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No race results this morning, mainly because there hasn’t been any races, but as you would expect there is lots of Armstrong/USADA news. The stepping away of Armstrong’s personal sponsors is deafening; Trek, Michelob and RadioShack have all deserted the sinking ship, and thanks to Paul Willerton, Nike has terminated their contract with the Texan. There is some other news, so get in there!

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JUST DID IT
– Report filed by Richard Pestes

“Protests don’t need thousands of people, just the right message.” Said Paul Willerton when we talked Wednesday afternoon, in the wake of the protest he’d led at Nike’s headquarters to urge the sporting goods giant to just do it and drop Lance Armstrong.

A lot of you will know Paul as DeFeet’s Creative Director, but for this story its more important that you know him as a former pro racer who rode with Greg LeMond on the Z Team in the early 1990s, and most importantly as a fan who really gives a damn about cycling.

I called Paul on Monday morning for some tech background on my coverage of DeFeet socks from this year’s Interbike – but Paul couldn’t talk to me about DeFeet, as he was about to go on air as a rider, and person who’d had enough of the Armstrong doping case, and was, like so many others, appalled at the continued corporate support for Armstrong, even while the wave of public disapproval at the findings of the USADA report has grown to tidal proportions.

I reached Paul on his way to speak on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think out Loud program (listen to it here) to call for an end to Nike’s support of Lance Armstrong, and announce his planned protest at Nike HQ for the next morning.

The protest was fairly well publicized, and a small group of around 10 people gathered at Nike HQ in Beaverton OR in the rain, at 6:00 AM Tuesday morning. Nike was expecting them and the local sheriffs were there to keep an eye on things.

Wednesday morning I opened the news to see that Nike had taken action and dumped Lance. And it seems the rest of Armstrong’s corporate sponsors were just waiting for Nike’s lead (or didn’t have the backbone to take it themselves) – as Anheuser-Busch and Trek quickly followed suit on Wednesday, leaving only Oakley as the last major hold out supporting the disgraced cyclist.


Paul talked to BBC Radio here:

In what’s been the only real acknowledgment from Armstrong that things in his kingdom may not be so rosy, he stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong Foundation, but will this be enough to save the foundation he started 15 years ago – or will supporters choose to donate their cancer fighting dollars to an organization with a less controversial leader? We’ll keep an eye on this one…

The USADA/Armstrong Case Just Keeps Rumbling On!

Nike Paid Verbruggen?
One of the strangest stories doing the round comes from The New York Daily News, they are suggesting that Nike, the sports clothing company (as if you didn’t know!) along with Thom Weisel (Sponsor and part owner of the team management company) had paid the then UCI President; Hein Verbruggen $500,000 to hush up the cortisone positive of Lance Armstrong back in 1999. The article comes from two sources; first in testimony from wife of Greg Lemond, Kathy, who said she heard from U.S. Postal head mechanic, Julien Devries, that the money had been transferred to the Swiss bank account of the Dutchman. Secondly in the affidavit of team soigneur, Emma O’Reilly, that she heard team personnel arranging the cover up and that after this happened Armstrong had said to her that she “knew enough to bring him down.” Some of this was also backed up in Tyler Hamilton’s book and his USADA affidavit where it was said that Armstrong phoned the UCI President in a very friendly and joking manner.

Nike has responded with: “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.”

Thom Weisel has not made any comment on the subject, but there was a planned protest at the Nike headquarters in Oregon on Tuesday led by ex-Pro cyclist Paul Willerton, who wants to hear about Nike’s continued support of Armstrong in the face of the overwhelming evidence.

And then form Nike:
Nike Statement on Lance Armstrong

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 plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.

RadioShack ends Personal Sponsorship of Armstrong
The electrical company; RadioShack has decided end its personal sponsorship deal with Lance Armstrong. “We recognise the serious nature of the situation and we are continuing to monitor these events closely as the process unfolds. RadioShack remains focused on our shared commitment with Livestrong and the fight against cancer.” A company spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. “I can say that RadioShack has no current obligations with Lance Armstrong.” The team deal runs until the end of 2013.

