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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 7, 2011

Date published:
July 07, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Video: Geraint Thomas from inside the Team Sky bus

    Geraint Thomas (Sky) holds the white jersey for another day.
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 11:11 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    The Welshman’s look at life at the Tour de France

    Geraint Thomas has a made another personal video while on the Tour de France, this time giving an insider's view of live on the Team Sky bus.

    Recorded on the way to Wednesday’s stage start, Thomas discusses race tactics for the finish in Cap Fréhel and then asks his teammates to predict the stage winner. Edvald Boasson Hagen predicted a late attack and then went on to make his own move in the finale.

    The video shows how the riders relax while travelling to the start. Some study the race map, others watch movies or spend time on the internet, while it seems Rigoberto Uran prefers to sleep whenever possible.

    Juan Antonio Flecha reveals that CJ Sutton likes to add some dancing in his pre-race preparation, with the Spaniard showing a video recording sent by a teammate from the Tour of Austria of the Australian sprinter’s ‘warm up’ moves.

    There are more videos from Thomas on his personal website: www.geraintthomas.com

     

     

  • Win a Boardman bike

    The aluminum Boardman bike
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 12:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    'Like' the Boardman Bikes Britpack page

    Boardman Bikes are set to give away one of their aluminium framed Road Team bikes worth £999.99 to the Facebook fan page of our sister site Bikeradar.

    Just head over to the new Boardman Bikes Britpack page, hit "Like" and once the ticker has broken the 10,000 barrier, one lucky BikeRadar Facebook fan will win the bike.

    The Boardman Bikes Britpack is an app-based league competition for UK cyclists. Record your riding stats using an iMapMyRide app, log them on the Britpack Facebook page, then see your ranking on the regional and national leaderboard. Each month, one rider will be randomly selected to win a Boardman Road Team Carbon bike (note: this is separate to our prize above).

  • Tour de France news shorts

    Tom Danielson and David Millar were important parts in the team's win
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 13:01 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Millar to stay with Garmin, Lefevere talks transfers, Moto cuts and Vino for ever

    Millar set to see out his career with Garmin-Cervelo

    David Millar looks set to see out his career at Garmin-Cervelo after the 34 year-old Scot extended his contract with the American squad.

    "He's going to end his career with the team," team boss Jonathan Vaughters told Cyclingnews. "David is enjoying racing his bike and he's been serious about it on a day in day out basis and he's shown that he's one of the best riders in the world."

    Millar has worked with Italian agent Giovanni Lombardi to negotiate his new contract.

    Lefevere in for Klöden?

    After watching Tom Boonen crash hard on stage 5, Quick Step's Patrick Lefevere looked in sheepish mood at Thursday's start in Dinan. However with an under current of transfer activity running through the Tour caravan, the Belgian has been busy behind the scenes.

    With Boonen and number of other riders signed and secured for the next two years, Lefevere has turned his attention to finding a stage racer. However there appear to be slim pickings on the market.

    "We're looking for a stage racer but there' aren't so many," he told Cyclingnews. "I like the look of that guy Contador but if you seriously look at the guys who are available the best is perhaps Klöden and he's over 35. I'll wait until after the Tour."

    One rider Lefevere won't be signing his Thomas Dekker, who recently returned after a ban for doping. "His manager called me but nothing came of it. For now we're not going down that path as it doesn't fit with the strategy of the team."

    Oscar winning performance

    Lionel Messi had better watch out because there's a new sensation sweeping through the Spanish football leagues. Oscar Pereiro, formerly of Astana and officially the winner of the 2006 Tour de France following Floyd Landis’ disqualification for doping, retired last season. But after hanging up his bike...

  • Video: Vaughters calls on other teams to help with Tour de France workload

    Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions)
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 14:44 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Garmin-Cervelo manager speaks about his team's multiple goals

    With Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) in the maillot jaune, his team has a certain amount of responsibility for controlling the racing at the Tour de France. However Garmin-Cervelo also has a number of other ambitions in the race, including posting a rider in the top ten on GC. As a result team boss Jonathan Vaughters knows that he can't afford to burn all his matches in the pursuit of breakaways just to hold onto the leader's jersey.

    Having done the lion's share of the work during stage 5, Vaughters insisted to Cyclingnews before the start of stage six that a number of other teams would also have to work alongside his riders to ensure the 226.5km stage ends with a bunch sprint.

    Hushovd and teammate Tyler Farrar are both in contention for the green jersey but with a number of all-rounders such as Gilbert and Rojas in the mix, Vaughters explains how that may effect tactics in the future.
     

  • Video: Brailsford on Team Sky's super day at the Tour de France

    David Brailsford was on hand at the Tour team launch at Kew Gardens.
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 17:50 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Manager convinced the British team is on an upward curve

    Dave Brailsford admitted that Team Sky has learnt valuable lessons during the last 18 months and used those experiences to make them stronger and more successful at this year’s Tour de France.

    The Team Sky manager spoke to Cyclingnews after Edvald Boasson Hagen took the team's first ever stage win at the Tour de France.

