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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Date published:
September 14, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Carlos Sastre to leave Geox-TMC

    Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC) comes over the line
    Article published:
    September 13, 2011, 17:26 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Former Tour winner to reveal his future on Thursday

    Carlos Sastre has confirmed that he will leave the Geox-TMC team at the end of the season and will reveal his plans for 2012 at a press conference in Madrid on Thursday.

    The 2008 Tour de France winner appeared tired and downbeat after climbing on the Vuelta a Espana podium in Madrid on Sunday as Geox-TMC collected the team prize and celebrated Juan Jose Cobo’s overall victory.

    Sastre finished 20th overall, 20:08 behind Cobo, who emerged as the surprise winner of the Vuelta. Sastre was rarely competitive during the three weeks of the Spanish grand tour. He made a late lone attack during stage 20 to Vitoria after sneaking away to stop Chris Froome (Sky) from taking a time bonus, but was swept up three kilometres from the finish.

    Sastre will hold his press conference at mid-day.

    “I don’t know where I’ll race next year but it won’t be with Geox,” he told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

    “I’ve got some offers. I’ll speak to my family and think things through calmly but will make a quick decision.”

    “I tackled the Vuelta convinced I could do well but I lacked some key ingredients for this kind of race: personal things. But the most important thing was to stay healthy. Juanjo Cobo started with enthusiasm and hope, and he transformed that into victory.”

    Sastre turned 36 in April this year and has been a professional since 1998. He won the 2008 Tour de France after attacking alone on the climb to L’Alpe d’Huez.

  • Cancellara heads Swiss team for road Worlds

    Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) took fourth
    Article published:
    September 13, 2011, 20:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Riders named for all categories except elite women

    Swiss Cycling announced riders for its UCI Road World Championships team on Tuesday. Elite, under 23 and junior men as well as junior women were named for the individual time trial and road race events. The 2011 Worlds will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from September 19-25.

    Defending time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara will head the team as he goes for what would be his fifth time trial world championship title. He has won in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He is the current Swiss national road champion and will also be contesting that event.

    Only the elite women were not selected - a final decision on their roster is expected on Wednesday.

    Swiss national team for world championship time trial

    Elite men: Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team)
    Under 23 men: Gabriel Chavanne (RSC Aaretal Münsingen), Silvan Dillier (Professional Cycling Team Vorarlberg)
    Junior men: Stefan Küng (VC Fischingen), Théry Schir (VC Orbe)
    Junior women: Larissa Brühwiler (Bigla Cycling Team)

    Swiss national team for world championship road race

    Elite men: Michael Albasini (Team HTC - Highroad), Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), Martin Kohler (BMC Racing Team), Gregory Rast (Team RadioShack)
    Under 23 men: Marcel Aregger (Price-your Bike), Silvan Dillier (Professional Cycling Team Voralberg), Jan Keller (Price-your Bike)
    Junior men: Tom Bohli (VC Eschenbach), Stefan Küng (VC Fischingen), Théry Schir (VC Orbe), Lukas Spengler (RRC Diessenhofen)
    Junior women: Larissa Brühwiler (Bigla Cycling Team), Rita Imstepf (Bigla Cycling Team)

  • Genesys Pro Cycling receive financial boost from AMP Capital

    The all too familiar sight of an orange rider crossing the line first in the NRS.
    Article published:
    September 14, 2011, 3:32 BST
    Cycling News

    Sponsor brings additional stability to NRS leaders

    One of Australia's top continental teams, Genesys Pro Cycling have announced that AMP Capital will be joining the team as a second-tier sponsor until at least 2013. The agreement, which takes effect immediately is a welcome funding addition for Genesys, at a time when a number of international teams are struggling to find the money to continue.

    "We've been talking to AMP Capital since the start of the year, and to finally bring them on is fantastic for the team," said team director Steve Price. "First and foremost we are a development squad and this increase in support allows us to step up our program and keep doing what we are good at."

    Genesys, the current National Road Series (NRS) leaders, boast a roster including some of Australia's strongest young talent, and offers another route outside of the AIS for riders to forge a path to professional cycling. Nathan Haas and Steele Von Hoff are the latest products of the team, but it has also helped guide Richie Porte and Will Clarke to international success.

