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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, May 26, 2012

Date published:
May 26, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Kreuziger not consoled by Giro stage win

    Roman Kreuziger (Astana Pro Team) reminds everyone of his talent
    Article published:
    May 25, 2012, 20:30 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Czech pre-race favorite still bitter after failing at Cortina d'Ampezzo

    Roman Kreuziger (Astana) won stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia at l'Alpe di Pampeago, an uphill finish steeped in the legend of Marco Pantani, but he didn't look like a happy man despite preceding the riders still in contention for the overall victory: Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale).

    After finishing fifth overall and best young rider at the Giro last year, Kreuziger lined up in Denmark with the aim of a spot on the final podium. Former Tour of Flanders winner and Eurosport expert Jacky Durand stated in the first days of the race that the 26-year-old Czech was the hot favorite. He lost any hope of doing well on general classification, however, when he went into crisis during stage 17 in the Passo Giau and finished 11:26 down on Rodriguez at Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Astana rider found it hard to come to terms with his failure.

    "What happened on that day is difficult to digest," Kreuziger said in the Val di Fiemme, the famous snow paradise of the Dolomites that will host the Nordic skiing world championships next year. "For sure I came to the Giro to get a good result on GC. I lost morale at Cortina. Today's stage win shows that my spirit is intact but it cannot bring me the same satisfaction as finishing in the top three of the Giro d'Italia."

    The Astana team's founder Alexandre Vinokourov, who confirmed that he'll ride the Dauphiné next week and the Tour de France, visited the Giro at l'Alpe di Pampeago and welcomed the performance of his teammate. "This is the response of a true champion," the Kazakh said.

    After stage 17, Astana's directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli had expressed his...

  • Issue 4 of Cyclingnews HD now available

    Article published:
    May 25, 2012, 22:32 BST
    Cycling News

    Download it in the App Store today

    Issue 4 of our new weekly digital magazine for iPads is now available to download at the Apple App Store, and with the 2012 Giro d'Italia heading for its conclusion this weeked it has all you need to keep of track of what's going on. This week's issue includes:

    Rodriguez leads into Giro finale: in-depth coverage and world class photography from the corsa rosa

    Gesink's triumphant return: Dutchman takes Tour of California as Sagan cleans up the stage wins

    Robbie McEwen interview: the retiring Aussie looks back on his career

    Coming up: a detailed look at the crucial stages as the Giro plays out in the Dolomites

    For further information and to download issue 4, click here.

  • Andy Schleck to be awarded with 2010 Tour de France jersey

    Andy Schleck checks to see how Alberto Contador is faring on the Tourmalet.
    Article published:
    May 26, 2012, 1:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Ceremony to take place Tuesday in Luxembourg

    Andy Schleck will be presented with the yellow jersey as the overall champion of the 2010 Tour de France in a ceremony in Mondorf, Luxembourg on Tuesday.

    Schleck, who placed second to Alberto Contador in the Tour nearly two years ago, was promoted to winner after the Spaniard lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February, when the World Anti-Doping Agency and UCI successfully argued to overturn the decision by the Spanish cycling federation to not punish Contador for testing positive for traces of Clenbuterol.

    Contador is currently serving out the balance of his ban and will return to competition in August.

    Schleck will be awarded the maillot jaune by race director Christian Prudhomme and Luxembourg's minister of sport, Romain Schneider at 11:30 am, according to AFP.

  • Video: 2012 Giro d'Italia Stage 20 preview

    The Stelvio is one of Italy's most iconic climbs
    Article published:
    May 26, 2012, 9:01 BST
    Cycling News

    Giro's queen stage on the penultimate day

    The week of climbing continues on stage 20 and comes to an end atop the Stelvio, once again the Cima Coppi, or the highest point, of the Giro d'Italia.  But that is not the only climb of the day, there are four others, including the equally dreaded Mortirolo.

