VeloNews.com » Road http://velonews.competitor.com Competitive Cycling News, Race Results and Bike Reviews Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:15:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Commentary: After Iglinskiy EPO positive, will Astana honor its MPCC commitment? http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/commentary-iglinskiy-epo-positive-will-astana-honor-mpcc-commitment_348155 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/commentary-iglinskiy-epo-positive-will-astana-honor-mpcc-commitment_348155#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:46:59 +0000 Neal Rogers http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348155

Maximin Iglinsky (c), on the podium at the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Enrico Gasparotto (l) and Vincenzo Nibali (r). Photo: Tim de Waele.

With the Tour of Almaty on Kazakhstan soil this weekend, Maxim Iglinsky's positive for EPO will put Astana's commitment to the MPCC to the

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Maximin Iglinsky (c), on the podium at the 2012 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, with Enrico Gasparotto (l) and Vincenzo Nibali (r). Photo: Tim de Waele.

On Wednesday, news broke that Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy had tested positive for EPO.

Iglinskiy, a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012, and Strade Bianche this year, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance. A week earlier, he’d ridden into Paris as a member of Vincenzo Nibali’s Tour de France-winning team. The next day, he finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian.

Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother, Valentin, also an Astana rider, was suspended in September for testing positive for EPO as well. Valentin Iglinskiy’s positive sample was taken 10 days after Maxim’s, on August 11, at the Eneco Tour.

The national implications were profound: Kazakh brothers, riding for a Kazakh-funded team led by Kazakh manager Alexander Vinokourov, a man who is no stranger to doping suspensions.

While there’s never a good time for a doping positive, the news came at a particularly awkward time for the Astana team.

As a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), a voluntary group of teams committed to a stricter code of ethics than the UCI demands, Astana is required to auto-suspend itself for eight days, starting on the day of the next WorldTour event.

That would mean the team would miss Sunday’s Il Lombardia, next week’s Tour of Beijing, and, perhaps most importantly, the Tour of Almaty, held Sunday in Kazakhstan, where Nibali was due to compete. (Lombardia and Beijing are both WorldTour events; Almaty is not.)

For reference, MPCC rules prompted Lampre to voluntarily keep Chris Horner out of the Vuelta a España, due to low cortisol levels, even though he’d been granted a TUE for cortisone by the UCI. Several major teams, including Sky, BMC Racing, Movistar, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Tinkoff-Saxo, and Trek Factory Racing, are not part of the group. It’s rumored that when Astana joined the MPCC, in December 2012, it was because the team was scared due to the fact that Katusha did not (initially) receive a 2013 WorldTour license.

“Damaging practices in the past have created problems for professional cycling’s future, placing the reputation, image and viability of the sport at serious risk. Neither the doping practices nor the environment that served to enable them can ever be allowed to happen again,” Vinokourov wrote in a letter to MPCC president Roger Legeay. “On the basis of trust and transparency, Pro Team Astana finds the MPCC Code of Conduct to be a credible, voluntary step towards protecting and re-establishing the positive, clean image of professional cycling.”

In telling the media that he’d won the Tour as a clean rider, Nibali cited the UCI’s bio-passport, saying, “A lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now. If there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, the biological passport, maybe I would not be here.” Nibali also cited the strength of his team as the reason he’d won the Tour; Iglinskiy was an integral part of that team. There were no positive tests at this year’s Tour for banned substances.

Back in 2012, I wrote a post-race analysis of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, examining why so many pre-race favorites, former winners like Andy Schleck and Philippe Gilbert, had ridden poorly, while no one had predicted that Iglinskiy would win — just as few had predicted his Astana teammate, Italian Enrico Gasparotto, would win the Amstel Gold Race one week earlier.

Back then, Vinokourov was still racing, not yet an Olympic champion. He had left the 2007 Tour de France in disgrace, after winning two stages, but had returned from a suspension, and in 2010 he became a two-time Liège winner, though that victory was followed by accusations that he’d bought the win from Russian Alexandr Kolobnev.

“The lack of firepower from previous winners will surely raise eyebrows in a sport where inconsistent results will forever be scrutinized,” I wrote in 2012, “as will surprise results from two riders of the same team over a period of one week, particularly as Vinokourov, the figurehead of that team and a quasi-admitted drugs cheat, has been accused of buying his win just two years ago.”

(I wasn’t alone in my surprise over Iglinskiy’s 2012 Liège win; my story quoted several riders and managers who expressed wonder over his monument victory.)

Three months after Iglinskiy’s Liège win — ahead of Nibali — Vinokourov was again suspected of buying a major victory, again from a two-man breakaway, this time from Colombian Rigoberto Urán at the London Olympic road race. Urán’s unusual look back, over the wrong shoulder, was accompanied by an inexplicable swerve that relegated him to silver; to some, it seemed that, for Vinokourov (and Kazakhstan), the value of a gold medal was immeasurable.

On Wednesday, the same day as the Iglinsky news broke, Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) returned to racing, at Milano-Torino. Kreuziger sat out the Tour de France, and then the Tour of Poland, after the UCI’s anti-doping commission contacted him regarding values from 2011 and 2012, when he raced with Team Astana. Frustrated by the lack of a positive test, Tinkoff pushed back, and, ultimately, the Czech Olympic committee cleared its rider after anomalies were found in his biological passport. The UCI is expected to appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And on Wednesday, the same day as the Iglinskiy news broke, Oslo, Norway, withdrew its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, citing the high cost of hosting the Games, and a lack of public support for the expense.

Those cities remaining in the running: Beijing, China, and Almaty, Kazakhstan — the same city where Astana had planned on riding on Sunday.

The timing of the Iglinskiy positive, and the Tour of Almaty, makes for an interesting dilemma for Vinokourov.

Continue to participate, as planned, and the team’s commitment to the MPCC  is immediately exposed as a facade. Withdraw, as the team is bound to do, albeit voluntarily, and it misses an opportunity to trumpet its Tour champion on home soil, at the potential site of a future Olympic Games. A no-show on Kazakhstan soil would seem an unimaginable embarrassment for the Astana team. (Asked for comment, an Astana spokesman could not immediately provide an answer for the team’s next move.)

An oil-rich country that takes great pride in its athletic achievements, Kazakhstan seemingly sees no limits in what it can achieve, and no cost too high. Even with his doping suspension and bribery allegations, Vinokourov is a national hero, appointed by the former prime minister, who is also the head of the Kazakh Cycling Federation.

Olympic medals, Tour victories, even an Olympic Games — they are all seemingly within reach. Given the cloud of suspicion surrounding the team, the cost for the sport of cycling, however, may be immeasurable.

Will Astana suspend itself from competition for eight days, according to MPCC rules, or will it renounce its MPCC membership and ride in Almaty? Will the team honor its commitment to clean sport, or will nationalistic interests prevail? Time will tell, and ultimately, actions will speak louder than words.

