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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, January 2, 2011

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January 02, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • McEwen debuts in RadioShack jersey

    Robbie McEwen in his new RadioShack jersey
    Article published:
    January 01, 2011, 23:02 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Australian races Daniel Bennett Memorial with Bay Criteriums on the horizon

    Robbie McEwen made his RadioShack debut on New Year’s Day at the 2011 Daniel Bennett Memorial, on the Gold Coast of Australia.

    The former Katusha rider who walked away from Pegasus Sports after the team failed to secure a ProTeam and Pro Continental licence with the UCI, raced in his new jersey and with his 2011 Trek bike.

    The 38-year-old was signed to Lance Armstrong’s team at the eleventh hour and will look to bolster the team’s sprint options.

    McEwen is set to ride in the Bay Criterium series which starts on Monday but used the Memorial race to test his legs with the national championships and the Tour Down Under both taking place this month. He wasn’t the only pro rider to make an appearance with Jonathan Cantwell taking first place ahead of Ryan MacAnally and Jesse Kerrison.

    The race was marred by poor weather, but despite the conditions organisers were able to pull in strong crowds as well as a high-calibre field.

  • Andy Schleck named Luxembourger of the Year

    Tour de France runner up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).
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    January 02, 2011, 10:11 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Tour de France second takes top honours for second year in a row

    Andy Schleck has been named Luxembourger of the year for the second consecutive year. The Tour de France second-place finisher was also named male athlete of the year earlier.

    He had figured on being named athlete of the year, he told rtl.lu, but he thought that this year a politician would be on for the higher honour. “Of course it makes me happy,” he said.

    Schleck had a clear victory in this race, taking 3,628 votes. Second place, with 1,213 votes, went to Roger Dahm, who was featured in the documentary film “Roger”. Premier Jean-Claude Juncker, who won the title in 2008, was third.

    Cyclists did very well overall in the poll, taking four of the top seven positions. Fränk Schleck was fourth and Kim Kirchen fifth. 18-year-old Bob Jungels, who won the junior world time trial title, as well as the junior national road, time trial and cyclo-cross titles, was seventh.

  • Garmin-Cervelo reveal 2011 racing team kit

    The Garmin-Cervelo kit from Castelli
    Article published:
    January 02, 2011, 11:06 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Amercian squad to race in Castelli kit

    Team Garmin-Cervélo unveiled its full 2011 racing team kit today. Manufactured by Italian company, Castelli, the new kit will be debuted by riders competing at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic in Australia.

    The kit marks a major overhaul from previous Garmin kits. The recognisable orange panels have been removed while the Argyle sections have been toned down and moved to the trim of the sleeve and shorts.

    Predominately black and blue, there is room for Garmin on the front, while Cervélo’s ‘é’ features on the back.

    The team will have their next training camp in Calpe, Spain, later this month with Tyler Farrar set to lead them at the Tour Down Under.

  • Riis unveils new Saxo Bank-SunGard jersey

    The new Saxo Bank jersey
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    January 02, 2011, 12:41 GMT
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Danish manager tries to be upbeat for 2011

    Bjarne Riis has unveiled the new Saxo Bak-SunGard jersey insisting that he is looking forward to the coming season despite the doubts about the long term future of his team and the risk that team leader Alberto Contador could be suspended after his positive test for Clenbuterol.

    The new Saxo Bank jersey is very similar to the 2010 kit, with light blue replacing the white background. The square Saxo Bank logo dominates the front of the jersey with SunGard name prominent underneath and on the shoulders and side panels. Riis was known as the 'Eagle from Herning' during his career and an eagle is now part of the design around the lower part of the jersey.

    Riis admits the jersey design reflects the major changes at the team after the departure of many of his key riders.

    "We have tried to make both the new and the old a part of our look in 2011. We felt a need to renew our design, so the basic color of our jersey is now light blue, and as you can see, the eagle is back after a couple years hiatus," Riis said in an upbeat message on his team's website.

    "I really think we have created a cool jersey, and I can't wait to see it on my riders in the first races of the season. Both the light blue background and the eagle are also reflected on our cars, trucks and buses as they form the leitmotif of our entire design."

    "A new year has just started, and I would like to use this occasion to express how much I look forward to this coming season. I'm more motivated than ever before."

    "In many ways, I'm now the leader of a new team after a turbulent year, that measured on the sporting outcome was so successful, that we once again finished as the world's best team. But 2010 was also a season characterized by the fact, that a number of our riders and staff wanted new challenges elsewhere. Therefore, we have welcomed many new faces in our organization. But at the same time, the philosophy of the team and our values remains the...

  • Coppi remembered in Italy

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    January 02, 2011, 13:01 GMT
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    New exhibition opens on the 51st anniversary of his death

    Today marks the 51st anniversary of the death of Fausto Coppi, arguably the greatest ever Italian cyclist and legendary figure because of his tragic death from malaria at just 40.

