Monthly Archives: October 2013

Froome wins prestigious Velo d’Or


Tour de France champion

Chris Froome has won the prestigious Velo d’Or award as the best rider of 2013.

The Team Sky rider is the second Briton to be given the award in as many years after team-mate

Sir Bradley Wiggins

earned the accolade 12 months ago.

The award is decided by a poll of cycling journalists set up by France’s Velo Magazine.

Froome, 28,

won the Criterium du Dauphine


Tour de Romandie

in 2013 in addition to the Tour de France.

His team


“Congratulations to @chrisfroome for winning the 2013 Velo d’Or award!”

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana, the Tour runner-up as well as leading climber and best young rider, was voted prospect of the year.

Christophe Riblon – winner of the Alpe d’Huez stage at the Tour de France – won the Velo d’Or Francais as best French rider.

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Giro winner Hesjedal admits doping

Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, has admitted doping “more than 10 years ago”.

The 32-year-old Garmin-Sharp rider responded to allegations by Dane Michael Rasmussen, who said earlier that he taught Hesjedal how to take the banned blood-booster EPO in 2003.

Rasmussen was at Rabobank at the time, while Hesjedal was a mountain bike rider in their development team.

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I believe that being truthful will help the sport continue to move forward

Ryder Hesjedal

“More than a decade ago I chose the wrong path,” said Hesjedal.

“Even though those mistakes happened more than 10 years ago, and they were short-lived, it does not change the fact I made them and I have lived with that and been sorry for it ever since.

“I believe that being truthful will help the sport continue to move forward, and over a year ago when I was contacted by anti-doping authorities, I was open and honest about my past.”

Hesjedal was one of several riders and managers called to testify by the

US Anti-Doping Agency 

(Usada) in the case against Lance Armstrong, who was

stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

Hesjedal was one of Armstrong’s team-mates at U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel in 2004 and 2005.

However, he is confident the sport is now on the right path and his current team are backing their rider.

“As we have previously stated, our expectation is that anyone in our organisation contacted by any anti-doping authority must be open and honest with that authority,” said a Garmin statement.

“Ryder is no exception and a year ago when he was contacted he cooperated fully and truthfully testified to Usada and CCES (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport).

“For this reason and because of our desire for 100% truth and reconciliation in the sport of cycling, we support him.”


admitted earlier this year

that he had doped throughout his 12-year professional career, from 1998 to 2010.

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Armstrong may help doping inquiry

Lance Armstrong could play a key part in an independent inquiry into doping announced by new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson.

Representatives of the disgraced cyclist have been contacted to gauge his willingness to speak to an inquiry.

Cookson hopes to help to rid the sport of its doping image and restore trust.

It is not clear how much Armstrong would be willing to divulge about his doping past, with the UCI reluctant to give any guarantees in return.

In the organisation’s first meeting since Cookson’s election in September, it was revealed that the Englishman will earn £235,000 a year, £77,000 less than his predecessor Pat McQuaid.

In June, Armstrong used his Twitter account to ask Cookson if he was willing to convene a commission to “fully understand the mistakes of previous generations”.


This is a fascinating development for both Armstrong and the UCI. The fact that there has been contact between the parties shows Cookson is utterly committed to clearing out all of cycling’s skeletons in the closet. But while Armstrong’s involvement would be welcomed by Cookson, there is a sense that perhaps it is the disgraced former cyclist who needs this more, especially if he does still harbour hopes of rehabilitating himself even slightly in the eyes of those who once idolised him.

The 62-year-old replied that he was and would prioritise allegations which implicated the UCI in past cover-ups.

Cookson, who

ousted McQuaid at the end of a hard-fought election campaign

last month, is determined to rid the sport of its drug-tainted past and announced an independent commission as a first step.

The commission is due to start work next year after a UCI review of its own current anti-doping measures.

Speaking after an extraordinary meeting of the UCI management committee, Cookson said: “We have made important decisions on women’s cycling, international development, the establishment of a fully independent anti-doping unit and an independent commission to look into allegations of UCI wrong-doing.

“There is a huge amount of work to do in the coming months and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a real programme of change for the good of cycling.”

It is also understood that all future drug testing will be carried out by a fully independent unit. Cookson has consulted the

World Anti-Doping Agency 

(Wada) and the

US Anti-Doping Agency 

(Usada) in shaping this plan.

For Armstrong, involvement would be a first step towards repairing his public image after being

stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

and banned from all competitive sport by Usada last year for his central involvement in a sophisticated doping conspiracy.

The Texan finally admitted to his years of cheating

in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey

in January. Since then there have been suggestions that Armstrong has wanted to work with the authorities to shed further light on cycling’s doping culture – but until now nothing has materialised.

The independent investigation is also likely to examine evidence seized at the UCI’s Swiss headquarters after the recent presidential election.

Staff from corporate investigations company Kroll took IT equipment and documents to ensure all evidence from the previous regime was preserved for any future investigation.

It is understood that among the items private investigators seized was a laptop belonging to McQuaid.

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VIDEO: Cyclist Simpson wins 1965 Sportsview

As BBC Sport celebrates 60 years of Sports Personality of the Year, we look back at the archive compilation to remember the achievements of all the previous winners.

In 1965, cyclist Tommy Simpson was named Sportsview Personality of the Year winner.

This award recognised Simpson’s outstanding achievement, becoming the first Britain to win the UCI world road-race championships, riding for Peugeot-BP-Englebert.

Simpson passed away two years later from exhaustion during the Tour de France.

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Scottish records tumble at velodrome

Bruce Croall set a new Scottish record when he won the kilo title on the fourth and final day of the Scottish Cycling National Track Championships.

The City of Edinburgh Racing Club rider covered the distance in one minute 3.616 seconds to beat Glasgow Life Track Cycling Team’s Kenny Ayre.

Sandy Wallace Cycles’ Silas Goldsworthy pipped Ben Peacock of Paisley Velo to the 4km men’s individual pursuit title.

Katie Archibald added to her medal haul this season in the 3km women’s pursuit.

The Glaswegian, who has joined British Cycling’s academy programme and

who won gold with Team GB at the European Championships this month

, was representing City of Edinburgh RC and proved too fast for Anna Turvey of Tyneside Vagabonds and Louise Borthwick of Edinburgh Road Club.

Her winning time was three minutes 42.635 seconds.

Archibald will now turn her attention to the

Track World Cup in Manchester next weekend.

Goldsworthy and Peacock hope to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games next year and they pushed one another hard in their battle for the individual pursuit title.

Peacock, the reigning champion, beat the Scottish record in qualifying with a new personal best of three minutes 35.526 seconds.

But only five minutes later Edinburgh’s Goldsworthy, originally from Stranraer, lowered the record by a further two hundredths of a second.

When the pair went head to head in the final, Goldsworthy won in four minutes 35.987 seconds. In the bronze medal race Gavin Murty (The Racers) raced to victory over Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD).

Goldsworthy told Scottish Cycling: “I am delighted to be able to walk away with a Scottish title, knowing that the Commonwealth Games are taking place here in just over nine months. Hopefully the crowed enjoyed it too.”

Edinburgh RC’s Ben Forsyth received the Sir Chris Hoy Trophy, which is awarded the most promising track cyclist.

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