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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Date published:
June 16, 2010, 20:00
  • Portland cyclist wins Tour trip in Felt-Cyclingnews contest

    58-year-old Daniel Hoyer will watch the Tour de France arrive on the Champs-Élysées in July.
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    June 16, 2010, 08:07
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    Cycling News

    58-year-old heading to Champs-Élysées

    Portland-based cyclist Daniel Hoyer has won the Felt-Cyclingnews 'Win a trip to the Tour de France' competition. Hoyer's name was randomly drawn from over 2,000 valid entries and has won an all-expenses paid trip to the final stage of the 2010 Tour de France, courtesy of Felt Bicycles.

    "Wow," 58-year-old Hoyer said when notified. "You enter these things and never know if you're going to win." His trip includes airfare, hotel, a pass onto the Champs-Élysées for the final stage of the Tour and the chance to accompany one of our reporters for the post-stage press conferences.

    Hoyer is a recreational cyclist who follows the Tour de France every year, but has never seen Le Grand Boucle in person. "I am a big fan of the Tour," he said. "I follow it live online at work then the only time I sign up for cable TV is during July - so I can record and playback the live coverage."

    Hoyer rides for fitness and fun during his lunchtime break from his work in Industrial Plastics Recycling. "I ride 365 days a year," he says, before admitting he has missed one day in 2010 so far. "I ride at lunch time during the week then longer rides on the weekend. My best year was 8500 miles."

    Congratulations from the entire team at Felt Bicycles and Cyclingnews.com, Daniel. And have fun at the Tour!

  • Spirited Suisse ride lifts Sánchez

    Luis Léon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) leads the race with one stage to go.
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    June 16, 2010, 09:27
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    Cycling News

    Spaniard's form improving ahead of Tour de France

    Luis León Sánchez has revealed that he started the Tour de Suisse in poor condition but the multiple Tour de France stage winner is improving daily.

    The 26-year-old was hit by a car whilst training on June 2 but escaped injury, despite being taken to hospital for x-rays, and started the Tour de Suisse last Sunday. It wasn't an ideal beginning to the event, however.

    "I had very bad days in the prologue and the first stage," revealed Sánchez. "I almost could not breathe and of course the rain and the cold weather did not help.

    "But yesterday and today I began having good feelings again. I hope I will improve tomorrow too before the terrible mountain stage on Thursday," he said.

    Sánchez, who has won stages of the last two editions of the Tour de France, is using the Swiss event as vital preparation for this year's Tour, where he'll again carry the responsibility of taking a stage victory for Caisse d'Epargne.

    "Every day I am feeling better," he continued. "On Monday I attacked in the final part of the stage at about eleven kilometers from the finishing line. I did it for two reasons: The first one is that I wanted to know how I was really feeling. The second is the fact that we knew our team had a chance to win that stage."

    And while Sánchez may have missed out on taking the win, he said he's happy to be enhancing his form with just three weeks until this year's Tour de France begins in Rotterdam on July 3.

  • Louder back at Beauce

    Two members of the day long break: Jeff Louder (BMC Racing) and Piet Rooljakkers (Skil - Shimano).
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    June 16, 2010, 09:30
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    Kirsten Frattini

    American prepares for second half of season in Canada

    Jeff Louder is using the Tour de Beauce as an important training block in preparation for the second half of the season. His BMC Racing squad is a largely American contingent at the UCI 2.2-ranked event that began yesterday in Saint-Georges de Beauce, Canada.

    "The Tour de Beauce fits well into my buildup for the summer," Louder told Cyclingnews. "I have come back to Utah from Spain and taken a good break. I'm now training for what comes next and Beauce is well placed as an event to find my racing legs. Plus, I've always liked the race and it has treated me well in the past."

    Louder returned home for a recent mid-season break following his participation in the Spring Classics and the Giro d'Italia, where teammate and current UCI Road World Champion Cadel Evans placed fifth overall.

