TOP STORY: Good-bye Bruyneel!
In an interview with RTL the ex-rider, ex-team manager Johan Bruyneel said “regardless of the outcome of the USADA investigation or any charges against me, I’ve made the decision that I’m pretty much done with cycling because I don’t see a change.” This all comes a month before the USADA hearing into the charges against him of possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances, aiding, abetting and covering up anti-doping rule violations between 1998 and 2011. The hearing is scheduled to start on December the 16th in London. As to the public perception of the manager who took Lance Armstrong to his seven nullified Tour de France wins: “I don’t see myself as the devil. People are trying to picture Lance and myself as the bad guys, but that’s wrong. When there’s a general problem, the easiest way to manage it is to find a culprit and blame it all on him, and I think that’s what’s happening.”
Earlier this year Bruyneel said in Belgium that he “had never put a person’s health at risk.” This clashes with USADA’s charges against Bruyneel in its Reasoned Decision which states that Bruyneel became “adept at leading [young riders] down the path from newly minted professional rider to veteran drug user.”
So Bruyneel is walking away from cycling and also walking away from some tricky questions at the hearing that might come back and bite him in the Floyd Landis/US Government Qui Tam case and would cost a bit more that a team managers license.
Johan Bruyneel wins stage 7 from Miguel Indurain in the 1995 Tour de France, watch out for a young Lance Armstrong:
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup – Koksijde 2013
Niels Albert (KBCP-Powerplus) dominated the third UCI World Cup in Koksijde on Saturday. At half way; Albert put in his big move and with the help of his team mate Philipp Walsleben slowing the chase, he was never seen again till the finish, 32 seconds ahead of the others. At the finish Albert jumped off and back on the bike and had a good wave to celebrate his victory. World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) was again having a slow start and also crashed into a fence and tangled with Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea), he eventually crossed to the chase group, but lost out to French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) and German champion Walsleban in the sprint. World Cup leader Lars Van Der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) finished in 10th place and now only has a 2 point lead on Walsleban.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Men’s Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 1:04:49
2. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ at 0:32
3. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL at 0:34
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:37
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:54
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team at 1:05
8. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:13
9. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:14
10. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 1:33.
The men’s last lap in Koksijde:
Katie Compton (Trek) attacked the others in the first lap for her second UCI World Cup victory of the season. Compton didn’t start well and Sabine Stultiens (Rabobank Women) and Helen Wyman (Kona) were the early leaders. Compton worked her way smoothly through the field until she tangled with Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea), both were unscathed and the US champion carried into the lead. Crompton managed to build up over a minutes lead by the finish and extend her UCI World Cup lead of 30 points over Harris. Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP), Harris, Stultiens and Sophie de Boer (Telenet-Fidea) chased hard but couldn’t make a dent in Compton’s lead and split on the run in.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Women’s Result:
1. Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective in 43:32
2. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP at 1:08
3. Nikki Harris (GB) Young Telenet-Fidea at 1:22
4. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 1:55
5. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea at 1:56
6. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona at 2:31
7. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea at 2:42
8. Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny at 3:17
9. Loes Sels (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 3:25
10. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 3:40.
Superprestige – Gieten 2013
In the men’s race on Sunday in Gieten, Holland, Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was the strongest and came out tops repeating Saturdays win in Koksijde and became leader of the Superprestige competition. In the early part of the race it looked like World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) had the race, but when his gear mech ripped the spokes out of his back wheel he had a long run before he could make a bike change, he chased for three laps before retiring. When the word went out that Nys was in trouble the speed rose which didn’t help Albert who had made a bad start. The important split came on the eighth lap where Albert along with Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development) and Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon) gained a gap on the others, this set Albert up to solo to the finish. Van der Haar managed to stay ahead of the chase of Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) for second place.
Superprestige – Gieten Men’s Result:
1. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus in 1:01:35
2. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 0:08
3. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:15
4. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
5. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team at 0:30
6. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:36
7. Martin Bina (Cze) Kwadro-Stannah Cycling Team
8. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team
9. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games
10. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea.
