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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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December 28, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Nys back in shape for evening Superprestige race

    Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) rolls toward a top-five finish.
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    December 27, 2010, 12:26 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Set straight by a visit to the osteopath

    Sven Nys will line-up for the start of Monday evening's cyclo-cross race in Diegem, after a morning visit to the osteopath for treatment on his back. “I will definitely start later in Diegem, but I'm not sure how my body will react?” he told

    Nys crashed on the icy roads last week, leaving him with an aching back. He rode Sunday's World Cup race in Zolder, finishing fifth and complaining that because of the back problems, he “felt like a novice.”

    "The osteopath has put things right. From my jaw on to my neck to my feet. He has corrected everything and put it back in line."

    "I have no pain. The lack of momentum on Sunday was because I was not symmetrical on the bike,” Nys continued. “But that is now fixed. And I am very happy."

    The Belgian national cyclo-cross champion  is a bit concerned about how he might react at the Superprestige race Monday because it is unusual to have treatment on the day of a race. Fortunately the race is in the evening and will be raced under floodlights.“I have a few good hours to go riding and get the tension back in the muscles," he said.

    Nys currently leads the Superprestige rankings, with only three races to go. Winning Monday would probably secure him the overall lead, but he is a bit wary of the race.

    "Last year I lost out in the finale with a broken shifter. I've won it four times (1998, 2000, 2006 and 2007) but the relationship between Nys and Diegem not a happy one.”

  • Wiggins says Boasson Hagen is the future of cycling

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) at the start.
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    December 27, 2010, 13:36 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Briton says Norwegian will go on to dominate the sport

    Bradley Wiggins has seen the future of cycling and it is personified by Edvald Boasson Hagen. The British rider predicts that his younger Team Sky teammate will go on to dominate the sport, and should be able to win anything he puts his mind to.

    He is “a rider who really represents cycling's future," Wiggins told "Everything about him: his personality, work ethic, the way he does things and the knowledge that he is 100 percent pure."

    In the future, he will dictate how the sport is seen. Edvald personifies everything about a true athlete, and he's going to be a legend in the sport.”

    Wiggins went on to predict that the Norwegian would one day follow in the footsteps of his countryman Thor Hushovd and become world champion. But that is not all that Wiggins sees in his teammate's future. “On the list, you can include races like Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, stages in the Tour de France and everything else you want to win as a cyclist. It's kind of scary. He can still choose to go the way of the classics or multi-stage events, and potentially win all the races he decides. His talent is that great, but he's still continuing to develop and find out where he best fits in the sport.”

    Wiggins is glad to have the 23-year-old Norwegian on his team. “That we managed to sign him and made him feel confident in us was really big! Now he is in the system, we want to keep him for a long time. I think he likes the team and how it is managed. I also believe that we have not yet seen the best of him. He can do whatever he decides.”

    Boasson Hagen will begin his 2011 season at the Tour of Oman, which he nearly won last year. He will then race most of the Spring Classics before building up for the Tour de France.

  • Oss ready to rock in 2011

    Daniel Oss wins the Giro del Veneto
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    December 27, 2010, 16:25 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Liquigas rider leads new generation of Italian Classics contenders

    Italian cycling is undergoing a generation change and Daniel Oss, with his long curly hair, his horns victory salute and love for rock music and the Classics is leading the way.

    Oss will be just 24 on January 13 but is about to start his third season with Liquigas after turning professional in 2009. He has already shown his potential with some classy rides and results plus has earned a place on the Italian national team for the world championships.

    In 2009 Liquigas let Filippo Pozzato go, allowing the younger riders to emerge. This winter Manuel Quinziato and Daniele Bennati have also left, meaning Oss, sprinter Jacopo Guarnieri, track sprinter Elia Viviani and the hugely talented Peter Sagan and Kristjan Koran will form a young but highly ambitions squad for the cobbled Classics.

    Oss is not scared to lead the group from the front with his friendly, laid-back but focused nature. He was fifth in this year's Ghent-Wevelgem after making it into the key breakaway that decided the race and finished fourth on the opening stage of the Driedaagse De Panne, confirming his credentials and desire to race on the cobbles.

    "I've always liked the Classics. Everyone gets excited about the racing in Flanders and I really like the passion they have for the sport," Oss told Cyclingnews recently.

    "For us Italians it's a real adventure to go away for almost a month and live the Classics in Belgium. I hope to get better and better as I race more and more as a pro. I think I'm on the right track but I've still got a lot to learn."

