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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 20, 2010

Date published:
August 20, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Hincapie crashes out of Tour of Utah

    US national champion George Hincapie (BMC Racing Team)
    Article published:
    August 19, 2010, 19:48 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Updated: "Nothing broken", team says

    George Hincapie (BMC Racing) crashed out of stage two of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Wednesday. The US Pro Road Champion went down midway through the 125-kilometre stage from Thanksgiving Point to the top of Mt. Nebo and was transported by a rescue squad to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention.

    BMC's press agent Sean Weide confirmed that Hincapie was cleared of any broken bones, and will be looked over by the team physician Max Testa before a report is issued on the extent of his injuries. Weide said that Hincapie was conscious and alert when he described hitting some gravel on a twisty section of the course and crashing.

    Hincapie was using the six-stage race to prepare for bigger events down the road. He is targeting strong performances at the two ProTour races held on September 10 in Quebec City and September 12 in Montreal along with the defense of the stars and stripes jersey in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina on September 18-19.

    Cyclingnews spoke to Hincapie this morning about how he came to the decision to race in Utah, a race in which he had previously never competed.

    "We had a break between the Tour de France and the Canadian races and I didn't really want to go back over to Europe to get a couple of races in. This seemed like a good time to race two and half weeks after the Tour de France, to try to get some fitness for the Canadian ProTour races and the National Championships," Hincapie said before the start of stage two at the Tour of Utah.

    Hincapie was competing in the Tour of Utah in support of his teammate and former overall winner Jeff Louder and prologue specialist Brent Bookwalter.

    "This race is great and it's always nice to do a race in the United States," Hincapie said. "It seems like this race has been growing every year with tough courses, at altitude and it is definitely not an easy race, it's a difficult race. I hope that I can help the guys out like...

  • Basso and Nibali to remain with Liquigas

    The Liquigas squad and their jersey model
    Article published:
    August 19, 2010, 21:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Italian team re-signs 14 riders

    Liquigas-Doimo announced today that it has extended the contracts of 14 current riders, putting the squad at 21 members for the 2011 season so far. Included in the list are Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso and third place finisher Vincenzo Nibali who have committed through 2012.

    While Romain Kreuziger has departed for the Astana team, Liquigas had already re-signed young stand-out Peter Sagan and his brother Juraj, who joined the team in August from Team Albert Bigot 79, for the next two seasons.

    "We want to give continuity to a team which has proven to be competitive everywhere this season," said team manager Roberto Amadio. "We are looking toward to the future: it was essential to confirm the nucleus of young riders. It's not a gamble but a philosophy in which we believe deeply. The results are giving us reason and with a group of experienced and reliable riders we believe we can stay at the top of Italian and world cycling."

    The team confirmed that the following under-25 riders have renewed: Italians Daniel Oss (contract until 2012), Jacopo Guarnieri (2012), Valerio Agnoli (2012), David Cimolai (2012), Mauro Finetto (2011), Fabio Sabatini (2012) and Elia Viviani (2012), Slovenia's Kristjan Koren (2012), Poles Maciej Bodnar (2012) and Maciej Paterski (2011).

    In addition, four veterans will remain with the team: Poland's Sylwester Szmyd (contract until 2012) and Italians Alessandro Vanotti (2012), Francesco Bellotti (2011) and Tiziano Dall'Antonia (2011).

    Joining the team for 2011 will be Paolo Borghini Longho (ISD - Neri), Eros Capecchi (Footon-Servetto), Cristiano Salerno (De Rosa - Stac Plastic) and Damiano Caruso (De Rosa - Stac Plastic).

  • Boswell battles Mancebo on Utah's Mt Nebo

    Ian Boswell (Bissell) put in a great ride at the today to take over the best young rider jersey.
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 3:22 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    19-year-old headed for Trek-Livestrong in 2011

    Ian Boswell (Bissell) was the closest domestic rider to challenging current and former Grand Tour riders Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) and Francisco Mancebo (Canyon Bicycles) on the mountaintop finish at the end of Tour of Utah Stage 2. At just 19 years old, Boswell placed third on the stage, but it didn’t come without a fight to the line atop Mt. Nebo.

    Leipheimer won the stage by a 51-second margin ahead of a sprint between Mancebo and Boswell for second place, which the Spaniard won. “Looking back, it makes my result more worthy because I was up against those guys,” Boswell said. “But racing out there, whether it was Levi or a domestic rider, a race is a race and it didn’t make me any more motivated to try to win. I was riding the best race that I could regardless of who was there.”

