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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 10, 2011

Date published:
October 10, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Malori concludes season in Beijing

    Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) goes on the attack
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    October 10, 2011, 7:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    Time trial specialist happy not to ride Lombardia, Piemonte

    Italian time trial champion Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) had a fairly anonymous Tour of Beijing, eventually finishing down in 115th overall, but the 23-year-old said that he has been running on an empty tank since the Tour de France.

    "I struggled through worlds, and now it's really nice to finally finish my season here," said Malori.

    Malori also explained that the decision to come to Beijing rather than riding the Italian autumn classics was something he didn't regret at all.

    "Yeah I really liked racing here, it was well organised and we've seen plenty of beautiful sights," said Malori. "Yesterday we went past the Great Wall, and we've also been to Tiananmen Square. For us riders it's been a great chance to see these things when we might not normally."

    Malori also added that staying with the Lampre-ISD team next year was something he didn't need think too much about.

    "I feel really comfortable with the staff, with the manager and the directors here. [Lampre-ISD] is an Italian team, it's ProTour, and they have really good familiarity with my program. It was a natural choice to stay."

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  • No Cavendish for Quick Step

    Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) debuted his world champion's kit at Paris-Tours.
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    October 10, 2011, 9:10 BST
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    Cycling News

    Team co-owner confirms World champion won't join Belgian team

    Mark Cavendish will not ride for Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2012. One of the team owners has confirmed that no agreement between the Belgian team and the World champion has been reached, according to the Gazet van Antwerpen.

    “Cavendish will not ride for us,” said Bessel Kok, a Dutch businessman who along with Zdenek Bakala owns 80 percent of Quick Step. “There have been discussions about his future, but both parties mutually agreed not to sign the contract.”

    Earlier this month, the GVA reported that Cavendish might join the Belgian team. It was long expected that the British sprinter would ride for Team Sky, but the newspaper quoted a Sky employee as saying the team was no longer so sure. Team principal Dave Brailsford confirmed last week that there was only an oral agreement with Cavendish and called the situation “complicated.”

    In Sunday's Paris-Tours, the sprinter as well as his HTC-Highroad team seemed unfocused. A team staff member told L'Equipe that "he is too busy with his contract negociations with Sky, he really has other things on his mind at the moment [than the race - ed.]."

     

  • Gilbert disappointed by how Paris-Tours unfolded

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on the attack.
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    October 10, 2011, 9:56 BST
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    Cycling News

    But congratulates Van Avermaet on first Classic win

    Paris-Tours, usually the last hoorah of the season for the sprinters, took a different turn on Sunday as the race winner this time came from a breakaway. BMC's Greg Van Avermaet outsprinted escape companion Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) as the peloton could not get organised.

    Omega Pharma's Philippe Gilbert was disappointed with the race's outcome. "I didn't get a lot of help from the team," the 2008 and 2009 winner told La Dernière Heure. "I tried to get going several times, but without succeeding. The other teams also had a lot of trouble to organise a proper chase."

    Even though the leaders didn't have a lot of an advantage, strong squads like HTC-Highroad did not take matters into their hands to pave the way for the new world champion Mark Cavendish. It seemed as though other issues topped the glory of a Classics victory.

    Moerover, the final route of the race inside Tours had been changed as the race needed to avoid the construction site of a tramway. Last year when Oscar Freire won, the finishing straight was still 2400m long, but in 2011 it measured only 660m.

    "I love Paris-Tours but not the one that we were offered today," Gilbert told L'Equipe. "By changing a part of it every year, at the start or at the finish, you don't find your way around it anymore."

    But the eventual winner, Van Avermaet, delivered despite all route changes, and Gilbert - who will be the Belgian's teammate again next year - was happy for him. "It's a nice surprise. It's here that everything started for me, so I hope it will be the same for him," added the Classics...

  • Klostergaard satisfied with third in Paris-Tours

    Kasper Klostergaard (Team Saxo Bank) in good spirits before the feed zone.
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    October 10, 2011, 10:28 BST
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    Cycling News

    Best pro result for Danish veteran

    Kasper Klostergaard of Saxo Bank-SunGard had his biggest pro success on Sunday when he finished third in Paris-Tours. “Of course I'm happy. It is the only result I have had in five years, so it's clear that I am satisfied," he said.

    The 28-year-old was in the lead group when eventual winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Marco Marcato of Vacansoleil-DCM broke out of it on their way to the finish line. “I could not follow as Van Avermaet and Marcato rode away on the hill. It was enough to stay with the group,” he told the Ritzau news agency.

    It soon became clear that the two escapees would stay away until the end, and that the third-placed rider would come out of the chasing group. The Dane found himself at a disadvantage, with at least one renowned sprinter also in the mix.

    He planned to attack in the final two kilometers “because I can't beat Stuart O'Grady in a sprint,” he said, “and so I found the torque. I had to find somewhere to move, and it worked out as I had planned.”

    Klostergaard now has one more race this season, the Herald Sun Tour in Australia. “It's a shame that it's the season's last race. I hope I can do well.” Otherwise, he will just wait out the winter and hope for his first pro victory in 2012.