    Oss comes from the northern Trentino region of Italy, like former riders Francesco Moser, Gilberto Simoni and frequent training partner Quinziato. The weather can be cold and wet, even in the valleys between the Dolomite mountains, but Oss is used to it and has the build to handle the cold and the pave.

    Being yourself

    Oss won the

  • Bertogliati targets shorter stage races with Team Type 1

    Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and reigning Swiss time trial champion Rubens Bertogliati has joined Team Type 1 for 2011.
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    December 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT
    Kirsten Frattini

    Swiss champ meets new team in Athens, Georgia

    Rubens Bertogliati met with his new teammates at an opening training camp for the Professional Continental outfit Team Type 1 held from December 15-22 in Athens, Georgia. The Swiss national time trial champion finalised his racing schedule that includes “shorter” UCI-sanctioned stage races on both European and American calendars.

    “The camp has been good and we have a really good, compact team, maybe without a big leader, and everyone will have his own chance to demonstrate his strengths and take their opportunities when it is possible,” Bertogliati told Cyclingnews. “I think it is a well constructed team and I think we will be able to do good races together.”

    “I think this program will be more suitable to my characteristics,” he added. “The smaller or shorter stage races, with a time trial, is very good for me. I can do well in the GC in these types of races. Especially the smaller stage races in France where there are no really big climbs.”

    Bertogliati will target French stage races like the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe-Pays de la Loire in April and the Tour du Limousin in August along with a heavy schedule of racing in between that has not yet been released.

    “There are these types of shorter stage races that I have never done before and I am really enthusiastic about doing them this year,” he said.

    “I’ve done almost all the bigger races is Europe and some of the bigger races in the USA so I think I have a lot of experience in both areas. I think it will be interesting to mix it up and do some races in both places.”

    Bertogliati is no stranger to American bike racing having competed in the Philadelphia International Cycling Championships in 2004, San Francisco Grand Prix in 2005 along with the Tour de Georgia and Tour of Missouri in 2007. This year there are a handful of UCI-sanctioned stage races in North America; the...

  • Sutton and Team Sky aim for Bay Classic glory

    A chuffed CJ Sutton (Team Sky) on the podium
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    December 28, 2010, 1:56 GMT
    Cycling News

    Defending champion could repeat 2010 performance

    Defending champion Chris Sutton will return to the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic with a strong team in tow in an attempt to become just the fourth man to defend his title in the event's 22-year history.

    Sutton will be in Geelong joined by countrymen Simon Gerrans and Mathew Hayman plus New Zealander Greg Henderson and Briton Ben Swift.

    Team Sky rode exceptionally well in the five-day NSW Grand Prix at the start of December to secure the overall win for local star Sutton, who will be hoping to repeat his performance from the 2010 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic where he took the series for the first time.

    With the Bay Cycling Classic the first race of the year, it will provide a great opportunity for the quintet to perfect its lead out train prior to the Australian Championships and the Santos Tour Down Under.

    "It's going to be great having the full pro team racing in the crits especially with our line up including Mathew Hayman, Greg Henderson, Simon Gerrans and Ben Swift," said Sutton.

    "Leading into the Tour Down Under, it will be great for the team to work together at the crits and get the feel for racing again. The last time we all raced together was around August last year so it will be a big advantage for us," he added.

    "There are four criteriums in the series so we will talk amongst the group and see who has the legs each day. Maybe I'll have a go one day, then Swifty [Swift] or Hendy [Henderson] the next. We will just play it by ear," Sutton explained of the team's plan for the event.

    Mat [Hayman] and Gerro [Gerrans] were both awesome in the NSW Grand Prix so it just goes to show that we have a strong team. Swifty is travelling really well and has said that he is two to three steps ahead of where he was last year so he will be on form."

    Sutton identified former winners Graeme Brown (Urban Hotels) and Mark Renshaw (O2 Networks) plus Matt Goss (E3 - Pure Tasmania), who took out the Launceston criterium...

  • Greipel, Becker and track sprint team win in conflicting German cyclists of the year polls

    André Greipel wins stage six of the Eneco Tour
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    December 28, 2010, 9:25 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Different sources give different results in awards

    Andre Greipel and Charlotte Becker were named German cyclists of the year by readers of a German magazine, while a poll on the website of the German cycling federation gave the honours to the track sprint team.

