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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 21, 2011

Date published:
November 21, 2011, 11:00
  • Roulston ends track career to concentrate on the road

    Hayden Roulston wins the 2011 Elite Men’s National Cycling Champs.
    Article published:
    November 20, 2011, 13:53
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    Cycling News

    Ends ambitions of riding the track at London 2012

    Double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad) has called time on his track career in order to concentrate on his road racing ambitions. The move calls to a halt any lingering desires the rider had of competing at the London 2012 Games next year.

    Roulston came to the decision after a week of training with the BikeNZ track squad in Invercargill. With a contract at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek for 2012, Roulston was forced to chose between a heavy road commitment that included the Spring Classics, which clash with the World Track Championships in Australia. New Zealand track selection policy meant Roulston needed to qualify by riding the Worlds and World Cup events.

    BikeNZ men's endurance coach Tim Carswell said Roulston had been a valuable addition back into the track cycling ranks but he fully understands and supports the decision to concentrate on his road career.

    "The requirements to be a successful rider for a Pro Tour road team as well as prepare for an Olympic Games on the track are formidable," Carswell said.

    "Hayden has worked really hard this week and has shown signs of the sort of training numbers needed at this level on the track.

    "At the same time he has realised what it will take in terms of time both for key competitions and specific training for him to be considered for selection on the track for London.

    "However Hayden's new road contract involves him for the early part of the season in particular and after weighing up all of these factors, he has come to the conclusion that he can't fulfil the requirements demanded for both road and track."
     

  • Dolmans-Boels to debut in 2012

    Janneke Ensing (Dolmans Landscaping) wins.
    Article published:
    November 20, 2011, 15:52
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dutch womens team adds second name sponsor

    The Dutch women's team Dolmans Landscaping Team will have a new name co-sponsor in 2012, and will be called Dolmans-Boels Cycling Team, the team has announced.

    Boels Rentals, based in Sittard, The Netherlands, rents machinery and tools throughout Europe.

    The sponsorship contract will run for two years, according to team managers Thijs Rondhuis and Danielle Bekkering.

    “The international women's team has as its ambition in the coming year to move to the absolute top of women's cycling,” the team said on its website. “Boels will help to make these ambitions come true.”

    The team is one of four UCI-registered womens teams in the Netherlands, and will feature 14 riders in 2012.

    The main goal for the team in the coming year is the team time trial at the World Championships in Valkenberg, which is in the Dutch province of Limburg, the home of both sponsors.

  • Team Type 1 at the Tour of Rwanda for charity and victory

    Kiel Reijnen and Phil Southerland
    Article published:
    November 20, 2011, 16:52
    By:
    Pierre Carrey

    With a top 3 clean sweep, the US squad wants to spread its message about diabetes

    At the end of September, Kiel Reijnen was still fighting for his health as he tried to be a cyclist again. His first season with Team Type 1 had suddenly stopped after seven months because of an unknown virus or bacteria, mononucleosis like, which confined him to complete rest.

    Born in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and now based in Boulder, Colorado, Reijnen had started his schedule in France with GP Marseillaise, Etoile de Bessèges and Tour of Haut Var. The 19th of February, the headline of the last post on his blog summarizes the whole fight of his season: “The hardest part of being an athlete”.

    Understandably, his victory in the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda (2.2) Sunday has a special savour. Reijnen won by eight seconds to Joey Rosskopf and ten to Tyler Magner, two of his team-mates.

    “It wanted to pay the team back for having been patient with me this year”, the 25-year-old winner told Cyclingnews.

    “I don't know what would have happened to me in another team... So it's an important victory for my return back. More importantly it's good for the message that we are all here to spread.”

    Team Type 1 is involved in a campaign “to expand diabetes reach” in Rwanda. The US Pro Continental squad is not at the race with just its pro riders but a global staff of 22 people to distribute supplies for diabetics, including testing kits, for a value they estimate to $300,000.

    Sunday, at the foot of Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, they invited locals for a diabetes test and explained to them how to treat this. They said they detected nineteen cases.

    “The problem in a country such as Rwanda is that people sometimes don't know they are sick and can die”, Reijnen said. Not a diabetic himself, the rider decided to join the team as one of his family member and a friend's sister are affected by the disease.

    Phil Southerland, Team Type 1 CEO, told Cyclingnews he hopes through this campaign to make “Rwanda a model country in Africa”, giving its diabetics a free access to medication. An agreement with the Ministery of Health is in the works.

