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First Edition Cycling News, February 1, 2008

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February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • Tom Danielson Junior Series announced for 2008

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    The 2008 edition of the Tom Danielson Junior Road Series will include 13 events including a new...

    The 2008 edition of the Tom Danielson Junior Road Series will include 13 events including a new criterium along the Front Range of Colorado in late April and a new stage race in Albuquerque in mid-April.

    Already committed to junior and U23 development, Slipstream Sports has signed on as the "presenting sponsor". Overall prizes, winner's jerseys and event medals will be awarded.

    Tom Danielson Junior Series for 2008
    April 12: Haystack Mtn. Time Trial, Denver, Colorado
    April 19-20: Vuelta a Bosque, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    April 27: Tom Danielson Junior Criterium, Location TBD
    May 24: Ft. Lewis Criterium, Durango, Colorado
    June 8: First National Bank Classic, Fort Collins, Colorado
    June 14: Western Slope Road Race, Location TBD
    June 15: Glenwood Springs Criterium, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
    June 22: The Fort Collins Cycling Festival/Junior Road Championships, Colorado
    July 12: Chuck Bolton Memorial 22nd Annual Longmont Criterium, Longmont, Colorado
    July 19: Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hillclimb, Idaho Springs, Colorado
    August 2: ColoBikeLaw.com Federal Center Circuit Race, Denver, Colorado
    August 3: Mike Nields Memorial/Bannock Street Criterium, Denver, Colorado
    August 30-September 1: FINALS Emerald Stage Race, Lamar, Colorado

    For more information visit tomdanielsoncycling.com.

  • Tour de Nez moves to new venue and adds women's pro event

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    The 16th Annual Tour de Nez will be headquartered at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee,...

    The 16th Annual Tour de Nez will be headquartered at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee, California, a new venue for 2008. The move is facilitating an expansion of the six-day event from June 17 to 22.

    The five stage professional men's race will kick off with a twilight criterium on June 18 in downtown Reno. Other highlights include a criterium in downtown Truckee on June 19, a 110-mile road race on June 20, and a mountain circuit race on June 21. A new women's professional event has also been added to the calendar for June 21.

    Other events are slated for amateurs and enthusiasts. For more information please visit www.tourdenez.com or call 775-287-3599.

  • Giling confirmed for Collstrop

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Bas Giling will ride for Cycle Collstrop this season. Team manager Jacques...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Bas Giling will ride for Cycle Collstrop this season. Team manager Jacques Hanegraaf confirmed Thursday that the 25 year-old had signed with the Professional Continental team. Giling had originally signed with Pedaltech-Cyclingnews, but that team did not receive a Professional Continental license from the UCI.

    Giling started his career with Telekom before changing to Team Wiesenhof. He will join former Telekom and Wiesenhof team-mate Steffen Wesemann at Collstrop.

  • Portuguese federation president worried about arrival of some Spanish cyclists

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Monika Prell

    By Monika Prell Several Spanish riders suspected of involvement in Operación Puerto signed on to...

    By Monika Prell

    Several Spanish riders suspected of involvement in Operación Puerto signed on to teams based in Portugal after they failed to find Spanish teams for 2008. Francisco Mancebo and Eladio Jiménez (Fercase R.Móveis), Ángel Vicioso and Constantino Zaballa (LA-MSS) and Isidro Nozal and Koldo Gil (Liberty Seguros) are among those who will spend the year racing on Portuguese teams.

    Not everyone is happy about it. According to Diario Vasco, Artur Lopes, the president of the Portuguese Cycling Federation (FPC), thinks the moves may damage the image of Portuguese cycling.

    "This situation messes a bit [with] Portuguese cycling, but if those riders - [the] Spanish riders - come to be clean, everything will be alright. The have to accept starting from zero and being clean," said Lopes.

    He likened the newly arrived Spanish riders to "rough material with quality - or assumed quality - at a low price."

  • Karpin Galicia's Troncoso aspires to Langkawi win

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Karpin Galicia is ready to travel to Malaysia for the Tour of Langkawi where...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Karpin Galicia is ready to travel to Malaysia for the Tour of Langkawi where 25 teams will race representing five continents. It will be the Professional Continental team's first experience in Asia. Director Alvaro Pino pointed to Ramon Troncoso as one of the top competitors to watch.

