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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Date published:
August 19, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Cancellara leads long list for Swiss Worlds team

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 11:23 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Host nation has six spots in road race

    Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara leads Switzerland's long list of an eventual six riders for the World Championships road race. The race will month in Mendrisio, Switzerland, September 27.

    Switzerland qualified for three riders in the championships, and as host nation has three more positions available. Two of the six riders may participate in the time trial.

    Cancellara (Saxo Bank) this season won the opening stage of the Tour de France and the prologue of the Tour of California. He dominated the Tour de Suisse, winning two stages, the points' ranking and the overall title. He is also current Swiss road champion.

    The Swiss federation also nominated Michael Albasini (Columbia-HTC) for the road team's long list. He won stages in the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Tour de Suisse, as well as a stage and the overall title in the Tour of Austria this year.

    Cancellara and Rubens Bertogliati (Diquigiovanni) should race the time trial, with three riders nominated as reserves.

    Switzerland will make its final time trial nominations September 7 and road race nominations September 14.

    Preliminary Swiss world championship selection, road race:
    Albasini Michael (Team Columbia HTC)
    Bertogliati Rubens (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni)
    Calcagni Patrick (Barloworld)
    Cancellara Fabian (Team Saxo Bank)
    Dietziker Andreas (Vorarlberg - Corratec)
    Frei Joel (Team Hörmann)
    Frei Thomas (BMC Racing Team)
    Frank Mathias (BMC Racing Team)
    Loosli David (Lampre – NGC)
    Morabito Steve (Astana)
    Rast Gregory (Astana)
    Stalder Florian (BMC Racing Team)
    Zaugg Oliver (Liquigas)

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  • Skyter Shipping to take over Equipe Nürnberger sponsorship

    Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung) wants to defend her Albstadt title
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 13:47 BST
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Yacht company Skyter replaces insurance company Nürnberger Versicherung after 10 years

    Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung will have a new sponsor next season, Skyter Shipping. The international yacht company will take over sponsorship of the women's team as of January 1, the team announced Tuesday at a press conference in Nürnberg, Germany.

    Nürnberger Versicherung, a German insurance company, has sponsored the women's team for ten years. This year's team features time trial World Champion Amber Neben of the USA, former World Champion Regina Schleicher and German Champion Trixi Worrack. The team has 14 victories this year and is currently third in the International Cycling Union's team rankings.

    Skyter is a Luxembourg-based company that purchases, sells and charters yachts of 30 metres in length and up. It started time-sharing yachts for a specified number of weeks per year. Skyter GmbH is the firm's German branch, based in Fürth, near Nürnberg.

    The company also sponsors car racing, both the European Ferrari Challenge race series and the ADAC GT Masters race series in Germany.

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  • Petacchi searches for new team, major races

    Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini)
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 14:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    LPR Brakes searches for new sponsorship, but Alessandro Petacchi to leave one year early

    Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi says he is ready to leave LPR Brakes one year early in order to find a new team that can offer guaranteed participation in top races. Petacchi, who has won four Tour de France stage in his career, is in negotiations with top-level ProTour teams for the 2010 season.

    "What races can I do in this second part of the season? Coppa Bernocchi, but then I don't know what else," Petacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I don't have the certainty of a specific schedule and without the Vuelta a España and Paris-Tours the motivation is no longer very high."

    Petacchi won two stages and wore the leader's jersey for one day in this year's Giro d'Italia. His stage wins and the second overall of Danilo Di Luca was viewed as a success for the second-division team of Fabio Bordonali. However LPR Brakes have struggled since, with non-invites to several important races and the recent news that Di Luca doped during the Giro.

    Di Luca faces a likely two-year suspension for using banned blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) - CERA.

    "I think it is unlikely that I will remain," said Petacchi. "LPR is leaving and Bordonali is forced to find an important replacement. Towards the end of the Giro the team shared some great feelings, but now I no longer feel content."

    Italy's LPR Brakes has a two-year contract with Bordonali that ends this year. The team is currently in negotiations with LPR Brakes and other companies for 2010 and beyond, Bordonali told Cyclingnews.

