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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, July 25, 2011

Date published:
July 25, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Evans becomes the pride of Australia with Tour de France win

    Cadel Evans (BMC) gave Australia a big win.
    Article published:
    July 24, 2011, 22:50 BST
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    BMC rider remembers being inspired by seeing Indurain win in 1991

    Cadel Evans stood smiling on the Tour de France podium with the Australian flag wrapped around his yellow jersey as he savoured the moment as the first ever Australian to win the Tour de France.

    It has been a long journey for the tough Australian but he had finally achieved what he had dreamed of doing ever since seeing the Tour de France for the first time in 1991.

    As the Australian national anthem rang out across Paris, Evans almost shed a tear but stood proud.

    "I hope I brought a great deal of joy to my country and my countrymen. It's been a great deal for me to fly the flag for my country," he said.

    "To stand on Champs Elysees with an Australian singing your national anthem is not a dream that comes true for many people but it has for me. It's amazing."

    "It's been years of hard work and there were a lot of moment in the three weeks when our Tour de France was lost but having the yellow jersey for me, for my country and for me team, is huge. It makes me lost for words."

    At 34, Evans is the oldest Tour de France winner since the second world war. It has been a long journey since he swapped a mountain bike for road racing.

    "I think every young child is inspired by a lot things in life. Watching the Tour de France in 1991 and seeing Indurain win planted a seed in my head. That seed grew and grew. I had to go through some difficult moments and was really unlucky to finish second for two years. But that has made now even more special."

    Evans rode a calculated race, chasing his rivals when he needed to and then taking the yellow jersey in the final time trial. Evans said the final kilometres of Saturday's ride against the clock was the best of the whole Tour.

    "For me the real highlight of it all...

  • Fignon memorial unveiled at Tour de France

    Laurent Fignon in his Tour de France debut in 1983.
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 0:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Final stage to Paris honours deceased champion

    At the start of the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France in Créteil, a memorial to the late Laurent Fignon was unveiled. The Frenchman was a two-time winner of the race, taking the yellow jersey in 1983 and 1984, and then missing out on the victory by eight seconds in 1989. Fignon died on August 31, 2010, following a long battle with cancer.

    Just prior to the neutralized start of the last run into Paris, the memorial was inaugurated in the presence of Fignon's family and unveiled by his former teammates. Fignon started his career at the US Créteil cycling club in 1980 and 1981 before becoming a pro with Cyrille Guimard and his Renault-Elf team.

    "Laurent Fignon is part of the history of the USC. This memorial is to underline the role of the club in French and international cycling, and in the history of the Tour," Créteil mayor deputy Martine Rolland told L'Équipe.

    The initiative was taken by Tour de France organisers ASO and the L'Équipe newspaper. Even in the last two years, when he was heavily affected by his illness, Fignon continued to follow the Tour de France, working for France Télévisions as a commentator.

  • Australian media praise Evans' 'historic win'

    Cadel Evans (BMC) gave Australia a big win.
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 2:43 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    A snapshot from around the country on a big day for Australian cycling

    Cadel Evans' (BMC) Tour de France victory has been met with unprecedented media coverage in Australia. The response of newspapers and major broadcasters across the country is unparralleled for cycling and perhaps even for sport down under. Cyclingnews has put together a snapshot of a number of the headlines circulating to celebrate Evans' history-making achievement.

    "Cadel Evans: A Tour champion 13 years in the making", The Australian

    Evans has captured Australia's heart, with broadcaster SBS announcing record viewing figures - 100 per cent increases year-on-year since 2009.

    "Evans seals historic Tour win", ABC News

    Evans paid tribute to the legion of green and gold-clad Australian fans who had travelled to France to support him during the race.

    "The French, I don't think they realise how far 16,000-17,000 kilometres is (for Aussies to travel) and for that I think it's more a special thing for us to be here on this side of the world," he told the ABC.

    "Evans clinches emotional Tour win," NineMSN

    Wrapped in his national flag and with tears in his eyes, Evans listened as Australia's anthem played on Sunday after he became the first Australian - and oldest rider since World War II - to win the Tour de France.

    "Joy and agony of a champion," Sydney Morning Herald

    As Cadel Evans stood on the Tour de France dais this morning as the first Australian winner of the revered event, his emotions were divided: by joy for making a dream come true, relief for having ridden a near-perfect race and sorrow for a lost dear friend.

    "Cadel Evans now the Tour de Champ after winning the Tour de France," Daily Telegraph

    Today was a good day to be an Australian in Paris. It is the first time in the event’s 108-year history that the national anthem has been sung by an individual,...

  • Video: Phil Anderson praises Evans' Tour de France victory

    Phil Anderson
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 4:56 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian legend amazed at cycling's progression over the years

    Phil Anderson was the first Australian to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey in 1981 and fittingly was in Paris to see and celebrate Cadel Evans becoming the first ever Australia to win Le Tour.

