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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 5, 2011

Date published:
December 05, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Olympic cyclist Lea rules roller race in New York

    The winners on the podium: Matt Defenbach (Trexlertown) 2nd place, Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling) the winner by a hair (no pun to Matt), Al Borogh (BH Garnue) 3rd place.
    Article published:
    December 03, 2011, 21:07 GMT
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Landis and Ellis turn out for CRCA fundraiser

    US Olympian Bobby Lea took to the rollers in New York at the Drink Floyd- Roller Race Benefit ,Thursday, to help raise funds for the CRCA Junior Development Program. Lea, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, emerged victorious in an evening of roller racing in downtown New York, beating local track rider Matt Diefenbach in a thrilling final.

    The event, organised by nyvelocity.com raised close to $1,000 dollars and attracted a number of high profile guests including Floyd Landis, Slipstream Sports owner Doug Ellis and Tour of Battenkill organiser, Dieter Drake.

    “It was a fun night for a great cause, and we're very grateful for Floyd coming out and supporting it, as well as Bobby Lea and all the other racers,” said Andy Shen from nyvelocity.com.

    Competitors set down 500 meter time trials before competing in a set of head-to-heads. Losers from the heats had the chance to through a repechage before the semi-finals and final. You can make further donations for the development team, here.

    A thrilling semi final between Bobby Lea and Alexander Barouh

     

    Local rider, Brian Sullivan, of CRCA/Setanta, was a first time roller racer

  • Van Hummel to kick off 2012 at Tour Down Under

    Skil Shimano's Kenny Van Hummel is comfortable in green as the sprint points competition leader.
    Article published:
    December 03, 2011, 22:20 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dutch sprinter to debut with Vacansoleil-DCM in Australia

    Dutch sprinter Kenny Van Hummel will kick off his debut season in the WorldTour with the Vacansoleil-DCM team at the Santos Tour Down Under in January.

    He joins the team after six seasons with Skil-Shimano.

    Writing on his personal website, Van Hummel said he is looking forward to competing in the race for the first time, and is already deep into training in preparation for the event.

    "Meanwhile, it seems like my last vacation in November was a very long time ago," Van Hummel said. "The preparation for the new season is already in full swing, and that means getting back in the rhythm with power tests, hours on the bike, the gym and getting to know my new teammates."

    Van Hummel said he has found his motivation to resume hard training from a strong finish to the 2011 season, which included three stage wins at the Tour of Hainan and the Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

    "This is exactly why I will race Australia's Tour Down Under in January. During this race I will expect to work for results together with the guys from the new team. We have a good formula for success and it is giving me a huge energy boost!"

    The schedule means Van Hummel will not compete in the Rotterdam Six Day, however. But he hinted he may show up for a visit even if he's not on the track.
     

  • Irizar injured in training

    Markel Irizar was injured in a training crash in December, 2011
    Article published:
    December 03, 2011, 22:57 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Basque rider suffers broken jaw prior to RadioShack team camp

    Markel Irizar was injured today in a crash while training today, according to his agent. He will likely miss the start of the RadioShack-Nissan Trek team camp in Calpe, Spain tomorrow.

    The 31-year-old was taken to a medical center for treatment of wounds to his nose and face, including a broken jaw. He also broke a finger in the wreck. 

    The winner of this year's Ruta del Sol, Irizar was one of the RadioShack's workhorses this season. He took part in the Tour Down Under, the Classics, the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana and Tour of Beijing, among other races.

    Irizar is under observation at the hospital tonight.

     

  • Boom wins Boonen charity 'cross race

    Lars Boom (Rabobank) salutes the crowd
    Article published:
    December 04, 2011, 10:03 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    “Not easy to make up a minute,” Rabobank rider admits

    Lars Boom started the Boonen & Friends 'cross race Saturday one minute behind all the other riders, and still won. But it wasn't that easy, he said.

    “Making up one minute was a more difficult task than anyone had expected,” the Rabobank rider admitted afterwards. The race is a charity event sponsored by Tom Boonen, and is run by road racers. Boom concentrates on the road now, but come from the 'cross scene. He was World Champion in that discipline in 2008, and has won the Dutch national title every year since 2007. 

    Second behind him was his Rabobank teammate Maarten Wynants. “I should not have expected any else,” Boom said, according to the Belga news agency. “Last week I trained in the woods in my neighborhood with Maarten Wynants, so I knew he would be my toughest opponent.”

    Wynants won the race in 2009, and finished second last year.

    It was Boonen's first race back after breaking his wrist in the Vuelta a Espana, but the charity aspect was more important to him. The race raises funds for “Move to Improve”, for children with movement disorders.

    "This is the least we can do for these kids," said Boonen. "It is indeed a great day. The sky cleared up and we not only have good weather but also the best in the three years of this race.”

    The race was followed by an auction, with Boonen again going the extra step to help the charity.  He won an autographed 'cross world champion jersey autographed by his Quick Step teammate Zdenek Stybar with a bid of 2,100 Euros. The highest price went for one of Philippe Gilbert's Belgian national champion...

