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Second Edition Cycling News, Sunday, September 25, 2011

Date published:
September 25, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Martin and Farrar on the startline of the Worlds

    2011 Giro della Toscana champion Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo)
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    September 25, 2011, 10:54 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Climber and sprinter with different race plans

    Daniel Martin and Tyler Farrar are trade teammates at Garmin-Cervelo but on Sunday morning they lined up as opposition in the UCI World Championships road race.

    Both riders have totally different rider characteristics: Martin is a pure climber while Farrar is a sprint specialist. Although the course favours the American he has been out of action since the first week of the Vuelta and spent several days at home coughing up blood after abandoning the race due to a heavy crash.

    Martin on the other hand enjoyed a fine Vuelta, winning a stage and competing in the GC. Unlike Farrar who will wait until the sprint, Martin told Cyclingnews before the race that he would aim for a break.


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  • Fuglsang confirmed for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek

    Jakob Fuglsang took sixth on the stage to move into second overall
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    September 25, 2011, 16:27 BST
    Cycling News

    Dane set to be Giro d'Italia captain

    Jakob Fuglsang will ride for RadioShack-Nissan-Trek in 2012 and is set to be the team's captain at the Giro d'Italia. The Dane's agent has confirmed that team manager Johan Bruyneel will keep Fuglsang on the team.

    The merger of RadioShack and Leopard Trek for 2012 has caused confusion about who will be on the final 30-rider roster of the team. Fuglsang was one of many Leopard riders who did not know his future.

    His agent, Moreno Nicoletti, confirmed to that Fuglsang will fulfill his contract with Leopard for 2012. His full race programme will be planned during the winter, but according to Nicoletti, Fuglsang will be team captain at the Giro d'Italia, which he has not yet ridden in his career. It is not yet known whether he will ride the Tour de France.

  • Mistake costs Farrar in Worlds sprint

    Tyler Farrar (USA) before the start.
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    September 25, 2011, 17:45 BST
    Daniel Benson

    After up and down year, American ready for a break

    Tyler Farrar (United States of America) admitted that he misfired in the sprint finish at the UCI Road World Championships, in which he finished 10th. However, he explained that he was pleased to have played a part in the race after such a difficult build up that was hindered by injury.

    The American sprinter crashed out of the Vuelta a Espana in August and suffered a number of injuries. The most serious involved his lungs and he was left coughing up blood for over a week. After a few days off the bike, he began to train again and built up for the championships with a series of punishing motor pacing sessions, aimed at replicating race conditions.

    On the eve of the race, Farrar told Cyclingnews that he was riding into the unknown but that he would not be making the short trip over from his base in Belgium just to ride around Copenhagen.

    Coming into the final straight, Farrar looked on course for a clash with the best sprinters. However, a slight mistake saw him drift to the wrong side of the road. Boxed in, he was forced to slow his speed before pushing on the pedals again.

    "It was a great race, and I had really good legs. I just screwed up the sprint," he told Cyclingnews.

    "It was hard and my legs were good. I was just trying to hide all day and conserve energy as much as possible. I had a pretty decent position coming out the last turn, but I made the wrong decision and ended up getting a little bit boxed in the sprint."

    "I just ended up on the wrong side and then in the middle. That's bike racing."

    Farrar praised the efforts of his team, who worked diligently to keep him out of...

  • Video: Cavendish captures the biggest prize at the Worlds

    Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) in his rainbow jersey
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    September 25, 2011, 18:47 BST
    Sam Dansie

    Sprinter's victory comes thanks to entire British squad

    New world champion Mark Cavendish said victory was the culmination of a three-year project and that he was simply the last part in an eight-man machine that delivered Great Britain's first world title in nearly 50 years at the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday.

    Speaking at the post-race press conference, today Cavendish said, "I won San Remo a few years ago, but for me this jersey, because I can't win the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, signifies the biggest thing I can win. I get to wear the rainbow jersey all of next year and have the bands on my sleeve for the rest of my life. I wear this on behalf of everybody else in the team."

    He said the architect of the plan was his coach Rod Ellingworth, who is also a coach at Team Sky, and that it began as soon as Copenhagen was announced as the host city in 2008. Not since Tom Simpson, 46 years ago in San Sebastian, has a Briton worn the rainbow jersey.

    Cavendish's current HTC-Highroad trade teammate, Australia's Matt Goss came second with Germany's André Greipel rounding off the podium.

    Cavendish added that the victory was part-shared by the "13 or 14 ProTour [sic] professionals who worked hard to secure points to get as many people here as possible."

    Just like in the aftermath of his victories for the HTC-Highroad squad, which will fold at the end of the season, the Manxman heaped praise on his GB teammates and singled out Bradley Wiggins for particular admiration.

    "The guys rode out of their skin today. We used eight guys to maximum efficiency to win the world championship.

    "We were getting attacked every which way by every nation near the...

  • Cancellara lauds Great Britain Worlds team

    Fabian Cancellara rolls to the start
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    September 25, 2011, 20:00 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Swiss rider makes comparison to Cipollini's Italian team in Zolder

    Once again in 2011, Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) was a protagonist at the business end of a major race, and once again he came away empty handed, in spite of a powerful effort in the finishing sprint in the UCI World Championships road race in Copenhagen on Sunday.

    Cancellara was edged into fourth in the final dash to the line, as Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) roared into the rainbow jersey with in devastating fashion. Speaking to Cyclingnews as he sat in the Swiss pits after the race, Cancellara explained that the manner in which the British team controlled the race meant that he had little option but to play his hand in the sprint.

