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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Gomez Marchante to lead team Cervélo in Vuelta a España

    Cervélo leads fight with Haussler, Klier and Hushovd
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    August 19, 2009, 11:54 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Switzerland's Cervélo releases long list of participants for Spanish Grand Tour

    José Angel Gomez Marchante will lead Cervélo TestTeam in Vuelta a España, the team has announced today. Giro d'Italia stage winner Simon Gerrans is also on the team's long list of 11 riders for the Spanish three-week stage race.

    "We already have two amazing Grand Tours behind us, with several stage wins and the green jersey of Thor Hushovd in the Tour of France," said team manager Thomas Campana. "Our team is still very motivated and hungry to achieve the best results possible."

    Cervélo's goals are to win a stage and help Gomez Marchante in the overall. He finished fifth in the 2005 edition.

    Campana announced a list of 11 riders to form the eventual nine-man team.

    German national champion Martin Reimer, 22, missed his chance to race. "I want to concentrate on the World Championships," he told the dpa news agency. He is eligible to ride either the U-23 or the elite men's race at the World Championships next month.

    The 11 riders pre-selected for the Vuelta, August 29 to September 20, are Spaniards Iñigo Cuesta, Xavier Florencio, Joaquin Novoa and José Angel Gomez Marchante, Ireland's Philip Deignan, Australia's Simon Gerrans, Brit Roger Hammond, Lithuanian Ignas Konovalovas, Norwegian Gabriel Rasch, Canadian Dominique Rollin and Swiss Marcel Wyss.

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  • Hammond looks ahead to first Grand Tour, the Vuelta

    Roger Hammond (Cervélo TestTeam)
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    August 19, 2009, 13:07 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Brit Roger Hammond races Ireland with eyes on Vuelta and Worlds

    Brit Roger Hammond is looking forward to the opportunity to help Cervélo TestTeam in his first Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España, August 29 to September 20. He believes that it will allow him a chance for a stage win and to prepare for the end of the season's classics.

    Hammond will first race the Tour of Ireland this week, August 21 to 23, before starting the three-week Vuelta.

    "I would like to help Philip Deignan win at home at the Tour of Ireland. I know what it means having won stages in the Tour of Britain," Hammond told Cyclingnews. "Assuming I race the Vuelta, it will be the same, I would like to help [José Angel Gomez] Marchante and have the opportunity to win a stage."

    Hammond has ridden with various teams, including Discovery Channel and T-Mobile before joining Cervélo this year. He has raced several shorter stage races, but never a three-week race. Cervélo selected him today as part of the long-list of 11 riders for the Vuelta.

    "The Vuelta can either kill you or set you up for a good season finale. I am realistic about winning, in the Tour of Denmark it was better for me to ride flat out for the classification and help Jeremy Hunt for the stage win."

    Hammond was in an escape in stage four with Hunt and gained enough time to move from 19th to third in overall classification. He maintained the spot over the next two stages.

    He believes the Vuelta will give him the training needed to support team Great Britain in the World Championships, September 27.

    "For the first time in my career we have nine riders at the Worlds. It will be nice to go to the Worlds when you actually have realistic opportunities. You can change the face of the race, with three or five rides you can't do that. When things get out of control you can re-direct the race back towards your favour."

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  • Milram in contract talks with Kroon, extends with Knaven

    Karsten Kroon (Team CSC) took ninth place in his home event.
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    August 19, 2009, 15:04 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Germany's Milram builds for Spring Classics with Servais Knaven and possibly Karsten Kroon

    Team Milram continues to build up its Spring Classics team for the coming season, extending its contract with veteran Servais Knaven and considering Karsten Kroon.

    Germany's Milram team is negotiating with Dutchman Kroon, a source told Cyclingnews. The team announced earlier this week that it was also negotiating with Belgian Gert Steegmans, who left Team Katusha earlier this month.

    Kroon, 33, also has offers from current team Saxo Bank and Vacansoleil.

    He won a Tour de France stage in 2002 and has twice won Rund um den Henninger Turm. This year he finished second in the race and second in the Amstel Gold classic.

    Milram also announced that it has extended its contract with Dutchman Servais Knaven, 38, for one more year. He won Paris-Roubaix in 2001 and "brings enormous experience and knowledge of the Spring Classics" to the team, said team manager Gerry van Gerwen.

    "I enjoy riding in this team," said Knaven. You can feel the great development and I want to do my part to contribute to the team's success."

    Knaven has started Paris-Roubaix 15 times, the Tour de France nine times, the Vuelta a España four times and the Giro d'Italia once.

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  • Zabriskie preps for US Pro time trial defense at Tour of Utah

    Dave Zabriskie (DZNutz) is out to enjoy racing in his own back yard.
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    August 19, 2009, 15:05 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Zabriskie seeks fourth consecutive pro time trial title

    The current US professional time trial champion, Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream), is using the six-stage Tour of Utah to prepare for a fourth consecutive victory at the upcoming championship event held in Greenville, South Carolina next weekend.

    "Yes, it is the plan to get the cobwebs out of my legs before nationals," said Zabriskie. "I can definitely feel some today."

    Zabriskie placed second in the Tour of Utah's opening prologue, only one second behind stage winner Brent Bookwalter (BMC Pro Cycling Team). The prologue stretched over a 4.5-kilometre circuit, a relatively short distance compared to what traditionally favors Zabriskie. The second time trial will be held on a 14.5-kilometre circuit at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele on Friday.

    "I try to go as hard as I can every time trial," said Zabriskie. "When I was out there today I had so many thoughts going through my head like 'oh man, I'm getting spanked right now.' I just forgot that it hurts everybody and it didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would. But, definitely the longer time trial is going to suit me better, I would imagine."

