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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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December 07, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Bayern Rundfahrt adds more climbs in 2012

    One final white flag to start the 2011 Bayern Rundfahrt before the race packs up for next year.
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    December 06, 2011, 19:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Less of a “sprinters' festival” than usual

    The 2012 Bayern Rundfahrt will feature a number of climbs in the first two stages, making it less of a sprinters' race than usual. The course for the race, to be held May 22-27 was released on Monday, and will cover 799 kilometers over five stages.

    The first two stages, from Traunstein to Penzberg and Penzberg to Kempten, will include “multiple ranked climbs of the highest categories.” The third stage, from Kempten to Treuchtlingen, is “destined for a sprint finale.” A rolling 26km time trial on the fourth stage in Feuchtwangen may well decide the overall winner, to be crowned the next day upon arrival in Bamberg.

    There is already much interest in participating. “We already have so many inquiries that we will take on at least 18 teams again in 2012,” said race director Ewald Strohmeier. “The Bayern Rundfahrt has an outstanding reputation, so that we expect top riders even though we are up against the Giro d'Italia.”

    The race always hopes for top riders, and especially the German riders. It looks for a return of sprinter John Degenkolb, who took a stage this year. “But also Marcel Kittel, time trial world champion Tony Martin, Linus Gerdemann, Gerald Ciolek and three-time Bayern Rundfahrt winner Jens Voigt are the race's wish list.”

    The honorary race director for 2012 will be Dr. Peter Ramsauer, the German federal minister for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. It is the first time a member of the national government has served in this capacity.

  • Sørensen escapes fractures in Jerusalem crash

    Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) looks forward to stage one.
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    December 06, 2011, 19:55 GMT
    Cycling News

    Dane injured in parade lap of criterium

    Chris Anker Sørensen escaped serious injury when he crashed during the pre-race parade lap in Jerusalem today. The Saxo Bank rider was about to take part in an evening criterium in the Israeli capital as part of his team's visit to the country, when a cat ran out in front of riders in the warm-up lap, causing the crash.

    Sørensen reportedly fell into a curb and there was concern he had broken his leg, but subsequent examinations at a local hospital found no fractures, his team reported.

    "Naturally, we were startled when we heard about Chris and we feared the worst but fortunately there were no fractures. and we're relaeved that we have him back on the road in no time," said team owner Bjarne Riis.

    The team was in Israel as part of its 2012 pre-season camp, where riders helped to build a cycling school for Jewish and Muslim children.

  • Colombia-Coldeportes with 16 Colombians

    Stage three winner Fabio Duarte (Geox-TMC).
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    December 06, 2011, 20:35 GMT
    Cycling News

    ProConti team announces final 2012 roster

    Colombia-Coldeportes, a new Professional Continental team, has confirmed its roster for 2012.  All 16 riders come from the South American country.

    Two of the biggest names on the team are Victor Hugo Pena and Fabio Duarte. Pena, 37, was the first Colombian ever to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France (2003). He has won one stage each at the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. Pena turned pro in 1997, and has ridden for such teams as US Postal Service, Phonak, and Rock Racing.

    Duarte, 25, was with Geox this year, after three years with Coldeportes' forerunner teams. He won the 2008 under 23 world title, and had many victories with the Colombian team. This year he won stage 3 of the Giro del Trentino.

    In announcing its roster, the team denied media reports that Italian rider Marco Corti would join the team. Corti, who also rode for Geox this year, is the son of Coldeportes team manager Claudio Corti.

    Colombia-Coldeportes for 2012: John Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col); Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col): Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col); Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col); Juan Pablo Foreno Carreno (Col); Javier Alberto Gonzalez Carrera (Col); Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col); Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col); Frank Jair Osorio (Col); Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col); Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col); Victor Hugo Peña Grisales (Col); Carlos Julian Quintero Norena (Col); Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col); Jeffri Johan Romero Corredor (Col); and Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col)

  • Arndt headlines GreenEdge-AIS women's team

    Judith Arndt (Germany) has a good aero position
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    December 06, 2011, 22:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Ten-rider outfit to begin racing in 2012

    German veteran Judith Arndt will lead the GreenEdge women's team, GreenEdge-AIS, which has been formally announced today as a joint-venture between the newly-announced ProTour team, Cycling Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.

