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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 16, 2013

Date published:
August 16, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Saxo-Tinkoff with four options for Vuelta's GC battle

    Roman Kreuziger was spent after an early break attempt
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 7:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Danish team names squad for final grand tour of 2013

    Having sacrificed his own chances to help Alberto Contador to fourth at this year's Tour de France. Roman Kreuziger will lead the Saxo-Tinkoff team at the Vuelta a España this month.

    The Czech rider has had a solid first season with the Danish outfit, having left Astana at the end of 2012, finishing fifth at the Tour, winning Amstel Gold Race, being third overall at the Tour de Suisse and also closing out the podium at last month's Clasica San Sebastian.

    Saxo-Tinkoff sports director Tristan Hoffman said he believes the team has more options than just Kreuziger.

    "We are entering this year's Vuelta a España with a very strong and versatile team, which will give us quite some cards to play throughout the three weeks of racing," he explained. "Therefore we are also focusing on finishing the race with one of our riders well inside the top-ten, and if things play into our hands maybe even having two of our riders up there. With this group of riders I definitely believe it is possible, even though we know the competition will be fierce.

    "In Roman, Nicolas [Roche], Rafal [Majka] and Chris [Anker Sørensen] we have four potential GC riders, with three of them having top-ten finishes in Grand Tours before and Chris finishing just outside a couple of times. They all feel strong before the race, and this naturally gives us some great possibilities in hand."

    Majka led the team at the Giro d'Italia, the young Polish rider impressing with his seventh overall and more recently took fourth at the Tour of Poland. Last year at the Vuelta, Majka finished 32nd overall while riding at the service of Contador,

    Anker Sørensen will be riding his first grand tour of the year having missed out on the Tour de France...

  • Boonen may need surgery on saddle sore

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) played his hand in the early breakaway
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 10:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Team told him to stay off the bike until healthy again

    Tom Boonen continues to suffer from the saddle sore which forced him to miss the Eneco Tour, and while it is improving, it may still require surgery. His Omega Pharma-Quick Step team is working hard to get the former World Champion back on the bike, but only when he is healthy.

    Boonen was unable to ride the Eneco Tour due to the saddle sore. His whole 2013 season has been marked by injuries and illnesses.

    “There is noticeable improvement,” Omega Pharma-QuickStep sports director Wilfried Peeters  optimistically told the Gazet van Antwerpen.

    "We have instructed him to stay off the bike as long as possible. He has not done more than an hour."

    “Next week there is a scheduled appointment with the doctor and then we'll know more. This is really a serious case and it can go either way. We just hope that no surgery is involved.”

    That makes it difficult to predict when Boonen may race again. His 2013 season could be over.

    "Healing is the priority and only when it is so far, can we make statements about his program," Peeters said.

    Boonen has only one win this season, a stage at the Tour de Wallonie at the end of July. In comparison, he had 12 wins in 2012, including Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

    During the winter he was hospitalized for intestinal problems and then an infected wound on his elbow. Crashes in the spring caused further problems, and he suffered from the flu earlier this summer.

  • Hansen in Lotto Belisol team for the Vuelta a España

    Adam Hansen on the podium
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 11:47 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Australian looking to again complete all three Grand Tours

    The Lotto Belisol team has named its nine-rider line-up for the Vuelta a España, with Adam Hansen securing a place in the squad as he attempts to ride all three Grand Tours in the same season for a second consecutive year.

    Hansen won a stage at the Giro d'Italia in May and was part of Andre Greipel's lead out train in the Tour de France, helping the German sprinter win stage six to Montpellier. Hansen successfully completed all three Grand Tours in 2012, becoming just the second Australian to do it.

    Also in the Lotto Belisol line-up for the Vuelta are Bart De Clercq, Francis De Greef, Greg Henderson, Vicente Reynes, Jurgen Van de Walle, Tosh Van der Sande, Dennis Vanendert and Jelle Vanendert.

    With Andre Greipel not riding, New Zealand's Henderson is likely to be the team's protected sprinter. Jelle Vanendert will lead the team overall and on the many mountain finishes after being forced to miss the Tour de France due to an intestinal parasite.

    Team leader Jurgen Van den Broeck is out of action for the rest of the season after crashing during the Tour de France.

    The Vuelta begins in the northwestern Galicia region of Spain on Saturday 24th of August with a team time trial.


  • Cookson and McQuaid square off again

    UCI President Pat McQuaid at the UCI headquarters in Aigle
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    August 16, 2013, 12:38 BST
    Cycling News

    UCI president calls on British Cycling to call off legal challenge, Cookson decries “desperate manoeuvres and outbursts"

    The war of words between incumbent UCI president Pat McQuaid and challenger Brian Cookson continues to roll on as the elections at the world road race championships in Tuscany nears.

    BCookson has recently asked lawyers to look into whether Pat McQuaid's nomination for re-election as president of the UCI can be legally challenged, describing the attempts the change the election process as smacking of attempted dictatorship. Now McQuaid has fired back. The Irishman has called for Cookson to call off the attorneys and let the UCI members decide things at the UCI Congress during the world championships.

    McQuaid was first nominated by his home federation, Ireland, which subsequently withdrew its support. He was then nominated by Swiss Cycling, saying that he was a member of that federation, having lived in Switzerland while UCI President. However it has recently been disclosed that McQuaid only joined Swiss Cycling this past spring. Members of the Swiss federation are challenging the nomination, with a decision due on August 22.

    McQuiad was then nominated by the Thai and Moroccan federations, with a proposal to change the nomination process but questions remain as to whether they can nominate him, since he is not a member, and whether the nomination deadline had passed.

