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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 5, 2010

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December 05, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Angliru set to feature in 2011 Vuelta a España

    The Angliru guarantees epic dramas and great battles
    Article published:
    December 04, 2010, 14:56 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Fearsome climb to precede Basque stages in tough final week

    The Vuelta a España is set to return to the Alto de Angliru next year for the first time since 2008. While the full route of the race will not be formally announced until the new year, some details have already begun to emerge.

    According to a report in the Nueva España newspaper, an agreement has been reached between Vuelta director general Javier Guillen and local officials to bring the race back to the legendary mountain. The 12.5km climb was first included in the race in 1999, when the late José Maria Jimenez took a thrilling victory ahead of Pavel Tonkov.

    Gilberto Simoni was triumphant the following year, while in 2002 Roberto Heras took the honours on a day better remembered for David Millar’s finish-line protest against dangerous racing conditions.

    Alberto Contador won atop the mountain the last time it was included in the Vuelta, en route to overall victory in 2008. It remains to be seen if the Spaniard will be eligible to ride the 2011 event, as he awaits a verdict into the adverse analytical finding for Clenbuterol he returned at the Tour de France in July.

    The Angliru is set to feature in the final week of the race and will be followed by a stage to Santander. These stages will come just ahead of the Vuelta’s first entry into the Basque Country for 33 years. Bilbao and Vitoria will host the Basque stage finishes in what promises to be a very testing final week over some rugged terrain.

    The 2011 Vuelta begins in Benidorm on August 27 and will finish in Madrid on September 18. The route will be presented in full in Benidorm in January.




  • Astana confirm Tour Down Under Squad

    The 2011 Astana team kit, modeled by Alexander Vinokourov
    Article published:
    December 04, 2010, 16:51 GMT
    Cycling News

    Davis to lead with support from Clarke and Grivko

    Team Astana have announced their Tour Down Under squad for January’s race with Allan Davis set to lead the team. The Kazah team, who are currently training in Italy, will send Davis’s compatriot and new recruit Simon Clarke, along with the experienced Maxim Iglinskiy and Andriy Grivko, who finished 13th overall last season.
    Davis won the event in 2009 while at Quick Step and in an interview with Cyclingnews last week, confirmed that the Tour Down Under would be one of his major targets for the season.

    The Australian, who also claimed bronze at the Worlds and gold at the Commonwealth Games, has also targeted Milan-San Remo, and stages in the Tour de France and the Vuelta.

    The Tour Down Under runs from the 16-23 of January.

    Astana team for the Tour Down Under:

    Allan Davis, Simon Clarke, Tanel Kangert, Maxim Iglinskiy, Maxim Gourov, Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy, Andriy Grivko.



  • Contador continues to protest innocence in Clenbuterol case

    Article published:
    December 04, 2010, 17:15 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Spaniard critical of Astana support

    Alberto Contador is continuing to protest his innocence as he awaits a verdict on the adverse analytical finding he returned for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France. The Spanish rider also criticised his former Astana team for its failure to support him in the wake of the announcement of his positive test.

    “People do not distinguish between five picograms of Clenbuterol and other stronger substances,” Contador told “I didn’t win the Tour because of five picograms of Clenbuterol. I’m tested every six days during the year, at home, in competition, when I train. I have always been controlled and I have always been fine. And through the years I have been very regular, the same number victories. There’s no catch.”

    Contador was in Fuerteventura this week for his first training camp with his new Saxo Bank squad. He voiced his disappointment with former team Astana, claiming that the team hadn’t paid him for the past two months. News of Contador’s adverse analytical finding for Clenbuterol broke on September 30.

    “After winning two Tours, a Giro and a Vuelta with them, they haven’t even issued a statement of support,” Contador complained. “And I haven’t been paid since September.”

    It is still unclear as to when a verdict will be reached in the Contador affair. The case is currently in the hands of the disciplinary committee of the Spanish Cycling Federation.

    “I still consider myself to be an example of transparency and cleaniness,” Contador said. “All of this will end one day. I wish that the people who write, think or speak on the matter could also consider the possibility that I haven’t done anything.”

    Contador also admitted that he has been suffering from the stresses of trying to defend himself against the allegation of doping. “I have lost a lot of hair due to stress,”...

  • Talansky: Garmin-Cervelo's new American rider

    Andrew Talansky: Garmin-Cervelo
    Article published:
    December 04, 2010, 22:55 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Targets first grand tour start and looks forward to riding with Hushovd

    Of the 11 new riders on the 2011 Garmin-Cervélo roster gathered in the Cayman Islands this week, there is only one American addition: Andrew Talansky, the reigning U23 time trial national champion and second place overall finisher in France's Tour de l'Avenir.

    The 22-year-old makes his return to the professional ranks at the top of the sport after spending 2010 racing domestically with the amateur California Giant Berry Farms squad and internationally with the US National Team. Talansky spent a lackluster year as a neo-pro in 2009 with the Italian Amore & Vita-McDonald's team.

    Talansky signed his three-year contract with the team mid-season this year then confirmed the then Garmin-Transitions squad's eye for talent with late season success in Europe, culminating with his second place finish in the Tour de l'Avenir. Talansky is eager to showcase his talent in the professional peloton next season, with a Grand Tour start as an ambitious goal.

