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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Date published:
July 14, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Le Mével lands Garmin-Transitions place

    Christophe Le Mevel (Française Des Jeux)
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 8:56 BST
    By:
    Jean-François Quénet

    Chavanel to stay with Quick Step

    Neither Christophe Le Mével nor Jonathan Vaughters can officially confirm the transfer due to UCI regulations stipulating that signings not be announced until September 1 but the French rider is very likely to ride for Garmin-Transitions next year.

    "I'm an adventurist, I like to see the world, so I've always wanted to join a foreign team," Le Mével told Cyclingnews.

    The Breton rider, who started his career with Crédit Agricole in 2002 after one year of apprenticeship in its feeder team in 2001, looks set to join his first directeur sportif, Lionel Marie, who is now with Garmin-Transitions.

    Le Mével joined Française des Jeux two years ago when the Crédit Agricole team was disbanded, with team staff confirming that the rider would be leaving at the end of this year. They have renewed the contracts of Sandy Casar, Mathieu Ladagnous, Yoann Offredo and Jérémy Roy, who was also courted by English-speaking teams.

    Le Mével was identified by David Millar and Christian Vande Velde as the first choice for a Frenchman as the sponsors of Vaughters' team were very interested to have a good French rider on board. Last year they got close to signing Jérôme Coppel - also from Française des Jeux - but the rider from Savoy opted for Pro continental team Saur-Sojasun and therefore isn't riding the Tour this year.

    Française des Jeux contacted Sylvain Chavanel but the winner of stages two and seven in this year's Tour de France yesterday decided to stay with Quick Step.

  • Staff writer wanted for Procycling magazine

    Work as a staff writer for Procycling magazine.
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 14:35 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

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

    Are you a writer with a passion for cycle racing who would like to work at the forefront of cycling journalism?

    Procycling, Cyclingnews' sister publication, is looking for a staff writer to cover the world of professional cycle racing.

    As well as a competitive salary, we offer a generous pension scheme; an informal, highly bike-friendly working environment; extensive training opportunities to develop your skills; and the chance to make your name as a writer on Future Publishing's flagship road racing magazine.

    Based in the magazine's Bath office but frequently travelling to Europe, the role will involve interviewing the world's top riders, covering races and reporting from behind the scenes of the world's toughest sport.

    We are looking for a deep knowledge of professional road cycling, and the ability to write engaging, insightful articles and commentary. You know a peloton from an echelon and you're familiar with the current racing scene from Arashiro to Zabriskie.

    With experience of working within magazine or newspaper journalism, you will ideally have contacts in cycle sport and be confident in creating and maintaining relationships with significant figures in the sport.

    Fluency in a European language such as French, Italian or Spanish would be a major advantage.

    For full details, and to apply see the full ad on futurenet.com.

  • On the start line in Chambery

    It's the 14th of July and here's French champion Thomas Voeckler.
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 16:29 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    It's Bastille Day in France

    It's a special day, July 14, for the French riders in the Tour de France peloton today - Bastille Day. The riders are not done with the Alps yet as they face three categorised climbs on the 179km from Chambéry to Gap.

    In order to keep the battle for yellow simmering nicely, this stage avoids the big passes for something far less arduous but intriguing nevertheless.

    The road into the finish comes down the Rochette descent where Joseba Beloki crashed and forced Lance Armstrong to divert across a mountain meadow in 2003. Hopefully there will be no repeat of that incident this year.

    After yesterday's taxing stage, it's an ideal day for a breakaway and look to the peloton's Frenchmen to figure prominently at the finale in Gap.

  • Armstrong willing to co-operate with doping investigation

    Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) speaks to the press after the stage to Morzine-Avoriaz
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 18:49 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Denies he was an owner of team while sponsored by U.S. Postal

    Lance Armstrong has said that he will be glad to co-operate with investigators looking into Floyd Landis' claims of doping on the U.S. Postal Service team in the early 2000s.

    "As long as we have a legitimate and credible and fair investigation I will be happy to co-operate but I'm not going to participate in any kind of witch hunt," he said, according to the New York Times.

