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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Date published:
July 24, 2012, 11:00
  • Riis: Contador must win Vuelta a Espana, Schleck won't be a factor in the race

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) gets in one last race before his CAS verdict is announced.
    Article published:
    July 23, 2012, 13:15
    Cycling News

    Saxo Bank extends contract with Chris Anker Sorensen for three years

    Alberto Contador must win the Vuelta a Espana whilst Andy Schleck will ride it only for training, if at all, Bjarne Riis said. The Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team owner is ready to put the Tour de France behind him and look towards the return of his star, who he says “must” win the Vuelta.

    Riis also confirmed that Chris Anker Sorensen has extended his contract with the team for an additional three years.

    Riis has been in contact with Contador several times a week, being updated on his training. Contador is serving out the end of a doping-related ban, which expires on August 6. He is expected to start in the Eneco Tour before taking on the Vuelta.

    Contador “has looked at all the stages, and we've already talked a little about them. Soon he will have the route book in his hand, and we get to see who will start the race, and then we can really prepare. But it's actually fairly simple, for he must win,” Riis told

    The final plans will be made at Eneco. “When we get down there, we will put the Vuelta strategy together. We will look at how we should ride the various stages, and then take it day by day when it starts.”

    Contador has been concentrating on his training and therefore given no interviews lately, both Riis and the Spaniard's personal spokesman, Jacinto Vidarte said.

    At the Vuelta, he will face competition from such riders as Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Chris Froome (Sky), who finished second last year. But it seems unlikely to Riis that Andy Schleck will compete for the title, if he is even able to ride.

    Schleck is recovering from a broken bone in his pelvis, which has caused him to miss both the Tour de France and the 2012 London Olympics. He is doubtful for the Vuelta, which starts on August 18.

    “I don't think it will be a duel between the two. If Andy rides, then I don't think he will be in the form he will need to go for the win. I think he will ride to get fit again. From what I've heard, he has not trained so much and you must do that to win.”

    Sorensen extends for three years

    Riis also confirmed that Chris Anker Sorensen has extended his contract for an additional three years. “He has got a pay rise and we have made a three-year agreement with him. All parties are satisfied.”

    The Dane, who has ridden for Riis his entire career, was named “super combative” rider at the Tour. On Friday's 17th stage he suffered damage to fingers on his left hand when he tried to remove a piece of newspaper from his front wheel, and he faces possible surgery this week.

    “I'm really happy. I have had many good years on the team and I am sure that having a lot of good years ahead,” Sorensen said. He will ride in support of Contador at next year's Tour de France, but will have his own chances in other races.

  • Wiggins new leader in UCI WorldTour rankings

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky) with the Tour de France champion's trophy.
    Article published:
    July 23, 2012, 17:38
    Cycling News

    Sky top team, Great Britain up to third in nation rankings

    Bradley Wiggins is the new leader of the UCI WorldTour after his dominant performance and overall victory at the Tour de France. His Team Sky squad also tops the team ranking, while the success of Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome lifted Great Britain to third place in the nations ranking.

    Wiggins now has a total of 601 ranking points after adding the Tour de France to his victories earlier in the season at Paris-Nice, the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphiné. He is the first rider to win all four stage races in the same season.

    Previous rankings leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) is now second with 404 points, while Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali of Liquigas-Cannondale moved up to a close third place with 400 points after finishing third overall in the Tour de France.

    Belgium’s Tom Boonen of the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team didn't compete in the Tour de France and drops from second to fourth with 368 points while Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale, another revelation at the Tour de France after he won three stages and the green points jersey, holds fifth with 351 points. Britain’s Chris Froome - who finished second overall in the Tour de France - was the big mover on the individual rankings as he climbed from 52nd place to sixth and now has a total of 266 points.

    Spain and Italy remain in first and second in the nation rankings with 1,136 and 1,084 points respectively, but Great Britain is now a close third at 1,041 points following a very successful Tour de France.

    The top four squads on the team ranking remain unchanged with Sky leading Liquigas-Cannondale, Katusha and Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but the British squad has extended its lead to 330 points over Liquigas, 1,318 points to 988.

    The UCI WorldTour continues in early August with the Eneco Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium, August 5-12.

