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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, April 28, 2012

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April 28, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Giro d'Italia 2012: Cavendish leads Team Sky

    World champion Mark Cavendish (Team Sky)
    Article published:
    April 27, 2012, 14:43 BST
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    Cycling News

    Kennaugh and Swift switch focus from the track

    World Champion Mark Cavendish will lead a strong Team Sky at the Giro d’Italia, which starts on May 5, in Denmark. The British sprinter will head up a nine-man selection that includes Bernhard Eisel, Juan Antonio Flecha, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Geraint Thomas, Sergio Henao, Rigoberto Urán and Peter Kennaugh.

    “The Giro is one of my favourite races of the season and I’m very happy to be riding it,” Cavendish said in a press release.

    “We’ve got a good squad to go and win stages. Geraint, Pete and Swifty have just come off the track so they should have that explosive power which will be important in the first week, and the rest of the team have all done well in the Classics.

    “We want to win the team time trial as well and hopefully that will get us the pink jersey. If we could achieve that it would be a massive honour for the team.

    “It should be a really good three weeks because we’re all friends and have a good understanding on the road. The Tour de Romandie has allowed me to get some miles in the legs so come the start in Denmark I’ll be raring to go.”

    The team won’t just focus on supporting Cavendish though. Ben Swift returns to the Giro, having made his grand tour debut at the race in 2009, and will be looking for stage wins. Sergio Henao will make his grand tour debut, and along with Uran will compete for high positions in the mountain stages.

    Steven de Jongh, the team’s sports director added: “We have a very strong squad here which we feel can be competitive on several fronts. In Mark Cavendish we have the fastest sprinter in the world and he will be looking to get some stage...

  • Fuglsang out of Giro d'Italia with knee problems

    Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan)
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    April 27, 2012, 16:39 BST
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    Cycling News

    RadioShack leader out of Giro

    Jakob Fuglsang will not be able to ride the Giro d'Italia 2012 due to knee problems. The RadioShack-Nissan rider did not start Friday's third stage of the Tour de Romandie because of the knee pain.

    He has been diagnosed with an inflammation of the articular capsule and ligament of the left knee. He first noticed it two weeks ago at an altitude camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

    "I am very disappointed," Fuglsang said. "The Giro was my big objective for this year. Yesterday I had so much pain in the last 40K, I was just miserable. At that point I realized that it might be the end of my Giro dream. Moreover I was already running behind my schedule after the scaphoid bone fracture in the Tour of Catalunya."

    There is simply not enough time to clear up the problem before the start of the Giro on May 5, and the risks were too great, team doctor Andreas Gösele said. “With a quick and intensive therapy, Jakob would possibly be able to start at the Giro, but with how much risk? A good result would be out of the question and if he would have to drop out after ten stages, what would we have accomplished?"

    “From a medical point of view, it is impossible to guarantee that he will be fine. It's never good to take an injured rider to the start of a Grand Tour, and neither is it good to take out the leader of a team during such an important race. We don't want to jeopardize his season and his career.”

    Fuglsang was set to be RadioShack's captain in the Giro, which starts in his homeland of Denmark. "We would even have stayed in a hotel in the city where I grew up. My hand injury was already a setback. Now, with this on top, I can only agree with the doctors and not take any risk. I will look ahead. I am young and there will be other Grand...

  • Pozzato and Gatto to lead Farnese Vini-Selle Italia in 2012 Giro d'Italia

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    April 27, 2012, 19:16 BST
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    Cycling News

    Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela with Sella, Rujano

    Filippo Pozzato will look to gain the leader's pink jersey at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, as will his Farnese Vini- Selle Italia teammate Oscar Gatto. The Italian Professional Continental team announced its line-up for the year's first grand tour, as did Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela, which features a mixture of Italian, Venezuelan and Colombian riders.

    Farnese Vini sport director Luca Scinto “is ready to do a Giro d'Italia attacking in all the stages,” according to a team pres relase. Pozzato and Gatto will led the team, looking for stage wins.  Pozzato, 31, won a stage at the Giro in 2010. Gatto has ridden the Giro four times and won a stage in 2011.The team will look to Andrea Guardini for the sprints in his Giro debut.

