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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, September 16, 2012

Date published:
September 16, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Chavanel uncertain for Worlds road race

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 9:57 BST
    Cycling News

    Roy replaces Galland in French team

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is still unsure of his participation in the world championships road race in Valkenburg, admitting that he is concerned that he does not have the endurance necessary for the 260km event.

    Chavanel has already stated that his priorities lie in Sunday’s team time trial and Wednesday’s individual time trial, although manager Laurent Jalabert is keen that he also lines up in the road race, where he has been selected in a team built around Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).

    “For now, I’m still not sure if I’ll participate in the road race at the Worlds,” Chavanel told L’Équipe. “Above all, I want to concentrate on the two time trial events. From experience, I know that that isn’t the best way to prepare for the road race.”

    Second at the Eneco Tour in August, thanks in part to a solid showing in the time trial, Chavanel recently lined up at the two WorldTour events in Canada, the Grand Prix de Montréal and the Grand Prix de Québec, but said that he had struggled with the distance. He finished 50th in each race.

    “I’m not sure if I have the distance in my legs, as I realised in Quebec,” Chavanel said. “I want to be honest with the French team and I don’t want to take the place of someone else who is in better form than me. I’ve spoken about it with [French manager] Laurent Jalabert on the phone and he told me to take the time to reflect on it because he’s really counting on me.

    “But I don’t want to start if I’m not sure that I have the capacity to help Thomas Voeckler as we’ve been asked. I’m still leaving myself some time to think about...

  • Boonen would welcome Cavendish at Omega Pharma-QuickStep

    For the first time in his career Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has won Paris-Brussels
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 11:23 BST
    Cycling News

    Belgian confident there would be no clash of interests

    Tom Boonen has said that he would welcome the arrival of Mark Cavendish at his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team next season. Cavendish has hinted that he may leave Sky this winter due to the limited manpower the team has been able to devote his sprint train and Omega Pharma-QuickStep has been widely touted as a potential destination.

    “Cavendish and I have had a few clashes but there has always been mutual respect,” Boonen told Het Nieuwsblad. “I would even like to lead out some sprints for him.”

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevere has made no secret of his desire to bring Cavendish to his team and he has discussed the matter with Boonen in recent weeks. Boonen is confident that he and Cavendish could dovetail their efforts, as his own sprinting is largely limited to reduced bunch finishes at the end of more selective races.

    “During the Tour of Denmark, Patrick Lefevere asked me what I thought about it,” Boonen said. “Well, in nine out of the ten sprints that I would contest, Cavendish would not normally be there any more, and I don’t mind leading out the other sprints.

    “I’d even be happy to. It’s much more fun when you are on the Tour de France when you know someone on the team can win three or four stages.”

    In any case, by Boonen’s estimation, he and Cavendish would rarely line up on the same Omega Pharma-QuickStep team outside of the month of July. “Mark is welcome,” he said. “If he comes, we wouldn’t ride together much anyway. In the Tour, yes, but the rest?”


  • Gallery: Training for the Worlds TTT

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 13:06 BST
    Cycling News

    BMC, Rabobank, Garmin and Lampre on the road

    On Sunday the elite of professional cycling will officially descend on Valkenburg, Holland, for the start of the 2012 Worlds. The championships begin with the reintroduction of the team time trial – last seen in 1994 - with teams from the women’s and means trade team pelotons competing over a technical parcours.

    The women will race over 34.2 km, while the men, who start later in the day, will compete over a distance of 53.2 km. Both sets of teams will start with six riders with squads timed after the fourth rider crosses the finish line.

    A number of teams have been training on the course for several days but Friday marked a chance for riders to train on Zolder's race track. BMC, Sky, Lampre and a host of other teams were among those that tested themselves on the track before testing the actual Worlds course on Saturday.


