- Article published:
- August 29, 2011, 08:31
- Cycling News
Irishman still non-committal about GC aspirations
Daniel Martin’s (Garmin-Cervelo) victory atop the Sierra de Béjar on stage 9 of the Vuelta a España was a watershed moment for the 25-year-old. The stage win, ahead of Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), confirmed the Irishman can compete at the highest level, after fairly anonymous performances in his two previous Grand Tours; the 2010 Giro d’Italia, and the 2009 Vuelta.
For Martin, the win was vindication for his efforts so far in this year’s Vuelta. Third place on the most difficult climb of the race so far, Sierra Nevada proved the Irishman was in good form, but victory still came as a surprise.
"There are some of the best climbers in the world here, so to win this stage means a lot for me," Martin said. "I know I am good in small groups like this. It’s exciting for the future, but I prefer to think about the present. For now, I just want to enjoy this victory right now."
Team Director Bingen Fernández also praised Martin, who he said showed strength and tactical nous to take the career defining victory.
"[Today] brings a lot of satisfaction [to Daniel and everyone at the team]," said Fernandes. "It confirms that he can win against a world-class field in a Grand Tour. The wind made it difficult, but Martin rode the perfect tactics. When they caught him the first time, he chose to stay protected inside the bunch and then attacked [again in the final uphill] to win."
It’s been another impressive year for Martin, who is quickly developing into one of the best young climbers in the peloton. Though now sitting in 11th overall at 55 seconds, Martin tempered any suggestions of a high place in Madrid.
"I am taking this Vuelta day-by-day," said Martin "Of course, I am very content with this victory. [But] tomorrow’s stage will be the first time I have done a time trial so long and so flat, so we will see how I can do. After that there are some more high mountains in this Vuelta, so hopefully I can keep moving up. As I said though, I’ll be taking it day-by-day."
- Article published:
- August 29, 2011, 09:44
- Cycling News
All the start times for the Salamanca time trial
Nick Nuyens of Saxo Bank-SunGard will be the first rider off in the only individual time trial of this year's Vuelta a Espana, with race leader Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) following him some three and a half hours later. Riders are expected to cover the flat 47km course around Salamanca in less than an hour.
Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky is the favourite to win today and take over the race lead, with many observers expecting him to hold on to that lead through the end of the race. Currently one minute down in 13th place, he will start at 16:20 CET.
World time trial champion Fabian Cancellara goes off early, at 13:41. HTC-Columbia's Tony Martin, another potential stage winner, leaves at 14:20, with teammate and former World Champion Bert Grabsch leaving at 13:59.
The riders will leave at one-minute intervals. The final 28 riders will go every two minutes.
1º NUYENS, Nick SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:09
2º SARAMOTINS, Aleksejs COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 13:10
3º PHINNEY, Taylor BMC RACING TEAM 13:11
4º TIMMER, Albert SKIL - SHIMANO 13:12
5º KLIER, Andreas TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 13:13
6º VEELERS, Tom SKIL - SHIMANO 13:14
7º WAGNER, Robert LEOPARD TREK 13:15
8º VANMARCKE, Sep TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 13:16
9º GENIEZ, Alexandre SKIL - SHIMANO 13:17
10º LOBATO, Juan José ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 13:18
11º DOI, Yukihiro SKIL - SHIMANO 13:19
12º CHRISTENSEN, Mads SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:20
13º SUTTON, Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 13:21
14º MARYCZ, Jaroslaw SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:22
15º BRANDLE, Matthias GEOX - TMC 13:23
