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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 13, 2014

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January 13, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Garmin-Sharp announce Tour Down Under squad

    Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) in the yellow jersey at the Dauphine
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    January 13, 2014, 5:40 GMT
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    Rohan Dennis leads American team at home race

    Rohan Dennis has been confirmed to lead the Garmin Sharp team at the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under. The recently named South Australian Sports Star of the Year, who crashed out of the Australian national time trial on Wednesday, will be accompanied by fellow Australians Nathan Haas, Lachlan Morton and Steele Von Hoff.

    Dennis was forced to withdraw from the 2013 Tour Down Under due to a virus on the eve of the race having  finished second in the National Time Trial Championships the week before. He went on to win the 2013 Tour of Alberta and claim the young rider classification jersey at the Critérium du Dauphiné which included a stint in the yellow jersey.

    Santos Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said the 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist would be looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd.

    "More than 760,400 people enjoyed the 2013 Tour Down Under and we know support for local riders is always fantastic," Turtur said.

    "It's great to see such a strong group of Australian riders representing Garmin Sharp at the first UCI WorldTour race of the year."

    Victorian Steele Von Hoff enjoyed a successful 2013 season, finishing second in the National Criterium Championships and third in the National Road Race Championships. Von Hoff, who won the national criterium championships on Thursday night in Ballarat and placed eight in the road race, will enter the race in good form.

    Teammate and New South Welshman Lachlan Morton took out the young rider classification at both the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and Tour of Utah will return to the race having entered the 2013 edition.

    "Lachlan also won stage three of...

  • Gallery: Peloton gathers in Australia for the Tour Down Under

    Home favourite Richie Porte gets ready for training
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    January 13, 2014, 11:15 GMT
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    The early arrivals train in Adelaide ahead of WorldTour opener

    The race is a little over a week away but riders and teams are already gathering in Australia for the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under.

    Richie Porte (Sky) made the trip the team hotel fresh from his third place at the Australian national championships. It's the first time since 2011 that the Tasmanian has made the journey to his home race. He will be joined later on in the week by his fellow podium finishers Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) and Cadel Evans (BMC). As a two-time champion, Gerrans will be a strong contender for the title again this year, but he will face tough competition from his compatriots

    Former champion André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) has disregarded any notion that he might take a third title, saying earlier this week that the course will be too hard. At last year's race, the German national champion sealed his place as the most decorated rider at the Tour Down Under and he will be looking to add to his total of 14 stage wins this time around. Among those aiming to stop him are Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Elia Viviani (Cannondale), but the Italian duo will have to think smart if they want to beat Greipel.

    Argos-Shimano's delegation is also already present in Australia, but they wore unsponsored kit for their first training ride in Australia. The Dutch team won't be training in their new jersey until tomorrow (Tuesday), after the official announcement is made at the team's presentation on Monday.

    The Tour Down Under starts on January 21, with a 135km stage beginning in Nuriootpa.

  • Gallery: IAM Cycling reveal new kit

    Heinrich Haussler will be one of the team's leaders again this season
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    January 13, 2014, 12:22 GMT
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    Chavanel wears IAM kit for the first time

    IAM Cycling are the latest team to reveal their kit design for 2014. The Swiss outfit have gone for a very different looking design to the kit they wore during their debut season. This year's jersey is a much darker shade of blue, which covers the shoulders. In a nod towards the Swiss flag, they have gone for a wide red and white stripe across the chest, with the stripe running onto the bottom of the sleeves.

    Each rider has his name on the back, making it slightly easier to pick out individual riders in the peloton, although you're likely to need a close-up from the helicopter to make them out.

    Sylvain Chavanel, who was the team's big signing over the winter, can be seen in the new kit for the first time. The Frenchman and his teammate Jérôme Pineau switched from the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team. It is hoped that Chavanel's presence will secure the Swiss team a place in the Tour de France. They missed out last year, with the three spots going to French teams.

