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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, November 15, 2009

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November 15, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Armstrong in Bruyneel's early Tour Down Under team selection

    Johan Bruyneel plans for Tour Down Under with Lance Armstrong, r.
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    November 14, 2009, 16:54 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Popovych, Steegmans also to race in Australia

    Johan Bruyneel has selected nearly half of the RadioShack team that will be racing the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Australia, from January 17 to 24. Yesterday, he named Lance Armstrong, Gert Steegmans and Yaroslav Popovych.

    "I can tell you Lance will be racing. Gert Steegmans - he's the sprinter and there is a big possibility for bunch sprints. Yaroslav will be racing," said team director Bruyneel on his website.

    Organisers hold the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, which offers a warm start to the season. Armstrong used the race to make his return to cycling this year after a three-year retirement. He finished 29th, 49 seconds behind winner Allan Davis.

    Next year, the Tour Down Under will mark the start of Armstrong's and Bruyneel's new RadioShack. Organisers allow seven-man teams.

    "It will definitely be a pretty strong team," said Bruyneel. "We want to be competitive from the start in the uniform of RadioShack."

    Armstrong announced on July 23, during the Tour de France, that American company RadioShack would sponsor his new team for the next two years. Bruyneel later announced that he would make the jump to RadioShack from team Astana, too.

    Bruyneel guided Spaniard Alberto Contador to win the Tour de France in 2007 and this year. Contador will likely remain with team Astana.

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  • Katusha heads for Turkmenistan

    Filippo Pozzato celebrates his win with Katusha teammate Vladimir Karpets.
    Article published:
    November 14, 2009, 20:32 GMT
    Cycling News

    First pre-season camp set for late November

    Team Katusha is looking toward 2010 with its first pre-season camp in Asgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Some of the team's riders and its management will get to work from November 22 to 28.

    Team manager Andre Tchmil, sports directors Dmitri Konychev and Guennadi Mikhailov and riders Filippo Pozzato, Serguei Ivanov, Vladimir Karpets, Alexandre Botcharov, Pavel Brutt, Mikhail Ignatiev, Luca Mazzanti, Artem Ovechkim, Evgeni Petrov and Nikolai Troussov, will train in and around Asgabat.

    On occasion, they will be accompanied by the President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow, who is a big fan of cycling.

    The team will meet again in Calpe, Spain from December 10 to 21.

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  • Baldato to join Ballan at BMC as directeur sportif?

    Fabio Baldato races in the 2008 Ronde van Vlaanderen
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    November 15, 2009, 10:57 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Former classics rider may guide Swiss-American team

    Italian Fabio Baldato may join team BMC as a directeur sportif, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. He would re-unite with former teammate Alesandro Ballan, who benefited from Baldato's experience to win Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2007.

    Baldato retired last year in his 18th year as a professional. He told the Italian newspaper that he has talked with BMC Directeur Sportif John Lelangue about the position.

    "It is not official, but you could say it is a good possibility," said Baldato. "The team wants to do different races in Italy and then, for sure, the Northern Classics."

    Baldato crashed in Eneco Tour's stage four last year, August 24. He fractured his collarbone and hip, which helped put a stop to his career.

    His career includes 42 wins – twice second in Ronde van Vlaanderen, three stages wins in the Giro d'Italia, two in the Vuelta a España and two in the Tour de France. His best result in Paris-Roubaix came in 1994, when he finished second, under snowstorms, behind winner Andrei Tchmil.

    He helped Ballan 14 years later at team Lampre to join the winning move of Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara, and finish an eventual third place. Ballan signed a contract in September to leave Lampre and join BMC for the next two seasons.

    "The [BMC] team already seems at a high level, like Quick Step for example," continued Baldato.

    The team also announced this month that World Champion Cadel Evans will join and lead in the Grand Tours.

    Baldato's teams: Lampre (2008), Lampre-Fondital (2007), Tenax-Salmilano (2006), Fassa Bortolo (2005), Alessio-Bianchi (2004), Alessio (2003), Fassa Bortolo (2000-2), Ballan-Alessio (1999), Riso Scotti (1998), MG-Technogym (1995-7), GB-MG (1992-4) and Del Tongo (1991).

  • Kohl to open bike store in Vienna

    Austrian Bernhard Kohl at the 2008 Tour de France
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    November 15, 2009, 11:15 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Former manager auctions off Tour mountains jersey

    Bernhard Kohl has announced plans to open the largest bike shop in Vienna in the coming year. The former professional rider retired from the sport in May following his two-year suspension for doping during the Tour de France 2008.

    Kohl, 27, plans to open the Fitstore 24 - Bikepalast Kohl in Vienna in February. The store will cover 1100 square metres and be next door to a Harley Davidson store.

    He plans to work in the store himself. “I will be in the store 12 hours a day,” he told the Österreich newspaper. “We will offer a unique atmosphere, which has never before been seen in Austria.”

    Kohl's former manager Stefan Matschiner recently auctioned off an autographed mountains classification jersey from the 2008 Tour de France. He received only 71 euro for the jersey and a feed bag.

    Kohl finished third in the Tour and won the mountains classification, but lost both after testing positive during the race for the EPO derivative CERA. Matschiner is said to have provided Kohl with doping assistance over the years.

  • Elk Haus manager regrets loss of sponsor

    Martin Schoeffmann (Team Elk Haus) wins the U23 Austrian national title.
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    November 15, 2009, 12:56 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Blames sport's doping problems for failure to find new sponsor

    Team Elk Haus has to stop at the end of this season due it sponsor withdrawing from the sport. The withdrawal is due to economic considerations, but cycling's doping problems hurt the team's chances of finding a replacement.