    "We receive so many emails from riders wanting to join the team and with guys coming and going as they progress this will allow us to continue to recruit well and offer a solid pathway to the top," added sporting director Andrew Christie-Johnston.

    The team next lines up at the Goulburn-Sydney Cycling Classic this weekend where they will aim to continue on their 2011 success.

  • Dean to lead NZ team in Copenhagen

    The New Zealand Under 23 team competing at the 2011 Tour of Toowoomba
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    September 14, 2011, 6:09 BST
    Cycling News

    Sergent a dark horse in the time trial

    BikeNZ has announced its team for the World Championships in Copenhagen, with Greg Henderson (Sky) and Jack Bauer (Endura Racing) to ride in support of captain Julian Dean (Garmin-Cervelo) in the 266km road race.

    Dean, who has worked as a lead-out man for Tyler Farrar and Thor Hushovd over the years will hope that he can take advantage of the work of teams like Australia, Belgium, Italy and Germany in the race and then play his card in the expected bunch dash.

    Team director Andy Reid said that with growing numbers of riders in professional teams overseas, the final decision this year was harder than ever, particulalry the omission of Hayden Roulston (HTC-Highroad).

    "It was certainly difficult. The course was also a key factor in our selections, with the race likely to favour the sprinters," said Reid.

    "Julian and Greg are world class sprinters who have had excellent success this year. We needed a strong rider on flat circuits to ride for them, have the potential to ride down breaks and do the donkey-work.

    "Jack Bauer has proved he is extraordinarily strong and all three have been in top form this year."

    In the time trial Jesse Sergent, one of the hottest prospects to come out of New Zealand in many years, will line up alongside Bauer who is riding both disciplines. Sergent has had an impressive 2011, recently picking up the overall win in the Tour du Poitou Charentes, and has to be considered an outside chance for a medal.

    For the women's road race and time trial Linda Villumsen will be the team's sole representative.

    Elite Female: Linda Villumsen (AA

    Elite Male: Jack Bauer (Endura Racing), Julian Dean (Garmin Cervelo), Greg Henderson (Team Sky), Jesse Sergent (Radioshack).

    U/23 Male: George Bennett (Trek Livestrong), Jason Christie (Ashburton), Tom David (UCS Crabbe Performance), James Williamson (Pure Black...

  • Final U/23 squad for worlds released by Cycling Australia

    Luke Durbridge (Jayco/AIS) powers towards the gold medal in the men's under 23 national time trial championship in Learmonth near Ballarat.
    Article published:
    September 14, 2011, 7:02 BST
    Cycling News

    Hepburn and Durbridge look to better 2010 result

    The final U/23 squad for the Australian national team in Copehagen has been announced and there are no major surprises.

    Michael Hepburn will lead a seven man team in the road race, and be joined by Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Damien Howson, Richard Lang, Jay McCarthy and Tom Palmer. Hepburn will be happy to be confirmed in the team after an indiscretion at the Tour de l'Avenir at one point appeared to threaten his participation in the championships.

    Durbridge, fresh off a record breaking win in the Chrono Champenois, will line up in the time trial with Howson and Hepburn. The 20-year-old will hope to avoid a repeat of last year's silver medal in which he was edged out of the rainbow jersey by less than two seconds.

    Australia's only gold medal came in the U/23 category in last year's World Championships in Geelong and the team is again considered to be among the favourites this year.

    U23 Men

    1. Rohan Dennis (Rabobank) RR
    2. Luke Durbridge (Team Jayco AIS) (Aust U23 TT Champion) RR & TT
    3. Michael Hepburn (Team Jayco AIS) RR & TT
    4. Damien Howson (Team Jayco AIS) (Oceania TT Champion) TT (RR Reserve)
    5. Richard Lang (Team Jayco AIS) RR (Oceania RR Champion)
    6. Jay McCarthy (Team Jayco AIS) RR
    7. Thomas Palmer (Drapac Cycling) RR

    * Patrick Lane (Team Jayco AIS) RR Reserve

  • Saxo Bank-SunGard denies Astana merger rumour

    The Saxo Bank Sungard team was first off.
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    September 14, 2011, 9:36 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Danish team says new signings may be announced before Worlds

    Saxo Bank-SunGard has denied media rumours that it is planning a merger with Team Astana in 2012.The team is putting together its plans for the 2012 season, and they do not involve a merger, a team spokesman said.