    Petacchi, 35, has won 15 races since he joined LPR Brakes one year ago. He won the Paris-Tours in 2007 and has claimed 19 stages of the Vuelta a España in his career. Both are races that LPR Brakes will miss this season's end.

    "I understand his [lack of] motivation," said Bordonali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If Alessandro would no longer like to continue with us, I won't do anything to hold him...

  • Bill Stapleton, CSE will own, manage Team RadioShack

    Armstrong's primary goal for 2010 is the Tour de France, a decision is yet to be made about the scheduling conflict involving the Giro and Tour of California.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 19:28 BST
    By:
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    Long-time Armstrong agent and business partner outlines goals for 2010

    While the announcement of Team RadioShack generated much buzz at the Tour de France, details were in short supply. While things are still falling into place for the new squad, Bill Stapleton, Lance Armstrong's long-time agent and partner at Capital Sports & Entertainment (CSE) which owned and managed the US Postal and Discovery Channel squads and now owns and is managing Team RadioShack, discussed the team's plans for the 2010 season.

    The team is actively trying to get a ProTour license for 2010, but, while Johan Bruyneel is the name most associated with the sporting aspect of the squad, if a ProTour license is granted it will be in Bill Stapleton's name. "We are going back to a similar structure under which we ran the Discovery Channel team where the license is held by an American company that is run by Bart [Knaggs] and I and Johan owns a piece of," said Stapleton.

    Stapleton acknowledges that the squad will be built around Lance. With Armstrong's minimalist racing schedule, does the team really need a ProTour license? "Obviously, I think that would guarantee us admittance into the Tour de France which is important. Outside of that I don't think there is a major difference given the calendar that our team is likely to race," said Stapleton.

    While his 2010 racing schedule is likely to be very similar to 2009, Stapleton notes that there will be a potential conflict between the Tour of California and the Giro d'Italia, both of which are scheduled for mid-May. "Lance felt very good about how the Giro rode him into form. I know that is an old school approach to it, but it worked."

    Both races have their positives. "It [the Giro] is a longer race than California so that is the one side. The other side is that Tour of California is an American race. We want to support American racing and people want to see Lance racing in America," said Stapleton.

    After his success at the

  • Pic to direct Colavita-Sutter Home women's team in 2010

    Tina Pic (Colavita) wins another USPRO Criterium title.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 21:00 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Six-time national criterium champion will co-direct with current teammate Rachel Heal

    After recently announcing her retirement from professional bike racing, American sprinter Tina Pic confirmed that she will co-direct the Colavita-Sutter Home women's professional team in 2010.

    "We are hoping to bring the team up another level," said Pic. "We'll see, we just started and there is still racing going on. It's tough to try to finish off this season and work on the team for next year."

    Current rider, Rachel Heal, will co-direct the team alongside Pic. Heal is a long-time member of the British National team. She came to the USA to compete for the trade team Victory Brewing in 2006 and went on to race for Team TIBCO before joining the Colavita-Sutter Home team last year. The pair will take over the directorship from Iona Wynter-Parks.

    "We had always wanted this team to run well," said Pic. "Iona said she was going to do it last year but that she could only do it for one year. So, I was next up. I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to do alone so when Rachel said she wanted to direct too, we decided to do it together."

    Pic announced her retirement from professional cycling after winning her sixth national criterium title. Her victory capped off a 13-year professional cycling career and thousands of Pic-fans gathered at the podium presentation to bid her a final farewell as she prepared for retirement at the end of this month.

    When asked if winning the jersey for a sixth time would motivate her to reconsider racing next year, Pic said, "no, I don't think so. I don't know what made me decide to retire this year. I was going to retire last year and I really wanted to have one more fun year. My husband Chris [Pic] was telling me that I travel so much, but I just wanted to have a fun year with a great group of girls."

    Pic is one of the most decorated cyclists in the North American women's peloton-she won the US National Criterium Championships in Downers Grove on six occasions along with the overall...

