Remember, remember, the fifth of November…
Happy Monday everyone! Take off those Guy Fawkes masks and read up on today’s cycling news, limited as it might be as we start the slow season.
5. Tour of Poland to Start in Italy. Of All Places…
The 2013 Tour of Poland will start with two stages in Italy for its Grand Depart next July. It will be the furthest start from the Polish border in the 85 year history of the race. The first two stages of the eight stage race will take place in the Trentino region of Italy, which features race sponsor Trentino Marketing. The race, won by Moreno Moser this year, will run from July 27th, to August 3rd.
4. Pooley Decides to Continue Racing
After believing that she would spend the next year or two on the sidelines of the sport, former World Champion Emma Pooley of Great Britain has elected to sign with Team Bigla for 2013. The team however, is only a development squad at this point, and so will race a more reduced schedule compared to women protour teams, so a Giro Donne participation is unlikely. Pooley becomes the 15th rider on the team, and will serve the role of mentor to the younger, largely Swiss team. Pooley had originally considered a one-year absence from the sport after the team that sponsored her previously withdrew just before the World Championships.
3. Sponsor Sues UCI
SKINS, a sports clothing manufacturer, has filed a $2 million law suit against the UCI, alleging that their brand name has been damaged by the UCI’s governance of the sport. While not a direct sponsor of the UCI, SKINS has been in the sport since 2008, working with organizations (CyclingAustralia, BikeNZ, & USA Cycling) and teams (Rabobank, Europcar, NetApp, and Telekom)
According to the letter that the company wrote to the UCI, the UCI’s inept handling of the anti-doping fight, “harms SKINS, as well as any other sponsor or supplier. Therefore, the acts and omissions by the UCI, Henricus Verbruggen respectively Patrick McQuaid have caused the prejudice SKINS now suffers, which prejudice exceeds the amount of USD 2,000,000, sum which the latter intends to recover through the Courts.”
I don’t know how I feel about this. Really, it seems like a move suggested by the company’s lawyers so they can increase their attorney’s fees. I don’t know that there’s a lot of merit to the case, or even which country/locale would have jurisdiction. There’s probably an inherent public policy against a corporate sponsor suing the people or sports it chooses to sponsor. We’ve seen this with the likes of Lance Armstrong, Michael Vick, and Tiger Woods; Sponsors just drop their client. It’s hard for me to fathom a reason that a sponsor should be able to sue an international sporting agency that it does not directly sponsor. The move is obviously in its infant stages, so I’m intrigued to see how this will develop, but right now, I’d have say they don’t have much of a case. Until I see the filings though, and know which jurisdiction will be employed, it’s hard to say what will happen. Right now it’s just more negative media attention the sport doesn’t know.
2. Riis Under Pressure as Hamilton Makes Further Statements
Bjarne Riis will have to defend himself from new accusations from Tyler Hamilton. Riis originally refuted the claim in Hamilton’s recently released book that Riis was responsible for introducing Hamilton to Eufemiano Fuentes. With the recent release of the book in Danish, Hamilton has been giving another round of interviews, and has elaborated his accusations in those interviews. “Riis knew all about what I was doing with Fuentes. He wanted to know everything. And it was he who introduced me to Eufemiano Fuentes and gave me the contact information for him,” Hamilton said.
Riis, who admitted to doping during his career, has insisted that he ran a clean team at CSC/Saxo Bank in the face of Hamilton’s accusations, and says he has never met the Spanish a doctor, a claim Hamilton maintains is untrue. “They have met. I remember an episode in 2002 - I think it was in April - when Fuentes and Bjarne were in the same hotel room in Spain. I can still remember what the hotel looks like.” Also weighing against Riis is the connection between his former captain Ivan Basso to Fuentes. Basso was outed in the midst of Operacion Puerto, and served a two-year ban for his activities.
Riis has not yet responded to these most recent accusations.
1. UCI to Investigate Vinokourov’s Liege-Bastogne-Liege Victory
The UCI has confirmed that it is investigating Alexandre Vinokourov’s victory at the 2010 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege after details of payments to Alexandr Kolobnev, the man with whom Vinokourov formed the winning break, were revealed by the Italian police’s investigation into Michele Ferrari. Allegations that Vinokourov paid off the Russian first appeared in 2011, but the UCI refused to act without sufficient evidence, evidence they now have thanks to the Padua investigation.
