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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Date published:
November 01, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Livestrong's early finish leads Lewis down unexpected roads

    Joseph Lewis (Trek_LIVESTRONG)
    Article published:
    October 31, 2011, 23:00 GMT
    Alex Hinds

    How a UCI ruling opened the Australian to racing at Sun Tour, Southland

    When Joe Lewis looked at his 2011 schedule with development team Trek-Livestrong, he fully expected to be racing with them well into August and perhaps even September. As a final year under 23, showcasing his talents on a world stage in the bigger races that feature at the end of the American racing calendar were crucial to launching him on the road to a professional career in 2012.

    His win at the Tour of Gila got things on the right track early on in the year, but a controversial ruling by the UCI in July prevented Livestrong from racing at the Cascade Classic, the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Lewis main goals for the season - and in doing so cut short Lewis' time with the team, and ended his American adventure prematurely.

    Though that "was a bit of a downer" for the 22-year-old it did allow him to come back to the Australian domestic racing scene to do a stint with, the Sun Tour with the Australian National Team and a first time participation at the Tour of Southland in New Zealand, with Livestrong teammate George Bennett.

    Lewis talked to Cyclingnews about his 2011, and how an unexpected second half to the season may have been a blessing in disguise.

    "The time with Trek-Livestrong was obviously pretty awesome. The whole ‘Lance’ factor and all those things associated with being on the team, and its connections with the foundation itself. The whole thing really helps your public profile – suddenly I had a lot more people interested in what I was up to.

    "Just after I won at Gila, I sent out a...

  • Evans, Goss headline final nominations for Australian Cyclist of the Year awards

    Jack Bobridge was looking proud in his Aussie jersey.
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 3:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Winners to be announced on November 11

    2011 has been a year of superlatives for Australian cycling. Matt Goss took an historic victory at Milan-San Remo, Jack Bobridge broke Chris Boardman's long standing individual pursuit record on the track, and Cadel Evans realised a dream at the Tour de France, becoming the first Australian to take yellow all the way to Paris.

    In the wake of such a successful year, Cycling Australia has released the final list of cyclists who are being considered for the 'Opperman medal' Australian cyclist of the year award.

    "2011 has been a phenomenal year for across all ages and disciplines," said Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks. "The 'Cyclones' claimed 35 world titles and they weren't topping medal tables at world championships they were on podiums at World Cups and international calendar events from the boards to the bitumen and onto the dirt.

    Awards will be given out in all cycling disciplines, with Road, Track, Mountain Bike and BMX and Paracycling all featuring.

    Seven Australians celebrated double gold and Australia's 2011 world championship medal haul totalled 36 gold, 23 silver and 18 bronze medals.

    "The Jayco 2011 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards is a celebration but it's also an opportunity for us to acknowledge those who have made our success possible," said Mr Fredericks. "I congratulate all the cyclists, coaches and staff for their outstanding efforts and thank all our sponsors and fans for their support.

    "We look forward to the momentum continuing in 2012."

    The winners of the Jayco 2011 Australian Cyclist of the Year Awards will be announced at a sold-out gala event being staged in the Ivy Room, Sydney on Friday 11 November.

    The finalists for the awards are listed below.

    People's Choice Cyclist Of The Year

    Cadel Evans

    Matthew Goss

    Anna Meares OAM

    Stuart O'Grady

    Mark Renshaw

    Steele Von Hoff


  • Henton rides through the pain barrier in Southland

    The X-ray shows just how close the bone got.
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 5:20 GMT
    Daniel Simms

    New Zealander finishes stage after re-breaking collarbone

    Mike Henton put in an incredibly gutsy effort on stage 1 of the Tour of Southland with the New Zealander re-breaking his collarbone on the run in to Lumsden but continuing on to finish the stage.

    Whilst that may not be so unusual in itself, the break was in fact the second that Henton had suffered in three weeks. He started the Tour with dull pain from the residual injury, and when he crashed initially thought that he had been lucky enough to not re-injure himself.

