Fabian Cancellara left the Danish team of Saxo Bank to join Luxembourg's Leopard Trek, but he still has his sights fixed on Denmark. The Swiss rider is aiming at winning the Worlds road race in Copenhagen this September.
“My goals for the season are the Classics and Copenhagen later this year. Those are my two big goals,” he told the Ritzau news agency.
Having won the World time trial title four times, he will concentrate instead on the road race, an event in which his highest finish was fifth in 2009.
The flat course in the Danish capital will suit him. “There are not many hills in Denmark, and I know the area fairly well – especially around Copenhagen – but it's going to be hard, even if the route is not particularly tough,” he said.
There could be one difficulty, though. “I believe that the weather conditions can have a major impact. It can be 15 degrees (Celsius) and a beautiful day, but it can also be five degrees in the rain on narrow roads.”
New Zealand team plans international race programme in 2011
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has registered the New Zealand PureBlack Racing as a UCI Continental road team for 2011.
The team was launched in the summer of 2010 with the aim of becoming New Zealand’s first ever UCI ProTeam and has set a goal of riding the Tour de France by 2015. The team plans to compete in events on both the US and the Oceania calendars during 2011.
The team has revealed that its first international appearance will be the Professional Criterium in Singapore on Saturday, March 5, held during the OCBC Cycle Singapore 2011 event. It is one of the first night-time cycling races in the Asia Pacific to be fully lit for television. Tim Gudsell (the 2011 New Zealand National criterium champion), Mike Northey, Roman Van Uden and Shem Rodger will be riding for Pure Black Racing in Singapore.
In the interim, Gudsell, Northey, Glen Chadwick, Scott Lyttle and James Williamson will ride in the Trust House Cycle Classic from January 26-30. The five- stage UCI Oceania Tour event will be PureBlack Racing's final race in New Zealand before beginning its 2011 international programme.
The remainder of the team will prepare for the new season at a training camp at Lake Karapiro.
"Everyone on the team will complete an extensive programme at Karapiro, before we launch Pure Black Racing onto the international circuit," team manager, Carl Williams said in a statement.
"In any team sport there's a point when you transition from domestic to international competition. While we realise that PureBlack Racing has a lot to learn, we are committed to being competitive, as a team, in our first year in the UCI Continental competition."
2011 PureBlack Racing Continental team roster Daniel Barry Glen Chadwick Timothy Gudsell Taylor Gunman Marc Langlands Scott Lyttle James McCoy Michael Northey Shem Rodger Michael Torckler Roman Van...
RadioShack sponsorship to be decided before the Tour de France
RadioShack team manager Johan Bruyneel dismissed the accusations against Lance Armstrong published in Sports Illustrated last week, saying they were old news and didn't cause him to lose any sleep at night.
Speaking to Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, Bruyneel also revealed that he is currently looking to secure the RadioShack team's sponsorship for 2012 and claims that Armstrong could have finished on the podium in his last ever Tour de France in 2010.
"It's frustrating to see that these things keep coming back. There is nothing new in what Sports Illustrated revealed this week regarding Stephen Swart," Bruyneel said, focusing on the accusations from Armstrong's former US Postal Service teammate.
"It has already been already written by other people. It is 15 years old! But it's Lance, so it makes a buzz. We've become immune to it, and it doesn't stop me (from) sleeping."
Bruyneel also denied accusations in Sports Illustrated regarding the search of Yaroslav Popovych's home in Tuscany last November.
"I don't know who requested this search. I immediately called Popovych, who assured me that the police hadn't seized any product, nothing suspicious, and he told me not to worry. I believe him and for the moment, I don't know anything more. "
Tour de France memories
Bruyneel was in Australia to see Armstrong compete at the Tour Down Under. Bruyneel confirmed it would be the Texan's last ever race outside of the United States.
"The Tour Down Under is his last race outside the US. He's still got to take part in Tour of California in May, and then he'll take a long vacation." Bruyneel...
Former Garmin-Cervelo directeur sportif Matt White has told Cyclingnews that he knew of physician Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral simply because "he was the old US Postal team doctor" where he was a domestique between 2001 and 2003.
White was dismissed by Slipstream Sports on Sunday following a meeting with Garmin-Cervelo manager, Jonathan Vaughters. The move came after discovering that White referred Trent Lowe to the former US postal team physician del Moral at the Sports Institute of Valencia, Spain in April 2009. The former Garmin rider met with del Moral for a Vo2 test which contravened the team's strict anti-doping and medical referral rules.
Del Moral is still the director of the Institute of Sports Medicine of Valencia and is a key player in a sports consultancy clinic called Performa which is also operated out of Valencia as well as in Miami in the United States.
Cyclingnews was referred back to White's statement made following his dismissal for further clarification on his decision to send Lowe to the Spanish doctor.
"My commitment as Sports Director has always been to ensuring the optimal health and well-being of our riders," White said. "So when Trent Lowe, who was living in Valencia and who had been sick for a long time, came to me for help, I sent him to the local Valencian sports institute for testing so we could find out what we were dealing with. I understand that the rules are the rules. I am very sorry for my mistake and I am ready to move on."