    Anderson told Cyclingnews that like Evans, he especially enjoyed hearing the Australia national anthem in Paris and was proud to see how much Australian cycling has developed and grown since his career in the eighties.

    Like every Australian in the French capital, Anderson was going to celebrate Evans' victory with a few beers.

    Watch the full video below.

  • Sanchez happy to be on Paris podium

    Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) wins the king of the mountains.
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 8:15 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Polkadot jersey and stage win great reward for Euskaltel

    Even though he finished outside of the Top Five, Euskaltel-Euskadi's Samuel Sanchez has had his best Tour de France ever, netting a stage win at Luz-Ardiden and receiving the honours on the podium in Paris for having been the race's best climber. The Basque rider has wanted success at the Tour for a long time, and was overjoyed to finally make a breakthrough in 2011.

    "I'm very happy to have taken this jersey," the Olympic champion told Cyclingnews on Sunday afternoon. "The satisfaction of being on the podium in Paris could not be greater, it was awesome. For the team, it's also very important just because of the prestige that goes with winning the best climber's jersey of the Tour de France. It's just great. The Tour for us has been very positive."

    Sanchez took the jersey back from Jelle Vandenert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on stage 19 to Alpe d'Huez, having previously worn it after his stage win in the Pyrenees. He proved stronger in both the battle for the mountains classification and the fight for stage honours, as Vandenert was his greatest rival also on the way to the finish line on stage 12.

    On Alpe d'Huez, the Olympic champion clocked the best time on the climb with 41.45 minutes. He was beaten at the top by the best young rider of the Tour, Europcar's Pierre Rolland, but his objective of the polkadot jersey was achieved.

    "It was a very challenging stage with a fast start," the 33-year-old remembered of the day when Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) lost the yellow jersey. "[Alberto] Contador attacked just after the...

  • Stapleton with new sponsor for Highroad?

    HTC-Highroad's Bob Stapleton talks sponsorship before the start in Limoux.
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 9:32 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    American speaks of three-year contract and bigger budget

    Bob Stapleton indicated Sunday that he may have a new sponsor for HTC-Highroad lined up for the coming year. “Nothing has been signed yet, but I am very optimistic,” he said.

    Mobile phone manufacturer HTC will stop its sponsorship at the end of this season, and contrary to earlier statements, Stapleton no longer believes the company will extend its contract.

    He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that he had been contacted by numerous international companies during the Tour de France. “I have two options, we even assume we will have a three-year contract and we will have a larger budget.”

    At various times it had been reported that Stapleton hoped to announce a new sponsor by the Tour's second race day or sometime in August. It has also been reported that he was considering merging with an existing team, such as Saxo Bank-SunGard.

    Numerous riders from the team have  been rumoured to have found other teams for the coming year.

     

  • BikeRadar book store open for business

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    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 11:14 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Guides, maps, training manuals, bike maintenance books and biographies

    Bikeradar have joined forces with some of the best cycling book publishers around to bring together an unrivalled collection of titles from the fields of road cycling, mountain biking and triathlon.

    You’ll find ride guides, maps, training manuals, bike maintenance books and biographies in our online store. Until 1 August, each purchase over £35 will qualify for a £5 discount. Just enter the voucher code MFM5CYCLING at the checkout. To check out the full range of books on offer, click here.

  • Contador rules out riding Vuelta Espana

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) is not used to riding into Paris without the yellow jersey.
    Article published:
    July 25, 2011, 11:45 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former Tour winner set for August CAS hearing

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) has confirmed that he will not ride this year’s Vuelta Espana. The Spaniard won the Giro d'Italia in May and competed in the Tour de France.

    The Spaniard headed home from the Tour de France, not as the winner, as he is so accustomed to, but in fifth place overall, 3:57 behind Cadel Evans (BMC). It is his worst Grand Tour result since finishing 31st in his debut at the Tour de France in 2005, when he was just a 22-year-old.

    It was always going to be tough for the Spaniard to win his fourth Tour de France. He was affected by crashes and showed that even he is not superhuman and can have a bad day.

    He raced the Tour de France with the fatigue of the Giro d'Italia in his legs and the outcome of his Court of Arbitration doping hearing weighing on his mind.

    Three early crashes turned his Tour into a handicap race and then he lost any chance of a podium finish when he cracked dramatically on the Galibier. He then attacked early the very next day but failed to pull back significant time and win at Alpe d'Huez. However it was a sign of his fighting spirit and determination.

    He faces a three-day hearing in front of the Court of Arbitration judges between August 1-3 and will know if he faces a ban for a doping by the end of August. Yet he intends to return to try and win the Tour de France in 2012, without riding the Giro d'Italia.

    "I think I still had a good Tour considering the circumstances," he told L'Equipe before heading home.

    "I don't know what will happen next year but I'll be coming back to try and win again. That's the only goal in my mind and so that confirms that ends any question about doing the Giro."

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