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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Date published:
November 03, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Gilbert to skip Tour de France again

    Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto)
    Article published:
    November 03, 2009, 13:09 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Belgian one-day rider to focus on Classics and Worlds

    Belgian Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) will skip the Tour de France again next season to give more attention to one-day races.

    "With [Cadel] Evans' departure we no longer have a team for the Tours. This means that more than ever we must aim for the one-day races, so there will be more pressure on my shoulders," Gilbert told Sporza yesterday.

    Gilbert will begin his season at the Tour of Qatar and build for the Classics. Milano-Sanremo, Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Ardennes Classics are his goals, he said. He finished third at the Ronde and fourth at Liège-Bastogne-Liège this season.

    "I hope to do something better than this year," Gilbert continued.

    This year, Gilbert raced the Giro d'Italia and took his first win of the season on stage 20 to Anagni. However, both next year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France routes will feature more mountain stages than their previous editions.

    "I'd only have three or four chances. I can lose more than win, it's like playing the lotto," Gilbert told Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

    Gilbert plans to race the Vuelta a España in late summer to prepare for the World Championships in Australia. This year, he raced the Vuelta, which gave him good form for the Autumn Classics. He finished sixth at the World Championships and then won four consecutive races: Paris-Tours, Coppa Sabatini, Giro del Piemonte and Giro di Lombardia.

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  • Swift set to soar in 2010

    Ben Swift (Katusha)
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    November 03, 2009, 13:35 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Versatile British rider ready to build on season of success, Sky rumours take back seat to racing

    After a successful season on both the road and track, Katusha’s Ben Swift is looking forward to 2010. It's a year he hopes will build on a season that saw him take his first pro win and complete his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia in May.

    Swift won his first race at the Tour of Britain this year, as he finished first on a sprint stage into Yeovil. However, it was the Yorkshireman’s all-round abilities that have drawn praise from many quarters. He picked up a number of top-ten placings at May's Giro and most recently performed as part of Great Britain’s successful team pursuit squad at the World Cup in Manchester last weekend.

    "This year has been an amazing experience. It sounds like a cliché but I really have been living the dream, as they say," Swift told Cyclingnews. "At he start of the year I just wanted to get as much experience as possible and go to as many different races as I could. If the results came, then great, but it was all about getting as much experience as I could."

    Swift's 2009 season began at the Tour of Qatar in January, where he shared a room with team leader Filippo Pozzato. "He speaks a bit of English and I speak very little Italian, but it was good rooming with him at Qatar. It was strange and unreal being with someone of that class at my first pro race," said Swift, who along with Robbie McEwen, were the only English-speaking riders on the Russian team. "I spoke to Robbie quite a lot, and he was a great help. Unfortunately we didn’t get to race together as he was injured quite early on in the year."

    His move to Katusha at the start of 2009 was a surprise to many, but Swift saw it as an...

  • Road rage doctor guilty of assaulting cyclists

    Nuff said.
    Article published:
    November 03, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    Los Angeles doctor guilty of slamming brakes on, injuring two

    A driver has been found guilty of injuring two cyclists in a road rage attack. Jurors in Los Angeles decided that Dr Christopher Thomas Thompson, 60, deliberately slammed on his car's brakes moments after overtaking the pair.

    Thompson was convicted of six felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, and one misdemeanour. He was remanded to custody pending sentencing.

    The injury incident happened on Mandeville Canyon Road in Los Angeles County, on 4 July 2008. Two other cyclists testified that a driver matching Thompson's description performed the same action in previous incidents on the same road, but both were able to avoid crashing into the car.

    Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr were not so fortunate, and according to testimony, Thompson, after a verbal altercation, passed the pair then suddenly stopped.

    The riders did not have enough space to stop or swerve. One rode into the rear windscreen of the car, breaking his nose and front teeth and requiring stitches. The other crashed into the kerb and injured his shoulder.

    Police testified that Thompson, a former emergency room physician, admitted purposely trying to crash the riders in order to "teach them a lesson".

  • Footon-Servetto sign Pedersen and Felline

    Martin Pedersen (Team Capinordic) won each of the stage's mountain primes and leads the mountain classification.
    Article published:
    November 03, 2009, 15:44 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Spanish ProTour team add Dane and Italian to 2010 roster

    Spanish team Footon-Servetto announced today that it has signed two more riders, Dane Martin Pedersen and 19-year-old Italian Fabio Felline.

    Pedersen, 26, claimed four race wins this season, including the Rund um Köln in April. He won the Under-23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2005 and a stage and the overall of the 2006 Tour of Britain. He became professional in 2004 with Team PH and rode two seasons on Bjarne Riis' team, CSC. This season he has ridden with Denmark's Team Capinordic.

    Felline will make his debut as a professional cyclist with Footon next year and will be its youngest rider. This season he won a mountain stage in the Giro delle Valli Cuneesi.

    Felline is "one of the biggest hopefuls in the Italian amateur peloton," said the team in a press release.

    Mauro Gianetti's Footon team signed 12 riders last week after it welcomed Footon as a replacement sponsor for Fuji. The team raced this season as Fuji-Servetto.

