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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Date published:
September 12, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Jalabert explains his Worlds selection

    Laurent Jalabert in the car.
    Article published:
    September 11, 2012, 13:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Eight riders behind sole leader Voeckler

    French national team coach Laurent Jalabert, who took part in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 last week-end in Las Vegas, Nevada, has explained his choice of riders for the upcoming cycling Worlds to L'Equipe. Jalabert was able to nominate a total of nine riders for the road race - which hasn't happened since 2008 - and he took advantage of the numbers to create a team of puncheurs in full support of sole leader Thomas Voeckler (Europcar).

    Despite the fact that the finish line will be located about 1700m after the summit of the Cauberg in Valkenburg, Jalabert did not believe in a sprint. "I chose to put my money on a hard race, not a sprint finish," he explained. "Even if there are still 80 riders at the foot of the last climb, I think that there will be a big bang on the Cauberg. I'm convinced of that, even if Boonen could win it - but Boonen is more than a sprinter..."

    The team is thus composed around Voeckler, France's most punchy rider at the moment, with Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) in a secondary role due to his focus on the time trial events and less successful performances this season. "I think that Thomas has the ideal profile and that he will be the most striking in the last lap," Jalabert added.

    Nevertheless, Chavanel might play a key part in the French coach's team tactic. "I always told Sylvain that he was best when he attacked at 50 kilometres before the finish," as he did at the 2011 Tour of Flanders and on many more occasions. Chavanel's qualities as a top time triallist will only be to his advantage if the race unfolds in this way.

    But the other riders on the team are also highly valued, and not only...

  • Pozzato handed three-month ban from CONI

    Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) in Sulmona.
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    September 11, 2012, 15:10 BST
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    Farnese Vini rider calls ban a farce

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) has issued a three-month ban and a fine of 10,000 Euros against Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia) for his dealings with the controversial Dr. Michele Ferrari. Pozzato had admitted to receiving training programs from Ferrari from 2005 to 2009, and was subsequently charged with doping offences at the end of June, therefore missing out on the London Olympics. The 31-year-old Italian was also charged with the expenses of the case, 2,000 Euros.

    The ban runs from June 19 to September 18, which means that the Italian could come back to competition for the last races of the season, instead of having to wait for next year as it would have been the case had he received a longer suspension. Pozzato therefore gets off lightly as a ban for up to one year had previously been requested by the Italian Cycling Federation (FCI).

    "What a farce", Pozzato tweeted in response to the ban.

  • Dekker to ride TTT at Worlds for Garmin-Sharp

    Thomas Dekker (Garmin-Sharp)
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    September 11, 2012, 18:20 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Lines up with Millar an co for team time trial

    After surviving the Vuelta a Espana, Thomas Dekker is set to take part in the upcoming UCI road world championships. The Dutchman will compete in the team time trial in Valkenburg this weekend as part of the Garmin-Sharp team. He will line up alongside David Millar and Andrew Talansky although the team has yet to announce their full six-man line up.

    "I think we have a pretty strong team. It's a little bit different without guys like [David] Zabriskie, [Christian] Vande Velde and [Tom] Danielson, maybe, but that's the situation. Talansky did well at the Vuelta and Millar is always a specialist. We have a good team," Dekker told Cyclingnews.

    The 53.2 kilometre course will see men's trade teams take part in the Worlds on Sunday, September 16, with the women's equivalent, at 34.2km, taking place earlier in the day.

    "It's difficult to say what the expectations are, but you always go for the highest, but I think it will be really good if we could do top five, the podium would be amazing and winning, that would be incredible," Dekker added before naming the usual suspects as Garmin's main rivals.

    "It a difficult parcours and it's technical as we go over the Cauberg as well. You can always expect the big teams like Sky, QuickStep, RadioShack and GreenEdge to up there but no one really knows."

    Dekker's comeback season in the professional ranks comes after a

  • Spain announces Worlds line-up

    The 2012 Vuelta a Espana podium: Valverde, Contador and Rodriguez
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    September 11, 2012, 20:18 BST
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    Five potential leaders add up to powerful squad on paper

    The Spanish cycling federation RFEC has announced the national selection for the upcoming UCI road world championships in Limburg, Netherlands. All the team's big names have been confirmed for participation, with the full list of the nine riders selected by national coach José Luis De Santos reading as follows: Jonathan Castroviejo, Pablo Lastras and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Oscar Freire, Dani Moreno and Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

    The 2008 Olympic champion, however, is not a 100 percent certain to be able to take the start, as multiple injuries sustained at the Tour de France and later at the Tour du Poitou-Charentes have greatly affected Sanchez's peak of form this summer. He is currently riding the Tour of Britain and expected to take a final decision once the race ends this Sunday. "He is an important rider in our plan, but we'll have to see how he recovers from his injuries," team coach De Santos explained. "I first want to see how he comes out of this race and then we'll talk. I know that he'll be the first to withdraw if he's not competitive, as he did for the Olympic Games. If he can't take part, he'll be replaced by Egoi Martínez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)."

    As for three-time world champion Oscar Freire, the national coach was certain that he had completely overcome his ribcage injuries suffered in a crash during the Tour de France stage six. "He has fully recovered and is...

  • BikeNZ sends 'strongest ever' team to world championships

    Kiwi Julian Dean expected to figure in the results of a bunch sprint.
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    September 12, 2012, 0:15 BST
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    Dean back to his best form

    The New Zealand team has been finalised for next week's UCI Road World Championships in Limburg, The Netherlands, following the conclusion of the Vuelta a España.

