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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 2, 2013

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August 02, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Trott calls again for women's Tour de France

    Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda) pulled on the best young rider's jersey
    Article published:
    August 01, 2013, 17:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Suggests a one-day race in Paris or Alpe d'Huez

    Britain's Laura Trott hasn't give up hope for a women's Tour de France, saying the race could be significantly shorter than the men's race – possibly even a one-day race to start out with. And that one day could be someplace spectacular, like the Champs Elysees or the Alpe d'Huez.

    One possibility, which would have raise awareness of women's cycling, would be to run such a one-stage event during the men's Tour. “Maybe the women could compete the Paris stage or – even though it’s massive task – Alpe d’Huez, while the men’s Tour is being broadcast.”

    One problem with that plan is that the women's Giro d'Italia is held in July, and it would be important not to conflict with that, one of the most important stage races on the women's calendar.

    “The first thing is to shorten the stages, but more importantly not to run it at the same time as the men’s tour,” she told Eurosport.

    “We would lose other events like the women’s Giro, which runs at the same time. The Giro is a huge event for women’s cycling and it would show a lack of respect to run the Tour at the same time.”

    Another idea would be to have  a shorter stage race, “five to seven days perhaps,” to be held after the men's race.

    “A shorter women’s Tour – or maybe even a single stage – would be a way to raise awareness. The events we have at the minute aren’t televised, which is why the interest is low. We need to get it on telly a bit more.

    “Women’s track cycling is huge, but there must be a reason why road cycling isn’t, and the only reason is the lack of TV coverage. With TV comes sponsors, and that’s what we’re lacking – sponsors.”

    There has been a recent push to...

  • Wiggins to race Eneco Tour

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
    Article published:
    August 01, 2013, 22:20 BST
    Cycling News

    British rider prepares for Worlds

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) will race the Eneco Tour from August 11 to August 18 according to the Eneco Tour organizers on Thursday.

    Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in 2012, skipped the French Grand Tour this year. He plans to use the Eneco Tour to help him prepare for the UCI Road World Championships in September. He is also skipping the Vuelta a Espana and will ride his home tour, the Tour of Britain, instead.

    Wiggins previously competed in the Eneco Tour in 2006 and 2009.

    This year, he'll be joined at the Eneco Tour by riders like Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard), world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC), national champions Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Stijn Devolder (RadioShack Leopard) and 2012 Eneco Tour winner Lars Boom (Belkin).

    Defending champ and pre-race favorite Boom can count on the support of his Belkin teammates Theo Bos and Wilco Kelderman. Additionally, Alessandro Petacchi will be making his debut for Omega Pharma-QuickStep, putting a conclusion to his brief retirement from racing.

  • Izaguirre earns first leader's jersey of career in Poland

    Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in yellow
    Article published:
    August 02, 2013, 1:51 BST
    Peter Hymas

    Attentive racing nets crucial 10-second time bonus

    The 2013 Tour of Poland is serving as a test lab for two WorldTour initiatives which were rooted in sparking more dynamic, aggressive racing. Firstly, the team rosters have been reduced from eight to six riders in the hope that any one team wouldn't be able to dictate the tenor of racing and, more radically, a daily "attractivity" classification was instituted which provides time bonuses of 30 seconds, 20 seconds and 10 seconds to the top three points scorers each day (based on the daily accumulation of sprint and mountains points).

    New Tour of Poland leader Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was a clear beneficiary of the attractivity classification in today's stage 5 as he earned enough points on the stage's final two KOMs, situated 28km and 3km from the finish, to earn third place on the daily ranking and nab the final 10-second bonus.

    Having started the day in fifth overall, nine seconds behind overnight leader Rafa Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff), Izaguirre became the general classification leader by one second once the dust settled on the day's racing. As nobody else at the top of general classification gained any time bonuses of their own, and with all the GC favourites finishing together in the same time, the Euskaltel-Euskadi found himself in the leader's jersey of a stage race for the first time in his career.

