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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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April 02, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Devenyns out of Basque Tour with broken arm

    Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quickstep )
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    April 01, 2013, 19:10 BST
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    Martin avoids the worst as Omega Pharma's bad luck continues

    The Omega Pharma-Quick Step team suffered more bad luck in Monday's opening stage of the Tour of the Basque CountryDries Devenyns crashed out of the race and was later confirmed to have broken his left arm. The news follows the loss of Tom Boonen for the remainder of the Classics season due to his crash in the Tour of Flanders.

    The incident on the Alto de San Miguel in the opening stage of Pais Vasco also took down Devenyn's teammate Tony Martin, but the German continued to the finish. Later tests did not show any fractures to the wrist which Martin previously broke in last year's Tour de France.

    "I was there in the first position, but in a moment [Jurgen] Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) crashed in front of me and I couldn't avoid him," Devenyns said. "I went to the ground, and we were also going at a high speed. Now I have this fracture of my left arm for a third time.

    "I am not really lucky with these kind of things in my career. It is really a shame because my condition was good, and I was looking forward to the Ardennes Classics. Now I have to stay calm, as there is nothing I can do. I can only recover as best I can."

    Martin finished the stage 28 seconds behind winner Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), after the peloton shattered on run-in to the finish in Elgoibar.

    "..The first thing was to get to the final and not to lose too much time, then to see at the hospital if there were any fractures. Fortunately, the results seemed to exclude any fractures. So, it's more important that I am OK, than the fact that I lost time," Martin...

  • Sagan apologizes for the pinch on Tour of Flanders podium

    2013 Tour of Flanders runner-up Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
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    April 01, 2013, 21:32 BST
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    Cannondale rider says he's sorry for disrespectful conduct

    Cannondale's Peter Sagan apologized on Monday for his actions on the podium following the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. As the runner-up standing next to winner Fabian Cancellara on the podium in Oudenaarde, he grabbed the derrière of one of the podium hostesses while she was posing for the cameras with Cancellara.

    The move by the 23-year-old drew plenty of criticism for showing disrespect against women.

    On Monday, he released a video apology which followed up on an earlier Twitter apology.

    "I sincerely apologize to Maja for what I did on the podium yesterday after the race," said Sagan in English in the video posted on Facebook. "It was wrong of me, and I wasn't thinking when I was on the podium. I never should have done that. I'm so sorry and I hope that Maja and anyone else I have offended knows how how sorry I am."

    "I promise to act more respectfully in the future," said Sagan.

  • No surprises for attentive Contador at Basque Country

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) gained time on Froome
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    April 02, 2013, 0:37 BST
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    Saxo Tinkoff leader and teammate Kreuziger withstand technical final

    Recovered from the virus that put an end to his participation at the Critérium International, Alberto Contador ensured his ambitions to win a third title at Tour of the Basque Country have not been stifled. Contador and his Saxo Tinkoff teammate Roman Kreuziger were part of the 18-man group that split from the main field in the technical run-in to the finish line on Stage 1 into Elgoibar, taking a five-second buffer into tomorrow's stage.

    Last year's winner Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) was caught up behind the crash that occurred at the summit of the final climb in the 156km stage and lost five-seconds to a number of rivals for the overall title including Richie Porte (Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) and Contador's Czech teammate Kreuziger.

    At the end of the opening stage, won by Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge), Contador said that the small time gap between himself and the likes of Sanchez, Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) and Andreas Klöden (RadioShack Leopard) among others does little to help pick out who the real contenders are.

    "It was a tough stage as usual here in the Basque Country Tour, so that was no surprise," said Contador on his team site.

    "Our team took responsibility from the beginning, since the very first break started with seven riders from some of the favorite's teams, so we had to shut it down. Finally two riders got away and we worked at the front and controlled the gap.

    "The team has worked impressively hard...

