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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Date published:
January 04, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Traksel to Landbouwkrediet

    Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil)
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 13:20 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Dutch rider finds team after Pegasus debacle

    Bobbie Traksel will ride for Landbouwkrediet this year. The Dutch rider announced the news on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, saying, “I have just signed a contract with team Landbouwkrediet. I'm a happy many and full of motivation.”

    Traksel rode in 2010 for Vacansoleil, and had signed with the Pegasus Sports for this year. However, the team failed to get a ProTeam or Professional Continental licence from the International Cycling Union, freeing the riders to look elsewhere.

    He had been rumoured to be in touch with Veranda Willems-Accent, but talks with the Continental-ranked Belgian team did not work out. Last week Traksel said that he still had “another option” of staying with Pegasus as a Continental team.

    Traksel, 29, turned pro with Rabobank in 2000, and remained with the team for five years. He then rode for MrBookmaker, Unibet.com, Palman-Collstrop and in his career he has won the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen, Veenendaal-Veenendaal, and the overall title in the Three Days of West Flanders.  His most recent success was Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this season, where he won as one of only 26 finishers in very bad weather.

  • Movistar's Amador in hospital after mugging

    Andrey Amador
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 14:16 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Costa Rican rider unconscious for hours before seeking help

    Andrey Amador of Team Movistar is recovering in hospital after a brutal beating by a group of thugs who attacked him on his last training ride of 2010. The Costa Rican was unconscious for a number of hours and suffered kidney and pulmonary damage.

    Amador, 24, was training alone when he was assaulted by two carfuls of individuals, who attacked him after he abandoned his bike, thinking that they wanted to steal it, and tried to get away on foot.

    He was unconscious for about six hours near a river, and called his brother when he woke up again later that afternoon, according to biciciclismo.com. “We thought he only had bumps and bruises, but the next morning he began vomiting and had to enter the hospital,” according to his brother Ivan.

    Amador is currently at the Hospital Mexico in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, where he was diagnosed with kidney problems because of the beating, and a pulmonary contusion.

    “Every hour that passes he seems to get better,” the team said. “He is conscious, lively, and without complications. His recovery is slow but on track.”

    The third-year pro was scheduled to ride the Tour de San Luis, will instead spend his time recovering at home.

  • Gilbert looking to reach top form by Tour of Flanders

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) wins the Amstel Gold Race.
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 15:55 GMT
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Belgian aiming for more Classics glory

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is aiming to reach top form a couple of weeks earlier than usual in 2011, at the Tour of Flanders. The Belgian finished third in the event last season and is keen to produce his best in a race that he believes rewards the strongest rider.

    "If you get there in super condition, contrary to Milan-San Remo for example, you are certain to finish in the top five at the Ronde," Gilbert told dhnet.be. "That rule also applies for Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Classic that I dream of the most."

    Gilbert had a phenomenally consistent spring Classics campaign in 2010, finishing on the podium in Flanders, Liège and Gent-Wevelgem, as well as securing top 10 places in Milan-San Remo, Flèche Wallone and Brabantse Pijl. His considerable efforts were rewarded with just one spring Classic victory, however, atop the Cauberg in the Amstel Gold Race.

    Nonetheless, Gilbert finished his season with another monument victory at the Tour of Lombardy and he is again chasing Classics glory on the cobbles, in the Ardennes and in Italy in 2011.

    "I know that I won't win two Classics every year," he said, and explained that he is especially keen to top the podium in one or more of three races that he has yet to win. "Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège are my primary objectives to come."

    Gilbert turns 29 in July and he is aware that he is now approaching the zenith of his powers. Feted for his work ethic by no less a figure than Eddy Merckx last week, the Belgian is also confident that if he performs to his own expectation, the results will follow.

    "If I can stay in good health and avoid crashes, then the rest will come by itself," he said.

    Gilbert's approach to the Classics will be slightly modified in 2011 as he swaps the Arabian peninsula for...

  • Garmin-Cervélo announces full 2011 rosters

    Thor Hushovd resplendent in his world champion kit
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 16:19 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    29 men, 10 women comprise season's line-up

    Slipstream Sports, LLC, today unveiled the full roster today for the 2011 Team Garmin-Cervélo team, comprised of 29 men and 10 women hailing from 16 countries.

