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Lotto Belisol rider crashed out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
The first Belgian race of the season took out Belgian rider Gert Dockx. The Lotto Belisol rider crashed in the first third of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and is now out for about six weeks with a broken collar bone and elbow.
“The unfortunate rider incurred a small fracture of the elbow and the collar-bone. For the next few days the elbow will be in a plaster cast, afterwards there will be a check-up,” the team said in a press release Sunday. “The total inactivity is estimated at six weeks."
Only 69km into the race, Dockx was involved in a large crash, but was apparently the only one injured.
The 24-year-old had won two stages in the Tropicale Amisso Bongo in January. He turned pro with Columbia-HighRoad in 2009, and joined Lotto in 2011.
Icy cold and hard winds damage corneas
Jürgen Roelandts suffered eye damage in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and will require two to three days of recovery. Despite the injury, the Lotto Belisol rider managed to finish eighth, in the first chase group.
“After this Omloop I had problems with my eyes,” he told the Belga news agency. “It's like my eyelids were frozen. At the start of the race I wore glasses but apparently that was not enough to protect my eyes from the icy cold and streaming winds.”
Monday morning he tweeted, “Needed a checkup for my eyes. Result: corneal damage, 2-3days to heal.”
Roelandts was the only one of his team to make the cut and move into the attack group partway through the race, and after the last climb of the day, was in a promising position. But he was unable to respond when eventual winner Luca Paolini (Katusha) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) attacked with about 20km to go. “I had used up too much power on the Molenberg,” he said.
Acquarone, Roche and Kelly speak on Giro start 2014
The Giro d'Italia will start in Ireland in 2014, it was announced last week. “We love to bring the atmosphere and the life of the Giro into other countries for a couple of days,” said race organizer Michele Acquarone.
In this video, he said, “It's a big challenge on the logistic point of view as it is more than 2000 km from Italy and we will have to rest day. We have to ride here in Ireland on Monday and on Tuesday be back in Italy but we will do it.”
Two former Irish cycling stars also applauded the decision. “These are international events and it is nice to share them with countries that have cyclists making history,” said Stephen Roche, who won the Giro in 1987.
Sean Kelly never rode the Giro, but knows that “this is great for cycling, great to have a race like the Giro here.”
Accepts one-year ban for Tour de France positive
The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (Alad) has accepted the one-year ban given to Fränk Schleck by the Disciplinary Board. The UCI and Schleck both still have the option to appeal the decision set down on January 30.
“After the expiration of the 21 day period and because of the reasons given in the Disciplinary Board's decision, the Board of Directors of Alad has decided not to appeal the decision,” according to an Alad press release issued Monday morning.
An Alad spokeswoman told Cyclingnews that the Disciplinary Board is a totally independent tribunal. The Alad acts as prosecutor before the Board, and thus has the right to appeal its decisions.
His ban runs through July 14, 2013, which means he will not be able to ride the Tour. When the ban was issued, Schleck said, “We will now analyse the decision in detail and decide on potential further steps. However I bear a positive aspect of the decision in mind: the judges acknowledged that I am not a cheater.”
Climber leaves behind rivals on Genting Highlands
Recent history states that the rider who wins the atop Genting Highlands will win the overall at Le Tour de Langakwi and Julián Arredondo is the next rider charged to maintain this tradition. Arredondo blasted his way to victory at Genting after leaving behind an impressive group of climbers in the final kilometres of the 19km ascent and with it, took over the race lead.
The gruelling climb up Genting is the one truly decisive stage at Langkawi and while the races finishes next to the location of the world's largest hotel, the climb which reaches nearly 1,700m is no holiday.
The majority of the riders fighting for the general classification crossed the line with contorted expressions but for Arredondo's it was nothing but elation as he claimed his biggest win to date and now looks set to become the fourth Colombian to win the race.
"We are an Asian team and to win the most beautiful stage in Langkawi and be the leader for the overall, for us, it's incredible. It is like a dream come true," said Arredondo after the stage.
"When I attack, it's very hard for someone to go with me," he added.
"This is my first race for this year and it feels good after I had a bit of trouble last season trying to get a visa to go to Italy - because I'm Colombian," he told Cyclingnews.
