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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 16, 2010

Date published:
September 16, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Brice Feillu set to join Schlecks at Luxembourg team

    France's Brice Feillu (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) took the mountains classification.
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 11:39 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    French climber reveals verbal agreement with new Luxembourg team

    Young French climber Brice Feillu has revealed that he will be racing for the new Luxembourg team built around the Schleck brothers next year. The 2009 Tour de France stage winner had already announced that he would be leaving his Vacansoleil team at the end of the season and he has now confirmed the rumours linking him to the new outfit managed by Kim Andersen.

    "I gave them my word, even if I haven't signed yet, and they gave me theirs, " Feillu told La Nouvelle République. The 25-year-old expects to ink his two-year contract "in about ten days".

    According to Feillu, the move was initiated by the Schleck brothers themselves, who contacted him in May. The Frenchman has had a frustrating season with his Dutch Vacansoleil team, which wasn't invited to any of the Grand Tours this year.

    "I didn't feel at ease in the team," Feillu explained. "The disappointment of not doing the Tour was enormous - I was really hit by that for a while. And then, I never had really good legs this season. When I joined the team, I was considered as one of the leaders, but because I didn't live up to their expectations, the roles were reversed. In some races, I even didn't have fun anymore."

    He also said that the team's non-selection in the key events and his own poor performances added up. "If I had been in good form, I might have been able to show myself more in races, but then again, in July, when I normally peak, we didn't race much at all. And training rides can never replace racing kilometres. Vacansoleil really missed out on all the great events this season, so it wasn't easy to show myself."

    Now, Feillu is happy and motivated to join the new team. "They [the Schleck brothers - ed.] are really nice guys, and I think it will be the perfect team for me to lighten up. A team where I will be able to feel well-integrated in the long term. I'm going there for a new start," he announced.

    But his departure from Vacansoleil...

  • Spanish team for world championships announced

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank)
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 12:19 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Freire bids for fourth title, Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez also included

    The Spanish team for the world championships has been announced. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) will lead a strong line-up of nine riders that also features Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and a number of riders currently starring at the Vuelta a España.

    Freire is seeking a record fourth title on a course that seems suited to his characteristics and national coach José Luis de Santos is not concerned by his leader’s decision to abandon the Vuelta earlier this week. “It’s all going in the right direction, [Freire] is assimilating the work he did at the Vuelta and I’m happy with how things are going,” said de Santos.

    Vuelta a España stage winners Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) and Imanol Erviti (Caisse d’Epargne) have also been included in the team, along with Erviti’s teammate Luis Leon Sánchez.

    Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack) earns a first Worlds selection since Zolder in 2002, while Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) and Francisco José Ventoso (Carmioro NGC) complete a strong roster.

    With Spanish riders performing so well on a number of fronts in September, de Santos had a wealth of on-form talent at his disposal: “Most of them have been at the Vuelta, and the others have done well elsewhere. Samuel Sánchez and Zubeldia rode well at the two Canadian classics and Ventoso is a rider who did a sensational Paris-Brussels.”

    Luis Leon Sánchez will also ride the time trial event, along with his Caisse d’Epargne teammate Rubén Plaza, who is also listed as a reserve for the road race. “Yesterday Ruben didn’t do a great time trial due to physical problems, but there is still time and I am sure he will do a good job at the Worlds,” de Santos explained.

    Spanish team for world championships:

    Road race: Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Juan...

  • Bordry prepared to hand over Armstrong's 1999 Tour de France samples

    Pierre Bordry has announced new tougher testing for this year's Tour de France.
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 12:46 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    AFLD will collaborate with federal investigation

    Pierre Bordry, head of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) has announced that he is prepared to collaborate fully with the United States federal investigation into alleged doping practices at the US Postal Service team.

    According to an AP report, Bordry stated that he will hand over former US Postal rider Lance Armstrong’s B samples from the 1999 Tour de France to federal investigators should such a request be made. The investigation is being led by Jeff Novitzky of the Food and Drug Administration.

    "They can ask us anything, we will do it," Bordry said. "We can either send them the samples or do the testing ourselves."

    The urine samples in question were frozen after the 1999 Tour and stored for retrospective testing as a recognised urine test for EPO did not exist at the time. The samples were subsequently unfrozen and tested at the AFLD’s Châtenay-Malabry laboratory.