    Troncoso himself acknowledges that his plan is to start the season in good form. "They asked me to start strong, and as far as I can tell, I feel very well. In the last training camp I noticed [I felt] strong – more than last year at this time, but it must be kept in mind that I already have almost 2,000 kilometres in my legs. The Tour of Langkawi is an attractive and important race for my team. It is our first trip outside of Europe, and may have a greater media impact."

    He sees another advantage to a strong early season in that the team will have more riders who can give good performances. "Ezequiel Mosquera will be our leader in the Challenge de Mallorca, so that we will have more options in Malaysia," said Troncoso, who admitted he knows little about the Tour of Langkawi.

    Troncoso raced in Portugal for three season before transferring to Karpin Galicia in 2007. "Cycling in Portugal is not as easy as people think," he said of his professional debut." Karpin Galicia's team will see some changes for 2008.

    "We have been all be training in these last months. We are missing very important riders for us such as Marcos Serrano and Eladio Jimenez, who earned three wins for the team last year, but we can be stronger than in 2007," he predicted.

  • Valverde, Contador and Menchov, in Mallorca

    Alejandro Valverde took 17th
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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    By Antonio J. Salmerón Alberto Contador (Astana), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Alejandro Valverde...

    By Antonio J. Salmerón

    Alberto Contador (Astana), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) will be the main attractions of the Challenge de Mallorca this year, as confirmed today the race organizers in Mallorca, where the five-day race will take place on February 10 to 14.

    In addition, German Andreas Klöden (Astana) and Frenchman Sandy Casar (La Française des Jeux) will attend the Balearic Islands Challenge, which will mark the usual start of the professional cycling season in Europe.

    Organized by Unisport Consulting, the Challenge de Mallorca is celebrating its seventeenth edition, during which the reigning Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will made his debut with his new Kazakh team Astana following the end of his former Discovery Channel team. Contador will find support at Astana under director Johan Bruyneel and with German Andreas Klöden, Spaniard Toni Colom and American Levi Leipheimer. Klöden and Colom are among those set to attend the Challenge de Mallorca.

    In addition to racing in Mallorca, Russian Menchov, two-time winner of the Vuelta a España, will lead the Rabobank Team in the Vuelta a Andalucia and the Vuelta a Murcia as he readies for his main gigs in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

    Caisse d'Epargne's Pereiro and Valverde are making their season debut in Mallorca. Afterward, Valverde will prepare to defend his 2007 win in the Vuelta a Murcia. Both Spaniards face a particularly important season in their respective professional careers after a tumultuous 2007 season 2007 for both of them, although in Pereiro's case, he ended the season with recognition as winner of the 2006 Tour de France.

    In total, eighteen teams will take part in the Challenge de Mallorca, including the three Spanish UCI ProTour teams Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi, and Saunier Duval-Scott in addition to six...

  • Klöden could win Tour, ex-trainer says

    Andreas Klöden (Astana)
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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer Andreas Klöden could still win the Tour de France – maybe. "If he stays free...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Andreas Klöden could still win the Tour de France – maybe. "If he stays free from sickness and crashes and the make-up of the team allows it, he will surely be in a position to win the Tour up until 2010," his former trainer Thomas Schediwie told the dpa press agency.

    The Astana rider announced earlier this week that he would no longer work with Schediwie, which the trainer calls "a normal step after five successful years of work." He continues to train pros Marcus Burghardt (Team High Road) and Steffen Wesemann (Cycle Collstrop), as well as the Under 23 mountain bikers in Baden-Württenberg, Germany.

    Klöden finished third in the Tour de France in 2006 and second in 2004. His new Astana team-mates Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer finished first and third in 2007.

  • Wiggins issues statement after his father's death

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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Top British professional cyclist Bradley Wiggins has released a short statement following the death...

    Top British professional cyclist Bradley Wiggins has released a short statement following the death of his father in Australia. The statement was released through Wiggin's Agents, MTC (UK) Ltd.

    "I am sad and in shock at this time. We still don't know the full details of what happened, however I have every confidence that the authorities will get to the bottom of this out in Australia. Training had been going very well for the forth coming World Championships in Manchester and whilst this is a time for reflection I am also looking forward to rejoining my colleagues training out in California."

