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Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, October 5, 2013

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October 05, 2013, 1:00 BST
  • Bramati gives all his riders a chance in Giro di Lombardia

    Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma QuickStep)
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    October 05, 2013, 12:20 BST
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    Cycling News

    Strong line up for OPQS for Italian one-day race

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep may line up for tomorrow’s Giro di Lombardia without a definitive leader, with Sport Director Davide Bramati claiming that every rider will be given the chance of racing for a result.

    The Belgian squad line up with Sylvain Chavanel and Serge Pauwels in their ranks but after a long season Bramati is perhaps realistic in his expectations placed upon his riders as the take on one of the final WorlTour races of 2013.

    "The route for the Lombardia is difficult,” Davide Bramati said.

    "After just 50 kilometers the athletes will take on the long climb at Val Cava which will be highly selective. The walls at Muro di Sormano and the Ghisallo will further sift out the best riders before the final. Also, bad weather and rain could be a factor like they were last year. We're lining up at the starting line with a good squad in which everyone will get the chance to play their own hands.

    Chavanel turned down a chance to ride the Worlds road race, focussing on the time trial instead. He could only place 22nd on the day, finishing close to four minutes down on winner, and trade teammate, Tony Martin. Chavanel will be competing in one of his final races for the team having signed a contract for IAM Cycling for 2014. However, Pauwels rode strongly in the men’s road race, featuring as one of Philippe Gilbert’s most important teammates.

    “We have motivated athletes like Pieter Serry and Serge Pauwels, the latter who had a great World Championship last week, and experienced riders like Sylvain Chavanel, Peter Velits and Dries Devenyns, all of them in one of the last races with our jersey. The squad is completed by two young athletes, Gianluca...

  • No contract for Rosseler at Garmin-Sharp

    Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin - Sharp)
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    October 05, 2013, 13:56 BST
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    Cycling News

    Belgian struggled for results

    Sebastien Rosseler will not ride for Garmin-Sharp in 2014 after it was confirmed that the Belgian has not been offered a new contract due to his lack of results.

    “For two years he was here but he did nothing,” sport director Erik Van Lanker told dhnet.be. “It's a shame, because Sebastien is really talented. He has potential. But when you do nothing for for two years with the team, then we cannot keep you. That is it."

    Rosseler was signed in 2012 in order to strengthen the team's Classics squad, but he failed to live up to his promise, more often than not abandoning the races.

    “I discussed it with him a few weeks ago, but he still has no clue about going elsewhere. I hope for him that he finds something,” Van Lanker said.

    The 32-year-old rode for QuickStep from 2005 to 2009, joining RadioShack for two years before moving on to Garmin. He won the Fleche Brabanconne in 2010 and the Driedaagse van de Panne in 2011.

    Garmin-Sharp now has 25 riders confirmed for the coming year. In addition to Rosseler, Robbie Hunter, Martijn Maaskant, Alex Rasmussen, Peter Stetina and Christian Vande Velde are all leaving or retiring. Newcomers are Janier Acevedo, Nathan Brown, Andre Cardoso, Phillip Gaimon, Lasse Norman Hansen, Benjamin King, Sebastian Langeveld, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Dyan Van Baarle.

  • Chris Froome out of Giro di Lombardia

    Chris Froome autographs a poster
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    October 05, 2013, 14:01 BST
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    Cycling News

    Team Sky leader out of Sunday's race due to back pain

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) has pulled out of racing the Giro di Lombardia due to back pain. The Tour de France champion was set to race the Italian one-day race as part of a powerful Sky team.

    “Sadly, I won't be able to compete at Il Lombardia on Sunday," he confirmed on the Sky team's website.

    “I had some back pain at the World Championships last weekend and it hasn’t settled down as I'd hoped."

    Team Sky Doctor Alan Farrell added: “A scan this week revealed that Chris is suffering from an inflamed sacroiliac joint. We are monitoring him as a team but unfortunately the injury means he will not be able to take part in the race this weekend.”

    Froome pulled out of the World Championships road race last week.

  • Riders honour Amy Dombroski at races

    Amy Dombroski (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team)
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    October 05, 2013, 15:56 BST
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    Cycling News

    Mourning bands and silent tributes for American

    Cyclo-cross riders will pay tribute to Amy Dombroski, who died this week whilst training. Her Telenet-Fidea teammates will wear black bands at their races this weekend, and the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival in Rhode Island, USA, will hold a lap of silence before the UCI races commence on Saturday afternoon.

    Road cyclists also noted her passing, with the EuroMetropole Tour holding a minute of silence before Friday's second stage.

    Dombroski died Thursday afternoon after colliding with a truck whilst motor-pacing near Baal, Belgium. Her death was met with shock.

    Telenet Fidea Cycling Team and the Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team will be at various races this afternoon, and all of their rides will wear black bands. “With our bands, we want to express our condolences to Amy's family and friends,” Bart Wellens said.

    “It makes me aware of the danger that lurks when we are training.”

    Wellens, Tom Meeusen, Rob Peeters, Joeri Adams and Wout Van Aert will ride in Laarne, Belgium, this weekend, with Corne Van Kessel in Switzerland. Young riders Jens Vandekinderen, Quinten Hermans and Dann Soete will be in Udica, Slovakia.

  • Movistar field team of stars for Il Lombardia

    The national anthem is played for newly crowned road race world champion Rui Costa (Portugal)
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    October 05, 2013, 16:42 BST
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    Stephen Farrand

    New world champion Rui Costa, Valverde, Visconti and Quintana start

    The Movistar team will have arguably the strongest team in the Il Lombardia peloton on Sunday, with new world champion Rui Costa, Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Italy's Giovanni Visconti all on form and capable of winning the last major classic of the season.