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Results: 2014 Milano-Torino http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/results-2014-milano-torino_348115 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/results-2014-milano-torino_348115#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:33:31 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348115 Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) wins the 95th edition of Milano-Torino, attacking on the steep final climb of Colle di Superga

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  • 1. Giampaolo CARUSO, Katusha, in 4:30:12
  • 2. Rinaldo NOCENTINI, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :03
  • 3. Daniel MORENO FERNANDEZ, Katusha, at :09
  • 4. Fabio ARU, Astana, at :13
  • 5. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER, Katusha, at :14
  • 6. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, Tinkoff-Saxo, at :17
  • 7. Sergei CHERNETSKI, Katusha, at :19
  • 8. Davide REBELLIN, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at :24
  • 9. Frank SCHLECK, Trek Factory Racing, at :40
  • 10. Mauro FINETTO, NRI, at :42
  • 11. Diego ROSA, Androni Giocattoli, at :44
  • 12. Alexis VUILLERMOZ, Ag2r La Mondiale, at :49
  • 13. Andre Fernando S. Martins CARDOSO, Garmin-Sharp, at :55
  • 14. Edoardo ZARDINI, Bardiani-CSF, at 1:01
  • 15. Ryder HESJEDAL, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:05
  • 16. Julian David ARREDONDO MORENO, Trek Factory Racing, at 1:11
  • 17. Romain SICARD, Europcar, at 1:11
  • 18. Hubert DUPONT, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1:11
  • 19. Janier Alexis ACEVEDO COLLE, Garmin-Sharp, at 1:11
  • 20. Fabrice JEANDESBOZ, Europcar, at 1:27
  • 21. Mirko TEDESCHI, Idea, at 1:32
  • 22. Alberto LOSADA ALGUACIL, Katusha, at 1:35
  • 23. Mathias FRANK, IAM Cycling, at 1:38
  • 24. Eduard VORGANOV, Katusha, at 1:59
  • 25. Jarlinson PANTANO, Colombia, at 2:00
  • 26. Oliver ZAUGG, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 2:27
  • 27. Maxime MEDEREL, Europcar, at 2:28
  • 28. Robinson Eduardo CHALAPUD GOMEZ, Colombia, at 2:46
  • 29. Fabio FELLINE, Trek Factory Racing, at 2:55
  • 30. Sébastien REICHENBACH, IAM Cycling, at 3:28
  • 31. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, Movistar, at 3:37
  • 32. Enrico BATTAGLIN, Bardiani-CSF, at 3:40
  • 33. Gianfranco ZILIOLI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 34. Francesco FAILLI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 35. Giorgio CECCHINEL, NRI, at 4:00
  • 36. Fabio TABORRE, NRI, at 4:00
  • 37. Domenico POZZOVIVO, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 38. Sergey LAGUTIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 39. Kiryll POZDNYAKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 40. Alessio TALIANI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 41. Rodolfo Andres TORRES AGUDELO, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 42. Chad HAGA, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 43. Thomas DAMUSEAU, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 44. Louis MEINTJES, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 45. Mikael CHEREL, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 46. Johann TSCHOPP, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 47. Moreno GIAMPAOLO, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 48. Ferekalsi DEBESAY ABRHA, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 49. Jasha SÜTTERLIN, Movistar, at 4:00
  • 50. Franco PELLIZOTTI, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 51. Clement CHEVRIER, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:00
  • 52. Fabian WEGMANN, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:00
  • 53. Christian KNEES, Sky, at 4:00
  • 54. Simone PONZI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 55. Paolo TIRALONGO, Astana, at 4:00
  • 56. Dario CATALDO, Sky, at 4:00
  • 57. Sebastian HENAO GOMEZ, Sky, at 4:00
  • 58. Mikel LANDA MEANA, Astana, at 4:00
  • 59. Paolo CIAVATTA, AZT, at 4:00
  • 60. Angelo PAGANI, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 61. Gian Marco DI FRANCESCO, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 62. Fredrik Carl Wilhelm KESSIAKOFF, Astana, at 4:00
  • 63. Jesus HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 64. Roman KREUZIGER, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 65. Egor SILIN, Katusha, at 4:00
  • 66. Pavel BRUTT, Katusha, at 4:00
  • 67. Simone PETILLI, AZT, at 4:00
  • 68. Emanuele SELLA, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 69. Cyril GAUTIER, Europcar, at 4:00
  • 70. David LOPEZ GARCIA, Sky, at 4:00
  • 71. Christophe KERN, Europcar, at 4:00
  • 72. Lachlan David MORTON, Garmin-Sharp, at 4:00
  • 73. Kristian SBARAGLI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 74. Dennis VAN NIEKERK, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 75. Branislau SAMOILAU, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 76. Francesco Manuel BONGIORNO, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 77. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 78. Sergei POMOSHNIKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 79. Michele SCARPONI, Astana, at 4:00
  • 80. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, Movistar, at 4:00
  • 81. Ivan BALYKIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 82. David LOZANO RIBA, Novo Nordisk, at 4:00
  • 83. Laurent DIDIER, Trek Factory Racing, at 4:00
  • 84. Samuele CONTI, NRI, at 4:00
  • 85. Jonathan FUMEAUX, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 86. Yonder GODOY, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 87. Andrea PASQUALON, AZT, at 4:00
  • 88. Miguel Angel RUBIANO CHAVEZ, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 89. Alfonso FIORENZA, CEF, at 4:00
  • 90. Alfredo BALLONI, CEF, at 4:00
  • 91. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC Polsat Polkowice, at 4:00
  • 92. Patrick SCHELLING, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 93. Martin ELMIGER, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • 94. Juan Pablo VALENCIA, Colombia, at 4:00
  • 95. Sergey KLIMOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 96. Daan OLIVIER, Giant-Shimano, at 4:00
  • 97. Guillaume BONNAFOND, Ag2r La Mondiale, at 4:00
  • 98. Adrien NIYONSHUTI, MTN-Qhubeka, at 4:00
  • 99. Fabio CHINELLO, AZT, at 4:00
  • 100. Fabio GADDA, Idea, at 4:00
  • 101. Lorenzo ROTA, MG Kvis-Trevigiani, at 4:00
  • 102. Pawel POLJANSKI, Tinkoff-Saxo, at 4:00
  • 103. Cesare CIOMMI, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 104. Andrei SOLOMENNIKOV, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 105. Ilnur ZAKARIN, RusVelo, at 4:00
  • 106. Antonio PARRINELLO, Androni Giocattoli, at 4:00
  • 107. Charly PETELIN, AZT, at 4:00
  • 108. Antonio MEROLESE, CEF, at 4:00
  • 109. Nicola GAFFURINI, Vega-Hotsand, at 4:00
  • 110. Simone STERBINI, Bardiani-CSF, at 4:00
  • 111. Marco tecchio, AZT, at 4:00
  • 112. Thomas LÖVKVIST, IAM Cycling, at 4:00
  • DNF Sergio Miguel MOREIRA PAULINHO, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Ivan ROVNY, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Nicki SÖRENSEN, Tinkoff-Saxo
  • DNF Thomas DEKKER, Garmin-Sharp
  • DNF Eros CAPECCHI, Movistar
  • DNF Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGA, Movistar
  • DNF Adriano MALORI, Movistar
  • DNF Enrique SANZ, Movistar
  • DNF Eugenio ALAFACI, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Yaroslav POPOVYCH, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Calvin WATSON, Trek Factory Racing
  • DNF Enrico GASPAROTTO, Astana
  • DNF Jacopo GUARNIERI, Astana
  • DNF Alessandro VANOTTI, Astana
  • DNF Ian BOSWELL, Sky
  • DNF Salvatore PUCCIO, Sky
  • DNF Kanstantsin SIUTSOU, Sky
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Matteo MONTAGUTI, Ag2r La Mondiale
  • DNF Brian BULGAC, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Lawson CRADDOCK, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Dries DEVENYNS, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Cheng JI, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Steven LAMMERTINK, Giant-Shimano
  • DNF Jerome COUSIN, Europcar
  • DNF Vincent JEROME, Europcar
  • DNF Thomas VOECKLER, Europcar
  • DNF Andrea FEDI, NRI
  • DNF Jonathan MONSALVE, NRI
  • DNF Tiziano DALL’ANTONIA, Androni Giocattoli
  • DNF Stefano PIRAZZI, Bardiani-CSF
  • DNF Stefano LOCATELLI, Bardiani-CSF
  • DNF Jérôme PINEAU, IAM Cycling
  • DNF Edward Fabian DIAZ CARDENAS, Colombia
  • DNF Fabio Andres DUARTE AREVALO, Colombia
  • DNF Carlos Julian QUINTERO, Colombia
  • DNF Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC Polsat Polkowice
  • DNF Maciej PATERSKI, CCC Polsat Polkowice
  • DNF Tsgabu Gebremaryam GRMAY, MTN-Qhubeka
  • DNF Jay Robert THOMSON, MTN-Qhubeka
  • DNF Stephen CLANCY, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Paolo CRAVANZOLA, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Kevin DE MESMAEKER, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Joonas HENTTALA, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Javier MEGIAS LEAL, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Andrea PERON, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Charles PLANET, Novo Nordisk
  • DNF Artem OVECHKIN, RusVelo
  • DNF Matteo BUSATO, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Ricardo Tomas CREEL, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Luca CHIRICO, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Mattia FRAPPORTI, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Andrei NECHITA, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Christian DELLE STELLE, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Rino GASPARRINI, MG Kvis-Trevigiani
  • DNF Gianni Franco D’INTINO, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Emiliano FAIETA, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Fabio TUZI, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Alessio LANZANO, Vega-Hotsand
  • DNF Filippo BAGGIO, CEF
  • DNF Nicola DAL SANTO, CEF
  • DNF Loris PAOLI, CEF
  • DNF Luca TASCHIN, CEF
  • DNF Gianluca LEONARDI, AZT
  • DNF Gianluca MENGARDO, AZT
  • DNF Daniele MOSSINI, Idea
  • DNF Ricardo PICHETTA, Idea
  • DNF Matteo COLLODEL, Idea
  • DNF Alessandro PETTITI, Idea
  • DNF Matteo SPREAFICO, Idea
  • DNF Simone CARANTONI, Idea

