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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 23, 2012

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August 23, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Van Garderen motivated after war of words erupts in Colorado

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) at the front on the way up Cottonwood Pass.
    Article published:
    August 23, 2012, 5:12 BST
    Pat Malach

    BMC, RadioShack-Nissan go toe-to-toe on race tactics

    The USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado just got a bit confusing, and a pending protest over the time split, or lack thereof, awarded to BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen and Garmin-Sharp's Christian Vande Velde after the stage 2 finish in Crested Butte could shake up the overall race lead one more time.

    BMC had a rough day in the saddle during Wednesday's stage 3 from Gunnison to Aspen. The riders from Garmin-Sharp went out on the attack early - as they have everyday - putting Tom Danielson and Dave Zabriske into a dangerous breakaway that eventually launched Danielson to a solo win by just two seconds over a fast-closing chase.

    But the real kicker came when Garmin-Sharp's Christian Vande Velde, who started the day second overall but with the same time as van Garderen, won back the yellow jersey by finishing three places in front of the BMC team leader during the sprint from a select chase group of 26 riders.

    Both Vande Velde and van Garderen finished with the same time, forcing officials to go to the third tie-breaker to determine the race leader. Because the sum of both riders' stage placings so far totalled 30 points, officials relied on the latest stage placing in Aspen to determine the overall leader, putting Vande Velde back into the jersey he had lost to van Garderen the day before in Crested Butte when the pair finished first and second with the same time.

    BMC, however, has filed a protest...

  • German NADA looking to investigate Klöden, Sinkewitz and Kessler for blood doping

    Andreas Kloden (RadioShack Nissan)
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    August 23, 2012, 9:26 BST
    Cycling News

    Agency has asked public prosecutors for case files

    The German National Anti Doping Agency has expressed interest in investigating whether Andreas Klöden, Patrik Sinkewitz and Matthias Kessler used illegal doping products or methods. It has asked to see the files from prosecutors in Freiburg, Germany.

    Those prosecutors recently closed an investigaiton into doctors Lothar Heinrich and Andreas Schmitt, who while associated with the Freiburg University Clinic, were also team doctors for Team Telekom/T-Mobile. There was said to be “no sufficient suspicion of concrete violations of criminal provisions.” However, it also said that it was “verifiable” that those three riders were involved in blood doping in 2006.

    The NADA has now asked to see the records to determine whether there are grounds to open a proceeding against the three riders.  “The public prosecutor specifically accused the athletes of doping,” NADA director Lars Mortsiefer told the  “Now we must determine, whether there are violations of the anti-doping rules.”

    Patrik Sinkewitz, who tested positive for testosterone in 2007, received a shortened ban after co-operating with investigators. He is said to have told them that he, Klöden and Kessler underwent blood doping at the Freiburg University Clinic on July 2, 2006. Under sports law, the statute of limitations runs for eight years, meaning it would expire July 2, 2014.

    Klöden has consistently denied any doping charges. The public prosecutors investigated for his involvement in the blood doping scheme, but the case ended in November 2009, when he made a 25,000 Euro payment to charity to settle the charges. He is currently riding the US...

  • Ashenden says: McQuaid must now help USADA's investigation

    Dr Michael Ashenden
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    August 23, 2012, 10:52 BST
    Daniel Benson

    A cover up would be fatal for the UCI

    Dr Michael Ashenden has urged the UCI to cooperate fully with USADA’s investigation into alleged doping offences surrounding Lance Armstrong and several other individuals.

    The governing body of cycling had been at loggerheads with USADA over jurisdiction of the results management aspect of the investigation, a fillip on their previous sentiments in which they absolved themselves from the case entirely.

    Armstrong, his former director sportif Johan Bruyneel as well as several doctors have been charged with several doping offences during the Texan’s career, with Armstrong, who has always denied taking performance enhancing drugs, ultimately facing the possible loss of his Tour de France victories.

    He has until August 23 to either accept a lifetime ban and the loss of all results during the period of USADA's claims, which encompass most of his professional career including his Tour de France victories, or take the case to arbitration where all witness testimony and other evidence could be aired publicly.

