The four-round Scody Cup series had been one of Giacoppo's objectives from the beginning of the year and he worked hard to win it. He moved from his hometown in Perth ahead of the Tour of Gippsland in August, "retired from full-time work" and moved to Hobart, Tasmania for better training and a more structured program.
"At the start of the season I certainly went in with the ambition of doing well in the Scody Cup. I wanted to win it but it definitely became a reality on Sunday," Giacoppo told Cyclingnews.
"Last year it [moving to Tasmania] was something that Steele [Von Hoff] and [Nathan] Haas did. Andrew [Christie-Johnson] got them a house and they basically spent a few months down here. I'm not at home so I don't have to work so it's like being on a constant training camp."
The first round at the Tour of Gippsland looked to be the ideal start to Giacoppo's Scody Cup campaign; he won a stage and held the overall lead for six stages until losing the lead on the penultimate day to eventual winner Will Walker (Drapac). After working for the team for most of last year, Giacoppo admits that being the leader has taken...
Final rankings are yet to be published by the UCI however, Degenkolb will finish the season on 596 points ahead of teammate Marcel Kittel.
Degenkolb has 12 wins to his name this season, including the five stages he won at his second appearance at the Vuelta a Espana, two at the Tour de Picardie where he was also declared overall winner, two at the Three Days of Dunkirk and one in the Tour of Poland. He also won the GP d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais before targeting Paris-Tours over the weekend. The German has been chief conspirator when it came to trying to close the gap on the Cote de l'Epan in the closing stages of the race.
"I understood this group was going for the victory but there were still three guys at the front," the German told Cyclingnews. "I was following Van Avermaet but since I was the strongest in the group, I tried because I only had one team-mate left with me. But probably I wasn't strong enough. You always have to try. I'm not devastated. It's still a fourth place in a big classic. After the fourth place at the world championship, it's not a bad way to conclude my season."
Degenkolb, 23, also finished fourth in the world championship road race.
"I have had a very good year," he said. "As a team we worked hard and achieved great victories. I'm very proud of what we've done. This works very motivating for next year."
Degenkolb is reportedly a guaranteed start at next year's Tour de France with the Dutch outfit also
Cadel Evans (BMC) will undergo blood testing in Milan later this week to gage his recovery from a viral infection that saw the Australian end his season during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.
"Based on that, we will decide the management of his condition," said BMC Racing Team, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. "The plan is still to maintain the winter training schedule that was discussed before. So there's no reason to think we will change his training program at all for next season."
Evans was visibly struggling throughout the Tour de France where he was defending champion, and then he pulled out of the Olympic Games time trial in London after competing in the road race. Previous medical tests resulted in Evans then pulling out of the UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, having been named on Australia’s long list.
For 35-year-old Evans, the early start to the off-season has been welcome.
"Once we had a good idea of what was affecting me, I didn't want to compromise my 2013 by racing longer," Evans said. "So it's been nice to take a good rest and completely recover from this virus and work toward being back to my normal level next year. Being a first-year dad, I've also enjoyed the free time with my family."
This weekend sees the NRS continue with the Category 1 Melbourne to Warrnambool on Saturday, and the Category 3 Shipwreck Coast Classic. The 2012 season will round out on October 27 with the Grafton to Inverell, which also sits as a top-tier event.
Davison holds a 44-point lead over Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers) with previous rankings leader Mark O'Brien (Budget Forklifts) moving up into third place courtesy of his third overall in the Tour of Tasmania, although he remains 169 points behind the series leader.
Davison sat out the Tasmanian events in a bid to prepare for the one-day classics of the Australian domestic circuit.
Meantime, Lachlan Norris' overall win at the Tour of Tasmania moved the Drapac rider into the top-10.
Genesys, maintained their lead in the teams classification courtesy of their victory in Tasmania, sitting 161-points head of the Budget Forklifts with Drapac a further 153 points in arrears. If successful, it will be Genesys' third teams classification win in as many years.
The Gianni Savio-managed team finished on 814 points, ahead of Colnago CSF Inox with 766 and the soon-to-be-defunct Acqua e Sapone with 680, in the competition run for Italian teams in .1 and HC class races across the season.
The route of the 2013 Giro d'Italia has been officially presented in Milan, with race organisers balancing the traditionally mountainous route with 88.9km of time trials, in a clear attempt to attract big-name stage racers such as Bradley Wiggins and Alberto Contador.
The 96th edition of the Corsa Rosa will cover 3405km, starting in Naples with a 156km road race stage on Saturday May 4 and ending on Sunday May 26 in Brescia, with a final road stage and five laps of a city centre circuit.
Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela was awarded a wildcard entry to this year's race along with Colnago CSF-Inox, Farnese Vini-Selle Italia and Team NetApp. The Androni team took two stage wins with Miguel Rubiano soloing to victory in stage 6, and a few days later Roberto Ferrari, who had been at the centre of a controversial crash at the end of stage 3 in Denmark, sprinted to victory in stage 11.
Lucy Garner, double world junior road champion, will ride for Team Argos-Shimano next year. She will be joined at the Dutch team by new signings Kirsten Wild, Charlotte Becker and Marlen Jöhrend. The team also announced that it had extended the contracts of Amy Pieters, Kelly Markus and Esra Tromp.
Garner, 18, took the Worlds title for the second year in a row in Valkenburg, and in August won the European championship in Zeeland. The British rider had also said that she hoped to ride for a Dutch team, saying, "I would love to live and race in the Netherlands. Beautiful races and nice people. What more do you want?" according to the team press release.
Becker is also a world champion, having ridden on the Specialized-Lululemon team which won the women's team time trial. The 29-year-old has ridden professionally since 2007, taking titles on both the track and the road. She is a two-time German road champion.
Three places remain open, and negotiations with further riders are ongoing for the free spots on the women's team, “which has the same vision as the men's team and will also rely on the 1t4i principles.”
Mark Cavendish did not receive the same treatment as Bradley Wiggins at Team Sky, according to Sky teammate Juan Antonio Flecha and sport director Steven de Jongh. “Sky treated him as a great rider, but not the boss,” Flecha said.
"Bradley has always been the big boss with us. Mark expected maybe the same treatment as Bradley got, he asked for it. Sky treated him as a great rider, but not the boss,” Flecha, who is also leaving Sky, told NuSport.nl.
"The boss is Bradley, since Sky's main goal is always winning the Tour de France and that is why Mark is lower on the ladder than Bradley."
De Jongh was sorry to see the former world champion leave, but found it inevitable. "I think both sides are not entirely happy,” he said. "It did not turn out as we had hoped. It's not a happy marriage."
Coldeportes, the national government institute for sports, is putting together the collateral payment required by the UCI. Director Andres Botero told El Tiempo.com that while there are problems at the moment, “The Government's intention is that the project continues.”
Team general manager Claudio Corti said that the team will submit all required documentation to the UCI as required. "Coldeportes promised to deliver what is needed to continue. The deadline is the 18th of October," said Corti.
The Colombian Cycling Federation confirmed that the government will continue to support the team. Coldeportes "has every intention of continuing with the objective that the project reach an invitation to the Giro d'Italia and later the Tour de France,” president Jorge Ovido Gonzalez said.
It is now only a question of securing the 550,000 Euro collateral “and attach other documentation. What remains is to agree to finalize everything. We need to work on the project and all the commissioned parties are moving in the same direction," he said.