    "It was impossible to get away," Cancellara told Cyclingnews. "Today Great Britain did something like the Italian team did for Cipollini [in Zolder in 2002 - ed.]"

    In spite of that, however, Cavendish had to pick his way through the bodies in the final kilometre to hit the front, and Cancellara acknowledged that the Manxman's guile was a key factor in his victory.

    "I saw before the last bend that Cavendish was not on the wheel of the leading riders but he has the experience to do sprints like that, because he knew how to come quickly from behind with the wind that there was," he said. "I did the best I could, seeing as I'm not a sprinter. Even though the sprint was uphill, it didn't change things: the fastest sprinter in the world won."

    Cancellara had to wait for the judges to review the finish to learn if he or André Greipel (Germany) had taken the third step on the podium, after the pair hit the line almost instantaneously. In spite of missing out on a medal, he admitted that he was pleased with his performance...

  • Gilbert blames the course for his poor result

    Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) was hardly seen all race
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    September 25, 2011, 20:45 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Roelandts best Belgian in fifth place

    As Mark Cavendish and the Great Britain cracked open the champagne after the elite men's race at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday, the other major cycling nations were left to explain why they failed to win or even get on the final podium.

    Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert was expected to ride an aggressive race just as he did in the Spring Classics and even at the recent GP of Quebec and Montreal. However the world’s number one ranked rider finished a modest 17th place and was never seen on the attack. Jurgen Roelandts was the best Belgian rider in fifth place.

    “I always said that I wasn’t the favourite for this course and that turned out to be true,” he told La Derniere Heure newspaper bluntly.

    “We wanted to make the race as hard as possible but the British and the Germans kept things under control. I realised it was impossible to get away and so told Jurgen (Roelandts) to take his own chance. We perhaps needed to sprint together to do a bit better. His fifth place isn’t bad even if it could have been better.”

    Roelandts was realistic about his chances in a sprint against the likes of Cavendish, Matt Goss and Andre Greipel.

    “Beating Cavendish was unthinkable but a place on the podium was possible,” he said.

    “The finish was chaotic. I almost crashed twice. Despite that I managed to get back up there and get on Cavendish’s wheel. But then Goss blocked me and that forced me to slow down and change down a gear. That cost me a chance of a medal.”

    Graceful in defeat, Roelandts congratulated Great...

  • Greipel rues Martin's absence from lead-out train

    Andrei Greipel took the bronze medal
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    September 25, 2011, 21:32 BST
    Barry Ryan

    German takes third behind Cavendish at Worlds

    André Greipel was left to rue Tony Martin's absence from the German lead-out train at the end of UCI World Championships road race in Copenhagen as he sprinted to third place behind his former teammate and perennial rival Mark Cavendish (Great Britain).

    Newly-crowned time trial world champion Martin was one of four German riders caught up in a crash with six laps to go and was unable to regain contact with the front end of the peloton. Germany's reduced numbers meant that they had to cease their collaboration in policing the race with Great Britain, and perhaps more importantly, Greipel was left without Martin's support in the finale and had to come from a long way back in the sprint.

    "Of course he would have played a really big role in the final straight, so for us it was a real pity that we lost him," Greipel said. "We were chasing first with the British team but then the crash happened and we had four guys caught behind so we had to change our plan. It was just a pity for us to lose Tony Martin, so we didn't have a real lead-out team but we did our best. Degenkolb, Hondo and Sieberg brought me to a good position."

    Speaking to Cyclingnews afterwards, the softly-spoken Greipel declared himself pleased with the bronze medal around his neck, even if he recognised that the uphill drag to the line was a wonderful opportunity for him to be Germany's first world champion since Rudi Altig in 1966.

    "This finish suited me, I knew I could win here and I think I was close," he said. "Of course I can be happy with third place, but for me I came here to be world champion. I got all the support of the team, and I think...

  • Freire misjudges sprint timing at road Worlds

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) gets out of the saddle
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    September 25, 2011, 22:00 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Eight place for Spaniard in Copenhagen

    Oscar Freire's poor judgement in the sprint cost the Spaniard a shot at a medal in the road race at the UCI Road World Championships on Sunday. The three-time world champion misjudged the finale, finding himself in second position as the bunch made its way out of the final corner with roughly 500 meters to go.

    Too near the front, too soon, the Spaniard eased up just before the road began to kick up towards the line. Although it meant he was sheltered from the wind it cost him vital speed and momentum. As contender after contender sped past, Freire was forced to accelerate again. It was an uncharacteristic mistake from a rider who has consistently proven himself as one of the most astute in the professional peloton.

    "I was in the front and in second position, and I thought that it was too early to start sprinting. So I waited and the others were coming from behind really fast," he told Cyclingnews as he made his way to the Spanish team bus.

    "I expected to do better but it simply wasn't possible. I made an error in the sprint. My legs were good that's the frustrating thing."

    Freire's error spoilt what had been building into a strong Spanish performance in the race. The team placed Pablo Lastras in the early move, allowing their big guns to rest in the safety of the bunch.

    Lastras was a passenger in the break that included Anthony Roux (France), Christian Poos (Luxembourg), Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan), Oleg Chuzhda (Ukraine), Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia) and Tanel Kangert (Estonia).

    The Spaniard came to life once a counterattack formed. The result of which ensured that the other sprinters's teams, including Great Britain - worked while the Spanish...