    The Movistar riders studied the final part of the Lombardia race route on Friday afternoon, riding the final 90km, including the steep Muro di Sormano and the final climb to Villa Vergano, which is decisive in the new race route.

    Costa celebrated his 27th birthday with his teammates today and will be hoping to ride well in his first race as world champion. His best result in three rides is 25th place in 2009 and 2011. He finished 38th last year but his strong and intelligent performance in Florence showed he is at his very best.

    "I can't wait to race in the rainbow jersey," Costa told Gazzetta dello Sport after collecting his new Movistar rainbow jersey.

    "It's clear that the race will be decided on the Villa Vergano climb and we've got to have a numerical superiority."

    Movistar will decide their race tactics during the race, considering the expected rain and the way the race evolves.

    The final climb is perfect for a solo attack by Quintana but all four Movistar team leaders should be in the final selection that is expected to form on the climb up to Madonna del Ghisallo chapel, with just 46km left or race. Visconti and Valverde are both fast finishers and could win the sprint in Lecco if a small group finishes together.

    "We won't have a designated leader, we'll decide things as the race goes on. All my riders are on form, even Quintana, who...

  • Strong odds for Dan Martin in Il Lombardia

    Victory for Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in stage 9 of the Tour de France
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    October 05, 2013, 19:55 BST
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    Laura Weislo

    Irishman says race will depend largely on weather

    As the winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège and a hard-fought stage of the Tour de France, Irishman Dan Martin heads into the final Monument of the season, Il Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy), as one of the odds-on favourites for the victory, but the Garmin-Sharp rider thinks that the race could be as unpredictable as the weather forecast.

    "It's hard to know at the end of the year, one day is good and then one day is bad," Martin told Cyclingnews. "I was surprised how it went on Wednesday [he was 11th in Milano-Torino]. I didn't feel that good, but the result wasn't bad. Tomorrow will depend on the weather. Everyone's a bit cracked at this point in the year with all the bad weather.

    "If it's wet, it's going to be a real psychological battle. I love this race, so I'm looking forward to it."

    The selection will come relatively early, with the Valico di Valcava just 82km into the race, but the real meat of the course comes on the Colma di Sormano - a 10km ascent that kicks up to 27 percent near the top, followed by an extremely dicey decent that has proved critical in the past - last year's thunderstorms only added to the risks. It makes the 10km Madonna del Ghisallo climb to the cyclists' sanctuary and the 3.2km Villa Vergano just before the finish pale in comparison.

    "You saw how dangerous the race can be last year with the downhill - the Sormano is one of the most dangerous downhills of any WorldTour racing, especially if it's wet, but it's part of the race and part of what makes this race special. It's a beautiful...

  • Costa: Winning the world title has changed my life in a big way

    Rui Costa (Movistar) shows off his rainbow kit and custom-painted Pinarello on the eve of Il Lombardia
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    October 05, 2013, 20:52 BST
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    Stephen Farrand

    New world champion talks about winning in Florence, Lombardia and the future

    Rui Costa showed off his new rainbow jersey and his special Pinarello bike on the eve of Il Lombardia, clearly proud to be the new elite men's road world champion and happy to sign autographs and pose for photographs for some Italian tifosi who discovered where Movistar was staying the night before the race.

    Costa was already a successful rider with back-to-back victories at the Tour de Suisse and two stage victories at this year's Tour de France. But now he is world champion and will wear the rainbow jersey for the next 12 months.

    The 27-year-old from Povoa de Varzim, near Porto in northern Portugal, is laid back, friendly and down to earth but knows his cycling career and life has changed forever after his victory in Florence.

    "Winning the world title is such a big thing that for sure it's changed my life in a big way," he told Cyclingnews in an exclusive interview.

    "I'd dreamed about it as a boy but going from dreaming about it to it coming true is incredible. I never really thought I'd be world champion but now I am. It's a great feeling.

    "I know I've made history by being the first Portuguese world champion. That makes it special and also puts a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I just hope the jersey gives me the strength to do well in the future while allowing me to stay the way I am, just a normal person."

    Costa has yet to return home to Portugal, preferring to stay focused for Il Lombardia at his home in Zurich, Switzerland. However, he had time to celebrate and...

  • Farrar ends European win drought

    Tyler Farrar (Garmin Sharp) signs autographs at the start
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    October 05, 2013, 22:40 BST
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    Cycling News

    American renews with Garmin-Sharp for 2014

    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) hadn't won a race on European soil since stage 3 of the 2011 Tour de France, but that more than two year dearth of victories came to a conclusion on Saturday as he prevailed in the field sprint finale in stage 3 of the Tour de l'Eurométropole.

    Farrar won twice in North America during 2012, stages 1 and 5 at Colorado's USA Pro Challenge, and his only previous victory during the 2013 season came during stage 4 at the Amgen Tour of California. It hasn't been for the lack of trying, though, as the 29-year-old American has been tantalisingly close to other wins with 12 top-three results in 2013, including most recently a 2nd to Michael Matthews in the Vuelta a Espana's final stage, but it all came together for Farrar today.

    "The guys were fantastic today," Farrar said. "It was a super hectic finishing circuit, but the guys rode great and kept me out of trouble. It's been a long wait for a European victory so it's a big relief to finally get that monkey off my back this season."

    With the time bonus earned for today's victory Farrar now holds third overall, seven seconds down on race leader Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol) and four seconds back on second-placed Michael Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff) entering the final stage on Sunday.

    And while there had been lingering doubts for Farrar about his team situation for 2014, he told Nieuwsblad.be after his stage win that he'd remain with his current team for another season.

    "I'll continue next year with Garmin-Sharp," said Farrar. "I signed for a season."

    And with the...