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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 1, 2010

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November 01, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Hovelynck, Van Der Velde, Duyn to Donckers Koffie-Jelly Belly

    Kurt Hovelynck (Quick Step) en route to a 13th place finish.
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    October 30, 2010, 19:26 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian team not affiliated with US squad

    The Belgian continental team Qin has reportedly secured new sponsors for the 2011 season and will be named Donckers Koffie - Jelly Belly.

    The team announced the new name on Twitter, confirming new recruits Kurt Hovelynck from Quick Step, Ricardo Van Der Velde from Garmin-Transitions, Huub Duyn from NetApp as well as re-signing James Spragg and Michael Vanderaerden from the Qin team.

    The squad is not affiliated with the US continental team Jelly Belly, Cyclingnews confirmed with that team's manager Danny Van Haute.

  • Boom to kick off 'cross season in Overijse

    All eyes were on Lars Boom as he chased the national title.
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    October 30, 2010, 23:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Only five races for former world champion in 2010-2011

    Former cyclo-cross world champion Lars Boom will make his return to the dirt in December for a brief five-race season. The Dutch star has been focusing on his road career with the Rabobank team, but will take part in a few races, beginning with the Vlaamse Druivenveldrit in Overijse, Belgium on December 12.

    He will then move onto the Scheldecross in Antwerp on December 18th before competing in the World Cup on December 26 in Zolder.

    Boom will warm up for his national championships at the GVA Trophy in Loenhout on December 29 before concluding his off-road season by defending his title in the Dutch championships on January 8th in Sint-Michielsgestel.

  • Martin draws lessons from 2010 mistakes

    German Tony Martin (Columbia-HTC) in the best young rider's white jersey.
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    October 31, 2010, 10:29 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    German plans for a better 2011 Tour de France

    Tony Martin won his first stage race and a bronze at the world championship time trial, but was still not satisfied with his 2010 season. The talented German HTC-Columbia rider has figured out what went wrong and is determined not to repeat the same mistakes.

    Martin, who is only in his third year as a professional, won three races this year, all individual time trials. However his win in the closing time trial at the Eneco Tour was enough to seal overall victory -his first ever stage race success. He also took the German national time trial title and finished third in the world championships for the second consecutive year.

    But the 25-year old was disappointed because he had hoped for much more. His goal going into the Tour de France was to beat Fabian Cancellara in the time trial and do well overall. Instead, he finished second in both time trials behind Cancellara and finished the Tour de France in 137th place.

    “That was the really big disappointment,” he told the German website

    "There were two reasons for his poor performance. “I will definitely never again change my seat position in January,” he said. “ will make that mistake only once.” That small change led to tendon problems in his right knee, which cost him important training.

    After that came the second problem. Once the knee was healed, he overdid it in racing and training. “I rode the Tour of California in May with a lot of commitment, then the Tour de Suisse and then did some hard Tour training. That was too intensive.” The result - he went into the Tour with tired legs.

    He ended his season at the world championships and then took a two-week vacation on the Maldives Islands, where he spent an hour a day in the gym. Next weekend he will ride the criterium race in Curaçao after a last-minute invitation.

    Martin has big goals for the coming season. “In...

  • Contador celebrated in Oviedo

    Alberto Contador during his press conference as he tries to explain how his urine sample became contaminated with clenbuterol
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    October 31, 2010, 11:26 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Basso wins the criterium as Rubiera retires

    Alberto Contador decided not to race the Oviedo criterium in Spain while his doping investigation is still underway but received the same applause and cheers as race winner Ivan Basso and veteran Chechu Rubiera, who officially ended his career at the race.

    Contador was applauded by the crowd when he went on stage with the riders and cut the ribbon to official start the race. He also spent time with Dr Zubizarreta, who saved his life when he crashed and was diagnosed with a cerebral cavernoma at the Vuelta a Asturias in 2004.

    "Asturias always has a special place in my heart and had a huge effect on my life. I also won on the Angliru and Fuentes de Invierno climbs,” he told La Nueva Espana newspaper

    “I also had to come to Rubiera’s goodbye to cycling because he was a teammate, a great domestique and a great person.”

    While watching the racing from the side of the road, Contador tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for their support. You’re the ones who keep up my enthusiasm and strength. You are incredible."

    Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) won the Criterium de Oviedo in Spain by beating Carlos Barredo (Quick Step) in the points and by taking second behind Rubiera (RadioShack) in the elimination race.

    Basso scored 18 points in the sprints, finishing ahead of Barredo, who scored 15 and Rubiera, who picked up 12 points.

    Rubiera broke away with Basso in the Elimination race and then beat the Italian in a sprint to end his career with one last victory.

  • Davis happy after roller-coaster season

    Bronze medalist Allan Davis (Australia)
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    October 31, 2010, 11:46 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Australian sprinters ends the season on a high

    Australian and Astana sprinter Allan Davis is happy with the way his roller coaster year has ended, with gold at the Commonwealth Games and bronze in the world championships. But he is determined to do even better in 2011 and 2012 after a difficult start to the season.

