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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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July 24, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • 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.
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    July 23, 2012, 13:15 BST
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    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 sporten.dk.

    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...

  • Wiggins new leader in UCI WorldTour rankings

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

  • LeMond: Van Garderen has the ambition for Tour success

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team)
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    July 23, 2012, 22:34 BST
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    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...

  • Evans ready to ride for Australia in London

    Defending champion Cadel Evans (Australia) on the start line in Melbourne.
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    July 24, 2012, 1:14 BST
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    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)
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    July 24, 2012, 2:31 BST
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    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
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    July 24, 2012, 4:49 BST
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    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...

  • 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
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    July 24, 2012, 9:14 BST
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    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...

  • Gerrans on call for Olympics

    Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge)
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    July 24, 2012, 10:50 BST
    By:
    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...