In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Why whistleblowers are crucial for cycling and other sports; Spanish calendar gets boost from return of Tour of Valencia; Cookson wants assurances if WADA takes over cycling’s testing; Contador considering dropping ‘pistolero’ celebration after Paris attacks; Keisse describes possible Wiggins pairing at Ghent Six as a dream; Man arrested, charged following Anakie hit-run, and more…
Why whistleblowers are crucial for cycling and other sports
A year ago, the notion of Russia potentially being out of the 2016 Olympics would have seemed unimaginable to many. It’s one of the most powerful nations on earth, took 24 gold medals and 81 medals in total at the last Summer Games, and was then regarded as one of the top contenders for Rio 2016.
That all began to change with a December 2014 television programme by the German channel ARD. In it, devastating claims were made against Russian athletics, with two whistleblowers being particularly important in providing information…
Here’s an excerpt from the feature looking at this area of anti-doping:
““The Contador case was a good example for whistleblowing,” Seppelt told CyclingTips. “This was one of the bigger cases that we have done.
“It was absolutely important and underlined the significance of people who come forward with clear information about wrongdoing in the federation.
“It was similar to the recent IAAF example because they obviously wanted to protect the commercial interests of the sport’s governing body, but not the genuine sports values. If you see what happened in this particular case, they were waiting four or five weeks without revealing the A and B sample.”
Click here to read the full feature on CyclingTips. Part II will follow tomorrow.
Spanish calendar gets boost from return of Tour of Valencia
Some very welcome news for Spanish cycling: after years of erosion of the calendar, one of the key stage race events forced to stop is returning for the 2016 season.
According to the Spanish publication Superdeporte, the Tour of Valencia will return after an absence of several seasons. Cancelled after the 2008 edition, it is coming back thanks to former pro Ángel Casero and his brother Rafa, who were able to get the support of local politicians and sponsors for the race.
“We’re excited about the project,” Casero said. “The idea is to have a mountaintop finale, a time trial, a good mix of stages and top teams. We hope the race lasts another 80 years.
“We’ve found a good mix of sponsors and government bodies interested in the race. We hope to be able to televise the race as well. It’s an expensive project, but we’re enthusiastic.”
The expected budget is to the tune of 800,000 euro, and is also a reflection of a Spanish economy that is finally starting to emerge from recession.
Click here to read more at VeloNews.
Cookson wants assurances if WADA takes over cycling’s testing
A proposal by the IOC that WADA could take over testing for all sports is still some way from being made definite, but UCI president Brian Cookson has expressed possible reservations.
In recent years the UCI has ramped up the amount of money spent fighting doping, receiving money from teams and others and using it to fund testing in and out of competition and also the biological passport. The sum involved is, by Cookson’s reckoning, well over six million euro, and dwarfs the equivalent budget of many larger sports.
The proposal that WADA could take over testing was floated by the IOC just over a month ago. IOC President Thomas Bach commented further on it last Friday, and also recommended that the Court of Arbitration for Sport would take over the allocation of doping sanctions.
Speaking recently to CyclingTips, Cookson explained why he would have potential reservations. “What I would want to be assured about in any new system is that it is at least as good as what we have now got,” he said.
Click here to read the full story on CyclingTips.
Contador considering dropping ‘pistolero’ celebration after Paris attacks
The context was not clear – in other words, was he put on the spot with the question – but Alberto Contador has said that he could drop his trademark pistolero victory salute during next year’s Tour de France if fans are offended by it.
The Spaniard was speaking in the wake of the attacks on Paris that left over 100 people dead.
“The significance of the celebration is not about shooting or violence, it’s just for the people to show victory,” he said to the Huffington Post UK, speaking at the Rouleur Classic Road Cycling exhibition in London. “But if some people could be offended by it then I have no problem not doing it.
Contador told it that he was with his family when he heard about the attacks.
“This is a tragedy that has no contact with sport. Cycling is another thing. We suffered something similar in Spain with the March 11 attacks and some people very close to me suffered from than personally.”
He will be riding what will likely be the final Tour de France of his career next summer. He won the race in 2007 and 2009.
Click here to read more at the Huffington Post UK.
Keisse describes possible Wiggins pairing at Ghent Six as a dream
Bradley Wiggins has already floated the possibility that he could ride the Ghent Six Day next year prior to retiring from the sport.
Now, speaking to Sporza, six-time race winner Iljo Keisse has said he is excited by the thoughts of potentially pairing with Wiggins in the event.
“To ride with Wiggins would be a dream,” he stated. “I would love to ride with him. If he ends his career here next year, then I’d very much like [it to be] with me.”
Keisse paired with Michael Morkov in the latest edition, winning on Sunday. Wiggins has himself taken part in the event in the past, competing there in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007.
He was born in Ghent and sees returning to the race as being one way to ‘complete the circle’ on his career.
Click here to read more at Sporza.
Man arrested, charged following Anakie hit-run
Following the passing of Gordon Ibbs back in May, an arrest has been made in relation to the hit and run which claimed the 77 year old’s life.
Ibbs was struck by a car on the Geelon-Ballan road just after 2.30 pm on Sunday May 10. The car involved didn’t stop at the scene and Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives got involved.
A 26-year-old Whittington man was arrested outside Geelong Magistrates’ Court in connection with the case.
According to Vicpolicenews.com.au, he has since been charged. He is from Whittington and has been charged with culpable driving, resisting arrest, driving whilst disqualified and other traffic related offences.
He will appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on March 4 of next year.
Click here to see the story at Vicpolicenews.com.au.
The search for the holy gravel
In this humorous video, Josh Ibbett and Hamish Paine traveled down to the Pyrenees and visited all round top bloke Camille McMillan for a wee bit of “gravel” cycling and embarked on an exciting adventure high up in the mountain range. Good times were had and some excellent biking was discovered that truly secured this French region firmly in their hearts.
Single speed Cyclocross World Championships
The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships that were held in Victoria, Canada last weekend. Here’s a glimpse of the craziness of this unique event:
What You Missed
And finally this morning, here are a few things you might have missed at CyclingTips in the past few days:
- Reflecting on the inaugural CyclingTips Giro della Donna
- Ella Picks: how do we get more women on (mountain) bikes; Afghan women’s cycling team up for humanitarian award; new women’s WorldTour team and more
- Bikes of the Bunch: custom 953 RS Frezoni
- Daily News Digest: Monday November 22