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First Eight Teams Announced for 2009 Amgen Tour of California

LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2008 – The 2009 Amgen Tour of California will once again bring together a world-class field of cycling teams from multiple nations, including eight of the sport’s top-rated ProTour teams.  Race organizers confirmed today that entries for the fourth annual race will include Lance Armstrong and the Amgen Tour of California’s two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer’s team, Astana, along with two of the top U.S.-based teams, Garmin-Slipstream (new to the ProTour circuit) and Columbia Highroad (formerly Team High Road).  Also racing will be Team Saxo Bank, which finished in the top-three of the world rankings last season and Quick Step, which claimed 55 victories in the 2008 season.

The 2009 Amgen Tour of California roster includes the following eight ProTour professional cycling teams:

·         Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)

·         Astana (LUX)

·         Garmin-Slipstream (USA)

·         Liquigas (ITA)

·         Quick Step (BEL)

·         Rabobank (Netherlands)

·         Columbia Highroad (USA)

·         Team Saxo Bank (DEN)

 

Team Saxo Bank
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Versus Adds Tour Down Under, Lance Armstrong's First Post-Retirement Race, to 2009 Cycling Schedule

PRESS RELEASE

VERSUS ADDS TOUR DOWN UNDER, LANCE ARMSTRONG'S FIRST
POST-RETIREMENT RACE, TO 2009 CYCLING SCHEDULE

NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 17, 2008)-VERSUS, the network that celebrates real competition and the
television home of professional cycling in the U.S., today announced a deal for the exclusive U.S.
television rights to the 2009 Tour Down Under.  The event, which begins January 20, in South
Adelaide, Australia, will kick-off VERSUS' 2009 cycling coverage and is also scheduled to be Lance
Armstrong's first competitive cycling race since retiring in 2005.   
 

Collegiate Cross Country National Champions Crowned


The men's DI cross country gets the competition started on a five-mile course on the Lees-McRae campus.
Photo courtesy Went Knipe

Banner Elk, N.C. (October 24, 2008) - The cross country competition kicked off the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on Friday as nearly 200 collegians raced through the campus of Lees-McRae College for the second year in a row. The first day of competition set the stage for an old-fashioned shootout between host Lees-McRae College and last year's overall team winner Fort Lewis College in Division I, while riders from nearby Brevard College and Appalachian State earned the Division II men's and women's crowns respectively.

Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals set to go

From USA Cycling:
 
Banner Elk, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2008)--Providing the proving ground for many of our nations rising fat tire stars, Lees-McRae College will once again host the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, October 23-26 in Banner Elk, N.C.
 

French anti-doping agency (AFLD) challenges Armstrong

 

The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) is offering to re-test Lance Armstrong's samples from the 1999 Tour de France so that he can prove once and for all that doping allegations published by French sports daily L'Equipe in August, 2005 are false.  AFLD president Pierre Bordry is volunteering to serve as an arbitrator between L'Equipe and Armstrong.  According to Bordry, Jacques de Ceaurriz, the director of the French national anti-doping lab (Laboratoire National de dépistage du dopage (LNDD)), which AFLD oversees, has reassured him that enough of the samples remain for re-testing purposes.  Bordry, who referred to Armstrong as "a great champion," is offering to have the samples re-tested at any WADA-accredited laboratory in Europe.  (source: L'Equipe)

Note:  The L'Equipe article was written by Damien Ressiot (L'Equipe's doping reporter behind the 2005 allegations) who referred to Don Catlin, the world-renowned anti-doping expert who will be closely monitoring Armstrong during his comeback, as "very controversial".  Ressiot failed to similarly qualify the LNDD, truly the world's most controversial anti-doping laboratory which has come under fire even within France.

(photo Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com)

 

2008 Tour de France: Blood samples for 10 riders to be re-tested for CERA

Re-testing of blood samples for 10 riders (not 14 as originally reported) who competed in the 2008 Tour de France began on Monday.  Under the direction of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), anti-doping laboratories in Paris and Lausanne are testing for CERA, a form of EPO.  Testing is expected to last about two weeks but the results for three of the riders should be known this Friday or next Monday.  (source:  L'Equipe)

Statement from AEG regarding Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling:

"We applaud the commitment that Lance Armstrong has made to return to cycling for the purpose of raising awareness for cancer. All of us at AEG, the Amgen Tour of California, and Breakaway from Cancer™ share his commitment to supporting those who are engaged in this important fight," said Andrew Messick, President, AEG Sports, owner and operator of the Amgen Tour of California.

Lance Armstrong Press Conference at Interbike in Las Vegas

Lance Armstrong is scheduled to hold a press conference at Interbike in Las Vegas tomorrow, Thursday, September 25, at 9am.  Armstrong will detail his plans for a return to competitive cycling in 2009.  We are on the lookout for ways to watch live streaming video of this event.

Watch a replay of the full Lance Armstrong NYC Press Conference

If you missed today's Lance Armstrong Press Conference or would like to see it again, it is now available for replay here.

We will post our analysis of what was said, what some of the rumors are, etc., tonight or tomorrow.

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