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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Date published:
December 22, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Renshaw and Goss to guide Cavendish in Santos Tour Down Under

    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 13:27 GMT
    Cycling News

    Australians expected to help HTC-Highroad ace to sprint victories

    HTC will send a strong line-up to the Santos Tour Down Under next month with Mark Cavendish supported by home-grown talents Mark Renshaw and Matthew Goss.

    The race, January 16-23, will be “he first time Cavendish will go head-to-head with his sprint rival and former teammate Andre Greipel so the pressure will be on Renshaw to set Cav up in the sprint finishes,” said TDU race director Mike Turtur.

    "Another Aussie rider to look out for is Matthew Goss, who has come off the back of a great 2010 season with stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and Tour of Denmark."

    Renshaw has led Cavendish to many of his Tour de France stage wins, while Goss took over those duties for the Vuelta a Espana this year, where the Manxman won his first points jersey in a major tour.

    The Tour Down Under is traditionally one for the sprinters, and Cavendish will be appearing in it for the first time.

    "Cavendish is regarding as the one of the best, if not the best, sprinter in world cycling. His presence at the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under will be a big boost to the races star-studded line-up."

    HTC-Columbia for the Tour Down Under: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Bernhard Eisel (Austria), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Bert Grabsch (GER), Matthew Goss (AUS), Danny Pate (USA) and Hayden Roulston (NZL)


  • Tuft to Spidertech for 2011

    Canadian Svein Tuft crosses the line in 26th place for the World Championship time trial in Geelong.
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 13:39 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Canadian departs Pegasus Sports

    Svein Tuft has signed for Team Spidertech, ending his association and contract with the Pegasus Sports team.

     The 2008 World time trial silver medallist signed for the Canadian ProContinental once it had been confirmed that the UCI had rejected Pegasus Sports’ bid for both ProTeam and ProContinental licences.

    “I was close to joining Steve’s [Bauer’s] team this summer,” said Tuft.

    “I knew then that I ultimately wanted to be a part of SpiderTech’s program, but the timing wasn’t quite right. Now that they’ve secured the Pro Continental licence and the opportunity to sign a new contract became an option; I knew that team SpiderTech was exactly where I wanted to be.”

    Svein, who previously rode for Garmin-Transitions, and won a stage of the Eneco Tour this year, joins the Spidertech as it completes the 2010 season ranked as number one North American team on the UCI America Tour and is now the third rider on the team with ProTour experience, along with Lucas Euser who joined the team in 2010 and recent addition Pat McCarty.

    “We are very excited to have Svein join the team” said Josée Larocque, the team’s general manager, “Svein’s strengths as a rider complement our existing roster perfectly. We are already very competitive in one day racing and Svein adds depth to our general classification chances in multi-day tours. He is one of the world’s best 'time-trialists' and he aligns perfectly with our long term goals to be competitive at the World Tour level.”


    Tuft will join his team-mates at the official launch in early February before flying to southern France to start the team’s three-month European racing campaign. “Svein joining our team is timely. Our 2010 results, expanded roster and recent upgrade into division 2 status are all compelling, but Svein reconfirms to sponsors, race...

  • Richmond announces bid for 2015 world championships

    Svein Tuft won the 2007 US Cycling Open, Richmond's last big race.
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 15:54 GMT
    Cycling News

    USA works to bring worlds home

    The US city of Richmond, Virginia officially announced that it would put in a bid to host the 2015 UCI road world championships today. Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Shadetree Sports principals Darach McQuaid and David Kalman and USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson confirmed speculation about the bid that came out of a previous announcement of the press conference.

    It has been almost 25 years since the worlds were held in the USA when Colorado hosted the event. Johnson detailed how far the country has come in professional cycling since the Olympic Games opened up to professionals in 1996 when professional cycling "barely existed" in the country.

    "Fast forward to today and there are more than 130 American riders going to Europe, and we have 6000 racing and training days there and facilities Italy, Belgium and Germany," Johnson said.

    "The future has never been brighter, so it's time to bring the sport back to America, which is why I'm so excited that Richmond has started developing the bid to bring the world championships back to America."