16º KITTEL, Marcel SKIL - SHIMANO 13:24
17º CABELLO, Antonio ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 13:25
18º MAES, Nikolas QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 13:26
19º KEIZER, Martijn VACANSOLEIL - DCM 13:27
20º CAZAUX, Pierre EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 13:28
21º DEVOLDER, Stijn VACANSOLEIL - DCM 13:29
22º CURVERS, Roy SKIL - SHIMANO 13:30
23º CARRARA, Matteo VACANSOLEIL - DCM 13:31
24º CIONI, Dario David SKY PROCYCLING 13:32
25º HAEDO, Juan Jose SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:33
26º HOWARD, Leigh HTC - HIGHROAD 13:34
27º JÖRGENSEN, Jonas Aaen SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:35
28º CATALDO, Dario QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 13:36
29º PAOLINI, Luca KATUSHA TEAM 13:37
30º TORIBIO, José Vicente ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 13:38
31º KUSCHYNSKI, Aliaksandr KATUSHA TEAM 13:39
32º BENÍTEZ, Alberto ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 13:40
33º CANCELLARA, Fabian LEOPARD TREK 13:41
34º PALOMARES, Adrián ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 13:42
35º ALBASINI, Michael HTC - HIGHROAD 13:43
36º QUINZIATO, Manuel BMC RACING TEAM 13:44
37º VAN DE WALLE, Jurgen OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 13:45
38º STANNARD, Ian SKY PROCYCLING 13:46
39º VIGANÓ, Davide LEOPARD TREK 13:47
40º SÖRENSEN, Nicki SAXO BANK SUNGARD 13:48
41º DEGENKOLB, John HTC - HIGHROAD 13:49
42º DE MAAR, Marc QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 13:50
43º FOUCHARD, Julien COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 13:51
44º KROON, Karsten BMC RACING TEAM 13:52
45º DA DALTO, Mauro LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 13:53
46º RIGHI, Daniele LAMPRE - ISD 13:54
47º BOONEN, Tom QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 13:55
48º KOHLER, Martin BMC RACING TEAM 13:56
49º SANTOS OLIVEIRA, Nelson TEAM RADIOSHACK 13:57
50º GESCHKE, Simon SKIL - SHIMANO 13:58
51º GRABSCH, Bert HTC - HIGHROAD 13:59
52º DE WEERT, Kevin QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 14:00
53º BELLOTTI, Francesco LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 14:01
54º PAULINHO, Sergio TEAM RADIOSHACK 14:02
55º MARANGONI, Alan LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 14:03
56º VELITS, Martin HTC - HIGHROAD 14:04
57º MARTENS, Paul RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 14:05
58º TROFIMOV, Yury KATUSHA TEAM 14:06
59º BAGOT, Yohan COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 14:07
60º HOUANARD, Steve AG2R - LA MONDIALE 14:08
61º O'GRADY, Stuart LEOPARD TREK 14:09
62º MONTAGUTI, Matteo AG2R - LA MONDIALE 14:10
63º KLÖDEN, Andreas TEAM RADIOSHACK 14:11
64º MORI, Manuele LAMPRE - ISD 14:12
65º KONOVALOVAS, Ignatas MOVISTAR TEAM 14:13
66º PYDGORNYY, Ruslan VACANSOLEIL - DCM 14:14
67º SANTAROMITA, Ivan BMC RACING TEAM 14:15
68º HANSEN, Adam OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 14:16
69º LEQUATRE, Geoffroy TEAM RADIOSHACK 14:17
70º VANDEWALLE, Kristof QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 14:18
71º PÉREZ, Aitor LAMPRE - ISD 14:19
72º MARTIN, Tony HTC - HIGHROAD 14:20
73º ERVITI, Imanol MOVISTAR TEAM 14:21
74º SAGAN, Peter LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 14:22
75º KASHECHKIN, Andrey PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:23
76º BENNATI, Daniele LEOPARD TREK 14:24
77º MADRAZO, Angel MOVISTAR TEAM 14:25
78º REYNES, Vicente OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 14:26
79º SIJMENS, Nico COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 14:27
80º GARATE, Juan Manuel RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 14:28
81º DE KORT, Koen SKIL - SHIMANO 14:29
82º KAISEN, Olivier OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 14:30
83º PETACCHI, Alessandro LAMPRE - ISD 14:31
84º FRANK, Mathias BMC RACING TEAM 14:32
85º SLAGTER, Tom Jelte RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 14:33
86º LIGTHART, Pim VACANSOLEIL - DCM 14:34