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Kwiatkowski to roll out the rainbow at Lombardia http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kwiatkowski-roll-rainbow-lombardia_348141 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kwiatkowski-roll-rainbow-lombardia_348141#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:10:40 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348141

Michal Kwiatkowski will show off his newly-won rainbow jersey for the first time at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Michal Kwiatkowski, winner of the 2014 world championships, will line up at the Giro di Lombardia for his first race in the rainbow jersey

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Michal Kwiatkowski will show off his newly-won rainbow jersey for the first time at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Newly-crowned world champion Michal Kwiatkowski will line up for his first race in the rainbow jersey at the Giro di Lombardia on Sunday.

Kwiatkowski, 24, is expected to make a splash in the 248-kilometer classic. With numerous challenging climbs, the final cycling monument of 2014 is well suited for the Pole.

“I probably will realize what I’ve truly done when I wear the rainbow jersey at the start of Il Lombardia,” said Kwiatkowski. “About Il Lombardia, I’ve never been able to finish it. I got sick last year the night before the start. So with this jersey, I at least have to do better than last year [laughs]. To me it’s beautiful to show my jersey for the first time in a monument.”

The race will tackle the Madonna del Ghisallo (8.58km, 6.2 percent average, 14 percent max gradients), Colle Gallo (7.43km, 6 percent average, 10 percent max gradients), Passo di Ganda (9.2km, 7.3 percent average, 15 percent max gradients), and Berbenno (5.5km, 5.3 percent average, 10 percent max gradients). In the final 5.2km of the race there is a short uphill section of 7.9 percent average gradient, and it ramps up to a maximum of 12 percent.

“The last days were a little bit hectic,” Kwiatkowski said. “I went home after a great welcome at the Warsaw airport. My family and my girlfriend were there, along with many journalists and supporters. It was really nice to meet all those people and see how huge cycling has become in Poland.

“To be honest I still have to realize what I did. I’m still in shock, even now. When I think about that race, after the finish I was really confused because it was so incredible. It’s like when you dream during the night and then everything comes true. It’s something I am still processing. The last days of my life have been completely different than before.

“Let’s see what I can do [at Lombardia] considering all the great emotions I’ve had in the last days. Of course I will try to do my best to honor the race and the jersey.”

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Video: How to make a breakaway work http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/video-make-breakaway-work_348131 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/road/video-make-breakaway-work_348131#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:45:10 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348131

GCN explains how to make a breakaway move stick.

Global Cycling Network explains the basics of how to break away and make it stick

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GCN explains how to make a breakaway move stick.

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network. The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily represent the opinions of VeloNews.com, Velo magazine or the editors and staff of Competitor Group, Inc.

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Maxim Iglinskiy tests positive for EPO http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/maxim-iglinskiy-tests-positive-epo_348127 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/maxim-iglinskiy-tests-positive-epo_348127#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:25:32 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348127

Maxim Iglinskiy is the latest Astana rider to return a positive doping sample. His brother, Valentin, tested positive for EPO in September, and now Maxim has been suspended for a test indicating EPO use. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Kazakh is second Astana rider in less than one month to be suspended by UCI for doping after his brother also tests positive for EPO in

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Maxim Iglinskiy is the latest Astana rider to return a positive doping sample. His brother, Valentin, tested positive for EPO in September, and now Maxim has been suspended for a test indicating EPO use. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com (File).

Astana’s Maxim Iglinskiy has tested positive for EPO use, according to a document issued by the UCI that lists provisionally suspended riders.

Iglinskiy, 33, provided a sample on August 1 that revealed an adverse analytical finding for the blood-boosting substance, according to the UCI.

Iglinskiy finished 26th at Clasica San Sebastian the day after the sample was taken. The Kazakh is perhaps best known for winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012 ahead of Vincenzo Nibali.

Iglinskiy’s 30-year-old brother, Valentin, who also rode for Astana, was suspended in September for testing positive for EPO as well. Valentin Iglinskiy’s positive sample was taken 10 days after Maxim’s, on August 11 at the Eneco Tour.

Astana is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which means it could potentially suspend itself in advance of Sunday’s Giro di Lombardia.

According to MPCC rules, teams must suspend themselves for eight days, “in the event of several positive tests in the past 12 months,” with that period starting on the day of the next World Tour event. This would also impact the team’s participation in the Tour of Beijing.

VeloNews‘ request for comment from Astana Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

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Giampaolo Caruso wins Milano-Torino http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/caruso-wins-milano-torino_348103 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/caruso-wins-milano-torino_348103#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:11:46 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348103

Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) celebrated victory at Milano-Torino after battling Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) on the final climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Caruso punches his way to victory on the steep final climb of the 199-kilometer Italian classic race

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Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) celebrated victory at Milano-Torino after battling Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) on the final climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Katusha’s Giampaolo Caruso won the 193.5-kilometer Milano-Torino race held Wednesday.

The 2014 event was the 95th edition of the race, making it the oldest one-day classic race held in Italy.

