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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Date published:
April 17, 2013, 18:00
  • Carpenter infiltrates top contenders at Tour de Perth

    Harry Carpenter (Euride Racing) used his SA Institute skin suit to rocket to second-place
    Article published:
    April 17, 2013, 03:50
    Alex Malone

    Euride to challenge top NRS teams at Battle on Border, says South Australian

    The team formerly known as SASI (South Australian Sports Institute), now Euride Racing signalled their intent to be amongst the Subaru National Road Series best-ranked teams by finishing the four-day Woodside Tour de Perth with an impressive 8th-place overall courtesy of Harry Carpenter. The youthful squad that aims to develop South Australian talent also finished fifth in the team classification, perhaps a sign of things to come in 2013.

    Carpenter's overall result and second-place in the Rottnest Island time trial was not a surprise for the 20-year-old who opened his season at the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic, picking up a respectable second-place to Orica GreenEdge's Mitch Docker on the final day in Williamstown and eventually finishing the brutal criterium series in seventh overall.

    The Adelaide resident finished 4th at the Tour of the Murray River in 2012, the same race won by Luke Davison who spent the final part of last season with the SASI outfit, but to get the year off to a solid start at Perth has given him confidence ahead of the next round of the NRS at Battle on the Border.

    "We will hoping to get the series of to a good run in Perth because we definitely have a team that can win and be right up there with the likes of [Huon Salmon]-Genesys and Drapac," Carpenter told Cyclingnews.

    Carpenter entered the final stage at Perth in fourth-overall, with two Budget Forklifts and three Huon Salmon-Genesys riders hot on his heels but this gave no real reason for concern. Carpenter proved his place amongst the top contenders on the difficult circuit around Kalamunda on Stage 3 and were it not for a bout of illness, he would have likely kept his fourth-place, rather than dropping to eighth.

    "I was happy with my ride, we were a little bit unlucky, especially on the last stage with punctures and I got a bit sick on the last day so that was a bit of a struggle but I was very pleased with the time trial result on the second stage," he said.

    "I wasn't feeling great on the final day. The night before I was awake for most of the night and I think that took a bit of a toll the next day."

    Expectations for Battle on the Border

    With Round 2 of the National Road Series just around the corner, running from 2-5 May and quickly followed by the FK Gardner Tour of Toowoomba 9-5 May, Carpenter says that as long as the course offers a bit of everything and is raced hard, he should be in the mix for another good result.

    "I think I'm a bit of an all-rounder. I don't mind a few hills, I'm not going to win stages when there's huge climbs but a hard tour with a combination of flat, climbing and time trials, that sort of suits me," he explained. "I will be doing Battle on the Border and Tour of Toowoomnba. I think I'll be able to have a good crack in that," Carpenter said excitedly about the prospect of performing well in the 9.3km time trial at Battle on the Border in a couple of weeks time.

    "I've been working on time trialling a lot lately, aiming at the National's and Oceania's. I've been getting stronger and stronger so to get second in Perth was really great. I get out on the time trial bike a couple of times a week but also in training sessions I've been really focussing on efforts based around a time trial."

    The final day at Battle on the Border features a tough hill-top finish at Mount Warning which may be a little too much, according to the young SA rider but if he's truly worried, he's yet to show it.

    "The hill-top finish might be a little bit tough but we'll see when we get there. I'll definitely be aiming to get another good result there but we've also got guys who can win at all these races."

  • Markus with no hope for Giro d'Italia debut after Tro Bro Leon crash

    Marcel Kittel (Argos - Shimano), Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - QuickStep), Barry Markus (Vacansoleil - DCM) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) battle for the win in Scheldeprijs
    Article published:
    April 17, 2013, 04:57
    Cycling News

    Vacansoleil-DCM sprinter forced to rest

    Included in his team's long list for the opening grand tour of the season at the Giro d'Italia had no doubt given Barry Markus extra incentive to train and race well in the early part of the year. The 21-year-old had been doing just that but a crash at the one-day Tro Bro Leon race, won by Francis Mourey (FDJ) has ended his dream of riding the Italian three-week race.

    Medical examinations following his crash, where he failed to finish, discovered he had broken his thumb. The Vacansoleil-DCM rider will reportedly need to refrain from racing for at least a couple of weeks and will subsequently be ill-prepared for what would have been his biggest challenge since signing in the later part of 2011 with the Dutch ProTeam.

    "I wanted to ride the Giro," said Markus about having to miss the opportunity to go up against some of the fastest sprinters in the world. Markus had previously discounted starting the Giro however, his recent comments combined with his name appearing on the team's long list suggested otherwise.

