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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Pauwels, Barry to join Team Sky

    Serge Pauwels (Cervélo TestTeam) in action during the 2009 Giro d'Italia.
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    October 28, 2009, 18:49 GMT
    Daniel Simms

    Team to announce transfers tomorrow

    Belgium's Serge Pauwels and Canada's Michael Barry will join Britain's Team Sky for next season, according to sources close to the team. The pair are the latest riders to be linked to the new British ProTour team, in addition to Australia's Chris Sutton.

    Pauwels, 25, turned professional in 2006 with Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen and remained on the team through 2008. This season, the Belgian rode for UCI Pro Continental team Cervélo TestTeam. He caught the attention of the cycling world at this year's Giro d'Italia, where he proved to be a valuable mountain domestique for captain Carlos Sastre.

    Canadian Michael Barry was not confirmed as part of the Columbia-HTC team's 2010 roster in September. He announced after the Tour of Missouri that he would change teams in 2010, and had been heavily rumoured to be moving across to Team Sky.

    Barry, 33, turned professional in 1999 with Saturn and remained on the American team through 2001. From 2002 to 2006 the Canadian rode for the US Postal/Discovery Channel squad and then moved to T-Mobile in 2007. For 2008 and 2009 Barry rode for American ProTour team Columbia-HTC.

    The veteran Canadian pro won a stage in the 2008 Tour of Missouri and the 2005 Tour of Austria. Barry has also been part of winning team time trial squads at the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a...

  • Friedman beefs up Jelly Belly roster

    Michael Friedman was delighted with his scratch race win in the Beijing World Cup.
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    October 28, 2009, 20:04 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    Domestic squad confirms transfer from Garmin-Slipstream

    Mike Friedman will captain a nine-man roster with the American-based Continental team Jelly Belly in 2010. Known by the nickname ‘meatball', Friedman brings a wealth of experience to the squad after five years of development with the now ProTour team Garmin-Slipstream.

    "Mike brings a lot to the team," said Danny van Haute, Jelly Belly's directeur sportif. "He will be a leader. He is a leader, on and off the bike. He will tell it how it is and that's what we were lacking. We didn't have anyone who wanted to be the captain of the team before."

    Friedman started with the TIAA-CREF team in 2005 and progressed with the squad as it transformed from Slipstream-Chipotle into the ProTour team Garmin-Slipstream. "He called me in August and he wasn't sure what he was going to do," he continued. "We finalized everything at Missouri. He is a great addition to the team and it will be fun seeing him back in the USA again."

    The nine-man roster also includes four new signings with former Irish National Time Trial Champion, David McCann, Jonathan Chodroff from OUCH p/b Maxxis and Sean Marvich from the Under 23 Waste Management team. Returning riders include Brad Huff, Jeremy Powers, Will Routley, Kiel Reijnen and Bernard Van Ulden.

    McCann is no stranger to competing on the National Racing Calendar, having competed for the Colavita-Sutter Home team in 2008 before moving on to Ride Sport Racing/Prime Estate in 2009. "Jelly Belly was lacking a time trialist and a climber, GC guy and I know we will rely on David McCann for that."

    The candy company Jelly Belly returns as the team's title sponsor along with new presenting sponsor Kenda Tire. Both sponsors have locked in a three-year term with the team, which is in it's seventh season as a UCI-registered squad. Supporting sponsors include Focus bikes, a German-based company, Gatorade and Rudy Project, all on board for two years.

    "I think they just like our organizations and...

  • Cruz signs with Rock Racing for 2010

    Tony Cruz has signed with Rock Racing for the 2010 season.
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    October 28, 2009, 20:12 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Former national crit champion wants another title in his final season

    Entering his 12th and final year as a professional, Tony Cruz has signed with Rock Racing for the 2010 season. Cruz has spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons riding for US Professional Continental team BMC Racing but the 37-year-old Long Beach, California native opted to leave the squad as it shifts to a European focus for 2010.

    "With BMC, they're stepping it up and I think all of the riders are moving to Europe next year," Cruz told Cyclingnews. "I did six or seven years of that [with US Postal and Discovery Channel] and I'm coming back more to US racing."

