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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 12, 2011

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August 12, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Van Uden sports Utah sprinter’s jersey after stage two

    Roman Van Uden (Pure Black) putting in his good ride for second place.
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    August 12, 2011, 3:03 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Kiwi aims for more points over final two days

    Roman van Uden (PureBlack Racing) jumped his way into the Tour of Utah's XO Communications Sprint jersey following stage two bunch kick in Provo on Thursday. The New Zealand native is confident that he will further his lead in the special classification by accumulating additional points during the final two stages.

    "Yes, I think I can hold the jersey to the end," Van Uden said. "Picking up sprint points was my goal. I love sprinting and so it was a good target, and one of the targets before we got to this race. I will be happy if we can come out of this race with the sprint jersey. Being the biggest race of the season, I knew it was time to step up and put myself on the showcase to some other teams and general public about how good of a rider I am."

    The Tour of Utah was the biggest event on the calendar for the New Zealand-registered UCI Continental team. It achieved success this season with victories at National Racing Calendar (NRC) events including Redlands Bicycle Classic, Tour of Somerville, Tour de Grove, Tour de Toona and Tour de Beauce. In addition, it is known as being one of the most aggressive teams in the domestic peloton.

    "We had a good plan to come into this race and be really aggressive," Van Uden said. "This is a good way to start. Saturday will be a pretty tough circuit race and Sunday, the last day, will be absolutely brutal."

    Van Uden rode into a significant breakaway during the stage one circuit race in Ogden. He rode into a second decisive breakaway during stage two from Lehi to Provo, where he picked up full points in the first intermediate sprint and tenth place points at the finish line. He accumulated enough points to move into the lead in the sprint competition.

    "Yesterday was...

  • Evans honoured in Melbourne's Federation Square

    Cadel Evans waves to the tens of thousands of fans in Federation Square
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    August 12, 2011, 4:07 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Tens of thousands gather for a 'Cadelebration'

    Tens of thousands of people, old and new to the world of cycling convened in the centre of Australia's southern capital, Melbourne, today to congratulate BMC's Cadel Evans on becoming the nation's first winner of the Tour de France.

    Sporting his yellow jersey and full BMC team kit, with leg warmers to brace against the notorious Melbourne winter, Evans standing on stage in Federation Square seemed genuinely surprised at the reception he received from the crowd, what Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu described as a "Cadelebration".

    "I could say I'm overwhelmed but that would be the understatement of this month, at least," Evans said interviewed before for the crowd.

    Asked if the achievement of winning the Tour de France has changed him, Evans was self-deprecating.

    "It still hurts to ride uphill," he chuckled. "I still ride every day when I'm not travelling around the world on a plane. Yes, certainly, it's changed a little bit."

    On stage, Evans' was compared to other Australian sporting greats - Don Bradman (cricket), Dawn Fraser (swimming) while the man himself noted that the nation had managed to now tick off most of the world's major sporting boxes.

    "For me still to become a professional cyclist and ride the Tour de France is an opportunity I don't want to take for granted while I'm still competitive," he said. "I've got a few good years left in me yet. I'm still young at heart and that's what matters the most."

    Evans arrived back home on Thursday from Europe for a 70 hour trip dominated by media appearances and one very special "hug from mum". The 2009 World Champion said he was "happy to be able to give something back to everyone who's supported me and also honoured for everyone who's been so appreciative of it [Tour de...

  • Botero the brains behind Gobernacion de Antioquia in Utah

    Santiago Botero pays close attention
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    August 12, 2011, 6:01 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Former pro directs the brawn Henao and Sevilla

    Retired professional Santiago Botero has taken a position as manager of the Colombia-based UCI Continental team Gobernacion de Antioquia. He is currently directing his riders Sergio Henao and Oscar Sevilla into the top two places in the mid-race overall standings at the Tour of Utah.

    "I am very happy with how they have ridden this week," Botero told Cyclingnews. "They had a good start at the prologue and a stage one. I am happy directing and sometimes it is more stress than when I was a rider. I help the riders with a lot of their tactics during the race, which is more difficult now because they are not allowed radios. We have a lot of younger riders and they trust my experience."

