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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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June 11, 2014, 1:00 BST
  • New Trek road bike spotted at Critérium du Dauphiné

    Three Trek Factory Racing riders rode on this new, unnamed white Trek.
    Article published:
    June 10, 2014, 19:17 BST
    Sam Dansie

    Bike expected to launch at Tour de France

    This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

    The race bike Trek is expected to formerly launch at the Tour de France, however, it was being tested by riders at the Critérium du Dauphiné. We think it could be an ultra light model, but without getting it on the scales, it's impossible to know for sure.

    Three of the bikes were on display in Tarare prior to the start of the second stage in the Trek Factory Racing pit. Comparisons with both the current Domane and Madone reveal that the new frame – name still unknown – varies from both, thanks to seatstays that flare around the seat tube and blend into the top tube, and what we believe is the first use of a Shimano Direct Mount rear brake in the traditional position, a bridge between the seatstays.

    Trek Factory Racing's Technical Director, Jordan Roessingh, wouldn’t comment on the bike other than to say the Dauphiné – just over three weeks before the Tour de France – was a good race to test new equipment.

    The frame appears to share a number of similarities with the 7-Series Madone though. These include Trek’s Ride Tuned seatpost, the e2 asymmetric steerer tube system, the super wide BB90 and an integrated chain catcher. A carbon badge on the frame suggests that Trek is sticking with its current generation of OCLV 700-Series carbon, meaning it will likely be produced in its Wisconsin plant.

    The new bike also uses a rounder tube profile, doing away with the distinctive Kammtail Virtual Foil shape on the current 7-Series. That'll likely make power transfer more...

  • Breukink “hopeful” about new Dutch team

    Technical Director Erik Breukink speaks at the team presentation.
    Article published:
    June 10, 2014, 20:11 BST
    Peter Cossins

    Go-ahead for launch of Orange Cycling Team could come by the end of June

    Former Rabobank manager Erik Breukink says he should know within the next few weeks whether the Pro Continental team he is attempting to put together with Michael Boogerd, Jean-Paul van Poppel and Michael Zijlaard will launch in 2015. Speaking to Cyclingnews, Breukink says he is "hopeful of a positive outcome" for the Orange Cycling Team, which would become the only Dutch team registered at that level.

    "We've been talking to sponsors with a view to getting a final answer at the end of this month or in early July," said Breukink. "It is always difficult to find sponsors and, of course, that’s our first priority, but I'm hopeful of a positive outcome.”

    Breukink says that he and former Rabobank rider Boogerd, former Cervélo DS van Poppel and agent/event manager Zijlaard have the experience and contacts to be able to get the team off the ground. “We’re all working hard on this, sharing out the tasks between us, and we’re getting a lot of good feedback.

    "There is currently no Dutch team at the Pro Continental level so there's a gap between those in the WorldTour and the Continental outfits. Having a team in the middle that would be focused very much around home-grown talent would be good for Dutch riders."

    The budget for the team is expected to be around 3 to 3.5 million euros, with up to 20 riders likely to feature on the roster if the team does take shape.

  • Doctors give Phinney six to eight weeks recovery time

    Taylor Phinney (BMC) stays tucked in tight for his winning ride
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 1:00 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Phinney's family considers the legality of the incident with an official moto

    BMC Racing doctors Max Testa and Eric Heiden have given Taylor Phinney six to eight weeks of recovery time before he may begin riding a stationary bike and performing strengthening exercises in the gym. The US time trial champion crashed on a descent during the USA Cycling Professional Championship road race on May 26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, trying to avoid colliding with an official race motorcycle to which his family has considered the legality of the incident.

    Directly following the incident, Phinney was taken to Chattanooga's Erlanger Medical Center where he underwent surgery to repair a compound fracture to his tibia. Surgeons inserted a nail and several screws to re-set the bone back in place, attach it to his upper fibula. He also severed his patellar tendon, which he believes happened on impact with the guard rail, and noted that surgeons likely would have cut the tendon in order to reset the fractured tibia.

    "They had to cut off a centimeter of my patellar, which I'm not planning on getting back anytime soon," said Phinney who seemed in good spirits considering his career-halting injuries. "Doctors have always joked that I have overly large patellar tendons anyway, so now one of them is of normal size.

