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Latest Cycling News, January 9, 2008

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January 09, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • NZ announce national Langkawi team

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    BikeNZ has announced the riders it will send to next month's Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, with...

    BikeNZ has announced the riders it will send to next month's Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, with Jeremy Yates to lead the Pacific nation's efforts. The squad will also include Scott Lyttle and Ashley Whitehead. Justin Kerr and Matt Sillars have been named as the squad's reserve riders for the event.

    The Malaysian stage race gets underway on February 9 and runs through to the 17th.

    NZ National team for Tour de Langkawi: Joseph Chapman, Logan Hutchings, Scott Lyttle, Robin Reid, Ashley Whitehead and Jeremy Yates.

  • Cronulla winnings donated to Prostate Cancer Instutute

    Matt White and his colleagues have donated their prize money to charity
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    Professional cyclists involved in the Cronulla Grand Prix staged on 16 December have donated their...

    Professional cyclists involved in the Cronulla Grand Prix staged on 16 December have donated their prizemoney to the Prostate Cancer Institute. The top four riders - Matt White (Discovery Channel), Graeme Brown (Rabobank), Julian Dean (Credit Agricole) and Allan Davis (Discovery Channel - donated their combined prizemoney of $3600 AUD to the Institute, which is being established at St George Cancer Care Centre in New South Wales, Australia.

    "The event was a great promotion for the sport of cycling and it is the least professional stars can do when racing in Australia is to make the contribution of prizemoney to such a worthy charity," said White, who retired after the event and will be directing the American Team Slipstream outfit this season.

    It is the very first Prostate Cancer Institute in Australia and will have all of the treatment options available under the one roof. The Cancer Centre, headed by Professor John Kearsley, is expanding in size and will have also a Research centre attached to the facility.

    It has been a two million dollar project undertaken by a community group and the funds have been well received by the committee. Professor Kearsley, who was present at the Cronulla Grand Prix said: "It was a great day for everyone - great action, good sponsorship support from NSW Health and others, and now the donation from the race winners.

    "The community has now committed more than one million dollars and this is the first occasion that a sporting event and competitors have contributed to the construction of the Prostate Cancer Institute, that will commence building works in February this year," added Kearsley.

    The Prostate Cancer Institute also benefitted from the race entries of the 1500 metre athletic event staged on the day.

    "All the invited professionals prior to the start of the race agreed to donate the money to the Prostate Cancer Institute and I am very proud that in my last race we could give back to the...

  • Dean chases special national jersey

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    Tour de France cyclist Julian Dean (Team Slipstream) wants desperately to keep his black and white...

    Tour de France cyclist Julian Dean (Team Slipstream) wants desperately to keep his black and white kiwi jersey. The Rotorua rider will defend his New Zealand title at the BikeNZ National Road Championships in Hawkes Bay this weekend, with the winner entitled to wear the national jersey in European competition this year. Dean, recovering from off-season surgery, knows it will be a tough assignment. "I really want to win the title again so I can wear the New Zealand jersey in Europe. It's great for me, for our sport and our country," said Dean.

    "I think everyone really benefits and another year with it will really solidify us as a cycling nation in Europe," he added. "It is so distinctive and so many people in Europe know and identify with New Zealand. It was absolutely amazing. I am just a rider in a team but when I wore the New Zealand jersey as the national champion so many people commented or came up and spoke to me."

    Dean will move from his Credit Agricole team to his new squad Team Slipstream this year, an American cycling organisation moving into Europe where he is expected to be the number one sprinter. Dean knows he is not in his best form for the 182 km, seven lap race to be held on the Appleby Rd circuit, west of Taradale on Sunday. He underwent surgery on his ACL joint in September and only got back on his bike in late November.

    Dean comes up against the best in the country, including several other European based professionals including Waikato's Tim Gudsell who rides for Francaise des Jeux and Belgium-based Glen Chadwick who is with US team Team Type 1. Athens Olympians Robin Reid (Marlborough) and Heath Blackgrove (Canterbury) will add to the mix along with former world junior champion Jeremy Yates (Hawke Bay), who took out the national club title and recently won the Tour de Vineyards in Nelson.

    Other prominent Kiwi riders include Jeremy Vennell, who rides for US team Bissell Pro Cycling Team, Gordon McCauley (Auckland),...

