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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, January 5, 2012

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January 05, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Taylor Phinney makes donation to Davis Phinney Foundation

    Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 16:47 GMT
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    BMC rider helps raise funds to battle Parkinson's disease

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) has donated $25,000 to help his father’s cause, the Davis Phinney Foundation.

    Phinney made the donation in order to spread awareness of Parkinson’s disease, which his father was diagnosed with in 2000 and has battled since.

    “I’ve started this fundraiser for the month of January. I decided that I would donate 25,000 dollars to the foundation,” Taylor Phinney told Cyclingnews.

    Phinney has set the challenge of asking the public to make smaller donations in a bid to match his pledge.

    “It’s the first significant kind of donation I’ve made to any foundation or any charity. Obviously my dad’s condition impacts me, not only as a person but as a cyclist. So for me to be able to give back in that way is special and I’m grateful to have the ability to make the donation.”

    “Like most people I have a really special relationship with my dad and he’s very much one of my best friends. He’s been a really good role model for me and he’s made sure I was raised properly.”

    “He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 so it’s been almost 12 years now. He was only 41 then so it was fairly early on and it took a long time to accept. Luckily he’s been able to live with it pretty well and that’s the message that he’s spread around the community. He’s really good at inspiring people.

    “He still looks and acts like he’s doing really well, that’s the reality, but of course he still has his struggles every day. Sometimes it’s harder to see than other times and I’ve seen him struggle through a few things and after coming back after such a long break from home you notice prominent changes.

    “He’s still...

  • Ivanov blames Tchmil for Katusha exit

    Serguei Ivanov (Katusha)
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 17:09 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Veteran Russian calls time on his career

    Serguei Ivanov has blamed former Katusha manager Andrei Tchmil for his failure to secure a contract with the team for 2012. The Russian announced that he has called time on his career after Tchmil had told the incoming management that he did not want to continue racing.

    “I did not retire, it was Andrei Tchmil who caused this departure,” Ivanov said, according to Het Nieuwsblad. “It’s said of him that he only has two friends – euro and dollar. He resigned as general manager of Katusha and, without consulting me, he told his successor that I would stop.”

    Tchmil, who is set to run for the presidency of the European Cycling Union, was replaced as general manager of Katusha by former Gerolsteiner supreme Hans-Michael Holczer ahead of the 2012 season.

    At 36 years of age, Ivanov realised that his chances of finding another team at the highest level were limited. “I was hoping to make amends for my average last year,” he said. “But all team rosters are already formed and of course I’m not the youngest.”

    In a 16-year career that also saw him ride for TVM, Fassa Bortolo, T-Mobile and Astana, Ivanov was Russian champion on no fewer than six occasions. He took two stage victories at the Tour de France, in 2001 and 2009, although his relationship with the race was not always a smooth one.

    Ivanov was part of the TVM team that left the 1998 Tour in protest at questioning from French police, while two years later, he failed haematocrit test on the eve of the race and was unable to take part.

    Always a solid performer in the spring classics, Ivanov’s finest spell of one-day form came in his first season with Katusha in 2009, when he...

  • Danielson aiming to race "fearless and free" in 2012

    Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) working hard on a climb.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 18:25 GMT
    By:
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    American will take a less conservative approach after reaching Tour de France goal

    2011 was a breakout year for Tom Danielson. The Garmin-Cervelo rider not only finished on the podium at the Amgen Tour of California, but he backed up a ninth place overall finish in the Tour de Suisse with an even more impressive ninth place finish in his debut Tour de France.

    Tom acknowledges that a Tour ride was a long time coming. "I guess while looking from the outside it has taken me a while to get here. I guess from the inside this year just felt right going into the race. I would have liked to have gone earlier to gain some experience in the event rather than the first time you do it you are contending for GC."

    "It definitely was a full plate for my first Tour, but at the same time I have had some experience. I have done the Vuelta. I have done the Giro. I have had some experience so I wasn't worried about the three weeks, but certainly the intensity of the three weeks was a lot higher than the other races. The level of the race was a lot higher than the other races. When you combine the level with the intensity you just get an incredible event which just happens to last 21 days," adds Danielson.

