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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Date published:
September 22, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Cancellara gracious in time trial Worlds defeat

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) lost second when he overcooked a turn in the final kilometer.
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    September 21, 2011, 21:04 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Swiss looks to Sunday's road race championship

    Explaining high-profile defeats has become an all-too familiar scene for Fabian Cancellara this season, and after being beaten into third place in the UCI World Championships time trial on Wednesday, his year continues to fall short of his all-conquering campaign of 2010.

    The inquisition began at the post-race press conference, and after Cancellara graciously paid tribute to the victor Tony Martin (Germany), he looked to put a brave face on his first defeat in the Worlds time trial since 2005.

    "I started with good feelings but then I couldn't find a rhythm and I also felt that this was maybe not the day where I can give everything," Cancellara said.

    He has been rattling off world title-winning rides since he was a junior in 1998, but ironically that treasury of experience may well have counted against him once it became apparent that the machine was not working with its habitual Swiss precision.

    "When you've won so many races and you've always had these [good] feelings, maybe mentally there I cracked a bit when I couldn't give more than that," Cancellara admitted. "That's maybe the result, when you're not 100 percent on a day like that when you should be 100 percent."

    Prior to the race, however, Cancellara was pleased with his preparation at his home in Switzerland, and confident that he was on course to take a fifth world title in the discipline.

    "When I look back at the last few days at home or even on the Vuelta I had really good feelings," he said. "I had much better feelings at home in training and good sensations and also good numbers. But today was not numbers, today was not training."

    When Cancellara cruised to a jaw-dropping victory at the

  • Miller, Murphy added to USA worlds team

    Happy winner - Amanda Miller (HTC-HighRoad)
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    September 21, 2011, 21:37 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Last minute changes for road races

    USA Cycling has confirmed the addition of Amanda Miller (HTC-Highroad) and John Murphy (BMC) to the elite men and elite women road race teams, respectively.

    Miller is a last-minute replacement for Kristin Armstrong, who left Copenhagen after being replaced in the time trial by Amber Neben, but a worthy addition at the end of her most successful season to date.

    She scored her first European win in stage 3 of the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, and was part of HTC-Highroad's winning team time trial squad in three races, including last week's Giro della Toscana Femminile.

    "I'm coming off a solid block of racing, which I think will help me in the world championships," Miller told Cyclingnews. Prior to Toscana, she had her highest UCI stage race finish with a fourth place in the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche.

    She will join her trade teammates Evelyn Stevens and Neben along with sprinters Theresa Cliff-Ryan and Shelley Olds and US road champion Robin Farina.

    "I am very excited to be a part of the 2011 road race squad for the world championships. It's a very strong group of women and I think we have several cards to play in the race. I'm looking forward to helping the team achieve our goals for the race."

    Many pundits have predicted a sprint finish to the races, but Miller says the course in Copenhagen could favor a...

  • White pleased with Australian Worlds team

    Richie Porte (Australia) came in sixth place
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    September 21, 2011, 22:25 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Bobridge, Porte shine in time trial

    Australian Men's Road Coordinator Matt White declared he was happy with Australia’s performance in the men’s time trial at the UCI World Championships, where Jack Bobridge and Richie Porte finished fifth and sixth, respectfully.

    Both riders came into the event as top 10 contenders although Porte entered the ring with more experience having finished fourth in last year’s corresponding event.

    It was Bobridge who caught the eye in Copenhagen though, pipping his teammate to a top five placing despite having never ridden a such a long time trial.

    "Jack was exceptional. We didn’t expect that result and he’s never done a 46 kilometre time trial before," White told Cyclingnews at the finish.

    "He came a little bit unstuck towards the finish, but he’s gone out and given himself the best chance of a medal and it’s a great result for a 22-year-old."

    Bobridge came into the event relatively under-raced, while Porte was the opposite having competed in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year.

    "He’s had very little in terms of racing preparation but he’s done very specific time trialing work and it was a super ride. It shows just how talented he is."

