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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 29, 2009

Date published:
October 29, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Cadel Evans tired of finishing second

    World champion Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)
    Article published:
    October 29, 2009, 12:17 GMT
    Cycling News

    World Champion more determined than ever to win the Tour de France

    World Champion Cadel Evans is determined to win the Tour de France and dump his reputation as a runner-up. "I am tired of being known as the bloke who finishes second in the Tour de France," he told the AAP news agency.

    "I had a lot of bad luck this year but I am already looking ahead to next year and am more determined than ever to win it, I won't be satisfied until I have."

    Winning the Worlds title “was a great moment for me and the fact I get to wear the rainbow jersey for the rest of the year is fantastic honour," he said.

    "It is unlike the yellow jersey in the Tour de France as you never know how long you get to wear that, and it will mean a great deal to me to wear it in Geelong for next year's race."

    That doesn't mean, though, that the Silence-Lotto rider has already definitely decided to ride the Tour Down Under (January 19-24) in his native Australia. "There are still some things we need to work on. The race is very early in the year and the Tour de France is in July so I have to consider that."

    "That will be the focus of my attentions for 2010 along with the world championships at the back end of the year,” Evans added. “We will just have to wait and see."

    Winning the rainbow jersey in Mendrisio was not only the biggest win of Evans' career but saved an otherwise disastrous 2009 season. He also won two stages plus the points jersey at the Dauphine Libere. After finishing second at the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008, he fell to 30th this year.

    Looking to save his year at the Vuelta a Espana, he took the leader's jersey for one stage and was in a very promising second place overall, only seven seconds down, going into the 13th stage. Then his bad luck returned, as a puncture on the penultimate climb cost him enough time to drop him to fourth overall. He subsequently dropped down to fifth place before finishing the Spanish race on the podium in third place.

  • Schumacher to appeal French court ruling on suspension

    An exhausting effort by Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner).
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    October 29, 2009, 13:37 GMT
    Cycling News

    CAS hearing set for coming week

    Stefan Schumacher continues to fight against all charges that he has used doping products, and will appeal a recent French court decision which upheld his two-year ban in France. He intends to take his case up to the highest European court if necessary.

    “For us, France is not the end of the road. We will use all the legal procedures we can to challenge this decision, including the possibility of going all the way to the European Court,” his attorney Michael Lehner told the German press agency dpa on Thursday.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the French Conseil d'Etat (administrative court) ruled that the retroactive EPO tests conducted by the French national anti-doping agency AFLD on doping samples from the 2008 Tour de France were correctly done. Schumacher claimed that the analysis methods were not acceptable and that his suspension should be set aside.

    “I find the decision, that an unapproved analysis method was correct to use, a scandal,” Lehner said. The analysis method was not approved by the French accreditation authorities for use until July 1 of this year.

    Lehner further charged that his client was the victim of a “French clique,” noting that AFLD boss Pierre Bordry had a “close relationship” to the court, in which he was formerly a judge.

    Schumacher's next day in court will be next week, when the Court of Appeals in Switzerland hears his appeal of his world-wide two-year ban handed down by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The hearing is scheduled for November 4, and although Lehner calls the French ruling and the CAS case “separate matters”, the outcome is expected to be the same.

    His former boss, Gerolsteiner team manager Hans-Michael Holczer, told the dpa that he would not speculate on the outcome, however. “I won't make a prediction. It is incredibly complex.” Holczer had previously indicated that the he would...

  • Last chance to enter Breast Cancer Fund benefit raffle

    A Lynskey bicycle up for raffle
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    October 29, 2009, 15:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Win a one-of-a-kind Lynskey bicycle

    Speedgoat Bicycles is raffling off a one-of-a-kind Lynskey bicycle to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. Only a few days remain to enter since the competition ends at midnight on October 31.

    The Lynskey road bike is valued at $7,000. Every cent of each US$10 raffle ticket sold will go to the Breat Cancer Fund. The raffle has been timed with the US National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Speedgoat will announce the date of the drawing November 1. The drawing will take place during the first week of November.

    To purchase tickets, visit

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  • Footon signs five young cyclists, including Brit Faiers

    Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld)
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    October 29, 2009, 15:50 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Cheula and five riders under 27 years old sign on for 2010

    Spanish ProTour team Footon-Servetto announced today it signed five riders under 27 years old and Italian Giampaolo Cheula, 30,  for 2010. The new additions come two days after the team's announcement of seven new riders.

    New riders
    • Brit Tom Faiers (Camargo elite2), 22
    • Italian Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld), 30
    • Spaniard Pedro Merino (trainee for Fuji-Servetto), 22
    • Spaniard Enrique Mata Cabello (Burgos Monumental - Castilla y Leon), 24
    • Austrian Markus Eibegger (Elk Haus), 26
    • Austrian Matthias Brandle (Elk Haus), 20

    Brit Faiers leaves the Camargo amateur squad and jumps to a top-level team. Director Sportif Joxean Fernández Matxin spotted his talent at amateur races in Spain.

    Cheula became a professional in 2001 with Mapei. Last year, he won the GP Nobili Rubinetterie with team Barloworld.

    The team promoted Merino, who won the Under 23 national championship this year riding in its feeder team. Compatriot Mata is a sprinter and finished second in the Vuelta a Burgos stage one this year behind Koldo Fernández.

    Eibegger is the national road and mountain bike champion. He leaves team Elk Haus with Austrian Brandle, who is the national time trial champion.

    The team announced on October 20 that Footon would replace Fuji as its title sponsor. Gianetti started the team in 2004 as Saunier Duval, but he had to find a new sponsor after the doping positives of Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli at the 2007 Tour de France.

