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Third Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 26, 2012

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March 26, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Sevilla happy to have won second Vuelta México Telmex

    Oscar Sevilla (Empacadora San Marcos) won stage 2 of the Vuelta Mexico Telmex
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    March 26, 2012, 12:43 BST
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    Spaniard continues career on South American soil

    Oscar Sevilla (Empacadora San Marcos) has won the 2012 Vuelta México Telmex, which ended on Sunday in Reforma after one week of racing. Sevilla, who currently rides for a Colombian amateur team after returning from a six-month suspension, has thus won the Mexican national tour twice after a first victory in 2010.

    The 35-year-old was able to take the leader's jersey in stage two, which he won, and keep the overall lead to the very end. "I'm very happy to repeat my victory in Mexico. I dedicate it to my father who first brought me to cycling and who now watches over me from heaven. I also thank my team, which made enormous efforts for me to win this race," Sevilla told the Mexican press.

    "I'm happy because the work has paid off and I'm satisfied. You have to work hard as nothing in this life is for free."

    Despite the victory, the Spaniard's professional career is in limbo as the International Cycling Union has appealed the six-month suspension imposed by the Spanish cycling federation to be extended to two years. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has yet to decide on the case. In the meantime, Sevilla has planned to return to Colombia to continue racing.

  • Bettini wins lawsuit against German broadcaster in Italian court

    National coach Paolo Bettini says hello
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    March 26, 2012, 12:44 BST
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    Claims that he supplied Sinkewitz with doping products “false and defamatory”

    Paolo Bettini has won a lawsuit against German television broadcaster ZDF, which had claimed the former Italian pro had supplied doping products to his then-teammate Patrik Sinkewitz. The broadcast company must now pay him damages, the Italian court ruled last week.

    Before the World Championships in Stuttgart in 2007, which Bettini won, the ZDF reported that when officially questioned, Sinkewitz said, "I had Italian riders, who took care ... of this testosterone gel. I could name names, too, Bramati and Bettini." The three riders had been teammates at Mapei and Quick Step.

    Sinkewitz immediately denied having made that statement, and later told Spiegel magazine, “Maybe the name of Bettini was said in the course of a meeting with the BDR [German cycling federation - ed.] anti-doping commission, but I never said that I received the [doping] products from him. These things were constructed by others. Bettini warned me, 'If it was you that said it then you will be crying.'”

    The ZDF's statements were false and defamatory, the court in Bolzano ruled, and ordered the ZDF to pay damages and court costs.

    “I am satisfied with the judgment,” Bettini said, according to  “For me it was a matter of principle. The sentence repaid at least part of the smear campaign I've had to endure in spite of myself. The judgment shows that perseverance in defending your positions and rights can lead to these results.”

    Bettini, 37, retired from bike racing in 2008. He is currently Italian national coach.

    Sinkewitz, 31, served a one-year suspension for testosterone doping from from 2007 to 2008. He is

  • Exclusive US offer: 3 issues of Procycling for $1

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    March 26, 2012, 14:00 BST
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  • Barredo out with broken arm from E3 Harelbeke

    Carlos Barredo
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    March 26, 2012, 15:24 BST
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    Rabobank's Spanish rider suffers multiple injuries

    Rabobank will have to do without Carlos Barredo for the next few weeks. The Spaniard crashed into Fabian Cancellara during the E3 Harelbeke last Friday and sufferd multiple injuries, including a broken arm.

    Cancellara had pulled over to change a wheel, right after a curve. Barredo crashed into him heavily, and was diagnosed with a broken radius in his right arm. He was operated on that same evening.

    His teammate Matti Breschel saw Barredo immediately after the crash. “I saw the break, and it is broken in half,” he told

    That was, however, probably not Barredo's most painful injury. “He had apparently taken a hit on the groin and could hardly walk,” Breschel continued. “When he pulled his pants down, his testicles were completely blue and swollen to the size of oranges.”

    Breschel, who finished third in Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, will miss the support of his Spanish teammate in the upcoming Tour of Flanders. “Barredo has been off to a really good start and it is a weakness for the team that he is now out.”

    Last week's race was full of incidents with several riders suffering injuries. Garmin-Barracuda's David Millar broke his collarbone and Sebastian Hinault (AG2R-La Mondiale) came away with a broken wrist.


  • Basso on the mend

    Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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    March 26, 2012, 17:21 BST
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    Italian fit for Liquigas-Cannondale training in Tenerife

    After injuring his right knee at Paris-Nice and then aggravating it with another fall in the Volta a Catalunya last week, Liquigas-Cannondale rider Ivan Basso has made a rapid recovery and has pleased his team medics enough to be included on their forthcoming training trip to Tenerife.

    It was thought that Basso would be facing a race against time to be fit for his beloved Giro d'Italia in May, but the two-time winner of that event appears to be on the mend. That said, the doctors will continue to monitor his progress and treat him with kid gloves on the Spanish island.

    "The improvements shown in the last few days mean we can give the green light to Ivan," said Dr. Roberto Corsetti. "The situation, however, is not fully recovered and will have to follow his progress daily to ensure he trains without pain and risk."

