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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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October 04, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Pound says sponsors should insist on anti-corruption clauses

    WADA chairman Dick Pound Photo: © AFP
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 13:21 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Former WADA chief calls on IOC to drive change

    Dick Pound, former president of WADA and former vice-president of the IOC, has warned sports sponsors that they should insist on anti-corruption clauses in their contracts with sports organisations. Pound was speaking at the Right To Play conference in Cologne, Germany.

    “Not to be overlooked in any consideration of fighting corruption in sport would be the possible range of actions on the part of sponsors. Some argue that cycling would never have begun a serious fight to eliminate doping in sport had some of the team sponsors not walked away from their sponsorships, or decided not to renew their sponsorships,” said Pound, who has vast experience in the sporting arena and has witnessed cycling go through some of its most turbulent years of doping scandals and allegations of corruption.

    “If I were providing professional advice to potential sponsors of sporting events or sport organizations, I would be sure to advise them to insist upon anti-corruption provision in the contract, which would allow the sponsor to withdraw at any time if corruption occurred and to recover any amounts paid in respect of the sponsorship, plus amounts incurred by the sponsor in activation of the sponsorship. “

    A number of cycling teams already have clauses in their contracts that allow them to terminate the sponsorship of their team if a rider tests positive. This has happened before in the case of T-Mobile, when the German company pulled out of the sport after a number of doping-related scandals that riddled the sport of cycling. The final straw came when Patrik Sinkewitz tested positive in 2007 at the Tour de France and the team folded.

    Although the Telekom void was filled by investment, and later by a new American team run by Bob Stapleton, Pound’s words are a stark reminder of just how significant sponsorship is within the sport. Arguably, with cycling’s basic financial model of sponsorship, it is of paramount...

  • Andersen facing lesser role at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek

    Kim Andersen gives out the orders for the day
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 14:49 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dane wants to continue work with Schlecks and Fuglsang

    Kim Andersen is facing a demotion, going from Executive Sports Director at Leopard Trek to working under Johan Bruyneel at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, but he will only discover what role he will be offered after the end of this season.

    “I still want to be the one to work closely with Andy Schleck, Fränk Schleck and Jakob Fuglsang,” he told sporten.dk. “Otherwise there was no reason to stay, so I might as well start somewhere else. But once this project comes to be, there are some exciting prospects for it.”

    Andersen is scheduled to meet with Bruyneel after the October 15 Tour of Lombardy to discuss his future.  “It is all still unresolved. There are many things that will fall into place around the registration of the team.”

    He admitted that he felt he was in a difficult position, having to decide whether to abandon the project he helped bring into existence, or to accept a significantly smaller role with the team.

    “Yes, it becomes a minor role. But if I'm allowed to do what I'm good at , dealing with the Schleck brothers and Jakob, it's still a good job for me.”

  • Malacarne leaves Quick Step for Europcar

    Davide Malacarne (QuickStep)
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 15:54 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Italian one of four Quick Step departures amid Cavendish speculation

    Davide Malacarne will ride for Europcar in 2012 after agreeing to a two-year deal with the team. The Italian joins from Quick Step, where he has ridden since turning professional in 2009.

    “He’s a good climber who loves the Flemish and Ardennes races,” Europcar manager Jean-René Bernaudeau said. “He’s only 24 years old and we’re counting on him a lot.”

    Malacarne’s strong start to the current campaign culminated with the mountains classification at Tirreno-Adriatico, and he went on to complete both the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España. His sole victory in the professional ranks came on stage 5 of last season’s Volta a Catalunya, but a fractured elbow shortly afterwards interrupted his run of form.

    “He fractured his right elbow last year, but that’s all in the past,” Bernaudeau said. “Malacarne is a real rider for the future.”

    Changes afoot at Quick Step

    Malacarne is not the only rider set to leave Quick Step at the end of the season, with Addy Engels, Fréderique Robert and Jan Tratnik all reported to be surplus to requirements at the revamped Omega Pharma-Lotto team in 2012.

    Engels, who has been at Quick Step for the past seven years, is out of contract at the end of this season, and rtvdrenthe.nl reports that the Dutchman will not be offered an extension.

    Neo-professionals Robert and Tratnik both have contracts for 2012, but Robert told wielerspotter.be that they will not be at Omega Pharma-Quick...