    Henao surprised the high-quality peloton when he won the opening prologue. Stage one proved to be decisive when he along with teammate Oscar Sevilla, Levi Leipheimer and Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) and breakaway rider Jesse Anthony (Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth) reached the finish line more than two-and-a-half minutes ahead of the nearest chase group. The overall classification remained the same following stage two.

    Botero is not convinced, however, that his two GC riders will be able to hold on to the race lead following the stage three 15.6 kilometer time trial held at the Miller Motorsports Park on Friday. He believes that Leipheimer is the favourite to win that stage and that it is possible he will move into the race lead.

    However, he is counting on the queen stage's five climbs to be challenging enough for his riders move back into the race lead, and win the overall title.

    "We will try to keep the yellow jersey," Botero said. "It will not be easy. Everyone knows that Levi is strong in the time trial....

  • Van Heeswijk won't sue NUsport over doping confession

    Max van Heeswijk (Discovery) is back in action
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    August 12, 2011, 8:21 BST

    Former US Postal rider steps down

    Retired Dutch cyclist Max van Heeswijk won't take the Dutch magazine NUsport to court. Last week Lance Armstrong's former teammate said he would seek damages after he had tried to prevent a publication of an article in where he admitted EPO use.

    During the interview, which took place on the 17th of June, Van Heeswijk grabbed the disk containing the recording and threw it into his dustbin. The NUsport-reporter demanded it back, but was then ushered out of the interview location.

    Van Heeswijk dismissed the article last week on Dutch television, but he confessed that he had destroyed the reporter's recording. Last Monday, in an interview on the channel L1, the Dutchman said he won't submit an insurance claim after all.

    "I have talked to my lawyer and we want to blow over it. I don't want to spend much energy on these negative things. I'm finished with it."

    NUsport reported the tape as stolen to the police in Belgium, where Van Heeswijk lives, after trying and failing to get a response from the rider via phone calls and Text-messages.

    Van Heeswijk turned pro with Motorola in 1995. From 2003 to 2006 he rode with the US Postal and Discovery Channel teams. He was not part of any of Armstrong's winning Tour de France squads.

  • Video: Dowsett talks Olympics, nationals and Trek-Livestrong

    Alex Dowsett wears his special blood red Oakleys in support of World Haemophilia Day
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    August 12, 2011, 9:49 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Second part of Cyclingnews' interview with Sky rider

    In part two of our interview with Alex Dowsett, the Team Sky rider talks about his hopes for the Olympic Games in 2012, where he will hope to ride both the time trial and the road race.

    Dowsett even thinks ahead about the 2016 Games which will take place in Rio, Brazil, but for now the European Under 23 time trial champion is firmly focussed on the next 12 months of his career.

    With Sky’s team leader competing at the Vuelta later this month, Dowsett will compete in the British time trial championships at the start of September, and in this exclusive video with Cyclingnews he talks about the chance of winning the title, the Olympics and his year with Lance Armstrong’s Trek Livestrong team.

    You can watch part one of our video interview with Dowsett, here.

  • Ullrich turns to cyclosportive racing

    Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile)
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    August 12, 2011, 10:46 BST
    Cycling News

    1997 Tour de France winner picks up the bike again

    After suffering from burnout syndrome last year, Jan Ullrich is back to good health as he participated in a cyclosportive event in Italy last week. The experience turned out positive for the German, and he is now planning to attend further events in the future.

    On July 31, Ullrich lined up at the Giro delle Dolomiti in Bolzano under a pseudonym, "Max Kraft" (literally "Max Power"). But his anonymity didn't last long, as fellow participants amongst the approximate 700 cyclists in the field soon recognised the only German Tour de France winner, who has only been back in training for four months.

    Ullrich was pleasantly surprised with how the field reacted to his presence, according to Radsportnews. "At one point, my shoulder almost started to hurt from all the tapping! But it felt good. It showed me that people still like me - at least those, who also like cycling," he said.

