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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Date published:
May 23, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Video: 2012 Giro d'Italia stage 17 preview

    Canadian Michael Barry (Team Sky)
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    May 23, 2012, 8:18 BST
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    Cycling News

    Michael Barry and Daniel Lloyd overview

    Come stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia there will be no place left to hide for any of the race contenders. The stage marks the first and perhaps most testing soirée into the Dolomites with four demanding, energy-sapping mountain passes.

    The peloton will begin with Falzarego, one of the climbs immortalized by Fausto Coppi, then wade into Passo Duran and the Forcella Staulanza. Each of the trio are legendary and brutally hard, but the real pain is to be found on the last climb of the day, the heinous Giau.

    Though the shortest of the bunch at “just” 12 kilometres, it’s gradients are never less then punishing. With an average pitch of 9.9% it will conclude a 4,500-metre climbing day which may well decide the outcome of the race.

    This is the stuff of Giro legend, so even if you can’t be there in person make sure you tune in, turn on and drop out.

    In this video, Sky’s Michael Barry and Daniel Lloyd take us through the stage profile, as well give their expert opinion on the route. As if that wasn’t enough, the pair also provide a master class in how professional bike riders descend at such high speeds.
     

  • Liquigas-Cannondale team doctor: how cycling helps science

    Liquigas-Cannondale are presented at the start of stage 15
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    May 23, 2012, 10:30 BST
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    Cycling News

    No more space for dopers, says Dr Corsetti

    One year after starting the operation of the “Liquigas laboratorio viaggiante (traveling laboratory)”, Dr Roberto Corsetti gave an interview to Cyclingnews.

    He explained that the “no needle policy” put in place by team doctors in cooperation with the UCI is still in place.

    “It’s part of the rules and it gets respected”, Corsetti firmly stated. “Cycling is the first sport to have implemented such a regulation for ‘no injection’. As doctors working in cycling, we believe a lot in its benefits. We have opened new ways of taking care of the excessive production of toxins, oxidant and toxic substances by the organs of cyclists during races as long and stressful as the grand tours.”

    At the end of the past millennium, many cycling teams carried fridges for the conservation of the EPO, but in a total contradiction with the dark times of the sport, the Liquigas-Cannondale team has a small refrigerated truck driving from stage to stage in addition to the travelling laboratory.

    “Based on the results of our studies from the 2011 Giro d’Italia, we have done a lot of research in cooperation with polyclinics and universities”, Corsetti explained. “We’ve worked on feeding with the fundamentals of the Mediterranean diet and found products made in Italy that have the active qualities that our athletes need. For example, we’ve established a partnership with a milk producer that provides milk and yoghurts of a high quality and digestibility. It guarantees a percentage of lactose that really helps to detox the system. We also have fruits from Sicily, for example a red juice 100% made of oranges that contain antacid, which works as an anti-oxidant.”

    “Our traveling laboratory hasn’t been a...

  • Schleck and Bruyneel deny rift after Giro d'Italia withdrawal

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    May 23, 2012, 11:37 BST
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    Further medical tests for injured RadioShack-Nissan rider

    Fränk Schleck is to return to hospital today for further medical examinations of the injuries resulting from his crash in the Giro d'Italia, which caused him to abandon the race. The RadioShack-Nissan rider denied that he had planned all along leave the race early, saying “It's not in my nature to give up.” In addition, he and team general manager Johan Bruyneel had a long discussion before he left Italy, and although both are disappointed, they will now work together for good results in the Tour de France.

    Initial examinations on his shoulder showed “a hematoma in both my neck and the articulation that I dislocated. These are putting pressure on the nerve system and are the cause of the pain. Besides this, I still have the inflammation in the left leg, from overcompensating the painful shoulder with a cramped position on the bike.”

    On the team's website, Schleck said that he was “sad to be home again. I was called there very last minute, but I let it sink down and I grew into the race. My third place on one of the first hard stages gave me confidence. If you check my results of the last years, you will see that I have rarely abandoned a race. It's not in my nature to give up. When I go to a race, I want to do well, and why not win?”

    He continued to fight on after his crash, “until I couldn't do it anymore. I can tell you: abandoning is not easy.”

    Schleck is now looking forward to the Tour de France, and confirmed that he would ride it. He said that certain of Bruyneel's statements had been misinterpreted, and that “Johan has not said that I'm not going to do the Tour."

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  • Bos withdraws from Giro d'Italia

    Theo Bos takes the win in the final stage at the 2012 Tour of Turkey
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    May 23, 2012, 12:11 BST
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    Rabobank down to four, Kennagh and Impey also out

    Rabobank are yet to win a stage at the 2012 Giro d'Italia and they will be tackling the remainder of the race without the services of Theo Bos, after the Dutchman withdrew this morning ahead of stage 17. The earlier withdrawals of Mark Renshaw, Graeme Brown, Tom Leezer and Dennis van Winden means that Rabobank have just four riders left as the race moves towards its conclusion this weekend.

