So Michael Rasmussen has spilled the beans on his fellow dopers and so far Ryder Hesjedal has come off the worst and Pez has his say live on TV! Loads of other news from all over the cycling World and we catch up with the Tour of Hainan, or as it could be renamed; ‘The Belkin Tour of Domination’. Plus lots of video in a packed EuroTrash Thursday…coffee?
TOP STORY: Cookson Takes a Lower Wage
The UCI have announced that the new UCI president Brian Cookson will be paid 110,000 Swiss Francs (€88,934 or $122,905) less than his predecessor Pat McQuaid. Cookson’s total wage will be 340,000 Swiss Francs (€275,181 or $379,888), so this means that McQuaid was earning 450,000 Swiss Francs (€364,211 or $501,225) a year, the British Prime Minister; David Cameron, earns 142,000GB Pounds a year which includes his 65,000GB Pounds MP’s salary, that’s 204,436 Swiss Francs (€165,462 or $228,421). So Pat McQuaid earned more than double the wage of the top man in the British Government.
In its first full meeting since the election of Brian Cookson as UCI President a month ago, the UCI Management Committee met at an Extraordinary Meeting to discuss and agree a number of important measures aimed at restoring trust in the UCI and laying the foundations for renewed growth in cycling worldwide.
Measures agreed at the UCI Management Committee include:
• A full audit of the systems and controls currently employed by the UCI’s anti-doping operations to ensure that they are working efficiently. The audit will also be used as a basis to create a clear roadmap for setting up an independent UCI anti-doping operation in 2014.
• The broad principles under which it intends to move forward with the implementation of an Independent Commission which will look into allegations of past wrongdoing at the UCI and the extent and roots of doping in cycling. The objectives of the Independent Commission are in line with the manifesto of Brian Cookson, to re-establish trust in the UCI and restore confidence in the sport of cycling. UCI will continue its discussions with WADA and other stakeholders to finalise the Independent Commission’s framework.
• The establishment of an International Development Commission to review the wide-ranging work of the UCI in this field including the role of Global Cycling Promotion and the World Cycling Centre. The Commission will report its initial findings and recommendations to the next UCI Management Committee in January 2014.
• Supporting the new Women’s Cycling Commission, chaired by UCI Vice President Tracey Gaudry, in its work to appoint members and establish objectives including 2014 recommendations by the end of 2013 on delivering a step change in women’s cycling. Further details on this will be available on the UCI website this week.
Speaking after the meeting, UCI President Brian Cookson said: “Today’s Management Committee meeting was an important moment for the UCI as we put in place a number of measures to restore trust in the UCI and ensure our great sport is able to move forward. I would like to thank my Management Committee colleagues for the professional and collegiate way they approached today’s meeting and I am encouraged by the strong sense of common purpose.
“We have made important decisions on women’s cycling, international development, the establishment of a fully independent anti-doping unit and an independent commission to look into allegations of UCI wrong-doing. We have also started the process of modernising the UCI’s constitution.
“There is a huge amount of work to do in the coming months and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a real programme of change for the good of cycling.”
No mention of banning high, black socks!
Tour of Hainan 2013
The Belkin Pro Cycling Team completed its clean sweep in the Tour of Hainan. Theo Bos triumphed in the final Stage 9. It was the sprinter’s sixth victory in nine days. Moreno Hofland won the other three stages and managed to win the general classification.
“A great feeling,” said Hofland about his win. “I could only believe and really celebrate it when I crossed the line. For me, and also for the team, it has been a great tour.
“In my first professional year, I immediately bagged my first win. That makes me very happy. In the beginning of the season it was sometimes difficult for me, but after the Tour of Catalonia I became confident. I got some opportunities and I took them by taking a few podium finishes. I‘m very satisfied with my first year as pro.”
Hofland was assisted by Tom Leezer on the stage in Chengmai. He finished third overall. Jos van Emden ended up fourth. Hofland also went home with the points jersey. Moreover, the Belkin Pro Cycling Team won the team classification. However, there were some struggles on Monday. “Jos and Tom fell in the last three kilometres,” said Sports Director Michiel Elijzen. “Fortunately, it had no significant impact. They received the same time as the winner.”
Theo Bos’ stage win and Hofland’s yellow jersey brings the Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s victory tally up to 38. Only Belgian outfit Omega Pharma – Quick-Step did better this season with 55. Elijzen is proud that the team managed to win all stages in Hainan and take the GC, as well. “The boys had prepared very well for the race and trained hard for it. Every day, they were motivated and combative. We wanted to take the 30th victory, but when we noticed that there was more in it for us, we went for that. Until the very last race day of the year we stayed focused. It shows that we really are a professional team. In the past, other WorldTour teams raced here, but did not win as much as us. We were able to win here not only because we had the two fastest men, but also because we were strong as a team.”