     “Saxo Bank-SunGard has no current plans to merge with anyone,” spokesman Anders Damgaard told “It is the season for speculation and the merger between Leopard Trek and RadioShack has not made the rumours any less.”

    The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported the rumour on Tuesday, saying that mutual bike supplier Specialized was encouraging the deal. The discussion were said to have started after the Tour de France stage to Alpe d'Huez.

    "We are working these days to put together the team for next season and we hope soon we can announce something," Damgaard said.

    One of those announcements is rumoured to be Christopher Froome of Team Sky, who finished a surprising second in the Vuelta a Espana. Froome held informal talks with Riis at the end of the Vuelta and would replace Australia's Richie Porte, who will ride for Team Sky in 2012.

    "I cannot confirm whether we are in negotiations with Chris Froome. I can only say that we are working intensively to find one or more new riders for the team. But what will happen, time will tell,” Damgaard told

    “Perhaps there will be news to report even before the World Championships,” he hinted. Froome said he is likely to decide his future this week but also has other offers, including a five-year deal from Team Sky. 

    The only new signing that Saxo Bank-SunGard has announced so far is new professional Christopher Juul-Jensen.  Three riders have said they...

  • Chavanel and Voeckler to lead French team at World Championships

    Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) did enough to inherit the overall lead.
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    September 14, 2011, 10:10 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Feillu recovered from collarbone fracture

    Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler will lead the French men's team in the World Championships in Copenhagen next week. French national coach Laurent Jalabert has also picked Romain Feillu, who broke his collarbone in a crash at the Tour of Poland last month. He has worked hard to recover in time for the world championships and secured his place by finishing seventh in the Grand Prix de Fourmies on Sunday.

    Chavanel, who rides for Quickstep, wore the leader's jersey for five stages at the Vuelta a Espana. He is also national road champion and finished second at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Voeckler (Europcar) led the Tour de France for ten days and recently finished third in the GP de Plouay.

    The other team members are Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Yoann Offredo (FDJ), Biel Kadri (AG2R), Tony Gallopin (Cofidis), Anthony Ravard (AG2R) and Anthony Roux (FDJ).  Reserves are Christophe Riblon (AG2R) and Jeremy Galland (Saur-Sojasun).

    Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1) and Dimitri Champion (AG2R) will ride the time trial, with Damien Gaudin (Europcar) as the reserve..

  • Breschel rules himself out of World Championships

    Matti Breschel (Rabobank) chats with race leader Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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    September 14, 2011, 11:35 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    2010 silver medalist struggling after Vuelta crash

    Matti Breschel has finally decided that he will not be able to ride the World Championships this year. The Danish cycling federation announced the decision on Tuesday. 

    Breschel, who won silver at the World Championship in Australia last year, had hoped that he could ride despite breaking two fingers in a crash at the Vuelta a Espana last month. The Rabobank rider had been expected to captain the Danish team on home roads in Copenhagen and even after his problems, he hoped to ride to help the other riders in the Danish team.

    “It was Matti himself, who in a conversation with me said: 'I can not see any real progress, and we have to shut it down this time'," national coach Lars Bonde told

    “I told him it was a sensible decision and that we have a World Championships next year when the route is fantastic for him. But obviously he's not the world's happiest man right now.”

    Bonde said that after the crash, it was never realistic to expect Breschel to still try and ride in the Worlds. “I am sure he had the desire to ride the Worlds, and he tried to get ready."

    Breschel's absence is a big blow for Danish medal chances. “Matti has been riding well at the last three World Championships and took two medals.  So one must say that its a step backwards in terms of expectations for medals.”

    Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) and Alex Rasmussen (HTC-Highroad) will represent Denmark in the time trial. The final line-up for the road race has not yet been decided. The announcement is expected to be made this Friday, with Anders Lund and Fuglsang (both Leopard Trek), Lars Bak and Rasmussen  (both HTC-Highroad), Chris Anker...