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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Date published:
August 12, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • BMC backing Hushovd for Arctic Race of Norway title defence

    Norwegian colors for Thor Hushovd's (BMC) Giro Aeon helmet, plus a pair of throwback Oakley Razor Blades
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    August 12, 2014, 1:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Norwegian to make final appearance in his home country before retirement

    Having announced that he will retire after the world championships, Thor Hushovd (BMC) will compete on home soil for one final time at the UCI 2.HC Arctic Race of Norway as the defending champion.

    The 36-year-old was the inaugural overall winner of the race last year in which he also won two of the four stages and the points classification.

    The 2014 edition of the race will venture 400km closer to the cape than last year and Hushovd explained that he has been looking forward to the four day event all season.

    "It’s going to be amazing," Hushovd said. "This race brings cycling to the extreme north of the world! I've never been there but I've always wanted to and I'll do it with a bike race that I am an ambassador of.

    "I hope the popularity of the first edition will be repeated but I'm pretty sure it'll be the case because, even though very few people live there, cycling lovers are prepared to travel far and anybody on the planet can feel concerned because of the strong presence of the event on social networks. From the beginning, organizers have put a great effort in this new way of communicating."

    Joining the 2010 world champion on the five-man team will be two stagiaires, Luke Davison and Loïc Vliegen, who will both make their stage race debut for BMC having raced the Prudential RideLondon Classic.

    BMC for Arctic Race of Norway: Luke Davison, Thor...

  • Gallery: 2015 Focus road, TT, mountain and cyclocross bikes

    The super light Izalco Max (712g frame in a size 56) gets a wider range for 2015 – from £2,999 for the Izalco Max 5.0 with Shimano Ultegra and a FSA SLK carbon chainset up to the sub-5 kilo £7,999 0.0 superbike. Shown here is the SRAM Red equipped Izalco Max 3.0 at £3,999
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    August 12, 2014, 2:30 BST
    Warren Rossiter / Immediate Media

    Additions and updates to Cayo, Mares and Izalco lines

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

    BikeRadar recently visited Derby Cycles in Cloppenberg, Germany, where we were shown the 2015 ranges of road, TT, mountain, cyclocross and e-bikes from Focus.

    Next year looks set to be a big one for the company. Not only does it have the new 840g-framed Cayo debuting, it has has the new Cayo Disc Frame, which features the super fast and highly innovative RAT thru-axle design and weighs a claimed 880g.

    The RAT thru-axle also features on the new Mares cyclocross bike – in both alloy and carbon. The range-topping Mares CX0.0 comes with SRAM Force HRD CX1 and a DT Swiss RC38 wheelset, and costs £4,199.

    Focus now has a full set of TT bikes too, in the form of the Izalco Chrono Max range. We also took a look at the company's Factory edition mountain bikes.

    US/Australian pricing and availability are TBA.

    Click through the gallery above for more shots of the Focus 2015 range.


  • Giant-Shimano announce Arctic Tour of Norway and Vuelta a Burgos teams

    Stage winner Marcel Kittel on the podium
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    August 12, 2014, 4:15 BST
    Cycling News

    No pressure on Kittel in Norway

    Giant-Shimano have announced its teams for two races that take place this week. With the Vuelta a España fast approaching, the team for the UCI 2.HC Vuelta a Burgos will have the opportunity to fine turn their form before the third and final grand tour of 2014.

    At the UCI 2.1 Arctic Race of Norway, Marcel Kittel makes his return to racing after the Tour de France, in which he won four stages, but Giant-Shimano but the team have said there will be no pressure on the 25-year-old to perform. With the race suited to sprinters and puncheurs, the team is hopeful of good results across the four stages.

    At the Spanish five-day race, Giant-Shimano will look to a trio of Americans for good results with Lawson Craddock and Chad Haga to be joined by the experienced Tom Peterson.

    Also starting will be 21-year-old Daan Olivier after a strong showing at Clásica de San Sebastián and stagiaire Steven Lammertink who debuted for the team at the Prudential RideLondon Classic on Sunday where he took home the sprints classification. 

    "Burgos will be a good race for those who are riding the Vuelta to fine tune their form," coach Lionel Marie said. "During the race we will focus on supporting Daan on the key stages and work on riding as a team. The race will also give our stagiaire Steven a good idea of what the professional world is like and also at riding as a team at this level."

    Joining Kittel on the five-man team is...

  • NRS Shorts: A round up of Australian domestic racing

    Cadel Evans & Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine at the launch of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
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    August 12, 2014, 5:45 BST
    Zeb Woodpower

    The resumption of racing, new signings and new races

    With the mid-season National Road Series (NRS) break over for another year, it's time for a return of Cyclingnews' NRS shorts.

    In a bumper edition, we bring you a wrap of last week's Tour of the Murray River results, new signings and the announcement of new races.

    Tour of the Murray River wrap up
    Brenton Jones headed over to Asia during the mid-season break with his Avanti team on a trip that paid dividends as he added a couple wins and podium places to his palmarès.

    On his first NRS race back in Australia, Jones sprinted to victory at the Tour of the Murray River and in doing so, claimed the first leader's jersey of the race.

    The Victorian's hold on the race lead wasn't going to be stopped by cross winds, breakaways, or even fire, and at the start of the final day criterium in Yarrawonga, Jones was in the box seat to claim the overall win.

