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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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November 26, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Kazakhstan to launch new UCI Continental team

    Astana manager Alexandr Vinokourov at the start of stage 15 at the Vuelta a Espana
    Article published:
    November 25, 2013, 20:30 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Vino4Ever added to Pro peloton

    Professional cycling in Kazakhstan is set to grow in 2014 with the addition of the Vino4ever team to the UCI ranks as a Continental team. The team joins the Continental Astana squad and the Astana WorldTour team.

    According to Biciciclismo.com, the team, which is named after the country's star rider Alexandre Vinokourov, will bring in a number of riders who raced on the national team, and will be led by Vinokourov's former coach, Sergey Kruchina.

    Riders will include Taras Voropayev (21), Kirill Prolubnikov (19), Vitaly Marukhin (19), Sergei Vlassenko (20) and Oleg Zemlyakov (20).

  • CN Reader Poll: Vote for year's biggest moment and win!

    Lance Armstrong speaks with Oprah Winfrey in his first interview since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life following the USADA investigation into doping by Armstrong and his US Postal Service team.
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    November 25, 2013, 21:38 GMT
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    Cycling News

    One lucky reader will win Dan Martin's Cervelo R5

    Now that the 2013 season is over, it's time to look back and decide what was the year's biggest moment. Cyclingnews has provided 10 nominees in the category as part of the 2013 Reader Poll for you to choose from.

    Moment 1: 2013 kicked off with the blockbuster television interview of Lance Armstrong by Oprah Winfrey. While Armstrong had already been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and permanently banned from any sport adhering to the WADA code, there was still the question of whether the Texan would ever confess to the doping activities USASA detailed in their Reasoned Decision. That speculation came to a conclusion in mid-January as Armstrong admitted to doping during all of his Tour de France victories straight off in the two-night interview with Winfrey.

    Moment 2: Mother Nature bombarded the European road peloton with an extended bout of wintry weather in the opening months of the 2013 season and one of the most spectacular instances of inclement weather occurred during Milano-Sanremo. Snow forced the organizers to suspend the race after 120km and remove the first two climbs - the Turchino and La Manie - with the nearly-frozen riders re-starting the race in Cogoleto, after almost a two-hour break. Germany's Gerald Ciolek would ultimately prevail in the biggest victory of his career.

    Moment 3: The 2013 Paris-Roubaix was decided in a thrilling endgame, with Fabian Cancellara and Sep Vanmarcke sprinting head-to-head in the Roubaix velodrome for the coveted cobblestone trophy. Cancellara would dig very deep to add a third Paris-Roubaix title to his...

  • Chloe Hosking to headline Roxsolt Sydney Uni Velo team

    Happy - Chloe Hosking (Specialized - lululemon)
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    November 26, 2013, 1:33 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Focus on Australian summer of racing begins with NSW Grand Prix

    Chloe Hosking will lead the new Sydney based team made up of both domestic and international riders for upcoming criteriums series in Australia. Joining Hosking will be British Olympian Lucy Martin and Australian talents Sarah Roy, Brittany Lindores and Gina Ricardo.

    The Hitec Products rider is looking forward to racing with her new teammates. "I really love racing when back home, it is exciting to get the chance to compete against some of the best female cyclists in the world," Hosking said.

    "The last few years in Australia there have been new teams starting up and really increasing the quality of racing that we're seeing. Wiggle Honda and Orica-AIS are obvious examples and they really help to make the racing a great spectacle but there is also Specialized Securitor and Suzuki Bontrager."

    The Roxsolt Sydney Uni Velo team has been built over the last few months with the aim of providing domestic riders the opportunity to race alongside those with international experience while also challenging for wins.

    "It was really important to me that the team was competitive and I know this will be the case with girls like Lucy (Martin), Sarah (Roy) and later in the summer Lauren Kitchen coming on board," Hosking said.

    "But it was also important that we had a few domestic riders on the roster to give them the opportunity to race in a professional environment with riders who have international experience."

    2013 NSW Criterium Champion Roy is racing off the back of a highly successful criterium and road race season in the Netherlands and Belgium that has resulted in being signed to the UCI Pro Women's team Vienne Futuroscope for 2014.

