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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 1, 2009

Date published:
October 01, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Bobridge to skip Sun Tour after Worlds win

    Jack Bobridge (Australia) Under-23 World time trial Champion
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 9:11 BST
    Cycling News

    Howard drafted in as replacement

    Jack Bobridge will miss the Jayco Herald Sun Tour this month to focus on the upcoming International Cycling Union Track World Cup in Melbourne next month. Bobridge will take the time out to recover after winning last week’s UCI Under 23 Individual Time Trial Championship in Switzerland.

    Australian Institute of Sport national technical director Kevin Tabotta believes the decision to rest Bobridge is in the rider’s best interest. "Since the (Beijing) Olympics, Jack's been going 100 per cent mentally and physically towards winning the under-23 title,'' Tabotta said. "So this decision just gives him a little time to take a breather and just `defrag' before he gets back into it.''

    World track omnium champion Leigh Howard will take Bobridge’s place in the Jayco-AIS squad. Howard joins Luke Durbridge, Glenn O’Shea, Michael Matthews, Rohan Dennis and Adam Semple.

    "The boys are not planning to win the Tour - it's more just seeing how they bounce after the worlds,'' Tabotta said. "But they're racers, especially Leigh, so we'll see how their legs are as we get going.

    "If they're in a winning position, the mentality can change - there's no guarantees in road racing.''

    The Jayco Herald Sun Tour starts on October 11 in Ballarat and finishes on October 17 in Melbourne.

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  • Silence-Lotto to change name for 2010

    Silence-Lotto rider Philippe Gilbert
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 11:39 BST
    Gregor Brown

    New moniker to be revealed on Wednesday for team of World Champion Evans

    Belgian cycling team Silence-Lotto will change its name for the 2010 season. Silence's parent company Omega-Pharma wants to promote one of its new pharmaceutical brands, according to Sportweek.

    The team is expected to announce the new name at a press conference on Wednesday in Nazareth, Belgium, with its rider and new World Champion, Australian Cadel Evans in attendance. Evans, twice second in the Tour de France, won the World Championship on Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    Omega-Pharma has sponsored the team since 2005 under three different names: Davitamon-Lotto (2005-2006), Predictor-Lotto (2007) and Silence-Lotto (2008-2009).

    The team also renewed the contract of Belgian Olivier Kaisen on Monday, according to Sportweek.

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  • Silence-Lotto fires Dekker

    Dutchman Thomas Dekker, 25
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 11:40 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Dekker dismissed by Sergeant after counter-analysis confirms EPO use

    Silence-Lotto fired Dutchman Thomas Dekker on Wednesday after counter-analysis results confirmed he used blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO).

    "We already had him on non-active status," Team Manager Marc Sergeant told "After the second opinion showed he used banned products, it is over for us and we are finally dismissing him."

    An anti-doping laboratory in Cologne, Germany, found Dekker positive June 20 based an out-of-competition control taken in December 2007. It released the positive result prior to the Tour de France this year, where Dekker was to support Cadel Evans.

    Dekker, 25, rode for the Netherlands' Rabobank at the time of the test. He left the Dutch squad last August and joined Sergeant's Silence-Lotto at the start of this season.

    Team Silence-Lotto suspended Dekker July 1 after the lab released the initial results. Dekker requested counter-analysis and promised to clear his name.

    On Wednesday, he said that he had made a one-time mistake and confirmed the positive counter-analysis result in a press release. Dekker also said that he wants to return to cycling to prove he achieved his past results because of his talent and his teams' help. He is a two-time Dutch time trial champion and winner of the 2006 Tirreno-Adriatico and 2007 Tour de Romandie.

    Dekker faces a likely two-year suspension before he can return.

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  • Sicard re-affirms connection to Euskaltel-Euskadi

    Frenchman Romain Sicard, 21, tops the U23 Worlds podium
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 12:13 BST
    Gregor Brown

    French Under-23 World Champion explains affinity to Basque squad

    Romain Sicard re-confirmed on Wednesday in Hasparren, France, that he will ride for ProTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2010. Sicard, who was in attendance at a celebration of his Under-23 World Championship victory, comes from the Basque region of France and has spent this season with Euskaltel's feeder team Orbea.

    "Their policy is to focus on the individual," Sicard, 21, told L'Equipe. "Their motto: a good person will always be a good cyclist. I was able to take on this mentality and it has helped me gain confidence."

    Euskaltel has a preference for hiring Basque riders, typically from the larger, Spanish sector of the region. Sicard will become only the second Frenchman to join the team after Thierry Elissalde, who rode for the team in 1994 and 1995.

    Sicard signed a contract to make the jump from third division, Continental team Orbea to Euskaltel in July. The agreement was made three months before he won the Tour de l'Avenir and the Under-23 World title in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    "I know my results came at the Espoirs level and there is a difference in the ProTour. I will not try to run before I can walk, even if it brings on criticism."

    Top French teams Cofidis, Française des Jeux and AG2R La Mondiale all failed to notice Sicard earlier in the year when he won the Spanish one-day classic, Subida al Naranco. An omission that has already begun to haunt one team principal.

    "It's true that I regret not being able to have him in our team. I have though of if every day since Saturday," said Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer. "Unfortunately, it's too late. Euskaltel signed him in July, but I'm not sure it was [simply] because he is a good rider; I think they first wanted him because of his regional identity."

    Sicard, 1.79m and 62kg, was born January 1, 1988, in Bayonne, France. This year,...

