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Australian's 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo team bike
Winner of the 2015 Tour Down Under
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Facebook campaign set in motion
Do you fancy the opportunity of becoming the face of the 2012 Giro d'Italia? The race organisers are launching a Facebook campaign, 'Be The Next Fighter', to find the perfect person to feature in some of the marketing and advertising materials that will be generated in the build up to the world famous race.
If you are interested in entering their competition, you need to visit their Facebook page and post photos of yourself before November 28. The entries will then be cut down to the top three, who will then be invited to a photo shoot on December 12. Three days later the winner will be announced, and him or her will become the face of the 2012 Giro. So what are you waiting for?
And here's a taster of next year's Giro...
French island to host start of historic 100th race
2013 will see the 100th staging of the Tour de France and to mark the occasion the world's most iconic cycling event looks set to start on the French island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea, according to AFP. It will be the first time that the Tour has visited in the island since the race was founded in 1903.
AFP reports that the news was announced by the president of the territorial community of Corsica, Paul Giacobbi, and race director Christian Prudhomme. Race organisers ASO have stated that further details will be given at an official announcement on December 6.
Latest Facebook competition now live
Italian-based custom cycling apparel specialists Santini are offering users of their Team Up Facebook page the chance to win 20% off their next order of custom team clothing.
In order to promote 'Team Up', which is their vision for executing a team's custom clothing, Santini have put some of their favorite designs from this season on their Facebook page. They worked with over 800 teams in 2011 and have narrowed the designs down to their favourite 20. All you have to do is 'Like' your favourite one and you will be in the running to receive a 20% discount on your team's next order.
Building merchant firm confirms deal with French team
Team FDJ BigMat will be in the WorldTour in 2012. Big Mat International is joining the French FDJ team as co-sponsor, the team has announced.
BigMat is “the first European trademark of independent builder merchants (present in Belgium France, Italy and Spain)”, according to its website. It also sponsors the Continental team BigMat Auber 93.
“BigMat shares FDJ cycling team's approach to sport and its values, which emphasize uncompromising performance, the proximity to the pubic, youth training and social responsibility,” the team said on its webiste. The arrival of this new partner, allowing us to strengthen respect for our values, gives us the means for new ambitions.”
FDJ had dropped to Professional Continental ranking in 2011, but received a WorldTour licence for 2012, which is said to have been decisive in BigMat's decision.
The team features such riders as Thibaut Pinot, Yauheni Hutarovich, Matthieu Ladagnous, Anthony Roux, and Sandy Casar. It had 30 victories in 2011.
In addition, the French Cycling Federation has reported three new signings for the team. Frenchman David Boucher will come over from Omega Pharma-Lotto, as will Finnish rider Jussi Veikkanen, who previously rode for FJD from 2005 to 2010. Also signing a one-year contract was Gabriel Rasch, of Garmin-Cervelo.
Famous climb cut by Tour of Flanders
The Muur van Geraardsbergen wlil not be in the 2012 tour of Flanders but will appear in the E3 Prijs Harelbeke, March 23. The famous climb's exclusion had caused consternation throughout Belgium.
The Muur may not play a decisive role in the E3 Prijs, as it appears 110km into the race. But at least it will be there, says Patrick Flamez, head of sports in the town of Geraardsbergen, also called Grammont.
The E3 Prijs has never climbed the Muur before. “But from 2012 it will be different. The passage will be shown on television because the broadcast begins as the riders ride towards Grammont. When they ride on the wall it will be in the eye of the cameras,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.
One of the men behind the inclusion of the climb was Alain Corneille, owner of the Oudeberg restaurant and facility atop the climb. “The day it became known that the Muur is no longer in the Ronde, I got in touch with E3 organizer Bart Ottevaere,” he said. “I hammered the city to get the climb into another top race. The Muur is the only thing that gives Grammont an international image. Thanks to the E3 Prijs, that will still be preserved."
2009 German national champion calls it quits
Reimer was in his first year with Cervelo when he surprisingly won the German title. That same year he finished third overall in the Tour of Britain, fourth in the Giro del Mendrisiotto and ninth in Paris-Tours.
He was unable to bring in any more top results with Garmin-Cervelo in 2010, and for this season went to the Professional Continental ranked Skil-Shimano. 2011 saw even fewer headline performances, and resulted in his contract not being renewed.
Reimer was very disappointed at how Skil dealt with him, who claimed that his “stagnating development” was the grounds for no further contract. “Where should I have brought in the results?” Reimer said on Radsport-News.com. A sprinter himself, he would gladly have helped set up sprints for top star Marcel Kittel, but those would also have been the races in which he himself could have done well.
“Plus in the last half of the season I was only used in mountain races," he said. "At the Tour of Burgos, one week before the Vuelta, I really wouldn't have any chance against someone like Joaquin Rodriguez in an uphill sprint.”
Looking to his possible cycling future, he did not want to ride below the ProContinental level. He had offers from Continental teams, and “I could have tred to come back to the top through such small teams, but that sort of thing so rarely works out.”
He takes blame for part of the problems with the Dutch team. He was brought in as captain for the Classics, a role for which he says he “had no...
Two Belgians for Dutch Professional Continental team
Andy Cappelle and Kevyn Ista have joined Accent.jobs-Verandas Willems for the 2012 season. The two Belgian riders give the Dutch Professional Continental team a roster of 15 riders for the coming year.
Cappelle, 32, rode for the team in 2009. “After being gone a year, we are very pleased to welcome Andy back into our team,” said team manager Jean-Francois Bourlart. The Belgian was with Quick Step in 2011, but broke a collarbone in the Ronde van West-Vlaanderen and then crashed again in the Dauphine, suffering a concussion, several broken ribs and another broken collarbone.
"Andy is a real professional and is keen on a successful new season,” Bourlart said.
Ista, 27, comes over from Cofidis. In 2009 he was second in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and this year was second in Le Samyn.
Ex team boss claims he is happy at decision to send case to court
Former sporting director Manolo Saiz reacted to the news that the Operación Puerto investigation is moving towards a conclusion now that the case is being moved to a criminal court.
It was revealed yesterday that Saiz and six others, including Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, will face charges for crimes against public health for their roles in the doping scandal that first broke in 2006. Dozens of professional cyclists are said to have been connected to the case and all seven parties could face bans and sentences of up to two years in jail if found guilty if and when the case comes to trial at some point in 2012.
But a defiant Saiz claimed on Twitter: "I thank you for all your support, but today is a happy day for me. For the first time in six years I see the goal towards which my lawyers and I have both struggled. There is little to disprove my innocence and we will unmask the real culprits in this story."