    In 2010, Team Type 1 went to Rwanda for the first time with a smaller charity campaign and a small roster. They decided to come back with more ambitions. “This year we have been to the Tour of California, Tour of Colorado, Tour of Switzerland, Paris-Tours... but Tour of Rwanda is our major goal”, Southerland said. "Here, we want to spread our message. Every time our riders win, it's like if we speak louder, and it's what happened today.”

    The team now targets the overall. Particularly motivated is Reijnen, who has the engine and physical skills to succeed. It's said his power data last week was higher than ever. He's some experience too, as shown by his 2010 results in Asian races with the Jelly Belly team: he won the Tour of Thailand, was 3rd at the Tour of Qinghai Lake, 4th at the Tour of Hainan. He also went 3rd in the national road Championships, in Greenville. A good climber, Reijnen is ready to face local Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN Qhubeka), fourth in GC at 14 seconds and an expert of the Rwandan hills.

    “The yellow jersey is our single goal in the race now and everything else is secondary”, said directeur sportif, John Seehafer.

    With three riders in the first three places, Team Type 1 has several tactical options. Victory in Rwanda would be its third overall win this season, after the Tour of Turkey (won by Alexander Efimkin) and Tour de Beauce (Martijn Verschoor). First of all, it would be a significant step for their fight against diabete, across a country where about one citizen in four uses to watch the race.

     

  • Marco Polo forms first Ethiopian pro team

    The Marco Polo Cycling Team in Europe with sports director Gilbert de Weerdt and the Ethiopian (and Eritrean) cyclists.
    Article published:
    November 20, 2011, 19:35
    By:
    Cycling News

    Continental team team moves to Africa

    The Continental Marco Polo Cycling Team has decided to change its focus from Asia to Europe and Africa for the upcoming season. The team will be registered in Ethiopia and compete in races in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany as well as stage races in Africa, Asia and Southern Europe.

    Helping to develop riders in Ethiopia will be one of its primary goals. Sports director Gilbert de Weerdt said in a press release that he believes the Ethiopians can gain the skills they need to succeed in the European peloton. "This year we have seen that, already in their first season, the tiny climbers from Ethiopia can survive most of the races over here. I am curious about the step these guys are making towards next season and also how good the new African riders will be. We will make sure that the program is on pro level and that they are well guided," De Weerdt said.

    Team owner Gudo Kramer explained the move: "Looking back, one could say that we have never reached the full potential of Chinese cycling. I prefer to focus on the brighter side: when we came to Chinese races first, we used to be the only European team. Years later, we managed to bring Fuyu Li to Discovery Channel and qualify China for the Olympic Road Race in Beijing.

    "Asian cycling has become a very international cycling scene now – and it is our mission to help non-traditional cycling countries to develop. From that perspective, we have been successful.

    "After ten years, we have evaluated what we are doing and we expect to add more value to African cycling then we were able to in China – now that there are seven Chinese Continental Teams and several very international races."

    The organisation had already been involved with the Ethiopian Cycling Federation through the charity foundation Bike4All, and is currently seeking industry partners to support the team.

     

  • Serge Pauwels back to Belgium with Omega Pharma-Quick Step

    Team Sky's Simon Gerrans, Serge Pauwels and Dario David Cioni (l-r)
    Article published:
    November 20, 2011, 21:55
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Leaves Team Sky after two years

    Serge Pauwels (Team Sky) is hoping to put two difficult years behind him as he moves from Sky to Omega Pharma-Quick Step for 2012. The Belgian signed for Sky ahead of their inaugural season and rode the Tour de France in 2010. However this season was disrupted by a number of injuries and when Omega came calling he found the opportunity of returning to Belgium too hard to resist.

    “I’m going to Omega for two years and I’m really happy with that. I had a season with a lot of injuries. I broke my elbow and then a month later one of my triceps was torn off,” he told Cyclingnews.

    “Omega gives me the chance to open a new chapter in my career and I’m happy to go back to a Belgian team.

    “Sky was a great experience. They set the benchmark for modern cycling and took care of so many details. That was really nice to experience and I learnt a lot. But I’ve always said that I wanted to come back to Belgium at some point.”

    This year Pauwels broke an elbow in a crash. After his comeback he suffered another setback when one of his bicep muscles became detached from it’s arm.

