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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Date published:
October 19, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • Garmin-Cervélo’s first training camp scheduled

    Thor Hushovd (Cervelo) in Milan at the start of the 2010 Tour of Lombardy.
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    October 19, 2010, 4:55 BST
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    Cycling News

    November rendezvous planned in the Cayman Islands

    Garmin-Cervélo will hold its first training camp for 2011 in the Cayman Islands commencing on November 28, according to wielerland.nl. It will be the first time the transferring riders from Cervélo TestTeam will join their new teammates at Garmin.

    Garmin-Cervélo team director Jonathan Vaughters said he chose the location based on the advice of several riders. “Some riders are already on vacation and found it a nice experience,” he told the website. “We therefore believe that this is a fine venue for the riders to come together and prepare for the 2011 season.”

    Garmin has acquired a number of riders from the now defunct TestTeam after the bike manufacturer announced it would close its doors. Amongst those on the move from Cervélo TestTeam to the Garmin- Cervélo squad is newly crowned world champion Thor Hushovd.

    Other riders making the transition with Hushovd include Heinrich Haussler, Andreas Klier, Brett Lancaster, Daniel Lloyd, Roger Hammond and Gabriel Rasch. Garmin will also run a women’s squad next year after taking over much of Cervélo’s women’s outfit.

    Garmin isn’t the only squad already looking forward to 2011, with Katusha holding a team gathering at Lake Garda, Italy, this week.

  • Roulston cautious of Landis’ Southland return

    Floyd Landis rode today’s prologue in baggy t-shirt and number flapping
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    October 19, 2010, 5:31 BST
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    Cycling News

    American to contest non-UCI race

    Hayden Roulston, one of New Zealand’s top professional cyclists, hopes the return of Floyd Landis to the Tour of Southland won’t have a negative impact on publicity around the race. Landis contested the event with a composite team last year however has been surrounded by controversy since making damaging doping allegations against former teammates and admitting to doping himself.

    With the Tour dropping back from a UCI level race to a national event this year, Roulston threw caution to the wind when Landis was announced as a member of the Orca Velo Merino team.

    “I supported him coming last year but in light of his revelations and accusations I just hope he does not attract or generate any negativity for the event or for cycling,” Roulston said.

    “The Powernet Tour of Southland is a fantastic event,” he said. “It’s a great race, well run and is a great opportunity for many of our domestic riders to experience a tough tour in New Zealand so it would be a real shame if he generated any negativity like he has done recently at events overseas.”

    Tour of Southland race director Bruce Ross was more optimistic about Landis’ inclusion in the race, telling Stuff.co.nz: "Floyd is keen to come back and the fact that he has admitted to the crime and in effect done the time and is cleared to ride, he now wants to make a statement on the bike instead of in print."

    Landis, who finished 17th in last year’s event, will be joined by New Zealanders Alex Ray, Andre de Jong and Andrew McNab as well as Australia’s Samuel Witmitz and Will Tehan on the Orca Velo Merino team. The 2010 Tour of Southland takes place on November 1-6.

  • 2011 Tour de France route announced

    The 2011 Tour de France map
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    October 19, 2010, 10:13 BST
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    Hedwig Kröner

    A centenary celebration of the Alps

    After a 2010 edition dedicated to the centenary of the Pyrenees, the 2011 Tour de France will celebrate the centenary of the first time the race climbed the Alps.

    At the launch of next year's event in Paris, race director Christian Prudhomme unveiled a parcours ideal f climbers, with only 64 time trial kilometres of which 23 are a team time trial. Again, there will be no time bonuses on the road from the Vendée region to Paris, while a testing third week in the Alps sees the Tour return to the Galibier and L’Alpe d’Huez: two of its most legendary climbs.

    A diverse start

    The 2011 Tour's Grand Départ is in the windy Vendée region in Western France, on the Atlantic coastline. The first stage will see the peloton cross the famous Passage du Gois before the first uphill finish on the Mont des Alouettes in Les Herbiers, famous for organising the Chrono des Nations time trial.

    The team time trial is back after a one-year absence, around the town Les Essarts, the home of Jean-Rene Bernadeau's team. The collective test against the clock has a totally flat profile and will certainly re-shuffle the general classification, even if the distance of 23 kilometres might not open up significant time gaps.

    Stage three (Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon) will see the riders gear up for a probable bunch sprint as the Tour heads northwest from Vendée towards Brittany. On the next day, an uphill finish on the steep Mûr-de-Bretagne in central Brittany will suit the Classics riders and strong finishers, with the yellow jersey probably again up for grabs.

