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by Shane Stokes
June 25, 2014
In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Brian Holm charged with indecent exposure; No Tour de France for Boasson Hagen, nationals also ruled out; Lotto Belisol confirms Van de Broeck and Greipel to lead Tour de France squad; IAM Cycling announces its nine for the Tour; UCI reacts to TUE criticism, promises changes; Suspicious samples already earmarked for AICAR testing, and more…
Former professional rider and Omega Pharma Quick Step directeur sportif Brian Holm has officially been charged with indecent exposure, adding to an earlier accusation against him.
Holm’s lawyer confirmed the news to TV2 on Tuesday, saying that there is going to be a hearing on the matter.
“When it finally happens, we are satisfied that the case doesn’t end with a settlement, but that it goes to trial where everyone can hear the details. It will not make things worse for my client.
“I have an expectation that he will be acquited,” stated his lawyer Karoline Døssing Normans.
On May 26 several Danish news outlets reported that Holm had been charged with having sexual relations with a child of less than twelve years of age.
If found guilty, the crime could lead to a sentence of up to twelve years.
Holm spoke to the media at the time the news emerged in May, saying that he wasn’t going to hide. He could have remained anonymous after his defence counsel successfully petitioned the court in Frederiksberg to retain his anonymity, but he then wavied that right.
He didn’t give many details of the case and didn’t comment on whether he was innocent or not.
According to Døssing Normann, she will fight hard on his behalf.
“He has huge support from its own hinterland, but there will be lot of work to clean up after this case. I know Brian well. I hope that you will be kind and loyal to him during the proceedings, and report the dismissal with equally big headlines on the front pages as when he was charged.”
It is not clear if the charge reported Tuesday is related to the earlier charges from one month ago.
Click here to read more at TV2.dk.
He’s been one of the team’s strongest helpers in the past but Edvald Boasson Hagen has confirmed that he won’t be part of the Sky lineup for this year’s race due to injury.
The 27 year old Norwegian has a leg problem and despite some time away from racing, the issue was still there during last weekend’s Route du Sud.
As a result he has been forced to concede defeat in his bid to be ready for the Tour. He also has to scratch his participation in the upcoming national championships, thus foiling his bid to add an eighth gold medal to his haul.
“I had some rest after the Giro and when I started training again unfortunately an Achilles problem has flared up,” he said in a team statment, explaining the reason for the difficult decision to miss the Tour. “We hoped it was getting better but it became an issue again at Route du Sud.
“I would really like to have ridden the Norwegian national championships. They are always a proud moment for me but the important thing is to make sure I fully recover and focus on the rest of the season, hopefully starting with the Tour of Poland in August.”
Boasson Hagen has ridden in the past four editions of the Tour, and won two stages in 2011. He was also 31st overall.
Since then he has been required to act as a domestique for team leaders Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013), although he crashed out of last year’s race.
He said that missing this year’s edition was a disappointment for him. “I’ve raced at the Tour de France every year since I’ve joined Team Sky,” he stated. “Obviously I would love to be competing there. It’s tough to know I won’t be in the team, but I also need to think about the rest of the season by concentrating on making a full recovery and racing well later in the year.”
Following his third place overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Jurgen Van den Broeck will lead the GC challenge for Lotto Belisol in this year’s Tour de France. The Belgian was confirmed Tuesday as being the team’s number one rider for the race, and he will seek to improve upon the fourth overall he achieved in both 2010 and 2012.
Van den Broeck crashed out of last year’s race but his Dauphiné performance shows that he is in strong condition as the event approaches.
The team’s main focus for stage wins will be German rider André Greipel. He has notched up five career wins there and his eleven victories this season show that he is one of the fastest sprinters on the circuit. Now fully recovered from the dislocated collarbone he suffered in Gent-Wevelgem, he has clocked up five wins in recent weeks; his success were on stage one of the World Ports Classic, stage four of the Baloise Belgium Tour, stages one and four in the Tour de Luxembourg and the final stage of the Ster ZLM Toer.
His right hand man, Greg Henderson, has also been named for the Tour lineup. The New Zealand rider nabbed victory on stage three of the Ster ZLM Toer and appears to be fully over the injury issues which have hampered him at times. Greipel’s sprint train will also include Jürgen Roelandts and Marcel Sieberg, while Tony Gallopin and Lars Bak will add further muscle.
Greg Henderson proved to be on good form ahead of July when he won stage 3 of the Ster ZLM Tour last week
Van den Broeck will have help in the shape of Bart De Clerq, who was eleventh on Mont Ventoux last year plus sixth at Le Grand Bornand.
The team will be completed by the Australian Adam Hansen, who will start a staggering ninth Grand Tour in a row. He began the run with the 2011 Vuelta a España and has finished each one of those three week races.
Click here for continuous updates on the 2014 Tour de France startlists.
Meanwhile the Swiss IAM Cycling team has confirmed its lineup for the squad’s first-ever participation in the Tour, saying that Mathias Frank would be the designated leader and that he will be supported by ‘rouleurs, puncheurs and climbers.’
Frank showed excellent form in netting second overall in last week’s Tour de Suisse. He was also runner up in this year’s Critérium International and the Bayern Rundfarht, winning a stage in both, as well as fourth overall in the Tour de Romandie and seventh in the Circuit de la Sarthe.
He will be fired up to ride as prominently as possible in what is his debut Tour.