  • Van Hummel closes on UCI Europe Tour title

    Kenny van Hummel (Skil-Shimano) in the start house.
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 12:23 BST
    Richard Tyler

    Skil-Shimano rider faces up to Casper, looking ahead to 2010

    With a little over a fortnight to go in the International Cycling Union's (UCI) European Continental Tour, Dutchman Kenny van Hummel remains the leader of the series. The Skil-Shimano rider, whose season was disrupted by injury after a crash at the Tour de France, is hopeful that he can maintain his advantage in the final races of the season.

    "I'm still in the lead, but Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures – Sojasun) is 24 points behind me, so he's coming close now," Van Hummel told Cyclingnews on Wednesday. "But my shape is coming back and hopefully I can get some points in the next few races."

    With five victories this season, the 26-year-old leads the UCI's Europe Tour with 593 points, with Frenchman, Casper, now his closest rival on 569 points. Van Hummel has only taken part in five races since he injured his left knee in a crash on stage 17 of the Tour de France in July. Of those five races his best result was 19th at Belgium's Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen.

    "I was trying to sprint, I wasn't in a good position [at Van Steenbergen], but I was so motivated to get points," he said. "It probably wasn’t too smart to do that because I didn't have the form. I knew I needed the points though, so I just closed my eyes and sprinted."

    Despite the recent run of mediocre results, Van Hummel said his form had improved significantly in the past two weeks. With the battle between himself and Casper set to come down to the wire the Dutchman is also well aware of his French rival's condition and expects him to target the final French based races on the UCI Europe calendar.

    "There are still about four races in France and I'm sure he [Casper] will do those," said Van Hummel. "I will have to be really lucky that he doesn't get points [at those]. He's in good shape at the moment, he won another race last week [Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre - Trophée Fenioux], so we will see. If take points everything will be...

  • Liquigas confirms young talent for 2010 roster

    Roberto Amadio with Liquigas star, Ivan Basso
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 14:14 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Youngsters make up majority of Liquigas' new riders for 2010 season

    The majority of team Liquigas' new cyclists for 2010 are young, and talented. The Italian ProTour team confirmed to Cyclingnews seven new cyclists for 2010, four of whom are under 24-years-old.

    Liquigas' seven new signings:
    • Davide Cimolai
    • Kristjan Koren
    • Maciej Paterski
    • Peter Sagan
    • Francesco Bellotti (from Barloworld)
    • Tiziano Dall'Antonia (from CSF Group)
    • Mauro Finetto Finetto (from CSF Group)

    Italian Cimolai, 20, and Pole Paterski, 23, both come from Liquigas' feeder team, Marchiol.

    Cimolai won three races this year. "He is a rider that needs to grow, but with attention," team manager Roberto Amadio told Cyclingnews. Paterski has performed well with several promising places this year and, Amadio said, he is ready to become professional.

    Slovakian Sagan is the youngest of the four, at 19-years-old. "He has huge potential based on tests we made," continued Amadio. "Even if he is only 19, we a prefer he grows under our attention and training staff, similar to Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger."

    He won the Slovakian one-day GP Kooperativa and a stage of Poland's Mazovia Tour this season.

    Slovakian Koren, 22, performed well in Italy this year with two stage wins and fifth overall in the Baby Giro d'Italia. He also won a stage in both the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and Giro del Friuli-Venezia. At a height of 180 centimetres, Amadio believes he has a future in time trialling.

    "We want this group to grow together, having some good results and forming a future for themselves."

    Amadio will add Elia Viviani, 20, to the group in April. Viviani won the Scratch race at the Under-23 European track championships this month in Poland.

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  • Silence-Lotto to become Omega Pharma-Lotto

    Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)
    Article published:
    October 01, 2009, 16:00 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Belgian team honour Evans as they announce new name for 2010 season

    Belgian team Silence-Lotto honoured its new World Champion Cadel Evans as it announced its new name at a press conference today in Nazareth, Belgium. Omega Pharma-Lotto will be the new title of Marc Sergeant's team for the 2010 season, according to SportWereld.

    It's the fourth new name for the team since pharmaceutical company Omega Pharma started sponsorship in 2005. Davitamon-Lotto was the first name, used from 2005 to 2006, then Predictor-Lotto (2007) and Silence-Lotto (2008-2009).

    Lotto is the name of the Belgian national lottery, which has sponsored cycling teams Lotto-Mobistar, Lotto-Adecco and Lotto-Domo through the last 10 years.

    Marc Coucke, co-founder of Omega Pharma, also used the press conference to publicly honour Australia's Evans for his win at the World Championships Sunday in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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  • Win a Zabriskie-signed US national TT jersey

    David Zabriskie (Garmin-Slipstream) rode in to the race lead with his time trial win.
    Article published:
    November 12, 2009, 12:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Your chance to win with Cyclingnews' newest competition

    You could find yourself sporting the stars, stripes and argyles of a US national time trial jersey, autographed by five-time national champion, David Zabriskie. All you have to do is answer one simple question and you'll be in the running for this unique prize!

    A member of US-based squad Garmin-Slipstream, Zabriskie is one of the professional peloton's most recognizable characters. The 30-year-old Utah native has taken three of his team's 21 season victories in 2009, including yet another US national time trial title. He also took a stage win and the overall title at this year's Tour of Missouri.

    Zabriskie has now won the US national time trial title on five separate occasions (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). He has been a winner of time trials at both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, and last year he was third in the World time trial Championship.

    Garmin-Slipstream, managed by former professional Jonathan Vaughters, has had a successful season in its debut year as ProTour squad. After a strong Tour de France, the team came into its own at the Vuelta a España, where it won three stages through Tyler Farrar, Ryder Hesjedal and David Millar.

    To enter, all you have to do to click here, answer the simple trivia question and you'll be in the draw to win. The winner of the jersey will be selected at random from all correct answers to the question. Entries for the competition will close on November 15, 2009. Good luck!

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