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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 29, 2012

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November 29, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: SRAM's pArt Project

    "SRAM Field Collection" by Jeff Van de Walker is priced at $25,000
    Article published:
    November 29, 2012, 9:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    New York City art show benefits World Bicycle Relief

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    On November 29, SRAM is hosting an art show at the Cedar Lake Theater in New York City as a fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief. The show, pArt Project, features 90 new works of art by various artists that incorporate SRAM parts into the design.

    Each art piece was donated by the artist to raise money for sustainable bicycle charity through World Bicycle Relief.

    Tickets to the show, which also includes cocktails, food and entertainment, are $268 a piece — enough to fund two new bicycles for people in need.

    The pieces can be bought now online, and some will be auctioned off at the Nov. 29 show in New York City. Prices for the pieces range between $15,000 and $25,000.

    Check out the gallery at right for a sampling of the pieces that will be on display.

  • Dutch federation and national road coach Van Vliet part ways

    Laurens Ten Dam (Netherlands) at the head of the peloton.
    Article published:
    November 29, 2012, 11:18 GMT
    Cycling News

    No contract extension for former pro rider

    The Dutch Cycling Federation has announced that Leo van Vliet's contract as national coach will not be extended at the end of this year. The 57-year-old had been national coach since 2009 but the federation said that it was looking for a new approach, preferring a full-time coach. Van Vliet only worked part-time, combining the role with his work as a race organiser of the Amstel Gold Race.

    The men's national team did not win any World Championship or Olympic medals during van Vliet's tenure, including the Championships this year in Valkenburg, the Netherlands. He openly criticised some of the Dutch professionals, especially those from the Rabobank team and admitted he had struggled to motivate some of the riders.  Van Vliet rode as a professional between 1978 and 1986, winning Gent-Wevelgem and a stage in the 1979 Tour de France.

    "I can look back on a beautiful period in which I have given 200% but I didn't always find the setting and motivation for some riders,” van Vliet admitted.

    The chairman of the Netherlands Cycling Federation, Marcel Wintels, said: "The National Federation looks back with satisfaction on the past 4 years that Leo van Vliet in his own way and very passionate about being  the national coach of the pro men.”

    Dutch cycling is still in shock after Rabobank announced its sudden withdrawl of sponsorship in late October. The teams will continue in 2013, with the WorldTour team set to race without a main sponsor.

  • Hansen ready to tackle all three grand tours again in 2013

    Adam Hansen (Omega Pharma-Lotto) from Queensland was expected to issue a serious challenge for a podium spot in Learmonth.
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    November 29, 2012, 12:30 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Lotto Belisol rider calls it “a test, to see what is possible”

    Adam Hansen is Lotto Belisol's “iron man”, who took on and and finished all three grand tours in 2012. And the Australian thinks he might do it again in 2013.

    Riding all three of the grand tours in one year was a long-stated goal for the quiet but tough Australian, and this year he was finally able to do it.

    “It felt like a test, to see what is possible and if the body could hold up through it all,” Hansen told Cyclingnews. “I wanted to do this for myself, just to see.”

    Hansen reached Madrid at the end of the Vuelta  but his body almost didn't hold up.

    “There were some moments where I thought things were not going to happen. That was in the Giro where I broke my sternum, which I did not find out till afterwards the race with an MRI: that was really painful. Then in the Vuelta, I landed on my hip. But apart from those two crashes I did well. I only had two bad days in the three grand tours and that's not bad.”

    Hansen, 31, struggles to pick his favourite race of the three.

    “They were all different entirely. The Giro is a beautiful race with the passion of the fans and Italy itself, its very rewarding to ride and with the teams goals there, it was a nice mix for ourselves," he says.

    “The Tour is like getting down to business, where you feel the pressure more. In the Tour Lotto Belisol really rode as a team, had two goals and we achieved them very well. It was nice to be a part of both VDB's most successful Tour with fourth in GC and also Andre's most successful Tour."

    "Then the Vuelta, which is normally my favourite of the 3G's, because it is a more relaxed and opportunistic race, where guys have a chance for breakaways that stay away until the end. But this year it wasn't like that."


