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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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March 13, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Amgen Tour of California announces 16 invited teams

    The 2011 Amgen Tour of California GC podium was all-American: Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), Chris Horner (RadioShack) and Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cerv
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    March 13, 2012, 13:38 GMT
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    GreenEdge, Project1T4I and Colombia-Coldeportes notable first timers

    Race organizers have named the 16 teams, including some of the world’s best international and domestic squads, to compete in the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, which will take place May 13 to 20. Comprised of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) ProTeam, Pro Continental and Continental squads, the 16 world class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come in July in both France and London.

    "These 16 teams represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race and we are honored to have them join us for the seventh edition of the Amgen Tour of California," said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the race and senior vice president of AEG Sports. "Cycling fans will see some favorite and familiar faces back in California this May, as well as a few new teams who will be racing with us for the first time. We look forward to presenting another impressive race for fans around the world."

    As previously announced by race presenters AEG, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California will start in Santa Rosa on May 13 and travel more than 750 miles throughout some of California’s most majestic and iconic highways, roadways and coastlines before the final stage on May 20 when the race will start in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive and finish at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

    The 16 elite teams include the newly restructured RadioShack-Nissan, whose roster includes Amgen Tour of California defending champion Chris Horner, Jens Voigt and current U.S. National Road Race Champion Matthew Busche, who will compete against a field that includes the No. 1-ranked team in the world, Omega Pharma –...

  • Fuentes denies breaking law, but admits giving transfusions

    Dr Eufemiano Fuentes
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    March 13, 2012, 15:19 GMT
    Peter Cossins

    Lawyers representing doctor at centre of Puerto case insist he broke no public health laws

    Lawyers representing the doctor at the centre of the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation, Eufemiano Fuentes, have acknowledged that he did carry out blood transfusions for professional athletes, but are insisting that he wasn’t breaking any laws when he did so. Due to face trial in Madrid later this year along with five others, Fuentes is accused of a crime against public health due to the fact that he helped to carry blood transfusions in hotel rooms.

    The details have emerged from written statements presented to the Madrid court last December by defence lawyers representing Fuentes, former Comunitat Valenciana DS Vicente Belda and former Comunitat Valenciana assistant DS Ignacio Labarta and were published on Monday [March 12] by El País.

    The statement says: “It cannot certainly be said that the blood transfusions provided in hotel rooms were carried out without sufficient hygienic and sanitary guarantees, since such locations are ideal for carrying out these procedures in given situations where they are undertaken, in a hotel room that had recently been prepared for the arrival of a new guest and also bearing in mind that they were carried out by persons who were both well experienced and qualified to do so, namely José Luis Merino Batres, who is a haematologist and Señor Fuentes, who assisted him on some of these tasks, who is also a practising doctor.”

    Along with Fuentes, Merino Batres, Belda and Labarta, the others due to face the same charges are Fuentes’ sister, Yolanda Fuentes, who is also a doctor, and Manolo Saiz, former team boss at ONCE and Liberty Seguros. All are maintaining their innocence of the

  • Gallery: Classic Tirreno-Adriatico images

    Gianni Bugno gets a hamper for his troubles in Paglieta at the 1988 Tirreno-Adriatico.
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    March 13, 2012, 17:00 GMT
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    A look back over 25 years of the Race Between the Two Seas

    As the curtain comes down on the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico, we take a look back at some classic images from the Race Between the Two Seas from the past twenty-five years.

    From Giuseppe Saronni to Oscar Freire, Gianni Bugno to Mario Cipollini, Tirreno-Adriatico has long been the test site of choice for those riders preparing for Milan-San Remo, as our gallery demonstrates.

    To pigeonhole the race as mere opening act for Milan-San Remo would be to do it a grave injustice, however. As our gallery shows, we have been treated to some fantastic racing in central Italy over the years, and the biggest names of every era have come to test themselves in Tirreno-Adriatico.

    View the Classic Tirreno-Adriatico photo gallery here.

  • Matthews out of Milan-San Remo

    Michael Matthews (Rabobank) on the podium as best young rider.
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    March 13, 2012, 17:35 GMT
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    Return date unknown for injured Rabobank rider

    Rabobank's Michael Matthews will be missing out on Milan-San Remo this weekend due to injury. The Australian crashed badly on the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico last Thursday and is still suffering from his injuries. The Dutch Rabobank team has thus confirmed that the former U23 world champion will not be at the start line in Milan this coming Saturday.

    "No Milan-San Remo for Michael Matthews - he suffers too much from his crash in Tirreno. Tom Leezer will race instead," team spokesman Luuc Eisenga tweeted on Tuesday.

    The 21-year-old finished ninth overall at the Tour Down Under this year and won the Clasica de Almeria. Matthews would have been an important man in Rabobank's San Remo line-up, headed by fellow Australian Mark Renshaw.

    Rabobank's adjusted line-up for Milan-San Remo: Lars Boom, Matti Breschel, Bram Tankink, Maarten Wynants, Mark Renshaw, Paul Martens en Maarten Tjallingii, Tom Leezer.

