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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Boom in day-long break at Amgen Tour of California

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) gives it everything he's got in the finale.
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    May 20, 2010, 14:14 BST
    Cycling News

    Video with stage four's most agressive rider

    Rabobank's Lars Boom spent all bar eight kilometres in the lead of the Amgen Tour of California's 195.5km fourth stage from San Jose to Modesto. The Dutchman was the last of the original four-man breakaway to be caught after he launched a final bid for stage glory with 10km-to-go. He will wear the most agressive riders jersey on stage five, but in this exclusive video Boom reflects on a tough day in the saddle to Modesto.


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  • Boasson Hagen to return at Bayern Rundfahrt

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky)
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    May 20, 2010, 14:30 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Sky rider's Tour de France hopes given a boost

    Edvald Boasson Hagen will return to racing at Bayern Rundfahrt next week. The Norwegian has been out of competition since March due an Achilles tendon injury, but his team, Sky, confirmed on Thursday that he has been given the all clear to start the five-stage race on May 26.

    Boasson Hagen's last race was E3 Prijs Harelbeke-Vlaanderen on March 27, where he finished 59th. He was subsequently forced to pull out of the remainder of the Spring Classics after suffering inflammation of his Achilles.

    "Our physiotherapists have really done a good job and in the last week we have seen a significant improvement in his condition," said Team Sky doctor David Hulse on the squad's website. "He has been able to push on with his training to a level where it's now time for him to get back to racing."

    The 23-year-old's participation in the German race will mark an earlier-than-expected return to competition and also increases significantly his chances of starting the Tour de France.

    Last week, Boasson Hagen told Norwegian media that he had been hoping to return at the Tour of Switzerland on June 12. His start in Bayern Rundfahrt will afford him an extra fortnight of competition as he aims to secure a spot on Sky's roster for the Tour.

    "We still believe that Edvald's participation in the Tour de France remains a very realistic goal, but obviously we will have to assess his progress as he returns to racing," said Hulse.

    Boasson Hagen will race at Bayern Rundfahrt alongside compatriot Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Sylvain Calzati, Peter Kennaugh, Lars-Petter Nordhaug, Geraint Thomas and Davide Vigano.


  • Andy Rihs denies all claims made by Floyd Landis

    Andy Rihs faced the difficult task of watching his rider Floyd Landis be disqualified from the 2006 Tour de France title.
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    May 20, 2010, 14:40 BST
    Cycling News

    BMC team co-owner issues a statement

    Andy Rihs has issued a statement denying that he or any member of the Phonak team management knew that Floyd Landis doped during his time on the team. Rihs suggested that Landis’ confession was a "last tragic attempt" to gain public recognition.

    "Neither I nor the management of the team knew that Floyd Landis was doped," Rihs said in the statement issued to the media.

    "His present statements according to which I was informed are lies. It is probably a last tragic attempt by Landis to once again gain public recognition whilst step by step he has lost this in the last few years. It is sad to have to see such a thing."

    The statement begins by saying that, “Business man and bicycle sports' supporter Andy Rihs heard with great surprise the recent declaration made by the former bicycle racer Floyd Landis and resolutely denies these allegations in all aspects. Andy Rihs states that upon admission into the former racing team Floyd Landis personally agreed to honour our {Anti-doiping] Code and not to engage in any illicit practices. Until detection of his doping abuse during the Tour de France in 2006 the entire team was convinced that he kept this promise.”

    There has so far been no comment from current chief BMC directeur sportif John Lelangue, who was sports director at the Phonak team when Landis tested positive at the 2006 Tour de France.

  • Bissell boys grow the mo for a good cause

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    May 20, 2010, 15:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Video with US Continental team's moustachioed crew

    Keen observers will have noticed Bissell Pro Cycling team's riders have been sporting a little more facial hair than usual throughout the 2010 Amgen Tour of California. But the funky array of moustaches are not just about making a bold fashion statement, as the hirsute squad aim to raise awareness for the Ronald McDonald house charities. In this exclusive video, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Paul Mach and Jeremy Vennell explain the motivation behind their moes.


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  • WADA and UCI issue statements on Landis confession

    UCI President Pat McQuaid
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    May 20, 2010, 15:52 BST
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    Update: WADA to liaise with United States Anti-Doping Agency, USA Cycling also issue press release

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste International (UCI) have both issued statements regarding Floyd Landis' doping confession and his accusations against other riders.

    WADA President John Fahey said the agency would liaise with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to get to the heart of the issues raised. The UCI regretted that Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate.

    Fahey said: "WADA is aware of the serious allegations made by Mr. Landis. We are very interested in learning more about this matter and we will liaise with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and any other authorities with appropriate jurisdiction to get to the heart of the issues raised. WADA looks forward to these further investigations and enquiries by those responsible.

    "Generally speaking, WADA encourages everyone with knowledge of banned practices in sport, including athletes who were caught cheating and who denied the evidence for years, to be forthcoming in disclosing the information they may have to the proper authorities. This will further contribute to clean sport and strengthen existing anti-doping programs for the good of clean athletes worldwide."