    WorldTour individual rankings
    1 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 601 pts
    2 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 404  
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 400  
    4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 368  
    5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 351  
    6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 266  
    7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 252  
    8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 237  
    9 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 210  
    10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 201  
    11 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 197  
    12 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 194  
    13 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 189  
    14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 189  
    15 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
    16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 184  
    17 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 183  
    18 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 182  
    19 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 181  
    20 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 166  
    21 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 160  
    22 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 150  
    23 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 134  
    24 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 134  
    25 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp 132  
    26 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 129  
    27 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 128  
    28 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 126  
    29 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 122  
    30 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan 120  
    31 Moreno Moser (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 115  
    32 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 113  
    33 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 106  
    34 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 104  
    35 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 102  
    36 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 101  
    37 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 100  
    38 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 98  
    39 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 96  
    40 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan 94  
    41 Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack-Nissan 92  
    42 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 90  
    43 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 89  
    44 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 88  
    45 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 87  
    46 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team 86  
    47 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 85  
    48 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 85  
    49 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 80  
    50 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team 77  
    51 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 75  
    52 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling 74  
    53 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 74  
    54 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 63  
    55 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 62  
    56 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 61  
    57 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 60  
    58 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team 60  
    59 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling 60  
    60 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 57  
    61 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 51  
    62 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 50  
    63 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 50  
    64 Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 46  
    65 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 44  
    66 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 42  
    67 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 42  
    68 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 42  
    69 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 42  
    70 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 42  
    71 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 41  
    72 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 40  
    73 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 40  
    74 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 38  
    75 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 36  
    76 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 34  
    77 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 33  
    78 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 33  
    79 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 31  
    80 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 30  
    81 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp 30  
    82 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
    83 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 30  
    84 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 24  
    85 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 24  
    86 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling 24  
    87 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 22  
    88 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 22  
    89 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
    90 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 21  
    91 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 21  
    92 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 21  
    93 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 20  
    94 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 20  
    95 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 20  
    96 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 20  
    97 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp 20  
    98 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 20  
    99 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team 18  
    100 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 18  
    101 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 17  
    102 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 17  
    103 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 16  
    104 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 16  
    105 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 16  
    106 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 16  
    107 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 16  
    108 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 14  
    109 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
    110 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 14  
    111 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - Sharp 13  
    112 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 13  
    113 Allan Davis (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 11  
    114 Steve Chainel (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
    115 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
    116 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 10  
    117 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 10  
    118 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team 10  
    119 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 10  
    120 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
    121 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 10  
    122 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 10  
    123 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp 10  
    124 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 10  
    125 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 10  
    126 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp 9  
    127 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 9  
    128 Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 9  
    129 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 8  
    130 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 8  
    131 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 8  
    132 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
    133 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team 8  
    134 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
    135 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 8  
    136 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 8  
    137 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan 8  
    138 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 8  
    139 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 7  
    140 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team 7  
    141 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
    142 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat 7  
    143 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
    144 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 6  
    145 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
    146 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 6  
    147 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team 6  
    148 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
    149 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 6  
    150 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 6  
    151 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 6  
    152 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - Sharp 6  
    153 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5  
    154 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 5  
    155 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 5  
    156 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
    157 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
    158 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 4  
    159 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4  
    160 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 4  
    161 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 4  
    162 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 4  
    163 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
    164 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
    165 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp 4  
    166 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 4  
    167 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 4  
    168 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 4  
    169 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 4  
    170 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan 4  
    171 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin - Sharp 3  
    172 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 3  
    173 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 2  
    174 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    175 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    176 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    177 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
    178 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 2  
    179 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team 2  
    180 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 2  
    181 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Katusha Team 2  
    182 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2  
    183 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    184 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2  
    185 Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 2  
    186 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2  
    187 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 2  
    188 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
    189 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
    190 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2  
    191 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 2  
    192 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 1  
    193 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    194 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
    195 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
    196 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
    197 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 1  
    198 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD 1  
    199 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 1  
    200 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Sharp 1  
    201 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    202 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 1  
    203 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 1  
    204 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team 1  
    205 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    206 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team 1  
    207 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    208 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    209 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 1  
    210 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 1  
    211 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1  
    212 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan 1  
    213 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
    214 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 1  
    215 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
    216 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
    217 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 1  
    218 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 1  
    WorldTour team rankings
    1 Sky Procycling 1318 pts
    2 Liquigas-Cannondale 988  
    3 Katusha Team 761  
    4 Omega Pharma-Quickstep 677  
    5 BMC Racing Team 649  
    6 Astana Pro Team 622  
    7 RadioShack-Nissan 529  
    8 Orica-GreenEdge 486  
    9 Garmin - Sharp 475  
    10 Lotto Belisol Team 472  
    11 Movistar Team 471  
    12 Euskaltel - Euskadi 424  
    13 Lampre - ISD 400  
    14 Rabobank Cycling Team 361  
    15 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 318  
    16 AG2R La Mondiale 234  
    17 FDJ-Big Mat 173  
    18 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 88  
    WorldTour nation rankings
    1 Spain 1136 pts
    2 Italy 1084  
    3 Great Britain 1041  
    4 Belgium 915  
    5 Australia 734  
    6 United States 470  
    7 Netherlands 433  
    8 Slovakia 361  
    9 Switzerland 338  
    10 Portugal 281  
    11 Germany 262  
    12 Colombia 258  
    13 France 233  
    14 Slovenia 199  
    15 Canada 198  
    16 Czech Republic 195  
    17 Ireland 168  
    18 Norway 152  
    19 Poland 131  
    20 Denmark 116  
    21 Kazakhstan 110  
    22 Russia 97  
    23 Luxembourg 90  
    24 Croatia 77  
    25 Austria 51  
    26 Belarus 50  
    27 Argentina 22  
    28 Costa Rica 20  
    29 Sweden 14  
    30 South Africa 12  
    31 Lithuania 10  
    32 Estonia 6  
    33 New Zealand 5  
    34 Ukraine 2  
    35 Brazil 1  
  • LeMond: Van Garderen has the ambition for Tour success

