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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 25, 2011

Date published:
August 25, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Arvesen in high-speed Vuelta a España crash

    Kurt Alse Arvesen (Team Sky)
    Article published:
    August 24, 2011, 19:58 BST
    Cycling News

    Team Sky rider finishes stage, avoids serious injury

    After crashing at 70kph, Team Sky's Kurt-Asle Arvesen would be excused if he abandoned the Vuelta a España, but the hearty Norwegian soldiered on to finish stage 5 in Valdepenas de Jaen in 169th place, safely inside the time limit.

    Arvesen was on a descent in the middle of the 187km stage when a child crossed the road in his path, and the rider could do nothing to avoid hitting him.

    The Norwegian described the incident to VG Nett. "I saw that it was going to go completely wrong, I saw the whites of his eyes just before I hit him, fearing the worst. This is definitely the worst I have experienced on the bike," Arvesen said.

    According to the report the boy ran into the road to pick up a bidon that was discarded by another rider, and was struck by Arvesen. The rider was also thrown by the impact, his bike destroyed, but Arvesen escaped only with bruises and lacerations, according to his team.

    He was concerned about the boy, but said in a lucky coincidence, his team's support vehicle was parked near the scene and his masseur ran to help the child.

    Arvesen was later told that the boy was relatively unhurt with some bruises and a cut lip.

    Arvesen, in his final year before retirement, has had his share of mishaps this season. Not only did he crash in the team time trial on stage 1, he also crashed and broke the saddle off his bike in Paris-Roubaix, riding 20km without a seat before finally quitting the race.

    He was due to race the world championships for Norway, but is now concerned he might not be fit to start in...

  • Three team rosters announced for Tour of Britain

    Daryl Impey (Team Netapp)
    Article published:
    August 24, 2011, 21:10 BST
    Cycling News

    NetApp, Vacansoleil and Topsport Vlaanderen line-ups revealed

    Three teams - NetApp, Vacansoleil and Topsport Vlaanderen - have announced their preliminary rosters for the Tour of Britain, which begins in Scotland on Sunday, September 11 and ends one week later in London.

    Team NetApp is making its debut at the Tour of Britain, and it will be led by South African rider Daryl Impey. The German squad also includes the recent Tour of Austria runner-up and Best Young Rider Leopold König.

    "As a young team, we are looking forward to racing The Tour of Britain for the first time, being the most known race of the country," said Team NetApp Team Manager Ralph Denk. "We will compete with a squad that is suited best to the challenging course.

    "With Bartosz Huzarski we aim for a top 10 rank in the general classification. With Daniel Schorn, who has fully recovered after his accident at the Tour of Austria, we will take our chances in the sprints. Strong riders like Jan Barta, who is known for his attacks, will complete the team. As we proved many times in recent stage races, Team NetApp will also leave its mark at The Tour of Britain with an active racing style."

    The Topsport Vlaanderen Mercator team will be led by former under 23 world time trial champion Dominique Cornu and will include Stijn Neirynck, who recorded three top 10 stage finishes at the 2010 Tour of Britain.

    The Vacansoleil DCM Pro Cycling team will include a quartet of Dutch riders, plus Belgian Willem Wauters and Russian Maxim Belko, while Tour of Britain stage winner Borut Bozic is among their reserve riders for the event.

    Provisional team rosters for the Tour of Britain

    NetApp Team: Jan Barta (Cze); Cesare Benedetti (Ita); Bartosz Huzarski...

  • Callegarin airlifted to Denver after stage two crash

    Daniele Callegarin (Team Type 1- Sanofi)
    Article published:
    August 24, 2011, 22:56 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Five riders crashed on cattle guard at USA Pro Cycling Challenge

    Team Type 1- Sanofi’s Daniele Callegarin was transported by air to the Swedish Medical Center in Denver following a crash over a cattle guard early into stage two at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Team doctor Mark Greve announced his injuries to include a severe concussion, significant facial and dental injuries, two broken hands and deep lacerations.

    "He is being assessed for injuries, a CAT scan and testing for neurological injuries," said team press officer, Chris Baldwin. "They [doctors] decided to airlift him to a hospital in Denver where he will undergo further treatment. He is fine, stable, just shaken up. He went down very fast in a cattle guard with four or five other riders."

