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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, September 21, 2013

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September 21, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Orica-GreenEdge going for gold in Worlds team time trial

    Yellow jersey Simon Gerrans and his Orica GreenEdge teammates on the podium
    Article published:
    September 20, 2013, 17:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Lotto Belisol and Lampre-Merida squads also announced

    Orica-GreenEdge is sending its big guns to the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships this weekend in Florence, with three riders from the squad which won the team time trial at the Tour de France this summer. All seven riders, which includes the reserve rider, live in Girona, Spain, and thus have been training together for about two weeks.

    Lotto Belisol and Lampre-Merida also announced their squads.

    Daryl Impey, Svein Tuft and Brett Lancaster were all members of the Tour team which won the team time trial in Nice by only three-quarters of a second ahead of Omega Pharma-QuickStep. hey will be joined by Luke Durbridge, Jens Mouris and Michael Hepburn. Sam Bewley is the reserve rider.  Last year the team won the bronze medal at the Worlds team time trial.

    Both Impey (South Africa) and Durbridge (Australia) are current national time trial champions, and Tuft is a former-eight time Canadian champion.

    “We’ve had the team training together for nearly two weeks,” sport director Matt White said. “That’s the beauty of their set-up. All of the guys live in Girona, and they’ve been able to train together daily without going somewhere specifically for camp. They’ve built-up to this the Worlds together.”

    Lotto-Belisol and Lampre-Merida squads

    All six riders for Lotto-Belisol were also in the Tour de France, and the team is aiming for a top ten finish.  Lars Bak, Bart De Clercq, André Greipel, Adam...

  • Van Garderen all in for Worlds road race and TTT

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC).
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    September 20, 2013, 18:18 BST
    Laura Weislo

    American gave up individual time trial spot

    Despite winning two time trials this year, both en route to his overall victories in the Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge, Tejay van Garderen gave up an opportunity to contest the individual test at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence in order to focus on the team time trial with BMC and the road race with the USA National Team.

    Speaking to Cyclingnews in Montecatini Terme, van Garderen said, "I've worked hard for the road race – that was part of the reason I gave up my time trial spot. When you do the time trial, sometimes you get to the end and mentally unwind and it's hard to refocus for the road race. You can't put that same energy into the road race. I'm trying to do it differently.

    "Realistically, I don't think I have the same chance of getting a medal the way Taylor [Phinney] does for a one-day time trial. I thought, OK, I'll put everything into the road race and the team time trial."

    Van Garderen faced some stiff competition to earn selection for the BMC team time trial squad, with even Italian time trial champion Marco Pinotti left out, but he is confident he has the form and a plan to help overcome the devastating two-second loss to Omega Pharma-Quickstep in last year's event.

    "It still burns," van Garderen said of the loss. Part of the time loss was due to a mistake van Garderen made by pushing too hard on the Cauberg and opening a gap to the rest of the team. "It's about staying calm on the whole course. You have to stay calm on the climb and you have to stay calm in the corners. When you get too nervous, that's when you and mess things up. That's basically what I did last year, I missed it up because I got too nervous."

    This year, the team has employed Bobby...

  • Froome and Wiggins lead Great Britain into Worlds

    Chris Froome (Sky) has a laugh during today's press conference.
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    September 20, 2013, 19:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Cavendish, Dowsett and Armitstead all feature

    Chris Froome will lead a strong men’s road race team for Great Britain at the UCI Road World Championships which take place from September 22-29 in Toscana, Italy.

    Froome, winner of the Tour de France in July, will line up in the men’s road race alongside Bradley Wiggins and 2010 road race champion Mark Cavendish. Team Sky provide further strength in depth for the team with Josh Edmondson, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Jon Tiernan-Locke also selected. BMC’s Steve Cummings rounds out the 8-man team.

    Wiggins, who is currently leading the Tour of Britain, will lead the line in the individual time trial which takes place on September 25. The 2012 Tour winner will be joined by Movistar’s Alex Dowsett, who won a time trial stage at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year.