Arredondo, while unknown to most of the ProTeam and Pro-Continental field is not an unknown quantity within the Asia circuit. The 24-year-old signed with Team Nippo - De Rosa in 2012 and took his first professional victory at Tour of Japan, backing up with second-overall at both Japan and Tour de Kumano.
Before signing with Nippo the stocky climber was a constant feature in the under-23 Italian ranks picking up a number of promising results at UCI 1.2 races such as GP Capodarco in 2011, where he sprinted to sixth-place in a select group that...
Six Pro Conti teams join 19 WorldTour squads
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) announced today the 25 teams to start the 77th edition of Flèche Wallonne plus the 99th edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Along with the 19 WorldTour teams which receive automatic invites, Accent Jobs-Wanty, Colombia, Crelan-Euphony, IAM Cycling, Sojasun, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise received invitations for Flèche Wallonne, taking place on April 17. The 2012 edition was won by Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).
Four of the Flèche Wallonne wildcard teams also received invites to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, contested four days later on April 21: Accent Jobs-Wanty, Crelan-Euphony, IAM Cycling and Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise. Cofidis, Solutions Crédits plus Team Europcar round out the six wild card teams for La Doyenne. The 2012 edition was won by Maxim Iglinsky (Astana).
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Blanco Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Cannondale Pro Cycling (Ita)
Euskaltel Euskadi (Spa)
Garmin - Sharp (USA)
Katusha Team (Rus)
Lampre - Merida (Ita)
Lotto Belisol (Bel)
Movistar Team (Spa)
Omega Pharma - Quick Step Cycling Team (Bel)
Orica - GreenEdge (Aus)
RadioShack - Leopard (Lux)
Sky Procycling (GBr)
Team Argos - Shimano (Ned)
Team Saxo - Tinkoff (Den)
Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
Accent Jobs-Wanty (Bel)
IAM Cycling (Swi)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
Dutchman rides indoor trainer three weeks after being hit by a car
The 29-year-old Dutchman posted a picture today on Twitter of his bike mounted on an indoor trainer with the statement, "Here we go, 3 weeks later." Hoogerland later revealed via Twitter that he was able to train for just over an hour and covered 30.18km, his first ride since his accident.
Hoogerland sustained serious injuries three weeks ago when he was hit by a car while out on a training ride in Spain. The Dutchman broke five ribs, sustained fractures to his spine and bruised his liver. After spending time in intensive care at a hospital in Spain, Hoogerland returned home to the Netherlands where his rehabilitation is underway.
Hoogerland expects to resume racing in May. He has only competed once thus far in the 2013 season at the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise on January 27, the first race contested in European soil this year.
Orica GreenEdge rider seeking Grand Tour debut in 2013
Two podium places from three bunch sprints is an encouraging sign for Aidis Kruopis who is the protected rider for Orica GreenEdge on the flat stages at Tour de Langkawi. Kruopis is one of the squad's budding up-and-coming sprinters alongside Leigh Howard and former under-23 world road race champion Michael Matthews but the Lithuanian is content to slowly develop his craft.
Kruopis was one of the team's most successful riders last season after moving into the WorldTour ranks with the newly-established outfit. The Lithuanian had been steadily making a name for himself, notching up wins in tough one-day Belgian races and signed for the ProTeam after spending the 2011 season with the Pro-Continental squad, Landboukrediet.
Last year, Kruopis took his biggest victory to date when he won stage four at the Tour of Poland and did it in style, beating Ben Swift (Sky) and Theo Bos (Blanco) to the line. Given Bos has already won two stages at Langkawi this year, Kruopis clearly has the speed to be among some of the best sprinters in the world. However, he's in no rush to move up the team hierarchy as there's still a lot to learn before pushing the likes of Matt Goss aside, according to the 26-year-old.
"I don't have that much experience but I think that each year I'm getting better," he told Cyclingnews. "I think I'm coming closer to a number of the really good sprinters. I'm still trying to develop myself over the next few years.
"For me it's a bit better when it's harder. That's the style of racing that I like," he added.
Riding for a team heavily stacked with sprint talent could be daunting for some but Kruopis is more than happy to be guided by those with plenty of experience, with Allan Davis performing lead-out duties...