    Overall, the day's 218 kilometres will take more than six hours, and the time limit will play a role today, Daniel Lloyd said in the IG preview. Those not involved in the fight for the rankings will be guessing today, and will be “very very pleased” to hit the finish line Saturday afternoon.

    It is a unique stage, the first time ever that fans have chosen a stage and the winner will go down in history for taking a prestigious win on the Stelvio, especially after having also conquered the Mortirolo, with its ramps of up to 22 percent.

    Not only is the gearing important today, but the riders must also be careful not to give out too much at the beginning so that they have nothing left for the final climb up to the finish line.

  • Video: Rollin on compatriot Hesjedal's stellar Giro d'Italia

    Dominique Rollin (FDJ-BigMat)
    Article published:
    May 26, 2012, 10:40 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    FDJ-BigMat rider likes Hesjedal's chances

    One of four Canadians who started the 2012 Giro d'Italia, Dominique Rollin (FDJ-BigMat) is nearing Sunday's finale in Milan for what would be his first Grand Tour finish.

    Of special interest to Rollin is the fortunes of his countryman Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda), who's poised to become the first Canadian Grand Tour champion if all goes his way on the final mountain stage on Saturday, followed by the concluding time trial on Sunday. Entering the final two stages, Hesjedal trails maglia rosa Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) by just 17 seconds.

    In a video exclusive for Cyclingnews, Rollin talks about what a victory by Hesjedal, or a podium finish, would mean for Canadian cycling. The 29-year-old Canadian also spoke about his own struggles at the Giro plus the success of teammates Sandy Casar and young sprinter Arnaud Demare.

  • Riders disqualified on Giro d'Italia's penultimate stage

    New South Afrrican road champion Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    May 26, 2012, 13:17 BST
    Cycling News

    Up to four riders out for hanging on to team car on climbs

    Up to four riders are said to have been disqualified from the penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia for holding on to the team cars on the stage climbs. It has been confirmed that Robert Hunter (Garmin-Barracuda) was one of them, and stage 18 winner Andrea Guardini of Farnese Vini-Selle Italia has told Italian television that he was also disqualified. The other riders have not been confirmed.

    The 20th stage is the Giro's so-called “queen stage” and contains five climbs, including the Mortirolo and the finishing Stelvio, making it an exceptionally difficult stage for sprinters and other non-climbers.

    Cyclingnews will have more on this story as it develops.

  • Video: De Gendt describes his epic ride over the Passo dello Stelvio

    Thomas De Gendt solos to an incredible stage win on the Stelvio
    Article published:
    May 26, 2012, 19:01 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Misses Tour de France, aims for Vuelta

    Thomas De Gendt was the surprise winner at the top of the Passo dello Stelvio, the highest peak of the 2012 Giro d’Italia, on the eve of the closing 30-km individual time trial in Milan. He went away on the Mortirolo prior to keeping his momentum over the legendary climb that he has been very familiar with for the past six years. In a previous video interview with Cyclingnews posted on May 22, the Belgian from Vacansoleil-DCM already expressed his positive feelings towards the Stelvio and his new role as a GC contender after making a name for himself as an attacker at Paris-Nice last year.

    At one point of the queen stage, he was even in a position to win the Giro d’Italia, considering the time trial abilities that he showed at last year’s Tour de France by finishing fourth in Grenoble behind Tony Martin, Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador.

    In a new exclusive video interview with Cyclingnews, he mentioned his fear that he might not perform as well as he’d normally do against the clock on Sunday after the huge effort he produced in the mountains. History recalls that his other performance was to finish sixth at l’Alpe d’Huez the day prior to the time trial in Grenoble.

    “This year I’m not doing the Tour de France”, De Gendt said. “I’ve always had Giro and Vuelta on my schedule. This Giro will help me to prepare for the Vuelta where I’ll ride for GC again. Now if I keep my fourth place overall here, it’s a bonus.” However, there’s a high chance that De Gendt will even finish on the podium of the...