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Italian teams ‘forced pro riders to pay to race’

On-going investigation in Italy centres on the practice of certain cycling teams to charge riders to join them, and charge them again if they want to leave

Italian Teams ‘forced Pro Riders To Pay To Race’

Italian teams Androni, Wilier-Southeast and Bardiani required professionals to pay to race according to an ongoing investigation with testimony from Olympic gold medalist Elia Viviani1 (Sky). On Friday morning, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera lifted the lid on an Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) investigation. The case, after being closed twice by the Italian cycling federation (FCI), is going ahead thanks to the work of a CONI prosecutor.

Viviani did not have to pay to race, but confirmed in his June 14 testimony that Bardiani asked for money from Marco Coledan, the article read. Coledan, now with American WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo2, has denied the claims. But at least six other cyclists admitted to paying or to having to find sponsors to pay for their contracts.

The newspaper exposed the practice in both cycling and football last November. The practice has been easier to uncover in the two-wheeled sport.

>>> Bradley Wiggins s and Chris Froome s medical data released by Russian hackers3

The prosecutor called the managers of the teams Androni, Wilier-Southeast and Bardiani Gianni Savio, Angelo Citracca and Bruno Reverberi to testify. They risk a one-year to life ban, according to the article. They are accused of also signing professionals not for their sporting merit, but for the money they could bring to support the team. In addition, riders would have to pay in order to leave the team.

Cyclists parents or their family s business would be forced to cough up the cash to pay for a dream career as a professional. Italian Viviani, winner of the ominum gold medal4 in the Rio 2016 Olympics ahead of Mark Cavendish5, was CONI s star witness.



I remember, Viviani testified, that Coledan was surprised to learn that to break free from Bardiani he would have to pay a penalty. Because he said he received minimum wage, and no one had said that to free himself he d have to pay a sum of money.

The amount of this so-called penalty usually did not appear indicated with certainty and as a specific number.

The fee in what the article described as a 2+1 contract, or two years plus one big penalty went from ‘ 10,000 ( 8,450) to ‘ 15,000 ( 12,750) up to ‘ 40,000 ( 34,000).

References

  1. ^ Elia Viviani (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ >>> Bradley Wiggins s and Chris Froome s medical data released by Russian hackers (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ winner of the ominum gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Alberto Contador confirmed to join Trek-Segafredo for 2017

The Spaniard will link up with the team for next year after his Tinkoff team folds

Alberto Contador Confirmed To Join Trek-Segafredo For 2017

Alberto Contador. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Spanish Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador1 will ride in the black and white colours of Trek-Segafredo2 for 2017 with the aim of winning the Tour de France3. The deal happened this summer and made the surface during the Tour de France4. Today, however, the American WorldTour team confirmed the one-year contract with two-time Tour champion. Contador also counts two Giro d Italia titles and three titles from the Vuelta a Espa a.

>>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour5

I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me, said Contador. I had some excellent conversations with the team management, and we have a lot of goals and priorities in common. The big objective is to try and win the most important races on the calendar first and foremost the Tour de France.

The sporting side was the key point in my decision.

This team is focused on performance, and there s a really strong group of riders with experience in all kinds of terrain, not only the mountains.

I am convinced that this team can provide me with the best structure and bring me in the best conditions to the races. I race to win, and I am determined to get intensely invested in this team. Contador just fought his way to fourth overall in the Vuelta a Espa a6 behind winner Nairo Quintana7 (Movistar) despite crashing early on. His aggressiveness helped form one of the race s key moves in stage 15 to Formigal8. Quintana rode clear with Contador and put 2-43 minutes into Team Sky s Chris Froome9.

In the peloton, Contador is known as a fighter. Even Froome admitted that the Tour de France this year lost some of its excitement when Contador had to abandon early due to crashes.



Trek-Segafredo now has a bonafide Tour de France contender for the first time since Fr nk and Andy Schleck were at their best.

