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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 22, 2012

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October 22, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Basso closes Liquigas chapter with Japan Cup victory

    Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins the Japan Cup.
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    October 22, 2012, 6:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Emotional victory at location of comeback in 2008

    Ivan Basso took the opportunity of his final race of the year, the Japan Cup, to capture an important personal triumph. It was the Italian's only win of the year after a Giro d'Italia campaign that didn't yield the desired results. Despite looking like he could repeat his win of 2010, the 34-year-old ultimately finished 5th. His win in Japan on Sunday was also his first and only race when he debuted with Liquigas in 2008 and now, four years on, he’s finally won it. Basso outsprinted Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) and Rafal Majka (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) for the win after breaking away in the closing laps of the 151km race.

    “On a personal note, coming back to Japan four years after I started with Liquigas and winning on the day they say adieu to cycling is something very special that I can’t put into words," Basso said on his team site.

    Liquigas is ending their sponsorship of the team at the close of 2012 and it was a fitting way for Basso and his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates to say farewell while taking the team’s 38th win of the year. The team took a number of important victories throughout the season including three national titles, two stages and the overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, five stages at Tour of California, four stages at Tour de Suisse and three stages at the Tour de France plus the points classification amongst others.

    The team will become

  • Vaughters: Cycling Australia should not have turned its back on Hodge, White

    Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Sharp)
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    October 22, 2012, 7:41 BST
    Cycling News

    Riders who confess are the "greatest asset" in anti-doping

    Garmin-Sharp boss Jonathan Vaughters believes that Cycling Australia went too far in sacking Matt White and allowing Stephen Hodge to step away from his role as vice president.

    Speaking to ABC radio on Monday morning, Vaughters said that despite having doped during their careers, both White and Hodge have a lot to offer the sport of cycling.

    "When you take that away from Cycling Australia and you take away someone who had to deal with the emotional stress, the emotional duress of having to eventually just be beaten down to the point where they said 'Okay, fine, I'll do it because I don't want to give up the sport that I love' ... you're making the problem worse," Vaughters said.

    "You're throwing away your greatest asset in the fight against doping, you're throwing away the greatest asset your young riders are going to have."

    White was sacked from his role as men’s professional road coordinator, having been implicated in a 2010 email from Floyd Landis to USA Cycling which was then used as evidence in USADA’s case against Lance Armstrong and his associates.

    Hodge, as a member of the Cycling Australia board, should have played a role in determining White’s future with the body however was forced to admit his own anti-doping violations and therefore was not present for the meeting last Tuesday night.

    White was dismissed by Vaughters’ Garmin team in January 2011 because he contravened the team's strict anti-doping and medical referral rules when he sent Trent Lowe to Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral. Vaughters explained to the...

  • Team management confident in replacing Rabobank

    The entire Rabobank team couldn't pull Terpstra back
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    October 22, 2012, 9:36 BST
    Cycling News

    Giant may become headline sponsor says Knebel

    While news that Rabobank will end its sponsorship of its teams at the end of 2012, the Dutch management has said discussions are taking place with a number of sponsors to ensure the teams are well supported for the coming season. Existing bike sponsor Giant could increase their financial commitment, replacing the position of Rabobank on the team jersey according to Het Laatste Nieuws. Several technical sponsors, including Shimano, have also confirmed their backing for the team.

    The news that Rabobank would be stopping the sponsorship of its professional teams at the end of 2012 came as a shock to not only the public but also some of its contracted riders including Robert Gesink and Mark Renshaw. The management company that runs the Rabobank-sponsored teams has stated that while they do not have the Dutch bank has a primary sponsor, the teams will continue in 2013.

    "The important thing for us now is to build a team that satisfies the UCI, so we can apply for a license," said team director Harold Knebel to Het Laatste Nieuws.

    Giant has recently been linked as a possible sponsor and may increase its current sponsorship in the future.

    "There are three options: either they [Giant] continue to supply bicycles, they become a bigger sponsor or they are the main sponsor. It is...

  • Froome looking to lead Sky in 2013 Tour de France

    Chris Froome (Sky).
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    October 22, 2012, 10:22 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Doubtful about Sky's anti-doping declaration

    At Sunday's Chrono des Nations Chris Froome reinforced his ambitions to lead Team Sky at next year’s Tour de France. The Tour runner-up also talked about Sky’s anti-doping declaration, suggesting that he had mixed feelings and didn’t support the proposal 100 per cent.

    Last week Sky announced that they would ask all staff to sign an anti-doping declaration, confirming that they had no links to doping in the past. In conjunction with that, Dave Brailsford and the team’s psychologist Steve Peters would carry out individual interviews. The policy comes in light of a series of stories. The Lance Armstrong case may have focused on doping at US Postal and Discovery, but its tentacles reach much further and Sky also recently faced questions over their hiring of ex-Rabobank doctor Geert Leinders.

    Froome’s own interview with the team took place on the eve of the Chrono des Nations, at the team’s post-season debrief in London, England.

    “I had it while I was there,” he told Cyclingnews.

    “I said I had no involvement in anything that has been going on. Personally I think it's more for the older employees on the team but obviously they've got to apply the same pressures to everyone.”

    “It took ten, fifteen minutes. I asked them some questions too. I wanted to find out what the process would be and it if was 100 per cent about anyone that had ever touched anything. It seems that's the way it is, despite whatever loses it might mean to the team. It would set a new beginning and new platform to go from there. That's their...