The 26-year-old Italian won on the steep final climb to the finish, the Colle di Superga, which the peloton tackled twice in the closing 19 kilometers of the race. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r La Mondiale) was second, and Caruso’s Katusha teammate, Daniel Moreno finished third.

“I am very happy. I was already many times close to victory this season, but finally I made it,” Caruso said. “Sergei Chernetckii did enormous work. He attacked with four kilometers to go. When Nocentini counterattacked, I followed him. With 2.5 km to go we caught Chernetckii but he continued to work hard in the front until 1k to go. He was super. As I knew Nocentini is very strong in the sprint, I tried to anticipate and attacked with 300 meters to go. He followed me but I had a second acceleration in my legs.”

Several notable stars returned to racing after the world championships in Spain, including Fabio Aru (Astana), who placed fourth, and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who was fifth.

Vuelta a España champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was sixth.

“This was Alberto’s first race since the Vuelta and naturally, he has to get back into the rhythm but he was actually doing tremendously well considering,” said Tinkoff-Saxo director Fabrizio Guidi. “He had to close down a few gaps on the final slope but wasn’t in the final and crucial break. But he’s where he’s supposed to be physically. It was also great to have Roman [Kreuziger] back on the team. And even though he’s been away from racing since June, he worked hard for Alberto until hitting the foot of the final climb, and he finished in the bunch. Now, we’re looking forward to Giro di Lombardia.”

Katusha will start Sunday as the big favorite for the last one-day WorldTour race of the season, Il Lombardia, won by Rodríguez the last two years.

Full results.

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Kreuziger returns with CAS appeal expected http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kreuziger-returns-cas-appeal-expected_348089 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/kreuziger-returns-cas-appeal-expected_348089#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:45:45 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=348089

Roman Kreuziger returned to racing at Milano-Torino. His teammate, Alberto Contador rode to sixth place in Wednesday's race, which serves as a tune-up for Giro di Lombardia. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

With striking similarities to the Contador case, Kreuziger returns to racing with the threat of an appeal by the UCI looming

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Roman Kreuziger returned to racing at Milano-Torino. His teammate, Alberto Contador rode to sixth place in Wednesday's race, which serves as a tune-up for Giro di Lombardia. Photo: Tinkoff-Saxo

MILAN (VN) — Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) returned to racing Wednesday in Italy’s Milano-Torino with a likely anti-doping case on the horizon. The Czech Olympic committee cleared its rider despite anomalies that were found in his biological passport, a decision that the UCI is expected to appeal soon.

“I am not going to comment on an individual case while it’s ongoing,” said UCI president, Brian Cookson last week, “but all biological passport cases are important; integrity [and] authority are very important.”

Kreuziger has not raced since June 22 in the Tour de Suisse. He was slated to ride in Tinkoff’s yellow kit at the Tour de France to help Alberto Contador, but was stopped with questions regarding his biological passport. The scene repeated itself when he tried to line up in the Tour of Poland.

Instead, after hearings and appeals, he lined up to help recent Vuelta a España winner Contador in Italy’s Milano-Torino. He is also scheduled to race next week’s Tour of Beijing, a race organized by a branch of the UCI.

Tinkoff-Saxo explained in a press release Wednesday morning that Kreuziger “deserves to be racing.” The UCI’s Cookson would not comment the case, but it is likely that he would disagree with the team’s view.

The UCI called him out for peculiar biological passport readings. The passport, which the UCI introduced in 2008, tracks blood and urine values to spot abnormalities that could indicate doping.

The UCI’s anti-doping commission contacted Kreuziger several times regarding values from 2011 and 2012, when he raced with team Astana. He contacted experts and responded, but on May 30, the commission said that it did not accept his explanation and passed the case to his home country.

The Czech Olympic committee cleared him September 22 and gave him the option to return to racing, but by doing so, it struck a blow to the UCI’s biological passport. As with other cases, like Franco Pellizotti’s, the UCI is expected to appeal to sport’s high court, CAS, to uphold the integrity of its heralded anti-doping passport.

Kreuziger is free to race meanwhile. The case is similar to Contador’s, who while waiting out a legal process, raced and won the 2011 Giro d’Italia. CAS eventually ruled against Contador, stripped his results and added to the confusion for cycling and its followers.

The UCI is trying to avoid further confusion and to ensure cases are handled equally. Cookson announced last week that starting in 2015, a new independent and international anti-doping tribunal will handle doping cases instead of the rider’s country.

Despite Kreuziger and his team arguing against this specific case, cycling has welcomed the biological passport as it tries to move ahead from the EPO, blood doping, and Lance Armstrong scandals.

“A lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now,” Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) said at a press conference when he won the Tour de France this year.

“If there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, the biological passport, maybe I would not be here.”

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Contador, Valverde battle for WorldTour title http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/contador-valverde-battle-for-worldtour-title_347973 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/10/news/contador-valverde-battle-for-worldtour-title_347973#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:40:07 +0000 Andrew Hood http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347973

Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are both gunning for the UCI WorldTour overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The pair is separated by just 14 points heading into the final two races on the WorldTour calendar

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Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are both gunning for the UCI WorldTour overall title. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

It’s not time for the beach yet, at least with the UCI WorldTour titles still up for grabs.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are putting their vacation plans on hold, at least for a few more weeks. Both the individual title and the team title are to be decided in the final two WorldTour events on the calendar.

Contador and Valverde are both expected to race the Giro di Lombardia (October 5) and the final edition of the Tour of Beijing (October 10-14). Contador has confirmed his presence in both races, while Valverde appears on startlists.

Contador leads with 620 points and Valverde is second with 606 points, just 14 behind his compatriot. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) is a distant third, with 478 points.

“Everyone would like to end the season No. 1,” Contador said. “I am already happy to be leading the ranking right now, above all since I could not earn any points at all during the Tour. We have to remember that we have very difficult rivals, above all, Alejandro Valverde.”

Contador led throughout the spring, but Valverde bounced ahead after winning the Clásica San Sebastián in early August. Contador reclaimed the lead after winning the Vuelta, earning enough points to keep things interesting going into China.

Points will be earned for the top-10 at Lombardia, and in top-10 overall at Beijing, plus the top-5 per stage in China.

Contador skipped the road world championships on home roads, citing an unfavorable course, but some suggested he already had eyes on finishing off the season with fresh legs to chase the WorldTour title.

“After the Vuelta I spent most of my time resting because I ended the race very tired,” said Contador, who will race Wednesday at Milan-Turin. “I did a few long rides, but I won’t know how I feel until I start racing.”

The team standings are also close, with Movistar leading with 1,360 points. Tinkoff is second with 1,186 points. One can only imagine Oleg Tinkov rallying the troops to try to win the prestigious team prize.

Contador’s commitment to the Beijing tour comes in the race’s final edition. UCI president Brian Cookson confirmed last week the UCI’s commercial arm, Global Cycling Promotion, would be “wound down” following the final edition of five-day race in China’s capital.

“The vision of GCP is not one that I support, and we are going to do things differently in the future,” Cookson said. “We don’t see the UCI being a major promoter outside the world championships and the World Cups. Those are our properties, and those are the things we should concentrate on.”

Riders would often skip the Beijing tour if the title were already wrapped up. Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), who won the past two WorldTour prizes, did not race in Beijing last year after securing the title with a victory at Lombardia. Rodríguez also skipped the 2012 Beijing tour after having a wrap on the individual standings.