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team)
    Article published:
    July 23, 2012, 22:34
    Daniel Benson

    First American white jersey winner rates BMC rider's performance

    On Sunday Tejay van Garderen (BMC) made history when he became only the third American to ever win the white jersey in the Tour de France. Finishing fifth overall in his second Tour, the BMC rider joined an elite club that includes Andy Hampsten and Greg LeMond and the latter believes that the 23-year-old is part of a new generation of Tour contenders.

    “I think Van Garderen is a big talent and I’m excited about that,” LeMond told Cyclingnews.

    “He’s just 23 years old and there’s just a big bunch of good new up-and-coming riders, a new generation.

    “What’s impressed me about Van Garderen, though, is that he’s an all round rider. His time trial, of course, and when you look at his age that’s another thing, but he’s been in Europe for a long time but he’s all round talent and you don’t get a white jersey without that. He’s been racing for while and he’s built up experience already so he’s got that perfect combination of youth and ambition coming together.”

    Van Garderen came into the race as super domestique for the defending champion Cadel Evans. BMC stuck to that game plan despite the American beating Evans in the prologue, the Besançon time trial and the climb to La Toussuire. However, in the second half the race, with Van Garderen in white, BMC allocated their new co-captain with team support. It paid off with Van Garderen moving up to fifth in the final time trial.

    With a host of American riders closing in on the end of their careers Van Garderen, alongside Taylor Phinney and Andrew Talansky (second in this year’s Tour of Romandie) appear ready to take over the county’s stage racing baton.

    While LeMond was full of praise for Van Garderen’s ride he eased on the side of caution, pointing out that it could take time for Van Garderen to improve on his early showing.

    “What’s exciting about this new generation, from the Tour, is that you start seeing the new stars. But I remember that I was third in my first Tour. I wasn’t at my best and it took another year just to figure out how to race properly, not get sick and eat right. Van Garderen looked good in 5th place and there’s always improvement to be made in time trialing and climbing but you discover a lot in your first two or three Tours.”

    After winning white in 1984 LeMond went on to win the Tour three times, first in 1986 and then again in 1989 and 1990. When asked to compare his own characteristics with what Van Garderen displayed at this year’s Tour, LeMond singled out one key trait: ambition.

    “One similarity is that he’s got great ambition and I think that’s shown in is choices to move to Europe and the racing he’s done. That’s one of the better qualities that a rider can have. And as an all round rider, well that's what you need to be to win the Tour. He’s been making nice steady progress.”

  • Evans ready to ride for Australia in London

    Defending champion Cadel Evans (Australia) on the start line in Melbourne.
    Article published:
    July 24, 2012, 01:14
    Cycling News

    Says he has enough time to recover after Tour de France

    Cadel Evans has confirmed he will take his place in the five-man Australian team for the Olympic Games 250 kilometre road race on Saturday.

    There had been doubts over the 35-year-old's fitness following the Tour de France which concluded on Sunday. Evans did not have the form in 2012 that was crucial to his success 12 months ago, and the final few days of his Tour were blighted by a stomach bug.

    Despite his recent setbacks, Evans boarded the flight to London with the rest of the Australian team on Monday afternoon European time with no doubt in his mind over the next job on his to-do list - racing for Australia on Saturday.

    "Absolutely, I wouldn't bother getting on the plane if I wasn't," he told reporters at Heathrow Airport. He will join Simon Gerrans, Matt Goss, Stuart O'Grady, and Michael Rogers on the start line on the Mall.

    "The tour has been tiring for us and my Tour wasn't up to my expectations, or anyone's expectations, but for us eight days is a lot of recovery [time].