    Yet again family, friends and former teammates gathered for a memorial service in the village of Castellania, where Coppi was born in 1919 and where his body is kept in a special monument alongside his brother Serse, who also rode as a professional.

    Last year 10,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of Coppi's death. This year just a few hundred made the pilgrimage but a new museum room was opened in the local school, while a new exhibition at the Museo dei Campionissimi in nearby Novi Ligure will celebrate the many monuments that have been erected to remember Coppi. These include statues and plaques at the summit of the Passo Stelvio, Passo Pordoi, the Bochetta and outside the Museo del Ghisallo near Como. In Italy dozens of streets and squares have been dedicated to his name.

    Fans of Coppi have even created a Facebook page to remember him, with many people leaving messages of remembrance today.

    Coppi was known as the 'Airone' (heron) for his thing legs but powerful build. He first raced as a professional in 1940, winning the Giro d'Italia at just 20. He then broke the hour record in Milan in 1942 before being taken a prisoner of war in Africa.

    He returned to win the Giro d'Italia a further four times and also won the Tour de France in 1949 and 1952. He was the first rider to ever win the Giro and Tour in the same season in 1949 and also won many of the major classics. He won the world title in 1953 and then kept riding into his late thirties. He contracted malaria while combining a hunting trip with a series of winter criteriums in Africa.

    Coppi was a role model and inspiration for millions as Italy tried to recover from the war but was also the centre of a huge scandal when he left his wife to live with Giulia...

  • Blaudzun reveals plans for Christina Watches team

    Michael Blaudzun all suited up and ready to go
    Article published:
    January 02, 2011, 14:20 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Tour of Denmark an objective for Michael Rasmussen's new team

    Michael Blaudzun has clear plans for the Christina Watches that has been created to help Michael Rasmussen make a comeback. Blauszun, who is experienced as a former pro rider and a team manager, plans to keep things small and simple, in more ways than one. “We must not be arrogant,” he told sporten.dk.

    Michael Rasmussen is the star of the team but Blaudzun admits his name alone might not be enough to guarantee the Continental-ranked team invitations to races. The team hopes to ride the Tour of Denmark but it is not clear if the team will be secure a place.

    “This year four Danish Continental teams started in the Tour of Denmark, but I don't take if for granted that we will be there,” Blaudzun said. “I just hope that we don't have to fight harder than anyone else.”

    The Christina Watches company has provided enough money for the team's bank guarantee and so the it expects to receive its licence from the International Cycling Union. Blaudzun knows, however, that there is not a bottomless pit of money and intends to build a modest, largely Danish team.

    “I want to shoot at coming up with a squad of a total of 14 to 15, mainly Danish riders,” he said.

    Blaudzun is looking at Michael Reiher and Rene Jorgensen, who rode for the last team he managed, Designa Kitchen, which stopped at the end of the 2010 season.

    Veterans like those two “can make a young rider 20 percent better because of the experience they share with them. They are clearly at the top of my wish list.”

    His words might be a blow to those pros still looking for a team.  Rasmussen had claimed to have up to 100 applications to ride with the team.

  • Katusha unveils 2011 jersey

    Filippo Pozzato shows off the 2011 Katusha team kit
    Article published:
    January 02, 2011, 18:18 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    ProTeam gets Continental treatment

    The Katusha ProTeam released images of its 2011 jersey today, revealing a design nearly identical to that of the 2010 Continental Itera-Katusha squad. The sponsor logos remain largely the same, with the replacement of previous bike sponsor Ridley with new provider Focus the only major difference.

    Trading in a mostly blue and white look, the 2011 Katusha team will be predominantly red and white on the jersey, while blue shorts with red accents and white side panels will distinguish the kit from the old Continental team's look.

    The new jersey design was modeled by the team's Italian leader Filippo Pozzato and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez, the UCI's number one ranked rider for 2010.

  • KTM-Murcia adds three

    Spanish rider Javier Benitez (Contentpolis-Ampo) celebrates his stage win.
    Article published:
    January 02, 2011, 20:05 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Benitez, Carrasco, Alcaraz boost Spanish continental team

    The Spanish Continental team KTM-Murcia announced the addition of three new riders for the 2011 season today.

    Spaniards José Antonio Carrasco, Javier Benítez and José María Alcaraz join six already confirmed riders: Javier Chacon, Oscar García-Casarrubios, Hector Gonzalez, Salvador Guardiola, Jaume Rovira and Rafael Serrano.

    The team evolved out of the 2010 Heraklion Kastro-Murcia team, bringing along the six Spaniards.

    Benitez, 31, spent the 2010 season in the elite ranks after the dissolution of his 2009 Contentpolis-Ampo-Murcia team. A notable sprinter, Benitez has some 20 professional victories to his name, including six stages of the Vuelta a Chihuahua.

    Carrasco is a track specialist, but during his time with CajaSur Andalusia in 2008 and 2009 he scored a top 10 finish in the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen and competed in the Vuelta a Espana.

    Alcaraz raced 2010 as part of the regional Inverse Murcia elite team and previously with the Saunier Duval amateur squad.