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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, June 5, 2010

Date published:
June 05, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Haussler back to racing

    Heinrich Haussler
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 9:49 BST
    Hedwig Kröner

    Feels up to Swiss one-day race this week-end

    Heinrich Haussler of the Cervélo TestTeam will be back racing this week-end after continuing knee problems this first part of the season and a recent car crash due to excessive drinking.

    The Australian-German is currently training at altitude in the Swiss ski station of St. Moritz, where he will stay until shortly before the Tour de Suisse, starting June 12. However, Haussler feels up to racing again, and has decided to participate in the GP Kanton Aargau in Gippingen this weekend.

    "I don't feel any pressure and no pain at all in my knee, and think that I can now race again," the 26-year-old said on his personal website.

    Moreover, he once again apologized for his recent misbehaviour, which he called "irresponsible and unprofessional". Indeed, Haussler has admitted that he has had problems with excessive alcohol consumption in the past, and said the reason for his success in 2009 was a "serious" lifestyle and complete commitment to his profession.

    The Cervélo rider trained hard over the winter, but then lost out on the first part of the 2010 season because of a crash at the Volta ao Algarve, which resulted in pains in his left knee later diagnised as a torn ligament. The injury did not heal properly and made Haussler drop out of many races as well as cancel his biggest objectives, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He is now concentrating on being in top shape again for the Tour de France.

  • Pauwels still hoping to make Sky's Tour team

     Serge Pauwels (Sky Professional Cycling Team)
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 11:44 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian thrown back this season by injuries and illness

    Serge Pauwels is trying to recommend himself to Team Sky for the Tour de France, but knows it is an uphill battle. The Belgian has not ridden much this year due to various problems.

    “Because of crashes, knee troubles and sickness, this has not been my season,” he told the Gazet van Antwerpen. After abandoning Vuelta a Andalucia, Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya, he sat out a month before tackling the Tour de Romandie, which he completed.

    “After a forced rest, I would able to race again in Romandie, but with the hand brake on. In the last stage I could follow the best climbers. That was a good sign.”

    The 26-year-old has not competed since the race ended a month ago. “In practice, the results are good, but now I mainly need the rhythm. I sat out after Romandie because the team didn't have anything else on its programme. Perhaps my freshness will be an advantage.”

    Hoping to ride his first Tour de France this year, Pauwels said, “If I am selected for the Tour, it would be based on my skills and the team's confidence in me.” He added that he would like to help Bradley Wiggins and Thomas Lövkvist in the race, as he helped Carlos Sastre in the Giro d'Italia last year.

    There is another reason why this year's Tour is so important to him. “Obviously it would be painful for me to miss the Tour, since it goes through my home area.”

  • Millar hoping for overall success at Dauphiné

    David Millar (Garmin - Transitions) finished the Giro opener in 7th place.
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 12:14 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Garmin rider hopes to gain time in TT before L'Alpe d'Huez

    David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) hopes the advantage he gains in the time trials in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré will be enough for him to target overall victory on the decisive stage to L'Alpe d'Huez.

    Millar has ridden the Dauphiné more times than he can remember and made the eight-day race a target early in the season. He rode two weeks of the Giro d'Italia to give him a solid base of form for the summer and hopes to use it in France in both June and July.

    "I'm up for it. I'm not exactly sure what I can do after looking at the maps in detail because it's a hard race, but I feel pretty good," Millar told Cyclingnews before traveling to the Alps, where the race will start this Sunday.

    "I've recovered after getting ill at the Giro. The first part of the Giro was really tough this year, not just the racing but the weather and the transfers and it got to me. I had some time off to recover but I'm feeling good now."

    Millar will target early success in the opening six kilometre-prologue time trial around Evian-les-Bains on the shore of Lake Léman. And then hope to gain as much time as possible in next Wednesday's 49km time trial.

    "These days I tend to miss more prologue than I hit but I like the route of this one," he said. "I tend not to go hard enough in the first half of prologues but then hold my speed well. The Dauphiné prologue climbs up above the lake for the first half and so I think it suits me.