    In the women’s road race, Olympic silver medallist Lizzi Armitstead will be joined by two-time junior world champion Lucy Garner, Katie Colclough and Nikki Harris. Former Olympic and worlds medallist Emma Pooley declined her place on the squad to focus on her PhD studies

    “We’ve now been able to make our final selections for both the elite men’s and women’s road races, and I’m pleased with the teams we’ve entered. Both Bradley and Alex have shown great time trial form this season and I know both of the guys are up for this competition,” said Dave Brailsford.

    “Looking at the men’s road race team, we have real strength and depth in the team, and it’s a real boost for us to have two Tour de France winners in there along with high-calibre support from the likes of Cav, Geraint, Steve and Ian. I’m looking forward to seeing what...

  • Thwaites hopes to sign off in style at Tour of Britain

    Scott Thwaites (NetApp - Endura)
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    September 20, 2013, 20:50 BST
    Peter Cossins

    NetApp-Endura sprinter inspired by first season in big leagues

    Young British riders have been making headlines all week at the Tour of Britain, and as the race heads into its final two days NetApp-Endura sprinter Scott Thwaites is aiming to join them. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will go into the final two stages of his national tour with his sights set on adding a couple more high finishes to an already impressive tally during what is his first season at the top level.

    The former British under-23 and national criterium champion was one of the Endura riders who formed what has been a highly successful union with NetApp at the start of this season. Over the year he has raced in Argentina, China and the USA, as well as all across Europe. Although a big win has so far eluded him, second place on a stage at the Tour of Qinghai Lake and top 10s at the GP Samyn, British road championship and Philly Cycling Classic suggest Thwaites will flourish after a season when his whole outlook on racing has changed.

    "The key difference has been the increase in workload," Thwaites told Cyclingnews when reflecting on his year so far. "You've got to step up your training and obviously there's a lot more travel, rather than just travelling around Britain. I've been flying all over the place and that takes its toll. Also, most of the races are up near 200k a day as opposed to the British ones, which are 150 or 160. Everything has stepped up, but if you put the work in you should be able to find your feet pretty quickly."

    Thwaites admits he started the year with no aspirations of getting any results. "I think I've got about eight top 10s, which has been a good start," he said, before confessing he isn't exactly sure what kind...

  • Olds withdraws from USA Worlds team, replaced by Dvorak

    Shelley Olds wins her second stage of the Joe Martin Stage Race in Sunday's criterium.
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    September 20, 2013, 22:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Suffering from knee pain in second half of season

    USA Cycling announced today that Shelly Olds, a member of the Team TIBCO trade team, has withdrawn from the UCI Road World Championships to be held in Toscana, Italy due to a knee injury. Olds was slated to take part in the women's road race as part of a seven-woman US squad on Saturday, September 28 and will be replaced by Andrea Dvorak (Exergy TWENTY16).

    "This is very disappointing for me, but I have decided not to race Worlds," Olds said. "I have been having serious knee pain for the second half of the season. I continued to race hoping that it would be better, but without having the specific training for Worlds, I would not be able to deliver the effort the race demands.

    "I was feeling much better last week, but after Toscana finished it flared up again and I have not been able to train. I am certain that I will not be able to do the proper training to be ready for the road race in less than two weeks, and that is why I have decided not to race. I believe someone else will be able to support the team better than me and I would like to give up my spot."

    Dvorak performed an integral role in Mara Abbott's (Exergy TWENTY16) victory at the 2013 Giro Rosa in July and Evelyn Stevens' (Specialized-lululemon) third-place finish at La Route de France in August. Dvorak will make her second appearance in the world championships after competing in the road race at the 2012 Worlds in the Netherlands.

    "It is an honor to represent the U.S. in what is one of the most challenging road courses in recent history," Dvorak said. "In particular, I look forward to...

  • Gutierrez, Erviti extend contracts with Movistar

    Imanol Erviti (Movistar)
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    September 21, 2013, 1:06 BST
    Cycling News

    Spanish squad retains key domestiques

    The Spanish Movistar squad had already renewed the contracts of Pablo Lastras, Jose Joaquin Rojas, Beñat Intxausti, Ruben Plaza and the Herrada brothers prior to the start of the Vuelta a España, and today the WorldTour team announced the contract extensions of a pair of domestiques: Imanol Erviti and Iván Gutiérrez.

