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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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November 06, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Live: AEG announces 2014 Tour of California host cities

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) takes home the overall prize.
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    November 05, 2013, 20:14 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Sacramento to kick off next year's race

    The organisers of the Amgen Tour of California, AEG, will announce the 12 host cities for the 2014 edition of the race in a press conference which will be streamed live, here on Cyclingnews. Tune in at 3:30 PM EST/12:30 PM PST to find out all the details.

    The race will begin in Sacramento, the state's capital city, which last hosted the race in 2011.

    “The City of Sacramento could not be more proud to host the Amgen Tour of California and Stage 1 to kick off race festivities for such a distinguished group of athletes,” said Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento. “There is no better way to start the race’s route through California’s iconic landmarks, attractions and scenery than in the state’s capital city.”

    Riders will then head to Folsom for an unusually early individual time trial, then tackle the first of two mountaintop finishes in quick succession when riders head from San Jose to Mt. Diablo State Park on stage 3.

    The race then heads back to the Pacific Coast Highway for two sprint-friendly stages: stage 4 from Monterey to Cambria, just west of Paso Robles, and stage 5 which heads from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara.

    The climbers get to test their legs again on stage 6, when the race heads from Santa Clarita to Mountain High, the race's second mountaintop finish.

    The race will return to Santa Clarita for the start again on stage 7, and finish in Pasadena, and then the race concludes in the title sponsor's home base of Thousand Oaks for what could be a demanding, punchy circuit.

    “We strive to raise the bar each year to present an Amgen Tour of California that not only continues to attract and challenge the world’s top cyclists, but also fittingly features and promotes California’s unique sights and striking scenery,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice...

  • Häusler signs with Argos-Shimano

    The hills hurt - Claudia Hausler (Germany) shows her effort
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    November 05, 2013, 21:20 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Dutch team completes 2014 women's roster

    The Dutch Argos-Shimano women's team has completed its 2014 roster with the addition of German climber Claudia Häusler.

    The winner of the 2009 Giro Donne and podium finisher this year comes to the team from the American TIBCO squad.

    "Of course as a rider you are always watching other teams, and one team I thought could be a good place for me was Team Argos-Shimano," Häusler said in a press release. "I appreciate the team's focus on helping riders develop in the sport. I have had good conversations with the team and I have a really good feeling about it, and that is important to me. I am looking forward to being back in Europe after my adventure in the United States."

    Häusler suffered for several years from a 2010 crash which left her with a concussion and difficulty reaching her top level. She found success in 2013, winning the Joe Martin Stage Race and taking second in the Cascade Classic in the USA, and taking a third place in the Giro Donne behind Mara Abbott and Tatiana Guderzo. She hopes to climb up a step or two in the 2014 race.

    "As a stage race specialist, I will have as my major goal the Giro Donne, the biggest stage race in women's cycling, and also the harder World Cups," Häusler said. "I have had some difficult years recently, due to my studies and a hard crash in 2010, but I definitely want to repeat some of the successes I have had."

    "We are happy that Claudia will be part of our team for the next two seasons," coach Ruud Verhagen said. "We started talking with her because we wanted to strengthen our roster with a climber. Claudia is a world-class climber, and we see a great natural fit with our team. Now, together with sprinter Kirsten Wild and our young talents, our team is complete for 2014."

  • UCI registers nine WorldTour team for 2014

    The peloton lined out on stage 2
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    November 06, 2013, 9:07 GMT
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    Stephen Farrand

    Team Sky, Trek, Astana and others to face Licence Commission

    The UCI has announced it has registered nine ProTeams for the 2014 WorldTour and registered 16 Professional Continental teams for 2014, while Astana, Lampre-Merida, Movistar, Orica GreenEdge, Team Sky and Team Europcar will all appear before the UCI Licence commission to renew their World Licences. And secure registration.

    The new look Trek team is involved in a licence transfer process as it takes over the RadioShack-Leopard team and so will also have appear before the Licence Commission.

    Lotto Belisol and Team Argos-Shimano will also have to appear before the Licence commission after the UCI identified irregularities in their annual registration applications. Argos-Shimano confirmed their case concerns the arrival of a new title sponsor in 2014. Lotto-Belisol said it only needed to complete “two administrative formalities” in order to obtain a WorldTour license for 2014.

