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First Edition Cycling News, November 7, 2008

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November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • 22nd Anniversary Of Trust House Cycle Classic (done)

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Laura Weislo

    New Zealand's Trust House Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 event, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in...

    New Zealand's Trust House Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 event, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in January 2009 with what is likely to be the biggest and best field in its history.

    "The tour is now recognised overseas as the best race in this country and I expect a big number of national and international riders. Six UCI continental teams will be invited to take part," said Race Director Jorge Sandoval.

    "In this year's event, New Zealand cycling fans witnessed three-time junior world champion Australian rider Travis Meyer showcase his talent. Meyer dominated the 2008 event, claiming podium finishes in five of the seven stages, including one stage victory. I will do my best to get him back to Wellington in 2009 to defend his title," said Sandoval.

    The 2009 event will commence on January 21, 2009 with a team time trial in Hutt City and will finish five days later with the Wellington circuit down in Lambton Quay.

    For more information is available at the race website: www.cycletournz.com

    Race route for the 2009 Trust House Cycle Classic:

    January 21, Stage 1: Hutt City Circuit (TTT)
    Janurary 22, Stage 2: Featherson - Martinborough to Masterton Via Wainuiri, Te Waharau, 145km
    January 23, Stage 3: Masterton Circuit, 125.3km
    January 24, Stage 4: Gladstone Circuit, 120km
    January 24, Stage 5: Masterton Criterium
    January 25, Stage 6: Wellington City (ITT), 12km
    January 25, Stage 7: Wellington City Criterium.

  • Southern US gets new endurance 'cross event

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Laura Weislo The Southeastern United States will have its first long-distance cyclo-cross race in...

    By Laura Weislo

    The Southeastern United States will have its first long-distance cyclo-cross race in 2009. The Southern 'Cross presented by BH Bikes, will take place on January 24, 2009 in Ellijay, Georgia. Promoted by 55nine Performance's Namrita and Eddie O'Dea, the 50-mile race is loosely modeled on Pennsylvania's Iron 'Cross.

    "We have a local race series that has become very successful, and a lot of people come down South to race and train because it's warmer," explained Namrita O'Dea. "We've had a lot of good feedback on the idea, but because of parking issues, we've had to limit the number of entries to 50 riders."

    Despite the limit to entrants, O'Dea is encouraging spectators to come out to watch riders tackle the course, which will include a short circuit on the Mulberry Gap property and a 45 mile loop. "The long loop is mainly gravel roads with a lot of climbing with similar terrain to the Cohutta 100," said O'Dea. "Mulberry Gap has 15 acres, and we'll use its natural cyclo-cross terrain - hills for steep run-ups and natural barriers, to make a spectator-friendly circuit to finish off the race."

    Southern 'Cross will be the third race the O'Deas will be promoting in 2009, and their future could see more cyclo-cross races. "We have some other ideas, but we don't want to add more than one race a year. We want to do a good job with it so we don't want to add too much. We're constantly gauging where the interest lies. Right now it's moving from the long endurance stuff to shorter, and a lot of people are racing cyclo-cross."

    The Southern 'Cross will have categories for men, women, single speed and fixed geared bikes.

    For more information and to register, visit www.55nineperformance.com

  • American pair wins UIV Dortmund

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    The USA Madison pairing of Guy East and Austin Carroll finished off the UIV U23 Dortmund three-day...

    The USA Madison pairing of Guy East and Austin Carroll finished off the UIV U23 Dortmund three-day on Sunday after leading the race from the first day. The victory gave USA Cycling's recently initiated Madison Program the first major success.

    East and Carroll started riding aggressively on the firsth night, and established a lead in both laps and points over the second-placed German team of Tino Thömel and Julian Tuchol. On the second night, the American pair was not able to gain another lap on the Germans, who successfully closed the gap in points.

    On the third and final night, East and Carroll started with a lead of only one lap and one point. The pair rode conservatively, holding off their closest competitors and winning their first UIV race while also retaining a lead in both laps and points on all teams.

