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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 9, 2009

Date published:
July 09, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Ignatiev still hunting for stage wins

    Mikhail Ignatiev is awarded most aggressive rider.
    Article published:
    July 09, 2009, 11:24 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Russian wins the Tour's stage five combativity award

    Mikhail Ignatiev (Team Katusha) was awarded the Tour de France's daily combativity prize on Wednesday for his efforts in the Tour de France's ultimately successful stage five breakaway.

    Ignatiev launched several attacks in the final six kilometres but was unable to get back on terms with Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bougyues Telecom) when the Frenchman countered with three kilometres remaining in the stage.

    "I planned to escape today, but didn't really think we would go until the finish," said Ignatiev on the Team Katusha website. "But after hard work in the escape group, we created a good gap. I had very good sprinters in my group, so my only chance was to attack. I tried several times but after my last dig Thomas Voeckler attacked and won the stage."

    The Russian was one of only two members of the original six rider breakaway to finish ahead of the peloton on the run into Perpignan. Ignatiev crossed the line seven seconds behind Voeckler and just centimetres ahead of a diving Mark Cavendish, who took third.

    Ignatiev's visit to the podium was the first for Team Katusha at this year's Tour de France.

    Ignatiev will ride stage six to Barcelona on Thursday wearing the red dossard, marking him as the most competitive rider of stage five. He indicated, however, that he will be looking for another opportunity for a stage win during this year's Tour.

    "I am happy with my second place, because the peloton was [so] to close to me and I could lose it. I'm sure I will try one more time in [the] next days."
     

  • Basso reminds Kreuziger they're teammates

    Liquigas' Ivan Basso heads into the Giro with strong form and a burning ambition to perform well
    Article published:
    July 09, 2009, 12:08 BST
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    Former Giro champion upset with Kreuziger's comments

    Ivan Basso has responded to comments made by his teammate Roman Kreuziger, who said he would be upset had Basso raced the Tour de France in the same Liquigas team.

    "He doesn't understand that I'm a very serious professional. I didn't have the Tour in my programme, but if I was there I'd have no problem in helping him," Basso told Cyclingnews.

    Liquigas took Kreuziger and Vincenzo Nibali to the Tour de France as captains, as was planned at the beginning of the year. Basso finished fifth in the Giro d'Italia in May and is currently training for the year's third Grand Tour, the Vuelta a España.

    "I think we made clear at the start of the season that Nibali and I would go there as captains. ... Put it this way, I would not be very happy if Basso came to the Tour," Kreuziger told Procycling magazine in early May.

    "It's not great to read that a teammate says these kind of things," said Basso. "I don't have any problem working for younger teammates."

    Kreuziger is 15th overall, 1:31 back, after five days of racing at the Tour de France. He placed seventh in the opening time trial in Monaco and Liquigas performed well in the team time trail Tuesday.

    Basso won the 2006 Giro d'Italia and finished second (2005) and third (2004) at the Tour de France when he raced for CSC.

    "I have always raced in teams with talented riders. When you are in a big team you have to learn how to live with other champions. If I see Nibali or Kreuziger are going strong, I don't see why I shouldn't do something help them – this is professionalism."

    Kreuziger, 23, won the Tour de Romandie this year and finished third in the Tour de Suisse. Last year he won the Tour de Suisse and finished 12th overall in his first Tour de France.

    "He will win a Tour soon," said Basso. "He has shown to have class above the others. He is right there with riders like Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck."

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  • Tour de France podcasts: get some now

    Hands up for the CN podcast
    Article published:
    July 09, 2009, 12:56 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    And win Rapha kit!

    The ever popular Cyclingnews podcasts have reached critical mass during the Tour de France, thanks to the work of Procycling's Ellis Bacon and Daniel Friebe who have teamed up with cycling writer Richard Moore to bring you daily updates from the race.

    The podcasts, sponsored by Rapha cycle wear, are packed with insightful and witty analysis, rider interviews and press conference quotes, a daily competition, and the unloading of trucks for authenticity, although we have now toned those down for listenability.

    Stage 4's podcast from the team time trial is a cracker. Ellis, Dan and Richard are joined by Brendan Glover from the Telegraph to discuss where it all went wrong for, well, everyone except Astana and Saxo Bank. Whither, Denis Menchov and Cadel Evans. And why did four members of the BBOX Bouygues Telecom team decide to go hunting wildebeest midway through the stage?

    We've also got some words from Lance himself on team leadership within Astana - listen for the use of the word 'might' - and an apology to the place getters in last year's Tour, who he was not very sparaging about recently. Plus, the folding bikes finally put in an 'appearance'.

    You can subscribe to the podcasts via iTunes (or just go to iTunes and search for 'cyclingnews') or via this XML feed: http://video.cyclingnews.com/podcasts/cn_podcast.xml. You can also download the podcasts directly by visiting http://video.cyclingnews.com/podcasts/tdf/.
     

  • Video: Andy Jacques-Maynes' favourite ride

    Andy Jacques-Maynes looks like he's trying to put the hurt on his bro.
    Article published:
    July 09, 2009, 13:00 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Bissell rider takes you along on his Californian training ride

    Andy Jacques-Maynes is a professional road cyclist competing for the American-based Bissell Pro Cycling team. He invited Cyclingnews to join him on his favourite training ride throughout the quiet roads surrounding his hometown of Watsonville, California.

    The Big Basin Loop travels along almost 95 miles of county roads on the outskirts of the ocean-side city of Santa Cruz, a city renowned for its surfer friendly waves.

    High above the Pacific ocean rustic mountain roads lead Andy through sections of forest where California’s famed Red Wood trees grow, evoking memories of his former days as a mountain biker.

    Gaining 10,000 feet elevation, his route provides epic views that remind Andy why he loves to ride his bike.

    To view an exclusive video of Andy's ride click here.

     

     

  • Cyclingnews Tour de France Competition winner announced

    Paris and the Champs-Élysées await our Tour de France contest winner.
    Article published:
    July 09, 2009, 18:26 BST
    By:
    Daniel Simms

    Easthampton, MA resident is off to the Tour

    We can now announce the overall winner of the Cyclingnews Specialized Tour de France Competition.

    Steve Coltman from Easthampton, Massachusetts has been chosen as the lucky winner.

    Steve, 43, who's been riding for over 20 years and currently rides a Specialized, will be travelling courtesy of Specialized to Paris for the final weekend of the Tour.

    There he'll be wined and dined until the peloton arrives, then have the opportunity to sit on the Champs-Élysées and watch the riders race for the prestigious honour of winning in Paris.

    Steve will then go and meet the teams where he'll have a one-on-one interview with one of the Specialized-sponsored riders.

    This is a unique prize that money just couldn't buy.