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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 3, 2013

Date published:
October 03, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Yates brothers confirm move to Orica-GreenEdge

    Simon Yates (Great Britain) crosses the finish line for stage 5 of the Tour de l'Avenir ahead of twin brother Adam
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    October 03, 2013, 8:01 BST
    Cycling News

    Adam Yates: "If I went to Sky then I'd end up working on the front like a slave"

    British 21-year-old brothers, Adam and Simon Yates will both join Australian WorldTour team Orica GreenEdge for 2014. Recently, speculation was at a fever pitch about the future of the talented siblings, with 2012 Tour de France Champion Brad Wiggins (Sky) letting slip to The Daily Mail that Simon Yates would "be a pro next year, not with Sky unfortunately - I don't know why."

    Adam Yates has now confirmed that he and his brother will join GreenEdge saying it was "the best place to go."

    "We worked it out together, we weighed up all the options and GreenEdge were the best choice," Adam Yates told Cycling Weekly. "It was after Avenir that we started getting contacted. We had offers from FDJ and Lampre, and Sky wanted Simon, but GreenEdge is the best place to go."

    The Yates brothers skyrocketed into cycling headlines this September when Simon won two stages of the Tour de l'Avenir whilst Adam finished second overall. Simon's stellar run continued with a hill top victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain.

    Adam Yates was dogmatic in stating that he chose to avoid Sky as he did not want to become a workhorse for the bigger name riders on their roster.

    "It's a good setup [at GreenEdge]," Adam said. "And if I went to Sky then I'd end up working on the front like a slave, and I'm not a big fan of that!"

    The Yates brothers plan to move to Girona next year where a number of GreenEdge riders already base themselves.

    "I'm fed up of training in the cold, so the plan is now that we're gonna get an apartment in Girona," Adam explained. "Then we're laughing then aren't we!"

  • Kittel to remain with Argos-Shimano

    Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano)
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    October 03, 2013, 9:42 BST
    Cycling News

    Dumoulin, Degenkolb, Geschke also extend contracts

    Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb, Simon Geschke and Tom Dumoulin have all signed new contracts to remain with Dutch WorldTour team, Argos-Shimano. Argos will retain the services of Kittel, Degenkolb and Geschke for two additional years whilst Dumoulin agreed to a one year extension.

    "We're delighted to confirm the re-signing of a number of key Team Argos-Shimano riders," said general manager Iwan Spekenbrink. "Ours is a long-term project, and we're committed to helping our riders grow and develop both individually and together as a team. We have full confidence that these riders will continue to find success within the context of our way of working."

    After winning four stages at this year's Tour de France, Kittel is excited to remain with Argos-Shimano and continue his development as one of the best sprinters in the world.

    "After my most successful season I am happy to announce the extension of my contract with Team Argos-Shimano until 2016," said the 25-year old. "I want to develop into one of the best sprinters in the world, working with this team. I made my start as a professional here, and I am firmly convinced that the team will be able to help me develop further in the future. I didn't hesitate to extend because in this team I have found the environment that I want for my sport. It is important to me to be fully supported in promoting a clean and sustainable sport.

    "And from a purely human and emotional perspective, I have a close bond with the team. I can rely 100 percent on my teammates. We also have what is probably the best sprint train in the peloton. I'm happy about the confidence the team places in me, and this security allows me to concentrate on my sport."

    Alongside Kittel, Degenkolb is a formidable sprinter in his own right and is looking forward to remaining with the Argos squad.

    "I feel at home and very comfortable in this team,"...

  • Worlds disappointment hard to forget, admits Rodriguez

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) returns to action after his Worlds disappointment.
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    October 03, 2013, 10:39 BST
    Cycling News

    Katusha rider looks to Tour of Lombardy

    Although Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) can claim a second successive WorldTour title at the Tour of Lombardy this coming weekend, his near-miss at last Sunday’s world championships road race continues to dominate the headlines this week.

    With both Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde in the winning break of four riders, Spain looked set to claim a first world title since Oscar Freire in Verona in 2004, only for Rui Costa (Portugal) to upset the applecart by catching and out-sprinting Rodriguez in the finale.

    “To have the world title so close and not win it, you don’t forget that,” Rodriguez told Marca. “I had the legs to win and I looked for victory, but we didn’t win even though Alejandro and I were the strongest.”

