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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Monfort and Gerdemann look likely to remain with Leopard/RadioShack

    Maxime Monfort (Leopard-Trek)
    Article published:
    September 22, 2011, 20:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Bruyneel confirms Belgian, German says team plans with him

    It looks as if Maxime Monfort and Linus Gerdemann will be with the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek team in the coming season. Both riders are currently with Leopard Trek.

    Incoming team manger Johan Bruyneel told Het Nieuwsblad that Monfort should be held to his current contract. “To my knowledge he still has two seasons to go.”

    The Belgian seemed less sure of the whole matter. “I want to talk to team management. I want to know where I stand.”

    Monfort's only win this season was in the Vuelta a Espana team time trial, but he was the team's top finisher in the Spanish race, ending it in sixth place overall. He also brought in top 10 overall finishes in the Tour de Suisse, Paris-Nice and the Tour of Oman.

    Gerdemann's name had been mentioned with Team Katusha, but it looks as if he, too, will stay put. “We have talked, they are planning with me,” he told the Münsterlandische Volkszeitung.

    The German recently finished fourth overall in the Tour of Britain and won this year's Tour de Luxembourg. He joined Team CSC in 2005 before riding with T-Mobile, Columbia and Milram.

  • Video: Sean Kelly's Worlds predictions

    Cycling legend Sean Kelly at the start in Taunton
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    September 22, 2011, 22:05 BST
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    Says Cavendish is missing top form

    Sean Kelly has predicted a race full of attacks for Sunday’s UCI World Championships road race. The Irishman, who medalled several times during his illustrious career rather predictably picked Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) has his favourite for the race but added that the weather could be the biggest factor in determining the next world champion.

    When the course was unveiled the general consensus was that the result would come down to a sprint finish. However Kelly believes that with wind such a prediction could fall flat on its face.

    Kelly also discussed the form of the sprinters and believes that Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) was not in his best form, despite picking up stage wins at the recent Tour of Britain. According to Kelly the Italian and Belgians will dictate the pace of the race and that this year’s winner will come from a break away group.

  • Transfer news: Saxo Bank signs three

    Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank - Sungard)
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    September 22, 2011, 23:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Lampre, Skil-Shimano and Team Type 1 transfers

    Saxo Bank Sungard announced today that it has signed three young riders: Jonas Aaen Jørgensen, Jaroslaw Marycz and Ran Margaliot.

    Margaliot joined the team this season as a trainee and earned a one-year contract. He hopes to become the first Israeli to race the Tour de France.

    "I'm grateful to have this huge opportunity to ride with the very best in the World. I know it's going to take a lot of sweat and sacrifice, but I hope to show everyone that I'm there for the team 100 percent. I have had the fortune to get to know everyone on the team and the staff, and I have been really well received. So I look forward to repay that with hard work," Margaliot said.

    Jørgensen, 25, is the winner of last weeks Grand Prix d'Ibergues and signed a two-year contract, while Marycz, 24 has returned on a one-year deal.

    Stortoni added to Lampre roster, two axed from Skil-Shimano

    Lampre-ISD announced that it has signed Simone Stortoni, currently with Colnago-CSF Inox. The 26-year-old climber is in his third year as a professional, and his most impressive performance to date was a second place in the 2010 Giro d'Italia stage to Monte Terminillo behind Chris Anker Sörensen.

    Skil-Shimano made it public that the contracts of Robin Chaigneau and Martin Reimer would not be renewed, stating, "the progression in the development of both cyclists has stagnated."

    Team Type 1 adds two, retains three more

    Team Type 1 - Sanofi announced it has added Daniele Colli (Geox-TMC) and Georg Preidler (Tyrol Team) to its squad for the 2012 season. Staying with the team are Laszlo Bodrogi, Aldo Ino Ilesic and Alex Bowden.

  • Castroviejo confirmed for Movistar

     Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Euskatel)
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    September 23, 2011, 1:42 BST
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    Basque rider ends association with Euskaltel-Euskadi

    Time trial specialist Jonathan Castroviejo will join Movistar in 2012, leaving Basque team Euskaltel-Euskadi after two seasons. He previously spent two years at the Orbea Continental team. Rated as one of Spain's best young talents, the 24-year-old is set to join Movistar for the next three years.

    The Basque rider has taken two victories this season, with the highlight coming in the Tour de Romandie in April when he surprised American Taylor Phinney to take the prologue time trial. He was second in the time trial national championships behind Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) in June, and recently finished just outside the top ten in the world championships time trial in Copenhagen.

    Castroviejo is the fourth confirmed rider to join Movistar next season following the earlier announcements of Javi Moreno and José Herrada (Caja Rural), and Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese-Neri).

  • Sulzberger primed to lead V Australia's Tasmanian title defence

    The Tour's top three (l-r): Peter McDonald (2nd,Drapac Porsche), Bernard Sulzberger (1st,Fly V Australia), and Luke Durbridge (3rd,Jayco/AIS).
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    September 23, 2011, 4:50 BST
    Alex Hinds

    NRS leaders Genesys to take backseat role as team eyes Herald Sun Tour

    The Tour of Tasmania, one of Australia's most prestigious stage races, is fast approaching and local rider Bernard Sulzberger (V Australia) is hoping to make it a successful return to home roads when he lines up for the October 4 start.

