Argy-bargy at the Aussie cyclocross nats, Cav returns to the track, more on Armstrong's legal wrangles and Velocio-SRAM calls it a day in today's Bike Shorts.

The Australian cyclocross national championships took place over the weekend at Melbourne's purpose-built Fields of Joy track. Current women's national champion Lisa Jacobs added a third title to her palmares in the elite women's race; however, it was a bit of argy-bargy in the men's race between eventual winner Paul van der Ploeg and runner-up Chris Jongewaard that caused most controversy.

Despite numerous calls for one (or both) riders to be disqualified, the result stood with van der Ploeg becoming the 2015 cyclocross national champion.

Here's the tussle from another angle.

Tuesday 11 Aug 2015

US government lawyers have argued that their demand for Lance Armstrong's 1996 medical records are critical to the whistleblower case involving the disgraced cyclist as they may reveal whether Armstrong's doctor was involved in co vering up Armstrong's doping.

“Perhaps the most significant evidence supporting Armstrong’s defense of the hospital room incident was the affidavit of Dr. Craig Nichols, the Indiana University physician responsible for the majority of Armstrong’s cancer treatment,” said documents issued by US government lawyers.

“Dr. Nichols swore that Armstrong’s medical file did not contain “any evidence, from [Dr. Nichols] or any other doctor, that indicates Lance Armstrong admitted, suggested or indicated that he has ever taken performance-enhancing drugs. Dr. Nichols’ affidavit went beyond rebutting the allegations at the center of the hospital room incident, adding that he had monitored Armstrong’s blood levels from 1997 to 2001, following Armstrong’s successful treatment for cancer, and found “nothing irregular” during that period."

The lawyers also indicated that a substantial donation made by Armstrong to Indiana University may also be connected.

“On October 25, 2005, the two aforementioned witnesses testified under oath that they heard Armstrong disclose to his doctors that he had used PEDs. Just two days later, on October 27, 2005, Armstrong’s foundation donated $1.5 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine.

"Six weeks after Armstrong’s donation, on December 8, 2005, Dr. Nichols signed his declaration. Armstrong claimed, and continues to maintain to this day, that he made the 2005 donation 'in recognition of Dr. [Lawrence] Einhorn’s treatment of Armstrong' in 1997.”

Etixx-QuickStep's Mark Cavendish will return to the track this week as part of a bid to make the Great Britain Rio Olympics team.

Cavendish will race the Omnium and the Madison at the Revolution Series with the aim of amassing points to compete in the Track World Cup this winter and ultimately qualify for the Rio Olympics.

“I’ve always maintained that my focus is my performances on the road as a professional rider for Etixx-Quick Step," Cavendish told Cyclingnews. "However if there was any chance, however small, that I could be in a position to go for an Olympic medal in Rio then I have to keep all of my options open."

The Velocio-SRAM women's team will fold at the end of the season, according to team boss Kristy Scrymgeour.

"It's been a rewarding time," Scrymgeour said in a statement. "I've really enjoyed the challenge and the people I've had the chance to work with and I'm really proud of what we've achieved over the years. It's especially been a pleasure to work with industry partners and media who are supportive of the women's side of the sport.

The team has been in existence for four years, and was known as the Specialized-lululemon team until the end of last year when both sponsors ended their association with the team. SRAM and Scrymgeour's own clothing company provided financial support for 2015, with a crowdfunding campaign providing further funds.

It's exciting to see increased interest in women's cycling and I look forward to seeing that interest turn into growth and more opportunities for women in cycling in the future."

A number of high-profile racers ride for the team, including Australian Tiffany Cromwell, current women's time trial world champion and 2015 Tour of Britain winner Lisa Brennauer.