Former pro Coyot killed in a car accident

Former French pro Arnaud Coyot has died after being involved in a car accident near Beauvais early on Sunday morning.

Arnaud Coyot (left) with Laurens Ten Dam in 2009.

Arnaud Coyot (left) with Laurens Ten Dam in 2009.

The 33-year-old was reportedly a passenger in a car being driven by Guillaume Levarley, a rider on the Cofidis team, when the car left the road and hit a metal barrier. Coyot was taken to hospital and later died from his injuries.

Coyot rode with Cofidis,, Caisse d’Epargne and Saur-Sojasun during a professional career that spanned from 2003 to 2012. He rode in four Tours de France and eventually retired at the end of last season with an ongoing knee injury.

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Niels Albert wins 2013 Superprestige Gieten, takes series lead

Niels Albert has won round five of the eight-round Superprestige cyclocross series at Gieten in the Netherlands over the weekend, taking the series lead in the process.

38e Int Super Prestige CycloCross Gieten Elite

Mechanical issues hampered Albert’s fellow breakaway riders Lars van der Haar and world champion Sven Nys (who has won 12 of the 15 Superprestige series since 1999). Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP) made up the podium.

Albert takes the lead in the Superprestige series with 66 points while Sven Nys is second with 58 points, tied on points with Klaas Vantornout who now sits third overall.

Round 6 of Superprestige will be held in Diegem on December 29.

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Johan Bruyneel to walk away from the sport

With a long-overdue arbitration hearing due next month, Johan Bruyneel has revealed he’s walking away from cycling.

“With the charges against me, I’ve made a decision that I’m pretty much done with cycling, because I don’t see a change,” said Bruyneel, a former Belgian pro who was instrumental in Lance Armstrong’s seven now-voided Tour de France victories.

Bruyneel is facing formal doping charges by USADA, leveled against him in June of last year, including possession, trafficking and administration of prohibited substances.

Speaking to RTL Bruyneel seemed to suggest he might not fight arbitration, in which case he’s likely to face a lengthy ban by USADA. In that light, walking away from the sport could be little more than a pre-emptive strike against the sanction that he’s likely to face.

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Frank Schleck to return at the Tour Down Under

Frank Schleck will return to professional racing at the Tour Down Under in January next year, his first race since testing positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide in the 2012 Tour de France.

Fr‰nk Schleck coming in 2nd

Schleck’s ban expired in July this year but he was unable to secure a ride in the Vuelta a Espana as he had originally hoped. He will return to racing with the Trek Factory Racing team next season.

According to Luxembourg newspaper Le Quotidien Frank and his brother Andy will ride together at a number of early season races in preparation for the likes of the Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege before ultimately focusing on next year’s Tour de France.

“Paris-Nice will be an important first test, but it’s clear the first big morsel of the season will be the Ardennes Classics,” Frank Schleck told Le Quotidien.

Andy Schleck won’t join Frank in Adelaide on January 21 and is set to start his season at the Tour of Oman in late February.

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Cycling agent Alex Carera recovering from car crash

Alex Carera, the agent for a number of professional cyclists, including 2013 Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali, is recovering in a hospital in Brescia after being involved in a car crash on Saturday that left one dead.

Carerra is reportedly in a stable condition after having a six-hour operation on his leg.

The accident reportedly happen on the A4 Autostrada near Milan when 78 year-old-driver left a rest stop in the wrong direction, driving headfirst into two vehicles, including Carera’s. The elderly driver was killed on impact and the other driver involved only suffered minor injuries.

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Argos-Shimano complete 2014 roster with Sea Keong Loh

Argos-Shimano has finalised its squad for the 2014 season with the signining of Sea Keong Loh, the first South East Asian and first Malaysian rider to sign with a WorldTour team.

Le Tour de Langkawi, Malaysia 2007 stage-3

Loh won three races in 2013, including the overall classification of the Jelajah Malaysia and stages at the Tour of Thailand and Tour of Singkarak.

“We believe that Asian cycling has great potential, and it is our aim to help develop Asian riders and bring them to the highest level,” explained the team’s general manager Iwan Spekenbrink. “We have experienced this with Cheng Ji [the team’s Chinese rider], who has been part of our project since the beginning.

“I feel honoured to be selected for the team,” Loh stated. “It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to reach this level. I am looking forward to working with the team, as I think I can benefit greatly from the sporting environment that the team offers.”

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RaceDots provide an alternative to “pinning on a number”

When we talk about taking part in bike races we say we’re “pinning a number on” but filmmaker and racer Jason Berry is trying to change that with the invention of RaceDots, a magnet system that keeps racing numbers in place without needing to put holes in your favourite kit.

Check out the video below to learn more:

Click here to read more at BikeRadar, and click here to read more at the product’s Indiegogo crowdfunding page.

Free coffee for Team CT Mo-bros in Melbourne

If you’re in Melbourne and you’ve spent this month growing a mo as part of the CyclingTips Movember network, head down to Three Bags Full in Abbotsford between 7.30am and 8am and get a free coffee.

If you’re using Twitter or Instagram, be sure to use the @3bagsfullcafe handle and the #movelo hashtag.

Incredible Hulk tries to break the speed limit

This is an entertaining video about a British bloke dressed as the Incredible Hulk who tries to go fast enough past a local speed camera to break the speed limit and get the camera to flash. Take a look.

The Rocacorba Recap

And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed:

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