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Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, September 12, 2011

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September 12, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • German Worlds line-up: Greipel, Martin going for gold in Copenhagen

    Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) before the start
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    September 12, 2011, 11:31 BST
    Cycling News

    Teutenberg and Arndt lead German women

    Andre Greipel will lead the German men in the World Championships road race, while Tony Martin will look for his first World time trial title. The German federation BDR has announced the country's line-up at the upcoming event in Copenhagen. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Judith Arndt will be at the head of the women's team.

    Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) has eight wins this season, including his first Tour de France stage win. “He brings a lot of experience and can beat everyone,” said BDR Vice President Udo Sprenger.

    Martin has won six time trials this season, including those at the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

    German team for the World Championships:

    Elite Men (nine riders for the road and two for the TT event): Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step), John Degenkolb, Tony Martin, Bert Grabsch (all HTC-Highroad), Danilo Hondo (Lampre), Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano), Andreas Klier (Garmin), Christian Knees (Sky), Paul Martens (Rabobank), Marcel Sieberg, André Greipel (both Lotto), Robert Wagner, Fabian Wegmann (both Leopard).

    Elite Women (7 road and 2 TT): Judith Arndt, Charlotte Becker, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (all HTC-Highroad Women), Lisa Brennauer (Hitec Products - UCK), Sarah Düster (Nederland Boeit), Claudia Häusler (Diadora - Pasta Zara), Romy Kasper (Kuota Speed Kueens), Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier (Abus-Nutrixxion), Trixi Worrack (AA Drink - Leontien.Nl Cycling Team).

    Men U-23 (6 Road and 2 TT): Bastian Bürgel, Yannick Mayer, Jasha Sütterlin (Thüringer Energie Team), Julian Kern (Seven Stones), Michel Koch (LKT Team Brandenburg), Theo Reinhardt (RG KED-Bianchi Team Berlin), Philipp Ries (Team Heizomat), Rüdiger Selig (RG Jenatec Cycling)....

  • Gianetti confident of keeping Cobo for 2012 despite sponsor doubts

    Juan Jose Cobo (Geox-TMC) was a surprise winner of the Vuelta a Espana.
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    September 12, 2011, 12:46 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Geox to decide on their involvement at the end of the season

    Geox-TMC manager Mauro Gianetti is confident of keeping Vuelta a España winner Juan José Cobo in his team for 2012 despite doubts about the long-term future of the team and its chances of obtaining a place in the WorldTour for next season.

    Gianetti knows how to survive in cycling better than most. He weathered the storm after Riccardo Riccò and Leonard Piepoli tested positive for CERA at the 2008 Tour de France and sponsor Saunier Duval pulled out. He operated on a tiny budget but kept the team afloat and convinced Geox to sponsor his team last summer.

    Geox-TMC has only won five races this year but Gianetti pulled off a season-saving success by winning the Vuelta with Cobo. He apparently has a sponsorship contract with the Geox company for 2012 and is convinced Cobo will not be lured away to a major WorldTour team because he is very close to the team's directeur sportif Joxean Matxin, who helped him recover from depression and make a successful comeback.

    "It's an important win for us," Gianetti told Cyclingnews after celebrating Cobo's victory.

    "Geox is a new sponsor and at the start of the year there were a lot of difficulties to overcome. We had a strong team, considering the palmares of riders like Sastre, Menchov. We'd hoped to do better than we did but that's sport. Fortunately the wheel always turns as we say."

    "We're renewing Cobo's contract at the moment. He has spent all his career with us except for one year. We've just got to sit down and talk about things. He's part of our family."

    Doubts about Geox in 2012

    However, the future of the team appears unclear after the president of the Geox company Mario Moretti Polegato revealed he will decide whether to continue his...

  • Freire leads Spanish team at Worlds

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) speaks to the press before the start.
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    September 12, 2011, 13:33 BST
    Cycling News

    Reynes and Rojas included in line-up

    Oscar Freire will lead the Spanish team at the world championships road race in Copenhagen as he bids for a record-breaking fourth rainbow jersey.

    The Rabobank man will be able to count on the support of no fewer than three of his trade team companions, as Carlos Barredo, Juan Manuel Garate and Luis Leon Sanchez have been selected. Movistar trio Imanol Erviti, Pablo Lastras and José Joaquin Rojas are also included in the line-up, along with Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky) and Vicente Reynes (Omega Pharma-Lotto).

    National coach José Luis De Santos is confident that Freire’s Worlds preparation has not been unduly upset by his failure to finish the Vuelta a España. Freire pulled out of the race at the end of the first week.

