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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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December 28, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • 2007 winner Elmiger leads Ag2r La Mondiale at Santos Tour Down Under

    Martin Elmiger (Ag2R-La Mondiale) smiles before the start of the final stage of the Four Days of Dunkirk
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    December 28, 2011, 3:15 GMT
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    Kadri looking for another top 10 performance

    The most successful team in the history of the Santos Tour Down UnderAg2r La Mondiale, has announced its roster for next month's WorldTour event in Adelaide, Australia.

    The French team does not disappoint, laying claim to the most overall Santos Tour Down Under winners (Martin Elmiger in 2007, Simon Gerrans in 2006, Mikel Astaloza in 2003 and Gilles Maignan in 2000). Ag2r La Mondiale is the only team to have competed at every Tour Down Under since the race's inception in 1999.

    Laurent Biondi, Team Manager, Ag2r La Mondiale said that the team is going into the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under with a highly ambitious group.

    "Our first objective will be to win a stage. Moreover, we will try to put a rider in the top 10. We know it will be difficult because the level of competition at the 2012 Santos Tour Down Under promises to be high with very good riders on the start list," Biondi said.

    "Our team has good climbers and sprinters and we know that we can obtain a good result at this race. Elmiger has already won the Santos Tour Down Under and he will be a good captain for the team.

    "We can also count on Blel Kadri who took eighth place overall in 2011 and who enjoys this race. The course suits him and he can succeed in this race, as will the rest of the team."

    Kadri says he will start the 2012 race in the same frame of mind as in 2011.

    "I'm highly motivated and I have the willingness to do well but my result will depend if I'm in good shape or not. The Santos Tour Down Under is the first race of the 2012 season and it's always difficult to know exactly what your physical form will be before the start of the race.

    "In any case, we have a great team and we hope to do at least as well as we did at the race...

  • All-star line up for Jayco Bay Cycling Classic women’s field

    Tiffany Cromwell (Australia) chased Lisa Brennauer (Germany) on her own, but was swept up on the finishing circuit as the bunch accelerated for the sprint prime
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    December 28, 2011, 4:19 GMT
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    GreenEdge, BikeExchange announce teams

    Following the announcement that the GreenEdge men will make their debut at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, the GreenEdge-AIS women's outfit will also be in action at the four-race series which starts this Sunday January 1, in Geelong, Australia.

    The five-strong line up will be all Australian, including 2011 national time trial champion and stage winner at the Giro Donne Shara Gillow, 2011 Jayco Bay Cycling Classic stage winner Tiffany Cromwell, Tour de Feminin stage winners Amanda Spratt and Melissa Hoskins and NSW Grand Prix stage winner, Jessie MacLean.

    Also, as previously reported, Rochelle Gilmore has confirmed she will be on the start line at Eastern Beach for the BikeExchange Dream Team having had a challenging recovery process from a crash at the Giro Donne. A victory in 2012 would give Gilmore her third consecutive and fourth overall win at the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic to step ahead of Anna Wilson (1996, 1998, 1999) as the event's most successful female rider.

    "I am pleased to have been back on the bike for just over three weeks without any pain, injuries, illnesses or setbacks. It was a strong, solid and progressive three week training block," Gilmore said.

    "It wasn't until I had learnt to walk and ride again that I could reflect...

  • Goris extends for one year with Accent.Jobs-Willems Verandas

    Rob Goris (Veranda's Willems - Accent)
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    December 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT
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    Former ice hockey player is team's 17th rider for 2012

    Rob Goris has extended his contract with Accent.Jobs-Willems Verandas. That will bring the Belgian Professional Continental team up to 17 riders for the 2012 season.

    Goris, 29, started his professional sports career as an ice hockey player. From 1998 to 2009 he was with HYC Herentals and Olympia Heist op den Berg, winning the national championship three times.

    He retired from the ice after the winning 2009 championship title game, and devoted himself to cycling. In 2010 he rode for the Continental team Palmans-Cras and won the Belgian championship for Elites Without Contracts. In 2011 Goris joined Verandas Willems-Accent, as it was called this year.

  • Stybar focussing on the road in 2012

    Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep Cycling Team)
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    December 28, 2011, 14:27 GMT
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    Cyclo-cross star to abandon juggling both disciplines full-time

    Zdenek Stybar has revealed that he will be prioritising road races for the forseeable future, having endured a difficult closing few months to 2011. The Czech star is better known for his exploits in cyclo-cross, having won the last two stagings of the world championships in that sphere. After clinching his second crown in Germany in January 2011, Stybar then raced a full road season for the Quick Step team. But when he returned to cyclo-cross during the autumn and winter months his form suffered due to fatigue.

    “I’ll continue in the coming weeks to do what I do, partly because I would like another world title in Koksijde,” he told the Gazet Van Antwerpen. “But for now this will be my last full winter campaign.

