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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 20, 2011

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October 20, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Martin happy with 2012 Tour parcours

    The elite men's time trial podium: Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara
    Article published:
    October 19, 2011, 18:07 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Aldag sees World time trial champ in yellow for the first week

    Tony Martin couldn't be happier with the course for the 2012 Tour de France. With its many time trial kilometers and few high mountains, it fits his strengths perfectly.

    “Two long individual time trials and a relatively long prologue – that is optimal and motivates me a lot,” he told the dapd news agency. 

    “I will look at the stage plan and go into the Tour without pressure. My big goal for the year is gold in the time trial in London, but I certainly won't voluntarily give up time in the Tour.”

    If Martin should win the prologue, he would probably be able to retain the leader's yellow jersey for the first full week.

    “On the flat stages, Tony should not, must not, may not fall behind,” said Rolf Aldag, his sport director at HTC-Highroad, to the SID news agency. Aldag will continue to serve as an advisor to the world time trial champion, who next year will ride for Omega Pharma-Quickstep.

    Martin's major goal next year is the Olympic time trial, but he would not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity to wear the yellow jersey for the first time. However, the question of whether he would ride the Tour to the end is still unsettled, and to a certain extent depends up on his time trial rivals.

    “If they leave the race early, then Tony would endanger his Olympics if he continues on,” Aldag said.

  • 2012 Etape du Tour details released

    Profile of Etape du Tour act 1
    Article published:
    October 19, 2011, 19:55 BST
    By:
    Daniel Simms

    Registration opens November 17

    After unveiling the 2012 Tour de France route earlier this week, race organiser ASO has moved swiftly to announce the two stages which will play host to next summer’s Etape du Tour.

    Part I is for fans of the Alps, who'll be able to take in stage 11’s 139.5km passage from Albertville to La Toussuire. It features famous Tour passes such as the Col de la Madeleine, Col du Glandon and Col de la Croix-de-Fer.

    Part II will take place in the Pyrenees and stage 16’s 196.5km route from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon, taking riders over the Col d’Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Col de Peyresourde. Registration opens on 17 November on the official website.

    Also returning in 2012 is the Paris-Roubaix Challenge. Unlike this year’s event, which was held a day before the pro race and marred by difficulties, next spring’s event will take place the weekend before. Riders will experience the Trouée d'Arenberg before finishing in the Roubaix velodrome. Registration opens on 15 November here.

    The Liège-Bastogne-Liège Cyclo will also continue in 2012. No route details have yet been released but registration will open some time in November

    2012 ASO sportif schedule

    Paris Roubaix Challenge - April 1, 2012
    Liège-Bastonne-Liège Cyclo - April 21, 2012
    Etape du Tour Part I - July 8, 2012
    Etape du Tour Part II - July 14, 2012

  • Canadian Papillon suspended for EPO

    The U23 men's podium (l-r):Jesse Reams, Arnaud Papillon and David Boily.
    Article published:
    October 19, 2011, 21:23 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former under 23 national champion admits to doping

    2010 Canadian under 23 road champion Arnaud Papillon was given a two-year suspension by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) after admitting to doping, it was announced today.

    The CCES stated that two of Papillon's samples from this year's Canadian Championships, one taken during competition and one outside competition, were found positive for EPO. Papillon took second in the espoir category in the men's road race.

    Papillon immediately accepted his sanction, waving his right to a hearing, and made a public statement to Guy Maguire at Veloptimum,  admitting to doping and apologising for his actions.

    "I admit having done something unacceptable and I regret it. I apologize for the disappointment that I cause to those who trusted me, including my family, my coach and my team," Papillon wrote.

    "I want to say that recently that doping has taken place in my life. After many disappointments, I had almost given up everything. I tried to redirect my life but my love for the sport was bigger. After multiple personal confrontations with ethics, I faltered. I will live with it and learn from the results for the rest of my life."

    "Cycling has changed not only the athlete I am and I will always be, but the person I am. With strong values instilled in me the sport, and the unfortunate experience that I have to live with, I finally leave competition and begin another chapter of my life with the support of my family and my loved ones.

    "I wish good luck to all my former teammates and competitors. Cycling requires a self-transcendence which has no place for artificial glory. I beg you not to take this path."

    Papillon began his climb to cycling's elite...

  • Video: Cadel Evans on BMC's Tour de France defence

    2011 Tour champion Cadel Evans was dressed to the nines for the 2012 route presentation.
    Article published:
    October 19, 2011, 23:04 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Defending champion to work with Hushovd and Gilbert

    At his first Tour de France presentation as defending champion, Cadel Evans (BMC) was a man in demand as the media formed a scrum around the Australian once the route had been presented.

    Evans won the 2011 race through a mixture of strong team support, smart tactics and unmatchable form. The 2012 course appears ideal for him with almost 100 kilometers of time trialing and an absence of collective summit finishes – although he has proved more than capable when the terrain points the sky.

    Next year he will be joined by Philippe Gilbert and Thor Hushovd at BMC and while speculation within the media surrounds how the three leaders will split Tour objectives between them Evans is confident that they can work together.

    Yet yellow at the Tour will remain the team’s primary objective for this season and in this video Evans talks about return to France to defend his crown and the strength in depth that his team now posses.

     

  • Tanner's long but fruitful season set to end with Japan Cup

    David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Sungard)
    Article published:
    October 20, 2011, 0:00 BST
    By:
    Jane Aubrey

    Saxo Bank-SunGard all-rounder chasing Giro start in 2012

    Starting on January 2, David Tanner's season has been a long one given the Saxo Bank-SunGard rider still has next week's Japan Cup to go, although it's one that the talented 27-year-old Australian is glad to have got under his belt.

