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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Date published:
October 06, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Gerdemann's 2006 blood values produce mixed opinions

    LInus Gerdemann (Team Milram) in yellow at the Bayern Rundfahrt.
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    October 06, 2009, 11:09 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Milram clarifies with Linus Gerdemann after German TV broadcaster raises questions

    Scientific experts disagree as to whether an analysis of Linus Gerdemann's blood values from the first half of 2006 indicate some form of doping. Although public prosecutors are not investigating Gerdemann, both Team Milram and the sponsor have asked for a full explanation.

    On Sunday, German broadcaster ARD claimed to have a blood analysis report from the investigation of organised doping at Team Telekom/T-Mobile at the Freiburg University Clinic. ARD said the analysis showed noteworthy variations in his haemoglobin values in the first half of 2006.

    Gerdemann, 27, denied doping. Westfälische Nachrichten" asked today if he ever doped in the past or present and he responded with a blunt "no". He added, "As far as I'm concerned, they can open all my doping controls from the past and check them under the new methods. I have nothing to hide."

    ARD's claims are impossible to prove at this point, according to Hans Joachim Schäfer, head of the investigative committee. "I think it is highly likely that the blood no longer exists," Schäfer told SID. "The name Gerdemann doesn't appear in my report," he added.

    Public prosecutors in Freiburg, who are investigating former team doctors, said they are not investigating Gerdemann.

    The report shows changes in Gerdemann's haemoglobin values, which ranged from 17.2 to 14.2 g/dl from January to May 2006, according to ARD. It's "clearly over the expected fluctuation," said Professor Klaus-Michael Braumann, who analysed the data for the ARD. He said normal fluctuations are up to 1g/dl.

    Klaus Völker, doctor of sport medicine at the University of Münster, said that such fluctuations can be the result of an infection or dehydration, however.

    Milram sponsor, Nordmilch AG, asked for its team to clear up the issue. "Charges have been made. The team and Gerdemann must address the issue,"...

  • Africa's Tour du Faso to begin at the end of October

    Fans cheer on riders of the Tour du Faso
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    October 06, 2009, 13:21 BST
    Gregor Brown

    23rd Tour du Faso: 10 stages, 11 African and 4 European countries represented

    The 23rd Tour du Faso will consist of 10 stages through the West African nation of Burkina Faso and will run from October 23 to November 1, organiser Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) announced on Monday.

    The race will welcome 96 cyclists from 11 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) and four European countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Slovakia). They will race 1261.7 kilometres over ten stages.

    The longest stage will be from Bobo Dioulasso to Dédougou (170km) and the shortest from Bobo Dioulasso to Banfora (83.5km).

    Last year, Belgian Guy Smet won two stages and the overall by 43 seconds, ahead of Belgian teammate Laurent Donnay. Smet finished sixth and won a stage in 2007.

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  • Hohl signs with Equipe Nürnberger

    The 2009 Equipe Nürnberger
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    October 06, 2009, 14:56 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Swiss national champion joins German squad on one-year deal

    Swiss national champion Jennifer Hohl will join Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung in 2010. The 23-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the German women's squad and will leave Swiss team Bigla at the end of the current season.

    "This is a great thing for me," said Hohl. "Nürnberger is a world class team and I've wanted to race with them for a long time. Now that I've signed with the team, I will head into next season full of motivation."

    Hohl turned professional in 2006 and has raced with Bigla for the past four seasons. She claimed her second successive national title at the Swiss championships in June.

    "We are delighted to have Swiss champion in our ranks," said Nürnberger's Herbert Oppelt. "Both as a person and as a rider, Jennifer Hohl will fit perfectly into the team."

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  • Cervélo TestTeam add Laws to 2010 roster

    Ladies overall and stage winners Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws
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    October 06, 2009, 15:15 BST
    Richard Tyler

    British former mountain biker joins Cervélo's women's team on one-year deal

    Cervélo TestTeam has announced that Sharon Laws will join the German-registered squad next season. The 35-year-old British rider has signed a one-year contract and will join compatriot Emma Pooley on the Cervélo roster.

    "I've signed with Cervélo TestTeam because the team is run very professionally and has some of the best equipment in the industry," she said. "The riders are committed to racing aggressively, with a strong emphasis on teamwork. Participating on this team will provide me with an incredible opportunity to develop and improve significantly as a rider."

    Laws has been a latecomer to professional road racing. She began her career as a mountain biker and was a winner in the women's pairs at the 2004 Cape Epic in South Africa. In 2008 she finished second in the Australian road race championship and returned to Britain later that season to turn professional with Team Halfords Bikehut.

    In her debut season she finished 6th in the Tour de l’Aude and 5th in the Tour of Ardeche, before representing Great Britain in the road race at the Beijing Olympics, where teammate Nicole Cooke took gold.

    This season Laws has returned to her mountain bike roots. She once again claimed victory in the female pairs category of the Cape Epic and represented Great Britain in the European Championships. A shoulder dislocation saw her return to the road in time to

  • Bosisio tests positive for EPO

    Gabriele Bosisio (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini) tested positive for EPO
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    October 06, 2009, 16:22 BST
    Gregor Brown

    UPDATED - UCI confirms positive test conducted after Italian returned suspicious blood profile

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) today confirmed that Italian Gabriele Bosisio (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini) has tested positive for blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) in an out-of-competition control. The UCI announced that Bosisio had been provisionally suspended after he returned a positive result from a test conducted on September 2 at his home in Rogeno, Italy.