    Boasson Hagen in many ways personifies Team’s Sky development. The Norwegian was signed for the team's inaugural year in 2010 but struggled during that first season, as they collectively found it hard to keep pace in the world's biggest race. However a year on and the British team is unrecognisable to the one that started last year in Rotterdam with Boasson Hagen far more confident and assured of his ability both on and off the bike.

    Brailsford highlighted that the team had been on an upward curve in recent months and came into the race in high spirits after Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine and the British national road race title.

    With their first Tour de France stage win under their belt, Geraint Thomas still in the best young rider’s white and Wiggins sitting comfortably near the top of the standings, Brailsford also believes that the pressure for the team to prove themselves has eased.

  • Riccò still hopeful of making a comeback

    Riccardo Ricco happy after his Coppa Sabatini win
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 18:54 BST
    By:
    Daniel Friebe

    Controversial Italian refuses to admit defeat

    Riccardo Riccò has told Cyclingnews he is “in training” and “ready to race” again but admitted he currently has no indication of when the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) might announce a verdict in the doping case against him.

    Contacted by Cyclingnews, CONI’s anti-doping department declined to comment on Riccò’s case.

    “I’m training and I’m fit, so now I’m just waiting. I don’t have dates for any more hearings,” the self-styled “Cobra” said, revealing he has not been following the Tour de France.

    “I’m not really watching the Tour, although I’m happy to see my old friend Johnny Hoogerland in the break today. I’m too busy with other things to watch the Tour. What things? Just this and that,” he said.

    Riccò has not raced since he was hospitalized in early February, allegedly as a result of a botched blood transfusion. Summoned by CONI on April 13, he denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he had suffered from “a normal illness”. In June, he signed for the Croatian-registered, Naples-based Meridiana-Kamen outfit in the hope of riding the Tour of Serbia, but was sidelined by the Italian Cycling Federation “for the protection of his own health”.

    "He has a problem,” Italian Cycling Federation president Renato di Rocco said in April. “The allure of cycling can become an addiction but I hope he really has a good think about things. The damage he’s caused to cycling has been enormous. I hope he can grow up outside of the sport.”

    After his problems in February, Riccò initially said that cycling...

  • Super-Besse stage may prove the end of Hushovd's time in yellow

    Race leader Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) enjoys another day in yellow.
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 19:44 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Saturday's climbing likely to test Norwegian

    Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) accepts that holding onto the yellow jersey will be a tough order during the Tour de France's stage 8 to Super-Besse. The Norwegian currently holds a one-second lead over Cadel Evans (BMC).

    "I'm better in the mountains yes that's true, but I don't think I can get to the finish on Saturday at Super Besse with the yellow jersey," he said in his post-stage press conference after stage 6.

    "Super Besse is a very difficult climb and there is a lot of climbing before the final ascent. I remember there is some climbing at eight percent in the final climb - that is really too difficult for me."

    Super Besse last appeared in the Tour de France in 2008. That day, Ricardo Ricco won the stage with Hushovd, then at Credit Agricole, finishing more than 17 minutes down. Although this year's path to the climb is less strenuous than the one ridden in 2008, Hushovd will struggle on the nine percent pitches.

    Despite what will probably be an inevitable shift in the leader's jersey, Hushovd has been pleased with his Tour so far.

    "I came to this stage thinking it was one that I could win - the final suited me, but I was a little bit tired and was missing the little bit I needed to win," he said.

    He also praised his teammates, who despite having long term goals of placing a rider in the top 10, have worked at keeping yellow since he assumed the lead.

    "So far in this race, I've had all the support I needed since the first stage from the team. The guys have been working really hard for me to stay in yellow and keep me near the front. They've done an incredible job for me. At Cervelo Test Team, they also supported me 100 percent where I thought I could win...

  • Leipheimer loses time in crash

    Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) grits his teeth as he attempts to follow Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack).
    Article published:
    July 07, 2011, 20:39 BST
    By:
    Brecht Decaluwé

    Collision with guardrail drops RadioShack rider down GC in Tour de France

    Luck is not on the side of Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) so far during this Tour de France. In stage 5 from Carhaix to Cap Fréhel, the American rider hurt his left wrist in a crash and one day later in stage 6, he was among the victims once again.

    Deep into a rain-soaked finale of the longest stage in this year's Tour, the 37-year-old Leipheimer crashed spectacularly and as a result, lost one minute and five seconds on the other general classification favorites. He tumbled to 31st overall, now down 1:23 from race leader Thor Hushovd.

    "It was a silly crash," said Leipheimer. "It was super-dangerous with the soaking rain and the small roads. We knew there was a 1.5km uphill at the end, so it was important to be right in front."

    On the often twisting roads through the Calvados region in the west of France, the peloton entered the finale on wet and slippery roads. Riders spanned the whole width of the roads toward Lisieux, a popular pilgrimage town.

    "You just try to shoot through some gaps and one time, it closed up on me, and I was pinned against the guardrail. I kind of surfed the guardrail for 20 metres. Thankfully that slowed me down.

    "Eventually the guardrail ended, and then I fell onto the ground. It didn't do anything. I scraped my elbow a little bit. Compared to yesterday's crashes, that's nothing."

    A RadioShack teammate dropped back to support Leipheimer in his pursuit of the peloton, but the time loss was unavoidable.

    "I lost a minute. That sucks."