    In the men's road race, Julian Dean, Hayden Roulston and Jack Bauer have been selected with Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley to compete in the individual time trial.

    BikeNZ road manager Andy Reid said the team represented arguably the strongest ever overall quality to a world championship.

    "We have six World Tour riders all in good form which is unprecedented for New Zealand," Reid said.

    "We wanted to select on form and also cover all of our bases as best we can for the course in Limburg.

    "Julian Dean has come out of the Vuelta back to some of his best form. He not only showed out in his lead-our role but also was very strong throughout the race, riding Simon Clarke back on to the bunch in a crucial stage in his successful campaign for the polka dot jersey.

    "Hayden Roulston was in excellent form until his crash in the Vuelta but has recovered fully and very buoyant about his chances, while jack Bauer has been preparing specifically for this race.

    "We have Julian should it be decided in a sprint, Hayden with his speed and ability to get over the lumps, while Jack can cover the break and has the strength to be there at the end.

    "It is a demanding course and we feel this is a team stacked with talent with the ability to cover differing race scenarios.

    "At the same time we have two outstanding pursuiters in Jesse Sergent and Sam Bewley to perform in the time trial.

    "Overall it is an exceptional team and we are excited by it."

    Sergent is first back-up for the road team and George Bennett second reserve.

    Meantime, Linda Villumsen will be chasing her fourth-straight medal in...

  • Gilbert won't defend Grand Prix de Wallonie title

    Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert attacked just prior to the 1km to go banner and soloed to victory.
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    September 12, 2012, 2:16 BST
    Cycling News

    Boonen pre-race favourite

    Defending champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) will be missing from the start line in Chaudfontaine for the Grand Prix de Wallonie when the 203km race gets underway on Wednesday. He will instead continue his preparation for the UCI Road World Championships which begin next week.

    Gilbert won the 2011 event from Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) and Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil - DCM) with a two-second margin - just one of 18 victories for the Belgian in an all-dominating season. Gilbert also won the Grand Prix de Wallonie in 2006.

    Gilbert's Belgian teammate Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) will be racing however and is coming off a last-up win at Paris-Brussels.

    Other notable riders on the start line include Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil - DCM), Oscar Freire (Katusha), Jakob Fuglsang and Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Nissan).

    Last week, Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) announced he would not be racing as he had earlier planned as he was still in pain from his fracured pelvis.


  • Degenkolb, Martin lead German team at world championships

    Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is struggling for form.
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    September 12, 2012, 4:58 BST
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    Arndt, Teutenberg to bow out of national team

    The German Cycling Federation has named its line up for the UCI Road World Championships in Limburg next week.

    The men's seven-man road team will be led by John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) who took five stage wins at the Vuelta a España - the first German to do so. The seven-man team will also include Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack-Nissan), Christian Knees (Sky), Paul Martens (Rabobank) and Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp).

    Reigning time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) will be allowed to solely concentrate on the chrono. Trade teammate Bert Grabsch and Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) will also compete in the discipline. Martin finished 11th in the Vuelta time trial and said there was no cause for concern.

    "I'm still on course for the Worlds," he said. "My feelings during the time trial were good. Even during the technical start I did well, so there’s no need to worry."

    Women's reigning time trial world champion Judith Arndt (Orica - AIS) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Specialized-Lululemon ) will compete in the German national team for the final time. Arndt and Teutenberg have been named for the road race with Claudia Häusler (Orica - AIS), Charlotte Becker, Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon), Romy Kasper and Hanka Kupfernagel (RusVelo).

    Rick Zabel, son of six-time Tour de France Points Classification winner Erik Zabel, will get a chance to better his fifth placing in the U23 road race, after he won the German U23 title earlier this month.

    Men road race: Marcus Burghardt (BMC), John Degenkolb, Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Linus Gerdemann...

  • Kristin Armstrong's Olympic bikes lost in transit

    Kristin Armstrong (USA) powers to her second straight gold medal in the Olympic time trial.
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    September 12, 2012, 6:05 BST
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    Investigation underway

    London Olympic Games gold medalist Kristin Armstrong said Tuesday that both her winning time trial bike and her road bike disappeared somewhere in transit between Eurobike in Germany and her home in Boise, Idaho.

    "The bikes mean so much to me," Armstrong said via a statement released by her team, Exergy-TWENTY12. "My TT bike is a symbol of all the hard work that has been put into this journey. It is sad to think that somebody out there has taken this away from me and my family."

    Armstrong, who also won the Olympic time trial in 2008, received two empty bike boxes at her home Tuesday morning, according to the statement from her team. Her Olympic Gold medal winning Felt DA Time Trial Bike and her Felt F1 Road bike - both SRAM and Zipp equipped - had been on display at the industry tradeshow in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The bikes were then packaged and shipped through a courier on Sept. 7, departing first from Bremen to Frankfurt and then from Frankfurt to Atlanta, followed by the final leg from Atlanta to Boise.

    At this time it is not known from where the bikes were taken, according to the team statement, but an investigation is underway.

    Felt DA Time Trial Bike -
    Frameset: Felt DA1 51cm, Custom Kristin Armstrong/USA Paint Scheme
    Group: SRAM RED 2012
    Cranks: SRAM BB30 w/SRM Powermeter
    Chainrings: SRAM TT 54/42
    Aerobars: Zipp VukaBull Basebar with Carbon Race Vuka Shift Extensions
    TT Shifters: SRAM 900 TT
    Shift Cables: Gore Ride-On Ultra Light
    Brake Cables: Gore Ride-on
    Front Wheel: Zipp 808 Firecrest Tubular
    Rear Wheel: Zipp Super-9...