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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 30, 2013

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August 30, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Tony Martin agonisingly close to solo Vuelta stage win

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was the hero of the day on stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana but he fell just short of stage victory.
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    August 29, 2013, 20:27 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    German attacked from the gun, swept up metres before finish

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) provided what was very possibly the most impressive single performance of the 2013 Vuelta a España thus far on Thursday, with an attack which took the German from the moment the flag dropped in Guijuelo all the way to the finish at Caceres. If the stage were a handful of metres shorter then victory would have been his.

    "I didn't win, but it was special all the same," Martin, deservedly given the ‘Most Combative Rider' prize for the day, recognised. "I realised that after finishing, when everybody wanted to talk to me. Although my feelings are bittersweet, I felt like a winner who was only lacking just a little bit of luck."

    Ultimately seventh on the 175km stage, Martin said that there is a very narrow line between doing something brilliant and missing out completely. But on Thursday, in Martin's case, that line could hardly have been blurrier after being swept up by a charging peloton about 20 metres from the finish line.

    "I felt great in front of the public when I got the ‘Most Combative Rider' award," Martin said, describing it later as a 'four-hour time trial.' "I had never done anything like that, such a long breakaway, I will remember it for a long time."

    Martin said he had planned to attack, but that he had hoped that three or four riders would then come across. Marco Pinotti (BMC) did attempt to do exactly that, but failed to make contact. Martin then ploughed on regardless.

    With an advantage at more than seven minutes at one point, in the closing kilometres it dropped to less than five seconds before slowly rising back up towards nearer 20. Every time the peloton accelerated, Martin opened up the throttle a little...

  • Evans to focus on the Giro in 2014

    Cadel Evans (BMC) greets the crowd
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    August 29, 2013, 23:42 BST
    Cycling News

    BMC veteran says it's overall or nothing when it comes to the Tour de France

    The 2013 Tour de France may prove to have been the ninth and last for 2011 champion Cadel Evans (BMC).

    Evans has told Fairfax Media in Australia that he will be going to the presentation of the Giro d'Italia later this year, hopeful that he can gain some insight to the 2014 parcours. This year, off six weeks' preparation, Evans rode to third overall at the Giro, after a snap decision was made by the team for him to do the Italian grand tour in order to build his form for the Tour de France. The decision may have gone some way to his finishing position of 39th overall in Paris.

    "That looks like a direction to head in. After all the years going for the Tour, [the idea of missing the Tour] takes a little while getting used to," Evans said. "But the Giro is always a race I wanted to do and do well in. It's just a matter of changing mindset and so on. So at this point, it looks like directing my energies towards a grand tour other than the Tour de France."

    Evans' third place in this year's Giro bettered his previous best result of fifth overall in 2010, where he also won the points classification. It was a great Giro for Australian riders with Richie Porte winning the youth classification, and Matt Lloyd taking out the mountains classification. If Evans' plans go ahead for 2014, at age 37 he would be going head-to-head with Porte who will likely lead Team Sky's efforts.

    Cyclingnews understands that Evans is also motivated to race the Ardennes Classics, which would form an ideal build-up to the Giro. Evans won La Flèche Wallonne in 2010 but his fourth place that same year at Liège–Bastogne–Liège is a result he's determined to improve on.

  • Megan Dunn on the comeback trail

    Australia's Megan Dunn won the scratch race to take her second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games.
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    August 30, 2013, 1:49 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Reigning Commonwealth Champion has unfinished business

    In order to find her way back to cycling, Megan Dunn went underground. Just over two years since a horror six-month run of injury and accidents, the dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist is back in training and this summer will return to road racing with Specialized Securitor.

    "Megan Dunn is the future of women's cycling." Those were the words of Cycling Australia women's track endurance coach Gary Sutton in November 2008 when as a 17-year-old, Dunn was crowned the best young female cyclist in the country. Earlier in the year at age 16, Dunn had won the Bay Classic ahead of seasoned professionals Belinda Goss and Katherine Bates, won the points race at the junior track nationals and then claimed three world junior titles on the track in South Africa.

    The following year she added another national junior title, defending her points race championships and winning the omnium but in 2010, Dunn really made her mark on the international scene. As Australia's under-23 road champion, Dunn was top-10 at the UCI World Cup Open de Suede Vargarda, four seconds behind winner Kirsten Wild. On the track, she took out the points race at the Beijing World Cup and then hit the headlines back home winning the points and scratch race at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Sutton's words had not been mistaken.

