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Second Edition Cycling News, Sunday, June 30, 2013

Date published:
June 30, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • McQuaid: I'm not worried by what Armstrong says

    UCI President Pat McQuaid was on hand to see the riders off
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    June 30, 2013, 5:30 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    UCI President speaks at the Tour de France depart

    UCI President Pat McQuaid has hit back at Lance Armstrong's latest comments and insisted that he deserves to be re-elected for a further term, despite the long series of doping scandals in professional cycling.

    McQuaid was a special guest at the start of the Tour de France in Corsica on Saturday. A few years ago he was persona non grata at the Tour but a peace deal brokered with ASO owner Madame Amaury helped improve the relationships between the UCI and the race organisers.

    McQuaid is on the campaign trail as he looks to be re-elected as UCI President in September, with his rival Brian Cookson also spotted in the Tour Depart village after having dinner with Garmin Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters.

    McQuaid was dragged back into the headlines by Lance Armstrong's interview with the Le Monde newspaper on Friday. The disgraced Texan said that McQuaid and former UCI President Hein Verbruggen were afraid of supporting a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to overcome the doping of the past two decades because "the testimony that everyone would want to hear would bring McQuaid, Hein Verbruggen and the whole institution down," Armstrong said.

    McQuaid tried to brush off Armstrong's suggestion.

    I'm not worried by what Armstrong says. If he has anything to say, he should say it. We don't have to have a Truth & Reconciliation process to give information," McQuaid told Cyclingnews.

    "Lance only thinks of himself and he only thinks of his own interests. We were never actually that close. I knew him and we spoke on the phone sometimes but I haven't spoken to him for 18 months or so. He fooled me, he fooled everybody. I feel angry about that and...

  • Tour de France: New era begins for Belkin

    The Belkin riders arrive for the team press conference
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    June 30, 2013, 6:30 BST
    Peter Cossins

    "Based upon what we can see today, we really like what we see," says Belkin CEO

    A new era for Dutch cycling began at the Tour de France when the Team Belkin made its first competitive appearance, less than a week after the formal announcement of a two-and-a-half year agreement between what was Team Blanco and the American consumer electronics' manufacturer.

    Standing outside the team's newly decorated bus in the Tour's start village in Porto-Vecchio, Belkin team manager Richard Plugge confessed: "It's an exciting day for us. We're starting with new kit, a new team. We did have a similar experience when we started with Blanco, but with Belkin we can look ahead to the next two-and-a-half years and that's really great news."

    Plugge said he has been telling Belkin CEO Chet Pipkin what to expect at the Tour, but added that nothing he could say could really prepare the team's new backer for the reality. "They are excited because they are stepping into a new world that they didn't know anything about before and they are seeing now what it can do for them. It's a bit like telling someone what their life is going to be like after they have a child. It's a completely different sensation when they actually go through that experience," said Plugge.

    He confirmed the team would be sticking with its successful policy of scouting and fostering young talent rather than bringing in established names. "We've got a reputation for bringing through young riders, it's what we've been good at, and we're still going to focus on that. You won't see us buying a 32-year-old former grand tour name, someone who's a big star already," he said. "But for now our focus now can switch to the race. We're getting behind Bauke Mollema for the overall classification. We're looking to him for a top 10 finish."

    Speaking to Procycling's...

  • Quickstep licking its wounds in Bastia

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
    Article published:
    June 30, 2013, 7:30 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Lefevere unhappy with handling of finale of opening stage

    The arrival of the first stage in the 2013 Tour de France turned dreams into nightmares. Among the casualties was time trial world champion Tony Martin from Omega Pharma-QuickStep team. The German rider hit the asphalt hard in the bunch crash at 6km from what was eventually the official finish line. Top favourite Mark Cavendish got blocked and didn't grab the win, the yellow and green jersey.

    Right after the finish team manager Patrick Lefevere described the chaos. "Another rider pushes Kwiatkowski. Gert Steegmans touched his wheel and crashed. Mark Cavendish didn't crash but he was blocked like many other riders. Eventually Matteo Trentin did the sprint for us. He went from far out. He had no chance against the big sprinters," Lefevre said.

    A little later Steegmans walked up at the bus, bruised. Then, Kwiatkowski showed up with road rash all over his body. A few minutes later a stretcher was positioned next to the Omega Pharma-Quickstep bus. Press officer Alessandro Tegner informed the gathered press about the situation.

    "Tony Martin has lost consciousness twice since he entered the bus. The doctor is with him now," Tegner said.

    For about half an hour Martin received treatment on the bus before eventually being carried out of it. The German rider was clearly in a lot of pain, with his shoulder lying in an unnatural position. Eventually Martin was lifted on the stretcher and pushed into the awaiting ambulance. That ambulance then manoeuvred through the traffic jam that tried to get out of the finish area.

    Marc Coucke, CEO from Omega Pharma, was on site in...

  • Tour de France: Tony Martin will start stage 2

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep) and others after a crash
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    June 30, 2013, 9:38 BST
    Daniel Benson

    German cleared by doctors to start stage

    Omega Pharma QuickStep has confirmed that stage 1 crash victim Tony Martin will start Sunday’s Tour de France stage.

    The World time trial champion crashed heavily towards the end of Saturday’s stage and was taken to hospital after crossing the line. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and contusion on his left lung. There was also tissue damage on his hip, left knee, shoulder and back.

    Despite the string of injuries a team spokesperson told Cyclingnews that Martin would start and that the rider had been cleared by the team’s medical staff.

    “He will start,” said the spokesperson.