  • Cheatley recovering from surgery

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    Top New Zealand women's cyclist Catherine Cheatley is to begin her recovery process after undergoing...

    Top New Zealand women's cyclist Catherine Cheatley is to begin her recovery process after undergoing a vein enlargement operation. The Cheerwine rider underwent the surgery on her left thigh in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday to help the rider return to her full potential after doing damage to the vein in a crash while riding in the United States of America last season.

    "What they did was to take a vein out of [her] ankle, and attach it to the main artery - which comes out of the stomach - supplying blood to her leg," Catherine's husband and coach Dayle Cheatley told NZPA. "They are expecting a pretty quick recovery from her because she's nice and fit and healthy."

    In order to aid her recovery process, which is hoped to see the rider back in form for August's Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Cheatley completed a solid block of training leading into the operation.
    "She's done a huge base [of mileage] before the operation," said Dayle. "She came into it very, very fit. And because of the training she needed a couple of weeks off the bike anyway. This was done on purpose because we knew what was coming up."

    The potentially career-threatening injury was discovered just before the rider's return home at the end of last season, and forced her to withdraw from the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Without the surgery the future for Cheatley as a professional racer looked grim, however with the surgery out of the way Cheatley is focused on recovering to her former glory, which would likely see her contest the Manchester Track World Championships before returning to the US for another season with the Cheerwine squad.

    "Bike NZ has given her a free run, to get her fit and hopefully right for the worlds and Olympics," Dayle Chealey said. "And if she gets through these okay, it's all go [for a second season] with Cheerwine."

    The rider will undergo rehabilitation in Invercargill on New Zealand's south island.

  • Serramenti PVC launch 2008

    Say cheese: Team management and the riders
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    Gianni Savio's Italian Professional Continental squad has held its 2008 launch at the headquarters...

    Gianni Savio's Italian Professional Continental squad has held its 2008 launch at the headquarters of its title sponsor. The outfit has undergone some changes since last year, with several new signings replacing outgoing riders.

    The most notable of its new signings is Gilberto Simoni, who joins the outfit from ProTour team Saunier Duval-Prodir, and German Danilo Hondo, from rival Italian Professional Continental outfit Tinkoff Credit Systems.

    In addition to these signings the outfit has also taken on Amore & Vita-McDonald's Ruslan Ivanov, Team LPR's Daniele Nardello and four neo professionals.

    For more information on this or any other team, see our 2008 teams database.

  • ProTour ambitions to start Down Under

    Enjoying sunnier times at the Volta ao Algarve.
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    Heading into his sixth season with Française des Jeux, Philippe Gilbert has lost none of the...

    Heading into his sixth season with Française des Jeux, Philippe Gilbert has lost none of the rapid-fire pedaling style that propelled him to victory at the 2006 Het Volk. And while last year's results were disappointing in comparison, he's ready to kick off again at the 2008 Tour Down Under, as Cyclingnews' Jean-François Quénet found out.

    Saint-Quentin, in the Picardy region of northern France: Not quite the paradisiacal destination that professional athletes dream about in December, with temperatures hovering around zero degrees Celsius, but this has never bothered the man from Remouchamps, Belgium who has always been seen riding his bike in the Belgian Ardennes since his days in the under 16 ranks, no matter what the weather was like.

    So while most teams head south at this time of year, the team backed by the French national lottery remain in Saint-Quentin - home to assistant manager Martial Gayant and a passionate fan base nurtured by the team since its inception 12 years ago.

    Thankfully, it's not all doom and gloom up north, as the pre-Christmas training camp always begins with a party. "Cycling is a popular sport and I insist on the possibility for any fan to be able to have a drink with his favorite champion once a year," says team boss Marc Madiot. During his career as a rider, the double Paris-Roubaix winner was famous for his loyal following, coloured in the black and yellow of his Renault-Gitane team - a tradition continued with the four leafed clover symbol of Française des Jeux.

    Eighteen hundred fans are registered with the team's fan club, and Madiot invited a special one - Lucian, an 82 year-old Belgian who's often seen at the roadside handing up water to riders - to the 11th century Abbey of Vaucelles for the team's party. "I'll do it as long as I'll be alive and healthy," Lucien tells the crowd, adding that Gilbert is one of his favourites being so readily approachable.

    "We, the...