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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 3, 2012

Date published:
August 03, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Wiggins reflects on a life-changing six weeks

    Bradley Wiggins holds court
    Article published:
    August 02, 2012, 12:10 BST
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    Cycling News

    Olympic champion and Tour de France winner addresses media

    These past six weeks have seen Bradley Wiggins transformed into a household name across Great Britain and following his victory in the men's Olympic time trial in London yesterday afternoon, the 32-year-old addressed the media to discuss his achievements.

    Wiggins followed up his historic Tour de France victory last month - when, in the colours of Team Sky, he became the first Briton to win the race - by clinching his fourth Olympic gold medal and seventh in total at Hampton Court on Wednesday. It was a result that saw him become Britain's most decorated Olympian and pushed him onto the front page of the national newspapers for the second time in little over a week.

    In this video press conference, Wiggins talks about being humbled to be mentioned alongside the likes of Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave and pledged that the success and fame will not change him.

     

     

  • Fuglsang lines up move to either Astana or Omega

    Danish time trial champion Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
    Article published:
    August 02, 2012, 13:13 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Hopes to still ride WorldTour races this season

    The uncertainly surrounding Jakob Fuglsang's future appears a little brighter after the rider said he is in with a chance of racing for RadioShack-Nissan in some of the remaining WorldTour races this season. The Danish rider also confirmed to Cyclingnews that Astana and Omega-Pharma Quick Step were at the head of the queue to sign him for 2013.

    Fuglsang had been pulled from competing at WorldTour races by Johan Brunyneel after the rider publicly stated his desire to leave the team at the end of the season. Any such move would see Fuglsang's new team take advantage of the UCI's transfer system in which rider points are transferred to their new teams. Bruyneel's response to Fuglsang's transfer talk was to remove him from all WorldTour races, while there was also speculation that Fuglsang's season would end immediately.

    However a lack of fit and ready riders in the Shack camps could see Fuglsang take part in two Canadian races - both at WorldTour level - next month.

    "My next race is the Tour of Colorado. From then on I don't know. I'm hoping that I can do the Canadian races; otherwise I'll come back to Europe and do some one-day races. The problem with the Canadian races is that they're UCI WorldTour races but we'll see," Fuglsang told Cyclingnews.

    "The team might only have six riders to send there so I hope that they would reconsider their decision and then we'll see. Otherwise I'll just take it easy and prepare for the World Championships."

    With the troubles over missed payments now behind him, Fuglsang can also look towards finding a new team. When he first announced his intention to...

  • Appollonio and Betancur sign for Ag2R-La Mondiale

    Carlos Betancur gets in some much-needed rehydration after his win
    Article published:
    August 02, 2012, 14:54 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Double scoop for French ProTour team

    French ProTour outfit Ag2R-La Mondiale has signed Davide Appollonio and Carlos Betancur on two-year contracts starting next season, the team announced on Thursday.

    Yesterday one of its highest-profile riders, Nicolas Roche, announced that he would be leaving the team at the end of the season to join up with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, and Ag2R have moved quickly to appease fans with the signatures of these two promising young riders.

    Appollonio joins from Sky after two seasons with the British-based team. The 23-year-old could become the fourth Italian at his new team should Manuel Belletti, Matteo Montaguti and Rinaldo Nocentini remain with Ag2R next year. He enjoyed a solid start to his career at Sky in 2011 by winning twice but has not managed to repeat that success this season. The sprinter remains a rider of potential and is a potentially useful addition to the Ag2R ranks.

    Betancur hails from Colombia and joins Ag2R having seen a proposed move to Liquigas-Canonndale not materialise earlier this year. Also 23, he moves to the French team from Acqua & Sapone. Betancur turned pro in 2011 and immediately turned heads with a ninth place finish at the Tour of Lombardy and victory at the Giro dell’Emilia. This season he won the Trofeo Melinda and he is seen as part of a golden generation of young Colombian cyclists that also includes Appollonio's former Sky teammates Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran.

  • Brown extends with Rabobank for one year

    Repeat win on this circuit for a happy Graeme Brown (Urban) ahead of Matthew Goss (Team Degani Cycling Cafe) and Robbie Mcewen (Mazda)
    Article published:
    August 02, 2012, 16:34 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian a key part of Renshaw's sprint train

    Graeme Brown extended his contract with Rabobank for another year. The Australian is one of the key lead-out men for sprinter Mark Renshaw. He has been with Rabobank since 2006.

    Brown was happy to stay on with the Dutch team and work for countryman Renshaw. 

    "What we are doing is very good. We have already gone through a huge improvement. We  are learning as much as possible about Mark (Renshaw) and trying to set up a train like they had at HTC,” Brown said on the team website.

    “We have the riders, with Theo (Bos) and Mark as sprinters. We are getting better, it's a very nice process. I ride for seven years now for Rabobank, but this is the best.”

    Renshaw was equally happy and said that Brown was a major force in the lead-out. "He is clever in the last kilometers. He understands the tactics, knows how to place and he has the power for the super fast last kilometers. We have ridden together a lot this year and he has made ​​great progress in his role in the lead-out. "

  • No surgery needed for Chris Anker Sorensen

    Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank) on the podium as the most combatitve rider in the Tour
    Article published:
    August 02, 2012, 19:36 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank rider could join Contador at Vuelta

    Chris Anker Sorensen (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) will not require surgery on his injured fingers and hopes to be fit to join returning teammate Alberto Contador at the Vuelta a Espana, which starts in just over two weeks.