Vinokourov and Kolobnev have been called to the UCI headquarters in Aigle to respond to the accusations. A UCI spokesman said that, “if it is discovered that UCI rules have been broken, the matter will be referred to the UCI License Commission and could also involve the Astana and Katusha teams.”
The evidence also suggests that both riders were using the services of Ferrari, suggesting that they may have been on a doping program, implicating Alexander Vinokourov’s gold medal winning performance at the most recent Olympic games, where allegations have already been rampant that the Kazakh paid off his Colombian breakaway partner Rigoberto Uran to take gold.
5. Kimmage on Legal Action; Hasn’t Tapped Defense Fund
Paul Kimmage says his quest for UCI accountability is “justice for Landis and all the others silenced. However, he says that the 87,000 raised for the purposes of his Defense Fund will not be tapped in his counter-suit against Hein Verbruggen, Pat McQuaid, and the UCI. Kimmage asserts that there is no place in the sport for the former and current head of the UCI anymore. While it might not be the last step in cleaning up the sport, Kimmage says, it “is only the first thing that has to happen.”
“Unless McQuaid and Verbruggen are removed from their positions,” Kimmage said, “there is no chance of the sport moving on. It starts with those two guys.”
4. Rodriguez Wants Lifetime Bans
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is upset that his performances this season have been overshadowed by the talk of the Armstrong affair, saying the constant talk about Armstrong has made him ‘crazy’ “We, the riders of today, are the real losers. We lose sponsors, money, credibility and love of the people. Let us also look ahead,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez questions why Armstrong’s relationship with Ferrari was not questioned more in-depth sooner, and believes that lifetime bans for convicted dopers is the best way for the sport to move forward. “Throw doping sinners out for life,” he said. “Doctors, riders, everyone involved.”
As for his own results, Rodriguez says his results can be trusted. “I know the road I’ve traveled,” he said. “I do not think I ever had a problem with doping nor will I have. I want to make this sport better.”
3. WADA will not appeal USADA decision
The World Anti-Doping Agency announced today that they would not appeal the USADA reasoned decision, verifying the stripping of Armstrong’s titles as legitimate. WADA also stated that the extension of the statute of limitations beyond the usual 8 year limit was appropriate in this instance and supported by case law on the books. The agency is currently waiting for details from an independent inquiry into UCI anti-doping practices, and any role they may have played.
Meanwhile, WADA chief David Howman says the current push for a zero tolerance policy in cycling would be counterproductive. He says such a practice would only encourage silence, and would do little to obtain the long-term objective of cleaning up the sport. “Nobody is going to open their mouths to have their tongues cut out… that doesn’t make sense,” Howman said. Howman believes that people like Matt White can be valuable to the sport, especially if they give information about ways to clean up the sport.
2. Clean Competition Pledge for Australians; USA Cycling to Increase Domestic Anti-Doping
Australian Olympians may be forced to sign a competition pledge under oath in order to go the games in future, attesting to their clean background. The pledge would not apply solely to cyclists, but to all Australian athletes looking to participate in the Olympics, and all officials involved in coaching and preparation for those athletes.
“If they don’t sign, they don’t go to the Games, they won’t be selected,” John Coates, president of the Australian Olympic Committee said. “What I don’t want is for the AOC to have egg on its face like cycling has. In my opinion we simply cannot allow the name oft the AOC to be damaged, like that of the [UCI], for not having taken every reasonable step possible to ensure that no person in authority on our Olympic team has a doping history.”
The requirement will definitely be in effect for the 2016 games in Rio, but could be in place as soon as the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Also of note from Coates, was his statement that he wanted the federal government to grant additional power to the Australian ADA, specifically the ability to compel witnesses to give evidence.
Meanwhile, across the Pacific, USA Cycling has pledged to devote more budgetary resources to increased testing and education at the grassroots level, in line with a movement started by an individual in Florida. Jared Zimlin started the Florid Clean Ride Fund to raise money to bring anti-doping controllers to local races, and the effort has spread. Similar programs are planned for the Mid-Atlantic region and Colorado, with USA Cycling pledging to devote funds to these various groups.
