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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 14, 2011

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January 14, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Colnago pleased to support Team Type 1

    Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Ernesto Colnago, Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1).
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    January 13, 2011, 18:40 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Voeckler, Martini, Bettini and Pozzovivo present at Colnago 2011 presentation

    Ernest Colnago has said that he was unable to turn down the possibility of supplying bikes to Team Type 1 when approached ahead of the 2010 season. The American team has since obtained a Pro-Continental licence for this year and is aiming to win a wildcard invitation to the Giro d’Italia.

    “I usually back young riders and Italian riders,” Colnago told Gazzetta dello Sport. “But when those Americans explained their philosophy to me, and told me about diabetes sufferers who have to live like everybody else and who can even ride with [Lance] Armstrong and [Alberto] Contador, I immediately said, ‘I’m there.’”

    On the outskirts of Milan on Tuesday, Colnago presented the five squads that will ride on his frames in 2011. As well as Team Type 1, his storied company will supply bikes to Landbouwkrediet, Europcar, Colnago-CSF Inox and the Colnago Arreghini off-road team.

    Among those present at the event at the Colnago factory in Cambiago were Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox), Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1) and Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini). Legendary Italian manager Alfredo Martini was also on hand, along with the current incumbent Paolo Bettini.

    Colnago is particularly proud of the fact that Colnago Arreghini and Sven Nys’ Landouwkrediet squad keep the company flag flying on the cyclo-cross circuit. “In the winter, when other road teams don’t race, I race and win in ‘cross and mountain biking,” he said.

    The Europcar squad, which is to be presented in Paris on Friday, will also ride on the Italian-built frames in 2011, while Colnago has high hopes for Bruno Reverberi’s Colnago-CSF Inox squad. “In 2010, they were good, very good and at this point it is right to expect a further leap in quality in the season that’s about to begin.”

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  • Cofidis on the right path for 2011

    Fromer Estonian champion Rein Taaramae
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    January 13, 2011, 19:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    French team to seek return to top tier in 2012

    The 2011 Cofidis team was presented today, with its 25 professional riders and five paralympians lining the stage of the Casino de Paris. Two riders have made the transition from rider to directeur sportif this season, with rouler Stephane Augé coming from within the organization and Didier Rous moving from Bouygues Telecom to the rival French squad.

    Team manager Eric Boyer is keeping the team on the same path as previous years, adding three new young riders and a few veterans to the 18 who remained.

    After finishing 2010 with 23 victories including stages of the Giro d'Italia (Damien Monier), Vuelta a Espana (David Moncoutie) and Paris-Nice (Amaël Moinard) and the mountains classification at the Vuelta by Moncoutie, the team has upped its goals for 2011. In order to return to the sport's top tier, it hopes to be the top-ranked French team in the UCI rankings, to obtain the Tour de France stage win which eluded it this year, and to claim the overall Coupe de France prize.

    "I see the work we do, and I am confident," Boyer said during the presentation. "I am convinced we will achieve these objectives."

    The team was ranked 20th in the UCI's world rankings and was not accepted into the ProTeams ranks for the upcoming season. Boyer said he would seek a first division license for 2012. "I am convinced that we are going in the right direction but we must understand that it takes time."

    Boyer said last fall that the lack of a recognized leader may have cost the team its chance to return to the first division. While it has not recruited any new big names, he will continue to foster the development of promising riders like Belgian Jens Keukeliere and Estonian Rein Taaramae to grow into that role while also relying on proven winners like Samuel Dumoulin and new recruit, Nicolas Vogondy, to continue to perform.

    Cofidis for 2011

    Mickaël Buffaz
    Rémi Cusin

  • Blythe aims for strong start to 2011

    Great Britain's Adam Blythe (Omega Pharma-Lotto) celebrates his race victory.
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    January 13, 2011, 21:30 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Classics feature on Briton's calendar

    Adam Blythe (Omega-Pharma Lotto) is hoping to build on a successful first season with a strong start to his 2011 campaign. The Briton won four races in the space of a fortnight last year, including Circuit Franco-Belge and culminating in victory in Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte-Kapellen.

    The 21-year-old is currently at the team’s camp in Mallorca, Spain, where he told Cyclingnews that his season will be based around helping Philippe Gilbert in the Classics while having his own opportunities in smaller Belgian races where he has excelled in the past.

    “Hopefully I’ll be riding all the Classics, from Het Volk up to Roubaix, if my form is good,” he told Cyclingnews.

    Last year was Blythe’s debut in the professional ranks, and he quickly gained the respect of his teammates and especially Gilbert, who requested that the rider from Sheffield be selected ahead of more established riders for the Tour of Flanders.

    “I did a good job at Gent-Wevelgem and then he personally asked for me to be in the team for Flanders and my performance there got me into the team for Roubaix.”

