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by Shane Stokes
June 10, 2015
Photography by Jered Gruber, Cor Vos, Tour of Korea
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: BMC Racing Team wins Criterium du Dauphiné team time trial; Five times on the Emakumeen Saria podium, Emma Johansson finally climbs to the top step in Durango; Ewan triumphs again, netting stage three of Tour of Korea; Dennis: It wasn’t planned; Photo gallery: 2015 Philly Cycling Classic; Kimmage vs Verbruggen legal case set for July; “I have had three years of this…I am not amused at all”; WADA provides clarification about cases such as Bruyneel’s appearance at Wiggins’ UCI hour record; UCI announces positive cases involving Ignatenko and Carretero; Ask The Pros – What Was Your Biggest Pre-Race Mistake?
As the countdown to the Tour de France continues, the BMC Racing Team showed its collective strength when it won the team time trial at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Tuesday. The American squad covered the 24.5 kilometre course to Montagny in a time just two seconds shy of 30 minutes, beating Astana by four seconds and Movistar by five.
Overnight leader Peter Kennaugh and his Sky team had a disappointing ride, with the group breaking apart during their test and finishing in sixth, 35 seconds back. This was one place behind Orica GreenEdge, winners of the team time trial in the recent Giro d’Italia, and one place ahead of Garmin-Sharp.
The performance of the current world champions BMC Racing Team was enough to take over the race lead, with Rohan Dennis and Tejay Van Garderen jumping up to first and second overall.
Astana’s Andriy Grivko and Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali are now third and fourth, four seconds back, while Kennaugh is at 23 seconds. Team-mate Chris Froome is at 35.
by Jessi Braverman
Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS) has five times finished on the lesser steps of the podium in Durango at the one-day Emakumeen Saria, but on Tuesday, the Swedish national road champion finally climbed to the top step, winning a two-up sprint from Rabo-Liv’s Kasia Niewiadoma.
Elena Cecchini (Lotto Soudal Ladies) led home the chasers and rounded out the top three.
It is the first win of the season for Johansson who had an unusually dry spring. A broken collarbone in mid-March disrupted her Classics season, and even before she was sidelined with injury, the team leader often found herself alone in race-winning moves, outnumbered by the likes of Boels-Dolmans, Wiggle Honda and Rabo-Liv.
A team training camp in Tuscany in late May seems to have united the Australian registered squad.
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One day after he clocked up victory on day two of the Tour of Korea, Caleb Ewan was at it again, taking a big gallop into Muju. The first year professional blasted home first, beating Patrick Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) and Bernard Sulzberger (Drapac Pro Cycling) to the line.
The success saw him take over from Sulzberger’s team-mate Wouter Wippert as race leader.
“We knew (the Iranians) were always going to be really aggressive today” he said, referring to the Tabriz Petrochemical and Pishgaman Giant teams. “It was obviously a pretty hard course and the team just rode so perfectly. We used Jens (Mouris) and Heppie (Michael Hepburn) to start with and they were just so strong and really neutralised all the attacks.”
The day’s break went clear early on, with Genki Yamamoto (Nippo – Vini Fantini), Hyosuk Gong (KSPO) and Keisuke Kimura (Shimano Racing Team) getting away and then being joined by Hamid Beykkhormizi (Pishgaman Giant Team) and Edward Laverack (JLT Condor).
This move was however hauled back with five kilometres to go, setting things up for Ewan’s second win in the race and his move into the yellow jersey.
Rohan Dennis said that there wasn’t a preconceived plan in terms of who would lead home the BMC Racing Team, with the Australian ending up in yellow simply due to the way things unfolded in the finale.
“We didn’t actually talk about who would go over the line first,” he said. “It was just whoever got there first. Tejay took over with 500 meters to go and I saw Dylan was just off the wheel. So I backed off and paced him back on.
“I just came at Tejay and Daniel and Joey and went past them, wanting to help them get to the line as quickly as possible.”
Team-mate Van Garderen made a big breakthrough in the event five years ago, netting third overall, and is now best placed of the GC contenders in the standings.
He said a big motivation was repeating the kind of performance which won the worlds last September.
“When you are world champion in this event, you have to take it seriously every time,” he stated. “You definitely get nostalgic. But you are also out there to prove a point. We are world champions and we went out to show them why.”
Three months after saying he would be astonished if the Hein Verbruggen legal case against him continues in the wake of the CIRC report, Paul Kimmage has confirmed that the Dutchman is persisting in his efforts and that a hearing will be held in one month’s time in Switzerland.
Kimmage recently received a summons to appear at a court in Vevey on July 8 at 11 am over the matter, and told CyclingTips this week that he is stunned at the former UCI president’s course of action.
“I find it extraordinary that, given the whole grounds for this is the Landis interview and the criticism that Landis made of Verbruggen, and that has been totally borne out by the CIRC report.
“It concluded that a), the UCI did not follow their own rules, and b) there was an extremely unhealthy relationship between the president of the UCI and Lance Armstrong. Now, how Verbruggen expects a Swiss court to find otherwise is absolutely beyond me.
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While Johan Bruyneel’s appearance in the VIP section of Bradley Wiggins’ hour record bid drew criticism, with many stating that the banned Belgian’s presence in the trackside centre was difficult to stomach, the World Anti Doping Agency has confirmed that such a case would not violate the terms of standard suspensions.
In April 2014 Bruyneel was handed a ten year ban from cycling by the American Arbitration Association in relation to the Lance Armstrong/US Postal Service doping case.
This imposes strict limitations on his involvement in high level sport but, according to WADA, situations such as his Sunday appearance would not cross lines.
The agency said that it couldn’t comment specifically on the case as it is involved in an ongoing matter with the Belgian. However it gave general clarification about its regulations and when it considers such bans to have been violated.
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The UCI has named the two latest riders to be caught out by anti-doping tests, with RusVelo rider Petr Ignatenko and fellow Pro Continental rider Ramón Carretero of Southeast Pro Cycling both being snared.
Former Katusha rider Ignatenko has been removed from the RusVelo team following a positive test for when human growth hormone (HGH) carried out on April 8.
Carretero failed a test for EPO at the Tour of Turkey on April 22. He started the Giro d’Italia on May 9 but quit the race the following day.
The latter is the fourth positive test for his team in three years. In 2013, while called Vini-Fantini, the squad saw Danilo DiLuca and Mauro Santambrogio test positive for EPO.
Matteo Rabottini was also caught for the same substance last August.
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