- Article published:
- June 30, 2009, 14:37
- Richard Tyler
A corner turned for new British champion
Kristian House took his first win of the season in Sunday’s British national championships. For House and Rapha-Condor team manager, John Herety, the win closes a chapter on what has been a difficult season so far.
"Honestly, it’s a dream come true, it’s something I’ve wanted for such a long time,” House told Cyclingnews. “For it to happen in the team I’m in now, with the manager and all the people involved, it really is a dream come true.”
This year saw one of the strongest ever fields line up for the British championships. House worked his way into the race winning move on the climb of the Tumble before outsprinting Daniel Lloyd (Cervélo TestTeam) and Peter Kennaugh (100% ME) to take his first championship win.
Leading into the race House had been unsure how he would cope with the tough course in Wales. “It’s easy to say that it doesn’t matter now that I’ve won but going into it I was a bit unsure about how much I’d done, whether it would be enough,” he said. “John [Herety] was keeping our spirits up, telling us that we were actually going well, so when I got to the finale of [the national championships] I thought ‘Well, I’m not going to lose here’.”
Rapha-Condor have been regular visitors to the podium with Darren Lapthorne, Matt Cronshaw, Dean Downing and Tom Southam all winning races in recent months. Despite riding strongly at the service of his teammates throughout the year House has been frustrated by his own absence of wins. Happy to have now joined in the team’s success, House is looking towards the remainder of the season.
“The way the team’s been going the last couple of weeks, [with] these guys all starting to win races, I almost felt a bit left out, so it has taken a bit of pressure off now. I guess the morale of the team is just sort of snowballing and I think we’re headed for bigger and better things.”
“He’s been going well all season but he’s never actually been able to put it all together. In fact, he’s been quite frustrated in the last few months,” said John Herety. “So it’s good to see it all come good for him, it’s a just reward for all the hard work he’s put in over the years.”
House will waste no time in displaying his national champion’s jersey. Rapha-Condor will head to the Tour of Qinghai Lake, in China, in two weeks time before returning for the Tour of Ireland and Tour of Britain. The team then expects to line up in Australia for the Tour of Tasmania and the Herald Sun Tour in October.
The new British champion indicated a specific goal during the team’s time in Australia, the world’s longest one day race: the Melbourne to Warrnambool. “That’s actually the race I want to win,” he said. “I’ve said it a number of times and it’s probably one of my favourite races.
“It probably hasn’t sunk in. The only jersey I’ve got now is the podium jersey so I think when I get my team kit printed and ‘Rapha-ised’, it’s going to be pretty special and I think it’ll hit me then.”
- Article published:
- June 30, 2009, 13:47
- Gregor Brown
Former winner Pereiro part of Spanish team
Spain's Caisse d'Epargne confirmed today all nine of its men who will start in the Tour de France Saturday in Monaco. Its roster includes 2007 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereiro.
The nine men are Spaniards David Arroyo, Iván Gutiérrez, Luis Pasamontes, Oscar Pereiro, José Joaquín Rojas, Luis León Sánchez, Portugal's Rui Costa, France's Arnaud Coyot and Colombia's Rigoberto Uran.
Caisse's highest-ranking rider in the 2008 Tour de France was Spain's Alejandro Valverde. A two-year suspension in Italy for his involvement in the 2006 doping investigation, Operación Puerto, prohibits him from racing. The race passes through Italy on stage 16.
Caisse confirmed he would be left off the team last week.
The team has many options for the overall classification. Arroyo rode well last year and finished 30th overall. Sánchez is going well so far this year with overall wins in the Paris-Nice and Tour Méditerranéen stage races.
The three-week stage race starts July 4 and ends Sunday, July 26, in Paris.
- Article published:
- June 30, 2009, 12:00
- Hedwig Kröner
No decision over Tour participation from court
The civil court of Nanterre, France, has declared itself not competent to rule on the case between the Belgian Quick Step team and Tour de France organiser, ASO. The two parties are at odds over the participation of Tom Boonen in the race starting this Saturday.
The team wants its roster to be captained by the newly-crowned Belgian champion, but ASO refuses Boonen because of his recent problems with cocaine.
Boonen has tested positive for the drug on three separate out-of-competition tests. Cocaine is only illegal if detected during competition, according to the World Anti Doping Agency's (WADA) list of banned substances. Despite Boonen's positives occurring out-of-competition, ASO decided that his inclusion would not be in the best interests of the Tour de France's image.
Quick Step had asked the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Nanterre to decide over the affair, but on Tuesday morning, the judge who heard both parties