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Today’s “Top Story” is maybe not the one you were think I’d go for, there has been a few choices since Monday, Landis/Kimmage or O’Bree? Well no I’ve gone for the inequality in the world of the dope control. There are the results of the first races, a couple of videos from the World’s X, if you missed them? Both Tours of Qatar line-up and some other interesting stuff! Read on….

“Top Story”
Rugby=No sanctions!
My “Top Story” this week I found in The Telegraph, the headline “Rugby Union players are exonerated while cyclists take the blame. How is that fair?” caught my eye as normally a British daily newspaper would take a different view, but this time they are quite fair in their opinion. Here are the facts: Two South African Rugby players; Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine which they say was in supplements given to them by the National team before a game against Ireland back in August. The South African Rugby Union Disciplinary committee says their players can’t be held responsible for the accidental appearance of the banned substance in their body. This goes against everything we have been told by the UCI/WADA, that the athlete is in the end the person responsible for what is in his own body. SARU chief executive Jurie Roux explained: “This verdict completely quashes any idea that either the players or the team were guilty of any attempt to cheat. No responsibility attaches to the players at all.” It makes a one year ban for Alberto Contador look hard in comparison!
If you want can read the article here at www.telegraph.co.uk.

World Cyclo-cross Championships
Yes I know you’ve read the result and Ed’s Race Report, but maybe you missed the race action on You Tube? It must be the fastest Cyclo-cross of the season and a must see!

And what about the women?

New World 4,000 meter record
Chris Boardman’s World record of 4:11.114 was thought to be unbeatable due to his use of the now banned “Superman” position back in 1996. Jack Bobridge put up a time of 4:10.534 at the Australian National track championships on Wednesday on the Dunc Gray track in Sydney. Bobridge didn’t believe the clock and actually thought it had stopped a lap early!

The Kimmage/Landis Interview
You will need more than one cup of coffee for this one! Its long, it’s informative and it’s in the usual Kimmage style of anti-Armstrong and the UCI. We know where Kimmage is coming from, we also know where Landis is coming from, and in the end it’s up to you if you want to believe some, any or all of it? If it is possible for you to read the interview with an open mind, which is becoming difficult, then there are some “fact” that are quite surprising, but most of it we have heard before. Landis has a credibility problem, but that doesn’t mean we should cast him and his testimony aside. Read it and digest: here is the full interview on nyvelocity.

Graeme O’Bree is gay!
It was revealed in The Scottish Sun newspaper that ex-World pursuit Champion and one time hour record holder; Graeme O’Bree has said that suppressing his homosexuality caused his mental problems and his suicide attempts. “I was brought up thinking you’d be better dead than gay. I must have known I was gay and it was so unacceptable, I was brought up by a war generation, they grew up when gay people were put in jail. Being homosexual was so unthinkable that you just wouldn’t be gay. I’d no inkling about anything, I just closed down.” He was diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder and has tried to commit suicide on more than one occasion, he explained the situation to his wife and children and is now divorced. We hope life becomes easier for one of the most talented, but misunderstood characters of cycling.

Etoile de Bessиges
The Etoile de Bessиges has five Stages all around the 150 kilometre mark in length. Starting from Beaucaire on Wednesday and working its way to the finish in Bessиges on Sunday. Stage 1 saw the Vacansoliel team try to take the race with continual attacks from Johnny Hoogerland, it didn’t work and Yauheni Hutarovich (FdJ) won the sprint in Bellegarde from Anthony Ravard (Ag2r) and Bjцrn Leukemans (Vacansoliel-DMC) in third. Thursdays stage is from Nimes to Saint Ambroix (149 kms). Friday-Saint Victor-la-Croste to Laudun (152 kms). Saturday is a circuit race around Alйs (152 kms) and the last stage is from Gagniиres to Bessиges (145 kms).