The Florida group has already experienced some success, catching one rider, a 45 year old masters racer, who tested positive for methylhexaneamine, the result of bad nutritional supplement.
This is great news for the U.S. anti-doping scene given what has happened throughout the Armstrong ordeal for the face of the sport in this country. We can only hope that the movement grows, and, out of this, a cleaner sport is forced to evolve.
1. UCI Announce First Round of ProTeam and Professional Continental License
The UCI has announced the first eight ProTeam licenses and 13 Professional Continental Team licenses to have passed the requirements of the licensing system. Astana, BMC, Cannondale, Lampre, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Orica-GreenEdge, Sky, and Vacansoleil all passed the sporting, ethical, financial, and administrative criteria for ProTeam status. These teams had valid licenses through 2013, so only needed to be reviewed.
Six teams seeking renewal of licenses still need to meet with the License Commission as per the regulations guiding the granting of ProTeam licenses: Ag2R, Euskaltel, Garmin-Sharp, Rabobank/White Label, Saxo Bank-Tinkoff, and Argos-Shimano.
Three other teams, Radioshack, Movistar, and Katusha, will also require further examination by the License Commission. Radioshack was in a similar situation last year, though dismissed the extra meeting as simply a requirement for clearing up clerical errors in the paper work. It seems likely that this is the case here as well, though Radioshack (Bruyneel) and Movistar (Valverde) may also be required to answer questions about ethical criteria. FDJ and Lotto-Belisol, two teams outside of the automatically qualifying top-15 teams will also meet before the Commission to answer similar questions, likely clerical in nature and paperwork related.
The next announcement of licenses will come after November 26th, and the final list of teams will be announced on December 10th.
Bonus Reading (Highly Recommended): Cycling News did an interview with Brad McGee, retired rider and former Saxo Bank DS until a few weeks ago, and he expresses a lot of sentiments that I agree with. It’s very articulate and I think it treads a middle ground that you won’t find in the straight deniers or vehement anti-Lance/pro-whistleblower crowd. I also agree with his opinion regarding Matt White, as it’s a shame he’s currently out of a job. Link here: http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/brad-mcgee-no-time-like-the-present
A new month, time to set new goals! Curious if any my followers want to share their goals for the next 30 days (athletic or otherwise) to give me some extra motivation for mine. I hoping to build up to doing a 70 mile ride, and running 100 miles this month. I’ve been off the wagon a little in terms of physical activity, so I’m working on fixing that (especially with thanksgiving looming at the end).
Anyway, on to the news of the day!
6. Bonus Reading: An Opinion From a Doping La Professor Against USADA’s Decision
5. Kimmage to Countersue
I haven’t talked a lot about the initial suit of defamation brought by Verbruggen and McQuaid, because, frankly, I found it quite silly. The fact that Kimmage has now counter-sued should not surprise anyone. It was really only a matter of time. In his complaint, Kimmage asserts that the UCI pair are guilty of slander/defamation, denigration, and “strong suspicions of fraud.” Also named in the suit are “whistle-blowers Stephen Swart, Frankie Andreu, Floyd Landis, Christophe Bassons, Nicolas Aubier, Gilles Delion, Graham Obree and the many others - who were brave enough to speak but were dismissed as ‘liars’, ‘cowards’, or ‘scumbags’.” I like this line a lot, with the exception of Landis. Landis is most definitely a scumbag. If I were any of the others in that group, I would find his inclusion irksome. The only reason Landis blew the whistle was because he couldn’t get a ride with Armstrong’s newly formed Radioshack team in his comeback attempt, and was desperately broke (Any findings of defrauding the federal government in the U.S. leads to a triple-penalty payout to the whistleblower. So if Armstrong had been found guilty of 2 million in fraud against the U.S. Government, Landis would have yielded 6 million). Just saying. Other than that, I like it. McQuaid, and moreso Verbruggen need to be held accountable instead of strong-arming the sport into taking their side of things.
4. Vuelta Stage Bid Withdrawn
The Dutch province of Drenthe has withdrawn its application to host a stage of the Vuelta Espana due to the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. The province did not specifically cite the Armstrong affair in its statement, but it is safe to assume these are the changed conditions alluded to. “We regret that we now have to take this decision. We as a provincial government wished to repeat the success seen in 2009. The conditions have changed in a short time.” Originally pledging 600,000 Euro for the event, the Dutch province was scheduled to host the second grand depart of Vuelta following 2009’s opening stages in Assen.