What about Oakley?
Oakley has stated that they are waiting to see the final outcome of the investigation before they decide on how their relationship with Armstrong will progress. Oakley helped out Armstrong when he was diagnosed with cancer and Stephanie McIlvain, an Oakley employee, was present when it was alleged, by Frankie and Betsy Andreu, that Armstrong admitted to doctors that he had taken “EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.” She swore that the conversation never took place, but also said it had on another occasion.

And then Trek
Trek Bicycle Statement on Lance Armstrong
Trek Bicycle released the following statement regarding the company’s relationship with Lance Armstrong.

“Trek is disappointed by the findings and conclusions in the USADA report regarding Lance Armstrong. Given the determinations of the report, Trek today is terminating our longterm relationship with Lance Armstrong. Trek will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation and its efforts to combat cancer.”

No More Michelob for Lance
Brewers; Anheuser-Busch have also pulled out of any personal association with the Texan. The makers of Michelob beer will still support the Livestrong charity, but no longer use Armstrong as a spokesman for its Michelob Ultra beer according to Reuters.

Armstrong Steps Down as Chairman of Livestrong
In the wake of everything that has come out of the USADA investigation, Lance Armstrong announced that he will no longer be the chairman of his cancer charity; Livestrong. In a statement to Associated Press he said; “This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”

Matt White Sacked by Cycling Australia
A statement from Cycling Australia said this: “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.” White had announced that he was standing down from his position as professional men’s road team coordinator and DS at the Orica-GreenEdge team, before releasing his USADA testimony. Cycling Australia added: “We acknowledge that there is now clear evidence that the UCI, until recent times, failed to fully and properly do its part to stamp out doping. We stand by our belief that the UCI deserves significant credit in a number of areas, namely its persistence in dealing with the Operation Puerto files and the ground-breaking introduction of the Biological Passport.”

Vacansoleil-DCM to investigate Grega Bole
Grega Bole has been riding for Lampre since 2010 and has signed to ride with the Dutch WorldTour team; Vacansoleil-DCM for next season. His name crops up in the USADA evidence during a phone conversation between Leonardo Bertagnolli and Dr. Michele Ferrari in connection with a fat burning product called Aicar from a Slovenian source and with Bole’s name mention in connection with the drug. Daan Luijkx, the Vacansoleil team manager, has spoken to the rider and intends to investigate further.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team Statement
Press Release: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team announces that the contract with Mr Leipheimer has been terminated, effective immediately.

We commend the rider for his open co-operation with USADA and contribution to cleaning up the sport of cycling. However, in the light of the disclosures made by Mr Leipheimer in his public statement on 10th of October the team has decided to terminate the contract.

This decision has the full support of the team owner, the board represented by Mr Bessel Kok and team manager Mr Patrick Lefevere.

Sky Staff & Riders to Sign Anti-Doping Declaration
All members of staff and riders on the Sky team will have to sign a declaration of having no involvement in doping now or in the past. In a press conference in London’s Covent Garden, Sky team manager; David Brailsford said he was planning on putting the declaration in place and anyone not signing or admits to doping in the past will have to leave the team.

Rider Michael Rogers was mentioned in the USADA affidavit of Levi Leipheimer as working with Dr. Ferrari.

DS Sean Yates was photographed with “Motoman” recently and rode with and managed Lance Armstrong, plus has a positive test from 1989.

Bobby Julich was mentioned in a book by his Cofidis team mate Philippe Gaumont, he alleged that Julich, Livingston, Rinero and Desbiens were sent drugs by the team doctor; Vezzani. So we shall see!

Luis Leon Sanchez Inocent?
The Spanish rider who rides for the Rabobank team; Luis Leon Sanchez was mentioned by Volodimir Bileka as being in St. Moritz and working with Dr. Michele Ferrari in 2007. The Rabobank management accept that Sanchez’s team at that time, Caisse d’Epargne were working with Ferrari in St. Moritz at that time, but that doping was not something that Sanchez was involved with at the time.

Carlin was ahead of his time …

An Open Letter from Andrй Greipel
Dear cycling friends,
The happenings concerning Lance Armstrong and Co. the last few days have intruded even into my vacation. I must admit, it has all gotten to me and won’t go out of my head.

