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Ferrari signs with Lampre-ISD

Category: Cycling

Roberto Ferrari from Androni-Venezuela has signed a contract with Lampre-ISD for the 2013 season.

Ferrari has spent two seasons in Androni an won stage 11 at this year’s Giro d’Italia.

“I’m really very happy, I couldn’t find a better evolution for my career,” Ferrari said. “In recent years, I’ve drawn a lot of satisfaction from the qualities as a sprinter. Now I want to take on a new experience. Beyond that, it will be fascinating to ride on the same team as Petacchi, a rider of absolute class. With the sporting directors, we’ll decide on what race programme is best suited to me.”

Ferrari has also won the Memorial Pantani (2009) and the Giro del Friuli (2010).

Lampre-ISD has also signed Filippo Pozzato from Farnese Vini-Selle Italia and the team wants to retain its WorldTour status for 2013.

“Awaiting the UCI’s confirmation of our WorldTour status, we’re pleased to be able to offer Roberto the chance to test himself at that level,” team manager Giuseppe Saronni said. “Given his results in recent years and the quality he has shown on the road, I think that Ferrari is ready for this new challenge. His presence in the team alongside Petacchi will give us a very competitive sprint department.”

Giro d'Italia organiser proud of Phinney's stance against doping

Category: Cycling & Doping

A while ago, Taylor Phinney said that many riders in today's peloton caffeine and pain killers while racing. He said he doesn't do it himself, but was worried that other riders use them too much.
Taylor Phinney
Michele Acquarone, the director of the Giro d'Italia, has praised Taylor Phinney and some other young riders for their stance against doping. Also Peter Stetina says he never use pain killers or caffeine, but says he once did and felt really bad about it because in reality, he would have recovered much faster if he hadn't taken it.

Marco Pinotti, Greg Henderson, David Miller, Marianne Vos and Marcel Kittel have since supported the two riders on Twitter, and now Acquarone says he is happy and impressed with the position that these riders have taken against doping.

"He said he was happy to finish fourth in the Olympics, knowing that he competed clean. That's a great thing to say and perfectly represents the true spirit of sport," Acquarone said to Cyclingnews.

Phinney won the opening time trial stage in Denmark at this year's Giro d'Italia and he wore the pink jersey for three days. Phinney finished the Giro in 155th place, more than five hours behind winner Ryder Hesjedal.

The thing about cheating is that you know you're not really worth the victory.

"What's happened in the last few weeks has made me think about when I ran the New York marathon," Michele Acquarone said.

"I could have got in a taxi to miss out a long section of the race and then jump out just before the finish to win. I'd become known as the fattest ever winner but I wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror. I hope the new generation of riders are able to look at themselves in the mirror and be happy with what they achieve in life, rather than trying to more money and see their names in the media."

"I think they've learnt a hard lesson this time with what has emerged about the past. It's a difficult moment for cycling. But as long as there is just one rider with the right mentality and they really believe it, I'll support them and organise the Giro d'Italia for them."

UCI planning for 2013 WorldTour licences

Category: Cycling

UCI has announced 15 teams who have meet their sporting criteria, and those teams may automatically earn ProTeam status for the 2013 season if they meet the UCI's other licencing criteria.

The sporting critera means the results of the riders in the team.

The 15 teams are: AG2R La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Euskaltel – Euskadi
(the former) Rabobank
Garmin Sharp
Lampre – Merida
Movistar Team
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
Orica GreenEdge
RadioShack Nissan
Sky Procycling
Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team

UCI also announced some teams who may still earn a place in WorldTour, but the team's results are not as good as the teams earlier mentioned. Argos – Shimano, Lotto Belisol, FDJ, Team Europcar and Team Saxo – Tinkoff are the teams mentioned in a second list regarding sporting criteria.

Tomorrow, the UCI will tell some of the teams who have met the four criteria (sporting, ethical, financial and administrative).