    Disaster struck when Jones suffered a mechanical in the final 300m of the race which ended any ambitions he had of contesting the final sprint. Jesse Kerrison (BudgetForklifts) won the final stage with a well timed gallop over the line which also saw the 20-year-old pleasantly surprise himself with his first overall victory in the NRS.

    Slipping to third place overall as a result of his misfortune, Jones and Avanti will be out for revenge this week as the NRS resumes with the Tour of the Great South Coast.


  • Eneco Tour: GreenEdge hoping its luck improves

    GreenEdge riders roll over the line
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    August 12, 2014, 7:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Crashes and wild weather made for a "crazy" day

    The opening day of the Eneco Tour was a bruising affair for Orica-GreenEdge with crashes and a late attack disrupting the team's ambitions of victory.

    With strong winds and rain characterising the first half of the day, a crash in the closing kilometre to Matt Goss ended his chances for victory on a forgettable day for the team.

    Aidis Kroupis and Leigh Howard were present in the first group in as the finishline was approaching along with Jens Keukeleire, but they lost each other in the run in to the final as Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) late surge for the stage win disrupted the sprint trains that had to come to the front.

    "The guys did pretty well to be up there under the circumstances," sport director Matt Wilson said.

    "We lost about half the team by the time the sprint even came around. They just lost each other at the finish and that was it.

    "No team was able to formulate a sprint train today, it was just too crazy. There were crashes at every corner into the final and with the rain and the wind it was pretty hectic."

    Earlier on in the day neo-pro Damien Howson was the victim of a crash but looks likely to start stage 2 as Wilson explained.

    "Both Damien [Howson] and Gossy [Matt Goss] are both hurt but nothing looks broken at this stage. We might go for a scan or two tonight but they look OK to start tomorrow," Wilson said.

    Stage 2 on paper is a day for the sprinters, and Wilson is hoping that the finale...

  • Enrico Barbin hit by car while training

    Enrico Barbin (Bardiani - CSF)
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    August 12, 2014, 8:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Bardiani rider hospitalised by accident

    Bardiani-CSF have announced that its rider Enrico Barbin was hit by a car while training on roads near his home. The 24-year-old Italian fell on his face and was seriously injured enough to be hospitalised by the incident.

    Barbin, who is conscious, will remain under observation in hospital for two days with his team to provide updates on his recovery.

    Barbin made his grand tour debut at the Giro d'Italia in May this year but had not raced since the Italian national championships.

    The incident comes just days after Domenico Pozzovivo's season was ending by a training crash caused by a cat as he was descending the Stelvio on Sunday.

  • inCycle Riders: Daniel Teklehaimanot rider profile

    Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN)
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    August 12, 2014, 10:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Ground breaking Eritrean rider with MTN-Qhubeka

    Africa has produced a wealth of endurance athletes in recent decades, but there has been little sign of this in the professional peloton. Chris Froome (Team Sky) may have become the first African to win the Tour de France last year, but the Kenyan born rider now races under a British licence and lives in Monaco.

    One team looking to see more Africans on the global cycling circuit is MTN-Qhubeka. The Pro-Continental team was founded in South Africa in 2007 and currently has 18 African riders on its roster, and will make its grand tour debut at the Vuelta a España this month

    The team principle, Douglas Ryder spoke to inCycle about the team and what it means for the growth of the sport across the continent.

    "Our theory when we started this team, and my dream, was to develop an African world road cycling champion," he said. "If you look at Africa, they've developed the best endurance athletes in the world, so why not cyclists?

    "We can create a hero through one of our athletes who can go to the Tour de France, and go the Vuelta and win a stage. Then, the bike might become cool across Africa and if it becomes cool then people want more bikes and we'll see that pull through and the next champion. "

    One of the African riders on the MTN roster for 2014 is Daniel Teklehaimanot, who became the first black-African rider to compete in the WorldTour when he turned pro with Orica-GreenEdge in 2012.

    The 25-year-old rode the Vuelta in 2012 and is looking to return to the Spanish grand tour.


  • Martinelli remains with Astana for 2015 but dreams of a new Italian team

    Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli in Sardegna
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    August 12, 2014, 11:17 BST
    Cycling News

    Nibali and Aru can ride together, says team manager

    Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli has rejected speculation that he could leave the Kazakh outfit at the end of this season but admitted that he would eventually like to establish a new, Italian-sponsored team.

    Reports in the Italian media last month had linked Martinelli with a move to Team Sky’s management for 2015 after noting that he was not driving Astana’s lead car at the Tour de France. Martinelli spent most of Vincenzo Nibali’s victorious Tour sitting in the back seat, while Alexandr Shefer relayed the instructions over the radio.

    "Those who said that I will leave because they had seen me sitting in the back seat of a team car are completely on the wrong track," Martinelli told Tuttobici. "I still have a year of my contract left with Astana and I want to have more success with Vincenzo, who will stay for two more years, and with [Fabio] Aru. They are two real jewels and any manager would love to work with them."

    Martinelli joined Astana in 2010 after a career spent working at Italian teams such as Carrera, Mercatone Uno, Saeco and Lampre. The 59-year-old is hopeful that Nibali’s Tour victory might help to attract major Italian sponsors back to the sport, and spoke of his desire to have Nibali and Aru together on an Italian team in the future.

    "My dream would be to find a big Italian sponsor who would be prepared to invest in two such strong athletes, maybe in 2017," Martinelli said."The Tour 2014 effect can re-launch our cycling, but there are still critical situations at a structural level. It’s heresy that Italy has...