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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Date published:
December 20, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Bugno, Magni and Motta turn out for Colnago dinner

    The Colnago family
    Article published:
    December 19, 2011, 21:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Legendary bike company holds mass

    The Colnago bike company held its annual dinner and mass on Saturday, celebrating another year of success with family and friends at the Cambiago headquarters.

    Guests included former Italian legends Gianni Bugno, Fiorenzo Magni and Gianni Motta, Ireland’s national football coach Giovanni Trapattoni, and television presenter Marino Bartoletti.

    A huge poster of Thomas Voeckler dominated the event, reminding everyone of how the Frenchman wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for ten days and finished fourth overall. Voeckler’s special yellow Colnago C59 Italia bike was also on show in the huge Colnago bike museum that holds all the bikes that have won major races during the last 40 years.

    Voeckler won eight races in 2011, with Team Europcar clocking up a total of 22 wins, with Pierre Rolland also taking the best young rider’s white jersey at the Tour de France. The Colnago-CSF team won 18 races, with team leader Sacha Modolo taking ten of them and securing a place in the Italian national team. Sven Nys is back to his best this season and won in Namur on Sunday to retake the lead in the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup.

    “It’s been one of the best years we’ve ever had. It’s been hugely satisfying,” Ernesto Colnago said after cutting a special Colnago cake with his family.

    “We haven’t been able to produce enough C59 frames to satisfy all the requests.That means were doing something right. I’ve worked with some great riders over the years but Voeckler proved he is special this year. He’s a great rider but he’s also a great person. He’s always aggressive and wins a lot but he’s still got his feet on the ground.”

    “I’ve always supported young riders and helped them fulfill their potential and that’s why we sponsor the Colnago-CSF team. It’s packed with the best young Italian riders like new signing Enrico...

  • GPM Wilson Racing unveils 2012 squad

    The full 2012 team.
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    December 20, 2011, 0:00 GMT
    Alex Hinds

    NRS team looking to better second place series finish

    GPM Racing launched its 2012 team last night at an event in Sydney bike store Renegade Cycles, with the new look squad directed by former professional Trent Wilson aiming to improve on their record second place finish in this year's National Road Series.

    The team took out stage wins at the Tour of Tasmania, the Tour of Gippsland and the Tour of the Murray River as well as featuring prominently in the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic and the prestigious Grafton to Inverell. On the criterium heavy racing style that is the NRS, the team has recruited wisely by picking up a number of criterium specialists to add to their already strong all-round squad.

    Al Loutit, Dale Scarfe and Nash Kent bolster the core of the squad including Chris Jory and Phil Grenfell who will both return to race with the team next season after their overseas commitments. Wilson told Cyclingnews that the objective for 2012 would be to do nothing less than to win the NRS.

    "Last year, deep down I knew that we didn't quite have the resources to beat some of the bigger teams," said Wilson. "This year I'm 100 per cent confident that we can win the NRS. Genesys have lost a few decent riders, 2XU are looking strong, but I think honestly we have to be considered the team to beat.

    "Al Loutit, Chris Jory and Phil Grenfell when he's back from his duties in the US, and Dale Scarfe and Nash Kent are very quick riders."

    Wilson also reiterated his reasons for the squads success citing the close "family" bond of the team that he says...

  • Strong line up for Omega Pharma – QuickStep at Tour Down Under

    Gerald Ciolek was third on the day.
    Article published:
    December 20, 2011, 2:01 GMT
    Cycling News

    Steegmans, Ciolek, Pauwels, Brammeier start season in Adelaide

    Belgian super team, Omega Pharma – QuickStep will make its debut at the Santos Tour Down Under with a strong line up of sprinters set to take on the Australian WorldTour event.

    Grand Tour stage winners Gert Steegmans and Gerald Ciolek headline the squad, with plenty on offer for the sprinters in Adelaide, despite the added difficulty of the new hill-top finish at Willunga on Stage 5 which is set to have a major bearing on who takes overall honours in 2012.

    King of the Mountains winner from the 2007 event, Serge Pauwels might be one member of the peloton keen to make his mark on Old Willunga Hill on Stage 5, in his first race for the Belgian team having moved following two years with Sky. Pauwels will be looking to get 2012 off in the right fashion after a frustrating 2011 which was disrupted through injury.

