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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Ten Dam out of Vuelta with broken wrist

    Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) putting in the big ones late in the race.
    Article published:
    September 14, 2010, 10:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Rabobank rider in third serious crash of the season

    Laurens ten Dam's crash early in Monday's queen stage of the Vuelta a Espana put an end not only to his Grand Tour, but also to his season. The Rabobank rider broke his left wrist in the crash.

    Ten Dam will need at least four weeks to recover, according to team doctor Dion van Bommel. He was given a plaster cast and will have the wrist examined further upon his return to the Netherlands.

    It was the third major crash for the 29-year-old this season. He cracked his pelvis at the Ruta del Sol in March. At the Tour de Suisse, he crashed on a descent and broke the same left wrist as well as sustaining two broken vertebrae, a broken chin and a concussion.

    Teammate Grischa Niermann was also involved in the crash but was uninjured. “When I came around a tight left curve after about 30 km, there were a few men lying on the road and I had the choice of taking on the guard rail or running over my teammate Laurens ten Dam,” he wrote on

    He chose the guard rail, and while his bike stopped there, the German didn't. He flew head first over the side. Fortunately it was only a few metres, although landing in a thorny bush left him with some scratches.

    “When I climbed back up to road, I had laugh at myself a bit, because it surely looked funny to see me climbing up out of nowhere,” he continued. “But I sure stopped laughing when I saw Laurens lying on the asphalt, screaming with pain.”

  • Joaquin Rodriguez confident he can win Vuelta

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) back in red at the Vuelta a España.
    Article published:
    September 14, 2010, 11:42 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Race leader doesn't see time trial as a handicap

    Joaquin Rodriguez said that he’s in an ideal position to win the Vuelta a España, a day after taking over the race lead from Vincenzo Nibali at the end of the queen stage to Cotobello. The Spaniard was adamant that he even intends to keep the red jersey after the 46km individual time trial in Peñafiel on Wednesday.

    “Being the leader of the Vuelta at this stage of the race is perfect in my mind,” said the rider from Katusha, who enjoys an advantage of 33 seconds over Nibali, 53 seconds over Ezequiel Mosquera, 2:16 over Fränk Schleck and 3:01 over Nicholas Roche. “I don’t rate Nibali and Mosquera as the only dangerous riders for me,” Rodriguez added. “Schleck is still able to win the Vuelta as well.”

    Prior to training on the flat course of the time trial with his road bike, Rodriguez expressed his confidence in doing well in a speciality that is not his forte. “The time trial is difficult but not impossible,” he said. “I don’t want to lose the red jersey because of the time trial.” Experts speculate that Nibali should go two minutes faster than him on such a course but “Purito” hopes to ride his best time trial ever.

    In the Katusha team, Vladimir Karpets deliberately lost time on stage 16, even though he was tenth on GC before the start. He’ll have to set a reference time for Rodriguez. “The whole team is going very well,” the race leader added. “Their help will be precious after the time trial too. Stage 17 to Salamanca will be very windy and stage 18 to Toledo is long and dangerous too. And then, of course, the penultimate stage to Bola del Mundo will be decisive on Saturday. Many things can still happen. All the riders who are up on GC still seem to have great form at the end of the Vuelta. As for myself, I have planned my season very well and that’s why I still feel good now.”


  • Italian Worlds team named

    Pick me! Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) has a moment with Italian coach Paolo Bettini after the Trofeo Melinda
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    September 14, 2010, 12:48 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Nibali and Pozzato in, Ballan and Cunego out

    Paolo Bettini has named the Italian team for the world championships road race in Geelong. Vincenzo Nibali’s (Liquigas-Doimo) Vuelta a España form has been rewarded with a place in Bettini’s first selection as Italian manager.

    As expected, 2008 world champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC) missed out on selection, along with Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini).

    The team will be led by Filippo Pozzato (Katusha), who travelled to Australia to view the course with Bettini in July. Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) was another member of that advance party and his consistency over the summer meant that he was always likely to feature as the second leader in Bettini’s plans.

    Luca Paolini (Acqua & Sapone) viewed the course with Pozzato and Visconti and as expected he will carry out the role of regista, or road captain, conveying Bettini’s instructions during the race. Paolini is particularly well-known to Bettini as the duo rode together at Quick Step.

    However, there is no place for the fourth member of Bettini’s July reconnaissance team, Daniele Bennati (Liquigas-Doimo). Instead, the Italian team lines up without a pure sprinter on what is felt to be a more testing course than first thought. It is anticipated that Nibali will be given the freedom to go on the attack and force a selection, along with debutante Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-Farnese Vini).