    "I was very lucky in Chattanooga, that they have a level one trauma center, in which I had my surgery, so I was in good hands. Dr. Heiden was in contact with the surgeon who did my surgery and said that he was very well qualified and that he did a very good job."

    On May 31, Phinney was transferred by air ambulance to Park City Medical Center in Utah where he underwent assessment to make sure he was not developing infections. He was discharged but has daily access to the hospital as an outpatient where he is...

  • Australia announces 41 riders for Commonwealth Games

    Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge) with the winners wheel
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 4:50 BST
    Cycling News

    32 debutantes for road, track and mountain bike team

    Cycling Australia has announced a 41-member team to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow across multiple disciplines that contains several national, world and Olympic champions. 24 males and 17 females will contest the disciplines of track, road and mountain bike for Australia and for the first time, tandem Para-cycling track events.

    Anna Meares will make her fourth appearance at the games which equals Kathy Watt for most appearances by an Australian cyclist.

    Australia won 21 medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, 14 of which were gold, and while there are 32 Games debutants, CEO of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association Perry Crosswhite is looking forward to the racing in Glasgow.

    "The success of our cycling team in Delhi was phenomenal and made a significant contribution to our medal tally," Crosswhite said. "We realise the competition will be tougher in Scotland, but this is a strong team and we expect it will do well."

    Kevin Tabotta, National Performance Director of Cycling Australia, is expecting stiff competition to match the 2010 tally but is confident in the riders who have been selected.

    "Our team is flush with experienced world, Commonwealth, Paralympic and Olympic Games champions and medallists," Tabotta said. "Glasgow will surely be our greatest challenge with a superb depth of field, so the quality of competition will be first-rate and our team is preparing hard to challenge for podium spots."

    Road team
    For the men’s 168km road race, 12-laps of a 14km course on the Northern banks of the River Clyde, a well-rounded seven-member of versatile riders. Simon Clarke, the winner of the 2014 Herald Sun Tour and seventh in last year’s world championships is joined by Mark Renshaw who won gold on the track in 2002; along with 2010...

  • Rui Costa set for Tour de Suisse title defence

    World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) resplendent in the rainbow jersey
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 6:40 BST
    Cycling News

    World Champion still looking for first win of 2014

    World champion Rui Costa is yet to win a race in the rainbow jersey but will enter the Tour de Suisse as the two-time defending champion and confident of claiming a maiden win for Lampre-Merida. Costa will tune up for the nine-stage race at the UCI 1.HC GP du Canton d'Argovie on June 12 with the same team he will line up with two days late at the Tour de Suisse.

    "It's such a honour for me to be the captain of a WorldTour team, but I'm also aware that it requires taking on responsibilities," Costa said. "During the season, I got good feedback concerning this role, I wish I could go on in this way in Tour de Suisse too, since this race always gave me huge satisfactions, while the GP du Canton d'Argovie will be a perfect event to approach the WorldTour race.

    "A very competitive team selection will support me, so I'll check which targets I am aiming for."

    Costa's season goal is to better his best ever placing at the Tour de France, 18th in 2012, and the Tour de Suisse will again be a key preparatory race for achieving that goal.

    At the 2013 Tour de Suisse, Costa won stages seven and nine to secure the overall victory by 1:02 minutes over Bauke Mollema (Belkin). Costa then went on to win two stages at the Tour as he rode in support of Alejandro Valverde and then Niaro Quintana for Movistar.

    As the protected Lampre GC rider for the race, Costa is also aware that as defending champion and world champion, he in under pressure to perform but said he will be buoyed by the support of fans along the route.


  • Giant Shimano with sprinting options at GP du Canton d'Argovie

    Luka Mezgec thrilled the Slovenian fans by winning the final Giro d'Italia stage in Trieste
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 7:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Final tune race before the Tour de Suisse

    Giant-Shimano are looking to continue its winning ways at the GP du Canton d'Argovie with Giro d'Italia stage winner Luka Mezgec and Ronde van Zeeland Seaports runner-up Ramon Sinkeldam spearheading its sprint train at the 1.HC race.

