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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Date published:
July 13, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Kreuziger aiming to peak in Tour’s third week

    Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) talks to the press during the 2010 Tour de France's first rest day.
    Article published:
    July 13, 2010, 5:28 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Czech regrets beginner’s mistake in Avoriaz

    A day after Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) was the first to attack Alberto Contador at this year’s Tour de France, the Czech rider admitted it wasn’t his smartest move. Yet Kreuziger is seventh on general classification, just 1:45 minutes down on race leader Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team), after finishing fourth in Avoriaz, where he showed his willingness to animate the race’s mountain stages.

    “I knew this stage,” said Kreuziger, who had come to the Alps with Ivan Basso one week after the Giro d’Italia. “I tried to win it but I made the mistake of a beginner: usually, the first man who attacks gets caught. I did it too early and I’ve paid for it. Apart from that I’m happy with where I’m at now, considering the suffering we’ve experienced so far.

    “I’m hoping to get better,” Kreuziger added. “I haven’t raced much before the Tour de France. I’ve done the Tour de Suisse in a quieter way than usual to be stronger at the end of the Tour de France. After eight days of racing I’m feeling good, but not extremely brilliant. We’re riding very well with Ivan Basso, who brings me his experience. I also like to follow a regular speed in the mountains, like he does.”

    Kreuziger is one of the few riders who enjoy the heat at the Tour. “I cope well with the heat,” he said. “I want to be consistent every day. My goal remains to improve my ranking from last year. I want to better my ninth place.”

    Kreuziger finished second to Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) in the best young rider competition at his first two Tours. While the Luxembourger can wear the white jersey for the last time of his career this year, Kreuziger will still be Under 26 next year.

    “Andy looked at his limit,” said Kreuziger. “At the end he won. He was amongst the most brilliant with Samuel Sanchez and myself [on the...

  • Karpets abandons Tour

    Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) arrives at the rider sign-in area.
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    July 13, 2010, 9:32 BST
    Barry Ryan

    Russian rode first week with broken hand

    Vladimir Karpets (Katusha) has abandoned the Tour de France during the rest day at Morzine after fracturing a bone in the palm of his left hand. The Russian sustained the injury when he was among the fallers in the crash-riddled stage two to Spa last week. X-rays taken after the stage failed to show significant damage and Karpets continued in the race. However, he struggled in Sunday’s first full mountain stage, losing over twenty-one minutes and scans taken on the rest day revealed the true extent of his injury.

    “It’s such a pity,” Karpets said. “I couldn’t hold the handlebars any more and it was practically impossible to continue in the Tour de France. It’s a real shame, as we’ve been preparing for this race for months.”

    Karpets will now return to his home in Spain to recover ahead of the Vuelta a Espana. “The doctor told me that the full recovery time is around thirty days, so after that I’ll be back getting ready to take on the Vuelta. Today I’m going home to Pamplona and we’ll decide if I need to be operated on.”

    Karpets won the white jersey at the 2004 Tour de France. He was lying in 57th place overall after Sunday’s stage to Morzine-Avoriaz.

  • Vacansoleil look to move up to ProTour

    The Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team for 2010
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    July 13, 2010, 11:29 BST
    Cycling News

    Dutch Professional Continental team ready to apply for licence

    Team Vacansoleil is ready to step up from the Professional Continental level to the ProTour. The Dutch team has decided to apply for a licence for the top rankings for the coming season.

    “At its start at the end of 2008 the Dutch Pro Continental team set the Pro Tour as a target for 2012. After reaching most of its goals for the first three years at the end of year one the team believes it is ready for the next step in 2011,” according to the team's press release.

    The team is also looking for a second main sponsor, in addition to Vacansoleil and “a large group of ambitious sponsors”.

    The advantage of a ProTour licence would be that the team “will be able to participate automatically in 2011 at all races on the ProTour calendar. The always attacking team aims for good results in these races to secure a place in the top 15 of the World.”

    Vacansoleil currently leads the UCI's Europe Tour. It has eight wins this season, including theeoverall titles in the Tour of Qatar and the Tour de Luxembourg, as well as Kuurne-Brüssel-Kuurne.

  • Van den Broeck refusing to get carried away

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) nears the top.
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    July 13, 2010, 12:29 BST
    Peter Cossins

    Omega Pharma leader has his sights set on top 10 finish

    Omega Pharma team leader Jurgen Van den Broeck spent his rest day playing down the expectations of the Belgian press after moving into fourth place overall at the summit finish in Avoriaz. Fifteenth on his Tour debut last year after finishing seventh in the Giro the year before, the 27-year-old is well on course to achieve his goal of becoming the first Belgian rider to finish in the Tour’s top 10 since Axel Merckx back in 1998.

    Van den Broeck is steadfastly refusing to be pressed into admitting to any goal more lofty than that, such as a place in the top five. Instead, he’s sticking to the policy that has served him well so far of taking each day as it comes and hoping that his renowned ability to recuperate will serve him well as the race progresses.

    Speaking to La Dernière Heure, Van den Broeck admitted that his biggest fear is suffering a jour sans – a day without – that could lead to him tumbling down the standings. “Every one has days when they aren’t as good as usual on the Tour. I just hope mine comes on a flat stage – or on a rest day,” said Van den Broeck.