    Rodriguez made two attacks after the winning move formed on the penultimate climb of Fiesole, first slipping away alone on the slippery descent, and then punching his way clear – seemingly decisively – on a short rise 3 kilometres from the finish. However, when Rui Costa jumped after Rodriguez within sight of the red kite, Valverde opted to mark Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) rather than track his Movistar teammate.

    Spanish national coach Javier Minguez criticised Valverde for his failure to check Rui Costa’s move, but the intricacies Spanish tactics have been debated in some detail in the days following the Worlds.

    “I’m reading things in social networks that aren’t real,” Rodriguez said. “With three kilometres to go, it was he [Valverde] who said ‘Attack, and I’ll leave a gap.’ He said it clearly, and thanks to him, the group split and I was in front.

    “I played my hand,...

  • Landa confirms move to Astana

    Mikel Landa (Euskaltel-Euskadi) cracked the top-10 on the Vuelta's first stage in the Pyrenees
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    October 03, 2013, 11:59 BST
    Peter Cossins

    Euskaltel climber set to support Nibali’s 2014 Tour de France bid

    Mikel Landa has confirmed that he will be joining Astana on a two-year deal when the Euskaltel-Euskadi team folds at the end of this season. Speaking to Spanish website El Pedal de Frodo, Landa acknowledged that an agreement had been reached and said he is relishing the prospect of his new challenge.

    The 23-year-old Basque climber had been linked with the Kazakh team in August, when Astana DS Giuseppe Martinelli admitted they were close to agreeing a deal. Negotiations were subsequently held up by F1 driver Fernando Alonso’s interest in taking over the Euskaltel set-up, but have been now been concluded after Alonso pulled back from that deal.

    “We’re especially pleased to be heading into the future with Mikel, as with him on board next year we will have a very talented and young addition to our group of stage race riders, which will boost our ambitions,” said Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov.

    “Astana Pro Team is putting together its programme for 2014 with very specific objectives, including the Tour de France with our team captain, Vincenzo Nibali,” Vinokourov continued. “With Landa on board, we are taking a big step not only towards July next year, but also towards the years to come. If Landa develops along with our other talented and young cyclists we will see the next generation of grand tour riders and champions taking shape right before our eyes.”

    Landa joined Euskaltel from their feeder Orbea team in 2011. He took a very impressive summit victory at Lagunas de Neila in the Tour of Burgos that season and has continued to progress. Runner-up in the Tour of Madrid and Tour of Asturias this year,...

  • Acquarone given precautionary suspension by RCS Sport

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    October 03, 2013, 13:52 BST
    Barry Ryan

    External audit investigates possible fraud at company

    Giro d’Italia head and RCS Sport Chief Operating Officer Michele Acquarone has been suspended from his position while an internal investigation into the possible misappropriation of some €13 million at RCS Sport continues.

    Acquarone and former CEO Giacomo Catano have each been given “precautionary rather than disciplinary” suspensions during the audit of RCS Sport's finances, according to a report in the financial newspaper Milano Finanza on Thursday.

    Catano resigned as CEO and moved to a different role within parent company RCS Media Group after internal checks had revealed the gap in the RCS Sport finances. Last week an external auditor was appointed to control the accounts and Ricardo Taranto was appointed as the new CEO. Cyclingnews contacted Michele Acquarone but the Italian refrained from commenting on the story.

    Administrative director Laura Bertinotti also resigned from RCS Sport in recent days. Bertinotti’s father, Antonio Bertinotti, is the president of AC Arona, which is two years into a three-year agreement with RCS Sport to organise Milano-Torino.

    According to a statement from RCS announcing last week, the audit will look closely at transactions carried out with associations linked to RCS Sport, but not part of the RCS group itself. Initial reports suggested that the cycling sector was not directly involved, although some of the income generated from the Giro d’Italia could have disappeared.

    It is also reported that RCS Media Group has effectively placed RCS Sport under the umbrella of RCS Pubblicità, the company’s advertising sector. Milano Finanza describes the move as “a sort of compulsory administration […] to plug the gap and get...

  • Hushovd stars in BMC line-up for Tour of Beijing

    2010 Worlds: Thor Hushovd (Norway) wins the world championship ahead of Matti Breschel (Denmark) and Allan Davis (Australia)
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    October 03, 2013, 15:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Cummings and Pinotti set to start

    Thor Hushovd will lead BMC into the Tour of Beijing, October 11-15, as he aims to end his season on a high.

    "I have never been to China, so I am looking forward to seeing the country and the city of Beijing itself,” Hushovd said in a press release issued by the race.

