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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 13, 2011

Date published:
June 13, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • 2012 Tour Down Under route announced

    The bunch lined up on the start line, which used the same course as the later Tour Down Under Cancer Council Classic
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    June 13, 2011, 3:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Prospect and Lobethal to host race starts

    Santos Tour Down Under organisers have announced the route for the 2012 race, the first of the UCI WorldTour, held from January 15-22.

    Prospect, just out of the Adelaide CBD and Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills will host race starts for the first time.

    The UCI WorldTour event will also return to the seaside town of Victor Harbor, which it last visited in 2009 and the wine region of the Clare Valley, which hosted a stage start in 2010.

    Tour Down Under, Race Director, Mike Turtur, said the 2012 edition was "shaping up to be one of the most challenging and exciting events in the history of the race."

    "The 2012 event includes new starts, a return to popular locations and for the first time, a thrilling Jayco Stage 5 hilltop finish at the top of Old Willunga Hill."

    Turtur also announced a new classification process would be used for the first time for SKODA King of the Mountain climbs where Menglers Hill on stage 4, and Old Willunga Hill on stage 5 have received Cat 1 status.

    "This new classification will reward cyclists for tackling the hardest climbs and is expected to result in some fierce competition," he said.

    2012 Santos Tour Down Under Race Routes:
    Sunday, 15 January - Down Under Classic – Rymill Park, Adelaide (51km)
    Monday, 16 January – Rest Day
    Tuesday, 17 January – Stage 1 – Prospect to Clare (149km)
    Wednesday, 18 January – Stage 2 – Lobethal to Stirling (148km)
    Thursday, 19 January – Colemans Group Stage 3 – Unley to Victor Harbor (134.5km)
    Friday, 20 January – Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Tanunda (130km)
    Saturday, 21 January – Jayco Stage 5 – McLaren Vale to Old Willunga Hill (151.5km)
    Sunday, 22 January – Stage 6, Adelaide City Council Street Circuit - Elder Park, Adelaide (51km)

  • Sørensens and Vandborg up for Saxo Bank Tour de France squad

    Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)
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    June 13, 2011, 8:46 BST
    Cycling News

    Three Danes in the running to support Contador

    Three Danish riders at the Saxo Bank-SunGard team are still in the running for places in the Tour de France squad that will help Alberto Contador defend his title at the Tour de France.  Brian Vandborg, Chris Anker Sørensen and Nicki Sørensen all are candidates to make the nine-rider Tour squad that will be built aruond Contador.

    Both Sørensens performed well in the Criterium du Dauphine last week.  “Chris, Nicki and Brian have all proven to be both physically and mentally ready to ride the Tour de France,” Sports Director Bradley McGee told Ritzau.

    Vandborg, 30, rode for CSC from 2004 to 2006.  He rode the Tour de France with Liquigas in 2009 and 2010, and also finished the Dauphine.

    “Everyone has a chance, and Brian has really impressed us this year. He has come back on the team and has appeared in good form at the right time. Both he and we were disappointed after Paris-Nice, but he now shows that he is really strong," said McGee.

    The final Saxo Bank-SunGard line-up for the Tour de France is expected to be announced before the Danish national championships on June 26.

    “The decision will be made based on which strategy we choose and what kind of riders we need. As I've said to Brian, he has proven that he is where he should be and from now on it is out of his hands, whether he comes or not," said McGee.

  • Cozza back in action with Team NetApp

    Steven Cozza (NetApp) was part of the day's 3-man breakaway.
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    June 13, 2011, 10:19 BST
    Susan Westemeyer

    American recovered from parasite and yeast infections

    Steven Cozza has recovered from the parasitic and yeast infections which forced him to miss the Amgen Tour of California.  The Team NetApp rider says he is “now fit to race and very excited to get back in the action” at the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands this week.

    “I feel good. I took my recovery and treatment seriously and am doing everything I can to be healthy again,” he told Cyclingnews.

    The German Professional Continental team specifically signed the American rider for this season with an eye to the Tour of California.  However, he did not feel well all season and the diagnosis of his illness was made only shortly before the Tour.

