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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 12, 2012

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March 12, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Dowsett looking for swift return from broken elbow

    Alex Dowsett
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Sky TT ace recovering at home

    Despite breaking an elbow at last week’s Dreidaagse Van West-Vlaanderen, Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) is confident he can make a speedy return to the peloton.

    The Brit crashed on the final stage while lying in 10th on GC. He immediately pulled out of the race but was unaware of the broken bone. He then drove himself back to the UK, from Belgium, before a family member took him to hospital.

    “I had a lie down on the side of the road, got picked up and put in the team car. I could move my elbow so I tried to convince myself it was okay, and my car is automatic. I knew that with my haemophilia that I was best treated in England at the Royal London hospital. My sister took me to A&E when I got home.”

    “I’ve had a plate and six screws to help put my elbow back in place. I think it’s a very similar injury to Michael Barry’s. It’s a bit of downtime and then hope to get on the turbo fairly quickly and then get up to speed again,” Dowsett told Cyclingnews after his operation.

    Dowsett has already targeted a place in GB’s Olympic team. The national time trial champion is eligible for either the time trial or the road event, where he would aim to support Mark Cavendish. Dowsett has already helped Cavendish secure success this season, helping him win Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne last month.

    And while the elbow break is a setback, Dowsett believes it could in fact help his season in the long term.

    “I think it’s just a hurdle,” he...

  • Péraud happy with Col d'Eze result in Paris-Nice

    Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R)
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 10:38 GMT
    Cycling News

    AG2R stage racer finishes third behind Wiggins in finale

    After several disappointments during the early stages of Paris-Nice, Jean-Christophe Péraud reassured himself and his AG2R team by taking third in the final time trial on the Col d'Eze. The former mountain biker, who combines time trial skills with climbing abilities, fell short of 33 seconds to stage and overall winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky), who claimed the victory by only two seconds over Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM).

    Péraud spent a fair amount of time in the hot seat as possible winner before Westra and Wiggins put on their stunning duel. "This is a reassuring result, even though it's always disappointing to get ejected from first place by the last two riders on the course. At the same time, I never pretended to be able to beat Bradley Wiggins! Today, the satisfaction I get from this result outweighs the momentary disappointment," said the Frenchman, whose initial objective of a high GC placing in Nice was shattered by a series of unfortunate events early in the race.

    "It all started out badly with the prologue in the rain, in one curve I just went straight," the 2011 Tour de France ninth-placed rider told La Dépêche. "After that, there was the wind echelon on the first day, and then Rabobank started to ride as we had five minutes advantage in the stage to Rodez [where Péraud was in the breakaway - ed.]. That's just how it is. I started to get some doubts so this time trial on the Col d'Eze reassures me. I lose by 33 seconds, that's easier to bear than losing by three or four..."

    AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu was also happy about the...

  • Boonen can "win Milan-San Remo at 90-95 per cent"

    Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in green after taking stage 2 of Paris-Nice
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep leader philosophical about chances at 'La Primavera'

    Back to his winning ways after two tough years, Tom Boonen is ready and set for next weekend's Milan-San Remo. With five wins in his pocket this season, the Omega Pharma-QuickStep sprinter looks forward to the first 2012 Classic, while at the same time being philosophical about his chances for victory.

    Boonen, who has finished on the podium in Milan-San Remo twice in his career, said that his current form was good but that this was not necessarily an indication for success. "That doesn't give me a guarantee to win, anyway. In the past, I've already been really good without getting a top placing. And I've already been on the podium in years where I had felt less competitive," he told Sporza.

    In the light of his recent success, Boonen may not have wanted to create expectancies that he may not be able to fulfill. "It's hard to predict anything in this race," he continued. "You don't have to always be the best man to win Milan-San Remo. You can do it on 90-95 percent, too. And that's the percentage that I have right now."

    The Classics specialist was happy with his current form in view of his Spring goals. "Well, if I was at 100 per cent right now, then it would be a bit too soon for Paris-Roubaix - and that's not what I want," he added.

    In any case, Boonen was able to improve his confidence at Paris-Nice by winning stage two in Orléans. "The only stage I could win, I won. And for the rest I was able to do what I had planned: build up condition. My curve of form is exactly what it has to be, I'm right on schedule. I don't see why I couldn't win...

  • Startline Gallery: Tirreno-Adriatico stage 6

    David Millar and Robert Hunter
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT
    Cycling News

    Penultimate stage with Horner leading

    Despite several high profile withdrawals, a high class field assembled at the start of stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday morning as you will see from our exclusive gallery. News quickly filtered through that Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Matt Goss (GreenEdge) had pulled out of the race with two stages left to go, but spirits among the fans and the peloton have not been dampened.