    “The injuries meant my last year was spoilt but the year before I did the Tour de France and that was always a dream for me. Okay, results-wise I was looking for a bit more, but due to circumstances I wasn’t able to fulfill those ambitions. Hopefully I’ll get those chances next year.

    “My manager spoke to Omega early in the summer and I was pretty convinced that I wanted something new. I gave my word to them fairly soon. I never really got a no or yes from Sky but I don’t think it really matters.”

    Pauwels has not finalised his race programme for next season but he is hoping to ride a Grand Tour. Having performed well at the 2009 Giro, when with Cervelo, he believes that his future could be in long stage races.

    “We’ll discuss the race programme later but I really want to be competitive again and show what I can do in the biggest races, even the Grand Tours. It’s no secret that I like them and we’ll see if I can do one of them.”
     

  • Gallery: A year through the lens of Jon Devich

    Chris Horner after his time trial win and realizing he just won the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.
    Article published:
    November 21, 2011, 04:10
    By:
    Cycling News

    Road, mountain bike, and cross snaps from all over the US

    In the penultimate edition of Cyclingnews series on photography, we present Jon Devich. Jon is a stalwart of the American racing scene, happy to travel from coast-to-coast in his coverage of events like Speedweek, the Tour of California, and the recent USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

    Jon has a knack for summing up a day's racing in a single picture. His black and white portrait of Chris Horner at this year's Tour of California is one such example, but there have been many more in Jon's work for us.

    Enjoy a selection of Jon's 2011 work here.

    You can also check out Jon's website Epicimages.us, for more of his content, or if you'd like to get in contact with him.

  • NSW Grand Prix series launches Wednesday

    Chris Sutton (Sky) was all smiles at the finish.
    Article published:
    November 21, 2011, 06:11
    By:
    Cycling News

    Healthy fields confirmed for men and women

    The NSW Grand Prix events at Wollongong and Cronulla are less than a week away and the series is set to launch officially on October 23 in Elouera. The launch comes off the back of the announcement that the car company ŠKODA will be the naming rights sponsor for the series.

    "ŠKODA has made its mark as a great supporter of cycling internationally and nationally and this will provide the perfect image for NSW Grand Prix Cycling," event organiser Phill Bates announced earlier today.

    A record field has confirmed for the men's event, with more than 80 elite and professional cyclists registered to take part. Along with the previously confirmed riders including Chris Sutton, Scott Law, Ben Kersten, and Tom Palmer, Rabobank stars Graeme Brown and Pieter Weening and GreenEdge recruit Jens Mouris will all be starting.

    In the women's race, headlined by Rochelle Gilmore, teams from Russia, New Zealand, AIS track and AIS road, State institutes, and defending champions - the BikeExchange.com dream team will all be racing.

    The series will officially be launched by Mark Speakman, the Federal Member for Cronulla on behalf of the Minister for Major Events George Souris, and the local councillor Carol Provan who will be representing the Mayor of Sutherland Shire Council.

    A full start list will be released on Wednesday at the launch.

  • Popovych to help Cancellara at Flanders and Roubaix

    Yaroslav Popovych (Radioshack)
    Article published:
    November 21, 2011, 10:21
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former U23 Paris-Roubaix winner excited at new challenge

    Yaroslav Popovych has announced that the Spring Classics will be his first goals for the 2012 season. The Ukraninian, a member of the new RadioShack-Nissan team, will be putting his talents to the service of Fabian Cancellara, joining the team from the merging Leopard-Trek squad.

    "In 2012, I will focus on the Spring Classics with Cancellara, including Flanders and Roubaix," the 2001 U23 Paris-Roubaix winner told Bicicilismo. "I want to do a good showing in Roubaix because I have always liked these races and I felt at ease with them, despite the crashes and the punctures. I think I can achieve a good result there and help Cancellara."

    Eleven years after his U23 Paris-Roubaix victory, the now 31-year-old is excited at the prospect of helping two-time winner Fabian Cancellara to equal triple champion and Classics rival Tom Boonen. "I started to train again in November - when normally I commence only in December - to do a good job in the first part of the year," he added.

    The second part of the season will then be dedicated entirely on the Tour de France, where Popovych hopes to be of similar support to the Schleck brothers as he used to be when he was still part of Lance Armstrong's victories. "After the Classics I will be able to focus on the Tour de France without problems," the two-time Tour de France stage winner concluded.