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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, October 26, 2009

Date published:
October 27, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Fleeman wins hill climb title, still looking for team

    Dan Fleeman (Cervelo TestTeam)
    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 14:17 GMT
    By:
    Shane Stokes

    Wants to make up for injury-affected 2009

    Dan Fleeman finished a difficult season on a good note yesterday, dominating the British Hill-climb Championship in Stocksbridge. The Cervélo Test Team rider showed that participation in the recent 242 kilometre Giro di Lombardia hadn’t blunted his short-distance explosiveness, winning the 1.1-kilometre event by a considerable 14 seconds over closest challenger Matt Clinton (MikeVaughan.co.uk).

    It was his final race before taking a break prior to building up for 2010, and gives him a morale boost as he searches for a new team.

    “I’m glad to win,” he told Cyclingnews. “It is very nice to finish the season strong with this and a decent showing in Lombardy [55th], having had a troubled year.

    “The season was not so good - I broke my scaphoid in June [actually May 28th] and didn’t race again until August. I was struggling to regain race fitness after that and was only coming good at end of year. Now the races are all finished.”

    Fleeman got a one-year deal with Cervélo after a strong showing with the An Post M. Donnelly Grant Thornton Sean Kelly team in 2008. He won the Tour des Pyrénées, finished seventh in the Tour of Britain, tenth in the Vuelta a Extremadura and thirteenth overall in the Tour of Ireland.

    2009 started on a solid note when he was 22nd in the Tour de Langkawi and 16th in the GP di Lugano; 27th in the GP Miguel Indurain was also solid, as was 64th in the Tour de Romandie. His plans to build form were frustrated by that crash in the Bayern Rundfahrt, and now he’s hoping to find a new ride for 2010.

    “It was a really disappointing year compared to last season where everything went right,” he said. “But I have come back good now so very motivated for next year.

    “I am out of contract at the...

  • Friend of Vandenbroucke also dies in Senegal

    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 15:33 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Cycling organiser Eric Rottiers found deceased in same hotel VDB occupied

    Eric Rottiers, the organiser of the Tour Méditerranéen and friend of recently deceased Belgian Frank Vandenbroucke, passed away in Senegal this weekend, two weeks after 'VDB' stayed in the same hotel, Het Nieuwsblad reported.

    Despite the coincidence, the circumstances surrounding Rottiers death were reportedly not suspicious, and he is said to have died of a heart attack.

    Rottiers, 58, and Vandenbroucke were close friends, and the paper reported that Rottiers mourned the loss heavily. The two were to meet in Senegal, but Vandenbroucke passed away on October 12, before Rottiers could arrive.

    Rottiers died on Saturday, October 24, the same day Vandenbroucke was buried in a private ceremony in Ploegsteert, Belgium.

    The Cyclingnews' staff extends our deepest sympathies to Rottiers' friends and family.

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  • Pinotti dreams of Giro's pink jersey

    Marco Pinotti (Columbia)
    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 15:49 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Individual and team time trials in opening stages suit Italian champion

    Marco Pinotti (Columbia-HTC) dreams of taking the leader's pink jersey of the Giro d'Italia for a second time in his career. The Italian time trial champion believes it is possible based on the 2010 route that he saw presented Saturday in Milan.

    "With the prologue and the team time trial close together there is a possibility to take the pink jersey. It doesn't cost anything to dream of it," said Pinotti.

    Pinotti finished second on the Spoleto stage in 2007 and took the leader's pink jersey. He kept it for four stages. The following year, he won the race's final stage, a 28.5-kilometre time trial in Milan.

    The 2010 route has two time trials within the first four stages: an opening 8.4-kilometre time trial Saturday and a 32.5-kilometre team time trial Wednesday. Any advantage Pinotti has after the first day he can use to defend or help him win the pink jersey.

    His team won the team time trial this year in Venice and put sprinter Mark Cavendish in the pink jersey for two days.

    Pinotti also believes in his chances to conserve energy over the mountain stages and win the final day's time trial in Verona. He said next year's route, with many mountain stages in the third week, is similar to the 2008 route and the final time trial that followed. However, he said the organiser may have overdone it for 2010.