    There is still one rider to be named. 

    Androni will send four Italians, three Venezuelans and two Colombians to the Giro. Emanuele Sella has won numerous Giro stages. Jose Rujano won the mountain ranking in 2005 and has three stages to his credit.

    Farnese Vini-Selle Italia for the Giro d'Italia 2012: Filippo Pozzato, Oscar Gatto, Andrea Guardini, Luca Mazzanti, Francesco Failli, Elia Favilli, Mateo Rabottini, and Pierpaolo De Negri. 

    Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela for the Giro d'Italia 2012: Emanuele Sella, Roberto Ferrari, Fabio Felline, Alessandro De Marchi, Josè Rujano, Carlos Ochoa, Jackson Rodriguez, Josè Serpa and Miguel Angel Rubiano

  • Germans release long lists for London 2012 Olympic road disciplines

     London 2012 Olympics road race route details emerge
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    April 27, 2012, 20:30 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    World time trial champions Tony Martin and Judith Arndt top lists

    The German cycling federation has announced its long list of riders who are under consideration for the road races in the London 2012 Olympics. Fifteen men are up for five spots, with nine women competing for up to four team places.

    The Bund Deutsche Radfahrer (BDR) can nominate five men, two of whom will ride both the road race and time trial. Two of the nominated women will ride the time trial. The Germans expect to have the maximum number of allowed participants, although the women's allocations will not be final until after May 31.

    Both the mens' and womens' list of nominees include the world time trial champions: Tony Martin and Judith Arndt. It will be Martin's Olympic debut. Arndt won a bronze medal on the track in the 1996 games and a silver in the road race in 2004.

    The beginning of May, the BDR will send four riders to London to check out the road course. John Degenkolb, Danilo Hondo, Andre Griepel and Marcel Sieberg will view the course on May 2. “From their impressions, we hope to get a be able to have a better picture of the conditions, which will surely be very helpful in making our final selection,” said BDR Vice President Udo Sprenger.

    Mens' road: Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step), John Degenkolb (Argos Shimano), Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack), Bert Grabsch (Quick Step), André Greipel (Lotto), Patrick Gretsch (Argos Shimano), Danilo Hondo (Lampre), Marcel Kittel (Argos Shimano), Andreas Klier (Garmin), Christian Knees (Sky), Paul Martens (Rabobank), Tony Martin (Quick Step), Marcel Sieberg (Lotto), Fabian Wegmann (Garmin)

    Womens' road: Judith Arndt (GreenEdge), Charlotte Becker (Specialized), Sarah Düster (Rabobank), Claudia Häussler (GreenEdge), Romy Kasper (Rusvelo), Hanka...

  • Modolo opens account ahead of Giro d'Italia

    Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Bardiani)
    Article published:
    April 27, 2012, 21:15 BST
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    Jean-François Quénet

    Italian sprinter full of praise for the Tour of Turkey

    It was a relief for Sacha Modolo of Colnago-CSF to finally bag a win this year at the end of stage 6 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey. It came just at the right time as the Giro d'Italia is around the corner, starting next week on May 5 from Herning in Denmark.

    "With my teammates, I've been working on lead-outs since the beginning of the year and it didn't quite work out until now," Modolo explained in Kusadasi. "I came second at the Circuit de la Sarthe three times." The Italian finished twice second and third on one occasion in reality, but he doesn't want to consider stage 1 as a win even though Denis Galimzyanov will likely be disqualified after his positive dope test.

    "I needed to get this monkey off my back. Remember last year, as soon as I won a race, I won ten of them back to back," he said. The 24-year-old from Treviso only started his winning campaign in July last year with two stages of the Tour of Qinghai Lakes in China.

    "I began this year with two main goals: Milan-San Remo and the Olympic road race," the Italian continued. "Milan-San Remo didn't go as well as I expected but the season is long. I came to the Tour of Turkey to get to know where I am in terms of physical condition and I can feel that I'm close to reach my dream of winning a stage at the Giro d'Italia.