    Cozza explained that the official diagnosis was “Infectious gastroenteritis caused by a documented parasitic and secondary yeast infection of the intestines called Candida Albicans.”  Or, in plain English, “I picked up a parasite somewhere and it caused havoc in my digestive tract.”

    He was off the bike for two weeks, mainly because the anti-parasitic medicine left him “too weak to ride. After that my coach had me starting to build back up as if my season started over again. I am now fit to race and very excited to get back in the action.”

    In addition to the drugs, he was put on a special diet, which he knows will be difficult to follow while racing. “I had to eliminate all sugars from my diet including fruit. I have now gone 2 months without sugar. For the first two weeks I only ate vegetables and meat. Now I can have gluten-free carbohydrates but only complex ones like brown rice,...

  • Team Sky buoyed by Dauphine success

    Team Sky works to defend the lead of Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
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    June 13, 2011, 11:53 BST
    Cycling News

    Yates and Brailsford proud of overall team performance

    Team Sky headed home from the Criterium du Dauphiné buoyed by Bradley Wiggins’ overall victory and a strong team performance throughout the race.

    The British team was often criticised for their tactical decisions and shortcomings during 2010 but showed their maturity and ability as they successfully defended the race lead in the decisive mountain stages in the Dauphiné. Edvald Boasson Hagen sacrificed his own chances to ride for Wiggins in the mountains, while Rigoberto Uran, Simon Gerrans, Geraint Thomas and Christian Knees all rode strongly.
    Directeur sportif Sean Yates is usually a man of few words but praised his riders for their performance.

    “This is the biggest win Team Sky has had so far, there’s no doubt about that,” he said on the team’s official web site. “The Dauphiné is a massive race with a super-strong field and pretty much anyone who’s anyone was here apart from Alberto Contador and the Schlecks. It’s often described as a mini Tour de France and you cannot underestimate the quality of this result, and the team’s performance.”

    “It wasn’t just Bradley’s display I was happy with, but the way the team went about things, and how they handled all the situations that presented themselves. Bradley produced an absolutely phenomenal ride but he could not have done it without them. Everyone did a fantastic job. Rigoberto was immense on that last climb and did what he had to do for Bradley, just like Edvald did. In terms of the workload, it was a constantly changing situation and dependeint on who was feeling good and how the other teams were reacting.”

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  • Team Sky and Great Britain climb UCI ranking after Wiggins’ Dauphiné win

    The final podium: Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Cadel Evans (BMC)
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    June 13, 2011, 14:06 BST
    Cycling News

    US squads dominate team ranking, Spain best nation

    Bradley Wiggins’s victory at the Criterium du Dauphiné has lifted him to 12th in the UCI individual ranking and also helped Team Sky climb to eighth in the team ranking and Great Britain to seventh in the nations ranking.

    Points scored in major races are used to decide the size of teams for the world championships, with only the top ten ranked nations on August 15 allowed to field a nine-rider squad. Great Britain hope Mark Cavendish can win the world championships in Copenhagen on September 25.

    Great Britain has a total of 344 points, just a head of France and Switzerland but behind the Netherlands and Germany.

    Gilbert still leads individual ranking

    Wiggins rose from 31st to 12th in the individual ranking thanks to winning the Criterium du Dauphiné. He has a total of 181 points. However Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) still leads the season-long ranking after his hugely successful spring classics campaign. He 356 points, seven more than Giro d’Italia winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard). Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) is third, just one point behind, after finishing third in the Giro d’Italia.

    Cadel Evans (BMC) rose from fifth to fourth after his second place at the Criterium du Dauphiné, while Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) move up to seventh from 13th after his third place in France.

    HTC-Highroad won three stages at the Criterium du Dauphiné thanks to John Degenkolb and Tony Martin and retained the lead in the team ranking. The US-registered team has a total of 624 points. Omega Pharma-Lotto is second with 541 points and Saxo...

  • French teams reveal Tour de France squads

    Cholet-Pays de Loire podium (l-r): Tony Gallopin (Cofidis), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Benjamin Giraud (Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille)
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    June 13, 2011, 16:14 BST
    Cycling News

    Moncoutié, Voeckler, Coppel and Charteau all selected

    With the Critérium du Dauphiné over and the start of the Tour de France just 19 days away, the French teams are finalising their rosters for their biggest race of the season.