The Ladies Tour of Qatar
The third Ladies Tour of Qatar started on Wednesday with a 104 kilometre race from the Camel track to Dukhan. Stage 1: was win by Australian Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Honda) from World Champ Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) in a sprint that split the bunch slightly. Thursday is 94.5 kilometres from the Museum of Islamic Art to Lusail and then the final stage is from Al Dayeen to Doha Corniche and is 92 kilometres. The open course should suit the sprinters; World Champion Georgia Bronzini has been a stage winner here in the past and should be up there this year too.
Ladies Tour of Qatar start list:
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita),
2. Elena Cecchini (Ita),
3. Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita),
4. Barbara Guarischi (Ita),
5. Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita),
6. Gloria Presti (Ita).
SC Mcipollini Giordana
11. Nicole Cooke (GBr),
12. Monia Baccaille (Ita),
13. Marta Bastianelli (Ita),
14. Rossella Callovi (Ita),
15. Marta Tagliaferro (Ita).
HTC Highroad Women
21. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned),
22. Charlotte Becker (Ger),
23. Emilia Fahlin (Swe),
24. Chloe Hosking (Aus),
25. Evelyn Stevens (USA),
26. Adrie Visser (Ned).
31. Kirsty Broun (Aus),
32. Ruth Corset (Aus),
33. Lauren Kitchen (Aus),
34. Emma Mackie (Aus),
35. Amanda Spratt (Aus),
36. Carlee Taylor (Aus).
Nederland Bloeit
41. Loes Gunnewijk (Ned),
42. Sarah Dьster (Ger),
43. Janneke Kanis (Ned),
44. Patricia Schwager (Swi),
45. Emma Trott (GBr),
46. Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned).
Garmin – Cervelo
51. Noemi Cantele (Ita),
52. Jessie Daams (Bel),
53. Lucy Martin (GBr),
54. Alexis Rhodes (Aus),
55. Trine Schmidt (Den),
56. Iris Slappendel (Ned).
61. Lisa Brennauer (Ger),
62. Laura Fouquet (Ger),
63. Elke Gebhardt (Ger),
64. Verena Jooss (Ger),
65. Romy Kasper (Ger),
66. Madeleine Sandig (Ger).
Lotto Honda Team
71. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus),
72. Veronica Andreasson (Swe),
73. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus),
74. Ludivine Henrion (Bel),
75. Kim Schoonbaert (Bel),
76. Laure Werner (Bel).
United States of America
81. Jacquelyn Crowell (USA),
82. Megan Guarnier (USA),
83. Coryn Rivera (USA),
84. Kendall Ryan (USA),
85. Carmen Small (USA),
86. Alison Starnes (USA).
91. Martine Bras (Ned),
92. Shanne Braspennincx (Ned),
93. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned),
94. Annelies Visser (Ned),
95. Henriette Woering (Ned),
96. Melanie Woering (Ned).
101. Pascale Jeuland (Fra),
102. Aude Biannic (Fra),
103. Emilie Blanquefort (Fra),
104. Sophie Creux (Fra),
105. Fiona Dutriaux (Fra),
106. Fanny Riberot (Fra).
111. Huang Li (Chn),
112. Xiaoling Luo (Chn),
113. Meng Lang (Chn),
114. Li Na Shi (Chn),
115. Wan Yin Jamie Wong (Chn),
116. Zhao Na (Chn).
121. Alessandra Borchi (Ita),
122. Lorena Foresi (Ita),
123. Valentina Scandolara (Ita),
124. Luisa Tamanini (Ita),
125. Aurore Verhoeven (Fra),
126. Susanna Zorzi (Ita).
Skil-Koga Cycling Team
131. Suzanne de Goede (Ned),
132. Christina Becker (Ger),
133. Roxanne Knetemann (Ned),
134. Amy Pieters (Ned),
135. Alison Testroete (Can),
136. Hannah Welter (Ned).
Vaiano Solaristech
141. Valentina Bastianelli (Ita),
142. Irene Falorni (Ita),
143. Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu),
144. Simona Martini (Ita),
145. Katarzyna Sosna (Ltu),
146. Eleonora Spaliviero (Ita).

“Steel crazy after all these years…..”
Announcing two very special Limited Edition Serotta’s
2011 marks the 25th year of collaborative tube engineering between Ben Serotta and Columbus of Italy. To mark this milestone, we’re proud to announce the introduction of two limited edition bicycles that mark this enduring and innovative relationship.