    Pauwels recently told Cyclingnews he wouldn't be sitting on the fence when it came to the season ahead.

    "I really want to be competitive again and show what I can do in the biggest races, even the Grand Tours," he explained. "It's no secret that I like them and we'll see if I can do one of them."

    Irish road race and time trial champion Matt Brammeier could be another who could spring a result in Adelaide, having moved from HTC-Highroad following the team's demise.

    "Brammeier is a versatile rider on the road and on the track, bringing invaluable experience and ability to adapt to a racing situation to the team," said race director, Mike Turtur.

    Having raced as a stagiaire for QuickStep in 2011, Matteo...

  • Teutenberg still highly motivated ahead of possible final season

    Ina Teutenberg brings with her so much experience
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    December 20, 2011, 4:34 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Specialized-lululemon recruit eyeing Olympic glory

    If the women's peloton has a patron, it's Ina Teutenberg: No other rider is so universally respected, feared, admired and obeyed. But the 2012 season with Specialized-Lululemon may be her final one as the German powerhouse considers retirement.

    When she signed a two-year contract with HTC-Highroad, Teutenberg said that 2012 would be her final season, but looking down the barrel of the new year at the team's camp in Carlsbad, California, she didn't sound so certain about hanging up her wheels.

    "I'm not sure. I'm doing Olympic preparation first, then team time trial preparations, then I'm going to have to sit down and decide what I want to do. So I'm not thinking about it," Teutenberg told Cyclingnews.

    Teutenberg turned 37 in October, but even after racing her bike since the age of six, she still has at least one good season in her legs and has set her sights on the Olympic Games and World Championships for a chance at titles that, even with her storied career, she has yet to capture.

    But if one opportunity makes Teutenberg's eyes light up with a spark of adrenaline-fueled fire, it's the team time trial which will be held for the first time in Limburg, the Netherlands at the UCI road world championships in 2012.

    "I really want to win that one. It's one of the most gurelling events, it's hard and painful but it's the most satisfying to win," Teutenberg told Cyclingnews.

    Her 2012 team is packed with time trial prowess, but even with former world champion Amber Neben, US champion Evelyn Stevens, Swedish champion Emilia Fahlin and German Charlotte Becker on the team it wouldn't be a surprise to see Teutenberg, who is best known as a sprinter, on the Specialized-lululemon squad for the inaugural event.

    Teutenberg has always shown well in the time trials, but with the addition of the team event to the World Cup and now world...

  • Sutton to lead Urban Hotels team at Jayco Bay Classic

    Chris Sutton (Sky) sprints to a fine victory.
    Article published:
    December 20, 2011, 6:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Young gun Lang to aid Sutton's bid for glory

    Chris Sutton (Sky) will be using the upcoming Jayco Bay Cycling Classic series as a vital part of his Tour Down Under preparation as the 27-year-old hopes to build and improve on one of his best seasons to date. Sutton took out the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne race early in the year before a career first grand tour stage win at the Vuelta a España.

    Sutton, who will ride for Urban Hotels franchise team, says the four-race criterium series is key to performing well at the nationals in Ballarat as well as the Tour Down Under in Adelaide.

    "I used to race the Bay Crits when I was really young but then skipped them for a few years," said Sutton.

    "I have come back to them because the older I’ve got, the more I’ve realised that doing the Bay Crits, for me, helps a lot in the lead up to the nationals and Tour Down Under.

    "I always put them in my calendar now."

    Despite his goals for later in the month, it will be far from a training run for Sutton who will be looking for his second overall victory.

    "I won it in 2010 so obviously for me I would love to win the series again," Sutton said.

    "It’s pretty hard to win with so many skilful and talented bike riders so for sure if I can win one or two of the races I would be happy with that but I would love nothing more than to win the overall again."

    Sutton has already had some success in the summer criteriums, picking up overall success in the NSW Grand Prix Series in which he won the Wollongong criterium round.

    The 27-year-old will be joined in the Urban Hotels line up by Melbourne-based Dutchman Koen de Kort, Belgian Bert de Backer, Tasmanian Bernie...