    The reigning World Time Trial Champion will be joined by Copenhagen runner-up Linda Villumsen from New Zealand, 2009 Giro Donne winner Claudia Häusler, and Dutchwoman Loes Gunnewijk who moves across from Nederland Bloeit.

    The four internationals will be joined by a strong contingent of Australians: reigning national and Oceania road champion Shara Gillow, Tour de Feminin - Krásná Lipa overall winner Amanda Spratt, Tour de Feminin - Krásná Lipa stage winner Melissa Hoskins, Tiffany Cromwell, Jessie Maclean and Rowena Fry. Gillow, Hoskins and Spratt all move across from the Jayco-AIS team. Fry will divide her time between road and dirt racing as she vies for Olympic selection for mountain bike.

    According to a press release, on the basis of the rider's current rankings the GreenEdge-AIS team will sit third in the UCI teams classification.

    GreenEdge Cycling General Manager, Shayne Bannan, will co-manage the women's team alongside Cycling Australia's National Performance Director Kevin Tabotta.

    "We consider this team an authentic Australian venture," said Bannan. "We have contracted some of the top international riders to ensure the team has sufficient points to guarantee starts in the world's major events. They will also act as mentors for the younger, developing riders. We will look to our international riders to provide the leadership and experience necessarily to create a culture of success. It's our...

  • 2011 Reader Poll: Vaughters wins top Tweeter award

    Team CEO Jonathan Vaughters at the team presentation
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    December 07, 2011, 1:15 GMT
    Cycling News

    Garmin-Cervélo boss wins new category for non-riders

    In the inaugural edition of the "Best non-rider on Twitter" category, Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters has scored a landslide victory, taking home 36.9 per cent of the votes - nearly 8,000 in total.

    Vaughters pummeled the "UCI Overlord", a sarcastic parody of UCI president Pat McQuaid who claimed only 11 .1percent, while the anonymous Cyclingnews columnist "The Inner Ring" claimed third with 10.8 per cent.

    All of our entrants impressed the nomination jury with their ability to stimulate intelligent or at least entertaining debate, but as a cycling insider with over 32,000 followers, Vaughters uses his insights to keen effect. It's clear that, unlike celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and certain current and former professional cyclists who use ghost-Tweeters, the 140-character quips are 100% "JV".

    "I don't really use Twitter for "official" communications," Vaughters told Cyclingnews. "I just try to convey things that I, personally, find humorous, interesting or important to cycling fans. Quite often I get myself in a bit of trouble over my glib and perhaps overly frank way of dealing with Twitter, but I'd rather get my wrist slapped here and there than put out some contrived crap."

    "I suppose if there's one thing I try to use Twitter for, it's to try and get folks to spend a moment to critically think through what happened in a race or what's happening in the sport. I like smart fans. It makes my job more interesting."

    More often than not, if you ask him a question on Twitter, Vaughters will reply - a policy which clearly earned him respect from Cyclingnews readers.

    "It takes quite a bit of time, but I find that there is so much misinformation and misinterpretation of what's going on in cycling, that I just try and get them information so they can make their own judgments. An educated and intelligent fan is the best kind. I truly enjoy it when I see people making correct and informed...

  • Dale Parker retires at the age of 19

    Dale Parker (Trek-Livestrong) won the men's time trial at the Tour of the Gila
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    December 07, 2011, 2:11 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Announcement comes after stellar year with Trek-Livestrong

    In a shock move, talented Australian Dale Parker announced his retirement yesterday afternoon at the age of 19 via his facebook page. He later told Cyclingnews that he did not wish to comment further.

    This season, Parker rode with the Trek-Livestrong Under 23 team, claiming the outfit's first win of the season, with his shock six second victory over a field of veterans in the 26.6 kilometre time trial at the Tour of the Gila, before going on to finish second overall in April. He was later promoted to RadioShack as a stagiaire at the Tour of Utah.

