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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Date published:
October 17, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • O'Grady in "shock" following evidence in USADA report

    Stuart O'Grady (GreenEdge)
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 2:28 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian had been a "believer" until now

    Stuart O'Grady has been around long enough to have witnessed the numerous doping scandals that have plagued the world of professional cycling but admits to being overwhelmed by the findings released in USADA’s report into systematic doping at US Postal.

    The Orica-GreenEdge rider has been indirectly affected by the findings after his current director sportif Matt White admitted to being a part of the doping practices during his time at the US Postal team. White has since stepped down from his position at the team until a formal investigation has been conducted.

    O'Grady has ridden 14 Tours de France since his debut in 1998 when the Festina scandal occurred and says that while his sport has endured suspicion and rumour throughout the years, he’s remained a believer, until now.

    "I'm not stupid - there's always been rumours and talk. Like anything in sport, you have your questions and doubts," he told Adelaide Now.

    "I've been around through the good, bad and ugly. From 1998 in the Tour when the Festina affair blew up and what's happened recently. I'm in as much shock as anybody. But you want to believe that what you're seeing is real.

    "I believed that he (Armstrong) won those seven Tours clean. I wanted to believe that like everyone else.

    O'Grady says that it’s difficult to ignore the evidence against Lance Armstrong in light of the...

  • Warrnambool winner Goesinnen finds perfect match with Drapac

    Floris Goesinnen (Drapac) makes it two from two with his win in the Shipwreck Coast
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 5:24 BST
    By:
    Alex Malone

    Former Skil-Shimano rider had lost motivation

    Floris Goesinnen capped off a fantastic finish to his Australian racing program when he won the Melbourne to Warrnambool and the following day's Shipwreck Coast Classic last weekend. It was a superb weekend for the Drapac Professional Cycling team who also won the team classification along with former Warrnambool-winner Rhys Pollock taking home the Sprint, King of the Mountains and Victorian 200km Championships.

    Many wouldn't have picked Goesinnen as a likely winner of the Melbourne to Warrnambool, but the Dutchman who's has ridden with the Drapac team for the past two seasons knows what it's like to be in a breakaway at the world's biggest races. Goesinnen was the final rider to be caught at the 2010 Tour of Flanders while riding for Skil-Shimano after having been in the breakaway from the moment the flag dropped. He eventually finished over 13 minutes down on race winner Fabian Cancellara.

    Having signed for a third year with Drapac, Goesinnen says that in hindsight joining the team at the end of 2010 was one of the best decisions he could have made. He had been with Skil-Shimano since late 2006 but began to lose motivation toward the end of his four-year tenure.

    "It's great watching the big stars on television but if you're not at the level of the best climbers or Mark Cavendish then you get stuck in the role of domestique or early breakaway rider. This is fine but it kind of became work and I stopped dreaming a bit. At the start of your career you think you are going to be world champion or winning the Tour de France but then you realise...

  • Matt White sacked by Cycling Australia for anti-doping breach

    Matt White and Cadel Evans talk after a training ride in Surrey, England
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 6:39 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Will former rider be the only casualty?

    A three-hour-long board meeting of Cycling Australia on Tuesday night has concluded that Matt White can no longer continue in his role as professional men's road coordinator. White was informed of the decision last night following the meeting. Cyclingnews understands that the ex-rider will not be the only casualty within Cycling Australia with a further resignation to come.

    The Cycling Australia board sent out an extensive release late on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before a press conference in Melbourne headed by President Klaus Mueller. The statement reiterated its commitment to the anti-doping cause while remaining adamant that "there were no grounds to prevent Matt continuing in his role with CA," when his conduct came under review in 2011.

    "The Board has recognised the current situation calls for the review of our internal processes for the appointment of staff and contractors and while this process will begin immediately it will also be a key item to be addressed in more detail by the CA Board at its scheduled November meeting," it said, indicating that White may not be the only casualty in the fallout from the USADA report.