    Boswell turned heads at last year’s Nevada City Classic when he latched on to now teammate Ben Jacques-Maynes, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and Leipheimer as they lapped the field. He was 18 years old and won the junior category just prior to entering the Pro 1-2 men’s race.

    “When they lapped the field there was a reduced group and when they passed the field Ian was able to hang on to them,” said Bissell’s directeur sportif Glen Mitchell. “Ben remembered him as a 6’3”, 18-year-old kid hanging on the back of two Tour de France riders. It stuck in Ben’s mind.

    “When we were looking to fill a development slot on the team his name came up,” he added. “We spoke with him and saw that he was a great kid, polite and has great talent.”

    Boswell spent the first portion of 2010 competing in Europe with the USA Under 23 National Team. A knee injury kept him from competing at the Mount Hood Cycling Classic with his new Bissell squad. He returned to racing at the Nevada City Classic and won as a first-year Under 23 rider up...

  • Utah crash could compromise Hincapie’s USPro defense

    George Hincapie (BMC) riding along in the group.
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 5:54 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    18 stitches sidelines rider for 10 days

    BMC Racing Team’s doctor has said it’s too early to determine whether a crash on the Tour of Utah’s Stage two will damage the hopes of George Hincapie’s USPro title defense. Dr. Max Testa said the rider would be off the bike for at least 10 days as a wound that required 18 stitches heals.

    The USPro Championships take place in Hincapie’s hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, in just four weeks time. Hincapie’s crash occurred when he swerved to avoid another rider on a flat, twisting section of road.

    "I rode into a bit of gravel and my front wheel went out," Hincapie said. "Crashing is never a good thing. I'm definitely concerned with my knee and how much time I'm going to have to take off the bike. It's not a good time for that."

    Hincapie told Cyclingnews prior to the stage that he’d like to continue racing for another 12 months before retiring. It would mean the US jersey would be on show in the peloton next year if he successfully defends his title.

    "We'll monitor him closely [over] the next 24 hours and then make a plan for his recovery," Dr. Testa said. "We can't make a determination yet whether he'll be able to defend his title."

    BMC Racing Team’s sport director John Lelangue said that his rider didn’t break any bones in the crash was the most important thing. "We'll see how it goes in the coming days and if he has the possibility to race the two ProTour races in Canada, just to get him two more racing days and more training," Lelangue said. "I hope to see him at 100 percent for nationals because it's a special race, he's the defending champion and he's at home."

  • Podcast: From Vattenfall Cyclassics to Route de France

    All smiles for Tyler Farrar in Hamburg.
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 9:24 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    A round-up of rider transfers and interviews with Farrar and Armitstead

    Hello to all our faithful podcast listeners. As the Tour de France becomes just a distant memory, Benson and Jones are back with another action-packed podcast, rounding up the latest from the world of professional cycling.

    This week, we discuss the Vattenfall Classic, and catch up with double-winner Tyler-Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) as he builds towards the Vuelta and world championships later this year. The American sprinter also talks about his year so far and the changes in team that have given him a leadout train for the first time in his career.

    We also delve into the world of transfers, rounding up the biggest movers and shakers, include Alberto Contador, the Schlecks, Matti Breschel and Andre Greipel. While some moves have been welcomed others have been looked at with some scepticism, as Stefan Schumacher and Riccardo Riccò find new homes in the sport.

    Finally we catch up with Cervelo’s Lizzie Armitstead who won the final stage and the white jersey in the Route de France. The Briton finished in the top-ten on every stage and is becoming one of the most feared riders on the women’s circuit.

    You can subscribe to the podcasts via iTunes (or just go to iTunes and search for 'cyclingnews') or via this XML feed: http://video.cycling news.com/podcasts/cn_podcast.x ml

     

  • Rabobank looks to the future after losing Menchov to Geox

    Denis Menchov (Rabobank) would finish 41st in Alpe d'Huez, over nine minutes behind the winner.
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 10:03 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Breukink wishes Russian all the best after six years together

    Erik Breukink has wished Denis Menchov all the best for the future after the Russian stage race rider left Rabobank after six years with the Dutch squad. Menchov will ride for the new Geox team with Carlos Sastre, but Breukink, is confident that Rabobank will continue to perform well in major Tours with the likes of talented young riders Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema.

    “Denis leaving us is not that unexpected,” Breukink told Cyclingnews.