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Alonso teams up with investment group, plans to invest in cycling companies http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alonso-teams-investment-group-plans-invest-cycling-companies_347896 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/alonso-teams-investment-group-plans-invest-cycling-companies_347896#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:59:39 +0000 Spencer Powlison http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347896

For much of 2014, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has hinted that he's cooking up a new professional cycling team. However, he has yet to release any specifics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Formula One world champion announces partnership with NOVO Holdings Group, seeks cycling companies to invest in

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For much of 2014, Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has hinted that he's cooking up a new professional cycling team. However, he has yet to release any specifics. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Yahoo Finance Canada reported that Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has partnered with an investment group with an eye toward investing in cycling companies.

NOVO Group Holdings, a company founded last year to develop, acquire, and manage assets in sport, announced a partnership with Alonso on Tuesday.

Rumors have swirled for months about a possible WorldTour team organized by Alonso, but as of yet, no concrete plans have emerged.

“We want to create a competitive, sustainable team franchise that is loved and admired for its innovation, transparency, and commitment to social responsibility,” said NOVO managing partner Nathan Pillai. “We are busy putting in place the foundations required to achieve the long-term success we desire and will make an announcement on our progress in due course.”

However, the press statement did not include any specifics as to what sort of progress was expected in the coming days or months.

Alonso indicated that at the outset, he may be focused more on finding product manufacturers to join the venture.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new venture,” said Alonso. “I get to indulge my passion for cycling and obsession with technology and design with likeminded people.”

Pillai also indicated NOVO’s interest in products, saying, “We see opportunities in high-performance products, wearable technologies, and content that serve these segments.”

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In the class of 1990, cycling’s future looks bright http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/class-1990-cyclings-future-looks-bright_347880 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/class-1990-cyclings-future-looks-bright_347880#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:47:13 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347880

Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 24, and Germany's John Degenkolb, 25, are two of the many promising young stars rising through the ranks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

At worlds, Kwiatkowski, 24, leads the way for a young cohort that is talented and promising

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Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski, 24, and Germany's John Degenkolb, 25, are two of the many promising young stars rising through the ranks. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

MILAN (VN) — Pole Michal Kwiatkowski led in a wave of young riders at the world championship road race Sunday. Behind the 24-year-old, three others from the class of 1990 finished in the top 15.

“I want to stay the same guy,” Kwiatkowski said after his win. “I hope this rainbow jersey does not change my life.”

The rainbow win completed a successful year for team Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s rider. He won the Volta ao Algarve overall, the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana at the Challenge Mallorca, Strade Bianche, the Tour de Romandie prologue time trial, and a stage in the Tour of Britain. He also placed second overall in Britain, second overall in the País Vasco, and top five in the three Ardennes classics.

“[He] really grew up on our team,” team general manager Patrick Lefevere said in a press release. “We always believed in him. The first time I met him was 2008, and immediately he impressed me with his character and his talent. It was strong, but also intelligent racing [at the worlds].”

“Kwiatkowski took the risk on the descent and jumped to the riders,” Australia’s director, Brad McGee told VeloNews. “It was make or break and he had the muscles to back it up.

“He hasn’t come from nowhere, he’s had many big give victories this year. There’s plenty of room at the top of cycling for these young riders.”

McGee’s team took the silver medal with Simon Gerrans, but also saw 24-year-old Michael Matthews place 14th in his best ever performance at the elite worlds after winning the under-23 title in 2010. Like Kwiatkowski, Matthews shined this season with Orica-GreenEdge, winning a stage in the Giro d’Italia, where he wore the leader’s jersey, and accomplishing the same feat at the Vuelta a España.

“It’s my first elite worlds where I’ve been in the finish,” Matthews said. “It’s a really good experience for me to be there in the final of this caliber of race.”

Australia’s aim was to protect Gerrans, who went with Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde on the last climb. Matthews waited behind, ready in case the race ended in a sprint.

“I didn’t find the rain too bad,” Matthews added. “The climbs didn’t really faze me, the Vuelta a España and Tour of Poland prepared me well. It was just the acceleration from the pure climbers on the final kicker [that] sort of hurt a little bit.”

It hurt, but Matthews should gain from the experience as he heads into 2015. He placed 14th in the bunch sprint won by Norway’s Alexander Kristoff for eighth place. France’s Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) and Italy’s Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) — the other two riders born in 1990 — were in the top 15, placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

“Colbrelli has never raced the elite worlds,” Italy’s head coach, Davide Cassani said. “The worlds are going to serve these riders [well].”

The class of 1990 also includes talented riders like Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing), who could not start due to a broken leg suffered in May at the U.S. national championships.

Other cyclists from the class of 1990, or even 1991 and 1992, shined in the worlds, including France’s Warren Barguil (Giant-Shimano), Dane Michael Valgren Andersen (Tinkoff-Saxo), and Italian Fabio Aru (Astana). The only disappointment was the rider often touted as cycling’s next superstar, Slovak Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Sagan won the green jersey for the third time this year at the Tour de France and signed a multi-million dollar contract with Tinkoff-Saxo, but appeared to suffer in the second half of the season. He stayed in the main group with Matthews, but given his star status, followers expected more.

“Peter just didn’t have the legs to go with the best riders at the worlds,” said Cannondale sports director and Sagan’s helper at the worlds, Stefano Zanatta. “He’s an exceptional rider, so you hope for the best, but based on the races beforehand, we sort of knew he wasn’t in shape.”

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In the News: Olympic cycling champion Sara Carrigan being sued over bunch ride accident http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/news-olympic-cycling-champion-sara-carrigan-sued-bunch-ride-accident_347875 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/news-olympic-cycling-champion-sara-carrigan-sued-bunch-ride-accident_347875#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:27:05 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347875

Australia's Sara Carrigan won the 2004 Olympic road race. She is being sued in Australia after a crash occurred on a training ride that her company organized. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Australian Olympic gold medalist is being sued for a crash that occurred on a group ride organized by her cycling school

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Australia's Sara Carrigan won the 2004 Olympic road race. She is being sued in Australia after a crash occurred on a training ride that her company organized. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Courier Mail reports that Olympic champion Sara Carrigan is being sued $750,000 over a cycling accident that happened on a “bunch” ride at her Mermaid Waters-based cycling school in Australia.

Bernie Elsey Jr., the son of property developer Bernie Elsey, has lodged a claim for personal injury damages against Sara Carrigan Cycling and another cyclist Stephen John Milligan, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

In May last year, Elsey was on one of the cycling school’s “Go for Gold Cycling Bunch” rides when he alleges another cyclist crashed into him.

After the accident, Elsey was treated in hospital for a complex left fractured femur and had a steel rod and screws permanently placed in his leg.

Read the article on The Courier Mail >>

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In new filing, glimpses at Armstrong defense http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/new-filing-glimpses-armstrong-defense_347817 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/new-filing-glimpses-armstrong-defense_347817#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:10:00 +0000 Matthew Beaudin http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347817

The Lance Armstrong legal team filed new papers in court on Sept. 25, offering a glimpse of potential defenses the Texan may use in a False Claims Act suit. Photo: Mark Gunter | AFP

The U.S. Department of Justice and Lance Armstrong's legal team continue sparring over discovery and defenses

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The Lance Armstrong legal team filed new papers in court on Sept. 25, offering a glimpse of potential defenses the Texan may use in a False Claims Act suit. Photo: Mark Gunter | AFP

You should have known, and you got way more than you paid for.

Those, essentially, are two of the defenses it appears the Lance Armstrong camp will unveil if needed in its contest with the U.S. Department of Justice and Floyd Landis.

