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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 19, 2009

Date published:
November 19, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Rebellin promises a return to cycling

    Italy's Davide Rebellin promises to return to cycling
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    November 19, 2009, 11:46 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Italian to appeal Olympic silver medal decision

    Italy's Davide Rebellin promises to return to racing despite being stripped of his Olympic silver medal Tuesday.

    "Even if I am not believed and I will be blamed, I will return to race to show who Davide Rebellin is to everyone," Rebellin said in a statement given to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    He finished second in the men's road race August 9 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, but test results released April 28 this year revealed he doped with blood booster EPO-CERA. The Italian anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has yet to issue a related suspension, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered Tuesday that he return his medal.

    "We are stunned because the IOC has taken a step that gives little respect to the parties," Rebellin's lawyer Fausto Pavone said. "It waited to see our defence, then after six months and with reasoning we don't agree with, it took action."

    Rebellin will appeal the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), said Pavone. They have 21 days to present their case to the CAS.

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) met in Rome yesterday to discuss Rebellin's case.CONI  is in charge of retrieving the medal from Rebellin and the €75,000 it awarded him.

    Rebellin and German Stefan Schumacher are two of six athletes who tested positive for EPO at the Beijing Olympics. The IOC disqualified Schumacher, Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi (gold medallist in the 1500m in athletics), Greece's Athanasia Tsoumeleka (ninth in the 20km walking event) and Croatia's Vanja Perisic (sixth in round 1, heat 3 of 800m in athletics) yesterday.

    However, it did not disqualify Dominican Republic's Yudelquis Maridalin Contreras (fifth in the 53kg weightlifting event) after counter-analysis failed to confirm the initial result.

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  • Italy's Bergamo bids for World Championships

    Bergamo bids for 2015 World Championships
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    November 19, 2009, 13:07 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Organiser of Settimana Lombarda behind bid for 2015 Worlds

    Bergamo, Italy, will bid next week to be the host city of the 2015 World Championships. The northern Italian city has organised several editions of the national championships, but never the Worlds.

    The organiser of the Settimana Lombarda, GS Domus, is behind the bid. President Stefano Civettini will present his proposal to the Italian cycling federation (FCI) Tuesday, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Civettini hopes that Milan hosting the 2015 Worlds Fair will add extra momentum to his proposal. The International Cycling Union (UCI) will make its decision at the 2012 World Championships.

    In September, the UCI awarded The Netherlands' Limburg Region the 2012 Worlds. The 2010 edition is in Geelong, Australia, and the 2011 edition is in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Hincapie leads charity ride

    Hincapie leads charity ride in Greenville, SC
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    November 19, 2009, 13:07 GMT
    Hedwig Kröner

    $15,000 raised to cover medical expenses for injured cyclist

    On Sunday, November 15, Columbia-HTC pro George Hincapie led a charity ride in Greenville, SC, to raise funds for local cyclist Thea Kent, who was critically injured in a mountain biking accident. Kent, who does not have a health insurance, suffered a fractured vertebra, seven broken ribs in her back (broken at the spinal column), six broken transverse process bones, a punctured lung and minor head injuries.

    "The Ride for Thea Kent" was subsequently organised by the local cycling community and became a full success after Greenville resident Hincapie signed up to lead the 55-mile event, one of two distance options on offer. Approximately 450 local cyclists participated and raised a total sum of $15,000 to help Kent cover the medical expenses resulting from her accident.

    After the ride, which followed popular local routes of Paris Mountain, Tigerville, the Callahan Mountain Road and Camp Old Indian, participants gathered for a silent auction of cycling equipment that included a Team Columbia jersey signed by Hincapie. This raised another $585 for Kent.

    "My gratitude goes out to the hundreds of people who helped to lighten my burden," said Kent. "I cannot possibly thank every one individually, but I want every one to know I appreciate every gesture - no matter how big or small. I am eternally grateful."

    Local sports photographers The Living Pixel have listed event photography on their online storefront for sale through December 15. All profits from the sale of pictures from this event will also be donated back to Kent.

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  • Ventoso wins Hainan after penalty to Shpilevsky

    Francisco Ventoso (CarmioOro A-Style) is the winner of the 2009 Tour of Hainan.
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    November 19, 2009, 14:58 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Russian illegally changed wheels during race

    Francisco Ventoso of Team CarmioOro A-Style) won the Tour of Hainan in a surprising fashion, as a time penalty knocked leader Boris Shpilevsky of the Russian national team down to 37th place. The Spaniard was pleased with his win and said that the Russian had been riding irregularly all week.

    Sometime during the last two of 12 laps of the 6.6km circuit course, the Russian broke a wheel, and replaced it with one from a rider with the German Nutrixxion Sparkasse team.
    He went on to win the stage, with Ventoso third on the day and second overall.

    However, the race jury gave Shpilevsky a two-minute time penalty for the wheel change. According to the UCI's rule 2.3.012, “The lending or exchanging of tubular tyres of bicycles … shall be permitted only amongst riders of the same team.”