“The victories in Hainan are a beautiful end of this turbulent 2013 season. I found it praiseworthy that the staff and riders remained calm during the first half year. They were very professional and kept aiming for success at the highest level. The arrival of Belkin relieved the pressure on the team and brought clarity about the future. We are very glad to find the same contagious enthusiasm as Chet Pipkin, Reinier Jens and Arthur Rest have, throughout the rest of the Belkin organization. It suits our team, we are a good match with Belkin. We experienced a great year on the bike as well. With the victory in the Tour Down Under, Sep Vanmarcke’s second place in Paris-Roubaix, Bauke Mollema’s sixth spot in the Tour de France and Robert Gesink’s win in the Quebec classic as notable outliers. We can look back on a successful year. We are already looking ahead to 2014 and making plans. It will only get better. We are looking forward to the next races,” said general manager of the Belkin Pro Cycling Team Richard Plugge.
“It has been a great start for Team Belkin, 38 stage wins and 120 million unique Twitter accounts talking about Belkin and the team. I don’t think we could have asked for a better start. Millions of people around the world have now been introduced to the Belkin brand and in 2014 we now need to make sure that people also know what great products we make so we will be focusing our communications around products like WEMO, Qode Tablet Keyboards and our Linksys wireless network products. 2013 has been an exciting year and 2014 promises to build on the success that we have enjoyed so far,” said Arthur van Rest, Director Marketing EMEA at Belkin.
Tour of Hainan Stage 9 Result:
1. Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin in 3:37:01
2. Rico Dene Thomas Rogers (Aus) Synergy Baku Cycling Project
3. Michael Kurth (Ger) Team Quantec-Indeland
4. Andreas Mueller (Aut) Arbö Gebrüder Weiss-Oberndorfer
5. Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
6. Thomas Palmer (Aus) Drapac Cycling
7. Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Rietumu-Delfin
8. Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine
9. Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
10. Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Ukraine.
Tour of Hainan Final Overall:
1. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin in 33:44:00
2. Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony at 1:07
3. Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin at 1:14
4. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin at 1:17
5. William Walker (Aus) Drapac Cycling at 1:21
6. Mykhailo Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine at 1:22
7. Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice at 1:24
8. Darío Hernández (Spa) Burgos BH-Castilla y Leon at 1:31
9. Volodymyr Zagorodnyi (Ukr) Ukraine at 1:35
10. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Drapac Cycling.
Banned Danish ex-rider Michael Rasmussen is set to release his autobiography, Yellow Fever, next Monday, but excerpts of the book have been published by Danish media. Amongst his revelations he reveals he taught Canadian Ryder Hesjedal how to self administer EPO, Synacthen and vitamin injections when he was a mountain biker back in 2003. He does say that he personally never saw Hesjedal use any illegal drugs. The Dane also implicates Bjarne Riis, Nicki Sorensen, Frank Hoj and Rolf Sorensen. In an interview with TV2.dk, Saxo Bank co-founder Lars Seier Christensen said: “It is not for me to resolve allegations and I do not find these particularly reliable. We have been sponsors through six seasons without any kind of problems. It is crucial for us, and I have full confidence in Bjarne.” Adding, “the latest allegations do not appear credible to me. It’s not going to affect our relationship with Bjarne at all.”
Ryder Hesjedal admitted his doping early in his career over a year ago, but due to statutes of limitation it was never revealed. Here is ‘The Pez’ take on the subject live on Canadian BC1 TV:
Joaquim Rodriguez: “My big goal is the Giro d’Italia”
Now knowing the route of the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, Joaquim Rodriguez prefers to ride the Italian race because it is more suited to his characteristics.
“Next year my goal is the Giro, it’s a tough race,” confirmed the Katusha rider on Sport3 Catalan Television. “I did it last year, second by only 16 seconds to Hesjedal, and it’s a race that I have much affection for and the Italian people who take good care of me, I want to ride it. Italy itself is hard, and that’s what pleases me, it’s hard to find any flat stages. These stages are better for me, the worst are those that are flat 200 kilometres because anything can happen, those misfortunes can lose a Grand Tour.”