White later added that for Lowe, who was living just outside of Valencia, to travel to Girona as Vaughters has stated he would have preferred would have meant travelling nearly 400 kilometres.
Cyclingnews had been told that Vaughters had been in Adelaide to watch the Tour Down Under where the team claimed a general classification victory through Cameron Meyer, for several days leading up to White's dismissal however, White says that he...
Eisel, 29, won the Spring Classic Gent-Wevelgem in 2010. The Austrian joined a large escape group late in the race, but the high pace cut the break down. Eisel easily won the sprint from the six-man group at the finish line.
In addition, Eisel also brought in a total of 11 top ten finishes during the season.
“He has more than earned this award, and it comes just before his 30th birthday on February 17,” said Rudolf Massak, general secretary of the Austrian cycling federation.
Eisel noted that “Austria isn't a hotbed of cycling,” but that the nation's cyclists had represented the country well in various disciplines. “For this reason I am very honoured to be voted Cyclist of the Year in Austria for the second time since 2006. I am now in my 11th year as a pro cyclist and hope that I will have many years ahead of me to continue being a worthy representative of Austrian cycling."
Eisel won with 39.5% of the votes. Second place went to 2009's winner, mountain biker Lisi Osl.
Third place went to Josef Benetseder of Team Vorarlberg,who won the King of the Mountains ranking at the Tour of Austria last year.
BKCP-Power Plus owners would run two separate teams
The owners of Niels Albert’s BKCP-Power Plus team have expressed their interest in buying the Telenet-Fidea squad from Hans van Kasteren. Brothers Christophe and Philip Roodhooft wish to purchase the team and maintain it as a separate entity from BKCP-Power Plus.
“We don’t want a team like that to disappear from the cyclo-cross landscape,” Chrstiophe Roodhoft told HLN.be. Telenet-Fidea manager Hans van Kasteren is to step down at the end of the season, while the team’s star commodity Zdeněk Stybar has been heavily linked with a move to Quick Step.
Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere has also been rumoured to be considering purchasing the Telenet-Fidea squad in a bid to land Stybar. However, if the Roodhooft brothers are to purchase Telenet-Fidea, it will be without Stybar, while Niels Albert will remain at BKCP-Power Plus.
“Niels Albert will stay as leader of BKCP-Power Plus,” Roodhooft said. “Telenet-Fidea would be extended further around Tom Meeusen and Bart Wellens, with Danny De Bie as director.”
Hans van Kasteren confirmed that he has been in negotiations with the Roodhooft brothers but explained that he will not make a decision on the future of Telenet-Fidea until after this weekend’s world championships.
“I haven’t worked on the follow-up [to the negotiations],” van Kasteren said. “That will not be until early February at least, until after the Worlds. My riders always take priority."
“With respect to the team management, there are twenty possible scenarios but for the purchase of the team, so far the Roodhooft brothers are the only official candidates. I...
According to reports in both Marca and El Pais, the Competition Committee of the Federación Española de Ciclismo will meet on Thursday after Carmen Victoria Lopez, the judge handling the investigation for the Federation, submits her conclusions.
The UCI has still to send its scientific consultancy dossier on the case to the RFEC but Cyclingnews understands that the dossier is set to arrive in the next few days.
Contador is currently training with his new Saxo Bank-SunGard teammates in Mallorca. His spokesman Jacinto Vidarte told Cyclingnews they know nothing about a possible verdict on Thursday or a one-year ban.
"It's pure speculation by the Spanish media, we don't know when a verdict will be reached. It is up to the Spanish Cycling Federation to decide when they reach a verdict," Vidarte said.
According to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport, no formal disciplinary hearing will be held, with both Victoria Lopez and Contador’s defence team submitting written documents. Contador’s defence is reported to be almost 100 pages long and reaffirms his claims that the Clenbuterol positive was sparked by eating contaminated meat.
Both Marca and El Pais suggest that Contador will be banned for a year, perhaps because the Clenbuterol consumption could considered involuntary, with any suspension likely to end on August 24, 2011.
Under UCI rules, if Contador is banned, he will also lose his 2010...
Endurance riders from Team Sky and the Great Britain national team are taking part in a combined training camp in Mallorca, which allows them to share resources and benefit from working together.
Last year Team Sky opted to hold its training camp on mainland Spain, in Valencia, but team manager David Brailsford decided to return to the Mediterranean island to create one bigger camp, where riders can ‘drop-in’ for more flexible blocks of training to better suit their racing and training needs.
“We’ve taken over the hotel for two and half months, creating a kind of drop-in centre, compared to a camp a week or ten days. It facilities better training and there are smaller groups, so the rides are specific to the individual riders,” Brailsford told Cyclingnews.
Brailsford also talked about new coach Bobby Julich, who joined Team Sky after working with Saxo Bank in 2010. Brailsford explains how Team Sky has divided the roles of rider coach and directeur sportif.