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First Edition Cycling News, October 6, 2008

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October 06, 2008, 1:00 BST
  • Tour of Durango postponed

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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    The Tour of Durango, scheduled for October 12, has been postponed until Summer 2009 in order to...

    The Tour of Durango, scheduled for October 12, has been postponed until Summer 2009 in order to expand the event. The mountain bike/run/hiking event is a fund-raiser for Trails 2000 and the Southwest Conservation Corps. Trails 2000, a nonprofit formed almost twenty years ago that is responsible for building and maintaining the trails in and around Durango. The Southwest Conservation Corps employs and trains young people and completes conservation projects on public lands.

    With support from title sponsor Alpine Bank, the event was ready to go next week Sunday, October 12 but the event committee was presented with three opportunities to expand the scope and nature of the Tour of Durango. It decided kicking off a first-year event with even more gusto and partners would be worth waiting for.

    "We realized that the event as it was originally proposed was going to get us just part of the way to where we want to be, which is providing an event the injects new energy to the Durango mountain bike and running scenes," said event director Jeff Frost.

    The plans for next year are to partner with an existing event and bring a lot of visitors into Durango for a much larger-scale happening that could add multi-day multi day mountain bike and trail running opportunities.

    "With continued strong support from event partners and sponsors Alpine Bank, Carvers Brewing Company, The Durango Herald, Studio 21, The Point, Trails 2000, and the Southwest Conservation Corps on board for the future, the 2009 event is in great shape," said Beth Drum, marketing director for Alpine Bank.

    All registered 2008 participants have been contacted and their entry fees will be refunded.

  • Team Inferno to debut as Kenda Pro Cycling in 2009

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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    The US elite amateur Team Inferno announced this weekend that it would register as a UCI Continental...

    The US elite amateur Team Inferno announced this weekend that it would register as a UCI Continental team for 2009, under the name Kenda Pro Cycling presented by Spinergy.

    In 2008, the team had a number of Australian and New Zealand riders including Hayden Godfrey and Jeff Hopkins, but the new squad will be all American. "Many teams have collapsed in this pained economy and as such, fewer teams will exist domestically in 2009. This means American racers will be without a home, and to have talented racers from abroad take the few openings that remain simply is not in the best interests of American cycling," read the team's press release.

    The team will also be supported only by bicycle industry sponsorship. "Apart from the newly announced Cervélo Test Team, which is a Pro Tour [sic] team, we are the only other professional team of its kind that I know of. And, we are a single citizenship team. This means our entire roster can line-up at our National Championship races," stated director Chad Thompson.

    The team will focus on the Tour de Georgia and the Tour of Missouri for 2009.

    2009 Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Spinergy roster:

    Professional – Chad Burdzilauskas, Jaime Gandara, Bennet van der Genugten, Remi McManus, Benjamin Renkema, Jacob Rytlewski, Tyler Stanfield, Timothy Swain, Scottie Weiss, Matthew Winstead.

    Elite – Marco Aledia, James Baldesare, Jeffrey Braumberger, Ryan Gamm, Richard Harper, Ryan Rish, Russell Stevenson, Chadwick Thompson.

    Team updates are available at www.kendaprocycling.com or www.infernoracing.org

  • Aldape renews with Team Type 1

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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    Olympian Moises Aldape has extended his contract with Team Type 1, the team announced this weekend....

    Olympian Moises Aldape has extended his contract with Team Type 1, the team announced this weekend. Aldape, who represented Mexico at the Beijing Games after a break-out season which included a stage win and the mountains classification in the Cascade Cycling Classic and the sprint classification at the Tour de Beauce.

    The team also announced the signing of Argentinean sprinter Ricardo Escuela. Escuela, 25, established himself as one of the top sprinters on the domestic circuit in 2008 by winning stages at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Cascade Classic while racing for Successfulliving.com presented by ParkPre.