    The Professional Continental team's squad for Beauce includes Brent Bookwalter, who placed second in the Giro d'Italia prologue and Alexander Kristoff, who took third at the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship two weeks ago. Jackson Stewart is also riding, as is John Murphy, Chris Barton, Chris Butler and Chad Beyer.

    "Alexander Kristoff was third last weekend in Philadelphia, so he is obviously sprinting well right now; put him with John Murphy and that's a solid combo," Louder continued. "I think beyond that, the team is full of strong guys that are all great at racing aggressively, guys like Jackson Stewart or Chris Barton in particular.

    "I think the key stage will be Megantic, and as far as that goes, I expect Chad Beyer and Chris Butler to both have good legs after having raced the Amgen Tour of California," he predicted.

    "I expect to see us go for stages and see if we can't put someone on the podium in the end," added Louder. "I think that's probably everyone's goal. I do think that we have some solid guys who can fulfill these roles. I particularly expect our sprinters to show well if the race comes to a bunch kick.

    "Personally, I hope for the best, but it's too soon to predict coming back to competition after almost a month away."

    The Beauce region of the Province of Quebec may not boast the most mountainous terrain in the country but the esteemed Canadian event does include relentless back-to-back rollers of one and two kilometres in length that will take their toll on the riders.

    The peloton will be treated to a mountaintop finish on the third stage. The route will begin in Saint-Georges and bring the riders 154km and finish atop the famed Mont Megantic, a nine-kilometre ascent that normally decides the overall classification.

    "I like the Tour de Beauce because it's a race that is always dynamic and hard to predict," Louder said. "I like that every stage usually has a lot of action and it repays an opportunist who is willing to be in the break and be aggressive."

  • Coyot suffers the most in Tour de Suisse crash

    Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d'Epargne) was the worst off in the wreck, with a suspected hip fracture.
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    June 16, 2010, 09:33
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Frenchman fractures wrist

    Half a dozen riders crashed at high –speed at the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday but it seems that only Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team) and Frenchman Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d’Epargne) won’t start today’s 172.5km stage from Wettingen to Frutigen.

    Haussler clashed with Cavendish and landed heavily at high speed. He got up and crossed the line but was forced to pull out of the race because of a deep cut on his right elbow that required stitches. Lloyd Mondory and Martin Elmiger (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and Tom Boonen all went down but suffered only cuts and bruises.

    Mark Cavendish got up from the crash but suffered numerous cuts and bruises. 

    Coyot was not directly involved in the crash but was squeezed against the barriers and flipped over the handlebars at speed. Initial reports said he had a suspected fractured hip. He was taken away on a stretcher wearing a neck brace but was later diagnosed with a fractured radius and scaphoid in his left wrist.
     

  • Mosquera anxious about collar-bone weakness

    Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia)
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    June 16, 2010, 11:38
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    Peter Cossins

    Xacobeo-Galicia team leader needs more surgery on his damaged shoulder

    Xacobeo-Galicia team leader Ezequiel Mosquera has revealed that he is being troubled by regular pain from the collar-bone that was broken twice in the same place last season. Although the Spaniard had an operation on the damaged bone in January, it has not set well. “I’m a bit concerned by it because it will need to be operated on again, although I will of course be waiting until the end of the season before having this done,” Mosquera told the La Opinión A Coruña newspaper.

    Widely known as one of the more nervy riders when racing in the midst of the peloton, the climbing specialist admitted that the bone is not affecting his performance, but is making him even more than edgy than usual. “The problem is that if I have another crash and fall on it, it could break. Riding at the Tour of Bavaria on difficult and very wet roads, I kept thinking about this, but that kind of risk is normal in cycling,” said the 34-year-old Xacobeo rider.

    His and his team’s main goal for this season is the Vuelta a España, where Mosquera has finished fourth and fifth in the last two years. His goal for this year is to finish on the podium in his national tour. “I’m setting out with that intention, but last year I wanted to improve on my fourth place [in 2008] and I finished fifth. The important thing is to be in contention and able to take advantage of opportunities that come your way.”