    With his young legs still to ride a race more than a week long it's likely that he will be overlooked for the Tour de France, leaving the mountainous Vuelta a España in the later part of the season as his next realistic chance.

    Markus had been rivalling some of the best sprinters including Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) and Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) during the early part of the season and a start at the Giro would have been an exciting opportunity for the Dutchman and his team.

    Picking up results at races like Tour Down Under, three podium placings at the Tour of Qatar and more recently third at Scheldeprijs had given 21-year-old Barry Markus high hopes to make a grand tour debut but his untimely injury should see him back to racing relatively soon.


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    Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
  • Cerny enjoys his moment of fame at the Giro del Trentino

    CCC Polsat's effort put Josef Cerny into the overall lead.
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    April 17, 2013, 05:53
    Stephen Farrand

    19-year-old Czech rider takes the race lead after TTT

    One of the great things about a bike race is that you never know how things will turn out.

    Josef Cerny is just 19 and the Giro del Trentino is his first real race as part of the CCC Polsat Professional Continental team. Yet after getting in the break during the morning stage and then thanks to CCC Polsat's 12th place in the team time trial, the fresh-faced Czech rider has found himself wearing the race leader's fuchsia jersey.

    Cerny took the jersey from stage 1a winner Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and now leads the Frenchman by 11 seconds, with Michael Rodriguez (Colombia) third at 16 seconds. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is the best placed of the overall contenders, a significant 6:03 behind. However, that gap could melt like the spring snow covering the Dolomites as the riders tackle the 224.8km second stage, with a mountain finish at Vetriolo Terme.

    Cerny could hardly believe what had happened to him.

    "It's awesome, I'm very happy and I'm enjoying this," he said with a grin.

    "Tomorrow's stage is very hard. I'll try to keep the jersey but it won't be easy. However Bouet and the other guys in the break with me today are only human so well see what happens."

    "I suppose it was just my turn for success today. It's a good moment or Czech cycling after Roman Kreuziger won the Amstel gold Race. Jan Barta of NetApp is also a good Czech rider. I hope to be like them one day."

    Our tactics will be very simple

    With Cerny struggling to handle the emotions of success and being thrust in media spotlight, CCC Polsat directeur sportif Piotr Wadecki talked about the lanky Czech teenager.

    "Two years ago he stopped racing after being a junior because there were no good teams in Czech Republic. He then found a small team in Poland, and I saw him in the mountains at a race and thought he'd be a good rider to sign." Wadecki said.

    "He can climb but he has never done such a big race as this one. We'll see what happens. Our tactics will be very simple. We'll mark Bouet. We've got Davide Rebellin ready for this race and we'll see what Sky will do."

    "Whatever happens it's been a pretty special day for Josef and the team."

  • Mancebo's desire to return to European peloton

    Francisco Mancebo celerbates with his children
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    April 17, 2013, 09:54
    Fran Reyes

    Spaniard finished second at Vuelta a Castilla y León

    Last week’s Vuelta a Castilla y León marked Francesco Mancebo’s first competition in Spain, national championships aside, since the 2010 Circuito de l'Empordá; furthermore, it was disputed on the roads of the region where Mancebo comes from and currently lives.

    Having tasted success with second overall in the race, the controversial rider talked to Cyclingnews about his desire to return to the European peloton. The 37-year-old currently rides for the US team 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda.

    “It's been a great feeling, that of racing through the places where I grew up. Here I won a time trial as an amateur; there I finished second when I was a junior,” he told Cyclingnews

    “I wanted to win here, but Movistar did a great tactic in the final climb. They had several cards to play. When Ruben Plaza attacked, I doubted for some seconds as I expected Javi Moreno to be the leader of the team. When I realized that Plaza was going for the win and I undertook the chase, it was too late,” he said. “I'm happy for him, though. We are good friends since when we were teammates in Banesto, and he's been through a lot of injuries recently, so it's great to see him back in the podium.”

    Would “love” to return to Europe

    “Every time I race in Europe, I tell myself: 'I'm here, I want everyone to notice my presence,'” Mancebo said. Although he claims to be happy riding for 5-Hours Energy – Kenda, the Spaniard didn’t hide his desire to come back to racing in Europe. “Of course, I would like to be nearer my home. Even if I spend most of the time in Europe, I have to live in America for, like, four or five months a year. I would love to stay with my family the whole year.”

