LeMond says Armstrong should go to jail

Greg LeMond told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that airs tonight that he believes Armstrong should be jailed for his role in the doping scandal that spanned Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins.

“This is not a sporting infraction. This is criminal,” LeMond said.

Cooper asked if Armstrong should go to jail and LeMond said, “I do, yea. This was an organized mafia and he literally tried to destroy people.”

The full interview airs tonight (Monday, US time) on Anderson Cooper 360° at 8 p.m. EDT on CNN.

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Tony Martin wins his third Chrono des Nations

Tony Martin closed a season full of time trial victories with yet another on Sunday, winning 57.03km Chrono des Nations with a time of 1:10:48 (48.3 km/h) over the 57km circuit.

The three-time UCI World TT Champion won with a 14″ advantage on Gustav Larsson (IAM Cycling), and 45″ on teammate and five-time French National TT Champion Sylvain Chavanel. A total of 23 riders participated in the race.



Martin had 11 victories, including a stage of the Tour de France and the UCI World TT Championship, going into this race. His win is also the 59th for OPQS (57 road) in three disciplines, capping the second season in a row for the team with almost 60 road wins.

1st Tony Martin (GER) 1:10.48 48.31 km/h (30.02 mph)
2nd Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE) +0.14
3rd Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) +0.45
4th Marco Pinotti (ITA) +1.00
5th Johan Le Bon (FRA) +1.05

Froome and Wiggins still could ride together at 2014 Tour

Team Sky performance manager Rod Ellingworth has refused to rule out the possibility of Sir Bradley Wiggins riding in support of Chris Froome at next summer’s Tour de France.

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When asked if Wiggins could ride as a domestique, Ellingworth told Sky Sports News: “There is no reason why not.

“I haven’t spoken to Bradley about it personally, but I think we could see him on the start line of the Tour next year, which is a goal for the team. We want to put the best nine riders on the line and, for sure, Bradley in good shape could be there.

“When you have a team of winners and you put two great riders like Bradley and Chris together it is a challenge, but they are working on it and I think Bradley can do it for sure.

“He aimed for the Giro last year, and not particularly the Tour, so we have got to get his goals for next year and we will plan from there really.”

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Sanchez still without contract

2008 Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez is among those still without a contract for the coming season. Sánchez confirmed to the Basque daily Deia,that he’s still looking for a team.

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“As of today, I don’t have any team offering me a contract to keep going,” Sánchez told Deia. “I have my illusion intact. I had a two-year contract, and if I had signed it, it’s because I was motivated and had the strength to continue, both mentally as well as physically. Now I am in a situation that I could not have imagined, and I am without a job for the upcoming year.”

Sánchez had signed a two-year contract with Euskatel that would have ended after the 2015 season, but with the team’s closure, Sánchez’s career may come to an early close.

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Drapac finalises roster with Phelan, Meyer and Clarke

Drapac Professional Cycling has finalised its 2014 roster with the signings Will Clarke, Travis Meyer and Adam Phelan.

The 16-man team will also include Jack Anderson, Jonathan Cantwell, Jai Crawford, Floris Goesinnen, Robbie Hucker, Ben Johnson, Jordan Kerby, Darren Lapthorne, Lachlan Norris, Tom Palmer, Malcolm Rudolph, Bernard Sulzberger and Wouter Wippert.

Team Manager Jonathan Breekveldt said in a press release that these riders have a lot to offer Drapac Professional Cycling, with the team’s application to upgrade to UCI Professional Continental status for next season, currently in the hands of the UCI.

One noticeable absence from the roster is former World Tour professional and current Drapac rider Will Walker.

Read the full press release here.

Heffron Summer Season No 29 – presented by Subaru and Trek

by John Sunde

Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club’s popular summer crit series got underway on Tuesday for the 29th season under bright blue skies with a solid turnout of over 100 riders across 3 grades.

The graded handicap format around Sydney’s demanding Heffron Park 2km circuit is a mecca for local cyclists from newcomers to the sport right through to World Tour pros.

No World tour pro’s on opening night but all the local NRS teams were out in force – GPM-Wilson Racing, Subaru Albion, St George Skoda, Suvelo Racing, plus all the usual big hitters keen to stamp their mark on the opening round.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Ramsay from Studio Commercial Photography

Photo courtesy of Cameron Ramsay from Studio Commercial Photography

Handicapping can sometimes be a little hit and miss on the opening night as many riders underplay or in some cases overplay their form, but with all 3 grades coming together on the bell lap the finale was classic Heffron. Despite obvious dominance from several team trains, it was Mr Opportunist Luke Cridland who caught everyone napping with a perfectly timed run down the outside to win by a length from star of the future and recently crowned World Junior Track Champion Jack Edwards.

3rd place went to last seasons Series Winner, Sam Rutherford who managed to hold off the Park Bikes green machine duo of Nash Kent and Brad Mills

B grade is always the race within a race, within a race and should settle into a solid bunch once everyone learns the 4 points of a compass and which direction the wind blows from. None of this really mattered to dark horse Alex Nazarewicz who had too much power and speed to easily outclass John Sunde and Alan Sives in only his first race at Heffron.

Michael Chidger also had way too much power and speed for the C grade field when he easily hung on to the flying A and B grade bunch to win his first Tuesday night race at Heffron. Dave Watkinson is never far from the action and finished strongly to outlast young Sydney Uni rider Austen Miller.

Tuesday night racing starts promptly at 6pm and you’ll need a current Cycling Australia licence and are only permitted to race in approved Club/Team race clothing. Race enquiries should be directed to the Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club (Colin Iremonger). Race Commissaire is the very experienced and always fair Ron Peek.

Results
1. Luke Cridland (Southern Cross)
2. Jack Edwards (NSWIS)
3. Sam Rutherford (GPM/Wilson Racing)
4. Bradley Mills (Dulwich Hill/Park Bikes)
5. Nash Kent (Lidcombe/Park Bikes)

B Grade
1. Alex Nazarewicz (Carneige Caulfield)
2. John Sunde (St George)
3. Allan Sives Caravello)

C Grade
1. Michael Chidger (Dulwich Hill)
2. Dave Watkinson (Manly)
3. Austen Miller (Sydney Uni)

Clubs: Please feel free to send in your race reports and photos to editor@cyclingtips.com.au so they can be published in the Rocacorba Daily.

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