    "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to race with Chloe," said Roy. "I gained a lot from my stint in Europe and am excited to see how my experiences...

  • Haussler’s passion for the Classics remains

    IAM cold: Heinrich Haussler at the start of Gent-Wevelgem
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    November 26, 2013, 2:32 GMT
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    Daniel Benson

    Australian looks forward to working with Chavanel

    Heinrich Haussler has welcomed fellow Classics specialist Sylvain Chavanel to the IAM Cycling squad, telling Cyclingnews that the pair can work together at capturing success for the team next Spring.

    Chavanel signed for the team from Omega Pharma QuickStep, where, despite wining stages in the Tour de France and enjoying a spell in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, he failed to win a Monument. The closest he came to winning one of cycling's most prestigious one-day races came during the Tour of Flanders in 2011. Having broken free with what looked like an unbeatable Fabian Cancellara, the Frenchman dug deep to claim second behind Nick Nuyens and ahead of Cancellara.

    Now 34 years of age, Chavanel has signed for the Swiss team on a two-year deal, and Haussler, who beat the Frenchman to win a stage of the 2009 Tour de France, believes that the two riders can compliment each other's racing styles.

    "He's a machine. For me he's one of the best riders in the peloton. He can do anything," Haussler told Cyclingnews from his winter base in Europe.

    "Him coming over is just going to make the team stronger. A lot of the guys in the team are strong but it's also about having a map in your head and knowing what's coming up. We all spent some time in Belgium riding together and that's going to really help us next year. This year there were a few times when I was by myself but the thing with the Classics is that you need a strong team so we're doing a lot of work on that, a lot of testing of equipment, it's a great situation."

    Haussler...

  • Twilight prologue for Jayco Herald Sun Tour

    Calvin Watson wins the 2013 Herald Sun Tour.
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    November 26, 2013, 4:03 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Garmin announced as first WorldTour team

    The 61st Jayco Herald Sun Tour returns to the Australian cycling calendar in 2014 opening with a twilight prologue on Melbourne's Southbank Promenade. The 2.5km individual time trial begins the five day race which has been reinstated to a 2.1 UCI international level event. Racing will take place between the fifth and ninth of February with the new time slot after Tour Down Under ensuring a bumper month of premier road cycling in Australia.

    American WorldTour team Garmin-Sharp are the first international team revealed for the 2014 event, with their outfit boasting an Australian flavour including 2011 Jayco Herald Sun Tour champion Nathan Haas and sprinter Steele Van Hoff

    Haas, who was victorious overall in the last year the race was a UCI sanctioned level event, is excited to return to the event that played a major role in his progression to riding at a WorldTour level.

    "The Sun Tour is Victoria's biggest cycling event and Australia's longest running tour so in my mind it should always be and have always stayed a UCI level race and I am glad it is back where it should be," Haas said.

    "I'm really excited to see a really tight competitive race all the way to Arthurs Seat. The prologue will create a leader on the road for the first stage but there will be so many strong teams now that it is back to UCI status that I doubt we will see a lucky breakaway on stage one."

    The 24-year-old will be joined by fellow Australian Von Hoff, who was pivotal in his 2011 victory, at the 2014 Tour. The remaining four riders on the Garmin team will be announced in coming weeks as will other WorldTour teams and riders.

    "The stage that goes from Geelong to Ballarat, I know...

  • Mollema, Vos and Van der Poel voted Dutch riders of the year

    A victory wave from Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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    November 26, 2013, 9:22 GMT
    By:
    José Been

    Vos takes eighth consecutive award

    Bauke Mollema, Marianne Vos and Mathieu van der Poel were voted riders of the year in the Netherlands on Monday. Vos won the Keetie van Oosten-Hage trophy for the eighth time in a row. Mathieu van der Poel was voted talent of the year.

    Mollema was nominated with Tour of Poland winner Pieter Weening, Joost Wichman, Lars van der Haar and track sprinter Mathijs Büchli. Mollema finished sixth in this year's Tour de France. The Belkin rider also won the 17th stage in the Vuelta a España and the second stage in the Tour de Suisse.