  • Blanco all in for Bos at Scheldeprijs

    Theo Bos (Blanco) won the sprint in Corsica
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    April 02, 2013, 2:34 BST
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    Dutch team planning on sprint victory in 101st edition

    The team of Blanco Pro Cycling will head into Wednesday's sprinters classic, Scheldeprijs, with one objective and one absolute leader. Theo Bos will lead the men in blue for the 204.2 km race and will look to try and prevent Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) from taking out a fourth Scheldeprijs victory while Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) seeks to defend the race he won in 2012.

    Bos has already proven himself once at the Belgian race, finishing on the final podium spot in 2012 and will hope to take to the top step this time around.

    "We have a very good train put together for Theo Bos - who will be our number-one sprinter," explained directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman. "Theo is our absolute leader and the entire team will ride for him.

    "This is an important race for us to measure ourselves against many of the best. We will work hard for the win," he added.

    A sprinter's support cast has been put together and will rally behind Bos in his desire to take out the 1.HC race with Australian duo Graeme Brown and Mark Renshaw in charge of delivering the Dutchman within sight of the line while Moreno Hofland, Jos van Emden, Robert Wagner, Rick Flens and Sep Vanmarcke have also been included in the line-up.

    Bos and his Blanco squad will have to perform a near-perfect race if they are to collect the team's 12th victory for 2013. They will go up against Andrea Guardini (Astana), Milan San-Remo victor Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka), Daniele Bennati (Saxo Tinkoff), Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) - who finished second to Kittel in 2012, Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) and the in-from Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) just to name a few.


  • Crash destroys Van Den Broeck's hopes at Pais Vasco

    Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol)
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    April 02, 2013, 4:33 BST
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    Lotto Belisol lose out on opening stage

    Lotto Belisol were one of the big losers from the crash that occurred inside the final 10km at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco as Jurgen Van Den Broeck limped across the line more than five minutes behind the day's winner Simon Gerrans (Orica GreenEdge). Van Den Broeck was the team's hope for the general classification and appeared to be riding well after finishing inside the top-ten at the recent Volta a Catalunya but his ambitions for the WorldTour race all but disappeared in the fall.

    The crash caused the main field to split into numerous groups on the fast run toward the finishing town of Elgoibar on Stage 1 with Van Den Broeck eventually crossing the line, alongside teammate Dirk Bellemakers, in 128th place. The team's best-placed rider in the chaotic finale was Bart De Clercq who came in with the group containing last year's overall winner Samuel Sanchez, losing five seconds and finishing in 31st.

    "Jurgen Van den Broeck crashed in the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on top of the last climb, seven kilometers from the finish," read a team statement.

    "An initial check-up found no major problems. We now have to wait until tomorrow to see what the full consequences are."

    Van Den Broeck tweeted shortly after the finish, showing off the damage to his right knee before giving some context to his photo with a brief explanation of his condition.

    "Hopefully everything is ok, will have to wait until tomorrow. Knee and hip [took a]...

  • Trott impresses in debut outing with Wiggle Honda

    Laura Trott sports the new Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling kit
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    April 02, 2013, 6:05 BST
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    Dual Olympic gold medallist narrowly misses podium at GP de Dottignies

    Dual Olympic gold medallist from the London Games Laura Trott seemingly eased into her new surroundings on the road by taking an impressive fourth-place at the weekend's GP de Dottignies. The Wiggle Honda recruit took the initiative to make the day's main breakaway and held her nerve throughout the Rabo Women's-dominanted race to finish just off the podium.

    Trott's track and now road teammate Danni King was also donning her new colours for 2013 and finished in 12th, one spot behind two-time world road race champion and Wiggle Honda rider Georgia Bronzini.

    The UCI-rated 1.2 race marked Trott's first outing with the newly developed Great British squad managed by Commonwealth Games road race gold medallist Rochelle Gilmore. Gilmore was also in attendance for the 113.8km cobbled race and came in with a small group that cross the line a little more than five minutes in arrears.