    “Cycling has chosen to go the anti-doping route, chosen to make many controls and thus exude the black sheep. In truth, it is has shot itself in the foot,” Team manager Bernhard Rassinger told the Austrian Website

    He noted that there are other sports “which hide doping and are partially helped by politics. Plus they are controlled much less. Nothing happens to them.” He denounced this “double standard and hypocrisy. When I hear that there were no blood tests at the swimming world championships, that is just crazy.”

    His team alone had 103 doping controls in the first half of the 2009 seasons, he noted.

    Rassinger said that he did not blame his sponsor Elk Fertighaus for its decision to leave the sport. “Of course I can understand that. It was hard in the last years, and with the change of management they decided to go another direction.

    “I want to emphasise that this has no doping background, it deals entirely with economic issues.  [Our team] received international recognition and were a permanent part of the international cycling scene. We always worked seriously and never had problems with our riders. There was never gossip about us. And that makes me happy.”

    Rassinger said that he will take a year off before hopefully returning in 2011 with a new team. “Several firms want to see a concept. I will work on that over the Christmas holidays, so that I can send it on to the interested parties.”

    A main sponsor would have to contribute about €500,000, and the total budget would need to be about 800,000 Euro “When you think about how much is put into other sports, then that must...

  • Fabian Cancellara to attempt hour record

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) aims for hour record
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    November 15, 2009, 13:18 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Time trial world champion to break 50 kilometres?

    Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara is likely to be the first of cycling's modern stars to attempt the hour record.

    "I have the hour record on my mind," he told Bicisport magazine in its November issue. "I am certain that sooner or later I will make it happen."

    Cancellara won his third time trial World Championship in Mendrisio, Switzerland, September 24 in such a dominating manner that he had time to raise his arms crossing the line. He set an average speed of 51.58km/h and finished 1'27" ahead of Swede Gustav Larsson.

    "I think I showed that I am suited for this type of effort in Mendrisio," he continued. "But it is not enough to go strong. You need to know how to give that same effort on the track. I will find time to do it."

    Czech Ondrej Sosenka set the current hour record of 49.7 kilometres in Moscow, July 19, 2005. Before Sosenka, Brit Chris Boardman (49.441km) in 2000 and Belgian Eddy Merckx (49.431km) in 1972 made successful record attempts.

    The UCI hour record is established by riding the furthest distance on a velodrome in the time of 60 minutes. The International Cycling Union (UCI) standardised equipment limits in 2000. It banned aero helmets, wheels and frames.

    A project exists to convince Cancellara to attempt the record in Montichiari (Brescia), Italy, according to Tuttosport. The 250-metre, wood surface velodrome opened in May.

    The last world record set in Italy was in 1967 at the Rome Olympic Velodrome by Belgian Ferdi Bracke. He beat the distance set by Frenchman Roger Rivière eight years earlier, 48.093 kilometres.

  • Greipel stays busy in off-season

    Andre Greipel (Columbia-HTC) in the points leader's jersey.
    Article published:
    November 15, 2009, 14:59 GMT
    Cycling News

    Vacation, 'cross races, training and family increase

    Andre Greipel had only a short vacation this off-season before getting back in the saddle. His time off between the 2009 and 2010 seasons is now filled with training and waiting for a new family member.

    After a short family vacation, the Team Columbia-HTC sprinter rode two 'cross races along with teammate Marcel Sieberg. Since Tuesday of last week, Greipel has been back on the “right” bike, to start his training for 2010. “The main things on the programme are basic endurance training, and a bit of fitness.”

    The real highlight of the off-season is yet to come, though. “In less than a month,we expect the birth of our second daughter. It can happen any moment and I am already quite excited!” Greipel and his partner Tina have a five-year-old daughter.

    Greipel will open his season at the Tour Down Under in Australia, from January 17 to 24. He won four stages and the overall title in the race in 2008, and won one stage in this year's edition of the race before crashing out. The German sprinter brought in a total of 20 victories this season, despite missing three months due to surgery resulting from the Australian crash.

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  • Women's Giro del Trentino returns to three-day format

    2008 Olympic and World Champion Nicole Cooke on the podium in Monzambano after winning the Giro del Trentino in 2009.
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    November 15, 2009, 20:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Late June race draws world champions

    The women's Giro del Trentino will return to its traditional format of three days for its 17th edition from June 18 to 20, 2010. The race, run in memory of its founder Audenzio Tiengo, will be organized again under the guidance of Polisportiva Faedo's Juri Tiengo.

    "Having obtained the sanction by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)," said Juir Tiengo, "we have further intensified our work of designing and implementing an event that once again reflects the true spirit of this race."

    "We'll combine sport and tourism and highlight the Trentino as a cycling paradise, with a stage full of climbs. Our roads are ridden every year by thousands of cyclists in major events for every category." As it did this year, race will again visit the community of Monzambano.

    Olympic and then World Champion Nicole Cooke secured the overall victory in the 2009 Giro di Trentino, winning the challenging second and final stage in Faedo to clinch the title along with the points jersey. Cooke, then riding for Vision 1 Racing defeated Australian Carla Ryan (Cervelo Testteam) and Russian Svetlana Bubnenkova (Fenixs) for the overall win.

    "[It was] a real satisfaction for us all to see a champion of the caliber of Cooke on our roads," said Tiengo. "In 2009, we had a strong turnout, with many champions and major teams of the international scene. We are working to secure a new cast of teams and athletes at the start of what will be a three-stage race."

    Tiengo said Italian Tatiana Guderzo, who won the recent World Championships in Mendridsio, will come to the race. He is pleased with the race's spot on the calendar, a time in the second part of June "when all the athletes are able to pedal at their best".

    For more information on the race, visit the Womens' Giro del Trentino race website at

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