    “I think I did a good job for Phil last season and I think he appreciates that and wants me this year as well. In each race I’ll start by his side from kilometre zero and carry on until I blow up.”

    Once the Mallorca training camp concludes next week Blythe will head back to his base in Belgium before travelling south to train in Monaco with Gilbert. But his desire to help and be the dutiful teammate is coupled with his own aspirations to succeed and to win for himself.

    “I think I can do well this year and I don’t think that last year’s success was down to luck. I can do just as well if not better this year,” he told Cyclingnews.

    “I’m aiming at Belgian races because they suit me with the cold weather and the rain at the...

  • Sutherland hones time trial position in wind tunnel

    Chris Boardman, left, and Iñigo San Millán, in discussion.
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    January 13, 2011, 21:37 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Time trial legend Chris Boardman, Dr. Iñigo San Millán advise Australian

    UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling's team manager Mike Tamayo comes straight to the point regarding the team's 2011 season goal: a place on the Amgen Tour of California's final podium.

    The rider on the newly upgraded Professional Continental team's 17-man roster expected to make that come to fruition is 28-year-old Australian Rory Sutherland, whose best general classification finish in four attempts came in the 2010 edition: seventh overall, 1:58 off the pace of winner and compatriot Michael Rogers.

    The biggest single block of time lost by Sutherland came in the penultimate stage's 33.6km individual time trial, where he conceded 57 seconds to Rogers.

    The U.S.-based team brought Sutherland, along with new team-mate and time trial powerhouse Scott Zwizanski, to the A2 Wind Tunnel in Mooresville, North Carolina on Wednesday in their quest for "free speed", Tamayo's term for maximizing aerodynamic efficiency on the team's Boardman time trial bike. The Boardman name belongs to none other than Chris Boardman, one of professional cycling's most storied and influential time trialists, who is for the first time supplying road and time trial bikes to a professional cycling team.

    Boardman flew from his home in England to North Carolina to advise UnitedHealthcare's time trial aces and with Sutherland's wind tunnel sessions the Briton was joined by Sutherland's coach, Dr Iñigo San Millán, a physiologist who's Director of the Exercise Physiology and Human Performance lab at the University of Colorado to provide physiological assessments of the changes made to Sutherland's time trial position.

    Sutherland was leaving nothing to chance in his quest to win the Amgen Tour of California as Boardman and A2 Wind Tunnel's Mike Giraud tweaked his position on the bike while San Millán drew blood for lactate testing for Sutherland's blocks of time pedalling on a CompuTrainer each stint in the wind tunnel.

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  • Wegelius joins UnitedHealthcare at Tour de San Luis

    Charly Wegelius (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is ready to help Matt LLoyd defend his climber's jersey
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    January 14, 2011, 1:04 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    Englishman targets Amgen Tour of California and Quiznos Pro Challenge

    Charles Wegelius is scheduled to kick off his season under the new colors of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team at the UCI 2.1 Tour de San Luis held from January 17-23 in San Luis, Argentina. Coming from Europe's harsh winter climate, the Englishman is realistic about his ambitions during the mountainous seven-stage race.

    "The race is a chance for me to meet my new colleagues and get some good racing miles done, in hopefully warm weather," Wegelius told Cyclingnews. "The winter has been particularly tough in Europe, and the race comes early in the season, so I do not have specific ambitions for the race. For our team it is a chance to start working together and for our two time trial specialists there is a chance to try their new bikes and positions in a race situation. For the team it is also a chance to show the cycling community that we are a quality team and work towards the future."

    UnitedHealthcare's six-man roster includes time trial specialists Rory Sutherland and Scott Zwizanksi who arrive to the first stage race of the season after a visit to the A2 wind tunnel for bike positioning and testing with English time trial legend Chris Boardman in Mooresville, North Carolina. Joining the trio in the week-long race are teammates Davide Frattini, Andrew Pinfold and Christian Meier.

    "I have met Chris Boardman on a couple of occasions, but wouldn't say I know him well," Wegelius said. "When I was beginning to race, around 1994 and '95, he was performing at the top level, and was a real inspiration. He always had a reputation for diligence and innovation when it came to equipment, science and bike position. If he brings only a part of that knowledge to the team, it will be a massive advantage to us."

    The Tour de San Luis is staged in the southern hemisphere's scorching summer climate at the base of the Andes Mountain Range. Race organizers traditionally offer the peloton an opening series of fast sprinter-friendly stages...

  • ProTeam and Professional Continental teams to race NRC criteriums in 2011

    Just a hint of irony in the Sunny King criterium taking place at night
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    January 14, 2011, 2:48 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    UCI rules will need to be followed

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) will allow Professional Continental and ProTeams to compete in National Racing Calendar (NRC) criteriums. The events will be added to the UCI Criterium Calendar for 2011.

