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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 26, 2010

Date published:
August 26, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Nygaard secures 20 riders for new Luxembourg team

    Team spokesperson Brian Nygaard (r) defends the strong anti-doping programme at Saxo Bank.
    Article published:
    August 25, 2010, 10:21 BST
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    Cycling News

    Sponsors to be announced soon

    The new Luxembourg-based team has confirmed 20 riders for the coming season and also has the money to pay them, according to the team's CEO Brian Nygaard.

    Kim Andersen confirmed the 20 riders, although no names were mentioned. “We will present the first 15 riders to the UCI in October, but it was always planned that we must have 25 riders,” Nygaard told tv2sport.dk.

    “Funding is in place and we are ready to present the team name within the next month," he added.

    Brothers Andy and Fränk Schleck have already confirmed that they will join The Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project, as it is currently known. Other riders said to be on the team include Joost Posthuma, Jakob Fuglsang, Jens Voigt, Dominic Klemme, Linus Gerdemann and Stuart O'Grady.

  • Transfer news: Sella, Pardilla, Posthuma

    Emanuele Sella (Carmiooro NGC)
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    August 25, 2010, 11:57 BST
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    Cycling News

    Di Luca given another chance to compete next year?

    September 1 is rapidly approaching and there is plenty of movement and rumour kicking around the pro paddock, with comeback kid Emanuele Sella making his way to Gianni Savio's Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni squad.

    The Italian stormed to the climber's title at the 2008 Giro d'Italia before testing positive for EPO-CERA. He made his return to the pro ranks with Carmiooro - NGC last year and has obviously impressed the man who doesn't mind giving guys a second go.

    After nine years at Rabobank, Joost Posthuma is rumoured to be set to ride with Fränk and Andy Schleck at the yet-to-be-named/sponsored/launched Luxembourg pro team lead by former Saxo Bank staffers Kim Andersen and Brian Nygaard.

    The 29-year-old Dutchman took out the general classification at last year's Vuelta a Andalucia and has several smaller stage race titles on his palmares.

    While Posthuma makes for the exit door at the Dutch squad, Rabobank have confirmed the signing of Maarten Wynants. The 28-year-old Belgian arrives for the 2011 season after four years with Quick Step.

    After years plying his trade in the Pro Continental ranks, rumours abound that Spanish rider Sergio Pardilla Bellon will join countryman and 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre at the new Team Geox outfit, which also recently boasted the signing of Denis Menchov.

    The team takes over the licence of current ProTour outfit Footon-Servetto, although that permit to race in the sport's top tier is being considered for renewal as it expires at the conclusion of this season.

    Meanwhile, there are murmurings that the Pro Continental team to be sponsored by Farnese Vini and possibly the MCipollini bike brand, could be in limited talks with Danilo Di Luca, who is eligible to return to racing on July 22, 2011.

    Di Luca was suspended for EPO-CERA use during last year's Giro d'Italia and by July next year will have served his two-year ban.

  • Dutch name six of nine for Melbourne

    Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank)
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    August 25, 2010, 15:26 BST
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    Cycling News

    Three riders to be named next month

    The Netherlands cycling federation has named six riders for the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. The remaining three riders will be named on September 8.

    Koos Moerenhout, who just finished second overall in the Eneco Tour, and national champion Jos van Emden will ride the time trial. They will be joined in the road race by Lars Boom, Karsten Kroon, Sebastian Langeveld and national road champion Niki Terpstra.

    The final three places will be filled from the following list of riders: Laurens ten Dam, Johnny Hoogerland, Koen de Kort, Michel Kreder, Steven Kruijswijk, Tom Leezer, Martijn Maaskant, Wout Poels and Maarten Tjallingii.

    Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema, Pieter Weening and Bram Tankink had already decided not to participate in the Worlds.

    Dutch Team for the UCI World Championships (with three more to be named):

    Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank) road and time trial
    Jos van Emden (Rabobank) road and time trial
    Lars Boom (Rabobank)
    Karsten Kroon (BMC Racing Team)
    Sebastian Langeveld (Rabobank)
    Niki Terpstra (Milram)

  • Tour de Langkawi grows to 10 days

    The final 2010 Tour de Langkawi jersey winners
    Article published:
    August 25, 2010, 15:29 BST
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    Laura Weislo

    More climbs await riders in 2011

    The Tour de Langkawi will expand to 10 stages in 2011 for the race's 16th edition, the race organisers announced today.