    The jersey is again made by the Swiss company Cuore and their logo is joined by the bike company Scott, who use the team as testers for their prototypes. A larger Scott logo also features on either side of the jersey. The IAM logo takes pride of place on the left-hand side of the chest and on either shoulder


  • Caja Rural-Seguros RGA deny interest in signing Horner

    Chris Horner drops Vincenzo Nibali on the Alto de l'Angliru
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    January 13, 2014, 14:39 GMT
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Vuelta winner still without team for 2014

    Spanish team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA have denied they are interested in signing Chris Horner for the 2014 season, announcing: “our team roster for 2014 is complete.”

    The 42-year-old Horner became the first American to the win the Vuelta a España when he landed a surprise victory over Vincenzo Nibali last September. After riding for RadioShack since 2010, Horner was unable to agree terms with the revamped Trek Factory Racing squad for 2014 and is still without a team for the new season.

    On Monday, Spanish website Ciclo 21 reported that Horner was in talks with Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, but the Pro Continental outfit has dismissed the rumour.

    “We have not been in contact with either him or his management,” a Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team source told Cyclingnews on Monday. “We don’t know where this story about us trying to sign him has come from, but it’s certainly not from us. It’s not true, anyway.”

    Horner’s team for 2014 remains a mystery, with an offer reportedly coming through for the Vuelta 2013 winner from Danish Continental outfit Christina Watches. Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, however, insist that cycling’s oldest ever Grand Tour winner will not be riding with them.

    In any case, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA were already celebrating their first win of 2014 on Monday, thanks to their big signing for the new season, as Luis León Sanchez claimed victory in the opening stage of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo in Gabon.

  • Konya Torku request to be put on bio passport programme

    The race leader Mustafa Sayar and mountains leader Sergiy Grechyn of Torku Sekerspor
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    January 13, 2014, 15:40 GMT
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    Turkish team must enter programme to gain Tour of Turkey invitation

    Continental team, Konya Torku Sekerspor must enter themselves into the UCI’s biological passport programme if they hope to gain an invitation into this year’s Tour of Turkey.

    The race organisers have come to an agreement with the sport’s governing body in an attempt to protect their race from further scandal. “We, as the organizing committee of Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, has decided not to take (invite) any team that do not have biological passport for the year 2014,” race director Abdurrahman Acikalin said in an email to Cyclingnews.

    “This statement is already in our invitation letter to all invited teams. So far, we were informed that Konya Torku Sekerspor has already applied to WADA and UCI in order to get biological passport and follow the procedure, as required.”

    The move comes after the last two winners of the race, Ivailo Gabrovski and Mustafa Sayar, tested positive for EPO after their victories. Gabrovski was handed a two-year ban and his victory was taken from him and handed to Astana’s Alexsandr Dyachenko.

    Sayar’s victory remains intact, although he is still under investigation and remains suspended by the team. He has denied taking any banned substances and said he believed the positive test was a French conspiracy, as he had beaten French riders (second place actually went to Natnael Berhane (Europcar), who is Eritrean).

    There is no guarantee that the Konya Torku team will be able secure a spot on the biological passport. In the past, the UCI have rejected riders who race on the Continental circuit. In 2012, Endura Racing tried to put Jonathan...

  • POC signs three-year deal with Garmin-Sharp

    POC is sponsoring Garmin-Sharp for three years
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    January 13, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Pro road team partners with helmet and sunglasses manufacturer

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    The professional road cycling team Garmin-Sharp will be wearing the distinctive helmets and sunglasses of the Swedish company POC for three years, according to the companies who announced the deal on Friday.

    POC made its first push into cycling with mountain-bike helmets. Last year Garmin-Sharp rider Ryder Hesjedal began wearing POC sunglasses in road racing.

    "We are now entering the road bike scene and we need to go all in and support our mission of doing everything we can to possibly save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents, and at the same time assist with performance through advances in technology," POC CEO and founder Stefan Ytterborn said in a press release.

    "With Team Garmin-Sharp's spirit, values and attitude, we have found a perfect partner. Together we will come up with even better, safer and faster products for the team and in their quest to win, but also benefit road cyclists around the world who will be able to use the same products and innovations for training and racing."

