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Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Date published:
September 03, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Three Norwegians rumoured for Team Sky

    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Columbia - HTC)
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 11:00 BST
    By:
    Hedwig Kröner

    Boasson Hagen, Nordhaug and Arvesen Britain-bound?

    Norwegians Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC) and Lars Petter Nordhaug (Joker-Bianchi) are reported to have signed for the new British squad, Team Sky. Also, current Norwegian national champion Kurt Asle Arvesen (Team Saxo Bank) may be on his way to the team, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.

    The recruitment of 25-year-old Nordhaug is reported to have come on Boasson Hagen's initiative. They were teammates at Norwegian Continental team Joker-Bianchi before Boasson Hagen went to High Road (now named Columbia) in 2008 and rode for his country in the Beijing Olympics road race. The 2006 Norwegian road champion recently won a stage in the Tour of Ireland, as well as a stage in the Tour of Normandy in March.

    The manager of both riders, Birger Hungerholt, has not commented on the matter for the moment, but said that everything would be revealed next week.

    Arvesen, who doesn't have an agent, told newspaper Dagbladet that he had two options for next year.

    "I'm down to two teams now. I'll check up the fine print before I decide. There will be a press release from the team as soon as I have printed, signed, scanned and clicked the 'send' button," said the reigning Norwegian champion.

    One of these two teams is confirmed to be his current squad Saxo Bank. "We have made an offer to Arvesen, and now we have to wait for his decision," the team's press officer Brian Nygaard told Cyclingnews. "I can't speculate on the outcome right now. For sure, Kurt is a valuable member of our team who we would like to keep."

    (Editorial assistance by Tomas Nilsson.)

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  • Pozzato to lead Katusha in Britain

    Italian champion Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 11:42 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Katusha, Rabobank, Joker-Bianchi and ISD confirm for Tour of Britain

    Filippo Pozzato will lead Team Katusha at the Tour of Britain, which begins in Scunthorpe, England, on September 12. The Italian champion's involvement was announced on Thursday, as Katusha confirmed their participation in the eight-stage race. They will be joined at the race by fellow ProTour team Rabobank and Continental teams Joker-Bianchi and ISD-Neri.

    Despite it being Katusha's first participation at the Tour, Pozzato has fond memories of his previous participations. He won stage three of the 2006 race while racing for former team, Quick Step. He will be joined this time in Britain by Vladimir Karpets, Danilo Napolitano, Evgueni Petrov and British rider Ben Swift. The Russian team is yet to name the final member of their six man roster.

    Swift, who has raced in each of the previous two editions of the race, said he was keen to secure a maiden victory in his home tour. "It is good we now have our own national tour, which each year is getting bigger and bigger," he said. "If I can get my first win in the Tour of Britain [this year], that would make it quite special."

    Rabobank will be led by former Tour of Britain winner Mauricio Ardila. The Columbian was the inaguaral winner of the race in 2004 and will be expected to figure in the overall as Australian Graeme Brown covers the sprint finishes. The two riders will be supported in Britain by Stef Clement, Laurens ten Dam, Grischa Niermann and Joost Posthuma.

    Tour of Ireland stage winner Lars Petter Nordhaug has been named in the Joker-Bianchi squad. The Norweigian, who finished second overall in Ireland, will travel to Britain with compatriots Alexander Kristoff, Frederik Willmann, Stian Remme, Sondre Sortveit and Vegard Stake Laengen.

    ISD-Neri will be represented by Bartozs Huzarsky, Ruslan Pidgornyy, Oleksandr Kvachuk, Denys Kostyuk, Vitaliy Kondrut and recent signing, Australian Simon Clarke.

    Today's announcement of the four additional teams now completes the...

  • Tour of Missouri expands women's races

    Women's podium (L-R): Lauren Tamayo (Team Tibco), Tina Pic (Colavita Sutter Home P/B Cooking Light) and Brooke Miller (Team Tibco)
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 14:39 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Pro women get four-day race in St. Louis

    The Tour of Missouri Women's Series has expanded from a one-day criterium, held last year in conjunction with the opening stage of the men's race, to a four-day series, organisers announced Thursday.

