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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, July 23, 2010

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July 23, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Goulburn-Citi expands to two-day race

    Richard Lang claims victory at the 2009 Goulburn to Citi.
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    July 23, 2010, 2:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Prologue added to NSW race

    The Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic has announced its expansion to a two day event in 2010, with a 3.8 kilometre prologue to be staged one day prior to the traditional race from Goulburn to Sydney. The prologue will be held in Victoria Park on September 11, before riders take on the 170 kilometre main event on Sunday, September 12.

    The winner of Saturday’s prologue will start the classic, which was first held in 1902, as the race leader.

    The finale of Cycling Australia’s National Road Series will include over 20 domestic teams, with the New Zealand national team also invited to take part in this year’s race. "This year’s event has moved to a new level and I’m looking forward to getting the Kiwi’s more involved," said event ambassador Simon Poidevin.

    Race organisers have also announced a new major sponsor for this year’s edition in Paradice Investment Management. The road race will depart Goulburn and follow the Hume Hwy to Berrima and passes through Mittagong, Bargo, Tahmoor, Picton and Razorback before finishing in Camden shortly after 11 AM.

  • McEwen sees Paris through Tourmalet fog

    Robbie McEwen gets medical attention during stage 7.
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    July 23, 2010, 2:29 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Australian pops wheelie at 2115 metres

    Robbie McEwen (Katusha) couldn’t even remain with the grupetto on the Tour de France’s stage to Col du Tourmalet, yet the Australian sprinter celebrated with a wheelie as he crested the climb more than 30 minutes down on stage winner Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank). The celebration was due to the fact McEwen survived the Tour’s mountain stages, in less than ideal circumstances, and now believes he can claim a sprint stage win.

    “You can't see too far with the fog here, but I can see Paris,” McEwen said. “The Tour is not over yet. Tomorrow there's a flat stage, with the chance on a bunch sprint. I hope I can recover well. Today I was going better. It was my best day since Brussels. That's something to start with but there's more work to do. It's not over.”

    McEwen’s arrival atop Tourmalet was inside the time limit, but he was 31:39 minutes behind as the 161st person to cross the line. Having survived injury and the Tour’s mountains, McEwen is ready to see if he can add one more – possibly final – stage victory to his palmares.

    “I want to cash-in all the work I did and the suffering I went through. I came here to win a stage. There's two more flat stages to come, so that would mean there's two more chances for that win,” McEwen said.

    Today’s flat stage to Bordeaux is often considered an arrival town for the sprinters, although it's been a long time since the stages that finished there actually finished in a bunch sprint. The time trial on Sunday doesn't suit McEwen's sprinter legs but on Sunday he should be able to stretch his legs on the Champs Elysées against the likes of Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam), Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre) and Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) – who have all won stages at this year’s Tour.

    McEwen had been finishing high in the race’s early sprints until a crash after the finish line on stage six in...

  • Sergent lands Radioshack stagiere role

    Jesse Sergent (Trek-Livestrong) got the yellow jersey as well as the white jersey.
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    July 23, 2010, 2:36 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Kiwi Europe-bound after Cascade

    Jesse Sergent recently received a promotion from his current Under 23 Trek-Livestrong team to its big brother ProTour RadioShack squad as a stagiere for the remainder of this year. The New Zealander will end his stateside season at the Cascade Cycling Classic this week before moving to Europe to test his legs at the world-class level.

    “I’m heading away next Thursday to do some racing for RadioShack for the rest of the season,” Sergent told Cyclingnews. “I’m hoping that works out for me and we will see what happens for next year.

    “It is a big opportunity for me and I’m really excited about it,” he added. “It’s been a goal of mine and I’ve been working really hard toward it. Last year was my first season over here in the US and I learned a lot being a part of the Trek-Livestrong team.”

    Sergent earned himself the silver medal in the individual pursuit at the International Cycling Union Track Cycling World Championships, behind his Trek-Livestrong teammate and winner Taylor Phinney.

    The youngster turned heads after an astounding performance at the SRAM Tour of the Gila's stage three time trial, winning the 26-kilometre event in a time of 34:09 minutes, beating RadioShack’s Levi Leipheimer and Garmin-Transition’s US Time Trial Champion Dave Zabriskie.

    He recently won the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic 3.2-kilometre prologue in a time of 3:35 minutes ahead of his teammate Under 23 UK and European Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett and UnitedHealthcare-Maxxis Rory Sutherland in third.

    Sergent will travel overseas to begin his stagiere work with RadioShack immediately after the Cascade Cycling Classic. The time triallist admitted that he does not know what events the team has him scheduled to participate in, however he is looking forward to any and all opportunities to compete amongst the best riders in the world.

  • Sastre not interested in wait debate

    Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) went on the attack but gained nothing in the end.
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    July 23, 2010, 4:03 BST
    Greg Johnson

    Spaniard says cycling turning into sport for spoilt brats

    Carlos Sastre (Cervelo Test Team) isn’t interested in controversy over waiting for fallen general classification contenders, after Alberto Contador (Astana) tried to stop his attack on the Tour de France’s Stage 17. Debate has raged on the topic since Contador himself attacked Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) to take the yellow jersey while the Luxembourg rider suffered a mechanical earlier in the race.

    Sastre didn’t mince words when talking about the incident after the stage. “Whoever wants to start debating or raising controversy about this matter can do so freely,” he said. “I’ve fallen in this Tour, I fell in the Italian Giro d’Italia, I’ve had technical problems and no-one ever waited for me.

    “I think we’re turning cycling into a sport for spoilt brats and that is what happens in these kinds of circumstances,” he said.