    The Tour will then move northwards on stage five from Carhaix to Cap Fréhel, finishing on a windy and especially treacherous section of coast line. On the next day, the bunch will move over into Normandy for stage six from Dinan to Lisieux, the Tour’s longest stage with 226 kilometres.

    Moving...

  • Andy Schleck says 2011 Tour de France suits him

    Mark Cavendish and Andy Schleck seemed to like the route of the 2011 Tour de France
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    October 19, 2010, 13:51 BST
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    Jean-François Quénet

    Luxembourger hopes Contador will start

    Andy Schleck hopes to challenge the best riders at next year’s Tour de France and that includes Alberto Contador. The Luxemburger reckons the course suits him as it’s made for climbers.

    “I like this course,” the youngest of the Schlecks said soon after the launch of the 2011 Tour de France in Paris. “The four uphill finishes suit me. Well, this year’s Tour did suit me as well. I can’t say the next one has been made for me, but it’s a Tour for climbers, so it’s good for me.

    “The cobblestones made the 2010 Tour de France special but that will be replaced by the wind in Vendée and Brittany. We have to remember that some riders have lost the Tour at the team time trial. I’m not afraid of the traps of the first week though. When I go to the Tour de France, it’s for winning.”

    Schleck is already looking forward to the third and final week of the race. “The Galibier summit finish will be the queen stage and the whole last week will be very difficult”, he noted.

    Schleck didn’t want to consider the possibility of becoming the winner of the 2010 Tour de France as a result of the outcome of the Contador affair. “This Tour is finished and I was second on the podium in Paris and that’s it,” he said. “It’s important for cycling to have a quick answer on that matter and it’s important for him as well but not for me.

    “I hope that Alberto will be at the start next year. I want to compete against the best riders in the world. However, the Tour de France isn’t only about Alberto and myself. There are about fifteen riders who can win it.”

    Schleck also told Cyclingnews that he has yet to decide on his build-up to next year’s race but hinted that it should be along familiar lines.

    “I haven’t finalized my pre-Tour race program yet, I have some ideas...

  • Sastre to ride three Grand Tours again

    Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) steps onto the podium
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    October 19, 2010, 14:03 BST
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    Jean-François Quénet

    Geox confident over Tour de France invitation

    Carlos Sastre will take part in the three Grand Tours again in 2011, Geox team manager Mauro Gianetti told Cyclingnews at the launch of the Tour de France in Paris. This is provided his new team will be selected for the Grande Boucle, since participation criteria remain to be finalised.

    After finishing eighth at the Giro d'Italia, 20th at the Tour de France and eighth at the Vuelta a Espana, Sastre is up for three Grand Tours again. "He wants to do all three," Gianetti said. "Last year he had a long pause after the Tour de France. He won't stop as long and he might work a bit less at training and race more." Even though he completed three Grand Tours last year, Sastre only had 72 days of racing.

    Geox will have two captains with Sastre and Denis Menchov. "It's interesting to have two riders of this level. They get on well," Gianetti added. "But we will wait for the launch of the Giro d'Italia to figure out the race program for Menchov and the other riders."

    Gianetti admitted he's got no guarantee of taking part in the biggest races next year following the discrete showing of Footon-Servetto in 2010. "We have to see if the new UCI rules are accepted or not, if our team gets a licence for racing in the first division or not, or if the old rules are followed," said the Swiss manager.

    Geox might might end up being one of the teams applying for wildcard entries for racing. "We truly hope to be there with the two leaders we have," Gianetti insisted.

    "We have a Tour de France winner and someone who has made the podium this year. Without the strike on stage two to Spa (when Fabian Cancellara got the whole bunch to wait for Andy Schleck - ed.), Menchov would have even won the 2010 Tour de France! With the young team we had this year, we've showed abilities to create spectacle and it has become a big team for next year."
     

  • Van den Broeck, Gilbert and Greipel to ride 2011 Tour de France for Lotto

    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma - Lotto)
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    October 19, 2010, 14:07 BST
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    Daniel Benson

    Marc Sergeant pleased with route suited to climbers

    Marc Sergeant was full of anticipation and excitement as the 2011 Tour France was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday. The Omega-Pharma Lotto manager saw a race route suited to his young climber Jurgen Van den Broeck, while he also told Cyclingnews that he will send Philippe Gilbert and Andre Greipel to the French grand tour.