    "It was too much of a commitment for me for one year and with my wife and three kids it was going to be difficult to manage. I'll be 38 on Halloween this year and I'm not getting any younger. I've got a lot on my plate - I'm working for the city of Long Beach as their bicycle ambassador and that's got me pretty busy.

    "I guess I needed to figure out a way to transition from pro cycling to a post-cycling career. There's a lot of things to look forward to and I think now's a good time to make that transition. I only planned on doing one more year of racing and I needed to be closer to home more."

    Rock Racing will provide Cruz an opportunity to race internationally in his final year as a pro while still enabling him to reside and train at home. "I'll definitely be racing out of the country, but I won't have to base myself out of Europe," said Cruz. "I can still live here in Long Beach and fly in and out."

    Cruz, a veteran of both the Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia while racing for US Postal and Discovery Channel, including Paolo Savoldelli's 2005 Giro victory, wanted to compete at least once in the Tour de France before he retired, but he didn't think that opportunity would occur in 2010 with BMC Racing.

    "I don't think that's going to happen next year and that's another thing that I had to consider," said Cruz. "I think they can do the Giro or...

  • Zabel named to UCI's ProTour Council

    German Erik Zabel
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    October 29, 2009, 9:45 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    German sprinter to help guide ProTour

    Erik Zabel has been named to the ProTour Council of the International Cycling Union (UCI). He replaces Rudolf Scharping, President of the German cycling federation. The Council manages the ProTour.

    The council has 12 members, including a president, two members representing the riders, two representing race organisers, two representing the teams and the remaining five nominated by the UCI. Zabel belongs to the latter group.

    Zabel, 39, retired at the end of 2008 following a 16-year professional career. He rode for Telekom/T-Mobile from 1993 to 2005, and for Team Milram from 2006 to 2008. He brought in over 200 victories, including six consecutive green jerseys at the Tour de France, 12 Tour de France stage wins and four wins in Milano-Sanremo. This year he is working as a consultant to Team Columbia-HTC.

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  • Astana says Contador will stay for 2010

    What jersey will Alberto Contador be wearing in 2010?
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    October 29, 2009, 10:20 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Licence delays due only to technical problems, team says

    Alberto Contador will  ride for Team Astana in the 2010 season, according to a spokesman from the Kazakh Cycling Federation. The Tour de France winner, who has a contract with the team for the coming year, was rumoured to be leaving the team due to questions about it financial stability, with Garmin, Quick Step and Caisse d'Epargne all believed to be interested in the Spaniard's signature.

    “We have absolutely no problems with Alberto Contador, and he will compete with Astana next season,” Kazakh Cycling Federation deputy president Nikolai Proskurin told the AP news agency.

    Last week it was announced that the team had not fulfilled its filing obligations for renewal of its ProTour licence for 2010. The UCI confirmed that under its regulations, this would allow Contador to break his contract and leave the team.

    “Certain people, it is unclear who, have completely dreamed this up, but there has been no occasion on which he has made an official statement on this issue,” Proskurin said.

    Proskurin added that the delays in the licence renewal were due only to technical problems, and that all documentation has now been submitted. “The issue is simply that we need to provide additional documents because we have changed our sponsors,” he said.

    The team's new exclusive sponsor through 2012 is Samruk-Kazyna, a state holding company which includes oil and gas company Kasmunaigas and the national airline, Air Astana.

    Contador, 26, won this year's Tour de France with his Astana teammate Lance Armstrong finishing third. Armstrong and sport director Johan Bruyneel have already left Astana to form a new team, Team RadioShack.

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  • Columbia tops team win list again in 2009

    Team Columbia-HTC
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    October 29, 2009, 11:33 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Overwhelming lead with 86 season victories

    The Columbia-HTC men brought in 86 victories on the 2009 season, the most wins of any other ProTour team for the second consecutive year, and one more than 2008. The wins came from 15 different riders and were scored from January to October.

    "2009 proved to be an outstanding year for Columbia-HTC," said team owner Bob Stapleton. "We had ambitious goals with this international team of young riders, and we exceeded even our own expectations.”