    A broken wrist that December, was followed by glandular fever and in April 2011, Dunn was the victim of a hit-and-run while training at home in Dubbo in the New South Wales' north-west. Worse was to come, when a month later Dunn hit a pot hole at 70km/h, crashed and was knocked unconscious suffering two fractured collarbones and a broken elbow. On the road, she awoke to find a truck bearing down on her. It...

  • Arredondo, Zoidl join Trek WorldTour team

    Julian David Arredondo (Team Nippo - De Rosa) before stage 3
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    August 30, 2013, 3:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Guercelina hopeful for new signings

    The Trek WorldTour team has announced two young signings for its inaugural season, Colombian Julián Arredondo and Austrian Riccardo Zoidl.

    Zoidl joins the team from Team Gourmetfein Simplon, and in July, became the first Austrian to win his home tour in five years among his 14 victories so far in 2013.

    "My hope is that I can keep developing as a rider with the Trek team," said Zoidl. "I'm very excited about this. It's a dream come true. I had other possibilities, but this project looks really solid and promising to me. I'll be able to learn and accomplish a lot here."

    Other victories include the Circuit des Ardennes, Tour de Bretagne, the Austrian Hill Climb Championship and the Austrian Road Championship where he defeated Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling). Zoidl is also a two-time winner of the national time trial championship.

    "Riccardo is a very complete rider, who performs well in many disciplines," general manager Luca Guercelina said. "We had him on our radar before, but after the Tour of Austria, we looked into him. We want to give them opportunities to grow here, especially in the smaller stage races."

    Arredondo meanwhile, is currently in his second season with Team Nippo-De Rosa. The 25-year-old has had a big year racing the UCI AsiaTour, winning the overall at both the Tour de Langkawai and the Tour de Kumano. He was also second overall at the Tour of Japan, winning the young rider classification.

    "I'm incredibly thankful for this opportunity. Every day I wake up and I couldn't be happier," Arredondo said. "It's very hard for young people to make a future in my country. This chance is huge for me. I'll try to make...

  • Yates twins hope to join forces in a pro team

    Simon Yates (Great Britain) crosses the finish line for stage 5 of the Tour de l'Avenir ahead of twin brother Adam
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    August 30, 2013, 5:45 BST
    Cycling News

    Brits leaving their mark on the Tour de l'Avenir

    Better than a photo finish, Thursday's stage in the Tour de l'Avenir delivered a family photo. The first two riders having crossed the line in Morzine, in the Alps, are not only teammates from Great Britain, but brothers, and more exactly twin brothers. Simon Yates won ahead of brother Adam and France's Alexis Gougeard in a three-man sprint. The former took a second win in the "little Tour de France" two years after his first victory, while the latter moved up into the second position overall, with 1:03 to Spain's Ruben Fernandez.

    For the brothers, aged 21, Tour de l'Avenir cannot have a better name - The Race of the Future - given they are both looking for a professional offer for 2014.

    "When I won my first stage on the race in 2011, it was a first big victory," Simon told Cyclingnews after the finish. "Today is different as I hope this victory will help me to get a contract. Three years ago I was very fast because I used to race more on the track. Now I am three kilos lighter and I am stronger in the mountains. I feel ready to do more..."

    Some reports have prematurely linked Simon to Team Sky and Adam to but Cyclingnews understands they are yet to start negotiations with any pro team. Certainly one brother rides for British Academy, one of Sky's feeder teams, and the other one is part of French club CC Etupes, which nurtured FDJ's big talent Thibaut Pinot. But beyond this association of ideas there are obviously no concrete talks between the riders and pro squads.

    The Yates' still need to show themselves in the next races such as the Tour of Britain and World Championships, unless Adam on Saturday becomes the first British rider to make Tour de l'Avenir's final podium since Robert Millar in 1982.

    It seems Team Sky hasn’t been expecting to sign any neo-professional next year after having picked up Britain's...

  • Contador returns to racing at GP Plouay

    Alberto Contador (Saxo-tinkoff) would gain time on Tour de France leader Chris Froome during stage 13
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    August 30, 2013, 6:46 BST
    Cycling News

    Spaniard using one-day races to build form for Worlds

    After taking a break from competition of slightly more than one month following a 4th place result at the Tour de France, Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) will return to competition this coming Sunday at the GP Plouay. The 30-year-old Spaniard hopes to return to peak form for the world championships and Il Lombardia and has defied convention by skipping the Vuelta a Espana, which he won in 2012, and has instead opted for hard training and one-day races to hone his condition.

    "The calendar is very unusual for me, very different, with only one-day races, about a total of 8 classics, including the world championship," said Contador. "That's where I want to be at my best, together with Lombardy. I'll start in Plouay, continue with Brussels, Fourmies, Quebec, Montreal, the world championship, Milan-Turin and Lombardy.

    "After the Tour I continued training for San Sebastian, then I took a break about 5 or 6 days before returning to training. It seems that I have recovered from the stress of the Tour and I'm working to do well at the end of the year."

    While riders who perform well at the world championships have traditionally contested the Vuelta a Espana beforehand, Contador believes his schedule will provide proper preparation as well.

    "Almost everyone who wants to perform well at the World does the Vuelta, but I don't think it's impossible to get in top condition [without competing at the Vuelta]. I'm training hard, doing a lot of endurance and simulating Worlds conditions. You cannot get the rhythm of the Vuelta by training, but I hope to arrive [at Worlds] well. It is a different program, but that motivates me and I hope to find a good form and reach my best level."


  • Podium finish in Caceres leaves Cancellara feeling confident

    Fabian Cancellara hits the front
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    August 30, 2013, 10:29 BST
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Leopard with three riders in Vuelta's top 10

    Less than a month out from the UCI Road World Championships in Toscana, two of the best in the time trial business battled it out for stage honours on Thursday at the Vuelta a Espana.

    The 170km solo escape of Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) was only brought to an end metres from the stage 6 finish line, and it was Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) leading the chase. In the end, neither man won, instead it was Michael Mørkøv (Saxo-Tinkoff) who took the win in a sprint to the line, with Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) finishing ahead of Cancellara. Martin was seventh.

    Cancellara is a four-time winner of the world time trial championship, and his most recent two-year streak (he had another in 2006, 2007) was brought to an end by Martin with the German claiming the last two titles. Earlier this week, Cancellara said he was yet to decide which discipline would receive his focus at the worlds.

    "It was an unexpected sprint, actually, and rather a strange day," said the Swiss. "Tony Martin was out all day and the sprinters' teams needed to be working hard to bring him back. But in the end it was only two teams working so there was plenty of chaos at the end with no one in total control. We were with Chris [Horner], Haimar [Zubeldia] and Robert [Kiserlovski] in the front and soon enough I realized it was going to be hard to bring them back, but we were still up there in a good position.

    "I felt pretty good and decided I might as well give it a try," he said of the final chase. "I went too far out but as a non-sprinter, I think I reacted fairly well and put up...

  • Kimmage action against McQuaid and Verbruggen dismissed by Swiss court

    Paul Kimmage
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    August 30, 2013, 11:12 BST
    Cycling News

    Irishman liable for cost of appeal proceedings

    Paul Kimmage’s legal action against former UCI president Hein Verbruggen and the current incumbent Pat McQuaid has been thrown out by a Swiss court, according to the

    Kimmage filed a criminal complaint against McQuaid and Verbruggen in Vevey, Switzerland, last November, accusing them of slander and defamation, and lodged a 28-page document with 55 exhibits of evidence outlining “strong suspicions of fraud.”

    Kimmage told Cyclingnews at the time that he was bringing the case “for everyone who stands up for the truth and anyone who exposed the doping problem in the sport and were treated appallingly by McQuaid and Verbruggen over the last 20 years.”

    According to the Inside the Games website, the public prosecutor rejected the criminal investigation early this year, while an appeal lodged by Kimmage in March has now been “dismissed to the extent that is admissible.”

    McQuaid and Verbruggen had previously launched defamation proceedings against Kimmage in January 2012, believed to be in response to his criticism of the UCI in an interview with L’Équipe, but the action was suspended in October of last year.

    An online campaign to fund Kimmage’s defence last autumn raised almost $100,000 and when McQuaid and Verbruggen’s defamation action was suspended, Kimmage vowed to use the fund to launch the counter-suit against them.

    In May of this year, however,