    “My goal is to win a stage, but I will also be working hard to help our general classification riders get a good placing on the overall.”

    After a 2012 season that was ravaged by injury and illness, Hushovd’s career has gone through somewhat of an Indian summer with the 35-year-old winning the Artic Race in his native Norway and two stages of the Tour de Pologne.

    As well as aiming for a stage win, Hushovd will also ride in support of the team’s overall ambitions. Although the team have yet to name a designated rider for the overall they will arrive in Beijing with a squad full of depth and with the race holding its first ever mountain top finish this year, Mathias Frank might be considered their best option for an assault on the general classification.

    The Swiss rider leaves BMC at the end of the season but has enjoyed his best season to date, winning two stages of the Tour of Austria, finishing second overall in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, was fourth in the Tour of California and fifth in the Tour of Switzerland.

    "We would like to do well there and put a nice finish on a season where we were gradually getting better and better. We are bringing guys who can win stages and guys who can do well on the overall. So it's a race that we are definitely targeting to do well in,” said team director Max Sciandri.

    The team also lines up with British all-rounder Stephen Cummings, who won a stage in last year’s Tour of Beijing.

    "Winning a stage last year was very satisfying. The...

  • Horner's agent surprised his client has no team for 2014

    Chris Horner (RadioShack)
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    October 03, 2013, 17:34 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Vuelta winner still without a deal

    Christopher Horner’s agent has expressed surprise after he confirmed that his client is still without a professional contract for 2014. Horner won the Vuelta a España last month and in doing so became the oldest grand tour winner of all time. However the 41-year-old has not yet signed a contract for next season.

    When asked if he was surprised by Horner’s current predicament, Michael Rutherford, Horner’s agent, told Cyclingnews, “Yes, I am surprised. I would expect that after winning the Vuelta that we would have a deal but there isn’t [one]. We are trying to conclude a deal with a WorldTour team and that’s all I can tell you.”

    Horner, now out for the rest of the season after breaking several ribs in a crash during the World Championships, rode for RadioShack Leopard this season. The team will morph into Trek next season with a number of riders and staff making the move. Horner has not been offered a contract by the team at this stage.

    “All I can tell you is that we are talking to several teams but nothing has been agreed at this point,” Rutherford said before adding that his client was “adamant about staying at the WorldTour level.”

    On the back of his Vuelta win, Horner released his biological passport data in order to “allow fans to feel confident in his victory at the Vuelta a España and the current state of the sport of cycling.”

    Previously, Horner had opted not to answer when asked by Cyclingnews if his was a redacted name in rider testimony published last year as part of USADA’s Reasoned Decision on the Lance Armstrong doping case.

  • Gallery: More than 50 years of Pinarello

    On September 2, 1994 Miguel Indurain used this Pinarello track bike to set a new hour record of 53.040km, breaking the record of 52.713km set by Graeme Obree earlier that year
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    October 03, 2013, 21:18 BST
    Peter Hymas

    A retrospective look at the Italian brand's iconic bicycles and their riders

    Rui Costa added the most recent chapter to the storied history of Italy's Pinarello bicycle company as the 26-year-old Portuguese rider rode a brilliant race to win the road race world championship last Sunday in Florence, Italy.

    Costa's trade team of Movistar has parted ways with Pinarello for 2014 (and Costa himself moves to Lampre-Merida next season) and it marks the end of a lengthy relationship with the Spanish squad which can be traced back to the Reynolds team of the 1980s. Pinarello still figures prominently in the pro peloton, however, as they've extended their partnership with the British Sky team through 2016. Pinarello's relationship with Team Sky has been fruitful since their initial sponsorship in 2010 which has seen the squad win 136 races thus far, highlighted by back-to-back Tour de France victories courtesy of Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013).

    Pinarello was founded by Giovanni Pinarello, himself a professional cyclist, but who saw the writing on the wall after finishing dead last in the 1951 Giro d'Italia. The next year his Giro d'Italia roster spot was bought out in favour of a more promising rider, Pasquale Fornara, and the 100,000 lire Pinarello received as compensation provided the seed money to found the eponymously named Pinarello bicycle company based in Treviso, Italy.

    This gallery represents many milestones in the history of Pinarello, from the company's first international victory via Guido de Rossa at the 1961 Tour de l'Avenir, its first overall Giro d'Italia victory in 1975, its relationship with Italian champions Giovanni Battaglin and Franco Chioccioli, through the more modern era with Miguel Indurain and Alex Zulle...