    Mayor Jones described the cycling palmares of his city, saying, "We were the only city to host a stage of the Tour de Trump and Tour Dupont every year during the history of that event, as well as the Cap Tech classic from 2003 to 2006."

    US Pro road champion Ben King, born in nearby North Garden, Virginia, explained how important the world championships are to every professional cyclist. "Everyone dreams of representing their country at the world championships. I've dreamed of bringing myself to the world championships, but to have the world championships come to us would be amazing."

    The bid will be registered with the UCI next year.

  • Lotto extends cycling sponsorship

    Tour of Lombardy winner Philippe Gilbert uncorks the bubbly in Como.
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 16:22 GMT
    Cycling News

    Four more years for professional team

    The national lottery of Belgium has committed to another four years of supporting the Omega Pharma-Lotto professional cycling team of top Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert.

    Lotto and Omega Pharma have been supporting the team since 2005 when it was known as Davitamon-Lotto, but the lottery has been supporting cycling teams since 1984 and will continue to be involved with the sport well into the future.

    "The lottery will take its responsibility to keep Belgium at the top in an increasingly globalized world of cycling," Lotto said in a statement according to Belga.

    "With 47 Belgian employees including 17 Belgian riders, Lotto along with Omega Pharma and all the other 2010 sponsors supported the largest and most successful Belgian cycling project."

    The Omega Pharma-Lotto team scored 11 professional victories in 2010 with Gilbert achieving more than half of them. His wins included the Amstel Gold Race, stage wins in the Tour of Belgium and Vuelta a Espana and his season-ending Gran Piemonte and Giro di Lombardia victories.

    21-year-old British rider Adam Blythe was the next most successful member of the team this year, with two stages and the overall victory in the Circuit Franco-Belge and the Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte-Kapellen. Matthew Lloyd's Giro d'Italia stage win and Jurgen Van Den Broeck's fifth overall in the Tour de France rounded out the team's success this year.

  • Van Hummel, Doi to lead Skil-Shimano at Le Tour de Langkawi

    Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Skil - Shimano) wins stage 2 at the Tour of Belgium.
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 18:46 GMT
    Cycling News

    Dutch team aims for stage wins in debut

    The Professional Continental team Skil-Shimano announced its line up for Le Tour de Langkawi today. Sprinter Kenny Van Hummel and Japanese climber Yukihiro Doi will headline the team for the race which runs from January 23 to February 1.

    While it will be the first time for Van Hummel in the race, Doi claimed eighth place overall in 2007 when he participated as part of the team's Japanese branch.

    "We'll come with strong and motivated riders, including our sprinter Kenny van Hummel who collected five bunch sprint victories in 2009 and ten in 2010," said team manager Iwan Spekenbrink.

    2011 will be the first participation for the Dutch team, although its Japanese team previously took part in the event. Doi, the only Japanese rider remaining on the team, led the Asian classification of Le Tour de Langkawi for several days in 2007.

    Also in the team for Langkawi is Australian Mitchell Docker and 2009 German champion Martin Reimer as well as Dutch riders Albert Timmer and Koen de Kort.

    The 10-stage Tour de Langkawi starts January 23 on Langkawi Island and ends February 1 at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

    Skil-Shimano for Le Tour de Langkawi: Mitchell Docker (Aus), Koen De Kort (Ned), Kenny Van Hummel (Ned), Albert Timmer (Ned), Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) and Martin Reimer (Ger).

  • Sastre quashes rumors he will quit GEOX-TMC

    Carlos Sastre
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 20:15 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Tour de France winner will race with Menchov next year

    Despite being left out of the UCI's published list of registered riders for team Geox-TMC, Carlos Sastre is adamant that he will race for the Italian registered team in 2011.

    Only fifteen riders including co-leader Denis Menchov were listed on the team's roster on the UCI web site, but according to Sastre his name is missing due to a technical issue related to his contract and has nothing to do with speculation in the Italian press that he is on his way out of the team.

    The UCI changed certain clauses within rider contracts earlier in the year, meaning that Sastre is now forced to go through the UCI’s protocol for a second time.

    “There’s no problem. I have a contract with Geox but the UCI changed the contract procedure. We signed things very early in August and submitted it but we’ve had to do it again and it will be ready by the end of the year. That is the reason why my name is not on the lists.”

