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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, January 9, 2012

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January 09, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Eclipse Pro Cycling toughen up ahead of key season

    Jayco/2XU team manager and former European pro-rider Patrick Jonker with his gold medallist and stage winner Benjamin Hill.
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    January 09, 2012, 4:47 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Two squads chasing the best in the NRS

    Eclipse Pro Cycling heads into the 2012 season with a bumper roster for its two squads, the previously announced under 23 team, Jayco-Honey Shotz, and elite outfit RBS Morgan-ATS with both set to make their mark on the Australasian racing circuit.

    Embarking on its sophomore season, RBS Morgans-ATS (known as Jayco-2XU in 2011) has announced its roster for 2012, the team significantly stronger and more experienced with an eye to setting a new standard for Australian domestic racing.

    Gunning to improve on its fourth-placed ranking in Australia's National Road Series from 2011, the RBS Morgans-ATS roster is a mix of youth and experience with the skill to claim results over all terrains.

    Sports Director Pat Jonker said that with a best-ever roster will come higher expectations for the team.

    "Looking at all the NRS teams closely it is clear that we have five even six teams that are all very evenly matched so it promises to be a very exciting 2012 NRS series," he said. "Both teams will strive to be the number one NRS team in 2012 they will be racing against each other not with each other.

    "We now have a second directeur sportifs, two mechanics and two soigneurs, so the structure of the program is very strong. As Sports Director it is my responsibility to ensure the success of this program."

    New signings for RBS Morgans-ATS include 2011 Joe Martin Stage Race stage winner Cam Peterson. The 28-year-old turned full-time this season, and riding with V Australia found his peak at the Tour of Tasmania where he finished third on general classification behind winner Nathan Haas (Genesys) and then the following week, took out the KOM classification at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

    Canberra-based 22-year-old Joe Lewis has found refuge at RBS Morgans-ATS following the

  • Video: Neil Stephens reflects on successful day for GreenEdge

    Simon Gerrans tries to sneak away from the lead group on the climb up Mt.Buninyong.
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    January 09, 2012, 5:18 GMT
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    Jane Aubrey & Alex Hinds

    First box ticked for 2012, now onto Tour Down Under

    GreenEdge director Neil Stephens was pleased with Simon Gerrans' Mars Cycling Australia elite men's road race win, but said there were some nervous moments for the team leading into the final kilometres.

    The Australian WorldTour outfit rode a near perfect race, placing riders in all the key moves of the day, but when Cameron Meyer suffered a hunger flat with around four laps to go, Stephens said things were a little tense.

    "Everyone played their role, everyone rode really unselfishly," said Stephens. "But I'll admit at that point I was a little nervous. A lot of teams had really good races, even some of the domestic teams, and they really brought the race to us."

    "At the end of the day though, I was quitely confident that in a small group a guy like that Gerro could do the job and he did just that."

    Stephens also praised Gerrans as a "great bike rider and a great guy," as well as a fitting representative for the team back in Europe.

    "We've worked really hard all year getting things prepared to make sure everything went well today. Now it's on to the Tour Down Under, we'll see what we can do there."

    See the full video interview below

  • A day to remember for Lloyd at Buninyong

    Matt Lloyd is a former national road champion here and did well to make the podium again in 2012.
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    January 09, 2012, 8:34 GMT
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    Jane Aubrey

    Sweet silver in 2012 return

    New team; new year. Matthew Lloyd made a triumphant return to racing with Lampre-ISD on Sunday at the Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships. Or perhaps it was better said by the man himself, in case there was any doubt.

    "I'm back... Back in the 'hood," Lloyd told the gathered press having collected his silver medal, finishing as runner-up, two seconds behind Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge). The 28-year-old was busting out the jokes and there was no hiding his satisfaction.

    "It's incredible," he said reflecting on the result. "I haven't actually felt better in cycling for as far as I can remember. Purely because my ambition for the day was to put the numbers back on and rejoin the professional ranks and having won the race before and knowing the characteristics, it was all kind of irrelevant once I was on the start line. The key factor for me was the involvement and feeling that I was doing what I love. Maybe that's reflected in the results," Lloyd suggested.

    If Gerrans' GreenEdge team had the most numbers in the race, with 16 starters, then Lloyd was the antithesis of that with he being the soul rider from Lampre-ISD among the 140-odd that lined up for the 163.2 kilometre battle of attrition that saw around 25 per cent of the field dropped on the opening climb. With one lap remaining of the 10.1 kilometre circuit around Buninyong, Lloyd was part of a select group left chasing the green and gold bands for 2012, with some of the biggest names of Australian cycling eyeing the prize including Richie Porte, Chris Sutton, Mathew Hayman, Michael Rogers (Sky), Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol), Baden Cooke (GreenEdge) and Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank).

    Rewind 12 months ago and Lloyd was at...

  • Gallery: Accent.Jobs-Willems Veranda's presents its 2012 jersey

    Presenting Stefan Van Dijk in the 2012 Accent.Jobs-Willems Veranda's black and orange
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    January 09, 2012, 11:24 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Belgian team in black and orange

    Accent.Jobs-Willems Veranda's has introduced its jersey for 2012. The Belgian Professional Continental team will take to the road in black and orange this year. The design features little orange stars and black hearts as the colours transition.

    The biggest name on the new team is Leif Hoste. The former Belgian time trial champion was most recently with Team Katusha.