    Ashenden, who previously worked as part of the UCI’s biological passport panel, picked up the UCI’s altering stance.

    “It has descended into a legal jungle. One minute Armstrong says he is not going to fight any future charges, the next he’s taking USADA to court with a ‘Hail Mary’ legal argument which the judge subsequently booted out. One minute the UCI are content for USADA to run the case, next they intervene seeking to derail USADA. Last time I looked they have accepted the judge’s ruling. I don’t know if that is all chair shuffling on the deck of the Titanic, but as far as I can tell the only party who have kept their position the same throughout these developments...

  • Cancellara puts an end to 2012 season

    Racer leader Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan)
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    August 23, 2012, 11:37 BST
    Cycling News

    No Worlds for four-time champion

    Fabian Cancellara has put an end to his 2012 season. He will undergo further surgery on the collarbone he shattered in the spring, skip the World Championships and then start training again in October for the 2013 season.

    The Swiss rider will continue to ride for his current team RadioShack-Nissan in the coming season, despite payment difficulties and rumours about the team's future existence. The team has announced signings for the coming year, indicating it will continue, and has made clear that it expects riders with existing contracts for the 2013 season to fulfil those contracts.

    That affects Cancellara, whose contract runs through the 2013 season, and as his manager Armin Meier told, “one must say, he has a very good contract.”

    Cancellara has only four wins the season: Strade Bianche, the Tirreno-Adriatico time trial, the national time trial title, and the Tour de France prologue.

    Other than that, it has been a year of disappointments for him. Instead of the hoped-for win in Milan-San Remo, he finished second. The major blow came at the Tour of Flanders on April 1, when he crashed over a bidon in the feed zone and shattered his collarbone. That kept him out of action until the end of May.

    After finishing second in both Tour de Suisse time trials, he won the Tour de France prologue and went on to wear the leader's jersey for seven stages. He abandoned the race after 10 stages to attend his daughter's birth and to prepare for the Olympics.

    He went to London with the hopes of double gold medals, but his hopes came to an end about 15 km away from the finish in the road race. He was in the lead group when he misjudged a corner and crashed into the barriers,...

  • Ullrich: Sky should have waited for Valverde

    Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was quite annoyed to have lost his lead when Sky forced the pace at the same time he was caught in a crash
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    August 23, 2012, 12:37 BST
    Cycling News

    “You shouldn't keep on going” when race leader crashes

    Team Sky should have waited when Alejandro Valverde crashed on the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana, said Jan Ullrich. The German Tour de France winner said that he could well understand Valverde's anger at the incident.

    It is a situation with which Ullrich has much experience. Both he and Lance Armstrong waited on several occasions when the other crashed. Perhaps the most famous incident was in the 2003 Tour when Armstrong crashed on the Luz Ardiden, when Ullrich was in the lead on the stage. He slowed down and waited for the American, who then passed him and went on to win the stage.

    Looking at the Vuelta incident, “in that kind of situation, you shouldn't keep going – especially when it has happened to the overall leader,” he wrote on his blog. “It is to bad for Valverde – and I understand his anger.”

    “Sky had set up the echelon action well, and the attack had been started, when Valverde crashed. But I would have expected that after a few kilometers the command to wait would come across on the radio,” he wrote.

    Ullrich doubted that it was a “pointed attack” against Valverde and his Movistar team, “But I don't think it had anything to do with antipathy. Valverde is actually well-liked in the field, and it was only a few teams which rode. Most of them were actually fair.”

    "It is hard to judge the matter when one was not present," he said. “Personally, I would have slowed, since it was a situation which wouldn't really have helped me –I...

  • Sanchez out of Poitou-Charentes with shoulder injury

    Spain's Samuel Sanchez in relaxed mood at the 2012 Tour de France
    Article published:
    August 23, 2012, 13:57 BST
    Cycling News

    Euskaltel rider expected back on the bike quickly

    Samuel Sanchez has extended his streak of crashes and injuries.  He injured his right shoulder in a crash in the third stage of the Tour de Poitou-Charentes and had to abandon the race.