    "And [there's] a bit of training to do before we get to the time trial [on August 1]."

    Evans will line up with Rogers in the chrono.


  • Barry breaks arm in Tour de Wallonie crash

    Michael Barry (Team Sky)
    Article published:
    July 24, 2012, 02:31
    Cycling News

    Team Sky Canadian suffers second broken bone of season

    Michael Barry (Sky) has suffered a broken arm after being caught up in a crash in the sprint finish of stage three at the Tour de Wallonie, Team Sky announced on its website.

    Michel Kreder (Garmin-Sharp) was squeezed into the barriers along the left edge of the road in the kick for the line, setting off a multi-rider incident which took down a number of others in the stage finale. Despite not contesting the sprint Barry was unlucky to be caught up in the crash in the final 100 metres of the stage, having made his way into an elite front group of around 30 riders.

    "We can confirm that Michael has unfortunately broken the same arm in which he suffered a broken elbow in Qatar and is currently undergoing checks in Belgium before being flown back to the UK tonight for further tests," said Team Sky Doctor Richard Freeman.

    After picking himself up Barry walked across the line in Beaufays before heading to the hospital where the break was confirmed.

    Barry had made a strong return from a broken elbow sustained in February's Tour of Qatar and had used his strong climbing form to place himself at the sharp end of the day's stage. The stage in the Belgian Ardennes featured nine categorised climbs including several which are part of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège spring classic's route.

    "It's a real shame that we have lost Michael today," said Sky directeur sportif Steven de Jongh. "He and [Salvatore] Puccio rode really well to make the front group in the peloton but Michael could not avoid the crash in front of him. He had been climbing really well and has been very unlucky this season."

  • WADA campaign to identify pipeline medicines with doping potential

    Director General of the WADA, David Howman
    Article published:
    July 24, 2012, 04:49
    Cycling News

    Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies part of joint agreement

    Another initiative to assist in the fight against doping in sport was launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday. The new campaign, dubbed “2 Fields 1 Goal” is an extension to an already established Joint Declaration, based upon voluntary cooperation between the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), the global Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and WADA.

    "Doping is a public health issue and undermines the integrity of scientific innovation and competitive sports. We are pleased to provide support that will help companies determine if they have products in their pipelines that could be abused by athletes, even before they come to market," said IFPMA Director General Eduardo Pisani.

    The 2 Fields 1 Goal campaign was developed in conjunction with a Points to Consider booket, issued by WADA to assist in the "identification of compounds with potential doping abuse and sharing of information". This booklet provides biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies with the educational knowledge to recognise specific compounds that could be used to enhance sporting performance before they come to market. WADA’s booklet is designed to strengthen the effort against doping by empowering the manufacturers with the tools for identification.

    "The 2 Fields 1 Goal campaign serve as a manual to help companies identify compounds in all stages of development with the potential for misuse and allow for the sharing of information between the companies and WADA in order to develop testing and detection methods to detect illegal or illicit use by athletes," according to WADA.

    Improved communication between the manufacturers and WADA is designed to improve the speed and development of detection methods by bringing these parties together.

    "Working closely with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to identify new potential doping compounds before they are commercially available will facilitate much faster development of detection methods," said David Howman, Director General of WADA.

    "In addition, the booklet will allow the pharmaceutical industry to ensure their work is directed at developing and delivering treatments and medicines for therapeutic purposes," he said.


  • Van den Broeck praises work of Lotto-Belisol

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) feels the pain cause by Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) during stage one of the Tour in Seraing
    Article published:
    July 24, 2012, 09:14
    Cycling News

    "The next Tour is already in my head"

    Jurgen Van den Broeck hardly had the opportunity last year to prove his Tour de France potential and improve on his result of the 2010 edition. The Lotto-Belisol rider crashed on the descent of Col du Perthus during stage nine in last year’s Tour and while he quickly remounted, he soon found himself back on the side of the road unable to ride any further.

    This year’s race saw abandonment for a number of general classification contenders but this time Van den Broeck wasn't one of them. He rode into Paris with his second fourth-place overall, his most recent finish being in 2010 when he finished the race in fifth and was elevated to fourth following Alberto Contendor’s stripped title.

    "I finish just next to the podium and I have achieved that result by making the race and attacking. Two years ago I had to limit myself to following, now I took a new step in my development. This is more beautiful than then, because I'm one place higher in the GC and have made the race," he said on his team site.