    “The truth is that from the outside this may appear to be bad luck for the rider, but it comes after many days of unsportsmanlike manoeuvres,” Ventoso said. “I won't go into details, but … (Shpilevsky) had many irregularities of this kind throughout the week. Today was the straw that broke the camel's back.”

    It was Ventoso's ninth win this season for the Spanish Continental team. “I am personally very pleased with this new victory.” He had top ten finishes in all but one stage, “so the win was more than deserved.”

  • Pollack's B-Sample also positive

    Olaf Pollack (Team Volksbank)
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    November 19, 2009, 15:00 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    German sprinter faces possible two-year suspension

    German track rider Olaf Pollack's B sample is positive, the German Cycling Federation (Bund Deutscher Radfahrer, BDR) announced this afternoon. A procedure against the 35-year-old will now be opened, and he faces a two-year suspension if the charges are upheld.

    The BDR announced the positive doping control in September, saying the results came from an out-of-competition test on July 6. The name of the substance for which he tested positive has not been released.

    Pollack has ridden this year as an elite without contract. He has not ridden since mid-August due to a detached retina.

    Pollack rode for Team Gerolsteiner from 2000 to 2004, before joining T-Mobile Team for two years. The sprinter wore the leader's jersey at the Giro d'Italia in 2006. He then rode for the Continental Professional teams Wiesenhof-Felt and Volksbank for one year each. He has also been active in track racing. Last year he finished third in the Madison at the Los Angeles round of the World Cup.

  • Tomorrow is D-Day for Astana team

    The Astana team was at the head of affairs as the race passed over the top of Mount Leinster in Count Wicklow.
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    November 19, 2009, 15:06 GMT
    Shane Stokes

    Final submission of documents due Friday, no indications as yet

    Tomorrow's final deadline for the UCI’s registration of teams is crucial for the future of the Astana team. The governing body is poised to make a decision about whether or not the Kazakh squad will continue in the ProTour, and this will also determine whether or not Alberto Contador will stay.

    The double Tour de France winner has one year remaining on his current contract, but it’s widely accepted that if the team loses out, he will be free to head elsewhere.

    "We had a meeting with the Astana management on Monday, which went pretty well," UCI President Pat McQuaid said to Cyclingnews today. "However that was more to do with other things than the outstanding documentation – we were discussing various issues, including anti-doping. As regards the application, the team have until Friday to submit the remaining documentation and administrative information."

    The team has been plagued by financial issues, with several instances of delayed payments being reported this year. At one point it looked like the team would dissolve, but steps were taken to turn things around and ensure that it rode the Tour de France. Contador won there, with teammate Lance Armstrong taking third.

    Reports of delayed salaries resurfaced again in recent weeks. McQuaid acknowledged that this was indeed the case. "It is accurate that they have been delayed," he said. "But the latest information is that recent salaries have been paid."

    He declined to be drawn as to the chances of the team remaining in the ProTour. Sportwereld claimed today that things were looking good for the team after 'three days of intense negotiations'; however, McQuaid said that there was just one day of talks, and that it’s too soon to say how things will turn out.

    In theory a decision could come tomorrow, but that would most likely happen only in the case that the team was being refused. "The deadline for all the documentation has...

  • Dates For 2010 FBD Insurance Rás set

    2009 FBD Insurance Rás winner Simon Richardson (Rapha Condor)
    Article published:
    November 19, 2009, 18:31 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Organizer Dignam to step down after next edition

    The FBD Insurance Rás will return for its 58th anniversary on May 23-30, 2010. The Irish stage race will again be included in the calendar of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), as a 2.2-category event.

    Upon announcing the dates, Dermot Dignam also confirmed that following the 2010 event, he will be stepping down as race organiser, a voluntary position he has held for the past 31 years. Dignam had indicated that this year's race would be his last, but after discussions with Cycling Ireland and FBD agreed to stay on for the 2010 event.

    The race, which will be in its 27th year of being sponsored by FBD Insurance, attracts a mix of professional, international, and national riders battling it out on the roads of Ireland each May.

    Dignam praised the race's Irish riders. "It's unbelievable the level of fitness the county riders achieve to compete in a race of this calibre and in actual fact, it's these riders who put it up to the international and pro teams by aggressive racing."

    Dignam said he'll leave the race in a good spot. "The race is in a very healthy state. There are more requests for invitations from teams all over the world than ever before, and there is a superb team of volunteers who devote themselves unstintingly each year to making sure it runs off without a hitch. The race receives great co-operation from the Gardai and with the continued financial support of FBD, and the Irish Sports Council, the race should continue to go from strength to strength."

    The 2010 route is presently being finalized, but it is expected to emphasize climbs and long, hard stages. Details are expected early in the new year.

    The 2009 edition was won by Great Britain's Simon Richardson (Rapha Condor).

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  • Work for Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling website

    Work for Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling website
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    November 20, 2009, 19:30 GMT
    Cycling News

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