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Latest Cycling News for January 17, 2007

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January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
  • Canadian squad at Los Angeles track world cup

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    Round three of the UCI Track World Cup will open on Friday, January 19 at the Carson velodrome in...

    Round three of the UCI Track World Cup will open on Friday, January 19 at the Carson velodrome in Los Angeles, California. Canada's best track cyclists will be represented. For the Los Angeles world cup the national team athletes attending are British Colombia's Gina Grain (points race, scratch race), Travis Smith, Long Beach, CA (sprint, keirin, team sprint), Alberta's Cameron Mackinnon (sprint, team sprint), Alberta's Ryan McKenzie (Madison, scratch race), Quebec's Yannick Morin (team sprint), Quebec's Martin Gilbert (Madison, points race).

    "With the technical work that my coach Richard Wooles and I have accomplished on the track, and the numbers that we have seen on my SRM, my expectations for the points race in LA are high," said Gina Grain of Victoria, BC, 2006 silver world championship scratch race medallist and 2006 national champion in the points and scratch race.

    "The training has been going phenomenal and my form is coming into the best that I have seen all year."

    Among other Canadians racing, Canada's Julia Bradley will have the opportunity to represent Team R.A.C.E. to the international track cycling circuit for the first time in 2007.

  • Keirin world champions compete at Revolution 16

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    The sprint line up at the next Revolution event on January 20 will see a head to head clash of...

    The sprint line up at the next Revolution event on January 20 will see a head to head clash of keirin world champions in a season finale women's sprint omnium. Elite keirin champion Christin Muche will make the trip to the Manchester velodrome to take on junior keirin world champion Anna Blyth as well as number one British sprinter Victoria Pendleton and up and coming French sprinter Virginie Cueff.

    Muche took the Keirin title in Bordeaux last year and has already qualified for the 2007 championships following second place in the Keirin at the Moscow world cup. On that occasion Pendleton got the better of the German champion but the British star won't be complacent at Revolution, "Muche is a strong aggressive rider," commented Pendleton. "She suits the Keirin really well and she takes risks going for gaps and using her strength to get through. I was positioned well in Moscow and was able to go over the top when Muche got trapped on the inside so even though I beat her she is still a formidable opponent.

    "My form is good at the moment" she continued. "I've been in an intense strength training block since Moscow so it will be interesting to test my form and get some good competition. I'm really pleased to be back racing in front of the Revolution crowd again so I'm looking forward to the racing."

    Pendleton will have her work cut out with the German star but will also face tough opposition from Cueff and her younger team mate, Anna Blyth. Blyth came sixth in the Keirin final in Moscow and has already made huge progress in the elite racing since she took the junior keirin world title last year so will be keen to make her mark on home ground.

    The omnium will consist of a 200m time trial, three sprint rounds and a team sprint where Pendleton and Blyth will take on Muche and Cueff. There will only be one winner so the strongest overall will claim glory in a fitting finale to...

  • 44th Trofeo Laigueglia

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    Tuesday, February 20, will be the 44th Trofeo Laigueglia. There will be 24 teams partaking in the...

    Tuesday, February 20, will be the 44th Trofeo Laigueglia. There will be 24 teams partaking in the Corsa Ligure, ten of which will be ProTour.

    On the start line will be ProTour teams Milram, Lampre-Fondital, who will field 2006 winner Alessandro Ballan, Liquigas, with two-time winner Filippo Pozzato, Cofidis, Française Des Jeux, Rabobank, Saunier Duval-Prodir, Unibet.com, Astana and Ag2R Prévoyance.

    The race running takes in the traditional parcours of 183K, with two passes of the Passo del Ginestro (670m) and the Passo del Balestrino (690m). The Balestrino leaves 32 kilometres to the line, which will suit strong riders with a sprint, like Ballan and Pozzato.

    See the list of past winners.

  • Wesemann to hang it up after the Olympics

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Steffen Wesemann is apparently looking to end his career after the 2008 Olympic...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Steffen Wesemann is apparently looking to end his career after the 2008 Olympic games in Peking. "I could imagine that after that is the end," he told the press agency dpa. Wesemann transferred to Continental Professional Team Wiesenhof-Felt this year after 13 years by Team Telekom/T-Mobile. "I feel well in my new team, there is a super atmosphere here," he said.

    Looking back at his time at the German ProTour team, he said, "All in all it was a very good time, even I was often the 'fifth wheel' on the team as a classics rider." He added that he wanted "to ride fully motivated for another two years. And then I will definitely try to be in Peking."