    Cycling Australia also distributed a short statement from White -

    "I have really enjoyed working for Cycling Australia and it has been an honour to represent my country in the role I have had. I understand the current situation makes it difficult to sustain the position and I respect that Cycling Australia has to make certain decisions.

    "It's crucial there is a positive outcome from the current debate about cycling's past and I feel a responsibility to be part of that – even if it won't be in an official Cycling Australia role.

    "Regardless, I want to express my gratitude for the time I had in the position as a coach and a selector and like everyone else, I hope for a clear path and a bright future for the sport."

    Previous suggestions raised by Mueller, of a doping...

  • Kathy LeMond's SCA deposition details revealed

    Greg LeMond wore the distinctive Z uniform during his 1990 Tour triumph.
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 9:38 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson with reporting from Andy Shen

    Claims Armstrong said "We've all done EPO"

    Cyclingnews has obtained a full copy of Kathy LeMond's deposition from the 2006 SCA case. LeMond testifies under oath that Julian Devries, a former US Postal mechanic, told her and several others that Nike and Thom Weisel - the San Francisco banker who sponsored and part-owned Armstrong's team - had transferred $500,000 to a Swiss bank account that belonged to UCI honorary president Hein Verbruggen.

    The money was allegedly sent to cover up a 1999 positive drug test for corticosteroids, which Armstrong had used to treat saddle sores.

    Devries has denied telling the LeMond's this but in her deposition Mrs LeMond states: "He believed the money must have come from Nike and Thom Weisel because he couldn't figure out where the money came from."

    The NY Daily News reported the allegations Tuesday and Nike, which has stated their backing of Armstrong in the face of recent doping revelations released a statement:

    "In response to the offensive allegations in today's New York Daily News, Nike vehemently denies that it paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen $500,000 to cover up a positive drug test. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs."

    Devries worked as Greg LeMond's mechanic during the American's racing career and later also had a job with US Postal team. In Kathy LeMond's deposition she states that in a conversation with Devries which took place at the Tour de France in 2000, he disclosed that he had also worked at a US Postal training camp in May 2000 that was attended by Armstrong, Kevin Livingston and Tyler Hamilton. According to Mrs LeMond, Devries said 'when they weren't on their bikes, they were on IVs.'

    In Tyler Hamilton's book "The Secret Race" he discusses the training camp in May 2000, supporting LeMond's claim. In his...

  • Peiper leaves Garmin-Sharp

    Nathan Haas (right) engages his Garmin Barracuda team-manager Allan Peiper in a conversation prior to the final stage of the tour.
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 11:08 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Australian directeur sportif leaves on good terms

    Allan Peiper will leave his role as Director of Competition at Garmin-Sharp at the end of the month.

    The Australian joined the team at the start of this year having previously worked for HTC-Highroad but has told Cyclingnews that he will be moving into a new role outside of the team in the coming weeks. Peiper did not want to reveal further details.

    Peiper told Cyclingnews: “I really enjoyed by time at Garmin-Sharp and we’re certainly not leaving on bad terms. After the success of winning the Giro d’Italia with the team this year I’m just moving onto new challenges outside of the team. I have new position that starts on November 1 and I’m looking forward to starting that.”

    Cyclingnews understands that Peiper will work with another major WorldTour team but he refused to confirm the name of the team.

    Peiper raced as a professional between 1983 and 1992 after moving to Belgium at just 16. He joined Peugeot in 1983 after riding for the French ACBB amateur team. He has been a directeur sportif at Davitamon-Lotto, HTC-Highroad and Garmin-Sharp.

  • IOC Vice President says Armstrong may lose 2000 Olympic bronze medal

    2000 Sydney Olympic time trial podium: Jan Ulrich, Viatcheslav Ekimov and Lance Armstrong
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 13:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Calls on Armstong to provide “complete and open testimony”

    Lance Armstrong should “come clean with a complete and open testimony,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach has said. He also added that Armstrong may lose his Olympic medal – a bronze medal he won in the men's time trial in Sydney in 2000.