    Van Den Broeck experienced his share of bad luck in this year’s edition but unlike last year, it didn’t rule him out of the race completely. Lotto’s general classification leader suffered a mechanical leading up to the final climb of stage nine but he remained calm and promptly began his chase. He had Australian teammate and former national time trial champion Adam Hansen on hand to try and regain contact with the peloton.

    "That I have never panicked is definitely a step forward with regard to the past. Mental coaching has changed my way of thinking and I’m now much calmer. Negative energy doesn't yield anything, dwelling on mistakes or things that go wrong doesn't help you during the Tour."

    His teammate’s effort to get him back in contention for the stage were spirited but ultimately the peloton was moving too quickly and the distance before the climb came too soon. He started the final ascent in ‘chase mode’ and he lost time to eventual stage winner Chris Froome (Sky) and most of the other GC riders. He nonetheless praised his team and the huge work load they took on board.

    "Guys like [Lars] Bak and [Adam] Hansen lead me each time in a favourable position, I feel very comfortable following their wheels. They don't give themselves 100, but 120 percent," he said. "We came to the Tour with a very strong team, that has functioned perfectly. When you see how [Andre] Greipel rode on the Tourmalet, collecting bottles for us and rode past the whole peloton to bring them to the front that demonstrated his class."

    Van den Broeck knows that he’ll need to work hard over the coming year if he is to improve on his results from 2012 but with the Vuelta a España next on the agenda, his Tour preparation for 2013 will have to wait.

    "My time trialling will never be super, that‘s my nature but I should be able to control the damage as much as possible. The fact I was a juniour world champion for the time trial but that doesn’t count for much. I have always said that everyone starts from scratch with the pros."

    Following his attempt at the Vuelta, Van den Broeck hopes to be selected for the Belgian national team at the world championships. That is, if he can recover from the Tour and come out of the Vuelta in the physical and mental shape require to contest the gruelling one-day race.

    "A few years ago I had never thought I could do this once, let alone two times. A podium place in the Tour would really accomplish my career. The next Tour indeed is already in my head. I also hear the rumors there should be more climbing. But I will never keep on racing till I'm forty like Jens Voigt."

  • Gerrans on call for Olympics

    Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
    Article published:
    July 24, 2012, 10:50
    Hedwig Kröner

    Milan-San Remo winner believes in breakaway chances over Box Hill

    Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans has all systems go for the upcoming Olympic road race next weekend. Together with his Australian teammates, Gerrans flew to London on Monday and had confirmed to Cyclingnews that he felt good coming out of the Tour de France, and was confident the five-man squad would be highly competitive at the 250km road race this Saturday.

    Even though his Orica-GreenEdge squad could not score a stage victory at its first Tour de France participation, this year's Milan-San Remo winner said that the three-week race had a relatively good outcome for him personally. A crash into a barbed wire fence on stage three didn't have major consequences for the 32-year-old, and the work for team sprinter Matt Goss, as well as the challenging mountain stages have left him feeling in good shape for the Olympic event.

    "The Tour de France has been pretty good for me personally," Gerrans told Cyclingnews at the Grand Tour's ultimate time trial in Chartres last Saturday. "Unfortunately, we haven't won a stage with the team, and it had been my ambition to get into one of the breakaways to do that. But looking back, there was probably only one day that there was an opportunity with no major climbs, and that was the one that Fedrigo won into Pau. I tried that day, but it didn't work out. On the other stages, it was either a matter of surviving the mountains or helping Goss for the sprints. So all in all, it hasn't been a bad Tour, but we've definitely missed out on a victory."

    Considering the risk of injury or illness the riders take throughout a three-week race, the Australian champion felt lucky to have concluded the event unhurt and in good shape. "My form is good. I'm healthy, and I feel like I've come through pretty well this year. I'm looking forward to the next few races!"

    Having arrived in London on Monday, Gerrans confirmed that the Australian team would "have a few quiet days" to recover form Tour de France strains, and then "sharpen up a bit for the week-end."

    Even though he hadn't had the chance to see the Olympic course yet, the two-time Tour Down Under winner already had an idea from what he had heard about it - and he wasn't so sure the race would come down to a bunch sprint. "From what I understand, the climb that is going to be raced nine times [Box Hill] is going to be selective. Hopefully, it will break up a bit and become a hard race. That should suit our team as we have a pretty versatile squad."

    Indeed, with several strong attackers and Goss as a top-level sprinter in the team, the Australians will be able to adapt to every race situation. If a strong breakaway including many different nations establishes himself on the 2.5km climb - which averages five percent gradient, and peaks of up to eight percent - the British squad around world champion Mark Cavendish will have a hard time reeling it back in. "It could very well turn out differently than what the sprinters expect. But either way, our team covers both sides," Gerrans concluded.