    But coming back won’t easy for Mancebo. He was implicated in the Operación Puerto, even if never sanctioned nor called to testify in the recent trial. He retired in the wake of Puerto before returning to the sport within months. He has spent the majority of his career in the US ever since.

    “I've never been approached by the authorities other than in the first steps of the process. After that, I was cleared out of it and the UCI said I was able to race. But, regretfully, I am one of those riders who have been more singled out and discredited than others.”

    It's because of these facts that Mancebo thinks that he doesn't get “decent” offers from Europe. “Yeah, I've received proposals from some teams; but always of the Continental field, without much money, or with a poor schedule. In the other hand, I like the American calendar, the way the racing is there. I enjoy the circuits and always have opportunities to shine and be in the fight for victory. And I have a very good team, too, so I can hardly ask for anything more in the USA.”

    When asked about the Armstrong case conducted by the USADA, which ended in December with the confession of the American and the withdrawal of his seven Tour de France wins, Mancebo gave a “no comment.” He was a top10 finisher in five of the seven Tours initially won by Armstrong.

  • Jalabert steps down as French national team coach

    Laurent Jalabert in the car.
    Article published:
    April 17, 2013, 10:24
    Cycling News

    Cites "lack of support" from federation

    Laurent Jalabert has stepped down as coach of the French national road team, citing a “lack of support” from the French Cycling Federation.

    Jalabert told L’Équipe that the federation’s request that he include track rider Mickaël Bourgain in his five-man team for the London 2012 Olympics – in order to qualify him to compete on the track – had triggered his decision.

    “In my head, I knew that my mission as national coach had finished,” said Jalabert. “It finished there, even if that’s not what I wanted.”

    Jalabert subsequently led the French squad at the world championships in Valkenburg and planned to hold formal discussions over his future with federation president David Lappartient during the winter months.

    “But unfortunately, we never had the chance,” Jalabert said. “I don’t want to start a polemic, I’m not blaming anyone, neither him [Lappertient] nor the riders.

    “I simply saw the Olympic Games as an injustice because I was lacking in support. I wasn’t the one who chose to select a track rider for the road race but I was judged as the only person responsible for the failure of the French team, even if that’s relative.”

    Jalabert took over from Frédéric Moncassin in 2009 but the French squad failed to collect a medal in the world championships during his tenure. His future in the role began to be questioned publicly in the aftermath of the London Olympics.

    “That was a difficult period for me. There were lots of medals in other sports but we didn’t have anything. All of a sudden, I was a pariah and journalists asked me if I was sure of staying at the head of the French team. That was a big shock, I really didn’t expect it… It would have been good to have a bit of support but it never came.”

    Jalabert sustained fractures to his tibia and arm when he was struck by a car while riding his bike near his home in Montauban last month, and he said that the incident pressed him to make a final decision on his position as French coach.

    “My accident made me reflect a lot,” he said. “I was struggling to decide and that precipitated my decision. I needed to be honest with everyone and with the FFC so that they can prepare for the future, starting now. This choice is the best solution for everyone and I know that it will even please certain people.”

    Jalabert’s departure as road coach follows Florian Rousseau decision to step down as coach of the French track team. Rousseau resigned after the world championships in February, citing frustration with the federation’s planning for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

  • Will the UCI sanction disc brakes in the pro peloton?

    SRAM released details of their disc road brakes earlier this week
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    April 17, 2013, 11:29
    Sam Dansie

    International federation to consider hydraulic rims if test data provided

    This story originally appeared on Bikeradar

    The UCI say they will keep an open mind about the use of disc brakes in the professional road peloton, but said manufacturers need to provide performance data before the components can be properly considered for competitive use.

    In the aftermath of SRAM’s announcement of disc brake options for their new Red 22 groupset, a test rider tweeting a photo of a comparable offering from Shimano, and Formula disc brakes said to be compatible with Campagnolo EPS shifters, the trend is inexorably moving towards disc brakes for road racing.

    But Matthieu Mottet, technological coordinator at the UCI, told BikeRadar serious challenges need to be overcome before disc brakes could even be considered for use in UCI sanctioned pro races – and they start with the analysis of temperature, performance and crash test data.

    “We’re thinking about disc brakes for future use, but for the moment we don’t have enough data about them,” he said, adding that the first stage would be analyses of the manufacturers’ performance figures. He said, however, that none of the road disc manufacturers had provided data yet.

    He pointed out two additional safety considerations. Firstly, if some riders used discs and other used rims, the variation in braking performance would be dangerous inside a fast-moving peloton, potentially leading to even more crashes.