Introducing the
2011 Limited Edition Series
Colorado VentiCinque 25 (CVC)
and the very exclusive
2011 Limited Edition Series
‘Le Patron’

The ‘VentiCinque’ (CVC) establishes a new pinnacle in steel frame engineering building on our 25 years of proprietary design. The main frame is constructed using a new ultra high-end steel alloy that in fact is so new that Columbus hasn’t named it yet! The balance of the frame will feature specially formed Columbus XCR and Serotta Composites carbon (fork and rear seat stay). How will it ride compared to the current Colorado models? According to company founder, Ben Serotta, “showcasing cutting edge steel technology, the CVC will ride like a CdA on steroids.”

The Ltd. Ed. CVC, a true road bike to the core, will each be engraved in sequence, 1-25 and signed by Ben. Frames can be ordered in one of 16 standard configurations or custom. Other features include polished stainless chain stays, special edition stainless rear drop outs and a new Serotta C6P carbon seat post while the soon-to-be-unveiled finish features a clean yet bold aesthetic. There are no finish options. The cost for the CVC frameset (frame, fork, headset and seatpost) is $5,000. Deliveries will begin in late April 2011 and the last will be delivered by June 30, 2011.

The very, very limited ‘Patron’ is a tip of the hat to the early Colorado frames…and like the first Colorados, these will be crafted by Ben himself from Columbus Colorado tubing and Serotta’s matching lugs. “This is my way”, says Serotta, “to pay tribute to a 25 year relationship with Columbus. Twenty-five years is by any measure a significant amount of time to maintain a working relationship, in business or personally…with Columbus it’s more than a business relationship, it feels like family and we share a passion and a bond of accomplishment. In the days when brazed, lugged frames were still state of the art, we built dozens of frames each week and over the years, I personally brazed many thousands. Always with great care and reverence, but with the pressure of meeting weekly demand, so I look forward to really taking my time and enjoying each step of building these ten.

Le Patron is also available in custom or standard geometry (non-sloping only) and features all steel construction except for the fork. Frames are available in the original 7-Eleven paint scheme with color variations available with the catch that Ben has the final say in selection….”I want to make sure that these bikes maintain their design integrity.” Frames will be signed, dated and numbered 1-10. Ben expects to build about one frame every six weeks with deliveries beginning in May 2011. This is a limited edition series and there are no plans of re-introducing a lugged steel model to the Serotta line-up. The price of each frame is $10,000. Le Patron owners are also welcome as Ben’s guests for a personal tour of the Serotta Saratoga Factory, dinner and ride in the pastoral Adirondack foothills countryside (hotel accommodation for two included).

Although Serotta built frames with standard Columbus tube sets as early as 1974 it wasn’t until 1986 that a new high mark for innovation was set with the development of the Colorado Concept tube platform. The Colorado featured true performance enhancing shaping- tapers, ovals and bends, in ways not previously utilized.

In many ways, the 1986 Colorado was the ‘missing link’ between bicycle design before 1986 and modern bike design. Prior to that time top frames were all made from the same standard tube sets from a handful of suppliers, like Columbus. The Colorado was the first frame that merged comfort, performance and individual ride tuning. Its tapered tubes and curved chain stays were highly avant-garde at the time. Today the ‘S’ bend chain stay is featured on almost every road bike produced in the world and every major brand talks about the combined virtues of performance with comfort. According to Serotta, “few of these innovations would have been possible without the enthusiastic cooperation and commitment from Columbus.”

The two companies will be featured at a seminar to be held at the upcoming North American Handbuilt Show (NAHBS) in Austin titled: “Serotta and Columbus, Steel Crazy after all these years….25 years of collaboration in the planet’s most noble material.”

Again both bicycles; the VentiCinque and LePatron are limited edition series. The preliminary response from the dealers has been extremely positive and we anticipate both models to sell-out quickly. There are no plans to expand production once they are sold. For more information on how you can reserve your own Limited Edition model, contact:

Limted Edition VentiCinque and Le Patron;
518-584-1221 x 213

or one of the following participating Serotta Flagship Dealers:
Signature Cycles
Fit WerxCyclesport
Get A Grip
Oakley Cycles
Serotta Factory Fit Lab at [email protected].

