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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, November 10, 2011

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November 10, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Contador heads stellar line up for 2012 Tour de San Luis

    Alberto Contador and the Giro d'Italia trophy
    Article published:
    November 09, 2011, 13:05 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Nibali and five ProTour teams set for Argentina

    Spanish superstar Alberto Contador will reportedly be the biggest draw at the 2012 Tour de San Luis in Argentina, according to BiciCiclismo. Contador, one of only five men in history to win the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana, is to be joined on the start line by 2010 Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali.

    In what represents a major coup for the event organisers, five UCI ProTour teams are set to be represented in the race, which takes place in the central region of San Luis from January 23-29. In addition to Liquigas-Canondale (Nibali) and Saxo Bank Sungard (Contador), Movistar Team, AG2R La Mondiale and Quick Step are also set to send their riders there.

    Contador is currently awaiting a CAS hearing into his positive test for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, where he secured his third victory in the race. The hearing is scheduled for November 21-24 and if he is cleared then this season's Giro d'Italia winner will be free to start his season in Argentina for the first time. Italy's Nibali is no stranger to the Tour de San Luis, having won the race in 2010.

  • Gilbert: Road World Championships "biggest target" for 2012

    Grand Prix de Wallonie winner Philippe Gilbert takes in the applause.
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    November 09, 2011, 15:46 GMT
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    Cycling News

    King of the Classics ready for challenges of Sagan and Valverde

    Having won almost all of the most prestigious one-day races, Philippe Gilbert has made victory at the 2012 Road World Championships in Holland his main goal for next season. “The Worlds are my biggest target,” the winner of the 2011 Velo d'Or told the German version of Eurosport. “To wear the rainbow jersey for one year is something special. If I had a choice, I would like to fulfil this dream.”

    This year, at Copenhagen, Gilbert was thought to be a leading contender but finished 17th in the bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish. In 2010, after a breakaway in the finish, he was 18th, in another sprint captured by Thor Hushovd. Gilbert's best results in the Road World Championships are sixth place in 2009, in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and a eighth place in 2007, in Stuttgart.

    The 2012 course seems more suitable to Gilbert than in the last two years, especially in light of his recent successes at the Amstel Gold Race - the Ardennes Classic staged in Holland that the Belgian has won for the last two years. Asked about the pressure he will face before the Road World Championships next year, Gilbert says: “It is certainly a downside, but I can't do anything. I am always announced like one of the favourites, even when I am not fit at that time. I have to live with this pressure. It's is also a beautiful challenge.”

    One of Gilbert's other main goals for next season will be repeat success in the other Ardennes Classics, La Fleche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Gilbert raced to a clean sweep of all three of them last season, becoming only the second rider in history to achieve that feat. About Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders, two spring one-day events currently absent from his palmarès, he says: “I use to start with a...

  • Sørensen says 2011 was best season ever

    Saxo Bank rider Chris Anker Sörensen finished well down the standings
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    November 09, 2011, 16:55 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Dane satisfied with self, team and fatherhood

    Chris Anker Sørensen didn't have any victories this season, but he still considered it his “best season ever”. The Saxo Bank-SunGard rider was pleased with his performances not only in supporting captain Alberto Contador but also when he was able to ride for himself.

    “I have kept my basic level high throughout the season without having experienced a big decline, and I am really happy and really satisfied with that,” he told the Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

    “In other years I have had good victories, but in strength, this is my best season so far. I've never before been able to stay with the favorites up the climbs. You can also see on the world rankings that I have had a good season. I've never been so high up.”  He finished 59th on the UCI's WorldTour ranking.

    In 2012, he is especially looking to help Alberto Contador win the Tour de France. “I have ridden the Tour three times and now I would like to ride on to the Champs Elysees on the same team as the man in the yellow jersey.”

    He dismissed criticism that this year's Saxo Bank-SunGard team wasn't strong enough to adequately support Contador, who finished fifth overall.  “I think we had a really good team. The plan was that we should be strong in the mountains, and we were.”

    Sørensen's sporting highlights of the season included his sixth place at Liège - Bastogne - Liège, the mountains jersey at the Tour de Romandie, and his twelfth place overall at the Vuelta a España.

    But without doubt his ultimate highlight came during the Tour of Denmark, with the birth of his daughter, Lark.  After one stage he rushed back to Copenhagen for the...

  • Video: Campagnolo's new electronic EPS groups in action

    Overall shape for Campagnolo's new Record EPS and Super Record EPS levers is virtually identical to the standard Ergopower units.
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    November 09, 2011, 18:11 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Shifting accuracy and reliability with tactile, audible feedback

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

    Decades in the making, the wait is now over as Campagnolo revealed two electronic groups yesterday: Super Record EPS and Record EPS. As much a technological marvel as work of exquisite sculpture rendered in carbon fiber, the electronic groups have shown that Campagnolo is still a force to be reckoned with for professional level componentry and innovation.

    Not only did Cyclingnews' tech editor James Huang attend the product launch for Campagnolo's Super Record EPS and Record EPS, but he was able to suit up and take a ride on an electronic transmission-equipped Pinarello.

    Enjoy the videos from James' initial experience with the groupset.

     

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  • Univest ends race sponsorship after 14 years

    The 2011 Univest Grand Prix Criterium winner, Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies).
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    November 09, 2011, 20:40 GMT
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    Laura Weislo

    Grand Prix to continue in 2012

    Organisers of the Univest Grand Prix announced today that the title sponsorship by Univest Corporation, a financial services company, will end after a 14-year run.

