Wyper case may be decided in Germany; Van Goolen breaks collarbone; Tour de Langkawi is go; Contract
PIC BY JOHN PIERCE/PHOTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL Wyper case may be decided in Germany By Jeff Jones Andrew Wyper’s future as a cyclist could well be decided by the German federation. The 21 year-old Australian was convicted of illegally importing performance enhancing drugs into Australia, but he no longer holds an Australian licence. So far, Wyper has been fined $4,067 for the offence, but he has not received a sporting ban. When contacted by Procycling, a spokesperson for Cycling Australia told us, “Andrew Wyper is not currently a member of Cycling Australia – we believe he may have his licence with the German Federation. However, despite that we will ask ASADA [the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority] to source the relevant documentation for us to pass on to the UCI, so they can refer the matter to the relevant federation for further action.” Cycling Australia also said that it “would like to congratulate Customs on the work they have done to prevent performance enhancing substances coming into Australia.” Van Goolen breaks collarbone Belgian Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel) has broken his collarbone and the little finger in his right hand after crashing in training. Van Goolen doesn’t believe he’ll be out of action for longer than a week, as he will have an operation to pin the bone. Tour de Langkawi is go Malaysia’s Tour de Langkawi will take place next year between February 2 and 11. The popular race has experienced severe financial difficulties for the past two years, but intervention by the Malaysian government stopped it from going under. Next year’s race will be organised by the Malaysian cycling federation (MNCF) with the help of local and foreign experts. Making a return to the organisational structure is the UK-based Events Group, headed by Alan Rushton. He will act as the tour’s event director and technical consultant. “I am very pleased to be invited back to work on the Tour,” said Rushton. “We had eight good years building the race before it was sold and it’s great that it has now got the full backing of the Malaysian Government and the MNCF. We are looking forward to contributing towards delivering a high quality event.” The Malaysian government is said to be injecting nearly _5 million into running the race, although some of that money will also be used to further develop cycling in Asia. The government’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Datuk Hjh Azalina bte Dato Othman Said, confirmed that the 11th edition of the race will be fully supported and funded by his ministry, as well as the Ministry of Tourism. The tour’s stage details have yet to be announced, but invitations are being sent out to teams this week. Contract news Daniele Nardello will leave T-Mobile to join the new Italian team run by Davide Boifava. The team is a combination of LPR and Androni Giocattoli. Belgian Thierry De Groote has a one year contract with Yawadoo. He is the continental team’s 12th rider, with another five still to be confirmed. “I hope that the team will be complete by December 15,” said manager Peter Bauwens. “Then I can also reveal my co-sponsors.” Spanish rider David Blanco has a two year agreement with the Portuguese Duja-Tavira team. He will be the team’s captain, having won the Volta a Portugal this year. Blanco was set to join Karpin Galicia, but opted out of it for what he described as “personal reasons.” Finally, Italian Fabrizio Guidi has found a team to ride for following Phonak’s demise. Guidi has confirmed for Claudio Corti’s Barloworld team. The 34 year-old won five races this year, including two stages and the overall in the Tour de la Region Wallonne. At Barloworld, Guidi will be joined by his Phonak teammate Robert Hunter. Revolution 15 gears up After a successful Revolution 14, the 15th edition of Britain’s top track series is ready to roll on December 9. Some of the world’s best track specialists have been named for the meet, including world Madison champions Joan Llaneras and Isaac Galvez, world points race champion Peter Schep and his usual Madison partner Danny Stam, European Derny Champion Iljo Keisse and Marco Villa. “We wanted to bring in the top six day stars for the next event for some pure track racing,” said organiser James Pope. “The road stars from the last event were great but they are certainly not track specialists. The riders on December 9th will be on top form from six day racing so they will provide a really tough challenge for the Brits. “We will make the most of the riders by staging a Madison. With the form and determination already on display from the British Cycling Academy and Olympic Development riders it will be a fast and very exciting race. This event will provide the best racing so far for this season.” Revolution 14 was sold out, so those interested in watching Revolution 15 should get their tickets in advance from www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling +44 (0)7005 942 579.