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Latest Edition Cycling News for July 22, 2007

Date published:
July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
  • Young Aussie brothers leading the way in USA

    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Paul Verkuylen

    By Paul Verkuylen Two young Australian riders, Angus Morton and his younger brother Lachlan, have...

    By Paul Verkuylen

    Two young Australian riders, Angus Morton and his younger brother Lachlan, have shown their climbing potential by taking 5th and 6th in the pro category of the Mt Evans Hill Climb won by Discovery Channel's Tom Danielson. Danielson fell one minute short of taking the record time in the event.

    The Morton brothers are no strangers to the event having ridden the race every year for the past three years as part of the 'Real Aussie Kids' development squad, which was set up to help young Australian riders gain experience with top level competition and support. Angus, 18, represented Australia at the junior road world championships in 2006 as a first year junior. This year he was not selected for the squad opting instead to concentrate on his year 12 Higher School Certificate.

    Younger brother Lachlan, 15, is also showing some potential for the sport, by matching it with the best professional riders in the gruelling hill climb. Just two weeks ago the young star got the fastest time in the Sunshine Boulder Hill climb, beating the pros by six seconds, just ten days after having surgery to pin a broken wrist.

  • Sutter Home renews sponsorship commitment

    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Paul Verkuylen

    Sutter Home deviated from the tradition marketing path of wineries when it decided to sponsor a...

    Sutter Home deviated from the tradition marketing path of wineries when it decided to sponsor a men's professional cycling team three years ago, and their success is leading to an expanded sponsorship commitment for 2008. Already partnered with Colavita Olive Oil to sponsor men's and women's professional teams, Sutter Home pledge to renew sponsorship for the coming year.

    "We've been so impressed by the determination and cooperation of the teams and how this program has helped us elevate the brand. Sutter Home is absolutely committed to renewing its sponsorship with both teams," said Wendy Nyberg, Sutter Home's senior director of marketing.

    Other programs or events sponsored by the company include the Tour of California and the Recipe to Ride program, where the company's employees are encouraged to ride and eat healthy. They also support a program to support breast cancer awareness programs.

  • Kelly Benefits Strategies/Medifast for 'Toona

    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Paul Verkuylen

    Keven Lacombe, a newly signed 22 year-old Canadian talent, will be among the riders on the Kelly...

    Keven Lacombe, a newly signed 22 year-old Canadian talent, will be among the riders on the Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast pro cycling team at the Tour de Toona in his very first outing with the team July 23-29.

    Lacombe will be joined by Martin Gilbert, winner of the Pan Am Championships road race and a second place podium finisher in stage two of last Month's Nature Valley Grand Prix. Also in the squad is Dominique Perras, who finished third in the Canadian national road race championship in the road race, and Dan Bowman, who took second place overall at the Tour of Virginia in April.

    LaCombe suffered a broken femur in late 2006 but has made a rapid comeback, taking a third place podium in stage 4b of the Tour de Beauce last month. He finished first in a stage of the Six Days of Berlin UIV-CUP in Berlin, Germany, first in a stage of the six days of Copenhagen UIV-CUP, Denmark and took top ten places in the criteriums of the NRC Sequoia Classic, the NRC Merco Credit Union Classic, and the NRC Redlands Classic in California.

    Kelly Benefits Strategies / Medifast for Tour de Toona: Jonny Sundt, Ryan Roth, Keven Lacombe, dan Bowman, Dominique Perras.

  • Exciting Finale expected in the tour of Qinghai Lake

    Daniel Lloyd sitting only 2 seconds behind the leader
    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Paul Verkuylen

    By Paul Verkuylen Eight stages have passed of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China, the largest race...

    By Paul Verkuylen

    Eight stages have passed of the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China, the largest race outside of that Tour going on in France at the moment, and with one to go a pan flat circuit race around Xining, Discovery Channel has one more chance to make it six from nine. Alan Davis started things off for the Disco boys taking the first stage and the overall. The following day André Schulze got the better of the Aussie in the sprint, but it took just 24hours for Davis to relegate the German to second spot and get his second win on the tour.

    The following day Davis lost the overall lead to Schulze Wiesenhofs team-mate, Joerg Ludewig, during the stage to Guide which include a climb toping out at 3,880 meters. The next two stages were again won by Davis as the lead passed from Ludewig to DFL Cyclingnews’ Daniel Lloyd and finally to Gabriele Missaglia (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia) of Italy, who has held a slender lead ever since.

    Stage eight belonged to José Luis Rubiera showing the rest of the peloton that discovery Channel came to the tour with a full compliment of riders, not just Davis.

    Heading into the final stage, Davis is surely the favourite to win the stage, although he is too far behind to challenge the overall.

    DFL Cyclingnews British rider Daniel Lloyd, is sitting just two seconds behind the leader, and will surely be looking to take advantage of his team-mates strong showing in a series of Belgian Kermesse races before heading to China, and get in a break to take back those seconds in order to succeed in getting DFL Cyclingnews’ biggest victory to date.

