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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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December 14, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • SRAM Tour of the Gila added to UCI America Tour for 2012

    Riders roll out of the historic Fort Bayard for stage 2.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 2:19 GMT
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    Cycling News

    New Mexico stage race steps up to 2.2 category

    The SRAM Tour of the Gila will join the UCI America Tour calendar in 2012, confirming its status as a premier lead-up to the Amgen Tour of California.

    The five-stage event has been confirmed by cycling's governing body as a 2.2 category race and is slated for May 2-6, 2012. It was a move originally planned for the 2011 season, but race organisers were forced to put their plans on hold due to a lack of funding.

    "The SRAM Tour of the Gila is one of the most challenging and iconic stage races in the U.S. so we are very pleased it will be a part of the UCI America Tour in 2012," said USA Cycling Chief Operating Officer Sean Petty. "We appreciate the hard work Jack Brennan, Michelle Geels, Nicole Robbins and all the committed people in Silver City, N.M. did to make this possible. It should be an even greater race in 2012 with full UCI Pro Continental teams now being allowed to compete."

    "We are extremely excited to bring international bicycle racing to New Mexico. The organizers wish to express a special thanks to the Town of Silver City. It is important for us to recognize the people who helped us reach this level: the folks in our community, Grant County and the State of New Mexico.

    In a further boost, SRAM will return as a title sponsor. Three years ago the race was nearly cancelled but was revived through public donations and valuable sponsorship dollars. Heading into its 26th year, the Tour of the Gila is also part of USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar (NRC).

     

  • Cervélo P5 set for January debut

    Cervelo's P5 TT bike is set to debut in January of 2012.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 3:16 GMT
    By:
    James Huang

    Exclusive details, plus what we'd like to see

    This article first appeared on Bikeradar.

    Talk about the P5 in the Cyclingnews forum.

    Cervélo is set to debut their new - and very highly anticipated - P5 tri/TT aero flagship at this January's European Brainbike event, and while the company has released a few teaser bits of information, BikeRadar has now uncovered more unofficial details into what will likely be on tap for Cervélo’s launch.

    What we know

    Specialized upped the aero bike ante this year by splitting its Shiv aero bike into both UCI-legal and non-compliant versions in order to simultaneously satisfy the technical guidelines of ProTour racing and the comparatively unrestricted arms race of triathlon. Cervélo generally aren't perceived as having those kinds of resources, however, and according to BikeRadar's exclusive industry sources, the new P5 will cater more to its highly loyal multisport clientele with a shape that's speedier and easier to fit but while still keeping the needs of its road teams under consideration.

    Our sources have told BikeRadar that while the P5's overall shape will be highly evolutionary and easily identified as Cervélo. The new bike will be more aerodynamic with a taller down tube, a more aggressive seat tube profile around the rear wheel cutout, and a conventional single-crown fork-however, with and additional bolt-on nosecone to increase the effective aspect ratio.

    The seat stays are...

  • CAS to rule on Millar's lifetime Olympic ban

    David Millar (Great Britain) was passed by Martin en route to seventh place.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 10:12 GMT
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    Cycling News

    British Olympic Association appeals WADA's non-compliance declaration

    While David Millar has already indicated that he's "written off" representing Great Britain at another Olympic Games, his lifetime ban may still be lifted.

    The British Olympic Association on Tuesday formally submitted its application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge the World Anti-Doping Agency's declaration that the stance is "non-compliant".

    Millar was banned from cycling for two years in 2004 for admitting to doping offences. Under current BOA rules, this qualifies him for a lifetime ban from Olympic competition. It is the only Olympic Committee in the world to hold such a stance.

    Millar is one of three British athletes affected by the ban, along with sprinter Dwain Chambers and shot-putter and discus thrower Carl Myerscough.

    With Olympic selection on the horizon for the London Olympic Games, both the BOA and WADA agree that the issue needs to be settled quickly – the CAS are now expected to issue a ruling in April 2012.

    BOA chairman Lord Moynihan told the BBC that: "The reality is it's WADA that have come after us and said 'we deem you to be non-compliant' so we are the reactors in this case.