    The team is highlighted by world champions Thor Hushovd and Emma Pooley, American sprinter Tyler Farrar, Canada's Ryder Hesjedal, 7th overall in the 2010 Tour de France, Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead and men's team leader, Christian Vande Velde. The team also boasts several current and former national champions including Murilo Fischer, Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer and Emma Pooley.

    "We're incredibly excited about 2011," said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. "Our men's roster is our strongest yet and we have what we think could be the strongest women's team in the world. For the men, we have one of the strongest lead-out trains in the peloton along with one of the strongest Classics line-ups. The women's squad brings a wealth of experience and honors and we are incredibly excited to see what they do on the road this year.

    "We have the opportunity and the objective to become the number one ranked team - men and women - by the year's end, and to do it with the same ethical code we started out with."

    The men's team will be headed up on the road by Director of Competition Matt White while the women’s team director will be announced shortly.

    Full 2011 rosters for Garmin-Cervélo:
    Men: Jack Bobridge (Aus), Tom Danielson (USA), Julian Dean (NZl), Tyler Farrar (USA), Murilo Fischer (Bra), Roger Hammond (GBr), Heinrich Hausler (Aus), Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Thor Hushovd (Nor), Andreas Klier (Ger), Michel Kreder (Ned), Brett Lancaster (Aus), Christophe Le Mével (Fra), Daniel Lloyd (GBr), Martijn Maaskant (Ned), Dan Martin (Irl), Cameron Meyer (Aus), Travis Meyer (Aus), David Millar (GBr), Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu), Tom Peterson (USA), Gabriel Rasch (Nor), Peter Stetina (USA), Andrew Talansky (USA),...

  • Cancellara Voted Cyclingnews Male Road Rider of the Year

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) rides to a Paris-Roubaix win inside the famous velodrome.
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 16:44 GMT
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    Swiss dominates on all fronts in 2010

    Classics winner, maillot jaune, transfer target, world champion, YouTube sensation… Whatever way you look at it, Fabian Cancellara was ubiquitous in 2010, and the Swiss rider has added yet another victory to a mammoth year by being crowned Male Road Rider of the Year in Cyclingnews’ annual reader poll.

    From Oman in February right through to Geelong in October, Cancellara was a constant presence at the head of affairs all season long, clocking up some breathtaking victories along the way.

    The highlights of his season undoubtedly came on the cobbles in the spring. Cancellara began his classics campaign by overwhelming Tom Boonen in the final kilometre of the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke and that show of strength was merely a foretaste of what was to come.

    The following Sunday at the Tour of Flanders, Cancellara again dominated Boonen, this time far more decisively and publicly, by dropping him the steep slopes of the Muur-Kapelmuur in front of thousands of adoring Belgian fans. By the time Paris-Roubaix came around seven days later, the only real question would be Cancellara’s final margin of victory. The Swiss floated clear of the lead group near Mons-en-Pévèle with over 50km to go and devoured the cobbles all the way to the velodrome in Roubaix to win by two minutes.

    "I knew that with my form and the way the last few weeks were going that they'd be scared of me,” Cancellara said afterwards. "I wanted the double. I wanted to do something that left a mark in the history of cycling.”

    Such dominance came at a price, however. When the dust settled on the cobbled classics, a YouTube clip suggesting that Cancellara had made use of an electric motor in his bike began to do the rounds and gain currency through May and June. Just as the whispering campaign reached fever pitch, the UCI responded with the kind of decisiveness that has been so sorely lacking in its efforts to...

  • Schröder to Team Nutrixxion

    Björn Schröder (Milram)
    Article published:
    January 03, 2011, 18:05 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Former Milram rider to share captain duties at young team

    Björn Schröder will ride for Team Nutrixxion this year. The former Milram rider will share captain duties at the German Continental-ranked team.

    “We are very happy that Björn will ride for us in 2011,” said team manger Mark Claußmeyer on the team's website. “With the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, Björn has ridden all the major races. His five year of ProTour experience will be good for the whole team.”

    For most of his career, Schröder has been a domestique, but as part of his new team, he will be one of the team leaders. In particular, he will look for his own chances in the German one-day races.

    Schröder, 30, will share the captain role with veteran and former German national champion Dirk Müller in stage races.