Personally I don’t see the need for such a cycling rich area to turn away a big name race at a point in the season when there are not many major races in the Netherlands. This seems like a knee jerk reaction from politicians that may not fully understand the ramifications of the actions or the benefits of bringing cycling to the area. It’s not as if the Dutch are simply going to stop attending bike races because Armstrong cheated and Rabobank are no longer sponsoring a team. C’mon man.
3. IOC Weighing Options in Armstrong Medal Decision; SCA Wants Bonus Money Repaid
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will open an inquiry into whether the bronze medal Lance Armstrong won in the time trial at the 2000 Olympic Games should be returned. An IOC spokesperson stated “The IOC is going to open an inquiry immediately regarding the implication of Armstrong, other riders and in particular their entourage in relation to the Olympic Game and their future participation in the Games.”
Typically Armstrong’s medal would fall outside of the 8 year statute of limitations employed by the IOC and WADA, but Armstrong has already been stripped of Tour de France Titles dating to before his Bronze medal performance, leaving many to wonder if the IOC will strip him of his medal as well.
Meanwhile, SCA Promotions will demand the bonus money paid out to Armstrong after his 2004 Tour de France saw him eclipse the previous record for victories by one rider. SCA is asking for 12 million from Armstrong. The original hearing in 2005-06 was famous for producing Betsy Andreu’s testimony about Lance’s doping, although Armstrong was ultimately awarded the bonus money. At the time, SCA paid out 7.5 million (5 million in bonuses, with the rest in legal fees and interests - makes you want to be a lawyer doesn’t it?). Armstrong won the case despite doping rumors in Europe because the contract contained no references to doping. It did however require wins, which Armstrong no longer possesses, which is why SCA will now likely be able to collect. So, another chance for Armstrong to spend a lot on attorneys’ fees, or admit his guilt. Which way will he go?
2. Matt White Dismissed by Orica-GreenEdge
Orica-GreenEdge has announced the dismissal of Sports Director Matt White effective immediately in light of his doping admissions. GreenEdge’s goal from the start was to be a clean team, and stated that the move was required to maintain public confidence that the team was standing by its values. Following the decision to dismiss White, the team will also undertake a “full external expert review of its policies and procedures and a pro-active review of all riders and team members in light of recent disclosures regarding past practices in the sport,” to be run by former WADA director Nicki Vance, with the investigation expected to be fully completed in July.
1. Contador to Launch Junior Team
Alberto Contador will start a junior team for the upcoming 2013 season titled The Alberto Contador Specialized Foundation. The team will be directed former rider and Spanish national coach Jose Luis de Santos. The team will consist of approximately 15 riders between 17 and 18 years of age. Specialized will supply the bikes and other equipment, with several of Contador’s sponsors at Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank will also provide support. Contador and his brother hope to add under-23 and women’s teams into the fold in the coming years if the venture proves successful.
““We are thrilled with this project”, said Contador. “Because we are working for the future of our sport, which is something we love. We want to support the young cyclist in a particularly difficult times in which many teams and many races are disappearing.”
Happy Halloween everybody! Here’s today’s cycling news that matters
Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) Calls for Tougher anti doping stance; US Doping Control Burden falls to race promoters
5. Ricco to appeal 12 year ban in front of CAS
No matter how many times the Cobra’s head gets cut off, or he accidentally poisons himself through a dirty blood transfusion (okay, so that’s not really a metaphor), Riccardo Ricco just won’t seem to go away. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) issued Ricco a 12 year ban on April 19th following an investigation into an incident in 2011 when Ricco was admitted into the ICU with kidney failure following (allegedly) a self-administered blood transfusion. That would have been Ricco’s second infraction following a positive test for CERA during the 2008 Tour. If unsuccessful in his appeal, Ricco would be banned until close to his 40th birthday. Mario Cipollini told Ricco earlier this year that he needed to move on with his life. The embattled rider has struggled with his doping activities, and the drama has played out in the press since 2008. Shortly after his comeback started, his pregnant girlfriend, also a cyclist, tested positive for EPO. Many made the connection and assumed that Ricco was back off the wagon (if he was ever on). After coming back from his ban, Ricco was never apologetic about his former drug use, never contrite or atoning as he tried to move on with his career, and attitude that many in the cycling community were dissatisfied with. These sentiments were seemingly validated when Ricco checked into the ICU, where a doctor states that Ricco said he was having troubles after a self-administered blood transfusion had gone wrong. Guilty or not, I don’t think Ricco is healthy for cycling, but more importantly, I don’t think cycling is healthy for Ricco. I’m with Cipollini (that’s probably a first, aside from those awesome kits), Ricco needs to let it go and move on with his life. He’s got a son now, and he needs to figure out how to be a dad, not a professional cyclist.