    In keeping with his predecessor the late Franco Ballerini’s philosophy, Bettini has been sure to fill his team with solid domestiques who will work for the nominated leader rather than nurture their own ambitions. Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Doimo) makes his first Worlds appearance and he joins Marzio Bruseghin (Caisse d’Epargne), Matteo Tosatto (Quick Step) and Marco Pinotti (HTC-Columbia) in keeping tabs on Pozzato’s rivals right up to the final laps.

    Bettini also named two reserves, Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R)...

  • Team Type 1 announce seven signings for 2011

    The Team Type 1 riders await the start
    Article published:
    September 14, 2010, 14:03 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Team aims for Giro d'Italia place

    Team Type 1 has confirmed the signing of seven new riders for 2011 and stated that it hopes to be invited to ride the Giro d’Italia next season. The American squad has also announced the establishment of a dedicated service course in Italy as it looks to build on its racing presence in Europe and join the Pro Continental ranks.

    The arrival of former Tour de France yellow jersey Rubens Bertogliati from Androni Giocattoli had already been made public some weeks ago, but the squad has also announced the signings of Alexander Efimkin (AG2R), Kiel Reijnen (Jelly Belly p/b Kenda), Ben King (Trek-Livestrong) and Alessandro Bazzana (Fly V Australia), as well as the promotion of Alex Bowden and Olaf Kerkhof from the TT1 Development Squad.

    "These new additions to the squad are the culmination of a lot of hard work in putting together the right squad that can compete at the highest levels of the pro peloton,” said manager Vassili Davidenko. “Team Type 1 has high hopes to go to the Giro d'Italia next year and bring our message to hundreds of millions of cycling fans about how we can help people affected by diabetes around the globe.”

    Alexander Efimkin looks set to lead the team in its endeavours on the European circuit. “He’s a stage racer and an endurance rider, and up until now he has been in the service of his teammates,” Davidenko said. “We are very excited that next year we will have the opportunity to work for him.”

    Efimkin will find solid support in the shape of Rubens Bertogliati, who Davidenko expects to be “one of the key riders in big stage races next year.”

    Nine of the 2010 squad have been confirmed again for next season: Aldo Ino Ilesic, Alexey Schmidt, Martijn Verschoor, Scott Stewart, Valeriy Kobzarenko, Javier Megias, Will Dugan, Fabio Calabria and Joe Eldridge.

    Of these riders, Team Type 1 Founder Phil Southerland has especially high hopes for...

  • RadioShack added to Lombardy line-up

    The Radioshack team chasing hard.
    Article published:
    September 14, 2010, 16:34 BST
    Barry Ryan

    UCI allows race organisers to invite 26th team

    Tour of Lombardy organisers RCS Sport have confirmed that RadioShack will participate in the final classic of the season. The American team had originally been excluded from the race and had consequently threatened to bring the matter before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    A revised race line-up has today been released with RadioShack added to the original list of 25 teams. Race organisers RCS Sport have been given permission by the UCI to include RadioShack as the 26th team in the race provided that the overall number of riders does not exceed 200.

    “RCS Sport has been given the green light from the Presidents of the UCI and CUPT – Pat McQuaid and Vittorio Adorni, respectively – to bring to 26 the number of teams participating in the race on October 16,” read a statement from the organisers.

    RadioShack had already missed out on competing in the RCS-organised Tirreno-Adriatico after declining to race the Giro d'Italia earlier this season.

    The 26 teams participating in the Tour of Lombardy are as follows:

    AG2R La Mondiale
    Caisse d'Epargne
    Euskaltel – Euskadi
    Francaise Des Jeux
    Garmin – Transitions
    Lampre – Vini Farnese
    Liquigas – Doimo
    Omega Pharma – Lotto
    Quick Step
    Sky Professional Cycling Team
    Team HTC Columbia
    Team Katusha
    Team Milram
    Team Saxo Bank
    Acqua & Sapone
    Androni Giocattoli – Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni
    Bbox Bouygues Telecom
    BMC Racing Team
    Carmiooro NGC
    Cervelo TestTeam
    Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne
    Colnago – CSF Inox
    ISD – Neri
    Team RadioShack

  • Movistar to have 25 riders but no big leader for now

    Telefonica general secretary Luis Abril and Caisse d'Epargne manager Eusebio Unzue unveil the new Movistar team
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    September 14, 2010, 16:42 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Feeder team in South America in the making

    Caisse d’Epargne team manager Eusebio Unzue and Telefonica general secretary Luis Abril launched the new-look Movistar team during the second rest day of the Vuelta a España in Peñafiel. Abril is also a former director of Banesto and he insisted that history played a big role in the Spanish telecommunication company’s commitment to sponsor Unzue’s team.