    “I was with Oscar when the Vuelta passed through Cantabria,” De Santos said. “He had a couple of bad days after abandoning, but he has recovered physically. He has done some quality training and this week, he’s going to race in Belgium.”

    Although Spain had five different stage winners at the Vuelta a España, only one of those riders – Pablo Lastras – has been picked for the team. De Santos explained that he had picked a team to perform on the Copenhagen circuit. While Freire will be the trump card in the event of a bunch sprint, Reynes and Rojas will have the freedom to shadow dangerous moves in the closing laps.

    “Everybody will have to ride at different phases of the race, while Reynes and Rojas should be there in the finale. Not so much to lead out Freire as to be attentive to the breaks that could form with people like Gilbert.”

    Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Gesù Herrada (Movistar) will compete for Spain in the time trial.


  • Mollema takes Vuelta points jersey in Madrid

    Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) took the points jersey on the last day.
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    September 12, 2011, 14:00 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Rabobank rider snatches green jersey from Rodriguez

    Bauke Mollema ended his Vuelta on a high in Madrid after snatching the green points jersey from Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) thanks to a better finish in the final sprint to the line.

    The 24 year-old Dutchman also finished fourth overall, 2:03 behind Juan Jose Cobo (Geox-TMC), confirming his consistency during the three weeks of hard racing in Spain.

    Mollema started the final stage to Madrid with 115 points, exactly the same as Rodriguez. However, his Rabobank team rode a clever race and worked hard to set him up for the final sprint. He finished ninth, thereby scoring seven points, while Rodriguez finished a low 125th and lost any chance of winning the jersey.

    "In the first week I wasn't fighting for the jersey, it only became a goal in the last few days, so it's nice to win it," Mollema told Cyclingnews. "Me and Rodriguez were close in the last week but I knew I could beat him on the last stage in Madrid. I'm not a pure sprinter but I knew I could maybe start the sprint in tenth position and finish ok. I got ninth and so got the jersey."

    The Rabobank team was totally committed to taking the points lead. "We had a tactic not to go for the intermediate sprints and like Geox, we were happy that a break went away," Mollema explained. "All my teammates helped throughout the stage so that I could focus on the last kilometre. It was a little uphill and so a few sprinters faded."

    Mollema had a breakthrough ride at the Vuelta. He finished second to Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) on the tough mountain finish to La Covatilla and put on the red race leader's jersey for one day. He was only 25th in the following day's time trial, losing the jersey to Froome, but continued to ride consistently well for the rest of...

  • Colombia defends Tour de l'Avenir title

    Esteban Chaves (Colombia) leads the bunch on top of the Col de Bonne Fontaine
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    September 12, 2011, 14:43 BST
    Cycling News

    Team Colombia es Pasion to return to Continental level in 2012

    A Colombian rider has again won the overall Tour de l'Avenir. One year after his teammate and countryman Nairo Quintana, Johan Chaves of Colombia es Pasion took control of the general classification on Sunday's last stage in Alba, Italy, beating Canadian rider David Boily by some 17 seconds.

    Chaves, who at first rode after the mountains jersey, became the team's strongest man after defending champion Quintana crashed in Friday's stage to Le Salève. "I'm overjoyed," the 21-year-old told L'Equipe after taking the overall win. Chaves, also nicknamed "Mosquito" for his small size, could well be one of the next great Colombian riders, following the footsteps of Lucho Herrera and Fabio Parra - at least, that is what his team has set out to do in Europe.

    Indeed, it is the firm objective of Colombia es Pasion to integrate such prestigious events as the Tour de France in a few years time. To do this, the Professional Continental squad also including Victor Hugo Peña has curiously decided to downgrade to Continental level next year - an explicable move according to team manager Luisa Fernanda Rios.

    "This year, we mixed young and old riders in the team, but it didn't work out too well," Rios said. "So, for next season, we have decided to keep only the young ones and return to Continental. First, we have to finish their training and then come back amongst the pros. We'd like to step up to Professional Continental in 2013 and be invited to the Tour de France at that point in time."

    Chaves, who naturally also dreams of the Tour, finished 19th in the Route d'Adélie and 15th of the Giro dell'Appennino this year.

  • Belgians announce Worlds Team: Gilbert as captain

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) on the podium
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    September 12, 2011, 15:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Former World Champion Boonen not nominated

    Philippe Gilbert will look to add the title of world champion to his palmares. The world's number one ranked rider will lead the Belgian team at the world championships in Copenhagen next week, it was announced Monday afternoon.

