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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 1, 2012

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October 01, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Team Sky signs Dombrowski and Boswell

    Joe Dombrowski (Bontrager-Livestrong) would defend his best young rider's jersey in the stage seven time trial.
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    October 01, 2012, 10:34 BST
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    British team secures American

    Team Sky has announced the signing of young American riders Joe Dombrowski and Ian Boswell after the pair both showed their talent in Europe as Under 23 riders as part of the Bontrager-Livestrong team.

    Dombrowski won the Baby Giro and finished fourth at the summit finish of Mount Baldy in May’s Tour of California. His season continued with consistent riders at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge where finished in the top ten in both events.

    Boswell has enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic too with a top five finish in the Tour of Utah second in the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He rode for Argos Shimano as a stagiare at the tailend of this season, picking up another top five at the Tour de l’Avenir.

    “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of years at Team Sky. I chose the team because it is the best programme in the world right now and I’m looking forward to having this great opportunity to learn,” Dombrowski said.

    Boswell echoed his teammate, saying: “I’m really excited to be joining Team Sky. It’s like signing for the Yankees in baseball. It’s the best team in the world. Team Sky have the best equipment, best riders, best staff, and the best organisation. To be a part of a team like this in my first professional season is an honour.

    “I tend to be a climber or a GC rider, which is a good role to have on this team. There are a lot of older riders who are similar to me in that respect, and I want to learn as much as I can from them. I’m...

  • Report: UCI offered stake in breakaway league

    Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters
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    October 01, 2012, 12:28 BST
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    Bloomberg suggests marketing company to share new race series revenue

    The UCI has reportedly been offered a stake in the muted breakaway league project, as a way of convincing the international governing body to allow the race series to go ahead.

    According to a report by the Bloomberg news agency, citing two people familiar with the situation, the UCI has been approached with an offer of equity.

    Sport marketing company Gifted Group Ltd has reportedly raised 20 million Euro to fund the project and captured support from a number of the major professional teams that are part of the UCI's WorldTour series by offering them a share in television revenue. According to Bloomberg, an original plan meant the teams involved would share 64 percent of sales, with investors taking 26 percent and the Gifted Group 10 percent. It is not clear how much the UCI may be offered and how this would affect other partners.

    The report claims that the Gifted Group has already struck a deal for television coverage, with projected earning of 39 million Euro in 2017.

    The UCI has created its own race organising company, Global Cycling Promotion SA, to run the Tour of Beijing and President Pat McQuaid has always rubbished reports of a breakaway league. However, Garmin-Sharp team manager and head of the AIGCP team's association Jonathan Vaughters believes teams should get a share in television revenue to help them survive loss of sponsorship.

    Bloomberg said the UCI had no comment to make on the latest revelations and Gifted Group Chairman Jonathan Price was also not able to comment.

  • "Nice crash" ends Gilbert's season

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC) waves to the crowd at the start of the race
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    October 01, 2012, 13:16 BST
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    World champion not superstitious after Lombardy tumble

    "My season ends badly, just as it started," World champion Philippe Gilbert said with an ironic smile, following the crash that forced him to abandon the Giro di Lombardia on Saturday, the last race of his his 2012 season. The Belgian hit the tarmac on the descent of the Muro di Sormano, sustainiing abrasions but no serious injury and went out for an end of season ride with Montecarlo neighbours Alexandre Vinokourov and Maxim Iglinsky on Monday.

    "Nice crash for me!" the BMC rider tweeted just after the race, adding a "souvenir!" photo of his blood-stained rainbow jersey on the social media network. "I think a 9.5 on 10. Then I was KO with the cold. 6 guys from BMC crashed....the must important nothing broken!"

    Gilbert's reactions indicated that he does not believe in the curse of the rainbow jersey.  "It's true that I don't crash very often and I abandon races even less," he told DHnet. "If it had been a stage race, I would have continued, but I stayed on the ground for two or three minutes and I was groggy, so it made no sense [to carry on]."

    The 30-year-old was back in the group of favourites when crashed. "Suddenly, without knowing why, my wheel slipped. It must have been at about 60 km/h, at the end of a fast right-hand bend. I slid about 15 metres," Gilbert recalled.

    "I'm injured on both elbows, both knees, my hip, my left buttocks, both shoulders... The important thing is there is nothing broken. It's better [to crash now] than in February or last week: my season is over anyway."

    Still, there was...

  • Sutherland joins Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for 2013

    Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) happy after his stage win.
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    October 01, 2012, 13:36 BST
    Jane Aubrey

    Australian part of long list of new recruits

    The Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank roster continues to expand with the announcement that UCI America Tour winner, Australian Rory Sutherland will be joining the Danish outfit from 2013.

    For Sutherland, who has been with UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team in its various guises for the past six seasons, it was a case of now or never.

    "It's probably similar in some sense to guys that started late in Europe like Jason McCartney, Horner, Levi," the 30-year-old told Cyclingnews from Boulder, Colorado. "All these guys that raced for quite a while in the US until their late 20's, early 30's and then they've decided at some point that ‘hey, are we going to sit in this intermediate place of a Pro Continental team or are we going to take the leap of faith?'"

    Sutherland is exceptionally grateful for the opportunities afforded to him in the United States and UnitedHealthcare has become an extension of his own family, so tight-knit is the squad right through to management and support staff. But with an increasing number of stage wins on a world stage as racing has expanded in Sutherland's adopted home in the United States, has come the niggling feeling that he was destined for something more.

    "I've been putting the decision off every year and not really pushing to try and make the move to a WorldTour team and this is the time to do it and I'm very happy with what I'm going in to," he explained.

