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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Date published:
October 20, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Pollack's B-sample results expected this week

    Olaf Pollack (Team Volksbank)
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 16:33 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    German says he expects laboratory's counter-analysis to clear his name

    Olaf Pollack expects to know this week whether counter-analysis of anti-doping samples has confirmed evidence of manipulation. The Dresden Institute for Doping analysis and Sport biochemistry has commenced analysis of samples taken on September 6 that had allegedly shown irregular blood values.

    Pollack was suspended by the German Cycling Federation (BDR) in mid-September after the initial findings. The former Gerolsteiner and T-Mobile professional has denied any wrong-doing and told German media that he expects the counter-analysis to support his claim of innocence.

    "I count upon hearing a result by the end of the week," said Pollack on Tuesday, according to German newspaper Bild.

    Pollack could face a two-year suspension from competition if the result of the counter-analysis confirms evidence of doping practices.

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  • Ljungqvist signs on as sports director with Team Sky

    Marcus Ljungqvist catching up on the news
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 16:39 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Swede ends racing career with Saxo Bank after turning down offer from RadioShack

    Saxo Bank's Marcus Ljungqvist has announced his retirement from professional racing and will join Team Sky as a sports director in 2010. The 35-year-old Swedish Champion said on Tuesday that despite an offer to extend his 12-year racing career with Lance Armstrong's RadioShack, he was enthusiastic about the change in perspective that his new role at Team Sky will provide.

    "I can now happily confirm that my future within professional cycling will bring me the challenge of participating in the efforts to create success for the new British super team, Team Sky. I think this is a chance of a lifetime," said Ljungqvist.

    "As of January 1, 2010, I will formally begin my work as one of Team Sky's sports directors. My contact with fellow Sports Director Scott Sunderland and Team Manager Dave Brailsford lead me to believe that Team Sky has the power and the ambition to set the peloton on fire in our very first season."

    Ljungqvist leaves Saxo Bank after riding for Bjarne Riis' squad since 2006. His career had also seen him ride for Liquigas-Bianchi, Alessio-Bianchi, Crédit Agricole and Fakta. He said today that he had decided to end his racing career despite an offer to join Lance Armstrong's Team RadioShack for the 2010 season.

    His career had included overall victory at the Tour of Luxembourg in 2002, two Swedish national titles (2001 and 2009), the Scandinavian Open (2004), as well as stage wins at Paris – Corrèze (2006) and Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt (2001).

    His move to Sky will not be to an entirely unfamiliar environment. Saxo Bank teammate Kurt-Asle Arvesen will continue his competitive career with the team, while fellow sports director Scott Sunderland was Ljungqvist's teammate at both Alessio-Bianchi and Fakta.

    "The possibility of working together with one of my best friends, in and outside of the peloton, Kurt-Asle Arvesen, former teammate Scott Sunderland and one of Sweden's most promising riders,...

  • Milram signs Kluge for one year

    Roger Kluge took bronze in the World Championship scratch race in 2008.
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 16:42 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    German track star signs deal at Six Days of Amsterdam

    Olympic points race silver medallist Roger Kluge has signed a one-year contract with Milram at the first night of the Six Days of Amsterdam on Monday. The 23-year-old German will join the ProTour team on the road after his next major goal, the 2010 Track World Championships in Denmark next March.

    "I am very happy with this deal and I'm looking forward to the challenges that it will present," Kluge told German newspaper Lausitzer Rundschau after signing the contract, which includes an option to extend for a second year with the team.

    Kluge will make the move to the ProTour from German continental team LKT Team Brandenburg. He backed up his silver medal performance in the points race at last year's Beijing Olumpics with four victories on the road this season.

    He becomes the fifth new rider to join Milram for 2010. Compatriot Dominik Nerz has signed as a neo-pro, while Australian Luke Roberts and Belgian riders Roy Sentjens and Wim De Vocht have also signed one year contracts with the team.

    The confirmation of his contract with Milram capped a big night for Kluge on Monday, as he and Six Day partner Robert Bartko took the lead on the opening night of the event in Amsterdam.

    Milram Team Manager Gerry Van Gerwen was on hand in Amsterdam to witness both the on-track performance and signature of his new charge. Van Gerwen was understandably pleased to have gained the services of the powerful German rider.

    "Roger is one of Germany's biggest talents," said Van Gerwen. "He is a very strong athlete who can become a very important rider for us."

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  • Pinotti ends season on high with time trial win

    Italian Marco Pinotti (Columbia) races to GP Stresa win
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 16:57 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    GP Stresa victory caps positive season for expectant father

    Marco Pinotti ended his season with at the GP Stresa time trial Sunday in Italy. His win came one day after a disappointing Giro di Lombardia and allowed him to start his off-season positively.

    "I wanted better at Lombardia, but it was an off day," Pinotti told Cyclingnews. "I thought I would end the season like that. Instead, Sunday's race let me finish the season with the knowledge that I had worked well. It showed my body handled the work well and can become better next year."

    Italian Champion Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) won by over a minute ahead of Alessandro Raisoni (CarmioOro) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas). It erased the disappointment of finishing 6:52 behind winner Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) on home roads at the Giro di Lombardia.

    He closed the season with three wins: Stresa, Italian time trial championships and a stage of País Vasco. He also helped American-based Columbia-HTC to two team time trial wins, at the Tour de Romandie and the Giro d'Italia.

