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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 17, 2012

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December 17, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Boonen voted Belgian Sportsman of the Year

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the World Ports Classic.
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    December 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT
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    Sixth consecutive honour for a cyclist

    Tom Boonen has been named as Belgium's Sportsman of the Year for 2012. He won a clear victory to take his third title, and it was the sixth straight year that a cyclist had won the honour.

    Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won with 658 points, ahead of decathlete Hans Van Alphen (423 points) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team) with 403 points.

    "Such an award is always the result of a strong season,” Boonen told “Now we concentrate on preparing for the new season. Hard work, that is the message, and then the rewards will come.”

    He did not attend the ceremony, as he currently in Mallorca for a team training camp and recovering from a severe intestinal infection which put him in hospital for three days. “After my illness I didn't want to risk it. With my health everything is now back in order. Last Friday I had another test done and the results were all good. I can work well again and stay even a few days longer in Majorca to work on my condition.”

    Boonen started out the 2012 season with a win at the Tour de San Luis, followed by two stage wins and the overall title in the Tour of Oman. These were followed by a second place a the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a stage win in Paris-Nice.

    He then came into his own, winning the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, all within a ten-day period.  He topped it off by taking his fourth Paris-Roubaix only one week later.

    The 32-year-old wasn't through, though. He won the Belgian national road title and won the opening stage of the World Ports Classic to take the overall title. His last individual win of the year came at...

  • Wiggins hints at Giro-Tour double attempt

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    December 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT
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    Brailsford pleased Briton hungry for success in 2013

    Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) has hinted that he may target victory at both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2013, using cycling's most difficult double as inspiration after his Tour de France and Olympic double this year.

    Only seven riders have won the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same season: Fausto Coppi (1949, 1952), Jacques Anquetil (1964), Eddy Merckx (1970, 1972, 1974), Bernard Hinault (1982, 1985), Stephen Roche (1987), Miguel Indurain (1992, 1993) and Marco Pantani (1998).

    Wiggins has admitted that it will be impossible to better his 2102 season but seems keen to target the double, while his big rivals are likely to focus on just one grand tour in 2013.

    Wiggins would have to beat Vincenzo Nibali at the Giro d'Italia and Alberto Contador at the Tour de France but revealed he is up for the challenge after collecting the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

    "I've always wanted to win a second Tour. I'm the defending champion. I want to try and win the Giro d'Italia and win the Tour de France behind it. People say it can't be done, winning two Tours. So let's have a go at it," the Guardian newspaper reported Wiggins as saying.

    Wiggins had said he was keen to focus on the Giro d'Italia in 2013 and then support teammate Chris Froome at the Tour de France. On December 13 he changed his plans and told the BBC that he wanted to win a second Tour de France.

    Brailsford: "The legs will do the talking"

    Wiggins admitted that Team Sky team manager Dave Brailsford has the last word on the team's leadership strategy but does not seem afraid to challenge Froome for leadership.

    Brailsford told the BBC that he was pleased...

  • Andy Jacques-Maynes involved in hit and run

    Andy Jacques-Maynes (Kenda/5 Hour Energy) going hard.
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    December 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT
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    Kenda/5-Hour Energy rider with list of injuries

    The twin brother of Ben, Andy Jacques-Maynes was hit by a motorist today and left on the roadside to tend to his injuries, according to the cyclist. Andy was hit from behind and has a list of potential injuries including a broken collarbone and shoulder blade. Andy sent out a number of messages to his Twitter followers shortly after the incident.

    "Please excuse my language for the next few tweets...," he said on Twitter.

    "Seriously what the f**k is wrong with people?? Might as well leave someone lying on the ground in the road, you don't want to get in trouble.

    "Possible broken collarbone, probable broken shoulder blade. Ugh, this hurts," he tweeted.

    Andy has spent the year riding for the team that will be called 5-hour Energy p/b Kenda Professional Cycling Team in 2013 however, the merger with the former Competitive Cyclist team will mean a number of riders will not be given a contract for 2013. The roster and Andy’s plans for 2013 should be known in the coming days when the team announces its plans for the coming year.

    Andy should also know more about his injuries within the next day while he detailed some of the accident after returning from the hospital where he underwent x-rays.

    "I was just on my way back to here [Watsonville,CA], riding in the bike lane, just yesterday I was riding on the same road, I've probably ridden on that road to end almost every ride." Jacques-Maynes told

    "All of a sudden there's a car up under my elbow, clips my bar, this loud bang - I don't even remember seeing it, I heard it and then it just tossed me to the ground. I just slid to a stop and so I...

  • Exclusive Christmas offer from Bont Cycling

    Bont are offering discounts to our readers on their range, including these a-two shoes
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    December 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT
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  • 2012 Reader Poll: Vaughters best non-rider on Twitter

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    December 17, 2012, 17:04 GMT
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    Garmin-Sharp manager attracts followers, sponsors

    The biggest story of 2012 was the Lance Armstrong/USADA case, and the best way to follow the unfolding drama in real-time was via Twitter. Our best non-riders of the year were front and center in the debate, and nobody offered up the kind of first-hand knowledge and opinions like category winner, Jonathan Vaughters (@Vaughters).

    The Slipstream Sports CEO had already attracted a strong following thanks to his wit and insights from inside the team car as manager of the Garmin-Sharp team. Vaughters won our Twitter category in its first year in 2011 and this year he increased his edge over runner-up @UCI_Overlord and raked in almost 42% of the vote.