    The first step towards that goal was achieved earlier this week when Xacobeo received one of the six final invites to the Vuelta. “We were kind of expecting it, although there were a lot of candidates for those final few places. But thanks to our performances over the last few years, we were counting on getting an invite.

    "What did surprise me was that RadioShack were not picked because they are a great team, but I suppose the Vuelta organisation has its reasons for inviting teams to race or leaving them out.”

    Winner of the team competition and a mountain stage at the Vuelta last year, Xacobeo Galicia has yet to record a victory of any kind this season. “Our main goal at the moment is to win something because we are in a good vein of form just now and competing at a good level, but we’ve just missed out on wins this season and if you don’t have a win or two behind you then there’s something missing," he said.

    "So we need to put that right and also ride well at the Vuelta, because it is one of the most important races in the world. At the very least we want to do as well as we did there last year, which won’t be easy.”

    Indeed, success at the Vuelta looks a definite requirement for Xacobeo, as Mosquera acknowledged. “I think there’s some degree of uncertainty over the future of this team because of the general weakness in the economic climate. But I hope that the team will keep on going.”

  • Kashechkin not signed with Lampre yet

    Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Team) salutes the crowd.
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    June 16, 2010, 12:17
    By:
    Stephen Farrand

    Kazkh cannot make comeback at the Tour de France

    The Lampre-Farnese Vini team has confirmed it is interested in signing former Astana rider Andrey Kashechkin but refuted comments from the rider's lawyer that he had already signed a two-year deal.

    The Italian team also confirmed it would be impossible for Kashechkin to ride this year's Tour de France because his name was not on the list of 15 riders the team submitted to race organisers ASO in the spring.

    "There's nothing official or confirmed yet. The rider was offered to us and we're interested but before he could ever become a Lampe-Farnese Vini rider, with a fully registered contract, he'd have to complete a full medical and other details have to be clarified," press officer Andrea Appiani told Cyclingnews.

    "Contrary to reports, he can't ride the Tour de France because he's not in the list of 15 we sent to ASO and he's definitely not going to ride the Tour of Slovenia because the team has already set off for the race."

    Reports that Lampre-Farnese Vini were interested in Kashechkin first emerged last week, with the rider reportedly able to cover the cost of his contract with a personal sponsor he would bring to the team.

    Positive for blood doping

    Kashechkin tested positive for blood doping after the 2007 Tour de France. A few days earlier, fellow Astana rider and Kazkhstani Alexandre Vinokourov, also tested positive and the Astana team left the Tour de France in disgrace. Kashechkin denied doping and appealed to the Court of Arbitration for sport but was eventually banned for two years. He rode for Kazakhstan at the 2009 world championships but has so far failed to find a professional team for 2010.

    Lampre denied that Kashechkin's past could stop him signing with them but the team is treading carefully.

    "We're verifying with the UCI that there aren't any problems with signing him. We don't think his past is a problem because he's served his ban and been allowed to race again. The recent overall standings at the Giro d'Italia included several riders who have served their bans and been allowed to race again."

    "His lawyer perhaps jumped the gun because negotiations are still on going. There's no rush for us to sign Kashechkin because he can't ride the Tour and that race will be the focus for the team for the next few weeks. We'll have both Damiano Cunego and Alessandro Petacchi at the Tour de France."

  • Backlash against Cavendish after Swiss crash

    Crash photo #1 - note Cavendish's wheel being snapped in half by the force of the impact with Haussler.
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    June 16, 2010, 13:58
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    Cycling News

    Peloton protest against HTC-Columbia sprinter's aggression

    Wednesday's fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse departed two minutes late as the colleagues of HTC-Columbia sprinter Mark Cavendish staged a start-line protest against his actions on the previous day.