    Both were crucial for team leader Alejandro Valverde's third place general classification result at the Vuelta a España and were part of the squad's roster for the last three editions of the Tour de France.

    Erviti, 29, signed for two years with Movistar and 2014 will mark his 10th season in the professional peloton. He's a veteran of 14 Grand Tours and has two Vuelta stage wins (2008, 2010) in his palmares.

    Gutiérrez, 34, signed a one-year contract with Movistar and will return in 2014 for his 15th professional season. Gutiérrez is a three-time Spanish time trial champion (2004, 2005, 2007) and has one Spanish road championship (2010) in his palmares. The Spaniard has twice won the general classification of the Eneco Tour (2007-2008) and in 1999 Gutiérrez won the U23 time trial world championship.

  • Debusschere wins the Championship of Flanders

    Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol) made the breakaway but flatted out of it
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    September 21, 2013, 2:20 BST
    Cycling News

    First pro win for Lotto-Belisol rider

    Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol) has won the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen in a bunch sprint ahead of Baptiste Plackaert (Crelan-Euphony), Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo-Tinkoff) in Koolscamp, Belgium. After covering nearly 50km in the first hour a break of four riders escaped the Argos-Shimano and Lotto-Belisol lead peloton but never proved to be a real threat. As the inevitable fast finish wound up at the end of 16 laps it was Debusschere who emerged a surprise winner of one of the most sought after pro-kermesse titles on the Belgian calendar.

    In chalking up his first ever professional victory, Debusschere joins a prestigious honour roll including cycling royalty such as Marcel Kittel, André Greipel, Johan Museeuw, Patrick Sercu and Eddy Merckx.

    "I'm very happy with my first victory as a pro. I had been close a few times, now I finally succeeded,” said Debusschere. “It's very pleasant to win again, it has been a while. The fact that I won a bunch sprint, makes it even more special. I couldn't be happier.

    "It was a pretty simple race to control. Argos-Shimano and we [Lotto-Belisol] took the lead of the bunch and kept the leaders within a reasonable distance. On a certain part of the route there was crosswind and then there's always a danger for echelons, so you had to keep in front all the time."

    Kenny Dehaes was forced to pass on his mantle as the protected sprinter on the day owing to fatigue following a heavy season that has seen Debusschere's teammate win three races. Nonetheless, it proved to be a successful tactic as Lotto-Belisol took a popular win.

    “But for the rest it was pretty easy in the run-up to the sprint. Kenny Dehaes...

  • McQuaid: "If I get re-elected I know I can reunify cycling fairly easily"

    UCI president Pat McQuaid answers a question during a press conference held during the UCI road world championships in Valkenburg.
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    September 21, 2013, 3:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Irishman heartened by IOC support

    Incumbent UCI president Pat McQuaid has continued his campaigning heading into the upcoming UCI presidential elections stating that he can help reunify cycling if re-elected. One of the main points raised by McQuaid's detractors is that of alleged poor handling of doping cases, including but not limited to, the fallout after the Armstrong affair and the follow on from his predecessor in Hein Verbruggen.

    Conversely, McQuaid believes the lessons he has learnt from such sagas are exactly what qualify him to help instigate change over the following four years should he be re-elected.

    "If I get re-elected I know I can reunify cycling fairly easily," McQuaid told The Telegraph. "Brian says change means change from the past, in other words from McQuaid and Verbruggen and change from all the baggage that McQuaid and Verbruggen have.

    "I have learned from that and from any mistakes I've made in relation to that. But I do feel that I need another four years to complete the cultural change of doping."

    McQuaid also claimed to have received a boost of support from colleagues at the recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) congress in Buenos Aires, asserting that they knew "what was going on" in the quest to oust him.

    "I found it quite heartening; I got a lot of support from my IOC colleagues. A large number of them came up to me and knew what was going on,” explained McQuaid. "Because they're experienced in sports politics they could see what was happening in the background and they could read between the lines in what they read.

    "They could see what was going on and they told me that and they wished me the best of luck and told me...