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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 27, 2012

Date published:
August 27, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Bretagne-Schuller to become Bretagne-Séché Environnement

    The Bretagne Schuller team.
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    August 27, 2012, 7:16 BST
    Cycling News

    New French sponsor commits for three years

    The Professional Continental team Bretagne-Schuller will be known as Bretagne-Séché Environnement next season. The French team is still looking to ride the Tour de France in 2013.

    Séché Environnement is a French waste treatment company, specializing in the recovery and treatment of household, business and industrial waste. It has committed to supporting the team for three years.

    The French team started in 2005 as a Continental-ranked team, moving up to ProContinental ranking in 2010. It has 10 wins this season, including the overall title at the Ronde de l'Oise. The wins have come from six riders, with Jean-Luc Delpech. Eric Berthau, Jean-Marc Bideau and Florian Vachon bringing in two victories each.

    It is currently ranked ninth in the UCI's Europe Tour.

    The team made headlines this spring when its president Joël Blévin resigned when the team did not receive a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France. He said, "I take responsibility for this failure, and therefore I present my resignation."

  • Anton: I have to remember to fight everyday at the Vuelta

    Igor Anton fights to the finish
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    August 27, 2012, 10:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Euskaltel leader content with performance after "intense week"

    Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is racing this year’s Vuelta a España with the primary goal of concentrating on the overall classification. The 29-year-old Spaniard, who has already won four stages at the Grand Tour, enters the rest day sitting in eighth overall, 3:07 down on race leader Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha).

    "It has been a very intense week," Anton said. I’ve made some mistakes, in the wind, with poor positioning and with the explosive finishes. The wear has been both physical and psychological, but I think I have the capacity to get better after the rest day. I am happy because I feel like I’m taking the pulse of the Vuelta."

    Anton has endured a number of tough stages including stage 4 to Estación de Valdezcaray when the Euskaltel-Euskadi leader was nursed to the finish line by his teammates Amets Txurruka and Gorka Verdugo. The Spaniard lost a further 30 seconds to the race favourites but insists he is coming around since the race entered Andorra on stage eight.

    "In Andorra I felt better, but I worked hard and remained very focused. We've come to make a good general [classification] and after the stage to Andorra, I’ve moved up a couple of spots," Anton said.

    "The challenge for the general is to be regular every day and not give in. I want to see how far I get. Fortunately, I have won four stages so I can now look at the overall. That’s my challenge. My teammates have been there for me and are doing a great job. We will see if I can hold finish with a strong...

  • Obree assaulted in Scottish pub

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    August 27, 2012, 11:09 BST
    Cycling News

    Former world record holder slightly injured

    Former hour record holder Graeme Obree was injured in an attack at a pub in Ayrshire, according to media reports. The 46-year-old suffered a split lip.

    “It was a totally unprovoked attack. Graeme is fine now, “ a source told  Police arrived quickly on the scene, but the assailant had already left.

    Obree, also known as The Flying Scotsman, twice set the world record for human-powered land speed, and hopes to set a new best time in his next attempt next month in the US.

  • Julian Kern to AG2R for two years

    Julian Kern (Germany)
    Article published:
    August 27, 2012, 12:18 BST
    Cycling News

    German comes from Leopard-Trek Continental team

    Julian Kern will join AG2R Le Mondiale for two seasons. The French WorldTour team announced the signing Monday morning.

    Kern, 22, was with the German Continental team Seven Stones in 2010 and 2011 before moving to Leopard-Trek CT this year. He won a stage in the Fleche du Sud, and and led the race for one stage before finishing second overall.

    In 2011 he was European champion in the U23 road race. Kern finished third in the German national road race this year.

    “The transfer was a target I had pursued for a long time and I am really proud to finally reach it,” Kern said on his website. “It is a confirmation of accomplishment and also a sign of trust in my qualities by the team. I am pretty sure that in the professional environment that AG2R La Mondiale will definitely provide, I will certainly increase my performance during the next two years!

    “I am particularly proud of signing with this team since it has a long history that reaches back into the year 1992 and is currently riding with the same sponsor since 1997!”

    Ag2R has already announced the signings of David Appollonio, Carlos Betancur, Samuel Dumoulin, Steve Chainel, Yauheni Hutarovich and Domenico Pozzovivo for the coming season.


  • Argos-Shimano with wild card to Tour of Beijing

    Argos Shimano are one of the wildcard invitees for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana
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    August 27, 2012, 14:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Top sprinters and Chinese ride help Dutch team to invitation

    Argos-Shimano has received a wild card invitation to the Tour of Beijing. The team's competitive performances at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana were reasons for the invitation, but another was the presence on the team of Ji Cheng, one of the few Chinese riders competing at the Professional Continental level.

    “Argos-Shimano have a very competitive roster as shown in performances in two Grand Tours so far this year and the presence of one of China’s strongest exports in Cheng will give the locals a home crowd hero to support”, said Alain Rumpf, director of the UCI's Global Cycling Promotion, which is helping to organise the race.

    The Dutch-based team features two top young German sprinters. John Degenkolb has won three of three mass sprints at the Vuelta, and leads the points ranking. He has nine wins this season, as does Marcel Kittel.

    Cheng, 25, has been with the team since 2007. He was the first Chinese rider to ride Milan-San Remo, which he did this year, and is currently riding the Vuelta. The race website called him  “a great example of the globalisation of cycling in recent years as non European rider numbers grow on WorldTour and Continental rosters.”

