Jens Voigt is not ready to call time on his long career. The German, who will turn 40 in September, is considering the offer of a new one-year contract with Leopard Trek.
The team confirmed the negotiations. "There are talks, no confirmation," team spokesman Tim Vanderjeugd told Cyclingnews Monday morning.
Voigt also told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that he hopes to ride the Tour de France again in 2012, for the 15th time.
He still feels competitive. “It's not that I was always getting dropped here,” he said. “I can still do it, so I should stay, and I still have fun with cycling.”
Voigt has won three Tour stages in his career, most recently in 2006, and has worn both the yellow and mountains jersey in the past.
He had to leave the 2009 Tour after a horrific crash which left him with a fractured jaw and cheekbone. This year he also suffered numerous crashes but no serious injuries.
Voigt turned pro in 1997 and has ridden for ZVVZ-Giant, Gan, Credit Agricole and CSC/Saxo Bank before joining Leopard Trek this year. Amongst his many career wins are five overall victories in the Criterium International.
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) rode his Tour de France victory to the top of the International Cycling Union's WorldTour ranking. Leopard Trek, which saw brothers Andy and Fränk Schleck finish second and third in the race, moved up to first on the team ranking, while Spain maintained its lead amongst the nations.
Evans moved up from fourth to first, with a total of 574 points. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) is still in second place with 471 points. Philippe Gilbert of Omega Pharma-Lotto, the previous leader, dropped to third at 402 points.
The Schleck brothers made the biggest moves up. Fränk, who finished third in Paris, went from 19th to seventh, and Andy, second in the Tour, moved up from 36th place to eighth.
The Schlecks' team, Leopard Trek, went from second to first, with 927 points. BMC moved up from sixth to second place, while HTC-Highroad dropped from first to third.
Spain continued to be top nation, with Italy still second. Australia used Evans's Tour success to move up one to third place, swapping places with Belgium.
The UCI will know if their Tour de France anti-doping tests have uncovered any further positive cases within the next few days.
The sport’s governing body – in conjunction with the AFLD – ran this year’s anti-doping tests. Alexandr Kolobnev tested positive for a diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) in the first week of racing.
UCI President, Pat McQuaid, confirmed that all tests carried out since had returned no positive samples but that he was still waiting for results from the last two days of racing.
“Not all the results are in yet. We’re still waiting for tests from the last couple of days,” McQuaid told Cyclingnews.
“The testing went very well and we had a good working relationship during the Tour de France. I met the president of the AFLD yesterday and he indicated that he was very happy with how the cooperation worked as well. That’s progress.”
2011 has been heralded as a ‘cleaner Tour’ after a number of commentators drew hope from slower performances and riders appearing more fatigued at the end of stages. While McQuaid welcomed such talk he erred on the side of caution.
“It’s hard to know if it’s true. I prefer to look at the Tour as a magnificent and exciting race with lots of drama and huge public interest. There are indications, certainly, from the results, and when you look at the performances that this was a cleaner Tour. That won’t change the UCI’s future strategy and to continue with a zero tolerance policy and find ways to regain cycling’s credibility. You don’t regain credibility with one event and it’s a work in progress.”
"We don’t discuss any of the details of the anti-doping programme. Strategies...
Greipel won one stage in his Tour de France debut. The 29-year-old German beat his rival and former teammate Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) on stage 10 in Carmaux.
He thanked his teammates who worked for him in Paris. “I have to thank Philippe [Gilbert], Marcel [Sieberg] and Jürgen [Roelandts]. They did a great job,” Greipel said, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. “But Cavendish had many guys with him. They could wait a long time.”
Roelandts confirmed HTC-Highroad's dominance in the race's final sprint. “It was very hectic. HTC played it very cleverly so they had their whole train. We had to come from far back and it was impossible to beat Cavendish.
“I think Greipel is definitely here to win,” he continued. “He just has to learn to hold on to the wheel, because he lost me and Sieberg.”
Even Philippe Gilbert tried to help Greipel, but was unable to stay up with the speedy sprinters on the cobblestones. “I was suffering up to the last kilometer. Greipel waned me to ride a little longer, but I just couldn't. Too bad he only finished third.”
The Belgian champion was naturally happy with his Tour, having won the first stage and wearing at various times the yellow, polka-dot...
AG2R rider to put disappointing Tour de France behind him
Instead of battling for a top 10 place in Paris, Nicolas Roche (AG2R) had to be content with getting to the French capital and finishing the 2011 Tour de France in 26th place, 46:23 down on overall winner Cadel Evans (BMC). The AG2R leader was very unhappy with his performances but looked forward to putting the experience behind him, and recovering in time to have a successful Vuelta a Espana.
"I'm disappointed," Roche said after the final time trial in Grenoble. "There were some days during this Tour where I had a little satisfaction, but there weren't many."