    "Moises has been a go-to guy all year for us, whether sprinting to a top-10 finish in Philadelphia, winning mountain-top stages at Cascade, or being the stalwart lieutenant in defence of another team leader in races like the Tour de Langkawi, the Tour of Ireland and the Vuelta Mexico," Team Type 1 Sport Director Ed Beamon said.

    "I expect we will see him take on more of a leadership role next year. He has a better understanding of what to expect on the American racing scene and has already established his adeptness in international competition, so I anticipate a strong season from him. Without the distraction of Olympic preparation, we should be able to start him in more events next year as well."

    Beamon said he is excited to be able to provide Escuela with a strong team that will be committed to leading him out in field sprints.

    "It's no secret that a weakness of ours this year was not having any depth in the sprint finishes," Beamon said. "We are making moves to fill that void and Ricardo is a key addition. He has shown that he is capable of winning the bunch kick in criteriums, as well as hard selection-type races. He can also put himself in the breakaways where his finishing speed becomes that much more dangerous."

    Team Type 1 was created in 2004 by two racers with Type 1 diabetes, Phil Southerland...

  • Blaudzun says good-bye, too

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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    Danish rider Michael Blaudzun hung up his bike after the world championships time trial, and...

    Danish rider Michael Blaudzun hung up his bike after the world championships time trial, and according to an interview on his now former team CSC-Saxo Bank web site, he's not regretting his decision to end his career. He began as a professional for the Novell/Word Perfect team in 1994 - a squad which went on to become Rabobank the next year. Blaudzun stayed with Rabobank until 1998, when he spent one year with Team Telekom before joining the CSC team and staying put for the rest of his career.

    "It's been a weird week that's for sure. On one hand there's this strange void because I don't know what I'll be doing next, but on the other hand there's no doubt in my mind that it's the right decision. I simply don't feel the same need to compete anymore," said Blaudzun.

    He made his decision to retire last year, and said he's had time to adjust to the idea. "But that doesn't mean I'm not sentimental about it though. During the last three or four weeks I've said my goodbyes to so many people, who've all been a part of my life for so many years now and whom I might never see again."

    What the future holds for Blaudzun is still not decided. "I've talked to a few people but nothing's definite yet. I used to do office work before becoming a pro rider but I don't know if that's useful in any way now," said the Dane.

    "It's possible I might do something within the world of cycling in the future. For instance I've spoken to Herning Cycling Club about helping out next season, but not as a manager or anything else time consuming, because I also want a break from cycling just now. But I'll definitely still do some training from time to time – it's in my blood, my entire family has always been into bikes. My dad is 63 now and he still rides his bike a lot. When they call me up in six months time asking if I want to take part in some recreational race or other I wont guarantee that I'll say no," he joked. "I'm also planning on seeing some race next...

  • Peloton pays tribute to Vansevenant

    Wim Vansevenant recalled his career
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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    By Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem Typical Belgian weather conditions accompanied 36 year-old Wim...

    By Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    Typical Belgian weather conditions accompanied 36 year-old Wim Vansevenant as the Silence-Lotto rider said goodbye to cycling in his hometown of Eernegem on Sunday. Vansevenant retired after 14 years in the professional peloton, first riding in 1994 as a stagiaire for the Novell team before spending four seasons with the Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx team. Vansevenant spent his last six seasons with the Lotto team.

    The Belgian rider will go into the history books as the rider who received the lantern rouge as last placed rider in the Tour de France three times in a row (2006-2008).

    Vansevenant best known as domestique for several top cyclists such as Peter Van Petegem, Robbie McEwen and Cadel Evans, but he managed one victory in his professional career - the second stage of the 1996 Tour du Vaucluse - or two if you count his victory in the honorary criterium on Sunday.

    The blond Belgian pulled a controlled skid across the slippery wet cobbles as he crossed the line, and then hung up his bike and dressed up like a farmer for the presentation. A farmer? Yes, Vansevenant has decided to take over the business of his father, farming in Bovekerke. "I've got this farming degree so I figured that I had to do something with it," Vansevenant joked. "It will be a farm without animals because that's nothing but misery, but it will be hard enough anyway."

