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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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November 19, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Armstrong seeks to dismiss federal whistleblower case

    Both Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel have spoken about the importance of starting RadioShack's season with a win.
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    November 19, 2013, 4:25 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Ruling expected in 30 days

    A whistleblower lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis in 2010 and joined by the US Justice Department this year is unlikely to be dismissed by a Federal US judge besides facing pressure from Lance Armstrong

    Judge Robert L. Wilkins commented during the nearly three-hour-long hearing that he is unlikely to dismiss all defendants in the False Claim Acts that include Armstrong, former RadioShack and US Postal team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports.

    The hearing was held following a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case and follows the actions of Landis's attorneys who invoked a wartime law in a bid to extend the statute of limitations as questions arose over whether the government's lawsuit was legitimate.

    Under the False Claims Act, the government must file a lawsuit within six years of a violation, or within three years of when the facts are known or reasonably should have been known by the responsible US official.

    As the US Government became aware of Armstrong's cheating in June 2010 when Landis filed his lawsuit they acted within the three-year window.

    The Justice Department claimed the reputation of the US Postal Service was tainted by Armstrong's confession that he used performance enhancing drugs on the way to winning the Tour de France for seven consecutive years.

    US Postal contributed around $40 million as title sponsor of Armstrong's team between 1998 and 2004. According to the US government's complaint it is believed that $18 million went to Armstrong.

    Armstrong's lawyer Elliot Peters argued that the Postal Service should have known back in 2000 as it was...

  • Sweden considering bid to host Giro d'Italia start after 2017

    The Giro d'Italia trophy on display in Naples
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    November 19, 2013, 6:35 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Stockholm could become northernmost depart

    Sweden is hoping to become the northernmost start of the Giro d'Italia, according to Eurosport.se. The Italian Tour has never been further north than Denmark.

    The race organiser Mauro Vegni has reportedly met with bicycle manufacturer Cycleurope and its parent company Grimaldi about a possible visit.

    "They asked me to look at the effort that would be needed for a start in Sweden," Vegni said. "We talked about possibly sometime after 2017."

    The CEO of the Vätternrundan, a hugely popular Swedish 300km sportif, Eva-Lena Frick said that more needs to be done to go ahead with the project.

    "We have had an initial discussion and we have been looking and waiting for this. At present, we have determined that it is way too large a commitment for us, but it's something that you have the door open for. It is an amazing offer."

    The Giro d'Italia has started outside of Italy's borders 11 times in its history: twice in each Belgium and the Netherlands, in Greece, France, and in 2012, in Denmark, as well as the Vatican City and San Marino. The race will begin in Ireland in 2014.

    Vegni has previously spoken of his desire to internationalise the race with New York and Dubai floated as potential starts.

    Organising the race start comes with a great deal of costs and requires the cooperation of many different stakeholders, from business to the governments.

    Yet it also provides ample opportunity to promote Sweden's culture and tourism.

    "The fact that we show the world that we are good at organizing major events, we can accommodate many people and give them a lovely experience. Both the racers and the fans who could come here and discover the country would want to come back" Frick said. "It would allow us many different ways to show that we...

  • Wyman, Dubnicoff among women tipped for UCI commissions

    European Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team)
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    November 19, 2013, 9:23 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    One woman chosen for each of UCI groups

    The UCI announced today the composition of each of its 18 special commissions, touting its new policy of adding at least one woman to each group. Cyclo-cross racer Helen Wyman (Cyclo-cross Commission), Canadian former track sprinter Tanya Dubnicoff (Track Commission) and Noemi Cantele (Ethics Commission) were among those appointed to posts.

    The new women's commission will be coordinated by Andrea Marcellini and composed of Australian coach Martin Barras, Specialized-lululemon team boss Kristy Scrymgeour (teams), 7-time US national champion Karen Bliss (industry), Mark Butterman (media) and one event organiser to be added. Rider representatives are US 'cross champion Katie Compton and Emma Pooley.

    The new International Development and National Federations' Commission will be coordinated by James Carr and Dominique Raymond with members Mohamed Wagih Azzam, Hee Wook Cho, Tracey Gaudry, David Lappartient and Jose Manuel Pelaez coming from the UCI Management Committee.

    The UCI also added a Constitutional Review Panel to be headed by Martin Gibbs, but members will not be announced until after the next meeting of the Management Committe.

    "I am delighted by this announcement, which helps reinforce the presence of women in cycling," UCI president Brian Cookson said of the increased representation by women. "It was one of the priorities of my mandate along with the international development of cycling and the reform of the governance of the UCI. Today we continue working to ensure our pledges are met."

  • Anna Sanchis signs for Wiggle Honda

    Anna Sanchis Chafer (Spain)
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    November 19, 2013, 10:59 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Spanish TT champion moves from Bizkaia

    Spanish time trial champion Anna Sanchis has signed a contract with women’s professional team Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling for 2014.

    In a statement released by the team, the 26-year-old said, "I'm so happy to be riding for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling next season. I'm really happy to be joining one of the best teams at world, which is so organised and professional. I look forward to riding with a group of really good riders, who will motivate me to work as hard as possible to help the team’s leaders to win a lot of races."

    Sanchis has spent the last four seasons at the Bizkaia - Durango team in Spain. She was national junior time trial champion in 2005 but broke through in 2012 to win both the elite road and time trial championships. She retained her time trial crown this year. Along with a strong pedigree against the clock, Sanchis has finished seventh in the Giro Donne.

    "After four years in Bizkaia, the team has given me everything they could possibly offer and whilst I'm very grateful that they have developed me to this level, I'm now ready for a change and to step up to the highest level," she added. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from my previous team, Bizkaia, and all the other wonderful people who have supported me until now.

    "My own objectives are the stages races like the Giro or the Route de France, I want to do the best that I can in these races."


     

  • Classic look to País Vasco route

    Sergio Henao (Sky) is the new leader of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco after his victory on stage 3.
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    November 19, 2013, 11:58 GMT
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    Peter Cossins

    Opening stage a mini-Liège that could feature up to a dozen climbs

    The Basque Country hasn’t had much to cheer in recent months, but the region’s biggest race has at least managed to weather the economic crisis in Spain. Although its future was under threat in 2012, the Vuelta al País Vasco will once again form part of the WorldTour calendar in 2014, featuring a route that mixes well-established tradition with some interesting tests, notably on the opening day.

    Running between April 7-12, the race will begin with a short stage of around 150km, starting and finishing in Ordizia. The elite field battling to succeed Movistar’s Nairo Quintana as the event’s champion will be on their mettle from the off as the stage has been branded “a mini Liège” and will feature between 10 and 12 climbs.

    The second stage from Ordizia will take the race south over lumpy terrain into Navarra for a finish at Urdax. The next day brings what is likely to be the only stage that will suit any sprinters in the field, running from Igantzi into the Basque capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

    The fourth day brings the classic Basque Country stage up to the Santuario de Arrate above Eibar. The Arrate climb has been a fixture on the route since the Bicicleta Vasca race unified with the Tour of the Basque Country in 2009. On this occasion the riders will pass over the climb once before a second ascent to the finish at the summit.

    The fifth stage from Eibar to Markina-Xemein is another testing one, although the contenders for the title are likely to hold fire until the crucial time trial on the final day. Measuring 25km in length, the test in and around Markina-Xemein will feature a significant amount of climbing.

  • George Bennett signs one year deal with Cannondale

    Hayden Roulston edges teammate George Bennett to win the 2013 New Zealand road national championships in Christchurch
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    November 19, 2013, 12:51 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Interest from BMC and Garmin but signs for Amadio's men

    George Bennett has signed a one-year contract with Cannondale Pro Cycling for 2014. The 23-year-old turned professional with RadioShack in 2011 after spending a season at the Trek Livestrong under 23 squad. Cyclingnews understands that both Garmin and BMC were interested in signing Bennett.

    “Joining Cannondale is a huge opportunity for me, I have always admired the way they race and the way they win. I am really excited to be a part of that next year. I think there is a wealth of experience in the staff and riders that I can tap into and keep making big steps forward, it is a road less travelled by other riders from my side of the world but that's the road I have taken since I started racing as an amateur. It’s also a chance to experience a new culture, learn a new language and make new friends,” he said in a team release.

    “ I’m expecting a slightly slower start to my schedule in 2014; the focus will be on performing strongly in stage races through March. I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes last season and next year my goal is to be part of a successful Grand Tour. I hope to play an important role in team victories and when the opportunity presents itself, take a chance for a personal result.”

    Bennett began to show signs of his talent towards the end of this year. He rode his first grand tour at the Giro in May – finishing in 122nd place overall – but claimed a top ten place in the US Pro Challenge later in the season. He went on to finish 20th at the Tour of Beijing in October.

    “We are excited to have George join our team, he is a very good young talent who we look forward to working with and helping him to continue his development as a pro bike rider. As a good climber, he can...

  • Gallery: Reynolds tubing handmade bikes

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    Article published:
    November 19, 2013, 15:50 GMT
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    Sam Dansie

    Handbuilt bikes using UK's greatest tubing

    This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

    UK tubing manufacturer Reynolds announced last week they would launch a brand new stainless steel general purpose tubeset in the new year.

    We thought the arrival of Reynolds 921 was as good a reason as any to pull a gallery together of some beautiful British handmade bikes all rendered in Reynolds' famed tubes. Phil Taylor, a frame builder by trade, but arguably better known as the organiser of the Bespoked handmade bike show, picked some of his personal favourites and gives us a critique of their artistic and engineering merit.

    "I like Reynolds tubing because the bikes I had as a kid growing up all had Reynolds," Taylor told BikeRadar. Now I get to make bikes using the same tubing and, as a British frame builder, I like to use UK products where possible."

    For a complete gallery of images, click here.