The False Claims Act dispute between Armstrong and the DOJ is ongoing, and new court papers provide a deeper look into the defense Armstrong and his attorneys may provide: that the government should have known cheating was occurring on the U.S. Postal teams, and that the government benefitted hugely from its years-long sponsorship, more so than it paid for.

The Armstrong camp and the DOJ — which is now, by proxy, former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, since the government joined his whistleblower suit — are casting stones back and forth as each party undergoes discovery and plans its attacks and defenses. While there is nothing groundbreaking in the latest paperwork from the Armstrong team — a 38-page brief on why some of the Texan’s defenses should stand — it does show a clear window into what may transpire in court if the suit isn’t settled beforehand.

False Claims Act suits allow whistleblowers to sue those they say defrauded the government, and the government has the right to intervene, which it did in February 2013. Landis, who initially filed the suit, could collect up to 25 percent of the money recovered. The USPS paid more than $30 million for the team from 2001 to 2004 and has sought three times its investment, though Velo understands the number discussed as a possible settlement is much lower.

“I think that Armstrong’s response to the motion is telling … he basically is saying the government knew what was going on, or should have known what is going on, that the government benefitted from the sponsorship,” Mark Stichel, a Baltimore-based attorney who has litigated civil cases in state and federal courts throughout the U.S., told Velo.

Both sides are sparring on discovery issues, Stichel said, and the government is trying to narrow Armstrong’s affirmative defenses so it can avoid certain types of discovery. In plain speak, the government wanted to strike some of Armstrong’s defenses, which is somewhat odd.

“Here, we’re really seeing kind of balls to the wall litigation,” Stichel said. “People are litigating anything they can.”

One of those ways is to quarrel over what defenses will be allowable. The DOJ sought to strike some of Armstrong’s, to which his legal team took umbrage. The Armstrong team spelled out its economic view of the sponsorship as well.

“The government claims that it was financially harmed by the sponsorship of the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) team. But the USPS-commissioned studies conservatively valued the global exposure the USPS received from 2001 to 2004 at $138-147 million — more than three times the amount the government paid to sponsor the USPS team,” the filing reads. Lawyers for Armstrong go on to contend that the USPS’ sponsorship of the team was one of the most effective public-relations ventures for the Postal Service. It’s also noted that, according to the government’s own papers, it made at least $26 million in “direct” revenue from the sponsorship.

The defense also contends the government knew of the doping on the team, and “in one instance” dismissed allegations without any investigations. At another point, the government wrote to Tailwind Sports, Armstrong’s management firm, stating it was harmed by negative publicity. The filing states that in order to “remedy the situation,” the government requested Tailwind pay $50,000 for public relations service, which is a payment “no one contends has not been paid,” the file reads.

Further illustrating its point that the government should have known there was PED use on the team, the papers point to newspaper stories as evidence. There’s a mention of a 1999 New York Times piece that ran after Armstrong tested positive for corticosteroid use, a note about the French investigation in 2000, mention of a USA Today story regarding Dr. Michele Ferrari, and mention of a 2001 piece that ran in London’s Sunday Times by David Walsh — whose employer Armstrong later sued, though the paper got its money back years later after Armstrong admitted to doping.

Thus far, the filings between the two sides have been postured and aggressive. “There’s just a lot of money at stake,” Stichel said. “Also, you can’t discount the personalities of the litigants. I’d expect this in a case of this magnitude.”

The should-have-known defense, while it may come across as odd, isn’t entirely uncommon.

“Here, Armstrong is saying, look, you should have known for years,” Stichel said. “That’s a general legal principal. You can’t, or you shouldn’t, sit on your rights. Now that being said, the False Claims Act, which is the basis for the government case, has all kinds of doctrines that are different from normal cases, and those doctrines tend to favor the government.”

The September 25 document also alleges the government failed to appropriately capitalize on its sponsorships by not using tickets or invitations allotted, thus missing out on potential revenue.

The government could file its response as soon as sometime later this week.

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Roche, four others bolster Sky lineup for 2015 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/roche-4-others-bolster-sky-lineup-for-2015_347847 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/roche-4-others-bolster-sky-lineup-for-2015_347847#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:27:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347847

Nicolas Roche will be tasked with helping lead Chris Froome through the Tour de France next summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Irishman has served as a key lieutenant to Alberto Contador on Tinkoff-Saxo since 2013

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Nicolas Roche will be tasked with helping lead Chris Froome through the Tour de France next summer. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

LONDON (AFP) — Irish rider Nicolas Roche and four others have signed on with Sky for 2015, the team announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Roche, who has a wealth of grand tour experience, is joined at the British squad by Scot Andrew Fenn, Czech rider Leopold Konig, and Dutchmen Wout Poels and Lars Petter Nordhaug, who has re-signed with Sky after two years away.

Roche’s signing is significant as it strengthens Chris Froome’s support for the 2015 Tour de France, while simultaneously weakening Alberto Contador’s squad as the Irishman was previously at Tinkoff-Saxo.

Roche, the son of 1987 Tour de France winner and world champion Stephen Roche, said: “It’s a great honor to sign for Team Sky and I have the opportunity to ride with some of the best riders in the world.

“I feel that I’m still developing as a rider so now’s the perfect time to join Team Sky and to continue my upwards path.”

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: “He brings a wealth of experience, having ridden 13 grand tours in his career, and that will be invaluable to the team.

“Nicolas has the perfect character and temperament for us and we expect him to play a key role next season.”

Konig is also likely to play a strong support role for Froome, while also riding grand tours for a high placing himself.

On NetApp-Endura, Konig placed seventh in the 2014 Tour de France and has claimed stage wins at the Vuelta a Espana, Amgen Tour of California, and the Tour of Britain.

The 24-year-old Fenn becomes Sky’s first Scottish rider, after moving from Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad.

Poels becomes the first Dutchman at Sky and the climber has been watched by the squad for some time, while Nordhaug returns after a three-year stay from 2010 to 2012.

Brailsford added: “We’ve signed five quality riders for next season and each one of them will help strengthen and enhance the squad.

“We have a strong nucleus of riders at Team Sky and these signings will be excellent additions to the squad.

“They all bring their own qualities and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the team and seeing them in action next season.”

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Video: On-board footage from UCI world championships http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/video-board-footage-uci-world-championships_347768 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/road/video-board-footage-uci-world-championships_347768#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:31:09 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347768

Onboard cameras provide footage from the 2014 women's world road championship race.

Take a ride inside the elite women's peloton in Ponferrada with POV camera footage, including video from the dramatic crash

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Onboard cameras provide footage from the 2014 women's world road championship race.

Take a ride inside the elite women's peloton in Ponferrada with POV camera footage, including video from the dramatic crash

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Aussie Gerrans promises more one-day fireworks http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/aussie-gerrans-promises-one-day-fireworks_347683 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/aussie-gerrans-promises-one-day-fireworks_347683#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:44:35 +0000 Barnaby Chesterman http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347683

With Kwiatkowski celebrating, Gerrans and Van Avermaet express their disappointment after coming so close. These star riders will surely cross swords again in future one-day events. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Ponferrada's world championships served up a tantalizing preview of future one-day battles in the classics and beyond

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With Kwiatkowski celebrating, Gerrans and Van Avermaet express their disappointment after coming so close. These star riders will surely cross swords again in future one-day events. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (AFP) — Simon Gerrans may have missed out on the world champion’s rainbow jersey, but he promised that the three world championship medallists would continue battling in one-day classics over the years to come.