    "49km is massively long for a time trial these days isn't it?," he commented on the length of the test against the clock held mid-race. "I don't think I've done one that long for a few years. Though long time trials are a bit of tradition in the Dauphiné. I like it because it's got a Cat 3 climb after 15km and then there are 30km of descent and flat roads in the second half.

    "I hope to gain at least two minutes on the climbers in the two...

  • LeMond reaffirms support for Landis

    Greg LeMond
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 12:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Former Tour de France winner calls for cleansing from the top down

    Greg LeMond has given further support to Floyd Landis, making comparisons between his own war of words with Lance Armstrong and Landis' recent accusations against the seven-time Tour de France winner.

    Speaking to the USA Today newspaper, LeMond said he feels vindicated by Landis' accusations against Armstrong and other riders and personnel linked to the US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams. He also recalled his own clashes with Armstrong in recent years after he criticized the Texan after it was revealed he worked with Dr Michele Ferrari.

    "I do feel vindicated," LeMond told USA Today. "This has been going on so long, you get used to people thinking there are ulterior motives and jealousy. But that's really just the spin that Armstrong has put on it."

    "(Armstrong) has talked about Floyd's mental well-being, as he's done with me and nearly every person who has questioned him."

    Armstrong strongly rejected Landis' accusations during the recent Tour of California and has never tested positive during his long career.
    When contacted by Cyclingnews, the RadioShack team said they and Armstrong had said everything they wish to say on the matter at the Tour of California.

    LeMond told USA Today that he hopes any Federal investigation would get to the bottom of the accusations.

    "I hope all of this sheds light on all the corporate enabling that went on, especially the one that tried to take my brand away from me," LeMond said.

    LeMond recently went through a bitter two-year legal battle with Trek after the bike manufacturer claimed that LeMond's previous comments about Armstrong had damaged the company. Trek and LeMond had an ongoing deal to sell the LeMond brand of bikes but the two reached a settlement with Trek making two payments of $100,000 to a charity that LeMond is involved with.
    "This is all about bullying and threatening those who dared to challenge the story," LeMond said.

    "But to...

  • Boardman warned the UCI of risks of bike doping

    Chris Boardman riding for Gan in the 1990s
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 13:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Former professional talks about benefits and risks of motorised bike

    Former professional rider and now successful bike manufacturer Chris Boardman has revealed he warned the International Cycling Union about the risk of motorized doping last year and provided the sports governing body with information on how teams could massively boost their riders' performances.

    Speaking to the British newspaper Telegraph, Boardman said that in theory teams could use cutting-edge technology from Formula 1 to boost the power of any battery-powered motorized system. Boardman suggested they could even tap into the battery that was already used by several teams to power the front and gear changers on bikes.

    During his career, Boardman won gold in the individual pursuit at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, won the prologue time trial at the Tour de France three times and broke the hour record on the track. Since retiring, he has worked with British Cycling developing equipment for the Great Britain team and has created his own brand of Boardman bikes.

    "I sat at a meeting with the UCI last year and drew on the blackboard exactly how this might work," Boardman told the Telegraph. "I showed them some of the sophisticated boosting technology now available, mainly from F1 teams, that can get a kilowatt out of a single AAA battery."

    "And don't forget electrically operated gears are legal these days so there is already a power source on many bikes. I think it would be fair to say there was a stunned silence after I said my piece."

    "It would be very little trouble adapting a power source to give you maybe a couple of hundred watts for 20 minutes or so, which would basically gives you 40 per cent more power through the pedals in a time trial say. You could reduce that power and spread it over a longer period of time or go for one 'hit'. Its potential is obvious. You could use it when you are trying to establish a break or on the crux of the last climb of the day or maybe in the latter stages of a long time...

  • Dauphiné: RadioShack and Quick Step announce line-ups

    The peloton tackles a climb during the Dauphiné Libéré's queen stage.
    Article published:
    June 04, 2010, 14:45 BST
    Hedwig Kröner

    Race gets underway on Sunday

    Teams RadioShack and Quick Step have finalised their rosters for the upcoming Criterium du Dauphiné, that start this Sunday in Evian-les-Bains on the shore of Lake Léman.

