Follow Bradley Wiggins (Sky) through his year, from Paris-Nice to the Olympics, with the Tour de France in between.
A recent Sky Atlantic documentary covers his successful run in one hour with interviews and exclusive at-home visits.
Type 1 becomes all-diabetic Novo Nordisk team
Team Type 1 will become the first all-diabetic professional team in 2013, racing under the name Novo Nordisk. Danish pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk produces diabetes care equipment and medications.
A statement read, "The men's pro-cycling team will compete in races such as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge [Colorado], the Tour of Britain and Paris-Tours, with the ultimate goal of joining the Tour de France."
The team will cast off several riders without diabetes, including top riders Alexander Serebryakov and Remy Cusin.
ORICA-AIS announces 2013 roster
Emma Johannson and Sungeun Gu complete Orica-AIS's 2013 roster, the Australian team announced today.
"We already have strategies in place in the hopes to see improvement in the team time trial next year," Sports Director David McPartland said in a press release. "We did a super job this year, but there's room for improvement. We'll be training differently and hoping for an even better outcome than we saw this year."
The team in its debut year placed third in CQ Ranking behind Rabobank and Specialized-Lululemon. It won the Tour of Flanders, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Giro del Trentino Alto Adige - Südtiro and many other races.
2013 Roster: Tiffany Cromwell, Gracie Elvin, Nettie Edmondson, Shara Gillow, Sungeun Gu, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins, Emma Johansson, Jessie MacLean, Amanda Spratt
90% of doping is in cycling
"Ninety per cent of doping is in cycling. It's a cultural issue, but also fatigue. The amateur world is far worse than the professional world. They should be completely stopped, they do unheard of things," Italian public prosecutor, Benedetto Roberti told Tutto Bici magazine.
Roberti is heading the Padua investigation involving Filippo Pozzato, Michele Scarponi and others. His office also helped in the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation that found Lance Armstrong guilty of doping.
"The cyclists are real culprits," Roberti explained. "First the cyclists, then the sports directors or team managers. It's always them. It's there where it all it starts and ends."
Roberti enjoys riding and attends amateur events, witnessing the problem first-hand. "I've seen many people who've taken cortisone suppositories right before the start, right there on the line, in front of everyone. And participates who inject all kinds of natural substances. Absolute stupidity reigns, not ignorance."
Despite saying that it's not all bad in cycling, he warned, "it's not true that the situation has improved in the last years." He said, "[the UCI] should take away the licence from team managers like Bjarne Riis, a self-confessed [doper].
"It's essential that you require pharmaceutical companies to insert a tracer when they produce Erythropoietin [EPO]." However, he said, cyclists are the first to blame. "There are witch doctors, but cyclists often do it all on their own."
Vigorelli project moves ahead
The famous Vigorelli velodrome that hosted several hour-breaking rides will soon receive a make over. Yesterday, the city of Milan closed the application process that drew in 100 project proposals that it will now evaluate.
According to Gazzetta Milano newspaper, a commission will whittle applications down to the best 10 and enter "Phase 2." In April, it will select the best proposal.
It remains uncertain if Vigorelli will still have what made it famous, its 397.27-metre wooden track. Projects vary from keeping to demolishing it. Some have proposed keeping one curve to remember those hour record rides by Giuseppe Olmo, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil and Ercole Baldini. Inside, a multi-use project would include a covered 250-metre track with an area to host concerts and other events.
The Italian cycling federation (FCI) lists 32 active velodromes in Italy. Montichiari, opened on May 23, 2009, houses the only wooden track. American football clubs now uses Vigorelli's infield while the famous wood planks and the memories they hold deteriorate.
For more information
MilanoSport's 2011 proposal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1TqbgZYeTfY
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Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.
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