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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 1, 2011

Date published:
August 01, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • McEwen downplays GreenEdge speculation

    Robbie McEwen leads the chase
    Article published:
    July 31, 2011, 18:40 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Porte considering 2012 options

    Robbie McEwen has dampened speculation that he will sign for GreenEdge in the coming days, telling Cyclingnews that he has not signed a contract for 2012 and that he will not be meeting with GreenEdge tomorrow (Monday).

    The Australian had reported that Stuart O'Grady and McEwen will both race for GreenEdge next season. O'Grady, 38, currently rides for Leopard Trek, while McEwen, 39, is coming to the end of a one-year deal with RadioShack.

    "I've not spoken to anyone yet so I'm not going anywhere next year as of yet. That's all news to me. I've not spoken to GreenEdge, Bruyneel or anyone else. Now is the time of year to start things, but if there's any news to spread I'll say it when it's appropriate and when there is any. I've not spoken to anybody and I've not got any scheduled meetings at the moment," McEwen told Cyclingnews.

    Cyclingnews attempted to contact Stuart O'Grady but he was not available.

    Richie Porte is set to sit down with Saxo Bank's Bjarne Riis at the Tour of Denmark in a make or break set of negotiations. Porte is out of contract at the end of the season and so far Riis has failed to tie him down to a long-term contract. Porte is one of the most sought after riders in the peloton for 2012 and his 2010 Giro d'Italia performance has marked him out as a potential grand tour rider.

    Cyclingnews understands from a reliable source that Porte and his agent have been approached by several teams, confirmed as Katusha, Astana, BMC, Sky, GreenEdge and Saxo Bank.


  • Brazil's head coach buoyed by Tour do Rio performances

    Brazil's national team coach Ternico Hernandes talks to the media following the conclusion of the Tour do Rio
    Article published:
    July 31, 2011, 23:38 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Riders showcase form for upcoming Olympic test event

    Just a fortnight away from the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, the Brazilian athletes competing at this week's Tour do Rio have also been using their home UCI 2.1 event as important preparation.

    The five-stage race through the state of Rio Janeiro saw two of the Brazilian athletes who have already qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games in action – Rafael Andriato (Petroli Firenze) and Pan American champion Gregolry Panizo (Clube Dataro de Ciclismo/Foz do Iguaçu). The other two athletes to have qualified are twice Pan American Under 23 champion Gideoni Monteiro and Garmin-Cervelo's Maurilo Fischer, who took out the national championship in June for the second time.

    Speaking with Cyclingnews following the conclusion of the stage race, national head coach Ternico Hernandes said that he was encouraged by what the athletes, both those who have already made the cut and those on the verge, had achieved over the week.

    "You could see Rafael Andriato's performance – so I'm very happy about that," he said. "Both Gregolry Panizo and Jose Eriberto, they're on the way up and developing."

    Andriato finished 15th on the general classification, his end result taking a hit following a tough day in the mountains on Stage 4. The 23-year-old, who will join Pro Continental team Farnese Vini next season, did, however, come away with a victory on Stage 2, a second place on Stage 1 and third overall in the points classification. Panizo claimed 23rd overall while Jose Eriberto was 49th.

    Renato Seabra, who was set to attend this month's London-Surrey Cycle Classic which doubles at the 2012 Olympic test event, will now be...

  • Skil-Shimano enjoys its first WorldTour victory

    Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) was an emphatic winner.
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 0:45 BST
    Pierre Carrey

    Kittel now targets Vuelta and world championships

    German neo-pro Marcel Kittel, the winner of the Tour of Poland's opening stage, made history for his Skil-Shimano team on Sunday in Warsaw. Kittel's victory was the team's first WorldTour success since the Dutch Pro Continental squad formed in 2005.

    "We are all proud of this victory, not only the riders but the people behind [the team]," general manager Iwan Spekenbrink told Cyclingnews.

    Skil-Shimano's boss sees symbolism in Kittel's success. "It's meaningful Marcel has won such a victory," he said. "He's a young rider we have developed ourselves. We did a lot of work together, including good timing, positioning and lead-out."

    As part of his preparation, Kittel went to some training camps in July, in Livigno, Italy, and on Alpe d'Huez with his team. His last race was the German national championships at the end of June.

    Spekenbrink believed "since the beginning" that Kittel had strong potential. "If he follows his current evolution, he will be able one day to challenge the best sprinters in the world like Mark Cavendish."

    The Skil-Shimano manager notes the main difference between the two men: "Cavendish is very explosive, like a rocket. Kittel likes the long and strong sprint where he can use his very big power."

    Kittel, 23, joined Skil-Shimano in January after he rode four years for the German Continental team Thüringer-Energie. He immediately made his presence known, winning one stage in the Tour of Langkawi and four in the Four Days of Dunkirk.

    After the finish today in Warsaw Kittel thanked his teammates, particularly Tom Veelers, who launched his sprint.

    Directeur sportif Rudy Kemna thinks Veelers, a two-time stage winner in Tour of Qinghai Lake, can play a big role for the team at the Tour of Poland. "He can offer Marcel a strong...

  • Video: Boonen returns to racing at Tour of Poland

    Tom Boonen (Quick Step) returns to action in Poland.
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 3:21 BST
    Pierre Carrey

    Belgian recovered from concussion sustained in Tour de France

    Tom Boonen (Quick Step) returns to racing at the Tour of Poland three weeks after suffering a concussion in stage five of the Tour de France. Boonen finished the stage to Cap Fréhel but dropped out of the French Grand Tour two days later.