  • Phinney kick starts Worlds with team time trial

    Taylor Phinney (BMC).
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 14:52 BST
    Daniel Benson

    American hoping to medal after Olympics

    American Taylor Phinney (Team BMC) will kick-start his Worlds campaign in Sunday’s team time trial before focussing on the individual time trial and the road race. The 22-year-old will line up as part of a powerful BMC team that includes Philippe Gilbert, Marco Pinotti, Manuel Quinziatol, Tejay van Garderen and Alessandro Ballan, for the 53.2km course on Sunday.

    “It’s a good course. I heard it was going to be really up and down but it’s not quite as hilly as I thought it would be and that’s good for me. It’s a longer team time trial than I’ve ever done, so it’s going to be hard and taxing on the body but I think we have really strong team and we did some race pace efforts on the track in Zolder. We’re really motivated and excited for Sunday,” Phinney told Cyclingnews after a training session on the course.

    Phinney has had successful second year as a professional. He was part of BMC’s win in the team time trial at the Giro del Trentino before winning the prologue in the Giro d’Italia. His Olympics bid ended with fourth in both the men’s road race and time trial, before a win in the time trial at the US Pro Challenge last month.

    “After the Olympics, I was gunning really hard to be good for the Eneco Tour and the US Pro Challenge and it was definitely difficult after wining the time trial in Denver to refocus and get back on the horse. It took me a couple of days but Tejay [van Garderen] was in town and we motivated each other and got back to work. I still have really good form. I did a lot to bump my level up to where it needed to be for the Olympics but I’ve been able to hold that and I’ve got two recent stage races under my belt.”

    The two fourth places at the Olympics were a...

  • Voigt hoping to support Cancellara and Schleck in 2013

    Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan)
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 16:33 BST
    Daniel Benson

    RadioShack rider on doping accusations levelled at Riis and Bruyneel

    After signing a one-year contract extension at RadioShack-Nissan, Jens Voigt is hoping to help guide Andy Schleck and Fabian Cancellara back to the top of the sport in 2013. The 40-year-old has been a teammate to both riders for a number of years even as the pair struggled with injuries in 2012.

    In fact, RadioShack ground through a number of difficult episodes this year - both on and off the bike - with internal disagreements over the management of the team aired in public and results slow to come by. The Tour de France was indicative of its season, with a prologue and several days in yellow followed by Frank Schleck testing positive for Xipamide and Johan Bruyneel facing a USADA arbitration panel. But despite the hard times, Voigt can see a bright future for the team.

    “I see a lot of potential with our team, and I see that we have all the ingredients to make it a successful,” Voigt told Cyclingnews.

    “For several reasons we didn’t get the best out of our team this year, but I see the challenge of trying to make this all work. I believe we’re going to come back and have a great next year and I want to be part of that. I want to help bring Andy back on track. I’d love to see him a being a serious contender at the Tour de France. Also Fabian. I’ve raced with them for seven or eight years and they’re friends now, not just colleagues. So I’d love to stick with them and see them come back, and I’ll be a little part of that.”

    Voigt came to the decision to prolong his career at the Tour de France this year, where he came close to winning at stage in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and despite offers from other teams, he...

  • Magner earns first pro win at Tour of China

    Ty Magner (BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team) wins the final stage of the 2012 Tour of China.
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 19:34 BST
    Peter Hymas

    US-based BMC-Hincapie Sportswear devo team notches biggest victory of 2012

    In its first year as a UCI Continental squad, the BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Development Team has notched solid results both domestically and internationally, but Ty Magner arguably scored the team's biggest victory to date with a win on Thursday in the final stage at the Tour of China. For Magner, a 21-year-old Georgia native, it was his first win in a UCI event and a fine capstone to a season in which he'd been crowned the U23 national criterium champion in late June.

    Magner previously rode the Tour of China in 2011 as a stagiaire for US-based Pro Continental squad Team Type 1 but fell sick and suffered through the UCI 2.1-ranked stage race. This time around, however, he drew on his past experience to stay healthy and showed his cards first on stage 3, where he finished second to Team Type 1-Sanofi sprinter Aldo Ino Ilesic.