    “This project has involved a lot of people and friendship has been an important factor in sealing a deal,” said Unzue, while Abril was adamant that “the human aspect is essential in this partnership.”

    “I know everyone in this team since the Banesto years,” he explained. The squad was originally known as Reynolds until the Spanish bank he used to run took over in 1990. That same team successively became Iles Balears and Caisse d’Epargne but the French bank announced in January that its current sponsorship deal would not be renewed.

    “The continuity of the structure, the philosophy of the team and the confidence we have in Eusebio Unzue have prevailed,” Abril said. “It took a long time for the decision to be made,” he added, partly in explanation as to why the biggest Spanish team was unable to secure the services of Alberto Contador, who ultimately opted for Saxo Bank-Sungard.

    While the future of the team was still uncertain, Luis Leon Sanchez signed with Rabobank and the French riders went to different teams from their country: Mathieu Perget to Ag2r-La Mondiale, Mathieu Drujon to BigMat-Auber 93, Arnaud Coyot to Saur-Sojasun and Arnold Jeannesson to FDJ, while Christophe Moreau decided to retire.

    Alongside twenty riders from the current Caisse d’Epargne team, Unzue has recruited Xavier Tondo (Cervélo) and Beñat Intxausti (Euskaltel). He is also close to an agreement with Paris-Brussel winner Francisco Ventoso (Camiooro). The roster of Movistar will be...

  • Lance Armstrong support website faces backlash

    Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) in his final Tour
    Article published:
    September 14, 2010, 19:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Unofficial site hijacked

    An unofficial web site which aims to build a groundswell of support for Lance Armstrong was instead hijacked by Armstrong detractors this week.

    The web site, registered by a group in Nanaimo, BC, was created in the wake of Floyd Landis's allegations that Armstrong engaged in doping during his time with the US Postal Service team.

    The site's home page states, "Lance Armstrong is currently the focus of a high profile investigation of alleged doping incidents during his cycling career. These allegations could potentially strip him of his accomplishments as a seven-time Tour de France winner."

    Those statements may be an exaggeration of Armstrong's current legal situation in light of the Los Angeles federal grand jury, which is currently gathering information about doping in cycling. Yet the site states its goal as giving "this international hero gets some support when he needs it most", and asks fans to leave messages of support.

    While there are genuinely supportive posts, the page has been liberally sprinkled with sarcastic comments and fake posts from notable cycling journalists.

    "You're [sic] donations over the years have been greatly appreciated, thanks Lance," comes from a "Paddy McQ". "Life as a cycling journalist would be really boring without you, Lance. Thanks! You're the gift that keeps on giving," comes from a L Birnie.

    "Thanks for offering me the toughest challenge of my entire career," is from an "M. Fabiani" [most likely not really Armstrong spokesman Mark Fabiani], and some advice from someone posing as Filippo Simeoni? "Always remember Lance, 'Silence Is Golden.'"

  • "Purito" playing for red in Madrid

    Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) leads Igor Anton (Euskaltel - Euskadi) on the Alto Xorret de Catì.
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    September 15, 2010, 1:28 BST
    Cycling News

    Vuelta leader Rodriguez takes aim at today's time trial

    While he's not getting carried away by the success he's enjoyed at this year's Vuelta a España so far, race leader Joaquin Rodriguez can't help but keep an eye on his chances of overall victory when the event concludes in Madrid on Sunday.

    The gutsy Katusha has taken a stage win en route to the red jersey and finds himself engaged in a fierce battle with Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) and countryman Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo-Galicia). He says it's natural to be thinking of overall honours with five days left in the year's third grand tour but first there's today's 46km time trial in Peñafiel to negotiate.

    "I've been wanting to fight and now it lifts me that I can more clearly see victory for the first time in a grand tour. This is my best season since I became professional; I'm in a team, Katusha, who gives it all for me. I'm all wrapped up," Rodriguez told Europa Press during the rest day in Peñafiel.

    And he'll have to continue fighting hard, with today's test against the clock, Friday's 231km stage to Toledo - the longest of this year's Vuelta - and Saturday's 172km journey to Bola del Mundo, where, Rodriguez said, "you will have to give everything on the bike."

    He added that during the time trial he'll "have to be very attentive to the wind," and hopes to minimise his losses to Nibali, who is the superior rider against the clock and has proven so far in this year's Vuelta that he's capable of securing the overall victory.

    But Rodriguez is confident in his form and believes in the old adage that wearing the leader's jersey adds significantly to a rider's motivation. "I see myself in very good condition. I like to leave Peñafiel dressed in red, it is important to me. But with two minutes lost in the time trial, I think I can get to the Bola del Mundo ready to do battle.

    "I'll attack from the beginning of the [Bola del Mundo] stage because it is a unique opportunity...