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  • Topsport Vlaanderen signs Grégory Joseph

    Team Topsport Vlaanderen
    Article published:
    October 29, 2009, 16:26 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Belgian joins home team on two-year deal

    Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator signed Belgian cyclist Grégory Joseph today for the next two seasons, according to SportWereld.

    "We consciously opt for more young sprinters in the team," said team manager Walter Planckaert. "These days, more and more races end in a bunch sprint. I think Joseph will increase our strength."

    Joseph, 21, finished third in stage four of the Tour de Normandie this year racing for Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht. He became a professional in 2007 with Davitamon-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen.

    Belgium's Topsport Vlaanderen is a Professional Continental or second division team. It competes in most of Belgium's races and relies on wildcard invites to the bigger, international events.

    The team won this year with Thomas De Gendt in the Internationale Wielertrofee and Tour de Wallonie stage four, Nikolas Maes in Vuelta a Burgos stage three and Johan Coenen in Omloop van het Waasland - Kemzeke.

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  • Contador says his future will be decided soon

    Alberto Contador waits patiently for proceedings to kick off in Surhuisterveen.
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    October 29, 2009, 17:04 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Getting out of Astana contract "not simple"

    Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will settle on his squad for the upcoming season in the next week or two, he said today. He has one more year on his contract with Astana, and the team stated today that Contador would not change.

    However, the Spanish four-time Grand Tour winner was less definite about his future plans, acknowledging that he was exploring options to move to Caisse d'Epargne, Garmin or to stay with Astana.

    "Astana is also an option," he said according to EFE. He pointed out the new direction of the team, where former general manager Johan Bruyneel and much of the staff and riders have been replaced after the mass exodus to Lance Armstrong's RadioShack team.

    Contador clashed with Armstrong and Bruyneel over his tactics en route to winning this year's Tour. He refused to respond to Bruyneel's latest statements where he insinuated Contador had become conceited.

    There has been much speculation in the press that Contador would leave the team after it failed to meet the UCI's deadline of October 20 to get its racing license application for 2010 in order. By the governing body's rules, Contador should be free to look for another team, but he said it's not so easy.

    "I assure you it is not so simple," Contador said. "My future career is being decided right now and I think between this week and next we will clear up many of the doubts that confront us now and many of the unknowns will be clarified."

    Contador's concern is if his future team will be able to fully support his goal of defending the Tour de France title. He wants to have his future decided as soon as possible so he can relax.

    "That is why my advisers are looking at options, but from one meeting it is not that simple. The process could go on for more than a month, but I cannot face this through December."

  • US pro road championships return to Greenville for 2010

    Greenville, South Carolina will host the US pro road championships for the fifth straight year in 2010.
    Article published:
    October 29, 2009, 18:41 GMT
    Cycling News

    New, later date due to changes in North American race calendar

    The US Professional Road Cycling Championships will return to Greenville, South Carolina for a fifth consecutive year in 2010, with the event scheduled to take place three weeks later than previous years. The time trial championship will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2010 and the road race championship on Sunday, September 19, 2010.

    The date change was precipitated by a number of changes to the international racing calendar. In 2010, two new UCI-sanctioned ProTour events have been scheduled in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada (September 10 and 12, respectfully), thus shifting the Tour of Missouri to August 30-September 5. The US Professional Road Cycling Championships will be followed by the UCI Road World Championships, scheduled for September 29-October 3, in Melbourne, Australia.

    "We appreciate the ongoing support of the city of Greenville and the Greenville Hospital System," said Sean Petty, USA Cycling chief operating officer. "We also appreciate Greenville's understanding and flexibility in adjusting the dates for the 2010 event. While the date change was out of our hands, the result is a good one as US riders who are preparing for the World Championships will have the ability to do quality, final preparation at North American events starting with Tour of Missouri, followed by the Canadian ProTour events and the USA Cycling Pro Championships."

    Current US professional road champion and Greenville, South Carolina resident George Hincapie is looking forward to next year's championship with the intent to defend his title. "I'm very excited that the USA Cycling Professional Championships are coming back to Greenville for 2010 and the new dates should fit nicely into a very exciting fall schedule," said Hincapie. "I'm proud to have won the championship for the third time and I'm looking forward to defending the title with my new team, BMC Racing.

    "The only thing better than winning the stars-and-stripes jersey is being...

  • Dominguez renews with Xacobeo Galicia

    Gustavo Dominguez (Xacobeo Galicia) prior to Vuelta a España stage two
    Article published:
    October 29, 2009, 19:17 GMT
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    Gustavo Dominguez signs one-year contract

    Gustavo Dominguez has renewed his contract with the Spanish Pro Continental Xacobeo Galicia team one year for the 2010 season. The 29-year-old Spaniard, who turned professional in 2002 with Carvalhelhos - Boavista, has been with Xacobeo Galicia since 2007. Dominguez has also raced for Orbea and Relax - Bodysol during his eight-year professional career.

    Dominguez had a rough start to the 2009 season when he broke his collarbone in the final stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y León in March.

    After a lengthy recovery he bounced back to take part in the Vuelta a España where the Xacobeo Galicia team won the overall team classification. Despite crashing heavily near the finish of the fourth stage in Liège, Belgium, the Spaniard persevered to finish 77th overall.

    Dominguez has finished the Vuelta a España each of his three years with Xacobeo Galicia. Other career highlights include second in a stage and fourth overall at the 2005 GP do Oeste, second in the 2005 GP Villafranca de Ordizia, seventh in the 2006 Vuelta a Extremadura and 11th overall at the 2005 Tour de l'Avenir.

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