    The 37-year-old started the cyclosportive event without a transponder at first, but then took one one on stage three. He clocked 96th on the Passo Nigra and was respectful of the amateurs' level of competition. "It was surprisingly fast," said Ullrich, who nevertheless takes part without any sporting ambitions - a new experience to him.

    "I just want to find the pleasure of cycling again," he continued. "Hobby races are a lot of fun. You ride along with like-minded people, talk about the course and bikes, give some advice... it's just cycling. Without having to talk about doping all the time!"

    Together with his manager, Ullrich has decided to line up at more cylocportives in the future and to raise funds for charity in this way. His next ride will be the Ötztaler Radmarathon in Austria on August 28.

    "There will be packages on offer to ride and spend time with Jan," Ullrich's media manager Falk Nier explained. The revenue would be donated charities.

  • Peiper joins Garmin-Cervelo for 2012

    Allan Peiper
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    August 12, 2011, 11:29 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Experienced directeur sportif finds new home after demise of HTC-Highroad

    Allan Peiper will join Garmin-Cervelo for 2012. The Australian, who has been an instrumental part of HTC-Highroad's success over the last few years, is a former professional rider and joins on a two-year deal. Next season he will base himself in Girona, Spain, where Garmin has their European headquarters.

    "I've had my eye on Allan for a long time but I never wanted to interfere with HTC so I waited until there was an opportunity with him and I'm very happy to have him on board," Garmin's Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews.

    "Allan will manage the riders' schedules, helping me manage the group as a whole and help with the logistics. Obviously he'll be in the car at key events as well and more than anything else he'll work at making sure that the communications between the directors and the riders is really top notch."

    After Matt White's departure at the start of the year Vaughters assumed a greater share of the responsibility when it came to directing the team. He also brought in specialists like Peter Van Petegem, who helped lead the team to a sensational win in Paris-Roubaix.

    Vaughters' patience to fill the role on a permanent basis appears to have paid off, with HTC-Highroad set to wind up at the end of this season, leaving Peiper and other experienced directors on the market.

    "It was a case of finding the right person and I wasn't going to settle for anything less. They had to have a similar vision to me and had to be someone that I trusted 100 percent because I wanted someone that could help with the responsibility, the tactics and strategy at events."

    Peiper is looking forward to the challenge: "Garmin-Cervelo is a team that has had a lot of success, and more importantly, I share their philosophy on sport and innovation. They've always been at the forefront of change in the sport, and I respect that immensely," said Peiper. "I have had many great experiences over the last few years and I've learned a...

  • Moncoutié, Taaramae lead Cofidis at Vuelta a España

    Stage 13 runner-up David Moncoutie (Cofidis)
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    August 12, 2011, 13:02 BST
    Hedwig Kröner

    French team boosts 2012 roster with climbers

    Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer has announced his rider line-up for the upcoming Vuelta a España. David Moncoutié and Rein Taaramae will be heading the squad in the Spanish grand tour, supported by Yoann Bagot, Nicolas Edet, Damien Monier, Luis Angel Mate, Aleksejs Saramotins, Nico Sijmens and Julien Fouchard.

    Team leader Moncoutié will be targeting a fourth mountains title after having won the climbers competition each time these three last years. The Frenchman, who was disappointed with his Tour de France and received some public criticism, was unsure as to his end of season programme, but finally focussed on the Vuelta once again.

    "He was hurt after the comments made by Laurent Jalabert [who criticised Moncoutié for his race tactics in the finale of stage 13 into Lourdes - ed.] and the public reaction on the days afterwards," Boyer told Cyclingnews on Friday from the Tour de l'Ain. In a breakaway chasing down Jérémy Roy, Moncoutié had collaborated with stage winner Thor Hushovd, which earned him national scorn.

    "But David didn't ride to make Jérémy lose, he rode to win the stage. Thor was just much stronger than him and even if he hadn't taken turns, Thor would have probably won the stage anyway. David felt he didn't deserve to be treated this way. But he found his morale again after the Tour and also his level of performance, which we can see right now at the Tour de l'Ain."

    The team's most promising young rider, Taaramae, will also race his second grand tour this year, a decision Boyer was reluctant to accept at first. "But he...