    Izaguirre was second over the penultimate climb, the category-1 rated Glodówka, and then placed first on the day's final KOM with 3km remaining in the stage, the category 2-rated Droga do Olczy. The 24-year-old Euskaltel-Euskadi rider knew once the early break was caught prior to the penultimate climb that he had a shot at picking up the...

  • Three wins in three days for BMC in Poland

    Thor Hushovd (BMC) counts his stage wins
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    August 02, 2013, 3:08 BST
    Cycling News

    Hushovd claims another victory with stage 5

    Thor Hushovd claimed his second win at the Tour of Poland on Thursday, BMC's third-straight win at the race after Taylor Phinney claimed his first individual pro victory on Wednesday.

    BMC appear a very different outfit in Poland to what they did last month at the Tour de France and seem to be on a roll with Hushovd saying following his latest victory that the team was riding without pressure.

    On Thursday's fifth stage, BMC's chances for the win were bolstered by having Mathias Frank in the early breakaway, before eventually being reeled in with 26km remaining. When six riders escaped with 19km to go, Marco Pinotti and Phinney led the chase. Pinotti later revealed on twitter that he had used the John F. Kennedy quote as the basis to motivate his teammates.

    "Today at breakfast I 'quoted' JFK: don't ask what the team can do for you but what you can do for the team. Another great day @BMCProTeam," the Italian wrote on his feed.

    Ivan Santaromita, then dragged Hushovd up the final climb of the day before delivering the former World Champion and current Norwegian Champion to the final kilometre.

    "For sure, the sprint was a perfect one for me," Hushovd said. "I knew if the group came back, I would have a good chance. The last climb was hard, but the team did a good job and everyone was working well together like we have been the whole race."

    BMC has now equalled the record set last month when Hushovd and Frank netted three in-a-row at the Tour of Austria. It was also the team's sixth win in the...

  • Hogan hoping Belgian lifeline ends with Australian World Championship team berth

    Jo Hogan (Team Jayco-VIS) was allowed to ride away from the bunch with a few minutes remaining
    Article published:
    August 02, 2013, 4:40 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Bizkaia-Durango end contract mid-season

    A week ago Jo Hogan found out that she no longer had a ride with the team she has called home for the last season-and-a-half, UCI Women's outfit Bizkaia-Durango.

    With her back to the wall on Sunday and in what would be her last race for the team at the Spanish Cup event in La Rioja, the Australian won. Now, the 31-year-old knows that in order to have a chance at her major goal of the season, a spot on the national team for the UCI Road World Championships in Florence, she has to do it all again.

    Hogan has been thrown a life line by the Napoleon Games - St Martinus Elite 2 level team and will race on Saturday at the Erpe – Mere.

    "I'm going in there with the attitude that I have given it every last bit that I have at the moment," Hogan told Cyclingnews on her last morning in Girona. "Especially having to battle on with the financial side of staying in Europe to be able to get the worlds spot but I know that after Saturday if I walk away and don't manage to win the race that I've done everything that I can.

    "Realistically, I know I have to do something special to make the long team for the worlds."

    Bizkaia-Durango, under financial pressure and with some doubt over their survival beyond this season, has decided to end Hogan's second-year with the team early.

    Hogan is the first to admit that her season has not gone as she had hoped. Second to Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS) in the Cycling Australia Road National Championships in January, Hogan had momentum heading into the 2013 European season but with the odd crash and injury, it's been a particularly trying few months.

    "The challenges of being on a team that doesn't speak a lot of English and being the only non-Spanish rider was a challenge that I knew to expect but I think coming back I've struggled a little bit...

  • McQuaid to face additional legal challenge

    Pat McQuaid fronts a French Senate hearing into anti-doping
    Article published:
    August 02, 2013, 6:36 BST
    Cycling News

    Russian Federation president to challenge McQuaid's "astonishing" amendments

    The president of the Russian federation, Igor Marakov, has threatened to use "all legal means" necessary to stop Pat McQuaid's recently proposed amendments from being passed by the UCI. In a report published by The Telegraph in which a letter by Marakov was leaked, it was made clear that the Russian would not hesitate to do all within his means to put a stop to the proposed changes to the UCI's constitution.