  • Evans confirms fitness test taken with Ferrari in 2000

    Michele Ferrari leaves a tribunal in Bologna, Italy in 2004
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    October 22, 2012, 11:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Denies any further collaboration with disgraced Italian doctor

    Former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans has confirmed contact with Dr. Michele Ferrari, an Italian doctor now banned for life following the outcome of USADA's investigation of the US Postal doping scheme this summer. Ferrari is also at the center of a vast money-laundering and doping ring investigation by Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti, where he could face criminal charges in the weeks to come.

    Evans has admitted consulting Ferrari in the summer of 2000, but said that contact had been made only for a training test. "There was never any discussion of doping (with Dr Ferrari) or any sign of anything illegal," the 2011 Tour de France winner stated to Australian television SBS via e-mail.

    Ferrari has been a prominent figure in the sport since his beginnings as team doctor of the Gewiss outfit in 1994, and has had a long list of clients over the years, including Lance Armstrong. The Italian has however always been closely linked to practising illegal performance-enhancing methods and may be about to be handed a prison sentence for alleged tax avoidance as well as his doping activities.

    During the 2011 Tour, Ferrari posted an entry on his company website, 53x11, saying that he once tested Evans' physical abilities at a time when the Australian was considering switching from MTB to road racing.

    "I agreed on testing him on the road in St. Moritz (in Switzerland)," Ferrari wrote. "After a 1-hour warm-up, we met on the Albula Pass at 1800m of altitude: Evans rode a stretch of 100m of total difference in height several times, at increasing...

  • UCI confirms Lance Armstrong's life ban

    UCI President Pat McQuaid tried to defend the UCI's record on doping
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    October 22, 2012, 11:49 BST
    Barry Ryan

    World governing body decides not to appeal to CAS

    The UCI has accepted the United States Anti-Doping Agency's decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and to impose a lifetime ban upon him for repeated doping offences.

    UCI president Pat McQuaid announced the governing body's position in a specially convened press conference near Geneva airport on Monday afternoon. "The UCI will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has proposed," McQuaid said. "The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and the UCI will strip him of his seven titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling."

    USADA stripped Armstrong of all results from August 1, 1998 when he declined to contest charges of doping in late August. On October 10, USADA published its reasoned decision, a 1,000-page dossier which provides rigorous detail of Armstrong's doping and the systematic doping programme in place at his former US Postal Service team.

    Armstrong's former teammates Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, George Hincapie, Michael Barry and Tom Danielson received reduced six-month suspensions after they confessed to doping as part of their USADA testimony, and McQuaid said that the UCI would recognise the sanction.

    "The UCI will also recognise the sanctions imposed upon the riders who testified against Lance Armstrong. The UCI indeed thanks them for telling their stories," McQuaid said.

    McQuaid flatly ruled out the possibility of resigning and defended his own record in the fight against doping during his term as president of...

  • McQuaid: "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling"

    UCI president Hein Verbruggen with Lance Armstrong in 2002
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    October 22, 2012, 12:55 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI eliminates American from records

    Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said. In accepting the USADA's decision to ban Armstrong, the UCI has wiped out nearly over a decade of results and changed cycling history.

    "Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling now,” McQuaid said at a press conference in Geneva Monday midday.

    Armstrong was given a lifetime ban and was stripped of all his results from August 1, 1998, including his seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong chose not to challenge the USADA charges of doping throughout his career.

     Other titles he will lose include:  Tour de Suisse (2001), Dauphine Libere (2002, 20039, GP Midi Libre (2002), Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfaht (1998), Tour of Luxembourg (1998), Tour de Georgia (2004), two stages at the Tour de France, two stages at the Tour de Suisse and four stages at the Dauphine Libere. He also faces the loss of his bronze medal in the time trial at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

  • USADA say the UCI made the right decision in Armstrong case

    USADA chief Travis Tygart (R) shakes hands with Senator Arlen Specter at a 2009 hearing in Washington, DC about screening dietary supplements for illegal steroids.
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    October 22, 2012, 14:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Sport's governing body ratify ban for former Tour winner

    The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has welcomed the decision of the UCI to ratify its move to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, thus upholding the USADA reasoned decision in a case that produced evidence of systematic doping at the US Postal team. The UCI also recognised and thanked those that testified against Armstrong and said they would not contest USADA ruling to hand out six-month bans.

    “Today, the UCI made the right decision in the Lance Armstrong case. Despite its prior opposition to USADA's investigation into doping on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team and within the sport, USADA is glad that the UCI finally reversed course in this case and has made the credible decision available to it,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart wrote in a statement.

    “This determination to uphold USADA’s decision on the U.S. Postal Services case does not by itself clean up cycling nor does it ensure the sport has moved past the obstacles that allowed doping to flourish in the age of EPO and blood transfusions.”

    USADA launched their case in February after the FDA dropped all charges relating to criminal activity. The UCI were standoff, claiming that the matter was part of USADA’s jurisdiction. However that stance changed after charges were brought against Armstrong and several other individuals including his former team director Johan Bruyneel. The UCI and Armstrong subsequently lost a legal battle, and Armstrong decided not to contest USADA charges in august.

    Along with recognising the UCI’s decision not to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, USADA also issued a called for a new commission to be established in order for the sport to fight...