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Latest Cycling News for September 13, 2006

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September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Fancy Austria? See the 'worlds' competition launched

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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan

    This year the UCI Road World Championships take place in Salzburg, Austria, the home of Wolfgang...

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    This year the UCI Road World Championships take place in Salzburg, Austria, the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and some of the most idyllic cycling in all of Europe. Cyclingnews - in conjunction with the Salzburger SeenLand Tourismus office -are delighted to offer a special accommodation package, plus guided cycling tour, in this picturesque and cycling-friendly part of Europe.

    And yes, did we mention the World's are on? Well, you will also receive VIP passes to see all the action as the world's bests cyclists compete for the rights to wear the rainbow jerseys for 2007. Click here to enter. Hurry - entries close September 16.

  • Reinerink and Weissinger leave Skil-Shimano

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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan

    Rik Reinerink and René Weissinger will be leaving Pro Continental team Skil-Shimano at the end of...

    Rik Reinerink and René Weissinger will be leaving Pro Continental team Skil-Shimano at the end of the season. The team did not offer 33 year-old Reinerink a new contract, and his position will be made available to a younger rider in 2007.

    After one year Skil-Shimano, 27 year-old German René Weissinger declared that he wants to ride for a German or an Austrian team next season. The team is currently searching for a replacement.

  • Kessler forgoes world's appearance

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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan

    After Gerolsteiner's David Kopp broke his arm in a training crash and abdicated his world...

    Decision to change teams not difficult

    After Gerolsteiner's David Kopp broke his arm in a training crash and abdicated his world championship spot as a consequence, another German, Matthias Kessler, has also decided to sit out this year's world's.

    "I have ridden so many races this year," said the 27 year-old T-Mobile rider, who leaves for the Astana team next season. "My condition is simply no longer good enough that I would be able to be in at the finish of a 265 kilometre course. And that is what I would expect of myself, if I would start in a world championship [road] race."

    About his decision to change teams in 2007, Kessler simply says it was time for something new, having started his professional career with Team Deutsche Telekom seven years ago.

    "After eight years with Telekom/T-Mobile, it was simply time for me to try something new," is how Matthias Kessler described his decision to change teams.

    "My decision to go to Astana was based on a lot of factors, and not just on the money, as has been said so often. I have been friends with Vino since his days at T-Mobile and naturally was pleased that he personally got in touch with me. And the whole team - which has nothing more to do with the old Liberty Seguros team - made a very good impression on me, so that it wasn't difficult to decide."

    The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (German cycling federation) has not yet announced which reserve riders will take the place of Kopp or Kessler.

  • Rebellin for Italy - at last

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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan

    After a number of years trying without success, and going as far as to change his citizenship in...

    After a number of years trying without success, and going as far as to change his citizenship in 2004 before relinquishing it, it appears Davide Rebellin will be part of Italy's 'Squadra Azzurra' in Salzburg.

    According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 35 year-old Gerolsteiner rider is one of eight men who will line up for the world championship elite men's road race on September 24 wearing the famous azure jersey. The other seven is said to be: Paolo Bettini, Filippo Pozzato, Matteo Tosatto (all Quick.Step-Innergetic), Danilo Di Luca, Luca Paolini (both Liquigas), Marzio Bruseghin, Alessandro Ballan (both Lampre-Fondital).

  • Sinkewitz leads T-Mobile in 3-Länder-Tour

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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan

    Patrik Sinkewitz will be leading the T-Mobile Team at the 3-Länder-Tour, starting today (Wednesday)...

    Patrik Sinkewitz will be leading the T-Mobile Team at the 3-Länder-Tour, starting today (Wednesday) in Efurt, Germany. Formerly known as the Hessen-Rundfahrt, the race has expanded its territory to also take in the states of Thüringen and Baden-Württemburg on its 695 kilometre spin over rolling terrain in central Germany.

    Joining 25-year-old Sinkewitz in his home region are two of T-Mobile's Tour riders, Andreas Klöden and Matthias Kessler. After a prolonged break through illness, Bram Schmitz starts his first stage race since returning to fitness. The lanky Dutchman already made his race comeback on Sunday at the Nuremberg classic.

    For bunch finishes, sporting director Mario Kummer has André Greipel and new British signing Mark Cavendish. At the Tour of Britain, 21 year-old Isle of Man rider was in great form, sprinting to three podium finishes and securing the points jersey against a strong field.

    The race opens with its longest stage today of 190 kilometres through the Thüringer Wald hills. However, with the final 50 kilometres raced over flat roads, a bunch sprint is expected in Kassel. A day later, the peloton tackle the race's queen stage, which takes riders over five categorised climbs from Kassel to Battenberg/Allendorf.

    However, the general classification is likely to be resolved after Friday's 25 km time trial in and around Griesheim, before the riders tackle the final two relatively flat stages into Wiesbaden and Frankfurt over the weekend.

    18 teams in total will be in action at the five-day tour, including the T-Mobile Team, Gerolsteiner, Milram and CSC outfit.

    T-Mobile roster: Patrik Sinkewitz, Matthias Kessler, Andreas Klöden, André Greipel, Mark Cavendish, Bram Schmitz. Sporting director: Mario Kummer (44)

    The Stages

    September 13 - Stage 1: Erfurt - Kassel, 190 km
    September 14 - Stage 2: Kassel - Battenberg/Allendorf, 170 km
    September 15 - Stage...

  • Brown a worthwhile investment?

    Graeme Brown triumphs in the fourth stage of the Tour of Germany on August 5
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    September 13, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Anthony Tan

    By Anthony Tan Coming up on Cyclingnews will cover the 96th Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen - 1.HC live on...

    By Anthony Tan

    "They said: 'We're not re-signing you because we don't believe you can win ProTour races within the next two years, and therefore wouldn't be a worthwhile investment.'"

    More or less, these were the words from Rabobank team management to their Australian sprinter Graeme Brown before the start of the Deutschland Tour (Tour of Germany) on August 1 this year.

    "They basically didn't think I was good enough, so they didn't give me any [races] to ride," said Brown in a recent telephone interview with Cyclingnews - a few weeks after he won two stages of the aforementioned race, beating riders by the likes of Erik Zabel, Danilo Napolitano and young German sprint sensation Gerald Ciolek.

    "I wasn't even going to Germany to race," Brown said, "but to my luck, one of the team got sick and they pulled me in at the last minute. So I guess that's why I'm not doing the ProTour races like these ones [referring to the ENECO Tour and Vuelta a España]... or the Tour of Poland, either."

    To be fair to Rabobank, up until the Deutschland Tour, the 27 year-old New South Welshman had not notched a win for the team all year. In fact, despite turning professional for Ceramiche Panaria - Fiordo in 2002, Brown hadn't notched a win in Europe.

    Brown admits the harsh words were fair words: "It's not so nice, but I have to respect the fact that they did say to me in July - which is plenty of time to get a new contract - we don't think you're up to our standards.

    "So it sounds harsh, but it was good on the other hand, I've stepped up another level with a little bit of extra pressure... I had plenty of time, I've come out and just proven everybody wrong and they're reconsidering their situation," he said.

    In his first stage win at the Tour of Germany, Brown told the team he'd prefer to do it by himself. However, by the