4. Gesink Considering Giro
Robert Gesink (Rabobank/Whitelabel/TBD Sponsor) is considering making his debut at the Giro d’Italia next year, citing a new approach that doesn’t base his season around one main event (The Tour). He has struggled in the past two editions of the Tour, crashing out of this year’s race, and crashing out of contention two years ago. 5th place in 2010 is the best that he has managed to date in the French race. At only 26, Gesink’s best days could still be in front of him, and I think he’s young enough, and this year’s Giro is tame enough, that assaults on the GC in the first two grand tours of the season is not beyond question. It would give him two shots at a successful (complete and uninjured) grand tour, even if it might inhibit his chances of podium finishes in both races. A successful grand tour, however, would re-establish confidence in himself, and in the Dutch media, which have recently questioned whether Gesink would live up to the promise he showed at 24. Come on people, he’s still only 26. Don’t write him off yet. He reminds me a lot of Valverde earlier in his career, crashing out of successive Tours despite showing his talents in the mountains. He’ll mature as a racer eventually just like Valverde. He just needs to regain his footing. I’m placing by bet now. Gesink will finish in the top 10 overall of a grand tour next year.
3. Two Contrasting Rider Opinions on Doping
Valverde: Conscience is Clear
Alejandro Valverde says that his conscience is clear following his first season back after returning from a two-year ban, and that his successes this season far outdistanced his expectations. As to his relationship with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the center of the Puerto Affair, Valverde said, “Eufemian was part of the technical staff on my previous team [Kelme]. He was there. I was there, but I don’t want to go back into that.” Valverde never admitted to doping, although Italian authorities matched blood from a test carried out when the Tour crossed into Italy with a bag of blood found in the Puerto raid. The conversation quickly turned back to racing, however, as Valverde asserted that he’s transitioned into more of a grand tour rider, citing falls at the Tour as the main inhibitor to his performances. “In the Tour I have had bad moments, but I always finish well in the final week. The problem is that I’ve always had falls. The first week of the Tour is very difficult.”
Valverde also pointed out that his comments that caused so much ire about Lance Armstrong were actually taken before the USADA file was released. However, he maintains that looking back is not something that is helpful for cycling.
Voigt: Peloton is cleaner
Jens Voigt has expressed a different opinion, having lived and ridden through three major scandals in the sport (Festina, Puerto, & Armstrong). Voigt believes the peloton is cleaner, even if he’s never seen doping first-hand, citing his ability to still be competitive at 41. “We start with the same chances for everyone because there’s no organized doping anymore,” he said. “It’s the cycling of today, where hard work and dedication pay off.”
Voigt also posited the notion that this be kilometer zero. From here on out, he suggests, should be a zero tolerance policy. No returns, no comebacks. I think there’s merit in an argument like that, but I also see guys like Millar, who deserve to ride. Then again, the Millar example is slowly becoming less relevant, as new riders who weren’t forced to dope because they were part of the Armstrong era find Millar’s example less applicable. Perhaps cycling is ready for a zero-tolerance policy.
2. OPQS Tour team to be built around Cavendish
Patrick Lefevere has made no secret about his interest in Cavendish for several years now, and now that Sky have put all their eggs in the Wiggins-Froome basket, his dreams have finally come true. With sprinters Francesco Chicchi and Gerald Ciolek headed elsewhere, and Levi Leipheimer sacked for his doping confession, OPQS has freed up its lineup to devote itself to Cavendish come July. Tom Boonen will certainly be there for his own opportunities, but could prove invaluable in any leadout train assembled for Cavendish, as would Time Trial stalwart Tony Martin, who worked with Cavendish in the high-road setup. Other riders likely to be included are Matt Brammeier, Bert Grabsch, Stijn Vandenbergh, and Gert Steegmans. Sylvain Chavanel and Niki Terpstra could also play a role in the intermediate kilometers. At any rate, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone next year when Cavendish returns to his position as the King of the Tour Sprints.
1. Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC) Calls for Tougher Anti-Doping Stance; US Doping Control Burden Now Falls to Race Promoters
The MPCC, now including 11 teams, has called for teams, WADA, the UCI, and race organizers to step up their respective roles in the anti-doping fight so that everyone is on the same page, via existing regulations that need greater enforcement while also implementing new measures.
The 11 teams (Ag2R, Bretagne-Schuller, Cofidis, Europcar, FDJ, Garmin, Argos-Shimano, IAM, Lotto Belisol, Netapp, and Sojasun) adhere to the following code of conduct:
-No longer allow a rider to race when he has an initial positive test
-Do not sign a rider with a suspension of more than six months [with the exception of whereabouts cases] for two years after suspension
-Don’t give corticosteroid injections without imposing a break from competition of eight days
-Carry out internal procedures from the first positive case on a team
-The team should suspend itself automatically following several positive cases in a twelve month period.
The group is now advocating for WADA to increase sanctions for first-time violations, stricter regulations of corticosteroids, and to forbid riders who have been suspended for more than six months from competing in the world championships or Olympics (can we please call this the Vinokourov rule?). It also stressed that the UCI recognize its role in the anti-doping framework, and for race organizers to not do business with teams that do not respect the elementary rules of ethics.
The number of USADA-run controls previously included some UCI events on a “B-list”, but two months ago, USADA changed its policy and no longer will test events where the UCI is the reporting agency under the allotment.
“This means that the typical UCI B-list event has changed categories and now represents an expensive proposal to the race directors. In the past, the race directors wanted to be on the B-list as they had no expenses in that scenario, but did have expenses if it was UCI A-list,” said USA Cycling’s technical director Shawn Farrell.
Those expenses for a UCI race can run in the thousands of dollars: the race promoters are obligated to pay for the expenses of the controllers, provide space and materials and pay for the lab testing. For a typical cyclo-cross race, Farrell estimates it would cost around $4,000 for six doping controls.
“I can tell you that this year, we have three cyclo-cross races put on the B-list, and USA Cycling is covering the costs of those tests for the race directors, primarily as the policy change was recent, and none of the race directors had anticipated a budget increase of that magnitude.”
”It doesn’t surprise me that the UCI will not be footing bills for testing, Chauner said. The governing bodies (UCI and USAC) don’t seem to realize that they need to make significant financial investment to show they are serious about cleaning up the sport, starting at the grass roots level.
“The stakeholders who pay for sanctions, team affiliations and licenses need to see a good portion of their fees go toward ensuring that cycling regains credibility in the eyes of sponsors, the public and those parents whose sons and daughters might consider competitive cycling.” - end
For a good editorial on why the US needs to take a leading role in the fight against doping, given their responsibility and complicity in producing the greatest (editorializing slightly) doping conspiracy uncovered [to date], check out the full article by Chauner here, at velonews: http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/10/news/opinion-u-s-cycling-must-lead-the-global-fight-against-doping_263058
I think the point that needs to be remembered about the US Postal doping ring is that, even though an American was the leader, and the team was registered in America, and many of American riders are the ones who have admitted to doping, the problem is just as much Spanish, given the doctors involved (and still praciticing in Spain), the team’s base in Girona, and the number of Spanish riders who played key roles in the team throughout Lance’s 7 year Tour run, who weren’t called to testify in front of USADA. Yet. That could all change if Bruyneel and the doctors continue their appeals.
Just one of those days, you know? No words, just headlines and links today guys. Sorry I’ve been lazy and intermittent the last little while. Life will be back to normal soon though hopefully
British Cycling Head Questions Credibility of UCI
Moreno Moser: Giro Ambitions
Giro d’Italia to start in Ireland in 2014?
Wiggins wins 2012 Velo d’Or
Freire: Impossible to Claim that Cycling is Clean
Dowsett to Movistar
De Jongh’s Doping Past
President of Cyclists Association Concerned About Lack of Talks