    "All the people who've been around me in pro cycling, some of whom have been on the podium or top 10 in the Tour de France, they've all told me 'do a Grand Tour this year'," Talansky told Cyclingnews. "Whether it's the Giro or the Vuelta it's not so relevant, but just getting that three weeks of racing in my legs and getting the experience, because until you have it you don't know how you're going to respond. You can't win races before you do the races."

    Sports Director Matt White has created a programme to test Talansky's mettle without putting undue difficulty on the young professional, meaning Talansky may have to wait another season for his Grand Tour debut.

    "Obviously he's not going to do the Tour on this team and I'm not going to take him to the Giro, but the Vuelta we're going to wait and see how everyone pans out through July, and then in I'll make a decision," White told Cyclingnews.

    "What I want to keep with the young guys is I don't want...

  • Damiani set for dual role with Omega Pharma-Lotto and Lampre-ISD

    Silence-Lotto's Roberto Damiani with Cadel Evans and Christophe Brandt, l
    Article published:
    December 05, 2010, 10:26 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Italian to stay with Omega Pharma-Lotto until Milan-San Remo

    Roberto Damiani may have agreed to join Lampre-ISD’s management team this autumn but the Italian looks set to be behind the wheel of an Omega-Pharma Lotto team car for at least the opening months of the 2011 season. Damiani still has another year on his contract with the Belgian team and manager Marc Sergeant would like him to honour it.

    “We’ll speak with Sergeant again after Milan-San Remo,” Damiani told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Meanwhile from January 6, I’ll be in Australia for the Tour Down Under. Then I’ll do the Strade Bianche, Tirreno and San Remo with the old team.”

    Damiani will thus serve as a director at races for Omega Pharma-Lotto in the opening part of the season while also acting as a liaison between Lampe-ISD and the Mapei Centre. The Italian squad recently started testing at the centre, whose head Aldo Sassi previously worked with Damiani on the Mapei team.

    “After the Tour, I told Sergeant that I wanted to go away, to go back and work in Italy,” Damiani said. “He seemed to be fine with that, but then he told me that some important riders had asked that I stay.”

    Damiani soon found himself rueing not having reviewed the terms of his contract as he discovered that he could not leave without the agreement of the Omega Pharma-Lotto team.

    “My contract used to stipulate that it could be rescinded during the first two years without any penalty,” Damiani explained. “In 2008, when I renewed for another three years, this clause was modified unbeknown to me. When I asked the Belgians what it would cost to free me of the contract, they sent me my race programme as a response.”

    Damiani is adamant, however, that his unusual dual role will not have any impact on the way he calls races from the team car. “It’s clear that I’m more interested in the new challenge [at Lampre],” he said....

  • At least two US teams in Giro del Trentino

    The peloton races past a lake in the Trentino region
    Article published:
    December 05, 2010, 13:11 GMT
    Cycling News

    Twenty teams to ride in race upgraded to 2.HC

    Thirty-three teams have applied for the 20 places in the Giro del Trentino, with at least two US-based teams assured of a place. The race was upgraded in 2011 by the International Cycling Union from 2.1 to 2.HC.

    Race organiser GS Alto Garda-Arco has said it will select 20 teams for a total of 160 riders for the 35th edition of the race, to be held April 19-22.

    Two US teams are already booked for the race, BMC Racing Team, which also appeared last year, and Team Type 1, which will make its debut in the race.

    In addition, discussions are also underway concerning the participation of Team RadioShack.

    Italian teams Lampre and Liquigas will also be in the race, as will Astana. The Kazakh team will look to defend its title in the race, which Alexander Vinokourov won in 2010.

  • Photo gallery: Liquigas-Cannondale in San Pellegrino

    Ivan Basso leads the way down the slope.
    Article published:
    December 05, 2010, 14:57 GMT
    Cycling News

    First gathering for Italian squad

    The Liquigas-Cannondale team has wrapped up its first gathering ahead of the 2011 season at the Passo San Pellegrino in northern Italy. The Italian squad spent four days in the Dolomites partaking in team building exercises and planning its calendar for the coming season.

    “It’s the perfect atmosphere to get away from our busy everyday lives and recharge our batteries,” team leader Ivan Basso said. “This retreat on the snow is the ideal opportunity to mix up the group and carve out a team.

    “If I could I’d stay here all year long, but we’re looking forward to an important season and we have to get back down to the valley to start our training and thinking about the first races.”

    Liquigas-Cannondale now move on to Sardinia for their first full training camp of the campaign, which takes place from December 9-22.

    Check out our gallery of the San Pellegrino camp here.


  • The Cyclingnews guide to team training camps and presentations 2010-2011

    A top spot for a breather.
    Article published:
    December 08, 2010, 11:01 GMT
    Cycling News

    All the riders, bikes and kit as the peloton builds towards 2011

    Keep abreast of all the latest information on team training camps and presentations as the peloton  prepares for the 2011 road season. Check back often for the latest feature articles, news briefs, tech information and photographs related to teams' pre-season activities.

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