    “This morning he’s smiling. I won't say he's relaxed because of what he went through, but he has been able to eat and last night he was able to sleep. It’s hard to say if he can finish the stage today but the most important thing is to try. He’s put a lot of energy into this race. If he doesn’t feel good he’ll stop."

    Cyclingnews then asked about Martin’s concussion, which could have left the rider unable to start.

    “The health of our riders is the most important thing. The team doctor said he can start though.”


  • Photo gallery: Riders left battered and bruised after crashes in Bastia

    Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1
    Article published:
    June 30, 2013, 10:57 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Scenes from the finish of stage 1

    The official Tour de France medical bulletin listed 15 riders' injuries after Saturday's crash-filled stage but many more riders also
    ended the stage battered, bruised and with frayed nerves after a chaotic finale and what Sunday's L'Equipe newspaper headlines as
    "Quinze kilometres de folie".

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was perhaps the worst off,  passing out on the team bus due to his multiple injuries. Other riders
    were left nursing minor wounds and perhaps cursing Le Tour and the chaos sparked by the Orica-GreenEdge bus getting tick under the finish arch and the consequential decision to change the finish point of the stage twice while the riders were just 10km from the finish.

    The finish of the stage seemed like a battlefield, with riders covered  in blood, bandages and angry about what happened. Their bikes were
    also damaged, giving the team mechanics plenty of work to do.

    Checkout this gallery of images of Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM), Ian Stannard (Team Sky), Ted King (Cannondale). Tony Martin was taken off the team bus and to hospital in a stretcher.

    It was a brutal first day at the Tour de France, with two more stages remaining on the narrow, twisty roads of Corsica.



  • Tour de France shorts: Orica GreenEdge fined, crashes and more in Bastia

    The Orica GreenEdge bus got stuck under the finish line.
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    June 30, 2013, 12:07 BST
    Cycling News

    Evans safe, van Garderen crashes, Martin gets txt from yellow jersey Kittel

    Orica GreenEdge bus fined for banner incident

    The team of Orica GreenEdge, now likely to be better recognised by its team bus than its riders, has been reportedly handed a 1,600 euro fine after becoming stuck under the finishing banner in Bastia on Stage 1.

    According to reports the driver was instructed by race officials to drive under the Vittel arch before it became wedged across the finish line. The incident occurred in the final kilometers of the stage with race organisers scrambling to resolved the situation. The bus was eventually reversed back and out of the way just minutes before the race came into sight.

    The team’s reaction to the near-disastrous start to this year's Tour can be read here.

    Evans finding race rhythm while van Garderen takes a tumble

    While the sprinter teams were fighting it out for position at the end of the opening stage the BMC squad could be seen on the opposite side of the road with Cadel Evans being safely piloted towards the finish. As the chaos ensued in the final kilometers Evans was kept tucked out of the trouble and eventually crossed the line with the front group, in 23rd place.

    The former Tour champion hasn't raced since finishing third overall at the Giro d'Italia but said he was more or less pleased with how he felt during the 213km stage.

    "Race speed is always difficult to train for, but I'm really happy with physically how it started off," said Evans on his

  • Tour of Alberta course hit by flooding

    The rains have come
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    June 30, 2013, 14:15 BST
    Pat Malach

    Black Diamond stage affected by road and bridge closures

    The inaugural Tour of Alberta, a UCI 2.1 stage race scheduled for September 3-8 in Canada, could be forced to make some last-minute changes to the southernmost portion of its route near the Canadian Rockies due to extensive road damage caused by flooding and extreme winter weather.

    The town of Black Diamond, scheduled to host the start of the 200km penultimate stage that finishes in Canmore, is currently experiencing localized flooding that damaged the water treatment plant. Residents have been asked to conserve water while a temporary chlorinated water line from nearby Turner Valley provides drinking water. A number of areas have been closed to the public, and road and bridge closures will likely be in place for an extended time. A section of Highway 22 that is on the planned race route is currently closed.

    Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports, the race's technical director, told Cyclingnews via e-mail that Medalist was aware of the situation but at the same time was planning for a safe and successful event.

    "It is certainly a sensitive situation," he said. "So not much comment at this time."

    The Adventure Cycling Association, a Montana-based cyclo-tourism advocacy group, this week warned cyclists off the Canadian leg of its Continental Divide route, which makes its way through the lower parts of Alberta and into British Columbia.

    "We understand that this is an unusual warning, but in all my years at Adventure Cycling, I have never seen such a complete washout of a route," said Carla Majernik, Adventure Cycling's routes and mapping director. "We are receiving many reports of washed-out bridges, destroyed roads and fast-moving rivers and creeks, which could compromise a cyclist’s safety."


  • Tour de France tech: Cavendish debuts hydraulic rim brakes

    Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) became the first rider in the peloton to use SRAM’s hydraulic rim brakes in road competition
    Article published:
    June 30, 2013, 14:18 BST

    Gallery of images from stage 1

    Stage 1 of the Tour de France may have been marked by crashes, a team bus and Marcel Kittel pulling on yellow but there were a number of tech aspects that made waves too.

    First up was Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), who was debuting hydraulic rim brakes for the first time. There was also the new Look 695 Aerolight at Cofidis and the new, more sculpted Orbea Orca were all present on yesterday’s first stage to Bastia.

    There were also tyres from Schwalbe – called the One – which carried the company’s First Ride stamp, a sure sign that some new road tyres are on the way.

    French team FDJ appeared to be using a new, cut away fork on the Lapierre Xelius EFi frame too: the leading edge had a cutaway in the leading edge which housed a Shimano Dura-Ace Dual Mount brake.


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