  • Keisse looking for new team, released by Quick Step

    Iljo Keisse has been at the centre of controversy all winter.
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    October 10, 2011, 12:20 BST
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    Cycling News

    Sixday rider ready for off-season track events, but not Ghent

    Iljo Keisse, currently still under contract with Quick Step, has been notified that there won't be a place for him in the new Belgian super team Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The Belgian, whose doping suspension ended in August this year but who is still banned to race in Belgium until January 27, 2012, is looking for a new squad.

    "I received my notice from Quick Step before leaving to the Tour of Beijing," Keisse told Het Laatste Nieuws. "Last year I also received it, but I was able to stay in the end. This time there's no hope however. I understood that the team is already full."

    Keisse went on the attack in the Tour of Beijing's stage four but the day ended in a bunch sprint. "I don't really mind on which team I end up - I just want to continue racing in 2012. I have more than two years of misery behind me so I just want to concentrate on cycling now."

    Keisse returned a positive test for cathine and hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) at the 2008 Ghent Sixday and subsequently embarked on a lengthy legal battle regarding his ban for the offense. The Belgian cycling federation cleared him of charges in October 2009 after he claimed that the substances entered his body via a cold medicine and a food supplement. He then joined Quick Step for the 2010 season but was banned again in July as the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the decision.

    Keisse continued to fight and

  • Video: Cummings talks about Beijing experience and decision to go to BMC

    Stephen Cummings (Team Sky)
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    October 10, 2011, 13:44 BST
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    Cycling News

    Briton eyes performance at Lombardia next week

    Steve Cummings (Sky), who has just finished riding the Tour of Beijing in China, says he enjoyed his experience at the race, and is happy to have been given the opportunity to do something 'new and fresh'.

    "It's been really nice, the last two days particularly have been really good racing," said Cummings. "It was really fast today as well so it's clear the guys are taking it pretty seriously."

    Cyclingnews pointed out to Cummings that his move away from Team Sky, announced at the end of the September, makes him the first British rider to leave Sky in the team's history. Cummings explained that much of the reason for his departure was due to friend Max Sciandri asking the Brit if he was interested in linking up at BMC.

    "I have a good relationship with Sciandri, and he asked me whether I was available and I said I was - and it went from there really," said Cummings.

    Cummings also denied it being hard or emotional to leave Sky, citing the practicalities of professional cycling.

    "You have to do what's right for yourself, and I think it's the right move for me."

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  • 2012 Tour de France route revealed

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    October 10, 2011, 14:30 BST
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    Hedwig Kröner

    Race owner ASO published 2012 itinerary by mistake

    In the early European afternoon on Monday, race owner Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) mistakenly published the 2012 Tour de France route on its official Tour de France website, letour.fr. For only a few minutes, the link was activated, revealing the complete listing of next year's Tour stages that were supposed to be made official only on October 18.

    The first website to catch the big fish was Velopeloton.com and the news spread quickly. Cyclingnews contacted officials at ASO, who would not deny nor confirm the authenticity of the information.

    "I can't tell you anything about this. We are fixing it now internally. The only person who could comment on it would be (race director) Christian Prudhomme himself," Claude Rasch told Cyclingnews.

    If the information is correct, then it would be the first time in many years that ASO has not been able to keep the secret over the race route until the official presentation. Unofficial leaks have always existed in the days prior to the event held in Paris' Palais des Congrès, but this sort of large-scale error has no precedent.

    2012 Tour de France stages:

    P Prologue Sat 30 June Liège > Liège 6.1 km
    1 Road stage Sun 1 July Liège > Seraing 198 km
    2 Road stage Mon 2 July Visé > Tournai 207 km
    3 Road stage Tues 3 July Orchies > Boulogne-sur-Mer 197 km
    4 Road stage Weds 4 July Abbeville > Rouen 214 km
    5 Road stage Thurs 5 July Rouen > Saint-Quentin 197 km
    6 Road stage Fri 6 July Épernay > Metz 210 km
    7 Road stage Sat 7 July Tomblaine > La Planche des Belles Filles 199 km
    8 Road stage Sun 8 July Belfort > Porrentruy 154 km
    9 Time trial Mon 9...

  • Larsson to Vacansoleil-DCM

    Gustav Larsson (Saxobank-Sungard) will be a threat in the mountains this week.
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    October 10, 2011, 18:46 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Time trialist joins Dutch team from Saxo Bank

    Vacansoleil-DCM continued its planning for the coming year, announcing the signing of Swedish time trial specialist Gustav Larsson for one year. Currently with Saxo Bank-SunGard, the 31-year-old was second in both the 2008 Olympic time trial and the 2009 Worlds time trial, and won the closing time trial of the 2010 Giro d'Italia.

    Sport Director Michel Cornelisse said that Larsson is a rider “who can win races and is able to work for his teammates. We also see a role for him in stage races with the young riders in tow. In 2011 we saw for instance that we lacked experience in team time trials. He can be of great value."

    Larsson was looking forward to the challenges of the new year. "I am extremely pleased with the new team. The way this team rides is attractive and all the riders get the opportunity to shape their own good chance to go. One week will see the riders go through fire for each other because they know that their teammates will do it for them the following week. I am inspired to be here in 2012 to contribute a bit.”

    He was also looking for his own chances. “It is an interesting year in which there are enough races to look forward to as a time trialist. So I have a few races in my head that I really want to ride and that definitely includes revenge in the Olympic time trial.”

    Larsson's only win this year was the national time trial title. He finished twelfth in the Worlds time trial in Copenhagen.