Tour of Qatar
The Tour of Qatar starts after the Ladies race on Sunday the 6th of February with a 2 kilometre time trial followed by five stages, the longest being 153.5 kilometres next Thursday. New “Top Gun” at BMC Taylor Phinney may not be able to start due to a knee injury.
Tour of Qatar route:
Prologue (ITT):
Cultural Village 2 km.
Stage 1:
Dukhan – Al Khor Corniche 145.5 km.
Stage 2:
Camel Race Track – Doha Golf Club 135.5 km.
Stage 3:
Al Wakra – Mesaieed 150.5 km.
Stage 4:
West Bay Lagoon – Al Kharaitiyat 153.5 km.
Stage 5:
Sealine Beach Resort – Doha Corniche 126.5 km.

The provisional start list:

Kйvin Van Impe (Bel),
Gert Steegmans (Bel),
Andreas Stauff (Ger),
Frйderique Robert (Bel),
Nikolas Maes (Bel),
Francesco Chicchi (Ita),
Marco Bandiera (Ita),
Tom Boonen (Bel),
HTC – Highroad
Gatis Smukulis (Lat),
Mark Renshaw (Aus),
Patrick Gretsch (Ger),
Jan Ghyselinck (Bel),
Bernhard Eisel (Aut),
Matthew Brammeier (Irl),
Lars Bak (Den),
Mark Cavendish (GBr).
Lampre – ISD
Balint Szeghalmi (Hun),
Adriano Malori (Ita),
Dmytro Krivtsov (Ukr),
Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr),
Danilo Hondo (Ger),
Matteo Bono (Ita),
Grega Bole (Slo),
Alessandro Petacchi (Ita).
Wouter Weylandt (Bel),
Davide Vigano (Ita),
Tom Stamsnijder (Ned),
Joost Posthuma (Ned),
Stuart O’Grady (Aus),
Dominic Klemme (Ger),
Daniele Bennati (Ita),
Fabian Cancellara (Swi).
Katusha Team
Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel),
Nikolay Trussov (Rus),
Luca Paolini (Ita),
Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr),
Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus),
Leif Hoste (Bel),
Denis Galimzyanov (Rus),
Filippo Pozzato (Ita).
Tom Veelers (Ned),
Ronan Van Zandbeck (Ned),
Albert Timmer (Ned),
Martin Reimer (Ger),
Roger Kluge (Ger),
Simon Geschke (Ger),
Koen De Kort (Ned),
Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned).
Maarten Wynants (Bel),
Dennis Van Winden (Ned),
Maarten Tjallingii (Ned),
Bram Tankink (Ned),
Rick Flens (Ned),
Graeme Brown (Aus),
Lars Boom (Ned),
Thйo Bos (Ned).
Team Sky
Ian Stannard (GBr),
Lars-Peter Nordhaug (Nor),
Jeremy Hunt (GBr),
Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa),
Alex Dowsett (GBr),
Russel Downing (GBr),
Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor),
Bradley Wiggins (GBr).
Team Garmin-Cervelo
Sep Vanmarcke (Bel),
Johan Van Summeren (Bel),
Gabriel Rasch (Nor),
Travis Meyer (Aus),
Andreas Klier (Ger),
Roger Hammond (GBr),
Jack Bobridge (Aus),
Heinrich Haussler (Ger).
Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
Jelle Wallays (Bel),
Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel),
Preben Van Hecke (Bel),
Geert Steurs (Bel),
Pieter Serry (Bel),
Stijn Neirynck (Bel),
Kris Boeckmans (Bel),
Michael Van Staeyen (Bel).
BMC Racing Team
Danilo Wyss (Swi),
Greg Van Avermaet (Bel),
Michael Schдr (Swi),
Manuel Quinziato (Ita),
Karsten Kroon (Ned),
Alexander Kristoff (Nor),
Marcus Burghardt (Ger),
Taylor Phinney (USA) (Probably not).
Wesley Sulzberger (Aus),
Dominique Rollin (Can),
Yoann Offredo (Fra),
Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra),
Frйdйric Guesdon (Fra),
Anthony Geslin (Fra),
Sandy Casar (Fra),
William Bonnet (Fra).
Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu),
Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita),
Tanel Kangert (Est),
Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz),
Andriy Grivko (Ukr),
Maxim Gourov (Kaz),
Simon Clarke (Aus),
Assan Bazayev (Kaz).
Geox – TMC
Daniele Ratto (Ita).
Matteo Pelucchi (Ita),
Marko Kump (Slo),
Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus),
David Gutierrez Palacios (Spa),
Xavier Florencio (Spa),
Marco Corti (Ita),
Thomas Alberio (Ita).
Farnese Vini – Neri Sottoli
Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger),
Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita),
Andrea Guardini (Ita),
Leonardo Giordani (Ita,)
Oscar Gatto (Ita),
Francesco Failli (Ita),
Diego Caccia (Ita),
Giovanni Visconti (Ita).
An Post-Sean Kelly
Mark McNally (GBr),
Andrew Fenn (GBr),
Maxim De Busschere (Bel),
Kevin Claeys (Bel),
Mark Cassidy (Irl),
Sam Bennett (Irl),
Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu),
Nico Eeckhout (Bel).