87º IRIZAR, Markel TEAM RADIOSHACK 14:35
88º AZANZA, Jorge EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 14:36
89º MONDORY, Lloyd AG2R - LA MONDIALE 14:37
90º INTXAUSTI, Beñat MOVISTAR TEAM 14:38
91º HAUSSLER, Heinrich TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 14:39
92º TAARAMAE, Rein COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 14:40
93º LÓPEZ, David MOVISTAR TEAM 14:41
94º JUFRÉ, Josep PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:42
95º ISASI, Iñaki EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 14:43
96º KOZONTCHUK, Dmitry GEOX - TMC 14:44
97º DOCKX, Gert OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 14:45
98º PIEDRA, Antonio ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 14:46
99º BUSCHE, Matthew TEAM RADIOSHACK 14:47
100º ROLDÁN, José Luis ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 14:48
101º LANG, Sebastian OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 14:49
102º GASPAROTTO, Enrico PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:50
103º VAN AVERMAET, Greg BMC RACING TEAM 14:51
104º DYACHENKO, Alexsandr PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:52
105º ROSENDO, Jesús ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 14:53
106º MIZUROV, Andrey PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:54
107º BERNABEU, David ANDALUCIA - CAJA GRANADA 14:55
108º AGNOLI, Valerio LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 14:56
109º KANGERT, Tanel PRO TEAM ASTANA 14:57
110º BARREDO, Carlos RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 14:58
111º BLANCO, David GEOX - TMC 14:59
112º ZANDIO, Xabier SKY PROCYCLING 15:00
113º GUSTOV, Volodymir SAXO BANK SUNGARD 15:01
114º CARUSO, Damiano LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 15:02
115º LELAY, David AG2R - LA MONDIALE 15:03
116º HORRACH, Joan KATUSHA TEAM 15:04
117º DESSEL, Cyril AG2R - LA MONDIALE 15:05
118º TALANSKY, Andrew TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 15:06
119º PETROV, Evgeny PRO TEAM ASTANA 15:07
120º GAVAZZI, Francesco LAMPRE - ISD 15:08
121º MARTÍNEZ, Egoi EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 15:09
122º CHAMPION, Dimitri AG2R - LA MONDIALE 15:10
123º LÖVKVIST, Thomas SKY PROCYCLING 15:11
124º DE LA FUENTE, David GEOX - TMC 15:12
125º VAN SUMMEREN, Johan TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 15:13
126º ROHREGGER, Thomas LEOPARD TREK 15:14
127º TXURRUKA, Amets EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 15:15
128º LASTRAS, Pablo MOVISTAR TEAM 15:16
129º VERDUGO, Gorka EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 15:17
130º NIEMIEC, Przemyslaw LAMPRE - ISD 15:18
131º NERZ, Dominik LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 15:19
132º POSSONI, Morris SKY PROCYCLING 15:20
133º SPEZIALETTI, Alessandro LAMPRE - ISD 15:21
134º ANZA, Santo VACANSOLEIL - DCM 15:22
135º MARZANO, Marco LAMPRE - ISD 15:23
136º OROZ, Juan José EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 15:24
137º MALACARNE, Davide QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 15:25
138º FRÖHLINGER, Johannes SKIL - SHIMANO 15:26
139º DE GREEF, Francis OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 15:27
140º MATE, Luis Ángel COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 15:28
141º VORGANOV, Eduard KATUSHA TEAM 15:29
142º ZAUGG, Oliver LEOPARD TREK 15:30
143º KARPETS, Vladimir KATUSHA TEAM 15:31
144º MAJKA, Rafal SAXO BANK SUNGARD 15:32
145º SANTAMBROGIO, Mauro BMC RACING TEAM 15:33
146º LOSADA, Alberto KATUSHA TEAM 15:34
147º SIVTSOV, Kanstantsin HTC - HIGHROAD 15:35
148º SÁNCHEZ, Luis León RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 15:36
149º CHAVANEL, Sylvain QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 15:37
150º LE MEVEL, Christophe TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 15:38
151º PERGET, Mathieu AG2R - LA MONDIALE 15:39
152º BAKELANDTS, Jan OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 15:40
153º BONNAFOND, Guillaume AG2R - LA MONDIALE 15:41