    "The finishes here are really wild and super-fast," Magner told Cyclingnews from Wuhan, China. "I'm not really used to that kind of speed yet. In America you have turns and other stuff to break the field up and slow it down a little bit whereas here it's five kilometres on a straight, four-lane highway and we're going 45mph into the finish. It's a little hard to get used to, I definitely don't have the pure power that all the sprinters have here, but we're working on it."

    A close look at the road book for the sixth and final stage revealed a tricky finish, featuring a near 180-degree turn 500 metres prior to the finish, which the young American devo team played to perfection.

    "It was the last stage so we looked over the race route and paid special attention to the...

  • Peiper on Garmin-Sharp's Worlds TTT chances

    Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp) on the front
    Article published:
    September 15, 2012, 22:17 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Top-six a realistic ambition

    Garmin-Sharp may be without its more established time trialists but Allan Peiper still believes that the six-man line-up could compete for a top six place in the Worlds team time trial.

    Thomas Dekker, Jack Bauer, Martijn Maaskant, Andrew Talansky, Johan Vansummeren and Ramunas Navardauskas make up the team after David Millar trained with the team but was withdrawn.

    “Realistically, this team that we’ve got here is probably a well balanced team that fits well together. I think if they can start a little bit conservatively and get into a good rhythm, hopefully we’ll have a shot of fourth to sixth place,” Peiper told Cyclingnews.

    The team is without Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson, who all raced in the US Pro Challenge, which Vande Velde won. Peiper said that their absence was down to all three riders having long seasons and not due to any links to USADA’s investigation into the US Postal team.

    “They rode in Colorado and did a great job there but you can’ keep backing that up. Although we would have loved to have had them here, it just hasn’t happened. I think we’ve got a great line up of even balanced riders,” Peiper said.

    Garmin is not the only team to find itself stretched after a long road season. Sky is competing without Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, while Vincenzo Nibali and Thomas de Gendt are the only two Grand Tour podium riders from 2012 listed to start.

    “I think it’s the same for a lot teams. At this time of the year in September with all the goals that have been done, the Giro, the Tour, the Tour, the Olympics, a lot of riders are on their knees and at this point it’s about finding the six best of what you’ve got. We’ve brought David...

  • Emotional day for Drapac at Goulburn to Sydney

    Rhys Pollock (Drapac) walked away with the KOM jersey
    Article published:
    September 16, 2012, 7:59 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Pollock, Lapthorne and Norris go on the attack

    No one was surprised to see Drapac Professional Cycling racing as aggressively as they did during the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic on Sunday. Apart from having several riders on form, the team was racing in remembrance of former teammate and 2007 winner of the event, Robbie Williams who tragically died of a heart attack at age 27 a month ago.

    Williams' father Bruce was on hand in Goulburn early on Sunday morning as the race began.

    Rhys Pollock attacked for a second time this morning in the first 30 kilometres of racing before he was able to find himself in a stable breakaway.

    "We were just trying to make the race as aggressive as we could," Pollock told Cyclingnews. "We had Mal [Rudolph] here but the other sprinters - [Anthony] Giacoppo and [Luke] Davison - are going really well at the moment so they're pretty tough to beat. We wanted to put pressure on all of the other teams to make it a really hard race."

    Pollock, a breakaway specialist who earlier this season claimed the biggest win of his career with the overall classification at the Tour de Taiwan, was never going to leave anything out on the road but at the same time, revealed he didn't have the highest confidence his escape group of four would be able to stay away all day. Pollock, Michael Cupitt (Budget Forklifts), Aaron Donnelly (Jayco-HoneyShotz) and Ed White (GPM - Wilson Racing) held a maximum gap of 2:55 before being slowly reeled in by a hard-chasing bunch

    "I got caught halfway up the last climb and Lachie Norris came across and I did a bit of an effort there to help him but I think the other...