  • Fränk and Andy Schleck training on Ghent track

    The Schleck brothers have been forced indoors to keep their winter training going
    Article published:
    December 20, 2011, 10:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    Bad European weather forces Luxembourgers indoors

    It is somewhat of a tradition for the Schleck brothers, and this year again they have opted to spend a few days on the track in Ghent, Belgium, to escape the bad European weather conditions. Cold temperatures, rain and snow have forced the future RadioShack-Nissan riders to train indoors as they have been doing almost every year with the Luxembourg Federation.

    "I've been coming here for the past ten years, at first with the national team, as a junior," explained Andy Schleck to Sporza. "When I get the time in December to come here for a couple of days, I like it."

    The brothers arrived in Ghent on Monday and plan to stay for a total of three days. The objective is to "get as much hours done on the track as possible. The weather is not too good right now to train on the road, and somehow I have to get the work done - so this is a good alternative," Andy said.

    However, it is the first time the two have had to move indoors to train this early, as the conditions until mid-December have usually been favourable. "We're right on schedule," Fränk Schleck commented. "Before going to Calpe for our training camp, the weather was always good. So we did some mountain biking and some nice rides on the road. Then, in Calpe, we actually trained a lot for this period of the year."

    Both brothers admitted that the training on the track was also a good way to improve their time trial abilities in view of the Tour de France eight months from now. "Yes, absolutely, we do train for the time trial - actually, this is a part of it," replied Fränk when asked if specific training against the clock was part of their build-up for next season.

    "The speed and the spinning of the legs, and the constant riding at the same speed - we work on that."

    The 2011 Tour de France podium finishers also...

  • Cyclingnews top ten videos of 2011 - Part 2

    Dave Zabriskie rolled out a song "Proud JV"
    Article published:
    December 20, 2011, 10:57 GMT
    Cycling News

    Part 2: We pick our top videos (from our archive)

    After a long season, Cyclingnews ventures into its video vault and dusts off some of the video highlights we've snapped up over the last 12 months. In this second part of our selection we look at back the Tour, the Worlds with Emma Pooley and Dan Martin shows us his 2011 trophy cabinet. You can watch part 1, here.

    Andy Rihs talks about winning the Tour de France with Cadel Evans

    The BMC owner talks about Cadel Evans's winning Tour de France ride.

    Geraint Thomas takes us on a Tour of the Team Sky bus at the Tour

    The Sky lad takes us on a Tour of the team bus en route to the start of stage 5 at the Tour. Boasson Hagen is flipping through the race manual, Flecha speaks to the camera and so on....


    Emma Pooley on her silver medal at the Worlds

    On a course that didn't suit her, Pooley pulls out an extraordinary ride to claim silver in the women's time trial at the Worlds in Copenhagen.

    Dave Zabriskie sings his heart out at the Garmin-Cervelo team launch
    The American time trial expert cracks out a musical master class (of some degree) at the team's presentation in Boulder last month.

    Dan Martin shows us his trophies from 2011

    And what better way to wrap up our video highlights than with Dan Martin showing us his trophies from 2011. A bright rider, with a bright future, here's to 2012!

  • New management team for Philippe Gilbert

    The UCI WorldTour, in which Philippe Gilbert finished top of the rankings in 2011, could face a serious challenge from World Series Cycling
    Article published:
    December 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian Velo d'Or winner signs with Golazo Sports

    After a history-making year when he won all three Ardennes Classics, the Velo d'Or and finished top of the UCI World Rankings, Philippe Gilbert has stepped up his preparations for the 2012 season away from the road by signing up with Belgian management company Golazo Sports.

    It's a natural fit for the 29-year-old, who spoke of his delight at his new association with the company. Golazo Sports also represent one of the world's leading cyclo-cross riders, Sven Nys, and tennis superstar Kim Clijsters - both of whom, like Gilbert, are Belgian.

    "I am very happy to work with Golazo," Gilbert, who will represent BMC next season, said. "This is a real Belgian company, which I consider of paramount importance. Their approach was of the utmost interest to me and I am confident that our collaboration will be fruitful."

    "It's fantastic to be able to add another world famous athlete to our group," said Bob Verbeek, CEO of Golazo Sports. "Phil is not only a great athlete who combines his talent with a 200 per cent commitment, but he's also a nice and honest man out of the saddle."