    The UCI said it will communicate a first series of decisions of the Licence Commission concerning the awarding of first division licences and registration in first or second division after November 25. The final decisions of the Licence Commission will be communicated on December 10.

    The UCI press release confirmed that the Cannondale team will continue to be registered in Italy in 2014 and confirmed the Professional Continental licence for the Drapac Professional Cycling in Australia.

    Last year the Katusha team was refused a WorldTour slot and only secured a place by appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This it celebrated its registration with a Twitter message: "Our license is confirmed! Way to UCI WorldTour 2014 is free. Preparation has began. All is going as planned. We are...

  • Daryl Impey extends with Orica-Greenedge

    Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) in yellow in Albi.
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    November 06, 2013, 10:03 GMT
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    José Been

    South African hopes to "reach for the stars again."

    Daryl Impey has extended his contract with the Orica-Greenedge team. The South African who joined the team two years ago, will be part of Orica-Greenedge for the next three seasons.

    “The past two years have been incredible,” Impey said. “We started from scratch to make it into a team. I think [after this year's Tour de France sucess] we are all looking forward to reaching for the stars again."

    Impey’s career highlight was winning the team time trial and wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. In the sixth stage to Montpellier he took it from Simon Gerrans who graciously finished behind his teammate and thus became the first South African to ever wear the yellow jersey.

    “When Simon and I realised that we could both wear the yellow jersey, that we could share it – and that we actually pulled it off – that was the biggest highlight of my career,” Impey said.

    The 28-year old started his professional career in 2008 with Barloworld, as a teammate of Chris Froome. After a year at Radioshack, half a season at continental team MTN-Qhubeka and later in 2011 with Team Netapp, he signed with the newly established Orica-Greenedge in 2012. Impey’s first UCI victory was the fourth stage in the Tour of Turkey in 2009 where he also took the overall victory, despite crashing at high speed after being hit by Theo Bos in the sprint finish. In 2011 he was South African time trial champion. Impey won stages in the Tour of the Basque Country and the Tour in Slovenia in 2012. This year he added another stage in the Basque country, another national time trial title and a stage win in the Bayern Rundfahrt to his palmares.

    Sports director Matt White praises Impey as a great member of...

  • 2014 Amgen Tour of California route revealed

    The 2014 Amgen Tour of California route map
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    November 06, 2013, 11:16 GMT
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    Stephen Farrand

    Early TT in Folsom and two mountain finishes will be decisive

    The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will start in Sacramento and end eight days later in Thousand Oaks, race organiser AEG announced on Tuesday.

    The ninth edition of the race will be held between May 11-18 and return to the stunning Pacific Coastal Highway as it follows a north-south route and covers 700 miles.

    After the Sacramento start, the gold rush city of Folsom will host an early time trial stage, with the first mountain finish on stage three atop Mt. Diablo after starting in San Jose. Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) won the stage in 2013.

    The race then heads back to the Pacific Coast Highway for two sprint-friendly stages: stage 4 from Monterey to Cambria, just west of Paso Robles, and stage 5 which heads from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara.

    The climbers get to test their legs again on stage 6, when the race heads from Santa Clarita to Mountain High, the race's second mountaintop finish. This stage is expected to decide the overall race winner.

    The race will return to Santa Clarita for the start again on stage 7, and finish in Pasadena, and then the race concludes in the title sponsor's home base of Thousand Oaks for what could be a demanding, punchy circuit.

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) won this year’s race, with Peter Sagan taking two sprint victories. Both are expected to be back at the race in 2014.

    “We strive to raise the bar each year to present an Amgen Tour of California that not only continues to attract and challenge the world’s top cyclists, but also fittingly features and promotes California’s unique sights and striking scenery,” said Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports.

    “We’re confident our worldwide audience will enjoy everything next year’s race has to offer – from epic climbs to rolling hills and thrilling finishes; it’s a testament to California’s...

  • Unzue reveals that Movistar tried to sign Froome in 2011

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) takes the win in the Saitama Criterium
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    November 06, 2013, 12:02 GMT
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    Daniel Simms

    "Froome is going to be the rider to beat for the next three or four years"

    A report in Spanish specialist website biciclismo.com cites Movistar directors Eusebio Unzué and José Luis Arrieta as saying that they were trying to sign Chris Froome in 2011 when the Briton produced his breakthrough result in the Vuelta a España.