    Asked if he has raised his sights given his fourth place on GC, just two seconds behind Alberto Contador and 1-03 down on race leader and former team-mate Cadel Evans, the Belgian insisted he had not. “My goal for this year has not changed and it will not change during this Tour: it is to finish in the top 10 in Paris. I know that more and more people are complimenting me – Schleck, Contador and others – and that gives real pleasure, but I want to keep my feet on the ground.”

    Confident enough to attack late on in the stage to Avoriaz, Van den Broeck admitted he’d gained even more confidence while watching the stage later on TV. “I thought that I would really suffer on the climb to Avoriaz, but I saw the faces of the riders who were behind me and I realized that a lot of them were...

  • Milram's fate apparently sealed

    The Milram team showed their latest signing to the crow in Liege.
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    July 13, 2010, 13:02 BST
    Cycling News

    Nordmilch refuses to continue

    The end of Team Milram is beginning to look ceratin after Nordmilch AG said it will not continue its sponsorship.  Team manger Gerry van Gerwen had asked the dairy product company to remain for another year.

    “They told me again, 'We will not make any futher sponsorship',” van Gerwen told the German news agency dpa on Tuesday. 

    The Dutchman is not ready to give up all hope , though.  “I cannot imagine that I won't have a team in 2011,” he said, adding that he is still geting telephone inquiries about the team's future.

    Meanwhile, the riders have started looking for teams for the coming season.  Linus Gerdemann said that he is holding talks with other teams.  Sprinter Gerald Ciolek is said to have an offer from his former team HTC-Columbia, which he called an “interesting alternative.”


  • Tour tech: Cadel Evans's yellow BMC

    The complete bike used by Cadel Evans
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    July 13, 2010, 14:19 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    Images of the Tour leader's bike

    Cadel Evans is wearing the yellow jersey on today's stage to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and BMC has built a special yellow frame. Easton has a supplied a yellow stem and rims, and Bell has supplied a yellow helmet.

    The yellow BMC frame is one of the first models of the new Impec model. Evans has this yellow version and another in red on the BMC team car as his first spare bike. BMC have built a new factory in Switzerland to create the new bike and proudly claim the frame is 100% made in Switzerland.

    The bike is exactly the same measurements as the other BMC bikes used by Evans and has been equipped with exactly the same Campagnolo super Record 11 components, Easton bars, stems and wheels and a Selle Italia saddle.

  • On the start line in Morzine-Avoriaz

    Great weather at the start of the ninth stage in Morzine
    Article published:
    July 13, 2010, 14:37 BST
    Stephen Farrand

    After the rest day, there are more mountains on tap

    Following the first rest day in Morzine on Monday, the Tour de France peloton gathered in the Alpine mountain town for today's 204.5km ninth stage from Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

    The riders looked happier and rested after a testing first week on the cobbles and early climbs of the race. But many were nervous because they faced a tough stage in the mountains with four major climbs.

    Cadel Evans posed for a special photograph with his BMC teammates in his yellow jersey. Evans swapped his rainbow jersey for yellow and also had a matching BMC bike and helmet. Instead of the yellow shorts, Evans went for a classic look, matching his usual black shorts with the Tour de France leader's jersey.

    Evans' left elbow was strapped in bright blue tape but he admitted that his injuries were not as bad as when he crashed in the 2008 Tour de France and eventually lost the yellow jersey.

    Other overall contenders like Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) looked nervous about the outcome of the stage. The sprinters, like Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese Vini) were also worried. They will have make sure they finish inside the time cut if they want to contest a likely sprint in Bourg les Valance on Thursday.

    David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) was one of the happiest riders at the start. He has been ill for most of the first week but hardly got out of bed on Monday and seemed back on form. Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) also looked to have recovered from his crashes and joined Cadel Evans on the start line in Morzine.

    A total of 181 riders started the stage, with Vladimir Karpets (Katusha), Simon Gerrans (Team Sky), Roger Kluge (Milram) and Fabio Felline (Footon-Servetto) the four non-starters. Felline was the youngest rider in this year's Tour de France at just 20 but has now headed home to Italy.

  • Kluge out of Tour with broken hand

    Roger Kluge (Milram)
    Article published:
    July 13, 2010, 17:51 BST
    Cycling News

    Milram rider set for surgery

    Roger Kluge of Team Milram was not at the start of Tuesday's ninth stage of the Tour de France. The German was discovered to have broken a bone in his left hand in a crash on Sunday.

    He has already left France and will have surgery on the hand, Thursday in Hamburg, Germany. “A screw will be put in the break to stabilise the bone,” Kluge told the German news agency dpa.

    “The season is basically finished for me,” he said. “Perhaps I can ride another race at the beginning of October.”

    Kluge, 24, won a silver medal on the track in the Beijing Olympics. He turned his attention to road racing this year with Milram. He opened the season on a high note, finishing fourth overall at his first race for the ProTour team, the Tour of Qatar, where he also won the best young rider ranking. Kluge brought in his first win of the season in May at the Neuseen Classics.