Australia’s Gerrans was beaten into second in Ponferrada, Spain by Poland’s first-ever world champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, while Spaniard Alejandro Valverde came third.

What was significant about that result was that they were the three main protagonists back in April during the 2014 Ardennes classics.

Gerrans won Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Valverde was second in that but won La Fleche Wallonne, and Kwiatkowski was third in both races.

All three also secured top-five finishes at the Amstel Gold.

Kwiatkowski, 24, has yet to win a one-day classic, but he is tipped by many to break through soon.

Gerrans and Valverde may both be 34-years-old but have recently signed new contracts with Orica-GreenEdge and Movistar respectively, and expect to competing for more honors in the years to come.

“Obviously Michal has a few more years ahead of him than Alejandro and I,” said Gerrans, who won another spring classic, Milano-Sanremo, in 2012.

“The three of us have had some great battles this year, but Alejandro has renewed his contract for three years and I’ve done the same thing so I think we’ll have a few more great battles in the years to come.”

Valverde said he certainly wasn’t planning on moving over for the younger generation just yet.

“I’ve signed for the team for another three years. I’ll always fight and keep going with ambition,” said Valverde, a double winner of Liege, Fleche, and the Clásica de San Sebastián.

“Kwiatkowski’s a great rider, I told him that before the race and again after the race. He’s tactically very strong; he has great potential; he’s a dangerous rider.

“He’s younger than us and, as Simon said, he’ll have more opportunities, but I think we’ll still be around for a lot longer to make things hard for him.”

Kwiatkowski said he may one day reassess his objectives and focus on the grand tours — he was 11th at the Tour de France in his debut in 2013 — but for the moment he is targeting success in the one-day Classics.

Having had an excellent start to the year, winning the Tour of Algarve and finishing second in the Tour of the Basque Country before his three top-five finishes at the Ardennes Classics, he went off the boil in the middle part of the season, culminating in a disappointing 28th-place finish at the Tour.

But the young Pole said it was normal for him to get tired at around that time, and all he needed was some rest to come back refreshed for his tilt at the world title.

“When you’re 24 and the season is so long, starting racing in January and finishing in October, it’s difficult to find straight away the perfect race program for your body,” he said.

“But I’m in the best team [Omega Pharma-Quick Step] to find my way. I made such a step forward in the classics, that’s what I learnt from this year.

“I still cannot say what my possibilities are in grand tours but it’s not really the time to check myself in grand tours because being a grand tour rider needs a lot of experience, and you need to sacrifice the rest of the races.

“But for the moment I like the classics and I still [have time] to think about my future.”

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Anacona, Sutherland sign 2-year deals with Movistar http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/anacona-sutherland-sign-2-year-deals-movistar_347677 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/anacona-sutherland-sign-2-year-deals-movistar_347677#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:20:29 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347677

Winner Anacona grabbed victory in stage 9 at the Vuelta a Espana this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The pair will bolster the squad's lineup of climbers

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Winner Anacona grabbed victory in stage 9 at the Vuelta a Espana this season. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Winner Anacona and Rory Sutherland have inked two-year contracts with Movistar beginning in January, the team announced early Monday.

Both riders will bolster the squad’s climbing abilities.

Anacona, who has ridden for Lampre-Merida since 2012, won a stage at the Vuelta a Espana last month, finished second in the Colombian road race championship, and took third overall in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. He nearly stole the Vuelta leader’s jersey in stage 9, coming just nine seconds short of wearing red the next day after his stage win.

The 26-year-old Anacona, who registered a 19th-place finish in the 2012 Vuelta, is also a strong time trialist.

Sutherland spent three years on Rabobank and six on UnitedHealthcare before joining Tinkoff-Saxo in 2013. He found success during his time with UnitedHealthcare in the form of several stage race wins and the 2011-2012 UCI America Tour title.

Sutherland, an all-around rider with decent climbing legs, earned four top-10 finishes in 2013 — sixth in the Klasika Primavera, ninth in the USA Pro Challenge and the Tour of Turkey, and 10th in the Circuit de la Sarthe. This season, he rode to fifth in the Grand Prix de Wallonie and rode for Australia in Sunday’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships.

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U.S. encouraged by Bookwalter and Howes as road worlds conclude http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/strong-showing-bookwalter-howes-road-worlds-conclude_347660 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/strong-showing-bookwalter-howes-road-worlds-conclude_347660#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:07:37 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347660

Alex Howes was the second of two U.S. riders to finish at 2014 world championships, behind countryman Brent Bookwalter. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

With 2015 worlds slated for Richmond, Virginia, the U.S. team looks back on a modestly successful run in Ponferrada

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Alex Howes was the second of two U.S. riders to finish at 2014 world championships, behind countryman Brent Bookwalter. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain — The American team left Ponferrada with encouraging performances by Brent Bookwalter and Alex Howes in Sunday’s 254.8-kilometer elite men’s road race. Both finished within 14 seconds of the winner. Bookwalter was 25th, and Howes finished 30th in a rainy race that exceeded six hours of riding.

An early four-rider break that included Ukraine’s Oleksandr Polivoda, Croatia’s Matija Kvasina, Lithuania’s Zydrunas Savickas, and Colombia’s Carlos Julian Quintero built up a 15-minute advantage on the peloton after four of 14 laps, but the gap began to come back down as Poland pushed the pace.

When the four leaders were caught with just over three laps to go, only Bookwalter and Howes remained in the race for the U.S. squad. Howes had recovered from a crash to catch back on to the main field.

“It was a tricky course with some really nasty downhills,” said Howes. “I was feeling pretty good up until a little fall with like four to go or so. I had to do some chasing but the boys helped me out, helped get me back up there.”

“We had four guys that we wanted to get into the race as deep as possible and see where it shuffled out,” Bookwalter said. “None of us are really proven at this level at 250km, but I think we’re all getting better each year. I thought the race was really hard. We were down to only a couple guys with a few laps to go so Alex and I were just trying to hang tough. I think he was actually probably better than me, and then he was unfortunately caught up in that little bit of a crash so that took a lot of energy out of him.”

Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski made the decisive attack in the final lap, and he managed to stave off the hard-charging field and claim the rainbow jersey ahead of Australia’s Simon Gerrans and Spain’s Alejandro Valverde. Bookwalter was in a group just seven seconds behind Kwiatkowski, with Howes coming in 14 seconds off the winning time.

“I felt like I had one speed. I could peg it at basically threshold the whole time, and guys would attack and kind of come back, and guys would move up the field and come back, and I was just grinding along at the same speed,” Bookwalter said. “It wasn’t quite enough to get into position to go for a top 10 or a good result, but I gave it everything I had all the way to the very last meter.

“It was just fast the whole day. It definitely ramped up at the end but not as much as some of the other worlds that I’ve done in the past. This one was just fast and hard all day. Those guys obviously had an unbelievable acceleration at the end. We were so deep into the race and everyone was so tired. That’s one of the things that make these one-day races so beautiful and dramatic is it really takes every last ounce out of you.”

With the world championships returning to U.S. soil for the first time in 29 years in Richmond, Virginia for 2015, Bookwalter spoke about the inspiration that will give to the American riders.