    For the first time in four years, the island of Langkawi will host the Grand Départ with a 91.9km circuit starting at Dataran Lang and ending in Kuah Town.

    "History will be made next year when the first stage of Le Tour de Langkawi 2011 will be launched on the island of Langkawi after a four-year absence," said Dato' Mohid Mohamad, the Youth and Sports Ministry Head Secretary General.

    Dato' Mohid revealed an expanded course consisting of 10 stages with a total distance of 1308.9 km. The race will include back-to-back mountain stages with hors categorie climbs on both stage four from Lumut to Cameron Highlands and the classic Genting Highland finish on stage five.

    "This will be the surprise awaiting the riders of Le Tour de Langkawi 2011. I hope this will give a surprising new chapter to the history of Le Tour de Langkawi," Dato' Mohid said.

    "Although there are two hors categorie climb stages, there are another eight flat stages for riders who are not recognized climbing experts to contest."

    A total of 23 teams, including Pro-tour teams, Pro-Continental, Continental and National teams are expected to join the race next year.

    2011 Tour de Langkawi

    Stage 1: January 23, 2010, Langkawi - Langkawi, 91.9km
    Stage 2: January 24, 2010, Kangar - Butterworth, 145km
    Stage 3: January 25, 2010, Taiping - Sitiawan, 144.km
    Stage 4: January 26, 2010, Lumut - Cameron Highlands, 136km
    Stage 5: January 27, 2010, Tapah - Genting Highlands, 128km
    Stage 6: January 28, 2010, Rawang - Putrajaya, 105km
    Stage 7: January 29, 2010, Banting - Tampin, 149.5km
    Stage 8: January 30, 2010, Kuala Pilah - Melaka, 152km
    Stage 9: January 31, 2010, Melaka - Nilai, 152.4km
    Stage 10: February 1, 2010, Shah Alam - Kuala Lumpur, 104.8km
    ...

  • Hushovd and Haussler to ride with Garmin-Transitions in 2011?

    Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) raises his arms in victory.
    Article published:
    August 25, 2010, 17:12 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Four riders expected to lead exodus from Cervelo TestTeam

    Cyclingnews understands that a group of riders may leave the Cervélo TestTeam and join the Garmin-Transitions team in 2011 as part of a radical shake up at the two squads.

    A source has told Cyclingnews that Garmin-Transitions may be interested in signing Thor Hushovd, Heinrich Haussler, Andreas Klier and Roger Hammond.

    The future of the Cervélo TestTeam now appears unclear; Neither team owner Gerard Vroomen or team manager Joop Alberda were available to comment.

    Garmin-Transitions team manager Jonathan Vaughters was also unavailable to comment.

  • Transfer news: Nuyens nostalgic for Quick Step?

    Nick Nuyens (Rabobank)
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    August 25, 2010, 20:02 BST
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    Cycling News

    Cofidis adds youngsters, Meersman, Chuela stay put

    After four seasons on foreign teams, will Nick Nuyens return to a Belgian squad? Het Nieuwsblad reports that the Quick Step team is interested in bringing him back into the fold.

    Nuyens left the squad run by Patrick Lefevere for Cofidis in 2007 after three successful years with Quick Step. He then left the French team in 2009 for Rabobank, and is currently at the end of his contract.

    Lefevere told the Belgian paper that he is in negotiations with Nuyens. "I still hope Nuyens comes, but you're only sure when the contract is signed," said Lefevere. "You never know with riders. I thought Maarten Wynants was close to signing but then two days later he revealed that he was going to Rabobank."

    Nuyens is also reportedly talking to Bjarne Riis about Saxo Bank and with Cofidis for a possible return there. If he returns to the French squad, he would like to take Quick Step's Kevin Hulsmans along, his manager said.

    A host of young riders have joined the Cofidis team. Nicolas Edet, Yoan Bagot, Adrian Petit and Florent Barle have been signed, and Belgian Nico Sijmens has been renewed, according to the French Cycling Federation. Christophe Kern and Tristan Valentin have not been retained.

