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Latest Cycling News for November 13, 2006

Edited by Gregor Brown

Riis details CSC's anti-doping plan

Bjarne Riis (CSC team manager)
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Details of Team CSC's anti-doping program have been revealed. In the wake of terminating the contract of Ivan Basso, Bjarne Riis, in conjunction with Danish anti-doping expert Rasmus Damsgaard, has established a new set of testing protocols for CSC. Yesterday the specifics of the program, originally launched in September, were described to team riders via e-mail according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The new anti-doping concept was born after the Tour de France, when it looked like the team could possibly lose it title sponsor, CSC, an IT company based in the USA. The program will see up to 800 out-of-competition competition controls and it will start in December, running through the 2007 year. Doctor Damsgaard will be assisted by an independent scientific team of four based in Copenhagen.

The CSC riders will be constantly monitored, looking for the presence of EPO, Nesp, evidence of blood transfusions and significant changes in hormone profiles. There will not be DNA testing; Damsgaard considers DNA to be unnecessary for anti-doping and only useful in investigations, like Operación Puerto.

The results of the checks will be kept in a data bank that will be made available to the UCI and WADA upon request and, at the end of the 2007 season, a dossier of results will be provided to the press. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this ambitious project will cost CSC more than €500,000 to carry out.

"I am not worried because I have trust in the boys that are with us [in the team]," explained the Danish team manager, Riis, to the Italian paper. "Undergoing the controls is the only way to demonstrate that we are clean. Even doing this, I am certain we will win. We have to restore credibility in cycling. We have made a lot of errors in the past and we don't want these to occur again."

"I am happy to take my work into cycling with a high-level team," added Damsgaard, who has worked with cross-country skiing in the past. "Racing today is very dangerous because of the great risks linked with certain substances. Helping to avoid doping will be my objective."

The riders, after receiving the detailed email regarding the new anti-doping program, will be further briefed at a training cape in South Africa (December 4 - 15).

Cyclingnews' recent coverage of 'Operación Puerto'

May 18, 2009 - Valverde to start Catalunya
May 15, 2009 - Valverde not welcome in Denmark
May 14, 2009 - Spanish federation wants proof in Valverde case
May 13, 2009 - Spanish Olympic Committee defends Valverde
May 12, 2009 - Valverde responds to sanction
May 11, 2009 - Italian tribunal delivers Valverde two-year suspension
May 8, 2009 - Valverde case: Italian Olympic Committee defends Torri
May 7, 2009 - Valverde to take legal action against CONI prosecutor
May 5, 2009 - WADA and Spanish federation join CONI and UCI on Valverde
May 1, 2009 - International Cycling Union joins in on Valverde's hearing in Italy

Cyclingnews' complete coverage of Operación Puerto

Hamilton has signed

Tyler Hamilton revealed in a pre-race confrence
Photo ©: Jason Goldberg
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Yesterday, Tyler Hamilton took part in Nevada's Silverman Triathlon. The American cyclist raced with a three-man relay team, focusing his efforts on the 112 mile (180 km) bicycle leg.

In a pre-race interview with the organizers, the 35 year-old cyclists revealed that he is ready to return to cycling after serving a two-year doping suspension. "I am about start racing in the beginning of 2007," said Hamilton.

It is not known which team Hamilton will be racing for in the 2007 season, but he has been recently linked with Italian-based Tinkoff Credit Systems. When ask if he has a team, Hamilton responded, "Yes, I have signed with a team." There were no details discussed as to which team he had signed for.

Hamilton continued talking about the 2007 season and the Nevada event, "This jump-starts that [starting the 2007 season] a little bit. My suspension ended in the end of September but the bike racing season was finished. The [triathlon] team came to me to see if I wanted to do it, and I thought it would be fun."

Cyclingnews coverage of Tyler Hamilton's blood doping case

November 26, 2006 - Confusion over Hamilton 'admission'
November 24, 2006 - Hamilton confirmes 2007 contract with Tinkoff
November 14, 2006 - Hamilton signed with Tinkoff?
November 13, 2006 - Hamilton has signed
October 31, 2006 - USA Cycling CEO on Puerto developments
October 21, 2006 - UCI questions value of teams hiring riders under suspension cloud
September 15, 2006 - USA Cycling informed about Hamilton
September 2, 2006 - Hamilton's World's aspirations dashed
August 29, 2006 - McQuaid on Pevenage, Hamilton, testing
August 26, 2006 - Hamilton file to be studied soon
August 22, 2006 - Extensive doping alleged for Hamilton
August 21, 2006 - Hamilton's "doping diary" from 2003 published
July 3, 2006 - Ullrich, Basso risk four years - life-long ban for Hamilton?
June 28, 2006 - Hamilton to keep Olympic time-trial gold medal
June 26, 2006 - Hamilton and Ullrich linked to Operación Puerto

Complete coverage of Tyler Hamilton's blood doping case

Leader change in Six Days of Munich

By Susan Westemeyer

The leaders' jerseys changed hands Sunday night in the 43rd Six Days of Munich, as Franco Marvulli and Iljo Keisse surprisingly took over the lead from Erik Zabel and Bruno Risi. The Swiss/Belgian pair was able to make up two laps on the formerly leading team and pulled in front of them thanks to more points.

