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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Date published:
August 21, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Pate eyes breakaway opportunities at his home event

    Danny Pate (Team Sky) in action on stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge
    Article published:
    August 21, 2013, 2:31 BST
    By:
    Pat Malach

    Team Sky a man down after two stages

    Sky Pro Cycling's Danny Pate has been away from home for a while, so the Colorado-native was an eager volunteer to compete with his team at this week's USA Pro Challenge.

    "It's nice that the team has an interest in coming to the [USA Pro Challenge]," he told Cyclingnews on Tuesday. "And as soon as I heard they were doing that I put my hand straight up and said, 'Yeah, I'll go there.' So, yeah, I'm really happy to be here."

    Pate, of Colorado Springs, started his professional career with the Italian Saeco team in 2000, then came back to the States to race for Prime Alliance, Health Net-Maxxis, Jelly Belly and Jonathan Vaughters' Slipstream program before signing with HTC-Highroad in 2011 and then Sky last year. The 34-year-old veteran won his first national championship as a junior in 1998, and then followed that with wins at the U23 national road race championship in 2000 and the U23 world championship time trial in 2001.

    He has twice taken part in winning team time trial efforts at the Giro d'Italia – in 2008 with Slipstream and this year in support of teammate Rigoberto Uran's second-place GC run – and he grabbed a stage win at the 2005 Tour of Missouri. But for the most of his WorldTour career, he has been an invaluable domestique.

    This week he is joining Tour de France stars Chris Froome and Richie Porte in support of young Americans Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell, who came to the race with GC hopes. But things are looking tough for the young riders, who are both now more than a minute off the pace of race leader Lachlan Morton of Garmin Sharp. Froome is the next-best Sky rider at more than 11 minutes down, and Porte is in 113th place overall, almost 20 minutes in arrears.

    "I know we want to race hard here," Pate said. "But it's not the best timing for us and for some of...

  • Fuller claims Swiss federation has pulled McQuaid suppport

    Jaime Fuller
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    August 21, 2013, 4:04 BST
    By:
    Feargal Mc Kay

    Moroccan and Thai nominations to be challenged next, says Skins chairman

    Skins chairman Jaimie Fuller on Tuesday claimed that the Swiss cycling federation has withdrawn its controversial nomination of UCI president Pat McQuaid in the forthcoming presidential election.

    Fuller has been funding a challenge to Swiss Cycling's nomination of McQuaid by three Swiss federation members, Mattia Galli, Patrick Calcagni and Kurt Buergi. According to the Australian, McQuaid had been attempting to get the legal challenge thrown out of court.

    "Somebody from McQuaid's team spoke to someone from the Swiss federation and urged them to use the fact that I had Tweeted looking for a member of Swiss cycling to challenge the decision that I could financially support," explained Fuller. "That was what McQuaid thought that they could base their whole case on, that the three guys were not genuine and that this had nothing to with them and they didn’t care. He wanted to argue that this was just down to me manipulating them and manipulating the system."

    Fuller has been able to satisfy Swiss Cycling that this is not the case and, fearing the legal costs they would face if the case went to arbitration and they lost, they today withdrew their support from McQuaid.

    Both Pat McQuaid and his spokesman Ian McClure were quick to deny that Swiss Cycling had withdrawn its support, McQuaid telling Cyclingnews that:

    "As far as I'm concerned it's complete bullshit. I know there's a hearing on Thursday. I've had communication from the Swiss federation and it's going ahead. It's [a] scandalous report from someone and Newstalk has picked up on it. It's all the usual culprits and they're talking about it on Twitter."

    Fuller, however, is firm and insists that a meeting did take place, but that McQuaid's people were not informed about it.

    "There was a phone call to Swiss Cycling this morning from...

  • Belkin head to Vuelta with GC hopes pinned on Mollema, ten Dam

    Bauke Mollema (Belkin) at the Profronde van Surhuisterveen criterium
    Article published:
    August 21, 2013, 6:02 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Bos spearheads sprint hopes after Renshaw withdraws through illness

    Belkin will take on the Vuelta a España with a three-pronged attack although there has been a slight setback for their sprint chances with Mark Renshaw a late omission due to illness.

    The Dutch team’s general classification hopes rest with Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam in a repeat of the Tour de France. There, Mollema rode to sixth overall while ten Dam finished 13th.