    "For this procedure to be comprehensive, it would be good for the sport and for himself if Lance Armstrong would stop burying his head in the sand and come clean with a complete and open testimony,” Bach, a German lawyer who heads the International Olympic Committee’s legal panel and manages doping investigations, told the Reuters news agency. "It is late but not too late; it would be a cleansing process."

    The IOC cannot act on the matter until there is further action on the USADA's Reasoned Decision.

    "This case is now with the UCI ,which has to determine whether Armstrong should have taken part in the Sydney Olympics or not,” Bach said.

    "If the case is that he should not have taken part, that he should have been banned for that period, then the IOC will take its decision on this basis and will need to decide on the stripping of the medal.”

    Although there is generally an eight-year statute of limitations, Bach thought this case might prove an exception. "USADA's report has given some pointers that the statute of limitation was interrupted through Lance Armstrong lying about doping. We will have to examine to see if this is a way we can follow according to Swiss law."

    Meanwhile, the case is in the hands of the UCI. “I am certain that they will examine it carefully and then take the necessary consequences. I am confident the UCI will react in a comprehensive and appropriate way."

  • Óscar Pujol not giving up ProTeam dream

    The race leader, Oscar Pujol (Azad University Cross Team) at the start
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 13:33 BST
    By:
    Alex Malone

    UCI points system meant Spaniard wasn't given opportunities

    After two years racing with Cervélo Test Team and then a year with Omega Pharma - Lotto in 2011, Spain's Óscar Pujol found himself out of a job - for the second time in his short career. He secured a contract with the Iranian-registered Azad University team for 2012 but Pujol now admits that it hasn’t provided him with sufficient opportunities to return to the WorldTour.

    It’s a problem Pujol has a difficult time coming to terms with. He’s almost 28-years-old and has ridden for three seasons at the top of the sport and yet for the past 18 months he’s lived at home with his father in order to continue his pursuit to make it back to a big European team.

    Pujol has been plagued with bad luck over the past few seasons. His Cervélo team folded at the end of 2010 and while a number of the top riders were picked up by Jonathan Vaughters' Garmin squad, Pujol was not one of them. He subsequently found himself in the same position at the end of 2011 when sponsors Omega Pharma and Lotto decided to part ways .

    "Cervélo wanted to keep me but then it was over at the end of 2010. I found Omega Pharma and had a two-year contract but my year wasn’t very good in 2011. I didn’t do a lot of things right and I was struggling with illness. I kept racing but I should have taken a break," Pujol told Cyclingnews.

    "I was training with Jurgen Van Den Broek at altitude to ride the Tour de France but I wasn’t in...

  • Nike terminate Armstrong’s contract

    Leading Armstrong to Paris in the Tour de France
    Article published:
    October 17, 2012, 13:39 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Texan steps down from Livestrong charity

    In a sudden change of stance, Nike has announced it has terminated Lance Armstrong’s contract because of the “seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.”

    At the same time Armstrong revealed he has stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity.

    Nike said in a statement: “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner.”

    Nike said it plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer but Armstrong confirmed he will no longer have a formal role in the organisation he helped create. On Tuesday Nike denied a report in the NY Daily News that it paid $500,000 to former UCI President Hein Verbruggen to cover up a positive anti-doping test by Armstrong from 1999. 

    A small group of former pro cyclists and cycling fans lead by Paul Willerton picketed outside Nike's corporate headquarters on Tuesday to protest the sportswear giant's initial decision to continue supporting Lance Armstrong.

    The disgraced Texan has quit Livestrong in an attempt to distance the cancer charity from the details unearthed by the USADA doping investigation. The 1000-page report and sworn affidavits from many of his teammates contained details of alleged doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times between 1999 to 2005. Armstrong has always denied...