    "Richie is the opposite of Jack because he’s had a load of races and he actually needed a rest to reboot the engine. Still, that was a very solid ride for a small guy who didn’t really suit the course, but sixth place in the Worlds is still a great result. It’s been a good day out."

    White and the Australian squad will now regroup with a break in racing coming on Thursday before the final...

  • Video: Wiggins hits targets in Worlds time trial

    Bradley wiggins in action.
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    September 22, 2011, 0:01 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Silver medallist forgoes radio and focuses on power in Copenhagen

    Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) took a leaf from Judith Arndt’s playbook at the UCI World Championships on Wednesday when he decided to forgo a radio earpiece during the men’s time trial. His choice paid rich dividends; while the Englishman was powerless to disrupt Tony Martin’s march to the rainbow jersey, he did enough to finish ahead of Fabian Cancellara and claim the second step on the podium.

    "I find it a little bit distracting really," Wiggins said of his decision not to use radio. "It shouldn’t really change how I ride for one hour regardless of whether someone else was up or down. I had a plan and I stuck to it."

    A number of in-race incidents during the season had dented Wiggins’ confidence in relayed information, and his resolve was stiffened after watching Judith Arndt’s assured winning ride in the women’s time trial the previous day.

    "You’ve got to have confidence in the people giving you the information, and a few times this year, I’ve had people following me and lying to me and you lose confidence in people, so I’d rather just go in my own world really," he said. "I noticed yesterday on the telly that Judith Arndt had done the same thing, so I thought I’d go with that one."

    That is not to say, of course, that the meticulous Wiggins rode the time trial on sensations alone. Processing the lessons of the Vuelta a España time trial in Salamanca, where he faded in the second half, he chose to gauge his effort with a power meter.

    "A couple of the time trials I’ve done recently I’ve gone...

  • UnitedHealthcare tie up young stars Van Poppel and Keough for 2012

    Boy Van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare)
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    September 22, 2011, 3:52 BST
    Cycling News

    Team also re-signs core of 2011 'blue train'

    UnitedHealthcare have locked up their young talent, with sprinters Jake Keough and Boy Van Poppel confirmed to be rejoining the American Pro Continental team in 2012.

    Keough, 24, has enjoyed a breakout season with UnitedHealthcare, chalking up eight wins, including the overall series victory for the prestigious Speedweek Criteriums.

    General Manager Mike Tamayo explained that he was excited to see just how far the young American can go in the sport, after watching his improvement over the last two seasons.

    "When I first brought Jake on board in 2010 it was with the idea of making him stronger and faster, something that doesn’t happen in one year," Tamayo said. "He had a number of wins in 2011, but more importantly his strength and ability to handle harder races and a bigger stress load has taken a big step forward. Jake is one of the guys the sport will be talking about again next year and in 2013, as he starts to win on bigger stages. I am sure of that."

    Dutch rider Van Poppel was one of the key riders in UnitedHealthcare’s European campaign, and Tamayo hopes the 23-year-old can continue to build on that next year – particularly with the help of new European Director Henrik Redant.

    "Boy is still developing much like the team is developing," Tamayo said. "We saw glimpses of how strong he really is this year and we will only see him get stronger and smarter as we keep working with him. I think Hendrik Redant will actually be a great addition to his career, especially helping him read the Belgium style races."

    Along with Keough and Van Poppel, Karl Menzies, Chris Jones, Adrian Hegyvary, Jonny Clarke, Hilton Clarke, Brad White, and Davide Frattini are all confirmed to be returning next year.

    Full list of returning riders to UnitedHealthCare for 2012:

    Rory Sutherland (Aus), Robert Förster (Ger), Jake Keough (USA), Boy Van Poppel (Ned), Karl Menzies (Aus), Jonny...