    Cavendish was deemed responsible for the dramatic crash which happened in the final metres of the sprint on Tuesday in Wettingen by the race jury, who decided that he veered off his line before running into Cervelo's Heinrich Haussler and sending both to the pavement in the path of the entire peloton.

    The Manxman was penalized 25 points, 30 seconds and 200 Swiss Francs, but the injuries from his crash and the ire of his colleagues who lost teammates to the crash is further punishment.

    "We just want to send a message to Cavendish to ask him for more respect," said AG2R directeur sportif Gilles Mas to AFP. Two of his riders took dramatic tumbles, with Lloyd Mondory having to quit the race from his injuries. Mas described his rider Sebastien Hinault being elbowed by Cavendish as another example of the sprinter's excessively aggressive riding.

    Cavendish deflected the blame, saying, "I'm not going to say that I'm not at fault but I don't think I should have been held as the sole responsible. It's the worst fall of my career, the worst injuries that I've suffered. But there are riders who are in a worse state than me."

    Haussler, Caisse d'Epargne's Arnaud Coyot and Mondory all abandoned the race with injuries, but dozens of other riders who crashed are continuing the race despite their wounds.

  • World Champion returns in Giro del Trentino

    World champion Tatiana Guderzo (Team Valdarno)
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    June 16, 2010, 15:40
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    Cycling News

    Guderzo back from injury, Defending champ Cooke back on form

    Women's World Champion Tatiana Guderzo will make her return to racing at the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige - Südtirol stage race, having been out of action since last month's Tour de l'Aude because of tendonitis in her knee.

    Guderzo's Team Valdarno will face a quality field in the three-day Italian event which is considered important preparation for one of the season's main events, the Giro Donne (women's Giro d'Italia).

    "For sure Trentino will be an important test to see how Tatiana Guderzo's form is," said Giancarlo Montedori, the team manager. "She hasn't raced since the Tour de l'Aude. It'll also be important to get racing in the rider's legs so that they're ready for the Giro, that's been our big goal right from the start of the season. Monia Baccaille came off the Spanish race pretty well and can do well on the second stage. The young riders will be motivated because they know they have to earn their place in the Giro team."

    Last year's winner Nicole Cooke will also be on the line in Trento on Friday for the first of three stages. Her goal for the race is not only to defend her title, but to prepare to defend her national title as well.

    “I am looking forward too going back to this race and it should set me up well for the national championships” Nicole said to British Cycling.

    “I missed out on the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin race and I used that as an opportunity to stay in Lugano and train really solidly for three weeks. I really worked on my climbing and the other specific things that I do in my training. That went very well and I came into these races this month with quite a lot of confidence that things were going well and I was feeling strong.”

    Also keen to test her legs in the Giro del Trentino is Tour de l'Aude winner Emma Pooley (Cervelo), who will be joined by teammates with a proven track record in the event.

    Egon van Kessel, Cervélo TestTeam's director is looking to repeat the strong results from the team in last year's race. "Last year Carla Ryan was on the podium at the Giro del Trentino [she took second overall to Nicole Cooke - ed.], and the year before Claudia Häusler made the jump into the top three. We hope we can repeat these good results there. "

    The HTC-Columbia squad will go into the event with the sting of Häusler's defeat of Judith Arndt in the Emakumeen Bira still fresh in their minds.  Arndt returns with sprinter Ina Yoko Teutenberg, Adrie Visser, Noemi Cantele and Luise Keller.

    Team Valdarno for Giro del Trentino: Tatiana Guderzo, Chiara Bortolus, Martina Corazza, Saneila Biagi and Laura Bozzolo

    Great Britain for Giro del Trentino: Nicole Cooke, Emma Trott, Lucy Martin, Catherine Williamson, and Katie Colclough

    Cervelo TestTeam for Giro del Trentino: Emilie Aubry, Lieselot Decroix, Claudia Häusler, Sharon Laws, Emma Pooley, Patricia Schwager