    Callegarin crashed over a cattle guard approximately 29 kilometres into stage two’s 209km ‘queen’ stage from Gunnison to Aspen. There were five riders involved in the accident that also included Andrew Randell (SpiderTech p/b C10), Sergio Hernandez (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda) along with Davide Frattini (UnitedHealthcare) and Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale). Basso visited the race doctor with a sore right wrist, but finished the stage, as did Frattini.

    Callegarin, Randell and Hernandez were transported to the local hospital in Gunnison for treatment. Randell suffered an L1 compression fracture that will require a brace. He also has a complex finger laceration. Hernandez has a broken left collarbone and he and Randell were released from the hospital. Callegarin, however, bore the brunt of the accident and was later airlifted to Denver. He was accompanied by directeur sportif Mike Carter.

    Greve noted that Callegarin received a full body CAT scan (CT) in Gunnison, however, the results have not been...

  • Hincapie motivated by USA Pro Cycling Challenge queen stage

    George Hincapie (BMC) takes the stage win in Aspen, Colorado
    Article published:
    August 25, 2011, 3:06 BST
    Peter Hymas

    Crowd favourite takes first win since 2009 US pro championship

    George Hincapie (BMC) won the queen stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Aspen, Colorado today, notching his first victory in nearly two years. The 38-year-old American's last win came in the US professional championship in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina and Hincapie spoke of how the 209.8km stage from Gunnison to Aspen fits into his current mindset.

    "These days, for me, it is all about motivation," said Hincapie. "It is either about motivation or I'm working for the team. Right now the biggest things that motivate me are the Classics, I haven't won but I am always up there, the Tour de France, where I do a good job working for Cadel [Evans], national championships and a big race like this race here is important. It is a first time event and it is bringing cycling to a new market that hasn't seen cycling for a long time. You see the fans out there, it was very motivating and I am happy that I was able to win in Aspen, in such a beautiful city with my hands in the air."

    Hincapie pulled double duty on the stage to Aspen, as he worked tirelessly for team captain and Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, and then pulled off the stage win when the opportunity arose.

    "On the climb up Independence I was going my pace and hanging on to the group of 15 or 20 guys, with pretty much everything I had to make it in that front group. I helped Cadel come back up to the group with Levi [Leipheimer], Christian [Vande Velde] and two other guys. I saw a couple of guys go and I decided to try and bridge up to them. I bridged up to them for a bit, which was [Tom] Danielson, a Colombian guy, Tejay [Van Garderen] and other guys came across.

    "Once I saw Tejay come across I knew that he and Tom were really going to go...

  • Van Garderen prepared to defend yellow in Colorado

    Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) in the leader's yellow jersey
    Article published:
    August 25, 2011, 5:01 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Young American confident for Vail time trial

    Tejay Van Garderen and his HTC-Highroad teammates will have their hands full defending the yellow jersey during the final four stages at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The young American is leading the general classification heading into the stage three time trial held in Vail and he is confident in his ability to win the 16km uphill event.

    "I have a lot of confidence in my team," Van Garderen said. "I don't think that we have the strongest team on paper here but I think that once you have the yellow jersey you can see your teammates get more motivated and they can ride above and beyond their ability once they have the goal of winning the jersey. I expect that is what is going to happen here. I haven't ridden the time trial course yet but it looks like a time trial that suits my ability."

    Van Garderen rode into a late-race breakaway over the final ‘queen' stage two ascent over Independence Pass. His breakaway companions included stage winner George Hincapie (BMC Racing), Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo), Eduard Beltran (EPM-UNE), Janier Acevedo (Gobernacion de Antioquia) and Bruno Pires (Leopard Trek).

    "I think in order to go for the overall you have to take chances on stage wins and because there are time bonuses available," Van Garderen said.

    The small group descended a wet and technical drop off of the mountain and into the finish line in Aspen. Van Garderen finished second in the stage and earned a six-second time bonus, moving into the overall race lead.

    "It was definitely a special feeling to see the crowds and to have my girlfriend and her family here," Van Garderen said. "I spend a lot of time in Aspen and I couldn't have picked a better day to take the jersey because I have a lot of fans and friends here,...