  • No further chance for Ullrich at T-Mobile

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer T-Mobile doesn't want Jan Ullrich back, no matter what. "That's with or without...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    T-Mobile doesn't want Jan Ullrich back, no matter what. "That's with or without the DNA test, even if the comparison doesn't show any similarities to the blood bags in Spain," team owner Bob Stapleton told SportBild. Stapleton seemed to believe that there is enough evidence against Ullrich even without the DNA test, saying "We had a look in the Operación Puerto documents." He concluded, "We want to win, but in a way we can proud of."

  • T-Mobile: Magenta, red, white and blue?

    Holczer
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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Gerolsteiner's Hans-Michael Holczer surprised a number of reporters Tuesday at...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Gerolsteiner's Hans-Michael Holczer surprised a number of reporters Tuesday at the team's presentation when he announced that was no question as to which would be the best German ProTour team in 2007: Gerolsteiner, because it is the only German ProTour team. He said that he had learned last Thursday that rival T-Mobile team is not a German team, but an American one.

    He based this on the fact that the license holder for the team is High Road Sports, based in the USA and owned by USA citizen, General Manager Bob Stapleton.

    Stefan Wagner, T-Mobile spokesman, denied it, telling Cyclingnews, "No, we have a German license." The UCI also continues to list T-Mobile as a German team. The team announced last fall that the license is held by Neue Strassen GmbH, based in Bonn, Germany.

  • Gerolsteiner and anti-doping "It's not what you say, but what you do"

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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Susan Westemeyer

    By Susan Westemeyer Gerolsteiner's Hans-Michael Holczer is outspoken on the subjects of doping and...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Gerolsteiner's Hans-Michael Holczer is outspoken on the subjects of doping and anti-doping, but he has not jumped on the bandwagon of presenting a new and expanded anti-doping program for his team. What is Gerolsteiner doing along those lines?

    "We're doing everything we're required to, like the DNA clause in the contracts," director sportif and former rider Udo Bölts told Cyclingnews. "Gerolsteiner is doing just as much as the other teams; we're just not doing it so publicly."

    Interviewed at the team presentation Tuesday, Bölts noted that "Gerolsteiner was not involved in Operación Puerto and didn't have any scandals last year. So we're just going to keep on going the way we have been. It's not what you say, it's what you do.

    "I think Holczer has said a lot on the subject, and has a very clear position, and the riders know that, too. Meanwhile we are at a point where the riders must know the consequences of a doping case on the entire team; it would be the end of a lot of jobs. A team is a good sized undertaking these days, with nearly 50 employees. Why would someone want to gamble with that?"

  • Klöden likes new team and new bikes

    Andreas Klöden likes his new gear
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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer Andreas Klöden is on Mallorca island with his new teammates at the Astana team...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Andreas Klöden is on Mallorca island with his new teammates at the Astana team training camp, and he enjoying every minute of it. "I feel very comfortable here in the team!" he wrote on his website, www.andreas-kloeden.com. "The whole environment is nice and the team tries to do everything possible for us riders, so that we can totally concentrate on our training."

    He had special praise for the new bikes, saying he is "very satisfied. It rides outstandingly and is very stiff, so that I can bring my optimal strength to it.

    Klöden calls the new by BMC (the Pro Machine SLC01) "one of the best, if not the best, that I have ever ridden in my career." He was especially impressed with the time-trial bike, which "simply rides well and is a lot of fun. I wish I could use it every day for training."

    The team will leave its Mallorca training camp on Thursday to fly to Astana, Kazakhstan, for the team presentation.

  • Paolo Bettini knocks knee

    Bettini looks to California
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    January 17, 2007, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Monday, World Champion Paolo Bettini, suffered a slight mishap during his team's training camp in...

    Minor pain but still travelling to California

    Monday, World Champion Paolo Bettini, suffered a slight mishap during his team's training camp in Calpe, Spain, when he knocked his left knee against his handlebars. The resulting pain caused a day of forced rest for Il Grillo Livornese, who yesterday skipped the training ride with his Quick-Step teammates.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bettini's knee banged the end of his handlebars after his chain had skipped. The pain is reported as minor and he is still planning on starting the Tour of California, February 18 - 25.

    The Belgian team, located in the Alicante region of Spain, will continue their first training camp of the year, finishing this Friday, January 19.

    Bettini's knee pain follows similar news for his Italian team-mate earlier this week. Andrea Tonti returned home to Italy, reporting pains in his left knee. The 30 year-old is currently resting at his home in Osimo (Le Marche) for two weeks. Meanwhile, Belgian team-mate, Tom Boonen, is building for the spring classics and will make his season debut in Qatar at the end of this month.