  • Team Cannondale plans for 2013

    The Liquigas team move Basso to the front
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    November 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Riders gather near Milan before Tuscan training camp

    The Liquigas-Cannondale team will become the Cannondale Pro Cycling team in 2013 with Ivan Basso leading a group of talented young sprinters and Classics riders that includes Peter Sagan, Elia Viviani,and Moreno Moser.

    Despite reported pressure to be registered in the USA, the team will remain Italian in 2013 but will have a much more international roster with riders from 13 different nations. Vincenzo Nibali has moved to Astana, taking Alessandro Vanotti and Valerio Agnoli with him, while Sylvester Szmyd has moved to Movistar along with Eros Capecchi.

    Ted King remains and has been joined by Canadian's David Boily and Guillaume Boivin but US national champion Timmy Duggan has moved to Saxo-Tinkoff.

    The team has a secured a UCI WorldTour licence for 2013 and the riders have gathered near Milan, in northern Italy this week, to decide race programmes, meet sponsors, undergo medical checks and plan for the year ahead.

    Peter Sagan will make his season debut in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis. Other riders will debut at the Tour Down Under, the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman, while Ivan Basso is likely to opt for a more traditional European approach and begin his season at the GP Lugano in Switzerland on February 24.

    US races such as the Amgen Tour of California and the US Pro Challenge in Colorado will be also be major objectives for the team in 2013.

    Ivan Basso will again target the Giro d'Italia in 2013, with Gazzetta dello Sport today suggesting that Damiano Caruso will ride in support of Basso after wearing the best young rider's white jersey during the 2012 Giro d'Italia, while Elia Viviani will...

  • LeMond, Vaughters, Boyer and Jaksche join Change Cycling Now group

    Greg LeMond unleashed on the state of cycling
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    November 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT
    Cycling News

    Big names gather for group's first meeting in London

    More big names are joining Change Cycling Now, a newly-formed group dedicated to cleansing the sport and restoring its image. Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Garmin-Sharp principal Jonathan Vaughters are the biggest new names to have joined the group and both are set to appear at its first conference in London this weekend.

    “The report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) into the Lance Armstrong affair has to be a watershed moment for professional cycling,” LeMond said in the group's press release. “There is still an opportunity to ensure cycling presents itself as a genuine world leader in the elimination of doping and drug taking in sport. But to do that requires a determination to force change and I am delighted to be part of a group that is full of people who are committed to the cause.”

    Other new members include former riders Eric Boyer and Jörg Jaksche. Boyer is a former Tour stage winner and forme team manager of Cofidis. Jaksche confessed in 2007 to his doping and has become a vocal member of the anti-doping movement.

    Change Cycling Now proclaimed its intent “is holding the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to account for alleged mis-handling the sport's global image in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and LeMond and his new colleagues will discuss proposals that offer a route towards repairing the sport’s globally damaged reputation.”

    In addition, former Armstrong masseuse and key witness in the USADA investigation, Emma O'Reilly, will appear at the group's press conference next Monday in London. Former World champion Gianni Bugno will also address the group in his role as president of the Association of Professional Cyclists.

    Group founder Jaimie Fuller was especially pleased with LeMond's presence. “As a Tour de France...

  • Turtur set to lose Oceania presidency

    Race director Mike Turtur.
    Article published:
    November 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Guam opts not to support the Tour Down Under organiser

    Mike Turtur is set to lose his position as president of the Oceania confederation and with it his influential position on the UCI's management committee.

    Elections will be held in Adelaide on December 2 but Turtur looks set to lose after the Guam Cycling Federation opted to switch its vote, supporting Cycling Australia's candidate Tracey Gaudry instead of Turtur.

    Turtur is considered one of the most powerful people in the southern hemisphere because he organises the Tour Down Under. He was elected president of the Oceania confederation in 2008, when the Tour Down Under became part of the UCI WorldTour. However, Cycling Australia opted not to support him for election this year after questions were raised about a possible conflict of interest between the role of race organisers and federation president.

