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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Date published:
August 03, 2011, 1:00 BST
  • Evans to be honoured with official celebration in Victoria

    Cadel Evans (BMC)
    Article published:
    August 03, 2011, 5:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Tour winner to be welcomed by Premier Baillieu

    Cadel Evans (BMC) will head back to Australia earlier than expected to take part in an official celebration in honour of his history making Tour de France victory. The official ceremony will take place in Evans’s home state of Victoria on August 12 and will be hosted by the Premier, Ted Baillieu.

    "Cadel is coming home especially for this event, which will include a short bike ride and a celebration at Federation Square where Victorians will have a wonderful opportunity to yell for Cadel," said Mr Baillieu. "Victorians who watched Cadel’s victory were inspired and had their spirits lifted by his resilience, perseverance and sheer guts."

    “Now they will have an opportunity to honour this inspirational Victorian champion in person."

    Twice runner-up, Evans is the first Australian – and only the third non-European – to claim overall victory in the race’s 98-year history.

    "I invite Victorians to join us in honouring Cadel on Friday 12 August, and to wear and wave the famous Cadel yellow," Mr Baillieu said.

    Evans will fly to the US after his brief appearance in Australia to take part in the inaugural US Pro Cycling Challenge. The race will conclude Evans’s season.

  • Bettini names Italian team for Olympic test event

    Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) wins the Trofeo Matteotti.
    Article published:
    August 03, 2011, 10:13 BST
    Cycling News

    Capecchi, Gatto and Ulissi to line up in London

    Paolo Bettini has included three Giro d’Italia stage winners in the Italian line-up for the London 2012 Olympic test event on August 14.

    Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale), Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) and Diego Ulissi (Lampre-ISD) have all been rewarded for their summer form with selection for the London-Surrey Cycle Classic.

    Gatto took victory in the Trofeo Matteotti on Sunday to add to his clever win at Tropea in the Giro, while Ulissi followed his own Giro victory with an impressive win at the Tour of Slovenia.

    “It’s without doubt a team that is looking to the future,” said Bettini, who also included young sprinter and Brixia Tour stage winner Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) in the line-up, along with veteran Luca Paolini (Katusha).

    Paolini has been Bettini’s regista, or road captain, since he took charge of the Italian set-up, and he was fulsome in his praise of his former Mapei and Quick Step teammate. “He experienced the Olympic adventure in Athens and the success we captured there, so he is well capable of understanding the workings of an Olympic race,” Bettini said, explaining Paolini’s selection in the otherwise youthful line-up.

    The five riders who will compete in London all took part in the Italian national squad training camp in Sicily in June.

    “For the athletes themselves it is a sign of the continuity of the project,” Bettini noted. “It’s an even bigger motivation for them.”

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  • Pozzato trying to find end of season form in Poland

    Filippo Pozzato (Katusha)
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    August 03, 2011, 10:34 BST
    Pierre Carrey

    Italian still to sign contract for 2012

    Filippo Pozzato is riding the Tour of Poland as he tries to get his season back on track and secure a place in the Italian team for the world championships.

    The Italian was competitive in the spring Classics but was left out of the Katusha line-up for the Giro d’Italia and then crashed heavily at the Tour of Belgium, fracturing his wrist and collarbone.

    He was overlooked for a place in the Katusha team for the Vuelta a Espana after falling out with the Russian team and knows that he has only a slim chance of securing a place in the Italian team for Copenhagen.

    "I’m gradually recovering and getting fit again after my injuries. I’m not competitive yet because it’s difficult after two months away from racing. But I’m trying to get back to my best for the end of the season,” he told Cyclingnews at the Tour of Poland.

    “It’s going to be very difficult to earn a place in the Italian team because I’m not riding the Vuelta but that was the team’s decision. I’m trying to get fit by riding other races. It’ll be difficult but I’m motivated to try and end the season as well as I can.”

    New team for 2012

    Pozzato has already made it clear he will leave Katusha at the end of the season. He has clashed with team manager Andrei Tchmil several times and they have rarely seen eye to eye on race tactics and the way he approaches his major goals.

    Several teams are reportedly interested in signing Pozzato for 2012. His name has been linked to the new Australian GreenEdge team, to Lampre-ISD – where he would work with former Mapei development coach Roberto Damiani and to Geox-TMC.

    Pozzato revealed that

  • Contador ends his season

    There's no denying that Alberto Contador suffered on the Alpe d'Huez.
    Article published:
    August 03, 2011, 11:33 BST
    Jean-François Quénet

    Holiday time for Giro d’Italia winner

    Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) has completed his duty in the post-Tour de France criteriums and he is ready to go on holiday rather than take part in the Vuelta a España.

    On Monday, he won the criterium of Lacq-Audejas ahead of the Tour’s best young rider Pierre Rolland (Europcar), most aggressive rider Jérémy Roy (FDJ) and world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo). On Tuesday, he came second to Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at Castillon-la-Bataille, where last year he had been the first winner of the Tour de France to take part in a French criterium since Marco Pantani in 1998. For the second time, he responded positively to the invitation of organiser Georges Barrière.

    “I was amazed by how hard this course was,” Contador told Cyclingnews at Castillon-la-Bataille. The Spaniard looked happy to finally be very popular in France one year after being criticised because of the “chaingate” incident involving Andy Schleck, and just one month after being booed by a part of the crowd at the Tour de France teams’ presentation in the Vendée. Even when Voeckler was not present, the French post-Tour criteriums have enjoyed large popular success over the past week following the huge impact of the race last month.

    Accompanied by his friend and teammate Jesus Hernandez, Contador said: “I never came out of the Tour de France as tired as this year. Physically and emotionally, it’s been a very demanding season. I have yet to discuss it with [Saxo Bank-SunGard team manager] Bjarne [Riis] but...

  • Video: Alex Dowsett talks about life at Team Sky

    Alex Dowsett wears his special blood red Oakleys in support of World Haemophilia Day
    Article published:
    August 03, 2011, 12:40 BST
    Cycling News

    British rider looking forward to strong late season showing

    Alex Dowsett is part of the new generation of British riders who have developed through the Great Britain development programme and are now successfully confirming their talent with Team Sky.

    The 22 year-old from Essex came through the Great Britain Academy programme in Italy and rode for the Trek-Livestrong team with Taylor Phinney in 2010. He secured his place at Team Sky after winning the European Under 23 time trial title and finishing second behind Phinney at the Tour de l’Avenir.

    Dowsett has quickly fitted in at Team Sky and already secured his first podium in a time trial. He has also enjoyed playing a role in helping teammates such as Ben Swift and Greg Henderson win races.

    “I went into the year with the aim not to disgrace myself and I realised pretty quickly from the prologue in Qatar, certainly in the time trials, that I can be competitive even at a pro level,” he tells Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson in this exclusive two-part video interview.

    Dowsett has been hampered by an ankle injury in recent weeks but will be back in action at the Tour of Denmark as he prepares for the final part of the season, which could include a place in the Great Britain team for the world road race championships. 

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