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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, February 17, 2014

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February 17, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: Greg LeMond opens exhibition in New York

    Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond with one of his yellow jerseys
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    February 15, 2014, 16:00 GMT
    Marco Quezada

    Rapha Cycle Club hosts display of bikes, jerseys, memorabilia

    Saturday’s storm brought a bit of welcome respite to New York’s Meatpacking district, when Greg LeMond visited the area’s Rapha Cycle Club yesterday evening and introduced his new line of bikes.

    The weather failed to keep the fans at home and the venue was packed with people eager to hear Greg speak about his legendary career. It was a rare treat for New Yorkers who welcomed LeMond and his wife Kathy to the Big Apple with open arms.

    He peppered the talk with a short film highlighting his triumphs and entertained the audience with some great anecdotes.

    Additionally, the venue will have Greg’s trophy bikes and jerseys displayed for the next month, allowing a rare look at some real cycling treasures. How can we forget those innovative clip-on tri bars from 1989?

    Click here to view the gallery

  • Zoidl in the hunt for overall victory at Tour Méditerranéen

    Riccardo Zoidl (Trek Factory Racing) placed second to Stephen Cummings in the Tour Méditerranéen time trial stage, just four seconds off the pace
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    February 15, 2014, 21:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    Austrian making WorldTour team debut for Trek in France

    Riccardo Zoidl is making his WorldTour team debut for Trek Factory Racing at the Tour Méditerranéen and the 25-year-old Austrian has already confirmed his talent on Saturday afternoon with a second place finish in the penultimate stage time trial. The reigning Austrian road champion finished just four seconds behind stage winner Stephen Cummings (BMC) on the hilly, 18.2km parcours and sits in second overall behind the Briton by an equal deficit with one stage remaining.

    "I am very happy," said Zoidl. "I was surprised with my result. I was hoping to do a top 10, maybe. The goal was just to do a good time trial, but to fight for the win? Luca [Guercilena] was behind me, saying 'keep going, keep going' and that it's possible.

    "The first climb was three kilometers long, and I had a good rhythm there," said Zoidl. "The downhill was also hard because of the wind. On the second climb Luca [Guercilena] told me I needed to go full gas because it would make the difference. So I went full gas. After that it was downhill to the finish, and at the end, it just worked out for me."

    After spending seven years on Continental teams in his native Austria, Zoidl make the jump to the WorldTour this season for Trek Factory Racing. His 2013 season was the best of his career, highlighted by overall victory in his home Tour of Austria stage race, a UCI 2.HC-rated event with plenty of WorldTour talent. Second through eighth overall were all claimed by WorldTour riders, with Astana teammates Alexandr Dyachenko and Kevin Seeldraeyers rounding...

  • Gallery: Lampre-Merida on Mallorca

    Lampre-Merida members on Mallorca (L-R): Chris Horner, Diego Ulissi, Jose Serpa, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Rui Costa, Damiano Cunego and Sacha Modolo
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    February 16, 2014, 9:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    Morale high after Modolo stage wins

    The Lampre-Merida team, including new signing Chris Horner and world champion Rui Costa, gathered in Mallorca this week for the annual Merida camp that showcases the brand's new bikes.

    Thanks to some early season success by sprinter Sacha Modolo, who won two of the Challenge Mallorca races, the mood in the team is upbeat, despite the shadows cast on the Italian team because of the ongoing trial for doping in Mantova.

    During the camp, Costa, Horner, Modolo, Jose Serpa, Diego Ulissi, Przemyslaw Niemiec and Damiano Cunego posed for news sets of official photographs and mixed with riders from the Merida mountain bike team.

    Click here to see the full photo gallery.

  • Tour of California adds second day of women's racing

    Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) going hard.
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    February 16, 2014, 15:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    Criterium and time trial stages on tap for 2014

    Amgen Tour of California organisers have become the latest race to announce that they, too, will add a women’s race to their repertoire in 2014.

    Two of the Grand Tours, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, have already revealed their intention to hold one-day races to coincide with their men’s events. One of the USA's premier stage races, the Amgen Tour of California, will go one better with two single-day races, which will be sponsored by SRAM, according to a report on ESPN.

    "It has always been our priority to create a race that promotes both men's and women's cycling as well as how cycling is beneficial to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle for the entire family," executive director Kristin Bachochin told ESPN. "We are very pleased that with both the sponsorship commitment from SRAM and other logistical factors, we now have the ability to add a second day of women's racing in 2014."

    The first of these will be a city centre criterium in Sacramento, which will take place after the start of the opening stage of the men’s race on Sunday May 11. The following day will feature a time trial, over the same course as the men, in Folsom. Total prize money of $20,000 will be on offer, between the two events.

    The idea of a concurring women’s event is not new to the organisers. For the past three years, they have run a time trial for a small field, staged ahead of the event in the afternoon. Evelyn Stevens won last year’s event in a time that would have seen her beat the likes of Jens Voigt and Matt Brammeier. However, it was criticised for being too small and lacking in course safety. It seems like the protestations...

  • Cummings wins first stage race of career at Tour Méditerranéen

    2014 Tour Méditerranéen champion Stephen Cummings (BMC)
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    February 16, 2014, 19:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    BMC off to strong start in 2014

    Stephen Cummings (BMC) has started his 2014 campaign with a bang as the 33-year-old Briton won the time trial stage yesterday and then the general classification today at the Tour Méditerranéen - the first overall stage race victory in his 10 years as a professional.