This huge mess which has appeared is a few years old now. Today we know that – and above all, we know how – some cheats were, and also today are still, able to make trouble in cycling. I am especially shocked by the magnitude of it all and how systematic the cheating was.

And that is exactly why I feel that the fight against cheating and the falsely-earned successes must absolutely be continued! This fight for honesty and a fair sport has already proven itself, even if cycling’s reputation seems to be continually damaged.

But still: some of the cheats have accepted responsibility and faced up to the situation. Let us hope that this is the right signal for the future.

I find it really too bad that the investigation by various agencies has taken so long, because otherwise the “new cycling” would be another step further along today. But the happenings, some of which can hardly be believed, which the US Anti-Doping Agency USADA has exposed, have also made clear why it is has taken so long.

Since I was eleven years old I have lived for cycling and dreamed of one day becoming a professional cyclist. There were only a few moments in which my friends in the cycling club and I didn’t dream of the Peace Race, championships and the Olympic Games. I had only one goal in my life: cycling!

I had and still have a great passion for movement and togetherness, and also for success. No one has to tell me that this passion also involves limits and sacrifices. But with all that passion and in all the fights for success, I always knew that there are also taboos.

I signed by first professional contract in 2005, and cycling has now been a large part of my life for more than 20 years. But reaching top athletic performance and success through illegal methods is not just a taboo, it is cheating.

There are clear rules and regulations, and if you don’t obey them, you are a cheat and must be sanctioned as those rules require!

Despite my seven years in pro cycling, tens of thousands of hard training and race kilometers and more than 100 wins, I feel helpless in light of these current revelations. Yes, I have achieved a lot, but still there is so much to do. Diligence, hard work, the confidence of my team, honesty and being down-to-earth – these have all rewarded my cycling dreams with ongoing success.

No cheater can take that away from me and yet I am always frustrated when I am confronted with this as a cyclist. But that is the price I have to pay for these cheats.

And to support that: I will do all that I can, both on the bike and off, to work for a new and clean sport of cycling, not surrender to the cheats, and continue to show the young people and all the people out there, that it can be done otherwise: fairly and, above all, honestly!

I want to share these chances for emotion and passion, for the fight for every inch, for togetherness and friendship, to many more children and young people in the future, because it is worth it.

My dreams of the Peace Race, the Olympic Games, championships, the Tour de France, have in the meantime all been fulfilled. It is an indescribable feeling to be a pro cyclist when you hear the cheers of the millions of fans along the roads.

I still have many sporting goals, but I especially have one dream: To be able to participate in one of the hardest sports in the world – my passion, cycling – as a fair competition!
That is worth fighting for!
With honourable and sporting greetings,
Andrй Greipel. From https://www.andregreipel.de/.

Other News:

2014 Ponferrada World’s Saved
The regional government of Castilla y Leуn have saved the 2014 World road championship in Ponferrada by filling the gap in the funds needed as the organizing committee were having trouble finding sponsors. The UCI had threatened to give the Worlds to another venue if the monetary problems were not sorted out by the end of this week. The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday much the pleasure of the Mayor of Ponferrada; Carlos Lopez Piesco, who said that the decision of the President of Castilla y Leуn; Juan Vincente Herrera has “been decisive and removes all doubts over the possibility of the Worlds.”

Tom in Madrid 2005:

Allan Peiper leaves Garmin
Australian pioneer; Allan Peiper is moving on from his position with Garmin-Sharp at the end of October to take up a new, as yet unknown, position. The rumour mill is going at full speed and connections are being made between Peiper, Mark Cavendish and the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team, rumour and supposition is all it is at this time.

And he goes to….BMC
Allan Peiper Joins BMC Racing Team As Performance Director
Press Release: Former professional cyclist-turned-director Allan Peiper will manage a new division of the BMC Racing Team, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday. As the team’s performance director, Peiper will oversee equipment testing, training data, wind tunnel testing, velodrome testing, altitude/training camps, race reconnaissance and rider nutritional needs.

