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Lance Armstrong’s former team manager Johan Bruyneel has been ordered to hand over more than a million dollars to the US government — but will they be able to collect it? Colombian sprinter Alvaro Hodeg won the first stage of the Deutschland Tour. On the day Richie Porte confirmed his move to Trek-Segafredo, he’s fallen ill on the eve of the Vuelta a España. Estonian Tanel Kangert will join Education First-Drapac in 2019. Enve hasn’t given up on rim brakes, launching a new aero wheelset.


Bruyneel ordered to repay over $1.5 million in federal fraud case

Accused by the federal government of unjust enrichment, Lance Armstrong’s former team manager Johan Bruyneel has been ordered to hand over more than a million dollars. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper made the order on Wednesday, commanding Bruyneel to repay $1.2 million to the federal government and also an additional $369,000 in civil penalties.

Bruyneel was part of the Tailwind Sports company, which ran Armstrong’s team. Cooper noted that bank records showed that Bruyneel was paid $2,047,833 in salary and bonuses during the years that the US Postal Service sponsored the cycling team. As it paid 60% of that team’s expenses, Cooper ruled the same proportion of Bruyneel’s salary and bonuses would have to be repaid by him.

Johan Bruyneel (left) and Lance Armstrong on the Champs Elysees in Paris, at the conclusion of the 2001 Tour de France, Armstrong’s third consecutive Tour victory. Photo: Cor Vos.

“Here, the government has substantiated that Bruyneel unjustly received $1,228,700 in benefits,” he wrote. “The Court will thus enter judgment for the government against Bruyneel on its unjust enrichment claim and award it $1,228,700 in restitution.”

It is not clear if Bruyneel will be forced to repay the sum owed. He lives overseas and experts have said that it is very difficult to enforce such rulings while he is outside the United States. Bruyneel may have banked on this, given that he withdrew from the case four years ago.

Earlier this year Armstrong agreed to pay $6.65 million to end his own liability in the case, which had been originally launched by Landis and then joined by the government. Armstrong was due to pay $3.9 million of that sum to the government and the remainder to Landis.

Read more here, at USA Today.


Climbers play at l’Avenir

Colombian Ivan Sosa, American Brandon McNulty, and Slovenian Tadej Pogacar left the field behind at the Tour de l’Avenir. McNulty and Sosa crossed the line together at the end of a short and mountainous 35km stage, with McNulty throwing his arms in the air, though Sosa was declared the winner in a photo finish. Top riders at l’Avenir, a stage race for under 23 riders, routinely find themselves at the top of the WorldTour a few years later.

Hodeg wins sprint in Deutschland Tour opener

The last time a rider raised his arms in the air on the finish line of the Deutschland Tour was 10 years ago, and while German fans were hoping to see Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel or Pascal Ackermann on top, instead it was young Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) powering to the line to take the first orange leader’s jersey. The 21-year-old Colombian finished ahead of Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) on the final long straight in Bonn. Greipel finished sixth, while Kittel — who recently had to abandon the Binck Bank Tour on Stage 6 — finished last in the front group in 109th.

“We did a recon of the final yesterday, so I knew all those corners in the last kilometres and where I had to be going into them,” Hodeg said. “Fortunately, I had Iljo [Keisse] by my side, who put me in the wheel of Greipel inside the closing 500 meters, from where all I had to do was find my line and wait for the best moment to kick out.”

Porte falls ill on eve of Vuelta a España

Richie Porte’s buildup has been disrupted by illness two days before the start of the Vuelta a España. His BMC Racing Team announced on Thursday that he woke up with gastrointestinal issues and, as a result, he will miss two pre-race appointments.

Team doctor Daniele Zaccaria explained the situation. “We have been monitoring him during the day and although it is nothing too serious, we feel the best thing for his recovery is to rest for the remainder of today, which will mean missing the race press conference this afternoon and team presentation tonight.”

Van Avermaet, Gerrans, Matthews, Wellens, Degenkolb headline fields for GP Québec et Montréal

Heading into their ninth editions, the Grand Prix Cyclistes de Québec et Montréal (GPCQM) WorldTour events, held September 7 and 9, have announced marquee riders expected to compete. The peloton of 147 riders will include Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), who won the GP Montréal in 2016 and has been on the podium in Québec City four times since 2012.

Past winners of the Québec events who will be lining up at the start include Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Robert Gesink (Lotto NL-Jumbo), Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Simon Gerrans (BMC Racing Team).

Other riders set to race include Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain–Merida), Sam Bennett (Bora–Hansgrohe), Carlos Betancur (Movistar), Alexis Vuillermoz and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Anthony Roux (Groupama FDJ) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).

Petervay leading Silk Road Mountain Race

The lead riders in the Silk Road Mountain Race have managed to work their way through more than 1,000 kilometres of storms, towering mountains, rough tracks and scant supplies to reach the remotest of sections in the ultra-endurance race across Kyrgyzstan.

Jay Petervay was the first rider into checkpoint 2 and as the end of the day approached on Thursday, he was comfortably holding that position out the front. The experienced American rider was cresting the nearly 4,000-metre high climb before tackling the brutal descent into checkpoint 3, a yurt on the shores of lake Issyk Kul.

