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Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Date published:
September 15, 2009, 1:00 BST
  • Goulburn to Citi gets $20,000 in government funding

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    September 15, 2009, 0:22 BST
    Cycling News

    NSW’s support of cycling continues to grow

    This Sunday’s Golburn to Citi Cycle Classic has received a boost with the New South Wales Government announcing a $20,000 funding package for the race. State Member for Camden Geoff Corrigan announced the funding yesterday.

    “The Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic is the oldest and most popular cycling race held in New South Wales,” Corrigan said. “And most importantly it leaves the biggest legacy for the community.”

    President of Macarthur Collegians Cycle Club, David Macefield, said in last four year the Classic has raised around $500,000 for charity and this year the event is aiming to add another $200,000 to that figure. Corrigan said the NSW Government funding will go towards to meeting expenses to stage the event such as equipment hire and other logistical costs.

    “The NSW Government is proud of its commitment to cycling. Cycling is a great way to not only stay fit and active but to also he lp reduce greenhouse emissions,” Corrigan said. “The Government is investing $50 million this financial year alone on cycle paths and local cycle initiatives to encourage more people on to bikes.

    “Since the BikePlan was launched a decade ago, we’ve spent $300 million on cycling and infrastructure and delivered an average of 233km of cycleways a year,” he added.

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  • Zanardi aiming for Italy’s London 2012 team

    Despite his 2001 accident, in which he lost both legs, Alex Zanardi returned to a Formula One car's cockpit in 2007.
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    September 15, 2009, 0:29 BST
    Greg Johnson

    Former F1 driver gains Olympic ambition after worlds performance

    Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi has announced he’s aiming to make Italy’s cycling squad for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Zanardi finished 15th in the Individual Time Trial at the Para-cycling World Championships in Italy last week, but had already signaled his ambitions prior to the race.

    "My honest objective is to be at the level of the best Italian bikers and to finish in the top half of the classification," he wrote on his website, "waiting for a dream that could come true in London in 2012."

    The double amputee finished fourth in the New York Marathon’s hand cycling division in 2007, having only trained for a few weeks prior. The 42-year-old took up handcycling in earnest after his debut in New York. Zanardi clocked 33:55 minutes for his worlds run over the 19.4 kilometre course and while he was 4:45 minutes behind Beijing gold medal winner Oz Sanchez Zanardi was the second Italian, one place behind Giovanni Achenza.

    During the early 1990s Zanardi competed in Formula One with teams such as Jordan, Minardi, Lotus and Williams before moving to American open-wheeler series CART in 1996. His life was threatened in 2001 when a crash at EuroSpeedway Lausitz claimed both legs above the knee, causing massive loss of blood.

    After having prosthetic limbs fitted and an extensive rehabilitation program, Zanardi returned to motorsport in 2003. He secured a full-time World Touring Car Championship drive just one year later where he won his first race since losing both legs and continues to compete.

    His BMW drive in the WTCC saw the German company modify a BMW Sauber Formula One car for the Italian to test at Valencia in Spain, where a Vuelta a Espana time trial was held this month.

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  • Danielson leads confirmed US Worlds squad

    Tom Danielson (Garmin) put in a great ride to take seventh.
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    September 15, 2009, 1:20 BST
    Cycling News

    Zabriskie, Hincapie, Horner to skip worlds

    USA Cycling has announced its complete roster for the 2009 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Mendriso, Switzerland. Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) will contest both the elite men’s road race and time trial.

    Danielson will be joined In the time trial by Tom Zirbel (Bissell), the silver medalist from this month’s USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championships. Zirbel claimed his place in the team after both Dave Zabriskie and Chris Horner decided against taking up their spots in the squad.

    Recent Vuelta a Espana stage winner Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) will join his trade team-mate in the road race. Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) will join the pair following his impressive fourth place at the USProfessional Road Race Championships.

    The trio will be joined by Jeff Louder (BMC), Craig Lewis (Columbia-HTC), Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefits Strategies), Jason McCartney (Team Saxo Bank), Tim Duggan (Garmin-Slipstream), and Tom Peterson (Garmin-Slipstream).

    Having just contested the Tour de L’Avenir, both Tejay Van Garderen (Rabobank Continental Team) and Peter Stetina (Garmin-Felt-Holowesko) will compete in the Under 23 men’s road race and time trial. The pair will be joined by Kirk Carlsen (Garmin-Felt-Holowesko), Chris Barton (BMC), and Alex Howes (Garmin-Felt-Holowesko).

    USA Cycling announced its elite women’s team last week.

    Complete US team for World Championships:

    Elite Men

    Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream)– Road Race and Time Trial
    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) – Road Race
    Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) – Road Race
    Jeff Louder (BMC Racing Team) – Road Race
    Craig Lewis (Columbia-HTC)– Road Race
    Andrew Bajadali (Kelly Benefit Strategies)– Road Race
    Jason McCartney (Team Saxo Bank)– Road Race
    Tim Duggan...

  • Lapthorne, House to lead Rapha Condor Down Under

    Tom Southam (Rapha-Condor).
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    September 15, 2009, 1:32 BST
    Greg Johnson

    British squad confirmed for Herald Sun Tour, Tour of Tasmania

    Former Australian champion Darren Lapthorne will contest the Tour of Tasmania and Herald Sun Tour as the Rapha Condor riders head Down Under for a block of racing. Lapthorne, who claimed a FBD Insurance RÁS stage victory earlier this year, will be joined by current British road champion Kristian House on the team’s roster for the two races.

    “The Tassie Tour is one of my favourite events worldwide,” said House. “It would top off my season very nicely if I could come away with another victory.

    “I still have a few nightmares about Gunns Plains, but I’m in better shape now than when I tackled it last year, “ House said. “It’s not only Gunns Plains, though, that everybody’s got to get over. This year’s course looks very tough indeed, but very beautiful also.”

    The duo will ride for composite team GHD-Burnie for the Tour of Tasmania, along with team-mate and English hill-climbing specialist Ben Greenwood, from September 29 – October 4. They will be joined by New South Wales’ Aaron Donnelly and Burnie riders Aaron Jones and Adam Hartley.

    The trio will then reunite with their Rapha Condor team-mates for the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Victoria. There they will be joined by Tom Southam, African road race champion Dan Craven, two-time British circuit race champion Dean Downing and Matthew Cronshaw.

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  • Danielson upbeat heading into final six stages

    Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) after winning the TT in Burgos.
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    September 15, 2009, 4:43 BST
    Shane Stokes

    Feeling better and promises to attack

    American rider Tom Danielson (Garmin-Slipstream) is recovering from the illness which saw him lose time on stages 13 and 14 of the Vuelta a España and is feeling confident that he can ride strongly in the remaining stages. Danielson, who will lead the United States of America team at the World Championships, had reported stomach problems on Saturday but confirmed on stage 15 that he also had a chest complaint.

    “Today was better, I am recovering,” he told Cyclingnews at the finish in Córdoba. “I am a little bit hoarse, it got it my lungs a little bit. I had a stomach problem and something like a flu thing that hit me.

    “I am getting through it…I am really happy,” he added. “My legs were better today than they were yesterday and the day before. I am starting to get my energy back.”

    Danielson has been riding well for much of the race and looked set to improve on his fourth place in the general classification after an impressive, aggressive performance on Friday’s stage to the Alto de Velefique. Although he didn’t take time out of race leader Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Eparnge), he appeared to be one of the strongest on the climb and expected to make general classification progress on the remaining mountain stages in the south of Spain.

    Instead he became ill and lost time on the two following stages. He dropped to ninth overall, eight minutes 28 seconds behind Valverde, but vowed today to try something in the days ahead.

    “I still have ambitions in this race,” he said, looking far more upbeat than on Saturday and Sunday. “I am ninth overall. Obviously top 10 is really good, but I will still try to improve on that.”

    Danielson won a stage and finished sixth overall in the 2006 edition of the race, but then suffered a broken shoulder one year later. That prefaced a run of health issues including intestinal...

  • Hammond wants-in on British Worlds team

    Roger Hammond (Cervélo TestTeam) keeps an eye on the other workhorses.
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    September 15, 2009, 10:05 BST
    Shane Stokes

    Cervélo rider banking on post-Vuelta form

    Cervélo's Roger Hammond is hopeful that he will be part of the British team for the World Championships, when the squad is announced on Friday. Third and seventh on earlier stages of the Vuelta a España and now over two thirds of the way through the his debut Grand Tour, Hammond said he was looking forward to a possible call-up to Britain's nine-man team.

    "I think I'll go to Mendrisio but I'm not sure - they are not picking the team until Friday," he said. "But I hope I am there."

