Friday, 7 December 2012

Friday Shorts: Rogers Joins Saxo, Wiggins Sportsman Of The Year, Lemond For President?​

 
It's been a slow couple of weeks and with Christmas fast approaching things look set to get even quieter - in the cycling world that is, but with Christmas comes the new year and with the new year comes the new season. Until then, you will just have to make do with a few shorts...

Rogers Leaves Sky (Via The Back Door)
 
It was confirmed today that the 32 year old Australian, Michael Rogers has joined Saxobank for 2013 in what is understood to be a 2 year deal. It was suggested earlier this week that Rogers - who was a key player in Bradley Wiggins Tour de France win - was likely to leave Sky. Rogers has come under fire in the past thanks to his links with dirty Dr Ferrari though he still maintains doping was never discussed. There is no direct implication that he has left as a result of Sky's sign or die policy, though Brailsford hiring Rogers in the first place was questionable for a team with such stringent anti-doping ambitions...
 
Bradley Wiggins Journalist Association Sportsman Of The Year

Just as Wiggins prepared for the Tour by taking victories in Paris-Nice, Romandy and the Dauphine so too he prepares for the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year awards with a win at the Journalist Association Sportsman Of The Year Awards. The 64 year old award is usually a good indication as to who might take centre stage at the BBC later this month (If Bradley Wiggins turns up that is!) and Wiggins pipped Mo Farah and Andy Murray into second and third sport for the Sportsman of the Year award, both of whom are in the running for SPOTY. Of course Sports Personality is voted for by the public, so here's hoping that all the Lance Armstrong press hasn't dampened too many cycling spirits and put paid to Wiggins chances, plus it's an Olympic year and strange things do happen...

Greg Lemond To Stand For UCI Presidency

I have long spoken on this blog about my dislike for Pat McQuaid and those holding power at the UCI but dislodging him from his current position is and is likely to prove difficult. Pat has a lot of friends, and a lot of backers - there are even people willing to support McQuaid having first acknowledged his mistakes, they simply think he's right for the job. Newly formed pressure group Change Cycling Now (CCN) are certainly not one of these. The mish mash group of staunch anti-doping allies from various roles within and outside of cycling are determined to get the message across that Pat isn't wanted and that Cycling needs to change. They all had a vote and decided group member, former Tour de France winner and long time enemy of Lance Armstrong Greg Lemond should stand in the next UCI Presidential election. The CCN have some good ideas, their heart is in the right place and they are genuinely trying to pressurise for change - critics have said its a good idea but not necessarily the right people and is a little amateurish in it's structure. Something is surely better than nothing though? So, anyway, will Greg Lemond be the next UCI President? I doubt it, especially if the Irish get their way...

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