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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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May 15, 2012, 20:00
  • Pozzato out of Giro d'Italia with broken hand

    Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini - Selle Italia)
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    May 15, 2012, 10:07
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    Cycling News

    Farnese Vini-Selle Italia injured in Monday's crash

    Filippo Pozzato has fallen victim to the crash he caused in the finale of Monday's ninth Giro d'Italia stage. The Farnese Vini-Selle Italia captain has a micro-fracture in the scaphoid in his right hand and will not be at the start Tuesday.

    Pozzato made a weak attack on the final climb, but was unable to get away. He was still in the mix going into the complicated lead-up to the closing sprint. On the final corner, he slid into Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), sending both of them flying, and taking down a number of other riders as well.

    “His hand is so swollen that it is better to give up,” the team said. “Pippo cannot even close his hand and has a lot of pain. If he continued riding, there was too much risk that the situation could deteriorate.”

    He will now return to his home in Monaco. The injury is not expected to require surgery and Pozzato said that he is hopeful of being fully fit for the Olympic cycling at the 2012 Games in London this summer. He also revealed that he had chatted to Sky's Mark Cavendish about his role in Monday's crash.

    “It’s a pity to leave the Giro, I had the form for winning a stage," Pozzato told Cyclingnews. "Yesterday evening I went to hospital. A fracture was diagnosed on my scaphoid. But I still tried to ride my bike this morning. As I realized that I couldn’t use my brakes or my derailleur, it appeared that I shouldn’t try to continue the Giro. I would have become a danger in the peloton, for myself and for everyone else.

    "Speaking with the doctor, I understood that I’d better stop now for the bones to set. It’s also the best way to come back faster. There is an important appointment in August that I wouldn’t like to miss: the road race of the Olympic Games [on July 28]. I yet have to wait for the selection by [Italy’s national coach] Paolo Bettini but we did speak about it and London is a goal. With the directeurs sportifs Luca Scinto and Serge Parsani, we sat down this morning to revise my race program: I’m likely to add the Tour of Slovenia before the Tour of Austria and the Tour of Poland that I already had on my agenda.

    "Yesterday after the finish, I took the responsibility for the crash but looking at the images later, it’s Alexander Kristoff who bumped into me and hit my hip on the left. This morning I went to the bus of Team Sky to talk to Mark Cavendish about how it happened really. Crashes happen in our sport.”

  • May races see big changes in IG Pro Cycling Index

    Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha Team)
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    May 15, 2012, 10:22
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    Cycling News

    Giro d'Italia, Tour de Picardie and Tour of California movers

    The month of May is arguably the busiest of the season in the professional cycling calendar and the hectic schedules of the world's top riders is reflected in some big changes this week to the IG Pro Cycling Index.

    Belgium's Philippe Gilbert is still clinging on to top spot, but Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) has taken second place from Gilbert's countryman Tom Boonen following his fourth place in stage 7 and third in stage 8 at the Giro d'Italia. Other riders who have performed well in the Giro in the last few days have also seen their ranking improve: Domenico Pozzovivo is up to 66th after his stage 8 win; Ivan Basso is up to 82nd; and current race leader Ryder Hesjedal has climbed 39 places up to 116th. Team Sky's Mark Cavendish added a stage 5 win to his victory in stage 2 last week and is up into the top five.

    Elsewhere, Germany's John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) picked up two stages and the overall win at the Tour de Picardie and has climbed 15 places up to 26th position, while Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan won the opener at the Tour of California and has leapfrogged his teammate Vincenzo Nibali into seventh place.

    With lots to play for in Italy and California over the next seven days, it will be interesting to see where the riders stand next week.

    About the IG Markets Index

    The IG Pro Cycling Index is a 12 month rolling ranking system designed answer the question “Who is the best cyclist in the world?” We teamed up with sports data experts Opta to create a comprehensive cycling ranking system that was based on an entirely new formula. We source results from the 120 top international road races throughout the season. Races are ranked by our expert panel, based on their prestige and their importance to cycling fans and put into four tiers in three different categories.

    The IG Pro Cycling Index has a number of features that make it unique: Races are tiered depending on history, importance and calibre of field rather than UCI Class. So winning the Tour of Beijing will not give you the same points as winning Paris-Nice or the Dauphiné. Wins carry much greater weight and are rewarded more than placings. Bonus points are awarded for multiple victories in the top races, winning the most prestigious stages at the Grand Tours or winning multiple classics.  

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