    According to code 2.7.005 states, "the national federations shall submit their criterium calendar to the UCI no later than 1 September for the following year. Organisers whose criterium is not included on this calendar may not invite riders from a team registered with the UCI or allow them to ride. If the national criterium calendar is not received by the UCI before the deadline, the organisers in question may not invite riders from a team registered with the UCI or allow them to ride."

    "Criteriums in the US are a very spectator friendly opportunity for us to showcase our sponsors and they are instrumental in the marketing of our team in the US," said UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team manager Mike Tamayo. "We are excited that the UCI and USA Cycling were able to work out criteriums as a way for us to be able to showcase our sponsors."

    There are currently 14 NRC criteriums including Sunny King Criterium on April 9, USA Crits SpeedWeek from April 30-May 8, Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling on May 1, Tour de Grove on May 14, WIlmington Grand Prix on May 21, Tour of Somerville on May 30, Base Camp International p/b Verizon Wireless on June 2, Tulsa Tough from June 10-12, Air Force Cycling Classic from June 11-12, Glencoe Grand Prix p/b AT&T on June 25 and Manhattan Beach Grand Prix on June 26.

    The second half of the season includes the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic on July 3, Boise Twilight on July 16, Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium on July 30, USA Cycling Pro Criterium Championships on August 20, Evanston Grand Prix on August 21, Chris Thater Memorial on August 28 and the CapCrit p/b WCSA on October 2.

    "There are more criteriums here, and throughout the world, and they are a good place for us to showcase...

  • Peloton pledges to raise funds for flood relief with charity partnership

    Robbie McEwen (centre) riding in his new Radio Shack team outfit during the mens' elite criterium in Ballarat.
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    January 14, 2011, 3:06 GMT
    Cycling News

    Tour Down Under riders touched by Aussie devastation

    The 133 riders competing in the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under have come together to donate to the Queensland Flood Relief Appeal, as sporting rivalry is pushed aside and all nationalities contribute to help those Aussies suffering the devastation.

    Confirmed with the last four international teams to arrive in Adelaide yesterday, all prize money won by individual riders at the Cancer Council Classic, (€12,000 in total) on Sunday 16 January 2011 wil be donated to the Flood Relief Appeal.

    Australian riders, Simon Gerrans and Michael Rogers, Sky Pro Cycling and Astana's Allan Davis have banded together to ensure every rider competing is happy to be on board.

    "We cannot sit back and do nothing, it is not the Aussie spirit, this is our way of helping," said native Queenslander, Allan Davis.

    Fellow Queenslander Robbie McEwen, who landed in Adelaide today, has already joined forces with his new RadioShack teamate Lance Armstrong to generate funds through their Twitter ride that will start from Wrigley Reserve, Glenelg at 10.00am tomorrow, Saturday 15 January 2011.

    "People have been hard hit by this crisis and whatever small role we can play to help we will but we urge everyone to make a donation to the official Premier's Flood Relief Appeal," said McEwen.

    "It is important to all of us to feel like we can help make a difference as we see what is unfolding in our own country. Cyclists are a compassionate group and happy to chip in," said Simon Gerrans.

    In addition to the prize money donation, all 19 teams will donate a signed team jersey by every competing rider for auction on eBay.

    "Cycling fans have an opportunity to bid for a once in a life time piece of sporting memorabilia," said Davis.

    Today's announcement by the professional cyclists is a partnership with Cancer Council SA, the Santos Tour Down Under's official charity partner.

    "Cancer doesn't stop for the floods, but the Cancer...

  • Vinokourov named Kazakhstan's Athlete of the Year

    All smiles for Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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    January 14, 2011, 9:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    Astana captain won Liège-Bastogne- Liège and more

    Alexander Vinokourov has been voted as Athlete of the Year in Kazakhstan. He won the vote held on the country's largest website,

    In his first full season back after a two-year suspension for blood doping, Vinokourov won the opening time trial at the Giro del Trentino on his way to the overall title. He followed that up only two days later by winning Liège-Bastogne- Liège.

    After finishing sixth overall at the Giro d'Italia, where he wore the leader's jersey for five stages, he won a stage at the Tour de France. One day after narrowly missing out on a win out of an escape group, Vinokourov broke away on the final climb to solo to victory in Revel.

    "This is a great pride for me to be elected as the greatest sportsman of the year in my country,” he said. "This proves that cycling is a very popular sport in Kazakhstan and that the public is aware of the value of my victories compared to other major Kazakh champions. This is an important title that rewards me and it also motivates me for the new season.”

    He won with 24.2 percent of the votes ahead of world champion weightlifter Ilya Ilin (17.9%) and biathlete Elena Khrustelava (15.5%).