    UCI President Pat McQuaid told the Associated Press that Landis' allegations were "scandalous and mischievous."

    "These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they've any love for the sport they wouldn't do it," he said.

    The UCI statement said: "The International Cycling Union has learned of the declarations made by Mr. Floyd Landis and published in the Wall Street Journal.

    "The UCI regrets that Mr. Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate.

    "An impartial investigation is a fundamental right, as Mr. Landis will understand having contested,...

  • Giro's leader Porte exceptional in more than cycling

    Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) is all smiles on the podium
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    May 20, 2010, 16:42 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Wurf recalls fellow Tasmanian's amateur sporting days

    Cameron Wurf is one of the three Tasmanians at the Giro d'Italia along with Matthew Goss and Riche Porte. Wurf has been working as a domestique for Michele Scarponi and therefore during yesterday's epic stage 11 to L'Aquila, he was asked by the management of his Androni-Diquigiovanni team to step back from the front group and pace at the head of the peloton.

    It was the stage when Saxo Bank's Porte, who was in that front group, took back the race lead. After Porte regained the maglia rosa, Wurf shared some accounts of his fellow Tasmanian's early sporting history.

    "There are two things people might not know about Richie," Wurf said to Cyclingnews at the start of stage 12. "He broke Cadel Evans' record of the ascent of Mount Wellington two years ago by one minute. This is the most famous climb we have in Tasmania. We always use it for training."

    "Secondly, when he was a triathlete, he used to run the 10 kilometres under 30 minutes after swimming and cycling. In Australia, we always judge an athlete by how fast he can run. Or by how fast he can swim, but Richie was an exceptional swimmer, too."

    Chronologically speaking, cycling is Porte's third sport. He switched from swimming to triathlon and then finally to cycling in 2006. "He's been a cyclist for four years only," said Andrea Tafi, who is the most recent Italian winner of Paris-Roubaix. Tafi welcomed Porte as an amateur in Tuscany and connected him to Saxo Bank, a team Tafi rode for when it was named CSC in 2003.

    When Porte joined the Danish outfit, he impressed everyone during the winter training camp, when all the riders were asked to swim as long as they could underwater. The stars of that exercise had scored around 50 metres.

    Then when the Australian neo-pro took his turn, some staff members and riders had a moment of panic as they didn't see Porte coming out where they expected. Instead, he swam a distance of 72 metres, giving an early...

  • Directeur Stephens pleased with Arroyo's Giro standing

    David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne) shows the strain of tackling the 25-kilometre climb to the finish.
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    May 20, 2010, 17:06 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Caisse d'Epargne captain optimistic about Giro's final weeks

    The current runner up in the overall classification at the Giro d'Italia, David Arroyo Duran (Caisse d'Epargne), is the highest ranked of the experienced Grand Tour riders at this year's race.

    Prior to stage 12, he enjoyed a 5:27 lead over Carlos Sastre, 6:32 over Bradley Wiggins, 8:16 over Alexandre Vinokourov, 9:28 over Cadel Evans, 9:46 over Vincenzo Nibali and 10:07 over Ivan Basso.

    Arroyo is no stranger to the overall classification of the Grand Tours. He has made the top 10 of the Giro d'Italia twice (10th in 2007 and 2009) and the top 20 of the Vuelta a España twice (19th in 2006 and 17th in 2008).

    "For nine months of the year, he's a domestique, and for one month, he gets a chance to ride for himself at the Giro d'Italia," his directeur sportif Neil Stephens told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 12 in Città Sant'Angelo.

    "He's not a great leader, but [he's] a super domestique," said Stephens, an Australian who was himself a super domestique during his racing days. "He has the mentality of a worker. He's the easiest rider to work with. He never complains and never asks for more than he needs."

    The long breakaway of stage 11 favoured Arroyo's upgrade within the overall classification. "It was a positive day," Stephens said. "But it's just one stage out of 21, and the objective remains a good position in Verona. You gain time one day, but you might lose another day. There is still a lot of work to go."

    "I was pleasantly surprised yesterday," Stephens said about stage 11. "But I was not surprised by the amount of work done by my guys.

    Stephens said he had gotten info about the breakaway although other team directors had complained that radio information containing the composition of the front group was not given until the 56 riders had already gotten a six-minute lead.

    "I'm not a dictator. I rely on what the riders tell me. I learned from Pablo Lastras just one minute...

  • Inside the Bissell team car at the Tour of California

    The Bissell boys were again attentive in today's stage.
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    May 20, 2010, 17:52 BST
    Cycling News

    Video from stage three at the Amgen Tour

    Cyclingnews’ Chris Leavell spent stage three of the Tour of California in the Bissell team car. The team had a man in the day’s break and this footage shows the frantic driving from within the convoy as they move up to break, passing cars and riders on either side.


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