"We want to win here," Marvulli said. Zabel and Risi are in second place, ahead of the Dutch duo Danny Stam and Peter Schep. Italians Paolo Bettini and Marco Villa are in seventh place.

Italians coming to America

After the signing of Ivan Basso for Discovery, the American team is likely to add another Italian. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there will be a second Italian to join Basso for the 2007 season.

Further, Italian Ivan Quaranta, is close to reaching an agreement with American professional continental team Navigators. The 31 year-old Italian raced this year with Universal Caffè-CB Immobiliare.

Bas Giling to Wiesenhof-Felt

By Susan Westemeyer

Bas Giling will be riding for Team Wiesenhof-Felt in the coming year, he has told Sportwereld. The 24-year-old Dutchman, who was at T-Mobile the last two years, is especially looking forward to the Belgian Classics.

"We will certainly ride such races as Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, and the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, too; I hope," said Giling.

Mori and Caruso sign with Lampre-Fondital

The Italian-based ProTour team Lampre-Fondital is completing its 2007 roster by signing Toscano Massimiliano Mori and Siciliano Giampaolo Caruso, making 23 riders. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the two will sign for the team of Giuseppe Saronni in the next day.

The 32 year-old Mori, expected to sign today, spent the last season with Naturino-Sapore di Mare, while 26 year-old Caruso, set to sign tomorrow, had a turbulent year with Astaná. Caruso was linked with Operación Puerto but has since been giving the green light to race. Both riders have authorized the submission of their DNA to the team.

T-Mobile makes the move

By Susan Westemeyer

Slowly filling up
Photo ©: T-Mobile Team
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OLC, Olaf Ludwig's company which ran T-Mobile in 2006, was located near Aachen, Germany, while the warehouse for the bikes, team vehicles and everything else a team needs were in Gent, Belgium. Now a new management company, Neue Strassen Sport, has brought everything together in a new location in Bonn, Germany, not far from the sponsor's corporate headquarters, according to

Lots of new names are popping up at the new headquarters, too. The new management team of Bob Stapleton and Rolf Aldag has long been known, but changes keep on coming. Andrzej Bek was formerly Sports Director for the T-Mobile women's team, but he is now in charge of the warehouse. "The job is rather different from what I did before," he said. "But it's already fun."

The new headquarters boast of 377 square meters and three stories for offices and storage, as well as covered parking for all of the team's cars and buses. In addition to the new grand headquarters, the team has rented an apartment close by for when visitors or team members arrive from out of town.


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Bayley and Bos ready for showdown at Sydney World Cup

Bos and Bayley in 2004 Olympics
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Ryan Bayley and Theo Bos are shaping up for a Sydney showdown this week at the opening round of the four round UCI World Cup Classics at the Dunc Gray Velodrome. A talented list of 250 track cyclists, from 32 countries, will kick off the international season contesting 16 events.

Bayley and Bos are set to go head to head in the keirin event, continuing the rivalry which has delighted fans around the world. Although friends off the bike the pair are fierce rivals on the track and both are seeking a win to start the season. The pair's sprint match ups are renowned as some of the closest fought, with Bayley upstaging the then reigning world champion at the Athens Olympics but here in Sydney it will be the keirin and teams sprint events where they'll be up against each other.

Bos is the current world champion for both the sprint and the keirin but missed a medal in the teams sprint at this year's world championships in Bordeaux when the Australians defeated the Netherlands in the bronze medal ride.

Both Bos and Bayley have been in training camps in the lead up to this week's event with Bayley in Adelaide and Bos training with the Dutch team for the past three weeks on Bayley's hometown track in Perth.

"I had a good camp in Perth and I'm looking forward to the first racing for the season," said Bos who arrived in Sydney on Sunday. "I think I will be good and as the world champion in the keirin I want people to see that I deserve to be wearing the jersey."

Bos' victory in the keirin in Bordeaux was one of the most dominant rides ever seen but he acknowledges the competition in Sydney will be tough. "If Ryan [Bayley] is in form he will be the major threat and we also have the world cup champion, Josiah Ng from Malaysia, and the Great Britain riders, so it will be a pretty hot competition," continued Bos. "I have raced in Sydney many times and I really enjoy it because the crowd, even if they cheer louder for the Australians, they always respect the visiting countries and know a lot about their cycling."

Bayley says he's ready to take on all comers in Sydney. "The camp has been going really well and it's an added incentive to beat the internationals when we face them on Australian turf," noted Bayley. "Being the first major race meeting of the season means everyone will be unsure of the form of their rivals so there'll be a fair bit of tactics coming into play."

Bos believes the Australian and British riders will be the ones to watch in the three man teams sprint event. The Netherlands will be going into the round as the reigning overall world cup champion nation and the team has put in the training which Bos hopes will see them in the medals in that event and several others.

The Sydney World Cup kicks off on Friday morning and runs through until Sunday afternoon. For tickets and further information go to

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