The last lap of the men’s race:
European champion Helen Wyman (Kona) beat Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) again in the woman’s event, Sabrina Stultiens (Rabobank/LivGiant) was third. Cant made the early pace splitting the field, but eventually it was Wyman who rode away leaving Cant and Stultiens to fight it out for the second place.
Superprestige – Gieten Woman’s Result:
1. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona in 41:06
2. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP at 0:26
3. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 0:31
4. Annefleur Kalvenhaar (Ned) Giant Dealerteams at 1:24
5. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea at 1:41
6. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea at 2:17
7. Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies at 2:32
8. Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team at 3:07
9. Martina Mikulaskova (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny at 3:23
10. Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) Varbergs MTB-Cube at 3:35.
Team Colombia for Igor Antón?
Team Colombia has shown interest in signing Igor Antón, much to the relief of the Basque rider. “I am not to expect much more,” said the ex-Euskaltel-Euskadi rider. Antón stressed that Team Colombia was “very interested” in his signing. “Yes I would like to, it’s a team that is growing and has a good calendar. I would rate it very highly, ” he said in an interview with Radio Popular.
The Colombian team managed by Claudio Corti had a good schedule in 2013, with several WorldTour races including Fleche Wallonne, Giro d’Italia, Tour of Poland and the Tour of Lombardy. And was also in the Spanish races; GP Miguel Indurain, La Rioja, Klasika Primavera, Vuelta Castilla y León and Burgos. All the races which suit the characteristics of the Galdakao climber. His signing also could open the door to the Colombian team in the Tour of Spain.
The chances of Antón going to Omega Pharma – Quick-Step is dependent on the recovery of Kevin de Weert as the Belgian team is fully staffed with 30 cyclists.
In 2013, Anton was 2nd in the GP Miguel Indurain, 8th in the Fleche Wallonne, 12th in Liege and the Tour of Switzerland, 20th in the Vuelta a España and 23rd in the Tour de France. In his palmarés he has four stage wins in the Vuelta (8th in 2007, was a leader in 2010 until he crashed and 9th in 2012) and won the Zoncolan stage in the 2011 Giro d’Italia, also two wins in the Tour de Romandie and in the Tour of Switzerland, add to that his rides in the Ardennes, 4th, 5th and 8th in the Fleche Wallonne and 7th and 12th in Liège.
On the other hand; team manager Claudio Corti says he is more interested in ex-Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez.
Team Colombia has 17 confirmed riders for 2014: Fabio Duarte, Jarlinson Marsh, Robinson Chalapud, Leonardo Duque, Juan Esteban Arango, Edwin Avila, Alexis Camacho, Carlos Julian Quintero, Quintero Duber, Jeffry Romero and Juan Pablo Valencia, plus Miguel Angel Rubiano (Androni-Giocattoli), Jonathan Paredes, Darwin Pantoja, Edward Diaz, Luis Long and Rodolfo Torres.
Igor Antón wins stage 11 in the 2010 Vuelta a España:
Cannondale Ready for 2014
The Cannondale team have finalised their roster for next season, twenty riders have been kept on from 2013 and seven new riders have joined the Italian registered team. The new riders are Marco Marcato from Vacansoleil-DCM, Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), George Bennett (RadioShack-Leopard), plus four young riders: Slovenian Matej Mohoric and Davide Villella, Alberto Bettiol and Davide Formolo who are all Italian. The twenty riders staying on are: Peter Sagan (Slovakia), Ivan Basso (Italy), Moreno Moser (Italy), Elia Viviani (Italy), Damiano Caruso (Italy), Ted King (USA), Maciej Bodnar (Poland), Guillaume Boivin (Canada), Alessandro De Marchi (Italy), Michel Koch (Germany), Kristijan Koren (Slovenia), Matthias Krizek (Austria), Paolo Longo Borghini (Italy), Alan Marangoni (Italy), Daniele Ratto (Italy), Fabio Sabatini (Italy), Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Cristiano Salerno (Italy), Josè Cayetano Sarmiento (Colombia) and Cameron Wurf (Australia).