    Greipel, of HTC-Columbia, topped all pros this year with 21 victories. In comparison, his teammate Mark Cavendish was second in wins, with only 11. Greipel sprinted to victory the entire season, opening with three stage wins and the overall title in the Tour Down Under. He won one stage at the Giro d'Italia, and topped things off with three stage wins at the Tour of Britain in September. He will ride for Omega Pharma-Lotto in 2011.

    HTC-Columbia swept the 2010 men's' awards, voted by the readers of Radsport magazine. Second place went to John Degenkolb, who finished second in the Worlds U-23 time trial, and will ride for the American-based team in 2011. Third was Tony Martin of HTC-Columbia, who was third in the men's World time trial.

    Becker was a surprise winner in the women's category, beating out Judith Arndt and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, both of HTC-Columbia women's team. The 27-year-old won the national road title and was second in the time trial. She also won a number of smaller races over the season for the Cervelo TestTeam. Perhaps not surprisingly, she will also ride for HTC-Columbia in the coming season.

    The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer's website, came to a vastly different conclusion, electing the three men of the track sprint team as cyclists of the year. They narrowly beat out the world champion cycling ball (radball) team, with Greipel finishing third..

    The sprint team of Maximilian Levy, Stefan Nimke and Robert Förstermann won both the World and European titles this year, as well as the overall World Cup.

    Nimke was very happy with the results of the poll. “Winning ahead of such rivals is like a late Christmas present and gives us the motivation to...

  • Ullrich recovered from burn-out syndrome

    Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) salutes from the podium
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    December 28, 2010, 9:49 GMT
    Cycling News

    Retired German rider making plans for future

    Jan Ullrich has recovered from his burn-out syndrome and is looking forward to the coming year, which will include the birth of his third child in February.

    In a Christmas message on his personal website, Ullrich said that he was happy to say that “I am largely recovered.” Now, he added, “I will concentrate on making plans for the new year and spending time with my family.”

    In August, Ullrich, now 37, announced that he had been diagnosed with burn-out syndrome, and that for the time being he would be withdrawing from public life.

    Later that month he gave an interview to the German tabloid Bild, announcing his wife's pregnancy and denying that he had a problem with alcohol. Earlier this month he was in Dubai with close friend Andreas Klöden of Team RadioShack, who was training for the upcoming season.

    Ullrich turned pro in 1995 and won the Tour de France in 1997. He spent the majority of his career with Team Telekom/T-Mobile, except for one year with Team Coast/Bianchi.

    Ullrich was suspended by T-Mobile before the start of the 2006 Tour de France under suspicion of involvement in Operacion Puerto, and was later fired by the team. He announced his retirement n February 2007, and it was later shown that his blood was matched by DNA to blood bags taken in Operacion Puerto.

  • Rodriguez unsure of Giro d'Italia participation

    A tired Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) after winning the stage
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    December 28, 2010, 10:07 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Spaniard aiming for Ardennes classics

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has not ruled out the possibility of riding the Giro d’Italia in 2011, although the Spanish rider insists that he would again prefer to prioritise the Ardennes classics and the Tour de France in the first half of the season.

    “I have a lot of possibilities in front of me but I still don’t know what I’ll do,” Rodriguez told Marca. “The team wants to go for the Giro because they are convinced that I can win it. However, I would prefer to ride the Tour and the Vuelta because I really like the Ardennes classics, and if I ride them at my maximum, it would be difficult to be in shape for the Giro. I will prepare as best as possible and then see.”

    Rodriguez finished 2010 at the top of the UCI rankings after a fine season that saw him prominent on all terrains but he admitted that one race inspires him more than any other.

    “It’s the classics, and above all Liege-Bastogne-Liege, that I love,” Rodriguez explained. “Fleche Wallone is the one that is best suited to my characteristics – I was second this year behind [Cadel] Evans – but Liege is, in my opinion, the most important one-day race on the calendar, even more so than the Worlds. I have a special affection for it.”

    If the highlight of Rodriguez’s 2010 campaign was his clever victory at Mende in the Tour de France, the undoubted low point was the Vuelta a España’s final time trial at Penariel, which saw him lose the overall lead. Rodriguez would eventually finish 4th in Madrid but he is keen to improve on his time trialling ahead of next season.

    “The good thing is that I have the bar so low that improvement is easy,” he said. “It will be difficult to do a time trial as bad as that again, where I lost 4:18 to Nibali in 46km. We were separated in the final general classification by 4:22. I have much to improve on.”