    "It has really dragged out," Tanner told Cyclingnews. "I started at the Bay Series because I felt I needed to get some kind of racing in before Tour Down Under because I didn't feel fit enough and then from Down Under it was fairly heavy until I broke my elbow.

    "To finish so late is good in a way because I've had 10 days of racing in October with Beijing and then Sun Tour which for me was serious racing. Heading into Tokyo I haven't ridden my bike and then if the legs are there, they're there and if they're not then you can't really do much about it."

    Tanner's first year with Saxo Bank-SunGard, his debut with a ProTour team which has been a long time in the making, has had as many ups and downs as his favoured races in the Ardennes, but the all-rounder is philosophical saying, "everything happens for a reason."

    A broken elbow 25 kilometres from the finish line on the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, and then a broken rib for Milan-San Remo meant he couldn't ride to full capacity – although Tanner believes that without such misfortunes, he wouldn't have found his recent late-season form. If there's been two key moments for Tanner in 2011, it was at the Ster ZLM Toer in June and then at the GP de Wallonie in September.

    On stage four of the Dutch race, Tanner was part of a seven-man breakaway group which clung to the wheels of Philippe Gilbert (Omega...

  • Sky hold onto Swift, Stannard and Kennaugh

    Team Sky spent a lot of time at the front.
    Article published:
    October 20, 2011, 10:02 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    British trio re-sign with Brailsford

    Team Sky has announced that Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Peter Kennaugh have all re-signed for 2012. The former Olympic Academy trio formed part of Sky’s backbone in the team’s debut season in 2010.

    Swift has been the most successful in terms of wins, picking up five this season including two wins in the Tour Down Under, and a stage each in the Tour of California and Tour de Romandie. Stannard, on the other hand, took his first professional win this season at the Tour of Austria, but has become one of the team’s strongest Classics riders.

    ““I’ve learned so much from my first two seasons with Team Sky and am excited about what the future holds now I have signed this new deal,” Stannard said.

    “The Classics are where I want to specialise so I will be working hard to try and hit the ground running next spring. For the rest of next season I’m happy riding on the front and getting involved in the lead-outs, and if I can get in a few breakaways along the way then hopefully there could be some more victories to come.”

    Next year Swift will form part of Mark Cavendish’s leadout train, but will be hoping to have the continued support of the team in order to take his own opportunities in races.

    “I’m delighted with the way things have gone over the last two years and am over the moon to have signed this new contract,” he said.
    “The support the team have given me both on and off the bike has been absolutely fantastic and I just hope I can keep progressing now and win more bike races.”


     

  • Voeckler will retain same philosophy ahead of 2012 Tour de France

    Cadel Evans, Thomas Voeckler and Mark Cavendish in attendance at the 2012 Tour presentation.
    Article published:
    October 20, 2011, 10:42 BST
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Frenchman pleased with varied route

    Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) is adamant that his philosophy will not change ahead of the 2012 Tour de France in spite of his surprising fourth place finish in the race last July. The Frenchman explained that he is determined to be competitive throughout the season and noted that the Tour’s increased time trial mileage will not unduly alter his approach.

    “It’s true that the time trialling has increased, so maybe I’ll have to work a bit more on it than in the last few years,” Voeckler said at the route presentation in Paris. “That said, I think it would be a mistake if I changed my cycling philosophy too much. My philosophy is to race the season in its entirety.

    “I love cycling in general and not just the Tour de France, so I’m not going to focus my year on the Tour de France under the pretext that there are two time trials, and just cross off the other races.”

    Voeckler wore the yellow jersey for ten days during this year’s Tour, and only ceded the overall lead two days from Paris. In spite of that stirring showing, the 32-year-old admitted that a repeat performance would be a big ask.

    “I don’t know if ambition is the word to use, but I’ll certainly go with more confidence,” he said. “It would be a bit out of place really for me to aim for the podium or something. To be honest, to come fourth in the Tour was extraordinary, I didn’t think I was capable.

    “I had never finished in the top ten of a grand tour in my career before, so I’m keeping things in perspective. I’m motivated to do the best placing I can in the general classification but I won’t be in a depression if I’m not in the top ten in Paris.”

    A by-product of Voeckler’s

  • Video: Peiper on Garmin's Tour de France hopes

    Allan Peiper
    Article published:
    October 20, 2011, 12:15 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Australian believes the route suits Cadel Evans

    Allan Peiper hopes to build on Garmin’s 2011 Tour de France success next year and is confident that the team can benefit from the route of the 2012 edition of the race.

    The team had their best Tour to date in 2011, winning four stages and wearing the yellow jersey for several days. They also placed a rider in the top ten on GC walked away with the team prize.

    Peiper, a recruit from the defunct HTC-Highroad squad, will be looking to improve on the team’s successes, bringing with him several years of experience as one of the sport’s most respected directors.

    At the Tour presentation on Tuesday the Australian added that the team would look to capitalise on their sprinting prowess in the first week, with both Heinrich Haussler and Tyler Farrar both mentioned as candidates for stage wins. The team have strengthened their sprint train, re-signing Robbie Hunter from RadioShack and picking up Koldo Fernandez from Euskaltel-Euskadi.

    However, Peiper correctly added that with no sprint time bonuses on offer, the winner of the prologue in Liege could conceivably wear the yellow jersey for the first 8 stages.

    Peiper also commented on the team’s other aspirations, talking about GC contenders Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson. Another rider Peiper brought up was Dan Martin. The Irish climber was in the running for a Tour de France spot this year but missed out in spite of a strong run of form in June.

    Martin rode the Vuelta instead, winning a stage and finishing in the top 15 on GC. Now in the top ten in the world, he has become one of Garmin’s integral performers and Peiper added that although the route may not suit his GC aspirations, he could be a contender for both stages wins and the...