Nibali to Ride Paris-Nice
2013 Giro d’Italia winner; Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will not be defending his three consecutive Tirreno-Adriatico wins in 2014 as he will be riding Paris-Nice. The Astana manager Giuseppe Martinelli told the Gazzetta dello Sport that “the French race gives you an extra day of rest ahead of Milan-Sanremo, which, with the addition of the Pompeiana, has become a major objective. If you stay in the same area, you can prepare better.” Adding that “there’s another factor, which isn’t secondary, Nibali is a champion in Italy, but now he needs to have a more international dimension.”
Andy & Frank’s 2014 Callender
Andy and Frank Schleck will share the same calendar building up to the Tour de France, apart from the first race. On his return to competition, Frank Schleck, who has not competed in the Tour since 2012, will debut at the Tour Down Under (21st to 26th of January), while Andy will not race until the Tour of Oman (18th to 23rd of February).
According to Le Quotidien the pair will ride in the Ardennes, Paris-Nice (March 9th to 16th) Critérium International (29th to 30th March), Tour of the Basque Country (7th to 12th April), Amstel Gold Race (April 20th), Fleche Wallonne (April 23rd), Liege (27th April) and then to complete their Tour form in the Tour of Luxembourg (4th to 8th June), Tour of Switzerland (14th to 22nd June) and then the Tour de France (July 5th to 27th).
This could be Andy’s final chance to prove if he can return to the level of 2011 and earlier years, after his injury to the sacrum in the Dauphiné in 2012, that year he only competed for 33 days. Then 75 days in 2013 but without results, 20th in the Tour, after winning in 2010 and 2nd in 2009 and 2011.
Better times for Frank Schleck as he wins 15th stage of the 2006 Tour de France:
Argos-Shimano not to be Felt in 2014
US bike manufacturer Felt will not be supplying bikes to the Argos-Shimano team next year, although the team will not be known as Argos next year anyway. The team have been riding Felt for two years and it is expected that the team will be astride Giant next year, but nothing is official.
With no team for next season Nicolas Vogondy is going to retire at the age of 36. His 2013 team; Accent Jobs-Wanty, which will be Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2014, has not renewed his contract and no other team has made any offers. Vogondy won the French road championships twice (2002 & 2008) and the time trial championships in 2010, he also won les 3 Jours de Vaucluse in 2008 and stages in the smaller stage races. He was also the most combative rider for 2 stages in the 2008 Tour de France.
Argos-Shimano Sign Malaysian Loh Sea Keong
The Argos-Shimano Team announces the signing of Loh Sea Keong of Malaysia for the 2014 season to complete the team’s roster. Daan Olivier (Rabobank), Chad Haga (Optum), Lawson Craddock (Bontrager) and Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) are also joining the successful of 2013: Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb along with the young riders Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin.
Loh, 27, began his professional cycling career in 2006 with the Marco Polo Cycling Team. He has already gained valuable racing experience in Europe and has made history this year by becoming the first rider to win the Malaysian Jelajah Malaysia, and also won a stage of the Tour de Singkarak and one in the Tour of Thailand. Loh comes to Argos-Shimano from Team OCBC Singapore Continental.
“I am honoured to have been selected for the team,” said Loh. “It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to reach this level. I look forward to working with the team because I think I can benefit greatly from the sporty atmosphere of the team. With good guidance and a solid program, I will focus on developing as a cyclist and reach my full potential.”
“We see great potential in Loh” confirms the general manager Iwan Spekenbrink. “We have followed him all season and his good results. When selecting riders for the team, the results are important, but so is personality. With his positive attitude and the desire to improve, the character of Loh fits perfectly.”
“We believe that cycling Asia has great potential and it is our aim to contribute to the development of Asian racers and take them to the highest level. We have experienced this with Cheng Ji, who has been part of our project from the beginning. It has been impressive to see the progress he has made since coming to the European professional scene, he is now competing in races like the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Spain and Milan-San Remo, we wish to follow a similar path and with Loh.”
