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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Date published:
November 02, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Coaching role for Arvesen at Team Sky

    Kurt Asle Arvesen (Sky)
    Article published:
    November 02, 2011, 10:11 GMT
    Cycling News

    36-year-old will not be directeur sportif

    Kurt Asle Aversen will be a coach and not directeur sportif at Team Sky next season.  His special emphasis will be on working with the team's two Norwegian riders, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Lars Petter Nordhaug.

    “It means less travel for me and it's going to suit me very well," he told

    “I get to work even closer with the athletes and will follow them closely in their training work at home. As an athlete, I know well that you are not always motivated to embark on long training rides all year round.”

    In addition to the two Norwegians, he will be responsible for other riders as well. According to, these will include two Italians, neo-pro Salvatore Puccio and the promising Davide Appollonio.

    Boasson Hagen will continue to use his personal trainer Frederik Mohn, but will be happy to incorporate his former teammate Arvesen into his daily routine.

    “As coach, Kurt gets the opportunity to follow us in a completely different way. There is not so much travelling, and it will help us to have dialogue with him in training every day,” he said.

    Arvesen, 36, retired at the end of this season after a 13-year pro career, and spent his last two campaigns as a rider at Sky.

  • Clean slate for Pozzato at Farnese-Neri, says Scinto

    'Pippo' Pozzatto hasn't had his best season.
    Article published:
    November 02, 2011, 12:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian to train on the track this winter

    Filippo Pozzato will begin with a clean slate at Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli, according to directeur sportif Luca Scinto. Pozzato joins the team after a turbulent spell at Katusha, but Scinto insisted that he is keen to focus on the future rather than dwell on the reasons behind the rider’s listless 2011 season.

    “I don’t know and it doesn’t matter to me,” Scinto told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I want our relationship to begin with a blank sheet. Rehabilitating Pippo is good for us, for him and for all of Italian cycling.”

    Track sessions at Montichiari formed part of Pozzato’s preparation last year, and Scinto believes that his rider should proceed wholeheartedly in that vein this winter as he looks to improve on a season that saw him take just one victory, the low-key GP Bruno Beghelli.

    “Above all, he needs to find his sharpness, so twice a week he’ll go to the velodrome at Montichiari in order to do specific work on the track,” Scinto said. “I also hope he might be able to ride a Six Day, in Bremen or Berlin.”

    Scinto also pointed out that Pozzato was slightly more corpulent than usual at the end of the 2011 season, and needs to reduce his in-form weight by the spring. “I’d seen him put on a bit of weight,” he noted. “Now his body fat is around 10%, but there’s the whole winter ahead. He needs to get to ‘his’ races around 8%.”

    It remains to be seen precisely what those races will be, but Scinto is confident that the Pro Continental Farnese team will be invited to the big cobbled classics. “They’ve invited us to Het Volk and Kuurne in the past, and now that we have Pozzato, it will be easier to be at the start,” he said.

    Team manager Angelo...

  • Wiggins: "It's about trying to achieve greatness"

    Dowsett (centre) is hopeful of a place at next year's Olympics
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    November 02, 2011, 12:20 GMT
    Mark Robinson

    British star talks to CN about a Tour/Olympic double and Cavendish

    2012 has the potential to be one of the most memorable in the history of British cycling. There’s the Olympic Games in London, where Team GB will be expected to claim a clutch of medals, and also the prospect of Team Sky launching their boldest bid yet for sustained success in the Grand Tours following the signing of Mark Cavendish in the close season. So there was plenty for a relaxed and reflective Bradley Wiggins to discuss when Cyclingnews sat down with him in London yesterday afternoon as he helped to launch the new Gatorade G Series.

    Despite crashing out in this year’s Tour de France and breaking his collarbone, the 31 year old enjoyed arguably his most successful and consistent season in 2011 as his victory in the Criterium de Dauphine and third place finish in the Vuelta a Espana attest to. Just two weeks after the Vuelta he helped his new Team Sky colleague Cavendish claim victory in the World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen. And despite their well-publicised differences in the past, Wiggins is thrilled at the prospect of working with Cavendish throughout next season.