    Zabriskie took some much needed recovery time after completing the Tour de France. With the exception of starting Clasica San Sebastian early this month, he has not competed since the Tour ended in July.

    "I did San Sebastian but I dropped out," he said. "That's why I wanted to do this race. It's been very difficult for me to get out on my bike. Trying to get back into a routine has been difficult, to travel back here."

    Last year's US professional championship's 33.4-kilometre time trial saw Tom Zirbel (Bissell Pro Cycling) place second to Zabriskie by a mere five seconds. When asked if racing the Tour of Utah gave him an opportunity to test his legs against Zirbel before next weekend he said with a smile, "yes, for sure."

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  • Ballerini searches for best nine riders for Italian team

    Italian national director Franco Ballerini
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    August 19, 2009, 16:03 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Team Italy director following riders' progress in Trittico Lombardo

    Franco Ballerini is busy following the Trittico Lombardo to help him make his selection for the Italian World Championship team. Team Italy can bring nine riders, the same as the United States and Spain, but more than rivals France and The Netherlands.

    "Luxembourg has nine, but they don't have riders to fill all the positions," he said. "Still, they have two of our most dangerous rivals, the Schleck brothers [Fränk and Andy]."

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed this week the number of riders allowed for each nation at the World Championships, September 27 in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Italy is one of 10 nations to have nine riders, but some historically powerful nations can only bring six due to their rankings as of August 15.

    Ballerini is following the progress of the Italian riders this week at the Trittico Lombardo. It's a series of three races that includes the Tre Valli Varesine (August 18), Coppa Agostoni (19) and Coppa Bernocchi (20).

    Mauro Santambrogio won the Tre Valli Varesine yesterday from a 12-rider escape group. He has yet to participate in the Worlds, but Ballerini may consider him as a helper thanks to his win.

    "Mauro went really well in the Tour of Portugal and I expected him to go well here," Ballerini said yesterday. "From what he showed in Portugal he deserved the win."

    Giovanni Visconti won the Coppa Agostoni today from a seven-man sprint. "I have talked a few times with Franco and I knew that I needed some results," said Visconti. "I hope today helps for my selection."

    Defending champion Alessandro Ballan, Damiano Cunego, Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali should be leaders within the team. Marzio Bruseghin, Gabriele Bosisio and Matteo Tosatto are likely helpers. Stefano Garzelli, Luca Paolini and Italian Champion Filippo Pozzato could fill the other spots.

    "Pozzato is a question mark, but there are still races where he can show something. He is a great...

  • Gardeyn seriously injured in Eneco sprint crash

    Yoann Offredo (Française Des Jeux) was one of the riders who crashed in the field sprint.
    Article published:
    August 19, 2009, 20:38 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Eight riders injured during the stage

    Eight riders were injured in the first stage of the Eneco Tour Wednesday, one seriously. Gorik Gardeyn was the worst off after a mass crash only metres before the finish line.

    The crash occurred about 10 riders back in the peloton during a mass sprint. Two riders collided into each other and went down, and the riders behind them in the onrushing peloton had no chance to avoid further crashes.

    Gardeyn (Silence-Lotto), whose wife witnessed the whole incident, was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with four or five broken ribs and a double fracture of his right shoulder blade.

    Yohan Offredo of Francaise des Jeux suffered an injury to his left shoulder.

    Others injured were Maxime Vantomme (Katusha), Sebastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), and Koen De Kort (Skil Shimano), all of whom suffered bruises and scrapes. They are expected to start again tomorrow.

    In an earlier crash, 85km into the race, three riders were injured. Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoliel) was able to continue with some scrapes, but the other two weren't so lucky. Luis Pasamontes of Caisse d'Epargne was taken to hospital with a suspected concussion. Milram sprinter Wim Stroetinga was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder, and team manager Gerry van Gerwen said the young Dutch rider would be out for several weeks.

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  • Team Type 1 sends seven to Ireland

    The Team Type 1 crew chill out after a hard day racing.
    Article published:
    August 19, 2009, 21:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Wilson returns to defend King of Mountains title

    One of 16 total teams, Team Type 1 is headed to the Tour of Ireland for the three-day race that kicks off Friday south of Dublin and runs through Sunday, when it ends at the seaside port of Cork.

    Australians Fabio Calabria and Matt Wilson, Americans Michael Creed, Ken Hanson and Shawn Milne, Ukranian Valeriy Kobzarenko and Slovenian Aldo Ino Ilesic will represent Team Type 1. Last year, Wilson earned the King of the Mountains title as the squad compiled six top-10 finishes. He also finished fourth in the general classification.

    Team Type 1 Founder Phil Southerland, who will accompany the team to Ireland, said the squad's inclusion in the world-class field is yet another step toward Team Type 1's long-term goal of participating in the 2012 Tour de France.

    This year, Team Type 1 has won 50 races and earned 107 podium finishes. The team will race in Ireland against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (Astana) and British sprint star Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who won six stages of this year's Tour de France.

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  • Charteau beats a new box in 2010

    Anthony Charteau (Bouygues Telecom) is a very happy man.
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    August 20, 2009, 1:55 BST
    Cycling News

    French rider moves to Bbox Bouygues Telecom

    Anthony Charteau will return to a French squad in 2010 when he lines up for Bbox Bouygues Telecom, according to

    It will be the second stint at Jean-René Bernaudeau's squad for the 30-year-old from Nantes. He began his professional career at Bonjour in 2001 before moving to Bouygues Telecom for the 2005 season, tasting success that year with a stage win at the Tour of Catalonia.

    A switch to Crédit Agricole in 2006 garnered him the 2007 Tour de Langkawi title before heading to Caisse d'Epargne for the 2008 and '09 seasons.

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