Paris-Nice route unveiled
The race starts on the outskirts of Paris in the village of Houdan on the 6th of March and winds its way south to finish on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The eight stages covers 1,300 kilometres, the first few stages are flat and could suit a sprinter or a strong break away. The important stages come at the end of the race with four hilly stages and a 27 kilometre time trial on stage 6. The last stage crosses the climbs of La Turbie and the Col d’Eze which could be decisive for the overall. All the main ProTeams are expected to start.
2011 Paris-Nice Route:
Stage 1: Houdan-Houdan (154.5 km),
Stage 2: Montfort l’Amaury-Amilly (198.5 km),
Stage 3: Cosne-sur-Loire-Nuits-Saint-Georges (202.5 km),
Stage 4: Crкches-sur-Saфne-Belleville (191 km),
Stage 5: Saint-Symphorien-Vernoux-en-Vivarais (194 km),
Stage 6: Rognes-Aix-en-Provence ITT (27 km ),
Stage 7: Brignoles-Biot (215.5 km),
Stage 8: Nice-Nice (124 km).

Pellizotti for Movistar?
The currently suspended rider Franco Pellizotti could be riding for the Spanish telephone team; Movistar if he can sort out his problems with the UCI and the Court for Arbitration in Sport. He had been in negotiations with team manager Eusebio Unzue last year before his suspension due to abnormal values on his biological passport. The Italian Olympic Committee overturned his two year ban, but the UCI have appealed to CAS to reinstate the ban. If he gets a favourable outcome then he could have a place at Movistar.

Movistar team presentation
The replacement sponsor for Caisse d’Epargne; the Spanish telephone company Telefonica under its trade name Movistar introduced their riders to the press in Madrid on Tuesday. The team has no obvious leader due to the suspension of Alejandro Valverde. The team still have strength in depth with riders like Xavier Tondo, Marzio Bruseghin and David Arroyo they should still make their mark on the Pro peloton. They will be riding Pinarello bikes, but they will be the only team to be using the prototype electronic Campagnolo gear set.
Movistar Team for 2011
Andrey Amador,
David Arroyo,
Marzio Bruseghin,
Imanol Erviti,
Txente Garcнa Acosta,
Ivбn Gutiйrrez,
Jesъs Herrada,
Beсat Intxausti,
Javier Iriarte,
Pablo Lastras,
David Lуpez,
Angel Madrazo,
Sergio Pardilla,
Luis Pasamontes,
Fran Pйrez,
Rubйn Plaza,
Josй Joaquнn Rojas,
Enrique Sanz,
Xavier Tondo,
Francisco Josй Ventoso,
Vasil Kiryenka,
Ignatas Konovalovas,
Carlos Oyarzun,
Branislau Samoilau,
Mauricio Soler.
Here is the promo video:

Good News for Kolobnev!
Alexandr Kolobnev has at last received his Olympic Bronze medal after the disqualification of Davide Rebellin in Beijing, way back in 2008. Well, he was presented with it at the Katusha team presentation in Moscow, if you want to see it, the link is bellow (but in Russian!).

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