    The team held an unusual team-bonding exercises last month. One night the riders were dropped into the sewer system of Kortijk, to find their way through a seven kilometre maze back to the surface. Later in the week they had boxing lessons and eventually took on Belgian boxing legend Freddy De Kerpel.

  • Bak looking to 2012 London Olympics

    Lars Bak (HTC-Highroad) gets aero in his solo break.
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    January 09, 2012, 12:36 GMT
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    Cycling News

    Dane thinks Cavendish has a good shot at gold

    Lars Bak hopes to ride in his first, and possibly last, Olympic Games in 2012. The Lotto-Belisol rider has his focus on the Spring Classics, followed by the Tour de France and then the London Olympics.

    “I've never ridden the Olympics. I would really like to. If you take my age into consideration, it is perhaps the last shot in the gun," the 31-year old told sporten.tv2.dk.

    If he makes the Danish team, then most likely he would be riding for Matti Breschel, “who has huge chances to win a medal. It may be that we should put every ounce of riding for him."

    But Bak hasn't entirely eliminated the possibility of winning a medal himself. "Who knows? If you get in the right break. Now I don't know the route 100 percent, but it would be a hard route, but also a route that I could do well on.”

    Bak also thinks his former teammate Mark Cavendish has good chances for gold, and refuses to talk down the world champion Team Sky sprinter. "Now we must be careful not to say too much about Mark Cavendish, for when he really wants something, he can do it. He won Milan-San Remo a few years ago when people had also said that it was impossible.

    “After all, his home is in Britain, so he'll be ready. And then it's the week after the Tour, so he will be well trimmed, and he has a strong team to help him.”

    That doesn't mean it will be easy for Cavendish, though. "We often see that the Olympics is a difficult race because there are only 140 riders to start and four or five men on the teams, so it is difficult to control. It speaks against his chances that he cannot just put eight men back and control the race, but he'll be ready.”

  • Team Type 1-Sanofi head for Italy

    Team Type 1 - Sanofi on the podium
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    January 09, 2012, 13:50 GMT
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    Cycling News

    US team set for final training camp ahead of new season

    Having completed their initial training and assessments in Tucson, Arizona, in December, Team Type 1-Sanofi moves into its second full training camp of the 2012 season this week, taking riders and staff to Italy for an intense 10 days of preparation for the upcoming season.

    Team Type 1-Sanofi General Manager Vassili Davidenko said the Italian camp will give the American Professional Continental squad a chance to simulate race conditions and build team spirit.

    "Some of our riders finished their seasons at the World Championships in Denmark in October," he said. "Some raced into November in Rwanda. For January we want to bring everybody together to see where their fitness levels are and get in some solid riding in good weather. We have a mix of 11 nationalities across 23 riders, with nine languages being spoken. This camp is an opportunity to build solid lines of communication, as well as to ready our staff for a busy 2012 race calendar," Davidenko said.

    Riders will gather in Terracina-Latina, south of Rome, on Tuesday January 10, and stay until the following Friday, when squads head out to begin competitions around the world.

    "As soon as the camp ends we have a very strong squad flying out directly to New Zealand and the Tour of Manawatu, where we will line up for our first race of 2012. The end of January will also see us send a very good squad to La Marseillaise and then Etoile des Besseges and three weeks of what we expect to be very hard racing in southern France," Davidenko said.

    2012 Team Type 1-Sanofi roster

    Antomarchi, Julien - FRA
    Bazzana, Alessandro - ITA
    Bertogliati, Rubens - SUI
    Bodrogi, Laszlo - FRA
    Bowden, Alex - USA - T1D
    Calabria, Fabio - AUS - T1D
    Callegarin, Daniele - ITA
    Colli, Daniele - ITA
    ...

  • Martin going for yellow and gold

    World time trial champion Tony Martin
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    January 09, 2012, 15:03 GMT
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    Cycling News

    World time trial champion has eye on Tour de France and Olympics

    Tony Martin is juggling his two major goals in 2012, the Tour de France and the London Olympics.  The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider hopes to take home both a yellow jersey and a gold medal.

    “The London Olympics are a very important goal for me,” the World time trial champion said, according to biciciclismo.com. “I'd like to win gold in the time trial but I know it will be difficult.”

    First however, he will face the Tour, and it takes priority over the Olympics. “I have to improve on the Tour. I will not jeopardize the year for London. 

    “The prologue in Liege is in my favour and I want to wear yellow,” he said. “And with a less mountainous edition, I can try for a good GC.”

    The German will open at the Mallorca Challenge (February 5-9), followed by the Volta ao Algarve, Paris-Nice, Tour of the Basque Country, Tour de Romandie, Criterium Dauphine, and the German national championships.  His schedule following the Olympics has not yet been set.

  • ITV extends Tour De France deal

    2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans peruses the 2012 parcours.
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    January 09, 2012, 16:33 GMT
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    Cycling News

    British free-to-air broadcaster snaps up TV rights until 2015

    This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

    British television broadcaster ITV has extended its rights to air live coverage and highlights of the Tour de France.

    ITV4 will continue to host the coverage, securing the future of the world’s biggest cycling race on free-to-air British television until at least 2015. The deal, agreed today with Tour organiser ASO, will see ITV continue to broadcast live daily coverage throughout the three-week race, along with highlights each evening. They will also expand digital and online coverage, beginning this summer.

    Niall Sloane, ITV’s Controller of Sport said: “ITV’s coverage of the Tour de France has a terrific reputation with viewers and sports fans and I’m delighted that, in one of the most exciting periods for British cycling, we have secured coverage on ITV4 until 2015.”