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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, June 28, 2009

Date published:
June 28, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Italian road championship men's field stacked with talent

    Article published:
    June 27, 2009, 9:08 BST
    Daniel Simms

    World Champion Ballan and others chase national title

    On Sunday, 163 men will take to the streets for the 59th Coppa Placci, the national championship for Italian roadies.

    Current World Champion Alessandro Ballan, Damiano Cunego, Vincenzo Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, Enrico Gasparotto, Giovanni Visconti and defending champion Filippo Simeoni will be on the start line as favorites in Imola.

    The men will race 257km over 11 laps of the circuito dei Tre Monti.

  • Challengers for Rabobank at Dutch Championships

    Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) will be one of eight riders representing his team on Sunday
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    June 27, 2009, 10:42 BST
    Daniel Simms

    Vacansoleil and Skil-Shimano send strong teams to Heerlen

    Dutch pro continental squads, Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil, will field strong teams at the Dutch national championships in Sunday, in Heerlen. Skil-Shimano team manager, Rudi Kemna, said the two teams will hope to neutralise the impact of traditional favorites for the championships, Rabobank.

    "As will the fact that another strong team have entered this year in the shape of Vacansoleil. We can hopefully counterbalance the Rabobank team better now," said Kemna. "I don’t expect it to be easy, but it will be more orderly."

    Rabobank have named 15 riders for the race. Vacansoleil have 12 riders entered, while Skil-Shimano will be represented by eight riders. A week out from taking their place at the start of this year's Tour de France Kemna said his team will go into Sunday's championship with the firm ambition of claiming the national title.

    "We are going there to win," said Kemna. "There are races where we think it’s important to stand up and be counted, but this time we are really focused on the result first and foremost."

    The following are the three team's line-ups for the Dutch national championship:

    Rabobank: Lars Boom, Koos Moerenhout, Stef Clement, Laurens ten Dam, Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Robert Gesink, Bram de Groot, Sébastian Langeveld,Tom Leezer, Kai Reus, Tom Stamsnijder, Bram Tankink, Maarten Tjallingii and Pieter Weening.

    Skil-Shimano: Roy Curvers, Theo Eltink, Floris Goesinnen, Kenny van Hummel, Koen de Kort, Piet Rooijakkers, Albert Timmer and Tom Veelers.

    Vacansoleil: Thijs van Amerongen, Arnoud van Groen, Reinier Honig, Johnny Hoogerland, Gerben Löwik, Wouter Mol, Jens Mouris, Matthé Pronk, Wout Poels, Bobbie Traksel, Aart Vierhouten and Lieuwe Westra.

  • Moncoutié out of French national championships

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    June 27, 2009, 11:36 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Frenchman keen to spend time with newborn son

    David Moncoutié (Cofidis) has withdrawn from the French road championships that will take place in Saint-Brieuc, on Sunday.

    French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Moncoutié had forfeited his position in the race in order to spend time with his family. Moncoutié's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a baby boy, on Friday.

    Despite the absence of Moncoutié, Cofidis will be well represented at Sunday's championship with 17 riders scheduled to take part.

    Cofidis announced last week that the following riders will take part in the race for the French national title:

    Stéphane Auge, Alexandre Blain, Guillaume Blot, Florent Brard, Mickaël Buffaz, Jean Eudes Demaret, Hervé Duclos-Lasalle, Remi Pauriol, Sébastien Portal, Roman Villa, Amaël Moinard, Sébastien Minard, Damien Monier, Maryan Hary, Julien El Fares, Samuel Dumoulin and Christophe Kern.

  • Jaksche says 2009 Tour winner will be a doper

    Jörg Jaksche while riding for Liberty Seguros
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    June 27, 2009, 12:58 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Disgraced former pro says sport lends itself to doping

    Disgraced former professional, Jörg Jaksche, expects the winner of this year's Tour de France to achieve his victory with the assistance of performance enhancing drugs.

    "Yes," said Jaksche when asked whether he thought the 2009 Tour's winner would be a doper. The former rider, who admitted to doping during his own career, said he feels it is a situation that will most likely continue in the future.

    Jaksche told the German magaine Tagesspiegel am Sonntag that extreme endurance sports such as cycling lend themselves to doping. “I have experienced it myself: doping simply brings too much [to consider doing without it.]”

    In 2007, Jaksche detailed his own doping practices and was subsequently suspended for one year.

    Despite having served the term of his suspension he has been unable to find a new job within the sport since then.

    "I regret my confession every day, and I am happy about it every day. That might sound paradoxical. I can't practice my beloved job any more, but I can look at myself in the mirror every morning without having to to be ashamed that I have to keep on lying."

  • Gerdemann skips nationals

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    June 27, 2009, 14:53 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Mallorca then Monaco for Milram captain

    Linus Gerdemann of Team Milram has decided to skip the road race German national championships on Sunday, in Cottbus. Gerdemann has instead flown to Mallorca for some last-minute training prior to the start of the Tour de France, on July 4.

    “He preferred to do some light training there, and then will join the team,” a team spokesman told the dpa press agency.

    The Milram captain had a disappointing Tour de Suisse, finishing 41st overall and struggling on climbs. In May, Gerdemann won the overall classification at Bayern Rundfahrt, without winning any individual stages.

    This year's Tour de France will be Gerdemann's second attempt at the grande boucle. In 2007, while riding for T-Mobile, he won a stage and wore the leader's yellow jersey for one day.

  • Second national title a "tall order" for Hayles

    Rob Hayles (Halfords) after winning the 2008 British road title
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    June 27, 2009, 16:31 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Reigning champion realistic about chances in Abergavenny

    Rob Hayles (Halfords) has admitted that it will be difficult for him to defend his title at the British national championship on Sunday, in Wales.

    "It's going to be a tall order this year. I've had to prioritise my season and unfortunately [the national championship's] have come at the back of one of the big priorities for us, which was the Tour series," Hayles told Cyclingnews.

    On Thursday, Hayles secured the British Tour Series for his team with a narrow race victory over Malcolm Elliot (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) in the final round of the series, in Southend. Despite showing good form racing for Halfords, he admits that his criterium-laden racing program this year has not provided ideal preparation for Sunday's race in Abergavenny.

    "In the last two weeks I've also put two road races in that haven't been that good. I haven't been switched on for them because of the Tour Series. Obviously that's behind us now and so for Sunday I will be a lot more switched on and motivated, but I have to be realistic," said Hayles.

    "Last year I had fantastic form and although I'm going well in crits, [in] a four hour race with the Tumble climb in the middle I probably will struggle. But having said that, if I'm there, I'm going to race 100%, as I normally do."

    Hayles sees the climb up Tumble mountain as one of the biggest challenges to his title defence. "No doubt I'll get dropped on that climb. Even the week before the nationals [last year] when I had fantastic form, I got dropped on that same climb in the Grand Prix of Abergavenny but I was able to get back to the front and straight into the next move."

    Last year Hayles won his British title in a 203km race in Yorkshire. This year, race organisers have designed a significantly shorter 160km course. Asked how he felt this would affect the race Hayles suggested that the reduced distance could present it's own challenges.

    "It's quite short and I was surprised when I...