Frank will be backed by Frenchmen Sylvain Chavanel and Jérôme Pineau, Swiss riders Martin Elmiger, Reto Hollenstein, Sébastien Reichenbach and Marcel Wyss, the German Roger Kluge and Australia’s Heinrich Haussler.
Chavanel is a triple Tour stage winner while Haussler notched up a stage in 2009. His form has been inconsistent since then, but he took a victory last month on stage one of the Bayern Rundfahrt.
By Shane Stokes
The UCI has undertaken to change the way therepeutic use exemptions (TUEs) are handled in the sport, with the governing body telling CyclingTips that there will not be a repeat of the conditions which saw its scientific advisor Dr. Mario Zorzoli grant Chris Froome a TUE in the recent Tour de Romandie.
“Working closely with WADA and its Director General David Howman, the UCI has been reviewing all of its anti-doping rules and procedures including those regarding Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs),” it said, responding to a request for clarification on the situation.
“A completely revised set of rules is in preparation and will enter into force on January 1, 2015 in conjunction with the revised 2015 WADA Code and International Standards, including the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE).
“As an immediate measure, the UCI confirms that from now on, all TUE decisions will pass through the TUE Committee.”
On April 29th Froome finished thirteenth in the opening prologue of the race. His Sky team doctor Alan Farrell sought a TUE from the UCI, telling the body that Froome needed the corticosteroid prednisolone to combat the effects of a chest infection.
French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported earlier this month that the Zorzoli granted the request without submitting Froome’s medical dossier to a TUE committee. Froome went on to win the race for the second consecutive year.
The UCI defended its behaviour in the Froome case, saying that it fully satisfied WADA requirements for cases where TUEs are required at short notice. However Le Journal du Dimanche reported on Sunday that WADA was not happy with the UCI over its failure to have a TUE committee in place to handle such matters.
The process is required under WADA regulation 2.1.1. That states, ‘the ADO [anti-doping organisation] must set up a network of physicians responsible for evaluating TUE applications.
“TUE Committees (TUECs) should include at least three physicians with experience in the care and treatment of athletes and a sound knowledge of clinical, sports and exercise medicine (see Article 6.1 of the International Standard for TUEs). The TUEC will be chaired by one of the member physicians.”
Click here to read the full story on CyclingTips
In the wake of a report by the French Journal du Dimanche newspaper that tests for the banned substance AICAR will be carried out at this year’s Tour de France, the head of the Ghent doping laborator Peter Van Eenoo has suggested that a number of suspect urine samples have already been earmarked for closer scrutiny.
Van Eenoo spoke to Sporza on the matter and said that the tests had been in existence for some time, but that further verification of the method was needed.
“In late 2013 we received information about this test,” he said. “It was not yet fully validated, but the principles were already established, and the method was developed. In February that method was then presented at a conference on anti-doping labs.
“The test is waterproof and follows the same principle as with testosterone. The AICAR concentration in urine is initially looked at. If it is higher than normal, we have a suspect test. A second phase is then examined in order to tell whether AICAR was produced in the body or injected.”
AICAR is a product which is understood to both burn excess body fat and also to boost endurance. It first became a topic of conversation in 2009 when the-then head of the French anti-doping lab AFLD, Pierre Bordry, said he was stunned by the low body weight of some of the riders in the Tour de France and that he believed they were doping with the substance.
The Journal du Dimanche stated that retests could be carried out on samples from the 2013 Tour de France. According to Van Eenoo, it is likely that any such retests would concentrate on those who doping officials believe may have been using the product.
“I do not think that they will all of a sudden check all the samples from the previous Tours,” he said. “There are some suspicious samples put aside. They will focus on those first.”
Click here to read more at Sporza
In an incident that happened over the weekend, police arrested a Spanish rider in the midst of leading Spain’s largest and most prestigious gran fondo, the Quebrantahuesos.
Ángel Vázquez had won the previous three editions of the event but was pulled from the race 30km from the finish (after 205km) by Spanish police as he was leading the event. The guards tried to stop Vázquez three consecutive times and finally after his refusal to stop, he was intercepted in the town of Hoz de Jaca.
Vázquez was banned for life by the Spanish Triathlon Federation and also had previously served a ban as a pro cyclist when he tested positive for EPO in 2010.
Under new Spanish legislation, athletes banned for life cannot compete without approval.
Read more at Velonews and the Spanish newspaper report here.
In honour of Le Grand Départ being held in Yorkshire this year, UK trailer company www.indespension.co.uk has produced a nice illustrated guide to all the previous winners of the Tour de France. And with the 101st edition coming up in just over a week, you’d expect to see a larger line up of winners on the podium:
See more on www.indespension.co.uk and download a large copy of this illustration here (4MB).
If you’re coming up for le Grand Depart in Yorkshire in just over a week, there a few things you need to know:
Cyclists who have been injured in accidents on the road have claimed nearly $200M in compensation throughout the past five years. Compensation comes from a pool made up from the TAC charge in car registration fees.
In 47 cases involving deaths, from almost 10,000 TAC (Transport Accident Commission) claims, $8.6 million was paid out.
The TAC claims include everything from catastrophic injuries (brain damage, spinal injuries, permanent disability, etc) to fractures.
TAC provides lifetime care for those in need when injured on public roads. While cyclist claims dropped by $2.4 million in the past year, costs have risen over five years.
According to TAC research, 79% of crashes involving cars and bikes are determined to be at the fault of the motorist.
Read more on The Herald Sun.
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips: