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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Date published:
September 18, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Holczer hails Vorobyev's Worlds win

    An ecstatic Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation) celebrates his U23 time trial world title on the podium.
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    September 17, 2012, 18:20 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Under-23 TT champion to ride for Katusha in 2013

    When newly-crowned under-23 time trial world champion Anton Vorobyev (Russia) was asked if he would turn professional next season at his post-race press conference, a voice answered for him from the back of the room.

    "Yes, he will be," chimed Katusha manager Hans-Michael Holczer, as Vorobyev was shyly explaining that he had been a trainee with the team this season and hoped to earn a permanent spot in 2013.

    Holczer later confirmed to reporters that Vorobyev – who has raced for the Itera-Katusha feeder team for the past three seasons – has already agreed a two-year deal with the WorldTour outfit. Indeed, he had already considered promoting Vorobyev ahead of the 2012 campaign, but ultimately decided to hold fire for another year.

    "In the early season, we made the decision not to take him in the ProTeam but to keep him in the Continental team and give him help with the technical side with our equipment manager Michael Rich and on the coaching side with Sebastian Weber," Holczer said. "That meant that he stayed with Nikolay Morozov in the Continental team and then came with us as a stagiaire at the Tour of Denmark.

    "We gave him the security of knowing that he would already have a contract with a big team in 2013 no matter what his results were this year. That took the pressure off and allowed him to concentrate, and maybe this win is the result of that."

    In spite of his position on the lower rungs of the Russian Cycling Project ladder, Vorobyev's potential meant that he had access to some of the same perks as the men at the very top of the hierarchy.

    "We invited him to our first training camp in Majorca in January and after [Joaquim] Rodriguez and [Denis] Menchov, he was the third rider to get one of our new time trial bikes. So we knew...

  • King winds down 2012 season Stateside

    Pro road racer Ted King of Liquigas-Cannondale tests his wheels on the dirt with Adam Myerson of Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis chasing him down
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    September 17, 2012, 20:24 BST
    Pat Malach

    'Cross, a criterium and MTB race for Liquigas-Cannondale pro

    September is a very good time of year for US professional Ted King. The 29-year-old from Brentwood, New Hampshire, wrapped up his 2012 racing obligations to Italian ProTeam Liquigas-Cannondale earlier this month at the WorldTour races in Québec and Montreal, and now he's capping off his season with a few choice events near home.

    "This is the fun time of year after the road racing season ends," he told Cyclingnews Saturday while driving through the Green Mountains to a cyclo-cross race in Vermont. "Both last year and this year the season ended at Montreal, so it's a bit early to be hanging up the bike for the next two months straight. As a result, being in New England with a really good cyclo-cross scene, here I am kind of milking fitness for another few weeks."

    King recently signed on for at least one more year with Liquigas-Cannondale – although the Italian team will likely have a different title sponsor next season. And so with his 2013 ride secured, King has scheduled his own eclectic mix of races to wind things down at the end of the year, starting with some cyclo-cross at home in New England.

    "It's something I don't take seriously at all," he said. "I go out and have a good time and very undeftly go over the barriers."

    Undeftly or not, King finished 13th both days at the Green Mountain Cyclo-cross Weekend in Williston, Vermont, the first round of the UCI-ranked Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series. Next he plans on traveling...

  • NRC concludes at Thompson Bucks County Classic

    Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) chases the leaders on the descent
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    September 17, 2012, 23:34 BST
    Cycling News

    Mancebo wins men's title, Competitive Cyclist top team

    The USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC) came to a conclusion this past weekend with the Pennsylvania's Thompson Bucks County Classic, comprised of Saturday's 165km road race and Sunday's 80km criterium. Patrick Bevin (Bissell) emerged from a late, five-man breakaway to win on Saturday while Eric Marcotte (Elbowz Racing) sprinted to victory on Sunday.

    The top five of the men's overall NRC standings remained unchanged as Spain's Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team) topped the final standings with 918 points. Australia's Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) trimmed 36 points off his deficit, to finish the year in second place, 437 points behind Mancebo. The top American in the standings, Tom Zirbel (Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), completed the year 39 points behind Sutherland in third place, 38 points ahead of Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist Racing Team), who finished in fourth. Phillip Gaimon (Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder) rounded out the top five with 381 points.

    The top five of the NRC men's team standings also remained unchanged after the Thompson Bucks County Classic. The Competitive Cyclist Racing Team completed the season in first place with 1,716 points. Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies finished in second place with 1,501 points, 77 points ahead of the third-placed Bissell Cycling. Kenda 5 Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder finished the year in fourth place, 222 points out of third place and 264 points ahead of the fifth-placed Bontrager Livestrong Team.

    The women's NRC concluded in early August at Illinois's Tour of Elk Grove with Carmen Small (Optum Pro...

  • Pre-race favourite Dennis fights to silver medal

    Rohan Dennis (Australia) en route to a silver medal in the U23 time trial world championship.
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    September 18, 2012, 1:00 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Howson aims "bigger and better"

    The Australia pair of Rohan Dennis and Damien Howson secured silver and bronze in the men's U23 world time trial championships in Valkenburg on Monday. Dennis came into the race as the pre-event favourite after recent wins in the Chrono Champenois and Memorial Davide Fardelli, Chrono but he was put in the shade by Russian sensation Anton Vorobyev, who scorched through each time check on his way to victory.

    "I've always been told to go into the race as a challenger otherwise you become complacent and feel like you've got it won already. As a favourite there is a little added pressure though and it's difficult but at the same time you put that behind you," Dennis, who will ride for Garmin-Sharp in 2013, said at the finish.

    Howson, who will remain as an amateur for another season, had set the fastest time of 51:12 over the 36 kilometre course but was pushed down the order, first by Vorobyev and then by his compatriot Dennis.

    "I'm very happy bronze," he said. "I've spent a long while preparing for the event, even from the start of the season. I'll aim for bigger and better things in the future."

    Dennis, a silver medallist at the London Olympic Games in the team pursuit, has used the last six weeks to hone his form ahead of the Worlds but admitted that he'd struggled with the initial distances during training rides.

    "It was [difficult] at first. The first couple of weeks with the long rides where you'd get hunger flats but I surprised myself a couple of weeks ago with my first time trial when I...

  • Storm damage forces change to Tour of Beijing

    Scenic landscape at the Tour of Beijing
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    September 18, 2012, 2:54 BST
    Cycling News

    Devastating floods wash away stage 2 road

    The 2012 Tour of Beijing's second stage has been forced to undergo change due to a section of a key mountain road being washed away in severe storms which devastated the Chinese capital in late July.

    Stage 2 was initially planned as a 134 kilometre stage from the Bird's Nest Stadium, west, featuring four punchy climbs to Mentougou District. While mid-year is subject to monsoons, the storm was the largest to hit Beijing in 60 years and 37 people lost their lives. Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the storm affected 1.9 million people and caused almost 10 billion yuan in damage.

    Race organisers moved to re-route the stage and will now be a slightly shorter 126km with three categorised climbs with a longer and higher principle climb, with the finish remaining at the Yongding River Cultural Square.

    The stage update was one of a number of key outcomes from the most recent visit to China by Global Cycling Promotion, which evidenced the progression by the local organising committee and further growth of cycling amongst the Chinese public since the inaugural event in 2011.

  • Lessons in position pay off for Law at Goulburn to Sydney

    The 2012 Goulburn to Sydney podium: Anthony Giacoppo (Genesys Wealth Advisers), Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) and Scott Law (Illawarra CC)
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    September 18, 2012, 5:18 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Under 23 Australian criterium champion chasing a ride in NRS

    Scott Law returned to racing in Australia in style over the weekend with second place in the Goulburn to Sydney Cycle Classic.

    Law, 21, has just spent the last six months racing in Belgium with the An Post - Sean Kelly team and was flying solo when it came to the iconic one-day event which finishes in Camden on the outskirts of Sydney.

    "Things are going well and I’m just trying to find a bit of form again," he told Cyclingnews after stepping off the podium on the main street. "It was a great result today considering I was probably one of the only ones who was by myself. I was really happy with the result and hopefully there’re better things to come."

    Law finished second in the general classification at the Goulburn to Sydney under the old format in 2010, where the two days of racing contributed to Sunday's podium. In 2011, Law led in a chase group 11 seconds behind race winner Steele Von Hoff, having believed the front group would come back after the second climb and final climb of Razorback.

    The under 23 Australian criterium champion is hopeful that the result will pave the way for him being able to find a team to race with for the remainder of the National Road Series season, with the next race being held on September 30 with the Launceston to New Norfolk Classic followed by the Tour of Tasmania.

    Law joined An Post - Sean Kelly off the back of a difficult season with V Australia and while he didn’t score any notable results, the stint was more about gaining experience.

    "I wanted to learn from the team and try and improve myself both on and off the bike," he said. "It was a lot different from Fly V last year in America. It wasn’t as difficult as being in Belgium.

    The biggest challenge the Balgownie...

  • Bobridge in discussions to leave Orica-GreenEdge

    Jack Bobridge (Orica-GreenEdge)
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    September 18, 2012, 7:12 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Talented Australian "re-evaluating" future, confirms manager

    Dutch website reports that Jack Bobridge could be about to set sail for Rabobank, ending his current contract with Orica-GreenEdge one year early. Cyclingnews can confirm that discussions are taking place but news of announcement may be premature.

    According to the article, Bobridge wants to leave Orica-GreenEdge for "personal reasons".

    Bobridge's Australian manager, Jason Bakker, told Cyclingnews following this morning's report:

    "He's re-evaluating his personal and professional life and he's been doing that in consultation with GreenEdge. It's completely transparent."

    The focus of much of this season for Bobridge has been on the track with an eye to the Olympic Games in London. There, the 23-year-old earned a silver medal in the team pursuit. Bobridge's preparation for the Games took an unfortunate turn when he, along with Orica-GreenEdge neo pro Michael Hepburn, was charged following a drink driving incident in Spain. The regrettable episode is not believed to be a motive for his need for a change of team mid-contract.

    Several of Bobridge's former teammates on the track, including Cameron Meyer and Luke Durbridge made the call this year to concentrate on the road, despite their success, something which may have given the individual pursuit world record-holder food for thought.

    Bobridge is a third-generation cyclist and is thought to be one of the most talented riders of his generation. He signed with Garmin as a stagiaire in 2009...

  • Hip injury continues to plague Nuyens

    Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff)
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    September 18, 2012, 9:35 BST
    Cycling News

    Surgery for Belgian ends season and time with Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank

    Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank) underwent surgery in Herentals last Friday in response to a troublesome hip injury following a crash in the opening stage of Paris-Nice in March.

    Nuyens later discovered he had a fracture in his right hip, despite having attempted to continue in the race. He spent two months off the bike recovering, missing the chance to defend his Tour of Flanders title. Nuyens eventually returned at the Four Days of Dunkirk.

    After the Belgian complained of severe pain last Wednesday, the injury was investigated. This time around, recovery will take longer - three months.

    "A new scan and photographs showed that the diastasis (the bone is separated but not fractured) was progressive, so surgery was necessary to solve this. It's hoped the injury will not compromise his career any further," Nuyens' manager, Jef Van den Bosch told

    The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal was therefore Nuyens' last race with the Danish team. He was most recently linked with a move to Garmin-Sharp for the 2013 season.