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  • Valverde, Sastre, Sánchez to race in Spanish criterium

    Spaniards Samuel Sánchez and Alejandro Valverde
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    November 03, 2009, 16:25 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Spanish cyclists association organises race for legend Federico Bahamontes

    Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), Carlos Sastre (Cervélo) and Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) will participate in the Spanish Professional Cyclists Association (ACP) criterium in San Andrés del Rabanedo (León), Spain on Sunday.  The trio tops a list of Spanish cyclists racing to honour former Tour de France winner Federico Bahamontes.

    The event consists of two races: a team time trial and circuit race, according to Europa Press. The organisers offer bonus seconds to the first three riders over the line in each lap of the three-lap circuit race. They will subtract the bonus seconds from the time trial times to determine the winner.

    Vuelta a España winner and last year's ACP criterium winner Valverde will race with 2008 Tour de France winner Sastre, Olympic Champion Samuel Sánchez , Luis León Sánchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Juan José Cobo (Fuji-Servetto), Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia), Santiago Perez (Medeinox Boavista), José Luis Rubiera (Astana) and Benjamin Noval (Astana).

    It's the 16th year of the ACP criterium.  Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Astana) won it in 2007.

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  • Bahati forms new US pro team

    Bahati repeated his win in the Manhattan Beach GP in 2008.
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    November 03, 2009, 16:27 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Former US champion may retire from racing

    Former US Pro criterium champion Rahsaan Bahati announced Tuesday the formation of a new professional cycling team in the US, the Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team.

    The UCI Continental team, registered by Transcend Sports, a partnership between Colorado Premier Training and RAHA Sports Management, will compete in the US National Racing Calendar series and international races.

    The team's press release stated that it is "currently in negotiation with three Pro Tour riders who will add great depth, experience and leadership to a new program".

    "We'll confirm the three big guys soon. All I can say is that they're coming from the ProTour ranks," Bahati told Cyclingnews on Tuesday.

    "I'm very excited to get this off the ground. It has been a dream of mine for the last ten years to start my own programme. To have it come to fruition after a lot of hard work and stress is very gratifying. It gives me a huge sense of pride," .

    Bahati grew up in Compton, one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles, California. He rose out of the poverty and crime-ridden area through his career in cycling, but never turned his back on his roots. The new team will be devoted to helping underprivileged children rise above their circumstances.

    "As a rider I know what the athletes want and I wanted to step out of the box so not only are they going to race their bikes, they're going to have a purpose other than winning. The riders are going to the communities where the races are being held and help those kids and give them some insight. They're going to let them know there's something bigger out there."

    After racing the past few years with the Rock Racing team, Bahati said he does not have a racing contract for the upcoming season, not even with this nascent squad.

    "I'm just on the management side of the team and ownership. That could be it for me. I was looking to ride next year and had a few conversations with some teams but...

  • Colnago Channel goes live on Cyclingnews

    The new Cyclingnews Colnago Channel.
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    November 03, 2009, 18:12 GMT
    Cycling News

    Latest news, bikes, team info and competitions direct from Italian bike maker

    We're delighted to announce a new feature on Cyclingnews: the Colnago Channel, a direct line for Colnago fans to all the latest insider scoop, straight from company headquarters in Cambiago, Italy.

    In the Colnago Channel you'll find the latest news, bikes, team info and competitions direct from this top Italian bike maker.

    Over the next few months, Colnago will be adding interviews with key cycling insiders and videos of the latest bikes. They'll be taking you inside the Colnago factory where bikes are still handbuilt by Italian craftsmen, and looking at the unrivalled collection of race-winning bikes from Colnago's career of over 50 years building bikes for greats from Merckx to Rominger.

    Anyone with a Facebook page or a blog can grab themselves the dedicated Colnago on Cyclingnews widget and get the latest content delivered directly to their profile. The Twitterers among us can also follow @Colnagoworld for bonus updates.

    Colnago will be rolling out much more on their channel over the coming months, so bookmark the Colnago Channel and take a look now for a taste of what's already there and what to expect much, much more of.

  • Tour of Denmark to test 2011 World Championships circuit

    The 2009 World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland
    Article published:
    November 03, 2009, 20:14 GMT
    Gregor Brown

    Final stage to use five laps of circuit in Rudersdal

    The Tour of Denmark will test next year the 2011 World Championship circuit in Rudersdal. The race organiser will hold the final stage of its race, taking place August 8th, on the 14-kilometre circuit.

    "The riders will be able to test themselves on the Worlds course," said Tour of Denmark director Jesper Worre. "This will make Tour of Denmark more interesting for the teams and riders in 2010."

    The final stage of the 20th edition of the Tour of Denmark, August 4 to 8, will enter the Worlds circuit after 100km. The feedback received from the riders and teams after the stage will help guarantee a well-organised Worlds, Worre said.

    "At the same time, the course has plenty of hills. The final climb to the finish line on Geels Hill could have an influence on the general classification in the race."

    The Tour of Denmark will miss out on its usual finish in Frederiksberg, but it will return in 2011, said Worre.

    German Sebastian Siedler (Vorarlberg-Corratec) won the final stage of the Tour of Denmark this year, 150 kilometres from Ringsted to Frederiksberg. Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) won the overall classification.

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