    Since it's first Tour in 2008, Slipstream Sports has placed at least one rider in the overall top ten, and Danielson's ninth place GC finish in 2011 continued that string of successes. What was the key to that result? "I think consistency was where I shined. I was always consistent in the mountain stages and the time trials. I think that I was in good position a lot of time especially on the flat stages," said Danielson.

    What will Tom be looking on to improve at the 2012 Tour? "Maybe more going with the flow with regards to racing and performance rather than having an expectation and...

  • UnitedHealthcare to ride NeilPryde bikes for 2012

    The familiar blue & white train of UnitedHealthcare bringing their sprinters to the finish
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 20:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    US Pro Continental squad makes switch from Boardman Bikes

    The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has recently announced that NeilPryde will be the squad's bike sponsor for the 2012 season. The US-based Pro Continental team will unveil the 2012 team bikes at its upcoming training camp taking place January 11-13 in Rancho Mirage, California.

    NeilPryde has been involved with elite-level athlete sponsorship since the 1970s in the sport of windsurfing, where its products have earned more than 40 world championships, and launched its bike line in 2010.

    "The NeilPryde line of bikes was established in 2010 in collaboration with BMW Group Designworks USA as its design partner," said Neil Pryde, founder of Neil Pryde Limited. "It was designed with racing in mind and we are very proud to be the official frame and fork sponsor of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team."

    After spending the 2011 season, the team's first year at the Pro Continental level, on Boardman Bikes, UnitedHealthcare directeur sportif Mike Tamayo commented on the equipment which will be used in the upcoming season.

    "Our athletes will be riding the Diablo model, their carbon flagship," said Tamayo. "The carbon frame is a perfect match for the various terrains that UnitedHealthcare will have to tackle in 2012. The Diablo offers stiffness for acceleration while remaining lightweight. More exciting will be the Exoskeleton technology (proprietary to NeilPryde) that improves the lateral stiffness; in turn making it an amazing cornering machine."

    The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team makes its 2012 racing debut at Argentina's Tour de San Luis, January 23-29. The team will then open its European campaign in Portugal at the Volta ao Algarve, February 15-19.

  • Video: David Brailsford on his twin challenge in 2012

    British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 20:18 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Team Sky and Team GB boss chats exclusively to Cyclingnews

    Team Sky held their first media day of the New Year in Middlesex today, team boss David Brailsford and star riders Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish taking a break from their training camp in Majorca to speak to the press ahead of what promises to be one of the biggest years ever for both Team Sky and Team GB, with the Olympics and the Tour de France very much on everyone's mind.

    In the first of our exclusive two-part chat, Brailsford talks to Cyclingnews about how the aforementioned training camp is going and about juggling two of the most high-profile and high-pressure jobs in British cycling.

     

  • Specialized takes Volagi to court over Liscio bike

    BikeRadar Gallery Do you like this gallery? Share Specialized take Volagi to court over Liscio bike 1 of 1 ZoomSpecialized claim the Volagi Liscio incorporates elements of their own Roubaix design Specialized claim the Volagi Liscio incorporates elements of their own Roubaix design
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    January 04, 2012, 20:39 GMT
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    BikeRadar

    Company claims trade secrets were stolen

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

    Specialized is taking start-up bike company Volagi to court, claiming that the brand's co-founders stole trade secrets from them, according to Silicon Valley website Mercury News.

    Robert Choi and Barley Forsman both worked at Specialized before leaving in 2010 to set up Volagi. They currently produce a single bike, the Liscio, a disc-brake-equipped endurance road bike, which we reviewed last year. It's this that's the focus of the Morgan Hill-based company's ire.

    In court papers seen by Mercury News, Specialized claim the Liscio has been designed as a rival to their popular Roubaix and that Choi and Forsman stole secrets to start a competing company while still in their employment.