    Although Guam is a tiny cycling nation, each country in the Oceania Federation has a vote. Cycling Australia and Bike NZ have backed Gaudry, with Fiji and Guam originally supporting Turtur. Following Guam's change of heart, Turtur looks set to lose 3-1 to Gaudry.

    Gaudry is a two-time Olympic road cyclist and is the chief executive of the Amy Gillett Foundation. Gaudry is also currently a member of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's Anti-doping Review Violation Panel. She will be the first woman to serve on the UCI management committee.

    Turtur has recently come under fire for failing to publicise the fact that ONCE-Eroski rider Giampaolo Caruso returned a positive dope test after winning the Willunga Hill stage at the Tour Down Under in 2003. Until recently, Turtur was a staunch defendant of the reported multi-million dollar appearance fee paid to Lance Armstrong in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but has now said he feels "duped" by...

  • Exergy leaves riders, races reeling from failed sponsorship commitments

    Matthew Cooke (Exergy) on his way to winning stage 3 on Mont-Mégantic
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    November 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT
    Pat Malach

    'Cross Worlds organisers sever ties with energy company

    Sam Johnson was taken aback Tuesday night when a friend called to console him. Problem was, Johnson, who turned pro two years ago with the Team Exergy UCI Continental program, had no idea what the person on the other end of the line was talking about.

    "It was pretty rough," Johnson said of the phone call. "I was hanging out with some friends and I got a call from another cyclist friend of mine offering sympathy, saying, 'Man I'm so sorry.' And I'm like, 'For what? What are you talking about?' He says, 'You didn't read the article?'"

    Johnson immediately jumped online and started refreshing the website where he was told he could find the relevant news, but nothing immediately popped up.

    "At that point he basically just bows out of the conversation and tells me to call him when I needed to," Johnson said. "So I find the article and read it. And that's how I found out."

    What Johnson found out was news that Boise-based Exergy Development Group CEO James Carkulis had issued a late-night statement saying the company would not renew its title sponsorship of the team it had supported for the past three seasons, citing the recent doping scandals in cycling as the main reason for the his last-minute decision to withdraw.

    The news will effectively end the professional team managed by Escalera Racing, whose owner Remi McManus assured Cyclingnews just last week that the team would return next season. McManus could not be reached for comment this week.

    Delinquent sponsorship payments plague energy company

    The bad news didn't end with just the demise of the men's pro road team. Following almost immediately on the heels of Tuesday...

  • Poels optimistic about return to racing in 2013

    Poels is all smiles on the winner's rostrum
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    November 29, 2012, 20:54 GMT
    Cycling News

    Vacansoleil rider recovering from serious Tour de France crash internal injuries

    Wout Poels is cautiously optimistic about his return to racing. The Vacansoleil-DCM rider suffered serious internal injuries in a crash near the end of the sixth stage of the Tour de France this summer, but hopes to be back in the peloton at the Tour of Algarve next year.

    He was one of those caught up in a mass crash on that stage of the Tour, and was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen and kidney, bruised lungs and three broken ribs.

    "But I have always been convinced that I can return to the top as a cyclist,” he told De Telegraaf, even though at one point his future career seemed to be in doubt.

    For a time it was thought he would lose a kidney, which, a doctor told him, would mean he must find a news sports, as “cycling with one kidney at he highest level was impossible, according to him. I was just panicked. I immediately called my brother Norbert, but he knew within half an hour to announce that Maarten Tjallingii and Christophe Brandt also have only a single kidney.”

    Now, six months later, examinations have showed that 25 percent of the kidney is dead, but the remaining 75 percent has a good supply.  Further examinations of the kidney's functionality must be undertaken, but the prospect that he will lose the kidney is now gone.

    He is slowly making his way back into the routine, as he knows he has a long way to go. "It's not like I was out with a broken collarbone. My condition was really far below zero. Four surgeries under general anesthesia, plus weeks on morphine and being bedridden. There was barely anything left of my muscles. I literally had to learn to walk again.”

    Poels' first step,