There were three riders within 100 kilometres, French rider Pierra-Arnaud Magnan, Belgian Kim Raeymaekers and Romanian Levente Bagoly. While the front group may be rolling on strongly others have fallen by the wayside, either as a result of mechanicals, the tough conditions or injury. British rider Lee Craigie, who in the earlier stages was the lead woman and in fifth place, is on the withdrawal list, after slowing and going off course.

To follow the rest of the riders as they continue, link through to the tracking site here.

Howes diagnosed with immune system disorder

American Alex Howes (EF Education First-Drapac) has been diagnosed with an immune system disorder called Grave’s disease, a common and treatable condition which results in overproduction of thyroid hormones, also known as hyperthyroidism. Howes announced on Twitter that his 2018 season was over.

“You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from the bike scene,” Howes wrote. “Turns out I’ve got a thyroid issue called Grave’s disease. Don’t worry, it’s not as grave as it sounds. We’ve got top docs on it and I should be back with a bang in 2019. But for now, rest and @lavuelta on TV.”

After starting (and finishing) a Grand Tour every season since 2013, Howes did not ride a Grand Tour in 2018. He recently abandoned the Tour of Utah, the first time he’d quit a race since the 2015 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.


Porte confirms move to Trek-Segafredo

Richie Porte and the Trek-Segafredo team have confirmed the long-rumoured move to the squad, with the Australian transferring across from BMC Racing. Porte has long been seen as a potential Grand Tour winner, though he has never finished on a Grand Tour podium and has crashed out of the past two Tours de France. He will lead BMC in the upcoming Vuelta a España and starts as one of the pre-race favourites.

Although he is now 33, Trek-Segafredo believes Porte will be a major challenger from 2019 onwards. “Richie is a remarkable cyclist that has shown his capacities in the past, and I am confident he still has great results in him for the next few years,” team manager Luca Guercilena said. “Obviously, he has a lot of experience and leadership to share with our young riders, something I believe the whole team will benefit from.”

Click through here to read a recent interview with Porte about his Tour disappointment, his Vuelta challenge and his future.

Kangert to EF Education First-Drapac in 2019

Estonian Tanel Kangert will join Education First-Drapac in 2019. The 31-year-old has spent the last eight years riding for Astana and previously spent two seasons with AG2R La Mondiale. Kangert has achieved nine professional victories, including stage wins at Tour de Suisse, Giro del Trentino and Abu Dhabi, where he also won the general classification. He finished 16th overall at the 2018 Tour de France.

Cerny brings Czech road and TT jerseys to BMC/CCC

Czech road race and time trial champion Josef Cerny is set to make his WorldTour debut in 2019 when he joins Continuum Sports, the management group behind BMC Racing — and CCC in 2019. The 25-year-old previously raced with CCC Sprandi Polkowice from 2013 to 2016 before joining Czech Continental team Elkov-Author  for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. An asset for team time trials, Cerny us expected to ride the Spring Classics in support of Greg Van Avermaet.

“It has been my dream to sign for a WorldTour team since I started cycling, so I am very happy that all of my hard work has paid off,and I am really motivated to show both Czech jerseys in the peloton,” Cerny said. “I would love to ride some of the Spring Classics like Paris-Roubaix and the Ardennes should fit my style of riding. To be part of a Grand Tour team in the future would fulfill my childhood dream.”

Tanfield signs with Katusha-Alpecin
Katusha-Alpecin has signed 23-year old British rider Harry Tanfield for 2019-20. Tanfield currently rides for UCI Continental team Canyon Eisberg and will step up to the WorldTour next year. Tanfield who wore the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 leader’s jersey after winning the race’s opening stage into Doncaster and finished second behind Geraint Thomas in British time-trial championship.


Enve launches SES 5.6 aero rim-brake wheelset

Hear ye, hear ye, rim brakes aren’t dead! At least, certainly not as far as Enve is concerned. Released today is Enve’s new SES 5.6 carbon aero rim-brake wheelset, developed in collaboration with renowned aerodynamicist Simon Smart.

As with other wheels in Enve’s SES family, the new SES 5.6 features differential rim profiles, with a fatter and shallower shape up front, and a slightly narrow, but deeper, shape out back. Front wheels measure 29mm-wide (external width) and 54mm-deep, while the rears are 28mm-wide and 63mm-deep. Both clincher and tubular versions will be on hand, with the former incorporating tubeless compatibility and a generous 19mm inner width. Both versions are optimized for 25mm-wide tires.

Enve will offer the SES 5.6 with DT Swiss 240s or Chris King R45 hubs, with optional ceramic bearing upgrades. Claimed weight for the clinchers is 1,550-1,558g per set (depending on hub choice), and 1,372-1,380g for the tubulars. Retail price is US$2,900-3,400. Bare rims will also be available for US$900 apiece. US consumers can purchase the clinchers now, with global availability for all versions expected by the end of September.

For more information, visit


As fate would have it, today is Johan Bruyneel’s 54th birthday (see above).

Also celebrating today are two young riders who are quickly rising the ranks of women’s cycling — Danish climber Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla) turns 23, while Emma White (Rally Cycling), the US U23 road, criterium, and time-trial champion, turns 21.

Emma White (Rally Cycling) won the U23 title in three disciplines in 2018.

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