    The pair, who both worked in the equipment rather than bike design part of the business, deny the claims and say the lawsuit, which was filed last year, is an attempt by a large company to wipe out a competitor.

    The trial is due to begin this week at Santa Clara County Superior Court in California and is expected to last a fortnight. Specialized are calling for Volagi to pay substantial damages and relinquish the patents to their bike designs. Judges have rejected attempts to stop sales of the Liscio.

    Speaking to VeloNews, Choi said he was surprised the dispute had reached this stage. “We really thought we had a better idea, we had a unique idea about a marketplace that they weren’t really serving," he said. "We designed a bike ideally...

  • Kiwi National team confirmed for New Zealand Cycle Classic

    The men's team pursuit combination (from left) Jesse Sergent, Marc Ryan, Sam Bewley and Aaron Gate.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 23:00 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Riders to use event as warm-up for Olympic bid

    New Zealand track riders lining up for selection at the London Olympic Games later this year have been chosen in a national team for the NZ road cycling classic in the Manawatu, which starts on January 25.

    Pursuiters Sam Bewley, Mark Ryan and Aaron Gate, who are promising to be among the medallists in London, have been named alongside world champion omnium silver medallist Shane Archbold, and time trialist Myron Simpson. With race director Jorge Sandoval being forced by the long-term closure of the Manawatu Gorge to eliminate the planned tough hill climbing stages from the five-day tour the shorter, flatter terrain the event will now be contested over will better suit a number of the national team members.

    They will be expected to feature in the anticipated sprint finishes at the end of most stages.

    While a number of New Zealand’s elite riders cannot compete because of their commitments to their Pro Tour teams, including last year’s classic winner, George Bennett, of Nelson, who now rides for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek alongside Hayden Roulston and Jesse Sergent, the country’s depth is reflected among the other team entries.

    A late addition from Australia is its newest professional team, Jayco-2XU. It will be managed by two-time Olympian Patrick Jonker, who in a distinguished career contested the Tour de France on five occasions in the 1990s, and rode in the 1989 NZ classic around the roads of Hutt Valley and Wellington.

    For the first time the NZ classic will be raced in the Manawatu region, from January 25 to 29.

  • Criteriums kick off Mars Cycling Australia road championships

    Bike Bug rider Anthony Giacoppo celebrates over the line.
    Article published:
    January 05, 2012, 3:00 GMT
    By:
    Alex Hinds

    Domestic managers offer their thoughts

    With the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic now behind us, Australian riders are now looking toward their next big objective, the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships held in Ballarat.

    GreenEdge were able to take out overall wins in both women and men's events at the 2012 Bay crits through strength of numbers, but with the team placing a heavier focus on the road race, the team will field only two riders in the elite men's event set to be held this evening, opening the race up to a surprise winner.

    Cyclingnews spoke to Genesys, Drapac and GPM-Wilson racing about the possibility of an upset.

    Andrew Christie-Johnson, Genesys DS

    "At the end of the day the road race is a massive focus for [GreenEdge]. I didn't expect them to field any riders for the criterium, but they do have two guys in McEwen, and Cooke.

    "At Bay Crits they had nine guys, and they made it really tough for us - but they still didn't win a stage. Here they'll be only two guys plus Renshaw, and that'll make it a lot easier to isolate them. We want to avoid a sprint with someone like Renshaw if we can.

    "We're aware that this our biggest chance for a national title and I think with the form that some of the guys are carrying we can't be overlooked."

    Former riders

    "Of course with riders like Steele [Von Hoff] and Will [Clarke] who the team has been involved with previously we won't be chasing them down if they're up the road. But more than anything we'd prefer to have a Genesys rider up there. That's the ideal situation."

    Genesys Wealth Advisers team for elite criterium: Anthony Giacoppo, Pat Shaw, Joel Pearson, Nic Sanderson, Jono Lovelock, Unofficial: Steele Von Hoff (formerly Genesys), Will Clarke (formerly Praties). Kane Walker out through injury.

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