    With his contract not ratified by the UCI will the 2008 Tour de France winner jump ship? The team were already denied a ProTeam licence for 2011 and Cyclingnews reported last week that Mauro Gianetti had been sidelined by the appointment of Alvaro Crespi at the head of the team. However Sastre is adamant that he will line up in Geox colours next season.

    “Of course I’ll be with Geox. It’s just a rumour. There’s no problem with Geox, I’ll be with them next year and I have my flight booked for the first training camp at the start of the year. It’s just some documents that need sorting.”

  • Tasmanian talent showcased in new team

    The Pure Tasmania/Deloitte-TIS squad.
    Article published:
    December 21, 2010, 22:26 GMT
    Cycling News

    Pure Tasmania and Deloitte enter into partnership

    The Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) cyclists will compete in national road and track events under a Pure Tasmania and Deloitte-TIS cycling team name thanks to a sponsorship partnership announced yesterday.

    Tourism marketing group Pure Tasmania and Deloitte, the world's largest accounting and financial services firm, have entered into the three-year naming rights partnership with the TIS to offer elite and developing Tasmanian athletes the opportunity to compete nationally and internationally within a structured team framework.

    Team manager Nigel Baker said the increasing popularity of cycling, both for recreational fitness and at competition level, was the catalyst for Pure Tasmania and Deloitte to join with the TIS to create the Pure Tasmania and Deloitte-TIS cycling team.

    "The Tour de France, and closer to home the Tour Down Under in South Australia, clearly demonstrate just how popular cycling has become," he said. "And its profile is continuing to increase, particularly in Tasmania and Australia because of the quality of cyclists we are producing here."

    TIS head cycling coach Matthew Gilmore said Tasmanian professional cyclists had performed well at international level in recent years.

    "The efforts of Matthew Goss, who is also the Pure Tasmania and Deloitte-TIS cycling team ambassador, Richie Porte, Will Clarke, Bernard Sulzberger, Wesley Sulzberger and Belinda Goss demonstrate that Tasmania is more than capable of producing world-class competitive cyclists," he said.

    "The sponsorship partnership will greatly assist the TIS to continue to develop athletes for national and international competition."

    The Pure Tasmania and Deloitte-TIS cycling team will operate as a not-for-profit entity under the management of Nigel Baker (The Baker Group), Gilmore, solicitor Will Edwards and chartered accountant Christopher Bishop.

    The team will comprise Alex Clements, Luke Ockerby, Peter Loft, Jack Matthews,...

  • McEwen saves friends' lives

    Robbie McEwen has been suffering since he was knocked down by a TV cameraman.
    Article published:
    December 22, 2010, 2:34 GMT
    Cycling News

    Australian sprinter rushes to aid in gas poisoning case

    While there may be confusion surrounding where he'll ride next year, Robbie McEwen's life off the bike took an interesting turn when he saved the lives of two former Australian sporting stars during a charity event last weekend.

    McEwen was attending the event supporting former Australian Rugby League international player Mat Rogers' 4ASD Kids charity when he was called upon to rescue Rogers and another former rugby league star, Matthew Johns.

    The event was held on a boat and during a passing storm covers were pulled over the vessel, resulting in a build up of carbon monoxide. Following the bad weather the cover wasn't removed and suddenly the poisonous gases were overcoming guests.

    "Suddenly, everything started getting strange," Rogers told "One of my friends said to me that he thought he had food poisoning and another had to sit down because his heart was racing so much.

    "I even joked to one of them to stop yawning because he was making me sleepy. When someone collapsed, Robbie McEwen twigged immediately what was happening.

    Rogers attributes McEwen's clarity of thought and action to high-altitude training, meaning higher oxygen levels kept him awake while those around him collapsed.

    "I hate to think what would have happened if he hadn't been there because firstly he knew what was happening and, secondly, he does high-altitude training, so his blood is rich in red blood cells and he wasn't affected by the carbon monoxide.

    "The scary thing is how close it came to being a tragedy and if my telling this story alerts one person to the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning on boats, it will be worth it."