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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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December 15, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Bissell completes 2010 roster with Britton, Boswell and Kline

    Bissell formed Belgian-style echelons in training
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    December 14, 2009, 17:21 GMT
    Cycling News

    US continental team settles on 13 riders

    The Bissell Pro Cycling Team completed its 2010 roster today with the signings of Canadian Rob Britton and under-23 Americans Ian Boswell and Shane Kline. The three bring the team up to 13 riders for the coming season.

    Britton, a native of Victoria, British Columbia caught the attention of team general manager, Glen Mitchell, at this year’s Mt. Hood Classic with a stage win and a fifth place finish overall. Director, Eric Wohlberg, who has been tracking Rob’s progression said, “Rob is a selfless, team-oriented rider who has the ability to win when the situation presents itself. Rob’s particular ability to TT and climb will add to our race day arsenal.”

    Boswell had success in the junior ranks while riding for the US National Team and the Hot Tubes Development Team. He finished second overall at the Liège - La Gleize junior stage race in Belgium, but caught the eye of the team at the Nevada City Classic junior race.

    Ben Jacques-Maynes recalled watching Boswell win. “I was impressed with how he rode away from a strong field and won. I was sitting on the side wondering who this guy was”, says Jacques-Maynes. “Then after such a display he jumped in the pro race and hung on the back of the express train which I thought was really impressive.”

    Kline has a strong track background and finished third in the Madison at this year’s USA Cycling Elite Track Nationals. He also finished 10th at the 2009 Meijer Grand Cycling Classic.

    2010 Bissell Pro Cycling Team: Ben Jacques-Maynes, Frank Pipp, Andy Jacques-Maynes, Cody O’Reilly, Daniel Holloway, David Williams, Ian Boswell, Jeremy Vennell, Kyle Wamsley, Paul Mach, Peter Latham, Rob Britton, and Shane Kline.

  • Corioni bests Pellizotti in beauty contest

    One by one, the riders were subjected to tests of humiliation like dancing in one's underwear.
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    December 14, 2009, 17:41 GMT
    Cycling News

    Italian end of the year gala fun in Cardano al Campo

    What could make five professional cyclists strip to their underwear and dance in front of a crowded nightclub? First, the club must be in Italy, and second, the event should be run by their sports management company, or so it seems.

    At a gala hosted by the A&J Sports as Image management firm, Sprint Cycling magazine, Virtual Image and Ciclismo Online, five riders battled it out in a strip-tease to win the title "Mr. Cycling 2009". The burlesque was a humorous sideshow to the more hotly contested Miss Cycling contest won by Maria Laura Fontana.

    On hand at the event were some of Italian cycling's top names, including Alessandro Petacchi, Gilberto Simoni and Daniele Nardello, but only Francesco Chicchi, Mauro Santambrogio, Claudio Corioni, neo-pro Davide Cimolai and Franco Pellizotti engaged in the strip-tease.

    In a contest judged by the female members of the audience and measured by the volume of the applause, Corioni edged out Pellizotti for the title of Mr. Cycling 2009.

    We include a full gallery of the event for your viewing pleasure. After seeing this, we're sure you will agree that the 2010 season can't come soon enough.

  • Contador, Spain awarded UCI's world rankings trophies

    Alberto Contador is presented with the trophy for top rider in the 2009 World Rankings by UCI president Pat McQuaid.
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    December 14, 2009, 17:53 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Best rider, top nation of 2009 receive honours in Madrid

    The International Cycling Union presented Tour de France winner Alberto Contador with the trophy for best rider of the 2009 season at a ceremony in Madrid today. UCI president Pat McQuaid was on hand to give out the award which was based upon the new UCI World Calendar rankings.

    The rankings were calculated based upon the results of 24 of the sport's biggest events, including all three Grand Tours, the Historic races Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Classics as well as the ProTour events.

    Along with his Tour victory, Contador claimed overall victories in the Volta ao Algarve, Vuelta al Pais Vasco and Spanish Time Trial Championships.

    He bested compatriot Alejandro Valverde in the rankings 527 points to 483, with another Spaniard, Samuel Sanchez, in third with 357.