    The Belgian realized that his Tour de France performances gave his popularity a major boost. "I'm proud that I've written a little bit of history with that lantern rouge. It will always be linked to my name and I hope that I inspired other riders, just like the seven Tour de France victories from Lance Armstrong," Vansevenant said.

    "During the last few months the form wasn't what it was supposed to be," Vansevenant admitted. "The Tour de France was my last major goal and afterwards the motivation was gone. I don't...

  • Evans looks back on Tour and comments on Armstrong

    Cadel Evans
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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    By Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem Australian cycling star Cadel Evans was in Eernegem to pay tribute to...

    By Brecht Decaluwé in Eernegem

    Australian cycling star Cadel Evans was in Eernegem to pay tribute to Wim Vansevenant, who is one of the domestiques who helped Evans at the Tour de France over the last four years. He looked back on the Tour, and the news that next year he could have to face off against seven time Tour winner, Lance Armstrong in next year's edition.

    Evans was skeptical about how well the Texan would do with his comeback to the sport after four years away from the sport, and said he'd have to see him on the bike before considering how Armstrong would affect his own race. "Let's see. Overall it's good for the sport and the interest in cycling. I'm happy to have him back, but first we have to see," Evans said.

    The Australian is at the tail end of a season which began in February at the Vuelta a Andalucía, and will come to a close at the Giro di Lombardia next week. He looked back on the Tour, where he took second overall for the second year in a row. He emphasized that his crash on stage nine hurt him more than he revealed at the time. "It was a really hard Tour for me. A lot of people don't realize the impact of the crash that I had in the first week of the Tour," Evans told Cyclingnews.

    "I think there's only three people who understand how difficult it was for me in the Tour beyond that crash; it was difficult for me, and stressful. I did everything I could and in the end I'm happy with the Tour that I rode. It was a great race for the spectators. Other than the crash the Tour went quite well for me. I have to be happy with that," Evans said.

    During the Tour de France Evans was under constant attack from the CSC team which had two team leaders, one being eventual winner Carlos Sastre and the other Fränk Schleck. Schleck admitted this week that he made a monetary transfer to the bank account of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, which...

  • Flecha, Rosseler winners in Franco-Belge

    Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank)
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    October 06, 2008, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Bjorn Haake with additional reporting by Julien Gillebert

    By Bjorn Haake with additional reporting by Julien Gillebert Sébastien Rosseler added another win...

    By Bjorn Haake with additional reporting by Julien Gillebert

    Sébastien Rosseler added another win for the Quick Step team at the Circuit Franco-Belge when he beat his escape companion Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) in horrible conditions for the race's final stage in Tournai. Flecha was not unhappy with second, as he had gained enough time to win the overall title.

    Flecha made the decisive move with a potential overall win on his mind, and he was happy to finally deliver for Rabobank. "I am so happy to finally win a race for my team." Flecha explained that he wasn't always so fortunate the past few years. "It is my third season for this team but, despite good results, I have never won a race for them." The last victory for Juan Antonio Flecha was a stage in the Vuelta Valenciana, in 2005.

    To win, Flecha had to do what he does best. "To win the general classification, I knew I had to attack, to surprise the sprinters." He felt he had the form. "I knew I was in good condition since the Vuelta. I expected to go to the World Championship of Varese but I was not taken in the Spanish selection. It was a disappointment for me. But I managed to focus on other goals: the Franco-Belge, but also Paris-Tours."

    The riders had to fight the elements for another time, with cold rain being prevalent all day. The organisers shortened the final stage by two finishing laps or around 30 kilometres. It was appreciated by the day's winner. "The weather today was absolutely awful!" Rosseler said.

    Rosseler raced very actively in the final part of the race and explained his tactics. "During the finale I made my attack, taking seven other riders along with me. On the final Côte about 15 kilometres from the finish line I decided to up the pace. The bunch was gaining time and catching up with our small group. I didn't want them to catch up with me, without attempting another attack."

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