    The former world champion spoke to Cyclingnews' Pierre Carrey one day before the start of the Tour of Poland, which in 2000 was the first professional race for Boonen as a stagiaire for US Postal.

    Boonen speaks about his accident at the Tour de France and what he did in the days afterwards. The Belgian also relates his ambitions for events in the latter part of the season, the Vuelta a Espana and the world championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he feels the parcours suits him.

  • Video: Beyond The Peloton at the Tour of California

    The 2011 Amgen Tour of California GC podium was all-American: Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), Chris Horner (RadioShack) and Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cerv
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 9:21 BST
    Cycling News

    Footage from behind the scenes with Garmin-Cervelo

    Beyond the Peloton return with three gems from the Amgen Tour of California. The films follow the Garmin-Cervelo team throughout the race, focussing as ever, on the bond between the riders and fans, and delivering some of the most candid and insightful scenes cycling can muster.

    Stage three to Modesto is a big goal for the team after Thor Hushovd won a memorable sprint there in 2009. The BTP crew follows the stage from the Garmin-Cervelo team car as he bids to win a stage. Then it's time for the mountain stage where Garmin-Cervelo's overall contenders take on Chris Horner and Levi Leipheimer.

    As the race develops, Tom Danielson emerges as Garmin-Cervelo's only realistic GC contender and the BTP crew follow him ahead of the crucial Solvang time trial. Dave Zabriskie targets the time trial as well. The American has twice finished second in the GC but this year he fell out of contention early, meaning it's all or nothing in the time trial. The BTP crew also follows Emma Pooley, who after an injury earlier in the season, is racing in the women's event.

    After the time trial the team aims to put RadioShack under pressure and cement Danielson's position in the top three overall. The team are also riding to win the team classification. Can they topple the Shack?


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  • Kenny Van Hummel signs for Vacansoleil

    Kenny Van Hummel (Skil - Shimano)
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 10:48 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Sprinters moves from Skil-Shimano in two-year deal

    Kenny Van Hummel has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Vacansoleil, ending his six-year stint with rival Netherlands team Skil-Shimano.

    The 28-year-old will move up to the WorldTour ranks where he hopes to ride in the grand tours and biggest one day Classics.

    "We've been looking for a Dutch rider who can win consistently throughout the season and there's not that many riders who can do that," Frank Kwanten, of  Vacansoleil told Cyclingnews.

    Van Hummel has won 4 races this season and confirmed in July that he would not be renewing his contract with Skil-Shimano.

  • Kashechkin leaves Lampre-ISD

    Andrei Kashechkin (Lampre-ISD) was 30th.
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 11:56 BST
    Cycling News

    Updated: Kazakhstani rider set to join Astana

    The Lampre-ISD team has announced it has reached an agreement with Andrey Kashechkin to immediately rescind his contract with the Italian team and the Kazakhstani has revealed he will immediately join the Astana team and target the Vuelta Epsana.

    Kashechkin finished third overall in the 2006 Vuelta Espana when he raced with Alexandre Vinokourov at the Liberty Seguros team. The two rode for the Astana team at the 2007 Tour de France but Vinokourov tested positive for blood doping during the race and Kashechkin failed a blood test a few days later when he was tested out of competition while on holiday in Turkey. He appealed against the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but lost and served a two-year ban. He was unable to find a team in 2009 after serving his ban but rode for Kazakhstan in the time trial at the world championships in Mendrisio.

    The 31-year-old rider joined Lampre-ISD in June last year but has failed to land any significant results. He rode the Vuelta a Pais Vasco, the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné this year but failed to finish all three races. Yet he hopes to target  the top five overall in Spain. 

    "It's a great day in my cycling career. I really want to return to the Astana team. I am Kazakh and this team is built to represent our nation, and I am proud of my country, that's why it's important to me. There are still points to discuss and I will sign a contract soon with the team. My first race should be the Vuelta Espana, where I target the Top 5 in the overall standings,@ he said.

    The Lampre-ISD team wished Kashechkin all the best for the future in a press release but revealed it plans to build its 2012 squad around its three team leaders: Damiano Cunego, Michele Scarponi and...

  • Horner diagnosed with blood clot

    Chris Horner (RadioShack) lost over twelve minutes in a crash.
    Article published:
    August 01, 2011, 12:54 BST
    Cycling News

    Update on Tour de France injuries

    Chris Horner (RadioShack) has suffered a knockback as he recovers from his Tour de France crash, revealing that he has been diagnosed with a blood clot in one of his lungs.

    Horner crashed out of this year's Tour de France on stage seven, suffering from concussion, a broken nose, a fractured rib, and injures to a leg and ankle. He returned to the US in order to recover and had even begun training for the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado. However the blood clot has caused him further problems. 

    "I started having a sharp pain in my side. I initially thought it was cramping caused by the rib I had fractured in the Tour crash. However, it kept getting worse, so I called my favorite local orthopedic doctor, Dr. Gingold, for a little advice, and he told me to head straight to the hospital," he posted on his blog.

    "On the way, I started to have some serious pain - some of the worst pain I have ever had in my life, which is saying something! When I got to the emergency room, Dr. Gingold had already called ahead, so I was escorted straight in for tests. Turns out, I have an updated injury list from the Tour crash – a broken nose, a fractured rib, something wrong with my calf and ankle, a splitting headache, and … a blood clot in my lung. And no, that’s never a good thing!"

    Horner will undergo blood thinning treatment as well as undergo a series of additional tests.