    He added that he had never been an owner of the team in any way during the U.S. Postal years. "It was not my company, I didn't have a position, I didn't have an equity stake, I didn't have a profit stake, I didn't have a seat on the board. I was a rider on the team. I can't be any clearer than that," Armstrong said.

    The investigation is said to be concentrating on the team's finances during the period in which it was sponsored by U.S. Postal Services and owned by Tailwind Sports.

    "When the Postal Services were sponsors of the team I was a rider on the team," Armstrong said before Wednesday's Tour de France stage.

    "I was a rider on the team that was contracted to Tailwind Sports. I never had any dealing, any dealings with the Postal Services. Zero."

    "There is a lot of information out there and being somebody that knows the situation probably better than anybody else, it's not very accurate," the added. "I think the most glaring thing is this misperception that I was the owner of the team. That's completely untrue."

    In November, 2005, when called to testify as part of an arbitration into his dispute with SCA promotions over a bonus payment for his Tour victories, Armstrong stated under oath that he thought he had a small ownership stake in Tailwind Sports, but he was not sure of the date he acquired it.

    The New York Times also reported on Wednesday that grand jury subpoenas have been issued as part of a federal government investigation into Landis' doping claims.

  • Paulinho nets dream win on peloton's lazy day

    Sergio Paulinho (RadioShack) on the podium following his stage victory.
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 19:21 BST
    By:
    Jean-François Quénet

    Becomes fourth Portuguese to win a stage at the Tour de France

    Sergio Paulinho earned the crowning moment of his cycling career on the 179km stage to Gap today, becoming only the fourth Portuguese rider to win a stage at the Tour de France. Previous winners from that country include Joaquim Agostinho (four times between 1969 and 1979), Paulo Ferreira (in 1984) and Acacio Da Silva (three times between 1987 and 1989)

    "This is the most important victory of my career," said the 30-year-old, who created a big surprise when he got the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic road race in Athens behind Paolo Bettini. "A stage win at the Tour de France is the dream of every bike rider and I finally managed to make it come true. It's more important in my mind than the Olympic medal."

    "I wanted to get something like this for my daughter Beatriz who is eight months old."

    Vasil Kiryienka (Caisse d'Epargne) was heavily favoured in the two-man sprint finish as former a world champion in the points race on the track but Paulinho said that he knew he was faster than his foe. "I tried to see where he was passing me. I had the sprint under control."

    "This win is very important for the team as well," Paulinho continued. "We've been looking for that for a while. After the bad luck we've had in the first week, I hope this brings some good morale back to the team. Lance Armstrong's morale is quite good I think. If he hadn't had such bad luck, he could be fighting to win the Tour."

    Paulinho was part of the six-man move that racked up a 14-minute lead on the peloton by the line, but interestingly Paulinho didn't break away just to win. Someone from RadioShack had to follow Kiryienka in the breakaway since the American outfit has made the team classification, now led by Caisse d'Epargne, one of its main goals.

    "Our tactic today was to ride for the team classification," Paulinho explained in Gap. "I wasn't designated more than any other rider from RadioShack, but one of us had to be in the breakaway...

  • Milram with new potential sponsor interests

    Gerry Van Gerwen wants to see more of his team on the front
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 19:43 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Van Gerwen willing to accept a reduced budget

    There is new hope for the future for Team Milram manager Gerry van Gerwen, who today said that he has three new parties interested in assuming sponsorship of the team after the German company Nordmilch AG makes its exit at the end of the year. 

    “The team is not yet dead,” said Van Gerwen. “There are still new options, and Milram wants to keep on helping us with some things which are possible for them, like with their contacts,” he told the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zetiung.

    Last week Van Gerwen said that an extension from Nordmilch AG, owner of the Milram brand, was his “last hope”. He told the Süddeutsche that while he had worked with a budget of 8.9 million Euros, “we could stay in the first category, too, with five million,” a sum which he found “still possible”.

    The newspaper said that it had information that three potential new sponsors have shown interest this week in helping the team. They are said to be “a European bike producer”, a well-known name form the finance branch, and a producer of food supplements. A meeting is scheduled for Thursday with the bike producer, who is said to be based in a land neighbouring Germany.