  • Arndt to lead German women in Worlds

    Judith Arndt of Germany has a tidy position on her Scott Plasma although her helmet's not sitting that flush here. She's riding HED wheels with Continental clinchers (likely Grand Prix TT) older Dura Ace cranks perhaps for a narrower Q Factor, a Bio Racer skinsuit with textured upper arms and her bottom jockey wheel is larger (possibly a Berner) for reduced drivetrain resistance. Silver medal for the reigning world champ.
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    August 27, 2012, 15:30 BST
    Cycling News

    Rick Zabel on the long list for U23 road race

    Judith Arndt will lead the German women in the World Championships next month in Valkenburg, Netherlands. The Bund Deutscher Radfahrer announced its long list of riders for the womens', U-23 and junior races.

    The long list for the elite men was announced earlier.

    As reigning time trial champion, Arndt will have an automatic starting place in that discipline. Germany may also send two more riders, and will choose amongst 2007 World time trial champion Hanka Kupfernagel, Mieke Kröger, Ina Teutenberg, and Trixi Worrack.

    Seven Germanwomen may take to the start of the road race. The candidates are Arndt, Charlotte Becker, Sarah Düster, Claudia Häusler, Sara Lena Hofmann, Romy Kasper, Kupfernagel, Bianca Schnitzmeier, Teutenberg, and Worrack.

    The best-known name on the U23 list is Rick Zabel, son of retired sprinter Erik Zabel. The younger Zabel, now with the Rabobank Continental team, finished fifth in the junior's road race in 2011.

    U23 men, time trial, two starters: Michel Koch, Jasha Sütterlin, Jakob Steigmiller and Mario Vogt

    U23 men, road race, five starters: Niklas Arndt, Emanuel Buchmann, Jan Dieteren, Michel Koch, Matthias Plarre, Theo Reinhardt, Jasha Sütterlin, Rick Zabel, and Ruben Zepunkte

    Junior men, time trial, two starters: Jan Brockhoff, Arne Egner, Silvio Herklotz and Maximilian Schachmann

    Junior men, road race, six starters: Yannik Acherberg, Jan Brockhoff, Phil Bauhaus, Nico Denz, Arne Egner, Silvio Herklotz, Maximilian Schachmann, and Tristan Wedler

    Junior women, time trial, two starters:  Anna Knauer, Corinna Lechner, Madelaine Ortmüller, Ann-Leonie Wiechmann

    Junior women, road...

  • Valverde happy with two stage wins and fourth place in Vuelta

    Alejandro Valverde in the mountains jersey
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    August 27, 2012, 17:22 BST
    Cycling News

    Movistar manager Unzue warns of time trial and high mountains

    Alejandro Valverde is more than satisfied with how the Vuelta a Espana is going for him and his Movistar Team. The former winner lies 4th overall, 1:07 behind race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) and with two stages to his name.

    “The important thing is that  we ended this first stint of the race with good feeling, we're still into GC contention and, above all, already with three stage victories that leave us very satisfied after this first week.”

    His first win, on the third stage, gave him the leader's red jersey.  He lost it immediately the next day, when he crashed and blamed Team Sky for not waiting.

    “I knew I was going to be strong, but not in such a good fitness level,” he said on the team's website. “Sensations are still good as we head into the halfway point of the Vuelta, so we must profit from this moment for as long as possible. This doesn't change anything about what I said at the start of the race, and seeing that I'm here and as long as strength goes with me, I'll keep fighting for the GC.”

    He is aware that it won't be easy. “The other three riders on top and myself are all close and that was visible at every important stage. At one day, there's one of us that's stronger that the rest, but we all are quite equal to each other, and we must keep it this way. I have much respect towards Froome, Purito and Alberto, but no fear whatsoever, and as well me as the team will make everything that's at our side to keep the winning streak alive."

    Team manager Eusebio Unzué said the...

  • Vanmarcke not heading for Belgian team

    Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Barracuda)
    Article published:
    August 27, 2012, 19:05 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Agent rules out Lotto and Quickstep

    When Sep Vanmarcke announced last week that he was leaving Garmin-Sharp at the end of the season speculation began to mount as to where the 24-year-old Classics rider would move to. The final announcement has yet to be made, but Vanmarcke’s agent has confirmed that the rider will not be returning to Belgium, subsequently ruling out a move to either Lotto-Belisol or Omega Pharma - Quickstep. Both Belgian teams were on the trail once Vanmarcke won Omloop Het Nieuwblad and it was confirmed that his existing contract expired at the end of the season.

    “I can’t say where he’s going yet because that’s up to his team to release it at the right time,” Vanmarcke’s Dutch agent Martijn Berkout told Cyclingnews.

    Berkhout works for Sports Entertainment Group and represents a string of professionals, including Daniel Martin. The Irish climber confirmed last week that he was staying with Garmin for the foreseeable future, signing a contract extension until the end of 2014. The reason Martin stayed and Vanmarcke left is down to structure, according to Berkhout, who ruled out that Vanmarcke was changing teams simply for a bigger pay packet.

    “The structure provided for Dan is an idea one for him and his career. Dan could have signed anywhere he wanted but he wanted to stay with Garmin, but for Sep it was a bit different. He also could have stayed at Garmin but then he’s looking for a structure that’s a little bit closer to home and where he comes from. He’s 24 and he feels at this moment that he must carry Garmin in the Classics, while it’s still important to develop. He could develop at Garmin, Jonathan Vaughters always gave him a lot of trust and support, but...