    Froome finished second in the Vuelta 2011, behind Juan Jose Cobo but ahead of teammate Bradley Wiggins. It was by far his best ever result in a Grand Tour and made Team Sky desperate to re-signing him as a possible alternative to Wiggins. Froome went on to take his first Tour de France podium in 2012 and then  won the Tour de France and dominated stage racing in 2013.

    According to Biciclismo, Unzué and Arrieta tried to get Froome to sign with them “but the problem was that he started getting some big results during the negotiations. We were talking with him at the start of the Vuelta, but what looked promising suddenly became reality. He got on the podium and there was no way Team Sky were going to let him go after that. And time has proved them right,” Unzué said.

    Unzué does not believe that Froome would be a more successful rider in Movistar than in Team Sky because “on a sporting level he is what he is.” However, he does state that Froome might have taken another Tour de France - presumably that of 2012 - and a Vuelta - in the same year, where Froome finished fourth - had he been with the Spanish squad.

    “Either way, he’s going to be the rider to beat for the next three or four years,” the Spanish team manager predicted.

    Unzué praised Team Sky as “being a team that have improved cycling’s image."

    "Their...

  • Tom Boonen wants to return to Tour de France

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) wins the Heistse Pijl
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    November 06, 2013, 13:33 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Belgian eyes the cobbled stage to Arenberg

    Even though he stated last May that he might never ride the Tour de France again, Tom Boonen has had a change of heart  and now wants to be at the start in 2014.

    “I am actually looking forward to it,” the Belgian rider told Het Laatste Nieuws, revealing he misses the unique atmopshere of the Tour de France.

    The fifth stage of the 2014 Tour de France, that includes sections of cobbles in the north of France, captured Boonen's attention. He is a four-times winner of Paris-Roubaix and three-time Tour of Flanders winner. He naturally feels that the stage should suit him well.

    “The stage to Arenberg is something I am really looking forward to,” he said.

    “I was actually starting to miss the Tour. Winning is contagious and my heart bled. I missed the atmosphere of the team: fighting together for that one goal.”

    Boonen last raced the Tour de France in 2011. He abandoned during the seventh stage to Châteauroux because of injuries sustained in a crash on stage 5. The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider last finished the Tour de France in 2007 when he won the sixth and the twelfth stage plus the green points jersey in Paris.

    Omega Pharma-Quick Step had a successful Tour de France this year with two stage wins by Mark Cavendish, one for Matteo Trentin and one for Tony Martin.

    Boonen indicated before this year’s Tour de France that he was no longer interested in riding the the biggest race in the sport. He doesn’t like the media frenzy, the pressure to win and the fierce competition amongst riders.

    "If a rider fears a three-week event like the Tour de France, you shouldn't force him," Omega Pharma-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefevere said in May. "I would...

  • Rodriguez hoping for Jelly Belly's return to Tour of California

    Freddie Rodriguez (Jelly Belly) shows off his new road national champ kit.
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    November 06, 2013, 14:44 GMT
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    Pat Malach

    US pro champ renews with Continental team through 2015

    Four-time and reigning US pro road race champion "Fast" Freddie Rodriguez will ride two more years for his current Jelly Belly team. The 40-year-old rider announced his new contract Tuesday during a press conference in Sacramento to reveal the 2014 Amgen Tour of California host cities.

    Rodriguez led a community ride from the stage 2 host city of Folsom to the site of the Sacramento press conference to kick off the event. His participation in the official activities could be a positive sign that his California-based Continental team will be invited back to the race next season after missing out on the past two editions of the eight-day 2.HC race.

    "I'm excited to come to California," said Rodriguez, who grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in nearby Berkeley. "Mt. Diablo is one of my training roads. I'm a little torn because I'm not a climber, but I've been able to race on a road I call home. I have a charity called the Fast Freddie Foundation, and we've actually used Mt. Diablo in the Fast Freddie Grand Fondo, so it's great seeing all of that come together and to have Sacramento be the host city to start things off."

    While Rodriguez's statements indicated he expects to return to the California race next year, Jelly Belly director Danny Van Haute held his team's cards a little closer to his chest.

    "You never know," Van Haute said in response to a Cyclingnews question about his team's chances of getting a California invitation from race technical director Medalist Sports. "We would love to get invited to the race. We missed it last year, but we got invites to Utah,...