    Despite Sastre being outside of Tour contention, Contador attempted to prevent him attacking the peloton when Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel – Euskadi) had a nasty fall yesterday. The setup of Sastre’s move was already in progress at the time of the accident with Ignatas Konovalovas already dropping out of the lead group to pace the former winner, so he remained committed to the attack.

    Sastre stayed away until the foot of the Tourmalet, but the effort wasted in failing to catch the lead group took a told on the rider. Despite the outcome Sastre was upbeat about his attempt.

    “Today was full of action and inspired a lot of comments,” he said. “For some it has been a crazy day, for others it was stupidity, for others a day of bravery and others a day of far as I was concerned, it was a day to enjoy myself on my bike.

    “I was feeling motivated to give it a go today,” he added. “I was lucky enough to have the support of a team mate, Kolovanovas, who helped me throughout the...

  • Roche pleased with Tourmalet ride

    Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) shows who's team boss on the Tourmalet.
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    July 23, 2010, 5:40 BST
    Richard Moore

    Irishman praises Schleck, Contador’s amazing ride

    Though he was barely able to talk at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, Nicolas Roche (Ag2r) managed to communicate, between coughing fits, that he was “happy enough” with his ride at the Tour de France.

    The Irishman placed 12th on the stage to move up to 15th overall, which leaves him on course for the target he set himself prior to the start of the Tour of placing in the top 15.

    “It was really, really fast from the valley,” said Roche. “And it’s such a hard climb, and I’m just so breathless now. My chest’s burning with the cold air.

    “I’ve been on the limit, giving the maximum everyday,” he added. “But this was amazing today. It’s a monument in cycling this climb, and the weather’s made it epic. It was a race for a lot of things, the last big opportunity for climbers to move up the general classification, and a race for the stage and the yellow jersey.”

    Roche finished two places ahead of his teammate, John Gadret, the rider with whom he had a spectacular falling out after Monday’s stage to Bagnères-de-Luchon when the Frenchman failed to follow team orders by neglecting to assist his leader when he punctured. They are closely bunched on general classification, too, with Gadret two places behind Roche in 17th.

    Not that Roche was thinking about Gadret at the summit of the Tourmalet. “I’m happy today,” said Roche. “It was a hard day, but I climbed well.

    “I wanted a strong and focused ride up it, and I’m satisfied enough with how it went. There were a lot of big names dropped. I thought about the climb yesterday. I thought that I couldn’t think about the general classification placing, I just had to do the best ride I can do. So I’m happy enough.”

    Roche also paid tribute to the two riders who dominated the stage, who are set to finish first and second on...

  • Uran breaks collarbone in training crash

    Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne) pushes the pace in the mountains.
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    July 23, 2010, 9:18 BST
    Cycling News

    Colombian avoided child but not crash

    Rigoberto Uran has broken his collarbone in a training crash. The Caisse d'Epargne rider is expecting to undergo surgery in Medellin, Colombia.

    Uran was training in his homeland when a child crossed in front of him and he was unable to avoid crashing, according to

    The 23-year-old was surprisingly not named to ride the Tour de France after finishing 35th in the Giro d'Italia and seventh overall in the Tour de Suisse. He had returned to his homeland to rest and prepare for the Vuelta a Espana.

  • Van den Broeck clashes with Sarkozy

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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    July 23, 2010, 10:21 BST
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Belgian climber annoyed with mountaintop finish bustle

    After finishing a great stage 17 which left him in view of a top five Tour de France finish in Paris, Jurgen Van den Broeck of Omega Pharma-Lotto got a bit annoyed with the media bustle around French president Nicolas Sarkozy on top of the Col du Tourmalet.

    Sarkozy had spent the final ascent of the day in race director Christian Prudhomme's car, and was a wanted man by the media once the riders had come into the finish. Van den Broeck had been called to a post-race anti-doping control and rode straight through a TV interview with Sarkozy.

    While his soigneur apologized and Sarkozy's bodyguards rushed around the president, Van den Broeck was outspoken about the situation.

    "If he's in my way, I'm going over him. If he comes to the race, he's got to move aside for the riders," said the Belgian, who was blocked again by the presidential car as he wanted to ride down the mountain to the team bus. Van den Broeck started shouting out his annoyance as he tried to find his way down. Cyclingnews told him that it was the car of the French president and he said, "It can be anybody. I don't care."

    Meanwhile, the president himself seemed to know that he was stealing the show from the riders. "I'm not the star here, it's about the riders," he said as he left.

  • Trofimov returns home

    Iouri Trofimov wins the Etoile de Bessèges
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    July 23, 2010, 11:41 BST
    Cycling News

    Bbox rider signs with Katusha

    Russian rider Yuri Trofimov from Bbox Bouygues Telecom has opted to change teams and ride with Katusha next season. Trofimov had not been selected into Bbox's Tour de France roster this year, and his contract with Jean-René Bernaudeau runs out at the end of 2010.

    Katusha team president Andrei Tchmil was happy to have secured the 26-year-old. "I believe that Trofimov is a good rider," said Tchmil. "Here he'll have the possibility to show his quality."

    Trofimov, who started his professional road career with Bbox in 2008, won a stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2008 and another in the Volta a Pais Vasco last year. Before turning to the road, he showed a lot of talent when he became U23 MTB world champion in 2005.

    "It's not enough to have a Russian passport to ride in our team, but everyone must to show the right quality for our ambitious project," added Tchmil. "At the end of this season, Katusha will be two years old and the warm-up period is over. In the next years we have to grow up in quality."