    Former world champion Tom Boonen was not named to the team. The Quick Step rider broke the scaphoid in his left hand a week ago, and although he had hoped to be able to ride, he was not optimistic about his chances.

    After meeting with Boonen over the weekend, national coach Carlo Bomans said: “We agreed that it made no sense for him to go to Copenhagen.  He still had pain, and could not even ride on the rollers this week, and so couldn't train on the road.  A selection was therefore pointless.”

    Gilbert will be supported by Omega Pharma-Lotto teammates Jürgen Roelandts, Olivier Kaisen and Klaas Lodewyck, as well as Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Cervelo), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-Sungard), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team), Kevin De Weert (Quickstep) and Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM).

    On Friday, Gilbert win the GP Cycliste de Quebec, his 17th victory of the year, to regain the title of number one in the UCI's world ranking. His achievements this year include the so-called Ardennes triple of Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the opening stage of the Tour de France, and both the road and time trial national titles.

    Belgian team for the World Championships:

    Elite men road:  Kevin De Weert, Philippe Gilbert, Olivier Kaisen, Björn Leukemans, Klaas Lodewyck, Nick Nuyens, Jurgen Roelandts, Greg Van Avermaet, Johan Vansummeren (reserves: Jan Bakelants, Thomas De Gendt,...

  • Gilbert takes over WorldTour rankings lead from Evans

    Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) wins in Quebec City
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    September 12, 2011, 15:42 BST
    Cycling News

    Omega Pharma-Lotto new team leader, Spain remains top nation

    Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is the new leader of the UCI WorldTour rankings following his performance in Canada's two single-day WorldTour events: Friday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec and Sunday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. Gilbert won in Quebec on Friday to bump previous WorldTour leader and future 2012 teammate Cadel Evans (BMC) from the top spot and then extended his lead on Sunday with a third place finish in Montreal.

    Gilbert's 130 points earned in Canada bring his season total to 698. Evans now holds second overall with 574 points while Alberto Contador remains in third with 471 points.

    In addition to the one-day races in Canada, the season's final Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España, wrapped up on Sunday and provided a rankings boost to the top performers. Joaquim Rodriguez moved from 5th to 4th place, leapfrogging Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD), but the biggest move in the top-20 was made by Bradley Wiggins (Sky) who jumped from 18th to 7th following his 3rd place finish.

    Defending Vuelta champion Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) was not able to add another Vuelta title to his palmares, finishing 7th in the 2011 edition, but nonetheless the Italian moved from 15th to 9th on the WorldTour standings.

    Vuelta revelation and runner-up Chris Froome (Sky) made his first appearance of the season in the WorldTour rankings, entering in 25th place.

    Gilbert's continued success this season has also affected the team rankings as his Omega Pharma-Lotto squad now occupies the top position, formerly held by Leopard Trek...

  • Weather forces cancellation of Tour of Britain stage

    The Tour of Britain heads through the area near Scotland.
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    September 13, 2011, 2:59 BST
    Cycling News

    Update: Video of rider's reactions to stage cancellation

    The second stage of the Tour of Britain has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions in the north of England. The area has been buffeted by high winds and heavy rainfall over the past twenty four hours as the remains of Hurricane Katia pass over the country.

    Race organisers took the decision on Monday morning before the beginning of the stage two in Kendal. The presence of debris on sections of the route is understood to be the principal reason for the cancellation of the stage. Strong winds were also anticipated at the finish on Blackpool’s seafront.

    Race director Mick Bennett explained that the exposed sections of the course would have posed particular dangers given the 75mph gusts that were reported in the area.

    “There were large sections of the stage on exposed hillsides, including the three Skoda King of the Mountains locations, plus the final five kilometres of the stage along Blackpool Promenade, where conditions were deemed unsafe by ourselves as organisers, hence the regrettable decision to cancel the stage,” Bennett said.

    “We've had to take the decision based on the advice we've had from the police and Highways that it is unsafe to run today's stage so it is being cancelled," Tour of Britain Commercial Director Alistair Grant told "The high points of the stage, and particularly Blackpool on the seafront, are unsafe, unfortunately."

    The peloton will instead ride a neutralised lap around Kendal before travelling to Stoke-on-Trent, where stage 3 begins on Tuesday. “There are thousands of people here in Kendal and we want to give them something to see,” Grant said.

    A spokesman from the Met Office said that conditions were unlikely to prevent the running of Tuesday's third stage. "Although it will...