    "I had a bit of a silly crash in the crosswinds there and I landed just square on the shoulder - exactly what I didn’t want to happen," he said. "I broke it three weeks ago during the Tour of Tasmania. It was healing quite well, I still had a little bit of pain [this week and last week] but it was fairly solid."

    "But it was really bizzare. I jumped back up [after the crash] and the shoulder felt perfect, like there was nothing wrong with it. I was up out of the saddle and everything," he said.

    "As I started off I thought ‘there’s no pain there so maybe something’s happened to fix it?’. Then about 5 kilometres later reason started to kick in and I thought `hang on, there’s something seriously wrong’."

    Henton completed the stage for his Ascot Park Hotel team before heading to Southland Hospital for x-rays.

    "They revealed I was about three or four millimetres away from having the bone come through the skin," he said.

    Henton is facing surgery later this week, however it’s not enough to deter him from remaining on Tour in a support capacity.

    "I want to have the operation down here so I can stay and support the guys and do what I can for the team."

    Henton first rode the iconic Tour three years ago and it is now the highlight on his racing calendar. For his Tour to end the way it did is a frustration, but...

  • Other countries "know who rules," says Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish at the start with his new rainbow jersey
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 10:18 GMT
    Cycling News

    World champion pays tribute to British team's domination

    Mark Cavendish believes that the Great Britain team’s impressive performance at the world championships set down an important marker for the London 2012 Olympics road race. The world champion paid tribute to the efforts of his teammates in Copenhagen in September, as they controlled the race in order to set up the bunch finish.

    “For the world champs it was about getting GB up front,” Cavendish told The Telegraph. “We showed the world we can control the championships; not just win, but control how the whole race panned out. That’s quite a dominating thing to have. Psychologically, the other teams now know who rules.”

    After spending his professional career to date as part of the Highroad set-up, Cavendish will join Sky in 2012. Although he only confirmed his move to the British team in October, he acknowledged that there was an air of inevitability about the transfer.

    “I always felt I would end up with them,” he said. “It’s logical. It’s the best team, it has got the best back-up and it’ll be good to ride with guys who I will ride with at the Olympics. For British cycling it’s the right move.”

    Bradley Wiggins will be among his teammates at Sky, but Cavendish was reluctant to discuss how the team will be built around their respective interests at the Tour de France. Wiggins will chase a place on the podium, while Cavendish is looking to defend his green...

  • Kashechkin postpones hour record bid until 2012

    Andrey Kashechkin (Kazakhstan)
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 10:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    No attempt during Astana World Cup event

    After having initially announced that he would make an attempt at the world hour record on the velodrome in Astana, Kazakhstan during the upcoming World Cup event, Andrei Kashechkin has renounced this goal - at least for this season. On his Facebook page, the rider stated that he was preparing to set a new hour record in the velodrome of his home country's capital but that he planned to achieve it next year.

    "It's a very important objective to me. I am very interested by this challenge but not for this season. I hope I will be able to set up an appointment next season," the 31-year-old said.

    The Sary-Arka velodrome in Astana will host the first of four rounds of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics from November 4-6. Kashechkin, who switched from Lampre to the Astana team in the middle of this season after returning from a doping ban in 2010, reportedly aims to lay down a new marker in his home country.

    The current record is held by Ondrej Sosenka. The Czech rider covered 49.7 kilometres in Moscow, Russia, on July 19, 2005. Sosenka later tested positive for methamphetamine in 2008.

  • Olympics: UCI and UKAD to share biological passport data

    UCI President Pat McQuaid
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 11:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    Deal struck ahead of London 2012

    Ahead of next year’s Olympic Games, UK Anti-Doping and cycling’s governing body the UCI have stepped up their fight against doping. The UCI currently manages the Biological Passport and has signed an agreement with the UK organisation to share its data and other doping-related information.