    Only Ag2r-La Mondiale has an automatic invitation to the Tour de France thanks to its ProTeam status but Cofidis, Europcar, FDJ and Saur-Sojasun have all been awarded wild card invitations.

    Ag2r-La Mondiale

    Despite crashing out of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Nicolas Roche is set to recover in time for the Tour de France and so will lead the Ag2r-La Mondiale team.

    According to the L’Equipe newspaper, team manager Vincent Lavenu also hopes Bled Kadri can also recover from his calf muscle injury, so he can join Christophe Riblon and Jean-Christophe Peraud. Maxime Bouet, Sebastien Hinault, Mathieu Perget, Hubert Dupont, Anthony Ravard, Lloyd Mondory and Cyril Dessel are all on the team’s long list. Rinaldo Nocentini is not expected to ride the Tour but Lavenu hopes to convince john Gadret to be part of the team after his impressive fourth place in the Giro d’Italia.


    David Moncoutié is now 36 but is set to ride the Tour de France for one last time. Rein Taaramae, Samuel Dumoulin, Julien El Farès and Nicolas Vogondy are all set to secure places with him in the Cofidis roster.

    Tony Gallopin will make his Tour de France debut after impressing in his first season as a professional in 2010. French veteran and loyal domestique Mickaël Buffaz is also expected to make his grand boucle debut. Contenders for the final...

  • Freire to abandon Tour de Suisse for sinus surgery

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank)
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    June 13, 2011, 19:00 BST
    Cycling News

    Spaniard to go under the knife Thursday

    Rabobank sprinter Oscar Freire is expected to abandon the Tour de Suisse after Wednesday's stage in order to return to his home country of Spain for sinus surgery.

    The three-time world champion has suffered from nasal polyps in recent years which cause difficulty breathing. He had a similar surgery last summer after being forced to skip the Giro d'Italia because of a sinus infection. He underwent surgery following last year's Tour de France.

    Freire recovered sufficiently to race the Vuelta a España, and went on to win Paris-Tours at the end of the season.

    The problems cropped up again this Spring, and Freire, winner of two stages in February's Vuelta a Andalucia, missed racing Gent-Wevelgem.

    The next two stages of the Tour de Suisse are likely the last for the sprinters, and the 35-year-old Freire will look to take his first victory here before going under the knife on Thursday. His Rabobank team did not give an estimate for when the Spaniard will return to competition.

  • NRC's Tour de Toona confirms six-stage race in July

    The International Tour de Toona will return in 2011 as a stage race.
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    June 13, 2011, 21:48 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Race organizers offer equal prize money and race distances for women's field

    The National Racing Calendar's (NRC) International Tour de Toona is set to host a six-day stage race for Pro-Cat 1 men and Pro-Cat 1, 2 women, to be held July 5-10 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Race organizers are pleased to bring back the prestigious multi-day event after a three-year hiatus.

    "We are hoping for the top men's and women's fields to come back and race the Tour de Toona," said Pam Etters, Program Director. "We tried to make sure that it was a competitive purse once again and that is a big draw for the teams to participate in our race. We've had a lot of interest from the men's teams and we want to focus on and highlight the women's teams."

    The stage race began in 1987 but after nearly two successful decades it was forced to reduce to a one-day criterium in 2008. The criterium was cancelled completely in 2009 due to a lack of funding. Race organizers tried to bring the full stage race back last year, but it was unable to take flight and was again reduced to a criterium.

    "We need to regain some of the trust in the cycling world," Etters said. "We've reorganized some of our community and have brought fresh members on board. This year we were able to really organize the committee and come together to pull off the event. We understand that there are a little bit of nerves as to whether or not the race is on, and we can confirm that it is definitely on."

    This year race organizers secured funding for the six-day event and it was added to the NRC schedule at the beginning of the season. However, local police were hesitant to support the event due to severe budget cuts. According to Etters, the organization and the local police were able to reach an agreement and the race will continue with full police support.

    "We did have a little bit of an issue with the police because of the budget cuts," Etters said. "They were concerned about how they were going to pull off the support for the race this year. They have done this for...