    In August 2005, L’Équipe reported that six of the samples revealed the use of synthetic EPO. The six samples in question were those taken after the prologue and stages 1, 9, 10, 12 and 14 of the 1999 Tour de France.

    A UCI investigation subsequently cleared Armstrong and in 2008 the American refused to agree to the AFLD’s offer to retest the samples.
     

  • Sevilla tests positive for blood expander

    Oscar Sevilla speaks with the press.
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 15:29 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Spaniard provisionally suspended until federation panel convenes

    Oscar Sevilla has been provisionally suspended after returning a positive urine test for hydroxyethyl starch at the Vuelta a Colombia on 15 August 2010. He will remain suspended until a Spanish Cycling Federation panel convenes to deliberate on his case.

    “The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. Sevilla was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Bogota indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of Hydroxyethyl starch in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test at the Vuelta a Colombia on 15 August 2010,” read a UCI statement.

    Hydroxyethyl starch, or HES, is a blood plasma volume expander that has been abused by athletes to keep blood values within the normal range after boosting red blood cell production through EPO or similar drugs.

    Sevilla finished second overall at the Colombian race after winning the final time trial. He hasn’t raced for a top-level European team since he was fired by T-Mobile in relation to his involvement in the Operación Puerto doping case. Along with his then teammate Jan Ullrich, Sevilla was not allowed to start the 2006 Tour de France as a result of being linked to the investigation.

    Sevilla subsequently raced for the Relax-Gam team before joining the controversial Rock Racing outfit in 2008. The Spaniard began his career at Kelme and enjoyed his best season in 2001, winning the white jersey at the Tour de France and finishing 2nd overall at the Vuelta a España.

  • Cavendish to skip Paris-Tours

    Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) is honing his form ahead of the world championships.
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 18:40 BST
    By:
    Jean-François Quénet

    Manx Missile focuses on Worlds and Commonwealth Games

    Mark Cavendish has won four stages so far at the Tour of Spain, including the inaugural team time trial. There may well be two more to come, with Friday’s and Sunday’s stages both potential sprint finishes. But he already has his sights set on the last two events that he’ll take part in this year: the world championships in Geelong on October 3rd, where he will ride for Great Britain, and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 10, where he will ride for the Isle of Man.

    “Of all my four wins here, the most important is the team time trial on day 1,” said the sprinter from HTC-Columbia who wore the red jersey of the Vuelta in Sevilla. He was full of praise for the hard work done by his team in spite of being deprived of their two powerhouses Bernhard Eisel and Hayden Roulston, who were forced to pull out prematurely.

    Cavendish is obviously in a physical condition that allows him to go to the world championships with high ambitions even though he’ll have only two team-mates in the British team: David Millar and Jeremy Hunt.

    “I’m looking forward to representing my country and doing well at the world championship in Australia,” Cavendish said. “At the Vuelta, I’ve seen a lot of guys in good form, so the competition will be hard. After that, I’ll only do the road race at the Commonwealth Games. I won’t do anything on the track like four years ago when I won gold in Melbourne. I’d have liked to do Paris-Tours but it’s impossible to be competitive just one week after the World’s with the travelling and the time difference, so I’ve opted for the Commonwealth Games. We have a great group of cyclists on the Isle of Man. I’m proud to put on that jersey. I’m looking forward to that.”

    The course of the road race at Vijay Chowk on October 10 in India is set to be completely flat, which means that Cavendish has a good...

  • Rollin, Tuft top Canada's team for Worlds

    Svein Tuft (Garmin-Transitions)
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 20:04 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Samplonius, Whitten lead women's charge

    Canada will field a strong team of 13 riders for the upcoming UCI road world championships in Geelong, Australia. Svein Tuft, a silver medalist in the 2008 world time trial championship and the current Canadian champion, will be the country's sole representative in the elite men's time trial.

    Dominique Rollin will be the squad's fast finisher for the road race and will be joined by Tuft and Christian Meier as part of the three-man Canadian team for the elite men.

    On the under-23 side, Canada will be represented in the road race by David Boily, Guillaume Boivin, Hugo Houle and Arnaud Papillon, with Boily and Houle also competing in the time trial.

    In the elite women's time trial recent winner of the Chrono Champenois, Anne Samplonius, will be a strong candidate along with Tara Whitten, a two-time track world champion who placed eighth in the 2009 world championship time trial.