    Sutherland's results, especially since UnitedHealthcare moved to Professional Continental status for the 2011 season have been intensifying from seventh overall at the Tour of California, tenth on GC at the

  • Video: 2013 Giro d'Italia presentation

    Who will win the 2013 Giro d'Italia
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    October 01, 2012, 15:46 BST
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    Riders react to next year's race route

    After the 2013 Giro d'Italia route was unveiled in Milan on Sunday, race officials, team directors and of course the riders have commented about the details of next year's route. In this video, previous winners such as Ryder Hesjedal, Alberto Contador, and Ivan Basso talk about the shape of the race and what exactly it takes to wear the pink jersey in Milan.

    The 2013 edition of the Giro d'Italia will feature seven mountain finishes, two individual time trials and a team time trial.

    "What we tried to do is not to have just one race, but 21 different races in one race. So every stage should be something different for our audience, and not just for Italian fans. It's in Italy, but the racing is for every cycling fan, all around the world," Giro director Michele Acquarone explains in the video.

    British star rider Mark Cavendish also speaks of the opportunities he sees for sprint stages, and his desire to claim the pink jersey again at the beginning of the race.

  • Andy Schleck to return to competition in Belgium

    A tired but satisfied Andy Schleck at the finish
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    October 01, 2012, 17:41 BST
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    RadioShack-Nissan name their team for Binche-Tournai-Binche

    RadioShack-Nissan has confirmed that Andy Schleck will finally return to racing on Tuesday in Belgium, naming him in the team's line-up for the Memorial Vandenbroucke Binche-Tournai-Binche race.

    Schleck has not raced since fracturing his hip during the time trial stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on June 7.

    He was forced to miss the Tour de France and also missed planned comebacks at the US ProCycling Challenge and the more recent GP Fourmies in France. He has blamed pain in his hip and leg as the cause of his long absence from competition.

    "I'm very disappointed that I couldn't show anything so far this year. This has been a dreadful season for me and I desperately want to put it behind me. I still hope to return to racing before the season ends," Schleck said in early September when he decided not to ride the GP Fourmies.

    Binche-Tournai-Binche – held in the south-western French-speaking part of Belgium, traditionally brings down the curtain on the Belgian cycling season. Binche will host the start of Fleche-Wallonne in 2013 and host the 2108 Belgian national road race championships.

    RadioShack-Nissan has also named Matthew Busche, Laurent Didier, Ben Hermans, Gregory Rast, Jesse Sergent and Robert Wagner in the line-up for Binche-Tournai-Binche, with Dirk Demol as directeur sportif.

    Busche, Jakob Fuglsang, Hermans, Giacomo Nizzolo, Rast, Wagner and Oliver Zaug have been named for Thursday's Paris-Bourges and for Paris-Tours on Sunday October 7. Alain Gallopin will manage the team for the two French races.

  • Moreno, Losada, Florencio and Vicioso renew with Katusha

    Daniel Moreno (Katusha) celebrates on the podium in the Dauphine
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    October 01, 2012, 19:11 BST
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    Four helpers for Rodriguez on board through 2013

    After having the best season of his career, Tour of Lombardy winner Joaquim Rodriguez will keep his winning formula of four fellow Spaniards on the Katusha team to try and improve upon his performances through 2013.

    'Purito' Rodriguez's management company confirmed today that Rodriguez's key mountain helper Daniel Moreno, Xavier Florencio, Alberto Losada and Angel Vicioso, all part of his Vuelta a Espana support crew, will remain alongside him for the coming season.

    "Joaquim was confirmed through 2013 and wanted to keep his trusted teammates. It is a core group that worked perfectly and although we had offers from other teams we thought it best to keep the group together and give Joaquim the confidence to face the next season," said manager Ángel Edo.

    Moreno, Losada and Vicioso came across to the Katusha team in 2011, all three were former teammates of Rodriguez on his previous Caisse d'Epargne squad. Florencio arrived this season from the defunct Geox-TMC team.

    Moreno is more than just a domestique for Rodriguez: he won the overall Vuelta a Burgos and two stages, as well as two tough stages of the Critérium du Dauphiné, the GP Miguel Indurain and a stage of the Ruta del Sol.

  • Rodriguez takes over WorldTour lead after Lombardia victory

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was too good for his rivals on the final climb
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    October 01, 2012, 20:34 BST
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    Sky remains top team, Spain leads country rankings

    Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) has ousted Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) from the number one spot in the UCI’s WorldTour ranking with Spain’s first ever victory in Il Lombardia.

    Rodríguez took the victory in the 251km Monument in spectacular style, breaking away on the final climb of the Villa Vergano close to the finish as the rain poured down ever harder. Second was Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Samuel Sanchez, taking his fourth podium finish in Il Lombardia in a hard-fought sprint against Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling).

    Third in the 2011 edition of Il Lombardia, any spot in 2012 from ninth to first would have allowed Rodríguez, second overall and trailing Wiggins (who was not competing) by nine points before the race, to claim what is looking likely to be a clear outright victory in the WorldTour rankings. But to do so with such an impressive lone win was the icing on the cake for the only rider to take two podium finishes in Grand Tours this season: second in the Giro d’Italia in May and then third in the Vuelta a España, after leading the race for two weeks, earlier this month.

    Rodríguez now has 692 points to lead Wiggins by 91. From third to eighth in the WorldTour rankings there are no changes in places or points totals, with Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) still in third place with 410. Further down the rankings, however, Sanchez's second place in Il...