    In his letter Marakov stated: "I take the opportunity of this letter to inform you that should this unlawful process be maintained, I already intend to challenge, by all legal means, any decision taken by the UCI Congress in this respect and any other infringements to the UCI constitution."

    The Russian joins the chorus of discontent over the measures taken by McQuaid to further his re-election bid. McQuaid's direct opponent Brian Cookson has spoken out, along with USA Cycling president Steve Johnson and Garmin-Sharp director Jonathan Vaughters against the last minute changes.

    Marakov claims that McQuaid has bypassed the UCI management committee and that the proposed modifications are undemocratic.

    "I am astonished that the management...

  • Corti slams race tactics in Poland after Atapuma was hounded from break

    Claudio Corti said he's been impressed with the way the team have taken to Europe.
    Article published:
    August 02, 2013, 8:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Team manager lambasts "shameful" actions by "huge budget" teams

    Claudio Corti, manager of the Colombia team has reacted angrily to events that unfolded during the fifth stage of the Tour of Poland. Having succeeded in joining a nine-man breakaway early in the stage, Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) was then "mobbed" in a "shameful" fashion.

    Atapuma started the stage just over five minutes behind the yellow jersey of Rafael Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) and as a result was not welcomed with open arms into the break of the day. After it was made clear that his presence was not welcome Atapuma returned to the peloton to fight another day.

    Although tactics of this nature are common in professional cycling, Corti clearly took personal offence and did not hold back in criticizing the actions of the other teams.

    Team Colombia released a statement where Corti unleashed a barrage of criticism stating that:

    "What happened today is shameful. Darwin Atapuma, who reached a brilliant second place in Madonna di Campiglio on Saturday, was part of the early breakaway, until he was literally mobbed by his fellow escapees' sports directors, and later by the riders themselves, as they were convinced that a man in decent GC position - even though Atapuma was 5 minutes down [on] the leader - would have compromised the breakaway's outcome."

    Corti continued by saying: "other teams' sports directors made unbelievable pressures to the rider and the team car, telling their riders to unleash consistent and meaningless attacks against Atapuma, who was eventually forced to drop," Corti explained. "I would like to remind to cycling 'landlords' that this is not what sport is about, and it's a shame to see some teams with huge budgets ready to kill for any result…"

    Despite the polemics, it all came to nothing as...

  • Intxausti chasing more success with Valverde at the Vuelta

    Benat Intxausti (Movistar)
    Article published:
    August 02, 2013, 10:01 BST
    Cycling News

    Spaniard hopes to extend his contract with Movistar

    Having won a stage of the Giro d'Italia, worn the maglia rosa before going on to finish eighth overall in year's first Grand Tour, Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) has big ambitions for the Vuelta a España.

    The 27-year-old only returned to racing last week at the Prueba Villafranca - Ordiziako Klasika after a break from racing in June. He then rode the Clasica San Sebastian and the Circuito de Getxo - Memorial Ricardo Otxoa.

    "I think these three races, and then the Vuelta a Burgos, will sort out my form before the Vuelta a España," he told BiciCiclismo. Intxausti had 20 days at altitude in the Sierra Nevada as part of his build up while his teammates helped Nairo Quintana into the polka dot jersey and second overall at the Tour de France.

    Intxausti said that his performance at the Giro had surpassed his expectations for the three weeks.

    "I was satisfied by my performance in the Giro and gives me morale for the Vuelta," he said. "It left a great taste, I had the feeling of making a historic performance. I accomplished the goals I had planned and I got better as the race went on."

    Out of contract at the end of the season, Intxausti is hoping to extend his contract with Movistar before the start of the Vuelta so he can race "without pressure." Having made the move from Euskaltel-Euskadi for the 2011 season, Intxausti is now in his third year with Movistar and its arguably been his best. Now he hopes it won't be his last.

    "I cannot complain because the season went very well. I want to stay here and I will...