International News Round-up

Hamilton to tell his doping story
Tyler Hamilton announced on Tuesday that he will describe his doping story in an autobiography, The Secret Race. The book is due out on September 18, Lance Armstrong’s 41st birthday. “I want to take people inside our world so they can understand the lives we lived,” Hamilton said of the book. He co-wrote it with Dan Coyle, New York Times journalists and author of Lance Armstrong’s War.

“When Tyler and I started talking, I realised this was an historic opportunity,” said Coyle. “No one’s ever had a ticket behind the wall of silence, behind locked doors, onto the team bus. Over the past two years, in more than 200 hours of interviews and trips to key locations in Spain and France, Tyler has given me complete access to his story.”

Hamilton supported Armstrong in US Postal until 2001. He also rode for teams CSC and Phonak, won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a Tour de France stage before serving a ban for blood doping. On Friday, he was stripped of his gold medal from the 2004 Athens time trial. Hamilton testified in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) case against Armstrong. In May 2011 on TV show 60 Minutes, he admitted to doping and said that he saw Armstrong dope. Armstrong brushed it off as publicity for an upcoming book.

“I kept it all inside for way too long and I realized it was a story that needed to be told,” Hamilton explained. “I think when people learn how it really was – how it worked, how we did it, what it felt like – they’ll see that this story is bigger than any one individual in the sport.” Hamilton is serving an eight-year ban after testing positive for steroid DHEA. Armstrong faces a possible lifetime ban after the US Anti-doping agency charged him with doping from 1996 onwards.

Talansky leads Garmin in the Vuelta
Andrew Talansky will lead Garmin-Sharp in the Vuelta a España on Saturday after winning the Tour de l’Ain. The 23-year-old American, racing in his sophomore year, placed second to Brad Wiggins at the Tour of Romandy in May.

“This kid Talansky is the coming man,” explained team DS Allan Peiper at the time. “We have the depth behind him to support that in the future.” Talansky also won the young rider classification for a second year. Earlier this year, he placed eighth behind Richie Porte (Sky) in the Volta ao Algarve.

“He can climb and he can time trial, but how far he can go in those disciplines remains to be seen,” Peiper said in January. “We want to take his development further, help him be a GC leader.” Garmin’s Vuelta team: Andrew Talansky, Thomas Peterson (USA), Thomas Dekker, Michel Kreder, Raymond Kreder, Martijn Maaskant (Netherlands), Koldo Fernández (Spain), Christophe Le Mevel (France), Johan Van Summeren (Belgium)

Hushovd’s season slipping away
Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing) announced yesterday that he is ending his season early due to a possible viral infection. The 2010 World Champion from Norway underwent tests in the US. Coach Atle Kvålsvoll told Norway’s TV2, “He has received some answers, but they are waiting for more results.”

Hushovd pulled out of the Giro d’Italia, skipped the Tour de France and the Olympics. He abandoned the Tour of Poland on July 14, his last racing day this year. BMC Racing announced Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert as its top stars for this year, but they have both failed to win. Last year, Hushovd helped Garmin to the team time trial win, took the yellow jersey and two stages at the Tour. Kvålsvoll said ending the season early might help Hushovd bounce back for next year’s spring classics. Hushovd aims for the Paris-Roubaix, where he placed second in 2010.

Aussie talent Matthews joins Orica
Australian Michael Matthews will switch to home team Orica-GreenEDGE after two years with Dutch team Rabobank. He signed though 2014.

“I chose ORICA-GreenEDGE for several reasons,” said Matthews in a press release. “Most importantly, it will be an amazing experience to be a part of an Australian team. I really look forward to racing with and learning from some of the best Australian riders in the world.”

Matthews won the Under 23 World Championships in 2010 in Geelong. In his first two years racing professionally, he has won stages in the Tour Down Under, the Tour of Murcia and last week, in the Tour of Utah. This year, he took victory in the one-day race, Clásica de Almería. Orica’s DS, Matt White said, “He’s a very powerful rider and his skills give him the ability to win in quite varied terrain, as he has shown already. I think that he will benefit from the experienced riders we have to help him make the next steps in his career.”

The invisible bicycle helmet
Danish design students came up with a new twist on the bicycle helmet, one that is not there. They explain the airbag-like helmet that they designed as part of an exam in this video:

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