A close-up look at the Australian's purpose-built ride
Australian's 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo team bike
Winner of the 2015 Tour Down Under
New and old kicks and lids seen at WorldTour race
Australian returns to UCI WorldTour with Italian team
Lampre-ISD have announced that Australian rider Matthew Lloyd is to join the team for the 2012 and 2013 seasons after they offered him a two-year deal. The 28-year-old from Melbourne won the 2010 King of the Mountains classification at the 2010 Giro d'Italia before being released by Omega-Pharma-Lotto mid-way through last season for "behavioural reasons."
Lloyd subsequently competed in the Herald Sun Tour in his native Australia but has now been offered a ticket back to the big time, and the UCI WorldTour, by Lampre-ISD. He will become the first Australian to ride for them.
"Matthew is an athlete with potential," said Lampre-ISD general manager Giuseppe Saronni. "He could be an important element in our roster and he'll be useful supporting the team captain in the grand tours. He'll also be able to compete for himself in some of the toughest races."
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But Spaniard will not release a press statement
Alberto Contador will appear personally at the hearing of his case next week before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He will not be speaking to the press, though, and it was not clear whether he would testify.
“He will go there, but we don't yet know exactly when,” his spokesman Jacinto Vidarte told the dpa news agency. “Neither Alberto nor his lawyers will give a statement when they appear in Lausanne.”
CAS will hold hearings concerning Contador from Monday, November 21, through Thursday, November 24. The court is hearing appeals by the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency relating to the decision by the Spanish cycling federation not to suspend him for his positive test for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.
Contador's lawyers are expected to call 13 witnesses, including three teammates and numerous expert witnesses.
The Court's decision is expected to be announced sometime in January 2012.
Zabriskie sings his appreciation for the team
David Zabriskie gave his all in appreciation of Garmin-Cervelo team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. The American gave a spirited rendition of an altered version of "Proud Mary" at the team gala Thurdsday night in Boulder, Colorado, calling it "a song for Jonathan, since he 'keeps it turning'."
The other team members and audience chimed in on the chorus of "Rollin' on the Garmin..."
On a more serious note, Vaughters presented his list of firsts for the team. Amongst them, the team will be "the first to empathize and forgive," and "the first to treat our riders as equals." The audience cheered as he concluded that the team will be the first "in showing that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of fight in the dog!"
Pro Continental team's future insured
The Momentum Sports Group announced today that its title sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, has signed on for another three years giving the team a secure future through 2014.
The team earned the support through two years of working closely with the insurance giant to extol the benefits of a healthy lifestyle across the country.
"Partnering with Momentum Sports Group provides us with a number of opportunities that go well beyond promoting the benefits of exercise and cycling," said Jeff Alter, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual. "When not racing, this team is engaging communities and their youth in educational discussions and activities that will develop healthy habits early in a person's development."
The team made more than 30 appearances at local hospitals, schools and community events in 2011. The team also helps raise money for the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation, a nonprofit public charity that provides medical grants to children in need.
One of the places the team visited was the North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center in Minneapolis prior to the Nature Valley Grand Prix race last June. The team was granted special dispensation by the UCI to compete in the national level event because of its importance to the title sponsor.
"This was the second year in a row that members of the UnitedHealthcare pro cycling team visited our Y, and our kids really enjoyed learning from nationally competitive cyclists how cycling, eating the right foods, staying active and setting goals helped them in becoming professional athletes. These visits also exposed the kids to the possibility of a career in pro cycling," said Alicia D. Johnson, program executive of North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center.
The riders themselves enjoy serving as ambassadors for...
High Point to host nationals in 2013 and 2014
USA Cycling today announced some of its host cities for the 2013 and 2014 national championships, the most significant is the move of the US Professional Criterium National Championships to High Point, North Carolina.
The US Pro Criterium championships took place for 23 years in Downers Grove, Illinois, until the move to nearby Glencoe, Illinois in 2010. That location was not long lived, however, and the race shifted to Grand Rapids, Michigan for 2011 and 2012.
This year's race, won by Eric Young of Bissell Pro Cycling, was nearly stormed out when dangerously high winds and rain buffeted riders causing officials to shorten, stop and then re-start the race once the system had passed by.
High Point is one of three towns to make up the "triad" region of North Carolina, and along with Greensboro and Winston-Salem has a long-standing cycling community. Nearby Charlotte holds the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium which draws thousands of spectators, and the region also has numerous well-attended ProAm events such as the USA Crits Speed Week, Crossroads Cycling Classic and Carolina Cup.
Organiser Chip Duckett, owner of Mock Orange Racing, said the US Pro Criterium would be part of three days of racing in the area. “We look forward, through the resources and the energies of this city and region, to making this a National Criterium Championship to be remembered.”
Duckett is planning to make the event a multi-day festival with amateur races, music, recreational rides and side events...
RadioShack-Nissan riders to concentrate again on Tour de France
The Schleck brothers will not ride the Giro d'Italia in 2012 but will continue to concentrate on the Tour de France. Fränk Schleck called the Tour “the number one goal,” but said the World Championships in Valkenburg also interest them, especially Andy.
In an interview with velochrono.fr, Fränk Schleck said that he and his brother “will not do the Giro. What matters is the Tour. We love the Tour. We have already had very, very good results in the Tour. It's a race that makes us dream. This is the number one goal.”
The brothers stood on the second and third steps of the podium, missing out on the victory which went to Cadel Evans. But, Schleck said, “We can't be disappointed. We could not have done better. We end the year with a lot of points, without having the Giro.”
In 2012 the Schlecks will have strong riders as Andreas Klöden and Chris Horner on the RadioShack-Nissan team. As to who will support who in the Tour, he said that, “Yes, on paper there is hierarchy. But once we are at the race, it can evolve. The hierarchy can be thrown out if they have a chance to win the Tour de France.
“The goal is to win the Tour de France,” he emphasised. “This is important.”
The exact plans for the Tour preparation have not yet been made. One option, proposed by Andy, is more altitude training, but Fränk sees problems with that. “The problem is that we race a lot ... If we do a training at altitude, we must remove some races from our program, such as the Tour of the Basque Country.
“In that case, we would not...
Quick Step rider to resume training in a few weeks
Sylvain Chavanel has undergone surgery for a herniated disk in his back. The French rider must now rest for several weeks before resuming training.
Quick Step said that he was operated on “using a nucleotomy technique to remove a herniated disk at the L5 S1 level."
“It’s already been a while that I’ve been suffering with this problem, which bothered me both on my bike and in my daily life,” Chavanel said. “The team medical staff and I first agreed to try some conservative therapies which didn’t solve the problem. At that point I needed the operation.
“Now I’ll have to observe a period of rest. The goal is to get back on a bike in a few weeks.”
Chavanel, 32, is current French national road champion. This year he finished second in the Tour of Flanders and wore the leader's red jersey at the Vuelta a Espana for four days.