    Trott, a gold medal winner at the 2012 London Games from the team pursuit and omnium was not able to follow the attack by the race's winner Vera Koedooder (Sengers Ladies Cycling Team) but was coming into the race clearly motivated. She put up a valiant fight against the Rabo Women Cycling Team who at one point had five riders in the mix of the 13-rider move.

    "First road race tomorrow.. Bring it on! #dontstopafter3km," tweeted Trott the day prior to her road debut with Wiggle Honda.

    Unable to follow all the moves entering the final kilometres Trott remained content with her place in what was her professional debut on the road. Her team was also pleased with the 20-year-old's result.

    "Not going to lie found that pretty hard didnt expect to be in a break all day just wanted to do a good job for the team! 4th isnt to bad!," Trott said on Twitter.

    "We're very...

  • Sánchez unshaken by time loss in Basque Country opener

    Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
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    April 02, 2013, 7:30 BST
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    Defending champion says five seconds will not be decisive

    Holding the title as arguably one of the best descenders in the peloton was of no help to Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) in the opening stage at Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco - Tour of the Basque Country. Sánchez lost five seconds to a number of the general classification hopefuls but suggests that the demanding six-stage race will decide the overall winner and not the small deficit he will take into Stage 2.

    The winner of Pais Vasco's overall classification in 2012 was one of many who found themselves in a frantic chase to the finish line after a crash occurred inside the final 10km of the 156km stage. A group 17 riders hurtled down the technical road into the finishing city of Elgoibar with Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) seen taking huge risks in order to gain valuable seconds. Contador himself suggested he was not fully aware of what happened behind him but certainly pushed the leading group to the limit before the road eventually flattened out.

    Sánchez, while obviously disappointed to lose time on the first day, ntoed the difficult parcour of the race and suggested that there would be plenty of other opportunities to make up for lost time. A five-second loss will not decide the race, added the former Olympic road race champion.

    "It was a demanding stage, as they will all be in this race," Sánchez told Biciclismo. "At a race as hard as this, five seconds will not be decisive, but nobody likes to start by losing time.

    "Falls are part of cycling, this time we had no fortune, but there was no getting around it. Tomorrow we have a new stage and further work to do.

  • Amadio: Sagan has no problems coping with distance

    Slovakian champion Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was unable to hold Cancellara's wheel on the final ascent of the Paterberg.
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    April 02, 2013, 9:28 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Cannondale manager on the Tour of Flanders

    Experience won out over youth in the finale of the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, but Cannondale manager Roberto Amadio dismissed the notion that Peter Sagan lost out to Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) because he had problems coping with the 256km race distance.

    Sagan’s Ronde is destined to be remembered more for his lamentable actions on the podium than his performance on the road, but immediately after the finish, Amadio declared himself pleased with the Slovak’s display during the race. Sagan was dropped by Cancellara on the final ascent of the Paterberg but held off the chasers to finish in second place.

    “If it was a question of distance, he wouldn’t have come second. The problem was that Cancellara was the strongest and that’s it. Peter was the second strongest, but the question of distance didn’t really enter into it,” Amadio said. “Anybody who thinks that Peter has a problem coping with the distance doesn’t understand cycling.”

    After losing Cancellara’s wheel on the Oude Kwaremont during the previous week’s E3 Harelbeke, Sagan looked to stay as close as possible to the Swiss on each of the hellingen at the Tour of Flanders in the hope of sticking with him all the way to Oudenaarde.

    “Cancellara was marking Peter and Peter was marking Cancellara: that’s normal when you know you’re the two strongest riders in the race,” Amadio said. “After Harelbeke, we expected Cancellara to attack on the Kwaremont. The attack came and Peter was able to follow it. We expected him to attack on the Paterberg too, but that time he was able to get away.”

    Rather than wait for the group behind atop the Paterberg, Sagan...