All Change for Lagutin
Uzbekistan champion Sergey Lagutin has signed for Rusvelo for 2014 and become Russian. He was with Vacansoleil-DCM and had hoped to ride with Katusha next year, but their roster was full, so it was suggested he ride for the ProConti feeder team, Rusvelo. Lagutin has also decided to race with a Russian licence and wear the Russia jearsey in International events, if possible. He said of his new team: “I hope Rusvelo can get invitations to WorldTour races. Personally, I love the Tour of the Basque Country, the Tour of Switzerland and the Tour of Poland, but the main goal for me next season will be the Russian national championships.”
Rusvelo Team Presented in Italy
The Rusvelo Team was presented to the press at Pesciera Park Hotel in Italy on Saturday by Russian Europsport’s voice of cycling Sergey Kurdyukov.
Rusvelo team rider roster 2014.
Igor Boev, Ilnur Zakarin, Gennady Tatarinov, Sergey Pomoshnikov, Roman Maikin, Kirill Pozdnyakov, Ivan Balykin, Artur Ershov, Sergey Firsanov, Leonid Krasnov, Artem Ovechkin, Sergei Klimov, Andrei Solomennikov, Alexander Serov, Timofey Kritskyi, Sergey Lagutin.
Olga Zabelinskaya, Anastasiya Chulkova, Tatyana Antoshina, Aleksandra Burchenkova, Yulia Blindyuk, Aizhan Zhaparova, Oksana Kozonchuk, Elena Kuchinskaya, Inga Chilvinayte.
Arnaud Coyot Dies after Car Accident
Former French professional Arnaud Coyot has died in a car accident after suffering a head injury. The accident happened at around half past six last Sunday in Villers-Sur-There (Beauvais), when the car he was travelling in left the road for reasons still unknown, in the vehicle were five people, including Coyot and Ag2r-La Mondiale pro Sébastien Minard, the car was driven by Guillaume Levarlet of Cofidis. The others were uninjured but Coyot was taken to Beauvais hospital with a brain injury after the intervention of fire fighters. Coyot was a professional 2003-2012 with Cofidis, Unibet, Caisse d’Epargne and Sojasun teams, the Frenchman decided to put an end to his career last year after suffering multiple knee injuries that prevented him from racing since 2012.
Alberto Contador and Team Saxo-Tinkoff, in Gran Canaria
Alberto Contador has started in Gran Canaria, along with his teammates of Saxo-Tinkoff, a Team Building Camp for next season, which will run until 2 December at the Anfi Emerald Club, located in the south of the island. During this first training camp of the season, riders are dedicated to lay the basis for their training, while they will plan with Bjarne Riis and the rest of the staff the competition schedule for the entire year. As already announced, Alberto Contador plans to compete in the 2014 Tour de France and Vuelta a España. The Tour of the Algarve will be his first race.
Alberto and the team in Gran Canaria:
# YELLOWFLUO LADIES FOR 2014
The solid company, the management and the “historical” leaders remain. They are joined by great foreign champions and by the most promising young cyclists.
Press Release: The project, which in just three years has led the #YELLOWFLUO ladies in 8th position of UCI rankings, continues on the path laid out, continuing to grow with absolute respect for the solid foundations from which it was created and it introduces some innovations that will lead to expand its horizons. None upheaval, however, because a project, a philosophy and a management that have created in just three years a real Italian women dream team can not be upset. Therefore the solid foundations and the management that allowed the team to grow so much and so quickly remain also this year. President Alessia Piccolo looks back with satisfaction and forward with new, ambitious goals: “Last season we participed in a lot of races, always as protagonists, we gained a lot of good results and we brought the # YELLOWFLUO to shine in all Europe and beyond. I want to thank all the athletes: those that remain, but also those that the next season will wear another jersey. I’m sure that the experience in #YELLOWFLUO team has given them a lot of emotions, both in race and off the bike, because ours is a really tight-knit group. Next year we want to improve some more”.