Alberto is a formidable rider and a real fighter, General Manager Luca Guercilena said. He s a champion. There is really no one like Alberto in the current peloton, and we are very happy to welcome him to the team. With Alberto, I believe we are taking the next step in developing our team. Next year, we ll be stronger and all-around better and broader. Contador raced the last six years with Saxo Bank/Tinkoff.

He is leaving team Tinkoff this season partly because its owner Oleg Tinkov decided to turn his back on cycling. Sports director Steven De Jongh and team-mate Jes s Hern ndez will also switch from Tinkoff to Trek-Segafredo with Contador.

I am really happy to come back to Trek because I also rode a Trek bike in 2009, Hern ndez added. Alberto is like my brother and coming back with him to the Trek family is really something special. It means a lot to me. Contador rode Trek bicycles to his two Tour wins with Discovery Channel and Astana.

His contract value is closely guarded, but it should be in the ballpark of ‘ 2 to ‘ 3 million. Mechanic Faustino Mu oz Cambron and Tinkoff sports director Ivan Basso reportedly will also join Trek-Segafredo from team Tinkoff. Trek-Segafredo will have a different feel next season.

Bauke Mollema will stay after riding to seventh in this year s Tour de France, but classics star Fabian Cancellara10 is retiring after winning the gold medal11 in the Olympic time trial this summer.

Milan-San Remo12 and Paris-Roubaix13 winner John Degenkolb14 will lead the team in the classics after joining from Giant-Alpecin15 and, with the team s confirmation today, Contador will do the same in the tours.

References

  1. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ made the surface during the Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ stage 15 to Formigal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ winning the gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ John Degenkolb (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ after joining from Giant-Alpecin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 from the Tour of Britain

A spectacular, patriotic bike for Bradley Wiggins’s last ever road race at the Tour of Britain

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

Bradley Wiggins had a very special steed for his last road race Credit: Andy Jones

According to Cycling Weekly s very own ranking system, Bradley Wiggins1 is the fourth most successful British road rider of all time2, but once you through in the eight Olympic track medals that make him the most successful British Olympian, it s hard to argue that he isn t the greatest all round cyclist that these islands have ever produced.

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

The top tube is a celebration of Wiggins s palmar s (Photo: Andy Jones)

It therefore seemed only right that, riding in his last ever road race at the Tour of Britain3, Wiggins should be given a very special Pinarello Dogma F84 to celebrate his career achievements and his status within British cycling.

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

Gold decals are used throughout (Photo: Andy Jones)

If there s one thing this bike isn t, it s understated, with a huge Union Flag covering the top half of the frame, and the Pinarello, F8, and Team Wiggins decals (and even the K-Edge chain catcher just inside the chainset) coming in gold.

This theme is then continued with patriotic colour choices for the saddle and bottle cages.

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

Even the chain catcher gets a splash of gold (Photo: Andy Jones)

Written along the top tube is a selection of Wiggins s biggest wins, ranging from his first World Championship victory in the individual pursuit in Stuttgart in 2003, through his incredible 2012 Tour de France triumph5, all the way to the Olympic gold in the team pursuit in Rio6 from just a few weeks ago.

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

Like the rest of the team, Wiggins is using SRAM Red eTap (Photo: Andy Jones)

Looking past the spectacular paintjob, Wiggins s Pinarello Dogma F8 has the same build as those ridden by the rest of the team at the Tour of Britain, with a SRAM Red eTap wireless groupset7 and Zipp 404 Firestrike wheels.

Pro Bike: Bradley Wiggins’s Pinarello Dogma F8 From The Tour Of Britain

Wiggins s 140mm carbon stem looks rather tasty (Photo: Andy Jones)

However Wiggins does always have to have the odd little detail to stand out, choosing a whopping 140mm Most carbon stem and some pretty short cranks8 at just 170mm.

References

  1. ^ Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ fourth most successful British road rider of all time (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ his last ever road race at the Tour of Britain (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Pinarello Dogma F8 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ incredible 2012 Tour de France triumph (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Olympic gold in the team pursuit in Rio (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ SRAM Red eTap wireless groupset (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ pretty short cranks (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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