    Although the attritional 181km parcours may prove too much for the sprinters, should the race finish in a bunch sprint, both riders are capable of taking the win and Giant-Shimano's 24th of the season.

    Along with his Giro stage win, in 2014 Mezgec also won three stages at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and the 1.1 Handzame Classic. 

    Tobias Ludvigsson makes his return to racing after crashing out of the Giro and is keen to see how his body responds during the race.

    Also making their return to racing post-Giro are Simon Gecshke and Georg Preidler with the team completed by Lawson Craddock and Koen De Kort  — who recently competed at the Tour of California — and is rounded out by Malaysian Sea Keong Loh.

    The 51st edition of the Swiss race is again based on a 12km circuit with a hill each lap that will whittle down the peloton over the 181km course. Last year's winner Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) returns to defend his title.

    "For this race at Gippengen we hope to see Simon and Georg with the shape they built during the Giro," said Giant-Shimano coach Addy Engels.

    "If the guys have come out of the Giro with good legs then we can...

  • Report: Rodriguez to ride Tour de France

    Joaquim Rodríguez warming up
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 11:27 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Konyshev names Purito for Tour line-up as preparation for the Vuelta

    After crashing out of the Giro d’Italia, Joaquim Rodriguez will ride the Tour de France, Katusha sports director Dimitri Konyshev has told Spanish sports daily AS. However the Catalan veteran will be racing with radically different objectives compared to 2013 when he finished third overall, targeting stage victories as he uses the Tour to build his form for the Vuelta a España.

    “We don’t want him taking any risks,” Konyshev told AS on Wednesday. “If he loses 20 minutes in the early stages, then so much the better, because then he’ll have more room to manoeuvre and it’ll be easier for him to take a stage win.”

    The main objective is for Rodriguez to use the Tour as a way of building his form for the Vuelta -his main objective of the remainder of the season and in which he finished fourth overall in 2013 and third in 2012.

    “We had no choice but to change plans after he fell [and was injured, breaking three ribs and a finger] in the Giro d’Italia. There aren’t many races apart from the Tour in the build-up to the Vuelta and Joaquim can’t be resting up for such a long time,” Konychev explanied.

    Rodriguez will also race the Clásica de San Sebastian and perhaps the Vuelta a Burgos prior to the Vuelta, which starts on August 23rd in Jerez de la Frontera.

    For a top contender in the Vuelta to ride the Tour as preparation for September is rare but not totally unheard of. The most recent case was in 2012 when Juan Jose Cobo took part in the Tour de France that year as a way of building his form to defend his 2011 Vuelta title. However his training after July was badly affected by an infected wisdom tooth,...

  • Henao cleared to race the Tour de Suisse with Team Sky

    Sergio Henao (Sky Procycling) on the podium
    Article published:
    June 11, 2014, 12:30 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Colombian to line up with Bradley Wiggins for nine-day race

    Team Sky has confirmed that Sergio Henao will return to racing at the Tour de Suisse this weekend after an internal investigation and urine and blood tests cleared him of any wrong doing.

    Depending on his performance in the Swiss stage race, Henao could become a key rider in Team Sky's line-up for the Tour de France.

    Henao was suspended from the Team Sky's racing programme after the Tour of Oman in February. A monthly team review highlighted anomalous values in Henao's blood data. The team decided to send Henao back to his home country of Colombia to run tests to see what effects living at altitude had on the body. He returned to Europe in late May and underwent further testing at non-altitude levels.

    Team Sky has revealed that the research programme was conducted by a team from the University of Sheffield with the cooperation of the Colombian anti-doping authorities. It started in Europe, continued for 6-weeks at altitude in Colombia and finished last week with final base-level tests in Nice. Team Sky said the findings have been given to WADA, the UCI and CADF and all urine tests are in the rider’s Biological Passport. The experts will also seek to publish a full scientific research paper in the coming months.

    “By taking this structured, scientific approach, we’ve gained a better understanding of his readings and specific physiology and valuable insights into the effects of altitude," Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said in a statement.

    “We’re very pleased to welcome Sergio back to racing and are looking forward to having him at the Tour de Suisse. Our approach has been fair to both the rider and the team, and whilst it was our decision to take him out of racing, it is also ours that he returns with our full backing. He’s done...