    For the road race, the team will rely upon sprinter Joëlle Numainville, Samplonius, Whitten as well as Erinne Willock, Denise Ramsden and Karol-Ann Canuel.

    Canadian Cycling Team – 2010 UCI Road World Championships

    Men

    Christian Meier – Road Race
    Dominique Rollin – Road Race
    Svein Tuft – Road Race, Time Trial
    David Boily (U23) – Road Race, Time Trial
    Guillaume Boivin (U23) – Road Race
    Hugo Houle (U23) – Road Race, Time Trial
    Arnaud Papillon (U23) – Road Race

    Women

    Karol-Ann Canuel – Road Race
    Joëlle Numainville – Road Race
    Denise Ramsden – Road Race
    Anne Samplonius – Road Race, Time Trial
    Tara Whitten – Road Race, Time Trial
    Erinne Willock – Road Race
     

  • Barredo returns to Australia for Worlds

    Caros Barredo (Quick Step) takes an emotional stage win
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 20:55 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Vuelta stage winner scored breakthrough win at 2006 Tour Down Under

    One of the most on-form riders at the end of the season, Carlos Barredo, was a natural inclusion in the Spanish national team for the world championships. The news about his selection came the day after the winner of the Vuelta a España's mythical stage 15 at the Lagos de Covadonga finished eighth in the 46km time trial in the vineyards of Peñafiel.

    "Normally I can time trial pretty well, but I'm not used to making the top 10," Barredo told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 18 in Valladolid. "It was a really nice ride. Actually, after Denis Menchov passed me, his presence motivated me a lot. I stayed 50 metres behind him and I gave everything."

    Barredo's time trial performance was rooted in the morale-boosting victory in stage 15 "where I discovered my passion for bike racing as a kid. That stage win was important for the team as well."

    After four years at Quick Step, the 29-year-old will join Rabobank next year. "I felt really good here [at Quick Step] but this is cycling," he said. "This is...business. Rabobank will have a strong Spanish flavour next year with Oscar Freire, Juan Manuel Garate and Luis Leon Sanchez. Luis Leon and I started together at Liberty Seguros with Alberto Contador. We had a strong group of young guys with Daniel Navarro, José Joaquin Rojas, Jesus Hernandez, Javier Ramirez Abeja...and we're still good friends."

    Before being reunited at Rabobank, Barredo and Sanchez will ride together for the Spanish national team at the world championship in Geelong, Australia. Barredo made his breakthrough at the international level when he won stage 3 of the 2006 Tour Down Under.

    "I remember the finishing town was Yankalilla and the weather was so hot that day that the tarmac was melting," Barredo said. "I haven't been to Australia since, and I'm delighted to go back on this occasion because we have the possibility to win with Oscar Freire. All the Spanish riders selected for the...

  • Roberts and Lowe join Australian team

    Tanya Denver Memorial Award for highest placed South Australian went to Luke Roberts (Milram).
    Article published:
    September 16, 2010, 22:02 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Pegasus Sports boosts roster with more ProTour riders

    Luke Roberts and Trent Lowe have been confirmed with the Australian team run by Pegasus Sports, which has ambitions to become the first team from the country to join the ProTour.

    Roberts, 33, rode for the Milram team this season and won a stage of the Vuelta Murcia this spring. Lowe comes to the squad after three seasons with the Garmin-Transitions team.

    The pair will join other new signings Robbie McEwen and Svein Tuft on what is destined to be Australia's super team, which will grow out of the current Fly V Australia structure.

    "We are super-excited to have signed Luke and Trent," said Pegasus Sports CEO Chris White. "They are key to our plans to build a leading ProTour team. They will contribute enormously to the team, both in terms of its uniquely Australian flavour and their abilities as bike riders. Luke and Trent are seasoned professionals, and they each bring something special to the team and will play key roles – Trent as a GC rider and Luke as an all-rounder."

    Roberts is a former Olympic and World Champion in the team pursuit and has eight individual wins on the road, and will be a strong lead-out man for McEwen in the sprints.

    Lowe's past two seasons have been dogged by back luck and illness, after a close second place at the 2008 Tour of Georgia. "He’s a stage race winner waiting to break-out, and we believe we can provide the environment which will allow this to happen and for Trent to reach his potential," White said.