    The Euskaltel-Euskadi rider crashed after “a strange maneuver”' only one kilometer into the stage. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a sprained acromio-clavicular joint, also known as a separated shoulder.  It is a common sports injury which happens when a person falls on their outstretched hand.

    Sanchez will undergo another scan to determine the extent of the injury and to rule out whether his collarbone is cracked. He is expected to be back on his bike in one week.

    He had to abandon the Tour de France after a crash on stage 8 left him with a broken left shoulder blade and a fractured finger on his right hand. The injuries prevented him from defending his gold medal in the Olympic road race.

    Sanchez is expected to finish out the season as planned, riding the road world championships, Tour of China and Giro di Lombardia.

  • Konychev hints that Rodriguez could let go of Vuelta lead

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)
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    August 23, 2012, 15:05 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Deliberate tactic could save energy for week three

    Katusha sports director Dimitri Konychev said that he is not ruling out the possibility of Joaquim Rodríguez deliberately relinquishing the Vuelta a Espana lead to riders who do not represent long-term threats overall. Such a move would help keep his team as rested as possible during the three-week Grand Tour..

    "It would be better to have the lead in the third week," Konychev told Cyclingnews. "If we can let some other team take over and handle the pressure of leading for a bit, then that'd be good."

    After Rodriguez finished fourth in the 2010 Vuelta and second in this year's Giro, he is "gunning for the win here. We're not fighting for a podium place. We've got [Alberto] Contador and [Chris] Froome up there. But Rodriguez will be there too."

    Konychev reflected on Froome's strength at the Tour de France the Olympics. "But he's been up for three months now in top form, and he may get tired mentally."

    "Without Wiggins [as team leader], the Vuelta is a big opportunity, but it's also extra pressure. It's the first time he's leading a team in a major Tour. A lot of riders can do really well when they're in somebody's shadow [as Froome was with Wiggins in the Tour and last year's Vuelta], but only a few top, top riders can handle the pressure themselves. We'll see how he does."

    Konychev said, "If they [Sky] win here, it'll be an amazing year for them. But I can't see that they've got a rider here who can really open up a big gap on the climbs for Froome and shred the group to 12 or 15 riders."

    Konychev noted that Contador does not need such a rider as he can shred on his own. "He is going to keep on attacking Froome so he can get as much time on him before the time trial. It's normal that he's so aggressive....

  • Transfers: Serry, Nieve and Ignazio Moser sign for 2013

    Pieter Serry (Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator)
    Article published:
    August 23, 2012, 17:09 BST
    Cycling News

    Kocjan to Euskaltel as first non-Basque rider?

    The transfers carousel continues to revolve, with Pieter Serry moving up to Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Mikel Nieve re-signing with Euskaltel-Euskadi, and Ignazio Moser breaking into the pro ranks at the BMC developmental team. In addition, French media is reporting that Euskaltel is preparing to sign its first “international” rider.

    Pieter Serry will join Omega Pharma-QuickStep for two years, the team announced Thursday afternoon. The 23-year-old finished third in the Brabantse Pijl and 30th in Liege-Bastogne-Liege this year. He has been with Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator since 2011.

    "It's a dream come true,” Serry said on the team's Facebook page. “I hope it can be an important step in my career. I really would like to compete in some of the big races and help out the team as much as possible. I have a lot to learn at this level, but on this team I'm sure I will find the right environment to grow up professionally.”

    "Serry is a rider who has qualities," Team Manager Patrick Lefevere said. "He already showed his skills during this season, but we think he can improve even more in the future. We are happy that another young and talented rider has joined our team."

    Mikel Nieve has extended is contract with Euskaltel-Euskadi for three years, according to The 28-year-old has been with the Basque team since 2009.

    He holds the distinction of twice having finished in tenth place in both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

    Ignazio Moser, son of former pro Francesco Moser will ride for the Continental-ranked  BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team, accoriding to...