Priority On Performance
Working in conjunction with BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue, Ochowicz said Peiper will build on the success of 2012 that saw Philippe Gilbert win the world road title, Taylor Phinney earn the silver medal in the world time trial and the team capture stages at two of the three grand tours while placing Tejay van Garderen (fifth) and Cadel Evans (seventh) in the top 10 at the Tour de France. “This is an important new role that we have identified and one that will be crucial to our success going forward,” Ochowicz said. “We’re putting a priority on performance and Allan is the right person to lead us in that direction. We also know that he will bring team spirit to the BMC Racing Team that he had during his own racing days and those as a sports director.

Big Challenge
Peiper said his primary goal will be to coordinate all the vital factors that go into a 10-month season comprised of more than 275 individual races. “Teams have gotten so big in the last few years – with nearly 30 riders, a lot of staff, and many races on many continents,” he said. “Getting things like wind tunnel testing, training camps, data analysis and feedback to riders and coaches to make sure everyone is on the same page is a big job. I think that will be the big challenge for me in the first year.” Peiper, a professional for 10 seasons before beginning his directing career, has previously worked with Evans, Marco Pinotti and van Garderen. “So I’m familiar with a few of the guys,” he said. “I feel I can really enhance the work of the entire team, which will give the riders a more coordinated service.”

Important Role
Lelangue said Peiper’s own racing experience makes him well-suited for the job. “It’s really good to have someone with his experience,” Lelangue said. “He and his performance group will be the link between the sports directors, the riders and the latest innovations. That way, the directors can concentrate solely on the riders, the selection of riders for races, and race strategy. Basically, he’ll be involved in all the things that make the difference between being second or third or being first.”

A story from Peiper back in 1988:

Wackermann to Lampre-Merida
After he spent the second half of the season as stagier with Lampre-ISD, in 2013 Luca Wackermann will become a blue-fuchsia pro rider.

The twenty year old from Rho (Milan) will enrich the roster of Saronni’s team, joining other young guns such Ulissi, Malori, Anacona and Cattaneo.

European champion in 2009, he raced for two years in the Under 23 category wearing the jersey of Mastromarco and obtaining the victory in Coppa Commune Castiglion Fiorentino 2012 and the second place in Coppa del Grano and Trofeo Danilo Bonfanti 2012.

During his experience as blue-fuchsia trainee, his performances in Trittico Lombardo and in Giro di Padania were outstanding.

“His physical potential is huge and he could add a generosity,” Giuseppe Saronni said, “The races Luca took part in during this season confirmed us that he’s ready to try the experience in the pro world: he’ll be an important member of the group of young talent we’ll rely on next year.”

These are Wackermann’s feelings: “I’m very happy, become pro is the best goal of my path in the youth cycling. But I’m aware this can’t be the end of the line, it must be the start of a new important experience. I’m sure Team Lampre could help me to improve my qualities.”

Txurruka to Caja Rural
With the changes at Euskatel-Euskadi, it looked like Amets Txurruka and Ivan Velasco would be unemployed in 2013, but the Spanish ProConti team; Caja Rural have taken them both on along with David Arroyo of Movistar and Francisco Moreno from Androni Giocattoli. All four riders have plenty of experience including Tour, Giro and Vuelta rides. Two neo-pros; Ruben Fernandez and Oscar Fraile are also signing up for next year from the Orbea Conti team.

Amets Txurruka in 2009:

Laurent Didier Renews with Radioshack-Nissan
Press Release: Laurent Didier has extended his contract with RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK which will see him ride for the team until the end of 2014.

“It wasn’t really difficult to make up my mind here, as I really wanted to stay with the team. I like the project a lot and I’m happy that we found an agreement for two more years”, says Laurent Didier, who will wear the Luxembourgish national jersey to start the 2013 season. “I’m proud to ride for a Luxembourgish team and to wear that jersey. Also the fact that Bob Jungels is joining us in 2013 made it easy for me to settle the matter.”

Didier is one of many faces at the team who prolong with the team. “I was very happy with my race program this year, especially the middle part of the season, with the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of Austria. I have been getting all the support from the team, the coaching is great and I have many friends in the team roster and staff – why would I change teams?”