154º KISERLOVSKI, Robert PRO TEAM ASTANA 15:42
155º SASTRE, Carlos GEOX - TMC 15:43
156º ANTON, Igor EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 15:44
157º LAGUTIN, Sergey VACANSOLEIL - DCM 15:46
158º DUARTE, Fabio Andrés GEOX - TMC 15:48
159º MACHADO, Tiago TEAM RADIOSHACK 15:50
160º CAPECCHI, Eros LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 15:52
161º MONCOUTIE, David COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 15:54
162º KRUIJSWIJK, Steven RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 15:56
163º SÖRENSEN, Chris SAXO BANK SUNGARD 15:58
164º POELS, Wouter VACANSOLEIL - DCM 16:00
165º MENCHOV, Denis GEOX - TMC 16:02
166º BRAJKOVIC, Janez TEAM RADIOSHACK 16:04
167º ROCHE, Nicolas AG2R - LA MONDIALE 16:06
168º SCARPONI, Michele LAMPRE - ISD 16:08
169º PARDILLA, Sergio MOVISTAR TEAM 16:10
170º NIEVE, Mikel EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 16:12
171º BRUSEGHIN, Marzio MOVISTAR TEAM 16:14
172º FROOME, Christopher SKY PROCYCLING 16:16
173º MARTIN, Daniel TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 16:18
174º WIGGINS, Bradley SKY PROCYCLING 16:20
175º MONFORT, Maxime LEOPARD TREK 16:22
176º COBO, Juan José GEOX - TMC 16:24
177º ZUBELDIA, Haimar TEAM RADIOSHACK 16:26
178º SEELDRAYERS, Kevin QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM 16:28
179º FUGLSANG, Jakob LEOPARD TREK 16:30
180º MORENO, Daniel KATUSHA TEAM 16:32
181º VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen OMEGA PHARMA - LOTTO 16:34
182º KESSIAKOFF, Fredrik PRO TEAM ASTANA 16:36
183º NIBALI, Vincenzo LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE 16:38
184º RODRIGUEZ, Joaquin KATUSHA TEAM 16:40
185º MOLLEMA, Bauke RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 16:42
- Article published:
- August 29, 2011, 10:58
- Daniel Benson
Astana rider looking forward to Madrid
Fredrik Kessiakoff looks to have put his career back on track after a disappointing 18 month period. The Swedish rider finished 10th on stage 9 of the Vuelta and now sits 4th overall, just 18 seconds down on the race lead.
It’s a far cry from the Kessiakoff who was released by Garmin-Transitions at the end of the 2010, and the rider who was omitted from Astana’s Tour de France line up at the last minute.
“It’s been a steady Vuelta so far and I’m happy with that. That final climb on stage 9 was very tough and so was the day before. I’ve not been sure about my legs but in the end I was able to manage a solid effort and not lose too much time,” he told Cyclingnews.
A strong climber Kessiakoff rode a tactically astute race, biding his time in the leading group instead of attacking into the headwind as the likes of Michele Scarponi and Nicholas Roche did.
“You saw that when Scarponi went that there were a lot of attacks and people wanted to get away but it all kept coming back because of the wind on the climb. I just decided to stay put in the wheels and not do anything stupid. If you look at it now Scarponi wasn’t brilliant in the end and he lost a lot of time. Sure I lost some time but it’s just seconds.”
Kessiakoff, a former mountain biker, came to the fore after a strong 2009 season with Fuji-Servetto in what was his first full season on the road. However a crash at the start of 2010 severely hindered his first year with Garmin and when it came to mid-August he had already hung up his wheels for the year and began preparing for 2011. With no results and the collaboration between Garmin and Cervelo, he found himself without a team until Astana came in with an unlikely two-year deal.
Despite those hard times Kessiakoff is only looking on the positive side.
“It’s all been worth it. I don’t need to prove a point to anybody because I know what I can achieve and I’ve known that I can do this and I’ve always believed in myself. Of course it’s frustrating when you know that you have form but you can’t show it. Astana had faith in me though and they gave me a chance and a contract despite the problems I had last year and it’s great to be back on track again.”