    Runner-up in Paris-Corrèze Gianni Meersman prolonged his contract with the FDJ team. He and second-year FDJ-er Pierre Cazaux both signed for one more year.

    Giampaolo Chuela will likely stay with the Footon-Servetto team of Mauro Gianetti as it transitions into Team Geox for 2011. The Italian has not yet signed a contract, but according to Tuttobiciweb, Cheula has a verbal agreement and is expected to put pen to paper at the Vuelta a Espana.

    ISD-Neri's Ruslan Pidgornyy could be joining the Vacansoleil team, Tuttobiciweb reports. The 33-year-old Ukranian has just one win to his name as part of ISD-Neri in the Brixia Tour team time trial.

  • Moncoutié aims for third Vuelta mountains crown

    David Moncoutié (Cofidis) is victorious in stage 13 atop Sierra Nevada.
    Article published:
    August 26, 2010, 2:17 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Spanish success should garner new Cofidis contract

    David Moncoutié will be aiming to equal Spanish rider Julio Jimenez and take a third king of the mountains title at this year's Vuelta a España, which begins in Seville this Saturday.

    Jimenez, dubbed the "watchmaker from Avila" won the title in 1963, 1964 and 1965 whilst Moncoutié has taken it in the past two editions of the event.

    "I would have liked to be the first man to do it", said Moncoutié. "I didn't know that Jimenez won it three times but it doesn't change anything in my motivation. I like this race where I usually find the conditions that suit me the best with a nice and hot weather. I'm very enthusiastic."

    Moncoutié hopes that his 13th grand tour won't be his last, with the 35-year-old Frenchman deciding to remain in the pro ranks for another season. Events in 2010 didn't unfold as he'd have hoped, hence the decision to go for another year.

    "My contract for 2011 isn't signed yet but I have an agreement with Cofidis", explained Moncontié. "I hope to come back to the Tour de France next year. That would be my 10th one.

    "I wasn't brilliant at the Giro. Before the start I guessed that I wouldn't like that race and it was the case. I never feel good in May and the weather conditions were pretty bad all the way. Stages were long on curvy roads with long transfers.

    "Strangely, I have never been good in Italy since the beginning of my career but I like Spain a lot."

    That seems to be the case, with Moncontié putting in a great showing during the 2008 and '09 editions of the Vuelta, taking a stage win in Cerler and atop of the Sierra Nevada (pictured above right) and finishing in Madrid with the jersey of best climber firmly on his shoulders.

    And there's every chance of him adding another mountains crown to that collection if his sentiments about the course are any indication. "I've looked at this year's course going into the details and I...

  • Bertogliati joins Team Type 1

    Rubens Bertogliati (Androni Giocattoli)
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    August 26, 2010, 3:22 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    American team will have European emphasis in 2011

    Swiss rider Rubens Bertogliati will ride for the Team Type 1 squad in 2011. The American squad is currently in the process of bolstering its roster and will also open a service course in Europe from next season, which will serve as the team headquarters.

    Having won a stage of the 2002 Tour de France, Bertogliati is Team Type 1’s biggest signing as it pursues Pro Continental status for 2011. The team is an advocate for those living with type 1 diabetes, as several of its riders have the disease and Bertogliati's move is likely to further raise the profile of the squad. After riding for the likes of Lampre-Daikin, Saunier Duval-Prodir and most recently Androni Giocattoli, his move to the American team is likely to be the 31-year-old's last before retirement.

    "The fact that the team has its goal to show people with diabetes that they can achieve big things gives me additional motivation to get results," said Bertogliai.

    "I am very happy to be part of a young and highly motivated team. I always wanted to combine my sporting career with a significant social purpose, so I am grateful to Team Type 1 for giving me this possibility."

    Team Type 1 Founder and CEO Phil Southerland said the Swiss is a veteran all-rounder who will vie for stage wins while helping the team's younger riders learn the ropes in Europe.

    "Most importantly, he is a great guy, and is motivated for strong results," said Southerland. "We are excited to have the current (and two-time) Swiss national time trial champion on the team, and hopeful that his victories to come will help spread the message of taking control of your diabetes in Switzerland."