  • Poels confirms his credentials at the Vuelta

    Wout Poels
    Article published:
    August 25, 2011, 5:34 BST
    Cycling News

    Dutchman eyes a top 20 finish in Madrid

    Wouter Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) finished second on the uphill finish into Valdepeñas de Jaén on Wednesday but instead of celebrating, he  was left wondering if he could have beaten Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), after puncturing two kilometres before the day’s penultimate climb.

    The Dutchman was forced to expend valuable energy chasing back on, as the peloton surged up the Cat. 2 Alta de Valdapeñas. He managed to rejoin the bunch on the descent thanks to the help of teammate Matteo Carrara but the damage was already done.

    "It’s a positive result to finish second behind one of the world’s best riders [considering my puncture] especially with this kind of finale."

    "I wanted to attack but my directeur sportif told me to remain quiet and focus on GC. I had thought of going for the stage win but even though I managed to work myself back to the front and - was behind "Purito" [Rodriguez] when he attacked, I was simply unable to follow."

    Poels is riding in his second Grand Tour of the year having abandoned the Tour de France after suffering on the stage to Super-Besse. A real general classification hope for the future, the Dutchman has posted a number of impressive results in 2011, including a fourth overall at the recent Tour de Pologne, and second place in the Tour de l’Ain. Despite no lack of form he’s simply trying to ride as consistently as possible and reach the finish in Madrid.

    "In the future I have the feeling that I can become a good GC rider. [For now] however...

  • Gilmore returning to racing at Holland Ladies Tour

    A favorite after her defence of the title at the Jayco Bay Classics series was Rochelle Gilmore (Honda).
    Article published:
    August 25, 2011, 5:51 BST
    Cycling News

    Australian hoping to be in top form for Worlds

    Rochelle Gilmore (Lotto-Honda) is hoping to finally return to racing at the Holland Ladies Tour which gets underway on the 6th September, after an extended period off the bike with a broken pelvis.

    The Australian’s recovery was slowed after doctors initially thought that she had avoided a fracture when she crashed hard in the Giro Donne in July. Gilmore attempted to walk a number of times, but severe pain eventually forced her to ask for a second diagnosis which revealed the fracture.

    Six weeks on, Gilmore has now been cleared to race, and hopes that she can return to form ahead of her main goal of the season, the Road World Championships in Copenhagen.

    "I’ve regained and improved on my original strength and stability through the hips, core and quads," said Gilmore. "I’ve worked extremely hard throughout this period of rehabilitation. I enjoy racing and I’ve really missed it so I can’t wait until I race again."

    "Nothing was going to stop me from having a shot at this year’s World Championships on a perfect course with a perfect finish!"

  • Boonen looking for Vuelta sprint win in Cordoba

    Tom Boonen (Quick Step) before the start.
    Article published:
    August 25, 2011, 10:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Quick Step rider suffering from the heat

    Tom Boonen of Quick Step is suffering in the heat at this year's Vuelta a Espana, but the Belgian is still hoping to do well in Thursday's flat stage to Cordoba, where he won his first Vuelta stage three years ago.

    Boonen finished nearly twelve minutes down Wednesday on another scorching hot day.  “When I got to the finish, it was as if I had a sunstroke.  I felt so empty,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.

    “If this weather persists for another three days, there will be casualties,” he warned.  “I can normally do pretty well in the heat, but here in southern Spain it is extreme.”

    To stay hydrated, Boonen is drinking eight or nine litres of liquid during each stage.  “I also take enough salt solutions and minerals like calcium and magnesium. There's a thin line between being thirsty and making sure you don't get stomach and intestinal problems.”

    Boonen had a go in the sprint on Sunday, but finished 22nd behind CJ Sutton (Team Sky)  “However, I think it went very well.  I want to go all the way to Madrid. And if possible, win in Cordoba.”

    Even if he has not been successful, his Quick Step team is having a excellent Vuelta. Sylvain Chavanel is wearing the leader's jersey.

    “It feels good to ride with the leader of a Grand Tour,” he said. 

    It means more work for all the team and may cost Boonen his chance of a stage win, but he is ready to...