    The Tour Méditerranéen victory comes one week after Cummings placed second overall at the inaugural Dubai Tour where he finished runner-up to teammate Taylor Phinney both in the opening stage time trial as well as the final general classification.

    Cummings had originally only had designs on the penultimate stage time trial at Tour Méditerranéen, but after finishing in the lead group in each of the previous road stages general classification ambitions became an option.

    "I thought I could do a good GC, but was looking more to the time trial and taking things day-by-day," said Cummings. "But I kept staying in the front and then the time trial was great."

    Cummings won a hilly 18.2km time trial on Saturday afternoon which put him into the leader's jersey, previously held by John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) who had won all three stages prior to the time trial. Cummings had a strong team to defend the jersey on the final stage, but the 192.7km concluding stage from Bandol to Toulon was anything but a processional as it finished with a...

  • Harry Carpenter ready for debut European season

    2014 Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Team
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    February 16, 2014, 21:20 GMT
    Zeb Woodpower

    Jayco-AIS opportunity 'exciting' for young Australian

    If Harry Carpenter continues 2014 in the same manner he has done already with only minor adjustments, he will be able to look back fondly in his debut season racing with the U23 Jayco-AIS team.

    Carpenter started 2014 racing at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, otherwise known as the Bay Crits, before harrowingly missing out on gold in Australia's men’s U23 time trial championship to Jordan Kerby (Drapac). Carpenter was next seen animating the U23 criterium in a long solo break for which he was rewarded with the points jersey.

    When the Jayco-AIS team was announced it was no surprise that Carpenter’s name was among the nine read out as he had also just completed the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

    "I'm really excited, it's been a great start to the season with Bay Crits and Nationals so it's great to get into the team and be able to head to Europe with all the boys. It's going to be busy and it's going to be a tough year for sure but it is going to be great," Carpenter told Cyclingnews.

    Carpenter made his way into the break on the Herald Sun Tour’s decisive stage into Bendigo which saw Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) claim stage honours and take control of the GC.

    "It was a little bit strange. The break was up the road with myself and Tom Hamilton in that but when we went over the top climb, that was when the three got away [Simon Clarke, Cam Wurf, Jack Haig] and what was left of...

  • Tejay van Garderen kicking off 2014 season in Oman

    Larry Wabasse, Taylor Phinney, Tejay van Garderen and Pete Stetina
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    February 17, 2014, 3:43 GMT
    Cycling News

    Tour de France season objective for American

    Tejay van Garderen is making his 2014 racing debut at the Tour of Oman, a race he has never previously ridden, as he prepares to better his fifth place at the 2012 Tour de France. With Cadel Evans targeting the Giro d'Italia, the former white jersey winner at the Tour has been handed the leadership of the French grand tour by BMC.

    "I am looking forward to getting back into the groove with the team," van Garderen said. "I have trained well in sunny California and I feel like I am starting the season at a good level. I have had a lot less travel and commitments this winter, which allowed me to focus solely on the bike and time with the family.

    "Oman will be a good test. I am coming here to gain fitness and confidence."

    The 2012 overall winner of the race, Peter Velits, who began his season by helping Taylor Phinney win the Dubai Tour, said he is looking forward to racing with van Garderen, whom he was a teammate with in 2010 and 2011 at HTC.

    "I am not coming here with any specific ambition," Velits said. "I just want to do a good race with the team. Dubai showed that the work we did during the winter was good, so I hope this race will confirm it."

    Joining Velits and van Garderen are five riders who recently made appearances at the Tour of Qatar, Marcus Burghardt, Philippe Gilbert, Martin Kohler, Michael Schär and Greg Van Avermaet. They will be joined by Dominik Nerz, who competed at the Tour de San Luis last month.

    Sport Director Valerio Piva said team's goals for the race will be two-fold. "We have more...

  • Balanced Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team at Tour of Oman

    Rigoberto Uran will head the team's GC ambitions
    Article published:
    February 17, 2014, 4:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    Rigoberto Uran a contender for overall victory

    Fresh from claiming the overall victory at the Tour of Qatar with Niki Terpstra, Omega Pharma – Quick Step has announced its team for the Tour of Oman. The race contains opportunities for both sprinters and climbers which decided the selection as sport director Brian Holm explained on the team's website

    "We have a balanced team for this race, with some riders who can complement the guys who are coming here from a successful Tour of Qatar," Holm said.

    "Of course, Tour of Oman is completely another race than Tour of Qatar, so what we are able to do here is a bit different. But it is a strong group for sure from Tour of Qatar: Niki Terpstra, Tom Boonen, Gert Steegmans, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, and Stijn Vandenbergh."

    Joining the team is new recruit, Rigoberto Uran who will have his chance to challenge for the win up Green Mountain on Stage 6 which is set to decide the overall classification. "He will do his best try on climbing stages to try and be some type of protagonist," Holm said.

    Having just won his third cyclo-cross world championships, Zdenek Stybar returns to the road with the team.

    "Stybar is a guy who is able to do well in support of a guy like Uran on the climbs as he proved this at La Vuelta last year. But, we will see. We will try to be there in the general classification, and maybe win a stage that suits the skills of the riders we have."

    The team for the Tour of Oman is: Tom Boonen (Bel), Gert Steegmans (Bel), Zdenek Stybar (Cze), Niki Terpstra (Ned), Matteo Trentin (Ita), Rigoberto Uran (Col), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck...