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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, December 17, 2010

Date published:
December 17, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Porte takes on challenge of equalling 2010 accomplishments

    Richie Porte (Saxo Bank)
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 12:26 GMT
    Cycling News

    Saxo Bank-SunGard Australian eager to repeat early successes

    Richie Porte of Team Saxo Bank-SunGard will have a way to go to top his first pro year, but is looking forward to the challenge. “It's going to be a great year for us. It's a new generation eager to gain territory and it's exciting to be a part of it. I hope to be able to stay after the upcoming season as well,” he said.

    The highlight of his first pro year was without doubt “wearing the pink jersey in Giro d'Italia. Obviously, leading one of the big tours is a huge thing and perhaps even more when you are a neo pro. I proudly wore it for three days and took the white jersey overall and the experience will stay in my mind for the years to come,” he said on the team's website.

    His first successes as a pro have helped him to mature both personally and professionally, the 25-year-old noted. “Certainly, I have been growing up a lot faster this year and the success has a way of getting to a person's head but I'm trying to keep my feet on the ground. This year has given me more confidence to believe that I can do well in stage races.

    "Physically, it has changed me to perform a lot better in these races and with those things combined, I want to take advantage of my new abilities in 2011. I'm much hungrier than last year”.

    Porte is now at his home in Tasmania, spending the holidays with his family, but recently attended the teambuilding gathering on Fuerteventura. The Australian admitted he ”went in to the clown activity with mixed feelings. Then, I turned and looked at Alberto (Contador) who won the Tour de France three times and he was just as bad at the activities as I was which kind of equalized us.

    There are many changes in the team for the coming season, but “I really got the feeling that we are all friends in this team. Surely, a large group of cyclists left this year but all the new guys on the team will be integrated in no time. The team management has made a good job...

  • HTC-Highroad unveils 2011 jersey design

    Tony Martin shows off the 2011 HTC-Highroad jersey
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 14:39 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    US team goes for whiter retro look

    The HTC-Highroad team has issued official photographs of the team’s new-look jersey for the 2011 season.

    Images of the new jersey were published on several rider’s twitter accounts but the team has released a photograph of Tony Martin and the eight special jerseys created for the national champions in the US team’s line-up.

    The photographs were taken at the team’s recent training camp in California, where the 25 men and 12 women in the team for 2011 gathered for training, physiology testing, equipment fitting, goal setting and nutrition education.

    The team describes the new, much whiter jersey design as a ‘simple, retro-inspired departure from the team's 2010 design treatment.'

    The 2010 jersey stood out in the peloton for its bright white, yellow and black design. The new jersey is almost totally white with just a vertical band of black, yellow and green on the front and under the arms.

    HTC takes prominence on the chest of the jersey but the Highroad logo is also clear to see. The team was co-sponsored by Columbia clothing in 2010 but Highroad is the name of the team’s management company and indicates the space a second sponsor would have on the jersey.

    Technical sponsors have a discrete presence on the jersey, with the Specialized 'S' on the chest, near the logo of clothing maker Moa and the UCI World Tour logo. Skoda appears on the sleeve and the riders’ names are on the other sleeve.

    The team will compete in the kit for the first time at the Tour Down Under in Australia that begins on January 18.

  • Liqugas-Cannondale take to SRM and physiology tests

    The Liquigas-Cannondale riders underwent incremental lab tests
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 14:44 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    A photo gallery of the Italian team at their training camp in Sardinia

    The Liquigas-Cannondale riders are working on their endurance at the team’s first training camp in Sardinia but part of each day is spent on other complimentary, and equally important activities, such as work in the gym, stretching and balance work, physiology testing, planning race programmes, massage, introductions to new sponsors, media interviews and even English lessons.

    A December training camp is vital for making sure everything is in place before the racing begins and riders and staff are scattered around the globe at races. It is also the right time for riders to tweak their positions on the bike, and work on their core strength and flexibility.

    To fit in all the extra activities, some riders, including team leader’s Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali set their alarm clocks for 6:30am so they can go to the gym before breakfast.

    The training rides leave the hotel at 9:30 and then other activities fill the rest of the day until dinner at 8:00pm.

    Lab tests

    There was no training ride programmed for Tuesday because every rider underwent a physiology test in a temporary lab set up in one of the buildings. Vincenzo Nibali sneaked out for an hour on the bike but most riders saved everything for the test and then rode on the rollers to recover from their effort.

    The tests were done under the watchful eye of team coach Paolo Slongo and technicians from power metre specialist SRM.

    The test lasted 45 minutes, with the riders told to increase their power output by a few watts every three minutes. The riders were wired up to a computer and their breathing capacity was also measured.

    The stretching and relaxation classes were done in groups of six or seven, while the soigneur were kept busy rubbing the muscles of the 30 riders on the team.

    Liquigas-Cannondale intends to be a more global team in 2011. The Italian squad has added Ted King, Timmy Duggen and Cameron Wurf to...

  • Movistar team unveils 2011 kit design

    Team Movistar grew out of the former Caisse d'Epargne team
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 18:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Simple look a departure from Caisse d'Epargne jersey

    Team Movistar revealed its new look for the 2011 season today, rolling out a simple, uncluttered blue and green design with the 'M' logo of its title sponsor.