    Sorensen crushed his fingers on the 17th stage of the Tour de France last month, as he tried to remove some newspaper that had become caught in his wheel. The Dane finished the stage and rode on through the following final three stages to complete the race, finishing best of his team in 14th place overall. He was also given the most aggressive rider award and was a contender for the mountains classification until the final days.

    Contador returns from a six-month doping ban on August 6 at the Eneco Tour and he will be using that race as a springboard to the final Grand Tour of the season in his homeland, the Vuelta, from August 18 to September 9. Sorensen revealed that he is targeting that race, too.

    "I have seen the doctor, and it is gratifying that I am not going to have surgery because that would have excluded me from the Vuelta," Sorensen told ekstrabladet.dk.

    "If my hand heals quickly and I can manage to work out, I'm ready to run for Contador. I'd like to race because I think we have a good chance of winning there. I have not yet raced on a team in one of the big stage races where we've won. I want to try."

  • Leipheimer and Omega Pharma-QuickStep confirmed for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

    Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 0:53 BST
    By:
    Pat Malach

    Rosters confirmed for 17 teams

    Levi Leipheimer will return to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah August 7-12 to defend his 2010 and 2011 titles against an international field that includes recent team USA Olympians Chris Horner, Tyler Farrar and Timothy Duggan. Organizers Wednesday confirmed rosters for the 17 teams that will start UCI 2.1 stage race, which will host 131 riders from 23 countries for six days of racing in the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains.

    UCI Pro Teams

    Leipheimer will lead the six-rider Omega Pharma-QuickStep team in its first-ever appearance at the Tour of Utah. Slovakian twin brothers Martin and Peter Velits will be part of the Belgian squad's attempt to lift Leipheimer to the top of the podium for a third time in as many tries. Ireland's Matthew Brammeier, Belgium's Jeroen Hoorne and Italian Francesco Chicchi will also be on hand for the defense.

    Horner will lead an eight-rider Radioshack-Nissan team of experienced Europeans, including Jens Voigt, Joost Posthuma, Oliver Zaugg and Thomas Rohregger, along with young Americans Ben King, Matthew Busche and George Bennett. Garmin-Barracuda's Nathan Haas and Jacob Rathe will likely work with Farrar and seven-time US national time trial champion David Zabriske to supply the team's power over the flats and during the stage 2 team time trial, while Chipotle Development Team rider Lachlan Morton will race alongside Peter Stetina to help leaders Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson in the mountains.

    BMC appears to be...

  • Q & A with Tour of Gippsland leader Anthony Giacoppo

    Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers) salutes as he wins Stage 3 of the Tour of Gippsland in Moe
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 1:26 BST
    By:
    Alex Malone

    Genesys heap the pressure on Budget on day two

    Stage 3 of the Tour of Gippsland saw the yellow jersey move from the shoulders of Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) to Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers).

    The Tasmanian-based team is the defending champions at the event and Cyclingnews caught up with the new general classification leader following stage 4.

    Alex Malone: You won this morning's stage, how was it considering you were here last year and you know this stage is quite a tough circuit? It suits your characteristics; was the game plan going into the race to look after you? (His teammate Steele Von Hoff won the Moe criterium in 2011).

    Anthony Giacoppo: The plan going into the criterium was to contest a few of the intermediate sprints and then just save myself for the finish. I remembered from last year doing the Moe criterium that once you drop back 30th or 50th wheel, that's it, there's no chance in moving up. I knew that I had to basically just stay up there and just look after myself from there. I ended up contesting quite a few more [intermediate sprints] than we originally planned but I seem to be feeling quite good and it all paid off.

    AM: With two or three laps to go it looked like RBS Morgans-ATS Pro Cycling had it pretty well controlled. Were you guys just lined up behind them waiting for them to potentially burn themselves [before the finish]?

    AG: Yeah, I was actually following Davo [Luke Davison] around because he's been pretty quick in the finishes as we've seen but yeah 2XU [RBS Morgans-ATS] stalled a little and some of our guys came hauling past and said 'hop on, hop on' so I just slotted in a few wheels back and they [RBS Morgans-ATS] got...

  • Ballarat to host Australian Road National Championships until 2017

    2011 Scody Cup Champion Steele Von Hoff (Genesys Wealth Advisers).
    Article published:
    August 03, 2012, 7:53 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    National body also announces takeover of Caribou Publications’ Scody Cup events

    Cycling Australia announced on Friday that the agreement for Victorian regional centre Ballarat to host the Australian Road National Championships has been extended for a further two years.

    The historical city has been home to the titles since 2007 and will continue to be until at least 2015 after a six-year deal was initially signed from the 2010 event onwards.

    This year's men's road race was considered to be the best ever, won by Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) with international competitors denied a start at the event for the first time. Crowds were estimated at the 20,000 mark and the men's race was televised live for the first time. Race director John Craven has been adamant in his push for Ballarat to become the permanent home of the Championships, just like many other sporting events on the Australian calendar remain unmoved such at the the Melbourne Cup as part of the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Australian Open Tennis.

    "We are delighted to continue our association with Ballarat which has been a major partner in the development of the road nationals over the past decade," said Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks in a media release.

    The move will no doubt disappoint some riders with Mark Renshaw, along with a host of Australia's top sprinters including the now-retired Robbie McEwen and Graeme Brown arguing in the past that the current course - with a near-three kilometre climb at a gradient of 10 per cent - raced over 16 laps favours certain types of riders.

    The announcement also signalled Cycling Australia's Commercial and Event team's takeover of five of Craven's Scody Cup events, encompassing the Tour of Gippsland, Tour of the Murray River, Tour of Tasmania, Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic and Shipwreck...