    This year Vaughters added more than 20,000 new followers - up to over 55,000 at the time of publication. What attracted so many to the Vaughters feed?

    1) Live tweeting his nervous following of the Giro d'Italia, watching his team win its first ever Grand Tour with Ryder Hesjedal.

    2) Vaguely suggestive, humorous posts such as "I think we all need to start using the word "probe" more often" or "On the train to Geneva from Montreux. My favorite part of this journey? Getting to say 'I'm passing through Gland'"

    3) Insider knowledge you won't find anywhere else: "I remember in 2010 when some Colonel from OCALESP came to speak to CCP regards to their investigations. Good guy. Wanted best for cycling."

    4) Humorous responses to icy barbs sent his way by Johan Bruyneel, who called him and the others involved in Clean Cycling Now "douches". ("Do you ever get that "not so fresh" feeling?")

    5) Glimpses into his personal life, such as his wedding, complete with photos of very large fish ("Most of the time I just want to disappear into anonymity. And go fishing.")

    6) Opinions...

  • Alberta's new pro stage race to go from Edmonton to Calgary

    The peloton in full flight
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    December 17, 2012, 19:20 GMT
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    More details released about inaugural event

    The Canadian province of Alberta will soon be home a new international pro road cycling race: the Tour of Alberta in September of 2013.  The race was announced in October.  Organizers have released more details on the inaugural event.

    The Tour of Alberta will be a six-stage race, starting in Edmonton on Tuesday, September 3 and ending in Calgary on Saturday, September 8, with stage routes traveling throughout rural Alberta, villages, towns and small cities, which rarely, if ever, have had the benefit of seeing, let alone hosting, major international sporting events in their communities.

    The Union Internationale Cyclistes (UCI) sanctioned the Tour of Alberta as a 2.1 stage race in September of 2012. It joins single-day WorldTour rounds in Montreal and Quebec on Canada's calendar of major road events. An annual event beginning in 2013, the Tour of Alberta will feature up to 16 pro cycling teams of up to eight riders per team. With the 2.1 level sanctioning, up to half could include ProTour teams, or the same teams which compete at the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia.

    "A cycling event in Alberta, modeled after the classic road races such as the Tour de France and Giro D'Italia, has been a long-time dream of many Albertans, and it is real coup to be the first race sanctioned at this level in Canada," said Brian Jolly, Chair, Alberta Peloton Association (APA), the not-for-profit association organizing the Tour of Alberta.

    "The UCI sanctioning recognizes both Alberta's growing international reputation to host high quality, world class sports events, as well as its safe, warm, welcoming western hospitality, breath-taking scenery and varied landscapes."

    Alberta's Rural Development Fund is providing $3.5 million in seed funding to help establish the event as a major annual cycling event and festival across the province. Additional funding is...

  • Team Sky signs Josh Edmondson

    Edvald Boasson Hagen leads Team Sky in the chase of Cadel Evans
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    December 17, 2012, 20:30 GMT
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    Briton steps up from Great Britain Academy

    Team Sky announced the signing of 20-year-old British rider Josh Edmondson on a two-year contract for 2013 and 2014.

    Edmondson hails from Yorkshire but spent two years racing in Italy with Team Colpack before working with the Great Britain Under 23 Academy in the latter part of the 2012 season.

    Edmondson has been training with Team Sky and the Great Britain squad in Mallorca and is considered talented climber. He secured a top 10 finish at the mountainous Giro Ciclistico Della Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc and was fourth in the 2010 junior world road race championships. He also lead the climber's competition at this year's Tour of Britain.

    “I’m really excited to be joining Team Sky, and to be taking this next step in my career. It’s an amazing set up and a huge project. Meeting the team you can see that it is one big unit and that the support you get - with the best coaches and nutritionists in the world - is second to none," Edmondson said in the official announcement from the team.

    “I see myself as a climbing specialist but my main aim with Team Sky is to develop my tour riding and get used to competing alongside the best riders in the world. I think the first year is a lot about settling in and learning to be part of the team. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and further appreciating how to race at this level.”

    Team Sky has signed a string of talented young riders including the USA's Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell, and Italy's Dario Cataldo. Britain's Alex Dowsett has left Team Sky to ride for Movistar but Edmondson boosts the number of British riders to eight.

    “This is an international team but it’s one with a British heart and we are absolutely committed to nurturing the next...

  • Lammerts named as Dutch national men's coach

    The early breakaway in the Dutch championships
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    December 17, 2012, 21:13 GMT
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    Former pro rider will also guide the elite women

    Johan Lammerts is the new elite men's coach for the Dutch national team, the Dutch cycling federation announced over the weekend. He will also continue to coach the elite women. Lammerts replaces Leo van Vliet, whose contract expires the end of this year.

    Lammerts, 52, is currently a full-time employee of the KNWU, serving as elite women's and cyclo-cross coach.  He rode professionally from 1982 to 1992, winning the Tour of Flanders and the Tour of the Netherlands in 1984.

    "I have often been given various tasks to do for the KNWU. This addition is in my eyes makes the package complete,” Lammerts said on the federation's web site. “I am pleased with the confidence of the federation and find it an honor and a challenge to work with this group.”

    Thorwald Veneberg, technical director, said that “Johan is an obvious choice. He is full-time within the federation  and has indicated that he wants to keep on. We have tremendous confidence in him and see a good future together. Johan will focus on the elite (both men and women) road category within the KNWU.”