“We’re really inspired to have a chance to race worlds in Richmond next year,” he said. “We have a great group of guys here and a few guys that aren’t here. We’ve been kind of building up to this for a long time with this group of guys, this generation, and we’re really excited to put on a good showing in Richmond.”

The U.S. team wrapped up the world championships with four medals in the team time trials and two more in the individual time trial, including a silver medal by Adrien Costa in the junior men’s time trial, and a bronze medal by Evelyn Stevens in the elite women’s time trial.

In the team time trial competition, Tejay van Garderen, Carmen Small, and Evelyn Stevens each won gold medals racing with their trade teams, while Alison Tetrick earned a bronze medal with her Astana BePink women’s team.

Other top-10 performances by the U.S. during the week included fifth-place efforts from Zeke Mostov and Emma White in their respective junior time trials, a sixth-place finish by Shelley Olds in the elite women’s road race, and an eighth place by Alison Powers in the elite women’s time trial.

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Gerrans: Winning worlds silver is bittersweet http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gerrans-winning-worlds-silver-is-bittersweet_347659 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gerrans-winning-worlds-silver-is-bittersweet_347659#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:50:01 +0000 Barnaby Chesterman http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347659

Simon Gerrans (left) reacts after crossing the finish line in Sunday's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

The Australian comes up just short of winning the rainbow jersey in the road race

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Simon Gerrans (left) reacts after crossing the finish line in Sunday's worlds road race. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (AFP) — Australia’s Simon Gerrans said he wanted to cry after crossing the line just one second behind new world champion Michal Kwiatkowski.

The 34-year-old came up agonizingly short as Kwiatkowski became Poland’s first ever world champion.

Gerrans edged Alejandro Valverde of host Spain for the silver medal in a six-man sprint behind the breakaway winner.

“I felt like I wanted to cry when I crossed the finishing line. To be so close to the world title and see it slip away in the final kilometers,” said the Orica-GreenEdge rider.

“Coming to the finish with a small group racing for second place, I knew I had good legs and if the thing had unfolded differently in the final, I’d have been racing for victory.

“I’m a little disappointed but at the same time really happy with the way I raced. I had fantastic support from my Aussie teammates so I couldn’t have asked for a lot more at the end of the day.”

Gerrans admitted he hadn’t seen Kwiatkowski slip off the front of the peloton with 8km left on the penultimate descent, but he said he could have no qualms about his own race.

“I haven’t got too many regrets with the way I raced. I was just beaten by a stronger rider with better tactics,” he said.

“Michal’s definitely a worthy winner. Overall I can look back at the race and be happy with what I was able to achieve.

“I’m happy with the way I raced but always to come second in a big race like this, particularly the world championships, is disappointing in one respect as well.”

Valverde, who has earned bronze the last three years and also was third in 2006 and second in both 2003 and 2005, agreed he could not have done much more either.

And he denied that he had missed the boat by not covering Kwiatkowski’s move.

“When Kwiatkowski attacked there was a group in front of him, he didn’t just catch me out, there were other teams that should have worked with us too. It was difficult to control,” he said.

“We were under a bit of pressure but since we got a medal we did what we were expected to do. I’m happy with the bronze I got today.”

Kwiatkowski said his success wrapped up an impressive year for Polish cycling.

“For Polish cycling, it’s really important to finish the season like that. We’ve had such incredible results with Rafal Majka winning two stages in the Tour and Przemyslaw Niemiec winning a stage in the Vuelta,” said the 24-year-old.

“Now I have the rainbow jersey, it’s such an amazing feeling. I said Saturday to the guys, ‘I feel great.’ I said again at the start of the race, ‘I need support.’

“I felt relaxed the whole day. With this [wet] weather it’s really important to stay at the front. It was important for me, I could believe in myself. I had such great support from my mates, that gave me a lot of energy at the end.”

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Poland powers Kwiatkowski to rainbow jersey http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/poland-powers-kwiatkowski-to-rainbow-jersey_347612 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/poland-powers-kwiatkowski-to-rainbow-jersey_347612#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:13:36 +0000 Gregor Brown http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347612

Poland spent a lot of time pacing the peloton in Sunday's elite men's road race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

The 24-year-old catapults to victory in the road race thanks to his teammates' efforts

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Poland spent a lot of time pacing the peloton in Sunday's elite men's road race. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

PONFERRADA, Spain (VN) — Poland rallied behind its leader Michal Kwiatkowski on Sunday at the UCI Road World Championships, as the 24-year-old soloed free to hold off cycling’s elite to win the elite men’s road race thanks to his countrymen’s effort.

“In the beginning, we were thinking, ‘What are those Polish guys doing?’” Belgian and 2012 winner Philippe Gilbert said.

“We knew about Kwiatkowski, but everyone was wondering, ‘What tactic is this?’ They have nine riders, but only five race in first division teams.”

Poland took charge soon after an early escape rode free in the 254.8-kilometer race and did not surrender control until Italy moved into the driver’s seat with 80km remaining. The squad raced with nine cyclists, the maximum allowance, thanks to its success in 2014.

This year with trade team Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Kwiatkowski won Strade Bianche, Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, two stages and the overall at the Volta ao Algarve, a stage at the Tour of Britain, and the Tour de Romandie prologue time trial. He placed second overall in the Tour of Britain and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country), and was third in Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Poland’s gains this season, however, also came thanks to the efforts of other riders.

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) won two stages and the mountains competition in the Tour de France and the overall at the Tour of Poland, while Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) won a stage in the Vuelta a España.

Kwiatkowski found motivation in the team’s numbers. He may have fallen short in the Ardennes classics and the Tour de France, but with Poland he rode into the rainbow jersey.

“We believed from the start that we had one of the favorites and we wanted to take some initiative to give extra motivation to Michal,” Pole and Omega Pharma teammate Michal Golas told VeloNews.

“We know that Michal is in great shape. When the team works so hard it gives extra motivation to its leader.”

Golas celebrated inside the team’s orange team bus, which was borrowed from second division home team CCC Polstat. Poland raced with two riders from that team — Maciej Paterski and Bartlomiej Matysiak — along with Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura), Michal Podlaski (ActiveJet), and five from UCI ProTeams: Kwiatkowski, Golas, Niemiec, Maciej Bodnar (Cannondale), and Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff).

“We had nine guys in the front,” Golas said. “Two guys were working, but no one gave us help, so we put three more there and had five guys pulling. We saved Maciej Paterski and me for the last laps to position Michal well.

“Just before the descent, he told me to go full gas and take him to the corner. I did, and he knew what to do after that.”

Kwiatkowski attacked with about 7.5km remaining, on the Confederacion descent, and he rode solo up to and past an early escape. He pushed himself over the final kilometers, but Poland gave him the base to launch his missile towards the Ponferrada line.

“They supported me the whole day,” Kwiatkowski said. “With the weather, it was important to stay at the front. I could believe in myself with that sort of team support from my mates.”

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Gallery: 2014 UCI World Road Championships, elite men’s road race http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gallery-2014-uci-world-road-championships-elite-mens-road-race_347579 http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gallery-2014-uci-world-road-championships-elite-mens-road-race_347579#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:27:52 +0000 VeloNews.com http://velonews.competitor.com/?p=347579

Kwiatkowski checks over his shoulder at the 50-meter mark to make sure he will take home the gold. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Casey B. Gibson shoots the elite men's road race at the UCI World Road Championships in Ponferrada, Spain

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Kwiatkowski checks over his shoulder at the 50-meter mark to make sure he will take home the gold. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

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