The 27-year-old Irishman felt worn out by the three weeks of intense racing, in which he was often struggling to keep pace. "I'm completely finished, my condition got worse every day," he said, explaining that his fall on stage five of the Dauphiné had been a setback from which he never really recovered.
"The crash in the Dauphiné got me completely off track. I hoped that I would find my condition again in the first part of the race. The beginning was not too bad. After the first mountain stage, I was still high on GC. But then, the nightmare started and I was completely out of contention."
He tried to make up some lost time in the stages to Pinerolo and on Galibier, but couldn't save what has been his worst Tour de France altogether, considering his high objectives prior to the event. Now, Roche hopes for redemption at the Tour of Spain, which starts on August 20.
"I'd like to forget this Tour but I also have to learn from it. I rode in the gruppetto for the first time in four years. In a way, it's good...
Cadel Evans's Tour de France win was built on a foundation of strong legs and tactical intelligence but the 34-year-old Australian also thanked his closest supporters for helping him achieve his biggest goal.
One of those supporters has been Andy Rihs, the owner of BMC, and passionate cycling fan. Rihs ran the Phonak team but came back into the sport several years later and built the BMC Racing Team into a ProTour level squad within just a few years.
At the tail-end of 2009 they signed Evans from Lotto in one of the most surprising transfers in recent years. 2010 was a mixed year, Evans was strong in the Classics but faded in the Giro d'Italia, due to illness, and crashed out of contention - but still finished - the Tour de France.
For 2011, Evans, with the backing of Rihs, altered his racing programme dramatically, dropping the Giro in a bid to go full-tilt for the Tour. It paid off and on Sunday Rihs was in Paris with Evans to celebrate Australia's first Tour de France win.
Race three of the National Road Series, the Tour of Toowoomba was a bit of an exercise in frustration for Australia’s newest professional team Jayco-2XU, but it’s hoped that this week’s Tour of Gippsland will result in the slick outfit’s second stage win of their debut season - at the very least.
Sports director Patrick Jonker told Cyclingnews that he was hoping that a gruelling training camp in Adelaide would have the team at the top of their game for Wednesday’s opening stage in Wonthaggi.
"I try and do about 75 per cent of what the pro’s would do and that’s already a lot - just to try and get them accustomed to what it’s like," the two-time Olympian explained. "It’s not an easy life; it’s a hard life and I guess that after a while they wish they’d chosen a different sport. If they can handle it and get results then they’ll be ready to make that next step and if they can’t then maybe they need to develop a little bit more. It’s been a pretty hard and intense camp but so is the sport."
Jayco-2XU got their first runs on the board on the third stage of the Mersey Valley Tour mid-April with Rhys Gillett and Brendan Brooks claiming second and third respectively. Later that month in Canberra, Chris Jongewaard took second in the Tour opener with Glenn O’Shea crossing the finish line second on Stage 2 before going one better on the final stage. In June, the Tour of Toowoomba got off to a promising start with Mark Jamieson and Luke Davison placing second and third respectively on Stage 1 before Gillett was pipped before the tape on Stage 2. The following day in Oakey could very well have been the team’s day if not for a van parked on...
After three weeks of racing, Cadel Evans did what no Australian cyclist has done before and won the Tour de France. A tight-knit Australian cycling community were in disbelief, full of emotion and full of praise for his Tour winning performance. Yesterday we put together the amazing response of the broadcast and print press to Evans' victory.
Today, Cyclingnews has put together the tweets of a number of Australian professionals commenting on Evans’ stellar achievement.
Simon Gerrans, @simongerrans "I'm super geed & proud of Cadel. Years of hard work and commitment are paying off."
Jack Bobridge, @JackBobridge "Cadel you are my hero @CadelOfficial so happy for you congrats"
Wes Sulzberger, @Wes_Suzlberger "AWESOME @CadelOfficial Wins the #TDF Done Australia proud!!!"
Matt Goss, @mattgoss1986 "Congrats to @CadelOfficial first aussie TDF winner!!! Incredible day for the sport in Australia.
"We may have climbed 5/8th of Everest on the road the other day but @CadelOfficial just stuck the aussie flag at the summit!!"
Stuart O’Grady, @StueyOG "Congrats to cadel for making history. I'm a proud aussie and a proud leopard! The best man won. Congrats to all @ BMC."
Richie Porte, @richie_porte "Game, set and match! First Aussie GT winner… Congrats Cadel."
Mark Renshaw, @Mark_Renshaw "Great ride by @CadelOfficial hats off to the BMC boys. Looked after him all tour. Congrats."
Cameron Meyer, @cammeyercyclist "History in the making today. What a ride and what a champion. You legend @CadelOfficial. Australia can be very proud."
Robbie McEwen, @mcewenrobbie "Congratulations Cadel. Incredible 3 wks of riding."