    The American squad will be lining up the following riders: Jani Brajkovic, Ben Hermans, Chris Horner, Markel Irizar, Geoffroy Lequatre, Sérgio Paulinho, Tomas Vaitkus and Haimar Zubeldia.

    The team will be captained by Horner, who has has solid results in similar races in the past. Team leader Lance Armstrong will be racing the Tour de Suisse, starting next week-end. Horner travelled to France from the USA on Thursday. David Millar named him and Alberto Contador (Astana) as the stand out overall contenders for the French race.

    Belgian outfit Quick Step is sending Dario Cataldo, Kevin De Weert, Mauro Facci, Branislau Samoilau, Kevin Seeldraeyers, Andreas Stauff, Kevin Van Impe and Thomas Vedel Kvist to the pre-Tour de France stage race, with young stage race talent Seeldrayers the team's leader.

    Belgian champion Tom Boonen, who has used the Dauphiné as Tour de France preparation in the past, will ride the Tour de Suisse this year.

  • Freire fights on through 2011

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) waves to the crowd
    Article published:
    June 05, 2010, 9:56 BST
    Cycling News

    Triple world champ signs new one-year Rabobank contract

    Oscar Freire has extended his contract with Rabobank through the end of 2011, saying he would probably end his career with the Dutch team.

    The former world champion's contract was due to expire at the end of this year and despite his brother and manager Antonio seeking a two-year extension, the triple Milan-San Remo champion decided one more season was adequate.

    “Just one year more, then I would prefer it to be at Rabobank. Chances are that it is my last year,” Freire said.

    “For us, the choice was not difficult when Oscar said he would go another year,” said technical director Erik Breukink. "You would be crazy to let a rider of such calibre go.”

    The Spaniard thinks that 2011 will see the end of his career. “I'm still physically able. Mentally, too. But whether I can muster the mental strength for another year after 2011? I doubt it. “

    Freire, 34, joined the Dutch team in 2003. He won the last of his three World road titles while with the team, as well as winning Milan-San Remo three times, the green jersey in the Tour de France, and stages in both the Tour and the Vuelta a Espana, amongst many other wins.

    His season he has six wins, including Milan-San Remo. He missed the Giro d'Italia due to a sinus infection, but is scheduled to ride the Tour de Suisse, as well as the Tour de France.

    Spaniard feels “at home” with Dutch team

    Freire will be happy to be with Rabobank until the end of his career. “This is my team,” he said. “I am very happy. The people know me well and vice versa is also true. I have felt at home at Rabobank from day one in 2003 and that's still true. The loyalty of the team to me has always been great. And there is a very stable sponsor. Should you go? No, not really. "

    "It always felt good with Rabobank and it still feels good. I know the team, the team leaders, the...

  • Rujano leaves Neri-ISD, returns to Venezuela

    Jose Rujano (ISD-Neri) wins the 2010 Tour de Langkawi
    Article published:
    June 05, 2010, 10:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Looking for ProTour team for Vuelta and Giro rides

    Jose Rujano has left Team ISD-Neri and returned to his native Venezuela, where he will ride for a local team while looking for a ProTour team for the coming season.

    Rujano's contract ended on May 20. The 27-year-old had said in January that he would go for the overall victor yin the Giro d'Italia, calling himself “the third best climber in the world”. However, his Italian Professional Continental team was not invited to the Giro this year.

    According to Biciciclismo, Rujano has now gone back to his old team Gobernación del Zulia, and will ride the Tour of Columbia, which he won with that team last year. He is also scheduled to ride the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, July 17- August 1.

    His goal is to find a ProTour team with which he can ride the Vuelta a España this year and the Giro in 2011. “Some teams may be interested in me, but if they are not ProTour, I am not going to accept their proposal,” he said.

    Rujano turned pro with Colombia-Selle, riding with them from 2003 until the end of June 2006. He joined Quick Step for the remainder of that season, and then rode for in 2007 and Caisse d'Epargne in 2008. He rejoined the Venezuelan team last year before joining ISD-Neri for the first part of this year.

    In 2005 he finished third overall in the Giro, winning a stage and taking the mountain jersey. He is a two-time national road champion.