    The UCI said that the September 2 urine test had been carried out after irregularities were detected in Bosisio's blood profile. "This adverse finding was a direct result of a targeted urine test, conducted immediately after a blood test triggered an unusual blood profile within the biological passport programme," said the UCI in a statement.

    The provisional suspension will remain in force until the Italian Cycling Federation makes a ruling on whether or not Bosisio has violated the UCI's anti-doping laws.

    Bosisio may request counter-analysis of UCI's test results.

    Bosisio won a stage and wore the leader's maglia rosa at last year's Giro d'Italia. In 2007, he won the Olympic test race in Beijing, China.

    Bosisio, 29, and Italian Danilo Di Luca are former LPR Brakes teammates. Di Luca finished second overall in this year's Giro d'Italia, but tests later revealed he used third generation EPO, CERA. LPR Brakes dismissed Di Luca in August after counter-analysis confirmed the test results.

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  • Vasseur backs AFLD's retesting of Tour samples

    CPA President Cédric Vasseur
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    October 06, 2009, 17:17 BST
    Gregor Brown

    CPA president reminds riders of responsibility under anti-doping rules

    Cédric Vasseur, president of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA), has backed the re-examination of 2008 Tour de France anti-doping samples. The Frenchman clarified that the policy of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) gives testing officials the authority to retest samples after the conclusion of races.

    "The riders know from the WADA code that samples can be re-opened and retested up to eight years after the race [at which they were taken]," Vasseur told Cyclingnews.

    In July, the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) began the process of retesting samples taken from cyclists at the 2008 Tour de France. The AFLD told approximately 15 riders before the start of this year's Tour de France that their 2008 samples would be retested. It is expected to release the results of the retesting proceedure within the next two weeks.

    Vasseur said that while he might hear complaints if riders are found positive, the AFLD is following the WADA's rules correctly.

    "When you decide to be a professional athlete, not just a bike rider, you have to accept these rules," he said. "Although it does seem strange to test the samples so long afterwards and it would be better to catch these riders immediately after the race."

    The AFLD retested some samples immediately after the race for third generation Erythropoietin (EPO), CERA. It found and announced the positives of Leonardo Piepoli, Stefan Schumacher and Bernhard Kohl.

    Austrian Kohl helped the AFLD in its investigation prior to the most recent round of retesting. The retesting involves 15 of the top 20 riders, according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Spaniard Carlos Sastre won the race by 58 seconds over Australia's Cadel Evans. Kohl finished third, but Tour organisers subsequently removed him from the results.

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  • Comardo accepts two-year suspension for doping

    Mitch Comardo (Bike Barn / Gary Fisher) relaxed at the start of the Rocky Hill Round-up in November, 2008.
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    October 06, 2009, 20:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Rider tested positive for multiple substances

    Mitch Comardo accepted a supension for an anti-doping rules violation after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    A urine sample collected out-of-competition from Comardo by USADA on August 24, 2009, contained Tamoxifen and its metabolite 4-hydroxytamoxifen, Anastrozole, Letrozole, and Clomiphene, each of which is in the class of "Hormone Antagonists and Modulators"; human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG), which is in the class of "Hormones and Related Substances"; and an "Anabolic Agent".

    Each substance is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing and the rules of the International Cycling Union (UCI), both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

    The 22-year-old Comardo admitted the violation and accepted a two-year period of ineligibility promptly after being confronted with the results by USADA in accordance with WADA Code provisions. His admission helped him avoid an increased suspension period for "aggravating circumstances based on the presence of multiple substances in his urine sample".

    Tamoxifen and Anastrozole are commonly used as estrogen-reducing breast cancer treatments. Two others cause testosterone to increase after a cycle of anabolics. According to Wikipedia, both Letrozole and Clomiphene are sometimes used by athletes at the end of  steroid cycle to block the effects of estrogen and stimulate normal testosterone production.

    Comardo's two-year ban began on September 24, 2009, the date he accepted a provisional suspension. He was disqualified from all competitive results on and since August 24. He was ordered to forfeit any medals, points and prizes.

    Comardo has raced for Bike Barn on the road and Gary Fisher 29er in mountain biking.

    He competed at the 2009 USA Cycling Under 23 Road National Championships this summer, but...

  • Work for Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling website

    Work for Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling website
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    October 20, 2009, 9:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Cyclingnews is recruiting a writer for its UK office, based in Bath

    Applicants are required to have a keen interest and thorough knowledge of competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience, with excellent English skills. The appropriate candidate should be competent in producing and subbing reports, news, results and features from the world of cycling.

    Fluency in a second language is a must, as is experience in journalism, attention to detail and flexibility in hours.

    Applicants may also be required to attend major cycling events. Training in online production techniques can be provided.

    To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter and examples of your work, via e-mail to with "Cyclingnews online writer - your name" in the subject line.

    Closing Date: 23/10/2009

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