrival of the hugely influential Taiwan bike manufactuer marks just the start of a major shake up that will go on to key changes in the riders, staff and philosophy of the Italian team.

    Lampre won just seven races during the 2012 season, none of them at WorldTour level, and held the pink jersey for a day at the Giro d'Italia thanks to Adriano Malori. Alessandro Petacchi won three stages at the Bayern-Rundfahrt, Damiano Cunego won a stage at the Giro del Trentino and Diego Ulissi won two stages at the Settimana Coppi e Bartali and a minor Italian race.

    The team has been hit by a series of doping investigations in recent years: Many of the riders and staff are implicated in the Mantova case for their links to a pharmacist near the town, while Michele Scarponi is currently suspended by the team while Italian anti-doping investigators study his links to Dr Michele Ferrari.

    Team manager Giuseppe Saronni is still remembered for his rivalry with Francesco Moser and his late attack that won him the world title in Goodwood in 1982. He is very close to the Galbusera family that owns the Lampre laminated steel business and who has backed the team since 1992.

    Saronni said he would step back from managing the team when the Mantova doping erupted and he appointed Roberto Damiani as senior directeur sportif. However, Damiani is set to leave the team when his contract ends in December after struggling to get on with key riders.

    The arrival of Merida has helped secure the team's future but has forced Saronni to act.

    "The changes are only partly down to the results of...

  • Gallery: Freire, Moncoutie and Barry also retiring in 2012

    Spain's Oscar Freire was the surprise winner of the 1999 road world championship.
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    A World champion and the King of the Spanish mountains

    Even riders who win three World championship titles or multiple mountain titles at the Vuelta a Espana must retire at some point. Oscar Freire and David Moncoutie are two of the leading riders in the second part of Cyclingnews' photographic look back at the riders who have called it a day in 2012.

    Oscar Freire can proudly claim the records for winning both the World road championship and Milan-San Remo three times. The Spaniard spent only two years on a Spanish team -he started out with Vitalicio Seguros, passing much of his career with Rabobank (2003-2011). His greatest successes were in one-day races, not only the above-mentioned Worlds and Milan-San Remo, but also Gent-Wevelgem, the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Paris-Tours and Brabantse Pijl (three times). He also did well in the Tour de France, with four stage wins and one points jersey green jersey, and the Vuelta a Espana with seven stages. He also won Tirreno-Adriatico in 2005.

    Canada's Michael Barry announced his retirement shortly before the disclosures of his testimony in the Lance Armstrong case and his resulting six month suspension. Barry had ridden professionally since 1999, with Saturn, USPS, T-Mobile and Team Sky. He brought in a minimal number of wins, mostly serving as a high-class domestique. He has also written three books about his experiences in the peloton.

    David Moncoutie is a Frenchman who was King of the Spanish mountains. He spent all 17 years of his career with Cofidis, an oddity in this day and age. Moncoutie won two stages at the Tour de France but most of his most recent glory is associated with the Vuelta a Espana. Not only did he win four stages in the race over the years, he took the mountains classification for four consecutive years, from 2008 to 2011.

  • Pantani Tour de France bikes sold at auction

    Fifteen years after Marco Pantani attacked on the Galibier (pictured) to set up his 1998 Tour de France victory, the Giro d'Italia pays tribute with a summit finish on the Galibier.
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT
    Cycling News

    1998 bike goes for 13,000 Euro

    Two bikes used by the late Marco Pantani have been sold for 13,000 and 8,000 Euro at an auction in Italy.

    According to reports in the Italian press, a hundred people attended the auction, with a series of bids by collectors pushing the price of the Bianchi and Wilier Triestina bikes well above the reserve price of 5,000 Euro.

    Pantani rode the yellow and celeste Bianchi bike when he won stage 15 to Les Deux Alpes. He attacked Jan Ullrich on the slopes of the Galibier and finished alone, taking the race lead. He went on to win in Paris ahead of Ullrich and Bobby Julich.

    Il Pirata used the Wilier Triestina bike when he won the stage to L'Alpe d'Huez during the 1997 Tour de France.

    Pantani gave the bikes to a friend who owned a restaurant near his home in Cesenatico. They went on the market when the restaurant was declared bankrupt. Both bikes were bought by Italian collectors.

    Pantani died of a cocaine overdose in 2004.


  • Bordry: "Armstrong boasted he'd asked for my head"

    Pierre Bordry
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 17:24 GMT
    Peter Cossins

    Former AFLD head alleges Sarkozy protected Armstrong

    Former French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) boss Pierre Bordry has claimed that Lance Armstrong admitted to him that he had asked ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy "for my head" following the American's return to racing in 2009.

    Speaking to French news weekly Le Nouvel Observateur as part of their investigation into an alleged cover-up of Armstrong's doping, Bordry said: "Armstrong told me himself. He boasted to me that he had asked the president for my head."

    Bordry said he had contacted the Elysée Palace, the French president's official residence, in order to verify Armstrong's claim. "I asked for the Elysée to deny it, even privately, but I didn't get any response. I was very disappointed."

    The former AFLD chief said that he met with Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace in October 2009 in order to tell the French president about his suspicion that Armstrong was doping. According to Bordry, Sarkozy told him: "Even Astérix used to take a magic potion."

    Sarkozy, a big cycling fan, became good friends with Armstrong during his presidency. The two men dined together several times at the Elysée. Sarkozy, who referred to the now disgraced former Tour de France champion as his "great friend", expressed admiration for the American on a number of occasions. He described Armstrong as "France's cycling ambassador in the United States"

    Bordry, who is now calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the politicians and officials he believes covered up for Armstrong, declared: "In France, the Armstrong affair was subject to omerta as so many people knew what was gong on…"

    Now 72, Bordry didn't give any clear reason for his decision to resign from the AFLD in September 2010, but he was u

  • Meersman graduates to Omega Pharma-Quickstep

    Gianni Meersman won the sprint for second.
    Article published:
    November 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian signs for two seasons

    After a breakthrough season with the Lotto Belisol team, Gianni Meersman has been recruited to the rival Belgian squad Omega Pharma-Quickstep for two seasons.

    Meersman spent his espoir years in the Quickstep feeder team Beveren 2000, but when he was recruited to the ProTour as a neo-pro, he signed with Discovery Channel for 2007. He is now pleased to find a home back in the Quickstep fold.

    "I'm very happy to become a part of this group and to ride side by side with great champions," Meersman said in a press release. "Patrick Lefevere had already sought me out in 2007. His faith in me is very important to me."

    After 2007, the Discovery Channel team disbanded, but Meersman left with his first two professional wins - stages of the Tour of Austria and Tour de Georgia - and signed with Française des Jeux. He stayed there for four seasons.

    After a solid start in 2008, which included a second place overall in the Etoile de Bessèges and a stage win in the Tour de Wallonie, Meersman had lingering knee problems in 2009, which resurfaced in 2010.

    Despite the physical problems, Meersman was still able to show himself as a punchy sprinter, taking second overall in Paris - Corrèze. 2011 went much better for the Belgian, with an overall win in the Circuit des Ardennes, a podium finish in the Belgian championships and his first trip to the Tour de France.

    Meersman made the switch to Lotto in 2012, and took his biggest victory to date with a stage in Paris-Nice to add to his stage win in the Volta ao Algarve. He topped a second overall in the Tour de Wallonie with a podium finish at the Clasica San Sebastian.

    "My goal is to improve even more compared to last season and to try to increase the quantity and quality of my victories," Meersman said. "When I...