    British Cycling lawyers will be looking into the nomination procedures, but McQuaid on Friday issued a statement expressing his outrage and questioning Cookson's motives. He “questioned whether Cookson was trying to avoid an election and to eliminate him from the race by associating himself with his federation's legal challenge to matters concerning the governance of the election.”

    McQuaid added “that he was appalled that British Cycling, in a letter from its lawyers, suggested the UCI had accepted his nominations from the Thai and Moroccan cycling federations after the closing date for nominations."

    “That is an outrageous...

  • Boom confident of Eneco success after taking the overall lead in home town

    Lars Boom (Belkin) on the podium
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 15:16 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Belkin leader motivated before the key time trial stage

    Lars Boom (Belkin) snatched the overall lead at the Eneco Tour in his home town of Vlijmen and is confident of keeping after today's 13.2km time trial stage and perhaps go on to win the WorldTour stage race for a second consecutive year.

    Boom finished third on the penultimate stage behind Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Leopard), with the time bonus for third place enough to give him the leader's white jersey. He produced an inspired sprint, going early to endure he took the vital seconds.

    “It might have something to do with Vlijmen. I was really motivated to win here and take the white jersey,” Boom said.

    “We wanted to attack from the peloton in one of the last turns, but I was behind Jurgen Roelandts and he actually pulled so hard and long that I could just sit in his wheel and sprint normally. That was perfect.”

    “It’s fantastic to end up on the podium in your hometown. We passed my house at fifty meters and rode down the street of my in-laws; that gave me a real boost.”

    Boom celebrated with his family and young daughter but quickly turned his attention to the 13.2km time trial between Sittard and Geleen in the Lindberg region, close to Maastricht.

    Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is the favourite to win the stage. Boom knows he has to try to gain time on overall rivals such as Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

    "It's a fairly short and explosive stage, so that suits me. Moreover, there are some climbs in the beginning, and I like that. After the Tour de France I’m very strong uphill,” he said.

    The time gaps created in the time trial will vital before the final weekend stages of the Eneco Tour. Saturday's 150km stage from...

  • Feillu out after appendectomy

    Runner-up Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 17:46 BST
    Cycling News

    Vacansoleil rider to miss Tour du Limousin

    Romain Feillu has undergone an emergency appendectomy, Vacansoleil-DCM has announced. The French rider hopes to return to racing before the end of the season.

    Feillu had been suffering off and on all season, De Telegraaf reports, but scans and examinations showed nothing.

    That changed this week, though. “Acute appendicitis for Romain Feillu. On Thursday he had surgery and the appendix was removed,” the team tweeted.

    He had been scheduled to ride the Tour du Limousin, but his participation there has been cancelled. The 29-year-old plans to ride again this season, though. “I am already thinking of training and racing,” he said. “I would like to end the season with a nice win for the team and sponsors.”

  • Lampre-Merida signs Modolo per 2014

    Sacha Modolo (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) has now won three stages at the Tour of Qinghai Lake
    Article published:
    August 16, 2013, 18:35 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian sprinter steps up to the WorldTour

    The Lampre-Merida team has announced that it has signed Sacha Modolo for the next two seasons.

    The Italian sprinter is currently riding with the Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox Professional Continental team but will pull on Lampre-Merida's pink and blue kit and be one of the team's protected sprinters.

    Modolo has won 24 races since turning professional in 2010, using his sprint and climbing ability to successful effect. He finished fourth in Milan-San Remo in his first season and recently won six stages at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China and was second in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

    "Modolo has shown what he can do in his first years as a professional, combining his speed and resistance to win numerous races," Lampre-Merida team manager Giuseppe Saronni said in a statement announcing Modolo's signing.

    "He's maturing year after year and he's at a excellent level and we hope he can go up against the best sprinters in the world on a world stage. He's charismatic and one of the best Italian fast finishers. I'm sure he'll fit in well in our group."

    Lampre-Merida has had a poor season so far, with the Mantova investigation and trial casting a shadow about the team's past. Filippo Pozzato struggled in the Classics, while Michele Scarponi fought back to finish fourth in the Giro d'Italia.

    Lampre-Merida has already extended Diego Ulissi's contract and is expected to sign other riders before the end of the season. The Italian team has been linked to double Tour de France stage winner Rui Costa. 

  • Cyclingnews online regional editor required - Australia

    New homepage
    Article published:
    August 19, 2013, 23:54 BST
    Cycling News

    Work for the world's leading cycling website

    Cyclingnews, the world's leading cycling web site, is expanding and is looking for a regional editor based in Sydney, Australia.

    The duties for this position will be wide-ranging and involve you in many aspects of the site’s production and operation, as well as the traffic growth, budget control and editorial qualities. You will work closely with and report to the managing editor in the UK and share responsibility for the site within your region and its growth.

    The position requires applicants to have a keen interest and thorough knowledge of competitive cycling, as well as editorial or writing experience with excellent English skills. The position will also involve producing reports, results, photos and features from the world of cycling, so fluency in a second language is also an advantage, as is a familiarity with online production techniques, experience in journalism and attention to detail.

    The applicants will need to be self-starters as the position involves regular liaison with production editors in all Cyclingnews offices. As Cyclingnews is a 24/7 daily news operation, the position will require regular weekend work. The weekend duties are handled on a rotating shift basis with other production editors, so the applicant must be flexible in their work schedule. However, the majority of work will be done during normal business hours on week-days.

    Familiarity with online production applications (a good working knowledge of HTML and Photoshop are important skills) and could also be required to attend major cycling events in each region. Training in online production techniques can be provided to the right applicant, ability to handle the technical processes involved and an ability to communicate are required.

    Please send your CV with a covering letter via e-mail to