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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 12, 2013

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August 12, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Haussler and Denifl cleared to return to racing

    Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling) receives his first winner's kisses for 2013 at Bayern-Rundfahrt
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    August 12, 2013, 1:48 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Team IAM selects riders for French races after injury

    Team IAM is happy to have two riders back in action soon after Heinrich Haussler and Stefan Denifl have been pronounced medically fit to resume riding.

    Haussler is recovering from a fractured pelvis and will return to action at the Tour du Poitou-Charentes the end of the month, while Denifl, who suffered a broken collarbone, will be back at the Tour du Limousin.

    “Both have shown an exemplary attitude and unusual motivation to get healthy and fit,” said Professor Jacques Menetrey of the Geneva University Hospital according to the Swiss team.

    Haussler crashed out of the Tour d Suisse in mid-June.

    “Thanks to excellent medical care and his own deep determination, Haussler has recovered faster than expected,” team manager Serge Beucherie said. “For Heinrich, his goal was not to end the 2012 season on (a note of) misfortune.”

    The Australian confirmed to Cyclingnews last week that he would race again this month, saying that after five weeks off the bike, he was now again full in training.

    “I felt shock when I was told that I would have to be off the bike for a period of 12 weeks.  I was gutted morally and physically.  I had to use a wheelchair,” Haussler said. 

    “I gritted my teeth and I was confident that everything would be okay as I was working everyday 3 and 4 hours with the physiotherapist.  For the past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of riding on the road again with my bike. I have not spared myself, regularly doing 6 and 7 hour rides."

    “I’ll head off to the Tour de Poitou-Charentes in order to rediscover the pace of competition. Then hopefully I can have a selection of races...

  • Pardilla gives MTN-Qhubeka third leader's jersey in team's first ProConti year

    Sergio Pardilla (MTN - Qhubeka)
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    August 12, 2013, 11:42 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    Spaniard wins mountaintop finish in Portugal

    Sergio Pardilla soloed in to win the fourth stage of the Volta a Portugal, taking the overall race lead and giving Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung its third race leader's jersey in its first season as a Professional Continental team.

    It was the Spaniard's first win since 2010, and the first leader's jersey of his career. He has had a number of top ten finishes this year with the African Professional Continental team, and was third overall at the Tour de Langkawi.

    It was a team effort, team principal Doug Ryder said: “With the whole team working for Sergio on the mountain top finish in Volta a Portugal. We had Dennis van Niekerk, Ferekalsi Debesay and Ignatas Konovalovas there until near the end doing all they could and Sergio finishing it off with an incredibly well-timed attack with two kilometres to go and taking the stage and the yellow jersey.”

    Pardilla was overjoyed with his performance.

    “I am very happy. I am feeling very strong and I am happy we could have a good race today. The team was fantastic this whole week so far,” Pardilla said.

    After the Tour of Austria, he had several weeks of altitude training, “and my feelings were immediately very good so I was hoping for a good race here. I am happy we could get this result and I am focused on finishing it off strongly for the team.”

    It was MTN-Qhubeka's third leader's jersey of the year, with Gerald Ciolek taking the first one at the Tour of Bayern and Kristian Sbaragli taking another at the Tour of Korea. The team has won 12 races so far this season, including only four national championships titles and

  • Nibali and Basso coming good in time for the Vuelta a Espana

    After taking a break following his Tour of Italy victory, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) returned to racing at the Tour of Poland
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    August 12, 2013, 12:29 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Italian contenders impress at the Vuelta a Burgos

    Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Ivan Basso (Cannondale) showed they are on track to be overall contenders at the Vuelta a Espana with aggressive performances during Sunday's decisive mountain finish at the Vuelta a Burgos.

    Nairo Quintana (Movistar) may have jumped away in the final kilometre of the steep Lagunas de Neila climb to snatch overall success but the two Italians and former Liquigas teammates were just behind him and secured third and fourth overall.

    Nibali's lack of form at the Tour of Poland set alarm bells ringing in Italy because he is expected to lead Italy at the world championships in Tuscany at the end of September. However he seems to have pulled things around as the final countdown to the Vuelta a Espana begins.