  • Speedy Riccò was too fast, loses license

    Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Prodir)
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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Saunier Duval's Riccardo Riccò will be spending more time on his bike in the...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Saunier Duval's Riccardo Riccò will be spending more time on his bike in the future. The speedy Italian was clocked going 200 k/hr in his Porsche Cayenne along the Adriatic coast this week, costing him his driving license.

    Riccò won the queen stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2007. The 24 year-old turned pro with Saunier Duval in 2006.

    The team's website, www.saunierduval-scott.com, notes that "He's both an impressive climber and can rub shoulders with fast men, too." No doubt team management will suggest he limit his speed to two wheels instead of four.

  • Sutton and Millar rue misfortune

    Chris Sutton (Slipstream Chipotle-H3O) after his crash
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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar

    By Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar Chris Sutton wheeled across the finish line holding his arm close to...

    By Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar

    Chris Sutton wheeled across the finish line holding his arm close to his chest. At first glance that suggested his collarbone was gone, but fortunately it turned out to be the case that his hand was sore after his final-kilometre fall.

    "It happened really quick," he said. "I was sitting on Julian's wheel, that was one of the best places to be because he was sitting on Maggie. Then there was just a tip of wheels and we all went down.

    "I landed hard on my elbow and my hands. It happened with less than 500 metres to go. We were in the perfect position, we had all the guys lined out and we had a perfect lead-out today. But it is just one of those things that happens."

    One stage of the race remains and he is thus likely to try again on Friday's final leg. "I felt really good up to that point," he continued. "I felt really strong, every day I am getting better and better. Tomorrow is another day, though, I will try again."

    David Millar agreed that things were going to plan until that point. "It was looking good," he said. "We are starting to know each other, figure out how each other races. Our neo-pro Martijn [Maaskant] has been getting better all the time, he is probably one of the strongest guys on the team. Up until now we hadn't planned to use him but we have been using him as our number one lead-out man, he was very impressive. It was all going like clockwork, but then the crash happened."

    Backstedt was moving very rapidly and certainly the team's momentum suggested that Sutton was going to be in strong contention in the final 200 metres. "He was in a good position to sprint against the guys," said Millar. "He would certainly have had a fair mano-a-mano against the others, which is what you want."

    See full coverage of stage five of the Tour of Qatar.

  • Broken collarbone for Backstedt, but Roubaix ambitions not on hold

    One day after his birthday, Magnus Backstedt
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    February 01, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar

    By Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar Tearing up the right hand side of the Quick Step lead-out train with...

    By Shane Stokes in Doha, Qatar

    Tearing up the right hand side of the Quick Step lead-out train with about 500 metres to go, Magnus Backstedt was looking likely to play a big part in the final outcome of the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar. That proved to be the case, but not in the way he intended.

    Bad luck ensured that rather than helping team-mate Chris Sutton fight it out for the victory, the giant Swede instead found himself sprawled on the tarmac, his right collarbone snapped. He had collided with Tom Boonen's Quick Step team-mate Wouter Weylandt when the latter dropped off the front, his lead-out done.

    Backstedt's front wheel clipped the back wheel of the Belgian, and there was no way out.

    "It is a 50-50 situation," he said, when asked how it happened. "I just dipped my head down quickly to check I still had Julian Dean on my wheel, and as I looked up he [Weylandt] had just swung over and I had nowhere to go. I had no time to react, I just went over the bars. That was it.

    "I am not blaming him," he clarified. "He possibly swung over a little bit too far, but then again I was too close to them. I had also dropped my head down to make sure I had the guys on my wheel. It happened just as I was about to launch it.

    "Up until that point things looked fantastic. We had 450 metres to go, I hadn't fully opened up the gas and we still had Julian to go before Chris. It was as good as they come. It is just a shame that we couldn't pull it off. It happens, it happens."

    Backstedt stood out in the restaurant after the stage. It wasn't his bulk or his bright orange sweatshirt, but rather the large sling holding his right arm to his chest. Many riders and team managers approached him to commiserate on his misfortune, including Tom Boonen, but he was optimistic that he would be back in action soon...