    The team is taking a squad of six riders to Tenerife - Basso, the in-form Vincenzo Nibali, Eros Capecchi, Sylwester Szmyd, Valerio Agnoli and Christian Salerno - where they will train at altitude on the island's Mount Teide to get some valuable miles in before the forthcoming Grand Tours.

    "Altitude training is a cornerstone of our preparation," said sporting director Paul Slongo.

    "This year we chose a place that combines climate and tours. El Teide offers the possibility of working in an altitude of up to 2,200 metres and maximising the benefits of the mountain. Working sessions will aim to increase the rate of pedaling and we expect to close the training camp with a quantum leap in terms of physical condition."

  • Repeat of unbeatable 2011 highly unlikely for Gilbert

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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    March 26, 2012, 18:47 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Belgian champion runs out of time for Spring classics

    After a couple of lacklustre races in Flanders, it is clear that Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is definitively not at the level he was last year. Some people still think that the Belgian champion is playing hide and seek but according to Gilbert they can be assured that this is not the case.

    The best rider of 2011 got dropped from the main group on the Taaienberg on Friday afternoon in the E3-Prijs Harelbeke and also during Sunday's Gent-Wevelgem he was unable to keep up with the best. Afterwards he referred to a tooth problem which drained his energy levels and cause him to lose weight. On Sunday morning he hoped for improvement while pointing out that he wasn't playing a game.

    "Certainly not. I'm getting a lot of questions and attention from the press about this which is not pleasant at all but it's part of the job," Gilbert said. "Sooner or later the good form will come back. There's still the confidence from my fans and team. I had ambition for these races so this isn't fun. Anyway, Gent-Wevelgem has never been my race. Two years ago I was lucky to be in the breakaway and finish third but on paper it's not my race. Even when I'm good it's a hard race for me to win. My job will be to set-up Thor Hushovd and Greg Van Avermaet who's going really well and fast in such a finish. Thor wanted to be good here – more than in the E3-Prijs – so he'll be there."

    Once across the finish line Gilbert had been in the picture once, when attacking in the kilometers ahead of the Kemmelberg.

    "On the climbs it's impossible for me to do something but on the wide roads ahead of them there are possibilities. I wanted to anticipate ahead of the Kemmelberg, hoping they would doubt...

  • Gerrans remains in lead of UCI WorldTour rankings

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) wins the 2012 Gent-Wevelgem
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    March 26, 2012, 20:09 BST
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    Boonen moves into fourth after Gent-Wevelgem, E3 Harelbeke wins

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) continued his run of success in the Spring Classics and moved up to fourth in the UCI WorldTour rankings thanks to another powerful sprint victory at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday. Boonen beat Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Matti Breschel (Rabobank) in the dash to the line, timing his effort perfectly to beat the young Slovakian champion. Boonen joins Rik Van Looy, Eddy Merckx and Mario Cipollini as three-time winners of Gent-Wevelgem.

    Boonen won the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen Harelbeke race for a record fifth time on Friday to kick off an impressive weekend performance. Boonen had been tied with Rik Van Looy with four victories.

    The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team leader now has a total of 166 points in the individual UCI WorldTour ranking, moving him up from seventh to fourth. Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge Cycling Team) still leads the ranking with 210 points after his victories at the Tour Down Under and Milan-San Remo. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) is second with 182 points and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remains in third with 167 points.

    The GreenEdge team also had another successful week of racing; with Michael Albasini winning the opening two stages and then successfully defending the overall race lead at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.

    They key mountain stage in the foothills of the Pyrenees was shortened due to snow and Albasini went onto finish 1:30 ahead of Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)...

  • Guesdon ready for final Paris-Roubaix

    Frederic Guesdon (FDJ-BigMat) is on course to race Paris-Roubaix.
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    March 26, 2012, 21:30 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Frenchman returns from broken hip

    Few riders have as much experience on the cobbles as Frédéric Guesdon, but the FDJ-BigMat rider is in the midst of his final Classics campaign before bringing the curtain down on his career at Paris-Roubaix, the race where he made his name with a surprise victory in 1997.

    40 years old last October, Guesdon revealed at the beginning of the winter that he was to hang up his wheels in April, but a heavy fall at the Tour Down Under in January looked set to deny him the opportunity to ride through hell one last time and take his final bow at the famous old Roubaix velodrome. Lying in hospital in Adelaide shortly after being diagnosed with a fractured hip, Guesdon was all but resigned to ending his career on the other side of the world, far from the rough and tumble of the pavé.

    “The first prognosis was a three-month lay-off, and seeing as my season was only ever going to be four months long anyway, it meant that it was effectively all over there and then,” Guesdon told Cyclingnews as he readied himself for last Friday’s E3 Harelbeke.

    “But when I got back to France, the doctor told me that it wasn’t as bad as expected and that within a month I’d be able to get back training, bit by bit, and that I could at least get back and race before the end of my career. That was huge for my morale.”

    After a month off the bike, Guesdon made a tentative return to the saddle aboard his home trainer before venturing out onto the road. His first competitive outing since his injury was in Belgium at Nokere Koerse ten days...