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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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December 10, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Gallery: 2013 through the lens of Jonathan Devich

    Hendrik Redant comforts Kiel Reijnan (UnitedHealthcare) after a day spent in the break.
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    December 09, 2013, 19:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Best images from North American road races

    Jonathan Devich travelled around North America in 2013, bringing Cyclingnews' readers coverage from every major road race, including events like the Amgen Tour of California, the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado and the USA Cycling Professional Road Race National Championships in Tennessee. Cyclingnews takes a look back at the 2013 domestic road season with this featured gallery of Devich's images.

    "Each race has its pros and cons for photo coverage," said Devich. "I enjoy the people and small town atmosphere of a race like the Tour of the Gila and then the contrast of a big show like the Tour of California, Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado. The fans, the weather, the courses, the riders and finding some good photos all have to work together to make for a good shooting experience and this was a good year."

    Devich's images capture not only the key moments of some of the biggest and best pro road cycling races but also the natural beauty of the places where they are run.

    "Sometimes I get photos that I need for a certain reason, but I also try for photos that tell a story," said Devich. "I like images that make people stop and think. With what I chose, I hope that people will look into each one and get those stories."

    What impressed Devich during the 2013 season was the general enthusiasm for racing he saw at each event.

    "Everyone always asks me if I've seen negative effects from the doping investigations and much fall out. Of course, you'll see something from that, but this year I've seen much more enthusiasm and positives than negatives."

    "Fans want the racing, riders want to race, and we have some great supporters. It's a transition from the old...

  • Redlands keeps Big Bear time trial in 2014 route

    Francisco Mancebo ( with his overall GC win and yellow jersey.
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    December 09, 2013, 21:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Four stages planned for April

    Organisers of the Redlands Bicycle Classic announced today that the 2014 event will cover four stages between April 3 and 6, and will return again to the high altitude of Big Bear Lake for the time trial.

    The race introduced the time trial in the 2013 edition, and it proved to be a popular test, won by Alison Powers and Chad Haga. While Powers went on to win the overall, Haga was overtaken by Francisco Mancebo on the last stage thanks to the generous time bonuses available in the Sunset circuit race.

    "Last year we took on the challenge of bringing a time trial to City of Big Bear," Race Director Eric Reiser said. "The elevation and technical aspect of the TT provided a challenge for both racers and organizers alike."

    The race will also return to the city of Beaumont, which this year hosted the second stage circuit race, and will likely again include the downtown Redlands criterium.

  • MTN-Qhubeka 2014 squad finalised

    The new MTN-Qhubeka kit
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    December 09, 2013, 22:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    New black kit for African team

    The Pro-Continental African team has presented its new recruitments for the upcoming season and revealed a new kit in Johannesburg. New riders for 2014 include former Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey wearer Linus Gerdemann, former Team Sky rider John-Lee Augustyn who returns to the top ranks and two young Eritreans.

    Daniel Teklehaimanot moves across from Orica-GreenEdge after two years with the Australian outfit while 19-year-old Merhawi Kudus spent this season with French team Bretagne-Séché Environnement.

    The team has decided to change its colours to a predominately black kit for next year as they push for their debut Grand Tour appearance. MTN has a large social media presence and in order to capitalise on this support, they have launched a Twitter campaign, #GetAfricaToTheGiro, to achieve this goal.

    Other goals for 2014 include winning national championships, 10 UCI victories, the Spring Classics, the world championships, topping the UCI AfricaTour and finshing within the top 10 of the UCI Europe Tour.

    MTN-Qhubeka squad for 2014
    Linus Gerdemann (GER), John-Lee Augustyn (RSA), Merhawi Kudus (ERI), Daniel Teklhaimanot (ERI), Gerald Ciolek (GER), Songezo Jim (RSA), Jay Thomson (RSA), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Ignatas Konovalovas (LIT), Martin Wesemann (RSA), Kristian Sbaragli (ITA), Sergio Pardilla (ESP), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Tsgabu Grmay (ETH), Johann van Zyl (RSA), Andreas Stauff (GER), Martin Reimer (GER), Youcef Reguigui (ALG), Ferekalsi Debesay (ERI), Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA), Meron Russom (ERI), Jani Tewelde (ERI), Bradley Potgieter (RSA), Dennis van Niekerk (RSA) and Jaco Venter (RSA).


  • Sergio Henao to make Tour debut in 2014

    Sergio Henao (Sky) will aim to bounce back when the Vuelta a Espana returns to the mountains.
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    December 10, 2013, 2:16 GMT
    Cycling News

    Colombian announces schedule for next season

    Having ridden the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España for the past two seasons, Sergio Henao will make his debut at the Tour de France riding in support of Chris Froome. The Colombian climber who has returned home for Christmas following a Team Sky training camp on Majorca told of his 2014 plans. Henao, who will also ride the Tour of the Basque Country and will lead the team in the Ardennes, will be a key domestique for Froome with Richie Porte targeting the Giro.

    With Rigoberto Uran moving to Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Henao, who turns 26-years old today, has the opportunity to step up in his third season in Europe.

    "The intention is to be at the Tour de France which is what I'm thinking about. My season will begin in Majorca and then I'm scheduled to race the Tour of Oman," Henao said.

    "After that, it will be similar to last year's calendar with Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of the Basque Country and then the Ardennes."

    Henao explained that he will then take a break from racing to train on Tenerife, building form for the Criterium du Dauphiné and the Tour.

    This year Henao had a breakout six months of racing but faded in the latter half of the season. He entered the Vuelta with aspirations of a top five finish but was derailed by a hunger knock.

    "It’s true that last season I was not at the level I wanted to be in the second half. It was...