    Having the top three riders in the rankings gave Spain the overall best nation prize with ease. The country had a whopping 1756 points to Italy's 984, with Australia taking a close third with 960.

    Spanish National Cycling Federation (RFEC) president Juan Carlos Castaño Moreta accepted the trophy for best nation.

    The 2010 UCI World Calendar will begin with the Tour Down Under in Australia on January 19. The season will include 26 races with the addition of two first time events, the Quebec and the Montreal Grand Prix Cyclistes in Canada.

  • Anuar Manan and Specialized join Geumsan Ginseng

    Malaysian sprinter Anuar Manan (left) has joined Korean Continental team Geumsan Ginseng for next season.
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    December 14, 2009, 22:56 GMT
    Jean-François Quénet

    Malaysian sensation and respected manufacturer bolster Korean team

    Malaysia's sprinting ace Anuar Manan will join new Korean Continental team Geumsan Ginseng, led by Japanese veteran Shinichi Fukushima. It's an exciting development for one of the country's best cycling exports, who has enjoyed limited opportunities to shine in recent years.

    Speaking to Cyclingnews in Vientiane, Laos, during the Sea Games, Manan explained: "I spent the 2009 season with Iranian team Azad University. It was a good team but I didn't have enough opportunities to race since it's very difficult for Iranians to get visas for travelling. Sometimes I was the only team member allowed to enter the country where we were supposed to race.

    "With Geumsan Ginseng and the presence of Fukushima as a team captain, I'm confident that I'll be able to have a more solid program in 2010," continued Manan, who has spent six weeks in Melbourne training for the Sea Games under Malaysia's Australian track coach John Beasley.

    "I also learned from the 2009 season that I can only perform at stage races with a trade team," he added. "I didn't do well at Le Tour de Langkawi with the national team but I won two stages at the Jelajah Malaysia with Azad. That's why I truly hope that I'll be able to ride Le Tour de Langkawi with Geumsan Ginseng."

    For many years the Malaysian national team garnered increasing press coverage due more to controversy than results. Only the Melbourne-based track program has proven to be successful in a recent times. "Trade teams from other Asian countries are the key for us, Malaysians, to perform," said the 23-year-old who came close to winning a stage [he finished second] at the 2008 Le Tour de Langkawi with LeTua and was therefore scouted by some European and American teams.

    In addition to Manan's signature, Geumsan Ginseng also welcomed the sponsorship of Specialized last week. "We've been chosen by Specialized for being the only Asian professional team to be supplied the latest SL3," announced the team's...

  • Domínguez return looking unlikely

    A motorcycle driver attends to Sergio Dominguez Munoz (Contentpolis-Ampo)
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    December 15, 2009, 0:39 GMT
    Antonio J. Salmerón

    Injuries and team problems could keep young climber sidelined

    Three months after Sergio Domínguez Munoz left the La Paz Hospital in Madrid following his serious accident at this year's Vuelta a España, the promising young Contentpolis AMPO Murcia climber is keen to make a comeback to competition despite the grim prospects of doing so.

    "It seems the medical prognosis for my rehabilitation is advanced, and this Friday I will undergo an MRI which will determine whether, as anticipated, I will remove the [neck] brace and properly start my rehabilitation," said Domínguez.

    He crashed during the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España from Avila to La Granja, lying motionless after colliding with rocks that ran alongside the road. There's a long way to go in his return to fitness, although Domínguez is confident he's past the worst of this health threat. That knowledge doesn't make his recovery any easier, however.

    "I feared for my life, I thought that was it for me. But now what worries me most is that my career is in grave danger," said the 23-year-old.

    It seems that the young rider with a football background - he played for Spanish third division team Yeclano CF - who captured the curiosity of the press has fallen into oblivion following his crash. He explained that this was confirmed by a lack of interest from the cycling community, save for his Contentpolis AMPO Murcia team, which itself is struggling for survival following the departure of sponsor AMPO.

    "Nobody has called me to inquire ahead of next season, except the people on my team, which gives me some hope, but the prospects are not optimistic. It is a great pity that such a great project, with so many people involved, is terminated," he said.