With such a strong first week behind him Kessiakoff has assumed the role of team leader at Astana – despite the fact that he came into the race as the joint second GC rider on the team behind Andrey Kashechkin and level with Robert Kiserlovski. For now the Swede isn’t talking about GC possibilities, although a top 15 place is a realistic aim.
“There’s no guarantee that I’ll be this good all the way to Madrid but at least for now I’ve had a good start and I’m truly happy and enjoying the moment,” he told Cyclingnews.
“I’m not setting any big goals for Madrid. It’s so easy to have them smashed if you have a bad day. At the moment I’m just taking it day by day and the team accepts that that’s how I want to take things. Either way I’ll come to Madrid with a few nice experiences. This is a new experience for me.”
- Article published:
- August 29, 2011, 11:38
- Cycling News
Overall leader fears Wiggins in defence of red jersey
Rabobank's Bauke Mollema may have lost out on his objective of a victory in yesterday's stage nine of the Vuelta a España, but the new overall leader was still happy with his achievement atop the La Covatilla climb and hopes to defend his red jersey in today's 47 kilometer time trial in Salamanca.
After an impressive final climb, Mollema contested a three-man sprint to the line against Garmin-Cervélo’s Daniel Martin, the eventual winner, and Geox-TMC’s Juan Jose Cobo. Finishing second, the Dutchman said on his team's website that he hadn't paid enough attention to Martin's move and therefore lost out.
"That was my only mistake today [yesterday]. I had the legs to win the stage and knew for sure that I could have beaten Martin, but I didn't watch out. I looked to the left and he jumped away to the right of Wiggins. It was downhill at that point, and I hadn't taken that into account. It's a shame, as otherwise it would have been a double victory," he admitted.
Still, claiming the overall leader's jersey was "a great feeling" for the 24-year-old, who finished 12th in the 2010 Giro d'Italia and fifth in this year's Tour de Suisse. "I was going for the stage win, so I was very disappointed at first that I got second because of a small mistake. But then, when they said I had the leader's jersey, it was a great reward, too."
Mollema did not race to his expectations at this year's Tour de France, finishing 70th, but is now building on a solid form to which the Tour largely contributed. "It's true that I need a lot of competition days to reach a good race rythm, and utlimately the Tour was a great preparation for this. I'm taking advantage of this now: my condition is great and my legs feel good," he said.
Monday's stage ten, the race's only long time trial, is bound to reshuffle the top of general classification once again. Still, Mollema hoped to defend his leadership even though there are 12 riders all within one minute of him, with last but not least Sky's Bradley Wiggins in 13th position.
"You have to be realistic, but you never know," said the Rabobank youngster when asked if he thought he'd keep the jersey only for one day. "Wiggins is close and there are a few more good time triallists high up in the classification. But I've also done a few good time trials this year, so I'm still confident.
"Still, it's going to be difficult. I've never raced such a long time trial [47km]. But they haven't gotten rid of me yet. When you're amongst the best on a climb like that, it gives you a boost."
- Article published:
- August 29, 2011, 12:15
- Cycling News
Team spokesman says Nygaard will not leave team
There will be no merger of Leopard Trek and RadioShack for the 2012 season, Leopard Trek spokesman Tim Vanderjeugde has said. He denied the reports in L'Equipe and other media that Brian Nygaard would leave the team, which would then merge with the American team run by Johan Bruyneel.
“On the team's behalf, I can flatly deny that there is a merger with Radioshack," Vanderjeugde told sporten.dk.
“We see it as pure rumour. Nobody on our team has heard of any merger. Brian Nygaard is still on the payroll here at Leopard Trek and has not taken any decision to leave the team.”
L'Equipe reported the possible merger, with Nygaard allegedly being forced out of the team after failing to find a title sponsor for the Luxembourg team.
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- August 29, 2011, 13:49
- Cycling News
2010 Vuelta a España winner praises the Brit's climbing skills
Following an impressive ride on the Vuelta a España's summit finish on stage nine, where Sky leader Bradley Wiggins finished fourth, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) has said he now counted the Brit as one of his biggest favourites for the overall victory of the race.