    The series will begin on Friday, September 4 with daily criteriums for women as well as pro/am men as part of the THF Realty Gateway Cup. It will end Monday, September 7 on a course which shares the same start/finish line which will be used for stage one of the men's Tour of Missouri.

    Women will compete for a total purse of $15,000 as well as an overall winner’s jersey for the series.

    Returning to defend her Tour of Missouri title will be TIBCO’s Brooke Miller, who called last year's event "one of the most exciting races that we did last season."

    Also returning will be Tina Pic (Colavita), who will sport her new US criterium national champion's jersey.  Also expected are Team Type 1's Alison Powers and Jen McRae, ValueAct Capital with Robin Farina and Martina Patella, Webcor, Lipsmacker, Vanderkitten and a host of regional teams.

    The weekend will also include several unique opportunities, including the Tour of Missouri Women’s Soiree and Team Presentation held on Saturday September 5 at SqWires Restaurant. The night will feature food, drinks, an official team roll-out MC’d by Dave Towle, and music by The Unconscious. Tickets are being sold to the public for $35 and can be purchased here .

    On Sunday September 6 there will be a panel discussion by ToM Women’s Series athletes on professional women’s cycling at the Residence in by Marriott. The event is free to the public, however, seating is limited. Reserve your seat with Amy McMinn at pinkfabu@yahoo.com.

    A listing of all races and events can be found at either the THF Realty Gateway Cup

  • UCI and Shimano extend technical partnership

    Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano (left) and UCI President Pat McQuaid (right) signing the new contract.
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 15:05 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Shimano to provide technical support at UCI events until 2012

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) and Japanese component manufacturer Shimano have extended their existing technical partnership until the end of 2012. UCI president Pat McQuaid and Shimano Chairman Yoshizo Shimano signed the new agreement at the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany on Thursday.

    "Shimano is definitely one of our Federation’s most loyal and prestigious partners, and we are honoured to have been able to extend our agreement with them," said McQuaid at the signing ceremony. "The level of the services that Shimano has always provided, as well as the importance of its support to different UCI activities – beginning with the World Cycling Centre in Aigle – have, over the years, provided us with a precious ally in our daily commitment to cycling."

    The new deal extends a 10-year relationship between the two parties. Since 1999 Shimano has provided technical support for competitors at UCI World Championship and World Cup events across all cycling disciplines. Shimano will now continue to provide neutral service and mechanical support at UCI events until at least the end of 2012.

    "Shimano truly feels that the opportunity to extend this agreement is a special one," said Yoshizo Shimano. "We are looking forward to the continued co-operation with the UCI in the coming years with our common goal in mind: to promote the popularity of cycling all around the world in all disciplines and at all levels."

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  • Dekkers makes a move to Landbouwkrediet

    Hans Dekkers (left) with his Garmin teammates at the Tour of Qatar in February. The Dutchman will ride for Landbouwkrediet-Colnago in 2010
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 15:50 BST
    By:
    Richard Tyler

    Squeeze at Garmin sees Dutchman search for greener pastures

    Garmin-Slipstream's Hans Dekkers has announced that he will leave the American squad at the end of 2009 after signing a two-year contract with Pro Continental Landbouwkrediet-Colnago.

    Het Laaste Nieuws reported that the Dutch sprinter had decided to leave Garmin after one season, as the ProTour team began its recruitment drive for the 2010 season.

    "With the arrival of Robert Hunter to Garmin it was also clear that next season I would not get many opportunities [to ride for myself]," he said.

    Somewhat of a journeyman, Landbouwkrediet-Colnago will be Dekkers' fifth professional team. He began his career with the Rabobank development team in 2001, working his way up to the senior squad, before spending two years with French squad Agritubel (2006, 2007).

    The 28-year-old joined Garmin at the start of this year, after a similar tenure at Mitsubishi-Jartazi in 2008.

    Dekkers, whose last victory came ahead of Tom Boonen at the Nationale Sluitingprijs - Putte-Kapellen in 2008, said he looked forward to a fresh start with his new squad.