    “WorldS gold would obviously have been nice too but after my start of the year, no-one could have expected more,” Davis told the Australian daily News-Mail.

    “To be honest, my first half of the year was not up to what I normally do and I needed a good look at the mirror and to get into it.  I wasn’t worth a cracker – I normally do well in the Tour Down Under and go straight over to Europe and hit the Classics, but the last half pulled the season off for me.”

    Davis' main goals for the year were those two end of season races representing Australia. He admitted he started the season in January in less-than-perfect condition and said he deserved the criticism he got for doing poorly at the Tour Down Under. He was defending champion but failed to win a single stage and finished 87th overall.

    "I think a lot of that was right - I was a little bit overweight, I did take it a bit too easy," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "When you do have a good break those things do creep up on you."

    "Physically I do have to keep an eye on that. This year I'm looking to start my season better."

    He will look to do better in the Tour Down Under in January, even though he admits that defending champion Andre Greipel is “pretty hard to beat.”

    His other two season highlights will be the Tour de France and the Worlds in Copenhagen. But the Australian is looking to 2012 as well.

    “The London Olympics is on top of the table – I’ve always been a reserve for the last two Olympics and it’s grating at me to do well there, and the talk is that the road race circuit that...

  • Cunego to focus on the Classics in 2011

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre) was aggressive again, but did not have enough for a stage win.
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    October 31, 2010, 12:32 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian to start training on Monday

    Damiano Cunego will begin training for the 2011 season on Monday, with the hilly classics his only major objective after finally deciding to give up chasing success in major stage races.

    Cunego won the 2004 Giro d’Italia when he was only 22. He has since won the Tour of Lombardy three times and the Amstel Gold in 2008 but has always struggled to be competitive in the Giro and the Tour de France.

    He has chosen to stay with the Lampre team for 2011 but after teaming up with new directeur sportif Roberto Damiani and new coach Aldo Sassi, he has finally accepted that he has to sacrifice his overall chances in the Giro d’Italia if he hopes to win the major one-day classics. Lampre has signed Michele Scarponi to target the Giro d'Italia in 2011.

    “If it was up to me I’d do everything but the level is so high now that you’re forced to chose,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    “You can’t target both the classics and the Giro. Perhaps I can do the classics and the Tour but riding both the Giro and then the Tour finished me off this year.”

    “I can’t miss out on the classics because I’ve got to go for the win in races like Amstel, Fleche-Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I’ll exclude the Tour of Flanders from the list but perhaps include Milan-San Remo and ride it aggressively, and of course the Tour of Lombardy, because sooner or later I’ve got to win it a fourth time.”

    Cunego wasn’t part of the Italian team for the world championships and ended his 2010 season early, without having won a single race. His best result was second behind Cadel Evans on the stage of the Giro to Montalcino over the dirt roads. He also took third on stage nine of the Tour de France and was fifth at Fleche-Wallonne.

    “I’ve thought about the season a lot but I want to make one thing clear: I still know how to win,” he...

  • Wyman on form for new home race

    Helen Wyman (Kona), Daphny van den Brand ( and Sanne van Paassen (BrainWash)
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    October 31, 2010, 20:55 GMT
    Brecht Decaluwé

    British champion aims for podium in Koppenberg, European Championships

    British champion Helen Wyman (Kona-FSA) has been racking up a series of good results this week, and is on track to tackle Monday's Koppenbergcross near her adopted home town of Oudenaarde, Belgium.

    Husband Stefan Wyman explained to Cyclingnews that a lot has changed compared to last year. "Since six weeks we moved to a new house in Oudenaarde and now we're training with Ronny Couliez. Not a single training day has been the same and also the courses are more challenging," Stefan Wyman said.

    The famous Koppenberg, wich is only a stone's throw away from Oudenaarde, hosts one of the most spectacular races of the season on Monday afternoon.

    "For me it has become a home race so I would be delighted to finish on the podium once again," Helen Wyman told Cyclingnews. To achieve that goal she will have to perform better during the first part of the race which wasn't the case in Zonhoven.

    "Yeah, that's true," Wyman said. "We're racing a lot these days which makes me a bit tired and then I'm not so fast at the start. It boosts my morale for the coming races that I improved as the race went on, especially when knowing this was a real hard 'cross course," Wyman said.

    The quadruple British champion will be aiming for podium results in the Koppenbergcross on Monday and the European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany next week.

  • Australian firefighters ride for prostate cancer

    Members of the Melbourne Fire Brigade await the start to their ride around Australia in Melbourne with the finishing point, the MCG, in the background.
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    November 01, 2010, 4:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Relay ride aiming to cover 15,000km in 25 days

    Yesterday a crew of Melbourne Metropolitan firefighters began a challenge of riding more than 15,000km around Australia to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer.

    Through the EJ Whitten Foundation the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Cycling Club aims raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer and promote men's health and well being in communities across Australia.

    The main route for the HostPlus Pedal for Prostate is Australia's Highway 1, which predominantly follows the coast on a circumferential route around the country. The team will engage with individuals, community groups, cycling clubs and emergency service personnel across the country during the journey and progress can be tracked through the can be tracked through the Pedal 4 Prostate website.