    His one regret is missing out on the podium at the World Championship time trial last month in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He finished fifth, 3:03 behind Fabian Cancellara.

    "I had a good result, but I did not use all of my potential," Pinotti said. "With only a little bit more, I could have been on the podium. It didn't go well that day; I did not show as best as I could."

    Pinotti will take a brief break before returning to training for the 2010 season. He will also be busy at home; he and his wife are expecting a baby boy in November.

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  • Moreno to race for Omega Pharma-Lotto in 2010

    Giro del Piemonte runner-up Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne).
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 17:40 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Spaniard signs one year deal with Belgian squad

    Daniel Moreno will join Omega Pharma-Lotto after signing a one-year deal with the Belgian squad. Sport.be reported that the Spaniard will leave Caisse d'Epargne after two seasons and will ride alongside World Champion Cadel Evans in 2010.

    Moreno's transfer comes at the end of the most successful season in his six-year professional career. He finished second overall at the Tour of Poland before riding to 11th overall at last month's Vuelta a España. He took a stage win at the Vuelta a Chihuahua this month, and followed that up with a second place behind future teammate Philippe Gilbert at the Giro del Piemonte.

    Omega Pharma-Lotto will be Moreno's third professional team. He began his career in 2004 with Spanish pro-continental team Relax and entered ProTour competition with Caisse d'Epargne in 2008.

    Moreno will take part in his final major race with Caisse d'Epargne at the Japan Cup, in Tokyo on Sunday.

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  • Double Lombardia victory for Silence-Lotto, says Damiani

    Silence-Lotto's Roberto Damiani with Cadel Evans and Christophe Brandt, l
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 18:32 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    World Champ Evans' teamwork as important as Gilbert's Giro di Lombardia win

    Cadel Evans' teamwork and Philippe Gilbert's win in the Giro di Lombardia on Saturday in Como, Italy, was a double win for Silence-Lotto, according to its sports director Roberto Damiani.

    "We first worked with [Wilfried] Cretskens, the other riders, [Charles] Wegelius on Ghisallo, [Matthew] Lloyd on Civiglio and then our World Champion, Cadel Evans.  He put himself to work for Gilbert, this is almost as big as the victory itself," Damiani told Gazzetta TV.

    Silence-Lotto's riders won five times in three weeks: Evans at the World Championships and Gilbert at the Coppa Sabatini, Paris-Tours, Giro del Piemonte and Giro di Lombardia.

    The Belgian team faced criticism at the start of the season for not winning.  Evans gave Silence-Lotto its first win at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali on March 28.  It reached the halfway point of the season with only five wins.

    "We talked at the end of August about what had not gone right up to that point," continued Damiani.  "Above all, we had an incredible response from our riders.  There are these moments in life and sport where it seems like you can win even without your rear wheel.  Lombardia was one of those moments."

    Italy's Damiani joined Silence-Lotto in 2007.  He worked previously with Mapei, Fassa Bortolo, Liquigas and LPR.

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  • Arroyo extends contract with Caisse d'Epargne

    David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne)
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 18:34 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Tour start likely as Arroyo lines up for sixth season with Spanish squad

    David Arroyo has signed a one-year contract renewal with Caisse d'Epargne that will see him race with the team through 2010, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The 29-year-old, who finished 11th overall in this year's Giro d'Italia, signed the extension on Monday and said he looked forward to his sixth season with the squad.

    "I am delighted to continue another year with the team," Arroyo told Marca. "Both myself and the team are very happy. We will work together to achieve the best results possible. It has been easy to reach an agreement and we'll continue our relationship for another year."

    Arroyo has enjoyed his most successful season with Caisse d'Epargne this year. He finished 11th overall at the Giro d'Italia and last month took a stage win at the Tour of Limousin, where he finished second overall.

    This year, for the fourth year in a row, Arroyo was part of Caisse d'Epargne's squad at the Tour de France and although he is yet to confirm his programme for 2010, he expects the French Grand Tour to form part of his schedule.

    "In terms of a programme for next year, [the team and I] have not sat down to make any formal decisions," he said. "We've signed new riders, so we'll wait to see how the team works together and can be competitive. But everything seems to point towards me taking part in the Tour, as I have since I arrived at the team in 2005."

    Arroyo's best performance at the Tour de France was 13th overall in 2007.

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  • Vandenbroucke to be laid to rest on Saturday

    Frank Vandenbroucke rode for Cinelli-Down Under earlier in 2009.
    Article published:
    October 20, 2009, 18:36 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Family to hold private service in Ploegsteert

    Cyclist Frank Vanbenbroucke will be laid to rest at a private funeral to be held Saturday in Ploegsteert, Belgium, his family told Belga on Tuesday. The 34-year-old died last week in Saly, Senegal.

    The ceremony will be followed by a burial in the family vault in a nearby cemetery.

    The rider's parents have requested that the ceremony within the church take place in strict privacy, but a giant screen was erected outside the church so that fans of the rider can view images of the funeral.

    The cause of Vandenbroucke's death was a double pulmonary embolism plus an existing heart condition, a Senegalese pathologist declared after a post-mortem analysis. However, the country reportedly does not have the capability to perform toxicology studies, and those would have to be performed in Europe if drugs are to be ruled out as a factor in the Belgian's death.

    The rider's body is expected to be repatriated to his native Belgium in the coming days.

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