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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Many teams interested in Boonen, agent says

    Dusty conditions for Tom Boonen (Quick Step)
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    April 12, 2011, 11:15 BST
    Cycling News

    Quick Step rider's contract up at the end of 2011

    Tom Boonen's contract with the Quick Step  team expires at the end of this season and although he has not won one of the major Classics for two years, his agent Paul De Geyter is not concerned about the former world champion's future.

    There is no lack of interest in Boonen,” his manager De Geyter told Het Laatste Nieuws, according to

    "Several teams have already come knocking. The first offers came in even before the Spring season had really begun.”

    Boonen's last major Classic win was Paris-Roubaix in 2009. He finished second in both Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders in 2010 but his results were overshadowed by the performances of Fabian Cancellara. This year he won Gent-Wevelgem and finished just off the podium in Flanders, in fourth place. His only other victory this season is the first stage of the Tour of Qatar.

    "A big victory would certainly have strengthened us at the bargaining table, but Tom Boonen is one of those riders who doesn't have to keep on proving his market value,” De Geyter said.

    The Belgian agent said that it was possible the 30-year-old would leave Quick Step, where he has ridden since 2003, but the Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere is keen to keep him.

    “Like with the other teams, we will have a quiet talk with Patrick Lefevere. And then we will see how it goes,” De Geyter concluded.

    "There can be a huge gap between showing interest and offering a contract.”

  • Bak's Paris-Roubaix fifth place could lead to Tour de France ride

    Cancellara and Lars Bak on the last lap of the velodrome
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    April 12, 2011, 12:01 BST
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    HTC-Highroad DS Holm praises Danish rider

    Lars Bak finished fifth in Paris-Roubaix, after having been part of the break which produced winner Johan Van Summeren. His aggressive performance helped the Dane's chances of riding the Tour de France for HTC-Highroad this summer.

    "I'm happy that Lars got this top ten in Paris-Roubaix,” HTC-Highroad directeur sportif Brian Holm told is a fantastic achievement and he was actually really, really close to the podium. And he could also possibly have won.”

    Holm could not guarantee the 31-year-old a place on the Tour squad, but his impressive performance on Sunday was surely a recommendation.

    “We must also say that he didn't hurt his chances with the Tour situation with the fifth place,” Holm said. “We must say that.”

    Bak joined HTC in 2010 after five years with Team CSC/Saxo Bank. He is a four-time Danish national time trial champion and so could play a key role in the team time trial at the Tour de France and in Mark Cavendish's lead-out train.


  • Nuyens likes his chances on Copenhagen Worlds course

    Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank-SunGard) is the happiest man in the world
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    April 12, 2011, 12:51 BST
    Cycling News

    Flanders winner visit team headquarters in Denmark

    Tour of Flanders winner Nick Nuyens visited Denmark this week and checked out the course of this year's world championship that will be held this fall in Copenhagen. The Belgian also visited the headquarters of his team, Saxo Bank-SunGard.

    "Having seen the course I believe the Belgian team is capable of getting a result here, and I think the course suits me well," the 30-year-old told

    “I've heard some people saying it's an easy course. But it's not,” Nuyens said on the team website. “I don't think it going to be a full pack of riders sprinting it out.

    “After 260 kilometers, the hill to the finish line is going to feel like a steep climb. Maybe 15-20 riders will be left in the front group on the finish line. I think it's going to be a very interesting race.”

    Nuyens also visited the Lyngby headquarters of the Saxo Bank-SunGard team. “It's great to be here. As a rider you don't really think too much about who's actually sponsoring you when you go from race to race. Today, I got a really great impression of the people behind the sponsor logo on our jersey.

    “The work place in this organisation is really cool and I understand it's a complex world of digits and numbers. I'm on my bike everyday pushing it forward but I truly understand why the employees of this place are tired when they come home from work with all this commotion of computer screens, multiple languages and numbers flying about the huge office.” 

  • Quick Step, BMC and RadioShack announced Brabantse Pijl line-ups

    Quick Step leads the charge
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    April 12, 2011, 13:57 BST
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    Classics move from cobbles to Ardennes

    The Spring Classics change terrain this week, switching from the cobblestones to the Ardennes hills, and the teams' line-ups for the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday reflect that change. Quick Step, BMC Racing Team and RadioShack have all announced their lineups for the Belgian race.

    Quick Step is sending “a well-assorted mix of young riders and more experienced athletes,” according to directeur sportif Rik Van Slycke. Most of them have recently ridden the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Davide Malacarne will return to racing for the first time since a crash in the Tour of Flanders earlier this month.

    Greg Van Avermaet will lead BMC Racing Team in his homeland race. “Greg's form is good and he has good experience here,” team assistant director Michael Sayers said. “On top of that, Martin Kohler has some really good fitness. He'll be good at a race like this, so he'll be a protected rider, too.”

    Team RadioShack is celebrating its newly-announced position atop the UCI's WorldTour team rankings. The US-based team is sending a sprinter-heavy team to Wednesday's race, with such big names as Robbie Hunter and Sebastien Rosseler, who won the race last year.