    In addition, the newspaper said, a major company in the communications industry is said to be considering investing in the team, but won't make a decision until September.

    Meanwhile, van Gerwen has to cope with the fact that he will probably lose both of his team captains, who only joined the team two years ago. Linus Gerdemann is said to be in negotiations wit the new Luxembourg team with Kim Andersen and Brian Nygaard, and Gerald Ciolek has been linked with a return to HTC-Columbia.

    “My team is being bought out from under me,” Van Gerwen said. “I know that and I have to accept it, because the time is running out for the riders."

  • Millar battles on through pain

    David Millar is to ride on despite pain in his ribs.
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 20:16 BST
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Garmin-Transitions rider suffering with rib pain

    David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) again finished off the back of the peloton in Gap but described the stage as a cakewalk compared to his lone battle over the Col de la Madeleine and against the time limit on Tuesday. Millar finished 177th, 16:27 behind Sergio Paulinho but was smiling again. His ribs are still painful and affect his breathing but he now hopes to make it Paris and even target the time trial stage to Bordeaux.

    "Compared to yesterday it was a cakewalk. I never went to the doctor’s car. No trouble. I felt ok, I took some painkillers today," he said.

    "I’ve got industrial strapping all over me but it was a much less difficult stage. It was perfect for me, where as it was just too hard yesterday. Now I just hope next few days will be ok for me."

    Millar revealed that the only time he has quit the Tour de France was in 2001 when he climbed off on the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine. Yesterday his memories of that moment pushed him onwards, despite being 30 minutes behind the race at the foot of the 25km climb.

    "I was on my own for six hours during the stage and had a lot of time to think about how I'd feel if I packed. I couldn't face seeing the other guys on the team bus," he said. "But it was surreal. I really thought I was out of the race. I was 30 minutes down with 80km to go. By the time I got to the finish, I didn’t know if I’d made the time cut — all I knew was that I’d finished. And at the Tour, it’s about finishing."

    “I broke the Madeleine up into five-kilometre climbs and kept thinking — I have to get through this. I felt guilty for making the people along the road wait for me. But they were brilliant, they were cheering and telling me not to give up, and that made a huge difference for me."

    "I got a second wind going up the Madeleine and then went like a lunatic from the Madeleine to the finish. I ignored the pain and that's way...

  • Verbruggen labels Landis a nuisance

    Hein Verbruggen
    Article published:
    July 14, 2010, 20:19 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former UCI president to testify in US investigation?

    Will former UCI president Hein Verbruggen be called to testify in the United States as part of a federal probe into the allegations made against Lance Armstrong? The instigator whose actions sparked the case, Floyd Landis, seems to think so.

    In e-mails leaked to Cyclingnews, Verbruggen labels Floyd Landis as "a nuisance" and suggested that he succeeded so well in the role that he should get a "yellow jersey" for his efforts.

    Verbuggen initiated the exchange with Landis by forwarding a link to an article written by John Leicester of the Associated Press. The story detailed the feelings of vindication shared by the employees of the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory, which Landis had accused of sloppy work and dishonesty, after the American admitted in May that he had doped during his career.

    While the US investigators led by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) special agent Jeff Novitzky continue to take seriously the allegations made by Landis, Verbruggen said that he is "not worth any further word or attention except perhaps from psychiatrists" when pressed by Landis to "tell the truth along with Mr. Armstrong".

    Verbruggen was accused by Landis of helping to cover up a positive doping test by Armstrong in 2001, but he vehemently denied in the press and in the e-mail exchange with Landis of ever having practiced such deceit.

    The full exchange, as sent to Cyclignews, appears in chronological order below.

    From: Hein Verbruggen
    Sent: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
    To: Floyd Landis
    Subject: The Associated Press: Victims of Landis' deceit celebrate confession

    Dear Mr. Landis,

    I did not want to accept the risk that you would miss this article.

    After reading you might, together with me, conclude that if being a nuisance to (many) other people would be the main objective of your life, you succeed so well that you should still get a yellow jersey...