TOP STORY: Tinkov Buy’s Riis Racing, or Not?
Italian sports paper; Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Sunday morning that Russian banker Oleg Tinkov has bought all or at least a controlling share of Riis Racing, the company that controls the Saxo Bank team from Bjarne Riis. According to the newspaper the sum of €7 million was the amount paid by the Russian to take charge of the Saxo Bank team next year and into the future.
Many question arise from the report; the biggest being “is it true?” immediately after the paper came out and the www.gazzetta.it web-site was updated; both Oleg Tinkov and Saxo Bank both denied the acquisition.
Second question has to be how this will go down with the team’s top rider; Alberto Contador. Tinkov was less than complimentary about the Spanish riders’ performance and his high wages; you have to wonder how they will get along. Contador has a contract with the team for next year, so if either side was to break the agreement it would be quite expensive.
The third question is why has Bjarne Riis now decided to sell the team now after it was reported that talks had broken down between both sides. The Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that it was brought on by the pending report from the Danish Anti-Doping Agency and revelations in Michael Rasmussen book, plus testimony of Tyler Hamilton that it was Riis who introduced him to Dr. Fuentes.
The denials came quickly, first from Saxo Bank via tv2.dk: “Normally we do not go out and comment on specific rumors, but in this case I would like to emphasize that we have not sold to Oleg (Tinkov, ed.)”, says Allan Jørgensen (Saxo-Tinkoff team communications spokesman). Then Oleg Tinkov, through his Italian solicitor Stefan Feltrin, denied the report saying: “It’s wrong to say that we’ve bought Riis’ team. Nothing has been signed and was still talking to a number of teams about possible projects.” Adding that: “We’re still talking to Riis, we have been talking for two months despite the past differences, but it’s just one project we’re considering.” Tinkov himself Tweeted: @olegtinkov “It is indeed nice to be rich and famous !!! They writes articles on you around the world, and usually ridiculous stuff, but entertains ).”
Looks like it’s not true, but there might be something to it!
A day in the life of Oleg Tinkov or Один день Олега Тинькова if you prefer:
Superprestige Zonhoven 2013
The World cyclo-cross champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) out sprinted Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) at the end of the second Superprestige race in Zonhoven on Sunday. Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Napoleon), who had been the overall leader, finished third and so lost the top spot to Nys. Dutch champion Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development team) was at the front for most of the race with Vantornout, but when Nys and Albert put the hammer down they couldn’t hold the pace. Through the sand quarry on the last lap Albert was the strong man and got rid of Van der Haar and Vantornout and put Nys in trouble, but couldn’t Albert couldn’t shake him off. Into the last corner and Nys took to the front and Albert had give the World champion the win.
Superprestige Zonhoven Result:
1. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony in 59:55
2. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
3. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:15
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 0:29
5. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:57
6. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea
8. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus Cycling Team 0:01:51
9. Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
10. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:57.
BPost Bank Trofee-Koppenbergcross 2013
24 year old Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) took the Koppenbergcross on Friday afternoon ahead of the Sunweb-Napoleon pair of Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout. World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) was heading for his tenth win in Koppenberg, but could only finish fifth and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was eighth. British champion Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles) led early in the race until German champ Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) put the pressure on in the third lap. Eight riders split off the front and after an attempt from Vantornout; Meeusen’s attack on the last lap just before the finish straight was too much for the others. World champion Nys is still in the overall lead in the BPost Bank Trofee.
BPost Bank Trofee-Koppenbergcross Men’s Result:
1. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea in 59:06
2. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon at 0:02
3. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon at 0:05
4. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:09
5. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony at 0:10
6. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:24
7. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 0:25
8. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
9. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:40
10. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team at 0:46.
In the woman’s race; Helen Wyman (Kona) got the better of Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) and British champion Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) for her third Koppenbergcross win, although Harris still leads the BPost Bank Trofee series. Wyman was the strongest throughout the race and when she put the pressure on only Cant could hold her with Harris chasing. Wyman dropped Cant, who also had a puncture, and kept her at a distance all the way to the line.
BPost Bank Trofee-Koppenbergcross Women’s Result:
1. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona in 34:24
2. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP at 0:08
3. Nikki Harris (GB) Young Telenet Fidea at 0:18
4. Sophie De Boer (Ned) Young Telenet Fidea at 0:58
5. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS/PRO 2012 Cycling Team at 1:20
6. Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet Fidea at 1:29
7. Githa Michiels (Bel) at 1:46
8. Gabriella Durrin (GB) at 1:52
9. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) at 2:04
10. Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team at 2:36
All the action from the Koppenbergcross:
Nordhaug wins Norwegian National Cross Title
Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s Lars Petter Nordhaug won the Norway cyclo-cross title yesterday at home in Tønsberg. He attacked solo and won with a gap of around two minutes over his nearest rival, Morten Vaeng.