    With Trek-Livestrong's season cut short due to a controversial decision by the UCI which prevented the team from racing at the Cascade Classic, Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Parker returned to Australia to race with the Jayco-2XU team which produced a stunning victory at the opening stage of the Tour of Tasmania – a gruelling team time trial up Mount Wellington. Parker finished fourth on the general classification, won by Garmin-Cervelo recruit, Nathan Haas.

    In August, Parker told Cyclingnews that upon his return to his home in South Australia that his road focus would switch back to the track in a bid for selection for the London Olympic Games next year. Parker was a member of the men's pursuit team that won gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games last year, along with Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn, and Cameron Meyer and was looking to take back his spot after Luke Durbridge slotted into the team which won gold at the World Championships earlier this year.

    "It's going to be tough just to make the team; I think that's going to be the hardest part apart from trying to beat the Brits," Parker said.

    In February 2010, Parker

  • 2011 Gran Fondo Colnago series wraps up in Miami

    Jan Ullrich and 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button
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    December 07, 2011, 3:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    Two new destinations to be added in 2012

    Miami hosted the final event of the 2011 Gran Fondo Colnago series, with the sensational participation of world-class professional champions joining 1400 participants from 46 countries for a great ride around the Magic City.

    Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich was the special guest for the event, joined by former Giro d'Italia winners Gilberto Simoni and Stefano Garzelli. McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 driver Jenson Button also showcased his love for cycling riding an aggressive 55-mile course.

    The Gran Fondo Colnago Miami concluded the 2011 series, after San Diego, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills and Philadelphia. Iconic manufacturer Colnago was the title sponsor of all the events.

    "The USA Gran Fondo events are a great way for us to reach out to our clients in North America," Alessandro Colnago said after riding with Ullrich and Button.

    Ullrich has recently rediscovered his love for cycling by riding Gran Fondo events this year, while Jenson Button summed up the feelings of everyone who finished the Gran Fondo Colnago Miami: "I had a lot of fun. See you at the next Gran Fondo."

    Satisfaction from the organizing committee: "The year ends with the fourth Gran Fondo USA we planned, and Miami, like San Diego, Los Angeles/Beverly Hills and Philadelphia, has proven to be welcoming and warm, emotional not only for the participants but also for ourselves, the organization" said Matteo Gerevini, the founder of this format which blends the cycling Made in Italy with the American desire for quality events. "In 2012, we'll add two other destinations in Nevada and Colorado" - added Gerevini – bringing to six events our U.S. series."

    Commissioner Ralph Cabrera (City of Coral Gables) and Mayor Tomas Regalado (City of Miami) attended the event, bringing a personal salute to the riders, underlining the strong cycling vocation of the entire area.

    Partial proceeds of Gran Fondo Colnago Miami benefit St. Jude Children's Research...

  • Team Type 1-Sanofi confirmed for Tour of Manawatu

    Russian Vladimir Efimkin (Team Type 1/Sanofi Aventis) is within striking distance of making his mark on the tour.
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    December 07, 2011, 3:57 GMT
    Cycling News

    New Zealand Classic gets first ProConti team

    The UCI 2.2 event, the lone New Zealand race sanctioned by the sport's governing body, the Tour of Manawatu has secured the start of its first ProConti outfit, Team Type 1-Sanofi.

    "It's the first overseas team confirmed for the tour, and the first continental team to come to New Zealand," explained race director, Jorge Sandoval. "It's pretty exciting for me with this being the 25th year of organising and promoting men's tours in Wellington, the Wairarapa and Manawatu."

    Former Tour de France stage winner Vladimir Efimkin will lead the team at the event, with twin brother Aleksander, Laszlo Bodrogi and Rubens Bertogliati all expected on the start line for the opening stage, a 7.1 kilometre individual time trial in Palmerston North.

    Building on the success of the 2011 season, a full strength New Zealand national team is expected to be announced shortly, with Jesse Sergent who in his neo pro season won the general classification at the Tour du Poitou-Charentes and Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, and Sam Bewley both likely to start.

    Sandoval is hopeful of signing another ProConti team for the January 25-29 event, with a strong contingent of Australian teams eager to take on their trans-Tasman rivals.