    Van den Broeck finished fifth in the 2010 race, surpassing many expectations with a display full of aggression and skill. With Greipel joining the team from HTC-Columbia and Sergeant believing that Gilbert is ideally suited to certain stages in the first week of racing, Lotto have the makings of one of the most potent teams in next year’s race.

    “It’s a tour perfect for the climbers with not that many time trial kilometres. The third week, as ever, will be decisive,” Sergeant told Cyclingnews.

    While he refused to nominate Van den Broeck as a potential winner for 2011, Sergeant does believe that the Belgian can improve on his 2010 ride.

    “If he wants to finish higher he needs to plan on attacking and taking some time. Otherwise if you just follow wheels you’ll finish between fifth and tenth. With the confidence he has now and the work he’s put in, he can aim for higher. Saying he can win the Tour is very ambitious though. I saw Andy Schleck this year and he was clearly better, Contador too and Menchov did a great time trial. It’s about being strong for three weeks and attacking.”

    Part of Lotto’s strength, according to Sergeant, could also lie in the fact that they will retain their GC contender while the likes of the Schlecks, Contador, Menchov and Sastre all have to build up with new team around them.

    “You’ve got to factor in that all the teams are splitting. Before you had teams like CSC but now the Schlecks have their own team, Sastre has another team, Menchov has moved too and there have been a lot of...

  • Nibali: Contador will not influence 2011 Tour decision

    Cheers! Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali will be careful not to tread on each other's toes in 2011.
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    October 19, 2010, 14:18 BST
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    Barry Ryan

    Basso warns of tricky opening in northwest France

    Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) has said that Alberto Contador's possible absence from the 2011 Tour de France will not influence his decision to ride the race. The Sicilian said that he would consult with his co-leader Ivan Basso before deciding on whether or not to ride the Tour.

    "Contador's presence or absence won't affect my decision to go to the Tour or not," Nibali told Cyclingnews after the presentation of the Tour route in Paris. "At Liquigas, we're just concerned with managing our own calendar."

    Nibali admitted that it would not be easy for the Liquigas team to balance their aspirations in 2011, but he hinted that he might lead the team at the Giro, with Basso aiming to win the Tour.

    "I'll see after the presentation of the Giro on Saturday. It might be that I go to the Giro and then ride the Tour in support of Ivan, but it's too early to say for sure," he said.

    "Next year, I do have the Giro in mind, and afterwards I'll decide whether to do the Tour or the Vuelta. I'll have to discuss it with Ivan and we'll seek to split up the objectives. It won't be easy."

    If Nibali does ultimately ride the Tour, he will encounter a route not altogether dissimilar from that of his recent Vuelta a España success, at least in terms of time trialling kilometres. Not surprisingly, the Sicilian was enthusiastic about the parcours for the 2011 race.

    "The Tour has a lot of important and historic climbs and very few time trial kilometres, including a team time trial, so you could say that is a Tour very suited to the climbers," Nibali said. "The stage in Italy stands out for me, obviously. The finish in Pinerolo could be very spectacular."

    Whether he aims for the Giro, Tour or both in 2011, Nibali's overriding ambition for next season is already clear: "This year was a great year for me and I want to repeat those results next time around."

    Basso taking it one day at a time

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  • Roche inspired by 2011 Tour de France

    Nicolas Roche (Ireland) in action during the world championships.
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    October 19, 2010, 15:11 BST
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    Jean-François Quénet

    Irishman to target top ten

    Nicolas Roche hopes to make the top ten at next year's Tour de France as he did at the Vuelta this year. He was pleased to discover the route of the 2011 Grande Boucle.

    "This route suits me well," the Irishman told Cyclingnews. "The route in 2010 suited me well, too. There are a lot of mountains! It'll be important to prepare well for the team time trial. I heard that even though 23 kilometres is short, a team could lose one and half to two minutes on that day. Every second will count for a good result.

    "Last year I was a bit scared of the cobblestones but I was pleased to do it eventually," Roche added. "I crashed twice the day before but not on that day. Next year the windy stages will have to be taken seriously and the race will be more difficult in the end. It'll be important to be attentive and patient at the same time."

    The 26-year-old got his first top ten finish at a Grand Tour when he completed the 2010 Vuelta in seventh position, increasing his motivation for next year's Tour de France. "I'd like to make the top 10 after coming 15th last time," he said. "I yet have to work a lot to improve but I prefer to set a high objective for myself and try to stick to it rather than start with a lower goal. I want to continue racing as I've done at the Vuelta."