    East and Carroll are scheduled to contest two more UIV races; Munich on November 7-8 and Gent on November 18-23. The pair will also compete in the UK Revolution on November 15 and several local races in Belgium before returning home to evaluate progress and build toward the future.

  • Flores suspended for doping

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Argentinean cyclist Claudio Flores received a two year suspension for doping during the Tour of...

    Argentinean cyclist Claudio Flores received a two year suspension for doping during the Tour of Uruguay, AFP reported Thursday. He tested positive for anabolic steroids during the Tour of Uruguay in March, and was handed the suspension this week by the Uruguayan Ministry of Sports.

    Flores, who rides for Agrupación Piquetera Vírgen de Fátima, tested positive for Estanozolol.

  • Quick Step nets most wins in five years

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    The Quick Step team proudly proclaimed that it was named the team with the most wins in the last...

    The Quick Step team proudly proclaimed that it was named the team with the most wins in the last five years on Thursday. The team cited statistics compiled by Christian Lagneaux of the web site velo-club.net which counted 212 UCI wins for the team over the past five seasons.

    The wins include 81 by sprinter Tom Boonen alone, as well as Richard Virenque's Tour de France stage win in 2004, Paolo Bettini's two world championship titles and his Olympic gold medal (2004) and two of Michael Rogers' three consecutive world time trial titles.

    In total, the team scored 14 stage race overall victories, 133 stage wins and 65 one-day races, with Boonen as the winningest rider in the last five years, ahead of his competitors Alessandro Petacchi and Robbie McEwen.

  • Tireless Armstrong speaks at Web 2.0 conference

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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    By Gary Boulanger, BikeRadar US editor Lance Armstrong has had a whirlwind two weeks, beginning with...

    By Gary Boulanger, BikeRadar US editor

    Lance Armstrong has had a whirlwind two weeks, beginning with a speech in Florida October 28, onto Copenhagen, Denmark for the same, winning two time trials in Texas, onto Dallas for a friend's funeral, then time spent in southern California for wind tunnel and velodrome testing, all by November 5. So what does the 37-year-old do in his spare time?

    The Texan took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit Wednesday night in San Francisco, speaking with John Battelle, founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing. Armstrong spoke for 38 minutes, covering the bases openly about the recent presidential elections, his training, reasons for coming back to pro racing, and why he's wired the way he is. He also spoke about using Twitter, a social networking tool that he started using recently.

    The relaxed cancer advocate spoke about his ego, and shared many insights to the Silicon Valley audience, including Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang. He also talked about forming livestrong.com, a for-porfit web venture, in addition to forming the non-porift Lance Armstrong Foundation/Livestrong.org, before taking questions from the audience.

    Watch the full video here.

  • New sponsor, 16 riders for Gianetti

    Gianetti's team will rise out of the chaos of the 2008 Tour
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    November 07, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Gary Boulanger, BikeRadar US editor

    The former Saunier Duval manager Mauro Gianetti has succeeded where two other ProTour teams have...

    The former Saunier Duval manager Mauro Gianetti has succeeded where two other ProTour teams have failed: he has secured a new sponsor to fund his "new" ProTour squad for 2009. Gianetti was linked with the worldwide conglomerate TMC Transformers by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday.

    Gianetti managed the Saunier Duval team until the sponsor withdrew after the team was forced to pull out of the Tour de France due to the doping positive of Riccardo Riccò. He secured American Beef and bike sponsor Scott as title sponsors for the remainder of the season, but Scott refused to continue through 2009.

    Directeur Sportif Joxean Matxin said last month that the team had signed on a "multinational company" as well as a second sponsor from Mexico in order for the team to continue. His team succeeded where the Crédit Agricole and Gerolsteiner teams had failed.

    The team reportedly has 16 riders signed: Jose Angel Gómez Marchante, Juan José Cobo, David De la Fuente, Josep Jufré (all Scott-American Beef), Alberto Ongarato (Milram) and Andrea Tonti (Quick Step) are some of the names cited by the Italian paper.