  • Rick Zabel among five new recruits for Rabobank Continental

    Erik Zabel, joined by son Rick, receives his fifth green jersey at the 2000 Tour de France. Rick is now taking after his father and is a successful Junior racer.
    Article published:
    September 22, 2011, 6:30 BST
    Cycling News

    17-year-old rated highly by team director Piet Kuijs

    Rick Zabel, son of German great Erik Zabel, has taken another step toward following in the footsteps of his famous father, with the 17-year-old set to join the Rabobank Continetal team in 2012.

    In an announcement from the team overnight, Zabel, along with Brian Megens, Martijn Tusveld, Marco Minnaard, Ruben Zepuntke will all ride for the Dutch development team next year as they build toward potential professional careers.

    The promise shown by the German duo of Zerpuntke and Zabel was something that team director Piet Kuijs was particularly looking forward to further developing next season.

    "They're both really high caliber talents," said Kuijs. "Zepuntke is an all-rounder and a good time trialist as well. Zabel meanwhile has a lot of potential for the classics."

    Zabel won the under 19 Ruun um Köln earlier in the year before taking an impressive solo victory in the Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt a week later.

  • Photo gallery: Italian team trains in Denmark

    Daniele Bennati
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    September 22, 2011, 8:00 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Road racers get used to the weather

    The Italian squadra arrived in Denmark for the UCI World Championships on Monday night and got their first taste of Danish weather and the local roads on Tuesday as they trained together for the first time.

    With the Italian azzurro blue replacing the rider's usual trade team colours it is hard to recognize some of the riders but national men's national coach Paolo Bettini and women's coach Edoardo Salvoldi have carefully selected the riders with the aim of winning on the flat but technical course, north of Copenhagen.

    Wrapped up against the cold with gloves and neck warmers, the men and women's road race squads set off together for a steady ride near their base in Skodsborg. Some rode for close to 100km, covering the race circuit twice, others opted for a shorter distance and more recovery time. With the road races just a few days away, the real training and racing has been done and now it is about building team spirit and finalizing team tactics.

    The Italian women's team will be lead by 2010 world champion Giorgia Bronzini. Sprinter Daniele Bennati has been designated the team leader for Sunday's elite men's race but the young Italian team also includes the likes of Sacha Modolo, Giovanni Visconti and double USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage winner Elia Viviani.

    Older riders such as Luca Paolini, Manuel Quinziato and Matteo Tosatto bring their experience as Italy tries to take on Philippe Gilbert, Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and defending champion Thor Hushovd.

  • Lloyd makes the most of 'local knowledge' at the Tour of Britain

    British pro Daniel Lloyd of Cervélo TestTeam
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    September 22, 2011, 9:49 BST
    Tom Southam

    Briton uses GPS technology to take advantage of race route

    Despite never having ridden on many of the roads of the route of the Tour of Britain, Team Garmin-Cervelo's British domestique Dan Lloyd cited local knowledge as the key to an impressive ride in his home Tour. Lloyd has found a way to replicate one of cycling's key advantages, an intricate understanding of the race route- normally acquired over years of racing, though self-confessed 'geekery' and an intelligent application of technology.

    Lloyd, who spent two years riding for Cervelo, before being one of the select few riders to be absorbed into the Garmin-Cervelo set up this year, has been carving out a niche as a reliable domestique for riders such as Thor Hushovd throughout the year, and made the most of his opportunity to shine in his home Tour. His detailed preparation included spending several hours programming the route into his Garmin so he could be familiar with every metre of the course.

    "It's always great to come back and race on British roads, the sport is growing massively here and the support was unbelievable. It is something of an advantage to be at home in that respect, but just being in the country of my birth doesn't mean I know all the ins and outs of every stage. Fortunately this year I've worked out that I can get every detail I need of what is coming up in a stage through my Garmin".

    "Initially I started using the Garmin to plan rides in foreign countries the day before races. It wasn't long before I realized how useful it would be during races. If you use it right, it makes every stage feel like you are on home roads when you know exactly what's coming up, it's been a real advantage since race radios were banned".

    "Each stage in Britain probably took me half an hour or so to plan out using the race manual. I'm a...