    The native of Berlin turned pro in 2003 with Team Wiesenhof, and joined Team Milram in 2006. His biggest career victory came with the overall win in the Regio-Tour in 2008. With Milram, he rode the Tour de France and Vuelta a España twice, and the Giro d'Italia once.

  • Rogers aims for top start with Sky

    Mick Rogers (Australia) puts in a solid effort.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 2:39 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Australian Open Road Championships attracts strong field

    Three-times world time trial champion Michael Rogers arrived back in Australia today for the Australian Open Road Championships, declaring: "I still have a lot to give, I'm not finished yet."

    Rogers, 31, whose preparation for the championships was hampered by recent fiercely-cold weather in his northern Italy home base, will ride for the powerful British team Sky this year - a move he described as "pretty exciting."

    Rogers enjoyed an excellent 2010 with the HTC-Highroad team, winning the prestigious Tour of California and finishing eighth in the world time trial championship in Geelong.

    He will have his first hit-out for Team Sky in the men's road race at the national championships in Buninyong on Sunday when he will be joined by new team-mates Simon Gerrans, Mat Hayman, Chris Sutton and England's Ben Swift.

    "Simon is in pretty good shape and we have a few guys who can support him," Rogers said. "We are in with a great chance to win."

    Rogers acknowledges that the 160-man field is the strongest since the men's open road championship was introduced on to the Australian cycling calendar in 1999.

    His opponents will include 10 other riders who have ridden the Tour de France, including Robbie McEwen, Allan Davis, Mark Renshaw, Baden Cook and Wes Sulzberger.

    "It's the best field ever," he said. "I am no longer one of the younger ones. I am one of the older ones."

    Rogers still laments his second placing in the 2009 road race when outsprinted to the line by Sydney's unheralded Peter McDonald after he and HTC team-mate Adam Hansen looked to have the title all parceled up.

    He had earlier won the time trial at those championships but will not contest that race at Learmonth on January 11.

    "I am not going too bad but it's been a pretty tough winter at home and I've missed a bit of preparation," he said.

    "It's great to see such a magnificent line-up for the championships. They're getting...

  • Drapac announces Le Tour de Langkawi line-up

    Drapac's Tom Palmer beats Bernard Sulzberger and Chris Sutton to the line.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2011, 4:25 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Melbourne-based squad looks to improve on 2010 result

    Australian continental team Drapac-Porsche enjoyed a successful season at races such as the Tour de Langkawi, Japan Cup, Tour of Okinawa, Melbourne-Warnambool and the recent Tour of Bright.

    Now registered as Drapac Professional Cycling, the Melbourne-based squad aims to continue that momentum in the 2011 edition of the Tour de Langkawi, despite missing its star rider, Peter McDonald, who finished fourth overall and was crowned King of the Mountain of the 2010 race.

    Team manager Agostino Giramondo will take David Pell, Rhys Pollock, Stuart Shaw, Tom Palmer, and two non-Australian riders, Goesinnen Floris of Holland and Malaysian-born Mohammad Adiq Hussainie Othman.

    Of the six riders, only Palmer and Goesinnen will make their Langkawi debut but Pell, Pollock, Shaw and Adiq will return to continue the challenges in the flat stages.

    Shaw was the winner of the final stage in Dataran Merdeka in the 2010 edition, outsprinting Footon Servetto's Vidal Celis. His attendance along with Pollock and Palmer is expected to strengthen the sprinting power of the team.

    The 33-year-old Shaw, who started with the Canberra Cycling Club before being recognised for his quick acceleration when he claimed third in the 2008 Halle-Ingooigem 1.1-ranked event in Belgium behind Quickstep's Gert Steegmans and Team Columbia's Michael Rogers.

    Shaw went on to win the first stage of the Tour de Gironde in 2009, Ambacht criterion in the Netherlands and the final stage of the Tour de Nouvelle Caledonie.

    His persistence in breakaways resulted in Shaw being named the most aggressive rider in the opening stage one the Jayco Herald Sun Tour last year and he's expected to continue in this fashion when the Tour de Langkawi kicks off on January 23.

    At 20 years old Palmer is quite a talented young rider and managed to win the Japan Cup criterium only a few weeks after returning from nasal surgery. The Canberra resident was world champion in...