    A press release stated that, because of the economic downturn, Univest has decided to focus its efforts on helping non-profits in the area rather than continue to fund the two-day race in Souderton and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

    Race promoter John Eustice explained that Univest is a strong supporter of the race's host community, and saw a bigger need helping out those who have been hard-hit by the economy.

    "It was rather sudden," Eustice told Cyclingnews, "but 14 years [of support] is an heroic effort on the part of any cycling sponsor. They've helped us build the race to a certain size and it's become a very nice race."

    He is currently in negotiations with a number of potential replacement sponsors, and said he is determined to continue the race, keeping it on both the UCI and USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar.

    "We had 20,000 people [watching the race] in Doylestown, it's a strong cycling community. I'm quite confident we will pull it together."

    The race is scheduled for September 15 and 16, 2012, and while Eustice wasn't aware of any UCI-imposed deadline to secure sponsorship, he said that he will need to finalise the race details by March.

    He added that the Cyclosportif 100km recreational ride, an early innovation of the promotion, will remain a strong and vital component of the two-day event.

    "Community participation is what makes this race so special," Eustice said in a press release. "Thousands of people have consistently joined together to open their homes to the teams, volunteer on the race courses, come out to spectate or ride the Cyclosportif. Not to be forgotten are the sponsors, police, mayors and civic authorities who worked in common cause...

  • Gustov stays with Saxo Bank-SunGard one more year

    Volodymir Gustov (Cervelo Test Team)
    Article published:
    November 09, 2011, 23:30 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Ukrainian veteran a valued domestique

    Volodymir Gustov has signed up for another year with Saxo Bank-SunGard. It had been earlier reported in the Danish media that he would not be offered a new contract for the coming season, however the Ukrainian seems to have done enough to stay with Riis' squad.

    "Volodymir is one of the most loyal and reliable domestiques in the peloton. He is an all rounder with solid climbing skills and he brings a lot of experience,” said team owner Bjarne Riis. “On top of that he has a lot team spirit and is well liked by his teammates, so I'm pleased we have reached a new agreement for next year.”

    Gustov, 34, re-joined Saxo Bank-SunGard this year after two seasons with the Cervelo Test Team. He had previously ridden for the-then Team CSC from 2006 to 2008. The Ukrainian turned pro in 2000 with Fassa Bortolo.

    He rode both the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d'Italia this year, with the team saying he “played an important role in Alberto Contador's overall victory” in the latter race.

    "I have had many great experiences with this team over the years, so for me to be able to stay here just makes me very happy. I like the setup, I like working with Bjarne Riis and the staff and simply enjoy the atmosphere here," Gustov said.

    Gustov is the second signing announced by Saxo Bank-Sungard this week, with the earlier news that Jonathan Cantwell would be joining the team from V Australia.

  • GreenEdge recruit Teklehaymanot stars in African Championships

    Daniel Teklehaymanot (Centre Mondial du Cyclisme).
    Article published:
    November 10, 2011, 1:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Neo pro celebrates 24th birthday in style to help Eritrea to team time trial title defence

    Daniel Teklehaymanot, along with teammates Natnael Berhane, Freqalsi Abrha, and Jani Tewelde Weldegaber led Eritrea to victory in the opening day team trial of the Asmara hosted African Continental championships.

    Eritrea finished the 36 kilometre team time trial at an average speed of 50.7 km/h. Next best was South Africa who included Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage winner Janse Van Rensburg among others.

    Teklehaymanot, who is set to join GreenEdge for the 2012 season, is the Eritrean national time trial champion, and reigning African continental champion in both the road race and time trial. He was crucial to Eritrea's performance in the team time trial, taking big turns on the front to keep the pace high throughout.

    World Tour hopefuls GreenEdge have plenty of faith in Teklehaymanot with general manager Shayne Bannan earlier in the year saying that the Eritrean is a hot prospect for the future.

    "We know is he’s a big talent who has shown a real desire for success and we intend on giving him all the support necessary to fulfil his potential."

    Making the result that much sweeter, Teklehaymanot also turned 24 today.

    The African Continental Championships continue on Friday with the individual time trials.

  • Bos to go under the knife on Monday

    Theo Bos claimed he is still has a lot to learn about sprinting
    Article published:
    November 10, 2011, 3:10 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former world track champion still eyeing possibility of Olympic road race

    Theo Bos (Rabobank) has explained that the decision to give up on his Olympic Track hopes for next year was a matter of practicalities in an interview with NUSport.nl.

    Bos has been diagnosed with a problem with his Iliac artery which has caused pain to his left leg whenever he has exerted high pressure on it. He will go under the knife on Monday to hopefully alleviate the problem and will then have to completely immobilise his leg for six weeks. He can begin to return to light activity after that.

    "It's been like riding with only one leg," Bos said. "Lately things have been getting worse, and that made me rethink the idea that I could try and put off the operation till after the London Olympics."

    The former track world champion said that trying to continue on would come at too great a sacrifice to his 2011 road season, but did add that riding with the Dutch team in the Olympic road race could still be an option.

    "Of course it's disappointing but trying to ride more than half the road season with the injury would have been a disaster. I wouldn't have been able to do my job for Rabobank, and so the decision was inevitable. 

     

    "The omnium is an event where I believe I could have excelled. And I might be 100 per cent in August, but the Olympic qualification events come well before that, and I wouldn't have been at my best at that point. With this type of operation you don't want to rush the recovery.

    "There is still the possibility to be selected for the Dutch team for the road race, but I'm not counting on it. My main goal is the Giro next year."

    Bos has never won a gold medal at an Olympic event, coming closest in 2004 in Athens where he picked up silver in the sprint.