  • Sanchez with lucky number 8 for Tour of Beijing

    Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) at the team introductions.
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    October 04, 2011, 17:10 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    2008 Olympic champion motivated to win stage three

    The number eight has special meaning not only for the Chinese, who believe it is a lucky number, but also for Samuel Sanchez, who became Olympic road race champion in Beijing in 2008 wearing back number eight. On his return to the Chinese capital this week, the Euskaltel-Euskadi leader was offered, appropriately, the honour of wearing the Tour of Beijing's number one race bib - but the Spaniard politely declined, preferring to take the number eight instead.

    "The Chinese fans will be looking for me to wear number eight and in any case I would prefer to have it," Sanchez said. Race organisers quickly agreed to his request and the switch was made.

    Sanchez is ready for the challenge ahead but philosophical about his chances of another Beijing victory. The only stage suited to his abilities as a climber is stage three from Men Tou Gou to Yong Ning Town.

    "It will be a very difficult race for me. It is a race for the sprinters, not the climbers. Of course I prefer stage three and I hope I will have a chance to win it," said the Spaniard, who still wears a gold Olympic rings ear-stud and a tattoo on his right shoulder in memory of his Olympic title.

    The five-day Tour features two decisive stages: the 11.3 kilometre individual time trial in the grounds of Beijing's Olympic Park on Wednesday, and the hilly stage on day three, a 162 kilometre journey including one Cat. 2 and three Cat 1. ascents, on Friday.

    Stage one provides the opportunity for newly-crowned world time trial champion, Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad), not only to debut his rainbow jersey but to impose himself on the race from the outset. But the relative shortness of the course could also mean that attacks on Friday could be...

  • China might have a WorldTour team within six years, McQuaid says

    Pat McQuaid faced a barrage of questions.
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    October 04, 2011, 19:10 BST
    By:
    Pierre Carrey

    The UCI President thinks cycling is growing up in China

    The brand new Tour of Beijing will boost domestic cycling in China, estimates the UCI which organizes the race through its Global Cycling Promotion (GCP).

    Asked about the prospect of a major Chinese team, perhaps at a WorldTour level, UCI President Pat McQuaid said, “It could happen quicker than we imagine. We can expect something in five or six years. There is an interest and a market here, and sponsors want an exposure in Europe.”

    A few hours before the Tour of Beijing launch on Wednesday, UCI managers underlined that China is the world’s second-largest economy.

    Road cycling's success in that country will take time, however. Cyclingnews understands that a Pro Continental project supported by Chinese funds collapsed last winter. The team was due to race in Australia, Europe and Asia, and was to include European and Chinese riders.

    The birth of the Tour of Beijing also took longer than expected. McQuaid recalled that the idea emerged during the 2008 Olympics, and the race was announced in the 2009 calendar and then finally postponed until this year. The UCI believes that China is now ready to start this new race's adventure.

    The impact in China

    A Chinese national squad will be part of the bunch at the Tour of Beijing, made up of nine riders who trained in recent weeks at the World Cycling Center, in Switzerland. It's likely that a strong showing from the team would have a positive impact on Chinese followers.

    The UCI was cautious about speculating on the numbers who would gather to watch the race from the roadside. “The Tour of Beijing will happen during the week of the national holiday so we don't know if it will push people to go to see the race,” Alain Rumpf said.

    The GCP Director insists that “2011 is an experimentation year.” The Tour of Beijing might take place at least until 2014 given its four-year WorldTour license.

    ...
  • Collegiate champions Leibovitz and Ratcliff join Chipotle development squad

    Riders from the Chipotle Development Team apply the sunscreen before the stage start, although the heavens opened up for the majority of the stage.
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 20:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Jonathan Vaughters proud to welcome duo to feeder squad

    Team Chipotle, the Continental development squad that acts as the feeder team to Garmin-Cervelo, has announced that collegiate national champions Adam Leibovitz and Alister Ratcliff will be joining the team in 2012.

    Leibovitz, who started riding when he was just four years old, has won multiple collegiate national championships while at Marian University, including the pursuit and kilo titles on the track in 2010, as well as criterium and team time trial championships on the road in 2011. Additionally, he was first in the 2009 Ster van Zuid Limburg prologue.