    "It was a dream to race this year with a team like Garmin, but I did not really fit in their current program," said Dekkers. "The program I will have at Landbouwkrediet-Colnago will suit me."

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  • Rasmussen makes a winning return in Mexico

    Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) wins on the Aubisque
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 21:58 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Dane leads Puebla La Vuelta Ciclista San Marcos

    Michael Rasmussen made a successful return to competition at the Mexican national race, Puebla La Vuelta Ciclista San Marcos. The Dane won the second stage of the event while racing for the regional Tecos Trek squad, and took over the race lead.

    Rasmussen, who was expelled from the 2007 Tour de France by his now former Rabobank team while wearing the yellow jersey, finished a two-year suspension for violating the UCI's whereabouts rules on July 25, 2009.

    Rasmussen demolished the competition on the mountainous 110km stage from Zacatlán to Zacapoaxtla, and now leads the tour by 9:41 ahead of teammate Bernardo Colex and 10:56 ahead of another Tecos/Trek rider Georgino Ladino.

    "We worked very well as a team today and they are the reason that we are doing so well," Rasmussen said after the stage. "This was a very hard stage today. But, we have a very strong team and I believe we will be able to continue controlling the race until Puebla. I have enjoyed racing at the Vuelta Ciclista a Puebla."

    The trio now hold the same gaps in the top three of the general classification heading into the 125km third stage from Nopalucan de la Granja to Tehuacán.

    Rasmussen had hoped to race this year's Vuelta a Espana, but he was unable to secure a contract with a team which was invited to the race in time to meet the registration rules.

  • Katusha adds young talent for 2010

    Egor Silin (Russia) solos to victory in the seventh stage of the 2009 Baby Giro.
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 22:19 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Two Russians and a Moldovan to join Katusha next season

    Team Katusha will add some young talent to its roster in 2010 with the signing of Moldova's Alexandr Pliuschin plus Russia's Timofey Kritskiy and Egor Silin, as reported by Tuttobici.

    Pliuschin, 22, has spent the 2008-2009 seasons with French ProTour squad AG2R La Mondiale. He was the Moldovan national road champion in 2008 and represented his nation at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he competed in both the road race and individual pursuit. In 2007 Pliuschin won the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen and finished eighth in the U23 time trial world championships.

    Kritskiy, 22, rode for the UCI Continental Katyusha squad in 2008 and continued with the ProTour team's development team, Katyusha Continental Team, for 2009. The Russian has 17 career victories, including overall victory at the Five Rings of Moscow, a stage win at the Tour de Bretagne and a solo victory in the U23 La Côte Picarde during his 2009 season.

    Silin, 21, makes his professional debut after having raced with the Russian National Team while residing in Italy. The Russian claims five career victories highlighted by a solo stage wins at the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and the Baby Giro plus victory at the Coppa della Pace this season.

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  • Ciolek misses out due to another crash in Vuelta

    The Milram boys lost their captain, Gerald Ciolek in the finale.
    Article published:
    September 03, 2009, 22:28 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    German having no luck repeating stage two victory

    Milram's Gerald Ciolek had another run-in with bad luck in the finale of the Vuelta a Espana's fifth stage, falling victim to the second crash in as many stages. This time he went down in the final sprint, which was won by Columbia-HTC's Andre Greipel.

    "There were a lot of narrow streets and a small climb before the finish, and we lost ourselves a bit," said Ralf Grabsch, Directeur Sportif for Team Milram.

    "If there had still been two riders with Gerald Ciolek, then the final kilometer would have been optimal. As it was, he was alone. As a team we weren't attentive enough and we let Gerald down. We want to learn from this mistake and will talk about it, so that we can be successful again tomorrow."

    Ciolek won the first road stage of the Spanish tour on Sunday, outsprinting Liquigas' Fabio Sabatini and Roger Hammond (Cervelo TestTeam), but has so far not had any luck in repeating that performance. In stage three, he finished a distance 19th behind winner Greg Henderson (Columbia-HTC). On Tuesday's rainy finish in Liège, he fell victim to two separate crashes, one within the final 3km.