  • Nieve to lead Euskaltel-Euskadi in Giro d'Italia

    Mikel Nieve (Euskaltel-Euskadi) can hardly believe he's won.
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    March 13, 2012, 19:46 GMT
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    Sanchez and Anton to share lead in Tour of the Basque Country

    Mikel Nieve will lead Euskaltel-Euskadi in the Giro d'Italia in May, while Samuel Sanchez and Igor Anton will share captain duties in the Tour of the Basque Country next month.  Nine riders are still competing for eight spots in the latter race.

    Nieve finished tenth in both the Giro and the Vuelta a Espana last year. His one victory of last season came during the Italian Grand Tour when he won the queen stage of the 2011 Giro.

    Nieve will lead Amets Txurruka, Iván Velasco, Miguel Mínguez, Juan Jose Oroz, Jon Izagirre, Víctor Cabedo, Pierre Cazaux and Adrián Sáez de Arregi at this year's Giro which starts in Herning, Denmark, on May 5.

    Sanchez and Anton will lead six of the following seven riders in the Basque Country: Mikel Astarloza, Gorka Izagirre, Jorge Azanza, Egoi Martinez, Gorka Verdugo, Juan Jose Oroz and Romain Sicard.

    In other races Sanchez will lead the team in the Volta a Catalunya, while Anton and Astarloza will ride the Criterium International.

    The team's future is in jeopardy, however.  The Basque government's Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has said that certain changes must be made to the team's jersey.  If these changes  are not made to coincide with the Tour of the Basque Country, the sponsorship contract “will be terminated without the right to any compensation."

  • Kadri out for two months from Paris-Nice crash

    Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale)
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    March 13, 2012, 20:15 GMT
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    Further exams reveal more serious injuries

    Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale) will be out of competition for two months due to injuries sustained from a crash in stage 5 at Paris-Nice, his team announced today

    The 25-year-old Frenchman was originally diagnosed with a broken scapula and thought not to need corrective surgery, but further medical examinations in Toulouse revealed more serious injuries. Kadri's broken scapula was revealed to be a more complex fracture requiring surgery, and he's also been diagnosed with a skull fracture.

    Kadri underwent surgery today and is expected to return to competition in two months.

    Kadri is in his fourth year as a professional cyclist, all with AG2R La Mondiale, and has one victory in his palmares, a stage at the 2010 Route du Sud.

  • GreenEdge, Vacansoleil teams named for Milan-San Remo

    The GreenEdge team controlled the race for Goss
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    March 13, 2012, 21:03 GMT
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    Goss ready to tackle La Primavera

    With Milan-San Remo just days away, the teams of the top competitors are starting to come together, and the GreenEdge team of defending champion Matthew Goss has been announced along with that of Vacansoleil-DCM and FDJ-BigMat.

    Goss may have been the surprise Milan-San Remo winner in 2011 when his then-HTC-Highroad teammate Mark Cavendish was left behind when the peloton was split by a crash, but this year he will have the entire GreenEdge team behind him as he seeks a second title.

    Canadian champion Svein Tuft will provide the diesel engine for the Australian team's train, having demonstrated his ability to click off countless kilometers on the front of the race at Tirreno-Adriatico. Stuart O'Grady provides tactical savvy, while Simon Gerrans will be the squad's go-to guy if a small group escapes on the Poggio or Cipressa. The team also brings Baden Cooke, Matt Wilson, Sebastian Langeveld and Tomas Vaitkus, according to the team's website.

    Goss himself is recovering from a cold and abandoned Tirreno-Adriatico as a precautionary measure, his team announced yesterday. "Matt is going really well, and we don't want to run any risks before the big one-day races coming up. In pulling him out of the race now, after two really hard days, we'll still be able to count on him recovering fully for Milano-Sanremo and the other big Classics," said directeur sportif Matt White.

    "I'm obviously not happy pulling out, but I think it's the best decision to play it safe leading up to Milano-Sanremo. I've gotten some really good racing under the belt here and I think I'll be ready to go hard again after having shaken this cold in a few days," Goss said.

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  • Hushovd looks to take Milan-San Remo sprint for BMC

    Thor Hushovd (BMC) was dropped from the breakaway.
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    March 13, 2012, 22:02 GMT
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    US team with four potential winners in Hushovd, Ballan, Gilbert and Van AVermaet

    BMC Racing Team will send a powerful squad to Milan-San Remo on Saturday, with four riders capable of winning the race. But former World Champion Thor Hushovd assumes that if it comes down to a sprint, the team will be riding for him.

    Hushovd, Alessandro Ballan and Philippe Gilbert will all be looking to do their best at La Primavera. The team's other top threat, Greg Van Avermaet, has admitted he is questionable due to a heel injury.

    “It's still me who has the best sprint of us four, and I expect to go for my chance,” Hushovd told 

    The big Norwegian has no problem getting over the final climb of the Poggio, having finished in the top ten at the race four times, and being on the podium twice. “I have shown so many times that I can get over it now, so it's more a question of what one does at the end and what tactics you choose ahead of the finals.”

    Gilbert has so far not shown anything this season and he withdrew from Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday with a fever, leading to questions as to whether he would be able to start on Saturday. Hushovd was discreet about the Belgian's chances. “For my part, I have nothing to say about whether Gilbert will compete or not. We'll probably be able to make a powerful team, anyway.

    “For the team he is, naturally enough, an important part and he increases the team's chances to win the race.”