    "It's regrettable we have got to take this step. To me it was completely wrong of WADA to mix up sanctions with our selection policy which has been in place longer than WADA has been in existence but that's their choice and we are defending our position."

    Last month, Millar said that he did not wish to challenge the BOA's ruling.

    "There are certain fights I don't want to fight and that was one of them.

    "I just don't fancy being vilified any more. It's been a tough couple of years."

     

  • CONI requests four-year ban for Savio

    Jose Serpa (Androni Giocattoli) and team manager Gianni Savio at the finish in Orvieto.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 10:49 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Androni Giocattoli manager accused of procuring EPO by former rider

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has requested a four-year suspension for Androni Giocattoli manager Gianni Savio for violations of article 2.8 of the WADA code, namely the administration or attempted administration of prohibited substances.

    In May, Savio was implicated in a Massa-based doping investigation and accused of dealing doping products by his former rider Luca De Angeli. After receiving the dossier of the investigation from prosecutors in Massa, CONI has decided to refer Savio to its anti-doping tribunal, and requested a four-year ban.

    Parallel to the sporting case against Savio, a preliminary hearing will take place in Massa on Thursday to decide on whether to archive or refer the public prosecutor’s investigation.

    According to La Repubblica, a passage in the Massa dossier states that Savio “procured on several occasions the substance known as EPO for the professional cyclist De Angeli Luca.” De Angeli had two spells with Savio’s team, then known as Colombia-Selle Italia, and tested positive for EPO in 2005.

    In a statement issued to Tuttobici on Tuesday, Savio denied the allegations and said that he has already opened defamation proceedings against De Angeli. He also claimed that CONI is not yet in possession of all of the facts pertaining to the case.

    “On December 15 the preliminary hearing of the case in question will take place before the Court in Massa, in which further elements of evidence will be evaluated,...

  • The Cyclingnews guide to rider transfers 2011-2012: Women's peloton

    Stage one wininer Lizzie Armitstead (Garmin-Cervelo) uncorks the bubbly.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 12:20 GMT
    By:
    Sarah Connolly

    UPDATE: Big changes for the women’s peloton

    To keep up with all the women’s transfer news, Cyclingnews has put together a handy summary of the new signings, re-signings, retirements and exits to keep you from getting lost. We’ll be adding updates as all the news comes in, so be sure to check back to get the latest updates.

     

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    Ins: Chantal Blaak, Lucinda Brand, Marijn de Vries & Kirsten Wild (all re-signed)
    Shelley Olds (Diadora Pasta Zara), Madeleine Olsson & Isabelle Söderberg (Alriksson Go:Green), Marieke van Wanroij (Nederland Bloeit)

    Outs: Irene van den Broek (Dolmans-Boels), Monique van de Ree (Skil-1T4i), Eline de Roover (Sengers Ladies Team), Linda Villumsen (Specialized-lululemon), Anne De Wildt (Skil 1t4I), Trixi Worrack (GreenEDGE AIS), Marlen Johrend, Heleen van Vliet & Josien van Windgeren (all unknown)

     

    BePink (new for 2012)

    Ins:  Noemi Cantele (Garmin-Cervélo), Simona Frapporti, Gloria Presti & Silvia Valsecchi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Elke Gebhardt (Rothaus-Vita Classica), Oxana Kozonchuk & Eleonora Patuzzo (Diadora - Pasta Zara), Julia Martisova (Gauss), Petra Zrimsek (Loborika-Favorit Team), Alice Algisi, Alena Amielyusik, Chiara Favaron Bissoli, Evelyn Garcia Marroquin & Dalia Muccioli

     

    Diadora Pasta Zara

    Ins: Alona Andruk, Inga Cilvinaite, Giulia Donato, Amber Pierce & Francesca Stefani (all re-signed)
    Polona Batgelj (Bizkaia-Durango), Giada Borgato, Giorgia Bronzini,...