To achieve the goal, the #YELLOWFLUO team, which will be called Alé – Cipollini – Galassia (www.alecipolliniteam.com), can rely on its “historical” leaders who have embraced the project from the beginning: Tatiana Guderzo, Marta Tagliaferro, Valentina Carretta and Malgorzata Jasinska. Moreover, after one year of stop for maternity, Monia Baccaille goes back in the team. Confirmed also the young Michela Pavin.
Five the new athletes: some of the most promising young Italian cyclist and important foreign champions, to give internationaly to the team. The new cyclists are: Ilaria Bonomi, born in 1995, Italian juniores champion; Barbara Guarischi, 23 years old, who last season obtained good results in several races, including the 5th place in Classica Città di Padova and 11th in Italian Championship; Elena Berlato, climber of Schio.
Two the new foreign athletes, for geographical horizons that spread even to the west. The Spanish champion, Ane Santesteban Gonzales, born in 1990, wears the #YELLOWFLUO jersey. Shelley Olds comes from USA, demonstrating the prestige that the # YELLOWFLUO team acquired all arount the World.
Leading the group, confirmed in flagship, the Sports Director Luisiana Pegoraro.
Everything is ready, then, for another #YELLOWFLUO season.
No Unemployed Riders Team for Traksel
After the hopeful news that Bobby Traksel would manage to put together a Dutch Continental registered team for next year to help riders who had no place for 2014. His plan was to take 12 mostly Dutch and Belgian riders with a budget of €600,000, but he has had to announce that he has had to give up the plan with a shortfall of €75,000. With the demise of Vacansoleil-DCM and Crelan-Euphony; the Netherlands are in a similar position as Spain with the loss of Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Kindhuman Re-Imagines Cycling Sponsorship – Launches “Take the Lead Cycling Scholarship”
PressRelease: We’re flipping the script on how companies sponsor athletes. For too long, athletes were rewarded only for how fast they could go. It’s time to recognize people based on their achievements in life, first. We are inspired by true leaders – on the course and in their communities. We want to reward sportsmanship, humanity and a competitive spirit for the future of cycling through our Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship.
KindHuman was founded on a commitment to create opportunity through cycling; in everything we do and every product that we make. That’s why we created the Take The Lead Cycling Scholarship to directly support youth cycling.
KindHuman is in search of youth cyclists who need and deserve our help. With the help of the global cycling community, we are actively looking to sponsor one boy and one girl for the 2014 cycling season. We will be giving over $5000 worth of equipment including our debut bike, the Kampionne. Ideal applicants are active cyclists between the ages of 12 and 17. We are looking for young leaders, kids that not only Take The Lead as role models on the bike, but in their classrooms, communities and homes. Because, champions in sport are impressive but champions in life are exceptional!
The company was founded this year by Gavin Brauer and Adam Abramowicz. Abramowicz went on to say about the founding of the company and it’s scholarship plan, “This scholarship gives reason to our purpose as a company. We created KindHuman to give back to the sport that we love and with the help of the global cycling community – we can do just that.”
If you know a little leader who is a great role model for the sport of cycling – please direct them to our Facebook Contest Page where they can fill out the application. We want to know why they are the future of cycling.
Anyone can contribute to scholarship recipients simply by wearing or riding KindHuman products. Together, we can pave the way for young athletes.
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Velo-Vie Vitesse 500 tackling Humboldt Mountain
Humboldt Mountain is a rare and storied climb. The roads are rough, narrow and small. The climbs are steep and unforgiving. Humboldt Mountain is a real toughman’s ride, not for the faint of heart. We couldn’t imagine a better place for us to show off our new VeloVie Vitesse 500. On the rugged path up to the FCC tower a rider is constantly tested with pitchy accents, bumpy flats, and harrowing descents. The VeloVie Vitesse 500 is build for speed and comfort. The ride is smooth and powerful, without the rigidity that can make a longer ride a bore. Reliable, when you need the zip to get out of the saddle and attack, then stability when you’re breaking the speed limit on a big descent. And the sloping top tube provides a powerful compact geometry to maximize your output and get the most out of every pedal stroke.
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