  • Greipel faces tough sprint competition in Presidential Tour of Turkey

    André Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) won a hard-fought opening stage.
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    April 12, 2011, 15:46 BST
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    Omega Pharma-Lotto sprinter hopes to repeat success of 2010

    The Tour of Turkey will again be one for the sprinters this year, and André Greipel of Omega Pharma-Lotto will look to repeat his successes from 2010. He will be facing many of the other top sprinters in the peloton, though, who will look to beat him across the line.

    Greipel last year won five of the eight stages. Four of them were sprints, while the first was the 5.8km opening time trial. .

    This is a great memory for me”, Greipel said in a press release from the race organisers. “I had a fantastic week as I won the prologue in Istanbul and four stages. I go back with pleasure.

    "It’s different for me this year because I’ve changed teams and I yet have to build a new relationship with my teammates. It takes a lot of work, a lot of races and a lot sprints to create a fusion between all the riders involved in the lead-out. That’s also why I’m going back to Turkey. The course is almost the same as last year’s, so it’s an advantage for me to know what to expect.”

    The 28-year-old German, who last year led the peloton with 21 victories, will face fierce competition this year at the race, which will be held April 24 to May 1. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo), Andrea Guardini (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) and Allan Davis (Astana) will make their debuts in Turkey, while Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) and Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) will make their return.

    "The level of sprinters is higher than in 2010, that will add value to each stage win”, Greipel said. “In July I’ll start the...

  • Cantwell strives to win more for V Australia

    Men's champion Jonathan Cantwell (V Australia) with his trophy.
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    April 12, 2011, 17:25 BST
    Kirsten Frattini

    Australian targets Philadelphia as season goal

    UCI Continental team V Australia's Jonathan Cantwell is on his way toward another successful season after capturing his first National Racing Calendar (NRC) victory at the Sunny King Criterium held last weekend in Anniston, Alabama.

    The Australian National Criterium Champion aims to improve on an already impressive palmares this year and has a top goal of winning the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championships held on June 5 in Pennsylvania.

    "I think I can top last season," Cantwell said. "TD Bank Philadelphia is definitely in the cards for me, I've always finished that race every time I've started it and I know what I need to do to train hard for it this year. I really want to nail down Philadelphia as my priority for this season."

    Cantwell and his teammates arrived in the US last month to compete at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, the first race on the NRC. Although they did not secure a victory at the four-day event, Cantwell placed third in the stage two criterium and second in the final stage. He went on to win the Sunny King Criterium ahead of Mike Northey (Pure Black Racing) and Rahsaan Bahati (Pista Palace) the following weekend.

    "This is really important for our team," said Cantwell following the criterium win. "We tried really hard in Redlands to get a couple of wins but were second and third on the podium. To come out and get the top step tonight is great. We love coming to Anniston to do the Sunny King Criterium."

    Cantwell was a key player in garnering his Fly V Australia outfit the NRC team title last year. In addition, he placed second in the NRC individual classification, behind Luis Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) and ahead of Rory Sutherland...

  • Hoogerland extends with Vacanasoleil-DCM

    Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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    April 12, 2011, 19:06 BST
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    Dutchman renews contract through 2013

    Johnny Hoogerland has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Dutch ProTeam Vacansoleil-DCM. The 27-year-old Dutchman will remain on the squad through the end of 2013, the team announced today in a press release.

    "I feel appreciated on this international team, extending the contract was a logical decision," said Hoogerland. "The team management has confidence in me and the WorldTour license gives me the opportunity to ride a balanced program. In the upcoming weeks I hope our team gets some good results in the Ardennes Classics and after that I will do the Giro."

    Hoogerland, in his ninth season as a professional, has been with Vacansoleil since 2009. The Dutchman's career highlights include a victory in the 2009 Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, first in both the sprint and mountains classifications at the 2010 Tour of Poland, fifth place in the 2009 Giro di Lombardia, 12th overall at the 2009 Vuelta a España, third overall at the 2010 Tour Méditerranéen, fifth overall and mountains classification winner at the 2010 Tour of Britain and an 11th place finish in the 2010 Tour of Flanders.

    Hoogerland's best result thus far in 2011 is third overall at Etoile de Bessèges in February, a race in which he also wore the leader's jersey after stage three.

    Daan Luijkx, Vacansoleil-DCM general manager, is pleased to have Hoogerland remain on the team. "Johnny has the attractive style of racing which the team is famous for, he attacks a lot but also looks for the result at the finish line."

  • Dion, Hammond under the knife after Paris-Roubaix

    Route Adélie de Vitré winner Renaud Dion (Bretagne - Schuller).
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    April 12, 2011, 19:39 BST
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    No broken bones for Hammond

    Garmin-Cervélo's Roger Hammond and Renaud Dion of Bretagne Schuller are out of the hospital today after being patched up from their crashes in Paris-Roubaix.

    Dion suffered a compound fracture to his forearm in a crash on the first cobbled sector, the Troisvilles à Inchy, when he fell along with Vladimir Gusev (Katusha).

    He was operated on at a hospital and Cambrai and released today, and is expected to be out for two months, according to AFP.

    Hammond went under the knife for two hours on Sunday to treat a wound to his left elbow. Garmin-Cervélo's press agent Marya Pongrace said, "The surgery was long because the wound was deep and they had to explore for tendon and nerve damage (none was found), irrigate and repair it. Preliminary X-rays found no broken bones."