    “We knew for some time that it was a possibility so when it came it wasn’t a big surprise. We had him for six years and he had some great results with us and signed off with a great Tour. If you look at the history books he’s the best Grand Tour rider we’ve had.”

    Menchov joined the team in 2005 and while the likes of Michael Boogerd, Peter Luttenburger, Levi Leipheimer all faltered in major Tours while with Rabobank, the mercurial Russian went on to win two editions of the Vuelta, one Giro d’Italia, and twice finish on the Tour de France podium in 2008 and 2010.

    A change in direction suited both Rabobank and Menchov. The 32-year-old Russian receiving a substantial offer from Geox, while Rabobank has decided it is time to put their faith behind home-grown talents, Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema. Gesink finished sixth in this year’s Tour, while Mollema has made steady progress, finishing 12th in this year’s Giro.

    “For our future we have riders like Gesink and Mollema and some very talented young riders coming through. Denis is of that age where for him it’s an opportunity he has to take. It works for both parties and there are no hard feelings. We’re happy with him and what he did for us,” said Breukink.

    “He was the most successful Grand Tour rider we had. He did some really special things for us. He was happy here though; otherwise he wouldn’t not have stayed with us for us...

  • Vande Velde to ride the Vuelta but reveals he almost quit the sport

    Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Slipstream) looks relaxed before the start of stage five.
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 11:36 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Garmin-Transitions rider talks about his emotional comeback from Tour de France crash

    Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Transitions) will be at the start of next week’s Vuelta a España but has revealed to Cyclingnews that he almost quit the sport after he crashed out of this year’s Tour de France.

    Vande Velde crashed during stage two of Tour de France from Brussels to Spa in Belgium, the day a huge number of riders crashed on the descent of the Stockeu and the peloton waited for the Schleck brothers and finished all together in protest. Vande Velde was unable to make it back to the peloton after fracturing several ribs and suffering a nasty cut above his left eye, finishing ten minutes down.

    He failed to start the next stage and returned home to his family in Spain. After a few weeks of training and a call from directeur sportif, Matt White, he was persuaded to return to Europe for the final grand Tour of the season. However he admits it has not been easy.

    “I almost didn’t get on the plane to come over here in all honestly. I was feeling pretty bad again last week. But White called and told me to get on the plane and it’s been an enjoyable experience so far,” Vande Velde told Cyclingnews.

    Vande Velde’s recovery involved three weeks of full rest and he didn’t even look at his bike until the day before his teammates reached the Champs Elysees in Paris. His training has been moderate and although he admits he won’t be a GC threat at the Vuelta, he would like to play a part, especially with the race starting with a team time trial in Seville.

    “I’d be lying if I said the team time trial wasn’t a factor, although I don’t know how much help I can be. I need to get through the Vuelta but I’m not just doing it to ride my bike or for training. I’m there to support my teammates and when I have good enough form, go for stage wins.

    “I truly gave myself a lot of time to recover. I’m still a...

  • Armstrong adds communications strategist to defence team

    Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) in his final Tour
    Article published:
    August 20, 2010, 15:04 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Spin doctor Mark Fabiani hired to fight leaks in doping investigation

    Lance Armstrong has reportedly boosted his defence team as the Federal investigation into alleged doping accusations at the US Postal Service team continues. According to reports on ESPN.com, veteran legal and media strategist Mark Fabiani has been advising Armstrong and his lawyers since July.

    The Los Angeles Attorney's office is investigating allegations by former teammate Floyd Landis that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during his career and specifically when he was team leader at the US Postal Service team.

    Jeff Novitzky, an agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who was part of the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) investigation into doping in sports including baseball and track and field, is the lead investigator. Armstrong has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs and has never failed an anti-doping test during his long career.

    The 53-year-old Fabiani is a former White House special counsel who specialises in helping steer troubled politicians, companies and organizations in moments of crisis. He represented former US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton during the Whitewater scandal, with Newsweek magazine going on to call him the ‘Master of Disaster' for his ability to defend his clients in the most difficult moments.

    Fabiani served as deputy campaign manager for Al Gore during the 2000 presidential election and more recently worked with the Goldman Sachs investment bank as they faced a grilling by congressional committees about their part in the sub-prime loan crisis.

    In an e-mail to ESPN.com journalist Bonnie Ford, Fabiani said: "We're prepared to deal forthrightly with the improper and misleading leaks that so far have unfortunately characterized this unfair, Floyd Landis-inspired inquiry."

    He then repeated a claim already made by Lance Armstrong, calling into question if it is right to spend taxpayers'...