    With the last part of the race dominated by climbing, Bos and his team decided it would be counter-productive to keep the sprinter in the race and his withdrawal will allow him to focus on his main targets later in the summer. Bos has enjoyed a successful season so far, highlighted by two stage wins at the Tour of Turkey and victory at Dwars door Drenthe .

    "If he continued, he would need a long time to recover," a team spokesman said. "He is primarily a sprinter and therefore the rest of the race will not suit him."

    It has been confirmed that Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh and Orica-GreenEdge's Daryl Impey have also withdrawn ahead of today's 187km stage from Falzes/Pfalzen to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

  • Robert Wagner must postpone comeback due to knee problems

    Robert Thomas Wagner (RadioShack-Nissan)
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    May 23, 2012, 13:27 BST
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    Cycling News

    RadioShack-Nissan's German rider unable to start Bayern Rundfahrt

    Robert Wagner of RadioShack-Nissan has had to once again postpone his return to racing. The German had to undergo minor surgery on his left knee, which knocked him out of the Bayern Rundfahrt.

    Wagner has not raced since Milan-San Remo in mid-March, due to knee problems. He earlier had minor surgery on the right knee, but the problem has not cleared up. He had hoped to return to racing in Bavaria, but the most recent surgery cost him that opportunity..

    “The Bayern Rundfahrt is my favourite race, too bad that I can't start there,” the 29-year-old told Radsport-News.com. 

    He now hopes to make his comeback at the Berlin ProRace on June 10, as part of the German national team. “I already have the okay to start there.”

    Meanwhile, he is riding again – more or less. “I am on the bike again, but it is more rehabilitation that training.”

  • Video: Pinotti on the stage 17 startline at the Giro d'Italia

    Marco Pinotti (BMC)
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    May 23, 2012, 14:38 BST
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    Cycling News

    BMC rider talks Phinney, Henao and the days ahead

    BMC's Marco Pinotti spoke exclusively to Cyclingnews on the start of stage 17 at the 2012 Giro d'Italia this morning and the veteran Italian predicted that the next five days will be hardest of the race so far.

    Pinotti singled out his teammate Taylor Phinney for praise and talked up the American's chances of doing well in the final time trial this Sunday. With five Italian national time trial championships on his palmares, Pinotti is certainly well-qualified to pass judgement.

    He also identified Team Sky's Columbian rider Sergio Henao as the standout performer in the race so far. The 24-year-old is in the middle of his debut season in Europe and has impressed everyone over the last couple of weeks, forcing his way into the top ten of the overall GC. He currently lies in 8th place, 1:55 behind race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).

  • Extreme training paying dividends for Wiggins

    2012 has been a good year so far for Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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    May 23, 2012, 16:35 BST
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    Cycling News

    Tour de France contender says he is a "cycling recluse"

    A combination of a course that suits him and the stunning form that he has shown over the last nine months has led many observers to the conclusion that this could be the year that Bradley Wiggins makes history by becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France. As is seemingly and regrettably inevitable with cycling, with improved form comes whispers about how it is achieved. Cynicism is never far away. But Wiggins is paying it no attention and is pretty explicit about the secret of his success. And you can hardly miss it - it's a big volcano in the middle of Tenerife.

    Wiggins and his Team Sky colleagues have been extreme training on Mount Teide, the third highest active volcano in the world, since last May. And the 32-year-old admits that it is providing him with a mental and physical edge.

    “It’s disappointing if anybody doubts me - that’s what happens when you start winning in this sport,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

    “Traditionally, it is difficult for some people to get their heads around such consistency and progression. It’s so much easier for critics to start casting doubt rather than to appreciate what we are doing here and how everybody at Sky is working like dogs in a very focused way, especially up here on Teide. They don’t see how the modern sport is developing. They don’t want to.

    “People will think what they will think but I’m not the slightest bit bothered. I don’t read the cycling press and I don’t Twitter anymore and let people know my business. I’m a cycling recluse...

  • Video: NetApp looks back at first half of Giro d'Italia

    Bartosz Huzarski (Team NetApp) takes a surprise second place
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    May 23, 2012, 18:33 BST
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    Cycling News

    Heppner: team is “150% satisfied”

    Team NetApp “may have started the Giro d'Italia as underdogs,” but it has gone on to make its presence known in nearly every stage. In the latest edition of the video series “Against All Odds,” the team reflects on its success in the first eleven stages of its first Grand Tour.

    The team has been very active in escape groups, and has brought in numerous top 10 finishes. But the first really big success came on stage 10, from veteran Bartosz Huzarski, who used his experience from two previous Giros to “squeeze his way through the narrow streets of Assisi and ride into an incredible second place.”

    Sport Director Jens Heppner, who wore the maglia rosa 10 years ago, said on the team's website that “We can be very satisfied with the first two weeks. No one, including ourselves, believed that we would have so many top finishes. But the riders showed us how wrong we were.”