    Radio Shack-Nissan's Chris Horner (USA) in is possession of the overall lead in the GC, five seconds clear of Astana's Roman Kreuziger (Cze). Home fans had plenty of shout about yesterday though as local boy Vincenze Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) surged to victory on stage five in front of his adoring supporters.

  • Gilbert, Boasson Hagen and Goss out of Tirreno-Adriatico

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 11:59 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian champion abandons race with fever

    Philippe Gilbert will not complete Tirreno-Adriatico, as the BMC rider had to abandon the Italian stage race overnight. A light fever, which appeared on Sunday evening, has forced Gilbert to remain at the hotel on Monday morning as his teammates left to take the start of the penultimate stage to Offida.

    "Gilbert has 38.2°C fever," a team spokesperson told Het Nieuwsblad. "The fever came up yesterday about one hour after the stage finish. he also has a head and throat ache. Perhaps it is a virus. This Tirreno is really hard, the riders have raced more than 28 hours in four days. Philippe was probably already fighting the illness for a couple of days."

    Out of precaution and in view of next week-end's Milan-San Remo, team management chose not to let him take to the start again. "He wanted to race, but we didn't want to take any risks. On Saturday, there is Milan-San Remo and that race is of course much more important."

    'The race between the two seas' was far from a success for the Classics specialist, whose placing was 84th behind overall leader Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) as he pulled out. Gilbert was unable to repeat his 2011 feat when he won a stage at the event, and even had to let his teammates go in the opening team time trial.

    Other non-starters of stage six on Monday included Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), who had won stage three, and

  • Cavendish pulls out of Tirreno-Adriatico

    Mark Cavendish (Sky) in the red points jersey at Tirreno-Adriatico
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 14:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    British rider halts mid-stage ahead of Milan-San Remo challenge

    After a morning when several high profile names pulled out pre-race, British rider Mark Cavendish became the latest withdrawal from Tirreno-Adriatico as the race's penultimate stage reached its midway point in Italy. The 26-year-old had won stage two on Thursday but decided to give himself some extra preparation time ahead of a big target this weekend.

    Cavendish has made no secret of the fact that his major early season goal is Sunday's Milan-San Remo, which he won in 2009. Shortly after that win, he revealed his desire to win the race again in the rainbow jersey, and after collecting at the 2011 road world championships in Copenhagen, this weekend is his big chance to achieve that goal.

    "Well that's my Tirreno-Adriatico done and dusted," he revealed on his Twitter page after pulling out. "Haven't finished today's stage, but good sensations. Now to rest up for Milan-San Remo."

  • Video: Colnago's K.Zero and C59 Disc

    Colnago K.Zero time trial bike
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 16:08 GMT
    Cycling News

    Video of Colnago's disc-equipped C59 and K.Zero

    This article was originally posted on Bikeradar

    Colnago's new disc-equipped C59 and K.Zero aero bike caused quite a stir when they were unveiled last week and we had the chance to check them out for ourselves at the Taipei International Cycle Show in Taiwan, where we bumped into the main man himself, Ernesto Colnago.

    With the C59 Disc, Colnago say they've "taken a bold step towards the future of road bike evolution". They've redesigned the C59 frame and fork to cope with the forces generated by disc brakes, and have partnered with fellow Italians Formula to create a hydraulic road brake based on the R1 mountain bike brake, complete with integrated Shimano Di2-compatible electronic shift levers.

    The K.Zero is a whole new bike, rather than just an evolution of the Flight TT, with an integrated bar/stem and brakes, full internal cable routing and all-new tube profiles. There's no word yet on pricing for either of these bikes. You can read all about them in our C59 Disc and K.Zero launch articles. Check out our image gallery for more pics, and the video below.

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  • UCI renews World Tour licences of seven events

    The Gent-Wevelgem peloton gets encouragement from some roadside spectators.
    Article published:
    March 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT
    Cycling News

    Volta Catalunya on the list despite financial problems

    The UCI today announced that it has renewed the licenses of seven World Tour events for four years. This will be of particular note and relief to the administrators of the Tour of Catalunya, an event which has been blighted by the financial problems that are currently gripping Spain and other parts of Europe.

    Earlier this year the race organisers revealed that the event could be in jeopardy due to the recession sweeping the country. But a UCI statement read: "Concerning the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which had recently made public the financial difficulties it was facing, the UCI reiterated its commitment to contribute to a sustainable development plan, the details of which have as yet to be finalised."

    The seven events granted new four-year licences are:

    Eneco Tour (The Netherlands/Belgium)
    Gent-Wevelgem (Belgium)
    GP Ouest France-Plouay (France)
    Tour de Pologne (Poland)
    Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
    Vattenfall Cyclassics (Germany)
    Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)