    It means that, if disc brakes were sanctioned, all the main manufacturers – Shimano, Campagnolo, SRAM and market newcomers such as TRP – would have to supply UCI accredited discs to the pro teams simultaneously.

    A second safety concern, Mottet pointed out, is heat buildup in the discs, which could lead to serious burns if the brakes touched riders in a crash.

    In the meantime, hydraulic rim brakes could fill the gap, offering better modulation but similar stopping power to cable brakes. The UCI’s only stipulation concerning hydraulic rim brakes is that the brake hood is not overly elongated to become a de facto handlebar extension giving an aerodynamic advantage.

  • No Giro or Tour for Cancellara?

    An exhausted Fabian Cancellara on the ground in the Roubaix velodrome
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    April 17, 2013, 17:18
    Cycling News

    Swiss rider will ride Vuelta as Worlds preparation

    Fabian Cancellara will ride the Vuelta a España as preparation for the world championships in Florence but it may prove to be the only Grand Tour that the Swiss rider competes in this season.

    During the off-season, Cancellara had already hinted at his reluctance to line up at the Tour de France this year and it now appears that his hopes of a first Giro d’Italia participation since 2009 will remain unfulfilled.

    Cancellara is currently resting after a successful classics campaign that saw him win the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and E3 Harelbeke, and RadioShack-Leopard manager Luca Guercilena has suggested that he will return to racing at the Tour of Belgium on May 22.

    “The thing 100 per cent certain is that he will prepare for the world championships in Florence by riding the Vuelta,” Guercilena told Het Nieuwsblad.

    As for Cancellara’s immediate plans, Guercilena said that he was unlikely to be in Naples for the start of the Giro on May 4. “He was advised to rest for fourteen days by the doctor so the Giro d’Italia is as good as excluded,” he said. “The Tour of Belgium is an option, not the Tour de France.”

  • Moreno over the moon with Flèche Wallonne victory

    Daniel Moreno (Katusha) wins La Flèche Wallonne
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    April 17, 2013, 17:55
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Moreno shares “lucky Room Number 11” with Rodriguez in Piva’s hotel

    31-year-old Dani Moreno is best known as Joaquim Rodriguez’s key lieutenant at Katusha, but on this occasion it was the domestique not the leader who stole the limelight on the Mur de Huy at Flèche Wallonne.

    Winner of Gran Piemonte and the Sierra Nevada stage of the Vuelta a España in 2011, as well as taking fifth in the Vuelta last year, Moreno had no doubt that this was “the biggest victory of my career without a shadow of a doubt.”

    Moreno played his move perfectly to take Spain’s fourth Flèche Wallonne win in a decade, first following Philippe Gilbert (BMC) – who once again attempted to blow the race apart on the final climb, just as he had in the Amstel Gold – before charging away along on the right and shooting past early attacker Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

    “We knew that Joaquim’s condition [after his Amstel Gold injury] was slowly improving, but today we decided to see if I could have a chance myself,” Moreno said afterwards. “This is my favourite race, I’ve always dreamed of winning here and my condition’s been slowly improving over the last few weeks.”

    As chance would have it, this week Moreno is roommates Rodriguez in “Lucky room 11” at Katusha director Valerio Piva’s hotel near Liege where the Russian team are staying for the Ardennes Classics. The same room has been used by numerous Classics winners from four-times Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner Moreno Argentin to Joaquim Rodriguez last year.

    “I’m not usually superstitious but I’m getting that way, I think we’re going to end up buying the room,” Moreno told Cyclingnews with a laugh. “Purito said to me ‘look we’re in the same room as we were before, and let’s see if we are lucky again.' And that’s how it’s turned out. At this rate we’ll end up buying it for the rest of our careers!”

    Tactically, Moreno said that there was only one wheel for him to follow, that of his former Omega Pharma-Lotto teammate Philippe Gilbert. “I knew that Gilbert was very strong, he’s always good and he attacked where he did two years ago. So I followed him, maybe he’s not on his best day, but it was certainly mine.”

    Moreno was not surprised that two Colombians had ended up on the podium beside him. “[Sergio] Henao was one of the big favourites and we saw that [Carlos] Betancur was good in the Vuelta al País Vasco as well. The Colombians are definitely getting stronger all the time.”

    Asked why he had left Omega Pharma after his single year there, Moreno said: “because I wanted to be in the same team as Purito. A Belgian’s not the same as a Spaniard, I don’t speak the same language, and it just made more sense for everything.” However, his biggest and best victory to date has come on Belgian soil.