    "They put all the hard climbs in one year, in the same edition," said Pinotti. "It will be a Giro suited to a lightweight climber."

    The race covers the Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Mortirolo and Gavia climbs in the final week. The final 15.3-kilometre time trial stage covers the Torricelle climb and finishes inside of Verona's outdoor Roman amphitheatre.

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  • Sastre: A Giro for climbers

    Spaniard Carlos Sastre (Cervélo)
    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 16:35 GMT
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Former Tour winner waiting for Vuelta announcement to decide 2010 plans

    Spaniard Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) will wait for Vuelta a España route announcement before making his 2010 plans. He saw the second of three Grand Tours, the 2010 Giro d'Italia, presented Saturday in Milano.

    "It's a Giro that will benefit the climbers," said Sastre. "It will be a lot harder than this year, with eight stages exceeding 200 kilometres and a marathon 256-kilometre stage."

    The 2010 Giro d'Italia, May 8 to 30, ends with a week of climbing stages. Organiser RCS Sport unveiled a route that will take the riders up the Zoncolan, Plan de Corones, Mortirolo and Gavia climbs.

    Sastre won the 2008 Tour de France and finished third at that year's Vuelta a España. This year, he finished third at the Giro d'Italia and won the Monte Petrano and Vesuvio mountain stages. He finished in 17th place overall at the Tour de France.

    "Now I need to know about the Vuelta a España route to decide what I want to do next season," continued Sastre.

    Race organiser Unipublic will present the 2010 Vuelta a España route in Seville on December 16.

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  • Tour of Utah mourns loss of executive director

    Terry McGinnis, Tour of Utah executive director, raced for more than 20 years.
    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 19:08 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Terry McGinnis passed away on Saturday after prolonged battle with cancer

    Terry McGinnis, executive director of the Tour of Utah, passed away on Saturday after a prolonged battle with cancer.

    "Terry was the heart and soul of the Tour and will be missed. His passion for the race was a deciding factor in the success of the event," said Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah. "All of us on the staff as well as friends of the race will miss him dearly and will do all that we can to continue the event in his honor and make him proud."

    McGinnis was with the Tour of Utah for four years in different capacities. In 2006 he was a radio commentator, in 2007 he served as a consultant to Chairman Greg Miller and in 2008-09 he held the executive director position.

    As executive director, McGinnis hired key personnel, designed the course, acted as liaison with USA Cycling, secured sponsors and merchandise partners, selected teams to invite, and oversaw marketing and public relations efforts.

    McGinnis raced for more than 20 years, spending 10 of those as at the Category 1 level. He was forced to retire from racing in 2007 due to cancer, but he continued to ride recreationally as his health allowed.

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  • ISD signs two from Barloworld

    Diego Caccia (Barloworld)
    Article published:
    October 26, 2009, 19:59 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Caccia and Longo Borghini to support ISD leaders in 2010

    Italians Diego Caccia and Paolo Longo Borghini, both members of the now defunct UCI Pro Continental team Barloworld, have signed with Italy's ISD team for the 2010 season. ISD's manager Angelo Citracca was looking to bolster his team's support next year for leaders Giovanni Visconti and newly signed José Rujano.

    "We needed to strengthen the team with men of experience and who are well able to work hard for our lead riders," said Citracca. "Caccia and Longo Borghini reflect exactly the kind of riders who we were looking for. We are sure that they will work really well for the cause of Visconti and Rujano throughout the year."

    Diego Caccia, 28, turned professional in 2006 with Barloworld and remained on the team all four years of his career. Caccia has thrice placed in the top 10 at Italy's time trial national championship with his best result, sixth, in 2008. This year Caccia finished third in a stage at the Presidential Tour of Turkey and finished his first Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia.

    Paolo Longo Borghini, 28, became a professional in 2004 with Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetterie and has been on Barloworld since the 2007 season. Longo Borghini won the 2006 GP Nobili Rubinetterie - Borgomanero while on the Ceramica Flaminia team and has completed two Grand Tours with Barloworld, the 2007 Tour de France and the 2009 Giro d'Italia. The Italian finished fourth in the third stage of the 2008 Tour de France, but dropped out during the 11th stage.

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