"After the climb he did, I see him now as one of the greatest favourites," the Italian told AS.com when asked about Wiggins' performance. Indeed, the Sky rider forced the pace on the final climb of La Covantilla, and even if his greatest strength may be his time trialling - which he will be able to show in Salamanca today - Wiggins' climbing skills were truly impressive.
"Some (favourites) are time trial specialists and others are climbers. There are still some summit finishes to go, as well as the 47km race against the clock. If there is something that last year's Vuelta taught me, it's that these races are won with regularity, day by day. There is still a lot to come before Madrid," he added.
Wiggins himself was "delighted" with his climbing performance on Sunday and is expected to make the best of his time trial abilities on Monday's 47km-course, certainly imporving his 13th placing on GC. "Tomorrow is where I am expecting to make the most of my gains and everything I earned here was a bonus - it was a fantastic finish and it couldn’t have gone any better," said the Sky rider in the finish on Sunday.
Nibali, meanwhile, finished sixth on the stage and is now third on general classification.
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- August 29, 2011, 14:23
- Cycling News
Belgian overall contender hopes for good time trial result
Although he conceded 19 seconds in the Vuelta a España's first "real" mountaintop finish yesterday, Omega Pharma-Lotto's Jurgen Van den Broeck is happy with his performance in the Spanish grand tour. Currently fifth overall, the Belgian hopes to put some time into his Spanish GC rivals in Monday's time trial in Salamanca.
"I only had to let go in the end, so it's not so bad," Van Den Broeck told Belgian reporters in the finish in La Covatilla on Sunday. "I'm already happy just to be here, so why should I cry over those 19 seconds?"
Van Den Broeck, had suffered multiple fractures and a collapsed lung in July when he crashed out of the Tour de France on stage nine. His team management was also very satisfied with his showing. "Jurgen is only back to racing since one week. If you concede 19 seconds to the winner on the first real mountain pass, you surely can't complain," said sports director Dirk De Wolf.
His respectable performance on the the Vuelta's mountaintop finish has made him confident for what is still to come.
"The first balance sheet will be done in Salamanca [the 47km time trial on Monday - ed.]," he added. Omega Pharma's second sports director, Jean-Pierre Heynderickx, revealed that VDB's aim will be to put as much time into his rivals there as possible. "I can see that Jurgen has a lot of confidence. The way I see it, he can have a good strike at Rodriguez, Anton and a few others," said Heynderickx.
Joaquin 'Purito' Rodriguez, currently second overall, is expected to lose several minutes on the Salamanca course.
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- August 29, 2011, 18:17
- Cycling News
Kolobnev's positive the doping controversy of the race
The UCI announced today that it has received the results of the final anti-doping controls taken during the Tour de France, and all have been declared negative. The UCI's Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) was the recipient of the complete dossier from the Châtenay-Malabry, Lausanne and Cologne testing laboratories.
The only doping case at the Tour involved Katusha's Alexandr Kolobnev, whose hydrochlorothiazide test results were confirmed by the B-sample last month. While the Russian denies having intentionally used the substance, which can act as a masking agent, he has been suspended by his team, pending the outcome of the official disciplinary procedure being carried out by the Russian cycling federation.
UCI President Pat McQuaid was pleased with the outcome of the tests, crediting his organisation's recent anti-doping measures, including the biological passport, for the results.
"It also indicates that there has been a change of mentality and behaviour within the peloton. Our sport is on the right track and we will continue to use all means available to protect it," said McQuaid in a press release from the UCI.
With the final test results in, the outcome of this year's race appears confirmed, unlike that of the 2010 Tour de France. Alberto Contador's positive for clenbuterol is still up in the air, pending a November arbitration hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The UCI has faced criticism from the French anti-doping authorities in recent years, with former AFLD director Pierre Bordry accusing the organisation of favoring teams and being less than thorough in its anti-doping scheme. With a change of guard in the AFLD, the UCI claims it was able to come to a better agreement for anti-doping testing at the 2011 Tour de France, where both agencies cooperated to perform the anti-doping controls.
Dr. Francesca Rossi, CADF Director, said there was "excellent cooperation between the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and the laboratories which analyzed the samples. From a purely technical point of view, the outcome of the anti-doping activities at the Tour de France is very satisfying."