  • Sastre to support Alonso at European Grand Prix

    (L-R) Prince Albert of Monaco, F1 driver Fernando Alonso and Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx at the start of the Tour in Monaco.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 22:32 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Spanish rider taking a break from competition

    With the bulk of his season completed, Carlos Sastre will support friend and compatriot Fernando Alonso at this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia. While Sastre has been a long-time supporter of Formula One, this weekend’s race will be the first time he’s seen an event in person.

    “Due to commitments in my sport, I have never before been able to attend a race,” said Sastre. “This year though, my season is already over so I am able to go to Valencia to enjoy the show."

    Sastre was delighted to hear Alonso would be competing this weekend after having a ban against his team overturned. “It’s great news,” said Sastre. “The two of us have a good friendship. This winter we trained on our bikes together in Portugal and now I will be able to see him and cheer him on in this race."

    Alonso is also a huge supporter of cycling, with rumours circulating earlier in the year that the Spanish driver was interested in launching his own professional cycling outfit as soon as 2010. Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been linked to an Alonso-owned or supported outfit, but neither side has confirmed the reports or even whether such a team will go ahead.

  • Armstrong to join Proman-Hitsquad after retirement in 2010

    Nature Valley Grand Prix leader Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) waves to the Saint Paul fans
    Article published:
    August 19, 2009, 2:22 BST
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Former world champion to develop future talents after retirement

    Kristin Armstrong will bring her world-class expertise to the California-based Proman-Hitsquad women’s cycling team in 2010. The Olympic Games gold medallist and former UCI World Time Trial Champion, who currently rides for Cervelo Test Team, announced that she would retire from bike racing after next month’s International Cycling Union World Road Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    Team manager Nicola Cranmer said Armstrong’s involvement will provide the team with more sponsorship opportunities. “Kristin's exact role will be determined over the next few weeks," said Cranmer. “She’s really excited and I couldn’t be happier. She has a lot of energy and a lot to offer. She brings a level of experience and professionalism that is unmatched.

    “She is so dedicated to developing women’s cycling and our focus on the junior program was really attractive to her,” she added. “Her focus is on the World Championships at the end of the season and she felt that now is the time to give back.”

    The start of Armstrong’s next endeavor is aimed at helping develop women’s cycling in North America. She recently launched the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy, based in her home city of Boise, Idaho, designed to develop junior level cyclists aged 15-18 within the United States of America.

    “She really wants to share her knowledge with junior riders,” said Cranmer. “She mentored our team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix this year where we had a small, young team. She looked further at our program and called me to say she really wanted to work without us. Kristin is just exactly what we needed. The program will be development-based, but we will also have some key elite riders too.”

    The Proman-Hitsquad Professional Cycling Team began in 2006 under Cranmer’s direction. Recently it has placed an emphasis on the development young American...

  • The Cyclingnews guide to rider transfers

    The peloton at the Vuelta
    Article published:
    November 22, 2009, 9:35 GMT
    By:
    Tomas Nilsson

    Who's in, who's out and who's staying

    As the second half of the 2009 season rolls on, teams are already making preparations to confirm their rosters for next year. With a number of riders' contracts expiring and big teams like Team Sky and Team RadioShack set for the peloton the months ahead will be filled with a plethora of staff changes.

    As rider transfers in-and-out of teams whip into their traditional frenzy, it can be difficult to keep a track of who's going where.

    Bookmark this page and check back regularly as rumours make way for firm agreements and get up-to-the-minute news from Cyclingnews about who's going where in the transfer period.

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    AG2R La Mondiale

    In:

    Maxime Bouet
    David Le Lay

    Out:
    Aurélien Clerc
    Renaud Dion
    Cédric Pineau
    Alexandr Pliuschin (Katusha)
    Stéphane Poulhiès
    Jean-Charles Senac
    Blaise Sonnery

    Stéphane Goubert (retiring)

    Re-signed:
    Nicolas Roche

    Androni Giocattoli

    Re-signed
    Leonardo Bertagnolli

    Astana

    In:
    Gorazd Stangelj