  • Bellis looking for new start with An Post-Sean Kelly

    Jonathan Bellis (SaxoBank) back in the saddle.
    Article published:
    December 04, 2011, 14:08 GMT
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Englishman rehabilitated after serious scooter accident

    Jonny Bellis is looking forward to a new start at An Post-Sean Kelly after three years at Saxo Bank. The British rider’s time with the Danish team was ruined after a scooter accident in Italy and he spent the following two years in various states of rehabilitation.

    “I heard that An Post-Sean Kelly was looking at me because I didn’t have a team for next year and the guys I knew said it was good team for me especially with the situation I was in,” Bellis told Cyclingnews.

    With a one-year deal secured, Bellis is using the opportunity as a new start in the pro ranks.

    “The main thing is about getting into a routine of racing, simple things like riding in a group. I’ve not had that feeling for ages. I’ve not attacked in a race since before my accident so once I start doing things like that then things will move a lot quicker.

    “I just wanted to be treated like a rider, one of the lads and have that fresh start and new challenge and not be the guy who had an accident.”

    The team has yet to finalise their racing programme for 2012 but they will compete in a mix of races, giving Bellis the opportunity to build up his form and fitness at lower category races, before embarking on bigger challenges. However the biggest aim for the Brit is to find a level of consistency in his racing – a major factor that has eluded him.

    “If a WorldTour tour team had come in for me I still think that riding for An Post-Sean Kelly would be good for me. They still ride big races but there will be races a little level down and that will be good for me to help regain my confidence.

  • Video: Team Type 1's past and future with Phil Southerland

    Team Type 1 CEO Phil Southerland.
    Article published:
    December 04, 2011, 23:32 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Team CEO talks with Cyclingnews

    At the recent Tour of Rwanda, Team Type 1 won five stages and the overall. It was an important race for the growing team, not just because of the successful road antics but because it gave them a platform to spread the awareness of diabetes.

    Team founder Phil Southerland set up the team seven years ago and they have risen to the ranks of ProContintenal. However with an operation that runs from professional to amateur levels, Southerland is determined to break into the WorldTour in the next few years in order to give his team and message the biggest platform.

    The American is hopeful that they will also ride a grand tour in 2012, with the Giro d’Italia the most likely option.

    In these two exclusive videos, Phil Southerland sits down with Cyclingnews correspondent Pierre Carrey to discuss the team’s past and looks to the future.
     

     
     
  • Howman: Landis allegations could be possible

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    Article published:
    December 05, 2011, 1:15 GMT
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Says pressure on Swiss lab could have been different to now

    WADA director general David Howman has admitted that allegations made by Floyd Landis surrounding bribery and corruption within the sport which he claimed reached all the way to the UCI, could be possible.

    In November of last year, Landis appeared on German television and claimed that “it is known in the peloton” that the UCI has “protected some people” over the years. He also accused the UCI of taking bribes, conducting cover-ups and manipulating test results. He also claimed that the UCI met with Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel in order to cover up a positive dope test from an edition of the Tour de Suisse.

    Armstrong, Bruyneel and then UCI President Hein Verbruggen have all denied the allegations, while the UCI has opened legal proceedings against Landis. No individual named has been charged for drug or fraud related offences.

    However Howman has said that allegations made by Landis could have been possible under the climate sport was organised under during the time.

    “Yes it was possible. Remember, that was all before the [WADA] code so there wasn’t the same monitoring. The second thing is, there are lots of things that are possible that might not happen. But if you looked at the whole process now I could find ways and means myself of trying to beat it. That means people who have a mind to beat the system will use those tactics,” he told Cyclingnews.

    “The process relies on good, high values from those in the key points. I’ve got nothing against the lab director in Switzerland and I don’t think he’s a bad guy but the pressure that may have been put on him in 2001 may have been different to now because he’s now more protected by us. In those...

  • Majka to lead Saxo Bank at Giro d'Italia

    Bjarne Riis and his troops at the start
    Article published:
    December 05, 2011, 10:15 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Haedo chasing stage wins

    Bjarne Riis is set to put his faith in young Polish talent Rafa Majka to lead the Saxo Bank squad at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. With Alberto Contador set to forgo the corsa rosa and Richie Porte having departed for Sky, Majka may well be given his opportunity to shine in Italy next May.

    “One of the goals for next year is to perhaps surprise a little and do a good Giro with the young Polish rider Majka, who might try and go for the general classification,” Riis told sporten.tv2.dk.

    The 22-year-old Majka was a late addition to Saxo Bank’s 2011 roster, signing for the team in late February. His strongest run of performances came in his home Tour de Pologne, where he finished 24th overall. The climber also made his grand tour debut at the Vuelta a España, but was forced out by a crash in the final week while lying 39th on GC.

    While Majka is set to spearhead Saxo Bank’s overall challenge, Juan José Haedo will be looking to pick up a sprint win along the way. The Argentinean fastman won his first-ever grand tour stage at the Vuelta, while his fine Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory last March augurs well for his chances on the technical sprint finales of the Giro.

    “We also want to win some stages with Juan José,” Riis added. “I believe that we can go for both – that is the goal.”

    The Saxo Bank squad is currently on its first training camp of the 2012 campaign in Acre, Israel.