    POC also makes ski helmets, and body armor for mountain biking.

    Team Garmin-Sharp will be using POC's Octal, Octal Aero and Tempor time trial helmets, along with DID and DO Blade sunglasses.

    "We pride ourselves in working with best-in-class partners to develop equipment that helps our riders perform at their best. POC is another great example of a superior partnership and we are thrilled to add them to the Slipstream family," Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp, said in a press release.

    Garmin-Sharp will begin racing the new gear at the Australian National Championships in January.

  • Gallery: New Giant-Shimano kit unveiled

    Johnas Ahlstrand
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    January 13, 2014, 17:13 GMT
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    Kittel, Degenkolb and Barguil wear black and white design

    Giant has been confirmed as the lead sponsor of the former Argos-Shimano team for the next four year.

    Along with a new sponsor comes a new jersey. Gone is the all white kit and it is been replaced by a black and white effort that is somewhat reminiscent of the Blanco kit of early last year. The jersey is dominated by the logos of the two main sponsors, with two black stripes down the front and back of the jersey.

    Giant had already agreed to supply the team with bikes, but stepped up when another potential sponsor fell through. The multi-year deal will provide some much needed security for the team. "We are very proud of the confidence that Giant has shown in our athletes, our organization and our vision,” said team manager Iwan Spekenbrink.

    “By stepping up after our planned title sponsor departed, Giant is demonstrating their belief in the superior results, global reach and integrity we have established over the last several years."

    Sprinter Marcel Kittel is the team's star rider, after he won four stages of the Tour de France in 2013. He will be looking to wear the yellow jersey again this season, supported by the team's other star sprinter John Degenkolb. Between them, the two Germans won 22 races.

    Degenkolb will also carry much of the team's ambitions in the spring classics, while Warren Barguil will be Giant-Shimano's primary general classification hope in stage races. At 22, the Frenchman is still developing, but his two Vuelta a España stage wins show significant grand tour potential.

    Kirsten Wild leads the line in the women's team. The prolific sprinter took 17 victories on the road last year, including Gent-Wevelgem, and three stages and the general classification at the Tour of Qatar. Two-time Junior Women's World Champion Lucy Garner also continues with the team. They will be supplied with bikes and equipment by the Liv/Giant company.

    Giant will also sponsor a development team,...

  • In Horner's absence, Busche flies US flag alone at Trek Factory Racing

    Matthew Busche (Trek Factory Racing)
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    January 13, 2014, 17:55 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    American targets Tour of California podium in 2014

    And then there was one. When Matthew Busche turned professional with the nascent RadioShack team in 2010, he was one of seven Americans in a squad headlined by Lance Armstrong. Four turbulent seasons later and after a number of reconfigurations, the Wisconsin native is the lone US rider left on the revamped Trek Factory Racing team for the 2014 season.

    “It’s an honour in one sense to be the sole American, but I don’t think it exerts any extra pressure on me,” Busche told Cyclingnews at the team presentation in Roubaix last week.

    Last year, Busche had two compatriots for company at RadioShack-Leopard. Ben King has moved on to what ought to be more amenable pastures at Garmin-Sharp for 2014, but surprise Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner remains without a contract for the coming season.

    “I’m a little surprised that he doesn’t have a contract but I don’t know everything that goes on behind the scenes with that stuff,” Busche said of Horner. “He’s obviously getting older so maybe people don’t want to take a risk, thinking that if he had an injury or something, that could be it for him. But that could happen to anyone.

    “He’s proven he’s definitely still got the ability to ride well, given that he won the Vuelta only five or six months ago. It’s a little surprising he doesn’t have a contract, whether it was here or at another team. Whatever happens, I hope he can find a contract and continue to ride as long as he wants.”

    In winning the Vuelta just shy of his 42nd birthday, Horner became the oldest Grand Tour winner in history, and his shock victory was met with no small degree of scepticism. He was even moved to publish his blood values in a bid to...