    Printed on the back of the neck of the jersey is the team's motto "Compartida, la vida es más" (Shared, life is more). "The Movistar Team wants to share its passion for the sport with the athletes, the fans, the media, to compete and to respect the environment," the team said in a statement.

    The 24 riders of Team Movistar debut in January, with the team represented in Australia at the Tour Down Under and in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis.

    The team also rolled out its Facebook fan page.

  • RadioShack team for Armstrong's final Tour Down Under announced

    Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) in his final Tour
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 20:07 GMT
    Cycling News

    International squad includes Rosseler, McCartney

    Team RadioShack has announced its squad to ride the Santos Tour Down Under, held in Adelaide, Australia, from January 16-23.

    Sebastian Rosseler will be the team's sprinter in an event which is dominated by the fast men, while winner of stage three at this year's edition of the race, Manuel Cardoso, returns to Australia as part of the US outfit.

    And as race director Mike Turtur noted, "Another strong rider to join the team in Adelaide is three-time Swiss champion Gregory Rast, who has an impressive Swiss national road race championships record."

    Markel Irizar will line up for Team RadioShack, having won the Škoda King of the Mountains classification as part of Euskaltel-Euskadi's team at the 2009 edition of the race.

    And of course there's Armstrong, who will bid farewell to Australia and the professional peloton with a third appearance at the event.

    "From this line-up, Armstrong will be well supported by a strong squad that has a good combination of youth and experience for his farewell ride," said Turtur.

    Team RaioShack for Santos Tour Down Under: Lance Armstrong, Markel Irizar, Sebastian Rosseler, Jason McCartney, Gregory Rast, Ben Hermans, Manuel Cardoso. Team manager: Jose Azevedo

  • USA women's program appoints Stewart as new director

    Team BMC's Jackson Stewart (left) leads a group part of the peloton into a tight curve.
    Article published:
    December 16, 2010, 20:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Company of former pro Jackson Stewart to manage development program

    USA Cycling announced today that the company of former BMC pro Jackson Stewart will manage its Women's National Development program from the USA Cycling house in Lucca, Italy.

    "Our Women's Development Program is among the top national team programs in the World. Our expectation going forward is to continue providing the same opportunities for American women to experience and learn the demands of the European peloton," said USA Cycling's Director of Athletics, Jim Miller, who ran the women's program for eight years before moving into his current role in 2009.

    "That vision requires sound leadership, and Jackson has the necessary knowledge and experiences to lead this program into the future."

    Stewart, an accomplished racer, was part of the BMC Professional Cycling Team from 2007 to 2010. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from San Jose State University.

    "I'm looking forward to working on the other end of professional cycling," said Stewart. "I have worked with some great people as a rider and am hoping to use what I've learned from them in my new position."

  • Tech tidbits: Team Geox-TMC announces technical partners

    Footon-Servetto team bikes are fitted with Rotor Agilis cranks and elliptical Q-Rings.
    Article published:
    December 17, 2010, 2:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Fuji, Kestrel and Rotor supply Spanish squad

    While it may have missed selection for a ProTeam licence, Team Geox-TMC still boasts grand tour winners Denis Menchov and Carlos Sastre and has attracted sponsorship from the likes of Fuji and ROTOR for its bikes and components.

    For the 2011 season, Mauro Gianetti's squad will ride Fuji's Altamira LTD team edition for road races while for time trials they'll be able to choose from two ASI-branded bikes: the Fuji D6 or the Kestrel 4000 LTD time trial bike. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrains will be hung upon the squad's machines.

    ROTOR will supply Geox-TMC with its Q-Rings, 3D cranks, press-fit and BB1 bottom brackets, chain catchers and seat mast topper. Sastre is a notable proponent of the company's offerings and used them during his time with the Cervélo TestTeam. The team's wheelsets will be supplied by Oval Concepts/DT Swiss.

    Companies such as TRP, Deda Elementi, Hutchinson, Selle Italia and Look will also be technical partners of the team, which will rely on wildcard entries for the year's biggest races in 2011 thanks to its Pro Continental status.

  • Monfort happy with new Luxembourg Cycling Project

    Maxime Monfort (HTC-Columbia) is Belgium's national time trial champion
    Article published:
    December 17, 2010, 9:57 GMT
    Hedwig Kröner

    "Great atmosphere" at first get-together

    Maxime Monfort has returned from his new squad's first training camp with very good impressions. After one week spent in the Swiss Alps in Crans Montana with the new Luxembourg team, the Belgian was impressed with the gathering.

    "The atmosphere was really very good," Monfort told La Dernière Heure. "We had the impression that everybody knew each other. There were no clans as one could have feared there would be: it was really the birth of the team."

    Echoing the sentiments of some of his new teammates, the Belgian was well-integrated in the team building event that took place without any bike riding. "It wasn't a conventional training camp, as we didn't ride our bikes at all," said the 27-year-old.

    "The first part of the camp was administrative, with meetings and race schedule elaboration, which resembled what I've known at HTC-Columbia. But the second, greater part was dedicated to team building, to create a team spirit."

    "We did Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking in the mountains with one night spent in a refuge, but also some ice-skating and games on ice.

    "The whole thing was quite physical, especially the work-out in altitude. I realized this when I returned to ride my bike on Monday and Tuesday: I immediately felt that I hadn't lost my form."

    With Northern Europe still under the snow, the Belgian has now travelled to the French Côte d'Azur to continue working on his pre-season build-up.