    Sulzberger, who won the 2009 edition of the race, has just finished riding in the Tour of China where he finished 27th overall and according to team manager Chris White the Tasmanian is really motivated for the race.

    "Bernie started to show some pretty good form in China after his stint in the US and he’ll be right on for the big Tassie races," White said. "We have a team which will be very competitive in Tasmania. We’ll take the competition to a new level.

    "We love the Tassie tour. It’s Australia’s best tour, with its fantastic terrain and countryside. But it can be brutal and this year’s course looks tough. I think Tassie is about to bear its ugly teeth."

    Though the V Australia team has had significant success in previous years at the race with Sulzberger, and last year with Patrick Shaw (now Genesys), they'll have to find some way to overcome current NRS leaders Genesys, who boast the winner of every Australian stage race in 2011 so far.

    Genesys, who have just finished a reconnisaince of the route for the upcoming Herald Sun Tour, go to the Tour of Tasmania without Shaw, though they will be able to rely on the services of NRS leader Nathan Haas, and Goulburn prologue winner Anthony Giacoppo.

    Team manager Andrew Christie-Johnson said to Cyclingnews that the team would be taking it day-by-day in Tasmania, and would be tempering how deep Haas and Giacoppo go ahead of Herald Sun Tour.

    "The Tour of Tasmania is important for us, but it's not as important as the...

  • Thor Hushovd thinks stacked field will make it hard in Copenhagen

    Thor Hushovd signs autographs for fans
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    September 23, 2011, 7:00 BST
    Cycling News

    World champion says he is feeling good after Tour of Britain

    Current World Champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) has said that although the course in Copenhagen may suit him, the field is among the most open he can recall and that it will be very hard for his team to control the race on Sunday.

    "There is some really strong opposition racing, I think it’s going to be hard," said Hushovd to L’ "I think with guys like Peter Sagan, Philippe Gilbert, Oscar Freire, Mark Cavendish, there are plenty of potential winners.

    "Bennati has one of the strongest teams in the race, and I would suggest the Germa-s have a very solid team led by Andre Greipel.

    "Meanwhile for Norway we only have four riders! With so many quality teams we’re just going to have to rely on the work of others."

    The Norwegian was reportedly on strong antibiotics while racing in the Tour of Britain, however he now feels that he is fully recovered. Hushovd added that he was pleased with his build up after the Tour de France.

    "I believe I'm well rested after a successful Tour de France," he said. "The stage victory in the Tour of Britain confirms that the form is there, and now all that waits is the racing on Sunday."

    The men’s road race takes place on Sunday September 25.

  • Grabsch disappointed but motivated for London

    Bert Grabsch (HTC-Columbia)
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    September 23, 2011, 9:39 BST
    Cycling News

    German says fourth place shows he is still a top rider

    Bert Grabsch is disappointed with the 10 seconds which cost him a medal at the UCI World Championships time trial on Wednesday, but overall is satisfied with his performance.  The 2008 World Champion says that his fourth place gives him extra motivation for next year's Olympic Games in London.

    “Ten seconds over 46 kilometers isn't very much.  The positive thing is that I can still stay with the world's best and that with a slightly better form I could have gotten a medal,” he told  “I rode a good Worlds time trial, but it could have been better.  That is my motivation for next year looking towards the Olympics.”

    Grabsch said that his plan had been to start fast, and he did so, setting the best times at the intermediate time checks.  “That motivated me, although  I know that 12 other riders were still to come.  One small disadvantage was that I didn't know the times of my closest rivals.”

    He complimented his national teammate and Highroad teammate Tony Martin, who took the title by  1:15.  “I think Tony rode the time trial of his life.  Respect – the best time triallist of this year also won the world title.”

    Looking forward to 2012, the 35-year-old said that his goal “is quite clearly the Olympic Games in London.  That should also be a flat course with few curves. I think that is enough motivation.”  Grabsch will ride for Omega Pharma-Quickstep in the coming year.

  • Zabel looks for first family world championship title

    Erik Zabel was on hand to watch his son Rick race.
    Article published:
    September 23, 2011, 11:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Young German hope to top his father's silvers

    Rick Zabel hopes to accomplish something at the start of his career that his father Erik didn't accomplish in his 16 years as a professional – a world championship title.  The younger Zabel will make his Worlds debut on Saturday in the junior road race at the UCI World Championships.

    The elder Zabel never won a Worlds title but won silver in 2004 and 2006, and bronze in 2002.

    There was never much doubt as to what Zabel would choose as a career.  “The basis was always there through my family.  It was so much fun.  The fascination still hasn't let go of me,” he told the dapd news agency.

    Zabel bears a strong resemblance to his father, and not just facially.  “At any rate I have inherited his ambition.  And surely too, the eye and understanding of race situations, to take the correct rear wheel in a sprint.”

    The 17-year-old has proved his abilities this year, winning both the under 23 versions of Rund um Köln and Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt.  It was enough to gain him a contract for the coming year with the Rabobank Continental Team.

    “I'm betting everything on cycling.  I would regret it if I hadn't taken this step,” he said.  It also puts an end to his school days, to his parents' displeasure.  Zabel attended the Sportschule in Erfurt for the last four years.  “Without this experience I wouldn't be the rider that I am today.”

    Father Erik is naturally quite proud of his son.  “He has talent and is on the right way.  He loves cycling, that is the most important thing.”  He is in...