    “I knew Cav was joining the team a long, long time ago,” he said. “I’ve been encouraging him all along to come here, particularly when he was deliberating so much at the start of the year. We have a very close relationship. We haven’t always got on but ultimately we have come out of the other end shining and the Worlds was evidence of this.

    “His inclusion in the team brings so much more than the performance factor – there’s his character and his leadership skills too. Certainly if I’d had someone like Cav in the Tour this year I wouldn’t have crashed, so his presence could make a huge...

  • Classics, Giro and Vuelta for Rodriguez in 2012

    A delighted Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) crosses the line at San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
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    November 02, 2011, 13:06 GMT
    Cycling News

    Looking forward to changes and new faces at Katusha

    Joaquin Rodriguez is looking forward continuing with Katusha in 2012, which he says will become “more international” under new team manger Hans-Michael Holczer. He hopes to finally win one of the Classics, but will once again skip the Tour de France, concentrating instead on the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España.

    Holczer's arrival to replace Andre Tchmil will bring “significant changes in almost everything, a touch more German or rather more international,” Rodriguez told The former Gerolsteiner manager “want us all to be one group,” and more countries will be represented on the team.

    Another team newcomer will be sprinter and three-time world champion Oscar Freire. Before signing him, the team asked Rodriguez his opinion. "My response was very positive," Rodriguez said. "Aside from the wins, he provide safety and experience. I get along great with him and he will find it very comfortable in this environment, even I say that he is sure to continue for another year.”

    Looking back at his season, 'Purito' said that this year was even better than 2010, “especially the Classics. It is very difficult to win one.  However, in the five that I rode, my worst placing was 26th in Liege. The rest were three podium finishes and a fourth at San Sebastian.

    “I have many second and thirds, and a bronze from the Worlds [2009 - ed]. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever get a victory in a Classic or not.”

    The 32-year-old will most likely once again...

  • Procycling Season Review 2011 now available

    Alberto Contador dominating the Giro
    Article published:
    November 02, 2011, 14:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Procycling magazine presents Tim De Waele's photographs

    Photographer Tim De Waele presents the 2011 cycling season in his unique way, with the “Procycling Season Review 2011”, now available for purchase.

    The publication includes his photos from some of the season's biggest races.  “From the cold and wet of the Classics to the summer sun of the Tour de France, from the deserts of Qatar and Oman to the mountains of Europe and America, this is an unmissable photographic record of the world’s toughest sport.”

    His photos usually appear in Procycling magazine, but only a few get published there.  Now you can see many more of his superb photographs.

    Featured races include the Tour of Qatar, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders, the   Tour of California, the Tour de France and the world championships.  Plus many more.

    It costs only £9.99 including shipping within the UK, £ 10.99 for Europe, and £ 11.99 for the US and the rest of the world. Click here to order your copy.


  • Eight WorldTour teams renewed by UCI

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    November 02, 2011, 16:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Project 1t4i among 15 Professional Continental licensees

    The UCI today announced that it has approved the WorldTour licenses of eight teams: Astana, BMC, Garmin-Cervélo, Lampre-ISD, Liquigas-Cannondale, Movistar, Rabobank and Sky.

    Project 1t4i was included on the list of teams given Professional Continental licenses. The former Skil-Shimano team missed out on the UCI's top 20 teams in terms of sporting criteria by four points and was not eligible for consideration for the WorldTour.

    The eight teams given WorldTour licenses today passed muster with the organisation's auditors, Ernst & Young, meeting the already-announced sporting criteria as well as the ethical, financial and administrative requirements.