‘Purito’ finished the season in October with his triumph in Lombardy, after being second in the World championship, fourth in the Tour of Spain and third in the Tour de France. “Now I’m on vacation, for these months of October and November. In December we started to train, and also the team will make the first training camp here in Catalonia and in January we will begin to race in Argentina, to seek the warmth “. 2014 begins at the Tour de San Luis, like this year. “The break is to do what I don’t do all season; see the family, being with friends, doing other sports, playing football, I also like the world of motorcycles and cars, “he added.
His results have led him to win back the WorldTour, the third time in four years: “The number one is a regular award, a bit like the motorbikes or the ATP tennis. It is an honour. It also needs strategy, there are some races that I know I cannot win, but I try to score “. Again, I’m sorry not to have won gold in Florence. “It will be difficult to repeat; I do not get many chances and lose so pathetically.”
For a few years he has lived and trained in Andorra “because I’m very quiet, for me and for my family, because on these roads (Catalan) it’s becoming increasingly difficult. And the mountains here I don’t have there. It is heaven. It is fine; people say they go there because it is a tax haven. But no, I have the house there since 2007 and it is my residence since 2011.”
Finally he said that after the retirement of Juan Antonio Flecha and Xavier Florencio are “four cats” professional in Cataluña. “I’m a little lonely, lonely with David De la Cruz, Alberto Losada and I after the retirements of Flecha and Xavi Florencio.”
The best of ‘Purito’
Trek Team Complete
The Trek team has announced its last three signings for the 2014 season. Danilo Hondo and Giacomo Nizzolo has re-signed from the RadioShack team and taken on young Australian Calvin Watson. Hondo is a top lead-out man and Classics helper, where as Nozzolo has won the Tour de Wallonie and stages in the Tour of Luxembourg. 20 year old Watson came up through the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian U23 team for Tour de l’Avenir. Watson commented: “I’m excited to be part of this new team as there are some amazing riders and directors here with so much knowledge of the sport. I’m just hoping to be able to utilize as much of it as I can.”
Off-Season Surgery Successful for Tony Martin
World time trial champion; Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) underwent surgery at BG Hospital in Hamburg (Germany) today because of a “non-union” of his left scaphoid fracture as consequence of his 2012 Tour de France crash.
The decision was made to perform this surgery during the 2013 off-season to avoid any potential further damage in the future.
Martin was always assisted by team medical staff, and the surgery went very well. Martin will now wear a special, bike specific cast for the next six weeks. The special cast allows Martin to resume training earlier than the six weeks it must be worn, and he will be ready for the next season.
Tony Martin: TT & TTT Champion:
Richeze Stay’s with Lampre-Merida
Maximilano Richeze has extended his contract with Lampre-Merida for two more years. The Argentinean sprinter hasn’t had any wins in his first year in the WorldTour, but has many podium places. In previous year he has had many wins, but the step has cost him some finishing speed. He commented on his step-up: “After several years without WorldTour racing, I think I had a good second half of the season. The beginning was not very good. I had a hard time getting used to the pace but from the middle of the season I had adapted.”
Belkin and De Jonge Renner join forces
Press Release: The Belkin Pro Cycling Team will join forces with continental team, De Jonge Renner (DJR) in 2014. The elite/espoirs group based in Oosterhout, The Netherlands, will be the team’s official youth squad for the next season.
“De Jonge Renner is known as one of the best amateur teams of the Netherlands,” said team Belkin’s managing director Richard Plugge. “By equipping the team and passing on our knowledge we would like to highlight that.”
Several of today’s Dutch pro cyclists grew up in De Jonge Renner. The Belkin Pro Cycling Team’s very own Stef Clement and Marc Goos learned how to race with the team. Roy Curvers, Johnny Hoogerland, Kenny van Hummel, Boy van Poppel and Daan Olivier rode for the outfit during their childhood, as well.
De Jonge Renner won the overall Dutch club championship last season and triumphed in the club competition final as well. President Theo Hanegraaf is proud to work with the Belkin Pro Cycling Team and looks forward to the coming season.
“We see this as a recognition for our club’s volunteers. For all the dedication and commitment they put into the process of guiding young riders over the past years. We’re very proud of that.”
Pellizotti Will Ride for Astana
Franco Pellizotti will be racing in Astana colours in 2014, but not until after May the 2nd. Until then he will train in the Kazakh colours and attend the team’s training camps, but he will not race so as to comply with MPCC (Mouvement pour un Cyclisme Crédible) rules.
Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli – Venezuela) wins the Italian champs:
New Sponsor to Replace Argos
The Argos-Shimano team will have a new main sponsor to be unveiled at the team presentation early next year. The sponsor is said to be European and according to the team manager, Iwan Spekenbrink in a press release; “the new sponsor is a good fit with our ambitious team goals.” As to the new sponsor: “We will soon announce our look and feel, jersey, and ambitions for next year, together with our new partner.” He added: “We would like to thank Argos for supporting the team and enabling it to reach its current level, and for giving us the space to further develop our project with our new major partner. We are also grateful to our new sponsor for expressing such confidence in our organization, athletes and staff and in the vision for top sports and pro cycling upon which our organization is based. “The partnership has been a commercial and sporting success. We are very proud of the development of the team and its performance in the last two years. Team Argos-Shimano’s recent performance at the Tour de France was a particular highlight. Argos wishes the team – supported by its new sponsor – continuing success in the future.” The new team bike will be announced soon, but the strong rumour is that it will be Giant.
Argos-Shimano training on my local roads in Spain:
Possible Belgian/Dutch “Unemployed Riders” Team?
The Association of Professional Cyclist’s (Vereniging voor Beroepswielrenners) is considering setting up a team to help unemployed Belgian and Dutch riders. In an interview with cyclingonline.nl, the VVBW President Bobble Traskel pointed out: “In my 13 years as a professional I’ve never seen it this bad, there are a total of five teams stopping, so there are 135 riders on the street.” Traskel also has no team for next year as his present Champion System team will stop. “It would be nice if the union can help to bridge this gap year and yes, I also would help myself with it. I hope that companies with a heart for cycling will make a gesture. They can always contact us, but respond quickly because as the saying goes, time is running out. We have a financier, but we still need more sponsors because we’re professionals, and we can’t race for food. Everyone is willing to make sacrifices but we also have mortgages to pay and families to support.”
Elke Gebhardt to Bigla
The German rider Elke Gebhardt, who we interviewed earlier this year, is leaving Argos-Shimano at the end of the year to join the Swiss Bigla team for 2014. The winner of a stage in the Boels Ladies Tour and second in the German national road race championships said to Radsport-News: “I will have the necessary responsibilities in the new team, I’m not afraid. I hope I’m just as successful as in the previous season.”
3M Team confirms 19 riders
The Belgian UCI Continental 3M Team confirms its commitment to youth in 2014 and closed its books with 19 riders.
The team manager Bernard Moerman confirmed their squad on Tuesday at a press conference in Diegem: Jaap de Man, Gertjan De Vos, Tom Devriendt, Gerry Druyts, Gregory Franckaert, Jimmy Janssens, Egidijus Juodvalkis, Sebastian Pot, Joren Segers, Christophe Sleurs, Timothy Stevens, Dylan Van Zijl, Jens Vandenbogaerde, Tim Vanspeybrouck, Stef Vanzummeren, Emiel Vermeulen Jens Schuermans, Melvin Van Zijl, Michael Vingerling. “We have the best young riders,” he said.
The team’s competitive calendar will focus on Belgium, Holland and France.
Belgium Receives Applications for 14 Continental Teams
The Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB/RLVB) has had 14 applications for UCI Continental team licences for 2014, one more than this year.
International Cycling Team, Vastgoedservice (the team of football player Timmy Simons) , Cibel-Aliplast and Kwadro-Stannah are the new formations. BCKP (Albert, Walsleben) Kwadro (Meisen, Bina), Subweb (Pauwels, Vantornout) and Telenet (Meeeusen, Wellens) are more centered on cyclo-cross than road racing.
Riders such as Rob Ruijgh (Vacansoleil-DCM), Kevin Hulsmans (Vini Fantini), Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM), Gaetan Bille (Lotto Belisol) and Frederique Amorison (Crelan), second in the recent Tour of Hainan, have found places in these teams.
Froome: 2013 Vélo d’Or Award
Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Sky) has been awarded the Vélo d’Or by the French Vélo Magazine based on international journalist’s votes. This season Froome has won the Tour of Oman, Tour de Romandie, Critérium International, Critérium du Dauphiné and of course the Tour de France. Giro d’Italia winner and second in the Vuelta a España; Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) was second, multi-winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was third and fourth was Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) ahead of World road champion Rui Costa (Movistar) in fifth.
The best of Froome/Tour 2013:
The PEZ NEWSWIRE!
Don’t forget to check the “NEWSWIRE” section, you can find it down the right hand side on the home page, just above the EuroTrash section. The bits of news that missed the EuroTrash deadline are in there, plus any news as-it-happens will be added there too.