    The final Grand Tour of the season begins in Galicia, north of Portugal, on August 24, in just 12 days time.

    "To be honest I was always confident about my form being good and I'm confident now because I can feel I'm getting better and better," Nibali told Gazzetta dello Sport, which had been despairing about the form of Italy's biggest-name rider.

    "I drove the break and Ivan gave me a hand, while Quintana sat on the wheels. Arroyo got back on in a second moment that changed things. I paid for efforts in the last 600 metres and when Quintana attacked, preferring to go at my own pace. I'm happy with how I rode."

    Basso studies the Angliru

    Nibali headed home to Lugano in Switzerland after Burgos but Basso has stayed on in Spain today to study the Alto Naranco climb and famously steep Alto de l'Angliru that features on stage 20 and will likely decide this year's Vuelta.

    "My result proves that I'm on the right road, at the Vuelta I want to do something special. I can feel I've got it in my legs...

  • Five WorldTour teams confirmed for the Tour of Britain

    Jonathan Tiernan Locke wins the Tour of Britain
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    August 12, 2013, 14:39 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Sky, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar, Omega Pharma and Cannondale in 19-team list

    The tenth edition of the Tour of Britain will have one of the biggest and best ever fields with race organisers Sweet Spot announcing that five WorldTour teams will lead the 19 teams and 114 riders in action at this year's race.

    The eight-day race will begin in Scotland on September 15 and end in central London on Sunday September 22. It will be the final build-up race for some of the world championship contenders.

    Almost half of the teams in action at the Tour of Britain will have raced in a Grand Tour during the 2013 season. The five WorldTour teams are: Cannondale, Garmin-Sharp, Movistar, Omega Pharma - Quick Step and Team Sky.

    Five Professional Continental teams will ride, with seven Continental and a Great Britain national team, completing the roster.

    The Professional continental teams are Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox, IAM Cycling, MTN Qhubeka p.b Samsung, Sojasun, NetApp Endura and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling. The Continental teams are: AN Post Chain Reaction, Madison Genesis, Node4 Giordana Racing, Rapha Condor JLT, Team IG Sigma Sport, Team Raleigh, Team UK Youth.

    Teams have yet to confirm their final line-ups but Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), Tour de France revelation Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Gerald Ciolek (MTN Qhubeka) and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) are expected to ride.

    "This year's Tour of Britain will have a world-class line-up bringing a number of international stars to race on British roads, while at the same time allowing our top domestic teams and a Great Britain squad to race on the biggest stage possible for them," said race director Mick Bennett.

    "The make-up of teams will provide another exciting and unpredictable Tour...

  • Santaromita leaves BMC for Orica-GreenEdge

    Italian champion Ivan Santaromita (BMC) awaits the start of the Tour of Poland's opening stage
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    August 12, 2013, 15:38 BST
    Cycling News

    Italian champion boosts Australian team's climbing squad

    Orica-GreenEdge announced today the signing of Italian champion Ivan Santaromita for 2014. The 29-year-old had a breakthrough season this year: in addition to winning his national title, he won a stage of the Giro del Trentino, his first victories since 2010.

    Santaromita is the first Italian signed to the predominantly Australian squad, but directeur sportif Matt White is sure the transition will be smooth.

    "People in our management have known Ivan for a long time," White said. "He's been with English speaking teams before, and we are confident that he'll fit in easily."

    White said the Italian champion's jersey is "revered" in Europe, and in addition to helping boost the team's profile in Italy, Santaromita will bring more climbing power to the team.

    "There's one area we are starting to bolster and that's in our climbing," says White. "Ivan certainly does bolster that. We'll target a lot of the Italian races with Santaromita."

    Santaromita has spent the past three years with BMC, and before that had a three-year stint with Liquigas and two years with Quickstep as a neo-pro, but says Orica will give him new opportunities.

    "I feel like this team will give me the space to grow as a rider," Santaromita said. "I look forward to helping my new teammates to even more success. When given the opportunity, I would obviously also like to repay their faith in me with some results along the way. I think my strengths are mainly in the stage races and hopefully I can be an asset to the team there.

    "I'm really pleased to get this opportunity with Orica-Greenedge. I know a lot of people there already and...