Lotto Belisol team Up-Date
Press Release: The Lotto Belisol riders have completed their final races of 2012. From the Tour Down Under on 17th January till the Tour of Beijing on 13th October they were in competition for almost nine months in 19 different countries in four continents.
In the final rankings of the UCI Lotto Belisol is standing on the eleventh place in the WorldTour team classification. Sky, Katusha and Liquigas constitute the top three.
The individual classification is won by Joaquin Rodriguez, before Bradley Wiggins and Tom Boonen. Eleven different riders collected points for Lotto Belisol in the WorldTour races. In total 248 WorldTour riders could grab at least one point:

14. Jurgen Van den Broeck: 237
29. Andrй Greipel: 162
50. Jelle Vanendert: 104
71. Gianni Meersman: 70
79. Jьrgen Roelandts: 52
138. Lars Bak: 16
165. Bart De Clercq: 8
184. Tim Wellens: 5
194. Francis De Greef: 4
221. Greg Henderson: 2
245. Tosh Van der Sande: 1.

BMC Racing Team Hires Jackson Stewart
Press Release: Former BMC Racing Team rider Jackson Stewart will return to the team for the 2013 as an assistant director, President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz announced Wednesday.

Bright Future
Stewart raced for the BMC Racing Team from 2007 to 2010 during his nine-year professional career. He has been managing the USA Cycling women’s national development program since his retirement. “We’re excited to have Jackson coming back to the family,” Ochowicz said. “We think that he will be an asset to the team and somebody who will grow into the future with the organization.” Ochowicz said Stewart will work closely with BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue as a second director at many one-week stage races, serve as lead director at some one-day races in Europe, and prepare for, organize and help direct the team in races in North America.

American Director
Lelangue said the Santa Clara, Calif., native is well-organized and has a good vision of the future. “A few years ago at the worlds in Melbourne, I was already thinking he would make a good sport director,” Lelangue said. “The experience he has gained through USA Cycling has been good on both the organizational side, from the race point of view, and in managing the riders. And if you look, he had good results where he was managing them. I’m really proud to have him as one of my four assistants. It’s also good to have an American director on board as we’re an American team.”

Exciting Opportunity
Stewart joins the BMC Racing Team coming off a season that saw the U.S. women earn a silver medal at the world championships in the time trial, a fourth place in the road race and put a rider in a late breakaway at the Olympic road race, only to have a flat tire dash any chance for a medal. “I was starting to become somewhat attached to the women’s side of cycling and wanted to invest in it, but for career reasons, this was an easy decision,” he said. “It’s a dream to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world.”

Jackson Stewart as a rider:

Team MTN-Qhubeka contract renewals for 2013
The first ever African UCI Professional Continental team; MTN-Qhubeka are pleased to announced the re-signing of the following riders: Songezo Jim, Bradley Potgieter, Dennis van Niekerk, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Martin Wesemann, Frekalsi Debesay, Tsgabu Grmay, Adrien Niyonshuti, Meron Russom and Jani Tewelde.

Team MTN-Qhubeka 2013 roster so far:
Gerald Ciolek (GER),
Ignatus Konovalovas (LTU),
Sergio Pardilla (SPA),
Jay Thomson (RSA),
Louis Meintjes (RSA),
Johann van Zyl (RSA),
Andreas Stauff (GER),
Youcef Reguigui (ALG),
Kristian Sbaragli (ITA),
Frekalsi Debesay (ERI),
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH),
Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA),
Meron Russom (ERI),
Jani Tewelde (ERI),
Songezo Jim (RSA).
Bradley Potgieter (RSA),
Dennis van Niekerk (RSA),
Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA),
Martin Wesemann (RSA).

Entries open for HotChillee’s Alpine Challenge 2013 on 23rd October 2012
Press Release: Entries to HotChillee’s Alpine Challenge 2013 will open on 23rd October 2012 at 12:00 BST. Following the previous year’s sell-out success, the 360 places on this end-of-season, multi-stage cycling event are expected to be filled quickly. To sign-up to the event, go to: https://www.thealpinechallenge.com/.

The four Stage, three day Alpine cycling event will be held on the 11th to the 15th September 2013. Starting each day from the Riders’ village on Lake Annecy, cyclists will cover approximately 320km and 7,000 metres of climbing, winding through the stunning French countryside of the Haute Savoie region. The route covers many Cols with some of the famous Tour de France climbs en-route, including Col de la Croix Fry, Col de la Forclaz and Col des Aravis; a pass used 39 times on the Tour de France.

