Swiss time trial and classics specialist, Fabian Cancellara said that his current three-year deal could be his last. He re-signed a new contract in July with team Trek that will take him through 2016, when he’s 35 years old
“I could go on until after my 40th birthday, as Chris Horner and Jens Voigt are doing, but that’s not me,” Cancellara told Belgian television, VRT.
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“I cannot stop now because there is a large fire burning in me but in the middle of the season I realise sometimes that I’m getting older. I’m not ready yet, but I already have 14 years on my counter.”
Ponferrada Worlds organiser rules out uphill time trial
The World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, ruled out an uphill time trial to welcome defending champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and Bradley Wiggins (Sky).
The local organiser, according to Spain’s Bici Ciclismo website, considered going to San Cristóbal near 1100m. Ponferrada Mayor Samuel Folgueral ruled it because of logistics and “because of the possible absence of major specialists like [Fabian] Cancellara or Wiggins.”
Armstrong testimony could force Verbruggen off IOC
Lance Armstrong’s testimony could cost Hein Verbruggen his spot on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), according to a member. Armstrong alleged that the former cycling president helped conceal his doping positive from the 1999 Tour de France.
“We need to talk to him. If the allegations are true, he should resign,” IOC member, Gerhard Heiberg told Norwegian television TV2. “If we preach zero-tolerance against doping, the IOC must live this way.”
Verbruggen presided over the UCI until 2005, when Pat McQuaid took over. As honorary president, he had an active role until McQuaid lost the election in September. He denies Armstrong’s story.
Tour de San Luis welcomes majority of WorldTour
The Tour de San Luis in Argentina will have over half – 12 of the 18 – WorldTour teams on its start line in January. The organiser announced today the teams that will race its 2014 edition, January 20 to 26.
This edition will feature seven stages, including three summit finishes and a time trial. Half of the 24 teams will come from the first division: Ag2r-La Mondiale, Astana, BMC Racing, Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Katusha, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, Movistar, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Orica-GreenEdge and Trek Factory Racing.