    The successful season opened with Michael Rogers winning the Australian national time trial title on January 8, and closed with Marco Pinotti winning the Città di Stressa time trial on October 18.

    The team won 17 Grand Tour stages, six each at the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, and five at the Vuelta a España. The first Grand Tour stage win of the season for the team was the team time trial opener at the Giro, and the remaining 16 stages were won by five riders. Sprinter Mark Cavendish won nine stages and sprinter André Greipel took four.

    One-day race wins included the prestigious Milano-Sanremo, Gent-Wevelgem, Paris-Bourges and Eroica Classics.

    Columbia also won six of the eight stages of the Tour de Suisse. It won stages at the Tours of Britain, Missouri, Poland, Austria, Qatar, California, País Vasco, Murcia and Romandie, as well as in the Ster Elektrotoer, Bayern Rundfahrt, and the Three Days of De Panne. It claimed three overall stage race titles: Tour of Britain, Eneco Tour and Österreich Rundfahrt.

    Greipel won the green jersey in the Vuelta a España. The team also held various jerseys during the three Grand Tours, including the leaders' jerseys at the Giro and Vuelta. It could also boast of seven national time trial champions and one national road champion.

    “These are fantastic accomplishments, but it's the exemplary teamwork demonstrated by our athletes and staff that we are most proud of," said...

  • Katusha starts season early in Italy

    Mikhail Ignatiev (Katusha)
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    October 29, 2009, 12:39 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Russian team meets informally ahead of 2010 season, Tour Down Under

    Russia's team Katusha is in Desenzano, Italy, this week for an informal meeting ahead of the 2010 season. It is a chance for the new riders and staff to get to know one another, according to Director Sportif Serge Parsani

    "The riders are not even going out on rides," Parsani told Cyclingnews. "For example, the riders played a game of football yesterday."

    The complete 2010 team is in Desenzano, along Lago di Garda, including new signees Kim Kirchen and Joaquím Rodríguez.

    "We are taking photos for next year, performing tests, talking about next year's race schedules and handing out clothing," continued Parsani.

    The camp started Monday and ends tomorrow.

    Katusha will begin its 2010 season at the Tour Down Under, January 19 to 24. It will meet again for another training camp, likely in southern Italy, at the start of the year.

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  • The Cyclingnews guide to North American team transfers

    The Rock Racing team happy at the end of a long hard week.
    Article published:
    November 04, 2009, 17:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Transfers in US and Canadian teams

    The racing season may be all but over, but the action continues as riders scramble to sign with a team before the December 8 deadline to submit rosters to the UCI. The lucky ones have already signed contracts, and some teams have already confirmed their rosters, but for the rest, the race is on!

    The applications for the US domestic UCI teams must be in to USA Cycling by October 31, 2009, and until then it is not clear which teams will continue. Some new teams have been announced, while the status of some current teams remain shrouded in mystery.

    The list below shows confirmed rider transfers with the previous team in parentheses for the incoming lists and new team on the outgoing lists. Riders staying put have no team listed on the incoming, riders without a confirmed team for 2010 have no team in the outgoing lists.

    If a rider is without a contract by the UCI deadline, all hope is not lost. While the UCI rules bar transfers of signed riders after the deadline until a small window in June, riders who do not have contracts can be hired at any time.

    Bookmark this page and check back often! Cyclingnews will be sure to update the list as transfers and signings are announced.

    Adageo Energy

    Eric Bennett
    Austin Carroll
    Tobias Eggli
    Tim Farnham
    Danny Finneran
    Josh Horowitz
    Matt Landen
    Alexi Martinez
    Tommy Nelson
    Marco Rios
    Cody Stevenson
    Bennet Van Der Genugte

    Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team

    Rahsaan Bahati
    Nathan O’Neill
    Hilton Clarke (Fuji-Servetto)
    Jason Donald (Garmin-Slipstream)
    Matt Rice
    Cesar Grajales
    Ryan Baumann
    Corey Collier
    Bobby Lea
    Alex Hagman
    Peter Carey
    Phillip Mann
    Evan Hyde
    Ian Burnett
    Lanell Rockmore