  • Wiggins beefs up for world championship time trial bid

    Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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    August 12, 2013, 18:20 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Briton expects to put on eight kilogrammes to boost his power

    After working hard to be to skinny and light to win the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins is beefing up for a shot at the world time trial championships, perhaps signaling an end to his Grand Tour aspirations.

    Wiggins revealed that he will be close to eight kilogrammes heavier than his Tour de France weight when he rides the individual time trial at the world championships in Tuscany on Wednesday September 25.

    He needs the extra power to fight for the rainbow jersey with Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin and Taylor Phinney on a flat and fast 57.9km course between Montecatini Terme and Florence.

    After winning gold on the track at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wiggins lost close to 13kg during his transformation to a Grand Tour contender and eventual Tour de France winner.

    "It's been a complete contrast because it was always a compromise training for time trials, as I had to be so light," Wiggins told The Independent newspaper after completing a ride in aid of the Bradley Wiggins Foundation near hi home in north-west England on Sunday.

    "Now we've gone completely the other way and I've had to put weight on. That's been quite nice actually. Bizarre. My climbing is going to be affected massively by it. By the time I get to the worlds I'm going to be 7kg or 8kg heavier than when I won the Tour. I'll notice it. I noticed it in Poland. You're carrying extra weight. It's hard."

    Wiggins will be 34 next April and it remains unclear if he will ever attempt to win another Grand Tour during his professional career.

    A knee injury that troubled him during his difficult time at the Giro d'Italia meant he was not selected for the Tour de France and he spent most of July avoiding watching teammate and rival

  • Giant to sponsor Argos-Shimano pro team in 2014

    Giant are rumoured to be ending their sponsorship of the Belkin squad in favour of Argos-Shimano
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    August 12, 2013, 19:03 BST
    Sam Dansie

    Bianchi to supply Belkin instead?

    This article originally published on BikeRadar

    Taiwanese manufacturers Giant will provide WorldTour team Argos-Shimano with bikes in 2014, claims a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

    Giant currently supply the Belkin squad, who have ridden the company's bikes since 2009, when the team were sponsored by Rabobank. Belkin will switch to Bianchi bikes next season, claims the story. Bianchi's current team is Vacansoleil-DCM, who will not have a main sponsor in 2014.

    BikeRadar sought confirmation from Argos-Shimano about the sponsorship changes. American brand Felt currently sponsor Argos-Shimano, so the move might mean their presence in the professional peloton is coming to an end.

    However both Belkin and Argos-Shimano told BikeRadar there was "no news" on the matter of bike sponsorship.

  • Vacansoleil breaks with Bianchi as sponsor hopes fade

    Vacansoleil team manager Daan Luijkx
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    August 12, 2013, 20:25 BST
    José Been

    Luijkx weighing options for 2014 as Pro Conti or waiting for 2015

    For the second time this season, general manager Daan Luijkx has told the riders and staff of Vacansoleil-DCM to look out for new employment as the team's future is still not secure. As the search for replacements for its two exiting title sponsors continues, the squad has now mutually terminated its contract with equipment sponsor Bianchi. The Dutch media has speculated that Belkin would ride on the Italian bikes next season, while Belkin sponsor Giant moves to Argos-Shimano.

    "We had an verbal agreement for 2014 and 2015 with Bianchi. I was clear with them at the start of the Tour de France on how things were going with regards to finding a new sponsor. They were willing to wait until after the Tour but then had to take a decision. We mutually agreed that we would break our agreement. Bianchi has been a great partner who wants to stay at the highest level of cycling after they have been away for a few years."

    The Vacansoleil-DCM team started out in 2009 when it secured the Dutch camping firm Vacansoleil as main sponsor. In 2011 DCM signed on and the team rode for three seasons in the WorldTour. In May, both Vacansoleil and DCM announced they would not renew their contracts. The team has searched for replacements, but nothing has been finalized. Time is running out to not only retain riders, most of whom had one-year contracts because last year Vacansoleil would only extend through the end of this season, and rider points are necessary for entry into the WorldTour.

    "It made a difference in who we could sign for 2013. It was difficult to find riders because we could only offer them work for one season. Only some young riders, which I won't disclose, and Thomas...