    All of the teams approved today were in the middle of multi-year licenses. The remaining teams, including new formations GreenEdge and Lotto as well as teams looking to renew WorldTour licenses: Saxo Bank Sungard, Omega Pharma-QuickStep and Katusha, and those looking to move up to the WorldTour from the second division will be called before the UCI License Commission between now and November 20, when the next decisions will be issued.

    Geox-TMC, FDJ, Europcar, AG2R-La Mondiale and Euskaltel-Euskadi will be called before the commission and considered for the remaining places in the WorldTour.

    Interestingly, the UCI stated that Vacansoleil-DCM and RadioShack-Nissan-Trek will be heard by the commission "in accordance with article...

  • Exergy Twenty12 announces full roster

    Team Peanut Butter & Co/Twenty12 gathers for a group picture following their domination of the Aspen Women's Pro Stage Race.
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    November 02, 2011, 17:40 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    American team remains focused on supporting potential Olympic athletes

    The Exergy Twenty12 women's squad today announced a revamped 16-woman roster led by Olympic gold medalist and former double world time trial champion Kristin Armstrong.

    General Manager Nicola Cranmer will register the predominantly American team with the UCI, and along with Armstrong it will include Kaitlin Antonneau, Theresa Cliff-Ryan, Jackie Crowell, Andrea Dvorak, Cari Higgins, Kristin McGrath, Greta Neimanas, Jessica Phillips, Coryn Rivera, Lauren Tamayo, Alison Tetrick Starnes and Tayler Wiles. International riders include Canadians Rhae Christie Shaw and Heather Logan-Sprenger along with Switzerland's Pascale Schnider.

    Cranmer confirmed that Exergy Twenty12, known this year as Peanut Butter & Co/Twenty12, will seek a UCI license and focus its attention on the select UCI-sanctioned events in the US along with the National Racing Calendar (NRC). In addition, the team's primary goal is to supports its riders in their individual quests to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London.

    "Our ambitions are much the same as they have been the past, to continue to develop the next generation of young US athletes and to also support the elite athletes in their goals," Cranmer said. "The long list for the Olympics, I believe, will be released December 31 and we are hoping to have at least four American riders on this list and two international riders on their respective lists. Most of the elite riders will race on their respective national programs, which we always support and encourage."

    The team has signed a new title sponsor, the Exergy Development Group, a Boise-based renewable energy company. CEO of Exergy Development Group, James Carkulis'...

  • Did Ricco and Mosquera harm Vacansoleil's WorldTour chances?

    Ezequiel Mosquera attended the presentation in hopes his doping case will be overturned
    Article published:
    November 02, 2011, 18:24 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Dutch team faces UCI license commission this month

    Having missed out on a WorldTour licence at the first attempt, Vacansoleil must now appear in front of the UCI's Licence Commission later this month in order to earn its place in the sport's top tier.

    While the UCI failed to give a substantiated reason as to why Vacansoleil and also RadioShack must appear in front of the commission but Vacansoleil's General Manager, Daan Luijkx believes it could be down to their dealings with Ricardo Ricco and Ezequiel Mosquera.

    The team had been awarded three-year licence last year but teams must pass an audit each year which examines "ethical, financial and administrative criteria" in addition to meeting the UCI's sporting criteria. While Vacansoleil made the top 15 teams to earn automatic consideration for the WorldTour this year, it failed to have its license renewed.

    The UCI today said Vacansoleil would be called before the License Commission, "in accordance with article 2.15.071 of the regulations", which stipulates the procedures for teams which were unable to be registered by the UCI.

    Ricco was fired in February after he was hospitalized following an alleged contaminated blood transfusion. Mosquera signed in 2010, but has never raced for the team after he returned a positive test for Hydroxyethyl Starch (HES) at the 2010 Vuelta.

    "We don't know yet because we've just received an email saying we need to visit the licence commission at the end of the month. We don't know the exact reason but I think it's about either Ricco or Mosquera," Luijkx told Cyclingnews.

    "We received a letter from the administrators of the UCI saying everything is okay and we were in the...