    For his part, Ratcliff won the 2011 D1 collegiate road national championship as a part of the Fort Lewis College team and is a former junior national representative in triathlon. The two were both excited to get on board with the Chipotle team, which they hope will give them the platform to follow in the footsteps of riders like Tom Danielson and Andrew Talansky in the future.

    "I'm extremely honored and excited to be part of such a prestigious team and development program, said Leibovitz. "I can't wait to take my racing level up next year."

    "It’s a dream come true," echoed Ratcliff. "I’m very excited to be a part of a program that has helped so many other riders make it to the top of the pro ranks."

    Chann McRae, team director of the Chipotle squad, welcomed the arrival of Leibovitz and Ratcliff who he rates as among the best prospects coming out of the United States.

    "These guys are the reigning collegiate national champions, winning titles in the road race, criterium, and team time trial," said McRae. "Adam and Alister have been awarded contracts with the team for the standard of excellence they set for themselves."

    Slipstream Sports founder Jonathan Vaughters added that the two Americans were synonymous with the team’s objectives to develop and nurture up-and-coming riders and help them perform on the world’s top...

  • Evans rules out riding Santos Tour Down Under

    Cadel Evans (BMC)
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 21:06 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian aims at latter part of 2012 season

    Cadel Evans (BMC) has confirmed that he will not take part in the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under as the Australian race does not fit in with his preferred build-up to his Tour de France defence.

    The Tour Down Under gets underway on January 15, but Evans is not expected to make his racing debut until at least six weeks later, as he did this year when he began his campaign at the Giro del Friuli in early March.

    "There is not much I can do about this," Evans told The Advertiser. "I have a lot of expectations coming later in the season so anything that compromises my performance there, is not something I can consider.

    “Don't get me wrong, I would love to test myself on the harder stage finishes in next year's Tour Down Under but I do have a lot of other `tests' to pass in 2012.”

    Evans did, however, suggest that he would pay “a social visit” to the South Australian race, which he rode in rainbow bands of world champion at the beginning of 2010.

    With the Olympic Games in London following immediately after the Tour de France and a hilly world championships in Valkenburg in September, Evans acknowledged that his main objectives are all grouped in the second half of the season.

    “To repeat a season like my 2011 would be very good, although in 2012 with the Olympics and a suitable world championships course, the goals will be different," he said.

    Evans ended his 2011 season with a solid showing at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which came on the back of an intensive round of criteriums and public appearances in the wake of his Tour de France triumph, and he hinted that he would prefer a low-key start to next season. With the...

  • Madariaga goes back to manager's role at Euskaltel-Euskadi

    Euskaltel-Euskadi's Miguel Madariaga, left, and Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano at the 2008 Tour de France.
    Article published:
    October 04, 2011, 22:40 BST
    By:
    Pierre Carrey

    Team's funder will replace Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano

    The Tour of Beijing is the first race that Miguel Madariaga will follow outside Europe. The 67-year-old Euskaltel-Euskadi funder, who only speaks Basque and Spanish, has traveled to China with his team and its leader, Samuel Sanchez.

    "I want to be here because cycling is now very global and a race like the Tour of Beijing is the key of that future", Madariaga told Cyclingnews.

    The ex-team manager has some very good reasons to be in China: he's going back to the head of the ProTour squad two years after his departure.

    "I launched the team in 1994 and I'm back as a general manager in 2012," he said.

    Last week, it was announced that Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano was leaving the role of general manager officially after the 31st of December, "for personal reasons".

    Madariaga is in Beijing with his two directeurs sportifs, Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano, Igor's brother, and Josu Larrazabal, who is also the team's coach.

    "I didn't want to appoint someone else other than Igor", Madariaga said. "The team is like a family and if he can't be the team manager anymore, I have to come back".

    Euskaltel-Euskadi's strong man had not really left the squad, however, as he was still the president of the Fundacion Euskadi, which is in charge of the management and the sponsoring of the WorldTour group and the feeder clubs.

    Madariaga's comeback occurs at a very important time for Euskaltel-Euskadi. The team is indeed facing its 100 percent Basque-identity's limits in an era of globalized cycling whose new Tour of Beijing is a symbol.

    As he analyzes the 2011 performances of his squad, Madariaga said: "It just was wonderful!" Despite the general classification letdown at...