  • Cavendish, Cancellara, Kittel and Sagan to ride the inaugural Dubai Tour

    The route map of the 2014 Dubai Tour
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    December 10, 2013, 9:24 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Four-day race suits the sprinters, starts with time trial

    Mark Cavendish, Fabian Cancellara, Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan will be the stars of the inaugural Dubai Tour in February, with Cancellara the favourite to win the opening time trial, while the sprinters are set to clash on the other three stages.

    The route of the new early-season race was revealed at the official presentation in Dubai on Tuesday morning. Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport is organising the race with the Dubai Sports Council.

    The 16 teams of eight riders will include 11 ProTeams and the first three teams classified in the UCI Asia Tour 2013, plus the United Arab Emirates national team and the Dubai Sky Dive team.

    The race begins on Wednesday February 5 with a 10km time trial in the down town area of Dubai, amongst the skyscrapers and offices of the modern city.

    The 122km second stage visits the most important sports buildings in Dubai, including as the Hippodrome, the Olympic pool, the new Al Qudra cycling path, the Autodrome and the Golf Club. It ends overlooking the sea in the Palm Jumeirah archipelago resort.

    The third stage is the longest of the race at 162km and will leave the city and pass through the desert to finish in Hatta. The final 60km of racing includes two minor climbs but a descent to Hatta should set up another sprint finish.

    The 124km fourth and final stage will cross the old part of Dubai, passing two of the most iconic Dubai buildings: the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. Every stage will start from the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    The race will be shown live and in HD in 70 countries, including Eurosport.

    "We are pleased to host the inaugural Dubai Tour 2014 as it puts the spotlight on Dubai as a hub for important international sporting events,” Saeed Hareb, the chairman of the Dubai...

  • Greipel to return to Giro d'Italia in 2014

    German champion Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)
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    December 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT
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    German makes first appearance in four years

    André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) will return to the Giro d’Italia in 2014, his first appearance in the corsa rosa for four years. Speaking at Lotto Belisol's training camp in Mallorca, he revealed that he will tackle both the Giro and Tour de France next season.

    "I'm not afraid of two consecutive grand tours. I absorb stage races quite well," Greipel said, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

    Greipel has two stage victories from his two previous Giro appearances. He won ahead of his then-Highroad teammate Mark Cavendish in Locarno in 2008, and followed up with a victory in Brescia two years later.

    The German never raced the Tour during his time with Highroad, however, with Cavendish preferred as the team's sprinter. Greipel has since skipped the Giro during his first three years with Lotto and centred his season on the Tour, where he has won five stages in three attempts.

    After racing both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in recent season, Greipel looks set to follow a less demanding programme in the spring in order to save himself for the Giro and Tour, although two one-day races well-suited to the sprinters remain high on his list of priorities.

    "I think I'll lighten my race programme in the spring," Greipel said. "But I still dream of winning a classic like Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne or Gent-Wevelgem."

    Greipel will again begin his season at the Tour Down Under, which begins on January 19.

  • Specialized Roubaix trademark legal threat may backfire as Fuji weighs in

    The all-new Specialized Roubaix SL3
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    December 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Owner of Fuji brand claims worldwide rights on Roubaix bicycles

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.

    Specialized's attempt to defend the trademark "Roubaix" in Canada against a bike shop in Calgary has spiraled into a PR disaster, with the US giant coming under heavy criticism from a number of sides for flexing its legal muscle against a bike shop in Calgary.
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    Specialized threatened legal action against Dan Richter, the owner of the Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, for using the name "Roubaix", which Specialized had trademarked in Canada. Mr Richter, a retired war veteran, has said that he can't afford the legal fees of upwards of $150,000 to defend himself against the big red S. But in a David vs Goliath meets David's big brother style twist, he may be rescued by another industry heavyweight: Advanced Sports International, owners of the Fuji bicycle brand, which includes Roubaix models in its line.

    According to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, "ASI says it owns the worldwide rights to the Roubaix trademark ... and has licensed it to Specialized since 2003." And the company's International CEO Pan Cunnane says he is happy for Dan Richter to use the name for his bicycle shop.

    "We have reached out to Mr. Richter to inform him that he can continue to use the name, and we will need to license his use, which we imagine can be done easily," Cunnane was quoted by BRAIN as saying.

    ASI is also telling Specialized to back off from this battle, as they don't believe Specialized has the authority to claim the Roubaix trademark in Canada.

  • Bradley Wiggins knighted by the Queen for services to cycling

    Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins seals overall victory at the 2012 Tour de France with a win in the penultimate stage time trial
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    December 10, 2013, 15:00 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Team Sky rider hints at hopes for riding the 2014 Tour de France

    Sir Bradley Wiggins has been knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in a formal ceremony that honours his services to cycling. The Team Sky rider became a national hero in Britain in 2012 after becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France and then a gold medal in time trial event at the London 2012 Olympics.

    Wiggins was honoured by the Queen with the traditional touch of a sword on his shoulders. Also honoured during the same ceremony were artist Anish Kapoor, musician Polly Harvey and two soldiers who had served in Afghanistan.

    "It's quite something really. I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour, but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in,” Wiggins said humbly according to reports in the British media.

    "There was never any doubt whether I'd accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a Sir, and I probably never will. I don't like profiting from status so it's more for my family. It's nice for my parents and grandparents to be able to say I'm a knight, and for my kids in the future."

    "It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm still shaking now, to be honest. I mean, it's quite humbling being here. I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever. I've won a bike race, you know, and I feel a little bit inferior to everyone, really."

    Wiggins is known for partying after a major success but ruled out anything special after his visit to Buckingham Palace because he is already training for the 2014 season.

    "It's just the end of the road in a sense, in that it tops off the closure of last summer as it were, even though it's more than a year ago," he...