    "The atmosphere in the team is great because in the region of one week, we've won the Giro del Trentino with [Domenico] Pozzovivo, two stages here in Turkey with [Andrea] Di Corrado and myself, one with a breakaway, the other one in a sprint, so we're competitive on all terrains, providing that the same group of...

  • CAS will announce decision on British Olympic Association bans April 30

    David Millar (Great Britain) on the podium with his silver medal
    Article published:
    April 27, 2012, 22:30 BST
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    Cycling News

    Outcome will determine if David Millar is eligible for London Games

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced today that it will release its final decision in the case between the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday, April 30 at 4:00pm CET.

    WADA has ruled that the BOA's policy of giving lifetime Olympic bans to athletes who have served doping suspensions is in violation of the World Anti-doping Agency's code which already provides guidelines for doping punishments.

    The BOA appealed that decision to the CAS.

    The case applies to cycling in that Scottish rider David Millar, who was key in the success of the British team at the 2011 UCI road world championships, won by Mark Cavendish, could prove to be an important support rider for Cavendish in his bid to become an Olympic gold medalist.

    Millar, second in the individual time trial at the world championships, would also be a major contender in that event in London.

    Millar supported the WADA decision last October, but said that he personally would not get involved in the fight, and would rather the outcome be decided in favor of WADA so that he could participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow than go to the Olympics "as a black sheep". Miller served a two-year ban in 2004 after admitting to using EPO.

     

  • Boonen looking forward to Worlds

    Tom Boonen's win at Paris-Roubaix will be talked about for years to come
    Article published:
    April 28, 2012, 10:28 BST
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    Cycling News

    Belgian star thinks course in Limburg will suit him

    After his exploits in this year's Spring Classics, where he achieved an unprecedented run of success, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is currently in the middle of a well-earned break from competitive cycling. But the Belgian star is already looking ahead to coming back, and is particularly excited about the road world championships in Holland later this year.

    It may still be over four months away, but Boonen and his Belgian colleagues embarked on a fact-finding mission in the town of Valkenburg, in the Dutch province of Limburg, last week. And he liked what he saw.

    "We explored the course," he told Sporza. "It might be hard because of the the wind and possibly the rain. But I think it is a course for Classics riders. If I am in shape, I can handle it. Another world championship win is something I dream of."

    Boonen was crowned world champion in Madrid in 2005 but has has a chequered history in the race since then. Peaking in the Spring for the Classics is his major goal every year, and the difficulty of preparing for another major target in the autumn is considerable. He has missed the last two stagings of the Worlds due to injury and he will be hoping for more luck this time round. Should he make it there in one piece, the issue of whether he or Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will act as leader of the Belgian team will snowball as September draws near. But for now it isn't something that Boonen is giving much thought to.

    "Who is leader? It is too early to say. Gilbert and I start at the same level anyway," he said. "We're really all contemporaries. We have ridden together for 15 years and have not made serious mistakes in a world...

  • Fränk Schleck tipped to replace Fuglsang at Giro d'Italia

    A happy Frank Schleck (Team Radioshack Nissan)
    Article published:
    April 28, 2012, 11:30 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan to shuffle pack ahead of Corsa Rosa

    RadioShack-Nissan confirmed yesterday that proposed team leader Jakob Fuglsang is to miss the 2012 Giro d'Italia because of knee problems, and it now appears that his place in the squad will be filled by Fränk Schleck.

    The Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the 32-year-old from Luxembourg will be drafted into the lineup at the behest of team boss Johan Bruyneel. Back in January Bruyneel refused to rule out the possibility of Schleck starting the Giro, but in the weeks since it has been assumed that he would skip the race to focus on helping his brother Andy at the Tour De France this summer.

    But after a disappointing Classics campaign, in which the team lost Fabian Cancellara to injury at the Tour of Flanders, Bruyneel is determined to get his team back on track. If reports prove accurate, Schleck will join the likes of Andreas Kloden, Oliver Zaugg and Ben Hermans on the start line in Denmark on May 5.