    “I won’t turn my back on cyclo-cross,” explained Stybar. “But next year I will take an example from Lars Boom. He makes cross a part of his preparation for the road season. Lars combines it with pleasure, and that's what I also plan. If I should fail on the road, I can always go back fully [to cross], but for now I really do not intend to do so."


  • Chavanel turns down Business Class flight to Argentina

    Sylvain Chavanel wrapped up his day in the race lead.
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    December 28, 2011, 15:43 GMT
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    Team captain prefers to fly Economy with his teammates

    Sylvain Chavanel will fly economy class to the Tour de San Luis in Argentina next month with his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammates, rather than accepting an offer to fly business class. The French rider declined the offer from the team, incoming sport director Brian Holm said.

    “As one of the team's stars, it was said that Sylvain Chavanel could be upgraded to Business Class on the flight to Argentina,” Holm told “But when Chavanel found out that the others on the team had to fly in economy class, he refused to accept the offer, because there should not be any difference made between him and the others.”

    Chavanel won two stages of the Tour de France in 2010 and wore the leader's yellow jersey for two stages. 

    Riding for Quick Step in 2011, he finished second in the Tour of Flanders, losing a close sprint to Nick Nuyens.  His only win of the year was the French national road title. However, at the Vuelta a Espana, he wore the leader's jersey for four stages early in the race.

    Chavanel is not the only top name to open his season at the Tour de San Luis next month. He will be up against fellow Europeans Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank), Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Michael Rasmussen of Christina Watches-Onfone, amongst others.

  • Scheirlinckx, Pardini join Geofco-Ville d'Alger

    Bert Scheirlinckx was in disbelief at the finish.
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    December 28, 2011, 18:50 GMT
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    Two more Belgians for Algerian-Belgian squad

    Bert Scheirlinckx and Olivier Pardini have joined Geofco-Ville d'Alger for the coming season. With the addition of the two Belgians, the Continental-ranked team now has 16 riders for the coming year.

    Scheirlinckx, 37, brings much experience to the team. He turned pro in 2000 with Collstrop, and has ridden for a variety of Belgian teams. The last five years he was with Landbouwkrediet.

    This year he won the Grand Prix Pino Cerami and the Internationale Wielertrofee Jong Maar Moedig.

    Pardini, 27, turned pro with Storez-Ledecq Materiaux in 2007, moving to Groupe and Verandas Willems before riding as an Elite 2 in 2010. This past year he rode for Wallonie Bruxelles-Credit Agricole.

    Geofco-Ville d'Algiers is the follow up team to the Algerian Continental-ranked team Ain Benian-Ville d'Alger. The 16 riders for 2012 consist of seven Algerians, six Belgians and three Estonians. One of the Belgian riders is Jerome Gilbert, younger brother of Philippe Gilbert.

  • Baumann ends pro cycling career

    Eric Baumann (Team NetApp)
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    December 28, 2011, 20:39 GMT
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    German to take up insurance and amateur racing

    Eric Baumann has decided to put an end to his professional cycling career at the age of 31. The German's contract with Team NetApp was not renewed and he was unable to find a new team. 

    Baumann will now start with an insurance firm in Dessau, Germany, and remain active in cycling with the Elite team Univega, he told

    The sprinter won the Under 23 Paris-Roubaix in 2000 and the Under 23 national road title in 2002, but was never able to repeat his success in the pro ranks. He turned pro in 2003 with Team Wiesenhof-Leipzig, and rode in the top ranks with T-Mobile Team from 2004 to 2007. While with that team, he won stages at the Tour of Luxembourg and the Sachsen Tour.

    He then rode for Team Sparkasse in 2008 and 2009 before moving to NetApp for two years.

    His time spent searching for a team for 2012 was “pretty turbulent. I was in contact with various teams and already had several verbal agreements, but that's the down side of cycling: teams come and go overnight! Acceptances don't mean anything without a signed contract,” he said.

    In April, Baumann will start with an insurance agency run by former pro cyclist Renzo Wernicke, who is also team manager of the Univega team. “I have always live 110 percent for cycling and through my new job won't lose cycling,” Baumann said.

    After he has settled into his new job, Baumann hopes to move up with the team in 2013. “It will still be my goal to win Rund um Köln, the German road title or the Neuseen Classics. I hope to take on these challenges with my new team no later than 2013.”

  • The Cyclingnews guide to team training camps and presentations 2011-2012

    The Androni team enjoy their first training camp ahead of the 2012 season
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    January 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT
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    All the riders, bikes and kit as the peloton builds towards 2012

    'Tis the season - training camps, team launches, refits and medical testing sessions are well under way for the 2012 cycling season, but with so many teams all over the world it can be hard to keep up with it all.

    Cyclingnews has put together an updating archive of all the latest information which we'll be altering and adding to throughout January. Check back often for the latest feature articles, news briefs, tech information and photographs related to teams' pre-season activities.

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    Colnago-CSF Bardiani


    December 22, 2011: Colnago-CSF Bardiani unveils 2012 look

    Colombia Coldeportes


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    December 14, 2011: Coldeportes team undergo preliminary testing in Bogotá