  • Riccò uninjured in training accident

    Italian Riccardo Riccò, 26
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    December 15, 2009, 9:30 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Italian crashes after near-miss with bus

    Riccardo Riccò's comeback to the peloton was almost sidetracked last weekend by a near-miss with a bus. The Ceramica Flaminia rider was able to escape injury and was expected to fly to Sicily this week for training.

    On Saturday, Riccò was on his way home from a training session when a bus suddenly blocked his approach to an intersection. The rider ran off the road to avoid being hit and subsequently crashed. He was taken to hospital where x-rays showed no serious injuries.

    He was expected to go to Sicily for training on Monday, where he will train with teammates Luca Celli and Alessandro Maserati under the direction of directeur sportif Orlando Maini.

    The 26-year-old will return to riding in March, after serving a 20-month suspension for testing positive for EPO-CERA at the 2008 Tour de France. He hopes to open his season with Milano-Sanremo.

  • Team Sky announce two additional sponsors

    Team Sky manager David Brailsford, right, discusses Bradley Wiggins' move to his team for 2010.
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    December 15, 2009, 10:00 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    News Corporation, Sky Italia back British team

    Team Sky has announced two new co-sponsors, both of which are firms associated with name sponsor Sky. News Corporation and Sky Italia have signed on to support the new British ProTour team.

    News Corporation is a globally vertically integrated media company founded by Rupert Murdoch, with properties in film, television, cable, magazines and other media. It has “significant holdings” in British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), the team's name sponsor, and wholly owns Sky Italia.

    Robert Tansey, chairman of the Sky Pro Cycling Board, said, "We have the perfect partners backing this team and welcome Sky Italia and News Corporation on board,” according to

    "Italy has a great heritage in road cycling, through its riders and manufacturers, and that is already reflected in our team. They have a real passion for the sport and we're delighted that Sky Italia has joined us.”

    "News Corporation is a leading broadcaster in sport globally and brings a huge range of skills and experience,” he added.

    "Like our first partners, British Cycling - who have proven international success and are working closely with BSkyB to inspire people to get out and ride - each will now be represented on our operating board.”

    Team Sky, who confirmed the sigining of Tour de France fourth-place finisher Bradley Wiggins last week, will make its ProTour debut at the Tour Down Under (January 19–24) in Australia next year.

  • Evans will race 2010 Giro d'Italia

    World champion Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)
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    December 15, 2009, 11:19 GMT
    Richard Tyler

    World road Champion to target Giro-Tour double

    World road Champion Cadel Evans has confirmed that the Giro d'Italia will be included on his race schedule for next season.

    Evans, 32, will compete in the three-week race for the first time since his first and only participation in 2002. He told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport that while he will also target the Tour de France, he will return to Italy with overall victory on his mind.

    "I'm finally making a return to the Giro," he said. "I've had a focus on the Tour [de France] in recent years but I think I am able to race two grand tours at a high level."

    He will return to the race with new team BMC, who, although not yet assured of a start in the Tour de France, will race the Italian Grand Tour. Evans' new teammate, former World Champion Alessandro Ballan, announced at the Giro presentation in October that he would take part in his home Grand Tour for the first time next season.

    The inclusion of the Giro marks a change of thinking for Evans. His previous team, Silence-Lotto, had proposed the race be included in his 2009 schedule, however Evans decided instead to favour of a programme closer to that of 2007 and 2008, where he had finished second at the Tour de France. He finished this year's Tour in 30th place overall.

    In his previous Giro participation Evans finished 14th overall and wore the leader's jersey, the maglia rosa, for two stages (16 and 17). The result came while racing for Mapei-Quick Step, in his first full season as a road professional after making a transition from mountain biking with team Saeco the previous year.

    Evans Grand Tour pedigree will see him installed as a favourite for the 2010 Giro, which will begin in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on May 8 and concludes in Verona on May 30. He will face defending champion Denis Menchov (Rabobank), as well as Franco Pellizotti and Ivan Basso, who announced this month that they will act as co-captains of the Liquigas squad.

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