    "The Tour de France will be another major goal again," Mollema said. "It's been a good season and it makes you want more. have already picked up my training again and will be working on doing better than this year." 

    It was Vos' eighth title as rider of the year. She beat Ellen van Dijk, Kirsten Wild, Anna van der Breggen and BMX rider Laura Smulders. "This year it was more tense than ever before." Vos told De Telegraaf. "The competition was very strong. I knew it would be between me and Ellen but it is always tough to compare two riders."

    Both Vos and Van Dijk won two world titles this season. Van Dijk won the team time trial world title with Specialized-Lululemon this year and repeated that performance in the individual time trial. Vos took her sixth cycle cross world title in Louisville and her third road race world title in Florence. She also won five of the eight World Cup races this season.

    Mathieu van der Poel was voted talent of the year. Just like Vos and Van Dijk, the youngest son of Adrie van der Poel and Raymond Poulidor's grandson took two world titles. He successfully defended his cyclo cross junior world title in Louisville and was the best junior in the Florence road race. U23 world cyclo cross champion...

  • Levarlet charged with involuntary manslaughter following Coyot death

    Arnaud Coyot (Saur-Sojasun)
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    November 26, 2013, 10:55 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Cofidis rider released from custody on Monday

    Cofidis rider Guillaume Levarlet has been charged with involuntary manslaughter following the car accident in which former professional Arnaud Coyot was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Levarlet was driving the Citroën Xsara that veered off the road near Beauvais, France at 6.30am on Sunday morning. Coyot was taken to hospital in Amiens, where he died from his injuries on Sunday afternoon. Levarlet and the car’s other passenger, Sebastien Minard of Ag2r-La Mondiale, were not seriously injured in the accident.

    According to Le Parisien, Levarlet appeared before an investigating magistrate in Beauvais on Monday, where he was charged. Levarlet had been taken into custody by police at the scene of the accident, but was released on Monday afternoon. If found guilty, Levarlet risks seven years in prison and a fine of €100,000.

    Levarlet, Coyot and Minard are understood to have been returning from the Bugatti nightclub in Beauvais at the time of the incident. An investigation is underway to determine to precise circumstances of the accident.

    Both Le Parisien and L’Équipe cite a source close to the investigation who said that a blood sample taken from Levarlet showed an alcohol level “very slightly above the legal limit.” No traces of narcotics were found in the analysis.

    Arnaud Coyot’s funeral will take place in Ons-en-Bray on Friday afternoon. The Frenchman, who retired at the end of the 2012 season, was a professional for ten seasons and rode for Cofidis, Unibet.com,...

  • Swift targets Tour de France spot at Sky

    Ben Swift takes out the sprint on stage 2
    Article published:
    November 26, 2013, 12:02 GMT
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    Daniel Benson

    Change of race schedule on the cards

    After a frustrating year of crashes and injuries, Ben Swift (Team Sky) is looking to reignite his career on the road in 2014. The British rider missed most of the second part of this season after undergoing surgery on one of his shoulders and despite a lengthy lay-off has already set himself the lofty goal of making Sky’s Tour de France team next season. The race starts in Yorkshire, with stage 2 finishing in the rider’s home town of Sheffield, but Swift is aware that his chances of making Dave Brailsford’s final nine will depend on how he performs in the first part of the year.

    “It’s so hard to make the Tour de France team at Sky with being the kind of rider that I am but with stage 2 finishing in my home town I have to do everything I can to make that team,” Swift told Cyclingnews from his current training base in South Africa.

    “Targeting the programme I want and trying to win as much as possible, that’s going to put me in the best possible position.”

    Swift has yet to finalise his racing schedule up until July. Final details will be discussed and inked during the team’s first training camp next week in Europe but the former Tour de Pologne and Tour Down Under stage winner is hoping to move away from Sky’s Classics core and target the weeklong stage races that pepper the opening months of the race calendar.

    “I’m thinking about stepping away from the Classics team just because I don’t think they’re races that have suited me. I’d like to do a few more of the lumpy stage races, like Catalunya and Pais Vasco, where I think I can get better results.

    “Doing the Classics programme took me away from those races. I’ve been okay in the Classics but...