    In a statement UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “In the countdown to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, UK Anti-Doping is delighted to work with the UCI, who have led the way in maximising the benefits the biological passport offers.

    “Establishing this formal partnership is vital in our ability to tackle doping and crack down on those who insist on dishonestly enhancing their performance. It also reinforces our joint ambition to pool resources and expertise in the fight against doping, not just in this country, but globally.”

    The move is another step towards running what organisers hope will be the cleanest Olympic Games ever. In February, WADA announced that it will work closely with Interpol and border-control agencies in the lead-in to the 2012 London Olympics in order to complement its own existing anti-doping controls.

    With regards to the UCI and UKAD’s latest move, UCI President Pat McQuaid said: “The UCI is very pleased with this agreement which marks another important advancement for the fight against doping. By pooling knowhow and resources at national and international level, by efficiently using technological tools and the extensive Biological Passport data available, we are one step closer to permanently eradicating doping across the globe.”


  • Rolland working on time trialling for 2012 Tour de France

    Pierre Rolland took the first French stage victory of the 2011 Tour de France.
    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 12:43 GMT
    Cycling News

    Frenchman looks to strike balance in his preparation

    With no fewer than 96km of time trialling on the agenda at the 2012 Tour de France, Pierre Rolland (Europcar) has acknowledged that he will need to improve his prowess against the watch if he is to better his 11th place finish of last July.

    “It’s complicated,” Rolland told L’Équipe. “I’ll have to work a lot for the time trial to lose the minimum amount of time there, because you won’t see me at [Cadel] Evans’ level.”

    The Frenchman is due to begin testing his new time trial bike and position in the coming weeks. He acknowledged that it will be a lengthy process of trial and error as he gets to work on limiting his losses to the specialists in the discipline.

    “[The bike] will be more aerodynamic than before, it’s made for riding fast,” he said. “I’m going to change my position, so there’s work to be done in the wind tunnel.”

    An effervescent winner on l’Alpe d’Huez in 2011, Rolland is well aware that his greatest strength is his climbing. In spite of the progress he aims to make on the flat, Rolland is mindful that he must strike a balance with his time trial training.

    “It will be my coach’s job to make sure that I improve myself in that area without losing my agility in the mountains,” Rolland said.

    Rolland’s season will get underway in February, and he plans to reach “a first peak in form in April.” The major rendezvous of his year is in July, however, and all told, the white jersey winner “will try to have an even more professional approach in 2012.”




  • Fédrigo puts illness behind him

    Article published:
    November 01, 2011, 13:20 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    First season at FDJ ruined by Lyme disease

    Pierrick Fédrigo is hoping for better luck in his second season at FDJ after illness ruined most of his 2011 campaign. The Frenchman was stricken by Lyme disease and forced to miss the Tour de France, but he returned to action with a series of solid performances at the end of the summer.

    “From the beginning of the season, I had noticed some changes in my state of health,” Fédrigo told Sud Ouest. “I was tired, I had some muscular pain. In persisting in racing, I asked more of my body than it could manage. I went beyond my limits. It was only afterwards that I discovered that it was due to my illness, but it was too late.”

    Though Fédrigo’s symptoms began early in the spring, he was not diagnosed with Lyme disease until July, when he was sidelined from the Tour de France. The bacterial infection is transferred by ticks and Fédrigo initially believed he picked it up while hunting near his home in Marmande in south-western France.

    “I’ve also got some animals at home, and I’m someone who loves to be in nature, so it’s not absolutely certain that it happened while hunting,” he said. “It’s a very hard illness to diagnose and it goes in cycles, it comes and goes. At the height of flu season last year, I thought that’s what it was.”

    The symptoms of the illness made it difficult for Fédrigo to train and keep his morale up during the spring, and he struggled at the Ardennes classics. “I had a lot of fatigue and no motivation,” he recalled. “When I came back from a race, I wouldn’t...