  • Schumacher soldiers on

    Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) passes spectators
    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown in Albi

    By Gregor Brown in Albi Stefan Schumacher is taking the Tour de France day-by-day but is not exactly...

    Birthday-boy reflects on Gerdemann's yellow-run

    By Gregor Brown in Albi

    Stefan Schumacher is taking the Tour de France day-by-day but is not exactly having the success that he had earlier this spring when he rocketed to the finish in Maastricht to win the Amstel Gold Race. While celebrating his 26th birthday with a cold and wet time trial east of Albi during stage 13, he believes that he still has his chances in a Tour de France that has already seen German successes.

    "I was sick in the beginning and the prologue was so bad," Schumacher explained to Cyclingnews how his Tour has not gone to plan. "I was first concentrated on the prologue and then the stage Pozzato won [stage five to Auton]. I was really focused on that stage but I had problems in the decent [of Croix de la Libération]. I had to brake and I had a crash; I could not make it to the front and I had no chance to fight for the win. I was unsatisfied after the stage, and that prologue was not my best prologue.

    His mind reflected back to the warm Grand Départ in London. My goal was to be at the front of the prologue and fight for the jersey in the first week but we have more time...I think I will get my chance to win a stage." Instead, that Saturday went in favour of Swiss Cancellara who then went on to wear the jersey for seven days, even anticipating the sprint in Compiègne.

    France's weather heated up in the Alps but it transitioned with the race towards the Pyrénées and now it is expected to be cold for the first Pyrenean stage to Plateau de Beille (forecasted to be 16°C at the finish). "The weather changes are not good for me," Schumacher reflected on the previous week's hot Alpine heat. "During the hot days, it is crazy and sometime I get problems."

    The stage to

  • McQuaid applauds Gerdemann, disappointed with German TV

    Gerdemann
    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    By Shane Stokes A week may be a long time in politics, but it seems even longer in cycling. Since 24...

    By Shane Stokes

    A week may be a long time in politics, but it seems even longer in cycling. Since 24 year old Linus Gerdemann took a good-news mountain stage win and the yellow jersey last Saturday, team-mate Patrick Sinkewtiz has tested positive, race leader Michael Rasmussen has been under a cloud and German television has withdrawn live coverage of the event.

    UCI President Pat McQuaid may be frustrated with these latter developments but he feels that Gerdemann's victory and his ongoing decent debut in the race is a plus for the sport. "Linus is an absolutely superb representative for the sport of cycling now and what it is going to be in the future," he said on Friday

    "What he did is absolutely very encouraging. I sat at home and watched it [stage seven] on television; I was thrilled to see him do that. I was also very happy with the comments that he came out with afterwards [in relation to racing clean], and also the comments that he made after Sinkewitz's positive A sample. I think he is a good example of the type of rider that we want in the sport in the future."

    German television decided after that positive test to withdraw all live coverage from the race. McQuaid said that this is an over-reaction, and that it is unfair to penalise a sport which is doing more than most in this area.

    "I think that it is a great pity that the German television stations have decided to do what they did. I think it is completely unfair to the sport of cycling that is doing so much in the fight against doping. There are other sports that are really doing very little. For instance, there was a big story in Britain yesterday about golf. The British media featured a statement from Gary Player saying that some top golfers are using human growth hormone and other doping products. Right now, there is no testing being done in golf, and yet the German media will cover the German Open golf and the British Open golf. They are not even looking...

  • TdF 2007 - the Pyrenees await

    Alberto Contador - one of the riders likely to light up stage 14
    Article published:
    July 22, 2007, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Paul Verkuylen

    By Paul Verkuylen As expected the Albi time trial yesterday shook up the general classification and...

    By Paul Verkuylen

    As expected the Albi time trial yesterday shook up the general classification and presented the major contenders for the overall victory in Paris. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the performance of Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank), who not only held on to the yellow jersey, but caught his three-minute man and biggest threat on GC going into the stage, Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne).

    Today's stage 14 to Plateau de Beille, is only the second mountain top finish of this year's Tour and with two steep hors catégorie climbs in the final 65 kilometres, is set to once again to light up the field and see the general classification contenders attacking each other. Only 3.37 separates the top five overall and with the top ten being dominated by team Astana with three riders, and Discovery channel with two riders, the stage will pose enormous problems for overall rac leader, Rasmussen.

    After showing the rest of the Tour field yesterday that he has recovered from his crash in the best possible fashion - by winning convincingly - Alexandre Vinokourov has said that his Tour is far from over. He plans on attacking in the Pyrenees, and with team-mates Andreas Kloden and fellow countryman Andrey Kashechkin both in the top six, Astana will most likely be the team that ignites the stage.

    Australia's Cadel Evans finished second to 'Vino' yesterday after coming in 1.14 behind the flying Kazakh, but the Australian reduced his overall deficit on GC to just one minute even behind Rasmussen. It was a controlled ride by the Australian and puts him in an ideal situation. His team is not strong enough to help him defend the yellow jersey, but in second place he can watch the inevitable attacks from the Astana boys as they try to wear down Rasmussen....