  • Cycling is getting cleaner, says Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) in his rainbow jersey
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 13:33 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    British world champion frustrated by doping slurs

    Cycling's efforts to clean itself up and banish its reputation as a sport where doping is rife is working according to Mark Cavendish. The current holder of the rainbow jersey and the winner of the 2011 green jersey at the Tour de France has seen his public profile rise substantially in the last few months and he has used his increasing fame to launch a defence of his sport and his colleagues.

    "In the last three years I've had over 60 dope tests a year and in 2008/09 I was the most tested athlete on the planet," he told Sky Sports.

    "Because of what has happened in the past, cycling does not want that again. People say 'oh, look - there's been a positive test in cycling.' Well that's because they're doing things to catch them. When they do catch them they don't care about the image or the franchise of the sport - they care about making a cleaner and fairer sport, so they make an example of these people."

    Cavendish, who will be moving to Team Sky for the 2012 season and who recently collected his MBE for services to British cycling from The Queen, said that much has changed since he turned professional and that people should focus on the positives and the progress cycling has made rather than dishing out old prejudices.

    "I've raced with these guys every day and since I started racing pro in 2005 I've noticed a difference in the sport," he said. "There are bigger groups at the finish and everybody's on their hands and knees. Nobody's bouncing around fresh as a daisy after a stage anymore. It's such a hard sport. It's so frustrating because we work so hard. I ride...

  • Bennati stung by winter of Worlds criticism

    Daniele Bennati is part of the new RadioShack-Nissan-Trek set-up.
    Article published:
    December 14, 2011, 14:58 GMT
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    Barry Ryan

    Reaction to Italian showing exaggerated says RadioShack-Nissan rider

    Daniele Bennati feels that he has shouldered a disproportionate amount of the blame for his part in Italy’s disappointing world championships showing in Copenhagen in September. The Tuscan could only finish 14th after the Italian lead-out train derailed in a frenetic finale and faced stinging criticism in the aftermath.

    If cyclo-cross is Belgium’s winter sport, the off-season pastime of choice in Italy is polemica, particularly in the long dark months that followed the country’s worst world championships finish since 1983. Bennati believes that such extreme reactions to the success or failure of the squadra azzurra are not justified.

    “Sometimes I think it’s a bit exaggerated,” Bennati told Cyclingnews at RadioShack-Nissan’s recent training camp in Calpe. “When we talk about the Worlds, it always seems to be a question of life or death. Either I won the Worlds or I was going to be criticised, and people were going to be throwing stones at yours truly. And that’s something that I don’t think is right.

    “I wasn’t even given the chance to reply to the critics, and this isn’t fair. People should listen to what the critics say, but also to the target of their criticism. This was never granted to me.”

    The Italian challenge fell apart on the final roundabout of the Copenhagen course, when Bennati lost the wheel of his lead-out train. He was unable to make his way back to the front amid the tumult of the final kilometres.

    “I take my responsibility because I was the leader, but the blame lies with everybody and not just me, because we all know my characteristics,” Bennati said....

  • Video: Dan Martin shows off his 2011 trophies

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    December 14, 2011, 18:10 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    At home with the Garmin-Cervelo climber

    After a 2011 season he describes as "quite eventful and a quite successful", Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervélo) takes Cyclingnews behind the scenes at his Spanish home and shows off the cups and trophies he has won this year.

    The Irish climber says his Vuelta a Catalonya's cup for his third place behind Alberto Contador and Michele Scarponi is an emotional souvenir. "There is a little Catalan flag - that's my home region where I live and train now, so it meant a lot for me," he says.

    At the Tour of Poland, where Martin came second and won the queen stage, he was given a more original trophy: a piece of salt from Krakow, were the race finished.

    Ranked 9th in WordlTour, Martin particularly enjoys the cup from his stage win at the Vuelta a Espana: "This is my first stage in a grand tour".

    Finally he shows us his plate for his second place at the Tour of Lombardy. "Even if it's not a spectacular trophy, it's something important", he says.

    In 2012 Martin expects to capture new "souvenirs", notably from the Tour de France which he is hoping to race for the first time.