    "With Laurens and Bauke, we hope to have the best GC ride possible," said sports director Erik Dekker. "After the Tour, it will be a challenge for them both to again give everything they have, both mentally and physically. They need to be good from the start because after the team time trial on the first day, the mountains immediately pop up."

    Mollema has had a solid lead-up to the Vuelta a España and said he is looking forward to sharing leadership with ten Dam.

    "I have been in Spain the last week to train in the mountains and get used to the heat," he explained. "I'm feeling strong but I don't know how my body will react to two Grand Tours in a row."

    "I already finished fourth once [at the Vuelta], while last year Laurens placed eighth."

    Ten Dam's run towards the Vuelta was not without its flaws as the Tour des Fjords did not go off as planned.

    "I crashed on the first day and wasn't really able to follow in the team time trial," he explained. "I'll have to wait and see how strong I really am, but I'm excited. We'll know soon enough where we stand with all those summit finishes in the first week."

    Renshaw said on his

  • Video: Morton celebrates Breckenridge homecoming with yellow jersey

    Lachlan Morton (Garmin Sharp) earns some kisses from the podium girls at the USA Pro Challenge after taking the overall lead on stage 2
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    August 21, 2013, 6:57 BST
    By:
    Peter Hymas

    Another high-altitude leader's jersey for Garmin Sharp Australian

    "No problem" reads the small Colorado vanity plate attached beneath Lachlan Morton's saddle and it was with equally understated aplomb that the 21-year-old Australian explained how he rode himself into the USA Pro Challenge leader's jersey in Breckenridge, Colorado, today, a town near and dear to his heart.

    The rail-thin Garmin Sharp rider nearly duplicated his double from the Tour of Utah 12 days ago when he soloed to victory in stage 3 and took over the leader's jersey. This time he had to "settle" for just the yellow jersey as Mathias Frank (BMC) accelerated away from Morton over the summit of the day's final KOM - Boreas Pass, 4km from the finish line - and held off the Australian by three seconds to claim the stage win.

    Nonetheless, Morton's eight-year relationship with Breckenridge paid dividends as he attacked the finale on a route he's intimately acquainted with.

    "It's incredible," said Morton. "I've been coming here since I was 13, so, yeah, eight years or something. So to ride into town on the front was really cool, and to pull on the yellow jersey was awesome as well.

    "To start with I thought it was going to be an advantage knowing the last hill, but I think maybe it was better not to know what was coming because I knew how hard it was going to be. But I left everything out there."

    So how did a young Australian find himself in Breckenridge?

    "My dad started working in America, and he was working in Denver, but I think he wanted to sell us on Colorado a little more so he brought us to the mountains. Breckenridge is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Colorado. So as soon as we came here we loved it, and every summer we'd put our hands up to come back.

    "Then there was a junior Australian team I was riding with that started to have training camps here every...

  • Worlds berth on the line for Scarponi at the Vuelta

    Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida)
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    August 21, 2013, 9:33 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Lampre-Merida announce team line-up

    Michele Scarponi leads Lampre-Merida into his second grand tour of the 2013 season at the Vuelta a España, which gets underway on Saturday in Vilanova de Arousa with a team time trial.

    Scarponi finished fourth overall earlier this year at the Giro d'Italia, less than a minute off the final podium place of Cadel Evans (BMC).

    "It's not so simple to take part, with good results, in two three-week stages races, but I've trained in a proper way and I'd really like to be competitive," the Italian explained. "It would be interesting to evaluate if I'll be able to fight in the overall classification, then I'll aim to be a protagonist in the mountain stages: it would be great to win one stage.

    "In addition, I hope to be in good enough shape to show that I could be a valid member of the national team that will race at the Worlds in Florence, since the course could be suited to my characteristics," he continued.

    Winner Anacona and Simone Stortoni will support Scarponi in the climb-heavy grand tour.

    Diego Ulissi, a recent winner on the summit finish on the opening stage of the Tour of Poland from Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) and Rafal Majka (Team Saxo-Tinkoff), is hoping to claim his second grand tour stage victory after he won a stage of the Giro back in 2011.

    "My target is a stage victory and I know I can fight to reach this goal," the 24-year-old explained. "Stage by stage my fitness should improve, so that I'll be ready to perform very well at the world championships if I'm a member of the [Italian] national team."

    With Alessandro Petacchi now racing for Omega Pharma-Quick-Step, Maximiliano Richeze and Massimo Graziato will take the lead in the few sprint stages. Richeze has scored 10 podium placings so far this...