    Hammond was named as part of Britain's long list for the World Championships last month. He was also one of thirteen riders on the list to attend a two-day training camp at the site of this year's World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    British Cycling will announce its final nine-man road team and two time trial representatives on Friday, September 18. Bradley Wiggins confirmed last week that he will fill one of the time trial spots, but would forego a position on the road team, which is expected to be led by David Millar.

    "It's likely that David [Millar] will lead the team," said Hammond. "Originally it was going to be Dave and Brad [Wiggins], but Brad has pulled out. That means it's just Dave [as team captain], or possibly a very good Steve Cummings."

    With six stages of the Vuelta to come, Hammond said that the race so far had not been particularly different to his expectations."It's been all right, not too bad. It's not really different than I thought. When have you are a pro for so many years and you have been talking to guys about the Grand Tours, you hear all the stories. I have just settled into a routine, really."

    That routine will continue until Sunday, when the peloton races into Madrid and completes...

  • Cancellara leads Swiss Worlds team at home

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) at the Vuelta
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    September 15, 2009, 11:08 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Olympic and World Champion Cancellara wants road and time trial titles

    Fabian Cancellara will lead team Switzerland on its home course at the World Championships next week in Mendrisio. Cancellara will race the time trial, which he won in 2006 and 2007, and the road race.

    Cancellara's number one objective is the World road title, but he also wants to win the Worlds time trial, he said at the Vuelta a España. He withdrew from the Spanish Grand Tour on Sunday. He had won two time trial stages and held the leader's jersey for a total of five stages throughout this year's race.

    Team Switzerland, according to
    Fabian Cancellara
    • Michael Albasini
    • Rubens Bertogliati
    • Mathias Frank
    • Gregory Rast
    • Oliver Zaugg
    • David Loosli (reserve)
    • Florian Salzinger (reserve)
    • Steve Morabito (reserve)

    Cancellara and Bertogliati will race the time trial, with Frank and Thomas Frei as reserves.

    In addition to two time trial World titles, Cancellara took the Olympic time trial win last year in Beijing, China. This season, he won time trials in the Tour of California, Tour de Suisse, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. He won the Tour de Suisse overall classification and, his only road win, the Swiss Championships.

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed last month the number of riders allowed for each nation. Ten nations may have the maximum number of nine riders, but some historically powerful nations can only bring six. The UCI decided the numbers based on team rankings as of August 15.

    Switzerland, France and The Netherlands will have six-man teams, but countries like Great Britain, Norway and Luxembourg can bring nine.

    This year's road course, September 27, has two climbs, Acqua Fresca and Novazzano. It's a short 13.8-kilometre circuit repeated 19 times, 262.2 kilometres.

    The time trial, September 24, covers three...

  • Sánchez confident for Worlds after Olympic success

    Olympic Champion Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) confident in Worlds preparations
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    September 15, 2009, 12:15 BST
    Gregor Brown

    Vuelta leaves Olympic Champion Sánchez prepared for Swiss Worlds course

    Spaniard Samuel Sánchez will head confidently into next week's World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland, based on his previous, winning experience. Last year, he raced the Tour de France prior to Olympic road race win and this year he is at the Vuelta a España, currently third overall.

    "I had the chance to repeat last year's decision, taking advantage of a good form to fight for two goals. It is our [the Spanish team's] bet and we have prepared in the best way possible," Sánchez told Cyclingnews.

    The Euskaltel-Euskadi captain finished sixth overall in the 2008 Tour de France and won the Olympic title in Beijing two weeks later. This year's World Championships road race will take place a week after the end of the Vuelta, on September 27.

    The 13.8-kilometre Mendrisio circuit travels south of the city and features two climbs, Acqua Fresca and Novazzano. It's repeated 19 times for 262.2 kilometres and 4655 metres of climbing. Sánchez will reconnoitre the circuit for the first time after the Vuelta ends in Madrid on Sunday.

    "It is a very demanding route, in which the accumulation of both kilometres and climbing will make it tougher," he continued. "It's a very good circuit for us [Spain], but also for other big teams, like Italy."

    Spain has won the Worlds three times with sprinter Oscar Freire (1999, 2001 and 2004) and placed Alejandro Valverde in the top three last three editions of the race. Sánchez's best place was fourth on the 2006 circuit in Salzburg.

    Italian National director Franco Ballerini has guided Italy to three wins in the last three years. Paolo Bettini won in 2007 and 2006, and helped teammate Alessandro Ballan win last year in Varese.

    "In a selection, as in any group, all components are important. Everyone must take responsibility and do his part for the common goal. Success lies in balancing all these factors," said Sánchez of...