“The road season is my focus,” Nordhaug said. “This race was fun, supporting the organiser and winning flowers that I took home to wife.” It had rained in the morning but sun shined on Tønsberg for the elite men’s race. “Laps with some stairs, steep climbs, mud – it had everything,” continued Nordhaug. “I stayed with the other guys, including the mountain biker Morten Vaeng. After two laps, I attacked him, went solo and won with two to three minutes.”
The sun lit up the Skagerrak Strait off the southeast coast of Norway. The championship is the final race of the Norwegian Cup, a celebration ahead of the snowy and cold winter months ahead. Nordhaug enjoyed title win but with modesty. “It was not the biggest and hardest race, not all the best guys in the world were there. You can’t compare it to the big races in Belgium or Holland!” he added. “I had some time off, I’d been running a bit and keeping active. I knew the race was coming up, so I rode a few times on my cross bike and started training. I felt pretty good and in the race, I felt super.”
The ‘super’ win caps off a full season that included a 50th overall in the Tour de France and 12th in the World Championship. He officially hung up his Belkin race bike one month ago with Il Lombardia. The cross win yesterday allowed him to celebrate with his friends at home and, of course, give his wife a gift.
Thanks to the Belkin Team.
Two More Years for Nikki Harris with Telenet-Fidea
The British cyclo-cross champion Nikki Harris has extended her contract with the Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team until the end of 2015. Harris had received offers from more road based teams, but decided to stay with the cyclo-cross team. Her big hope for the future is to become the World cyclo-cross champion, saying: “I want and hope to become world champion, that’s my main goal. That’s why I will stay at Telenet-Fidea because that’s the best place to be for that perspective. This is by far the best cyclo-cross team.” She Twittered: “Happy to announce I will be staying with team Telenet Fidea for another 2 years, the best team for cross, really happy with their support.”
Marcato & Gatto for Cannondale
Marco Marcato and Oscar Gatto will be riding for the Cannondale team in 2014, both riders will be in the team to help Peter Sagan in the Northern Classics. Mercato was with Vacansoleil-DCM in 2013 without a win, although in 2012 he won Paris-Tours. Gatto rode for Vini Fantini-Selle Italia this year and won the Dwars door Vlaanderen.
Scarponi to Astana
Michele Scarponi wll be riding with Astana next year to lead the team in his home Grand Tour, the Giro d’Italia. In July he will be Vincenzo Nibali’s right hand man in the mountains to help his fellow Italian win the Tour de France. Scarponi had been with Lampre since 2011.
Scarponi wins the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi 2013:
Tamouridis to SP Tableware
Greek national champion; Ioannis Tamouridis will be racing at Continental level next year with the SP Tablware team. After the demise of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team he is returning to the team he rode for from 2009 to 2012. Tamouridis has been Greek national champion 34 times, four on the road (2013, 2011, 2010 and 2006), eight times in the time trial (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2003 and 2000), and the rest on the track when he started cycling.
Riccò to Go for Climbs Records
The banned rider Riccardo Riccò has announced that he is going to attempt to beat the current time records on the legendary climbs of cycling. He has said that Mont Ventoux will be ridden in June or July in 2014, but the others are still to be decided. “The Ventoux is inked in, but I still have to decide on the other ones. One might be the Galibier, another could be Alpe d’Huez, but I don’t know yet. It’s all still in the planning stage. They’ll be famous Giro and Tour climbs, that’s for certain.” Riccò is serving a 12 year ban which would mean he could race when he is 42 years old. He has suggested that he would collaborate with a UCI doping investigation to shorten his ban. Will there be dope controls at his climb record attempts?
Maybe he will have a go on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo as he did on Stage 15 of the 2007 Giro d’Italia:
Wanty-Groupe Gobert Team News
The Belgian ProConti team has signed sixteen riders so far and plan on a farther four to complete the their roster for next year. The team want to receive a “Wild Card” invitation for a Grand Tour and signing a rider like Samuel Sanchez would fit the bill. So far they have signed: Jempy Drucker, Grégory Habeaux, James Vanlandschoot, Thomas Degand, Jérôme Gilbert, Tim De Troyer, Roy Jans, Kevin Van Melsen, Björn Leukemans, Mirko Selvaggi, Frederik Veuchelen, Wesley Kreder, Frederique Robert, Jerome Baugnies, Laurens De Vreese and Michael Kreder.
British MP Ran Red Light
Kate Hoey MP, has pleaded guilty to driving through a red light in her Mini on the Victoria Embankment by the River Thames in central London and was fined £240. In 2003, Hoey referred to cyclists as “Lycra louts, selfish, aggressive, law-breaking and infuriatingly smug” and that they are “the real menace on our roads” in the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
She wrote in her 2003 article that cyclist should always ride in cycle lanes and she admitted that she tooted her horn at any cyclists who wasn’t riding in cycle lanes. She said; “Time after time I am stuck behind someone ignoring the cycle lane and holding up the traffic in the road.” She has also Twittered that there should be “stricter enforcement at red lights.” She also added that cyclists could be fined “up to £2500…But it rarely occurs.”
Trivia Monday is Back
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