There will be six speed groups, from those who want to take home the ‘King of the Mountains’ Jersey by winning the Timed Mountain sections, to those who see the challenge as completing the event. With the ride finishing in the early afternoon each day, riders can also take the time to relax off the bike in a beautiful lakeside setting with family, friends and colleagues.

The rolling road closures, Timed Mountain sections, motorbike outriders, support vehicles and extensive support crew all add to the pro-cycling experience of a lifetime. Cycling with legends and professionals such as Stephen Roche and Rapha Condor Sharp’s Dean Downing, creates a pro-tour atmosphere. Like The London-Paris, the event is the subject of a 30 minute Eurosport programme, aired numerous times following the event.

2012 Pink Jersey winner, Tracy McAvoy says: “It’s an amazing event. I cannot fault the outstanding organisation that went on behind the scenes to ensure this was one of the most memorable and exhilarating experiences I have ever had. Everyone was friendly and lots of laughs were had between the timed climb sections when legs were tested to their limits.”

Official Team places are also available, consisting of four riders. Rapha Condor Sharp’s Dean Downing is HotChillee’s new Team Manager and all teams will be able to gain useful advice on training, nutrition, kit and even mental preparation for a staged cycling event. All team enquiries should go to [email protected]

Once the hard work is done, riders and their friends and families join a Celebration Dinner and awards presentation overlooking the beautiful Lake Annecy.

In 2013 the top tier sponsors include Chain Reaction Cycles the official Retail Partner, Adobe as the official Training Jersey Partner, LeMarq as the Clothing Partner, Cyclosure as the Insurance Partner and Wattbike as the Training Partner. Vitus is also the Bike Partner and Skoda France is the Official Vehicle Sponsor.

Other partners include The TriTouch for massage and Eurosport as the official broadcaster. Stephen Roche Training Camps and Sportique Active Skincare are also partners in 2013.

HotChillee’s Alpine Challenge 2012:

Out of the Saddle Gets Ready for Evening With The Stars
Press Release: This weekend, professional cycling brothers, Dean and Russell Downing, will host “Out of the Saddle – An Evening with the Downing Brothers” on Saturday 20th October 2012 at the Carlton Park Hotel in Rotherham.

Last year’s event saw numerous stars from the cycling world join the Downing brothers, and this year is no different. Team Sky rider Ben Swift and new teammate, as of next season, Jon Tiernan-Locke, the overall winner of the Tour of Britain are amongst the stars.

A number of Dean Downing’s teammates from Rapha Condor Sharp will also be there on the evening, including the winner of the Tour of Britain mountains classification, Kristian House, Olympic Gold Medalist Ed Clancy and Directeur Sportif John Herety.

David Harmon, the voice of cycling, will be the MC for the night, interviewing guests as well as announcing the raffle and charity auction. All proceeds from the charity action will be going to support Brothers on Bikes (https://www.brothersonbikes.org.uk). Sam (aged 15) and Ollie (aged 14) have recently completed the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in memory of their Uncle Malcolm, who passed away with cancer in November 2011, and will be in attendance along with their father Andy Turner.

Other professional cyclists of note include James McCallum, Graham Briggs and Pete Williams. Endura Racing team manager, Brian Smith will also be there on the night, along with Matt Stephens, former pro cyclist, now cycling television presenter.

Dean Downing said: “It’s great that our friends in the cycling world come and support our event. It makes it even better that most of them are current or ex team mates of mine and Russ’s, so I know it’s going to be a bit of a party.”

There will be a charity auction on the night with some very special prizes. Amongst the items on offer are various cycling jerseys including Jon Tiernan-Locke’s signed Tour of Britain gold overall winners jersey, Kristian House’s KOM winners jersey, Chris Froome’s signed Vuelta jersey, and Ed Clancy’s signed Olympic kit. Also up for auction is a signed Olympic photomontage of Tour de France winning Bradley Wiggins and a Jeff Banks bespoke suit. A raffle will also take place on the night, with the first prize being a pair of Festina ladies and men’s watches from Festina UK.

Tickets to the event are now sold out. For more information please visit: https://www.outofthesaddle.org.uk.

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