  • Swiss Cycling officially withdraws McQuaid nomination

    UCI president Pat McQuaid at the start of the Tour of Flanders in Bruges.
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    August 21, 2013, 10:15 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Irishman in very difficult position, says Cookson

    Swiss Cycling has confirmed that it has withdrawn its nomination of Pat McQuaid as a candidate for the UCI presidential election, due to be held in Florence next month. The Irishman had sought the backing of the Swiss federation after Cycling Ireland voted not to support his bid for re-election earlier this year.

    “The managing committee of Swiss cycling has returned to its decision of 13 May 2013 regarding the nomination of Pat McQuaid and decided to withdraw the nomination of Pat McQuaid for his re-election to the presidency of the UCI,” Swiss Cycling announced in a statement on Wednesday morning.

    In June, three members of the Swiss federation, Mattia Galli, Patrick Calcagni and Kurt Buergi, launched a legal appeal against the decision to nominate McQuaid after calls for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the matter went unheeded.

    A tribunal was due to hear the case on Thursday but the hearing will not take place in light of the decision to withdraw its nomination. “The arbitration requested by the three members of Swiss Cycling is cancelled as it is not applicable,” read Swiss Cycling’s statement.

    Speaking to Cyclingnews on Tuesday, McQuaid had dismissed rumours of the withdrawal of Swiss Cycling’s support as “compete bullshit” and insisted: “I know there's a hearing on Thursday. I've had communication from the Swiss federation and it's going ahead.”

    Without nominations from either the Irish or Swiss federations, McQuaid is now reliant on the backing of the federations of Morocco and Thailand, which he claims to have received ahead of the June...

  • Monfort in talks with Trek and Lotto Belisol

    Maxime Monfort (RadioShack Leopard)
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    August 21, 2013, 11:28 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Belgian denies reports that he is certain to leave

    Maxime Monfort has been linked with a move to Lotto Belisol for 2014 but in spite of reports to the contrary, the Belgian has stressed that it is still possible that he will race for Trek next season.

    Monfort’s contract with RadioShack-Leopard expires at the end of this season and a report in Gazet van Antwerpen this week suggested that he and Andreas Klöden would not be retained by the squad in 2014, when Trek takes over sponsorship and ownership of the squad’s WorldTour licence.

    “I was surprised to read that,” Monfort told La Dernière Heure, explaining that he was still in talks with the team. “Even if, at this stage of the negotiations, I don’t want to talk too much about the matter, I can still tell you that I clearly haven’t been squeezed out at Trek.

    “It even made me laugh a bit when I saw that there wasn’t a place for me next year, especially when I read online that the veterans Klöden and Monfort wouldn’t be retained on the team in 2014. To be considered a veteran at 30 years of age – thanks, that’s nice! But the door isn’t closed with Trek.”

    Monfort, who finished 14th in this year’s Tour de France, confirmed that he has been in discussions with Lotto Belisol about the possibility of switching to the team for next season. The Walloon acknowledged that he has long been a target of Marc Sergeant.

    “It’s not new, it’s six years that I’ve been in talks with that team,” Monfort said. “I hope that it’s all going to be decided very quickly.”

     

  • Report: Chavanel to IAM Cycling

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) was a critical part of the team's strategy
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    August 21, 2013, 12:30 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Swiss team to hold press conference Thursday

    Belgian press reports suggest that Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) is bound for Swiss-based UCI Professional Continental outfit, IAM Cycling in 2014.

    Chavanel has been offered a two-year deal by team owner, Michel Thetaz, according to nieuwsblad.be.

    Contacted by Eurosport, Chavanel confirmed that he was set to leave Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the end of the season but refused to reveal the name of his new squad, saying only that he was joining "a team that will announce the news on Thursday."

    IAM Cycling is set to hold a press conference on Thursday to unveil their plans for the coming season. Het Nieuwsblad speculates that Chavanel would also bring Jérôme Pineau from QuickStep and Kevin Hulsmans who currently rides with Vini Fantini-Selle Italia.

    The Pro Continental outfit in its first season missed out on invitations to all three grand tours and its hoped that a bolstered roster with the likes of Chavanel would greatly improve their chances of receiving them in the future.

    Chavanel has enjoyed sensational form throughout season 2013, winning Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, his national time trial championship along with a consistent spring which included top-five performances at Paris-Nice, where he won the points classification, Milan–San Remo and Brabantse Pijl. At the Tour de France he had two top-10 finishes before going on to win the time trial at the Eneco Tour last week.